Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Days!

My favorite computer geek managed to fix my computer for free! So I get to show you what’s been going on lately. It all started with a casserole. Admittedly, it kinda sucked, but I did use up a ton of leftovers and about to go bad food. I guess it doesn't matter though, since I couldn't bring myself to eat more than that first serving.

Then, along came tests. Not the run-of-the-mill, I can pass this with my eyes closed tests, but the ones that you have to start studying a week in advance and stress about until you think your eyes are going to bleed. I had one a week for my two hardest classes. Finally, I snapped. I needed real food, damn it. It was down to either wings and a beer at Hooter’s or tuna steak and a beer at Outback. Luckily, I went to neither. Instead, I ordered a tuna steak and fresh broccoli.

This is the food I nearly had sex with.

A little ginger dressing to swab the tuna steak in and several servings of asparagus sautéed in butter made me a happy girl. This was the start of good eating around here. The whole Olive Garden vibe followed; think the soup, salad, and breadstick deal.

I even came home on my lunch break and whipped up a round steak with sautéed broccoli.

I’m, like, jealous of myself right now. It’s been lovely.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Possible Hiatus

This one's not my fault. Or, it probably is but I didn't mean to. Essentially, me and my computer aren't talking and she went to stay at a friends house for a while until we can work it out. I don’t know how long this will be, but I have to do all my necessary computer work at school, which makes it a pain to do anything fun. Like update blogs and load pictures. Sucks for you too because I’m eating pretty well right now. I nearly had sex with some asparagus and a tuna steak the other night, plus there’s been a host of salad and soup combos. One of my favorite dinners just made an appearance and I bought a shiny little bundle of fresh chestnuts to try. I’ll see what I can do, but with the computer and holidays coming up, I can’t make any promises. Til later.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

California Pizza Kitchen

Okay, okay! I'm finally cooking again. Of course, there's still an element of eating out that you wouldn't deprive me of just yet. Right? I just had to drop a quick note about the single serving California Pizza Kitchen pizzas. Why? Because after I turned a few delectable frozen pizzas to coal in my oven, I found these microwavable wonders. Of course, nothing worked for me then and they wouldn't cook all the way through in the middle, but still. CPK is less than 10 minutes! My deal is that I appreciate the quality ingredients and crispy thin crust, but I can wolf down a normal sized CPK pizza in one sitting. This is definitely one of those foods that demand a side. However, for $2.50 in pizza and maybe a little extra for a side, it's still cheaper, and tastier, than fast food.

As a side note, I'm really starting to hate blogger. I can't add pictures half the time. I know it won't sound like it, but it's a big reason that I don't update as often as I'd like. I'll have a few pictures waiting to go up that can't and then I just won't post the... post. I wrote this days ago and still can't put up the picture. Hates it. Hates!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Spinach--Cheese Bake

Oh, how I love Winn-Dixie. I remember when I lived in Tifton and all I had were the local southern grocery chain and Walmart. Winn-Dixie just seems so... fancy in comparison. Not that I don't like Harvey's and their sometimes local produce, buy hey! I like variety. And I LOVE the buy one get one sales with my Winn-Dixie card. I sound like a commercial don't I? I can't help it. Remember all those "I've got more potatoes than I know what to do with" posts? Those were buy one get one.

My newest catch? Two bags of spinach. These have a tendency to go bad on me really fast. Either that or I just forget about them so completely that it seems to fly by, which is just as likely. I know you're all greatly worried about the health of my spinach, so let me assure you, at least one bag has gone to good use.

Casseroles are like the dump cakes of the savory world and few things are as easy or delicious. I actually made this one for breakfast. Holy Hell, this stuff smelled good in the oven. I was starving when it came out. I love the directions for this too, three steps. However, if you're finicky about mixing, you may want to measure out all the dry ingredients together before adding the wet. I just dumped it all in one bowl.

I did make a few substitutions though. I used half hot habanero cheese and half cheddar, because that's what I had. I left out the cayenne for obvious reasons. I think I used less cheese than called for, but I only had 9 oz of spinach too instead of the 12. I used the two full eggs, but kinda ghetto mixed the 4 egg whites with the egg replacement powder I have. Seriously, 6 eggs? No. Oh, and coating the dish with melted butter what genius. Genius!





Make your own! Spinach-Cheese Bake from here.