Iron Chef Spark: Eggplant Involtini
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Making Your Own Success Story
What works for one person, may not work for another.
I'm a plate cleaner. I was taught to eat everything on my plate, else I'll suffer the wrath of Sally Struthers and starving children in Africa. I can't live with that kind of guilt. I ... Read more
Cake, Take Two
My first attempt at making a pineapple cake failed in misery. The cake was completely inedible. I tried again tonight.
It came out better - at least it was edible! Still not quite right, though. The 'pineapple' cake didn't taste like pi... Read more
Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day?
10 years ago when I was at my heaviest, I didn't eat breakfast. I'm not much of a morning person, so I wasn't motivated to make something to eat. I'm lactose intolerant, so milk and cereal was out. I would roll out of bed, into the shower, an... Read more
Total Fail at Cake Baking
I'm a pretty good cook. I can whip up a number of meals in no time mixing and matching things in my kitchen and fridge. However, I'm not so hot as a baker.
I can make no bake cakes and puddings, no problem. But cakes? I'm not sure what ... Read more
Old fashioned values in modern times
When I was little, I was taught to clean my plate. It was wasteful not to eat all the food on your plate, I was told. So deeply is this ingrained in me, that I still cannot leave food on my plate without twangs of guilt.
I've learned to l... Read more
Not Worth the Calories
I'm not really a picky eater. In general, I'm on a "See Food" diet. It's a big part of why I had weight trouble to begin with. I love food! All kinds of food! Even food that people typically turn their nose up at. Sauerkraut, kimchee, brus... Read more
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A 'Visit' From my Grannie
Last night I pulled out a loaf of bread we stored in the freezer. It wasn't sealed tight enough, so I found when it thawed this morning, it was hard as a rock. I was loathe to throw it away, but I certainly couldn't use it for sandwiches.
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