For your consumption (second in the series).
Sunday started with a delicious brunch, although there was an embarrassing moment when I got a little too excited about the squeezable jam packets on our table. (But they were really cool! Squeezable! So much nicer than those little rectangular tubs!)
Anyway. Here are some read/cook recommendations.
Read: Prep: A Novel.
So when I saw the cover of this book, I dismissed it as (probably bad) chick-lit. But then the NY Times picked it as one of the 10 Best Books of 2005. I am nothing if not a sheep-like follower of NYT recommendations, so I requested the book from the library. And you know what? It was great. I mean, it's not Nabokov or anything, but it's a quick read with great characters, an interesting plot, and incredibly believable dialogue.
I'm not sure if it was insomnia-induced reading, or reading-induced insomnia, but I read the entire book last Monday night (from about 11:30 PM to 5:00 AM Tuesday morning). In a lot of (rather uncomfortable) ways, the main character reminded me of me in high school--she's really self-conscious, insecure, and internal (like, she overanalyzes everything). Thank goodness I've changed so much, right? Right? Ahem.
As a disclaimer: it's not typical chick-lit, but I think the book might be more appealing to the girls out there.
Cook: Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Milk.
So this sounds really weird and disgusting. Lemon zest and milk? But it was fantastic. I am now convinced that Jamie knows his way around a chicken (see my lemon-butt chicken post). To go with the chicken, I made this baked brown rice pilaf. Soooo good. I'm normally pretty inept at making rice, but this recipe is foolproof. And the rice bakes at the same temperature as the chicken! Fate!