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Hey, hi. I figured you, like me, might need some chocolate zucchini cake to help get you through the week. The moist, not-too-sweet kind you just stir up in a bowl and bake in a pan and nibble from when you need it – a cake you could get away with having a chunk of with your coffee in the morning, for filling up lunchbags and the after-school gap. And here’s some good news: if you also have far too many zucchini in your kitchen, you can grate a bunch, as if you were going to make brownies or muffins or a loaf or this cake, and just freeze it in ziplock bags, pushed flat to get the air out and so that they barely take up any space, to use in the aforementioned baked goods at a later date.

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I can’t sleep. And now I can’t see, because I’ve gone and plucked my contacts out, and my glasses are so old and scratched and bent that they hardly count anymore. I can’t move my head without them falling off, and ordering new ones seems to slip down my list of priorities as fast as my glasses slide down my nose, so if I decide to read or type anything after making that final commitment to blind myself at bedtime, I do so with my face an inch and a half from the screen. Which leaves me with a neckache, which doesn’t help with the not sleeping. I blamed afternoon iced lattes for awhile, and a large snoring dog who’s starting to smell more strongly of river, and pre-dawn wakeups (kids can’t fall sleep when they’re overtired, right?) and now I’m wondering if this is just the way it’s going to be from now on. I went downstairs and ate a bowl of Cheerios, evenContinue reading

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Honestly, I have no idea why my pants don’t fit anymore. This has been a very well-fed week. Two of our birthday gifts were tickets to see the Tiger Lilies’ Seven Deadly Sins show at the Grand and gift certificates to Murrieta’s, which is conveniently on the same block, and since technically we had two birthdays this week we could play the birthday card twice and get another night of babysitting. I haven’t been to Murrieta’s in years but everyone’s food was outstanding (there were 5 of us) and came in quantities you hardly see at restaurants of that caliber – particularly the appetizers. Mike had tempura prawns with at least 8 piled on his plate, and my goat cheese wrapped in phyllo (I was expecting maybe a few sparse triangles) was easily the size of two decks of cards wrapped in phyllo and topped with a kind of blackberry-mint chutney, with a side salad (beyond a little garnishy pile of greens). It could have easilyContinue reading

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