November 30, 2016

Quick and Easy, even and Aunt can do it! (Weeknight butternut squash Enchiladas)

I was asked to watch my sweet niece and nephew that have not been featured as much as the other two on the blog and I was so excited.  I had not gotten some quality time with them in awhile.  I was planning on making enchiladas that evening and brought them for a My Shitty Kitchen On the Road™ post.  The kiddos were not a fan, therefore brother in law got some lunch leftovers!

Luckily the enchiladas I decided to make were quick and easy, which was perfect for aunt mode.  I had to do homework with Elliott while prepping, supervised bath time while cooking and I ate while he had a delicious dessert.  We watched some superhero cartoons and engaged in Star Wars discussion in between too!

This recipe takes some shortcuts but it is full of flavor!  The sauce was so great and tasted so fresh you would never know it was off the shelf.  Adding fresh veggies to the frozen butternut squash is such a great combination too, your audience will never know your secrets if they don't watch you cook!  Full recipe to follow the montage.

Veggie enchiladas for the win!  More room for dessert!

November 29, 2016

We may not have won the game, but I won dinner! (Red Wine Braised Short ribs)

I love short ribs.  I have made several variations and they are always delicious.  My sister and I were at Costco a few months ago and split a pack of boneless short ribs.  They were sitting in my freezer and I kept meaning to use them.  I pinned several different variations including bulgogiMexican and fusion.  But I never made them and my short ribs moved from my basement apartment to my old yet new house and then into my current home.Hopefully, they would not descend into the freezer burned frozen tundra. 

I realized I would be home alone for the Alabama game and immediately thought of the ribs.  I always like to watch it at home and alone and cook a hearty meal and have a nice bottle of wine.  It makes me feel better in case we lose and pumps me up to hope for a win.   Short Ribs sounded like a plan!  I wanted to try something different, so I prepared to make Molly Stevens' braised and glazed ones.  

And then I invited friends over to watch the game...and I chickened out about making this recipe.  I decided I wanted to make it more traditional in case the new recipe came out bad.  And c'mon, it's the Alabama game, I have to not do something weird!  I decided instead to make a traditional red wine and tomato braise with veggies.  I made a good decision by adapting this recipe from Chew Nibble Nosh.  My guests loved it, and my tester the next day did too.  You will as well.  The sauce is so rich and you would think they were cooked all day and had bones.  It is not too greasy as there was less fat.  I served them over mashed cauliflower and it was a crowd pleaser!  Full recipe to follow the montage


I feel like no picture could do this meal justice.  But here you go.

November 28, 2016

Recapping the long weekend- turkey time!

Hello my dear friends!  Happy Monday!  The holiday season is officially here!  I had a nice long weekend full of family, friends, food and football, four of my favorite things.  Hope you had some great times as well whether you had family or friends, watched Gilmore Girls or Amanda Knox or something completely different.  Here is my very condensed recap of a great long weekend.

My grandma makes a mean turkey!

November 23, 2016

Take the pledge! Shop Small this Saturday!

Hey friends!  I am bringing you something different today on this humpday before Thanksgiving. While most everyone will spend their after turkey time preparing for Black Friday, I am not.  I am spending my Friday with Pure Barre, creative spins on leftovers and college football putting up my Christmas decorations.  But I will be celebrating the kickoff of Christmas shopping season this Saturday with Small Business Saturday!
Download this badge and take the pledge!
I love to shop local and do it as often as I can. I am so lucky to live in a city with a committed following of several small, local businesses.  We have Magazine Street, Metairie Road, Freret Street and Downtown Covington and other perfect small and local business areas, and they are chock full of great gifts and staples.  Our local arts and entertainment tabloid, the Gambit, also puts out a shopping guide that is all local small businesses!

In addition, I always shop at my Louisiana family owned grocery store, Rouses, and when I can, pick up fresh and local produce from my local small business food co-op, Hollygrove Market. Just look at the typical haul I've gotten for $25 each!
Local and small, with big flavor!

So why support small local businesses?  For me, it just feels good.  I like keeping money in my community and warding off chains.   I wanted to renew my commitment to this recently after some events in our country, especially to businesses that are minority or woman owned.  I love making my friend Kristen's jambalaya rice mix and showing off a wonderful woman owned small business!

Who doesn't love breakfast tacos served with tolerance!?
But maybe you need stats to support your decision.  I've got your stats!

Small businesses make up:
99.7% of U.S. employer firms
98% of all firms exporting goods
55% of all jobs and 66% of all new jobs since the 1970s
54% of all sales in the U.S.
30-50% of all commercial space
43% of all high-tech employment
33% of the U.S.’s exports value

You get the picture. In short, the U.S. economy would be nowhere close to where it is today without small business. (Source)

So join me, take the pledge to try and shop small on Saturday. It even has a Facebook Group! I will be hitting up Magazine Street with my friends and checking out our favorites, especially  Nola Couture, Fairy and Miss Smarty Pants, and I will be snapping and instagramming with the hashtags #smallbizsat and #shopsmall.  Support your local economy, your neighbors and friends, and get some unique cool stuff!

And maybe we will get this yummy salad at local small business St. James Cheese Company!
This post was inspired by Fundera, but they didn't need to entice me because this is so near and dear to my heart! Fundera is a resource for small business owners and they help business owners find small business loans to help fund seasonal workers and increased inventory during the holidays.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!  I hope you have a wonderful time with the people you spend it with!  See you back on Monday!  In the meantime, if you aren't already, please follow me on Snapchat and Instagram for all my fun foodie happenings!  Username is Missyquiggs.

Happy Holidays!

Missy

November 22, 2016

My favorite Thanksgiving Side! Sweet Potato Casserole

Hey look, it's the house where this blog started!  It feels like forever since I lived there!  This post is about a year old but I never shared it because it is about Thanksgiving.  Everyone likes to blow through Thanksgiving like it's not even a thing and head to Christmas, so I knew no one would appreciate an after the fact post about sweet potato casserole. So I put these pictures in a post and waited. And forgot about it.  And now here it is, just in case you need a last minute side idea or have no idea how your grandma/aunt/whomever makes that tasty sweet potato dish that 3% of Americans preferred as their favorite in 2004.

This is probably my favorite thing at Thanksgiving besides my grandma's rice and gravy.  It is also my Dad's favorite.  When he learned that I was charged with making this now instead of his sister, he called me several times to make sure I got her exact recipe and it wasn't going to change.  I assured him I did.  He was impressed that first time and still is.

What really makes it is the cinnamon in the sweet potatoes and that delicious crunchy pecan topping. If you have not had this before, run, do not walk to the store and get the ingredients.  It blows marshmallow topping out of the water!  It is so warm and comforting, the equivalent of a cozy soft sweater!  Full recipe to follow the montage.

You can see the little sweet potato sticking out!  So yummy!

November 21, 2016

Recapping the weekend, no sleep till turkey!

Hello my dear readers!  Happy Monday of a short week that will culminate in family, friends food and black Friday! I had a weekend full of fun and not much food for once.  This will not become a habit! Linking up with the lovely Biana for Weekending. Let's get into it!

Friday night some lovely friends and I went to I love the 90's!  It was so fun to see the bands of our high school years play!

Love my formative years!

November 18, 2016

Five For Friday Wait, Thanksgiving is next week?

Hello all!  Happy Friday!  This was a long week!  Linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites! This was a short feeling week, probably because last week felt so long.  Here's what I have for this week.

ONE:


I went and checked out Pizza and Pies at Paradigm Gardens Monday night.  It is an urban farm that provides food to local restaurants.  They have fun events all the time and I had never heard of it!  It was so lovely.


It is in a weird area but perfect.
The outdoor kitchen was something out of my dreams!
The pic of my pumpkin sour cream pie was much prettier than the one of the pizza!

TWO:


The New Orleans Zephyrs (our minor league baseball team) has changed their name to the Baby Cakes.  This was by a vote of the people apparently.  I just can't.  
I get what they are getting at, but seriously?!

THREE:

We had our office Thanksgiving luncheon yesterday.  It was good.  Tummy is stretched!  Do you have one at your office?

Nothing like fried turkey!

FOUR
I won tickets to the Brooklyn Brewery Beer Mansion this weekend!! I forgot I had entered.  Looks like a fun event.  Makes for a full weekend because... 

FIVE: 

I'm heading to I love the 90's on Friday night!  My friends and I are scurrying to find costumes!

What are you up to this weekend? Hope you have a great one!

Happy Cooking!

Missy

November 17, 2016

I'm on a boat! (buffalo chicken zucchini boats)

I don't think I have to remind you about my buffalo chicken obsession.  It is rampant and never satiated.  I am always looking for new ways to do something with it.  My friend in the blogosphere, Jen, posted this recipe for buffalo chicken zucchini boats and I knew I had to make it. I have made some vegetarian zucchini boats before and I was excited to try a new combination!

I ended up making these on Halloween.  I moved in my house that day and was not planning on handing out candy and just hanging out in the back of my house where I can't hear the doorbell. The neighbors had other ideas for me and gave me candy to hand out.  So, I ended up making this quickly and eating it on the porch while I handed out candy.  I would not change this development for the world, I loved seeing all the kiddos in their costumes and their faces when they realized I had the "good candy."

This was really yummy.  I am biased as you know, but I really think this is a great dish. Zucchini is such a great vessel; it is so crunchy and has a mild flavor that will let your toppings shine.  I left the flour out and did not miss it.  It would have been a little easier to eat had I used that as a binding agent, but did not make that big of a difference.  I am excited to try new zucchini boats, do you have any that you have tried and recommend?  I am definitely thinking about doing a pizza version soon! Full recipe after the montage!

Foil is not the best background for presentation, but hey, I was busy!

November 16, 2016

Election night snacks that win (cauliflower buffalo wings)

I went over to my sweet friend Jen's house for election night geek out fun.  We, like a lot of America, assumed someone would win and we would pop champagne for the history making.  I even accidentally broke a wine glass and thought it was foreshadowing of some glass cracking.  It was a different sort of foreshadowing apparently! Anyway, this is a food blog so I will stop recapping that.

These "wings" were on fire.  In a good way.  Jen is a vegetarian so I figured I would make something we could both enjoy.  You know I like buffalo wings, buffalo flavor and cauliflower swaps etc., et al, ad nauseum.  I remembered seeing a recipe for cauliflower wings and I thought they would be perfect. And oh man they were.  They went well with all the wine we drank!

Yes, they are still cauliflower, but the roasting twice really makes you think you are having chicken...if you close your eyes and pretend real hard. I mean it though, they are delicious.  Make them for the skinny girls, vegetarians and drunk people in your life that can't see the difference.  They will appreciate it!  Full recipe to follow the montage.

See if you just squint a little, you have wings!

November 15, 2016

Welcome again to my House!

Well I am all moved in, except for the dining room which will be a work in progress. But since I am heading to Napa next month and Christmas is around the corner, I am going to need to wait on that.  

I took these photos at night because it gets so dark so early now and I have been getting home later to boot despite the much shorter commute.  Although there is a clue in the first pic that tells you this was taken before daylight savings time.  Call me out in the comments!  

I am so happy to have my own place again with a non shitty kitchen (should I rename the blog?) in a walk-able neighborhood that I have been wanting to get into forever.  As you may know I love me some Jazz Fest  and now I live walking distance to it!  I have a feeling my house will not look this nice when that time of year rolls around!  Well, for the second time in 4 months, welcome to my home!

Granite counter tops!  Stainless steel appliances, ample cabinet room!  Who am I? My back door shade is on order from Etsy, I cannot wait to get it!

November 14, 2016

Recapping the Weekend- Fun times in the City!

Hello my dear readers.  I was excited to have a weekend away from my mood and it was great.  And then the Saints went and lost in the most bizarre fashion to date, I think.  I mean really!  At least I had fun, saw so many friends and LSU won.  Let's get into the recap!

My friends and I attended the Howling Success Gala Friday night to benefit the Louisiana SPCA. The theme was pop culture and we decided to dress as Gilligan's Island.  I think we did pretty good!  I was Ginger.  

Love this group!
There was fun dancing, a drag show,  a silent auction, lots of yummy food and lots of wine, just what the doctor ordered!
Saturday I went on over to my favorite place to get local produce, Hollygrove Market.  I got the Box. And for $25, I got all of this!  Will be eating well all week!



Saturday night we had our fundraising event for the LSU game to raise money for our Hogs for the Cause team.  We made a good but of money and the Tigers won!

We sold Jambalaya from my pal Kristen.  Get some it's really good!

And we had a 50/50 raffle.  The winner gave us some money back!

Sunday I had a relaxing day of giving myself a blow out, watching the Saints lose and making gumbo.  Just kidding about the relaxing, hee hee.

You can find my gumbo recipe here.

This week should be  great one!  Heading to a fun event tonight that was cancelled last week due to weather and then work work work work work the rest of the week!  How was your weekend?  What did you do?  Hope you have a great week!
Happy Cooking!

Missy

November 11, 2016

Five for Friday, it is slowly sinking in...

Hello all!  Happy Friday!  This was a long week!  Linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites!

Mimosas and sleeping in are in order!
Back when ol' Katrina happened, New Orleans was not a great place to be, as it was, well, a disaster area.  There was frustration with a certain president at the time, for both local Democrats and some Republicans, for what looked like a lack of response. We all were united in our disapproval of him, but he was still our president whether we liked it or not.  Then the Saints drafted Reggie Bush and everyone went wild.  A local T-shirt company, Dirty Coast, created a shirt that sold like hotcakes.

Well, neither of them will leave a great legacy, but I digress...

I am not sure there is a Trump we can all agree on, even Ivanka.  But, I am trying today to make a list of things I think we can all agree on.  This happened, and there is no going back, it is signed sealed and delivered.  We have to move on, accept it and get back on with life now and hope for the best.  It felt a lot like my breakup that caused this blog to come to fruition, in fact, I was feeling a lot of those same emotions.  But, like I channeled my anger, pain and frustration with my situation into this little space on the internet, I will channel whatever this feeling is into spreading joy, kindness and love, and getting involved with causes and people that may or may not begin to suffer in the impending  four years months.  We are all Americans, and this country is a growing, changing and amazing beast. We have survived wars, a horrible depression, presidents being assassinated, 9/11, hurricanes, gas lines and countless horrible fashion trends; we can handle this in a civilized manner, right?  

So here is my list of  things that I think are amazing, and most of us agree are amazing.  Tell me if you agree in the comments, or give a list of your own!

ONE:

Shows like This Old House, Fixer Upper and House Hunters.  Isn't it fun to watch people house hunt or renovate a house into the one of their dreams?  Maybe I am biased, but I just love these shows and find most people do too.  I miss cable!

TWO:
Pictures of Puppies.  Pups in person are not everyone's cup of tea, but a pic of a cute one?  Who can't get behind that?

And a pup watching TV at that!?

THREE:
Love!  Who can't get behind love.  Whether it be romantic love, love of family or love of great friends, who's not a fan of love?!

I love my friends!  Bonus, we are kicking pediatric cancer's ass here, who can't agree on that?
FOUR:

Vacations.  Who doesn't love a vacation?  Whether it is my favorite that includes flip flops, the beach and a cold beer, or camping, or museum touring or skiing etc.; a vacation is something we can all agree on.  Just maybe not together.

FIVE:

Looking up at the stars and realizing you are alive and looking at something wonderful.  Even if you can't see them; you know they are there.

I know that people are good as a rule.  There are, of course, exceptions to every rule, but we have seen everyone's, excuse my French but, ass this week and I am ready to call it a day on that. Back to no politics and just normal stuff on facebook.  Lets all go forth this weekend and spread love, joy and compassion.  Open a door, smile, call your mom, give your partner a backrub, let the kids go without chores, and also, please do something nice for yourself!

Sorry for the heavy post today.  I solemnly swear I will be up to no good this weekend and will recap it Monday!

Have a wonderful, splendid weekend!

Missy

November 10, 2016

Who needs pizza or pasta on a Friday night? (Roasted tomato, Brussels sprouts, garlic and sausage bowl)

I was planning on making this recipe I found on Joy the Baker one Friday evening when I was home alone recently.  I was going to make it with shirataki noodles, but I ran out.  I was so tempted to order a pizza or pick up a burrito, but moving is expensive and so are new clothes from eating such things on the reg so I decided to come home and work with what I had. 

What I had was the tomatoes and garlic to make the pasta dish, some leftover Brussels sprouts and some low fat sausage in my freezer.  Why not make the original dish, but add sausage and serve it over Brussels sprouts?  A low carb party in the oven, what a fun Friday night!

Roasting vegetables, especially tomatoes, garlic and brussels sprouts really amps up their flavor.  This was really good and I cannot imagine how good it would be served over pasta.  If you plan on serving this to more than one person, you better serve it over pasta, I almost ate the whole pan!  Full recipe to follow the montage.

Roasted, delicious, low carb...what more could you ask for?
I love when a plan comes together, even when it isn't the original plan. 

November 8, 2016

Election night on taco Tuesday! (Trader Joe's carne asada tacos with homemade pickled radishes)

Well friends, we have made it!  Election day is finally here!  I was worried somehow this day would never come and we would be subjected to this crap for even longer!  I am a history mass communication major with a politics habit and love civics, elections, laws and all that good stuff.  I work in the field on the local level.  I usually watch coverage of politics like it is my job.  I usually listen to NPR on the way to work.  All of these activities ceased this election cycle.

We have become entirely too polarized as a nation.  Each side has their own news channel, paper in major cities and state of the union.  Senators from both sides of the aisle no longer share meals or drinks together.  It is just a sad state of affairs.  But, I voted!  And I voted early.  I hope you did, even if it wasn't for who I want.  We are so lucky to get the privilige of peacefully electing our leaders!

Anyway, this is a food blog, so let's move on to something we can all agree on...tacos!  We recently got a Trader Joes in my metropolitan area and everyone is hooked. Including me.  I picked up some carne asada from there when my sister and I braved it when it first opened and I decided to use it in tacos.  I was impressed, although it was a tad salty.  That may have been exascerbated by the picked veggies.  But who cares, they were so good.  Not only the radishes, bit the garlic and jalapeno too. Some carrot slices in there would be delightful as well (makes mental note).  Full recipe to follow the montage!

Just look at all the color!  They almost look like Christmas tacos!

November 4, 2016

Five for Friday Hate Week edition

Hello friends!  It was a long week.  Staying up Wednesday night for that whole world series game made it feel longer.  Linking up today with Amanda for Friday favorites.  Cheers to the weekend!

ONE:
Just the University of, not you if you live there!
It's LSU/Alabama this week.  I hate them/  Especially this week.  My friend Mel B. pointed this out to me though...In 1997 (a great year, I graduated from high school!) the following things all occured:

  • There were two tied NFL teams
  • The Indians lost the world series in extra innings by one run
  • LSU beat the #1 team in the nation in Baton Rouge (I wish I would have been there)
Well we have two of the three, here's hopin' for a trifecta!

TWO:

I am making a new take on short ribs for me for the game that I am watching alone at my new house as I usually do for the the Alabama game.  Can't wait to share how they turn out!

THREE:

Speaking of my new house I will have some pics of it Monday!  I need a dining room table.  Any suggestions?  I have my grandmother's cherry furniture to go with it so I want it to look old, but not cost me an arm and a leg.

Sneak Preview!  I took this while sitting on the couch, blogging is easy, eh?

FOUR:
My ladies!
We are starting to ramp up our fundraising efforts for Hogs for the Cause!  We met this week to brainstorm and have our first event next weekend.  Hogs for the Cause is a BBQ competition raising funds to help families dealing with pediatric brain cancer.  I am on the only all girls team with some fabulous ladies!  (Please like our page!)

FIVE: 

Did you celebrate National Sandwich Day yesterday?  My friend Jen and I sure did!  Her sandwich was way prettier than mine so you get that pic.  She had pimento cheese, I had mozzarella and roasted veggies.  Yum!

Love my city!

What are you up to this weekend?  How was your week?  Hope you have a great weekend!

Happy Cooking!

Missy

November 2, 2016

A simple oldie and goodie, updated for my leftovers (Chicken Chipotle taco salad)

I just love a good taco salad.  They were one of my staples when I started my little to no carb lifestyle.  I haven't had a good taco salad in a while and decided to make one when I was meal planning with a mean case of planner's block one weekend recently.  I received two chipotle peppers instead of just one in my Plated box and kept the extra around just in case.  Suddenly I decided I would not make the same old regular taco salad.

I decided to change it up with chicken instead of traditional "taco meat",  some chipotle flavor from the leftover Plated goodie and by adding some sauteed peppers.  I have made this before with a bed of quinoa, ground beef, ground turkey, grilled chicken, you name it. It's just a great old comforting salad that you are sure to enjoy.

What do you put in your taco salad?  What is your go to low carb recipe?  Full recipe to follow the montage.
An office iPhone pic never does a meal justice, unfortunately. And I forgot the cheese :(

November 1, 2016

Recap


Hello friends! Hope you had a spectacular weekend! I did as usual and got a lot done, as my move was being completed yesterday so that is why we have this post today. I have some really nice friends that helped me Sunday with a bit of furniture and hired people for the rest. I am almost all settled in, I just need to get a dining room table and organize a few more things.  House pics to come when I get it in order! Here we go to a recap!


Friday I checked out Pho Tau Bay for lunch. I got the Pho Ap Chao, holy cow!  I did not eat more than one "slice" of the noodles.  I regret that quite a bit.

I had happy hour with my two of my three Sunday movers at Bayou Beer Garden.  I love this place and now it is biking distance from my house! Score!



Friday night I took a few more loads and  then cooked in my new kitchen for the first time.  I made my old standby, a clean out the fridge tortilla pizza
Saturday was more loads.  I got pretty much everything that could not fit in my tiny car out the old house!  And went to Wal Mart.  In my Pure Barre clothes after Platform.  Luckily I saw no one!
Saturday night I tried N7 for dinner.  I will not put any food here because it is going to get it's own post since it was so cool.  

I will tease you with this!
Sunday, the aforementioned moving partners helped me with my new bed and Tempurpedic mattress and drove all over town to help me.  I owe them a good meal.  I bought them a mediocre one as a placeholder.  I refuse to move again unless it is for a really good reason after this!

Mid City Yacht Club!


They put a big giant pickle on Luke's and my burger.  We hate them.  So we went half bun!
I had nacho envy!
I will give you a post of the house soon.  But before that we return to the food tomorrow!  Hope you had a fantabulous Halloween!  Any great stories?  I unpacked, put together an Ikea couch and handed out some candy, low key, but much needed!

Happy Cooking!

Missy