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I finally did it!

I signed up for the basic series of 12 cooking classes at Kitchen On Fire in Berkeley.
After catering for years, I want to re-learn some basic techniques the right way. :)

Their kitchen is gorgeous, and Chef Mike (one of the founders/instructors) is an awesome person. I went to the school to register and we had a nice long chat about local produce,recipe troubleshooting and kitchen influences.

This feels good. I start September 1st.

Dreaming (lucid or otherwise)

This week my dreams were extremely vivid. Normally I dream in a "movie" format, very linear.

I decided to try something new Thursday night- meditating before bed one night and consciously asking myself to solve a problem I was having in my waking hours, during my dream.

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Three word meme yanked from kshandra

Answer each question in exactly THREE words. It sounds easy, but it's harder than you think!

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Another catering job-yay!

I love catering events. I catered hors'doeuvres for 200 on June 27th for an open house event. I've been asked to cater the same kind of event for 100 on August 7th.

I want to do something different. Last time I served:

Arancini (deep fried risotto balls filled with cheeses) for 150 with marinara sauce
Shrimp puffs with sweet chili garlic sauce
Mediterranean platter (homemade hummus, baba ganoush, with pita and olives) for 50
Antipasti tray for 100 (with marinated mushroom and veggie salad in the center)
Fruit trays
Veggie trays
Salsa Bar with chips
Chocolate Fountain with various dippers (strawberries, bananas, graham crackers, marshmallows)

I'm out of ideas right now. I will go over to tastespotting.com to see if I can find some new appetizers to try.

For my foodie friends, do you have an appetizer recipe that is delicious and translates well to be made for 100 people?



After posting the cartoon about the iphone, hitchhiker's response has inspired me to list and ask the following:

-Name your 5 random gadgets/items (excluding PC's, Macs and Laptops)electronic or manual:

- that you would never want to part with
- along with their retail value and where you bought them
-and how you use them:

Here's my list:

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Courtesy of Get Rich Slowly, my favorite personal finance blog:

Feeling memeish.. (yanked from juverna

Your result for The Best Thing About You Test...


Compassion is your strongest virtue

Compassion is the most human of the virtues. And you? Your heart has limits far beyond normal levels empathy, and your capacity for feeling the world's pain is boundless. You poor, beautiful, wonderful thing. All 7 virtues are a part of you, but your compassion runs deepest.

It is likely you're an altruist. And it's likely (but not necessarily true, think of Bono) that your humility score is high too.

Compassionate famous people: Brad Pitt, Mother Theresa, The A-Team.

Your raw relative scores follow. 0% is low, and 100% is perfect, nearly impossible. Note that I pitted the virtues against each other, so in some way these are relative scores. It's impossible to score high on all of them, and a low score on one is just relatively low compared to the other virtues.


80% Compassion

22% Intelligence

75% Humility

33% Honesty

25% Discipline

29% Courage

42% Passion

Take The Best Thing About You Test at HelloQuizzy

The state of the Rosie