Football

23 Jan

It has to be said. I’m a Jets fan (I also root for the Cowboys, but that’s been ingrained in me since birth.)

While they didn’t have an awesome year, I am still proud of the Jets, and how far they came. Making it to the AFC Championships two years in a row is pretty awesome. So what if we didn’t win? It would have been nice, yes, but I also think that there’s a lot to be proud of.

We beat the Steelers this year, we beat the Patriots twice (one being in the playoffs to knock them out) we took down the Colts in the playoffs.

All in all, I think it was a good year for the Jets. Boyfriend however is ranting about it still and I can tell he’s upset about it. He’s the type to yell and scream at the screen and thinks the players can hear him 😛

I however, am a quiet, composed, shy fan….

I couldn’t even say that with a straight face. Tonight I threw a pillow and hit my friend that was sitting on the floor. I am almost as loud as boyfriend and I get really into things.

Anywho- I know this is a food blog, and of course we had all your usual fares. Dogs in a blanket, pepperoni pinwheels, white bean garlic dip (recipe coming soon) bruschetta that boyfriend made, and a wonderful artichoke dip that our friend made for our halloween party that is quickly becoming very popular around here.

How do you guys feel about how this season of Football turned out? Do you love them game? Or do you just wait for Superbowl because it’s a good reason to have a party and make delicious food?

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

21 Jan

Now that we are in a new year, I’m sure at least one of us has gone into the “I’m going to eat nothing but lettuce for a month” mode. Okay, well maybe not that intense, but just like everyone else in the world, I’m sure we all want to lose weight and tone up for the coming year. How many of us have already slipped up on that? -Raises hand-

Okay, maybe we have slipped up a little bit, but what’s life without some guilty pleasures? Luckily, I have been experimenting with recipes. Trying to see how I can make those old favorites and comforts a little bit easier on the clothes we already have in the closet. An easy way to do this is with lots of whole grains.

Think about how many things we eat in a day that can be converted into whole grain. Breads, rice, cereal, tortillas, pasta… It takes a little bit of getting used to if you’re used to the sugary taste of whitened products, but once you go there, you’ll find that it’s hard to go back.  Boyfriend and I buy everything either “brown” or whole grain now, and we love it. But that doesn’t mean we don’t live a little too 😛

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Photos.

21 Jan

Bare with me, I’m still learning! 🙂 All taken with the lovely point-and-shoot Boyfriend got me for my birthday.




Goulash

16 Jan

I know that some people have very different views about what goulash is to them.  Some go the Hungarian route, some go with just ground beef and a tomato based sauce over elbow noodles. No matter what kind you make, or what you call goulash, it’s a complete comfort food.  It brings you back to when you were a child, and things were simple, before bills, kids, pets, boyfriends :-P, girlfriends and being responsible for everything in your life.

My version of goulash is my Mom’s, which is based off of my Father’s mom’s goulash. It’s creamy, and meaty, and when served over delicious, buttery egg noodles, it’s familiar.

 

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Lemon Pound Cake with Raspberry Coulis

12 Nov

I love making something special for dessert to go with a special dinner.  I didn’t want to make something overly heavy/chocolaty for when we had the lasagna, so I looked around and saw that we had some frozen raspberries left over and some ‘real’ butter left over from my birthday cake. (We usually have smart balance on hand.)

I love pound cake. Wait, let me rephrase that. I love pound cake when it’s moist and dense. This pound cake was not, actually it was light and airy, but not so much as angel food cake. And that’s perfectly fine, it got the job done. My absolute favorite pound cake recipe is over at Smitten Kitchen here.

For my birthday, boyfriend’s mom got me a lovely gift set with extracts (lemon, orange, almond), whole nutmegs, and real cinnamon. Since then, I have tried to incorporate them any way I can into my baking.  I knew that the lemon would go really well with the raspberry coulis I had intended on making, so I went with that.

I forgot to put the coulis ingredients in

Always. I mean always, make sure that the first thing you do when baking a cake is to take out the butter and eggs. Unless other wise noted in a recipe, they should always be at room temperature.  This is so that when put in the oven, everything will bake at the same time, and one ingredient won’t bring down the temp of another.

Another thing I highly recommend doing, especially if you’re boyfriend, is that you butter and parchment your baking dish first, and set it off to the side. That way, when the batter is all ready to go, you can pour it in, and not have to worry about if you remember to spray it.

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Lasagna

11 Nov

Since my boyfriend has been working so hard, and made my birthday weekend such a success, especially with everything he had done for me, I wanted to do something special for him for dinner.  One of his favorite dinners is lasagna, although if he had his way, he’d be eating his mother’s lasagna each and everyday (I can attest to just how delicious it is)

Most people think that lasagna is a day long affair, but I promise, it’s not as scary as it sounds! With some shortcuts, and some planning ahead, you can have a fantastic dinner in no time 🙂

ingredients

This is all I use for my lasagna

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