Colleen is sort of (in my mind) the bigger (blogger) sister of the CGB. We're like the squirrely little sister with the wild hair that never gets brushed and sits in the back seat of the station wagon and makes faces at grumpy old ladies. Also, I hate to break it to you, but we pick our nose. Sorry.
Colleen knows all kinds of stuff about shopping and fashion for the heavyset. She's even a "Style Expert" at Lane Bryant one day a week. She has written all kinds of reviews about how clothes fit and what places carry boots for fat calves and where to find the hip clothes that don't have the word "gabardine" anywhere in the title.
Aside: Is gabardine considered hip? When I think of gabardine, I think of women's pants with the fake pleat down the front of the leg and the elastic waistband. I also think of Tricia Leines who was the most perfect and elegant and beautiful girl in my high school and went on to become the 2nd runner-up in the 1997 Miss America pageant and is now the meteorologist on the local CBS affiliate and who is still perfect and beautiful and elegant and delivers the weather forecast in a most perfect and beautiful and elegant manner (in case she vanity googles herself). I digress. The reason I think of Trician Leines when I think of gabardine is because she was the first person I ever heard pronounce it correctly (in high school). See? I told you she was perfect!
Back to Colleen.
Colleen also knows all kinds of stuff about TypePad—the CGB blog software of choice—because she works for them as a Technical Nerdy Something Nerdish Nerd Geek. She's actually an internet genius and I have been known to pick her brain about all kinds of things (except for TypePad, that's what the help tickets are for, lest any of you get any ideas about leaving TypePad questions for her in the comments).
So, I'm super excited to introduce you to Colleen. She's totally cool, she answers my email and while she's no Tricia Leines, she's pretty perfect, elegant and beautiful herself.*
*That is me TOTALLY sucking up to Colleen, or as I like to call her COOLeen. Har.
Birthday: March 20th, 1980
Go-to food for stress relief: Oreos, absolutely. Cheese! And carbs.
Something random about yourself that even your mother doesn't know:
Y'know, I'm one of those overly honest people who can't really keep a secret. I would normally try to come up with something witty to say here but my mind is blank. I apologize. I'm sure I'll think of
something in a week when it's too late.
Last time you wore a size 12:
I was probably 10 years old, seriously. I have always been fat.
Last book you read:
I'm reading Wideacre by Philippa Gregory right now. The last book I finished was Katherine by Anya Seton. I have this thing for historical fiction.
Your signature dish (include a recipe, please):
Colleen's (somehow very fattening) Bruschetta
I'm not one for following recipes, sorry.
What you need:
French or Italian bread
Butter or margarine
Extra virgin olive oil
Fresh, ripe, perfect tomatoes
Garlic (fresh is nice, the dried kind in a bottle works just as well)
Italian seasoning (I think that would include things like basil and
aregeno. I just use the "Italian Seasoning" in a bottle)
What you do:
Dice your tomatoes roughly, kinda big but still bitesize. I try to avoid having a ton of juice involved.
In a big bowl, mix the tomatoes with the olive oil, garlic, salt, and Italian seasoning. You need a lot of seasoning for this to be extra tasty. If you can let this sit in the fridge overnight, it's even better.
Cut your loaf of bread lengthwise, to create flat pieces. I make four big pieces instead of more little ones. This is a meal! Butter the bread liberally buit don't go crazy or you'll have greasy bread.
Sprinkle salt and garlic on top. Spoon the tomato mixture onto the bread. It should be generous but not
overflowing. Top that with a ton of Mozzarella cheese.
Pop that into the oven at, let's say, 350 degrees. When the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted, they're ready.
I also use the tomato mixture in pasta, with a little extra olive oil. You can also bake it over chicken with the cheese. It's multi-purpose.
I have another recipe! But I don't know what to call it. I made this up while at school, so the ingredients are kind of random.
What you need:
Instant rice (2 cups)
Butter or margarine
Chicken buillion cubes (2)
Mushrooms (fresh is better obviously)
Two chicken breasts
What you do:
Sprinkle garlic salt on the chicken breasts and grill in a pan. Toss in the mushrooms when the chicken is almost done. Don't overcook mushrooms, it's awful. I like a LOT of mushrooms.
Boil two cups of water + the buillion cubes. When the water is boiling, toss in the rice. Let the rice absorb the water and buillion. Mix in the butter and garlic salt. Then toss in a ton of the cheese, mix it well, and let it melt.
Dump the rice on a plate, melt a little cheese over it. Place the chicken on top, in a pretty fashion.
As you can see, I really like cheese.
Anything else you need to confess that can be posted on the world wide web:
I'm writing this now because my sister is in labor and we don't want to rush off to the hospital just to sit there and wait. So, I'm writing this to focus on something other than being nervous! Also, I'm going to be in the October issue of Figure magazine, but you'll have to buy it to see why :)