Grub

Food: something I’ve had a love-hate relationship with recently. It’s like I get reeeaaally hungry and then BOOM. not hungry. So annoying.

Things my appetite hasn’t waned for…pancakes. ice cream. cheeseburgers. chicken parm.

Regardless, here are things I’m making and eating and enjoying.

I IG’d this delicious morsel because, well, it was delicious. It was not so loosely based on this recipe from Real Simple. I replaced green beans with asparagus and orecchiette pasta with cheese tortellini. Yum.

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You’ve seen BLT chopped salads all over Pinterest. Well do yourself a favor and make one, any one. I made a little dressing consisting of ranch, lime juice, sriracha, and cilantro paste. What is that you say? This stuff…

I can say the basil version is better and I use it all the time. It is perfect for tomato sauces, pasta salads, added to mayo for amazing BLT’s, etc.

I have been craving carbs like a maniac, and am planning on making this tonight from A Kitchen Addiction. It has fruit so it’s healthy right?

 

In hopes of trying to avoid being a total fatty…I made these “healthy” cookies with no sugar, flour, all things good. This is my second attempt and I thought perhaps this recipe would be better. But guess what? There is no such thing as a delicious and healthy cookie. We ended up throwing most of them away.

A different recipe I made with ripe bananas was this one and it is insane good. Decadent Double Chocolate Banana Bread.

And for my last culinary masterpiece…

These are freakin good.

Make This

I have been a Pinterest freak lately with all the new house ideas, and inevitably while scanning Pinterest I come across delicious looking recipes. One of which includes this recipe by the great Rea Drummond aka Pioneer Woman for restaurant salsa. It is turn the bowl up drinkable good.

The only thing I did different was I only had one can of Rotel, which I think is the better choice, and I did not have a jalapeno on hand. I did have some weird jalapeno hot sauce that I used in its place and it had plenty of tasty heat. I rarely ever buy salsa from the grocery store anymore as it is and had been using a similar recipe, but this is superior to any I’ve ever made or bought before. So go. Make salsa.

I have pinned many other recipes but we have been eating out so much lately, salsa is about the only thing I’ve “cooked”. If I were going to mess up a bunch of dishes…here’s what I would be whipping up:

One Pot Chicken Risotto

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Braised French Onion Chicken

Butter Pecan Cake

No quinoa kale salads here. Risotto, gumbo, and french onion anything are always a favorite. Lets add some butta to that please with this decadent Butter Pecan cake. I love pecans in any way, so I know this is heavenly. What are you cookin up good these days? Do tell.

Let me TELL you

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Right? I hope so. My excuse du jour is that my old laptop got sent back to my corporate office, probably awaiting a technological death, and finally I have a new one resting upon my desk.

However, after an afternoon full of emails and phone calls, I’m stepping away from said laptop to whip up this:

Yum.

*Side note: Our IT guy said to not use Firefox on our new laptops. Say what? I’ve used internet explorer for all of 30 minutes and can’t take it any longer. Sorry IT guy. Is this just me?

A success story

I hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th holiday. Mine was quite nice. We spent a lot of time on the water, caught and ate fresh flounder {which is perhaps the best thing ever}, booze cruised, fine dined with friends, and generally enjoyed ourselves.

Most of us do a lot of pinning, and for those that don’t, I have created boards for you. I love it when I actually read or hear about Pinterest ideas that really worked, DIYs that weren’t total fails, and recipes that were actually delicious.

My latest Pinterest success from The Dramaterialist:

See my before & after for both a blush and a bronzer on Instagram.ย  A perfect project for those mornings when you are up early and feeling productive. It really took no time at all and I was happy with the results.

Recent recipe success includes: Chocolate Chip Cookies for Two, Avocado & Tomato Salad, Sante Fe Chicken, Breakfast Casserole. Next on deck, I have a giant container of blueberries and this Blueberry Cream Cheese Crostata sounds like the perfect summertime dessert…or breakfast. Check out my recipe board on Pinterest for the links to these great recipes and more.