Tempting Tapatio

26 Jul

Sup homies? So, the last few days have been anything but exciting. They’ve been pretty boring so here are the highlights:

#1. Operation eat leftovers is still in tact

Leftovers of enchiladas that I made on Friday

Taco salad with leftover chicken than I made on Saturday

I spiced it up by adding my homeboy Tapatio. At first, I picked him up the other night in Wal Mart and wasn’t going to take him home. But fate had a different plan. See, what happened was that I picked up one bottle and dropped it on contact. All. Over. The. Place. I’m talking my flips, capris, legs, toes-the Wal Mart floor was covered in Tapatio. It was quite nasty and I feared that there would be a midget who was craving the hot sauce around to lick it off my toes. So I walked up and down the aisles of Wal Mart searching for just one employee but couldn’t even find that. I found some paper towels around so I could de-Tapatio myself off but the entire night I reeked of it, even after showering, Even though he is a slippery bitch, I still got nothing but love for him.  I love the heat he brings to the table and how cheap he is. What more can you ask for in a man?

#2. I’m legit and got a library card here!

They have a huge selection of books plus I found these. When I lived in Charlotte, I would have had to wait a month or two for these. I’m especially excited about The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest In since I’ve been searching for the free or cheap version everywhere but can’t find it. Plus I only have it for two weeks and it’s a little over 500 pages.

#3 The YMCA sucks here. I found out that I can only go 14 times in one year not 14 times in one month as I thought. They have the basics there but I am used to more variety in a gym. They have a small cardio area but older versions of machines and mostly treadmillsI went yesterday and had a less then stellar workout.

So I am going to attempt to the scam the system and go to the one here then go to the one in the county over since it’s only 15 minutes away.

#4. I’m going to start swimming. I used to be a huge swimmer and oddly enough, that was when I was in my best shape —a long, long time ago. My parents have a pool and even though it’s obviously not an Olympic size pool, I can do laps, not have to worry about bumping into anyone else and now feel like I can be serious about it since I got some goggles after the Great Tapatio Mess of ‘11.

#5. Operation make food at home is still going on as well.As mentioned before, my parents go out to eat all the time. I told them I would be more than happy to cook for them to save some money and eat at home. Tonight I make breaded chicken cutlets and Triple Tomato Sauce penne from Food + Wine. I didn’t have a few of the ingredients on hand so I used what I had and make my own sauce, my revisions are in red:

  1. 1 pound penne
  2. 2 medium tomatoes (5 ounces each), cut into 1-inch dice one can diced tomatoes
  3. 4 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained 1/3 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
  4. 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1/4 cup
  5. 4 large basil leaves 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  6. 1 garlic clove  about three tablespoons minced garlic
  7. 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  8. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

I mixed the ingredients in my magic bullet then put it on the stovetop on low and threw in some sautéed mushrooms. I pounded two chicken breast then made smaller cutlets out of them. Then dredged the chicken in flour, eggwash and breadcrumbs with oregano and pepper mixed in then fried on the stovetop in vegetable oil.

Only three of the four burners on my parents stove work and of course every time I try to cook something, I forget which one it is so cooking in this house is super fun. However, I was quite impressed that my parents had some organic whole wheat penne on hand

And they scored it for $.99-nice job parents!

I really loved the sauce and it took no time to make. In the past I have used diced tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, wine and various spices but I haven’t used tomato paste all that often.

Another great thing about this recipe? It made a crap ton of food which means lots of leftovers-looks like I’ll be eating this the rest of the week.

#6 This living with my parents thing is not going to last long. I already had one freak out session so let’s hope I can make it to October without us at each others throats. I will be out of here for most of September however I have August and the early part of October to get through. I’m going to try to look for some temp work for the month of August so I can get out of the house and earn some money and of yeah, keep my sanity.

#7 As frustrated as I am, I still have the fur babies to keep me company

If you’re a fan of the heat-what’s your favorite hot sauce?

Have you ever lived with your parents as an adult? If so, how did you keep the peace or was that not an issue?

17 Responses to “Tempting Tapatio”

  1. Amy @ Second City Randomness July 27, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    14 times in one year? That’s IT? Wow… way to discourage healthy living… lol

    It never really made sense for me to live with my parents after college because there were really no career options for me where I’m from. And either way- I would have become angry and gone crazy… for real.

    • simplyshaka July 29, 2011 at 12:05 am #

      Seriously, I thought the idea was to promote a healthy mind, body and spirit. YMCA needs to get with it.

      I fear one of the two is going to happen very soon…..

  2. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl July 27, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    I hope these months go quickly for you!

    And I find it very frustrating that in order to get help in Wal-Mart you have to search for an employee FOREVER. We’ve been in a situation like that before and couldn’t find anyone! Ugh!

    • simplyshaka July 29, 2011 at 12:06 am #

      Exactly. Or when you go early in the morning and dont need any help at all and there are two or three employees in each aisle. Whats up with that?

  3. leashieloo July 27, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    I’ve never lived with my parents as an adult, but I DID go with my boyfriend to his parents’ house for the summer. OMG. I left after a month, it was out of control! None of us could get adjusted very well and they always commented on our comings and goings. It wasn’t pretty.

  4. Kace July 27, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    I, sadly, still live at home. It’s really tough to find a job and saving just makes more sense. Luckily its a good situation, and I try to pay them back by doing all the foodshopping, cooking, cleaning, and other assorted household chores. My mom loves having kids around…my dad? Not so much, haha.

  5. Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy July 27, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    I lived at home for about 2 years after college, but spent the majority of that time at my boyfriend’s house (which was also his mom’s house.) But I will say that moving back home after being on your own is pretty much the hardest thing ever. As soon as I heard the words “curfew” I knew it was about to be on.

  6. diana@mymarblerye July 27, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    i moved home the last 2 years of college during my clinical rotations. Almost blew my brains out. I haven’t looked back since. Not only do they yell alot (asian thang) they also love the temperature to be at 80. OH HELLS NO. Anyways, yay for swimming and the library card!! BOO for midget licking toes!

  7. Vix @ LittleMissEverything July 27, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    I admit I still live with my mum – our main issue is she’s way tidier than me but I let her get on with it now to avoid arguments! So I can compromise as best you can 🙂

  8. BikiniBy30 July 27, 2011 at 10:22 am #


  9. Carly @GreenDogLove July 27, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Oh man, I need to get back into swimming. I used to do it when I was younger and would love to get back at it. It’s such a good full body workout.

    I lived with my parents the Summer I moved back to Charleston. It was tough. I just worked as much as humanly possible, I don’t think I could do it again. Maybe if it was necessary…

  10. OliePants July 27, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    My favorite for sure is the Louisiana hot sauce!! Bring it! 🙂

  11. nic - the auspicious squirrel July 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    I’m kinda of a wimp when it comes to hot/spicy food. But I do like Frank’s hot sauce, it’s spicy and flavorful and you can taste the garlic. It’s spicy without being so hot your tongue feels like it’s on fire. 🙂

    Ugh, living with the parental units after you’ve been on your own is tough. You are your own person now, and it’s hard to get back into the old grove (and most likely you don’t want to). You’ve all changed in the interim. Just look forward to your Italy trip, that should cheer you up. 😉

  12. Monique July 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    The bf really loves the Macayo’s hot sauce they sell at Fry’s here… ever try it?! I’ve started eating hot sauce on nachos and tacos now because of him 🙂

  13. agirlandhermutt July 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Ohh! We are reading the same thing right now. 🙂 I’m jealous that you are going to be swimming. I’ve been on a search for a pool forever and it just isn’t working. So sad!

  14. Katie @ Legally Fit July 27, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    Getting back into swimming should be fun! I’ve been thinking about hitting up a pool, since I can’t run. We’ll see.

    Living with the parents- I am moving out after almost two years- it was supposed to be a four month stay. Ha. My lease was up and I wasn’t going to move down to VA until after the wedding. Then Brian got his orders for afghanistan and I just stayed for an additional year. haha. After living on my own for years and years, it was such a weird adjustment period. But, I had a lot of fun spending time with my dad and stepmom (oddly enough :p ) Everyone is fairly busy so we weren’t at each others throats.


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