Thursday, August 26, 2010

bragging rights

sorry, no recipe this time, just a little bragging about my fiancé cooking dinner for me tonight!

prep work.

nice presentation:

The handsome chef himself!

I'm lucky, I know! Recipes to come, really. This wedding planning is time consuming. Here's a hint: what smells like thanksgiving but just bakes in a loaf pan?


Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

have your cake and eat it too.

at Harvest in Harvard Square:

On the Spirit of Boston Cruise:

now, back to the gym! ;)

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Friday, August 20, 2010

testing, testing 123

I tried out a new recipe tonight, and am posting with a new iPhone app!

This is an easy one: dice peppers, zucchini, onion, carrots, garlic. Put them all in a large sauce pan, and cook until softened.

Make sure you're stirring often so they don't burn. Add a 28 oz can of crushed or diced tomatoes, stir, bring to a boil, and then let the whole thing simmer for 20 mins.

Add spices: oregano, basil, salt and pepper, and continue to simmer, 15 minutes or so.

Serve over pasta:


One more quick note: J and I had a lunch date today at Sportello in Fort Point. FP is a fun area, very artsy so there are a few great galleries to check out while you're there! Sportello is one of Barbara Lynch's brilliant creations, and is a favorite spot among my co-workers. J and I opted for the lunchbox: just $10 for the sandwich of your choice, drink, housemade chips, and a cookie. Love it!

My lunchbox ( they actually pack you a lunch!)

and a peek inside:


- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday Night Thai

Tonight we tried something new ... thai! This pre-packaged noodle and sauce package was fantastic. Generally I'm not a big fan of pre-packaged foods - they're usually full of additives and chemicals. This one, though, was sent to us from J's Mom (among other fabulous housewarming gifts!) and boasts "all natural, no preservatives" right on the front!

The package contains the noodles and the sauce. We added chicken, snow peas, and scrambled egg (what's pad thai without scrambled egg?!) and it was absolutely fantastic! Word to the wise though, this mild was SPICY ... and we loved it!

Tasty Thai is available at grocery stores, and even on ... and did I mention, it's gluten free!



Wednesday, August 11, 2010

picture perfect.

well, last night's marinade wasn't my favorite (olive oil, brown sugar, lime, garlic, and a splash of white wine) but the picture sure is pretty!

tonight J, our resident pizza pro, is putting together a classic margharita pizza - I can't wait!

Thursday, August 5, 2010


BBQ sauce is something that I didn't ever think about making myself. And then I found this recipe ... and well, would it be too drastic to say life changed?

Since this recipe makes more of a marinade than a sauce, I've made some adjustments:

- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 TBSP pepper
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne, or to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan, and let simmer for at least 20 minutes.

The real trick is to add the liquid ingredients very slowly, so you can make sure that you end up with the right consistentcy. This sauce is fantastic on chicken, steak, and pork.

(no pictures on this one due to dead phones ... but good news, the iphone comes tomorrow!)