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About ktmoomau

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  • Birthday 08/04/1983

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    Jack of all trades- mediator, family law attorney, but I get pulled in on random other civil litigation matters. I cook, bake, make jewelry, garden, can, etc, etc. I enjoy eating out. I previously enjoyed: throwing large dinner parties for friends, traveling. I am still volunteering, reading and other casual pursuits from time to time. I also love my bichon puppy Max, and my really sweet hubby, Matthew who indulges my foodie tendencies.
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  1. Some ideas for your kale you may already have, but... I make a stew with sausage, kale and white beans- easy to find recipes for this online that is really good. Or similarly, you can do pasta with kale, sausage with a garlic, white wine, butter/olive oil sauce that is very good. I also make a kale mac and cheese (I make a weird version to keep it lactose free, but I am sure there are normal versions that are also easy to find.) I also like adding kale to a pot of greens. I also like it when massaged and then chopped into really thin ribbons with Caesar dressing and lots of parm. This we
  2. So... not far from Deep Creek, but on a different grid- you might check out Ohiopyle area, lovely mountains and options with good wifi (we used OVR locations with good wifi). Also the Canaan Valley area is amazing, the house rentals there aren't as nice as DCL, but lots with internet options, and the hiking is phenomenal. I love Seneca Rocks, but less good wifi down there. You might think about places near Lost River too. Also, consider staying in Oakland/Mountain Lake Park instead of DCL, if there are any places available, if you don't mind being in a small town. Hope you have found somew
  3. I was on a cookie streak- chocolate chip oatmeal, ginger apricot, apple butter... I got over my hand pie streak, although it is sounding pretty good, I might go back on that bender, but they kept oozing. I also just bought a stick of pepperoni to make pepperoni rolls, which is good because I have a lot of whole wheat flour I need to use. Our previous law firm had what would be a very unexpected amount of sugar left in their kitchen, so now I have several pounds of sugar, and the possibilities are endless.
  4. Good to know, I have been craving some food from them, almost stopped after a doctors appointment the other day. Now I will make a trip out there for some pick up!
  5. Well last week we managed a little getaway up to Ohiopyle for some hiking/biking really just to be in a different view and frame of mind, as Matt and I could work remotely for a week. I made some big batches of things before we left: Tamales- turkey adobo and veggie- with black beans, spinach, cheese, salsa verde. Dal Makhani (I make big batches of this and freeze big portions) Both things I took up with us along with extra turkey adobo that we used in burritos. This week I made pork chops that I brined, then Hubby smoked. Served with farro cooked in veggie broth and a bi
  6. Have you thought about using one of the swirly baskets? They make shaping easier? I have made- cherry hand pies, peach/ginger upside down cake, lots of cookie varieties, tonight I just made peach coffee cake muffins in the last 2-3 weeks.
  7. Whew- long time no chat... if you all have been wondering where I have been, I will give you a small clue. More to come on all that. Poor hubby had lots of late nights order pizza, popeyes, cava and souvlaki bar. Tonight was penne with homemade marinara and chicken sausage from Stachowskis. Last night was jacked up ramen with soft boiled eggs, seaweed and a little gochujang. The night before spaghetti with pesto, green beans, corn and shredded chicken. Some other recent meals: Charleston gold rice with potlicker from greens made into risotto, roasted corn, okra, eggpla
  8. The girls have such long hair, they look like they had a nice time, despite all that. Did you feel like there were a lot of people there, or did it feel safe-ish?
  9. Aww man, Hunan Gate was firing on all cylinders for take out on Sunday night. It may have been one of the best take out meals I have had from there. We got hand pulled noodles with meat sauce, Szechuan string beans, dumpling with pork and sour napa, and cumin lamb. The dumplings have a decidedly thick skin, they aren't the best dumpling wrappers, but I really like the sour napa filling and the slightly sour flavor really balanced the meal as a whole. I should learn how to make these. The cumin lamb was excellent, the hand pulled noodle sauce was really good and these noodles are kind of t
  10. Just had Al's for lunch, as I had never eaten there. I got the mushrooms, grn pepper and steak sandwich with onion rings. I got the sandwich sans tomato. I thought this was pretty good. I don't know that it needs the mayo, although I decidedly like mayo. The meat isn't super beefy, but I don't think it is bad either. I think it is definitely Steak and Cheese category, not Cheesesteak, but as I am not a huge seeker of cheesesteaks, it suits my tastes just fine. I saved half for later, as it is a big sandwich and I got onion rings.
  11. So- I am going to see my Mother who is older. But I feel very lucky as she has a really nice front porch, back porch and she has an old fashioned house which has a whole house fan which draws fresh air through the house and up through the attic. So my Mom and I have put in a protocol- if some of this is helpful for you. I generally try to quarantine the week before I see her. I make only absolutely essential stops along the way- for these I have my mask and disposable gloves, wipes and throw the wipes/gloves away when exiting. I wear my mask when inside with her, or outside if I am wo
  12. Scratch that... Well we decided that post-Corona we are going with our good friends to Croatia and Austria. It's good to have things to look forward to, even if it might take a while.
  13. It's bad out there. I don't know what the solution is. We are trying to do take out/delivery a few nights a week. But I also don't want to drive a really far way to do pick up either just for a weeknight- because Hubby and I have been working crazy hours and are tired, as well. Add on to that then if I want to see my Mom, I am trying to do stay at home pretty thoroughly for a week before I go. I wish we had better leadership across the board to think of creative solutions. And I am not just talking about the national level- I am talking all the way down to the local level.
  14. Well I accidentally got a double order of sausages from Stachowskis (I know this is just terrible, right?). So we have been eating a lot of sausage. Last week I made pasta with kale, sweet Italian chicken sausage, onion, in a garlic, butter, lemon, white wine sauce. We also took half smokes/german white sausages over to a friend's back yard with slaw and watermelon. I may have then repeated this for another dinner with our renter on our back patio. I also made "beef and broccoli" with venison tenderloin. I might be a little sausaged out for a few days- so a lot of them
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