Onions got ya' down? Chill.

From On Food and Cooking about onions and how to keep them from making you teary-eyed (emphasis added):
One sulfur product is produced in significant quantities online in the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and rakkyo: the "lacrimator," which causes our eyes to water. This volatile chemical escapes from the damaged onion into the air, and lands in the onion cutter's eyes and nose, where it apparently attacks nerve endings directly ... Its effects can be minimized by prechilling the onions for 30-60 minutes in ice water. 
Soaking them also makes the skin easier to remove as well.


A New Way to Grieve - with Food

At This Dinner Party, Talking About Death With Strangers Isn't Taboo

Talking about grief and the loss of a loved one isn't typically dinner conversation. Many people, even those struggling to cope with loss, will avoid talking about such heavy topics, especially over supper.

But a fledgling nonprofit designs dinners specifically for young adults to get together and talk about their experiences with loss.

In cities across the country, the group The Dinner Party advises 20- and 30-somethings on how to arrange these gatherings.


Sugar and such

Man, I had no idea that sugar had so many names. Here are 50. That is excessive. Speaking of excessive, I ate my weight in cookies AGAIN this holiday season. I took a few no-sugar days and am thinking about trying this 30-Day No Sugar Challenge. Heck, I'd be happy with 20 out of 30. And let's be honest, I'm gonna' do February. Moderation in all things, including moderation :).

Be careful. Sugar is delicious, but makes you fat. Good luck to all trying to lose some weight in this New Year and get healthy. It's hard, but you gotta' keep on keepin' on.

Happy New Year!


Year of Gratitude - Day 365 - Reflection

I am grateful that I took on this writing project. Though I didn't fill out the entire year, I did a lot more writing and positive thinking. I needed both of those. I will likely back-fill all the missing days with other thoughts on gratitude, but I am happy with what this was. Is.

Happy New Year!


Year of Gratitude - Day 364 - New running shoes

I'm grateful to have purchased some new running shoes today. I'm grateful that my bud recommended RUNdetroit, a great running store right in the heart of Midtown. Grateful to keep business in my beloved hometown, Detroit.


Year of Gratitude - Day 358 - Christmas Eve

Being with family is the best part of the holidays. Usually in the morning there is brunch with my husband's family and then we celebrate Wigilia with mine. It was a little more somber this year, but I was grateful to spend time with my family nonetheless.


Year of Gratitude - Day 357 - Holiday Music

Christmas Carols, the holiday jams and season's greetings spoofs. I love it all during this time of year. I love the radio stations that rock out the holiday spirit 24/7. I listen to the Pandora Christmas Music station shamelessly.

Fun Fact (well, maybe not that fun): December 24, 1818: Father Joseph Mohr first performed his song Silent Night 196 years ago today. Nearly a century later, in 1914, German soldiers on the Western Front sang the song from the trenches and were joined by their British opponents. (Thanks, Goodreads.)

Finally, Michael Steven BublĂ©. I am a fan. 


Year of Gratitude - Day 356 - Shepherd's Pie

I've never been thoroughly satisfied with this dish when I've had it at restaurants. Today I finally made it myself and it was delicious. I also learned a new twist on mashed potatoes - mashing them up with carrots and adding just a bit of cheese and thyme. So great. Very grateful to have found this recipe: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/shepherds-pie-11.


Year of Gratitude - Day 346 - Choir Music at Dearborn Performing Arts Center

My mother and I went to see the Dearborn Holiday Choral Festival at the Michael A. Guido Theater. It was absolutely wonderful. I love this theater and it is even more awesome around Christmas time. Support live performances!


Year of Gratitude - Day 339 - Gratitude Potpourri

Sometime, I just want to rattle of a couple things I'm grateful for at the very moment I'm writing. Right now, I'm grateful for:
  • mom
  • husband
  • work
  • friends
  • champagne
  • iced coffees
  • the relatively nice weather so far this winter
  • the gym
  • yoga
  • Detroit