Saturday, April 24, 2010

I will never..

Eat plain egg salad ever again! Tonight I made Ina Garten's Egg Salad and Smoked Salmon Tartines for dinner. I'm not a huge fan of egg salad but Tim sure is so I gave it a try.

And it was delicious! And it really wasn't that expensive compared to an average meal at a restaurant, but it was a little spendy compared to a home cooked meal. But it was so worth it! And it only took about 20 minutes to make. Unless you make your own smoked salmon, then it might take a little bit longer.

I definitely want to try it again. Soon. But for now, you should make it.

Here's how:

12 eggs
1/3 c. mayonnaise
2 tbsp whole grain mustard
some chopped dill (I used chives since I didn't have fresh dill)
salt and pepper
slices of whole grain bread
smoked salmon

Place eggs in a saucepan in one layer and cover with cold water. Heat the saucepan until the water boils, then turn down heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and let eggs sit in hot water for another 5 minutes. Drain then fill saucepan with cold water. Let eggs cool to room temperature, then peel off shells. Put peeled eggs in a food processor and pulse 10 -12 times until chopped but not pureed. Empty into a bowl and add mayo, mustard and dill. Mix together gently. Toast bread, if desired. Spread egg salad onto bread, then top with smoked salmon. Enjoy!

*If you want, you can make only 6 or 4 eggs and also reduce mayo and mustard. 4 eggs was perfect for me and Tim.

Have a good evening!


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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Partition Functions and BF3

Those are the highlights of my week. Learning about the Partition function and working with hazardous boron trifluoride. Oh and there was a bromine spill in the labs in the building next to the one I was in. Thank goodness no one spilled any BF3!!

Anyways, other than school, its been off and on raining and sunny here. The tulips outside our place are half wilting, half blooming. But they are pink and yellow and they make me feel so cheery when I get home.

This week I haven't done as much cooking as I hoped. Lab on Tuesday took longer than I expected so we just grabbed some Kidd Valley burgers (garlic fries included!).

I have a midterm tomorrow so I'm meeting with a few people to study later tonight so there was no point in going home so I'm gonna just have good ole' Subway.

Just curious, but what's your favorite Subway sandwich? 

Mine is the Cold Cut Combo with Pepperjack cheese and tons of veggies :)

But so far this week I've made a Halibut and Asparagus Stir-Fry and Tomato and Basil Soup. The stir fry was delicious, but I hate how it makes your places smell like fish for a few days after!

The Tomato and Basil soup really hit the spot last night. It was cold and dreary out and a nice hot soup felt good. We sopped up the soup with an herbed baguette that had flecks of salt on them. Mmmmm.... I love soup!

Anyways, Tim should be back from his meeting any minute now so I should go.

Have a great evening!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Long Time No Type

I've been so busy with school and work and the board and everything, I just haven't had the time or motivation to write. Or to really do anything. I'm so close to being done with school that my motivation is dissipating. So much that all I want to do in the morning is stay in bed and sleep. This morning I didn't get out of bed until 10! I'm usually up at 6 or 7, making breakfast and getting ready for the day. But now, I really don't want to do much.

The stress is really creeping up on me. My whole philosophy of threes is just not working right now. (My dad has this philosophy that he came up with that I kind adopted. Never try to take on more than three things in your life, otherwise you will be too stressed and pay for it later). So here's a list of things I have piled on right now:

1.Family. That always comes first. Included in that is making time for me and Tim to spend together, for me to call my mom and keep in touch with my other family members (my cousin is having her 3rd kid soon... ) and stay updated on how my cat Jack is doing (he has cancer and was only supposed to live for a month or so but now he's going on five and is going strong!).
2. Friends. Not that I have a whole lot that I see on a regular basis, but I sure do think about them on a regular basis. I really should get better at keeping in contact with friends. But it's hard!
3. School. Will be over soon, but not soon enough!
4. Work. Included in this is trying to find a job once I graduate since my manager basically told me I won't have a job at Boeing.
5. Board of Trustees and other committees. I'm helping plan for both of this years auctions and its getting really crazy after we voted in our Master Plan.
6. Cooking and cleaning. Not had much time for that either! And my bazillion projects that I would love to work on.
7. My health. It's really not doing good. Allergy season, not eating healthy or exercising. Ugh.

Well, that's my seven. It could be condensed into 5 things (family and friends into one, and health and cooking into one also), which is 2 more than 3! So therefore it's true, I'm stressed. But hopefully after school is done with, I will be less stressed.

Breathe, Rachel, breathe!

I need to write up my recipes that I've cooked lately so you can enjoy them too! Last night I made a Halibut "Stir-Fry" that was really delicious and quick to make. I'll have to post that tomorrow when I am not worrying about this lab report I have to finish. Chelate effect anyone??

Ok, well I should get back to writing my report. Grrrr.. I'm so ready to quit writing these things!

Have a good evening!

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