Peas and Carrots

Sometimes the best sides are very basic preparations. This brings out the sweetness in each veggie.

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What is more of a quintessential side dish than peas and carrots? It reminds me of 1950’s homemakers who wore pearls, heels, and dresses while vacuuming, ironing, and cooking with babies in toe. A time in American history where women were truly on the cusp grabbing their independence, but it had not happened quite yet.

Later, during my youth, you would find mediocre versions of peas and carrots packed in TV dinner trays. Although waterlogged and tasteless, they were a direct hearkening to flavors reminiscent of times gone by, but not quite forgotten. I thought it was about time to try to make it from scratch myself, since I am too young to have memories of the real McCoy.

Though I have to admit, I wasn’t wearing heels, pearls or a dress; more like blue jeans and a sacrificial t-shirt since I am a messy chef— I know outrageous right?! Anyway, the subtle sweet flavors…

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Beer Battered Zucchini Fries

I love pretty much anything deep fried and beer battered. Yum! This is a recipe I have had in the mix for years.

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You guys know my husband loves to make his own homemade batches of beer and together, we love to find ways to cook with it. Last night, my husband and I decided to make these beer battered zucchini fries instead of the standard french fried potato. I am very pleased with the result, deliciously crunchy coating with a perfectly cooked zucchini center. Yum!

Beer Battered Zucchini Fries

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Attitude

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church….a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”

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Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

Well it is Super Bowl time and living in the Bay Area, the airports, traffic and transit have all been affected. My husband and I decided to hunker down at home and made a recipe that we actually were given by our 13 year old niece a few years back.

She was so ecstatic about her love for the dip and it is a play on Buffalo chicken wings. Something that both my husband and I love, so we gave it a shot a few years ago.

I mean what is not to like, chicken, cheese, cream cheese, ranch dressing, yum, yum yum! This has become a special occasion party dip and we get so excited about eating it that we always seem to dip a corn chip in it before I get a chance to take a picture of the finished product.

Not this time though. Gotcha!

Let me tell you, this dip lives up to the hype and it is super easy. Enjoy everyone.

 

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Game Day Food!

Are you getting prepped for the super bowl this weekend? We definitely are here. Full disclosure, I may not know much about the two teams duking it out, but any event centered around food and cooking, I can get into.

Need some ideas to take to a party or maybe you are hosting the event, just look below, I have some great food that I would categorize as appropriate game day food.

 

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Maple Pecan French Toast

Maple Pecan French Toast is decadently delicious! A perfect start to the weekend.

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Every time I have french toast, I think why don’t I do this more often. It is one of my favorite meals. I mean honestly, what is better on a lazy Sunday than a brunch consisting of a thick slice of french toast, custard-y in the middle with slightly crisped edges. Delicious and easy and quick. My three favorite words.

In the past few years, I graduated from the sticky sweetness of “pancake” syrup (which is just another name for flavored corn syrup) to maple syrup. Maple syrup is just so much better in so many ways and though it costs more money up front, I have started to train my brain to not justify buying pancake syrup because of price. Along with the hint of a few toasted pecans, mmmm…. delicious.

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Winter Meal Plan – 6

 

Breakfast

Snack 1

Lunch

Snack 2

Dinner

Monday

2 Scrambled eggs and a grapefruit

2 handfuls of dried fruit

Turkey Wrap and Apple

Gorilla Bar

Fish Tacos

Tuesday

Maple Pecan French Toast & banana 2 handfuls of dried fruit Salad and apple Carrots & hummus Jambalaya

Wednes-day

Omelet & Yogurt Gorilla Bar Frozen Black Bean Burrito & apple String Cheese Leftovers

Thursday

Banana Crumb Muffin 2 handfuls of dried fruit Salad and Apple Carrots & hummus Veggie Burger, side salad, beer battered zucchini fries

Friday

Scrambled eggs and Grapefruit String Cheese Mediterranean Hummus Wrap and Apple Almonds Fancy Fish Sticks with a side salad

Saturday

Omelet & Grapefruit

 

String Cheese Leftovers and apple Almonds Rotisserie Chicken, side salad, peas and carrots

Sunday

Omelet and banana Gorilla Bar Eat Out 2 handfuls of Dried fruit Leftovers

 

In order to save time and money, I make a meal plan every week. This is my meal plan for next week.

Also, I like to have a good mix of quick to grab convenience foods and fast prep meals interwoven into my week. I have lots of recipes that are consistently in our diet, but I also like to try new recipes. Next week I will be trying a couple of new recipes that get pretty high ratings on other cooking sites.

Anyway, happy cooking everyone!

 

Rosemary Cayenne Oven Fries

This recipe is so good. I have been coming back to it for years!

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My New Year’s resolution this year was to start living a life of gratitude and adventure. I really didn’t see it turning into a journey for my health, but it came to my realization that I can not be truly grateful for anything exterior to me, if I am not grateful for the interior of me. You know the whole rigamarole of  treating yourself with respect and love before being able to give it out to the world. It is true, I put my health and well-being at the bottom of the list of things to do.

I think I graduated to the next stage of adulthood a couple of nights ago. Something inside of me clicked and I realized that it was me and only me, baby. Sure I have family and friends, but in that moment I felt alone, not lost or scared; just focused and independent, on…

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Broccoli Salad

This simple little salad is so easy and delicious. Perfect as a side and a quick pre-made lunch.

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This is a recipe that is a shout out to my Mom. It is one that she made for us all the time, be it a side dish, a snack or something to take to a covered-dish supper. As with most things with my mother, it had to be delicious but also simple, which I appreciate now that I have to replicate my childhood food memories.

As an adult, I have found myself using this as a quick complete grab and go lunch item that I can make at the beginning of the week and throw into containers in the fridge. Grab this, an apple and a water; and I am ready for a day at the office. So yes Mom, you are still feeding me, even a million miles away!

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