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Lemon Raspberry Muffins

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For those of you who think that the practice of law is anything like Law & Order, Ally McBeal, Legally Blonde, let me strip you of your delusions now, you poor misguided souls.  It is not.  I don’t work on any super-interesting criminal cases with an inevitable shocking twist near the end (how are the Law & Order detectives always surprised by that?), I don’t have sexy colleagues, and I have never won a case based on my awesome knowledge of hair maintenance.  An argument could be made that my life is somewhat similar to The Firm (graduated from HLS, was made an offer I can’t refuse, then wondered if my firm was trying to kill me – though by copious amounts of doc review, not the mob).  However, I wouldn’t want to be played by Tom Cruise, even though we are both short.

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I’m Back? (With Buttermilk Chive Biscuits)

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So, it’s been a while.

Shortly after the last post on this blog, I fell into a year-long bout of extreme cooking laziness that I am still slowly emerging from.  In truth, I think I had spent so much of the two years before that thinking about what new recipe I wanted to try, making endless trips to the grocery store, and washing so many dishes that I just became burned out.  So for a long time, I either ordered takeout or made spaghetti.  Sometimes, if I was feeling particularly adventurous, I’d make fried rice.  I know.  It’s shameful.

There were other factors too contributing to my cooking ennui.  The kitchen of the apartment I was living in was awful in the sense that the counter tops were made of tile.  I understand that this was a trend a couple of decades ago, but seriously, that has got to be one of the worst ideas for a kitchen ever.  You can’t roll out cookie dough, food constantly falls into the cracks, it photographs terribly….don’t get me started.  Plus, the kitchen didn’t get much light, which made taking pictures pretty difficult unless I used flash and was okay with grotesque off-color images.

And then there was this little bean, who has been a distraction since the day she came to live with me.  The best distraction ever.

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Egg & Asparagus Gratin

I have to admit, a couple of nights ago I had a mini panic attack. I started listing out everything that I wanted to review in these last few days before the exam, upon which I realized that I would be very pressed for time. It was a sudden change from the feeling of general competence that I’d had for the last week or so, and it caught me off guard. So although it was late and I really wanted some down time before bed, I re-opened the outline I had been reviewing and kept going until I literally couldn’t anymore. Then I laid in bed and tried to take deep breaths to calm down, but the exam and a couple of other issues kept floating around in my mind. Things snowballed from there.

I’m not sure what to do in situations like this other than to tell myself that everything will likely turn out okay. And to remind myself that in the grand scheme of things, the stuff I have to worry about are luxuries compared to what some other people have to worry about. And finally, to try to take comfort in things that make me happy, no matter how simple and small. In that respect, there are definitely certain things in life that are undeniably comforting to me:

1. A soft, deep couch that I can nap on. I ordered such a couch in late November. It has not arrived yet because I picked a color that had to be custom-made. But seriously, Crate & Barrel, you’re a huge national retailer. It really takes you 3 months to make a couch? Wtf.

2. My bed. I make it every morning, partially because my mother drilled such behavior into me, but also partly because the sight of an unmade bed makes me want to jump back in and bury myself under the covers. I know my weaknesses and I take steps to avoid them.

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Cranberry Pecan Cornbread

Happy new year! I say this every year, but 2011 really flew by. It seems like just the other day that I was still getting used to writing “2011” on my time sheets, and then, well, life happened – the million everyday moments that march by unnoticed and under-appreciated.  And suddenly, here we are in January 2012, and I’ve been so caught up in pumpkins and then holiday treats that I’ve failed to post a single recipe involving cranberries, that quintessential winter baking ingredient, which are staring me in the face every time I go to the grocery store.

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Cranberry Nut Granola

One of the major perks about my job is that we can exercise our discretion to work from home occasionally.  I like to do this every now and then because it gives me the chance to catch my breath and regroup mentally.  I can sleep in but still get more done because I don’t have to spend time commuting, I can lounge in my PJs if I want to, and I get to spend all day in my comfortable, sunshine-filled apartment rather than my freezing office.  It’s a win-win for all.

On a typical day when I work from home, I roll out of bed, brush my teeth, and wash my face – but I skip putting on makeup.  Sometimes I don’t mess with my hair either.  Things get crazy.  Then I take my laptop and set up shop in front of the TV.  I’m wedged in between my couch and my coffee table, which is a rather uncomfortable position, but it’s the only way I can work and watch TV at the same time.  Sacrifices.  At 9:00am, I tune in to Ellen.  Her dancing and peppiness wake me up.  (But now she’s moved to the afternoon; what am I going to do??)  Then at 10:00am I switch over to the Food Network, where I’m likely to stay for the rest of the day.  Cooking shows provide a nice background to document review, plus I really adore Paula Deen’s Southern drawl and the way she acts like putting two pounds of butter into everything is no biggie.

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