It’s a dreary Monday here and we have a chance of winter weather! Exciting! I’m definitely getting into the holiday mood and I’m pumped to head to Matt’s house in Maryland for Thanksgiving.
My jeans are getting a bit too tight though – I hate when that happens because then you know the damage is already done! Anyway, I lightened things up last week with two new meals – crockpot salsa chicken in the form of a taco salad and Indian inspired lettuce wraps. I’ve been using TJ’s simmer sauce with ground pork, mushrooms, and carrots and it makes for a great combination.
The weekend was wonderful! I think the whole wedding, honeymoon, moving, job searching thing wore me out because I’m tired – not like sleepy tired, but lacking youthful energy. I’m just craving simple weekends with lots of time at home and lots of sleep. Kinda how I’d expect to feel if I were expecting, but that’s a ways away:)
On Friday, we met friends for a couple of beers and then retired with Chipotle bowls and episodes of Orange is the New Black.
On Saturday, we had an amazing dining experience at Pakpao Thai. The restaurant is in the design district and is a sleek and modern. I was pleasantly surprised by the reasonable prices, and as a result, ordered way too much food! I started with the above Mekhong Color with Mekhong Thai spirit, Flor de Cana rum, coconut, pineapple, ginger, and Thai basil – awesome!
We started with the fried Cashews with bird’s eye chili – sooo good, but part of the reason we got so full!
Then, we had the chicken meatballs in curry sauce and the grilled shrimp salad with mint. The actual salad was small, but fabulous.
For entrees, we ordered the red curry crispy catfish and the short ribs with massaman curry. The short ribs were divine! The sauce was absolutely perfect and there were big chunks of sweet potato. I’m going back soon to sit at the bar and just order this!
On Sunday, we got invited to attend a friend of a friend’s Friendsgiving (got that?) and I made a terrible vegan pumpkin pie – no idea what I did wrong! All the other food was incredible though and luckily no one really touched my pie since I hid it in the back:)
Did you guys watch the American Music Awards? I’ve been listening to Say Something by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera ever since…
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There’s nothing like a Friday happy hour, right? Because that hour is often the happiest of the weekend! It’s funny how quickly the time passes after that point.
I got to meet Matt’s new coworkers at happy hour – they are lots of fun and had me laughing the whole time.
After happy hour, Matt and I headed to dinner at Sfuzzi because, you guessed it, we had a Groupon! I loved the outdoor patio and the food was decent, but it wasn’t anything too amazing. I enjoyed the specialty cocktail – a frozen blend of prosecco and white peach nectar.
I loved the thick noodles of this seafood pasta, but there wasn’t a lot to it. Don’t ya hate when the clam shells are empty?
On Saturday, I baked again! This time, I made flour-less peanut putter cookies (there’s a million recipes for these), and I added chocolate chunks. We headed to a rainy pool party-turned-house party in the afternoon, and I wanted to contribute something sweet. These were definitely a hit!
After visiting Victor Tangos last week for a cocktail, I wanted to go back and try the food. We were in the mood to just sit at the bar and order a small plate or two, so this ended up being perfect. I had a glass of Spanish red and Matt and I shared a spicy sausage flatbread.
But, the real star of the night was the ‘turkey cobb,’ which was actually a giant roasted turkey legg with a side salad. It was awesome!
In an attempt to keep the weekend from ending, Matt and I grabbed a Sunday afternoon drink on the beautiful patio of Boxwood Tap.
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I’m obsessed with this new eggplant dip I found at WF. It’s tangy and sooo good with sweet potato chips.
I made Kath’s pumpkin meatloaf this week! Yes, it’s ugly, but that’s because I made a one-person portion [excuses] and just kinda formed it in one corner of the loaf pan. The upside was that all the sides were crunchy end pieces. I also added bourbon in place of the water in the sauce:)
I loved the pumpkin sauce so much that I made a lighter version with crushed tomatoes the next day! It’s funny that I hate tomato sauce and love bbq sauce. Aka, I love sugar.
I finally got to try one of Chef Stephan Pyles’ famous restaurants on a lunch date today. The place was swanky and packed with business people. I had the most amazing dish: wood-fired chicken with sun-dried tomato-bacon chutney, avocado fries, and grilled romaine hearts. The avocado fries were giant chunks of breaded, warm avocado. Mmmm.
Though it was 90 degrees outside today (which actually felt quite nice), I had the urge to bake and really wanted pumpkin. I followed this recipe for no-bake pumpkin oatmeal cookies. The dough is incredible! But then I got sad that I couldn’t eat one hot out of the oven, so I decided to bake them. I added an egg and 1/4 tsp baking powder and also threw in some cranberries. They are more like mini muffin clusters than cookies, but they hit the spot.
Soo close to another weekend! See ya.Read More
I started to write ‘happy hump day’ and then realized it’s Thursday…yay for a weekend at home! After so much travel this summer, I’m craving low-key time at home more than ever and I’m excited to continue exploring Dallas on the weekends.
Since a Trader Joe’s just opened here, I’ve been going almost every week. It’s weird how the stores are all slightly different – this one doesn’t have horseradish hummus! Anyway, a few weeks ago, I jumped on the bandwagon and bought a bag of almond meal. I was so excited to have it, and then it just sat there for weeks. I know there are a ton of different ways to use it, but I just hadn’t felt motivated to bake – until last night.
There’s not a Great Harvest close to my apartment, and I’ve really been missing their dense breads. So I whipped up a loaf of almond bread I found on Love + Cupcakes. I was surprised at how quickly fresh, warm bread was coming out of my oven!
This bread is a little eggy, but definitely dense and slightly sweet – reminded me of banana bread. I made a tuna salad sandwich with it (which was awesome), but I think it would be even better with nut butter and jam.
I’m kinda of obsessed with my new food processor [wedding gift] and I’m excited to try baking with almond meal again.
Any recipe recommendations from you guys?
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My family has a cake problem. Yet we rarely bake them! I think the only from scratch cake I’ve ever made was this sorta silly looking heart for a friend’s engagement gathering. It tasted great though, I promise.
Since my mom’s birthday was today and she had to work late into the evening, I knew she wasn’t expecting a cake. So I figured it was the perfect opportunity for me to whip one up and pop over to Hillsborough for a wild and crazy party.
I love making strawberry buttercream, but it doesn’t hold up well to frost a cake, especially when frozen berries must be involved. Thus, I decided to put the strawberry buttercream in the middle as a filling, with strawberry cake and old fashioned white buttercream on top. I didn’t do so well with the whole icing thing. I’m not very patient.
The cake was moist yet dense and sturdy enough to cut. I’d definitely recommend the strawberry cake recipe.
The birthday girl liked it!
It was a fun surprise and a sweet ending to this spring day.Read More
After spending the day in the kitchen stuffing pies full of mint icing and taste-testing everything, I can’t wait to relax and watch the Superbowl. I’m really craving something savory.