bits and pieces....

After a raaaaaather ungraceful departure from our beloved Mile High City, and a hiiiiiighly eventful road trip (possibly involving a 2-a.m. lecture from an Iowa State Patrol Officer who felt compelled to make me sit in his cruiser for 20 minutes for driving six miles above the speed limit, an exploding trailer tire, and a 160-pound Mastiff named Levi), my little family and I are once again ensconced in our wee corner of the ghetto. We rolled in Tuesday night, and I'm still trying to conquer this:
Let's think about something more pleasant, shall we?

Much better.
 Did I tell you about the awesome Christmas brunch I made? It appeared to me this afternoon in a flashback vision when I momentarily lapsed into a bit of I-Don't-Think-I-Was-Cut-Out-For-This-Whole-Cooking/Cleaning/Diaper-Changing/Unpacking-Endless-Boxes-of-Supposedly-Educational-Toys Depression. And, I will confess, remembering that delicious holiday triumph brought me hope.

These sweet faces help, too. Also Phineas (whose absence from this picture is in no way an indicator of deficient parental affection).
Perfection is a strong word, but I can't think of a single thing I would change about that morning meal. Obviously, the company was superlative. But the food wasn't too shabby, either -- it was scrumptious, balanced, and came together pretty easily, even in my less-than-well-rested state. And nothing was particularly seasonal, so I might make the exact same thing for breakfasts all year long. Maybe tomorrow....

I used a recipe from Ina Garten's latest cookbook for lobster potato salad and made a couple of wild mushroom quiches -- all of which were pretty fantastic, (if I do say so myself). Then I set out some fancy olives, cheese and jam, as well as ephemerally delicious lemon cake Mercina made for Corban's birthday the night before. But the yogurt was really the best of all. And so simple, I'm not sure I could even call this a recipe.Whatever. Yum.

Spectacular Yogurt
In fancy glass dish, layer together:
cut strawberries
pomegranate gems 
chiffonaded mint

Top with an abundant drizzle of good honey, some lemon zest, and a generous sprinkle of salted pistachios.

Ta-da! That's it! It will blow your mind. Now, if only organizing my house were that easy....

*Noosa yogurt is a Colorado product/religious experience. It's available pretty broadly in CO, but you might need to search a bit to find it elsewhere. You will not regret the effort. Unless you become totally addicted and have to break up with all your other yogurts in favor of this spendier, fattier version. If you don't want to risk that, get a nice Greek yogurt and spike it with some honey, lemon zest and juice to make it extra tangy-sweet...
Definitely one of the very best things I have ever made in the kitchen.


  1. In Mass, Noosa is carried at Target.

    I am so inspired by this brunch! I can't wait to try one of my own, especially the Noosa parfait. So beautiful!

  2. Oh, wow. That looks so good.

    Did you hear Martha Stewart on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me sharing her pomegranate seed removal trick? It is magic.

    1. No! I often avoid them because it is such a pain to retrieve the vibrant deliciousness. Over the holidays, le Costco sold the seeds ready to eat in packages - I don't know Martha's system, but I can't imagine it's much easier than that! Miss you! Xo

    2. We miss you too. Next time you need some gems and the convenient prepack stuff is out of season, Martha says to quarter the pomegranate and then hold it over a bowl while hitting the skin side repeatedly with a wooden spoon. We loved how well it worked!

    3. Plus, it sounds about a million times more fun than opening a package....

  3. It was perfection -- a celestial experience in yogurt form.

  4. The whole breakfast was a Christmas miracle. I daydream about it time to time.

  5. Lots to say...the yogurt looks incredible! Can we please recreate soon? The kids are adorable (and Hettie and Nellie have matching pajamas). Also, I am so excited you're back and I can't wait to see you! Can we please plan a get-together soon? The only bad part is I'm completely lame and have a full-time job, which will cramp our hanging out style. But we must make do! Finally, I love you!

    1. I love you, too!! So excited we are not only on the same continent, but in the same city!! A miracle!! Can't wait to see you and the brood. Xo

  6. Vegetarian AND gluten free? Oh my, I will most certainly have to try this, it looks absolutely divine! Although it'll have to wait until the summer, when fruits actually become affordable again...

  7. The yogurt was the most amazing thing. Ever. I dream about it.


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