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Not Such a Mundane Monday

Here I am…it is 5:50 am in San Diego and I am looking up some recipes online for home-made pizza. My brother is coming in town this week for the holiday and I have invited him to my house Wednesday night for dinner. He has never been to my house and I would like to just hang out with him. There is another reason for my invitation…I want him to get to know my boyfriend a little more. My brother will be moving back to San Diego this summer and I know that we will be hanging out more and more and I need for him and my boyfriend to be great friends too. We shall see, their personalities might clash just a bit. This is going to be one busy busy busy week, as are all the holidays. Never a time for rest and relaxation. Anyways…the recipe for homemade pizza that I go by…..

 

Here is a great one…..

What’s For Dinner?

I have been addicted to this show on the Travel Channel called Man vs. Food. This past weekend the host was at a burger joint and was trying all these different hamburgers…there were these two that came to mind. These burgers looked so good and made my mouth water (minus the beef and add the veggie patty, of course). One burger had a fried egg on it (BRILLIANT!). The other had a slice of cheese stuffed between the patties and melted. Ugh, so good. I made the stuffed cheese one yesterday (one beef for my boyfriend and the other veggie for myself). We placed them on grilled onion buns, with jalopenos, red onion, dill pickles, tomatoes, avocado,  and toped it all off with my special sauce (not 1,000 island dressing). I just wish that I had some pepperchinis. I served it with some macaroni salad and ginger ale to chase it all down with. That was such a great burger. Now, the next time….I want to charcoal grill it (we used the gas grill this time), and I want to make the fried egg! So mouth watering and filling.

Melted Hamburger             my version (veggie)

 

Color of the Week

Creme. 

Creme is the colour of the cream produced by cattle grazing on natural pasture with plants rich in yellow carotenoid pigments, some of which are incorporated into the cream, to give a slight yellow tone to the white. Used as a skin tone in some forms of art, mostly Anime.

Not Such a Mundane Monday

Good Morning! What a beautiful morning it is here in San Diego…going to be 95 degrees at our local beaches and 107 inland! WOW~ our summer came so late this year. Glad to see you.

Well, on my morning web search for the usual…I found the top 10 kitchen trends that have hit our homes. Here they are:

1- New family rooms

2- White Cabinetry

3-Stainless steel appliances

4-Work zones

5- Walk-in pantries (wish I had enough room to create a walk-in pantry)

6- Save and splurge strategies (save here but splurge there)

7- technology

8- Eco-Friendly products

9- Integrated appliances

10- Layered lighting

What’s for Dinner?

Not much around the frig, or for that matter, even the pantry. Looking and looking…hmm a can of vegetarian chili and look a huge bag of rice. What can be as simple as that.

The best vegetarian chili that I have had so far as been the 365 brand from Whole Foods. It has great kidney and white beans, as well as red bell pepper, jalopenos, corn and a few other ingredients. Great.

The only problem I have is that my boyfriend complained that there was no meat….uh, “VEG-E-TAR-IAN”….hello!

Friday’s Found Fun

It is summer time and getting hotter! These are the perfect find for your summer beverages. Great for iced teas, lemonade, alcoholic beverages and more. The chalk board labels are the perfect summer time accessory for these items. You can find them at Sur La Table. Right now they are on sale at 20% off…so hurry! I am ordering one today! Can’t wait to squeeze lemons from my lemon tree and make some home made lemonade…maybe add a little Grey Goose! Ha.

What’s For Dinner?

This morning, as I made my coffee and ate my banana, I took a quick look in the fridge to see what I could make for tonights dinner. Well, let me explain to you what I had in my fridge…. 1/3 a loaf of 100% whole wheat bread, tapatio, soy sauce, an open can of vegetable broth, and 6 eggs.In the freezer, frost bitten scallops, and in the pantry…100% whole wheat noodles.  Uh..what?  Yeah…what in the living h*ll could I make with that. I know that I could be creative with some stir fry..but now veggies, plus we had that two nights ago.  So… Costco here I come. I was craving feta cheese, so I thought GREEK food. I am a vegetarian, so no meat for me, and my boyfriend is not that picky when it comes to veggies (if he wants meat, he will make a request and I will have a salad). Gyros. Yumm.

Feta cheese, cucumbers, tzatziki dip, tomato, onion, olives, dill, and some romaine or other looseleaf lettuce- all stuffed in a pita.  Costco also has this really great artichoke and spinach dip with parmesan cheese…great with wheat thins for a pre-dinner snack.

Well, it was a hit… my boyfriend even wants it again.

What’s For Dinner

Every day I ask my boyfriend what he would like for dinner. The answer’s: ‘I don’t know’, ‘Food’, ‘Oh, you know…what ever’,’Steak’, it goes on and on. Being someone who likes to cook (and only wishes that my kitchen could be a little bigger for the meals that I only dream of preparing), these answers are not what I am looking for. What happens is that I listen to what he says and make ‘I don’t know’ with a side of ‘Food’. I have to end up guessing what he feels like and compromise with what I can eat (note: I am a vegetarian- formerly a vegan). So, living with a total carnivore is tough. I have to end up making two meals. If I have had a hard day, I will just make a salad for myself with tofu (much needed protein) and chicken for my boyfriend. Just thinking about what to make tonight is exhausting. Seafood. Hmm.

The place I use for my everyday cooking ideas and recipes...cooks.com (I have even submitted some of my own recipes). Magazines are always helpful (Everyday Food, Better Homes and Gardens, Gourmet, and Cooking light– some of my favorites). If it will call for some sort of meat…I will cook the meat separate and my version of protein separate as well, from the rest of the meal and add the appropriate protein into our dishes after all is ready and cooked. Just use a little imagination, and your multi-vitamins.

I have become obsessed with the ‘Cook this, Not that’ series of books. I cannot put them down. I will take what I have learned from these books and bring it with me to the grocery store. Even if I am only buying a few items, it will still take me an hour in the store because I am reading every label and every ingredient. But, we both feel better and look better because of my obsession. Pick up these books at your local book store.

And, Check your internet for great resources for home cooking.