Saturday, January 5, 2008

Primates May Treat Sex as a Commodity....Now That Is What I Am Talking About!!!

I realize this is not really a food related post and I vowed to never stray from what really matters here FOOD. I could not resist this. And to my defense I believe that the monkeys pick critters off their fur and eat in essence it IS a food post in a round about way.

You have to read this:

A Clean Fridge Means a Sane Mind....(perhaps Britney needs her fridge cleaned)

I had decided to clean out my ice box tonight while I was waiting for my pizza dough to rise. We are doing cheese pizzas on the BGE tonight with the kids. Steelers are playing so I am sure hubby will lose his appetite.....oh well, more for us.

Anyway.....I love cleaning out the fridge. Well not the actual ACT of cleaning it out, but I love a clean fridge. All of the shelves pearly white, the glass sparkling clean, all the condiments on one shelf, yogurt/cottage cheese on another etc. You feel so purged and wonderful when it is all done. Like a new person. Like you could conquer the world. You walk with a spring in your step, your head held steady, your chin up just a little..........chest all puffed out. It is quite concerning what you find while cleaning out your fridge. You mean I have THREE kraft light ranch dressings???? uh......who used the Tahini last??? hmmm I have a whole jar of $7.00 stonewall kitchen holiday jam left........should I keep it, should I pitch it........dilemma......hmmmm, I mean the holidays are over..........can I really eat HOLIDAY jam if the holidays are over???? I just know that the holiday police are watching.......well, I will put it back on the shelf and throw it out in I don't feel so guilty. Ok, many different jars of grey poupon do we need???? In my defense, one of them actually said on the bottle it was FROM FRANCE. Okey Dokey.....who spilled the chocolate soy milk and half assed cleaned it up??? There is soy milk on the oranges. How many 1/2 sticks of butter do we need. Maybe if we slightly melt the ends of them we can reconnect them and then have a whole stick. Just looks better that way. Oh my gosh, that really 2 strands of my hair in the vegetable bin.......uh, good thing I am cleaning this out.

Anyway, the BGE is outside heating up. So far the only thing I have managed to make really well is the pizza. Nothing like buying a $1000 grill to cook pizza on. Made Italian salads earlier. This may sound a little odd but they are really good. Chopped romaine hearts, ground italian turkey sausage sprinkled on, dark red kidney beans, garbanzo beans, cucumber, shredded carrot, shredded parm, and a mustard herb viniagrette that I added sundried tomatoes to. Totally is a take on Everyday Italian from Food TV but I added some extras.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk but in My Case Spilled Corn

Today I am whipping up some corn chowder. I just blew part of a bag of frozen corn all over the floor. I hate it when that happens. Luckily it was a big bag from Schwans so no harm no foul. I love corn chowder and make it a variety of ways. Usually never the same way twice. Today I used frozen schwans corn, potatoes, celery, carrot, onion, olive oil, thyme, chicken stock and fat free milk and make a slurry with some corn starch to thicken it. Delicious, nutritious and very low fat. I am pretty much over putting cheese in corn chowder. I think the taste of the cheese gets lost in the soup. If I can't taste it then it aint worth the calories.......use them on a brownie or something. I am going to make some cheese/jalapeno quesadillas to go along side. I love the spinach and sundried tomato flour tortillas and I am going to layer a small amount of pepper jack and some mexican cojita cheese and roasted peppers and grill them. Mmmmm gooooood.

Last night was Date Night with the hubby......
Bonefish Grill: A fairly good meal. My food was lukewarm though and I HATE that. I love my food to be steaming HOT. Bonefish Martini (vodka, cranberry, w/splash of champagne and orange garnish), Chicken egg roll for appetizer, Grilled Shrimp and Sea Scallops with a warm mango salsa, island rice and zuchini matchstix for entree and Macademia Nut Brownie Cake w/vanilla ice cream and raspberry puree for dessert. And of course intriquing conversation with handsome man topped the whole evening.

Thank goodness for Flax Meal Smoothies everyday for lunch. This is a boring post. I can't think of anything comical to say today. I hate that! BLAH!

Boston Butt Update: Much to my dismay but not to my surprise the Boston Butt did not turn out. I don't know what went wrong. I am sure it was operator error again. Perhaps it was Alton Brown's recipe (I highly doubt it though). I will try again but I will not brine. Maybe I could call Food TV and ask Tyler Florence to come and do a Food 911 with me and my Big Green Egg. oooooooh wouldn't that be fun. Me and Tyler, Chilling on the Deck, Drinking Mojitos, wearing a low cut blouse, short shorts.......purrrrty smellin' perfume. Who's having fun now SUCKA!!!!