Monthly Archives: October 2012

meatless monday: provisions

meatless survival kit.

Stay safe, loves. See you on the other side. xx


wednesday wisdom: how to be an explorer of the world


meatless monday: inspired by austin

retro signage on south congress st.

I just got back from a few days in Austin, where in addition to a vintage scavenger hunt and two-stepping with real cowboys at a honky tonk bar, I got to tick #7 off of my list AND rediscover my love for a true Southern delicacy: grits. (I swear, this was a work trip). Grits are savory, creamy, and totally, undeniably comforting. This recipe from the NYT’s Temporary Vegetarian blog combines the rustic qualities of a Southern dish with Italian sophistication, thanks to the mushrooms and goat cheese.

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga. Done and done, thanks to my enthusiastic coworkers.

Roasted Mushroom and Goat Cheese Grits
from the New York Times
serves 6

For the mushrooms:
1 c. shiitakes, cleaned & hard stems discarded
1 c. oyster mushrooms, cleaned & hard stems discarded
1 c. cremini mushrooms, cleaned & hard stems discarded
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 sprig thyme
4 cloves garlic
Salt & freshly ground black pepper

For the grits:
2 c. milk
1 jalapeño, split & seeded
1 clove garlic
1 bay leaf
1 sprig rosemary
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 c. organic grits
2 tbsp. butter
2 oz. fresh goat cheese

For the mushrooms: preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine shiitakes, oyster mushrooms, creminis, olive oil, thyme and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a sheet pan, and roast for 15 min. Remove from heat, discard thyme and garlic, and cover to keep warm. While the mushrooms are roasting, prepare the grits: in a saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, 2 c. water, jalapeño, garlic, bay leaf, rosemary and salt. Bring to a simmer then remove from heat. Pour through a fine-meshed strainer into a heatproof bowl, and discard the solids.

Return the liquid to the saucepan, and place over high heat to bring to a boil. Add the grits, lower the heat to medium, and stir constantly until fully cooked and smooth, about 15 – 20 min. Add butter and mix well.

Add the goat cheese immediately before serving and mix well. Divide the grits among six plates, and spoon the roasted mushrooms over the grits.

wednesday wisdom: believe it

by Vince Cavataio.

If you can believe it, the universe can support it.

(Thanks: Giorgio for the quote, Tom for the image).

october spotlight on: the 30 while 30 (THE DIRTY THIRTY)


Today I turn 30.  One year ago, on my 29th birthday, I sat down with a legal pad and a pen to come up with a list: 30 things to do during my thirtieth year on this earth, from October 4, 2012, to October 4, 2013.

Many people have done this already, apparently. The direct person to inspire this was my dear friend Meghan, whose own list is much more athletically ambitious than mine. My thought was that I would take the next 365 to do 30 things that I’ve either always wanted to do/try/learn/experience, and do them. I tried to keep it realistic, within the realm of my capabilities and interests — no scaling Mt. Everest, for instance — but also personally, and maybe even socially, relevant.

I’m sharing my list because I’m told that if you write something down and/or tell the world, it becomes an intention, it manifests as a visceral, physical thing in the universe, and it will exist. Also people will hold you accountable. You’ll notice this list includes tasks that will take a great deal of planning (#4 & #5), some that channel my inner 8-year-old (#12) and my inner 85-year-old (#1), some that are entirely selfish (#16), some that push me physically (#3) and emotionally (#29), and others that will require friends’ help (Spencer, are you reading this? Holding you responsible for #14 & #22).

It literally took me an entire year to finish this list, so know I don’t take it lightly. People, will you help me? Will you pray for me during gluten-free month? Will you eat my experimental Norwegian food? Who will teach me to drive a stick? Not my father nor my uncle nor anyone ever has succeeded…

In no particular order, I give you The Dirty (Purdy) Thirty: 30 Things to do During my 30th Year.

1. Learn to knit and knit something.

2. Attend monthly meditation at the Shambhala Center. maintain a daily meditation practice.

3. Run a sub-8 5k. A sub-8! Coach Hood, are you reading this?


4. Read 15 books of the classic literary canon (see forthcoming sublist).

5. Read 15 books of the contemporary literary canon (see forthcoming sublist).

6. Try 30 days of gluten free.

7. Stand Up Paddleboarding.


8. That trip to Istanbul we’ve always talked about? We’re doing it, Meghan. It’s on the list.

9. 30 days straight of Mysore Ashtanga (minus 2 moon days, of course).

10. Be an adult: create final will and power of attorney.

11. Visit (finally!) these historic New York necessities: Ellis Island. The Tenement Museum. The Cloisters. Guggenheim Museum.

12. Go ALL OUT for Halloween. Like, REALLY.

13. Learn to drive a flippin’ stick.

14. Fly in a plane piloted by Spencer Elliott. Then jump out of it.


15. Learn to cruise on a skateboard.


16. Save up monthly to buy a pair of Louboutins on 31st birthday. Paid for by me.

17. CENSORED: this one is for my (and the mister’s) knowledge only. ❤

18. Take 6 cooking classes, each of a different cultural persuasion: French, Thai, Japanese, Norwegian, Argentinian, Lebanese.

19. Host 6 different dinner parties for friends and serve 6 meals to show what I learned.

20. Compete in a mud run obstacle course: Tough Mudder? Do it!

21. Attend performance of Handel’s “ Messiah” by the boys choir of St. Thomas Church.

22. Circumnavigate Manhattan by foot (calling on you yet again, Spencer).

23. Volunteer once per month walking dogs at Animal Haven in SoHo.


24. Start a fire escape herb garden.

25. Take my Forearm Stand to the middle of the room.

26. Visit the subject of my fifth grade state report: Maine.

27. Invest in some really nice stationery.

28. Write a letter once a month to both grandmas.

29. Conquer insanely debilitating fear of needles by donating blood.

30. Say bedtime prayers again.


wednesday wisdom: from a tree

meatless monday: birthday cake is meatless

a beautiful thing.

Let’s be clear about one thing: I will not be cooking for the next 7 days. Be surprised if I eat anything that’s not birthday cake, All. Week. Long. Good thing sugar is meatless. So is coffee.


See you next Monday for what will likely be a Meatless sugar/caffeine detox recipe. I might need it.

Bring it, thirty.