Just a few little notes about what’s on my playlist, my nightstand, and my stove these days.
On my playlist: I mentioned the Spilled Milk podcast briefly when I featured Molly Wizenburg’s book, Delancey, in Books and Brews a couple of months ago, but I’m still listening, and so I’m mentioning it again. It’s two comedians/writers (Molly & Matthew Amster-Burton) talking about food. Everything from lima beans to espresso. I’ve learned some things along the way, (like how it’s the length of time that the water spends in contact with the grounds that determines the amount of caffeine in your cup) but mostly I just love this one because it’s laugh-out-loud-while-walking-to-work funny. I think the best podcasts feel like you’re dropping in on a really great conversation between friends, and Spilled Milk hits exactly that mark. A couple of my very favorite episodes are Peanut Butter Cookies and S’mores.
On my nightstand: I’m reading the last book in Phoebe Fox’s Breakup Doctor series, Out of Practice, which came out last month. I’m a little more than halfway through and really, really, enjoying it! It opens with the main character, Brook, appearing on a local morning TV show, during which her reputation is smeared by the host, who happens to be someone she went to high school with, who’s hanging on to a grudge. From there, Brook’s life and business seem to spiral downward. While the story is certainly about how Brook navigates the negative publicity and changes to the business she worked so hard to grow, there’s a large piece of it that’s also about her very complicated relationship with her mother. I am loving how Fox balances the lighter and darker story lines effortlessly.
On my stove: My go to, I-need-something-for-a-thing-tomorrow, recipe is oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I also like the traditional raison ones, but I since I like to share with my non-raison eating spouse, I typically eschew the dried grapes in favor of semi-sweet morsels. This past weekend, I needed last-minute cookies and was somehow (not at all because I ate them) out of chocolate chips– so I improvised and came up with Fall Spice Oatmeal Cookies. It’s this recipe, from the side of the Kroger brand oatmeal container, but with no chocolate ships and adding a teaspoon each of nutmeg, cloves and allspice, in addition to the 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon. I used hazelnuts.
What’s “on” in your world these days? Do share!