Busy Nights Real Food
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Sorry I have been so absent lately. Work has been insane and I have been trying to just keep my head above water until the holidays are past us. My cooking has been minimal, but I am hoping to do some in the next few days that I can bring to you. I wish you all a wonderful holiday season. Until then, I was shown this blog/e-zine the other day by a friend and then saw it again on a bulletin board a few days later. Let me just say, I think I would starve.

The Sneeze-Steve Don't Eat It
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
  A little bit of southern love
Gotta love some cajun shrimp and cheese grits after a long day. Yummy and easy to boot.
Thursday, December 08, 2005

Well, we were buried in snow last night. Here are a few pictures around my house from last night and this morning. Some reports in our news are saying we got about 5 inches, some are saying we got as much as 10. I think we ended up somewhere in the middle. I still like snow at this point, before is gets all dirty and slushy. So what better way to enjoy a snowy day (or rather night) than with the ultimate in wintry warming foods.

That's right, we had chili. I am definitely a beefy chili kind of gal, not so much a fan of the bean-y kind. I mean there are some beans in there, but we mainly eat a lot of ground beef. I don't make chili from a recipe really. I just start tossing stuff in. This time it was ground beef, black beans, a few cans of diced tomatoes, onion, jalapenos, chili powder, and cayenne. It had a bit of a slow burn effect, but wasn't too hot to enjoy. I like to load mine up with some chopped tomatoes, diced onion, shredded cheese and a little dollop of sour cream. And of course, you can't forget a small handful of Fritos to add that required crunch. Yummy. This was able to get that chill out of a snowy night.

And what is a bowl of chili without some fresh, slightly crisp corn bread. A few months back there was a small cornbread battle on the Cooling Light Bulletin Board. Some of us had been raised eating southern cornbread, which doesn't have sugar in it. It really is different. Well, long (and fairly uninteresting) story short. I was given a great recipe for "Southern" cornbread you make in a cast iron skillet. If you have never had corn bread cooked in cast iron, you have really missed true happiness. It leaves it with the best crisp crust that I can hardly resist. Yummo. And the subtle, unsweetened flavor is wonderful with things like chili.

Tonight we have supper club and I am pretty excited. I will happily update you all tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
  A week to look forward to
Well, not really. Its actually shaping up a long week. I am working tonight so I had to make some good food to eat for lunch. Black bean burritos hit the spot and were a super fast meal. Simply take a can of black beans (I like to drain and rinse mine), some salsa, chili powder, cayenne pepper and cumin. I nuked it all for about 5 minutes and then served on whole wheat tortillas. Pretty low guilt level which is good for me this time of year.

I have tomorrow off of work so I hope to make something really good. My busy nights lately have resulted in a lot of easy no brainers (like last night's Honey and Mustard breaded chicken). I have done alright with making real food most nights, though take out has been my down fall. Hopefully as I get used to this new schedule I will be able to better plan my menus.

Thursday is our supper club and I am looking forward to that. The theme is Favorite Festive Foods. Though my all-time favorite holiday dish is the cheesy hashbrown thing, I am going to go a little fancier and make a wild rice stuffing. It is super yummy and acutally pretty easy to throw together.

Saturday night is a Christmas party at my best friend's house so I may try to make something really simple to contribute.

So hopefully I will finally have something new to post soon.


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