Monday, August 29, 2011

Mmm...Fish Tacos

I have never really had fish tacos but people seem to really like them including the hubs. Since we're on a healthy eating kick, I made fish tacos this weekend. It was tasty and fresh and so easy to make on my George Foreman! Go George!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Rainy Day Activity

I found my rainy day activity for the stormy weekend ahead:
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That's right. The 1996 BBC miniseries version of Pride and Prejudice. It's 5.5 hours of Jane Austen!!! I know that sounds like torture to some but so fun for me! And with the hubs away this weekend, I'll get to savor every minute of it without him lording over the remote trying to turn it off. I haven't watched this version in years and it even took a few viewings before I accepted the more recent Keira Knightley movie.

Buddy better get ready to hunker down for the weekend. I suspect he'll spend most of his energy barking at the English countryside horses.

Are you a Pride and Prejudice fan? Am I the only one excited about this? What about Colin Firth? 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fall TV!

Thanks everyone for your anniversary wishes! I can't believe it's been a year already! Now back to your regularly scheduled programming...
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I really love TV. It's been a slow summer, TV-wise and I'm looking forward to a lot of new shows this season to see what will become my next fave! Here are a few I'm wondering about:

NBC's Up All Night. I love Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, and Maya Rudolph all separately so together they should be hilarious right?
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Fox's New Girl. I love Zooey Deschanel. She's cute, quirky, and funny.
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ABC's Pan Am with Christina Ricci. It's Mad Men meets Catch Me If You Can. I couldn't get into Mad Men even though I love that era's costumes. Maybe Pan Am will fare better with me.
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Not to mention, new reality TV like Rachel Zoe Project and Dancing with the Stars! I'm also thinking about whether to continue watching Glee, Gossip Girl, Parenthood, and the Office

And! After a year's break, the hubs is letting us re-subscribe to HBO so I can catch up on Entourage before its final season and also Boardwalk Empire which people have been raving about all year while we didn't have HBO, le boo.

I watch a lot of television, don't I.

What's on your fall TV line-up? Do you have any favorite or recommended shows that I should try out on my DVR?

Monday, August 22, 2011

What Happens When You Eat Old Cake

Nothing (at least nothing yet, it's only been a few hours).

I defrosted our one-year old wedding cake for my and the hubs' anniversary. Yes, it's been officially a year and we still love each other. Back to the cake, I gotta be honest, it didn't taste terrible. I really wasn't expecting much. In fact, I expected very bad things. And it tasted...not bad! Still moist, buttercream still buttery and creamy, with the raspberry curd I picked out. The shimmery quilted fondant still with its glitter and the black and white anemone made it through in one piece.

Here's our cake in all of its original glory:
Photo by CLY Creation
And now a year later...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Yogurt Marinated Chicken and More Brussels Sprouts!

I'm not really good at cooking chicken. I'll often overcook it on purpose to make sure it's done especially white meat and as you know, overcooked white meat chicken is not so tasty. So when I stumbled upon this yogurt-marinade for chicken cutlets that promised me juicy meat, I jumped on it.
Ingredients (serves 2):
4 chicken cutlets
6 oz. (or 1 supermarket cup) of plain yogurt (I used fat free)
Splash of milk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/8 teaspoons garlic powder
3/4  teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

Pound out the chicken cutlets to about 1/2" thickness. You can do this at home by folding the chicken in a large piece of plastic wrap with lots of room for the chicken to spread out as you pound it with the bottom of a frying pan.

In a giant freezer bag, I marinated the chicken cutlets in fat free plain yogurt with a blend of seasonings used in my baked fried chicken and a splash of milk to loosen the yogurt a bit. Smoosh it around the bag so it all gets coated. I let it sit in the frige for a couple hours (or an hour if that's what you have). Heat up a grill (I used a George Foreman, fancy) until it's nice and hot. Cook on each side for ? minutes. The first piece was my tester which I cut to see if it was still pink in the middle. I think it ranged around 3 minutes. Sorry for being so imprecise.

After all was done, the chicken was juicy and flavorful for being a healthy eat. You could also make a cucumber yogurt sauce on the side or any other type of sauce on the side for dipping.

For the brussels sprouts, I did my usual simple roasting but added some cipolini onions this time. Cut all veggies into halves or quarters. Toss in olive oil to coat. Add salt and pepper. Spread on foil-lined baking sheet for ~25 minutes or until tender at 400F. Season again after cooking to taste. Also shown are fingerling potatoes prepared in much the same way.

What's your favorite way to prepare chicken cutlets?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Summer Reading

I'm going on a trip this week so I bought The Help to read. But then I started it early, got hooked, and now I'm almost done! I also want to see the movie - I love movies that take place in historical times! And I like Emma Stone. 
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Sometimes I have a hard time picking out books to read. I buy many and start to read them but then give up because it doesn't hold my interest.

What's been on your reading list? Any suggestions for a good vacation read?

Monday, August 8, 2011

Spaghetti with Zucchini and Anchovy

What do you get when you have two leftover zucchini in your frige? Zucchini and anchovy pasta! Another one of those nights when I just had no idea what to eat and I really didn't want to order in again (that's the thing about NYC, you can always order food in and it's a bad habit). I really liked this dish - the zucchini was sweet and nicely complimented the salty, strong anchovy flavor. If you don't like anchovy, you could probably add grated parmesan cheese instead as the salty flavor. That would be good too.
Better than the photo I took. From Gourmet.com
 Ingredients (serves 2)
2 medium sized zucchini, sliced into thin sticks
4 pieces anchovy from jar (more or less to your taste)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt & pepper
red pepper flakes to taste
1 tablespoon butter
Pasta to serve 2 (I used 1/2 a box)

Cook pasta to directions on box shaving off a couple minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water. While pasta is cooking, slice up your zucchinis into thin sticks...mine were more like skinny 1/4" stumps. Eh. In a large pan, heat up the olive oil, add garlic and zucchini sticks and cook until tender. Add anchovy fillets and cook into the veggies. They will probably disappear. Add salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.

Heat drained pasta in pan and add pasta water as needed to loosen it up. After a couple minutes, add the butter to coat pasta. Serve!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Psst, It's Me Again

I've been pretty erratic lately on writing. I think I've been kinda blue lately. Then I realized that NOT writing makes me feel even more disconnected and I miss you guys (whoever you are reading this...). When you're away for a long while, sometimes it feels like I can't just post new stuff like nothing's happened so then I delay it and delay it and more time goes on and then the more disconnected I feel. It's a vicious cycle.

No Excuses
As part of my apology, I give you a Buddy photo. I feel like you can't get mad at me if I post a pic of him. Recently, he had an ear infection, so his ear got all floppy and heavy from the medicine we were forcing on him. His beard is brown because we give him tap water (tap?! how uncouth). He looks like he has a big head from this angle. Big Head Buddy.
Maybe the answer is to not force myself to write a certain way or only on certain topics. When I was growing up, I wrote in journals all the time (god forbid anyone ever finds those). Pages and pages and notebooks and notebooks. I haven't written in a journal in almost 10 years. I like writing...both writing like the words and also writing with a pen. Even though, I have to say I'm a pretty good typist. In high school before the internet and email became all the rage, my mom would help me type up my papers because I was a hunt-and-pecker (I just mistyped 'hung and pecker' which would be for a TOTALLY different kind of blog).

Where was I going with this? I wasn't.

Moving on Up! To the East Side...
(Actually west side but the song doesn't go that way). We're moving soon. Whee!!! Not that far just 100 blocks uptown to the Upper West Side. It'll be a good change for us. We'll be near Central Park and the Natural History Museum (my work gives me free tickets so I could go see the wooly mammoth or dinosaur bones anytime I want, but let's face it I won't b/c no one ever actually goes to the musuems in their city, unless you do in which case it's just me). Buddy will have more room to roam free, or more truthfully escape from my forced cuddles.

It's time for a change and the Hubs and I spent most of this year on this task! It's taken up a lot of my mind space and maybe that's why I haven't been writing as much. BUT the upside is that it will possibly give me new topics to explore such as .... paint! How fun. Don't you want to pick out paint colors with me? And decorating! We're bringing all of our existing furniture but need a few new pieces to fill in spaces. But no DIY. Sorry, kids. I love the idea of home DIY and the inspiration all of you bloggers give but I can't spray paint in my apt. Or handle a saw. I can barely handle putting up blinds (but I do know I can do it better than the hubs).

Other Juicy Tidbits
The one year wedding anniversary is coming up. Can you believe it? I can finally eat that friggin' cake that's been taking up the room in my freezer. I bet it tastes like frozen peas and fish or something equally gross. I'm committed to celebrating this anniversary. The hubs and I have been pretty lazy about celebraing dating anniversaries since we never really had a real date. But now we do and it's an official one. Speaking of which, this reminds me we need to fix our marriage license because it has my age being 10 years older than I am which makes me a cougar.

Did I already have my 2nd cup of coffee today? I can't remember but I'm too scared go back for more. I think I'm back. Thanks for listening.