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Chunky Game Day Guac

8 Sep

I have the amazing ability to pick out THE WORST avocados ever.  I am always second guessing myself at the store.  I stand there picking up dozens of avocados and looking for color and firmness.  In reality, I have no idea what I am supposed to look for.  Are they supposed to be bright green? Slightly brown? Firm to the touch? Soft?  Do they smell like anything? Whenever I want to make a taco salad, my avocados are complete mush.  Whenever I want to make guacamole, my avocados are hard as apples.  I can never win…until now!

I decided at the last minute today to make guacamole to enjoy during the Steelers game.  I had all of the ingredients for it except for the dreaded avocados.  So I quickly ran out to the store and just picked up the first two avocados I saw.  No special selection process, just grab and go.  I came back home to find that they were PERFECT.  I was elated so I felt that this Chunky Game Day Guacamole deserved a blog post to celebrate this momentous occasion.

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2 servings

2 avocados,cubed
6 grape tomatos, cut into quarters
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
1/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
3 jalapeno or serrano peppers, finely chopped
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt

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Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. That’s it! No need to pull out that mortar and pestle. This is the lazy man’s guac.

Serve with chips and beer.

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Greens and Beans, Greek style

25 Aug

Alex loves legumes. Now that we are on this new diet, he asks for them more and more everyday.  OK…so ALEX is on a diet.  I still eat loaded nachos from Qdoba and Oreo blizzards from DQ for lunch.  What can I say? I have zero self control.   Alex, on the other hand, has been doing amazing.  He has been trying to adhere to this VB6 (Vegan Before 6) lifestyle, which basically means that he eats a vegan diet throughout the day but is still able to eat meat and cheeses with dinner.  But he has also taken it one step further and has been decreasing his starch intake by choosing more healthy alternatives such as quinoa.

I have been fully supportive of his healthier choices (at least during dinnertime).  So this week I made a Greek style greens and beans with oven roasted chicken thighs.  Looks beautiful, huh?  Half the reason why I decided to make this post is because the picture came out so darn nice it would’ve been a waste not to show it off!

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Scratch made classic, Green Bean Casserole

7 Apr

Tonight is the 2-hour season 6 premiere of AMC’s Mad Men. WOOHOO!! To celebrate the premiere, Alex’s brother and his wife are hosting a dinner party.

I wracked my brian all week trying to think of what dish to bring that’s from the Mad Men era. Luckily my pal Maddie, who is much wiser than I, suggested Green Bean Casserole.  This was a perfect idea since this American classic was invented by Campbell’s in 1955.  Plus I think that Campbell’s was one of Don Draper’s accounts in the show.  Although I loved the idea of bringing this dish to the party, I dreaded the thought of bringing something that was made from condensed soup and canned beans. So I decided to make this classic from scratch, with my own homemade cream of mushroom sauce.

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A different kind of slaw

24 Mar

I love coleslaw! It makes the perfect side dish because its easy to put together from staple pantry items. But the same old mayo based slaw can get boring.  And, let’s face it, it’s not exactly the healthiest thing in the world.  So I have been experimenting with different ways to make the American classic.

I’m not sure what defines the traditional coleslaw.  Is it the cabbage? The mayo? Well, if that’s the case then this slaw breaks kind of breaks the rules.

Brussel Sprout Slaw

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Craving a holiday meal

13 Dec

For Alex and I, coming back from vacation was tough.  We both basically used all of our paid time off from work for this little break, so we had to get right back into the swing of things when we returned.  That meant going to work the very next day.  And the day after that.  And the day after that. Working wasn’t the tough part though, I was actually glad to kind of get back into my emails and catch up on everything I had missed. Staying awake was the biggest struggle.  Since Thailand is 12 hours ahead of us in time, it meant that we were on a completely different sleep schedule than everyone around us.  I would start to get very sleepy at like 3 p.m. and have to force myself to stay awake before finally conceding for a nap at 7 p.m. It was just awful.

But the toughest part about coming back from Thailand in late November was missing out on Thanksgiving dinner!  I was really craving some of the great comfort foods.  So, I decided to make ourselves a little holiday meal since we missed out on real Thanksgiving this year.

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