Showing posts from May, 2010

Spring Has Sprung!

Is it me, or does this year feel like it's flying by?!! No complaints here, other than the weather in Seattle. I think our January and February were actually nicer than April and May! It may be cold, a little rainy, and way too windy, but it is light out until 8:30 pm. This makes it acceptable to grill and eat spring fare, even if we are bundled up in down coats, and that extra pair of gloves is still in the car!

The farmer's market in my neighborhood of Edmonds, WA just opened a couple of Saturday's ago. After perusing my latest copies of Cooking Light, Everyday Food, and Coastal Living, I was inspired to put together menus for the next couple of dinners.

Yesterday, I headed to the farmer's market first, with my list of ingredients. I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of the produce was less expensive than the grocery store, locally grown, and mostly organic. I picked up asparagus, arugula, tarragon, green onion, and basil. It is so fresh and fragrant, I can&#…

American Pie

“I would never let a woman kick my a**. If she tried something, I'd be like, HEY! You get your b**ch a** back in the kitchen and make me some pie!"” Eric Cartman

For those of you unfamiliar with South Park humor, you:

A) Have been living under a rock
B) Have no social contact with anyone under the age of 50
C) Have some semblance of class
D) Probably thought watching The Simspons was "crossing the line"

I did make pie last weekend, not because I unsuccessfully kicked Cartman's a**, but because my mother requested it as her gift for mother's day. She knows I don't know how to knit a sweater, or anything else for that matter, so, pie it was.
In 8th grade Home Ec, I "sewed" a rad Ghetto Blaster pillow. Not good.

My Grandma, Janet Parker, just turned the big 9-3 on Friday. She is the one that taught me to make apple pie. She came to visit from California every year, and I am sure formed some opinion of me based on the Ghetto Blaster pillow, circa 1988. I …

Use It Up, part Deux, Trois, and Quatre

To catch you up in case you missed last week's episode of "disastrous cleanse diet", Laurie went on a 7 day cleanse diet, and lasted 2 days. Laurie stocked up on 7 days worth of cleanse diet produce, and needed to put this to good use in other recipes. Laurie was so sick of plain fruits and veggies (and "wonder soup") after two days, that creativity was a must. Here is what she is featuring in this week's episode:

Chicken Parmesan:

This incorporated the marinara sauce made just after falling off the cleanse diet wagon. (loosely based on Ellie Krieger's recipe from Food Network)


4 slices bread (I used 2 bagel thins because that is what I had on hand and it worked great)1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 4 teaspoons paprika 1/4 cup parmesan cheese1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 2 eggs1/2 cup non fat milk1/2 cup all-purpose flour 4 (6 ounce) skinless boneless chicken breast halves, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness 3 1/2 cu…

Use It Up Part 1

We've all been there. Or maybe not. In any case, I was there recently, and it didn't work out. Where was I? OUT OF MY MIND. A co-worker of mine decided she was going to do a 7 day cleanse diet. I thought, wow that sounds like a great idea, I'll do it too! Lose 5-12 pounds in a week, get pumped full of vitamins, clean out the system, feel better than ever. My supportive other half decided he should do it too, even better!

So this is how it was meant to go down: Day 1: Only eat fruit. That sounds great, I love fruit! Day 2: Only eat vegetables. You can stir fry them, eat them in a salad with oil and vinegar,and you get to eat a baked potato for breakfast! Day 3: Eat only fruits and vegetables. Day 4: Eat bananas and drink milk. huh. This is going to be a tough one for me-- I don't even like bananas, but I'll make smoothies! Day 5: Tomatoes and lean protien. Day 6: Vegetables and protien and a cup of brown rice.Yay- rice! Day 7: Fruit and vegetables only. Oh, and you …