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January 2006

January 07, 2006

WCB: two cats are more hyper than one

We've had the sort of rain that local naturalist Robert Pyle might call "ratta-tatta-tattarain with intermittent virkkaplotzs" for what seems like weeks. The rivers have spilled over their banks and receded and seem poised to do it again. Some people who have homes with decks that just out over the Columbia River were reminded of their relationship with the river when it crept over first the deck, then the doorstep. The joys of waterfront living!

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My cats took advantage of a brief pause in the rain (they call them "sun breaks" up here, which is just odd) to get outside for a moment's romping.

The little black furling has now been here for six weeks and he's looking so much fatter and healthier. He's got a name too.

Allow me to introduce Bean "the S'kitten" Underfoot.

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Bean for the character in the Ender series, who starts life as a scrappy little street kid before things start to look up. (If you haven't read the series, you really ought to take a look. Bean even gets his own series after a time.) The moniker of Bean came with bonus points because he was rescued from an espresso stand on the side of Hwy 101. Not a good place for a tiny, starving furling to be hanging out.

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The "s" in s'kitten is for skittish, which he was at first. Extremely skittish. Even now that he's secure here, he's not overly fond of sudden loud noises —  although he is getting used to the kitchen appliances. Which is good (or so he might have you think) because it means he can spend more time under my feet while I'm working.

Apparently our cats are somehow related because they are both clearly members of the Underfoot clan, Bean's gotten a few gently squished paws while figuring out that behind my feet while I am cooking is not the best place to lurk. It doesn't help that, being almost pure black, he completely disappears into the shadows.

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Like I said, two cats are more hyper than one.

Weekend cat blogging is the wonderful excuse that Clare has provided for us to show off our furlings. Her roundup of this week's cute is here.

Those of you without cats aren't left out of the fun. If you've got a dog, check out Sweetnicks for weekend dog blogging...and another charming picture of the sweetNick himself. If you've got herbs, get thee to Kalyn's Kitchen for weekend herb blogging, maybe she'll share some of the peach fresca she found. This weekend is also Paper Chef, hosted at Belly-Timber where they are cooking babies or something.

As for food, someoneElse is in the next room, just pulling some snickerdoodles with variants (nuts, craisins, both) out of the oven. And I hear more eggs being cracked. All that and a new season of Battlestar Gallactica and The L Word this weekend. The year's shaping up pretty well so far.

January 06, 2006

Drink your way around mid-Cascadia

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Apparently someone sent a memo out with something about this being a post-holiday recovery time for food blogs. You know, low-fat, low-alcohol, maybe even go on a diet, that sort of thing. Hell, even my favorite crazies are joining in and Sam's declared it Sugar-LOW Friday! Sugar-LOW? Is nothing sacred with you people? shakes head in dismay

Whatever folks. You all enjoy your no-carb, no-fat, no-meat (no fun) carrot stick and celery dinners. I'm pouring myself a glass of something alcoholic and searching the cupboards for some chocolate. Sadly, I already know that I have neither great wine nor terribly good chocolate. I have perfectly good slabs of bittersweet chocolate, but that's my baking stuff and the last truffle dissolved last night...in my mouth. Same thing with wine, the good stuff all went away over the holidays, leaving a small selection of random bottles.

And memories of better wines I've discovered in the last year...

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January 03, 2006

amaretto and apples and almonds, oh my!

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If one subscribes to Kevin's theory that the first meal you eat in the new year sets a sort of precedent  — and it seems like a great belief as it excuses many an indulgent meal on the first day of the year  — then my year is off to an excellent start. Some good friends called and invited us up for impromptu "pizza and whatever else was handy" dinner.

Armed with a few hours lead time, I turned to The Breadbaker's Apprentice for a quick pizza dough (my usual one takes a starter, thus more than a couple of hours). The dough wasn't my favorite, it was a pain to shape and tore far too easily for me to adopt it as a standard recipe. Then again, it was the first time I've used that recipe so I really should give it another chance. My ever-trusty freezer yielded some marinara sauce (which I make a vat of every few months and freeze) which went on two of the pizzas (the other had a pesto sauce) along with a collection of lightly sauteed veggies and some excellent pork sausage that the other guests brought.

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