I learned an important lesson the other day. Do not spray non-stick cooking spray over an open flame. I probably should have already known that. Oops. Luckily there were no injuries, and I still have my eyebrows. That’s what I get for trying to grill corn on the cob indoors. I should have just stuck to this delicious corn recipe – no grilling needed – eyebrow friendly. This recipe is super duper delicious. Its not very healthy but who cares. It’s a great side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas or other special occasions, but its also a good dish to make anytime, just because. We’ve made it a part of our Christmas Eve dinner menu for the past few years now and it’s always a huge hit. The recipe comes from my Mom’s good friend Marcia who is an excellent cook. Go pass this recipe on to everyone you love! Oh and please remember not to spray anything aerosol near an open flame. Continue reading
Lately it has been dropping below 40 degrees in sunny Southern California and that is not okay. Anything below 65 degrees is considered freezing to me, and I currently have the thermostat set to 72 degrees which has resulted in a large increase in my gas and electric bill and a large decrease in my monthly shopping money – no fun. I need to start finding more economical ways to stay warm. Sweaters are good, as are slippers, but unfortunately every time I get a new pair of slippers one of my little dirtballs chews them up within 48 hours. So, I’ve decided to implement “Operation Socks & Soup”. Soup really does warm you up, especially this one because its Spicy (at least by my sensitive taste bud standards). I had to take my fleece off while eating it because it made me so warm! Yay soup!
Did you have a good Christmas? I hope so. I sure did. I got everything I wanted – lululemon workout clothes and a Wii fit. More importantly, I got an extra something very special that is sure to encourage me to get in shape in 2012……an engagement ring!!!!! It’s very very exciting! I guess it really is true that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I never even had to make that cliche “engagement chicken” recipe from Glamour magazine. However I did make my fiance (so fun to call him that!) a couple of these margaritas on Christmas Eve. I like to think it was these delicious (and very strong) concoctions that gave him the encouragement he needed to pop the question on Christmas morning. And how fitting that I found the recipe on a blog called My Life as a Mrs. Her tagline is “Eat Drink and Be Married” So cute! But it doesn’t matter if your single, engaged, married or divorced, these margaritas are delicious and you must make them ASAP. Continue reading
It’s almost Christmas!!! I get to fly home to my parents’ house this afternoon. Yay! I get a 3 1/2 day weekend. Yay! I get to go on a train decorated with christmas lights tonight and drink hottie toddies and hot buttered rum. Double Yay! The Grinch has left the building! What are you doing today? Crashing through your kitchen like a tornado trying to bake some last minute christmas cookies? Well if your oven breaks, don’t panic – make these! No oven needed. All you need for these babies is five ingredients, a willingness to get a little messy, and a major sweet tooth. These may not be the most beautiful cookie but they are quite the crowd pleaser. They kinda taste like homemade reese’s peanut butter cups – but better. Put your santa hat on, pour yourself a cup of christmas cheer, and go make these right now. I know its early but they have cereal and peanut butter in them which are both perfectly acceptable breakfast foods. Continue reading
Time to get skinny! After my dressing room fiasco the other night, I’m already getting a jump start on the new year and thinking of all the healthy recipes I want to make. I’m also hoping Santa brings me a Wii fit and some cute new workout clothes for Christmas (maybe Lululemon?? Please Santa, I’ve been good this year, I promise!!) I have a feeling Skinny Taste is going to be my go to website for nutritious and delicious receipes in 2012. Although, one of my new year’s resolutions is to dust off my Julia Child cookbook and attempt to “Master the art of French cooking”. I guess its all about balance right? Just wait until you see the recipe I post tomorrow, nothing healthy about it yet soo sooo soo good. So make this chicken tonight while doing jumping jacks, then you can make what I post tomorrow and not feel an ounce of guilt! Continue reading
I am a grinch today. A grumpy, green, greasy banana peel, grinch. Many things have come together to put me in this grinchy state. First, I went to Nordstrom Rack last night to get some last minute presents for the boyfriend. My eyes were distracted from the Men’s department for a bit when I saw a rack full of black skinny jeans and decided I needed a pair. However, when I got in the dressing room and tried the pants on, I discovered that all this holiday eating had caused me to look like ground pork being stuffed into a sausage casing. No skinny jeans for this girl. So, in order to make my lardy self feel better, I bought a pretty, sparkly, red O.P.I. nail polish to give me some Christmas cheer. When I got home, I discovered that the nail polish never made it into my shopping bag even though the $8 made it onto my credit card. $8 down the drain. No fun. Add that unfortunate shopping experience to the fact that a “certain place that shall not be named” (hint – I spend approximatly 40 hours a week there and it’s not my kitchen), has really been ticking me off lately, and you have Little Miss Grinch. I’m not going to do anything about my anti-christmas spirit mood , even these cheerful cookies won’t help, we all reserve the right to be a grinch every now and then. Maybe tomorrow I will wake up feeling more like a Who. I hope so. Continue reading
It’s cocktail party season, and every good cocktail deserves a good meatball don’t you think? (I will refrain from making a dirty joke here) These little guys are the perfect party snack, and super easy to make and transport as they are good hot out of the oven but also good at room temperature. This recipe is also kid friendly, just don’t ask the little ones to spell prosciutto (don’t ask me how to spell it either, I had to get a little help from Google). Enjoy these little balls of meaty goodness! Continue reading
I’ve never been a big fan of “trendy” foods. When I was in Elementary School, I was the only kid who didn’t like Lunchables and fruit snacks (over-processed meat and gelatinous fruit – blegh!) In College, I never jumped on the Top Ramen bandwagon (Easy Mac, however, was a different story). Currently, I am not a fan of greek yogurt and am still baffled at its popularity, and also do not understand the coconut water craze. However, I do love me some pomegranates. Pomegranate juice, pomegranate seeds, pomegranate martinis – you get the gist. Pomegranates are definitely a popular fruit these days, and that is one food trend I will proudly participate in. If you like pomegranates too, you must make this dessert. Its perfect for the holidays because of the pretty colors and because of its pretty taste! Continue reading
It’s Monday. I don’t like Mondays. But I do like Pizza, Pasta, Calzones and everything Italian and high in Carbohydrates. I also like, actually love, Trader Joe’s. They make life so much easier with all their delicious short cuts for “homemade” cooking, like pizza dough and pesto sauce. And everything there is so much cheaper than other grocery stores. Every time I shop at Trader Joe’s, I usually end up with a grocery cart overfilling with all their delicious items, and get to the checkout stand in a slight panic that my bill is going to be close to $200, and it’s never over $100! More money for shoes! So this morning I raise my cup of coffee (Trader Joe’s Winter Blend Coffee by the way) and toast Mr. Joe.
Now, about this recipe – super easy and delicious. Great way to use up leftover chicken and great change up if your bored of regular pizza. Oh, and its man-approved. I got a high five from the boyfriend after this one. Continue reading
The Christmas Season is here in full effect. I finally got my tree up, lit, and decorated. As annoying as it is to pick up stray pine needles every day, I absolutely love the smell! Almost as much as I loved the smell of this oatmeal baking this morning. Cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg – mmmmmmm. It made me want to knit some mittens, make a snowman (not sure how to do that without snow), and go riding in a one horse open sleigh. AND oatmeal is good for you, and so are berries, and so is sugar. Okay two out of three ain’t bad. Make this oatmeal for breakfast tomorrow, it’s Sunday so you totally have time, and you can even go back to sleep while it bakes. Continue reading