Spinach, Ham and Jesse Spano
Still hung over from New Year’s? Or did you go to bed before midnight like me?
Gasp. Stop the music. What did she say? Before midnight? No drunkenly sloppy kiss? No incessantly obnoxious noise makers? No sequins? No mass consumptions of bubbly?
Yes, for the first time since Jesse Spano was so excited but then so scared for caffeine, I did nothing for New Year’s Eve. And. it. was. fab.u.lous.
We went to a champagne brunch with friends on New Year’s Day. I drank a poinsettia which is mimosa’s dreamier cousin of cranberry juice and champagne. I ate engulfed a hearty Italian omelet then we went home. Nothing frivolous or exciting but it was absolutely the most perfect way to bring in a new year. Fresh. Remembering even the minutest of details from the night before. Well-slept. Guilt-free. And an extra dollar or fifty in my pocket.
What is 2011 bringing you? A chance to shed that baby sea lion that hangs over your jeans? An opportunity to read more books on your nifty new eReader that the jolly fat man in red gifted you this Christmas? Questions over what to do with the leftover Christmas ham in the freezer?
Have no fear, Entertaining by Evie is here. Mix the ham with a little spinach. It counteracts with the bitterness of spinach, pairs well with steak and your kids/dogs/cats/pet ferrets/ant farm will like it, too. If you still have leftovers, make a delicious white bean soup (stay tuned). Then, make a salad for lunch. And, then when you’re ready to throw the ham hock out the window, chuck it in the neighbor’s yard and let their dog Twinkles go velociraptor on it.
Back to that whole 2011/it’s a New Year thing; I try to make goals for myself rather than resolutions. For example:
- Run in the Nashville Country Music Half Marathon on April 30.
- Visit my sister in Nashville.
- Sell townhome and buy new house.
- Convince the ‘Puter Hub that we need a 200-pound Newfoundland named Sophia.
- Note to self: Begin drafting Executive Summary and PowerPoint slide deck with Venn diagrams
- Support a friend during her nuptials in the Dominican Republic and leave tomorrow.
- Sail the Virgin Islands with the family for 7 days without jumping out of the boat because your brother passed gas for the 1,453,867th time.
- Stand up in said brother’s wedding and hope that his bride-to-be can tolerate his gas for the rest of their lives.
- Pray that he doesn’t let one slip during the vow portion of the ceremony.
- Turn 28. Yikes.
- Continue to give back.
- Attend Camp Dad.
- Read at least one book per month.
- Try something new. Learn something new. Start something new.
- Reach 100 shoes in my shoe collection. It’s going to take work, but somebody has got to do it.
- Post content to the blog 2-3 times per week.
- Eat spinach and ham.
You know? Simple stuff like that. What are you resolving to do in 2011?
Spinach and Ham
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 3-4 slices of leftover Christmas ham, chopped
- 3-4 large handfuls of fresh spinach
In a medium skillet, heat olive oil. Add ham and sizzle for 2-3 minutes. Add spinach and let it wilt.
Stir. Add butter for added flavor. Stir with tongs. Simmer for about 8-10 minutes until spinach is nice and wilted.