Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
I guess it’s time to start moving into spring – happy Spring by the way! Are you as excited about this change as I am? I am over the top excited to have longer days, warmer weather and sunshine – though the last two days winter has wanted to linger a bit here in San Luis Obispo with more rain. Ooooo ahhhhh – Californian’s are obsessed with the watery stuff that falls from the sky. Probably because we’re still in a massive drought and it would take a few years of water like we’ve seen this year to replenish the ground water basins. But I digress – it’s SPRING!
So what do you do when the weather is warm and you don’t want to cook dinner? Well… if I’m left on my own without having to feed my family I just nibble all night long. Specifically, I start off with a great bowl of pico and some corn chips. My favorite brand right now are Mission tortilla chips – the round restaurant style ones. I may not have shared but I’ve been working on adjusting my eating habits after being put on a prescription medication by my endocrinologist to help lower my A1C number. Yeah – so special that one is. However as I don’t have type 2 diabetes yet so I’m really trying hard to make sure that doesn’t happen. As such I’ve been limiting my carb intake – its okay if you want to cry, I sometimes want to, but the longer I’m going in cutting back the carbs the better I’m actually feeling. Go figure. And I’ve been cutting further back on my salt intake.
So Heather how did we get on this tangent of the conversation? Tortilla chips. See? I circle back – honest. I do. The Mission brand chips actually have less sodium than other ready bagged brand that I’ve found so far. If you find yourself needing to cut back even more? Well you’ll probably have to make them yourself at home – either frying on the stove top or baking in the oven. Believe it or not, oven baked corn chips are really tasty!
2 tomatoes – cored & chopped into a good size chop
½ white onion – chopped
½ bunch cilantro – rough chop
Lemon juice – to taste
Kosher salt – to taste
Garlic powder – to taste
- Mix the above ingredients together in a bowl. Season with lemon juice, salt & garlic powder to taste.
- Serve immediately with your favorite chips, veggies or on top of a fish taco.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
And you know me, my all time favorite quick dinner are Sloppy Joes but remember when I told you that I had to make my own from scratch when I forgot to buy one to replace the last can I used? Well hop over HERE and you can read all about it.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Do you remember me talking the other day about change? How I’m not good with change, but that I needed to embrace it in order to have a personal life & family time?
Do you remember me saying how important it is to the hubs & I and that our decision to change careers was fairly closely related to the lack of personal life and family time we had over the last 10 ½ almost 11 years while we were running our catering company? Well it is.
Now this is important because I want you to do the same thing. No, not change careers silly – but have more family time! And how do we do that? By serving quick and easy appetizers for a family get together, COCKTAIL HOUR or just for the heck of it.
Anyone else remember cocktail parties from days long gone? My parents used to have glorious parties. Their guests would arrive dressed up, and my sister and I would sit upstairs looking through the banister at all the grownups having a grand time down below. There was always good food to eat, cocktails to drink and music playing on the stereo.
I long for times like that. When I was in my 20’s my friends & I used to throw fabulous parties too – full of music, drink & food, but somewhere along the line as we all got older the social gatherings like this stopped and I want them back. Not just for the social aspect but for the food of course.
My favorite appetizer? Bacon wrapped dates of course, because bacon…
I swear these little things are the bomb and are crazy easy to make. You can even assemble them the day before, keep them in the fridge and cook them off in the oven if you don’t want to get your stove top dirty. Just between us - I’ve been known to make these for dinner when the hubs has been working late at caterings, just for the kid & I. Plus if you have a handy fella at your house, you can throw these puppies on the BBQ while he's grilling up some tri-tip CA style.
And during vacations we try to officially plan one or two nights a week with cocktail hour, complete with grown up snacks and adult beverages – sometimes if the grownups are feeling into it, we’ll even make a special appetizer just for the kids. But no matter what you do – make sure you make more of these dates than you think you’ll want because once they’re ready, EVERYONE will want to eat these. I promise.
BACON WRAPPED DATES
24 Medjool dates, pitted
12 slices of bacon, halved crosswise
Spiced Honey for drizzling
- Half each piece lengthwise, then cut in half, you’ll have 24 strips when you’re done
- Wrap a strip of bacon around each date, secure with a toothpick
- Place bacon wrapped dates in a large sauté pan, seam side down
- Sauté, turning until the bacon is browned on all sides, about 10 minutes total
- Drain on a paper towel
- Drizzle with spiced honey just before serving
- Serve hot
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Finally – the best part of the year is here. Happy to put an end to freakish winter hours. Time for tomatoes to be warm off the vine and the sun to be hot on the ground. Time for the rain (though much needed) to end and for the days to be longer. Ahhhhhh – best time of the year.