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Have you ever put off doing something because it seemed overwhelming, complicated, daunting, only to find when you finally did it, that it wasn't a big deal at all? I do that all the time. All. the. time. I build things up so much in my mind and get so anxious over them, panic over them, that I put them off, procrastinate, to protect myself. I do it at home. I do it at work. I do it while traveling. I do it with my life list. I do it with my life. In the same way that I leave work...

I like to think I'm a decent cook. At least when I don't burn all my food. Or my hand. I sauté, stir fry, and steam. I bake fish, stew soup, assemble enchiladas. I make an authentic Tortilla de Patatas. I roast an amazing chicken that will some day make someone fall in love with me. I know it. I'll make it for you some day if you ask nicely. What I am trying to say here is that I can cook. But, if I am to confess here, my kitchen knife skills needed some work. This is partially because I just...

Gnocchi are little magical puffs of Italian goodness. True story. I mean, why would anyone in their right mind ever choose regular old pasta, which is just basically flour when they could have pasta made with potato? Or cheese? Quite possibly two of the most amazing things ever invented? Am I right? I can't tell you the first time I ever ate gnocchi, but I can tell you I eat it often. I ate it at least twice while admiring the canals of Venice(I tried to confirm this by going through my photos, but can you believe that on my first trip to...

Jeremy and I were watching Chopped on the Food Network. It's a show where chefs get mystery ingredients that never seem to go together and they have to create a dish with them. Heather was hungry and so she gathered up all the food we had on hand and told Jeremy it was his own version of Chopped. And so, we ended up with "meat stick omelet," which was, really, the only choice. And which was, really, much tastier than it sounds...

One of the things that I've kept wanting to do but, for some reason, haven't been doing is take cooking classes. I love to cook and at home am always whipping up something or another for dinner, so the thought of learning to cook the specialty dishes of a country while in that country really appealed to me. When I got to Chiang Mai one of the first things I did was look into cooking classes, because Thai food is pretty much my favorite food ever. I chose to do Sammy's Organic Thai Cooking School because the woman at my guesthouse...

Sometimes when traveling you crave foods from home. And what do I crave when I'm away from home? Macaroni and cheese. Since I was staying in an AirBNB and had access to a full kitchen, I decided to make macaroni and cheese with the finest cheddar Barcelona had to offer. It was actually pretty awful cheese (maybe I should have substituted something local instead...

1. I made the best B.A.T. Sandwich (Bacon, avocado, tomato — I don't do lettuce) ever. Ever I say! It was made with toasted country bread, mayo, bacon, avocado, and fire roasted tomatoes. It was pretty amazing.   2. Brussels sprouts, potatoes, and bacon. Seriously, everything is better with bacon!   3. I had some frozen cod so I made a couple of dishes. I wasn't too happy with either of them. Cod might not be the best fish when it’s not fried and doused with vinegar...

1. Before Chelsa left Chicago for the holidays we decided to grab breakfast at Orange. We split some frushi and each got a pancake flight. My favorite was the bacon stuffed pancake with blueberry sauce.   2. Last week Heather and I went to Frasca for dinner. I wasn't that hungry so I got a salad. And a Tiramisu. I have my priorities.   3. Music Box Theatre hosted an "Alternative" Christmas Double Feature: Gremlins and Die Hard. I had never seen Die Hard and hadn't seen Gremlins in a very long time. Both were kind of awesome. And by kind of I mean...