Wednesday, February 10, 2016

145.2...Piccata Withdrawal

When we got back from the Super Bowl on Monday, there wasn’t a ton of food in our fridge so I made pasta with jarred sauce and a Caesar salad for dinner 

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Breakfast Tuesday:

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I missed my favorite breakfast!

I went to Cardio Strength class at the gym after I dropped the kids off at school. I went to Fashion Valley mall to run some errands and stopped at Blue Smoke Sushi Lounge for lunch. 

Miso soup:

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Tuna, yellowtail and salmon sushi:

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Wasabi Roll:

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The perfect lunch.

Last night a bunch of us went to Rosina’s to celebrate Cathi’s birthday.

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I didn’t take a ton of photos (other did….don’t have them yet) but here’s a picture of Lisa and I. :)

My meal started with the Insalata della Casa (mixed green salad with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil):

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I was tempted to go off the menu and order the chicken piccata but I opted for the Pollo con Carciofi (chicken breast sautéed with artichokes and capers with a white wine sauce) and a side of risotto:

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I would have preferred the piccata. This dish was lacking a bit of flavor.  I did squeeze some lemon on it which really helped. I did try a couple bites of other people’s dishes and they were all very good! 

Dessert for the table were cannolis! 

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Happy Birthday Cathi!!

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Breakfast today:

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After I took the kids to school I went to spin class. I ran some errands and came home. Lunch was a tuna sandwich and salad.

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We are off to Park City tomorrow for a weekend of skiing! Well, I’m not going to be skiing but the rest of my family will be!

When a dish is bland, what are some things you use to perk it up?  Normally it’s salt, pepper and/or hot sauce but I really liked the lemon trick that Cathi taught me last night!

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Super Bowl 50!

Super Bowl 50 is now in the past. Just like that, football season is over. My family (except my daughter) is sad but I think there’s only 213 days left until football season starts again, but who’s counting?

We had so much fun at the Super Bowl yesterday and all weekend in San Francisco. Before we left, my mom came into town to stay with my daughter. We met some of my friends at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza for lunch. We all split the Mediterranean Dip Sampler (hummus, baba ghanoush, Lebni cheese with exotic spices, EVOO, grilled herb flatbread):

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Then I had my favorite salad: The Original Chopped Chicken:

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 My moms LOVES cotton candy so I felt it was necessary to order her some.

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Some was an understatement. 

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She was in heaven. Literally.

We picked up my kids from school, went to my son’s dentist appointment, then home. Dinner was at Firenze. My husband and I shared the Chopped Caesar salad:

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I had the Chicken Piccata: 

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Yum! Always awesome!

Saturday morning we were headed to San Francisco. I didn’t feel like making my whole egg breakfast so I opted for toast with peanut butter. Easy.

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We hopped on our plane, arrived in San Francisco and checked into the Hyatt Regency Hotel. We took the cable car down to Fisherman’s Warf. We went to Johnny Rockets (family tradition) for lunch. I had onion rings and a cheeseburger.

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Not my favorite but my son loves it. :)

Saturday night we went to the Golden State Warriors basketball game!

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The game itself was so fun but I was a bit distracted by Jay Z and Beyonce. It’s hard to see but they are siting corseted in the middle of the photo:

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The Warriors beat the Thunder! So exciting to watch! 

We were tired and hungry when we got back to the hotel. There was a Taco Bell across the street from our hotel. So….

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Two taco supremes and a bean burrito. I do love Taco Bell.

Super Bowl Sunday had arrived! Our hotel was just up the street from The Ferry Building so a trip to my favorite burger joint, Gotts Roadside, was in order! I always order the Texas Avocado Burger (jack cheese, sliced avocado, salsa, mayo & pickled jalapeños on a toasted egg bun):

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Best burger ever. Their sweet potato fries are pretty darn good too!

We hopped in a cab and made our way to Santa Clara for the Super Bowl!

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So exciting to be there!

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We were cheering for the Denver Broncos. I really wanted to see Peyton Manning win.

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The game started!

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I ended up getting pulled pork nachos a bit before half time.

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Eh. The pork was dry. Would have been better without it. I appreciate that they had hot sauce though!

I took some half time videos but I’m sure everyone’s already seen it, so I won’t bother posting them. I’ve heard it was better on TV anyway. Live I thought the halftime show was boring. Lady Gaga slayed the National Anthem though! 

In the end, the Denver Broncos did end up beating the Carolina Panthers 24-10. It was a fabulous celebration!

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I was so happy for Peyton Manning. If he ends up retiring, it was the best way to go out with a bang!

This morning we packed up and headed to the airport. I grabbed a skinny vanilla latte and a Reduced Fat Turkey Bacon Egg White sandwich for breakfast.

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 We got home and unpacked. I picked up my daughter from school. My son has basketball practice tonight and I have to make dinner. Back to normal life!

What did you think of the Super Bowl halftime show? 

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Friday, February 5, 2016

145.6...Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

To go with the Cheesy Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas, I made Restaurant Style Mexican Rice. I’m always looking for the perfect Mexican rice recipe. This one is my new favorite!

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Restaurant Style Mexican Rice (Serves 4)

Recipe from Favorite Family Recipes 

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup long grain rice, uncooked

1 tsp. fresh minced garlic

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 cup tomato sauce

1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth

3 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro

Directions:

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

2. Add the rice and gently stir until rice begins to lightly brown.

3. Add the garlic, salt and cumin and stir the rice until it looks golden.

4. Add the tomato sauce, chicken broth, and cilantro and turn the heat up to medium high. Bring the mix to a boil then turn the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid.

5. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

Printable Recipe

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I reheated leftover Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce for dinner last night.

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So good. I could have eaten another bowl but I tried to behave myself. Instead I ate a Chewy Chocolate Chip Heath Bar Cookie. :)

Breakfast today:

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I took the kids to school and now I’m at Starbucks waiting on an appointment. My mom is coming to town today to stay with my daughter while we go to the Super Bowl. Don’t feel bad for my daughter. She despises football. :)

Will you be watching the Super Bowl? Making anything special for it?

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

145.6...Creamy Cheesy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

A few nights ago I made a batch of super easy, delicious Creamy Cheesy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas. It made a lot, the rest of which are now in my freezer. I hope it reheats well because these things are too good to waste!

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Creamy Cheesy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas (Makes 8-10 enchiladas)

Recipe from Chef in Training

Ingredients:

1 (8 oz.) block cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilies

2-3 cups cooked and shredded chicken

1 cup shredded cheese, divided

1 (28 oz.) can Old El Paso Green Chile Enchilada sauce (you may not use all of it)

8-10 flour tortillas

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Stir softened cream cheese and softened butter together until smooth and well combined.

3. Stir in chicken, green chilies, and 1/4-1/2 cup shredded cheese (depending on how cheesy you want it to be)

4. Dip each flour tortilla into the Green Chile Enchilada sauce and spoon some of the chicken mixture into the tortilla. Roll up and place in casserole dish. Repeat until mixture is gone.

5. Top with a little extra Enchilada sauce and 1/4-1/2 cup shredded cheese.

6. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Printable Recipe

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I went to one of Phillis Carey’s cooking classes at the La Jolla Community Center on Tuesday. The class was “Valentine’s Celebration” and it featured a whole meal that you could serve on Valentine’s Day, or any holiday for that matter!

The first recipe was actually a cocktail! Strawberry-Grand Marnier Champagne Cocktail:

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I really liked this. It wasn’t too sweet at all.

The second recipe was Brie Sauté with Green Onions:

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This might be the best thing I’ve put in my mouth in a long time. Absolutely ridiculously amazing. Someone needs to invite me to a party so that I can make this ASAP.

The next recipe was Asparagus and Strawberry Spinach Salad with Raspberry Balsamic Dressing and Toasted Almonds:

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As I’m sure you know by now, I do not like fruit in my food. So I was obviously skeptical about this salad. I actually enjoyed it better than I thought I would! The dressing wasn’t too sweet and all the flavors tasted great together. 

The main course was Chicken Cordon Bleu Rolls in Creamy Mushroom Lemon Sauce and Creme Fraiche Mashed Potatoes with Chives:

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Amazing. The chicken was fabulous!!! I loved the mushroom sauce and the mashed potatoes. Winner.

Dessert was Red Velvet Cheesecake Tart:

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I love red velvet anything so I knew I’d love this. I was right! 

Dinner Tuesday night was tacos and leftover Restaurant Style Mexican Rice (recipe coming):

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Easy and a family favorite for sure. 

Yesterday’s breakfast:

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After I took the kids to school, I went to spin class. 

Lunch was Love Boat Sushi. Miso soup:

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Tuna sushi:

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Yellowtail and Salmon Sushi:

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Marine Boy and PGA rolls:

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Last night my son had a late basketball game. We went to dinner at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza beforehand. My husband and I split the Chopped Chicken Salad and the Burrata Pesto Pizza:

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My favorite meal there!

Today’s breakfast: 

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I took the kids to school, went to Sculpt class, then came home to do laundry and start packing. We are off to the Super Bowl this weekend! Yes!! 

Lunch was a turkey sandwich, pickle, veggies and ranch dressing.

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Tonight will be a chill night at home. Looking forward to it!

Who are you cheering for in the Super Bowl?

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