The Holidays slayed my dishwasher. Actually, its death was a result of a combination of different events …. but I’m not going to tell you what they were because it’s too embarrassing. But anyway, here I sit with dishpan hands and ragged cuticles, not so patiently waiting at the mercy of the installer as he takes his sweet time delivering my brand new magical pot-scrubbing machine, scheduled to take place some time this coming Saturday. Which is five days from now. So, long story short, I’ve been looking for recipes that don’t require messing up too many pots and pans these days. This recipe is just the thing; it’s simple, it’s fast, and it hardly dirties any pans. Minimal chopping, minimal cleanup. But best of all, it’s unbelievably yummy and kids love it.
I’ve had a slight issue of late with my ice cream maker. And the issue is that I cannot seem to stop finding excuses to use it. In the past oh, about ten days or so, I’ve made four different flavors: chocolate gelato (both milk and dark; milk was better), cookies and cream (a great use for those stale Oreos I had thanks to people in my house who cannot seem to figure out how to properly seal packaging), and a fantastic mint chocolate chip. Mint chocolate chip was the absolute, hands down, bombdigity. I’m not even that big of a sweets fan, but I swear, I could not tear myself away from that stuff. Amazing.
The weirdest thing just happened at my house. In the kitchen. If you’ve been here a while, you know that No Thank You Boy (one’a my kids), has a long history with not enjoying my cooking. As I write this, I have a wok filled with Cashew Sweet and Sour Pork sitting behind me on my cooktop. I turned around a few minutes ago and totally busted NTYB eating huge forkfulls of the stuff right out of the wok. Not just little wimpy nibbles either. I mean, like, stuffing his face. As you can imagine, I nearly fell over in a state of complete and utter disbelief. So picky eaters out there, this one just might be for you. : )
Last Thursday, I — along with the rest of the jiggly New Year’s resolutioners — found myself in the super-unfortunate and un-fun spot of waiting for cardio equipment at the gym. Those of us who took four (*ahem*) six weeks off from our workouts during the holiday season had at last come to our senses and turned up for our turn on the treadmill. If we thought we were going to be greeted with open arms by those hard bodied witches, I mean, dedicated souls, who had been attending their spin and cardio and yoga sessions all along and without fail throughout the month of December, we were sadly mistaken.
As I mentioned yesterday, I’m cooking my way through the October issue of Cooking Light – and last night we had this chili-corn chip “pie” thingy. I’m not sure why they called it a ‘pie’, it’s nothing like a pie at all…kinda weird. What it’s supposed to be is a healthier version of a “walking taco” – which is (for those who are a long time removed from the grade school hot lunch program), a meaty chili mixture spooned inside a mini bag of Fritos, then topped with cheese and sour cream and smushed around and eaten out of the bag with a plastic sp’ork.
I hope I’m not the only one who feels like summer has done a number on her diet. As much as I hate to see the beginning of a new school year, I do welcome a fresh routine and the chance to get back to somewhat normal eating restraints. For me this means and end to sneaking fries and popcorn chicken off my kid’s plates at the pool, and fewer s’mores washed down with beers around the bonfire. It was all sooooo good going down, wasn’t it?!
Cooking Light has a great piece on summer sandwiches in the August issue. I want to try all of them. In fact … you know that movie, Julie & Julia? Where the food blogger makes and blogs about each of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking? Well, I’m gonna make all those sandwich recipes. That’s right, all five of them! Here’s the first.
Yes, grits! Don’t run away! If you’ve never had them before, I think you’re going to like them. I LOVE THEM. If midwestern comfort food is mashed potatoes, then southern comfort food has got to be grits.
Bring on the great American holiday weekend! I want fireworks — loud ones! And parades — long ones! And flags flying and sun shining and the delicious smell fabulous food cooking on a charcoal fire. The weather’s finally going to be gorgeous, the food’s gonna be tasty and there’s BIG fun ahead, so I WANT IT ALL and I WANT IT NOW!!
Well, it’s happened again – I’ve eaten something wonderful at a restaurant and cannot get the meal out of my head. And how twisted is this: I had this particular dish at Bosley on Brady Street, way back in March. So yah, I’ve pretty much had Grilled Romaine Lettuce on the brain for almost three months (go ahead, say it: I need a life). Bosley’s Romaine on the Grill with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing made me practically swoon from sheer bliss. I knew I had to recreate it.
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