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VHALKYRIE
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Homemade Chinese Takeout - Pork Spare Ribs
Tuesday, October 05, 2010      7 comments

In today's Spark episode of "Cathy's Kitchen" we're making more Chinese "takeout" at home. Today's recipe: Pork Spare Ribs. If you're interested, the recipe is here: recipes.sparkpeople.com/
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Healthy Stir-Fry in a Snap
Monday, October 04, 2010      4 comments

Yesterday, I wrote "The Sunday Sous Chef" where I explained how I do all my veggie/fruit prep work on the weekend when I have time. When I want to make something during the week, I just throw it in a pan and go. You can read more about it here... Read more
The Sunday Sous Chef
Sunday, October 03, 2010      9 comments

One of the most important keys to my weight loss and maintenance is making home cooked meals. I work 40-50 hours a week at a full time job, so I understand all too well the feeling of, "I'm too tired to cook. Maybe I should order a pizza". ... Read more
Essential Kitchen Tools for a Busy Life
Thursday, September 30, 2010      8 comments

One of the most common themes on the message boards is, "I'm so busy with work/school/kids, and I don't have a lot of money. I don't know how to cook well. How can I make meals at home?" Many of us still have the image of a home cooked me... Read more
Jerk Chicken in a Crockpot
Tuesday, September 28, 2010      4 comments

I just got back from a birthday vacation and I'm totally inspired by Caribbean food. This is why I love to travel. I love tasting FOOD! Since I've started to feel more confident with my cooking skills, one of my favorite hobbies is trying to ... Read more
Iron Chef Spark: Battle Eggplant Final Judging
Wednesday, September 22, 2010      4 comments

For the final results round of "Fiance bought eggplant From Costco and there's more eggplant than I know what to do with - HELP" edition of Iron Chef Spark, we have the following dishes. Dish #1: Grilled Eggplant with goat cheese tomato ter... Read more
Iron Chef Spark: Ratatouille
Wednesday, September 22, 2010      1 comments

For the final entry in this "What the heck am I going to do with all this eggplant?" edition of Iron Chef Spark, we have: Ratatouille! I was planning on making it for dinner last night, but I had to work late, so I didn't get organized. I ... Read more
Iron Chef Spark: Eggplant Involtini
Wednesday, September 22, 2010      7 comments

I'm going to have to short cut the final two recipes. I'm heading out of town this evening, so I've got to move fast! On Monday night, I served an Eggplant Involtini as a side dish to rosemary-lemon chicken on a bed of spaghetti carbonara.... Read more
Iron Chef Spark: Battle Eggplant! Tasting Round
Monday, September 20, 2010      2 comments

Yesterday was the prep round for the Iron Chef Spark, home edition. I did the prep work for 3 dishes for this week for Battle Eggplant: Roast Eggplant and Red Pepper Terrine; Involtini di Melanzane; and Chicken Ratatouille. I made the Eggplant... Read more
Iron Chef Spark: Battle Eggplant! Preparation Round
Sunday, September 19, 2010      6 comments

I just joined the "Culinary Artists" spark team. I'm not a professional chef, I just play a wannabe semi-gourmet at home! I love food, and I love a challenge. We just bought a Le Creuset terrine, and my fiance wanted me to make moussaka f... Read more
Best Friends in Love
Thursday, September 16, 2010      6 comments

I'm 35 years old, and I have more relationship baggage than will fit on an airplane without a surcharge. My failed relationships really boiled down to one thing - lack of self esteem. I got involved with some really bad men just because th... Read more
Going My Own Way: Rice
Wednesday, September 15, 2010      9 comments

A couple of days ago, I wrote a blog post titled "Making Your Own Success Story". It was basically about listening to advice about health, but making your own decisions. I'm doing that with advice about rice. For the longest time, die... Read more
My Changed Identity
Tuesday, September 14, 2010      1 comments

When I was obese, it used to kill me when friends would say, "You're beautiful, just the way you are. You don't need to change." It killed me because it wasn't true. I needed a change. Sure my carefree approach to life is always the same, bu... Read more
Gotta Find the Time this Week
Monday, September 13, 2010      2 comments

Last week was a bad week in terms of my fitness goals. I'm trying to wrap up a project at work, but of course, as it gets closer to the end of the project, I start finding other problems that need to get fixed. So I put in a lot of overtim... Read more
My Menu for the Week
Sunday, September 12, 2010      1 comments

One of the most important things I do to eat healthy, nutritious meals at home is to plan my week's menu ahead of time. I usually do a big shopping trip on the weekends, then a few smaller trips during the week to fill in the gaps. I watch a l... Read more

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