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carrot soup

Lauren & Sandy

Here is an illustration I just created for Lauren Snow Cosmetics. Isn't she darling? Be sure to visit her lovely new site! Lauren offers a wide range of makeup services, I think her destination wedding services sound like the most fun! Imagine getting to fly off to a tropical destination just to make the bride and her bridesmaids look beautiful... sounds like a dream job.

Speaking of flying off to tropical destinations, that is something that no one New York will be doing today. Sandy has us on house arrest. She is bringing to light the basic fears of New Yorkers: not having access to designer exercise facilities and not having access to organic, sustainably farmed foods (that you did not have to prepare yourself)

So, not only is it windy and rainy and Soul Cycle has emailed 67 times to appologize for their abbreviated schedule but I think a lot of people are also discovering how to turn on their stoves for the first time today. Worst Monday ever!

New York is nothing without takeout/delivery food and easy access to creative new ways to exercise off all the offending calories. No one moved to NYC because of the amazing kitchen amenities offered in their apartments. We moved here to go to restaurants sometimes 4 or 5 times in one single day. We are hear to live the dream!

Well, living the dream becomes pretty low on the priority list when suggestions of how to flush your toilet with stored baggies of frozen water start circling via frantic group texts. I even heard one suggestion about kitty litter... I won't go into detail. You can guess. Shudder.

Anyway, I trudged through the blustery streets to every lunch spot within a 10 block radius of my apt only to find them chained and dark. Defeated, I resorted to the suburban practice of cooking myself lunch. It actually turned out pretty well.

If you are in dire need of an activity to keep yourself busy today without your regularly scheduled yoga class or trip to pick up Westville for lunch here is a recipe you can make even if you previously only used your oven for shoe storage:

Carrot Soup a la my mother, Nancy Bennett:

put 4 cups of chicken stock, 4 cups of chopped carrots, 2 cups of chopped potato and 1 chopped onion in a pot.

add 1.5 tsp of cumin and a bay leaf and cook this for 20 minutes.

immersion ... WAIT REMOVE THE BAY LEAF... blend the contents of the pot into soup and put it in a bowl with a dollop of sour cream, some chives and a hearty grinding of black pepper and some cayenne pepper.

And Voila! Lunch! Ina Garten has nothing on us. Stay dry friends! Pray the power stays on!

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