So my friend was kind enough to try again with a great chardonnay from La Crema…much better 🙂
The ABC’s of Me
But it’s not “Cooking Easy!” Ok, let me explain. I subscribe to a few cooking magazines, and tonight’s meal came from Cooking Light magazine. Here’s the recipe:
Enchilada casserole. Sounds easy, right? Well, a lot of chopping, pre-cooking, and assembling was needed for the final product. It was a lot of work! This happens to me quite often, because I don’t usually read the recipe beforehand. I just figure it should be simple enough. Despite the recipe being very involved and taking way longer to make than it said, it turned out really well!
Nice and brown on the top! (cooking time of 25 minutes, not 15 like it said!)
Just perfect on the inside!
So will I be making this recipe again? Probably not. Was it worth it? Definitely!
Currently I’m loving the London quintet Yuck.
Also check out this blog post my mom sent to me about keeping a positive outlook.
First time hearing this song and it was love. The Strokes released the first single of their new album “Under Cover of Darkness” last week. This is the bands’ first new piece of music in 5 years, and they didn’t let me down!
So, I had a moment last week that I’m sure many of you have had before. I wanted to upload some photos so I could make a post, but I couldn’t find my camera cord anywhere! I gave up after a while and figured it would turn up eventually. I decided to look for it again on Sunday, and of course, it was right where it was supposed to be! I have no clue how I missed it before!
Anyway, I took a picture of my new favorite wine, from a local Winery. All their wines are good, but this is my favorite. It makes for easy drinking! I don’t know if you can tell, but it’s a pink, almost red-colored wine.
Hamburgers were on the menu for dinner one night last week, but of course I can’t just make a plain-old hamburger! I decided on my own version of a “Juicy Lucy,” a type of hamburger that originates in Minneapolis, MN. Instead of the cheese being on the top of the burger, it goes inside! I also added grated onion and Montreal steak seasoning to the meat. They turned out great! You can see the cheese oozing out! I used white American cheese, but you could essentially use any cheese you like. I was just thinking a turkey burger with brie would be a great combination!
Another meal last week was Indian food. I have yet to buy the 2o or so spices needed to make an actual Indian dish, so I buy jarred sauces instead. We had 2 different ones, so we made 2 Indian dishes.
They both had the same main ingredients: chicken, peppers, potatoes, onions, and cauliflower. The “mild” curry paste also got a habanero pepper added, because who wants mild Indian food!? I took the picture before adding the cauliflower, for some reason.
Both dishes were very good, and had the perfect amount of spiciness. We served them with basmati rice and garlic naan (indian flat bread).
That’s it for now, hope everyone is having a great week!
A recipe in pictures for chocolate cake balls!
2. Cut into large pieces.
3. Crumbled up.
4. Mixed in a small container of vanilla frosting.
5. Rolled into balls and refrigerated for 3 hours (enough so they are pretty cold).
6. And dipped into chocolate melted over a double boiler. As you can see some strawberries also made it into the chocolate!
Unfortunately the white chocolate gave me trouble again…I think a drop of water from a wet strawberry made it into the mix and seeded a downhill reaction.
Thankfully I split the bag of white chocolate chips into 2 so I was able to coat some cake balls and decorate a few others before destroying the rest.
7. Enjoy with friends, family, and such 😉
Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! Mine was suppose to be mostly work with a little play, but I ended up playing a bit too much and somehow it’s already Sunday night 😦 I somewhat miss the days of undergrad when deadlines were home and test that I couldn’t put off, but when they come in the form of meetings that can be reschedule and such it’s much easier to put work off and enjoy the rest of life. Anyhow, enough my work complaints…I probably talk about them way too much in this blog.
Let’s get to the rest of my weekend…or week really. Last Thursday a few of my classmates got together for dinner and a movie. Dinner was at Alice’s Tea Cup. I love Alice’s and don’t think I could ever get enough…it always brings a smile to my face!!
Samples while we waited for our table.
I went a little healthier and ordered a roasted veggie sandwich with a side salad. I also snagged a scone from the other girls. It was banana butterscotch and was the best scone I’ve ever had. The flavor combination was perfect and the scone was nice and moist.
Then it was back to Jenn’s apartment for a movie. Not that we needed more to eat but we passed the grocery store on the way to her apartment and blood oranges were on sale. As a result it was decided to make blood orange sorbet. I don’t quite recall how the decision was made but I’m glad it was…this was delicious. It was also extremely easy to make, 2 cups of juice from blood oranges and 1/2 cup of sugar.
This Saturday I had brunch at Josie’s West with Matt. No pictures but a yummy tofu scramble was enjoyed.
After brunch we took in the beautiful winter landscape of central park. I think I was able to appreciate it because I can feel spring approaching. It’ll be near 60 by Friday!!
Is this the ground or frozen water?
Probably best not to test and see…
More exploring. I always forget about the Belvedere Castle in Central Park. I think I’ve only ever been inside on one other location.
Views from the castle.
Shakespeare in the park theater
And again looking down, more frozen water.
I spent the rest of my Saturday in lab and got in a 10 mile run…I was only planning on 7 but got into a good zone. I’m also getting faster, I was able to keep a pace of 8:36 min/mile. Then just as I was about to shower from my run and head back to lab or at least sit down for some reading my friend convinced me to meet up for a drink. Well, one drink turned into 2 and a night of dancing. Next think I knew it was 3:30 am and I caught a taxi back home and passed out!
Today I did a quick recovery run of 2.25 miles at a 9:02 min/mile pace. I also wanted to get some yoga in but I need to do some more work so I think I’ll get in a quick session of either yoga or pilates and some upper body strength tomorrow morning.
See ya during the week,