Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Oh, my pretties.  The real world is crashing in in horrible ways that I can't (yet) blog about.  So I will share good news and a recipe, and hope for better days to come.

THE GOOD NEWS: Gwen and her kids are safe and well, and the support of the internets enabled her to keep her lights on.  Well done, us!  She is keeping her blog private for now on the advice of her lawyer, and she could really use some good thoughts this week -- after which, hopefully, she will be able to come out of hiding and start to rebuild.  Bless you all for your help.

THE RECIPE: This is one of the best snacks EVAH, and is best consumed in bed with the TV on after the kids are asleep.  If you will feel compelled to share with anyone else who happens to be in your bed at that point, double it.
  • Preheat your toaster oven to 375*.  (You can use a big oven if you have to, but allow enough time for it to really heat up.)
  • Melt 1 tablespoon of salted butter and brush it all over a flour tortilla.  (White flour, please.  None of this whole wheat nonsense.)
  • Lick melted butter from your fingers.
  • Cut the flour tortilla into 8 wedges and place on a baking tray (the little one that came with the toaster oven is perfect) or a piece of foil.
  • Toast until firm and just starting to color -- think straw-golden rather than golden-brown.  In my oven, this takes 3-4 minutes.
  • Forage the final container of last summer's pesto out of the freezer and dollop about 1 teaspoon of it on each wedge.  If you're feeling fancy, spread the pesto a bit.
  • Top the pesto with a thumbnail-sized blob of goat cheese.  Herbed is fine, but by no means necessary.
  • Lick goat cheese from your fingers.
  • Put the tray back in the toaster oven and heat until the goat cheese gets a bit melty and the tortilla gets golden-brown around the edges -- another 3-4 minutes in my toaster.
  • Eat while warm, and plant more basil in the garden for this summer's pesto.


Domestic Goddess said...

Oh deary. I hope everything is ok.

In the meantime, keep eating those yummy snacks of yours.

Christine said...

Why does the world have to do so much crashing in lately? Every time I turn around, someone else...I hope everything's okay.

Here's wishing better days for us both.

Anonymous said...

Sounds delish - and I've been worried about you and your status updates. Take care.

MemeGRL said...

Lurve the recipe and will try tonight.
Thanks for the Gwen update, I was fearful when the blog went private but legalese is better than the things I was fearing, so good, and thanks for that.
And remember, I'm right around the corner if I can help battle back some of the real world.

Lisa said...

That recipe sounds delish! Then again, what doesn't taste awesome with blob of goat cheese? (OK, probably a lot, but you know what I mean.) ... babspeapod

Magpie said...

Good about Gwen, and I hope your real world is okay.

Kelly said...

I'll be thinking about you...

And thanks for the snack idea. Any additional ways I can incorporate goat cheese into my life are much appreciated.

jennifer said...

Excellent snacking tip! My mouth was watering just reading that. And happy to hear that your friend Gwen is being nurtured and counseled back to safety.

Miriam L B said...

Worrying about you, Ruth, and sending good thoughts your way and hoping things improve soon.