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Posted by Jeanne on January 1, 2013

It’s kind of cheesy, but I love the idea of a new year and a fresh start.  A chance to start over and exchange bad habits for new.

In 2013, I resolve to:

  • Blog at least once a week
  • Floss (ugh.  I hate flossing.)
  • Work out 4x a week
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables

That ought to do it.

I made these today – they are dead simple and actually not bad for you at all.  Plus, banana!  Winning at New Year’s Resolutions!

Two-ingredient Cookies, from The Burlap Bag


Happy 2013, everyone!


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One fish, two fish, red fish, new fish

Posted by Jeanne on April 7, 2012

Why, hello there.  I have a blog, do I?  I also now have a baby.

Her name is Eileen and she is four weeks old.  She has zero appreciation for cooking of any kind to date.

Lots more pictures – I’ve slowly been cooking again and hopefully can post something of substance again soon!

Baby shark!

Not horribly unhappy to be laying on her stomach.

E and her daddy – this was taken in the hospital still.

Baby shower cake!  Thanks to Sully Bakes for doing an amazing job.

Baby shower food – thanks to Carla for your amazing creativity with the menu, and to my sister and aunt for hosting.


More nursery… most items purchased at Ikea or on Craigslist.

Posted in Babyhouse, Not about food | 3 Comments »

New Year’s Day

Posted by Jeanne on January 1, 2012

It’s been amazingly warm here.  Today in the 40s, and yesterday it was in the 50s – very uncharacteristic for Nebraska in December/January.  Curt is LOVING it (because he hates winter) and I am indifferent because it’s probably going to come back and get us eventually.

We don’t have any new years’ food traditions.  I loved reading this article that our fabulous neighbor Niz wrote for the local paper.  And this post about various foods to eat for the end of the year.  I find food culture and traditions fascinating.

Anyway.  I should write some resolutions.  In 2012 I resolve to:

  1. Eat well.
  2. Not start smoking.
  3. Have a baby.

Should be easy enough to accomplish those, right?

Enjoy your traditional or not-so-traditional New Year’s Day food – tonight we’re having chicken tikka masala from this recipe.  It’s a little more involved than most slow-cooker recipes I like to make, but it smells AMAZING and I’m really looking forward to it.  Happy 2012, everyone!

Posted in Holiday, Not about food | 3 Comments »

Items of note

Posted by Jeanne on November 16, 2011

I’m pregnant.  We’re expecting a baby in March 2012 – I’ve been waiting for some kind of perfect moment to talk about it, but really, that moment may never arrive.  And also that’s a big part of why I haven’t been posting very much, and why I’ve missed several Daring Cook’s challenges in the past few months.

We are very excited, although I can’t say Nettie is very interested at all.

22 weeks.  This is the night of the yoga class when I realized I really should not be in a traditional yoga class any more.  So much bending…


Thanksgiving is coming!  I can’t wait.  This is our tentative menu – I think we have 12 people:

Turkey – cider brine

Giblet gravy

Cranberry-orange chutney

Butternut squash & parm bread pudding

Mashed root veg

Roasted brussels sprouts

Carrot soup with roast squash seeds & lemon oil

Also, my sister’s boyfriend Andy has been threatening to make a bacon pig.  I really hope this happens.


Until Thanksgiving, we’re eating:

Shrimp & sausage gumbo with brown rice

Oven “fried” fish sandwiches + baked sweet potato fries

Homemade pizza

Butternut squash & parmesan bread pudding

Baked potato soup

Ratatouille (freezer) + mashed potatoes

Butternut squash & greens (kale, mustard, chard) lasagna

Beef & Guinness stew

Green chile chicken enchiladas

Pasta with meatballs & red sauce

Chicken saag + rice and frozen naan

Thai red curry shrimp & veggies + jasmine rice

Soup & sandwiches/quesadillas


Happy almost Thanksgiving, everyone!

Posted in Garden/Seasonal, Holiday, Not about food, Planning | 6 Comments »

A post I do not want to write.

Posted by Jeanne on November 4, 2011

This is not the post I want to be writing right now.  Also, this is not about food.  Move along if that is the only thing you want to read.


On May 1, 2011 I did the Lincoln Half Marathon through Team In Training’s Nebraska chapter.  TNT is a sports endurance training program that raises funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  I signed up for the race because my friend Mike and friend and colleague Jack had recently been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, because our cousin Lacey has been battling chronic myeloid leukemia for years, and because I wanted to Do Something.  While I was doing training for my race, Mike underwent a bone marrow transplant and Jack prepared to have one.

I raised just over $1,400 for the LLS last spring and completed the race in just under 3 hours.  I am not exaggerating when I say that crossing that finish line is possibly the proudest moment of my life.

And then Mike relapsed in June.  And I was angry, and he was angry, but he began the whole thing over again.  He had another transplant in September.  And then he relapsed again – he found out on October 21st.

Halloween party, October 23, 2010

The doctors gave him two to six weeks.

We went down to visit the next weekend and were able to hang out briefly on October 29th.

Mike lost his fight with leukemia on October 31st.

March 2010

He is missed and will be for a long time.

If you also want to Do Something, here are  some ideas:

  1. Join the bone marrow donation registry at Be The Match.
  2. Donate to Be The Match or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  3. Join your local chapter of Team In Training.
I will be volunteering with the local chapter of Team In Training (which I still need to arrange) and I will fundraise and participate in additional events with the local TNT chapter in the future.  I hope to see some of you there as well.

We met nine years ago as neighbors in a shitty apartment building.  We became friends – and although many, many things have changed since then, we remained friends.

I can’t believe he’s gone.

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The problem with blogging

Posted by Jeanne on September 28, 2011

I may have mentioned once or twice (or in every recent post), but I’ve been struggling with inspiration.  Obviously, we’re eating – eating isn’t optional.

But I feel like WHAT we’re eating hasn’t been very interesting, or worthy of posting.  I’ve been relying on things that we make over and over again, many of which I’ve already posted here.  And some of which are just boring.  I don’t think the internet really needs one more lasagna recipe, does it?

I’ve been trying to come up with things to post, but it’s been difficult.  I don’t want to become a “cook the book” blog, although I love some of those blogs and it would certainly get me some posts – mostly because I don’t want to be tied to one cookbook for that long.  Also, I suck at following directions.  There are some other ideas I have floating around, but none has stuck so far.  Maybe soon I’ll hit the idea lottery.

Anyway.  So that’s why posting has been sporadic, and may continue to be so.  Jeanne Eats World and Jeanne Cooks World still exist, but I’m trying to figure out in what form they will do so in the future.  Until then, I hope you will bear with me, and continue to check in.

And here is a picture of my dogs.

Aren’t they adorable?

Posted in Not about food | 4 Comments »


Posted by Jeanne on July 15, 2011

The AP Stylebook has a whole section on writing about food.  Maybe I should pick up a copy and see what I’m doing wrong?

I’m obsessed with Korean food (again? still?).  Molly at Orangette is into it.   Beyond Kimchee and Bap Story aren’t helping, but they are helping me believe I can make it myself.

You know what else I am obsessed with?  Homemade pizza.  Still using this dough, because it is the best I’ve tried, hands down.

Trouble figuring out breakfast?  Check out this handy flowchart.

Off to the Asian market so that I can make some fabulous Korean this weekend!  Happy Friday everyone.

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Posted by Jeanne on April 12, 2011

Broken.  D’oh.  I forsee many sandwiches in our week.

Nettie doesn’t like it when the dishwasher is broken either.

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Tomato & pepper soup

Posted by Jeanne on April 1, 2011

We interrupt our regularly scheduled but infrequently posted Fridge Friday to bring you something very important:  the soup tutorial.

Don’t be intimidated by the prep list or the multitude of instructions.

Tomato & pepper soup

A 32-oz. box of soup, unopened

A 2-quart saucepan


1.  Open soup by pulling tab.

2. Pour soup into the saucepan (into is important; next to the saucepan did not work very well during recipe testing).

3.  Warm over medium heat, stirring often, until heated through.

4. Serve.

We like to season with some black pepper and serve with a grilled cheese sandwich.

Bon appetit, and happy April 1st, everyone!


Posted in Cooking, Entrees, Not about food, Soups & stews, Vegetarian | 2 Comments »

Aches and pains

Posted by Jeanne on March 23, 2011

This post is not about food.

I am annoyed with my body today.  It hurts.  It’s creaky and has been resisting running this week for some reason.  Also, it’s tired.  And it isn’t losing any weight which just seems SO DEEPLY UNFAIR with all this damn running.

I’m trying to keep Sal’s advice in mind, but it’s hard.  But really, even if it creaks and moans, I should be grateful that I can continue to put one foot in front of the other and move.  That I can stand for hours in front of the stove and cook food to share with friends and colleagues this weekend.

Just… discouraged.  But it still sucks less than having cancer, and I will keep on keepin’ on.

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