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Cilantro for days…

Outside of work stuff, summer is a really busy season for me so I’m always looking for quick and creative food ideas.  Last year I came across a recipe on Pinterest that I really liked.  It looked really easy and seemed flavorful based on the ingredients, but it took forever to find some reasonably priced crabmeat.  I mean the one good thing about living in Baltimore is that crab and oysters are always at your beck and call, but sometimes they get a little pricey.  Anyhoo, fast forward, I made the dish…it was amazing and easy and quick.  I decided it would now be one of my summer staples.

I hope you’re good at following a storyline here, because I’m always all over the place.  Maybe a month or so ago Whole Foods had their “One Day Deal” on jumbo lump crabmeat.  At $15/lb it was a steal and I got like 5 things.  So I made some crab cakes and added some crab to my vodka sauce and then it was 85 degrees and I didnt feel like cutting my stove on.  Re-enter the cilantro lime crab salad recipe.  I got home late, had to mow the lawn and before I knew it, it was 9pm.  I whipped this up in less than 10 minutes.  Check out the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup (8 oz.) lump crab meat
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced finely
  • 1-2 tsp jalapeño, diced finely (optional)
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • Dash of cumin
  • 1 avocado, cut in half, pit removed

Here’s where the story changes pace again…I went to the market on Tuesday and they had a sale on cilantro.  2 bunches for $1…another steal!  I swear I bought all the cilantro.  So now I have like 5 more bunches at home and nothing to do with them.  I was sitting at my desk thinking, “I wonder what else I could make with cilantro…” and I came across a recipe for Coconut Shrimp Salad With Spicy Mango & Cilantro Salsa at Food Republic.  Its an oven recipe, but its baked and healthy and has that fresh mango salsa.  Its going to go great with the white sangria I’m making this weekend and you guys got a twofer today.  Have a great weekend!

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2013 in review

So Lindsey and I have been out of commission due to major life changes…moving, new jobs, graduating from grad school, etc. You name it, its kinda kept us from posting. We didn’t stop cooking though…or home-brewing beer…or curing bacon. We’ll be back soon and would like to hear from you. What things would you like to see us post about? In the meantime, I’ll leave this here…

Thanks for being loyal!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 720 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Valentine’s Day is dumb. But food is awesome!

Like I told JT: I might think that Valentine’s Day is dumb and hyper-commercialized, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like getting Valentine-y stuff. I just can’t help myself.

Thanks to SMU’s theatre schedule, JT has been in tech pretty much every day for almost two weeks–including Valentine’s Day–so any plans we wanted to make had to be scheduled around tech. This resulted in me cooking dinner on Saturday, and JT planning a Valentine’s Day lunch. Both were fantastically tasty. And JT definitively took the title of Best Boyfriend in the History of Ever.

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Earthquakes, Hurricanes and Red Velvet Cupcakes Oh My!

If you live on the East Coast, you’re probably wondering what in the hell we did this week to piss Mother Earth off. I’m not too moved by so-called natural disasters because the only thing I can do is prepare. I can’t do anything about them otherwise. I’m more concerned about getting stuck in the house without food, wine and toilet paper. So once the aftershocks wore off, I found myself celebrating Hurricane Irene’s imminent arrival with my co-workers over a few rounds of drinks.

Count 'Em...Irish Car Bombs

I really had no need to worry, after all, it was my plan to be held up at Harrah’s in Atlantic City, NJ making a living on the blackjack table. In comes the dream stompers (Harrah’s)… Friday afternoon just as I’m getting excited about leaving town for a few days, the hotel calls and cancels the reservation unless we can get there before 4pm. What the what!?!? Now I have to come up with a gameplan to hunker down and wait out this storm at my house…without the comforts of room service.

NYC, Irene's on her way!

On my lunch break, I headed over to the local Target (typically a lunchtime hangout spot of mine) just to get a few things for the weekend. My fridge was empty because I had just come back from Miami and hadnt had a chance to go to the grocer. I lie to myself, saying I’m just gonna get some water, a few non-perishables and cleaning products. Yeah…no such luck. I go straight for the water aisle because I know people are buying it up like crazy to find that all of the “cheap” water is gone and two women are literally fighting over the last two one-gallon jugs of Target brand water.

Fiji to refresh my palette and Evian to bathe in...Ahh, the finer things in life.

Let’s just say that Target was having a sale on food…I think they were just trying to get it out of there in the event they lost power. I ended up getting my high-end water and everything else from raspberries (which I’ll be using to make my Berry Cherry Brie tomorrow) to Totino’s Pizza Rolls (they were $.68 a box!!!) and topped it off with ingredients to make red velvet cupcakes from scratch. Who knew Target sold cake flour??? I figured, if I was gonna be shut in for the weekend, why not cook for 20. So Friday night, I start working on the cupcakes. I’ll spare you the details of the recipe and just list the one that I use. I love Ina Garten…all of her recipes are just so rich. It’s like when you’re making something that needs that extra umph, Ina has a recipe for it. Check out her lobster rolls. That’s one of my faves. Anyhow, I used this recipe and frosting (insert link), with a few KC style tweaks and came out with the most amazing product. I’ve eaten a half-dozen already.

The Hurricane has since arrived and is baring down on Baltimore with all that she has. The wind is shaking my house and the rain is battering the windows, but as long as the electricity stays on, I’m good. Since I had my decadent dessert waiting, I figured it was ok to whip up some store bought tortellini and Prego. That meal was just the fix I needed before I dove in. But I couldn’t dive in just yet. My little hurricane companion Gypsy was clocking my every move just knowing that I was going to give her a cupcake too. WRONG! I don’t share my food with the help. But what I did do, because sometimes she’s a pretty spectacular dog, was stop at Dogma and buy her a cupcake of her own so we could have our at the same time.

One for puppy and one for mommy

Success! I could eat my cupcakes in peace and she would be happy.

An occupied puppy equals a happy mommy

After that, I’ve put myself on a cupcake limit and we’re weathering out the storm.  Let’s hope that everything and everyone stays safe. Stay tuned for my brie post.

Now that she's eaten, apparently this hurricane isn't THAT serious...

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Happy to have my weekends back…Part Deux!

As I’m getting ready to type this post, another idea is swirling around in my head.  I’ve had a crab and egg croissant, fabulous salad, red velvet cupcake, 3 tacos from Chipotle and I’m still hungry.  So as much as I know I shouldn’t, should I eat my remaining red velvet cupcake???  It’s calling me…


So I will be starting school for my 2nd Masters in a few weeks and between getting ready for that, planning my vacation next week and looking for places to move, I’ve been slacking on a lot…including the blog.  My plan for Saturday was to hang out with a friend during the day and come home to tackle this house from all sides…laundry, packing, cleaning the garage, etc.  Well I was still not feeling quite 100% from Friday, so I canceled my day date and just decided I was going to do housework and rest as needed.

I knew what my work fuel for the day was going to be, so I called in the order and decided to get boxes for my move while I was waiting.  If you reference Holdin’ on like Gorilla Glue to My 20’s, you’ll see a portion of my wine, well really liquor, collection.  The bottom of the 8ft wine cabinet is full of different wines and sake.

In case you DIDN'T read this!

I decided that the bottles were the easiset thing to begin packing up for my less than desirable move.  So I run out to the local wine shop (where they know me by name…and order apparently) to get some boxes.  The nice lady goes in the back, comes out with three boxes and says, “This should be enough, hon.”

Now I may have discussed this restaurant in a previous blog, but if not, I definitely tweet about it (another reason to just follow us!) all of the time.  Teavolve  is a quaint little tea spot with interesting décor.  I call it interesting because I don’t know how to describe it.  (If you’ve been before and would like to give the description a go, feel free.)  It really attracts different crowds and has been successful in its years of existence.  They also have local acts on certain evenings and an awesome happy hour.  And really, I have to give them props…many restaurants open up in the Inner Harbor/Fells Point area, only to close shortly there after due to little or no business and lack of public interest.  I’m gonna go ahead and say that their success is because of their menu…the diversity and quality.

I’ve tried several items on the menu and have never been disappointed.  In the winter, I normally stick with the spiced chai latte and sweet potato tart for a warm and comforting treat.  But for the summer, I’ve found something a bit lighter to be obsessed with.  My new favorite from this local eatery is the crabmeat and egg croissant and apple and chicken salad.  Now while you may frown at the crab and egg sandwich, I’ll tell you like I told my friend.  I’m from Baltimore.  Crab, along with Old Bay, is like a universal condiment.  We eat crab with our eggs, crab on pretzels, crab in our soup and crab on our crab!

And they gave me TWO fruit cups! Sweet!

This meal has become an instant classic and I hope that its not seasonal.  Anyhow, the crab sandwich is an omelet style patty with the crab meat spread through the egg.  It’s on a decent sized croissant, but with a minimal amount of chipotle aioli to dress the bread.  If there was anything that I would improve on in this sandwich, it would definitely be adding more aioli to the bread.  No worries though…I always ask for an extra side, slather it on and get to work.

I like my crab with extra lump please!

Being the responsible adult that I am, I always like to include veggies into my meal somehow, even if it’s a simple salad.  If only this salad was simple…  The name “Apple and Chicken” salad seems fairly simple but its quite the opposite.  This salad is made with mixed field greens, thinly sliced Granny Smith apples (which are my absolute fave btw), seasoned chicken breast, walnuts, goat cheese (and while I’m not really a fan of soft cheeses, I’ve really gotten sweet on goat cheese here lately) and the piece de resistance, APPLE BUTTER VINAIGRETTE!!!  Please don’t be skeptical, this probably the most in-f*cking-genius salad dressing that anyone has ever come up with!  It was perfect in everyway.  Yeah, so I ordered a salad, with extra dressing of course!  I mean, its not like it was Caesar…extra apple butter can’t be THAT bad for you.

The salad with all of its apple buttery and goat cheesy goodness!!!

Per the usual, everything was delicious!  I mean I could eat this same meal, everyday…and if I don’t eat it everyday, I’m pretty sure that I’ll be visiting Teavolve, at least every weekend.  To finish up my meal, I had a red velvet cupcake.  It wasn’t the best cupcake I had ever had, but it did the trick and “lunch” still had me on a foodie high, so I wasn’t complaining.  So!  That brings this blog full circle…do I eat this other red velvet cupcake that I have waiting for me?  Hmm… Nah, its been a bit rainy and chilly out and I’m feeling a bit nostalgic.  I’m gonna warm up this sweet potato tart I picked up and have cup of coconut chai tea.  Delightful…

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