Let It Be Sunday

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Hi friends!  Look at us having a Sunday!

I’ve been in Nashville this week, mostly cozied up in a house trying my very best to write a cookbook about Brunch.  In between the brainstorming and typing I’ve eaten ALL the things in Nashville.  I smell like barbecue, and coffee, and tacos.  If you’re repulsed and concerned… don’t worry, I’m doing it right.

Thank you to all of you who came to my book signing at Parnassus Books.  Meeting you really is the highlight of anything I do.  I adore you.

Here’s our week on the Internet:

•  Time Magazine’s Person of the Year:  Ebola Fighters.  Read this.

•  I Can’t Be Forgiven for Abu Ghraib:  the torture report reminds us of what America was.

•  Louisiana’s Moon Shot.  The coastline is disappearing, but will billion save it?

•  It’s that time of year.  Round-up, reminiscing, and that reverent thing we do at the end of a year.  2014: Year in Photographs January – April

•  As someone who has worked both front and back of house in restaurants, I must say I’m throwing up some Hallelujah hands for this one:  Los Angeles restaurant adds industry’s first Kitchen Gratuity line to checks. I hope the dishwashers are in on the back of house tip-pooling.  Real heroes.

•  The most annoying types of airline passengers.  Don’t you dare bring that fried chicken on the plane unless you plan on sharing with me.

•  Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy.  Let’s talk about how we hear things.  Mondegreen is the phenomenon of mishearing phrases to make sense in your head.  I’m a PRO.

•  The Pilots of Instagram.  Um… you guys?  I’m going to need to you to focus.  Please.  FOR REAL.

•  How I Tried To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.  100% all-the-way ridiculous.

•  I know everyone is obsessed with the Serial Podcast, but let’s not forget that Uhh Yeah Dude is actually the best podcast there is.

•  Baking = Therapy.  Who you tellin’?

•  Ladies be dressing.  The good.  The bad.  The not so pretty.

•  Did you take a moment to wish Taylor Swift a happy birthday?  So it’s gonna be forever / Or it’s gonna go down in flames.

Easy Sunday Lemon Pasta

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Sunday is special.

Sunday is my day for farmer’s market strolls, off-key church singing, and giant bowls of pasta.

Sunday is not my day for standing in long grocery store lines, trying terribly to sing on-key, and dainty salads.

I don’t take out my measuring cups.  I leave a few dirty dishes in the sink.  I try not to work too hard… excepts I end up working a bit anyway.

At least there’s pasta.

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Easy Sunday Lemon Pasta

Cook pasta in boiling salted water.  When the pasta is almost cooked through, add a good handful of frozen peas to the boiling water.  When pasta is al dente, drain.  Return hot pasta and peas to the pan.  Douse liberally with olive oil and fresh lemon juice.  Add lemon zest if you’d like.  Sprinkle generously with red pepper flakes, salt, fresh chopped parsley and parmesan cheese.

For some added kick, saute some minced garlic and diced onions in olive oil and add to the hot pasta.  Add chicken.  Add grilled steak.  Add roasted cherry tomatoes.  Throw in a splash of cream.  Basil!  Oregano!  More cheese!  Live well.  It’s Sunday.

Let It Be Sunday!

Let It Be Sunday!

I walked by this house in the Garden District earlier this week when the sun was just going down, people were home from work making dinner for their families… the sky was darkening and street lights were just starting to flicker to life.  This house was bathed in sunset light and streetlamp light.  I thought it looked like a painting.  Dreamy, spooky, mysterious, and vulnerable somehow.  

How has your week been?  Whirlwind madness? Tackling the to-do list like a boss?  Trying hard and mostly not crying about it?  Me too.  

I hope you’re celebrating the end of summer and the beginning of working way too hard until the holidays this weekend.  Let there be bourbon and relaxation (and waffles).  

Here is some of our week.  The internet greatly distilled: 

 This week we’ve been shocked and saddened but the seemingly sudden humanitarian crisis of Syrian refugees.  In fact, it’s not sudden at all. If you don’t understand what’s going on and how it all got so bad, here’s Why People Are Fleeing Syria.

•  The Mother Of All Disasters.  Reading like this has me refreshing my hurricane/earthquake kit (and biting my nails a bit).  

•  I’m going to watch this documentary this weekend:  The True Cost.  The very high price of materialism.  

•  This is good news:  100 Black Men Of Color Greeted Kids On Their First Day Of School

•  “I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment.”  – Joan Didion, University of Riverside 1975  •   25 Powerful Commencement Speeches By Women

•  There’s a phone app that will walk us home at night?  It tracks our location, whether we break into a sprint, fall, or veer off our path, and invites friends and family to watch us on our journey.  My only question is, what are we going to do with our rape whistles? 

•  An Oral History Of Me As Told Through My Exes.  She was hot.  She was fun.  

•  Overcoming Love Addiction: One Apple Martini At A Time.  There’s a happy ending

•  Sometimes driving through San Francisco takes my breath away:  The Steepest Streets in San Francisco

•  CEREAL MILK (and all sorts of other good things)!  Apple Jack Cereal Milk Ice Cream with Applejack (Brandy) Caramel Swirl

•  Dana from Minimalist Baker makes such lovely treats.  Now, please put these Vegan Whoopie Pies in my face.  Thanks!

•  Let’s spend some quality time daydreaming about Paris with this lovely book:  Bright Lights Paris by Angie Niles 

•  I won’t get on a plane without my giant Loomed Turkish Pestamel (I LOVE these colors!).  Well… I will get on a plane without one, but I don’t want to.  It’s my security blanket.  Fashionable security. 

•  I appreciate the way Melissa Lanz and The Fresh 20 approaches a cleanse.  It’s called: The Mind Body Reset and I’m trying it for the next 20 days.  Meal plans, inspiration, encouragement, and it’s not about drastic diet, just a reset… I’m into it! 

Have a happy Sunday!  I’m glad you’re here.

xo Joy