January 30, 2017

Recapping the Weekend! No sleep in General!I

Hello Hello!  Hope all of my dear readers had a fantastic weekend!I sure did as usual.  The weather was just straight up gorgeous this weekend.  A little chilly, but calm and clear.  I did not spend nearly enough time outside.  Linking up with Biana for Weekending.  Here we go!

Friday night was a fun night with my Katey Kakes.  We had her favorite, Stephen Gurley Gravy.  She ate three bowls, and had dessert!  We also picked the numbers for my Sweet Swine of Mine Superbowl pool, had a spa bath (she was introduced to the world of bath pillows, bath drink holders and pumice stones) and played a mean game of battle.  It was so fun!  She is at such a cute age and I am loving it!

Her third bowl and picking the numbers.
Saturday morning she woke up at an hour I had not seen since college when I did those early morning bootcamps when I turned 30.   That girl was ready for her beignets!  We headed over to City Park to get some and play at the playground.
A happy girl.  Aunt Missy was even happier to have cafe au lait!

I took her to Target since we were up so early, as I promised I would let my very pregnant sister sleep late. I got my errands done and Kate and her sissy got treats from the dollar spot.

I dropped her off and continued my errands and my quest for a perfect picture to turn into my assignment for photography class.  I practiced on the contents of my Hollygrove Market Box.  

Clockwise from bottom left: Lettuce, turnips, micro greens, collards, 1/2 dozen eggs, strawberries, tomatoes, oranges, blood oranges, corn tortillas, buffalo onion dip and a sweet potato.  All for $31 including tax!  What a healthy steal!
Sunday I went to the NOLA Home Show with the work besties.  It was underwhelming.  We went to Tacos and Beer after, that was not underwhelming.

I do want this look for my house...
But what more could one want than tacos and beer?


Sunday evening was Book Club!  We read Hillbilly Elegy.  It was an interesting read and not what I expected.  We had a very lively discussion as we are all from different places, backgrounds and cultures.  I recommend it for the discussion for sure, in addition it really is a good read. Very thought provoking!

Our redneck spread from our different necks of the woods. We discovered hillbilly was the midwest's equivalent to the redneck found in the south.  Even our friends from California, born and raised reminisced. #weareallinthistogether
Swiss Cake rolls and oatmeal pies?! Yes please! Such great memories of my slightly hillbilly redneck culture. 
Hope you had a fantastic weekend!  What did you do?  have you read the book?

Happy Cooking!

Missy

January 27, 2017

five for friday-Lets talk live music

Happy Friday my friends!  Linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites.  This has been a long week and I am ready for a weekend!  I have been spending a little too much money lately on entertainment and I am about to spend some more because...

ONE:

I am ready to buy my Brass Pass!  Today is Jazz Fest Lineup Announcement day!  I am buying the Brass Pass (all days every day) no matter the lineup since I live less than three blocks away and can come and go as I please.  Aka, pee without a line and drink the good stuff!  I have not missed a Jazz Fest since my first one in 1997.  20 years!!!

Me and some of my favorite fest buddies last year!
I bought a lot of other tickets this week.  I need to start eating ramen and hope my jeans fit! Here they are in date order.  If 2016 was the year of travel, 2017 is shaping up to be the year of music so far!

TWO:

I am sooo excited to see Ryan Adams.  I love all of his songs, including the Taylor Swift cover album.  His version of Bad Blood was my jam for awhile in 2015.  But while while I love all of his songs, my favorite by far is "To Be Young."  I call it my Friday Song, because that is what it exactly was on Fridays in Law School.  It still makes me think of beer and dancing at the Polytech House. Such good memories.  I cannot wait!


             

THREE:

Um, hello bucket list!  I am going to Radiohead!  I have loved them since, well I don't remember when that started. But I haven't really listened to a good bit of their music since their insanely awesome 2007 In Rainbows album.  I hope they play the old stuff. This makes me feel old as I type it.  One of my favorite songs of theirs is definitely Electioneering.  Which is one of my favorite words.  My office is a polling place for early voting and that word is everywhere when it is that time. This song feels fitting for these times...

             

FOUR:

I cannot believe I get to see The Pixies!  I did not think they would get back together!  I loved them in high school back when I was cool and dyed my hair weird colors, wore Doc Martens and subscribed to Sassy magazine. Yes I am old.  I was reunited with my love of them through a short lived romance about 10 years ago and have been dying to see them ever since.  I will on May 3rd!  I love a lot of their songs but I loved when Apple used this one for their commercials because I always thought it was about something taboo and they probably did not.  

             

FIVE:

My niece Kate is sleeping over tonight!  I am making Steven Gurley gravy (her favorite thing I make) and we will make a new dessert together.  (That girl loves dessert!) I cannot wait to make memories with her!!

Hope your week went well and you have a perfect weekend ahead!  Stay warm everywhere, I think all of us but the very tip of Florida are "cold" this weekend.

Happy Cooking!

Missy

January 26, 2017

A hearty meal for a cold day (traditional French Cassoulet with chicken)


This is a post for you to look at and wish you ate it but never create. I know this because I will probably never make it again. Which kind of makes me sad, because it was delicious and all my taste testers (all 5 of them) agreed. But y'all, this literally took all damned day!   It was worth the effort for sure though!

I was so cold one Saturday and didn't want to leave the house. I really wanted something to entertain me and make me feel warm. Having the oven on all day would accomplish that and cooking something complicated and a wonderful podcast would for sure entertain me! I decided to make cassoulet. But I wanted to make it for realz.  I remembered I had pinned the traditional peasant method from Serious Eats and decided to do it while we had our weekend of winter.

Y'all this is so good. I used duck fat leftover from when I made yummy weeknight duck for my sister's birthday.  The only change I made was in sausage, but that is just because I have no idea what garlic sausage is, so I used green onion, which is a Louisiana staple.  The white beans are so creamy, the flavor is so rich and the meat is so tender, it just all forms a party in your mouth.  Oh and I cooked it 2 hours less than they said because I was hungry.  I can only imagine the crust if it would have had 2 more hours!  

If you have plenty of time on your hands (heck you can binge watch a show while making this even) this is well worth it. I have a little bit left in my freezer that I'm just waiting for another cold snap to break out.  Hopefully I won't have to wait until next January!  Full Recipe to follow the montage.


Doesn't that just look divine?

January 25, 2017

A cold rainy day deserves a blog post (Cream Cheese Lasagna)

This is an iPhone post.  I was dying without blogging, and it was so hard to go cold turkey, but I am sure that is because it was not by choice.  I was hanging at the house on a rainy Sunday and I craved some comfort food.  I had pinned Plain Chicken's Cream Cheese Lasagna many moons ago and I realized I had all of the ingredients to make it except a few so I either eliminated them, substituted them or accidentally forgot them.  In any event, deliciousness occurred.   

This is so decadent to me because lasagna is decadent to me.  I was cheating a lot on my little to no carb lifestyle so I was used to the occasional carb, but man this is a real treat!  The addition of the pepperoni is really different.  In fact if you left out the "white layer" this would be an excellent pizza casserole!

Make this, your people will love you and it!  Full recipe to follow the montage.

Who doesn't love lasagna!?

January 24, 2017

A New Years eve surprise (Deep Fried Brussels sprouts with garlic chips and buttered panko)

I am not a fan of New Year's Eve.  But I do like a new year, I love starting over, growing, pressing restart and all those things like that. But, the build up and pressure to New Years Eve has always made me perturbed and always sets me up for failure.  I started a new tradition in 2013,  just be low key and have a delicious dinner. It has served me well.

I have a man in my life now but we were planning to spend New Years apart.  I could have called people to hang out, but what really sounded good was making a good meal, some wine, and a glass of champagne in the bathtub.  I sat down to meal plan and remembered the last new years I made a full meal.  It was steak, brussels sprouts and a twice baked potato, just three of my favorite things!  I wanted to get a blog post out of it too so I decided to get creative.

In my old historic home, I used to frequent Noodle and Pie down the street A LOT.  It is a ramen joint with homemade pies, but my favorite thing on the menu was, of course, Brussels sprouts!  I knew they were fried, had garlic chips and some kind of magical sauce and breadcrumb like thing that just was out of this world.  

I improvised to try and recreate the recipe and they were pretty good.  Then I reheated in the oven a few days later and they were even better!  That is what I was missing! I will recreate that step.  In the end, I ended up spending the evening with my gentleman caller after all, and I was glad I made such a big yummy meal we could both enjoy!  We toasted the end to 2016 and a new beginning for 2017, and I decided to make more Brussels sprouts and do more kissing this year!  Full recipe to follow the montage.

Deep Fried Brussels Sprouts
The other parts aren't so bad themselves, but just look at the sprouts!

January 23, 2017

Recapping the weekend- time is a flying!

Hi!  Hello!  Good Morning!  Happy Monday!  I hope all of y'all had a fantastic weekend.  I sure did and wish I had more of it!  Linking up with Biana for weekending.  Here we go with a recap!

Friday some coworkers and I had a long overdue short happy hour and then I headed home for relaxing.  There was like 32 things going on downtown between protests, Mardi Gras balls and a Pelicans game so I was happy to have a night in.  

I made some leftover tacos.  If you follow me on Snapchat you know this picture doesn't tell the whole story ;)

I read most of my book club book Hillbilly Elegy.  It is not what I thought it would be, but still good. It will be an excellent discussion book.  
Saturday morning I went to my old stomping grounds uptown for Pure Barre and then did some local shopping.  I got a new Mardi Gras shirt for me and one to send to my bestie Aimee in Texas.  And then showered my friend Jacque and her soon to be new baby!  No pics from that, too much catching up!
How much for that doggie in the window?
Saturday night I had a night on the town with my gentleman caller.  This is rare for us.  We made the most of it and saw several parts of town and tried a new dinner spot!
Old fashioneds in advance of the cold front at Barrel Proof.

I was so sad I missed the Women's March and this bathroom art reminded me of it!

We went and saw his friend DJ at the Circle Bar.
We ventured to the Freret Beer Room after for a late dinner.  I have been dying to go!  It was so good and they had awesome beers on tap that I had never heard of.
Potatoes au gratin, mustard greens and whole fish with romesco sauce and ramps.  Holy Cow!
Sunday was a day of lol'ing at the news and getting ready for the week. It's a whole new world!  I have lunch made for the whole week and ready to tackle it!

Hope your weekend was great!  What were you up to?

Happy Cooking!

Missy

January 20, 2017

Five for Friday-Meh

Happy Friday my happy campers!  This week was a doozy and ending that way.  Linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites.  Let's get into it!

ONE:

Year of No update.  I said no to three things this week.  But said yes to two.  Well, hoping to say yes to the second...

TWO:

Because I am clicking refresh nonstop to buy me and the gentleman caller Radiohead tickets this morning as we speak, wish me luck!  I hate Ticketmaster! I am so excited!

THREE:

I had dinner with my momma last night!  We had some yummy Mexican food and fun times!

FOUR:
 I can't wait to play with these ladies!

I heading to a Baby shower for my friend Jacque this weekend! I am so excited to see all my girls and to shower baby to be.  I secretly hope it is a girl so we can train her to be a second generation Sweet Swine of Mine girl!

FIVE:

Has your facebook been filled with people doing the "This is what I will look like in the future!" thing?  It is so creepy, or is it just me?

I hope you had a great week and a wonderful weekend!  Sorry for the slight political rant.  It won't happen again!

Happy Cooking!

Missy



January 19, 2017

Delicious and full of yummy nutrition (kale and butternut salad with goat cheese and pomegranates)

I love getting a box from Hollygrove Market.  Local produce makes me happy and I love getting creative with the things I make and eat.  I am sure you are sick of me saying this, but its true!  I am finally finished recapping all the lovely recipes I made from the last box and this is a great one that is sure to be great for lunch!

Kale is so healthy for you, butternut squash is so warming and festive and goat cheese always elevates a salad.  This one is for sure a winner!  The funniest step is for sure the most important step, massaging your kale. This makes it more delicious that raw kale and makes sure you get all its cancer fighting nutrients.   My coworker looked over and was like, "what the hell are you doing?!" Try this, it is a great healthy lunch or a great appetizer for a dinner party.  Add chicken and it could be a great dinner!  Full recipe to follow the montage.


Lovely little salad with some great flavor!

January 18, 2017

Soup for Sal (Heart healthy Ribollita with white beans and chicken sausage)


My best friend for over 30 years Toni lives in Alabama.  We see each other whenever we can.  We pretty much grew up together as you can imagine and it helped that she lived about 6 blocks from me. Her daddy is a big hearted Italian man that sometimes scared the you know what out of us, and sometimes made us cry at how sweet he was.  He famously came and picked me up across town very late one New Year's Eve because I lost the group, and my daddy would have killed me for staying out after curfew. 

Big Sal as we call him recently had a heart attack and Toni was feeling hopeless so far away to help. He has recovered nicely, but he needs to make some changes in his diet.  Toni's mom is the kind of cook like my mom is, a stressed out working mom who isn't into making gourmet meals.  They grew up like us on Rice a Roni and margarine, but had the occasional awesome homemade dish.  Her mom's was ratatouille.  When Big Sal had his heart attack, Toni asked me if there was healthy grocery and food delivery in New Orleans and I said, "Yeah, me!"

I went to Costco and got them some frozen Salmon, Avocado Oil and tupperware.  Then I decided to make him some hearty, yet heart healthy soup for lunch for his first week back at work.  I wanted to ease him into healthy eating and soup seemed to be the best way.  When I dropped it off, he asked if is was gluten free.  I told him I didn't know.  It probably is.  In any event, they had some for dinner the night I dropped it off and they loved it.  Like raved!  Mission accomplished!

I only had a little bite for tasting purposes, but I concur it was great!  Try this, it is a healthy way to start the new year off!  And good for your heart!  Full recipe after the montage.

Doesn't that look great!

January 17, 2017

Somebody Stop Me! (Low carb spinach and artichoke chicken casserole)

I needed to stop myself.

I allowed myself off the normal healthy eating train I normally ride sometime around Thanksgiving. Mostly because I wanted to allow myself to enjoy the full experience of the French Laundry (boo) but also because, hello, it is the holidays.  Well that allowed me to gain 7 pounds.  Isn't being a woman over 30 awesome?  I need the pounds to go stat.  I need to replace jeans because they were stolen not because I need to size up!

I was looking for little to no carb recipes that could use up some stuff I had at my house. Enter Budget Bytes.  I have always looked to Budget Bytes for recipes.  And we shop at the same grocery stores apparently (Rouses #29 and the Whole Foods on Broad, I need to meet this lady, we probably live in the same neighborhood!) I saw her recipe for chicken with artichokes and tomatoes on Instagram and I had to make it, but with a few changes.  I decided to make it a one pot wonder without need for a side and added spinach, which I had on hand for my smoothies keeping with the theme of things around the house.  I also had to add onions and garlic since I love them.  And I always use boneless thighs instead of breasts.  

The changes made it delicious, but I am sure it was just fine the original way too.  I let my coworkers try this leftover and they were hooked.  It was way better hot and fresh out of the oven.  A lovely flavor combination, filling with nary a purposeful carb and just damned delicious.  You should for sure make this.  And if you are not a fan of garlic, leave it completely out, it is prevalent. I love garlic so I did not mind. Full recipe to follow the montage. 


Yay new camera!  Look at that melty goodness!

Such a pretty dish!  And so yummy.

January 13, 2017

Five For Friday, another long weekend ahead!

Hello all!  Happy Friday!  I am ready for a three day weekend again, it is hard to get back to the grind still!  Linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites.  Here we go!


ONE:
One day I will have this many likes on one of my photos when I post it!

I got a repost on instagram from a New Orleans account from some hashtagging I did.  I totally get the power of the hashtag now, I got a good amount of new followers and likes!

TWO:

I am having some overnight guests Saturday night!  My nephew and baby niece are sleeping over, it and a trip to Peche is what I gave their parents for Christmas.  Just call me sister of the year right? We have a play date scheduled and beignets and fun at City Park Sunday!  I cannot wait!

THREE:

Make sure you make the sauce too!
I usually don't re tout my own posts but y'all these Buffalo chicken burgers are a must make.  I hope I don't jinx you and you hate them, but I am mad I ran out of them and can't have one today for lunch! Try them!

FOUR:

I had no idea the Limited was closing!  My friends and I were discussing this week and apparently there is nothing left online but small sizes?  This is sad.  I grew up on Limited Too and the Limited when I got old enough and I just can't believe it.  It is true though,  pretty much the only physical store I go to is TJ Maxx/Marshalls and it is probably because I can't do it online!

FIVE:

I have been bad about it this week but I am trying to keep a happiness jar this year.  I am trying to write one happy for each day down and place them in a vase.  At the end of the year I am going to read them and remember what a great year it was even if it feels like it at the end, much like 2016 was.

Well that's all I have.  Heading to some Mardi Gras fun this evening and have a jam packed Saturday before I start babysitting.  I hope y'all have a great weekend!  What is on your radar?

Happy Cooking!

Missy

January 12, 2017

Run, do not walk to your kitchen (Buffalo chicken burgers with a lettuce wrap and buffalo ranch)

I came up with this idea in my head because I was craving a burger.  I remembered those Moroccan chicken burgers I  made a few months ago (wow that feels like yesterday) and wanted to do something similar.  I thought, why not make it according to the rules of my obsession with Buffalo sauce!?  I thought right.

Y'all,  I had to rush to draft this post because you needed these burgers in your life stat!  They were so good I ate them for lunch all this week and even had one for dinner because they were that good.  I know I am a buffalo lover, but I didn't even love these so much just because of the buffalo flavor.  It was because it was a "fake burger" that was so burgery!  Missing from these pictures (I plated them ahead of time just for a pic so you wouldn't see my messy desk and an iPhone photo!)  is the buffalo ranch I topped them with.  This is NOT optional, so delicious!  

Make these little to no carb lifestyle beauties for lunch or dinner, you will not regret it!  Full recipe to follow the montage.

How you doin?

January 10, 2017

Letting someone else pick what's for dinner (Turnips with roasted garlic goat cheese)

I love it one someone else takes charge sometimes.  I am a type A lawyer, a sorority alum president, live alone and get to make food decisions for my Hogs for the Cause team.  I make a lot of decisions and am in charge, a lot.  Especially around here, I am in charge of what is for dinner (not as much anymore, but still often enough) and what goes on this blog.

I got a box from Hollygrove Market as I am wont to to and sat down to meal plan. These days I subscribe to their newsletter, and they link recipes to match the produce.  I had some turnips and I wanted to do something fun and different with them. Lo and behold there was just the recipe linked on the email for turnips.  With sumac!  I had some of that in my pantry for a now forgotten recipe I was planning to make long ago and never did.  It was perfect!

The flavors of this are so complex and interesting.  And since turnips are, for lack of a better term, bland, they really allow the flavors to shine.  It is like the Middle East met the Southwest and decided to have a party in your mouth, but your mouth is in France.  That may sound weird, but you won't know until you try it!  If nothing, just make the roasted garlic goat cheese.  Holy cow that would be good on a cracker!  Full recipe to follow the montage.

Such a pretty plate!  I was glad to add some colorful garnish, like I do that when I have plain food!

January 9, 2017

Recapping the weekend, getting ready for a good year.

Hello my dear readers!  Welcome to a new week that is a full one. It was hard to get back to reality last week but having a low key weekend this weekend helped to be better prepared for this week. Hope you had a great one!  Linking up with Biana for weekending.  Let's get into it!

Friday was 12th Night, aka the Epiphany, aka king's day, aka the end of Christmas and start of Carnival, aka Mardi Gras! 

We had some yummy king cake at work to celebrate!
I took down all the Christmas decorations, made some homemade pizza and relaxed.  This is a montage of relaxation:
It was so cold I was so glad I did not leave the house!
Saturday I went to pure barre and decided to skip errands for another day at home.  I did an all day project...authentic cassoulet.  I quit before the regular time because I was hungry!  I watched the Crown and cannot wait to finish the season!  So good!

Worth the effort for sure.  Post to come!

Sunday we had book club brunch,  we were good and tried not to be a shit show like we can sometimes be.  That worked for some people...

But three of us took it to the bar after to Bayou Wine Garden.  Wow my hair is getting dark...
It was such a great productive weekend and I am ready to tackle the new year!  Hope you all had great ones! What was your highlight?

Happy Cooking!

Missy

January 6, 2017

Five For Friday, back to the grind!

Man this week has been a killer!  Getting back to work this week was hard enough and it was such a busy week there,  and I had plans every night except last night.  So much for the year of no!  Linking up with the fabulous Amanda for Friday Favorites.  Here we go!

ONE:

Our last book club was so long ago!

I have my fabulous Book Club this weekend!  We finally are getting around to discussing Crazy Rich Asians.  My other, more serious book club already discussed over Singapore Slings, but this debaucherous one is not having them this time because we are all trying to be good in 2017. Apparently we all overdid the holidays.  We have never not had a wild meeting...we shall see.

TWO

I went to see LA LA LAND Wednesday! It was so good!  It reminded me of an old movie, in a good way.  It was beautifully shot, not too "musical-ly"  Back when I had cable and more free time on my hands I used to love 30 days of Oscar and watch all the old movies.  This made me want to watch Casablanca again!


THREE:

Did anyone catch the special on the Menendez Brothers last night on ABC?  I was like 9 when all of that went down so it was something I always knew of, but never really knew about.  It was so fascinating.  Catch it if you can.  I am going to go on a Wikipedia rabbit hole about it now!

FOUR:

This is the last King Cake I had at work last year.  Guess I need to bring one!


Today is the feast of the Epiphany which means it is the official start of Carnival (Mardi Gras) season and King Cake time!  I will be taking down Christmas and putting up Mardi Gras this weekend.  And hopefully having a little king cake.  It is a marathon, not a sprint living here in New Orleans!


FIVE:

This post about making your life a place you like to be is so spot on.  I struggled with that until I flipped my script and moved to Austin and it has been such a joy to be alive ever since no matter what happens.  Life does not always hand us bowls of cherries (this I know well) and when you make your life a great place to be, when the lemons come, the lemonade comes easier!  If you aren't following Chelsea you should, she is a little ray of sunshine on the internet!

This is a low key weekend besides book club!  That never happens!  What do you have going on?  Hope this Friday flies by!

Happy Cooking!

Missy

January 5, 2017

Standing in for the French Laundry and still having other purposes (A review of Ad Hoc in Napa)

Well this is a long overdue post about Napa!  We did not go to the French Laundry as we had planned due to some unforeseen circumstances and I was pretty devastated.  However, some lovely people swooped in and got us a reservation at another Thomas Keller Restaurant, Ad Hoc in a pinch.  

Ad Hoc is more casual and the meals are served family style.  There is a fixed menu, with some add ons (supplements as they call them) and a vegetarian option.  Jen, our trip planner, did her internship while in culinary school at Ad Hoc, so it turned out to be a very special part of the trip for her and for us.  She is also a vegetarian so we got the vegetarian option in addition to the normal main course. The main course was lamb.  Lamb is on my short list of foods I hate (shrimp, scallops, pickles, mayo, salmon, blue cheese and lamb) so I had to be the picky lady and insist we get the supplement of Chicken Katsu.  Then the waiter alerted us that there was a New York strip option instead of lamb.  I jumped at my chance!

In the end I tried the lamb.  I spit it out and said, "ew, that tastes like lamb!"  My friend Laura tried the steak after and could not understand how I could tell such a difference between the two.  I explained the fact that I have a crazy palate.  I can tell when there is a bay leaf in something even if you take it out!  We also were lucky enough to get a kitchen tour at the end of dinner.  It made Jen nostalgic and me regretful that I never went to culinary school.  I know there is still time, but I like my day job and that is why I blog!  

Without further adieu, one of the bright spots on the non vacation, Ad Hoc. Sorry for the dark iPhone pics.

We had drinks at the hotel before.  Check out our Target fashion finds!

Ad Hoc was supposed to be a temporary place but people liked it so much it stayed!

January 4, 2017

Making something out of nothing (Copycat Alice Springs Chicken)

I usually work out after work these days and need quick easy meals.  I also leave certain days open for dates and impromptu social plans without need for a meal plan.  I usually have some leftovers to repurpose or some great staples laying around just in case I need dinner on the fly. This meal is a result of one of those nights.

I made mustard greens for a lunch experiment (coming soon) and had some leftovers for a side.  But what for the protein?  I had leftover mushrooms from enchiladas and bacon from meat bombs and I always have chicken, cheese and onions laying around.  What should I make? And then I was inspired by a memory.

I grew up in the suburbs and most of the time when we went out to eat, it was at a chain.  As an aside, you may know that I am in a group that goes to Chain Restaurants to relive our childhood!  My mom fell in love with Outback Steakhouse when we got one in our city and we went there a lot as a result. One of my favorite dishes there was Alice Springs Chicken! And it had all of those ingredients! I can make that!  

This was not as good as I remember Alice Springs being at Outback, but they probably use a lot "worse for you" things than I did.  And as I learned at Red Lobster for chain gang, my palate is ruined with all the good food I eat now.  But it was still a great quick low carb dinner!  Try it, just don't overcook your cheese like I did.  Full recipe after the montage.

The cheese got really hard instead of melty.  I don't know what I did to cause that!

January 3, 2017

You ain't never seen nothin prettier! (Watermelon radish and avocado salad)

I love pretty food.  And you will be hard pressed to find something prettier than watermelon radishes in my book.  I had a Hollygrove market box with them in it and I immediately went to the google to figure out what I could make for lunch with them.  I couldn't find anything so I took my dog for a walk.  And stumbled across an avocado.  Turns out there is an avocado tree in the neighborhood.  I took it as a sign to add that to my plan.  

And what my plan ended up being for was a salad.  I had lettuce in the box too, why not.  This was the week before the Napa trip and not on the stretch my pants and stomach diet, but in hindsight, I am really glad I made this healthy tasty salad for lunch.  The avocado and the dressing really are the star of the dish, and that creaminess combined with the crispy radishes is such a good match.  I did not use them all up, so I put the extra ones in my Trader Joes spicy pickled vegetables to soak up some good stuff.  Hmm,  I need to make tacos now!  No I need to make this salad again to start the year off clean and healthy!

Have you had watermelon radishes before?  Aren't they pretty?  Full recipe to follow the montage.

A beautiful healthy lunch!

January 2, 2017

Recapping the weekend, Hanukkah, and a low key new years!

Hello my friends!  Happy New Year!  I am so excited to start anew this year and have an excellent year.  2016 rocked because I traveled so much and I am looking forward to a calmer year with a little less of that and a little more Nola living!  I hope you and yours had a wonderful weekend, I sure did and am enjoying my day off today!  Linking up with Biana for weekending.  

Friday night I went to my friend Jen and her hubby Dave's for a Hanukkah party.  It was so good to see some elements of another culture and try their comfort cuisine!  Jen was such a good hostess and fun was had by all!

The 7th day, I loved the way it looked in her window!

The brisket was the shit!  I have some in my fridge I plan on making into enchiladas!
We had latkes with dipping sauces!
And Jewish donuts (so good and a post to come!) with creme Anglaise and chocolate sauce


We played dreidel!  So fun!  The kids loved it. And it was just for chocolate.


I need a recipe for this apple cake!


The whole gang! 

Saturday this little miss got a haircut while her momma watched LSU kick butt in the Citrus Bowl
I also discovered My best nine!  So funny that all of mine were from June till December.



My gentleman caller and I had a yummy new years dinner 

New Years eve was so rainy we just had dinner and watched Deadpool (so funny) and ventured out in the monsoon for 5 minutes of fireworks and a midnight kiss.  I tried to copy Noodle and Pie's Brussels sprouts, post to come! They were yummy!

New years day we had the traditional meal and then I had Sunday funday with my high school friends Aimee and Becca over some Veuve Clicquot and more rain.  


Hope you are ready for a new year!  I sure am!  I cannot wait to start my photography classes in two weeks to make this a better blog and I will learn to love taking the stairs at lunch!

Happy Cooking! 
Missy