A Funny Thing Happened on My Way Back from San Francisco

It hasn’t been unnoticed, I’m sure, that the leader of the Free Foodies has been somewhat absent of late. There’s an excuse for that.

I was out in California having a grand ol’ time eating my way up the PCH when I got a phone call offering me a big girl job. It would give me money, training, benefits… It all sounded amazing. And it was. But it was also a major change.

I now work above a Nandos and around the corner from 8407 Kitchen Bar. I haven’t been starving but I also haven’t had much time to write as much as I would like. So I’m dedicating the month of January to catching up on unpublished menus, reviews, and a glimpse into what kind of adventures a real paycheck can help you afford. I’ve been traveling across the country meeting my fellow foodies and checking out some of the scenes as well as learning a lot more about my other passion: spreadsheets.

While I backdate and get everything in order here’s something I’ve discovered at the Panera on the opposite corner from my office that you can make at home and munch on while patiently awaiting my reports. And if you don’t have the time to slow roast your own tomatoes I suggest you at least try one of these in the morning. It makes the day go much better.

Mediterranean Egg-White Sandwich (Copycat Recipe from Foodtastic Mom)

Mediterranean Egg-White Sandwich (Copycat Recipe from Foodtastic Mom)

What I Wish I Had For Lunch Today (Day Five)

Portobello Pesto Pizza

“Portobello Pesto Pizza” from Brown Eyed Baker

It’s Friday…. Woooooo hooooo! And this looks yummy and there’s even like a whole “How To” photo essay on the site and yeah. I’m gonna be way too tired to make anything like this and the end of the week but a foodie can dream, can’t she?

What I Wish I Had For Lunch Today (Day Four)

Trenette al Pesto (Trenette with Pesto, Green Beans, and Potatoes)

“Trenette al Pesto (Trenette with Pesto, Green Beans, and Potatoes)” from Saveur

This would be easy enough to make but even easy takes time and energy that I really just don’t have. So here I sit. Wishing for something I could have made but just didn’t. Eat well, Foodie Nation. Or, at least eat better than me. Eat well and slumber.

National Pistachio Day

Spinach Pistachio Pesto

“Spinach Pistachio Pesto” from Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes

In honor of the recent post and discussion with a fan (who also happens to work for me and I think he might just me sucking up for a raise or something. Sorry A— but ourĀ departmentĀ is B-R-O-K-E) I have found this recipe. It also happens to be National Pistachio Day so I feel like this works.

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