the craving to cook.

by Janetha on November 2, 2009

in meals

oh haaaay! how was your monday?? mine was surprisingly painless considering how busy i was.

thanks for all the condolences on my bite wound! it is still bruised and still hurts, in case you wondered.. and also for those of you who asked what i did after i was bit.. well, yes, i threw a punch or two.  nobody bites me and gets away with it.. well, wait. randy did. he bit my ear once.. but it was only because i was biting his lips.  long story, i won’t bore you with it!

like i said, today was insanely busy! i am only working two days this week before i jet off to california to visit my sister & her fam and then attend the foodbuzz fest!

i will get right to it..

meal 1: buckwheat pancakes & 2 eggs over medium & coffee @ 8:00 AM

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random random random. i could not bear the thought of my usual egg white scramble since i had that both saturday AND sunday morning. i was all scrambled out! all i really wanted was the pancakes but i added the eggs for some protein.

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and yes, i photographed my coffee today. and i drank almost 4 cups full.  as i was taking the photo of my coffee my boss proceeded to give me mass amounts of crap for photographing my coffee: “taking a photo of your coffee?! like your readers don’t know what coffee looks like! i am sure they will sleep better tonight knowing what your morning coffee looked like!”

thanks boss. i am still taking the photo. the end.

my other boss wanted me to show you all his blueberry pancakes. he even “poured the syrup on perfectly for the photo”… closet food blogger wannabe much???

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for the next eight hours i worked my tail off. and did not eat a thing. what? crazy girl.

meal 2: garbz+cottage cheese+ranch seasoning @ 4:00 PM

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i inhaled this as i was leaving work.. an hour later than i was supposed to.

after work i made one last trip to the old house and picked up the bits and pieces i had left behind. finally all moved out of casa del verde!  we called it that because it was located on del verde avenue.  i guess the new house needs a nickname!

by the time i was done with all the old house riff raff it was already DARK OUTSIDE. okay, i know you all loooove daylight savings time and getting an extra hour and all that. but come on, you can’t all possibly love the fact that it gets dark before six at night. i hate it.

since my agenda is incredibly full and i had an incredible craving for a home cooked meal, i swapped out the gym for cooking dinner. sometimes ya gotta. i just really, really, REALLY wanted to cook!

meal 3: panko crusted chicken with blue cheese+onion balsamic glaze & garlic + green onion red mashed potatoes & broccoli with garlic @ 7:00 PM

whew that is a mouthful! (TWSS)  this was just made up in my little head.. and IT. WAS. SO. GOOD.

toot toot. yes, that is me.. tooting my own horn ;)

first i dredged the chicken breast cutlets in egg whites and then coated them with italian seasoned panko bread crumbs.  i love the texture of panko breadcrumbs so much more than your standard breadcrumbs.

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next i baked the chicken at 450 degrees [f] for about 20-25 minutes.

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meanwhile i chopped 5 red potatoes into 1” chunks and put them on the stove to boil.

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even meanwhiler i diced the onion and put it in a saute pan with a nice sized glug of olive oil.  once the onions were all soft i poured a hefty amount of balsamic into the pan and turned it to low and let the sauce reduce.

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once the potatoes were tender i mashed them together with green onion, minced garlic and black pepper.  i didn’t have any milk so i added a little olive oil for moisture.

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i steamed some broccoli just with a few cloves of minced garlic, i put the garlic both in the water and a bit on top of the broccoli.  this gives the veggies a nice flavor but it is not overpowering.

once the chicken was cooked through, i took it out of the oven and topped each piece with blue cheese and then put it back in the oven on broil for about 3 minutes.

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and then i topped the chicken with the reduction glaze!

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all together~

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and each part of the meal on it’s own…

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this meal was delicious! but very, very pungent.. i must warn you.. if you make it you can plan on your kitchen smelling like balsamic vinegar for the rest of the night. but i don’t mind.. i like it!

unfortunately my new kitchen lighting is something i need to play around with because i could not get a good photo of any of this! i will work on it.

speaking of new kitchens~here is what i am working with:

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SO SO SO much better than my old kitchen! i love it. and all the utensils, dishes and appliances are baller. yes.

oh, and while we are on the topic of new things.. meet my new roomie, yulek!

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he is a 9 month old long haired dauschund and he is so sweet that he just might give you a cavity. marshall ranked him #1 on the list of roommate dogs that he loves the most. and he gets along great with my two pups! yay!

after dinner i had to swoop over to tar-jhay for a few things.. essential items for the trip and also a drying rack because my old one broke during the move.. and i absolutely positively cannot dry about 68% of my clothes. won’t do it.

two things i saw while at the big red dot:


umm.. no, can’t we start with happy thanksgiving first?! please??

and this:


yes! i love the travel sized aisle! i love mini things and even if i am not in the market for buying travel items i go to the aisle just to look and see if they have come out with any new mini items.  well i was in luck tonight! i was giddy in the aisles (all by myself) over the adorableness of this mini febreeze can. so cute. i did not buy it but i did love it a lot.. enough to take a photo. ok, moving on!

i got back to the casa and started to pack, pack, pack for cali and unpack all my belongings in my new room at the same time. it is a process!

sorry to be so brief tonight! i have a ton to do before i leave town wednesday morning.

oh and thanks for understanding that i have been so busy and MIA from commenting/responding. i had to click the dreaded mark all as read button on my reader. please don’t hate! i love all y’alllll.

i am not sure that i will get time to post tomorrow (tuesday_), but i hope i do. if not, please go ahead and celebrate national sandwich day without me!!


1. in honor of national sandwich day (november 3rd)… tell me what your absolute favorite sandwich is! i want details.. all the way from the filling right down to the bread and condiments :) i love fresh carved turkey, avocado, sprouts, dijon, sharp white cheddar or haavarti and ripe garden tomatoes all on a fresh baked croissant or some quality multigrain bread.. the kind with the seeds on the top. mmm.

2. what is the last thing you cooked? i missed cooking so much.. i really hate eating out, it was SO nice to cook!

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hayleycepeda November 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm

I just wanted to drop by and say hi…I think of you bloggie friends often and miss reading all of your quirky comments. My heart is just not in blogging right now, but I don’t want to lose all the good friends I’ve made (including you!) I’ll do my best to drop in when I can. :)


100in12 November 3, 2009 at 8:15 pm

firrrrst of all, i will be making that chicken immediately. it looks SO GOOD. and i have to tell you, i am also a panko enthusiast. they win at life.

on to your questions! 1: my fave sandwich is sadly, across the ocean in germany. this little shop in a tiny town in northern germany (i studied there in high school) and i can’t even tell you the specifics of what’s in it, other than MAGIC. there’s a salami of some kind, a cabbage-y mixture on top, toasted bread, and then the world’s most amazing sauce goes on top. i had this sandwich SIX years ago and i still dream about it!

2. i cooked a stir fry tonight with broccoli, carrots, onions, garlic, chicken and spinach! twas good.

100in12 November 3, 2009 at 8:16 pm

wait! i can’t add. it was NINE years ago that i had that sandwich, also known as an upside-down six. maybe that’s what i was thinking…

:-) ps lurrrve your blog!

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 3, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Beautimous kitch!!!! So jealous!

Sammie? Avocado, goat cheese, tofu, grilled veggies!! Whole wheat bread (the kind with seeds and stuff).

I baked some Whole Wheat Pumpkin Raisin Scones!! Baked…cooked…same deal :)

BroccoliHut November 3, 2009 at 9:35 pm

What a gorgeous kitchen! Lucky girl.
My fave sandwich combo is probably a whole wheat bread, a thick cut of tofu, spicy hummus, and a big blob of guac & a slice of tomato. OR, I like a good double decker hummus sandwich with roasted red pepper and original hummus. My kind of Big Mac.

Katie November 3, 2009 at 10:25 pm

I always crave cooking when I haven’t done it in a while. THe last thing I cooked was dinner tonight – butternut squash, spinach and chicken.

Sandwich: Bread must be slightly hard, whole wheat, preferably with seeds in it. Inside, I like to squeeze every veggie under the sun: cucumber, peppers, sprouts, shredded carrot, lettucte cabbage, onions plus avocado and cheese are always the star players.

Whole Body Love November 3, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Hmm… the last thing I cooked is the oat concoction that I am eating now…do oats count?

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