my dream kitchen

I spend a lot of time fantasizing about what my future apartment or house will look like. It can be very depressing when I'm longing for a bright, sunny, white kitchen and I go home every day to a dark kitchen with virtually no natural light.

So, I have to get my kicks from browsing photographs of other people's perfect kitchens and hoping against hope that I can get into my own place sooner rather than later.
As I mentioned above, I really love white for a kitchen. I like a very clean kitchen. VERY clean (I get that from you, Mom!). And white just seems like the easiest way to see dirt. 
I also love green accents. I've always loved the look of apple green subway tile!
My dream kitchen would most definitely boast a wood stove. We never had one in our house growing up because there was no place to put one, but plenty of our extended family and friends in Maine had them. There's nothing better than the toasty heat of a wood stove in the winter time. I even know a number of people who cook exclusively on theirs. 
I love everything rustic and timeless. I'm always dreaming of a farmhouse or straw-bale house constructed in the center of my own hunk of land, far from neighbors and noise. I've never lived where it wasn't fairly noisy at most times of day. Even in Maine our street was pretty busy, especially in summer.

One day . . . for now it's just a dream to pass the time!

Peace & love,

simple chicken noodle soup ... from scratch!

I am by no means an expert at cooking. Everything I make is an experiment. I learned what I do know about cooking from observing my parents. I don’t like to use recipes because I find it cumbersome.  It just doesn’t work for me.

I’d like to share my rather wacky cooking techniques with you, because I think that some people may be intimidated by the thought of cooking if they feel there are a lot of mistakes to be made. I don’t believe that. My food may not win any prizes and sometimes I add too much cayenne, but it’s always edible :)

Anyway. Last night I thought I was catching what’s going around work so I decided to make a chicken noodle soup. It came out great! So I thought I’d share it with you.

[Approximate] Ingredients:

White onion, 1 large, chopped
Garlic, 2-3 cloves, chopped
Carrot, 1 large, chopped
Celery, 2-3 large stalks (or 4-5 small ones), chopped
Chicken tenders, 1 package, (sorry! I didn’t note the weight. Trust yourself to eyeball it! J ), cut up into small bits
Better than Bouillon chicken base, a little less than 1Tbsp
Salt, pepper, dried rosemary, ground ginger, to taste
Juice of 1 lemon
Egg noodles, a little less than a 12oz package
Olive oil

In a large pot, add enough olive oil to thinly coat the bottom and heat over medium.

Add your onions and garlic. Bring the heat up a little. Sauté, covered, stirring occasionally until onions are translucent.

Add the carrots and celery. Cook a bit longer.

Add your chicken. Cook until chicken is cooked through. (Just a note, I use chicken tenders because they are cheap. Then I stand over the kitchen sink and cut out the freaky bits—like tendons—and cut the chicken into small pieces. The size doesn’t matter, whatever you want!)

Add your seasonings. If you are not familiar with how strong your seasonings are, you can wait to do this step until your water is added.

Add your egg noodles. I would guess that I used about 10oz of a 12oz bag.

Fill your pot the rest of the way with water. Eyeball the liquid-to-solid ratio until it looks like soup to you.

If you’ve not yet added your seasonings, do so now. That way you can taste test as you go. Add much less than you think you’ll need, so you don’t over season.

Cover and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat (and don’t forget it on the stove and let it boil over like I did). Once simmering, reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer until the noodles and carrots are cooked through. I think mine took about ten minutes or so. Maybe fifteen. You can stir as often as you want and check for softness.

Et voil√†! You have soup. It’s a lot easier than it seems sometimes. I love to cook and experiment with different flavor combinations. If it tastes good to you then it’s a success! My soup definitely was. 

Please share your noodle soup experiences in the comments!

Peace & Love

P.S. I apologize for the questionable photography. I am temporarily confined to my iPhone camera. Also, the lighting in my kitchen is very poor.... Better photos for future posts! Promise :)

an introduction

Greetings and welcome to my blog! My name is Aimee. I'm 25. I live in New York City (though, I have to admit, sometimes I'm not sure why!) and mostly, I'm just trying to keep myself busy and sort things out (life and whatever).
I have been living in New York for just over a year now. It's been a pretty crazy year, a lot of ups and downs. There are definitely times where I still feel like I don't have it together, but then I have to take a step back and acknowledge that I have a stable, full-time job. I have a place to live. And, while I still don't have a lot of friends here, I do have a few who are truly exceptional. In other words, I'm doing just fine, in the grand scheme of things!
And when I get of my lazy duff and get out there, New York is great for photography! 
     At any rate, I hope you enjoy the blog entries to come! Hopefully I'll be able to keep up better than I have with past blog endeavors! 

Peace & love,