Tag Archives: dinner

Twenty-nine Years Ago the World Changed

6 Jun

Yup, you have it right. Twenty-nine years ago in a hospital in Springfield, Illinois a young woman was making history. She was giving birth to her first, and best, child. A ravishing young baby who would turn out to be one of the great blog minds on the internet.

Yup, that is right. It is my twenty-ninth birthday!! This also means I’m starting my thirtieth year! WOW! Mom, you are old! j/k


Just imagine this, only with a Benihana hat!

Tonight some family, friends and I will be hitting up Benihana! It is my first trip to the “original” as I have only eaten at Kobe (like last year!). Kobe is REALLY good, but I have to try out Benihana and see if they do anything to make them special. Oh yea, and they give you $30 to spend if its your birthday!

Southwest Mac & Cheese

30 Apr

A while back Serious Eats posted a recipe for Southwest Mac & Cheese with a Cornbread Crust. A light bulb went off in my head when I saw it because I had been trying to find a way to use one of my Christmas presents. My parents brought me some pasta from Pappardelle’s Pasta at Pike Place Market in Seattle.

They got me the Southwestern Blend and I thought it would be perfect in that recipe. The pasta was amazing. The green jalapeno pieces had a really nice kick!

This was a fun cooking experience with JC, so you will see her in some of the photos. I also forgot to take my normal lineup photo. So here is a photo of the yummy pasta:

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Amazing Chicken and Rice with Veggies a la Jenny Cate

29 Dec

So my girlfriend has been in Houston since the 23rd and I’m really REALLY missing her. Luckily she will be returning home TOMORROW! YAY! One thing I decided to do to trick myself into thinking she was still around was by cooking her amazing chicken, rice and veggies. Ok, so it really only tricked my stomach, but you know what they say about a man’s stomach!

Now, this recipe was developed by Jenny Cate and is kind of one of those cook by feel things. I tried to measure what I was putting in tonight so you could follow, but everything is approximate!

What you will need:

  1. Chicken (however much you want to make)
  2. Marinade (I used KC Masterpiece’s Roasted Garlic Balsamic)
  3. Rice (you can use instant or whatever you like – I used some Texmati Brown Rice)
  4. vegetables: Squash, Zucchini, bell pepper (red ones I like the best but I had green ones)
  5. Diced onions and tomatoes (I was out of tomatoes, so I didn’t use them)
  6. Garlic and garlic powder
  7. Onion powder, ground coriander
  8. Soy Sauce

The veggie ingredients

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Baked Pork Chops with Apple Stuffing

7 May

Swine flu has made me crave pork chops like you wouldn’t believe…so I made some! Publix had packages of “assorted chops” for only $.75 a pound! I found this new (to me) recipe on FoodFit.com. This site is full of healthy and tasty recipes. You can view the recipe here along with full nutritional information!

Since certain people are always bugging me for cooking posts, lets get to it!

What you need...

What you need...

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Blue Cheese Potato Soup

11 Dec

Let me start out by saying this is the first soup I’ve ever prepared from scratch! I found this in one of those small recipe books that they sell near the register at grocery stores! It comes from Swanson’s Homemade Soups! Obviously this recipe calls from Swanson broth, which I dutifully used!

The lineup

The lineup

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4 Dec
Not much to it!

Not much to it!

I must admit that, to the best of my knowledge, have never eaten Spam (NOTE: Music and speech starts when you click and I couldn’t find a mute button). Until now. After hearing about how Spam sales are sky-rocketing in our wonderful economy I thought I should try it. It is cheap, filling and there are recipes all over the internet for different ways to prepare Spam. I’ve also seen multiple Food Network and Travel Channel specials about how much Spam is consumed in Hawaii, so it can’t be killing people right?

I decided to take the plunge by making a recipe I saw all over the place. BBQ Spam sandwiches. Really simple recipe. All you need is one can of Spam, one small onion and some BBQ sauce. I wasn’t working off of any particular recipe so I just eye balled the measurements.

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Beef Ramen Dinner

18 Nov

This recipe comes from something I found online years ago while looking for a cheap, yummy dinner. I have modified the recipe over the years and now I have decided to share it with my wonderful readers.

As you can probably tell from the title of the blog this recipe contains ground beef and ramen noodles. I was worried about the ramen noodles when I first saw this recipe, but it really works. Here is what you will need:



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Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers

9 Nov

If you watch the same television shows I do you have probably seen about a thousand commercials for Healthy Choice’s new “Fresh Mixers.” These are the new frozen dinner that isn’t frozen. They show people in cubicles storing it in their desk. To fully test this new product I brought it to work and stored it in my desk:

In my desk!

In my desk!

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Crunchy Parmesan-Mustard Pork Chops

24 Oct

This morning at work I decided I wanted to have pork chops for dinner but didn’t want my Coca-Cola Pork Chops because I make them too often. I decided to search around a website I use to find good, healthy recipes, FoodFit.com.

I accidental stumbled across the recipe for Crunchy Parmesan-Mustard Pork Chops and thought it looked good, and incidental thought I probably had most, if not all, of the ingredients already. When I got home I assembled the ingredients:

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