Frozen Shangos

May 9, 2014
Frozen Shangos

Guys…what happened to spring? We had gorgeous 70 degree weather and sunny skies for about three seconds, then suddenly it was winter coat weather again, and now my iPhone weather app tells me that it’s going to be high 80s/low 90s for the next few days. It’s madness! Of course, I’m not really complaining about the warmer weather – it’s a welcome change from the seeming endless winter we’ve been having this year, and my poor balcony plants could use a few days of heat and sun. And, hotter days = more excuses for me to make blended beverages for dinner. Well, technically I’m still training for a 10K and trying to stay as healthy and booze-free as possible until June, so I can’t actually have blended cocktails for dinner…yet. But...

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Skinny “Spaghetti” and Meatballs

May 4, 2014
Skinny “Spaghetti” and Meatballs

Following yesterday’s dinner of tater tots and cheese, I woke up thinking I should probably whip up something a little healthier for today. Cuz, you know…I’m a responsible adult who is capable of making good life decisions. Mmhmm. So I rolled out of bed, headed straight for the kitchen, and made a batch of healthy broccoli & cheese mac (recipe forthcoming…maybe), and a ton of skinny spaghetti & meatballs – zucchini squash “noodles” served with tasty turkey meatballs packed with vegetables. Gluten free, high fiber, low calorie…and amazingly delicious. So, why zucchini noodles vs. real noodles? I could give you a ton of totally legit reasons – they’re healthy, they taste awesome, we need more vegetables in our life, I love zucchini, I’m trying to cut back on...

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Totchos

May 3, 2014
Totchos

Here’s what we ate today: bacon & eggs for breakfast, nachos & beer (actually, cider for me) for lunch, and totchos for dinner. So basically…super healthy and balanced meals . It’s been kind of a great day, actually. Don’t judge me. In other news, it’s almost Cinco de Mayo! My first thought was that I should do a margarita post (mmm, tequila), but (1) I couldn’t decide what new flavor I wanted to try, and (2) I’m trying to cut back on booze between now and the 10K I signed up for in June. So…no margaritas for Tina. {Sob} To numb the pain of a margarita-free existence, I chose to make us a Cinco de Mayo-inspired dinner of tater tots smothered in cheese & jalapenos (I would have added bacon...

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DIY Flavored Bellinis

April 19, 2014
DIY Flavored Bellinis

As a kid, my favorite part of Easter was the Easter egg hunt - finding as many plastic eggs as I could, cracking them open, then devouring all the goodies inside. As an adult, I still love Easter candy (and will definitely be hitting up CVS for discounted chocolate next week), but my new favorite thing to do on Easter is go to brunch. Brunch on Easter is a thing, isn’t it? People go to church early in the morning then head to brunch? Right? Right. Dan and I aren’t church-goers, but we are big-time brunch-goers, Easter or no Easter. Love the food, love the time frame, love the atmosphere. There are few pleasures in life I love more than rolling out of bed late on a lazy weekend, hitting up our...

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Chicken Katsu

April 8, 2014
Chicken Katsu

Chicken Katsu and Tonkatsu are two of the dishes that (assuming I’m not craving sushi) I have to get when we go to Japanese restaurants. I don’t often let myself eat fried food, but it’s impossible to resist the lure of crispy, tender, breaded/fried meat (mmmm, pork) smothered in a thick savory-sweet sauce over a giant pile of rice, you know? Impossible! Cannot be done. At least not by me. Up until now, however, I have never successfully created katsu-anything in my kitchen. I am a terrible fryer. Did you know that if you have the heat on too high your oil starts smoking and everything you put in it burns to a crisp without cooking all the way through? And then you’re left with...

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Sticky Baked Bourbon Chicken

April 1, 2014
Sticky Baked Bourbon Chicken

So, I’ve been putting off writing this post because (1) I was not loving the way my pictures turned out, and (2) somehow I had absolutely zero things to say about either the recipe or my reasons for making it (which is crazy, because I literally always have some kind of back story). It’s been seriously depressing the last week or so, y’all – I thought maybe I’d lost my blogging mojo! But then I read this post by Pinch of Yum, and realized that it’s my blog, I can write whatever the hell I want, and when in doubt write about the food. So, here we go: This is a recipe for sticky baked bourbon chicken, and it’s awesome. There’s really nothing else to say about...

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Teeny Tiny Chocolate Chip Cookies (Cookie Sprinkles)

March 16, 2014
Teeny Tiny Chocolate Chip Cookies (Cookie Sprinkles)

You guys. Can you handle how cute these teeny weenie cookies are? I don’t think I can. No, I definitely cannot. All last week, even though I had a ridiculous amount of non-blog work to do, I kept logging in to WordPress to sneak peaks at my draft for this post, grinning foolishly at the screen, and fighting the urge to reach out and lightly pet the pictures. Because, you know…sanity and self respect are things that I have. As I’m sure you all know by now, I am a big fan of things in miniature. (Did you guys actually know this? I forget, but I feel like I must have mentioned it by now.) I’ve made bite-sized cookies before, but these “sprinkles” are by...

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Skillet Chili Mac

March 9, 2014
Skillet Chili Mac

Growing up, the commercials on TV lead me to believe that the only things Americans ate for dinner were tacos, Sloppy Joes, various forms of mac n’ cheese, and delivery/take out junk food (fried chicken, pizza, burgers, etc). To a kid, especially one being forced to suffer through endless helpings of eggplant at dinner, this all looked amazing. I mean, it still looks amazing to adult Tina, but kid Tina was all WAHHH, I WANT AMERICAN FOOD NOW NOW NOW!!! Once I went off to school and was left to my own devices, I definitely did my share of indulging in so-called “American food.” College Tina ate a lot of burritos/tacos, fried chicken, pizza, and other delightfully artery-clogging foods. College Tina also gained 15-20 lbs and quickly realized...

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Hurricanes

March 4, 2014
Hurricanes

Happy Mardi Gras, everyone! Is anyone doing anything fun? In a perfect world, I would be down in New Orleans right now, stuffing my face with fried, powdered sugar-covered beignets, drinking like a fish, and enjoying 60-degree weather. Instead, however, I’m sipping a healthy green smoothie, glaring out the window at the giant muddy snow piles on the sidewalks, and wishing it weren’t 22 degrees outside. Things could be worse…but they could also be way better, ya know? My original plan for my Mardi Gras post was to make Nutella-stuffed beignets. I found this great recipe online, and was actually looking forward to working with yeast again (excuse to break out my awesome wedding-gifted stand mixer). But then it snowed a bunch, and we...

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Eggplant Parmesan

March 2, 2014
Eggplant Parmesan

You know how there are some foods that, as a kid, are the grossest things ever, but as soon as you reach a certain age your tongue is all OMG what is this deliciousness?!?!? For a lot of people, it seems to be brussel sprouts and spinach (see e.g., the explosion of brussel sprout recipes on FoodGawker, Tastespotting, etc.). For me, it was eggplants. I can still remember (strangely vividly) the first time my mom made me eat eggplant. It was cooked Chinese-style – cut into slices, sauteed until soft with ginger, a ton of garlic and soy sauce. It looked…super gross. Mushy, gray-ish-purple chunks in goopy looking sauce? Seven year old Tina was not on board with that. Of course, seven year old Tina...

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