I was just outside hitting tennis balls to the DamDog, trying to exhaust her before the Great Blizzard of 2011 strikes later on this afternoon. As I lobbed ball after ball, I was going back in forth over what to make for this week’s Fan Mail. Caught between the snow-pocalypse and the Super Bowl, it was a trying decision. But by the time the big game is played on Sunday night, snowmageddon will be a happy memory, so football food won out.
I needed a quick, one-pot dinner last night. After school sports and full blown homework have kicked into high gear and I just didn’t have the time to futz around with a complicated meal. This one is so easy to throw together, I ended up having no excuse not to volunteer to schlep four wayward runners home from cross country practice…and toss 50 frisbees to the DamDog…and explain the finer points of long division to my fifth grader.
There’s a darling Mexican cantina on Pewaukee Lake called Seester’s. It’s a cute little spot with sidewalk dining, just across the street from the public beach. The nice people at Seester’s keep big bowls of fresh water on the sidewalk for all the thirsty dogs that pass by – their owners clutch dripping ice cream cones in one hand and leashes in the other.
I co-hosted a dinner with a girlfriend this past weekend and each guest brought a dish to pass. Some brought appetizers, a few made gorgeous salads – others brought breads, rolls, and plates of bars. It was such a fun way to get together with friends, while sharing the burden of menu planning and food prep. If you’re in the mood to have some friends over but are leary of all the work, I highly recommend this method of hostessing! Most guests are more than happy to contribute to the soiree in one way or another.
Oh my heck. Oh my HECK. OH…MY…HECK! Please, please – I implore you: get in your car right now. Or on your banana seat bicycle, electric motor scooter, or roller skates, and make a beeline for your nearest Sendik’s seafood department — especially if you’re hungry and you love shrimp, sweet corn, and basil….these outstanding shrimp cakes are on sale this week, and I can promise you: they will knock your flipflops off!
Surely by now you’ve planted that herb garden we discussed a couple of weeks back. If you haven’t already planted a few pots — don’t delay, act now! You still have time! Trust me, you need fresh herbs in your life. I’ll be using them A LOT in my summertime posts – because fresh herbs make everything taste extra fabulous!
I’d be in such heaven right now if I hadn’t sworn myself off carbs until around the 10th of never. I’m a sucker for any Asian inspired salad, and this one has all of the ingredients that tickle me pink – shrimp, pasta, cilantro, and a salty teriyaki dressing. But after the Molten Brownie Pudding incident from a few days back – well, no carbs for me.
Today’s disclaimer: this recipe contains butter. Real butter. Lots and lots of creamy, delicious butter.
If you’re the type that avoids this ingredient for whatever crazy reason, like if staying in the good graces of your favorite cardiologist is a priority in your life, then just keep on walkin’. This ain’t the dish for you. But, if you could give a rat’s pa’toot about what your neighborhood heart doc has to say, and if your personal trainer needs more hours…well then stick around, friend (get it? STICK around?)!
I’ve never been to Mardis Gras or New Orleans, but by now you probably know that where there’s an occasion to celebrate with food, you can pretty much count me in. Take yesterday for instance: both Valentine’s Day AND Chinese New Year? I was pretty much falling all over myself with excitement! It was ugly! […]
We’re nearly through the Holidays! Hooray for us, we’ve almost made it! The endless party conga is about to call it quits.
And I have to tell you, I’m so darned tired of cooking. Tired of cleaning the kitchen and loading / unloading the dishwasher too. At present, I’m staring at a dried up, once-gorgeous-but-now-bordering-on-pathetic tree that needs to be taken down ASAP.
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