29 September 2011

don't hate on pork

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It's so easy to get a healthy meal out of mexican.  While it's easy to go the refried bean and cheese route, it it's almost easier to go fresh and simple AND then you can feel a little less guilty about that Corona you've got to go with it.  WIN.

Also, don't hate on pork.  It's delicious.

Recipe for Pork Carnitas with Brown Rice and Lime
1 pound boneless pork shoulder
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 chilis en adobo, roughly chopped
1 heaping tablespoon cumin
1 lime, squeezed, plus extra for garnish
1 cup water
1 cup brown rice, cooked

Brown garlic and onion in 1 tablespoon of oil in large pan.  When onions are translucent, add pork, cumin, chili's, lime juice, and water.  Bring to simmer and turn heat on low.  Cover and cook for 1 hour.

Test pork with fork to see if it is soft and shreddable.  If so, pull apart with fork and toss with juices and cooked brown rice.  Let simmer another 20 minutes or so.

Serve with tortillas and a wedge of lime.  Drizzle with sour cream or non-fat, plain yogurt.

Ay yay yay!!!

25 September 2011

I shouldn't be saying this...

Pin It but I love Trader Joe's.  A half pound of pappardelle for a dollar?  A halfway decent bottle of merlot for $3?  I'm sold, TJ.  You continue to spoil me and my Whole Foods ways.  I think of it as mixing high and low end fashion.  Balance is key, no?

What do you do with a half pound of pappardelle, you ask?  Why, you make a fantastic meal after a day of keeping up with a golden retriever in the woods!  

Recipe for Pappardelle with Peas and Fontina Chicken Sasuage
8 oz pappardelle pasta, cooked al dente
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 Chicken Sausages (we used a fontina and spinach variety)
2 cups of peas
8 oz mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 cup shredded parmesan

Boil pasta in salted water for 8-10 minutes, or until cooked al dente.

Brown garlic and sliced sausage in skillet with olive oil.  Some people swear that cooking sausage whole is the only way to properly maintain the juices, but I find this to be a better way to get perfectly seared bites.
 When pasta and sausage are cooked, drain pasta and add to skillet.  Turn heat on low and add mascarpone and stock and toss together until creamy.  Add peas and cover.  Let sit a few minutes to bring everything together.  Serve with a generous pinch of shredded parmesan.


21 September 2011


Pin It I know there are a lot of moms out there who sneak vegetables into their children's food and I've even heard of people putting sugar into their loved one's peas in order to get them to eat something green.  While you will never see me add extra sugar in anything, I am all for disguising nutrition within otherwise non-nutritious food.  Whether it's for my own good or someone else's, why not?  There is only so much room for indulgence in this world.  We could all use a little nutritious redemption.  Our savior?

 Oat Raisin Cookies with Dark Chocolate and Flax Seed.

Recipe for Redemption Cookies
1/2 cup of butter, softened
1 banana, peeled
1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup flour
3 tbsp flax seed
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate

Combine flour, flax seeds, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in medium sized bowl.

Beat butter and banana until smooth.  Add sugar and vanilla until thoroughly incorporated.  Add eggs one at a time until mixture is creamy.

Add dry ingredients and mix by hand.  When almost all ingredients are moist, add oats, raisins, and chocolate.  Finish mixing with a few more mixes of the spatula.  Place bowl in fridge to chill for 1-2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Scoop onto baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

*This dough freezes EXTREMELY well if you want to just bake a few whenever you feel like a nutritious, low(ish) calorie, chocolately treat!

Turning 25 will include...

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herringbone & lace

black dresses, always...

 skinny belts
knit dresses

 red pants

 & embracing my messy, curly hair

06 September 2011

Sveedish Meeatballs

Pin It Brian gets roped into eating a lot of experiments, so I thought I'd be kind and make him something I knew he'd love on Sunday night.

sveedish meatballs.

I couldn't help but think of the muppet the ENTIRE night, which was kind of annoying.  That and I need an ikea fix.

At least there were buttery, creamy, mashed potatoes that were also along for the ride. And gravy covered beef.  yikes.  I'm feeling crazy just thinking about it.  Oh, the things we do for love.

Amaze-balls Swedish Meatball Recipe
2 slices of bread, torn
1/2 cup milk
3 tbsp butter, divided
1/2 yellow onion, diced
salt, as desired
1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb ground pork
2 large egg yolks
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup flour
2 cups beef broth
1/4 cup heavy cream

Combine torn bread and milk in small bowl and set aside.  

Soften onions in 1 tbsp of butter over medium heat until translucent.

Toss beef, pork, onions, soaked bread, yolks, nutmeg, ginger, salt, and pepper in large bowl.  I used my hands to squeeze together all of the ingredients, but if you are feeling timid, you can use your stand mixer until everything looks combined.  

Form mixture into small meatballs.  This should be enough for about 30.

Melt the last of the butter in your skillet and fry the meatballs on medium high heat until browned and cooked throughout.  You will have to make these in several batches, making sure not to over crowd the meat in your pan. To keep the meatballs warm while you are waiting on everything else to come together, keep a sheet pan in your oven at 200F and transfer balls so they won't get cold.

When all of the meat is cooked (and staying cozy in the oven), turn the heat down to low, add the flour to the pan, and whisk together until light brown and thick.  Slowly add beef broth until desired consistency and finally add cream.  If it seems too thin, kick the heat up a notch and keep whisking for another minute or two.  

Serve your swedish meatballs covered in gravy and alongside some mashed potatoes or some green beans!
Oh, and don't forget the ligonberry jam.  If you can't find it, raspberry is pretty close.

Do you like swedish meatballs or do you usually stick to the classic italian?