Warning: this may entice you to eat lots of bread… good bakery bread, that is.
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The art of seeduction, at its finest.

Oh, and pb & j on ciabatta ain’t bad either.
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Pizza Pizazz

January 15, 2010

Momma’s Birthday Dinner:

Raspberry Ale Parmesan, Balsamic Red Onion & Pistachio Pizza on six grain crust.

Damn tasty, if I do say so myself.

Watercress & Pear salad with Balsamic/Mustard dressing.

The best was topping the pizza with the salad. Also, try garnishing a pizza with pistachios sometime. You won’t regret it.

The watercress was still in contact with its root. It has such a unique, peppery taste that I thought would be overpowering… the pear & balsamic/mustard dressing complimented it nicely, though.

Overall, it was a terrific meal for a terrific mother.

*It’s perfectly fine to indulge in a slice or two of pizza every now and then, don’t deprive yourself!

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I’ve been craving yogurt like crazy. It’s like my body has made it a requirement for things to function. SO Yesterday morning, I obliged.

Whole Foods Organic Nonfat plain yogurt, sliced banana, mango, peanuts, & a little bit of a crumbled lemon Larabar.

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I don’t have school today, so last night my friend Amber and I hung out. It was marvelous!

Kombucha & Grilled Veggie and Hummus wraps at Whole Foods.

Sugarhouse Coffee Shop. I ordered the LaDee-Dah-Tee (Macadamia and Almond flavored latte w/ Soymilk). Delicious. But Amber hit the jackpot when ordering a ‘secret/off the menu’ drink…

Banana Cream Chai. Mouthgasm.

We also nibbled on this little slice’o’heaven. So buttery, so fruity, so awesome. Great Harvest can do no wrong. I absolutely had to save some so my family could taste it. I think they’re glad I did.

When I picked up my drink and the cute barista said “Up to vegan standards!” , I noticed a fly trap named Lilith.

We sat upstairs, chatted, and listened to the live jazz band.

….and sat next to this lovely lady.

We came back to my house and watched It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia, “The Night Man Cometh”.  Hilarious.

This morning, I took my jab at Maggie’s breakfast burrito.

It calls for 1/2c egg whites, but I accidentally dropped my last egg… thus leaving me with ~1/3 cup= tiny burrito. I added a little lemon zest to my egg whites, too. Now, mine does not look anything like Maggie’s masterpiece, but I tried. I served mine with banana, mango, apricot, almond butter, and yogurt!

Perty.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday & a wonderful weekend!

Capote’d be proud.

January 10, 2010

Truman Capote had a knack for writing. He had a knack for wowing society.

His 1966 Black & White Ball in The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom was deemed “The Party of the Century”.

On the menu was a favorite of Truman’s: Chicken Hash.

Chicken Hash

After school last week, my brother and I watched our idol, the Barefoot Contessa. Ina was preparing Chicken Hash for her friends. Ina Garten is magical, magical in that she has the ability to excite my brother about food. She has the power to make my brother plead “Sam, will you please make that?” Actually, his excitement usually leans more towards “Sam, you will make that.” And what do I do? Oblige him.

So yesterday, after a movie and a trip to Whole Food’s, I got started on my Chicken Hash. I have told others that I am a vegetarian, and I do find that to be true. However, as I am the only ‘meat avoider’, and I cook dinner, I fathom it only fair that I prepare a dinner with meat every once in a while. Yes, I did eat it (a relatively smaller portion). Yes, I enjoyed it. Yes, it was fantastic. My family loved it and that’s all that matters. Their happiness overshadows my ‘vegetarian’ label. And I’m okay with that.

From the garlic-y potatoes sauteed in sweet cream butter to the crunchy red peppers intermingled with fresh organic basil and paprika, I savored.  As my passion for all things food continues to bloom and my desire to work in the food biz grows, I want to taste everything. I want to notice each and every flavor, in a perfect harmony. I will eat chicken every once in a while, and I don’t mean to offend any of my vegetarian friends or readers.

To start off my sunday, I took advantage of an almost empty jar of peanut butter.

Cream of Wheat cooked in vanilla soy, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and this new find….

Normally, I veer far away from canned fruit. However, my deep deep love for apricots drew me to this great buy. Canned with pear juice, and pear juice alone, I decided that it was worth a try. And indeed it was.

Cream of wheat with apricot

Simple.

Now I bid you adieu, and leave you with some random, recent photos.

Red Onion Mango
Loaf of bread
Fresh Sage

Lemon
Sweet Cream Butter

…and it all ends with butter.

Oh Christmas Tree,

November 29, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree!

It’s officially up! This picture is pre-ornamentation 😉 I am wearing my favorite North Face fleece and Christmas sweats that require my pulling them up constantly. But when it comes to sweatpants, the bigger the better, right?

Yesterday, the fam-damily and I ventured out to find a pair of shoes for Winter Formal next Saturday, ate a quick lunch at Whole Foods :), saw The Blind Side (highly recommended), purchased groceries, and our Xmas Tree!

twas colorful and delicious.This morning’s breakfast:

Pumpkin Cream of Wheat, seasoned with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and stevia, topped with a chopped Fuji and an Adam’s PB spoon.

DAYUM! This bowl had volume. It took me 30 minutes to finish. Regardless, I enjoyed every bite.

QUESTION:

Do your pictures ever lose quality once you post your post? When I upload my pictures while creating a post, they look good… then I post them, and it’s almost as if they’ve gone blurry. Any tips/suggestions?

I’ve committed a crime…

November 22, 2009

…evidenced through this:

You may not be able to spot it, but my felony has to do with these two fellas:

The victims: Naturally Preferred Organic Honey Fiber Cereal and 365 Frosted Flakes.

The Crime: For some while now, I have been enjoying this Honey Fiber cereal, with its huge flakes and maple taste, without hesitation. Prior to this infatuation, I had a previous, and strong, might I add, relationship with those Frosted Flakes. It was love. Until I abandoned them, fleeing off into the wonderland of breakfast with those Honey Fibers. Both so delicious, and both so desirable! So what’s a girl to do? Have them both. Because I’m greedy and moral-less.

The accomplices: Vanilla Soy, MaraNatha AB, and a camera shy banana.

The Verdict: Guilt as charged. The charge being DELICIOUS. 😉

Last night, I cut up a newly purchased Organic Butternut Squash from WF. I coated it with some olive oil, sprinkled it with S&P and roasted it at 400 for about 45min. Honestly, it was really hard not to eat the whole thing. I had about 4x the above amount.

We also picked up a tub of my ALL TIME FAVORITE HUMMUS (Blue Moose of Boulder) and a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. I already had a recipe to make my own pie, but I sampled this puppy and fell in love. I also made my first trip to Great Harvest. OMG. I died and went to carby heaven. They give you HUGE samples of the day’s bread, which truly made my day.

Now that’s beauty.

Upon returning home, I had a snacky plate with hummus and a Green Monstah!

I pretty much eyeballed all the ingredients, and it was delicious.

Yesterday’s breakfast:

Pumpkin apple oats with Adam’s PB spoon. Because I planned on making a smoothie, I subbed my usual breakfast banana for an small golden delicious apple. Now, this little lady has a banana EVERY MORNING. I can’t have breakfast without one. I also can’t eat more than 1 nanner a day. Needless to say, these oats were good… just not as good as my normal.

Next time: The DEBUT of my vintage, 60s WINTER FORMAL DRESS 🙂