Night People

Hi all 🙂

It’s Saturday night…actually it’s early Sunday morning. I would like to go to sleep soon, but I just can’t bring myself to go lay down quite yet. The insomniac in me would much rather lay on the couch and write until my eyelids become too heavy to physically stay open.

I’ve been a night person forever. My parents stopped implementing a weekend/summer/holiday bedtime for me when I was about ten or eleven years old. I absolutely loved staying up late. I would routinely consume tons of trashy reality shows on Vh1, along with a side of calorie laden treats like Chips Ahoy! cookies and homemade nachos. Sometimes, I would write in my journal. I wrote about my crushes, mostly. I pretty much always liked a boy in my class, guys who were part of the “in” crowd, guys who wouldn’t have even farted my way back then. I also read books, usually one of my mother’s suspense novels by Mary Higgins Clark. Or sometimes, I read Judy Blume, who in my humble opinion is a literary queen. Good stuff.

What I liked best about the late night time was being the only person in the house that had  stayed awake. My parents went to sleep around ten-ish, and so the house was always super quiet. I loved that. I’ve heard morning people talk about how they love getting up early and enjoying a cup of coffee in solitude. To this very day, I experience that same feeling of peace and happiness from having stayed up late by myself.

My leisurely late night activities haven’t changed much, honestly. I’ll watch reruns of The Real Housewives of New Jersey and Teen Mom. I’ll nosh on snacks I know I’ll regret in the morning, like Lime Tostitos. I’ll work on this blog, and refer to my  awesome boyfriend, as I no longer have “class crushes”. I’ll admit, I don’t read much. I unfortunately  don’t have time to do it on a consistent basis. I will say that I did recently enjoy  a memoir by Teresa Giudice (from The Real Housewives of New Jersey, duh)) and her experience as an inmate in Danbury Prison. It was a pretty juicy read , if you’re a reality TV nut like I am. Just a suggestion 🙂

Staying up late  isn’t something I always do, or something I always take pleasure in. With my busy schedule, there are plenty of Friday and Saturday nights  when I’m thrilled to pass out in bed at 9:30 pm. I feel exhausted. There are also plenty of nights when I stay up late, not because I want to, but because I have to get my homework done. While it’s not the worst thing in the world, it’s far from enjoyable.

Still, it’s nice when I can enjoy a long night staying up. It’s crazy to think about how similar I am to my pre-teen/teenager self, in terms of my favorite pastimes. I’ve changed so much in other ways, yet I still find comfort and joy in the same things.

Muy Interesante, right?

My  eyelids are feeling like bricks right now. I guess I’m writing myself to sleep. Hopefully, you’re still awake after reading. If you’re tired too, I’ll forgive you.

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Good night 🙂

What’s On My Mind

Hey all,

So it’s already Wednesday. I always feel like the week goes by so quickly, which I guess is a good thing. I had a lot of things running through  my mind today. Serious, important things. I thought it might be fun to share them with you. Here’s my top 5 random thoughts of the day. They’re mixed with some fun facts, in case you feel like getting to know yours truly.

Here we go…

1. Today is Ash Wednesday, which means no meat. It also means I’ll be spending my Fridays over the next forty days in WTFDIE mode. That stands for’ What the f do I eat’ mode. Today, I brought plain pizza for lunch. No clue what I’m having for dinner later. Maybe a Nutella sandwich, or my scrambled eggs without the turkey bacon and salami….although I don’t know if I’ll be able to enjoy my eggs without turkey bacon or salami. Ugh…

Fun fact: I used to be a vegetarian. I did it once in high school for about 6 months, and again during my freshman year of college. The first time around, I survived on cookies, goldfish crackers, and bagels with butter. The second time I took the plunge, I ate a lot of healthy shit, like tofu scrambles and brown rice pasta.No idea how I did it back then, since having to do it once or twice a week during lent sends me into WTFDIE mode now.

Maybe I’ll just get sushi every Friday. Problem solved!

2. I keep thinking about how happy I am that my kitchen is clean. Like, really freaking happy. I had all these dirty dishes piling up in the sink from Super Bowl Sunday, which was driving my type A ass up the wall. I spent a good forty five minutes washing dishes last night. I also cleaned my stove top. It’s so ridiculous shiny and beautiful now, I can practically see my reflection in it. Maybe I’m weird, but my kitchen being really squeaky clean makes me happier than a pig in shit. Anyone else?

3.  I’ve been going back and forth with myself on this one-should I polish my own nails  for Valentine’s day, or go to the salon to get a gel mani? The real question is, do I feel like shelling out $25.00 plus tip, or spending x amount of hours peeling nail polish boo boos off the skin around my nail beds? Decisions decisions.

4. I need to go to the gym tonight. Like actually go, not just acknowledge my need to go.  Lately, I’ve been working out so inconsistently that I end up spending my sporadic cardio sessions on the  stair master  coughing and wheezing like a sixty year old chain smoker. With bronchitis. Not cool.

5. How come when I bring chips for a snack I always eat them, but when I bring fresh veggies for a snack I’m not hungry? Like how does my stomach know what’s in my snack drawer?

There we go, my five random thoughts of today. What’s on your mind? Let me know in the comments below.If you enjoyed this blog entry, kindly do follow me. Pretty please. Comments and likes would also be mighty nice 🙂

Andouille & Chorizo Sausage Nachos

Hey all!

During all of last week, I could barely contain my excitement for the Super Bowl.

Not because I care or even remotely understand anything about football.

Because of the food!!! Duh!!!

I also enjoy some of the stupid funny Budweiser commercials.

But mainly the food. Steve had a few friends over, and so we had to make sure we had some classic Super Bowl goodies. We served pizza and wings. Nom nom nom.

I feel kind of guilty admitting it, but I’m all about takeout for when we have company over. It’s so much easier than preparing this giant, homemade meal. I really try to clean up our place when I know we’re having guests. The last thing I want to do is shit up the kitchen. You feel me?

If you’re someone who cooks gourmet meals for when your friends come a-knocking, all I have to say is mucho respect, God Bless, and when can I come over?

Oh yeah, I can also say “Better you than me.” No no NO cooking for this girl.

Okay, I mean, I did make one simple thing. I’ve had a couple of pieces of andouille and chorizo sausage sitting in my freezer, ever since I used it to make quesadillas about two weeks ago. I can’t tell you how much I had-I honestly don’t remember. It was one big, long piece of chorizo and two normal sausage link-sized pieces of the andouille. I thought about taking it’s picture, but sometimes sausage links bear a comical resemblance to pieces of poop in photographs. I couldn’t do it with a straight face. I’m just saying.

If this recipe interests you, please keep reading before I make you lose your appetite any further. Sorry.

How I made Delicious  Andouille & Chorizo Sausage Nachos:

I chose to make my life easier by making my sausages ahead of time. As soon as I woke up on Sunday morning, I preheated my oven to three hundred seventy five degrees. I baked the sausages on a parchment-paper lined tray for twenty minutes. I then  flipped them over, and baked them for an additional twenty minutes. I took them out of the oven, let them cool a bit,and chopped them up into little pieces. Once they had completely cooled to room temperature, I put them in a container and threw them in the fridge.

Hours later, it was time to make my nachos. You could use any tortilla chip. I opted for Tostito’s lime flavored chips and the scoops. The lime flavor is just so different and fun. The scoops hold the meat and cheese really well. Those two are simply my favorites.

I set my oven to 350 degrees. In order to save myself a lot of aggravation, I lined my glass dish with parchment paper (ALWAYS! If you haven’t noticed, parchment paper is my kitchen holy grail item). I then proceeded to build a chip-tower. I lined the bottom of the dish with lime Tostitos. I gave them one or two liberal handfuls of cheese and some sausage. I covered them with more lime tostitos and did the same thing all over again. You can build as many layers as you like ( or as many as your glass tray will fit). For my top layer, I used the scoops. I placed little pieces of sausage right inside of the scoops, because what else would you do? Don’t forget to cover with extra cheese on top!

Here’s where I messed up– I baked my nachos for only five minutes. When I took them out of the oven, they looked phenomenal..but the cheese on the bottom two layers was not completely melted. I’m pretty sure that this could have been prevented by baking them longer. I got lazy and just stuck them in the microwave for thirty seconds. In the future, I will try baking for 8 or 9 minutes. No real harm done, as my nachos still came out great 🙂

Look how yummy….

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These really were a lot of fun. I received several compliments. About thirty percent of them might have been from myself. When I eat something amazing, I tend to not be able to stop talking about it. I’m sure I come across as ridiculously pompous, talking about my food. To clarify, I don’t go around saying, “Wow, what a great job I did!”  In fact, it’s not about me at all. When I eat something I like made by ANYBODY, I just can’t seem to resist going, “Wow, this is great!” “This is so good!” “Ugh, I want to  have this again soon!” Comments of that nature on repeat throughout the entire meal. Maybe a little obnoxious, but I can’t help it.  I genuinely am that passionate about amazing food.

So what awesome snacks did you get to enjoy yesterday? Please do share your snack recipes with me.

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Breaded and Baked Chicken Cutlets

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This past Wednesday night, I decided I felt like cooking something for dinner. My goal was to make enough food so that I wouldn’t have to buy lunch on Thursday. I aim to do that practically every time I cook. I’m not someone who enjoys buying her lunch on a regular basis. I always prefer to bring something I’ve made. For times when I’m too busy to do that (this happens constantly), I’ll  bring a frozen meal to heat up in the microwave.

I’d opted for a frozen meal option for lunch that day, one of the “Fit Kitchen” meals from Stouffer’s. They’re supposed to be on the healthier side, touting over 20 grams of protein or something like that…the one I ate contained rotisserie style chicken, string beans, red potatoes, and sweet potatoes. I’ve been wanting to try these out for a long time now. I eat a lot of frozen food, which I know isn’t good for me. Still, I try to pick things that aren’t too terrible…the lesser evils, is what I call it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite prepared for the 900 mg of sodium…I was so freaking thirsty all day long. It seriously dehydrated the crap out of me. Not worth it, in my humble opinion.

But yeah.. after that thirst inducing experience, I was pretty eager to come home and  make something fresh. I opted to make breaded and baked chicken cutlets.

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If you think that looks and sounds like something you’d crave to eat, please keep reading.

Breaded and Baked Chicken Cutlets

If you’ve got an appetite like mine, this recipe will serve two. If you tend to eat smaller portions (jealous), you may be able to get 3 servings from it.

You will need:

1.5-1.75 lbs of chicken breast

a baking sheet

parchment paper

3 eggs

1 cup of flour

1 1/2 cups of panko crumbs

salt, oregano, & garlic powder to taste

optional-grated parmesan cheese

optional-grated pecorino romano cheese

This recipe requires a little bit of prepwork…nothing too horrible. You’ll want to preheat your oven to 375 degrees. You will then want to go ahead and cover your baking sheet with parchment paper.

Next, you’ll need to set up your breading station. Get three appropriately-sized bowls. In one bowl, crack your three eggs and whisk them until they have been thoroughly beaten.

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After whisking your eggs, you’ll need to measure out your flour. When I made this, I grossly overestimated how much I should use. I used two cups  and had so much left over. I was so mad at myself for wasting ingredients. Not cool. You should be just fine with a cup, as each chicken cutlet only requires a light dusting.

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Pour yourself a cup and a half of panko crumbs. I mixed mine with three to four shakes of salt, oregano, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese (I used the one that comes in a shaker). You don’t have to use the cheese if you don’t wan to. After adding your seasonings, be sure to stir them in to the panko with a spoon or a fork.

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Once you’ve thoroughly rinsed your chicken and patted it dry with a paper towel, you are ready to begin the breading process 😀 It’s super easy…you dip each cutlet in the egg, then lightly coat it with some flour. Now, go ahead and press it in to the bowl of seasoned panko crumbs, taking care to generously coat each side. Finally, throw your cutlet (maybe place it, so you don’t make a mess) on top of the parchment paper.

Once you’ve done this to all of your chicken breasts, put them in the oven. Bake for twenty minutes, then flip them over with a spatula so that both sides are able to cook. Bake for another twenty minutes.

If you want, you can sprinkle some grated pecorino romano cheese on top of your cutlets. This should be done two to three minutes before they’re due to come out of the oven.

And…

Ta da!

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My breaded and baked chicken cutlets, pictured here with cut up red peppers and rosemary potatoes. I suggest choosing some kind of condiment to enjoy on this chicken. I personally use honey mustard salad dressing. I buy the light one, which still has a lot of calories, but I like to pretend I don’t know that. I  poured it all over my food half way through the meal. Just a personal preference. 🙂

So yummy!

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The Best Way to Make Eggs for a Lazy Weekend Morning

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So one of my favorite things to do on Saturday morning is make breakfast for my man and myself. I pretty much always make the same thing-turkey bacon and scrambled eggs. I don’t do toast or pancakes or anything like that because Steve tries to eat all healthy. He’s good like that, always watching his weight and going to the gym. He has quite the routine going. Me on the other hand, eh..My routine consists of going to the gym once in awhile and trying to eat well, while occasionally overdoing it with things like flaming hot Cheetos and that newish hot cookie thing from Dominos.

But yeah.  As I said, I just do the eggs and the bacon. They come out pretty scrumptious, if I do say so myself. Read on if you too would like to make delicious  noms for breakfast.

You will need:

Eggs
About 4-6 0z of whatever cheese you like (I personally use muenster)
Turkey bacon (I like the Applegate Farms brand, it’s meatier than most)
Coconut oil (you can also use butter, it’s what I do when I run out of the coconut oil and don’t feel like shelling out 10.00+ to buy another jar)
Salami (optional-unless you’re me that is. For me, it’s extremely necessary).
a small- medium sized NONSTICK frying pan

I like to make the turkey bacon first, so I don’t forget about it while I’m caught up in preparing my eggs. I use the oven. I’ve heard a lot of people swear by making turkey bacon in microwave- to that, I say try the oven, it will change the rest of your turkey bacon eating life forever. The first thing I do is preheat my oven to 400 degrees.  I then  take a piece of aluminum foil, spray the shit out of it with non stick spray and  throw my turkey bacon on top of it. I leave it in the oven for about ten minutes, or until it’s crispy.

Just like that 😃

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Once that’s done with, I turn off the oven to prevent my bacon from continuing to cook. I will usually leave it in the oven until we’re ready to eat, to ensure that  it stays warm.

Now for the eggs…

I like to get all my ingredients ready first. I shred up a few slices of salami, and dice my muenster cheese into small pieces. You could also grate the cheese if you wanted to. I personally don’t want to. There is nothing more hellish to me than cleaning a cheese grater-nothing.

 

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The next thing I do is beat my eggs. I think this is pretty self explanatory-you just crack eggs  into a mixing bowl and whisk them with a fork. I like to add a little salt and pepper in between  all of the whisking.

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I then grease a nonstick frying pan with coconut oil.  The most important thing to remember is that you want to cook on low heat. Not too low, but low. Medium low. The highest low there is, or maybe the lowest medium. Got it?

Using a pointy cooking utensil (or a chopstick), I begin to cook my eggs.

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I gently use my cooking fork thingy to make circular motions.

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The only  annoying thing is that the eggs always tend to  stick to the side of the pan as they’re cooking.  I have found this to be pretty much inevitable. You’ll want to continuously scrape the eggs off of the sides of the pan when you make yours. This will save you a lot of pain and agony after the fact.

I add my salami when my eggs are about 55% cooked, or when they look like this:

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They will then look like this:

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When my eggs are practically done, (what yours look like at this point  will vary depending on how cooked you like them) I sprinkle my cheese on top of them.

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I’m currently feeling like my  eggs would have looked a hell of a lot more aesthetically pleasing had I taken the time to shred the cheese instead of chopping it up with a steak knife. Oh well. Still beats washing a cheese grater.

Sometimes, if I feel really impatient while I’m waiting for the cheese to melt, I’ll  reduce the flame a bit more and cover my  pan with a dinner plate for two or three minutes. If you do this, use kitchen mits and watch what you’re doing-if you think you’re going to burn yourself doing this, don’t. Chill out and make yourself a cup of coffee while you wait. I refuse to assume any responsibility in the event that you do burn yourself.

Ta-da!

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As you can see, I couldn’t resist taking a bite out of my bacon before I took the picture. Sorry!

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Happy breakfast making, everybody!