Sunday, December 18, 2011

8:15 PM Bedtime

Okay, remember how I said I was recovered about a week ago? Scratch that. Now I'm recovered. Well, sort of. I still want to go to bed at 7:30 PM but I feel quite a bit better.

Crab Artichoke & Spinach Dip

Jen has been craving crab and artichoke dip. This was amplified by the fact that we actually bought some a while ago and it was spoiled so she wasn't able to fulfill that craving. I really came through tonight with this dip that I served on slices of sourdough bread.

I deliver late but I deliver.

Satsuma Salad with Figs, Pistachios, and Quinoa

For a salad I tossed together some satsuma wedges, dried figs, pistachios, quinoa, and Jen's delicious salad dressing along with some mixed baby greens.

Butternut Kale Stew with Sausage

For the main dish I browned some garlic in a pan, tossed in some sliced sweet onion, butternut squash, and cooked it down with salt, pepper, sage, and thyme. After a bit I added some sweet Italian sausage and kale and stewed it down.

Originally I'd planned on making a kale dish with cranberries but the look of disgust on Jen's face when I brought this up was so intense that I opted to make some last minute menu adjustments.

Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga' Substitute

I could tell I was feeling better because yesterday my taste for beer returned. However, I had a craving for lager so I knew I wasn't yet at 100%.

Since I'm backing up on Christmas and Winter beers with my recent illness I had to act fast. Tonight I had this Holiday Ale form Lagunitas Brewing Company. This ale is also called "Brown Shugga' Subsitute" because, apparently, they were unable to brew their traditional holiday ale: Brown Shugga'. The brewery is expanding and the brewing for Brown Shugga' takes too many resources away from their normal brewing.

I guess I'll have to hope to try some of the Brown Shugga' next year after their expansion is complete. Let's just pray that next year I'm in slightly better shape.

Okay, it's 8:15 PM. Now it's time for bed!

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