Monday, January 10, 2011

How to cure a cold...

I'm hoping that tonight will be the night that this dang cold/sickness finally leaves my body! It has been hanging around far too long. I wanted to bake some cinnamon/apple/raisin bread (and still might) but this cold is making it hard for me to even get my butt up off this couch I am on. Tonight I'm hoping I found the cure to my cold: some vitamin C and a good book. What am I reading, you wonder?


What is it about, you ask? Well, I don't really know yet since I just started. But here is a review from Amazon:

"When Molly Wizenberg's father died of cancer, everyone told her to go easy on herself, to hold off on making any major decisions for a while. But when she tried going back to her apartment in Seattle and returning to graduate school, she knew it wasn't possible to resume life as though nothing had happened. So she went to Paris, a city that held vivid memories of a childhood trip with her father, of early morning walks on the cobbled streets of the Latin Quarter and the taste of her first pain au chocolat. She was supposed to be doing research for her dissertation, but more often, she found herself peering through the windows of chocolate shops, trekking across town to try a new p√Ętisserie, or tasting cheeses at outdoor markets, until one evening when she sat in the Luxembourg Gardens reading cookbooks until it was too dark to see, she realized that her heart was not in her studies but in the kitchen.

At first, it wasn't clear where this epiphany might lead. Like her long letters home describing the details of every meal and market, Molly's blog Orangette started out merely as a pleasant pastime. But it wasn't long before her writing and recipes developed an international following. Every week, devoted readers logged on to find out what Molly was cooking, eating, reading, and thinking, and it seemed she had finally found her passion. But the story wasn't over: one reader in particular, a curly-haired, food-loving composer from New York, found himself enchanted by the redhead in Seattle, and their email correspondence blossomed into a long-distance romance.

In A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, Molly Wizenberg recounts a life with the kitchen at its center. From her mother's pound cake, a staple of summer picnics during her childhood in Oklahoma, to the eggs she cooked for her father during the weeks before his death, food and memories are intimately entwined. You won't be able to decide whether to curl up and sink into the story or to head straight to the market to fill your basket with ingredients for Cider-Glazed Salmon and Pistachio Cake with Honeyed Apricots."

I have heard great things about this book and can't wait to get lost in it! I am reading it paperback since it was cheaper than buying it on my nook (crazy, I know)...but there is something I love about holding an actual book instead of an electronic device every once in a while. Jeff ran to the store to buy me some extra vitamin C so of course I will be sucking on one of these (or two or three, since they actually taste like candy) while I read...

So in conclusion, how will I attempt to cure my cold tonight?

1. Read a good book with a blanket
2. Suck on a few ricola (with vitamin C)
3. Force Jeff to watch the bachelor with me ;)

On a technical note: for all of you that subscribed yesterday to my blog, please do so again. Sorry for the hassle, but Jeff and I changed a few things around and you will need to re-subscribe if you want updates from A Bicycle Built for Two! Thanks so much for reading. Hope you are staying healthy during these cold months!

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