Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thursday giggle...

I came across this photo today.  I found it super funny.  I think it was the delicious part that got me.

I don't really know where it came from, big credits to whoever you are!

Anyone notice a lack of posts lately from me?  Sorry, between summer and finishing wedding projects, cooking is sort of on the back burner (haha, get it, cooking humor!).  I didn't really think anyone would care to see the Papa Murphy's pizza we had last night (Kam cooked). However I did add fresh basil to it....thats something, right?  I was stringing pennants and sewing my last boutonniere, Kam got hungry and came home with a pizza, 6 pack of Dos Equis and a scratch ticket.  Anyhoo, I think its fair to say that until Sept 19th when all things wedding are over and life resumes to normal speed, posting may become a little sparse.  But hey, then I will have so many fun memories and photos to share, there will be an overload.  Busy weekend begins tomorrow!  

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Asian Chicken Salad

There are probably 100 different ways to make this salad, and as many different ingredients you could throw in as well.  This is the "I'm grouchy and starving and want this in my face as quickly as possible" version.  But whether it's well thought out or thrown together, its perfectly yummy either way!

What you'll need:

1 cup carrots
4 cups cabbage
2 green onions chopped
2 packs ramen ( 1 cooked, 1 raw)

1 pound chicken tenders grilled and cooled
3/4 cup slivered almond
1/2 cup cilantro


1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
4 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 of a lime juice
1 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce (optional)

In a medium pot, bring 3 cups water to a boil and cook 1 packet ramen noodles without the seasoning packet.  Break noodles in half, then quarters before cooking.  Once cooked, rinse with cold water to cool.  Set aside.

In a small bowl mix together dressing.  Add honey to the bowl first and place into microwave for 15 seconds so honey will mix together with other ingredients.  Add all ingredients, mix until combined and set aside.

Break cooled chicken into bite sized pieces. In a large bowl, add chicken, cabbage, carrots, green onion, cilantro and almonds.  Add cooked noodles and dressing.  Toss to coat.  Place in fridge and allow to chill for about an hour.  Just before serving break up dry ramen noodles into little chunks and toss in.

Another one dish meal? Yes please!  This is one of those dishes that I only make once a year because I always forget about it...and it's one of our favs!  Enjoy!

Monday, July 25, 2011

July Camping

This last weekend Kam and I went camping.  We went to a spot that will forever have wonderful memories for us.  It was almost a year ago that we first found this spot in the Coeur d'Alene National Forrest.  It's the place we decided that we were finally going to get married.  We took 2 photos last summer of us, so this year we decided to somewhat retake the same photos.  
Last year...

this year.  My hair grew a little in a year.

Last year...

this year.

Dex's favorite spot, laying in the creek.

Pretty little spot.  No one around but us.

I had mentioned on Friday that maybe I would blog about finding a good stick and roasting a weenie.  Where here I am concentrating on making a nice point on said stick.  That's about as far as it got.  I lost my determination not too long after this.  Camping got the best of my blogging.  Oh well.  Hope everyone had as fun of a weekend as we did.  More recipes coming soon!

PS...camping is really how you get your dress dirty =)  

Friday, July 22, 2011

Awesome Find

So I have to share my thrifty find from today.  I collect vintage cameras.  It was kind of by accident.  Some friends of ours were given and had some old cameras laying around.  They knew I liked to take pictures, well actually they thought I was a professional photographer.  Not the case, but in their lives, I was big time.  So they gave me the cameras and my collection had started.  My mom dug up her and my dad's cameras they had acquired over the years and Kameron got me a really cool one for my(our) birthday.  Sprinkled around our apartment, I have about 7 or 8.  Not a big collection, but these things are hard to come by.

So today I was at a second hand store and there was this cute little Brownie Holiday just waiting for me.  I told myself if it was anything less than $20 I would buy it.  $8! Score!  So home it came.

When Kam got home from work I showed him my awesome find.  The best part about getting a new old (oxymoron!) camera is trying to figure out how to get the back open.  After some trying, I finally got it.  To my surprise, it had a used and ready to develop roll of film in it.  I cannot wait to develop that roll of film!!  And when I do, I will share with all you friends out there what comes out.  As long as they are appropriate...oh course.  So so stick'n excited about this!

Camping this weekend...I won't be doing much cooking.  Maybe I will blog about how to find a good weenie roasting stick and the proper way to burn said weenie over a fire.  Have a wonderful weekend!  Happy camping to me =) 

Fortune Friday

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Can't stop listening to...

Foster the People - Helena Beat.  Well, actually the entire album.  Can't stop...can't get it outta my head.  The music video reminds me of Lord of the Flies.  Kinda disturbing.  We're going to an Indians game tonight, well hopefully.  Ladies night at the ballpark...woop!  Whatever ladies night at an Indians game means.  Have a great day!

Taco Turkey Burgers & Black Bean Vinaigrette Salad

There are a number of things that I used to cook long before I started this blog.  Long before.  Yummy dishes that we made a bunch of times then forgot about.  These taco turkey burgers came back to me the other day.  Way back when (when we were living in Friday Harbor, around 2006) we made these burgers all the time...then just forget about them.  I used to just plain old taco seasoning, this time I opted to make my own.  You could totally grab a packet of taco seasoning and skip most of the spice ingredients I have listed.  Either way, these are really good, full flavor, and best of all, quick and easy!  I think I'm going to try and go deep into my brain and try and remember the archives of foods I used to cook.  Then revamp them...

What you'll need:

For the burgers
1 pound ground turkey (I used the extra lean)
1 egg
3/4 cup feta
1 cup crushed tortilla chips
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 can black beans, rinsed
1 tablespoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons chile powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 a lime juice

Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix until evenly combined.  Split into 4 or 5 burgers, and make patties.  Heat up grill over medium high.  Grill on each side for 5 minutes or until no long pink in the middle.  Serve with our without bun.  You can add whatever toppings you'd like, but we just left ours plain with a little mayo on the bun.  I did remove the center of my bun so it was hollow and just the crust left.  Easier to bite through and less calories/carbs.

For the salad:
1/2 can black beans
1 avocado
1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon green tabasco (optional)
1/2 a lime juice
1/2 head romaine chopped

Add vinegar, honey, tabasco and lime into a small bowl and mix until honey has dissolved into lime and vinegar.  Add in beans, avocado and tomatoes and toss to coat.  Evenly distribute onto a bed of lettuce.  The liquid will serve as your dressing.  You could also add lettuce into the bowl and toss everything together to be sure lettuce gets well coated.

Great dinner.  Fairly healthy.  Really filling.  I love the flavor of the corn chips and the spices mixed into the meat.  I wasn't sure what I was making when I created the salad, but it turned out pretty good.  Sweet, sour and spicy.  The creamy avocado and sweet tomatoes worked really well with the vinaigrette.  Good stuff.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Lake Cabin Weekend

I did not cook one thing this weekend.  Not one.  I made a giant batch of the Pea Potato salad and 2 loafs of banana bread on Thursday and off to Newman Lake for a fun filled weekend on Friday.  Some friends of some friends have this quaint little cabin outside of Spokane that sits above a little lake and we were fortunate to be invited to spend the weekend. Dexter swam for basically 2 days straight and did nothing but sleep all day yesterday when we got home. I thought I would share some photos of our weekend sense I have no yummy recipes.

The moon was beautiful Friday night.

Heading on a big adventure.

We made it!!  It was interesting getting Dex onto that dock.

Kam dreaming of dumping me outta my floatie.

Another epic jump by Dexter.

We had a great weekend full of swimming, friends and cheep beers.  It was really nice to get out of the city, relax and have incredible amounts of fun for a few days.  Thank you again to Jarrod and Amy!