34 posts categorized "Edibles"

August 10, 2011

Movie Nights

The other night before going to see Cowboys and Aliens I went ot My cousin Ginny's house for dinner. We couldn't decide what we were hungry for so we just made everything that sounded good. We ended up with pan seared tofu, a tangy stir fry and veggie BLT's. It was amazing!

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In general I am not a fan of mayonnaise. There's just something about it that grosses me out. I always order my sandwiches dry and really only eat it if it's completely hidden in something like potato salad. That being said, Ginny got some out for the BLT's so I added the tiniest smear and actually enjoyed it.

We saw the movie at the Moolah Lounge. The building was originally a Shriner's temple, but was converted into movie theatre in 2004. They have a bar & a bowling alley in the basement. This was my first time attending a movie there and I can't believe I hadn't gone sooner. I guess I thought it was just a bar with a few big screen TVs, but that is totally not the case. It's a huge full sized theatre with half of the room void of theatre seats. In their place are large overstuffed leather couches and end tables. They have a regular concession stand for traditional movie fare but also allow you to bring drinks up from the bar. I really don't think I want to visit another theatre after this. It was great!

The movie itself was a little darker than I was expecting with a few torture scenes that were uncomfortable to watch, but the action was incredible. In the first few minutes of the movie the main character pulls off a move that made my jaw drop. I could probably watch it on repeat for hours. I would definitely recommend it.

Last night I went to another movie but this one was a free screening of Spirited Away in a parking lot. It was so much fun! I had had a really stressful day and then raised all of my weights at the gym so I was ready for a relaxing evening. This was the perfect event! Everyone brought lawn chairs and blankets and camped out in front of a giant inflatable screen.

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We brought our own drinks and snacks but there were local vendors there selling hot dogs, hamburgers and gelato to anyone that was interested. The weather was perfect and we ended up sitting next to a large group of friends that I didn't know were going. This was the first event in a series. Now I can't wait for the next one!

Don't for get to enter to win an Instax Mini camera in my Birthday giveaway! Winner will be drawn on Sunday!

August 05, 2011

Bento #19

It's not fall yet and I know they aren't in season, but last week I spotted some butternut squash at the store and couldn't resist. Butternut squash curry is one of my favorite meals.

Bento #19

Contents:
- Brown Rice
- Cilantro
- Sour Cream
- Lime Wedges
- Butternut Squash Curry

In India curry just means sauce and has nothing to do with the common yellow American curry powder. If you aren't a fan of curry powder and tend to shy away from anything with Curry in it's name I would encourage you to keep trying. This curry is seasoned with fresh ginger, mustard seeds, fennel seeds and coriander. I tend to like a lot of spice so I doubled the spice amounts and quadrupled the red pepper flake. Tasty. The cilantro adds a level of freshness and the sour cream paired with the fresh lime juice is to die for! Forgive the pic - it's another office photo.

July 19, 2011

Just Because

Over the weekend my friend Val sent me a link to a wedding cake that looked out of this world. Since she was already planning on visiting Monday, we decided to bake the wedding cake and eat it. Just because.

Peach Wedding Cake

It's a peach sour cream cake with burnt sugar shards and peach cream cheese frosting. The original recipe is from Kiss the Groom. I have to say, theirs is much prettier. We learned a few lessons while baking this cake and I think we could get it prettier next time. And yes, there WILL be a next time. This was hands down the best cake I have ever eaten in my life. There are sliced peaches running thick throughout the cake and fresh peach juice in the frosting. I die.

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It was pure summer bliss, and... there is enough left over for breakfast!

Peach Wedding Cake

July 16, 2011

What's bright and sparkly and utterly delicious?

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Check out my new post at Totally Stitchin' to find out!

Sorry I've been so quiet recently, I've had a lot going on. I do still have big news and I will posting a lot more frequently now! Hope you get the chance to enjoy the weather today. I might be spending mine pool side...

July 06, 2011

Bento #18

Veggie Bolognese & Chopped Salad:

Bento #18

Contents:

- Chopped Salad (Romaine, Carrots & Edamame)

- Veggie Bolognese (Veggie Crumbles, Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Asparagus)

My cousin Annie always makes her own pasta sauce. She starts with a couple cans of chopped tomatoes and a generous swirl of olive oil and builds from there. The sauce is a great catch all for any leftover produce in the fridge. Mine is never as good as hers. This one came close.

June 16, 2011

Bento #17

Bento # 17

Contents:
- Grilled Veggie Italian Sausage
- Grilled Peppers, Onions & Asparagus
- Grilled Mexican Corn
- Honey Corn Bread

We've been grilling out A LOT. I'm really not complaining. I've been adding chili seasoning to my corn after pulling it off the grill and it oozes mexican street corn flavor. Sooooo good! We grill the veggies alongside the meat and fake meat in a perforated grill pan that we bought specifically for them. Well worth the purchase. I'm pretty sure it was under $10.

The house purge has been keeping me busy but I'll have a progress report and some camping pics coming up shortly!

June 03, 2011

Bento #16

Thai Take Away Bento:

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Contents:

  • - Pad See Ew Tofu
  • - Broccoli with Chili Sauce
  • - Veggie Sausage

I am a Thai food addict. If I could I would probably eat Thai food multiple times a week. My favorite dish is Pad See Ew. It is composed of wide rice noodles stir fried with broccoli, egg and your choice of meat or tofu. The light sauce is sweetened with tamarind (another popular ingredient in mexican cooking). I LOVE how chewy the noodles are! Perfect for chopsticks.

The dish is generally very mild, but I like it with some heat so I usually dose it with chili sauce. The vinegar from the chili sauce paired with the sweetness of the tamarind is to die for. If you've not tried it before, I would highly recommend giving it a try! ? Do you have a favorite Thai dish? What is it?

Have you entered this month's giveaway yet? There are only a few days left!

May 24, 2011

Bento #15

Sorry for the surge of short posts, our power was out all of yesterday and I didn't have time for anything beyond a quick bento post. Heavier content ahead. Promise! Also, bad lighting = bad photo.

Bento #15

Contents:
- Vegetarian Chili
- Strawberries
- Steamed Rice
- Parsley from Garden

May 13, 2011

Bento #14

Bento #14

Fear not, the brown shade on the broccoli is from soy sauce. It's one of our favorite ways to prepare broccoli. We steam it and then dress it with soy sauce and lemon juice to taste. The soy sauce prevents us from needing to to add salt and the lemon adds a fresh twist. The combo is a great light alternative to butter (Not that it prevents me from adding butter to the potatoes - I'm not a communist).

Contents:
- Broccoli with Soy Sauce & Lemon
- Mashed Potatoes
- Homemade Egg Noodles

May 07, 2011

Cinco De Mayo Fiesta!

Every year, to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, I make a huge batch of homemade enchiladas. The recipe is ridiculously simple, but very involved so I only make them once or twice a year. When I do make them I never make fewer than 40, but it's usually closer to 80. They freeze well which helps a great deal, but having that much food around is a great excuse for a dinner party.

A couple of days before the party I hit up our local Mexican Grocery for ingredients and decorations. We had paper flags, cardboard luchador masks, crepe paper drink pics and a pink pegasus pinata to round it all out. I love all of the bright colors and gaudy designs!

Paper Flags

Luchador Masks

Pretty Votives

Pegasus Pinata

Tragically, it started raining as soon as we filled the pinata so he remains intact and is currently keeping watch over my in table. I'll have a pinata party soon.

In addition to the enchiladas we served potato salad, chopped salad, guacamole made by my cousin, and the obligatory chips and salsa. Potato salad may seem like a strange side to accompany enchiladas, but it's family tradition. I've never eaten them any other way. For drinks we had regular and pomegranate margaritas, assorted mexican sodas and horchata martinis. The martinis were the hit of the night. I see them being a party staple from now on.

Drink Station

Mexican Sodas

Fiesta Feast

It was so much fun! Did you celebrate Cinco De Mayo? If so, what did you do?