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Sunday Summary

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Monday:  I actually took this picture yesterday, but I made it my wallpaper today and it has made me smile several times.  I fancy myself a photographer sometimes.  I took about 1300 pictures when we went to France, I just never did anything with them.


Just to give you some perspective on how artsy I am, here’s the actual flower pot.


I had a little 4:00 to 6:00 job at Piedmont Hospital today.   It’s conveniently located near my house, so I had plenty of time to mix up this little salad for lunch.


It’s just your everyday pear-goat-cheese-candied-walnut salad, but the important part is the lettuce from my garden.  You like how I act like no one else can grow vegetables?

Tuesday:   As much as I am not a morning person, it is nice to be done with work by noon.   I did  a little work on the couch and then I made this Basil-Pecan Freezer Pesto from Southern Living’s Little Jars, Big Flavors.


I’m dying to toss this with some pasta.

Wednesday:  Today I had a little afternoon depo.  Every time I have a medical job I swear I come home with whatever symptoms are discussed.  Knee replacement?  Knee pain, check.  Eye injury?  Twitching eyelid, check.  Discectomy?  Low-back pain, check.  Today’s topic was incontinence.  Need I say more?

I made these awesome muffin/brownies from Hungry Girl.  If you have a cake mix, a can of pumpkin, and 20 minutes for the oven, then you can make these babies too.


They are the perfect vehicle for my homemade cherry-vanilla ice cream.  And when I say homemade I mean that I put cherries in some vanilla ice cream and stirred them up.

Thursday:  Just your average fender-bender depo today, which is only important because it equals an easy day.

I got this awesome grater from Amazon today.  Looks like your average grater, you say.  What’s so special about it, you say.


First, it’s made by Jacob Bromwell, which means it’s Made in America.  Second, it’s part of the order I placed with the $200 gift card that I won from the Pioneer Woman!  Not that I’m bragging or anything, but I’m totally bragging.

Also, I made Smoky Roasted Cherry Jam.  I actually got the recipe from Eating Well and it’s so easy I’m going to tell you how to do it:   Put 4 cups of halved pitted cherries, 1/2 c OJ, 1 TB of fresh thyme, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, and 1/4 tsp of salt into a 9×13 pan and roast at 450 for 35 to 45 minutes, stir a few times and you’re done.  Next time I make it I will also use the immersion blender on it.


I’m very pleased that it only makes one jar; my fridge is overrun with little jars lately.

Friday:  I had to work again today.  I always dread the five-day workweek.  I guess it’s my own brand of paranoia since this is the first time it’s actually happened in over a year.

I had to make this Blackberry Chip Ice Cream that I saw in the Food Network Magazine.  Thank you, Pioneer Woman.  Here’s the recipe from her site.  Ironically, it doesn’t include the 4 ounces of semisweet chocolate that you throw in at the end.  I say ironically because, although I never discriminate against chocolate, I thought it would be better without it.


Needless to say, I’m kind of into PW lately.

Saturday:  I made these Fresh Cherry Scones that I came across on Sweet Pea’s Kitchen.


Obviously, I went rustic instead of following her directions.  The point was to get rid of the last of my cherries, not spend an hour folding dough like an envelope.

Sunday:  I didn’t leave the house today; my favorite kind of Sunday.  I did manage to make this Asparagus en Papillote from the new Weight Watchers 50th Anniversary Cookbook.  I don’t follow the Points system anymore, but I couldn’t resist this book.  Besides, I had a coupon.  I really can’t wait to delve into it a little bit more; there’s a few snippets of history throughout.


As for the asparagus, I always thought en papillote meant in paper.  I guess in this case it means in aluminum foil.  Eh, whatever works.  Perfectly steamed in the oven at 450 for 20 minutes and simply tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.

All in all, a pretty low-key weekend.  I just ran a couple of errands, did some work, and watched Lonesome Dove on Netflix.    I’ll be going now as it’s time for Dexter.

Eat Well and Savor.





Black Bean & Hominy Succotash

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With Barbecued Portobello Mushrooms.


I’m sure you realize that I was attracted to this recipe because of all the colors, and of course because it’s good for you too.  This recipe is from Eating Well magazine.  For years I either subscribed or succumbed at the checkout.  The covers are always a beautiful focus of one ingredient, so I couldn’t resist.  Finally, I realized that although I saved all of the issues I never made anything out of them.  I recently flipped through six years of June issues and there were only a few things that struck me.  This one was Number 1.


There’s a combo you don’t see every day.


These guys are a little more popular.


Top with barbecue sauce and toasted pumpkin seeds.   And find yourself a good side dish.  This may look hearty/filling, but it’s only 251 calories and my stomach is already growling.

Eat Well and Savor.

Rosemary Pizza-Dough Dippers

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With Cheesy Pizza Dip.


I know I always say it, but this was so easy.

Just buy a bag of already made pizza dough and cut it up into circles.   Brush them with olive oil and top them with rosemary and sea salt.  Bake for 10 minutes at 450 and done.


The dip is just as easy:  warm some marinara in the skillet, dollop with ricotta, and sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan.  Then bake at 450 for three to four minutes.


Don’t forget the fresh basil.


Of course the part I left out is that this is an Ellie Krieger recipe from Comfort Food Fix, so it you use part-skim cheese and whole wheat dough you’ve got a low-calorie treat that all ages will love.


Hard to believe, isn’t it?  Easy and, dare I say, good for you.

Eat Well and Savor.


Watermelon Margarita

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I told you Brian Boitano would be back around these parts soon.


No secret ingredients here.  Puree and sieve four cups of watermelon mixed with 2 tablespoons of sugar.   Add it to a pitcher and mix with the juice of two limes, 8 ounces of tequila, and 4 ounces of triple sec.  Done and done.


Don’t forget to dip the rim into a mix of  salt and chili powder.   Three tablespoons of salt and one teaspoon of chili powder and you’ll have plenty left.  As much as I’m not a fan of spice, this was the perfect touch.

Of course I really didn’t have to tell you any of that, because here’s the recipe.

What I should tell you is that I’ve been keeping a secret.  Hard to believe, I know.  It’s not that juicy, but here it is:  we’ve been having a drink of the week around here for a few months now.  It’s become a big deal and one of us (that would be my husband, in case there’s any doubt) has been known to prance around the house singing “drink of the week” to the tune of that song about the 1st of the month.  Maybe prance is a harsh word.  Clearly I’m not hip to the music scene since I don’t know the name of that song or who sings it.

btw – I should tell you that four cups of watermelon is about half of your average-sized seedless, and confess that I promptly ate the other half during prep.


Eat Well and Savor.

Paella Sliders

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Am I the only one that thinks that eating outside isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be?  Lately I’ve been having a fight with all of the living creatures in my yard, but that’s really not the point of this post.   However, it did interfere with getting a good picture of the finished product.  As soon as it was done I was ready to chow down and get back inside.


If this were Jeopardy the answer would be What Would Brian Boitano Make?  If you haven’t seen the show you should at least check out his book.  Or just treat yourself and make this recipe.  It’s pretty easy.


This is a wonderful combination:  ground chicken, chorizo, and scallops.


Brian says to make 20 two-inch patties.  I think next time I might make them a smidge bigger.


It may not be knocking your socks off in this picture, but that there is pimento mayo.  Uh, I might have used it to dip some chips.  P.S. that’s lettuce from my garden.


You know I have a firm policy on toasting buns.  Do it.

Based on this inaugural recipe from BB, you should expect to see more of him around here.

Eat Well and Savor.




Sunday Summary

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Monday:  Just your average 10:00 to 2:00 workday today.   I was at an office that used to be a garage.   You know, like where mechanics work.  It was beautiful with the exposed brick and the cement floor, and it was impeccably decorated.  In the lobby alone there is an Alexi Torres painting of Abraham Lincoln and these superfab benches that are hairy.


And I made this Almond-Raspberry Jam from Cooking Light’s 2006 Annual Recipes.


Canning is not something I would normally attempt on a weekday.  However, this is only stored in the fridge for six weeks, so no processing necessary.  It has amaretto in it, so it may not last six days, if you know what I mean.  I do love this combo.  In fact, the top layer of our wedding cake was almond cake with raspberry filling.  Come to think of it, that didn’t last six days either; we ate it on the honeymoon.

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Obviously I wasn’t blogging back then.  If I was I surely would have made the photographer take a picture of the inside.

Tuesday:  I was supposed to work 10 to 5 today in Buckhead, but it canceled last night.   Oh, well.  Then the office tried to call me at 4:30 to race to some doctor’s office by 5:30.  Unfortunately, I missed the call.  But, fortunately, I was able to make these muffins:


I had some raspberries left, so I think it was fate that I saw this post on theKitchn.  I knew I had to make these Jumbo Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins from Sally’s Baking Addiction.   I love it when I have everything on hand for a recipe.  Sally said semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips.  Dark sounded amazing, but I used semi-sweet; however, I can’t help but think that white chocolate would go perfectly with the raspberries.   I also feel that I should disclose that I am now addicted to Sally, but not in a creepy way.  I’m just after her recipes.

Wednesday:  I had my last dentist appointment today.  Well, for the foreseeable future, that is.

Then I went to my new favorite salon for a pedicure.  Sugarcoat in the Vinings Jubilee.


So cute.


And a bargain compared to the Remede spa.

And I made broiled bok choy.  I was inspired by the recipe in BHG’s Eat Well Lose Weight, but I didn’t have all the ingredients.


Toss with a little oil and broil for six minutes then flip and broil for another seven or eight.  My version of the sauce has OJ, ginger, honey, and mirin.  Honestly, next time I will just give it a spritz of soy sauce and call it a day.

Thursday:  Lucky me.  I got to go to Gainesville today, and I don’t mean Florida.  Two hours in the car is not my favorite way to spend the day.

Friday:  We went to see Man of Steel today.  My new favorite way to see a movie is at noon on Friday.  There is usually only one or two other couples in the theater.   I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t seen the movie, but I will say it made me want to watch the Christopher Reeve version again.

I also made Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding from Cooking Light’s Crave!


Saturday:  Before we set out on our one big chore for the day (going to the garden center) I made Lemon Crepes with Cherry-Ricotta Filling for breakfast.  I got the recipe from the Drop 10 Diet Cookbook by Lucy Danziger.   This was the first recipe I’ve made, but if the rest are like this I think I’ll be using it more.  Besides, there’s a lot of cherry recipes and I still can’t stop buying them.  I think my days are numbered, though.


Also, my new centerpiece came from NapaStyle today.    I just couldn’t resist the chicken wire.


I was hoping to put hydrangeas in them, but these little purple flowers still had some shine, so I settled for the vase from Whole Foods, which you can’t really see anyway.


I’m proud to say that the hydrangeas are from my yard.

Sunday:  Today we went to the Grant Park Farmers Market.  I had ordered some bug spray from Small Batch Garden and they said I could save shipping if I picked it up.   I wish I could say we had a great time checking out all the vendors.  But we had a limited amount of time and of course we parked on the wrong side of the park to begin with, but I got my bug spray.

I made it home in time to plant my shade garden.


I hope it doesn’t die.  I can’t help but think that we could have achieved the same result by burying a $100 bill in the clay.  I’m going to spruce it up some with a little more mulch and maybe a stone border.

I’m wiling away the time until Mad Men starts by watching Viva Las Vegas.  It’s nice to the old sights, and a lot that are still around, not counting Elvis, of course.

Eat Well and Savor.





Fettucine Hungry Girlfredo

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This may not reach out and grab you .


But what if I tell you that it’s only 99 calories?

Here’s the miracle ingredient:


This whole bag is only 20 calorie and 2 grams of fiber.  Back in the day that would translate into free WW points.


Even if you’ve never heard of Shirataki, I’m sure you’ve heard of The Laughing Cow.


Make sure you drain the noodles and pat them dry, then just toss them into the pan with a teaspoon of fat-free sour cream and two teaspoons of reduced-fat Parmesan — there’s no way to avoid saying this — from Kraft, you know, the one in the can.  And don’t forget The Laughing Cow.

I topped mine with pepper and some fancy salt.  It’s also begging for some freshly steamed broccoli or maybe some artichoke hearts.

Obviously this is a Hungry Girl hit.  She devotes chapters to Shirataki in her books.  This one specifically is from Hungry Girl to the Max.