Monday, October 31, 2011

Huevos Rancheros

Has anyone else begun to notice how little Italian food this little Italian girl cooks? It seriously baffles my man-friend.

Whole wheat tortilla cut into quarters and grilled.  Topped with refried black beans, an egg, green peppers, shredded jack, avocados, scallions, light sour cream and salsa (Siracha goes without saying)

Can you tell we love avocados? 

Time to watch, "Love and Other Drugs." :)

Easy and Cheesy

I'm pretty much obsessed with this Parmesan risotto.  It's so cheesy and oh so easy and surprisingly not that bad for you. If we split the box it's under 300 cals each. Just.Can't.Get.Enough. 

I am also obsessed with roasting vegetables. Heat oven to 375 and put any kind of veg on a cookie sheet, drizzle in olive oil and S&P and you will just swoon over the tastiness. I like to under cook mine a little to maintain color and some crunch.

Perfect dinner for a blustery Sunday :)

Snowy Hallows Eve

The party was great and everyone came in costume! Who knew we'd be celebrating an October 29th birthday in a snow storm... I cleaned up the cups, cobwebs, and costumes left behind just in time to make some game day snacks.

Cheese quesadillas with scallions inside.

and some guac! I like to make mine simple: just avocados, lime juice, garlic and sea salt and pepper. delish. Game time= nap on the couch time for me :)

Party Prep

Last year we had a Halloween/Birthday party and I made a lot of food, and had a lot of food left over.  So, this year I decided to keep it simple.  One dip, cupcakes, and of course some candy :)

(shhh I used boxed cake mix)

 Crushed up peanut butter Oreos, to look like dirt ;)

Add a stick to a ghost peep and adorable decoration is ready in an instant.

Worms on some ghosts on others...spooooooky.  Next up, the best corn dip ever.  Originated with my Aunt Nina but I'm not sure where she got it or if she's the creator!

In a sauce pan add the following and heat on low until sugar is dissolved:

1 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup sugar

Rinse and dice(the veggies) the following and add to large bowl:

2 Cans shoepeg corn
1 can black beans
1 can black eyed peas
1 jar diced pimentos
1 jalapeno
1/2 an onion
1/2 a green pepper

Add liquid to the veggie mixture and marinate in the fridge over night. Strain out excess liquid and serve with scoop tortilla chips!

Cool two tier server I borrowed from my Mom last Halloween and decided to keep ;)

Time to party!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Boda for Your Birthday

Tomorrow is the man-friends birthday and we are having a super spooky costume party to celebrate, so tonight I took him out to dinner for his once yearly free date ;) We went to Boda , a delightful Thai Tapas restaurant in the Old Port.  I've been a few times since moving here and am never disappointed! There was a wait for a table so we sat at the bar.

Can you guess his from hers brews?

I bet you guessed wrong, mines the darker one.  Peak Organic Fall Summit. Crisp, hoppy, and delish. 

Quail eggs. Amazing.

Grilled shrimp with lime dipping sauce.

When I find a menu item I like somewhere, I very rarely deviate from it.  But, tonight I had my eye on the yellow curry, with a bit of persuasion from the bartender and I was sold. Sooo glad I tried it! It was amazing. The warmth and the spice of the curry felt great for my cold :) This might be my new fav.

Cam loves the the beef paneang and had it again tonight.  I love the banana leaves they use as garnish.

A delicious dinner was a great way to spend birthday eve :) Today, I was busy with preparations for the Halloween/birthday party for tomorrow.  Our costumes are top secret and so are the ghoulish decorations and treats.  The suspense is killing you I know ;)

Tuna Melty Goodness

I just love a good tuna melt, don't you?

Oat bread, spinach, avocado, and mozzarella cheese.

Open faced keeps it lighter :)

Hope you had a good day!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bad Blogger!

Sorry blog world, I've been cheating you with my Halloween costume :) back on track soon I promise! As a little something to tide you over here is a delightful thai peanut dish I made last night for a friend and I!

I started by cooking rice noodles (they cook in less than 5 minutes and are so tasty). I also added baby carrot slices right to the water with the noodles because, why dirty another pan??? In my wok I scrambled 2 eggs and pushed them to the side after they were cooked.

The easiest peanut sauce in the world:
a heaping spoonful of crunchy peanut butter (or whatever you have)
a good pour of low sodium soy sauce (or whatever you have)
a splash of Orange juice
a clove of garlic
half an inch of grated ginger

I added this mixture to the wok along with S&P and stirred around with the egg.  I also added a little dark sesame oil, in hind sight I would have added more because the noodles turned out stickier than I would have liked.

Add the cooked noodles and carrots to the wok and stir it all together.  Top with scallions and your done! Yummy Thai noodles in minutes!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Super/Supper Salad

I'm feeling a cold coming on so I figured a protein and nutrient packed salad might help.  So, I whipped up this beauty.

Spinach, kidney beans, carrots, cukes, half an avocado, 1 hard boiled egg each, 1 small red potato, scallions and shredded jack for me and feta for him.

I grilled a piece of whole wheat naan to add some carbs.  I hate eating salads that leave me feeling hungry a half hour later.  The naan and salad combo left me full, but not stuffed.

Topped with  Annie's Light Honey Mustard.  Now time to watch Pan Am which I DVR'd last night and am loving so far.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Two for one

Sometimes it's hard to resist the prepared food section at Whole Foods.  There are so many different choices that all look delightful.  Tonight, we gave in.  Waiting at the deli counter for cheese we impulsively ordered two burritos.  I ordered grilled vegetable and Cam got chicken. (He usually orders meat when we eat out to make up for the lack of it at our house.)

When I unwrapped mine at home I realized it was ginormous and immediately packed half for lunch tomorrow. Two meals for the price of one!

Salsa, light sour cream and a big squeeze of Siracha made this burrito even better.  Yummmmmo

Lunch from a Box

When we got home from the farm we ran home to have a quick late lunch and to grab our shopping bags.  

One of the few easy things left was a box of Annie's mac n cheese.  I like to add stewed tomatoes to bulk it up with some veggies.  It adds a whole other level of flavors and is so delish.  It's not the healthiest lunch but it's a nice treat.

Chomp chomp chomp and we were out the door again!

A-maize-ing Sunday

In my house the one Patriots bye week of the season is practically a national holiday (for me anyway).  We jam pack all the fun fall activities into that sweet Sunday.  Sooo........we went to a corn maze!

We went to Sherman Farm in New Hampshire for the coolest maze/maize around! It's shaped like Tim Thomas holding up the Stanley Cup (which was a draw to the man-friend).  It was about an hour away so we grabbed some essentials (iced coffee of course) and hit the road!

I lead the way (Cam would say he did ;) and we made it out and just under 40 minutes.  After, we had the most amazing cider doughnuts which we ate too fast to get a picture of.  The maize was fun and everyone at the farm was very friendly.  We got some great leaf peepin' in on the way too!

We picked up some goodies from the Sherman Farmstand to take home.  Low fat Chocolate milk, Spicy Dilly Beans (my fav) and apple butter :)  Next on the agenda, Halloween Costume planning and Whole Foods to fill up our bare cupboards!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ten Min Din

Since I spent the afternoon running errands (aka my Thursday ritual of Homegoods and Target :) and making a pie I really wanted something quick for dinner.

(Got this cool table-runner and a few other house things)

I decided on some mushroom ravioli I had in the freezer. They are sort of expensive so we try to snag them whenever there's a two-fer deal at Whole Foods. The only veggie the man-friend doesn't like is mushrooms, so I hide them in pillowy pasta goodness.  (sooooo sneaky)

I sauteed 1/3 an onion and a large clove of garlic in olive oil S&P and crushed red peppers. I like my ravioli crispy so after they cooked I added them to the pan.

After they browned up a bit I added spinach and cauliflower (if you add it before the rav's the water from the veggies will prevent them from getting crispy)

Topped with a little marinara and feta and the meal was complete!

...oh and the pie was to die :)


The sun came out just in time for apple pie! I don't make pies often but I enjoy making them when I do! For those of you wondering, yes I did wear an apron :)

I do use store bought pie crust because making it from scratch is tedious and precise measurements are needed, and I never measure anything.

We peeled about 20 apples for two pies.  

Every few  handfuls of sliced and peeled apples I added a squeeze of lemon to prevent the apples from browning, a tote full of local macintosh and 6 granny smiths.

I added unknown amounts of flour, sugar, nutmeg (just a tad because I don't care for it), brown sugar, and lots of cinnamon to the apples along with a splash of orange juice to help it all mix together.

I tasted the mixture and realized the apples were a bit tart so I added a little extra sugar.  Apple pies are so easy because you can taste the filling while making it and add more of the flavors you like.

Lightly spray the pie plates and rolled out the bottom crust.

It's ok if the apples are well above the pie plate because they will bake down.

I like lattice my crust so I rolled out the dough and used the rolling pin to make it a little wider so it could stretch over the mile-high apple pie :) Then I sliced the dough to about 3/4 inch slices.

Start in the center and work out.

It looks complicated but it's 'easy as pie' :)

Egg washed (scrambled egg with warm water added) and sprinkled with turbando sugar to make it sparkle.

My timer didn't go off! So it's a little darker than I'd like but still golden brown goodness.  I don't know if I can wait until after dinner to taste it!