For V-Day, Brandon and I have an understanding that NO GIFTS are expected and are, in fact, frowned upon. Instead, we prepared this gourmet meal together and savored EVERY LAST BITE. It was mmm mm mmmmm good. I thought I'd share the recipe since your mouth is probably watering right now after seeing my awesome food photography skills.

First, cut baguette into 1/2 inch slices and toast on grill or in oven for a few minutes. Cut a garlic clove in half and rub one side of each toast slice with garlic. Brush with olive oil. Top toast slices with the following mixtures (separately).

Tuscan White-Bean Bruschetta

1 can white kidney beans rinsed and drained

1 T fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. minced fresh sage

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 T olive oil

3 tsp. minced fresh parsley

Lightly mash beans with all ingredients and save some parsley for garnish.

Goat Cheese + Tomato Bruschetta (this was our fave)

1 package (5.5 oz) soft mild goat cheese

1 tsp minced fresh oregano

1/4 tsp black pepper

Mix first three ingredients together in small bowl.

2 ripe tomatoes, seeded, chopped.

1/8 tsp salt

1 T olive oil

2 tsp minced fresh parsley

Mix last four ingredients together.
Spread cheese mixture on to garlic-rubbed side of toast and top with tomato mixture. Garnish with remaining parsley.

Chef B preparing the steaks.



Emily's recent post totally made me think of these posters I saw one day....

Make Yourself at Home
Make Yourself at Home

Drink Coffee
Drink Coffee

Well-Behaved Women
Well-Behaved Women


Passionately Curious. This isn't what it sounds like...

Photo: Yellowstone 2007

"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious."
-Albert Einstein

I love this quote because I once remember my Dad telling me, "The majority of people in the world will only give about 50% effort into what they do. If you are willing to give 100% or even more, imagine what you can accomplish." After 6 years of college, I've discovered this is SO true. So many people expect some other authority to tell them what needs to be done or give them a pamphlet listing the step by step directions to a successful career. (...and sadly, many professors fall into the 50% category too) Those who have a passion and are willing to investigate and push themselves as far as they can go are those who truly get somewhere and seem satisfied with the final product. I'll admit that I fall into the less than 100% effort category when it comes to things like Law for Architects (sorry Anthony)...but I truly try to always push myself beyond what would usually be expected or accomplished. I'm comparing this to school...but this is all true in any situation. I hope that in life, we are all remembered as being "passionately curious"....