My favorite burger is called the Nanny Goat at Rodeo Goat in Ft. Worth. Lettuce, tomatoes, onions, goat cheese, and a little garlicky herby mayo. Best burger ever! They serve them with sweet, hot bbq chips. If you find yourself in town, you should go!
I love creamed spinach alongside steak. And I love spinach artichoke dip. And now Costco sells this amazing artichoke jalapeno dip. I married all those together as the inspiration for my side dish for my hubby’s 50th birthday. We were all in love with it. And now I can’t quit making it, so I thought I’d share with you lovely people.
I love the changes of the seasons. Summer’s flipping wonderful, but fall’s here and I’m leaning into it hard with some cozy weather favorites. Does everyone roast garlic? It changes the flavor completely, with the sharpness giving way to a deep soulful sweetness. Oh baby! I roast a bunch at once, since I’ve already got the oven on. So good. My idea of meal prepping is creating a lot of awesome ingredients that I can throw into a variety of things throughout the week and make them better.
I was craving a garlicky stir fry tonight. I found a pound of shrimp in the freezer, and broccoli, carrots, peppers, and snap peas in the veggie drawer. Perfect! And it’s great for the 800 gram a day produce challenge! There’s 443 grams of produce on that plate. WooHoo! Hope you love it, too!
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The State Fair of Texas is cancelled for the year, and our family always has a great time there. There’s tons of fun food, but I always get a roast beef po’ boy with debris gravy. And weird beer. Texas and Louisiana are neighbors, so there’s a lot of sharing. Whenever I make po’ boys at home, I use this recipe. PARASOL’S STYLE ROAST BEEF PO BOY RECIPE from NolaCuisine.com. Great blog! You may look at it and your eyes may get huge in horror when you read about simmering the roast and using Kitchen Bouquet in the gravy, but you just have to trust her. It’s so flippin’ lickable!
Okay, so hopefully I wont offend the author with my completely inauthentic use of her insanely delicious beef. But I’m a tinkerer. I’ve made her po’boys exactly as she commands in the recipe. So yummy! But, I’ve also turned it into a po’boy salad when I was in a more salad-y, less bread-y mood. It was awesome. Tonight, I’m using it in my 800 gram of produce challenge in my roast dinner. 345 grams per plate, which puts me at 1003 for the day. Woohoo!
I went looking for a link to this blogpost yesterday, only to find I’d never blogged about it. Huh. It’s a family favorite. Super easy, delicious, and filled with all the make your body feel oh so good stuff. It has 447 grams of produce towards the 800 gram a day challenge. Hope you love it!
Jen’s Garlicky Eggplant with Beef and Tomatoes
2 Eggplants – Peel stripes and cube 2-4 Tablespoons olive oil (go with your preference) ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper Toss. Roast at 400 for about 20 minutes. Set aside.
1 lb Ground beef Brown. Drain excess fat if needed.
1 red onion, diced 4 Cloves garlic, minced Add and saute a few minutes.
Diced tomatoes, 28 oz can 1 1/2 teaspoons salt ½ tsp Black pepper ½ cup Fresh parsley, roughly chopped Add. Place eggplant on top.
½ c beef broth Add and simmer for 20 minutes.
Toss and garnish with little more parsley if you like. I ran out.
My favorite knife. It’s a 7″ full tang Santoku. I chose the Ikon handle design, which is wonderfully ergonomic. I have spent hours on a produce sculpture before and my hand was just as comfy at the end. It’s worth the pennies.
My favorite cast iron skillet is a 12″ Lodge dual handle pan. Why, the long handles are too heavy to hold with a single hand when they’re loaded up. Since you’re using two hands anyway, you might as well get the ones that take up less space and stack so much better!
I get asked about my spice wall all the time. The magnetic tins on the wall are great for any spices or salt-free blends. Salt corrodes the tins, so anything with salt is in a glass jar on the counter underneath.
There used to be a place in Hoboken, NJ called Bagel Smashery. They’d stuff the bagels with whatever you’d want, wrap them in foil, and stick them in what I think was a giant tshirt press. I always got mine stuffed with broccoli. So good. The place is closed now, but you can just do it at home. I loved making them when the kids were little because it’s such an easy way to get a kid to happily gobble up a quarter pound of broccoli. Nice. And yeah, if junk food can market to kids, I don’t mind giving produce a little bump. 😀
Eggs in Purgatory. I was first introduced to this dish watching Nigella Lawson. She talked about working as cleaning staff in a hotel in Italy to fund her travels. She waxed on about the sunshine and the views, then in classic Nigella style, switched gears from this idyllic imagery to talking about the best hangover breakfast dish with a smile. <snort> That woman has made me cough on more coffee! It is an amazing, effortless dish, and I hope you love my take on it.
Delicious, easy, filling, hand-held, happiness-inducing little pockets of joy. I adore breakfast tacos. They actually freeze pretty well, so you can skip the avocado, fold them up burrito-style, pop them in a vacuum sealed bag, and take them camping, just reheating in a little skillet over the fire. Skip the bacon if you want a vegetarian version. Hope you love them!
Rachael Ray made Pasta Puttanesca on her show about 20 years ago. I’m sure she’s done it since, but that was the first time I’d heard of the dish. I was at our weekly playgroup. The babies were playing on the floor together, and the moms were chatting and half-watching as Rachael explained, “The ladies of the night used to put Pasta Puttanesca in the windows to entice customers. The dish is named for them. No disrespect to the ladies.” Rachael looked down, grinning in appreciation of her little joke, and all the moms burst out laughing. We all loved the dish! My version has chicken rather than pasta, and a little more complimentary produce.