Friday, June 25, 2010

Go ahead...eat out

Last weekend was a challenge, so tonight Sergio and I decided we would go out for dinner.  This week I had lunch with my work's health benefits brokers, Faye and Ryan from Bolton Co.  I forget how it came up but we started talking about Korean food.  I decided to do a little research and see I could find a good Korean place in Monrovia, but I couldn't find one.  I did find a highly rated place on Yelp called Young-Dong Tofu Restaurant in Arcadia.  The sides were so delicious and the actual entrees, WOW!!  I thought it was a great way to start the weekend.  We ordered the BBQ Ribs and a Pork Tofu Soup, the ribs were like candy and super tender.  The soup was spicy even though we ordered the "mild" version but the flavor was creamy and delicious.  I have to be honest, the service was mediocre, but I am super picky about that (D&B really screwed me up).  Anyways, hope you all have a great weekend take it easy, cuz I am!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Big Family & Big Meals = Big Love

So, this was a really special weekend. It started on Friday when I had to take my Professional in Human Resources Exam.  I passed, but was so tired I didn't want to cook, so it was leftover pizza from the night before.  When I finally recovered Sergio and cleaned up the apartment for the arrival of his Grandfather, Mother, Uncle, and Cousin who were visiting from El Paso, TX.  They were going to come around lunch and so I made albondiga soup.  Me and Sergio really love to add Mexican style rice to our soup so I had made rice earlier in the day.  The soup had corn, cabbage, carrots, the albondigas of course all in a beef broth.

The family was happy with the soup, but the cabbage was putting everyone to sleep, oops.  They were all expected back the next morning at around 10AM.  I had cooked some pinto beans the night before and mashed them in the morning.  I also heated up some carnitas I had bought at Costco and shredded that up.  I set the panini grill up and used that to cook up eggs to order.  I've never used up an entire pack of 18  eggs in one day until today.  The family picked up and extra cousin and his girlfriend on the way to come visit us.  I made a salsa that would create a sort of machaca taste to the dish.  Everyone was happy and full, and I have to say that they probably looking forward to dinner LOL! 

Sergio and I really love watermelon, but have a tough time picking them at the grocery store.  We have tried seedless ones in the past and they have failed.  So this time we bought a seeded one, but it was too old and had that mushy texture, yucky!  Before the crowd arrived that morning, i took this sad watermelon and cut it up into chunks for something I had never tried before.  I smashed the watermelon chunks through a colander and got as much juice as possible out of it.  I added the juice of one lime, about a cup of sugar and split my mixture into two shallow Tupperwares before putting it in the freezer.  I scraped them both with a fork every 2-3 hours.  I served it in a cup with a dash of course salt, it was so tasty and refreshing!

For dinner today I made a version of the chicken noodle soup that I've blogged about before.  Over all this weekends meals were challenging only in the sense of time crunch and quantity of food needed.  I really love cooking but this visit gave me a boost of confidence in my abilities to please the palette of others. 

Monday, June 7, 2010

Turkey Meat? Great Sauce!!













Ellie's Turkey Spaghetti Recipe


So I know Kassie won't care for this because she doesn't dig turkey, but the sauce used in this recipe is the bomb.   It will work for tacos and ground beef or even on a tostada with refried beans.  You have to taste the sauce as you go to make sure its not too hot for your taste or lacking salt.  I left out the carrots because I didn't end up making meatballs, I used the meatball recipe and then cooked it as a meat sauce because it's an inferno outside and I really didn't want to use my oven/broiler.  Hope you try it some time, and this recipe is Sergio approved too :-)

Enjoy!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Pancakes from Scratch

   I know this is supposed to be a blog about fitness, exercise and good food, but this recipe did something to me.  It convinced me that I would never again buy pancake mix for as long as I live.  I hate to admit that I've lost track of how many times I've made this recipe, but it never ever fails.  I've learned too that the best way to cook them is on an electric griddle if possible.  They turn out beautiful, fluffy, golden and delicious.  This recipe is from the Food Network website courtesy of Tyler Florence.  He includes pecans and maple butter, but I have never actually used that part of the recipe.  I have used the base pancake recipe and added my own fruits.  I prefer bananas, in the pancakes, and Sergio prefers blueberries.  While he was away this week I used some left over batter and had breakfast for dinner.  We had bought strawberries fresh from the field, in Chino, and I topped my pancakes with sliced strawberries and maple syrup.  It was amazing!!   The batter keeps in the fridge, but I have never let go more than a couple of days.  I have tried freezing it, which actually lends to a consistency more similar to the first day you make it after defrosting it.  I'll try to post something a little more figure friendly next time.

Banana and Pecan Pancakes with Maple Butter
  
Enjoy!