1. Tonight I made orzo with spinach and walnuts.
I had a bag of spinach that needed to be eaten tonight. So, I sauteed it with garlic and olive oil, and added chick peas. Meanwhile, I toasted almonds and walnuts then chopped them up coarsely. Once the orzo was done doing it’s thang, I mixed some ricotta and half and half until it was creamy and then dumped everything else in. 
I really like the spinach and walnut combination. I think it could have used some parsley and maybe some onion. Halfway thru, I added some feta. I wanted to try it with and without, but I think it was a nice touch. 
I think this will be a really nice winter dinner

    Tonight I made orzo with spinach and walnuts.

    I had a bag of spinach that needed to be eaten tonight. So, I sauteed it with garlic and olive oil, and added chick peas. Meanwhile, I toasted almonds and walnuts then chopped them up coarsely. Once the orzo was done doing it’s thang, I mixed some ricotta and half and half until it was creamy and then dumped everything else in. 

    I really like the spinach and walnut combination. I think it could have used some parsley and maybe some onion. Halfway thru, I added some feta. I wanted to try it with and without, but I think it was a nice touch. 

    I think this will be a really nice winter dinner

  2. tonight i made stir fry.
i was a litte nervous because rice noodles intimidate me. 
see, i had been fine with them, until recently when i tried making some sort of stir fry. the noodles never softened… it was just a mess.  
i was humiliated. it was like the noodles just snuggled in the bowl and ridiculed me.


so. it was a little apprehensive to say the least. 

BUT I DID IT!
i made the noodles and they were great! 
i mixed them with great things:
thinly sliced red and green peppers
carrots (super duuuper thin)
mushrooms
yellow onion
crushed peanuts
fried egg
soy sauce
peanut and ginger sauce

it was yummy and my roommate just gobbled up the rest. 
im just so excited it was edible!!!!!!!! 

    tonight i made stir fry.

    i was a litte nervous because rice noodles intimidate me. 

    see, i had been fine with them, until recently when i tried making some sort of stir fry. the noodles never softened… it was just a mess.  

    i was humiliated. it was like the noodles just snuggled in the bowl and ridiculed me.

    so. it was a little apprehensive to say the least. 

    BUT I DID IT!

    i made the noodles and they were great! 

    i mixed them with great things:

    thinly sliced red and green peppers

    carrots (super duuuper thin)

    mushrooms

    yellow onion

    crushed peanuts

    fried egg

    soy sauce

    peanut and ginger sauce

    it was yummy and my roommate just gobbled up the rest. 

    im just so excited it was edible!!!!!!!! 

  3. I came home the other night and my roommate demanded that I make her shrimp scampi. With little time, I managed to scrap this together.
I pan-fried some shrimp in olive oil, garlic and pepper. Then i tossed them in with some pasta, wilted spinach and the sassiest baby tomatoes around. I wished there was some parmesean cheese to add to the party, but thats just too bad. We drank PBRs with dinner, then hit the town. It was lovely.

    I came home the other night and my roommate demanded that I make her shrimp scampi. With little time, I managed to scrap this together.

    I pan-fried some shrimp in olive oil, garlic and pepper. Then i tossed them in with some pasta, wilted spinach and the sassiest baby tomatoes around. I wished there was some parmesean cheese to add to the party, but thats just too bad. We drank PBRs with dinner, then hit the town. It was lovely.

  4. I want to go back to Italy.

    I tried making panzanella salad. I’ve never had it before, but this seemed lovely. I made my own croutons by tossing some stale bread in olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic and baking them for about 8 minutes. Meanwhile I diced a tomato the size of a baby. I tossed the tomato with balsamic, threw in some fresh parsley, garlic and basil, and added fresh mozzarella pearls and kalamata olives. When the bread was super crispy and crunchy, I tossed everything together and gobbled it up before I even realized what happened.

    It was excellent!

    I had some extra tomato mix left over. So for lunch today, I made some pasta shells and dumped it into the mix. Again, just a delight.

    Perhaps because this is the first meal in a month that hasn’t been tacos.

    Who really knows.

  5. salads! cottage cheese!

    i love salad.

    i know that is kind of lame, but they are so easy to experiment with and always turn out perfect.

    this was my combination for the week:

    spinach

    red cabbage

    onion

    avocado

    cashews

    dried cranberries

    a scoop of cottage cheese

    dill, salt and pepper

    i’ve eaten this everyday for lunch. i would have included a picture, but i blacked out and gobbled this up before i realized what happened.

    ps. the cottage cheese in this rules. dont be a fool.

  6. mhmm. stuffed poblanos

    I made stuffed poblano peppers last night.

    I inteded to grill them. Then I realized I was out of charcoal. Since it’s already a bazillion degrees in my apartment, I figured I would just throw them in the oven.

    I made a filling of undercooked rice, tons of cheese, pineapple (my favorite), black beans, jalepeno and serrano peppers and cilantro.

    i baked them until the peppers were tender and i was too hungry to keep waiting.

    i served them with guacamole and a 40oz of budweiser.

    a perfect summer dinner.

  7. the cheapest dinner ever.

    every night for the past two weeks (or the last month, im not sure) I have had tacos. I have yet to get sick of them yet, which is great.

    ususally at somepoint in the week, my roommate and i make a big batch of taco filling. it always varies with whatever we have in the fridge, but here is our favorite combination so far.

    1 can of corn

    1 can black beans

    about 3/4 cup of coarsly chopped red cabbage

    chopped onion

    two minced jalepenos

    some garlic

    cilantro (tons)

    lots a lime juice!

    mix this stuff all together. warm up a (corn) tortilla. throw on some cheese. add that mix of goodness. add a few slices of avocado.

    its great.

    its even better when its all you eat.

  8. worst blogger ever?

    me.

    i have been horrible about updating.

    but, to be fair, i havent been making anything too exciting. i pretty much eat a mixture of rice, beans, corn, jalepenos and tomato every day. i tried my hand at making fresh spring rolls last night. i will need a few more practice runs before i can share it with the internet. 

    i promise i’ll be back soon!

  9. HAWKS WIN

    HAWKS WIN

  10. Monday, I went to the free She & Him concert…along with everyone in the city who thinks they are cool. The weather was great and the plan was to go early and have a little picnic. I really love She & Him but I will admit that I was more excited to plan a picnic than seeing a free concert. Since I had been deprived of gas for so long, I wanted to make something that involved the stove. I figured a pasta salad was essential for any picnic. I have been dreaming of feta a lot, so I created a Greek-inspired salad.
 I started with some cooked penne pasta, added slices of white onions, a whole sliced cucumber, olives, tomato, chick peas, chopped spinach, olive oil, garlic, dill, oregano,  lemon juice, salt, and tons of crumbled feta.  It was really yummy.
We got to the show too late and were unable to hear anything, but the picnic was lovely. Friends brought a vat of guacamole, brie and jalepeno jelly, hummus, cherries, spinach dip, crackers, naan, and plenty of wine. We were very happy little picnickers. 

    Monday, I went to the free She & Him concert…along with everyone in the city who thinks they are cool. The weather was great and the plan was to go early and have a little picnic. I really love She & Him but I will admit that I was more excited to plan a picnic than seeing a free concert. Since I had been deprived of gas for so long, I wanted to make something that involved the stove. I figured a pasta salad was essential for any picnic. I have been dreaming of feta a lot, so I created a Greek-inspired salad.

     I started with some cooked penne pasta, added slices of white onions, a whole sliced cucumber, olives, tomato, chick peas, chopped spinach, olive oil, garlic, dill, oregano,  lemon juice, salt, and tons of crumbled feta.  It was really yummy.

    We got to the show too late and were unable to hear anything, but the picnic was lovely. Friends brought a vat of guacamole, brie and jalepeno jelly, hummus, cherries, spinach dip, crackers, naan, and plenty of wine. We were very happy little picnickers.