dollyandoatmeal’s new home – update

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thanks again everyone!

xo – lindsey

dollyandoatmeal’s new home

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thanks everyone!

xo lindsey


dollyandoatmeal is migrating!

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xo – lindsey

:: love ::

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this past weekend was a special one.  not only did frank and i celebrate our 3 year anniversary, but we celebrated a year of being engaged.  3 years ago this past sunday we had our second date.  that was a special date for both of us.  by the end of it we had both realized we had a connection far deeper than a physical attraction.  the date started off at the lincoln square cinema to see a movie. afterwards frank suggested we walk through central park. we walked from the west side to the east side, pausing for a moment to look at wollman rink (if you’ve ever seen the movie serendipity then you know which one i’m talking about).  as we exited the park frank kissed me. a kiss that, as i told my friends the next day, solidified my feelings that this was a man i never wanted to let go of.  we continued our walk out of the park and were right by the plaza hotel, when to my surprise frank playfully threw a snowball at my back.  it was a very silly and innocent moment that i will never forget.  we stopped briefly at the restaurant, serendipity for coffee and dessert.  we found ourselves walking and talking for over 30 blocks until we stopped at a restaurant for some drinks.

2 years later we celebrated our  anniversary by re-doing our second date.   we took our stroll through the park, and stopped at wollman rink.  i turned around and frank was on one knee asking me to marry him.  this year we celebrated our 3 year anniversary by doing the same thing(minus the proposal of course).  it has been one of the best years of my life, one marked by immense happiness and a love i never thought was possible.   i can’t wait for more strolls, discussions, movie-watching, hand-holding, picture-taking, disagreements, kisses, and everything else that we share with one another..

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apple salad with tahini dressing


its new york, in winter, and it’s a high of 30°. i should not be eating salad. i should be reaching for hot soup, or something warm out of the oven.  but for whatever reason i made this salad.  i had been wanting to try out some variation of a tahini dressing but never had the tahini! but since making this yummy dip, i had a decent amount of sesame tahini left over.  i don’t know why i went with apple in the salad (probably because i had it in the kitchen), but the flavor of the crisp apple (honeycrisp apples are more tart than sweet) and the nutty tahini married perfectly! tahini has never been an ingredient i have ever craved, but i now am eager to experiment with it in other dishes. there is not one way of making this dressing.  you can basically add whatever ingredient you like (within reason).  i have seen people use garlic instead of shallot, or use white miso.  however, my only piece of advise is to make sure you thin it out with enough water, especially if you use it for salad dressing – no one wants a salad with dry lettuce.

:: serves 4 or serves 2 with big appetites ::

1 1/2 ounces mixed greens

1/2 cup chopped honeycrisp apple

1/4 cup grated carrot

1 tablespoon minced shallot

1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon toasted pignoli nuts



:: tahini dressing ::

1/2 cup tahini

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 shallot chopped

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2/3 cup water

salt and pepper to taste

blend all the dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender.  depending on your preferred consistency you may want to add more or less water.  season with salt and pepper.

combine salad greens, chopped apple, grated carrots, minced shallot, and toasted pignoli nuts in a large bowl.  toss the salad with the desired amount of dressing.  i had enough left over for another salad.

:: enjoy ::