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I’m not sure that I have ever heard of anyone who doesn’t love potato chips. I’ve heard of folks who can’t eat potato chips, or “try not” to eat potato chips, and a few people who say potato chips go straight to their thighs, but I can’t think of a single instance where someone said to me, “I hate potato chips.” I’m sure they are out there. Like people who don’t like cheese or chocolate, but I’m not sure how I feel about folks like that. Anyway, homemade potato chips are pretty dang easy.
I’ve been feeling a bit DIY these days. And I blame it all on fall. Homemade pizza dough, fresh baked bread from MY oven and even making tofu from scratch (a blog post is coming soon, I promise you won’t want to miss it!)
Fightin’ Texas Aggie Football is in full swing, so naturally we’re watching every single game on tv (the ones we don’t go to in person). I don’t know about you, but I need something yummy to snack on while I watch a football game, otherwise I get….bored. In fact, usually once the food is gone I pretty much lose interest in any sporting event. I know…I guess that makes me what Joel calls a “2 percent-er” . Oh well. A few weeks ago when we were enjoying one of the (few) particularly good Aggie games on tv, I whipped up this cheesy pepperoni bread and BOY did we gobble it down!
Warm, gooey, feta, sage sausage stuffed mushrooms happen to be one of my biggest down falls. Now if you don’t like as some people call mushrooms, make a creamy dip from the same recipe and serve with baguette slices. Don’t forget the olive tapenade on top.
The last post was surf so of course this one had to be turf. You just gotta love a good surf and turf combination. When ever I come up with a new idea I have to get it tested.
So last year around this time we got loads of emails requesting ideas for Superbowl parties. We have a pretty decent appetizer section, and you can see many of them pictured in this post . However, you might notice what Kate and I noticed. A great number of our appetizers are, well… pretty. Looks like we do way more baby showers, wedding celebrations and womens’ luncheons than we do jeans and t-shirt wearing beer/rootbeer guzzling sports gatherings.
We sometimes call this “Inside-Out” pizza too. They’re garlicky, cheesy little pizza dough balls filled with all of the yummy toppings you’d put on a pizza. To eat, just pop one off and dunk it in marinara sauce. Don’t you love finger food? And don’t you love dunking things?
So during my experience as a Utah girl transplanted to Louisiana, my feelings about this place have ranged from complete and utter despair (think August…humidity…mosquitoes…cockroaches…) to the thrill of living in a place so steeped in history and folklore. And the fact that I pretty much never have to wear pantyhose. One of my favorite places to visit and to take visitors is a little town called Natchitoches (pronounced NACK-it-esh; don’t even ask). Check this out: That is not a prettied-up version–it’s exactly what it looks like. It’s this fabulously charming little town (actually, the oldest settlement in Louisiana) with a historic district where you just stroll around and pop in and out of little shops and restaurants.
Dear Wednesday, I’m feelin’ the stress. I have a zit on my face I’m trying to pass off as a Cindy Crawford mole. I’m packing up my apartment again. Who stole all my spoons? All I’ve eaten is two burritos and a jar of pickles in the past three days.
Disclaimer: I am not an expert on sushi or California Rolls. In fact, I probably fall in the category of unexpert. But I am an expert at eating them and happen to think they are some of the most delicious little morsels on the planet. Since my friend, Melanie (who lives in Japan – essentially the sushi capital of the world, although I don’t know if this Americanized California Roll is widely ordered there), introduced me to the idea, I have made them countless times and thought I’d share my step-by-step process with you. I keep my California Rolls extremely simple: avocado, cucumber and imitation crab rolled up in seasoned sushi rice and nori (roasted seaweed).
Did you know that popcorn has more protein than any other cereal grain, more iron than spinach, more phosphorous than pretzels, and almost as much fiber as bran flakes? Yeah, me neither. I already knew that popcorn was a healthy snack choice to make because it so low in calories, but wow! With impressive credentials like that, I am beginning to think I should eat popcorn more often. Like, every single day. I recently starting making my own popcorn on the stove top and it has made quite the difference.