Nose Deep

It’s National Reading Day. I’m not kidding. This is the superbowl for nerds. It’s making me think all sorts of inappropriate thoughts involving book husbands, wooly socks, coffee, and a night light.

By the way, reading my blog totally counts.

Here’s a fun fact: I am a “food blogger.” (ish. I blog recipes, but discuss anything and everything.) My most followed Pinterest board isn’t food related at all, it’s books. I am an obsessive reader. I am most comfortable with the man’s head in my lap, and a book in my hand, and maybe a glass of wine or cup of tea/coffee on the side table.

I love reading to my kids. I love creating character voices in my head to give life to the heroes and heroines for my bits. I love watching their eyes alight with possibility over what the pages may hold for them. I love the smell of old books, and the feel of the first “crack” of the spine on a new novel.

I love knowing I’m never alone so long as I have a book. I love that I can turn on my phone or ipad or kindle and have a world of libraries at my fingertips. I love turning on a audiobook and cleaning my house or driving to school or going for a jog.

I love knowing that I know things. Reading is the quickest route to an educated and perceptive mind and imagination. (for most people)

I love turning on my computer and diving into blog after blog after post after article. It gives me a sense of community, a feeling of belonging, experiences beyond that of my own.

I love that even in these digital times, and in times where we’re not given much in the way of social services, we still have LIBRARIES. Wonderful places of learning, and magic, and intrigue.

I love that you read my blog. I love that you seemingly don’t care if the f word slips in (and out…sorry) from time to time, and that I ramble, and that sometimes I’m in such a dark place, all I can do is write about it in hopes that by expressing my feelings, I can see light again. I love that you comment and email and tweet about how this thing I said, or that thing I made that reminded you of something. Perhaps it reminded you of that crazy old woman at the end of the road whose house always smelled of banana bread, but her muumuu was see through, so you knew that her boobs hovered somewhere around the equator of her body…I don’t care, it made you think. (of equatorial mammaries and banana bread… seriously, where IS your mind?)

I love when you take my book recommendations and love them too. That is the biggest compliment I can be paid as a reader.

bookszafronNow? Onto the food.

Many, many, many people hate green vegetables. No one hates pancakes. These are better than dr praeger’s brand broccoli pancakes, more addictive than a corn cake, and healthier than most. They’re g-free, absurdly delicious, and EASY.

Broccoli Cakes

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Broccoli Cakes

by Cat Bowen

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: fry appetizer entree side gluten-free kosher soy-free sugar-free vegetarian

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 cups broccoli
  • 1 cup tortilla chips (homemade are best…Brad’s Organic are good as well)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp red pepper flake (optional)
  • salt and pepper


pulse chips and broccoli separately in a food pro until teeeeeny tiny

combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir, tasting mix for salt.

heat a skillet on medium high with spray or oil in the bottom

using a cookie scoop, scoop out 2 tbsp of broccoli mix at a time

pat into cake form

fry on each side for 3 minutes

serve alone or with salsa. (or ranch dressing if you must)

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3 thoughts on “Nose Deep

  1. This recipe is surprising and I have never heard of these. What a great concept with broccoli, which I have plenty of in the fridge right now :) so super easy to try tonight {my kids will be thrilled....not} About books, I love that we still have libraries also and we have the cutest local bookstore in our town of Sonoma, CA. I am so glad it is there and I love going in with the kids and spending time {each of us} looking through the books and making choices for new ones...I also have this weird habit of smelling new books, I love cracking them open and smelling them. I hope books will be around forever :)
  2. My darling child is currently in a very picky food stage, which drives me bonkers, since he's all egg and wheat allergic. Also, I am not going to just serve him cheese and fruit for the rest of his life! He used to love veggies, and now all veggies are yucky. I had such interesting delusions before - that MY child wouldn't go through a picky stage and if he did, I would tempt him with delightfully prepared veggies that he would adore. And now? I would pay him to eat some fucking broccoli that isn't in pureed form. I think I know what we're having tonight!
  3. Broccoli can be an extremely boring and bland veggie, but this may change the way I view them from now on. They sure look good, especially with the tomato on top.

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