Foodie Friday!

September 27, 2013 at 11:02 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Over the weekend, Scott and I had a friend of ours over for dinner (read: to help us finish some vegetables we had sitting around).  I made corn on the cob, green beans with red and yellow peppers, veggie burgers and mashed potatoes cauliflower.  It all turned out really well, especially the cauliflowers which I had never cooked that way before.  Here’s what I did:

Mmm vegetables

Mmm vegetables

The corn was easy enough and was just placed, husks and all, into the oven for about 35 minutes.  Veggie burgers were cooked on the stove top while the buns toasted in the oven and then we dressed them however we saw fit.  Mine included avocado, tomato, and a Chipotle may sauce that tied it all together.  The green beans were steamed with the peppers (which were originally frozen) and then mixed with some butter and garlic salt.  As for the mashed cauliflower, I steamed a whole head of it and then used a hand food processor to mash it all up.  I added 2 tablespoons of milk, garlic, salt, pepper, basil and red pepper flakes along with some butter and that was it!  It didn’t taste exactly liked potatoes but I didn’t really expect it to.  It was a healthy, tasty alternative and I was surprised at how easy and delicious it was.  My only complaint was that the head of cauliflower didn’t produce much of a serving size once all was said and done.  What’s featured in the pic is about the size of what all three of us had and we could’ve all had more.  Regardless, I was glad it worked and will be incorporating it into future meals!  Especially since Scott doesn’t really like cauliflower but he really enjoyed it prepared like this.

I really like making meals but it seems I run out of time during the week.  What did I have last night for dinner? Some veggie chicken nuggets and bean dip with way too many tortilla chips.  Oh well, that was good too!

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Dinner Party

August 18, 2011 at 9:04 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

Last night, I had two lovely lady friends over for dinner and drinks.  My picture of the meal didn’t turn out how I wanted but I’m going to describe it here anyway because it was quick, easy and delicious.  We had:

That's what I did

  • Pita bread with two types of hummus (pesto/basil and sun-dried tomato for the extremely curious)
  • Vegetables roasted with a balsamic vinaigrette
  • Mashed potatoes with garlic, red pepper, Parmesan cheese, basil and oregano
  • Veggie burgers with spinach and pepper-jack cheese

This dinner was brought to you by Trader Joe’s.  Seriously, everything we wound up with came from there in one way or another.  And while the vegetables was/are amazing and seemingly fancy, I should admit that I simply heated them up out of the frozen bag they came in.  Still totally worth it.  The veggie burgers were tossed on the George Foreman to perfectly toast the bread and melt the cheese and then we sat down to feast.  Paired with a couple of bottles of wine and some entertaining conversation, our dinner was a great way to end a Wednesday night.  I was excited for some leftovers today but sadly, nothing made it out of my kitchen uneaten.  I guess that’s a sign they liked it?

I’ve said this before but I really enjoy this whole having-a-kitchen-with-counter-space thing!

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Dining and Dancing

April 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Saturday night was quite a night.  A man friend and I had plans to go to a vegetarian restaurant, as he’s in the midst of a month-long bet that prohibits him from eating meat.  As I’ve been a vegetarian for many moons, I wanted to take him someplace where he could still get a great meal.  Sadly, the place I had in mind was crowded beyond belief.  We just hit the pavement at that point and wound up at Nookies, Too, which in the general vicinity of Boystown (for those of you who don’t know, Boystown is the hot spot for all the hot gays).  I had a veggie burger with tons of avacado, salsa and pepperjack cheese, and it was heavenly.  Seriously, it was the best veggie burger I’ve had in a while, and I like me some veggie burgers.  It came with an order of fries, which were a little less crispy than I would’ve liked, but you know me…I ate them anyway.

After our meal, we decided to stop for a drink.  We went to a place called Cocktail (yup, still in Boystown) and the bar wasn’t very crowded so we managed to get a table.  Over the course of the next hour, the entire place filled up and before long we figured out why – dudes in tight white underwear (and nothing else) began dancing on stage around 10:30.  Let me just say now that I love gay strippers.  I was one of perhaps 6 females in the entire bar and the dancing guys seemed to like me.  At one point, I felt someone playing with my hair and stroking my neck.  I wasn’t too sure what was going on and when I turned around I realized it was two of the dancers.  They told me how gorgeous I was and proceeded to give me a little personal dance of my own.  What lady wouldn’t love that?  I got quite the kick out of it, as you can probably imagine.

My friend is comfortable enough with his masculinity that the prancing, almost naked dudes didn’t phase him.  We actually ended up meeting a couple of guys who were from St. Louis and just visiting Chicago (and the dance clubs) for the weekend.  We talked for a bit and then the four of us migrated to Roscoe’s Tavern for some dancing time.  We cut a rug for quite a while and it was great – it had been way too long since I shook my groove thang!

Sunday was spent having brunch at Johns Place, one of two eateries owned by…a guy named John (I am now a pro at link insertion, by the way).  I actually met John while I was indulging in banana and chocolate chip pancakes (the pancakes are named after his son, whom I also met).  John is a super friendly guy and we chatted a while.  I told him I would write up a positive review on my little ‘ol blog, and here we are.  The food was great and the mimosas were awesome.  I think I’ve mentioned this once or twice before, but I love Sunday Brunches.

It’s the little things in life, right?

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