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Friends, I am so on top of things today. I was out of bed at 7, doing homework by 8, cooking by 9 at at the market at 10:15 sharp. I almost don’t want to say anything for fear of jinxing it, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a very productive week.

Tomorrow night I’ll be cooking a Valentine’s Day dinner for Andrew and me, but because I’ll be in class all day, I’m getting a lot of it done today. The main course will be Dana‘s Red, White and Green Lasagne, which is a great choice for a make-ahead meal. The recipe calls for broccoli, but because the regular variety isn’t in season yet, I’m using the purple sprouting you see above. The small bunch of leaves at the top of the photo is an organic salad mix, which will accompany the lasagne perfectly. For dessert is Nigella’s Instant Chocolate Mousse, which I can whip up in mere minutes before we sit down for dinner.

I’m also starting a new part-time job this week, as an assistant at a small interior design company. I’ve been wanting to move my freelance work toward the interiors path for quite some time, so I’m really excited about this. I’ll mean getting back into the bringing-lunch-to-work zone, so I’ll have to think ahead. I’ll probably rely on my classic lunchtime formula quite a bit, but hopefully I can expand on my repertoire, too. Also on the agenda this week is this Braised Cauliflower recipe from The Kitchn, Gooey Cocoa Brownies from Honey & Jam, and a red beans-and-rice style curry.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day! What are you cooking up to celebrate this week?


  1. Hilary says:

    I’m tempted to throw that cauliflower braise into my weekly meal plans at the last minute! Dana’s cauliflower recipe this week also looked really tasty.

  2. Felicia says:

    Congratulations on your new job! I hope it goes well. I love the lunch staple… Must make it as soon as I can get to the grocery store!

  3. Dana says:

    I hope you like that lasagne as much as we all did. So nice to be able to comment here again. I have loved so much of what you have done recently. Congrats on the new job – so exciting for you! I plan to cook dinner tomorrow night but not sure what I am going to make yet… :)

  4. Congrats on the new job sounds exciting. Enjoy your lovely Valentine’s dinner later.

  5. Wowzer! You did accomplish a lot in a short morning! Congrats on your new job!