Tea vs. Coffee

 I LOVE the taste of coffee. I’m not exactly a Starbucks junkie, but I might happen to be first in line when pumpkin spice lattes are in season. I also love the soothing feeling of herbal tea on a cold, stressful afternoon.

I used to drink coffee every morning before work. I would sip it in the car, listening to talk radio, enjoying a sweet, intellectual morning before getting to the body shop for 9 hours of mindless paperwork. I drank my coffee, loving the taste, loving the kick, and not caring about anything else.

Recently, I went on a health kick to lose weight for my upcoming wedding to the love of my life. In an effort to severely limit my carbs, I talked to a cousin of mine who suggested switching to tea in the morning.

Thank you Mandy! It’s the best daily health advice I’ve ever gotten. I feel so much better. In fact, I never knew what the coffee was doing to me until I switched to tea and felt a huge burst of energy. I’ll have a cup of breakfast tea in the morning at work, and a sweet citrusy cup of Lady Grey in the afternoon. I feel so alive! And the best part is, the pounds are coming off faster without that load of cream and sugar every morning.

(Also, I broke down and bought Hazelnut coffee cream for work, had a cup of coffee yesterday, and felt miserable. Not doing that again.)

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Holiday Party!!

My cousin and I are hosting our first holiday party next saturday, and the pressure is on! We decided to go easy and fun: A big pot of chili with a bar of toppings, and a couple of my fabulous homemade pizzas. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and honestly, I think my pizza might be the reason James proposed.
So what’s so “holiday” about chili and pizza? Well nothing, really. But we’ll make it that way. Add to it some fun appetizers (including interesting cheeses, of course) and some fabulous desserts (who doesn’t love pumpkin pie and christmas cookies) and there you go.

Ok, still not convinced? Egg nog, rum, a few wines… Now really, I’m not one of those people that likes to take the easy way out when it comes to parties and cooking. But when you have a full time job, sometimes you just have to go with “fun” so you don’t pass out from the fury of cooking Saturday morning.

Anyways, the real point of holidays, after all, is presents… err.. I mean family. Totally kidding. The party is going to ROCK, especially since all my favorite people will be there.

Day 1 – Ridder

So… the first cheese of the week was Ridder. It’s Norwegian, and it’s a dessert cheese. I tried it on a Ritz cracker with a strawberry slice on top, and it was TO DIE FOR.

creamy white-ish color, semi-soft, sweet… delish.

Honestly this happened so long ago and I’m way behind on the game, and who knows if I’ll keep it up. I was buying a “cheese of the week” but it started getting a little expensive for an unemployed college grad with massive student loan payments. Maybe we’ll start a club to keep it rolling…

OR… Maybe instead of a cheese of the week, we’ll do a recipe with cheese each week. That would be fun. Tonight I actually made Giada de Laurentiis’s penne with shrimp and herbed cream sauce, which involved cheese. It was amazing. A+ Giada. 🙂

or maybe it could be a blog of foods around the world? I am going to Istanbul and Athens soon… I wonder if there’s a famous Turkish cheese.