"A 2012 study from the University of Illinois at Chicago found that moderate intoxication — a blood alcohol content around the legal driving limit of .08 — can improve creative problem solving because it facilitates outside-the-box thinking."

I’ve thought this way for a long time. With just one beer or a glass of wine I seem to be more focused and provoke with thought than otherwise.

Fall is here! Well sort of, here in Florida it is still 90+ degrees on a daily basis. It’s always an awkward time of year were there are coats and boots in the stores but all you really need is a new pair of sandals. But either way that doesn’t stop me from making my favorite fall foods. Soup is especially great this time of year, even here as it doesn’t require you turn on the oven. This recipe is amazingly simply and requires minimal time as in the case of most soups. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, small diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 large granny smith apple, small diced
  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine, can substitute apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cloves
  • 4 cups chicken stock, can substitute vegetable
  • 1 tbsp. Kosher salt + to taste
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, can substitute vegetable oil
  • Olive oil

Instructions:

  • Toss butternut squash in olive oil to coat evenly with salt and pepper
  • Roast on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 for 40 minutes
  • In a large pot melt butter and then add celery, carrots, apple, onion, garlic and ginger stir until onions turn translucent
  • Add wine, stock, cloves, nutmeg, and squash; stir and bring to a boil
  • Turn heat to low and cover for about an hour
  • Puree soup in blender in batches or in the pot with immersion blender
  • Serve with cream, fresh chopped chives, or pepitas

food52:

In honor of Meatless Monday, we’re throwing it back to the best song about tofu ever written.

The Beets — Killer Tofu 

Oh, childhood.

I love sitting at the bar in a restaurant. It’s how I realized I really like, even sometimes prefer, dining alone. Sometimes, you want to go out simply to enjoy a meal and not feel the obligation to converse; at the bar I feel you have an option, even with a companion. Plus, I’ve found service to be much better and I feel less obligated to rush as a single diner, being able to read a book or watch the television.

murrayscheese:

170cheeses:

Mouth-watering…creamy…leaving-you-wanting-more-kinda-of-deliciousness can best be experienced with a taste of burrata. It’s possible that burrata is the sole reason why cheese is the only thing I live for I love cheese.

The simple, yet extraordinarily delicious recipe I followed is on page 28…

YES. well done.

One of my most favorite cheeses. Made from scraps of leftover mozzarella but so much better.

pbs-food:

The wisdom of Julia.

So true.

What would be the last thing in the liquor cabinet you would drink?

  • For me it would be vodka, it’s flavorless and nothing good ever comes from of me drinking it.

Oh, no! Better stock up!

Too bad it was always canned…

I have to say I agree. But I’d rather they didn’t, more for me.

georgetakei:

Where are my Tumblr ladies and the men that love them? Perhaps a (correct me if I’m wrong) “like” and “reblog” if you agree?

Get ready for a zombie invasion or a sexy Halloween costume with these daily October workouts.

I can tell this is true… 60 squats + other various leg workouts on Wednesday and my legs are STILL angry at me. Hurts so good…

I can tell this is true… 60 squats + other various leg workouts on Wednesday and my legs are STILL angry at me. Hurts so good…

it’s a rainy day here today (again) and all I want to do is go home, lay on the couch, turn on a movie, and eat something warm and comforting.  One of my favorite, and healthy, recipes for this type of occasion is Turkey and White Bean Chili adapted very slightly from the GH website. It is hearty yet light and I can even get my boyfriend to eat it! Great right out of the pot, with corn bread or rice, and especially leftover. Give it a try!

Tukey White Bean Chili

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