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Cooking for three without eating for three.

Lately, I am starving ALL.THE.DAMN.TIME. If I’m going to eat like 10 times a day, I want to make sure I am not going bonkers and also that I am eating a good balance of things for the kiddo.  I’ve found a lot of good stuff on Skinnytaste for exactly that.

Unlike certain healthy cooking publications (looking at YOU, Cooking Light), Skinnytaste steers away from most “light” ingredients, focuses on fresh rather than convenience foods, and actually uses realistic portion sizes.  Seriously, a recipe I made from Cooking Light recently claimed one pound of steak was enough to feed 8 as a main course.  Um, ok.   Who eats 2 oz. of meat?

Anyway, here are three things I’ve made recently that warrant mention:

Oatmeal-blueberry muffins.  More like little coffee cakes, these definitely do not taste like they are made with next to no fat and just a little flour.  These make a perfect first breakfast (yes, first breakfast) as I’m heading out the door.

Triple berry crisp.  Delicious, and goes to show you don’t need a ton of butter to get a good crunchy topping.  I actually think there is a little too much sugar/agave called for in the fruit and would cut back.  The serving size is huge, the nutritional counts leave plenty of room for a scoop of ice cream.

Tomato-zucchini frittata.  I made this last night after I bought two dozen eggs at Costco and realized I already had a full dozen.  Added broccoli, spinach and a little feta because I had it.  Quick, easy, and a leftover wedge between two slices of whole grain toast made a really good brown bag lunch today.

Any good-for-you recipes you’ve loved lately?

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Hipster Finds Lifestyle Too Expensive, Reverts Back to Mainstream

“Do I miss hanging out at a brewery, drinking with a scarf on and talking about Radiohead tattoos? Actually, no. No I don’t. I’m finally free to go to a Buffalo Wild Wings and watch sports on Sunday, while drinking a giant Budweiser.”

Dying at this article because it SO fits my neighborhood hipster try-hards in their skinny pants and their beards drinking $12 craft cocktails and overpriced ironically shitty canned beer.

Filed under you just paid $6 for an old milwaukee joke's on you brah

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What’s Cooking 7.7 and week in review

We have a really full week, and so dinners at home are limited and largely comprised of leftovers:

Tonight: Leftover grilled steak with herb board sauce from last night’s family dinner, black bean and corn salad with avocado and chipotle vinaigrette. The steak is one of our go-to party recipes. Don’t bother springing for NY strip. We usually do top sirloin, which is cheaper and I think comes out better.

Tuesday: M at basketball, I eat what I want.  Like cheese.

Wednesday: Slumber party at my bro’s because hardwood floors go in during the day and I’d like to not brain damage my kid. 

Thursday: Leftover Barefoot Contessa lasagna that I froze awhile ago.

Friday: Homemade pizza with the rest of the Nduja and mozz.

Last week:

Costco frozen spinach and cheese ravioli - these are the best.  A got-home-late-weeknight fave.

I did not make the scallops and snap peas and have given up at this point.

Skinnytaste slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches.  I mean, obviously this is going to be better with pork shoulder instead of tenderloin but for a healthy and easy option it was a big hit.  I added half a cup of water to the crockpot as there was no fat on the tenderloins and I was worried about coming home to a burned mess.  It came out great.  Topped with Lillie’s Q hot and smoky sauce and a slaw of cabbage, greek yogurt and apple cider vinegar.  This made a ton - enough for dinner, lunch on Friday and two quart-sized bags of pulled meat for the freezer.

Skinnytaste portabella mushroom “burgers”.  This marinade is perfect on mushrooms.  M wishes the burgers were made out of meat.

Homemade ‘za with some Nduja I picked up at the farmers’ market, red onion and fresh mozz.  Delish.  If you ever come across Nduja (apparently pronounced enn-doo-ya and not noo-ja like I thought), pick some up and make yourself a pizza!

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A 3 Day Weekend, In Numbers.

- 12 outdoor pillows purchased in 3 trips.

- 4 pillows returned in 2 trips.

- 1 coat of gray stain on the deck.

- 1 broken glass shower door and frame removed.

- 2 pieces of chicken, 3 pieces of fish and 2 slices of pie at Parsons.

- 2 coats of paint in the nursery (forget-me-not, or “forget-me-now” as we’ve been calling it).

- 8 tomato plants pruned.

- 5 pea plants untangled and trellised.

- 7 herb plants re-positioned.

- 3 hours of yard work.

- 4,000 sour cherries pitted.

- 2 stages of Tour de France watched.

- 4 pastries and 3 cups of coffee consumed while doing so.

- 1 World Cup match.

- Countless swears during the Costa Rica game.

- 6 people for family dinner.

- 1 attempt at a cherry pie (not too shabby).

And probably the best thing to happen came at the very tail end…

- 1 hard baby kick right into Dad’s hand for the very first time.

It was a long, hard weekend, but we got a LOT accomplished.  Less than four months to go!

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Week in Food 6.30 and half-assed follow up

The best laid plans, man.  I tried last week, really, I did.  And I made it to Wednesday!  But after a particularly horrible no-good, very bad Thursday, the rest of the week ended in delivery and cheese boards. 

Here’s what my intentions are this week:

Last night: Costco frozen spinach and cheese ravioli (the best, please never stop making them) with marinara.

Tuesday: I WILL make that damned scallops and snap peas.

Wednesday:  Skinnytaste slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches, sweet potato fries

Thursday: Skinnytaste portabella mushroom “burgers” and salad

Friday: Homemade ‘za with some Nduja I picked up at the farmers’ market, red onion and fresh mozz. 

Last week’s reviews:

Pasta with jarred sauce (Roundy’s brand organic is VERY good and actually reasonably priced considering it is omgorganic) with extra sauteed veggies (this time, zucchini, spinach, onion and shrooms) is always something I love, even if not particularly exciting.

The house favorite black bean tacos and grilled corn.  Best tacos ever.  Forever and always.  Amen.

Thank you to the kind sir at Art of Pizza who brings our weekly ‘za without a side of judgment.

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In 16 weeks and some odd days, I’m giving birth to a little boy, a little girl, or the world’s largest cherry. #cantstopwontstop 🍒🍒🍒

In 16 weeks and some odd days, I’m giving birth to a little boy, a little girl, or the world’s largest cherry. #cantstopwontstop 🍒🍒🍒

Filed under cantstopwontstop

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This weekend, not in pictures.

You know it’s been a good one when your food groups consist of cheese boards, steak tacos and birthday cake.

This week at work was pretty stressful, but a pretty frank talk with my boss on Friday really helped to take some of the weight off.  So did the arrival of our new patio furniture, on which I had two ounces of Cotes du Rhone in the sun and it was glorious.  GLORIOUS.

We spent a lot of time with our people this weekend.  Friday night was a cheese plate crawl with my friend E and her boyfriend (Prasino, Winchester, Rootstock and a stop by Tastee Freez for an Oreo sundae on the way home).  Saturday was work catch up, home improvement, and a BBQ at our friends L and S’ house in celebration of a friend visiting from South Africa (steak tacos round 1).  Sunday was more work catch up, a World Cup party disguised as a 1st birthday party and steak tacos round 2.

Speaking of World Cup, I haven’t really gotten much into it, but I have to say, it’s really fun to watch an odd game with people who REALLY care.  Our friends are from Central and South America, and they have lots of family in Costa Rica - all ten of them at the party had on matching CR shirts.  We spent the game cheering for Los Ticos, learning new swear words in Spanish from his diminutive mother, having Skype celebrations with their family in CR, and hurriedly opening presents and cutting cake during halftime. 

It was a great weekend.  As we start the final countdown to baby (16 weeks and some odd days, wut?), it was also a good reminder to get out more!

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Love all of these outdoor rugs but on the real who is spending $800 on a rug for OUTSIDE?  Where do I find the same exact thing for like $100?

(and don’t say One Kings Lane because that’s where I found these.)

thanks for the rugsusa.com tip!  lots of great deals to be had!

Filed under $800 for something you clean with a garden hose GFY

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Finally here! Next up: a coat of weathered gray stain, rug, pillows and plants. Pergola will have to wait until next year.
ETA: furniture is from Amazon.  I was somewhat skeptical, but G and another friend had great luck with similar sets ordered from Amazon so we went for it.  We ordered from Urban Furnishings because of the great customer service reviews, which were spot on - they were awesome!

Finally here! Next up: a coat of weathered gray stain, rug, pillows and plants. Pergola will have to wait until next year.

ETA: furniture is from Amazon.  I was somewhat skeptical, but G and another friend had great luck with similar sets ordered from Amazon so we went for it.  We ordered from Urban Furnishings because of the great customer service reviews, which were spot on - they were awesome!

Filed under I give the glass table top two parties max