Darker Days, Brighter Mornings

Darker Days, Brighter Mornings | The Amateur Everything

My mom used to say that trying to wake me up in the morning was like entering a dragon’s lair. As I got older she would send in my dog, that noble dragon-slaying beagle, who would lay his head on my bed, whine, and occasionally lick any body part that stuck out from under the sheets.

In my college years I would revel in that 3am energy surge. “Fourth wind!” I would shout as I pulled an all-nighter, madly typing that essay with a Red Bull bubbling next to my computer. I was convinced that my best, most creative work happened just before dawn.

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Two Meals from One: Apple-Stuffed Pork Chops and a Frittata

In spite of the rough first week of the new year, I had one of the most amazing and rejuvenating of weekends. AC and I had been talking about having a Queens Day redux, because the first one was fantastic… but it took a while for our schedules to sync up. Finally, though, we picked January 11th and clung to it with everything we had. Because of the forecasted rain, we decided to have a relaxing day in and, of course, a meal of epic proportions.

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Roasted Broccoli

I stumbled across this delicious recipe by The Amateur Gourmet (of course, I should have known I’d love it by the title of the blogger!) while I was still living at home with my parents. I was growing tired of steamed broccoli and looking for a way to reinvigorate one of my favorite vegetables. Enter “The Best Broccoli of Your Life.” I was intrigued, so I gave it a shot. Since that first dinner I have been spreading the good word. I am pretty sure this dish blew my dad’s mind, and it basically changed J’s life. There are some nights when all we want for dinner is a large plate of this roasted broccoli.

Let’s get started!

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Lazy Chicken Dinner

As a tenet of frugal living, cooking the majority of your own meals is mandatory (as well as occasionally bumming food off of your friends). There are some (many) days, however, when 6 pm hits and you realize that you haven’t even thought of dinner, and all of your meat is rock solid in the freezer. For those such days, I discovered Lazy Chicken. Thanks to Google and the amazing Tasty Kitchen blog, I now have a go-to recipe to combat the “just order takeout” compulsion.

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