Tuesday, July 7, 2009

life is busy, too

This blog has really brought into focus just how much hosting, entertaining, cooking and advice-giving on all of the above I actually do in any given time. Since my last entry, we had friends over for a BBQ, I tested two new recipes, we had a friend in from out of town, and I spent one entire evening brainstorming and planning parties with a couple friends.

And the rest of my life is busy, too.

So! That's, like three different entries I came up with in one week:
  • Light & Healthy BBQ Recipe Experiment
  • Party Planning for the Inexperienced: Getting Started
  • Hosting Out of Town Guests

Any preference on where I should start?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

the proper storage of your tomatoes

Anyone else watch The State on MTV in the 90s? Hilarious, random stuff, and it's coming out on DVD this month which is very exciting. And while other fans of the show may go on about "pudding" and "Doug," I am reminded of another sketch featuring Michael Ian Black as Captain Monterey Jack, lecturing the cool kids on the proper storage of their cheese.

I am reminded of this, because I'm here to talk to you about the proper storage of your tomatoes.

See, because as much as I'm all, "I'm going to start a blog about entertaining and cooking and give advice & stuff!" I still screw stuff up all the time.

Like, I'd heard that you shouldn't put your tomatoes in the refrigerator. So when I bought some on Friday, I left them out. But here's a key thing I didn't know--if you leave your tomatoes out in the plastic bag you bought them in, you'll have a moldy, wet mess faster than you can say Wet Hot American Summer.

So, as a gift from me to you, I looked it up: you keep the tomatoes in a brown paper bag, and they'll last up to 5 days, according to this.

You know, I don't care what the guys from "The Pearl Jam" do with their tomatoes. But in the future, mine are going in a paper bag.

Final note: if your tomatoes get a little soft or wrinkly before you use them, freeze them! You can put them in a homemade marinara sauce later on. And then you can dip your meatballs in it.