R.I.P Manny (Little Moo)

Manny died yesterday. I guess his little baby heart just couldn't fight anymore. I was with him until the end, but it is still so hard to say goodbye to my best friend.


Growing Up Pineapple - Update

I threw away the pineapple. I think I waited to long to start to germinate it. O well, maybe next time.

Rocco Dispirito's No Cream - No Cry Penne Vodka

I bought Rocco Dispirito's Now Eat This cookbook awhile ago. One of my fav chefs out there, some of his books are the only one's I have read cover to cover. Finally I was able to break into it! This particular book remakes favorite comfort foods in a lower calorie fashion that tastes just as good as the originals... so I decided it was only appropriate to start with the No Cream - No Cry Penne Alla Vodka. It was delish! I'm not gonna lie, the thought of yogurt creeps me out and I have avoided eating it for years, but it was time to try something new, and I'm glad I did!

I chose to serve it with a fried chicken cutlet (I know I know, not healthy..but what can I say? I love it!) and a tomato sauce I made a few days ago that was similar to the one Rocco references in his book. I will definetely be trying more recipes from it in the next few weeks, I have my eye on the General Tso's Chicken. ;)

lunch @ Elevation Burger

It is pretty nice when you find a place that promises to give you a delish burger that is made with 100% organic grass-fed beef. It is not nice when that burger lacks flavor and makes me wish we had just gone to Five-Guys instead.

I went to Elevation Burger today with my grandma and my aunt for lunch. It was our second choice, since the first place we wanted to go to was closed, and this place has "veggie" or "vegan" burgers...which is what both my grandma and my aunt got. I don't really understand how you can call a burger a burger if it is made with :cough: soy. Anyways, I was pretty disappointed with my burger... I ordered a hamburger with balsamic mustard (which was decent), caramelized onions (which were mostly raw), and lettuce. The only thing I can say that is good about it was that it wasn't so greasy that it melted my bun (thank god). O, and I also got a strawberry milkshake (which I didn't really care for).

This place needs a new game plan.

lunch @ Bluefin Sushi

I finally made it to Bluefin the other day with Olga (my new sushi partner!) and it definitely lived up to its hype. Does anybody know why Edamame is so good? All I know is that I can suck the salt off of them any day. Plus the sushi wasn't bad....but I personally don't like when places go overboard with the amount of roe they put on the rolls.

Anyways, what was for lunch? Well we started with of course edamame and a shrimp suhmai (which was delish!!). Then on to the rolls. I ordered an amercian dream roll (my fav) as well as a california roll (gotta keep it old school). Olga had the dragon roll (not pictured).

Needless to say we left full and satisfied.

(pictures by my iPhone, obv)


Just in case anyone is reading this.... you may have noticed that I am once again slacking on my posts! Not gonna lie, it's not like it is hard to update a blog or anything but I guess I have just been distracted.

Manny (aka little moo) went to the cardiologist on Wednesday.....and it turns out he has dilated cardiomyopathy, suspect congestive heart failure and multiform ventricular arrhythmia. yeah. so, my life sucks right now, especially knowing that my little boy only has a few months left...instead of the year or two more I was hoping for. :/ There are so many things I want to do with him still... ugh.

Anyways, I haven't been neglecting my pineapple, in case you were wondering, even tough I don't have high hopes for it anymore. I will update with some pictures later on. I think it may be starting to grow roots, but they are really really tiny.

okok. I guess that's it?

Growing Up Pineapple - Days 3 & 4

Alright, so yesterday I changed the water for this bad boy and checked out the part where the roots are supposed to come out of it (I think). So far nothing has changed....if anything I think it is beginning to brown on the bottom. :sadface:

I really hope it doesn't die before it even has a chance to be an awesome little juicey pineapple.

(and excuse the mess in my kitchen...I just got back from publix!)

JetMyles and Me!

some pics that aren't food related! :)

(pictures by my iPhone)

Growing Up Pineapple - Day 2

No changes yet today on the pineapple. Although, I do think it sucked up some of the water that was in the glass....probably going to change that later today...or tomorrow..

I know I'm being impatient...but I really want this thing to start growing before I give in and start searching the internets for information.. I'm definitely going to keep in mind the suggestions you guys give me in the mean time :D I think it makes it more fun this way!

Jumbo Blueberry Muffins

These giant things were DELISH. And of course I can't find the recipe...so I will probably never make these again :/

But you never know...sometimes I just find stuff that I've lost....like the one time when I thought my truck swallowed my camera because I couldn't find it for a few weeks...turns out it was in my beach bag....how it got there is beyond me...but you get the point?

Sweet Not- Potato

Alton Brown says at approximately 2 minutes and 27 seconds into this video that sweet potatoes are not actually potatoes...I'm going to have to look further into this.

Growing Up Pineapple - Day 1

Today I finally got around to.... and by this I mean Lian finally came over and somehow I was able to get her to cut the fruit off my pineapple and get it ready for germinating so I can plant it and eventually get an awesome little pineapple! I'm hoping that that is how it goes anyways. I am pretty much winging this whole "growing-up pineapple" thing...but I'm excited for what will happen in the coming weeks!

Yellow Summer Squash and Corn Chowder

I decided to switch it up the other day and make some soup...or chowder to be more specific! This recipe came from the August 2010 issue of Cooking Light, and the picture of it they had to accompany the recipe is really what sold me!

Of course I went with their "vegetarian" suggestion and 86'd the bacon, and you know what...I never regret not using it! I also always use whole milk instead of the less fat version (personal preference)...and I also almost never follow the salt and pepper instructions...I use them to taste. :)

I have included the original recipe and directions with this post...do with it what you please!

What you need:
2 slices of applewood-smoked bacon <--- again, I left this out.
3/4 cup sliced green onions, divided
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 pound yellow summer squash, chopped (*TIP! choose small squash, 7-8 inches in length)
1 pound frozen white and yellow baby corn kernels, thawed and divided
2 1/4 cups 1% low-fat milk, divided
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese

What to do:
Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in pan. Crumble bacon, and set aside. Add 1/2 cup onions, celery, and squash to drippings in pan; sauté 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Reserve 1 cup corn; set aside. Place the remaining corn and 1 cup milk into a blender; process until smooth. Add remaining 1 1/4 cups milk, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to blender; process just until combined. Add pureed mixture and reserved 1 cup corn to pan. Reduce heat to medium; cook 5 minutes of until thoroughly heated, stirring constantly. Stir in 1/8 teaspoon salt. Ladle about 1 1/2 cups soup into each of four bowls; top each serving with about 1 tablespoon bacon, 1 tablespoon remaining onions, and 1 tablespoon cheese.

Enjoy! :)

Giant Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm still searching for a chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe...this one was pretty decent (not to mention my first attempt at a cookie that isnt ooey gooey and soft)...

Too bad I forgot my own advice about cooking cookies though... because these were a bit over done, but still as fabulous as these guys could have been considering. :)

Double Trouble Chocolate Brownies

In an effort to find the PERFECT brownie recipe I cannot even begin to tell you how many batches I've made and then consumed. Finally the other day I made these (see below!)...and let me tell you they were AMAZING. They were gooey, and fudgy, and chocolaty, and every time you would take a bite of these little delish squares of chocolaty goodness..more chocolate would explode in your mouth!

I'd say these are the winner.

okok. back in action!!

I have been having some minor, scratch that, MAJOR issues with my laptop, and finally after a month of not using it and being in constant contact with Sony... I'm hoping the issue is resolved. :)

Anywaysssss. I have been cooking! Just not blogging. :/ But all of that is going to change now!!

Thanks for hanging in there!

Hot Hot Potato Wedges and Burgers

In the spirit of summer I am trying to grill a little bit more. This dish used both the indoor and outdoor grill (mostly because the corn is amazing when done outside...and that it takes up all the room on our little Webber, so the burgers were done on a grill pan).

This is definitely a winner on the indoor grill (except for the corn that has to be done outside). I mixed it up with the wedges too, because I LOVE sweet potatoes.

Heres the recipe for the Hot Hot Potato Wedges:

3 large baking potatoes
1/2 cup mayo
hot sauce, to taste (this is the heat!!)
1/4 teaspoon onion salt
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat your oven to 375. Wash and cut the potatoes into wedge shapes. Mix all ingredients above and toss wedges in the mixture. Layout in a greased glass baking sheet and bake about 45 to 60 minutes.

Also... good tip...don't wash the baking dish right after you take it out of the oven...or it will end up in a million pieces like mine did and you will have to panic until your boyfriend (or girlfriend) cleans it up.


Mini Apple Pie Muffins!!!

One Word.

Grilled Shrimp with some Fab Rice and Beans

English Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies :)

These were made special last night for my awesome su-chef/bf Jake during the Celtics and Lakers game. (GO CELTICS!)

Fun Food Facts!

I love reading facts. I can't really explain why... because I don't know why. However, they are awesome. Since I can't possibly fit all of them into one post, heres a couple, and of course, with some pictures.

FACT: Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.

FACT: Peanuts are used in the manufacture of dynamite.

FACT: It has been traditional to serve fish with a slice of lemon since the Middle Ages, when people believed that the fruit’s juice would dissolve any bones accidentally swallowed.

FACT: Spotted bananas are sweeter, with a sugar content of more than 20%, compared with 3% in a green banana.

FACT: There are more than 10,000 varieties of tomatoes.

FACT: The first soup was made of hippopotamus. The earliest archeological evidence for the consumption of soup dates back to 6000 BC and it was hippopotamus soup!

Yumberry - The Yang Mei

I kid you not. That is the name of a REAL fruit. After a long (not really) morning at the barn giving Jet a bath and playing with him I stopped at Jamba Juice. I ordered my regular (Mango-a-go-go with a daily vita boost) without even looking above at the drink list, since they will make anything you want anyways....while waiting I finally started looking around and noticed displays for three new "Yumberry" drinks. I asked the drink guy if it was an actual fruit, and much to my surprise it is! So here's some stuff about it:

- Yumberry is actually the fruit juice extracted from the fruit Yang Mei.
-Yang Mei is a spherical red dimpled fruit with a soft skin and flesh and a hard stone in the middle.
- normally
- It has a unique taste that has shades of many red fruits, such as cranberry, cherry, and pomegranate.
- grows on trees between 7 and 33 feet tall
- harvested by hand in the harvesting season during June each year.
- The trees will grow on relatively poor soil due to the presence of a nitrogen fixing bacteria associated with its root system which makes it a highly sustainable and environmentally friendly crop.
- Evidence shows that Yang Mei has been consumed in China for over 5,000 years now.
- Yang mei fruit has been used in Chinese folk prescriptions for many years now and is an essential part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
- Yang Mei fruit has a range of nutrients too. Tests have shown that the fruit contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and folacin.
- 100g of Yang Mei fruit gives you nearly a quarter of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C as well as 13% of your folacin and 12% of your biotin RDA.

I suppose I will try the one of the new drinks...but it's already hard enough to decide between a mango-a-go-go and a white gummy.

(facts from Yumberry and the internets)