Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Magazine's Best: Recipes

People with a knack for cooking never cease to amaze me, but what's more impressive are those who figure out which flavors will work together. Can you tell I just watched Top Chef Masters?

My grandmother gave me a subscription to Better Homes & Gardens a couple of Christmases ago and while I don't have a home OR a garden, I love the features on people's homes and, most of all, reader submitted recipes. From this month, I'm looking forward to trying the Summer Vegetable Potato Salad. I don't know if you've noticed, but I have the tendency to go on "kicks". I get extremely passionate about something and then it seems to fizzle out. But this recipe is the perfect way for me to search out the closest farmer's market, support local agriculture, and get some time in the kitchen.

For a tried (by me) and true summer salad/relish, make this Corn Salsa with Feta and Walnuts. It is ridiculously easy to make, delicious, and tastes even better the next day. No need to cook the corn and avoid jalapeno hands by wearing gloves while chopping, mine burned for two days!

That's the wonderful and difficult thing about cooking and trying new recipes. Part of me is discouraged because I didn't make it just right and the other part knows what to do next time to make it even better.

Podcasts Day 2

Success! I listened to three Money Girl podcasts in the car on my commute to and from work (yes, I sprinted out of the gate, don't expect such gusto in the coming weeks). I learned about Traditional and Roth IRAs, a subject that never ceases to confuse me, and about the new credit card rules.

I'm glad I started listening today because it reminded me that I needed to rollover my 401k from my previous job. I'd been putting it off because I didn't really understand what I needed to do. But, putting it off wasn't earning money, so I bit the bullet, asked the questions that I'm certain are dumb ones, and got the ball rolling. Cross that off my to-do list! And the credit card podcast prompted me to check out my interest rate and look into other cards that might have better rates and rewards! Free flight?? Yes please!

Next on my learning list is the NC driver's manual. To get licensed in this great state, I have to retake the written test. I won't bore you with that information, but cross your fingers that I pass!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Annnd I'm back! ...again

Worst.Blogger.Ever. That's me. and now you're up to speed.

I have spoiled myself by listening to books in the car. I look forward to trips and even short treks on my lunch break to hear what happens next, but audiobooks can be expensive if you're buying, unavailable if checking out from the library, or inconvenient to return if listening to a Cracker Barrel audiobook. And yet, I like to be entertained in the car and music just doesn't cut it sometimes.

And then I remembered podcasts! I listened to a few Spanish language podcasts before heading to Spain to brush up on some grammar, nevermind the fact that when I was over there I'm pretty sure the way I spoke sounded something like... "I... sandwich." or "Please... wine."

Anyway, I added Money Girl's Quick & Dirty Tips and Stuff You Missed in History Class. Yes, completely nerdy but I feel like I can use my commute to learn something? We'll see how this goes.