April 29, 2016

Five For Friday! Jazzfest Weekend two!

Happy Friday readers!  Welcome to the end of the week!  It was a short one for me as I had a half day yesterday to go to Jazz Fest and I am off today to do the same!  Linking up with Amanda for Friday favorites!


As I said more Jazz Fest.  Yesterday was a great locals Thursday with a lot of walking around, if only the weather would have cooperated. It rained so hard! Gary Clark, Jr. was awesome as well as Tedeschi Trucks. But Flo rida stole the show!  Such great festival acts!  The crowds were small and much better than last weekend.  Hopefully today is more of the same.  Camping out at the Gentilly Stage to see one of my favorite bands, My Morning Jacket!  If you don't know them, here is a sample of one of my favorites of theirs:


My kickball team is undefeated and in first place in the league.  This is probably because I skipped the last two games ;)  Our team name is Jim and the Holograms, and we are, truly outrageous!
Missing from picture?  ME!


My pals and I went to Instruments a Comin' this past week at Tipitina's.  My sweet friend Maureen that lives around the corner hosted us for crawfish and Jambalaya too! It was a fun time for all!
Sophie B. Wright battled hard with the other school.  I didn't catch their names.
Get in my belly!  They even put sweet potatoes in there!

Some lovely Delta Gammas and I attended the Greater New Orleans Alumnae Panhellenic Dinner this week at the beautiful Southern Yacht Club.  The guest speaker was the Mayor of Gretna, Belinda Constant.  She is a sorority woman too and a lover of historic architecture like  I am!  She was a great speaker. Women in traditionally male roles are so inspiring.  It was a fun time!

Delta Gamma officers

My friend Courtney and I apparently did not have enough fun so we went to Parlay's after for ladies night like the old days.  $5 all you can drink 9pm to midnight?!  What a steal!

I have decided to sell my Audi.  I love it so much; but I bought it in a much better financial situation when I was cohabiting and it just is not in the budget anymore.  I am going to get a nice used non-luxury sedan instead.  Any suggestions? 

p.s. I got called a bitch on the internet for the first time ever!  Score!  It was for my review of Blue Apron yesterday.  Check it out if you haven't! Hope y'all have great weekends!  What is going on with you?

Happy Cooking!


April 28, 2016

My unbiased, unpaid Blue Apron review (Spoiler alert, it's not fresh and not worth it)

As you may recall I promised you a comparison of Blue Apron and Plated.  You will not get much of a comparison as I am not going to hide the ball here,  Plated is WAY better. And after seeing this post you should go back and read those with the confidence that I was being 100% truthful.  You instead will get the story of my Blue Apron experience. I was going to do a usual My Shitty Kitchen post for all three of the recipes I was sent, but since none of them were that good, and I had issues with the food quality of all three meals, you get one real review in rant form. I know they will never do business with me again after this, but I do not care.  It was terrible and I think you can tell where this will go from this first picture...

The meat leaked in the box and there was produce in there, no bueno.  Also very gross. I almost threw it all away I was so disgusted.

April 27, 2016

When Armageddon strikes, make sure you have carbs (Acorn squash quick bread)

I am a high energy person.  I am incapable or really relaxing unless I am in a tub with a glass of wine or at the beach.  It just is not in my nature to spend the day in bed or veg out in front of the TV for sustained periods of time. I can sit and watch an entire LSU game but I am usually not relaxing while doing that #thankslesmiles. There's a reason why in addition to my full time lawyerin' gig I do Pure Barre 6-7 days a week (I make myself rest one day most weeks), play kickball once a week, am president of my local DG alum chapter, am the meat smoker and head chef for my Hogs for the Cause team and have a food blog.  I can't sit still!

We had a free day off work a few weeks ago due to some inclement weather.  I said I was going to go home and do a Netflix binge.  Who was I kidding.  My wifi is wonky, it was too early to drink wine in the tub and I couldn't go out in the weather.  I know, I thought, I'll bake something!  I had an acorn squash that I had purchased for another recipe and it was about to go bad.  I had to find something to make with it.  I went to the google.

I found this recipe for Squash Tea Bread and it sounded perfect!  I had everything it called for, I could bring it to work the next day and give the team a special treat. And I could have some bread without feeling guilty because this is relatively healthy, whole wheat and hidden veggies!  Score! This was so delicious and very good warm with some butter.  I halved the sugar from the original recipe and it was perfectly sweet enough.  I did not rise as much as I wanted it to, but I will blame my wonky easy bake oven. This will work with any kind of squash or a sweet potato even!  Try it out! Full recipe after the montage.

This is so good with a pat of butter!
Or maybe the rising problem was due to the fact that my baking powder was bought in Austin and I haven't lived there in almost 3 years... 

April 26, 2016

Dirty Lettuce makes for a culinary adventure (My big Greek salad)

I love the Hollygrove Market.  I don't go often enough.  It is usually too much food for one person so I have to really like the ingredients in it or it has to have some items that will last more than a week. I got one recently and it had the perfect ingredients in it for a week's worth of breakfasts lunches and dinners.  Once such lunch was one of my favorite salads, I like to call it my big Greek salad.  The lettuce and creole tomatoes in the box would be perfect for it.

We take for granted the triple washed lettuce we get from the grocery store.  This was fresh from the ground and took a lot of work to get it clean!  Worth it for the great taste!  I call this Greek although it really isn't at all, maybe more Mediterranean.  The flavors of it work so well together and it u=is just briny enough for this pickle hater.  The finished picture has feta on it instead of mozzarella because it is a pic from the first time I made it.  Try this out, you will love it!  Full recipe to follow the montage.

The yummy cast

April 25, 2016

Jazz Fest Weekend One, food reviews and more!

Hello Hello Hello.  This was an awesome weekend courtesy of Jazz Fest!  I went all weekend and am doing only half of next weekend (stupid budget!). This weekend was full of awesome music, food, friends and sunshine!  Let's get right into it!

Friday my sister and her best friend and I (and their hubbys) had our traditional first Friday day.  Best friend had shirts made for us!  We saw Flow Tribe (My local fave) Cowboy Mouth (meh) Grace Potter (SO DAMN GOOD!) and Steely Dan (Eeek!) They kind of disappointed.  Didn't play all the hits.

FEST FRIENDS FOREVER! Me, my sister and her best friend who is one of mine too.
Brother in law having seafood au gratin.  He reported good things.
A blurry Boudin ball.  It was good
Brother in law's Sweet Potato Pone.  Good stuff!
My sausage jalapeno bread.  Yum!
Shadowy fried green tomatoes.  Best thing that day!
Cracklins and my cracked manicure.  Yummo delish!
Michael McDonald! Steely Dan was good but old :(
Saturday I headed out to the fest with my neighborhood pals.  We took the bus and it was so efficient. We spent a little time in the blues tent and then hit the Vietnamese booth for food.

Vietnamese egg rolls so damn delish!
I was a good girl and got greens, okra and crowder peas.  And I didn't eat the rice!
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats were AMAZING.
This was about all I could see of Pearl Jam, it was so packed.  I had seen them before at least!
The gals and I skipped the end of Pearl Jam and selfied to Van Morrison #moondance
Sunday!  Chili Peppers!  I went by myself on the bus and a homeless man decided to keep me company despite the empty bus. Like he sat basically on top of me. I cried he smelled so bad! I was meeting my pals that came in from out of town.  They set up a great spot!  We saw Better than Ezra (swoon!) Voice of the Wetlands All Stars and then the Red Hot Chili Peppers!

I swore I took this the right way!  Jama Jama, poulet fricasse and plantains from Congo Square.
Sweet Potato chips were a hit!
Anthony Kiedis shirtless of course!
Playing with the Meters!
I found my sweet rides home at a free neighborhood crawfish boil!  Only in New Orleans!
We had a great time!

It was exhausting and a blast!  I can't wait to do it again on Thursday and Friday!  I love a short week!

If you are ever looking for a fun spring music festival to attend.  Hit up Jazz Fest!  The food, music and people are amazing!  I have been going every year since I was 14, I even flew in from Texas when I lived there!

Have you ever been? What is your favorite music festival?

Happy Cooking!


April 22, 2016

Five for Friday Jazzfest time of year!

Hello my dears!  Happy Friday!  Linking up with Amanda for Friday favorites.

I am off work today because I am going to Jazz Fest all weekend! I am so excited for the weekend of fun!  My highlights to see this weekend are Steely Dan, Pearl Jam and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Crossing the first and third off my live music bucket list.  I have seen Pearl Jam many times and they never disappoint.  And I am looking forward to the food!

Some friends and I the last time Pearl Jam played in 2010.  Ouch to those sunburns!


I hate that it was because of a funeral but I loved all my family time with my out of town cousins I do not get to see enough.  We all went to Pure Barre together this week. It was all of their first time and had to pose with our patient teacher for a photo.
My sister and I sandwich sweet Michele the instructor up front, cousins and aunt up top.

I posted about my hunt for white jean shorts last week.  I decided to get these boyfriend style ones and size down to get them tight like I want.  They were perfect! Tight, but not too tight and just the right length!


I can't stop listening to Taylor Swift.  It is a problem.  That's all.


I still can't believe Prince died.  He seemed so young.  I couldn't get Kiss out of my head yesterday when I heard that he passed away.  Or that scene in Pretty Woman when Julia Roberts sang it in the bathtub.  Does this make me old?

Hope y'all all have great weekends! See you Monday!

Happy Cooking-


April 21, 2016

A very pretty salad (Asian Cobb salad with egg and avocado)

Sometimes I will make a salad for the week for lunch.  It is a good four day meal as usually something comes up at least once a week.  The unfortunate thing is I hurry up on a sunday and prep and parcel and then realize I forgot to blog!  I tried to salvage this post for my gentle readers because this salad is a great one!  Healthy, low carb and only good fat.  Yes I mean it, eggs are good fat!

This salad is also very pretty, so many colors!  I pinned it at about the time I was starting to wean myself over to the full little to no carb lifestyle two years ago.  I used fresh satsumas instead of canned because it is healthier, and citrus season meant lots of local satsumas to be had! And haw can you go wrong with avocado in a salad? It is like music in your mouth!

The dressing is a bit heavy on sesame flavor so watch that if you don't love it.  I plan on making more salads as swimsuit season nears.  I need some ideas, anyone have some?  Make this one if you are so inclined, you will not regret it. Full recipe after the montage.

I cooked the chicken beforehand.  I seasoned it with salt and pepper.
The cast is already to be packed up.  I finally made easy peel eggs.  I just rinsed in cold water to stop the cooking. 

I mean, that is a pretty salad, right?

Asian Cobb Salad (adapted from Nature Box blog)
1 (9-ounce) package romaine salad
1/3 cup grated carrots
1/3 cup cooked shredded chicken
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1 avocado, diced
2 hard-boiled eggs
2 satsumas, peeled and segmented.

For the sesame vinaigrette:
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon soy sauce

To make the vinaigrette, whisk together rice wine vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, sugar, ginger and soy sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.  To assemble the salad, place greens in a large bowl; top with arranged rows of carrots, chicken, green onions, avocado, eggs and mandarin oranges. Serve immediately with sesame vinaigrette.

Happy Cooking!


April 20, 2016

Even more ways to get more zucchini in your life (bean and cheese stuffed zucchini boats)

I used to always visit the Eat 80/20 blog back in my Texas days when I was learning to eat healthy in new ways that were just not boring old salads.  I love her principle of 80/20 and I live my life according to that.  I do little to no carb most of the time and then allow myself to cheat a little bit of the time, while keeping up regular exercise.  I have stuck to it and have kept off the 22 pounds I gained when I quit smoking (worth every pound!) that I lost for almost 3 years.

When I find something low carb and delicious I tend to put it on heavy rotation.  Which is why I am probably one of my new and not better Rouses' best zucchini customers. Zoodles, sauteed and any which way, I love them.   Eat 80/20 and zucchini combined when I stumbled across this recipe for Stuffed Zucchini Boats.  

Lindsay calls for grilling them in the original recipe but I did not want to drag out the grill for this.  I just popped them in the oven for 25 minutes and took the easy way out.  This is really delicious, healthy and feels like you are cheating.  However it is not the easiest thing to actually eat, and if you have kids that would eat this, I guarantee a mess.  But it is a nice vegetarian meal, or side dish for a grilled protein if you need more or have a man in your life that requires meat.  I made some changes as usual but feel free to click through and follow her original recipe.  Including her zucchini salsa topping!  That would have been delicious on top!  Full recipe after the montage.

I like spice so I did jalapenos instead of green chiles.  Man this was awhile ago, those green onions and cilantro are from this Hollygrove box!
Chop the onions and jalapeno.  Thank and curse your parents simultaneously for passing on the needing contacts gene.
I just can't get behind raw onions, hence why this is not a one pot meal.
I just needed to get the raw flavor out.  It's a normal thing, right?
Add your seasonings in and stir well.
Slice your zucchini in half
Scoop out the zucchini guts with a spoon
I wanted it to be more of a paste feeling like her recipe called for so I used my immersion blender.
Mission accomplished
Spoon on some beans
Top with cheese and green onions and throw in the oven.
Et voila!
Who I am I kidding, this needs a little something!
Bean and Cheese-Stuffed Grilled Zucchini Boats (Adapted from Eighty Twenty)

2 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and seeded
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup can diced pickled jalapenos
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese, divided
chopped green onions 
sour cream and salsa for topping

Preheat oven to 375.  In a saucepan combine beans, jalapenos, onion (I precooked mine) seasonings and cilantro and heat over medium heat for 7-8 minutes, or until just warm. Stir in 2 oz of shredded cheese.  Spoon bean mixture into each zucchini "boat", then sprinkle with remaining cheese and green onions.  Place boats in preheated oven.  Cook for 20 minutes, or until zucchini is softened and bean and cheese mixture is bubbly. Top with salsa and sour cream and enjoy!

Happy Cooking!


April 19, 2016

Recap of life lately...its been crazy!

Hello my dear readers.  Life has been so chaotic of late that I did not have time to properly be a blogger of late! Single motherhood, a death in the family, family in town and work has gotten in the way of my two favorite things, Pure Barre and My Shitty Kitchen.  I found a few minutes here and there to recap a little of what has been going on.  Thanks for all of your kind thoughts and prayers regarding my grandpa's passing.  He will truly be missed.  

I started off my single mom'ing last Thursday with a french braid for school!  Kate was so excited.  I had to work late so their sweet grandma picked them up to help me out. 

Friday we had time to go on a bike ride after school and play around the neighborhood.

Aunt Missy's famous mug brownies had to make an appearance!
Saturday we had soccer.  They lost, but sure looked cool wearing face paint!
Then we had a rousing game of princessopoly since it was a rainy day.
It cleared up enough to let them play for a little while before they went for a sleepover at grandma's
Aunt Missy got a night out to celebrate Miss Megan's wedding at the Abita Brewery
Sunday the Ohio portion of my family came into town and we got some Acme Oysterhouse.  Love my cousins and I do not see them enough!
I can't get behind raw oysters, must to the charbroiled!
Had some crawfish with all of (except for baby sissy who was sick and a working other one) cousins Last night.  My poor dad, we are a female centric, loud and wine loving group, he will need a vacation soon!
But we were doing it all in celebration of our favorite deceased people!

Back to the food tomorrow, this week has been a lot and I am already ready for the weekend!
Happy Cooking (And hug your people, please!)