April 28, 2017

Five for Friday-Jazz Fest time!

Hello!  It has been a crazy week and I have not had time to cook or blog!  Linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites! I am going to just explain my absence.


I went to Ohio last weekend for the Delta Gamma Institute.  It was amazing!  I met so many amazing ladies and learned a lot.  And got to see my Ohio family!  I packed a lot into 48 hours!

I got to visit the DG headquarters and nerd out!
My roommate Adrienne from Philly and I were instant friends!  I miss her already!

Top row: Philly, New Orleans, Columbus, Westchester.
Bottom: Maine.  That's right, the whole state has one alum chapter!

My cousin Meghan and her friends (and their cute baby) came and met me before I flew back.


When I got back, my sweet Gentleman Caller not only made us dinner with one hand, he made a whole chicken so I could have lunch for the week and not have to grocery shop.  I never thought I would appreciate something like that but I certainly did!  Ginger and I ate like queens this week!


I went to my usual Wednesday night yoga, but with different companions this time...my parents! They invited themselves!  I think they enjoyed it.  We enjoyed some beers for them and rose' for me after!

Multiple person selfies are hard!  My parents are so fun!


I am only working 4 day weeks this month (because I take off on Fridays) and it is catching up with me, we are super busy and I have not had a lunch break to catch up on blogging #thestruggleisreal


Today starts Jazz Fest!  It is my favorite day of the year!  My sister and her best friend and I wear our Fest Friends Forever shirts and do the fest.  I live two blocks away so it will be a party at my house the next two weekends!

Love these ladies!

So I'll probably be MIA around here for awhile but I will be doing my best to instagram and snap.  I still can't get Insta stories.  I feel dumb.  Help me!  Have a great weekend!  I hope to be back Monday with a Jazz Fest Weekend One recap like I did last year!  Tell me what you are up to in the comments!

Happy Cooking!


April 25, 2017

Another beige meal (Chicken Meatballs with Coconut Curry Sauce and Cauliflower Rice)

For some reason, whenever Amanda at Meet at the Barre puts a recipe up on her Friday favorites I have to make it that weekend. Its like she reads my mind of what is in my fridge or on my radar. My favorite time that happened was when I made these buffalo chicken tacos. Man those were good! This time I decided to take over Sunday dinner for the Gentleman Caller, who has an injury to his writing hand. The weekend before he had made an Asian inspired sauce and those leftovers plus stuff in my pantry and a few additions at the store had me set. 

I love using riced cauliflower and am so happy that Trader Joes has opened and does it for me!   These meatballs were good, but that was because I added a little bit of my bacon grease from my fridge for fat and I cut down the cooking time.  I tested them with a thermometer so I wouldn't kill us, don't worry!

The sauce was way thinner than her recipe.  I don't know if that is because I used peanut butter instead of almond butter or because my coconut milk wasn't thick enough.  It still tasted good and my man had them for lunch the next day and reported that they were even more delicious. I would suggest making a cornstarch slurry just in case to thicken it up. The color of this dish reminded me of funny times with beige meals.  This one was way healthier!  Try this with the almond butter and let me know if that was my mistake.  It is full of yummy flavor and you will love it!  Full recipe after the jump.
Chicken Meatballs with Coconut Curry Sauce and Cauliflower Rice
I am glad I got a glimpse of a carrot, I always feel unhealthy when I eat beige meals!

April 21, 2017

Five For Friday-One week till Jazz Fest!

Hello Friends!  Happy Friday!  Linking up with the lovely Amanda for Friday Favorites.  The next two weekends are Jazz Fest and I am so excited.  Here we go!

I am heading to Columbus, Ohio this weekend for the Delta Gamma Institute and a quick visit with my pretty cousins!  It is not a "real" vacation like I have been craving and stalking someone to start planning it with me, but it is nice to get out of town, catch up on reading, and earn free Southwest points!

I finally splurged with my VIB discount at Sephora and got a fancy skincare set.  I went with Sunday Riley because I got their water cream in my Box of Style  and love it!  The power couple kit also got rave reviews!  Lindsay gave me the great idea to do a review.  So when I get it, I will document how it works and see if it was worth the money!  You will get to see my makeup-less mug soon!
Please work!


I love a home tour.  Seeing how other people decorate their home and live are just so fascinating to me.  I really don't miss cable, but every now and then I jones for some HGTV! I am sad to be missing a shotgun homes tour in my neighborhood this weekend while I am out of town.  I am so glad I got to virtually tour this one though!  I love all the white touches, art, and who doesn't love a screened in porch!


In semi related news, since I have gotten rid of SiriusXM too, I am hooked even more on Podcasts.  I loved S-Town and have all my coworkers hooked now.  My new find this week is Terrible, Thanks for Asking.  It is not light and fluffy by any means, but it looks at grieving the loss of loved ones and other tough things that happen in life and coping in healthy positive way.  


I only use my waffle iron for Christmas morning waffles.  But this pin makes me want to break it out and make some yummy stuff.  How good does this Cornbread waffle with chili look?

What are you up to this weekend?  I hope you are having lovely spring weather to enjoy!  Let me know in the comments.  Whatever you do, I hope it is wonderful! 

Happy Cooking!


April 20, 2017

Maybe I'm biased, but everything could use hot sauce (Zoodles with Avocado sauce and Burst Tomatoes)

I am a sucker for pretty pictures of food.  Therefore I am a sucker for Pinch of Yum.  This pin kept popping up on Pinterest, so I finally clicked on over to see what all the fuss was about. I knew, as a zoodle maven, I had to make it.  

I was going to make this for some lunches, but my week got away from me and I decided to have it for dinner one night. I was glad I did because I don't think this was meant to be eaten in several sittings. There are few things I like more than a blistered tomato.  And avocado!  

This was really good, but only after I added some hot sauce.  I made an adjustment to add red pepper flakes in with the sauce, I think it really needs it, although I do live in New Orleans and like spicy food. I just think it needed something to give it a bit more oomph and that did the trick.  But if you are not a fan of spice, leave it out!  Full recipe to follow the montage.

Zoodles with burst tomatoes and avocado sauce
This was almost too pretty to eat!

April 19, 2017

Babysitting Win! (Cool Ranch Doritos mac and cheese and Kid approved baked chicken tenders)

As you know I don't have any children of my own, but I borrow my sisters' kids all the time to my testing purposes.  I was set to babysit FOUR little ladies one Saturday evening (am I the best aunt ever or what?) and wanted to make something out of the ordinary and try it out on the three that eat solid food.  I also knew these kids don't eat vegetables unless you hide them, so carbs it was.  I was sick of making Stephen Gurley gravy so  I went on to my favorite Pinterest board, entitled Yummy but Fattening, to see what I could find for a treat.

I found this pin I never really intended to make at home unless I was having a weird dinner party. Mac n Cheese AND Doritos?!  Yes please!  I was going to sub the ground meat for some chicken, but Kate decided she would rather the chicken separate, and her cousin Harper agreed. As a result, I decided to make some super quick baked chicken tenders with it.  I had them in the oven while I was making the mac n cheese. Kate opened the door and looked and said, "I'm probably not going to eat that, just saying."  I remembered my audience and I said, "Well then I'm probably not going to feel like making mug brownies if you don't at least try them."  She smiled and walked away.

And guess what?  She loved the chicken tenders.  So did Harper.  The mac and cheese was not their favorite but I sure enjoyed the heck out of it.  I added the "offensive green stuff" to my plate and it would have been even better if those and garlic and onions were mixed in, like the original recipe.  So make the mac and cheese for adults, and make these chicken tenders for your picky kids,   Full recipe after the montage. 

Cool Ranch Doritos Mac and Cheese
Delicious cheesy goodness!

April 17, 2017

Recapping the weekend-Easter time!

Hi friends!  It's been awhile.  While I did not have a spring break, I did have Friday off and took advantage of the pretty weather and a Platform class.  Then we had our annual family Good Friday crawfish.  The Gentleman Caller came and brought his kiddos and they had a blast with my nieces and nephew while the adults enjoyed crawfish, beer and good company.  Linking up with the lovely Biana for weekending and have a few posts on Meal Plan Monday over at Southern Plate, et al.

So delicious!

April 12, 2017

Not a recipe for an old house (Crockpot deconstructed cabbage rolls)

Disclaimer.  Don't let the backstory make you think this is not a good recipe to make.  

I live in an old house.  Not as old as my 1800's historic home, but it was built in the very early 1900's.  It has a bit of a lean and a wonky back door in my kitchen and my front door has an open old keyhole. Gentleman Caller™ has now created a solution(!) for my back door because there is a lot of daylight coming through and it is getting close to roach season.  I am deathly afraid of roaches. And now because of this recipe, I know I am not crazy to think I needed a fix.  I am so grateful for him and his power tools!

I caught some cabbage at the St. Patrick's Day parade and wanted to use it up and not let it go to waste.  I looked in my pantry and freezer and decided to make some deconstructed cabbage rolls.  I had a Sweet Swine of Mine meeting on the evening that I planned to make this so I offered to bring dinner. And since I wanted to work out too, I put it in my crock pot.  

Well I came home and my house was completely buzzing with flies.  Like an excessive amount of flies.  I thought I had accidentally left my door open but it was closed.  They were just flying around, not swarming on something. What in the world?  I freaked out and yelled expletives at my dog thinking she has pooped in the house.  Nope. It was the damn cabbage. It was so smelly that they came in through the cracks of the house and could not get out.  Luckily I got them all out, and the dinner was actually WAY tastier than it smelled.

The ladies all loved it and it was really good leftover.  Why does cabbage have to be so dang smelly! I put a very small amount of rice in it to soak up excess water but you can add more to make it a true cabbage roll.  Did this story gross you out too much? Sorry if it did.  Please still read on and keep an open mind! Full recipe to follow the montage.

Crockpot deconstructed cabbage rolls
Everything's better with cheese on top!

April 11, 2017

When life throws you cabbage... (Asian inspired cabbage stir fry)

I shared with you before St. Patrick's day how I got a concussion from a cabbage.  The tradition of throwing produce at a parade has always felt a little odd to me, but I knew it had something to do with history, which made my inner nerd okay with it.  Plus, hey, free produce!  My grandmother always grabs as much as she can from the parade to make a big pot of soup.  

I was blessed this year to not be injured and also to come home with two cabbages.  I decided to make a stir fry with one of them.  I searched the blog and never made this exact thing so it turned into a blog post in a lean time when I was much too busy to do blog posts.  It was a win win!

If you like cabbage, you will love this.  Even if you don't love it, this is one of the best ways to eat it without bacon and cheese.  Lots of veggies, customizable for your protein choice and you can use any sauce.  It is a perfect weeknight dinner and the leftovers were really good for lunch.  Check this out, and customize it to your liking.  Try pork, steak or shrimp and a different sauce, make it yours, get inspired!  Full recipe to follow the montage.

Asian inspired cabbage stir fry (low carb)
So colorful and comforting.

April 7, 2017

Five for Friday-Longest week in April

Hi friends, happy Friday!  This is my only full work week this month and it was very long!  Looking forward to a relaxing weekend starting with a massage after work!  Hope you had a great week! Linking up with the lovely Amanda for Friday Favorites.  Here we go!


We got our results from Hogs for the Cause!  We raised just a tinch under $16,000.00 and came in 15th out of 92 teams in porkpourri, which is the creative use of pork dish!  I about cried, what an accomplishment! I'm already thinking of ideas for next year.  Love these ladies and so proud of all of our hard work to kick cancer in the butt!

April 5, 2017

Sometimes Carbs happen (Pasta With Sausage, Spinach, and Jalapeño)

I live the little to no carb lifestyle, but sometimes you just crave carbs.  Or get drunk and want to cook and eat carbs.  This post is a result of the latter.  We went to my friend Rebecca's for the St. Patrick's Day parade and I was a little tipsy when I got home alone.  I was hungry and I wanted carbs. I usually just go to my old lower carb swap favorite, a corn tortilla pizza, but I was out of tortillas. But I did have capellini, my favorite pasta.  

I had a recipe on my fridge I had ripped out of Real Simple because I knew I had all the ingredients either on hand, or usually on hand.  And when I saw it on my fridge that day, it was like true love, I had to have it for dinner.  

This was very good, a little spicy, a little sweet and really warmed my little carb deprived heart.  It was ready pretty quick and was very easy to make.  You should make this sometime as a twist on your regular spaghetti, you will love it and your people will thank you! Next time I will be a good girl and make it with zoodles. Full recipe to follow the montage.

Pasta With Sausage, Spinach, and Jalapeño
Hello pasta, how I've missed you!

April 4, 2017

Plated wins again (Roasted Rainbow Carrots And Burrata with Quinoa and Blood Orange salad)

My most viewed, shared and popular post is far and away my scathing review of Blue Apron.  What should be is my past reviews of Plated.  They are far and away my favorite of the mail order dinner programs.  But, as I have explained before, these services are not for me. One of my favorite things in the world to do is meal plan and grocery shop; the purpose of these services is to do that for you.  I love getting a box from Hollygrove Market and then figuring out what I am going to do with it.  And a few weekends ago I did just that and set out to figure out to do with blood oranges, rainbow carrots and what I thought was arugula but ended up being spinach.

I searched for a proper lunch with those items and could not find anything.  I searched my emails and all I got was an email asking me to order Plated again.  It contained a recipe for just what I was looking for.  I figured why not, they never disappointed me before!

This was so different and really yummy.  It is the perfect lunch, and can make a nice light dinner. Burrata is truly a delicacy and blood oranges are so delightful.  I swear mine are really those even though they don't look it!  Try this, and try Plated if you haven't and you are into the meal delivery thing.  Full recipe to follow.

Roasted Carrots and Burrata with Qunioa and blood oranges
Local and yummy food is the best!

April 3, 2017

Recapping the Weekend- Hogs for the Cause!

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  As you know it was Hogs for the Cause this weekend!  As a whole we raised over a MILLION DOLLARS for families suffering with pediatric brain cancer.  We are not sure of our individual team total but we came in 19th of 92 teams.  Not bad for a bunch of ladies with no corporate sponsor!  We did not come in top 10 for any food categories but there are professional chefs and pitmasters out there.  This lawyer and part time foodie cannot compete!

We had a blast, barely slept, had too much pork and and just enough beer from Nola Brewing.  I cannot put it all into words and pictures but here I try.

Our sweet little tent.  We had so much fun with the men of the Boar's Nest we will never not set up next to them.  They literally won the party category and we certainly helped!
This nerdy little lawyer was trying to be safe and remove tripping hazards!

We rubbed some butts

And then went to see DJ Jubilee and Partners in Crime at the Deuce Pigalo Pork Gigolo tent.

Going in the smoker!

Laura and I slept out with the smoker.  We had some issues with our smoker but the meat was fine

Porkpourri entry!

Our staple for the masses, a Zapp's pulled pork pie.

My niece got to play on the bullhorn as per tradition!

Such a great weekend.

Our captains went up to accept our fundraising prize...Champagne!

Love these ladies and can't wait until next year!

We shut down the Boar's Nest after to celebrate!
If you ever get the chance to come, it is a blast!  And a delicious fun way to raise money for charity!

Happy Cooking!