My husband loves burgers. It’s a never-ending thing that drives me nuts: we go to a new restaurant and I’m so excited to try whatever specialty they have or something creative and exciting. John, gets the burger. He has tried an innumerable number of restaurants and has found some of his favorites (if you live in King County, WA try the Tipsy Cow Burger Bar in Redmond- fantastic burgers with a big variety and close to 30 beers on tap).
So, I have this image of what I would like my life to be. I see myself as that amazing woman who gets up promptly at 6:00 each morning bright and cheery, who plans out each weeks menu of healthy meals with pure inspiration and creativity, and who maintains a magnificent garden where she is able to gather ingredients for said menu. A woman who walks her dog every morning and gets in workout at least 3 times a week without breaking a sweat. The woman who can do it all.
We got our first snow of the year in the Seattle area a few weeks ago. For all of you who live in places where it actually snows regularly, this might not seem to be something to take note on, but around here, it means that people lose their minds. Now, this storm was a little different than the average snow that causes people to freeze in fear before even pulling out of their driveways. In some places we received two feet of snow, and had temperatures that ranged from the low 20’s to the mid 30’s. This weather would have at least put a kink in a city’s operations that was prepared and equipped for snowy winter weather, but for a place like Seattle, if you didn’t live on a flat, heavily traveled road, you were out of luck (and at times, even that wouldn’t do it). Lucky for us, we live about a 2 minute drive from a grocery store (all flat too!)- so we were able to get out and stock up before things got really bad.
I have to admit it, sometimes my husband can be more thoughtful in the kitchen than me. Now, let’s not get crazy- if he cooks dinner it’s usually something like a turkey burger or a steak with some steamed veggies, but when I’m having cookers block, John is pretty reliable for helping get my brain going. I tend to always try and think of some grandiose dish that has an ingredient list so long it’ll make your head spin and that will take half the day to make (granted, this is only when I’m not almost in tears from being so busy with full-time school and work) and sometimes I need to be taken down a notch or two and reminded that I can still make something that tastes fantastic and cozy without having to put that much effort into it. With that being said, a large portion of this recipe was developed by my lovely husband.
Sometimes the mood or situation calls for something heavy, something rich and creamy. Other times, it calls for a nice salad. It’s as simple as that. Light, crisp, cool, fresh. Add something like avocado or Parmigiano-Reggiano (or both!) to give just the slightest bit of buttery richness and you have yourself a complete and satisfying meal that won’t weigh you down.