Thursday, January 31, 2013

139.0…A Non Food Obsession

Most obsessions I talk about are food related. I have a new obsession that has taken over my life.

Thanks to my my friend Sue, I’m officially a Pinterest addict. I spent hours last night at my parent’s house looking at recipes (ok, so it’s a bit food related), makeup tips and outfit ideas. I’m hooked.

If you’re on Pinterest and want to follow me, click the “follow me” box on the right.

We picked up El Pollo Loco last night for dinner. I ordered my standard two piece, white meat chicken meal with flour tortillas and cole slaw.

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I slept in, hung out with my parents in my pjs, had some coffee and got lost in Pinterest. All before breakfast.

Finally I made a piece of toast with peanut butter and went back to Pinterest.

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Eventually I had to get dressed and get going with the day. Ever since my chicken salad sandwich from Corner Baker yesterday, my mom couldn’t stop talking about how she wanted one. So that’s where we went to lunch again. This time I ordered the Chopped Salad. Excellent.

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After lunch I got packed up and headed back to San Diego. Now I’m at Starbucks waiting to pick up the kids from school. A quiet (possibly Pinterest involved?) evening at home awaits me.

Are you addicted to Pinterest too? 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

139.8…Fabulous Phil’s

We have a friend from out of town staying with us. We knew exactly where to take him: Phil’s BBQ. The best BBQ in San Diego, hands down.

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Half rack of the best baby back ribs ever and cole slaw. The potato salad was for my husband. Don’t forget the fabulously fried onion rings!

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I went to bed fat and happy last night. 

Breakfast this morning was a toasted English muffin with peanut butter and strawberries.

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I took the kids to school and then hit the road for Los Angeles to visit my parents. My mom and I ran some errands and then stopped at Corner Bakery for lunch. I decided to try their chicken salad sandwich along with a Caesar salad.

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I really enjoyed the sandwich. Now, I don’t like fruit in my food so, on paper, I should not have liked this. The chicken salad had apples and currants in it and the bread has some sort of fruit in it. But…I actually really enjoyed it!

I’m staying the night at my parent’s house and I’m looking forward to some down time with them!

When was the last time you were pleasantly surprised by a food?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

139.2…South-Of-The-Border Chicken & Pasta Skillet

I have picky eaters in my house. For instance, my husbands has more dislikes than likes. I guess that goes for my kids too. My husband really only likes chicken, pasta, Mexican food and similar items that a small child would like.  Therefore, cooking for him can be a bit of a challenge.

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The recipe I made last night for South-of-the-Border Chicken & Pasta Skillet incorporated all the flavors he likes. It is a very child friendly. :)

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South-Of-The-Border Chicken & Pasta Skillet  (Serves 4)

Recipe courtesy: Kraft

Ingredients:

2 cups  medium-shaped pasta, uncooked

1lb.  boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces

1 jar  (16 oz.) salsa

1 pkg.  (10 oz.) frozen corn

4oz.  (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) cream cheese, cubed

1/4 tsp.  ground cumin

1 cup  Mexican style  shredded  cheese, divided

Directions:

Cook pasta as directed on package.

Meanwhile, cook and stir chicken in large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat 6 min. or until done. Add next 4 ingredients; mix well. Simmer on medium-low heat 6 min. or until cream cheese is melted, stirring occasionally.

Drain pasta; add to chicken mixture in skillet with 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Simmer 3 min. or until cheese is melted, stirring occasionally. Top with remaining shredded cheese; cover. Remove from heat. Let stand until cheese is melted.

Printable Recipe

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I, of course, added Cholula hot sauce to mine but you can adjust the spices to your taste.

After dinner was done and everything was cleaned up, I went over to Lisa’s house to watch The Bachelor. My husband made a funny comment before I left. He said, “If our grandparents or great-grandparents saw what we were watching on T.V., they’d be very disappointed.” Very true.

Anyhoo….I love me some Bachelor and love watching it in my friends in Lisa’s theater room. I also loved enjoying some wine and snacks while watching too!

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My breakfast was this morning was almost the same as the day before. This time the yogurt was different: Trader Joe’s vanilla Greek yogurt. I used the last of the Cascadian Farms berry granola. I really need to make more of my own granola soon!

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I took the kids to school, went to the gym for some cardio and came home to shower. I ran some errands and stopped at Jersey Mike’s for lunch. Yes, I’m obsessed.

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I just finished a meeting at the school and am about to pick up the kids. Enjoy your evening!

Do you have picky eaters in your house? 

Monday, January 28, 2013

138.8…P.F. Chang’s Chang’s Spicy Chicken

My son’s favorite restaurant of all time is P.F. Chang’s. This is because of one specific dish: Chang’s Spicy Chicken. He eats it for his birthday, when it’s his turn to choose a restaurant, after an accomplishment, etc. It’s always the same. On our most recent visit there, he said to me: “Mommy, you can cook anything. Can you please make me Spicy Chicken?” How could I say no?

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I googled the recipe and low and behold, it existed! A copy cat version at least. My son’s dreams were about to come true!

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I made it for lunch yesterday and watched him gobble up half the recipe. While it wasn’t 100% the same, it was pretty darn close!

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P.F. Chang’s Chang’s Spicy Chicken (Serves 2)

Original recipe courtesy Epicurious.com 

Sauce:

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons chopped garlic (3 to 4 cloves)
3 tablespoons chopped green onions (about 3 onions)
1 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons chili sauce
2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

Chicken:

1 cup vegetable oil
2 chicken breast fillets
1/3 cup cornstarch

Directions:

1. Make the sauce by heating 2 teaspoons vegetable oil in medium saucepan. Sauté the garlic and onion in the oil for just a few seconds, not allowing the ingredients to burn, then quickly add the pineapple juice, followed by chili sauce, vinegar, sugar, and soy sauce.

2. Dissolve cornstarch in 2 tablespoons water and add it to the other ingredients in the saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil and continue to simmer on medium/high heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until thick and syrupy.

3. Heat 1 cup vegetable oil in a wok or a medium saucepan over medium heat.

4. While oil heats up, chop chicken breast fillets into bite-size pieces. In a medium bowl, toss chicken pieces with cornstarch until well-dusted.

5. Sauté coated chicken in the hot oil, stirring occasionally, until light brown. Remove chicken to a rack or paper towels to drain for a moment. Pour chicken into a medium bowl, add sauce and toss well to coat chicken. Serve immediately with rice on the side.

Printable Recipe

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I took my daughter to a birthday party yesterday afternoon. They had all sorts of delicious looking food but I was good. I knew where we were going for dinner and I didn’t want to spoil it!

I can’t remember how long it’s been since we’ve been to “Burger Night” at our club. Last night we went back. It was glorious.

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My husband and I split a Caesar salad while we waited for our burger goodness to arrive.

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Just when I thought I couldn’t wait any longer, my dreams were realized.

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Hello gorgeous. May I introduce you to my burger: beef patty, pepper jack cheese, garlic aioli, arugula, red onion, tomato and a giant side of onion rings.

I slept very well.

Breakfast this morning was the same as usual: pineapple Chobani yogurt, Cascadian Farms Berry Granola, blueberries and raspberries.

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I took the kid to school and went to Cardio Muscle class.

Awhile back, Alicia and I got talking about all the new burger joints in San Diego and how I have only been to a couple of them and what a SHAME that was. My husband has been to almost ALL of them…don’t even get me started on that. I’m super jealous. So….she suggested we do a “Burger Crawl” through San Diego and hit them up! Time to get rid of all that jealously!

Today was our first “Burger Crawl” stop. We chose The Habit.

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(Notice the Cholula) :)

The Habit was founded in 1969 (where have I been??), uses fresh ingredients and charbroils their burgers. They are a quick burger joint so if you’re looking for something fast, this is the place for you. Our burgers were ready in under 5 minutes.

I opted for the “Charburger”: mayonnaise, pickle, tomato, lettuce and caramelized onions on a toasted bun. I choose the “frings”: half fries, half onion rings.

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Verdict:

The burger was good but nothing special. I enjoyed it but the meat wasn’t very flavorful. It tasted like a standard burger, nothing I’d crave or have to run out and get.  Grade: B

The fries were delicious. Perfectly crispy on the outside and soft inside. Grade: A-

Onion Rings: Fabulous. Perfection. Grade: A

Ranch dressing: I’m a ranch dressing snob. The ranch was on par…the way ranch is supposed to taste. Grade: A

Stay tuned for the next stop on our “Burger Crawl.” I know I’m looking forward it. I love burgers Hey…I ate 2 in less than 24 hours. You could say I have problems…..

Have you been to The Habit?

What’s your favorite burger place?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

139.2…Party Like A Rock Star

After the partying at the Little Black Dress party the night before, I knew exactly what I wanted for breakfast: spicy eggs!

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Scrambled egg beaters with shredded cheddar cheese, salsa and avocado. Hit the spot!

I took the kids to their weekend event at the school and then enjoyed a turkey and provolone sandwich from Jersey Mike’s for lunch.

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I picked up the kids and then it was time to get ready for Lisa’s husband Tom’s  SURPRISE birthday party at Tavern + Bowl in Escondido. Yes, it was Lisa’s birthday on Friday with her husband’s actual birthday on Monday. A party month in their house!

We arrived at the bowling alley and helped Lisa get set up. The theme was Rocker/Skull and you were supposed to get dressed up in your best rocker get-ups! Some of the outfits were hilarious!

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All the guest began to arrive!

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Great minds think alike! :)

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Time for Tom to arrive!

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SURPRISE!!!

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Let the party begin!

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I have to say that it was one of the most fun parties I’ve been to in a long time! It was so fun seeing what everyone was wearing. It was also fun watching the other people’s faces in the bowling alley when we all walked in. :)

This morning’s breakfast was an egg beater sandwich with shredded cheddar cheese and avocado.

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Today was a pretty lazy day. I made a new recipe for lunch which I’ll share with you tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Would you want someone to throw you a surprise party?