Turnip and Beet Chips with Thyme and Truffle Oil

So I am sitting here watching Wheel of Fortune while I’m waiting for my friend to come over so we can watch the best show on television right now at 8pm ET.

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I am not even sure I can admit what I am about to watch in 15 minutes. It is something that 3 months ago I would have never thought I would be this invested let alone watch. If you haven’t guessed it yet, then I might as well tell you it is the season finale of The Bachelor.

I was that non-believer only a mere 3 months ago who made fun of my friends while they told me how hot the guys were on the The Bachelorette and how they were on Team Becca of Team Whitney or whatever. I told myself there is absolutely NO WAY I am going to watch this show or let my friends convince me to watch it. NO WAY.

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Well as you now know, that all went down the toilet bowl. Cause here I am sitting with some cheddar popcorn and store-bought gluten-free cookies all ready, anxiously waiting for my friend to get here so we can start watching this dang thing.

Cause even though I am shamefully watching this show, my inner cynic is actually still enjoying this. Cause I mean c’mon how can a man be in love with two different women at the SAME time, AND and with whom he has only known for 2 months? I can’t help but feel that underneath it all, this is still a classic case of narcissism. Am I the only one thinking this? Maybe I still need a few more years of #bachelornation to soften me up.

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Brown Butter Potatoes au Gratin with Gruyere and Caramelized Onions

Oh man. I just started going to spin class. WHAT did I get myself into. Everything from my belly button down is just sore. I get out of class and from 54th to 68th street and my cheeks are bulbous and puffy red like a chipmunk with hives.

Clearly I am not very attractive when I exercise. But it feels great knowing the strength of your body and what it is capable of. And lately when I’ve come home from my 45-minute intensive class I’ve had myself to thank for making this yummy dishes and saving lots and lots of leftovers to fill my guilty post-workout carb cravings.

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As with pretty much ALL of my dishes, let’s start with the herbs. Other than the Simon & Garfunkel song, there are other reasons why I fell in love with rosemary and thyme. I mean would it be awful if I named my two daughters after them? “Thyme dear, could you help your old mother open up this pickle jar?” I don’t know I think it works.

But other than the salty taste that most gratins have, I love adding these two herbs because I feel it gives the potatoes and cheese and really wonderful aroma and more of a distinctive taste.

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