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Posted on Dec 2, 2010 in Dear Diary | 4 comments


It is freezing today. Want proof?

There’s your proof. 😉

Guess winter decided to finally get off its lazy butt and get moving, huh? I even hear whispers of there being snow this weekend!!

Unlike many (okay, most) people I talk to, I actually love winter. I love seeing the world covered up in white, I love seeing puffs of warm breath hitting the crisp air, I love sweaters and scarves and mittens and hats (it’s true, you should see my collection!). Maybe it’s a product of spending a large percentage of my life living in Canada, but I just really have a special place in my heart for all things winter.

You know what else has a special place in my heart?

That’s right. You’re looking at a brand-spankin’-new 7-cup Cuisinart FOOD PROCESSOR!!! It was a fabbityfab lightning deal on Amazon, and I am already so in love. I know, I know, I know, I’m not supposed to be buying things for myself now. But I just couldn’t pass it up. Besides, I wouldn’t be happy with myself if I let someone else pay full-price for one of these bad boys if I could get it for myself for 60% off! It is glorious.

Despite the fact that yesterday was a pretty glum day for me (work has been getting to me a little bit lately…) I perked right up when I opened the box that housed this puppy. And yes, I had multiple boxes to open when I got home from work, haha. It’s like every day is Christmas, getting so much stuff delivered every day! The UPS guy knows us REALLY well now. 😛

As soon as I busted it out and after it look me like 10 minutes to figure out how to detach the bowl from the body (that thing was ON there!) I quickly tested it out by mincing up some red onion, garlic, and red pepper. And then just to see how it would do, I tossed a handful of baby carrots in there too! I’m not really sure what my goal was, I definitely didn’t even have a dish in mind to cook. I think I was just excited. So excited, in fact, that I ended up going kind of overboard and over-mincing everything until it was just this really pretty but really useless orange-red slush.

Darn that pulse button. It’s so much fun to push!

So in true Gretchen fashion, I quickly decided I needed to figure out SOMETHING to do with it. After ravaging my pantry for a bit, I tossed my slush in a little pan with some olive oil and cooked it up, while I threw some whole wheat pasta in a pot. Then I took my nice big stockpot and sautéed a block of tofu up with some EVOO, salt, and pepper, then dumped in a can of diced tomatoes, some leftover spinach, mushrooms and chicken sausage from pizza night, and then finally added in my simmering food-processor mush.

The result?

Pasta a la Pantry!

It was actually quite tasty! You couldn’t really taste the carrots or red pepper, which I guess is good because carrots aren’t traditionally a pasta ingredient. Having a food processor would be really handy if you had kids who didn’t like to eat vegetables (or a husband who refuses to… right Jenny? ;)) because you can get them pureed really, really fine to add into sauces or other dishes.

I added a few kalamata olives and capers on top at the last minute because I think I was trying to convince myself I had made a Mediterranean dish, but they weren’t really necessary (though always delicious! Mmm, olives… drool…)

Anyway, I successfully used up a lot of ingredients that I already had on-hand, and made an entire weeks-worth of pasta that’s chock-full of veggies. A success, I think! And to think, due to the bad day I was having, I was contemplating ordering in for dinner instead. I think that the arrival of my food processor was God’s way of telling me to stay on track!

I have noticed I’ve been succumbing to emotional/stress eating a lot more this week. I really need to get over myself and man up, because this is going to be super detrimental if I let it continue. I haven’t been counting calories very much lately either. I mean, I have been ballparking numbers in my head, but I haven’t been recording, which I think is bad. While I do want to wean myself off of actually writing down every single thing I eat, I’m not at a stage yet where I really NEED to practice doing that (learning intuitive eating – as I believe it’s called – is much more of a maintenance practice than an active weight loss practice. And with only 5 weeks to go until the cruise, I really need to step it up!! Ahhhhh!

Okay, I think that’s enough for right now. I hope you are all looking forward to see some festive house photos once we finally get the rest of the holiday cheer put up in the house (and once I can steal my brother’s fancyschmancy camera to play around and take Christmas-y photos that will do this glorious holiday season justice!) Also, my beautiful and amazingly talented friend and former housemate Ali has been offering to do a photo shoot with me to celebrate the pounds lost so far (36, to be exact!) for some time and we’re finally doing it! So look forward to a couple of glamorized shots of yours truly to be gracing your retinas in the near future. 🙂


  1. My mother is queen of _________ alla pantry. She goes crazy pulling out things and creating something else with them. I get sort of nervous and actually leave the kitchen to only come back when the food is ready and I don’t know what went into it.

  2. The pasta looks good! And i’m jealous of the food processor. Do your best to keep on track! Count your calories and record your food intake- it’s so easy to eat a “few” things here and there without tracking and before you know it you’ve eaten WAY over your allotment for losing weight. You can do it! Just picture yourself in a bikini in January! 🙂

  3. I used to love our food processor, but I was making some rice balls last night and we had a little run in with the sticky rice and the blade. We won’t be seeing each other for a long time after that I’m thinking. My ring finger will probably never be the same. Ok I’m being a little dramatic, but watch your fingers! 🙂

  4. Gretchen I love, love LOVE your blog! and now all I can think about is getting my very own food processor;) miss you girl!

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