Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cherry Blossom Kite Festival

Happy Easter!

On Friday evening, our special guests arrived.

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My mom and dad :)

They had tons of fun driving into DC at rush hour, so when they got in we went straight to dinner in Gallery Place at Hill Country BBQ.

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Yum! We ate a ton. This became an ongoing theme for me this weekend. At Hill Country, you order up your food and collect it cafeteria-style and the staff mark down the quantities of what you  purchase as you go. Brian and I split a ton of food- brisket, ribs, chicken, mac & cheese and collards. Not quite the Dinosaur BBQ that I love, but definitely my favorite barbecue in DC.

Following dinner we were all stuff and sleepy, so we called it a night. I had hoped to make it through the Florida Gulf Coast University game, but unsurprisingly fell asleep on the couch at 9:30 PM and missed the entire thing.

In the morning, my parents came over for an easy breakfast of eggs, sausages and bagels before we headed out for the day.

First stop- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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This is one of my top three favorite Smithsonian's (the Zoo and the National Gallery of Art are the other two). It always has cool exhibits. Today's big exhibit was basically the evolution of humans and it was really interesting. Fun fact- they can distinguish between the genders of early human remains based on the size of the canine teeth. Males had significantly larger canine teeth than women. I love that kind of stuff.

Animals are also always fun.
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The surprise fun of the day came when we walked out the other side of the museum onto the mall.

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It was the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival! We actually knew this was going on, but had no idea what it really meant. There were TONS of people outside of the National Mall flying kites.

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There were a ton of cool kites. The weather could not have been more perfect. It was a sunny 60 degrees with a breeze that was perfect for kite-flying.
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We ended up walking around there for quite awhile before heading back. Lots of kite-watching and people watching. Next year I want to go back with a kite!

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As you can tell by their apparel, my parents are also Syracuse fans. At 4:30 PM we were parked in front of our t.v. ready to watch the game. Syracuse was ahead the entire game and we certainly enjoyed watching them beat Marquette. Hello, Final Four!!!

After basketball, it was time to fuel up again.

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Cooking in the city commenced, and dinner was made.

Enchilada casserole (recipe to come), followed by some dessert.

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Perfect Saturday! Today's looking good too… we are heading out to one of our favorite brunch spots, and a place we have gone every Easter for a few years now.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Sweet Treats

Even I like to go a little wild on the holidays!

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Last night, I got things started with a healthy dinner to offset the damage to come.

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Salad with cucumber, tomato, carrots, rice, beans, avocado and shrimp.

I actually did some of the prep a few nights ago,

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And I've been stealing bites out of my freezer ever since!

Easter Bark- I saw this on Mix and Match Mama and then created my own version based on what I could find. It was so hard to find normal sized M&Ms in pastels! All the candy this year is egg shaped. I used a combo of 'egg' M&Ms, pretzel M&Ms and Reese's Pieces .

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Very pleased with how this turned out. I'd never tried pretzel M&Ms before, but I used to be a fan of crispy M&Ms and I love chocolate covered pretzels, so I'd say they are somewhere in between.

And now Brian and I are waiting for some very special guests to arrive for dinner tonight!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Super Taster

Last night I met up with some of my former coworkers out in Arlington for happy hour and we headed to Sushi Rock, a place that we frequented a lot when we all worked nearby.

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I always enjoy going here because I love veggie sushi. Sushi is way more healthy than a lot of other happy hour foods like wings, sliders or nachos. Last night, I ordered the Roasted Vegetable Sushi Roll.

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It was really good- it was stuffed with avocado and asparagus, then there were some other thinly sliced vegetables on top (zucchini and peppers) and a sweet onion relish. I only wish I had remembered to order it with brown rice. I feel like brown rice makes it a little more 'hearty' tasting, as well as more filling.

I ALWAYS avoid the wasabi and ginger on the side of my sushi plates. In fact, I can't stand if it even touches my sushi a little bit. Weird? The flavors are just way too strong for me. Especially wasabi, it has zero flavor to me, I just feel the burn! So weird because many people like it and I imagine that means it tastes different to them than it does to me.

In addition to all spicy foods, carbonated beverages are completely repulsive to me! People think I'm being obnoxious when I tell them I don't drink soda, but it's not because I exercise any sort of restraint- carbonation is painful!

After some research, I've come to the conclusion that I am probably somewhat of a 'super taster.' Two of the characteristics are that capsaicin burn (the irritant in chili peppers) is more intense for super tasters, and carbonation is unappealing.

It's really kind of a bummer. When I'm at a baseball game, or it's St. Patrick's Day, or on about 1,000 other occasions it would be nice to be able to enjoy a beer! Instead I have to be prissy and drink a glass of wine.

How about you? Are you a super taster? Are there any foods you think you experience differently than others do?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Thank You Weekend Prep

Last night, we ended our streak of Cooking Light dinners with something that was much more like what we normally eat.

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Shrimp, corn and cheese quesadillas with rice and beans

I always keep a bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer and I just sautéed it with a little Old Bay seasoning before chopping it up and throwing it in. Over the weekend I had made  huge batch of brown rice to keep on hand, so used half for this and the rest is in the freezer. I also made a giant batch of refried beans over the weekend and kept some of the beans 'un-mushed' so we could have rice and beans. Weekend prep made this meal possible!

It was perfect. Short on veggies, but since I usually have a giant salad for lunch I'm not too worried about going one dinner without any.

I was running around a bit yesterday, so I made sure to have some snacks with me in case I got hungry. I picked up a new bar at Whole Foods the other day- they had samples and coupons for buy one, get one free.

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Kit's Organic. I just looked them up online and am surprised to see they are made by Clif Bar! Normally the only kind of bars I eat are Lara Bars because they were the only bars I knew of made with unprocessed ingredients and sweetened with real fruit (dates). When I read the ingredient list for the Kit's bars at the store, I noticed they are really similar.

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Yesterday I had Berry Almond and I also tried the Chocolate Almond Coconut in the store. Both tasted really great. I would say that compared to Lara Bars they're actually a little less dense, and more crunchy- that's being pretty nit-picky though. I would use them interchangeably and I'm so excited to see a mainstream company like Clif Bar make this kind of product. I don't like to eat bars all that often and they're kind of pricey, but it's so great to have more options!

What's your favorite bar to keep on hand? 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Processed

I finally tried out my new food processor yesterday.

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That's a basil, almond, garlic pesto and it came together SO quickly. This thing is a beast.
This is another Cooking Light recipe, but I promise it should be the last one for awhile! I'm sure your'e getting sick of these. Typically when I go through one of their magazines I glance through and think things look good, but I don't end up making any of it. I figure that since I get the magazine, I might as well make use of it and so I've been making an effort. Its been worth it, because some of the recipes are really good and are definitely going to be regulars.s
This was one of them.

It was a golden beet and pesto pasta. As you know, I love beets. Golden beets are especially fun because they don't stain your cuticles red and make you look like a murderer. They also don't turn your urine hot pink, but hey, they aren't perfect.

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Another thing I love about beets (of both varieties) are the GREENS.

Beet greens are delicious. Do not throw them out. You can cook them like any other green (a little broth, salt and pepper) and they are super nutritious.

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This dish was a winner, but again I'm perplexed by Cooking Light's portion sizes. Brian and I eat a lot, yes, but I doubled this recipe and we ate 2/3. The original recipe is intended for a family of four. I guess they just assume you have a side or two to go with it?

Then again, it depends on your eating style. I eat fairly light throughout the day and have my biggest meal for dinner. I guess most diet-guides say that you should do the opposite, but I don't like to eat before I run in the morning and sometimes I get hungry if I have a light dinner. Also, I really like dinner foods.

That said, I had some extra time on my hands this morning and decided to make some cinnamon raisin swirl french toast with the loaf I have hanging around. The bread didn't really rise as well as I would've liked, but it tastes good. Especially when dipped in egg and milk, pan-fried in coconut oil, and then covered in butter and maple syrup.

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I think people are intimidated by the idea of eating unprocessed foods, but this (and 90% of the things I cook) is 100% unprocessed. Whole wheat bread, sweetened with honey, smothered in grass-fed, organic butter. Not a low-cal, everyday food, but a good special occasion food.

When I was younger my Grandma Kober made me delicious, doughy french toast all the time (yes, I was spoiled, but I turned out completely normal!). She gets all the credit for my french toast making abilities!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Chicken Braised Turkey

Another Cooking Light Inspiration for you!

This time, I really had planned on following to a tee. However, there was no chicken at the market again this week which made it kind of impossible to create "Chicken Braised in Wine and Rosemary." After not being able to make it last week (also due to the chicken shortage), I really wasn't interested in putting the recipe off again. Considering that none of the meat vendors have had chicken for awhile, I'm assuming that its a seasonal thing and I'm not sure when we'll be able to buy it again.

So, I bought turkey. Both are poultry, right? 

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The recipe called for four chicken thighs and four legs, I used two turkey breasts. Honestly, I couldn't really tell it wasn't chicken because the sauce was so flavorful.

On the side: rosemary and olive oil potatoes and roast asparagus.

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This recipe is a winner. The sauce is red wine, tomatoes, broth and rosemary.

It was something really different for us… usually if I make chicken I either bread it for chicken parm or coat it in barbecue sauce. I also don't make a lot of recipes with sauces, but this was good and really not that much work. I think I'll add it into the rotation. Does seem more like a fall/ winter dish than something in the April issue of Cooking Light, but I'll take it. 

The rest of the night was consumed by March Madness (FGCU is just so fun to watch!), The Walking Dead and homemade cinnamon raisin swirl bread.

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This morning I woke up and checked the weather/ Twitter and called off my morning run and went back to sleep when I read about cars sliding off the road. In case you are thinking that means we have a foot of snow, here's a visual: 

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Happy Monday!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Weekend Eats

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I tested out a whole bunch of techniques this weekend,

  • Sweet Potatoes: Soak in ice water, dry and toss in cornstarch before baking for crispy fries. I think this only worked so-so. For some reason I am terrible at making sweet potato fries. I can never get it right. Brian is much better at it. 
  • Cauliflower Fried Rice: This recipe went WAY better than expected. You basically grate a cauliflower and use that as the rice in fried rice. It was amazing and really, really filling. You can see the whole recipe I followed on Fresh Family Meals
  • Grapefruit Brûlée: Halve a grapefruit, top each half with a teaspoon of brown sugar and place it under the broiler. This was really good- but the brown sugar didn't form a crackling, creme brûlée type crust. I kind of expected this. Clearly I need a kitchen blow torch. 

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Sunday morning has started off nice and lazy. I'm watching this week's episode of Grey's Anatomy on DVR, enjoying some breakfast and some coffee. Also, waiting for Pioneer Woman to come on Food Network. Food blogger turned Food Network Star!

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New coffee! I've started buying coffee at Trader Joe's. Actually, I've started buying a lot more at Trader Joe's to save money. I was excited to see a Costa Rican coffee. Brian went to Costa Rica last summer and brought back some coffee- it was delicious. All of the other Costa Rican coffee's I've found (at Whole Foods) have been really expensive. This one is good!

Pumpkin pancakes were also made. Pumpkin pancakes do not really taste like pumpkin. They just have a more dense texture that I love. I also think they really compliment whole wheat flour- the extra moisture makes it way less noticeable. I'd recommend trying this recipe if you want to make some whole wheat pancakes for someone without them knowing :)

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Serves 4 (I halved the recipe this time!)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil (you could also use unsalted butter, or salted butter and omit the salt)
  • Additional coconut oil (for pan)
  • Butter and maple syrup (for topping)

Directions

  1. Mix together dry ingredients, then add wet and just mix until smooth
  2. Heat pan to medium and lightly coat with coconut oil, add about 1/4 cup of batter
  3. The density of the pancakes makes them less likely to "bubble" which is the normal indicator of when to flip; look for the edges of the pancakes to begin to solidify and flip
  4. Cook for another 45 seconds and then place in the oven (270F) to keep warm while you make the rest.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Success!

After last night's salmon was a flop (obviously, I was more excited about the delivery of my toilet paper than my dinner), I was ready for a meal I could get excited about...

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Another Cooking Light inspiration! I followed this recipe fairly closely- quarter and boil potatoes, mix up a dressing (white wine vinegar, sugar, whole grain Dijon mustard, salt and pepper) and 'deglaze' (kind of) the pan with the dressing after you cook the steak. Toss with arugula (I threw in a head of red oak lettuce too) and top with the steak. This was definitely a better use for the cut of steak we had.

See those chips on the side? I made those too!

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I saw these on Pinterest yesterday afternoon and thought they would be great as a side. The recipe comes from Life as a Strawberry. I had leftover wonton wrappers in the freezer from an earlier recipe and this was a really creative way to use them up! Jessie tops hers with salt, pepper, parsley and parmesan. I used salt, pepper, dried basil and parmesan. I think next time I'll leave out the salt because the parmesan really had the saltiness covered.

Slice your wonton wrappers in half and lay them out on a baking sheet. Use a pastry brush to spread with olive oil, add a dash of pepper and a sprinkle of basil, then place a generous portion of shredded parmesan on top. Bake at 375F for 7- 8 minutes. I baked them for 8 and I wish I had removed them just one minute earlier.

As I mentioned, I used this recipe to take care of some leftover wonton wrappers, but I actually might buy wonton wrappers now specifically for this recipe!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Free Shipping Makes My Day

Last night I used another recipe from Cooking Light for dinner inspiration. I made salmon cakes (like crab cakes) on sautéed greens. 

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These salmon cakes were not particularly good, but I blame myself not my recipe-inspiration. I seriously over-seasoned. I doubled the recipe because I used a 14 oz can of salmon and didn't want any salmon leftover and I did not pay enough attention to the seasonings. I loved the Cooking Light suggestion to form a ball of the salmon mixture and then roll it in breadcrumbs (I used whole wheat flour) and then smush it into a patty. I've made crab cakes before and I've never coated them before, but I definitely will next time.

They're too salty and too Old Bay-y, but I'll throw them on top of my lunch salads for the rest of the week and then move on. I think next I'll try crab cakes. 

It seems as if whenever I have a lame dinner, there is usually something good I can share instead of a recipe. Today's good is REALLY good.

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Have you ever used Soap.com? Soap.com is essentially a CVS/ Rite Aid/ Duane Reade that delivers to your house in one or two days. The prices are average, but the super fast shipping? It's FREE. 

On Monday I ordered paper towels, toilet paper, dishwashing detergent and deodorant. Three out of four of the items arrived on Tuesday, and the toilet paper showed up yesterday. Do you have any idea how nice it is not to have to walk through the city with a giant package of toilet paper? It's really nice.

I would never pay shipping for toilet paper, but with free shipping there's no reason not to! There are frequent sales and you can check off coupons on the site. They also have a ton of sister sites, including Diapers.com and a toy site, a makeup site, a book site and a home goods site. Yesterday, I ordered from the home goods site, Casa.com.

Today, this showed up:

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The Casa.com price? $99- the same as most other sites. BUT, they had a sale going on and I knocked off $25 with a coupon code. Total bargain.

I'm excited to test it out! I had a smaller food processor before that was perfect, especially because I only cook for two, but after two years of constant use, I killed the motor. I use my food processor several times a week, so I still feel like I got pretty good use out of it. I upped the size this time because I'm hoping that will mean a stronger motor? Not sure if that's how it works.

Testing to begin soon!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Egg Noodle Nostalgia

Last week the April issue of Cooking Light arrived in my mailbox and over the weekend I went through and marked up the recipes I wanted to try.

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I'm not one to stick to a recipe, so most of the time I use this magazine as inspiration. Tonight I was "inspired" by one of the recipes- Beef Stroganoff. In my version I cut back on the meat, upped the veggies and noodles, and made a few other changes.

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I originally planned to make a chicken recipe this week, especially because we just had meatloaf on Friday and corned beef on Saturday, but chicken was hard to come by at the market this week so we switched it up and went with beef. I bought a 1.6 lb round eye roast and plan on using it in two recipes this week- one recipe tonight and the other dinner will show up later in the week. This cut of meat will probably be great in the second dish, but it was a little tough for this one so I'd recommend using a loin cut. 

When I first started cooking, egg noodles were a regular occurrence in the kitchen, but it's been awhile since I've used them. When I make fresh pasta it's always an egg pasta, but it doesn't have the same childhood nostalgia as store-bought egg noodles. When I stopped by the store to pick them up (I forgot to get some on my weekly grocery trip Sunday), I noticed they had a whole wheat version. Then I read the ingredient list and learned the whole wheat version did not contain eggs. That would certainly not cut it with my dining companion. Sometimes you just have to go with the real thing! I'm sure we'll live.

Weeknight Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients

  • 1 package egg noodles*
  • 1 tablespoon butter*
  • 1/2 pound beef (loin cut), sliced into bite-sized pieces 
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I used safflower)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 14 oz sliced mushrooms* (I used a combo of cremini and portabella)
  • 1 shallot*
  • 4 cloves garlic*
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour*
  • 1 cup veggie broth*
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt* (I used 2%)
*indicates where I variated from the Cooking Light version

Directions

  1. Boil the noodles according to directions on package and stir in 1 tablespoon butter
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan and add beef; sprinkle with salt and pepper
  3. Cook beef through and then transfer to a bowl using a slotted spoon
  4. Add the rest of the olive oil, mushrooms, shallot, garlic and thyme to pan and cook for about 2 minutes
  5. Place a cover on the pan and cook for another 4 minutes
  6. Remove cover and sprinkle mushrooms with flour; stir together
  7. Add veggie broth to the pan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for a 2 minutes
  8. Add Greek yogurt to the mixture and then the beef
  9. Serve beef and mushrooms on top of egg noodles

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We made two giant servings out of this, but I was really full and I think that if you serve a side (Cooking Light recommends glazed carrots) this would easily serve four. I was definitely worried that it wouldn't be 'meaty' enough because I was cutting back, but there was no need to worry because even Brian agreed that there was enough meat. I am not sure how Cooking Light imagined that 5 oz of uncooked egg noodles would be a sufficient amount- if you're making four servings, definitely cook more egg noodles! Our package was 12 oz.

It was kind of like a health-ified hamburger helper- maybe that sounds bad, but I seriously loved that stuff.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bargainista

It's rare that lunch beats out dinner as my favorite meal of the day, but that corned beef sandwich was awesome and dinner was not exciting at all.

Brian had mentioned wanting soup for dinner this week, and since we had two containers of soup in the freezer already, I was not interested in making something new.

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Leftover split pea soup (from the freezer), leftover bread (from the market) and leftover green goddess salad dressing from the other night.

Hard to get excited over that many leftovers.

It is very easy to get excited over a good bargain. Living Social has had some good deals lately and I am a huge fan of a good deal. Previous 'deals' include the trip Brian and I took to Cancun, our Restaurant Week trips to Farmers Fishers Bakers and Jaleo, our ice skating date following FFB and our membership to the Corcoran Gallery.

New deal alert!

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I bought some 'diamond' earrings a few weeks ago for $9- which included shipping- and they arrived today. Obviously they're fake, and I think they probably look fake to someone with a discerning eye, but for a casual pair of earrings I think that's a pretty good deal. They look better than in the photograph! I'll have to model them. According to the sketchy website they come from, they have a retail value of nearly $100… I would never pay that kind of money for a pair of fake diamonds, but if the deal comes up again I would recommend it.

In other fun earring-related news, I discovered that the second holes in my earlobes have not yet closed, and neither has my cartilage piercing. It's been a REALLY long time since I've worn either of those earrings so that's kind of impressive.

In addition to receiving a fun deal, I also purchased a new deal today- $10 for $20 at the Body Shop. I love their body butter because my skin is so dry, but it is kind of pricey and I go through it fairly quickly so I bought the max number allowed (3) and I'm hoping to not have to spend any more money on lotion for a year! The deal is still up for a few more days and you should certainly check it out if you haven't already.

Monday, March 18, 2013

St. Patrick's Day

We continued our low-key weekend yesterday with a pretty relaxed St. Patrick's Day. I got in my trips to the market, the grocery store, and Brian joined me for a quick run and before we headed out to a party in the early evening. There was a ton of food, but easily the most memorable item was homemade bread pudding… the event was actually catered, but this was made by the hostess and apparently it was so popular they had to send out for more eggs mid-party so she could make more! I had three servings before I cut myself off.

After the party we stopped in an Irish bar for one drink before heading home. Brian really wanted a Guinness.

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As always, I took a taste and felt like I was being poisoned. I was just really thirsty, and already had some wine at the party so I opted for this fun drink.

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Hmm… h20 or vodka on the rocks???

This morning we have enjoyed our second snowfall of the year. There are about 10 snowflakes coming down, so obviously this is a newsworthy event and everyone is all abuzz.

I am more abuzz about my lunch for today.

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So excited for leftover corned beef! (I also have a container of boiled cabbage packed… obviously I am incredible cool and popular in the office.)

In other packed lunch news, I have been having a really difficult time finding pumpkin at this point in the year, which might mean its time to move on to fruity oatmeal.

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In addition to oats, chia seeds and shredded unsweetened coconut, I added the requisite ripe banana and a handful of frozen blueberries.

And I'm off to walk in the 'snow' to work!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Comfort Foods

Brian's been getting over a cold this weekend, so we've been laying low, taking naps and eating comfort foods!

Friday night was the classic comfort meal- meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

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It was pretty good, but it was more of an Italian-style meatloaf recipe and I think I prefer barbecue-style meatloaf. Unfortunately that is going to have to hold off until my barbecue sauce supply is restocked at the end of the month!

We ate dinner in front of the TV that night because Syracuse and Georgetown were playing in the Big East (basketball) Tournament. That was a fun night because Syracuse WON. Syracuse lost horribly the last time they played Georgetown and I am very glad they had a chance to make things right. It was a really exciting game that went into overtime and it was good to see both teams playing competitively for the last time they will play each other in the Big East. In case you are wondering, we will not be discussing the rest of the tournament.

Saturday morning started off slow… I woke up at the typical 7:30 AM, but Brian slept for an impressive 12 hours which meant breakfast a little late.

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Crepes!

Crepes

Makes 8 crepes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • Additional coconut oil to coat the pan

Directions

  1. Mix flour, eggs, milk and water in a bowl
  2. If your coconut oil is solid melt it in the microwave while you combine the other ingredients
  3. Add coconut oil to the mix and combine well
  4. Heat a crepe pan or a round non-stick pan and coat with coconut oil
  5. Pour 1/4 cup of the crepe batter into the center of the pan and swirl so the batter spreads into a large circle
  6. Cook for about 30 seconds over medium high heat, or until you see the batter is cooked through the center; flip and cook another 10 seconds
  7. Repeat until crepe batter is gone- be sure to coat the pan with oil before each crepe

Tips:

  • Melt the coconut oil in a small dish and after you pour it into the batter, there should be extra left on the bottom of the dish. I dip a silicone pastry brush into that and use it to coat the pan.
  • Turn off the heat when each crepe is done, then remove the crepe and pour on new batter before turning the heat on again- it helps to keep the pan from getting too hot. You can also work carefully on two burners- one burner on, one burner off.
  • To keep the crepes warm while you make up the whole batch, place the crepes on a baking sheet in the oven set at about 270F.

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Brian bought me a crepe pan for Christmas a few years ago and we have them about once a month or so. I actually eat them in a stack like pancakes, but sometimes we do a more traditional fold with fruit and other fillings.

The weather yesterday was incredible! We had all been expecting nothing but rain this weekend, so it was a nice surprise to have 60 degree weather.

I decided to get my long run done yesterday, and completed nine miles pretty easily. It's always a surprise on my runs… sometimes 9 miles might be incredibly difficult and another day it can feel like nothing! Not sure what causes that, but I certainly appreciate it on the days it feels good. I picked up the pace on the last mile and sprinted the last quarter mile, then I came home and completed my 60 Rep Ab Circuit before starting dinner.

I have been waiting on this dinner for an entire year.

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Corned Beef and Cabbage! We had our festive meal a day early because we have plans tonight. Please know that this is NOT picture of my plate- it's the serving platter. Some of the corned beef is hidden under the cabbage and I was really excited that we even have leftovers of this. I can never tell how much corned beef I'm buying because it cooks down so much.

Since I follow Whole Foods on Twitter, I saw that they actually had corned beef this year- I could not find this anywhere but Safeway last year. I wish they sold corned beef at the market, but you have to buy a brisket and 'corn' (?) it yourself. My fridge is definitely not big enough to brine meat for a week so that's not an option for me.

On the schedule for today is the typical trip to the farmer's market, a trip to the grocery store, a short run and then heading to a party in the evening.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!