New salt & pepper shakers... aren't they cute?!
Happy 2011 friends! Welcome to the new year, I hope it’s treating you well so far. I’ve decided not to make any life altering resolutions, it seems not to be the best way to make changes, rather, I try to keep smaller goals that way, the task does not seem as daunting. What I would like to do, is (like I’ve said a hundred times before here) get back to a better me. Though I am lucky and fortunate in a lot of ways, have a loving family, and a supportive and fantastic group of friends, 2010 was not the best year in the life of AT. I’m glad it’s over, and 2011, I’m expecting a lot from you.
As one of my girlfriend’s said on New Year’s Eve when I asked her what her resolution was: “I want to be better at stuff.” I think that’s the best resolution I’ve heard in years. And one that I may work toward. Just be better at stuff.
However, before we can move forward, we must maintain tradition around here and start the New Year off right. For my family, that means the annual trip to Mike’s Pastry early New Year’s Day, and then a return home for the Rose Bowl Parade, and the annual Lasagna. For an italian family, we don’t really eat lasagna that much. My grandfather was telling stories around the dinner table after we finished eating, and he said, “We only made it twice a year, Easter and New Years” To which I interrupted and said, “Wait, what? But, we’re italian, that doesn’t make any sense at all!” Nope, only twice a year.
The hiccup in the system was, God rest her soul, my grandmother. Not being italian nor the best cook, she didn’t churn out loads of food the way most italian grandmothers or big families do. Actually, if I think about it, even going back the generation before, my grandfather’s parents, Nonno, did most of the cooking. Anyway, I didn’t mean to delve deep into Tallo family history, but there you go. My stepmother also has recently pointed out to me my family’s weird obsession with parades. We do love a good parade- gotta watch the Macy’s parade at Thanksgiving, the Disney one at Christmas is a little obnoxious, but sometimes we watch it, and then yes, the Rose Bowl Parade on New Year’s Day. I always assumed that this is what people did, apparently it’s weird. Whatever. I like parades. Judge all you want.
And lasagna. And Mike’s cupcakes. Just sayin’.
And because of all that lasagna and cupcakery (OH! by the way, Todd English’s new place, Curly Cakes, on Charles St is finally open, and ohmygod, you need to go. C$ & I went last week and it’s amazing. Totally worth the $4.) I’ve been feeling a bit out of sorts and have again recommitted to my workout routine and eating better. I’m trying to stay within the guidelines of an all natural diet, but, am not going to be as restrictive, because that’s just setting myself up for failure. Like I said in the last post, even just having some of these things in my diet is a big change from what it used to be.
So what was the first dinner of the New Year? A stir-fry of sorts. I realized after that I should have added garlic, but, everything balanced nicely and though not the most exciting of meals, I had just worked out, was starving, and it took about 15 mins to make (chopping and all!)
I pity vegetarians.
A quick saute
Served over bulgur, leftover from last week's tabbouleh, with a dash of worcestershire
Hello healthy & delicious meal! I’m never going to be one of those carb-free people, but I’m at least trying to make the better choice when it comes to grains etc. I like this bulgur business, it’s a similar taste to brown rice, but with a couscous consistency almost, it’s a solid base for veggies & meat.
So there you have it. A start in the right direction to a new & improved AT. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.
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