Update from March 20, 2013:
It’s finally spring, and the weather is beautiful! And the ranunculus out back is in full bloom, so I’m updating muffin photos for your personal enjoyment.
Original post from June 27, 2010:
Dear Migraine, you’re on your fourth day. Would you please go away and leave me alone?
So last night, while Barry caught Mystic River on Netflix, (good flick), I caught up on a few books I had checked out from the Tustin Public Library. When we called it a night, I took The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook back to the room with me.
Barry laughed. “On Tuesday, you read Ad Hoc at Home in bed. On Wednesday, you slept with Bon Appétit under your pillow. On Thursday, you went to bed with Anthony Bourdain and on Friday, you woke up with him in your face. And now you’re taking Ina to bed? …but you refuse to read your book-club book?”
My response was something akin to “Shuddup; I’ve had a migraine and these people make me feel better.”
So last night, while the Mr. plowed through The Girl Who Played with Fire, I reacquainted myself with Ina.
Ina has lived the kind of life I want to have: Quit the day job, buy a business, run a shop, re-design a home, make friends with Martha Stewart, and entertain like a champion. If I had a Top Ten list of people I’d like to meet, she’d be on it.
Screw it; I’m making a Top Ten list, and she’s on it.
If and when I ever meet Ina, I’d like to ask her where she got the gumption to quit her day job and buy a business. Because I think about that everyday.
So this morning, while everyone else in the house slept in (man, dog, cat # 1 and cat # 2), I got up early to battle the migraine. And since it was Sunday, I pulled out my Back to Basics cookbook from the shelf to make another batch Blueberry Streusel Muffins. According to my margin notes, I usually make five modifications: 1) half the batch, 2) include zest of one whole Meyer lemon from the backyard, 3) only use large-size egg, 4) add extra blueberries, so I can fill up 12 muffin liners, (I feel bad gypping the last two holes when Ina’s 1/2 recipe only makes 10 muffins), and 5) add a touch more kosher salt to the streusel topping.
Hopefully, there’ll be some leftovers so I can have them for breakfast everyday this week. Happy Sunday, everyone!
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Original photo from June 27, 2010: