Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sometimes cooking requires blood sacrifice...

Steak with strawberry and parmesan salad.

Red Pepper Pasta- Good and good for you! Sauce is just red peppers, garlic, red onion, and a little olive oil. Brown rice pasta. Served with hot italian chicken sausage, made fresh daily at Sunflower Farmers Market- we love it. But not as much as I love the Blendtec! 

Spanakopita (or "spankyouverymmucha" as Matt called it)- Spinach, feta, tapenade, egg, and my first gluten free crust that didn't taste like dog food!

Shish-kabobs! Wednesday is Matt's cooking night since I teach that night and get home later than usual. He led the kabob project and did a wonderful job with the finger food.

And then I cut the corner of my index finger clean off while cutting the bacon for a BLT Salad. Less appetizing "finger food"....ok that is a gross corny joke. Anyways, it was very traumatic but Matt took excellent care of me. Here we are on our  way to his work retreat in Midway. Matt successfully finished the salad and everybody liked it. I also made Pavlova for the first time and it was delicious! I'll definitely do that one again. I'm feeling a lot better today, and now I am just worried that my finger will never look or feel normal again. Everybody cross your fingers (ha ha...) that it will heal well!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The week in food:

Cobb Salad: Spinach, mixed greens, hard boiled eggs, bacon, grilled chicken, avocado, ranch.

Greek Tuna Pasta Salad: Penne, large chunk tuna, mediterranean feta,  grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, cucumber, green bell pepper, salt, pepper, oilve oil, lemon zest and juice

Pad Thai:  Rice noodles,  steak, spinach, broccoli, peanut sauce (honey, peanut butter, sesame oil, teriyaki sauce, chili powder). pot-stickers from costco.

Enchiladas: corn tortillas, chicken, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, black olives, green chiles, cheddar cheese, avocados.

Drive-in Theater! Cheeseburgers and fries courtesy of Red Robin :)


18 holes

After weeks and weeks of coldish rainy days, we think the sun might finally stay out. We celebrated by spending as much time as possible outside :)
Matt and I went golfing at Rose Park- my first time doing 18 was a doozy. It was a lot of fun and I might even be improving, even though Matt still put me to shame. A beautiful day on the course...

Friday, June 11, 2010

Being a domesticated house cat

It's FRIDAY! I have work and school off today, so today is laundry, cleaning, and grocery shopping day. Last Friday when Matt got home from work to find a clean house and a meal waiting he called me a "good domesticated house cat"....I can only strive to live up to the name now.

As requested, here are the meals we ate last week:

 Sausage, eggplant, and zucchini lasagna with cranberry, pear, and spinach salad

Gouda cheeseburgers with spinach, and red onion and lemon relish. With sweet potato and regular fries.

"Breaded" (corn flakes and maseca) chicken with green bean, tomato dill salad

Linguine with italian turkey sausage, asparagus, parmesan, pepper, garlic and olive oil

Roasted pork loin with spicy honey barbeque sauce, and pineapple, cranberry and cilantro slaw

Matt's favorites? The pork loin, cheeseburger (especially the fries), and breaded chicken. Least favorite? Lasagna. If I made it again I would probably leave out the eggplant.

*yes, it's all gluten free. But I bet if normal ingredients were used it would be even better!

Last week's grocery list:
lasagna noodles
1 eggplant
1 zucchini
baby spinach
mixed baby spring greens
1 pear
2-3 sweet potatoes
Russett potatoes
1 red onion
2 lemons
2-3 lbs. sausage
2 tomatoes
french cut green beans
pineapple (canned would probably work fine)
1 bunch asparagus
1 bulb garlic
1 pint ricotta cheese
gouda cheese
Shredded parmesan
Spaghetti sauce
2 lbs lean ground beef
Pork loin
chicken tenderloins
hamburger buns
corn flakes
linguine (or spaghetti)
cayenne pepper
crushed red pepper

(Not including staples like olive oil, salt, pepper, milk, eggs, etc...)

Most of these recipes were adapted (aka made gluten free and more suited to our tastes) from Real Simple Magazine, so if you want to make them, go here!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


We realized that in order to be officially married we'd need to start a married person blog. It's been about a month and a half since the wedding, and everything has been wonderful. We finally feel settled in.

 We'll try to keep posts updated on what we're up to :) Looking through our camera the other day, I realized the only thing we've taken pictures of since the wedding is FOOD. So expect a lot of food pictures and recipes... we like to eat.

One of my many favorite hobbies is planning meals for the week (always trying and inventing new recipes), so when I get a little more advanced at blogging- I'll share some of that!