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Better The Second Time Around

25 Sep

 I met up with some friends at Matt’s Chicago Dog for lunch on Thursday. I’ve never been there before but heard rave reviews about this place so I was long overdue for a visit. So many hot dog selections and combinations to get! Being a first timer I  got the Chicago Style Dog combo.

I’ve never had a dog with peppers and tomatoes on it before so it was a bit different but tasty none the less. Kinda bummed that they didn’t put ketchup on it as I’ve recently discovered ketchup is super good on dogs but still–I dug!

That night I really wasn’t feeling the leftover pork chops I had from the other night so I scraped the cranberry preserves off then cut up and heated up in the microwave for a minute and had some pork tacos

This was a simple, quick meal to make and was wonderful but tacos aren’t tacos without dairy (in my book at least). I was hoping to have some plain greek yogurt on hand so I could mix with the salsa but no go.

After I finished those, I laid on the couch and was about to zonk out. But it was only 7P so that was just unacceptable so I had to get started on a project. I saw an intriguing Pumpkin Bar recipe on Hungry Meets Healthy and decided to go for it. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again-I’m not a baker so when I decide to bake something, it’s kind of a big deal in my world.

I couldn’t find canned pumpkin so I used pumpkin pie filling instead (and cut down on the brown sugar amount she used for hers)

The result? Scrumptious!! Tasting these made me feel like fall is right around the corner (despise the 90+ degree weather outside) and I will be making these bad boys again! I even brought some into work so I wouldn’t eat the entire pan so I only have a few left sitting in my fridge. Thanks Xtina for sharing the recipe!!

What I didn’t love? The mess that came with it

I’m not used to multi tasking in a small kitchen and disaster after disaster kept happening

1) My xanthan gum fell out of the cupboard and it had no clip to close it so all over my microwave and blackberry it was.

2) I had a mini explosion of pumpkin pie filling that ended up on my shirt, toes, baby ghetto girl earrings and hair. It looked like a baby spit up on me and then Lincoln started licking it off my toes. Ew.

3) Add a flour explosion to that as well–not fun.

When I was buying the ingredients for the pumpkin bars, I made a stop at the deli and noticed something new (or maybe it just never caught my eye before?) Buffalo Wing Sharp Cheddar Cheese. I love all things buffalo wing  so I had to get a few slices to try out. I had visions of grilled cheese with Laughing Cow bleu cheese wedges in my head but started out making an egg scramble with the cheese folded in. Eek, horrible picture quality.

I had a BOGO coupon at Qdoba to use by the end of Friday one of my coworkers went splitsies on it and both got nachos and a drink (only $5 each not too shabby) and the new guy on our team came down and met us there to chat.

It’s sad because I like all the newer people on my team and will miss them. As many of you know, I rarely take lunch breaks so getting out for an hour and enjoying the day like a normal human being was special for me. We noshed on our food and bitched about work and some of the idiots there-it was fabulous!  I will be a bit sad to leave them on my last day (except Stinkalicious-I hate that smelly bastard) but they already let me know they are taking me out for drinks on my last day-holla!

The hippies were out for one of the last Fridays of the year (they usually leave early October) and I stocked up on some goodies-all for under $7

To celebrate my new job and my friends new job (which she started this wk), I met up with some friends at Mac’s Speed Shop on Friday night for beers and yummies

Even though I got the brisket last time, I had to go for old faithful this time. I got the Little Pig sandwich with a side of their mac n cheese. This is the only thing I ever order there and last time I wanted to try something new and the brisket was amazing but didn’t hold a candle to the Little Pig

Can we say heaven in unison?

For lunch today, I hit up The Common Market. It was another day in the 90’s and I just didn’t feel like being outside at all. I need this weather to go away for the sake of my sanity. I hate working out outside when it’s hot out and would love to start walking (maybe even start running) again on the regular. It’s annoying. It’s fall wtf is up with 90 degree weather? Anywho, Common Market. Last time I went, I got the Mid Eastern Wrap but needed something more substantial this time around. I got the Jack Kennedy on sour dough bread—egg salad with bacon and horseradish mayo. Did he really like this sandwich? No clue but why not give it a shot. I was famished by the time I got it and had to break into it in my car so I would drive safely and not be a raging bitch on the road.

Holy yum batman! I’ve never had an egg salad sandwich with bacon but bacon always makes everything better. But the star was the horseradish mayo—I don’t even like horseradish but it added a huge kick to the sandwich and I loved it!

I haven’t made pizza rolls in a looooooooooooong time and thought with WVU playing against LSU at 9P tonight, it would be a perfect opportunity to make them. I would normally go to a bar to watch the game but don’t feel like spending money and being hungover tomorrow. A one beer drinker I am not.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. I use the Pillsbury Pizza Dough…..which apparently posting a picture of the packaging is in violation of Photobucket terms? I had one up before and now it’s saying that….hmmmm. Anywho.

 

Roll out pizza dough on a greased pan and cut into eight pieces (you can make bigger or smaller pieces if you want but eight has always been my magic number when making these)

Take four slices each of salami and provolone and cut in half and place on pizza dough

Then I take turkey pepperoni and cut into halves and place on top of the cheese

Roll each piece from corner to corner -I also stretch out a bit once they are rolled

In a separate bowl, mix extra virgin olive oil (about three to four tbsp), oregano, red pepper flakes(if you like spice) and grated parmesan cheese then brush over the rolls

Pop in the oven for 14 minutes (or when golden brown)

I also heat up some marinara sauce in the microwave for a minute for dipping.

After that enjoy!

Seriously, this weather needs to get cooler. I am so off the ball with my work outs…if you have noticed the lack of them, yeah so have I. I just don’t feel like doing anything and really need to cut down on my eating out which is clearly occuring a lot more than normal. I chopped a bunch of veggies this morning so they will be easily accessible to me throughout the next few days and am going to cook up a storm tomorrow to have meals on hand for the week. I need to get back into the swing of things because I don’t like not working out, eating out more and  spending more money while my waistline expands. Happy weekend everyone!

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Big on the Pig

29 Jul

So, I feel if I eat anymore pig at this point, I am going to explode. But it may just be work it with the good eats I’ve had the past couple of days! Work has been super stressful the last two days, we have had one person out for the past week and a half. On top of that, I rolled into work yesterday and another girl was sick and my manager came right over to my desk when I walked in and told me she was leaving because her mother in law passed away the night before. Oi Vey! It’s like one bad thing keeps happening to our team plus we have some of our highest volumes EVER so it’s a tad frustrating at this point.

Good thing I can now sleep in later, have my morning cup of joe and make breakfast at home instead of scarfing it down at my desk. I present, pig eat #1

Egg, cheese, ham and avocado sandwich on a whole wheat bagel thin. Talk about a filling and somewhat nutritious meal. This kept me full for a while and I am a fan of that

Leftover pad thai from Monday for lunch from Thai Thai. It was actually good this time, much to my surprise. I think it had to do something with the sauce , when I got it on Monday it was super soupy and think it overrode every other flavor.

A peach that did not come from a can…..that was put there by a man….in a factory downtown. Sheesh, I remember seeing Presidents of the USA in concert when I was 16 and now that I think of that, I feel old.

Work dragged on and I felt like it would never end. However, I did get everything done and left in time to meet up with some other ladies at the Cajun Queen, a New Orleans themed restaurant here in Charlotte that I’ve been wanting to check out for a long time!

Blackened Catfish with garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli. Go me for keeping it kinda healthy! I was proud of myself for not getting A) Pig or B) a dish with a cream sauce because I love me anything roux. This was good but nothing out of this world. I personally like stuff really spicy and it has a kick but no distinct flavors popped out. One of the other girls, got the Diane Chicken (Mushrooms, garlic, butter, green onions, parsley and Queen’s Magic spices) and it was fabulous, I would try that if I was to go there again.

Pig eat # 2 was this morning

Omelet with cheese, avocado and ham. Another satisfying breakfast……and Chris Cuomo was on GMA this morning!

I don’t know what it is about this man but he just knocks my socks off, rawr

I am not into spiders at all but am really diggin this spider web in front of my place

Catfish with quinoa topped with mushrooms, peppers and zucchini. I am loving the quinoa (so much more than brown rice at least) and can’t wait to make more creations with it!

I was supposed to meet up with one of my girlfriends to go walk our dogs after work but after the day I had, two words came to mind.

DRINKS

NOW!!

I had a Groupon for $30 for Icehouse South End, a relatively new restaurant near home. I’ve heard mixed things about this place off of Yelp but already had $30 worth of food and drinks (yes you could use this Groupon for liquor—score!) so why not try it out?

Carolina Strawberry for only $2? Sign me up. I’ve had the Carolina Blonde before but never this one and was pleasantly surprised. A subtle, refreshing strawberry flavor with it that went down nicely. I guess the fact that it was only $2 helped it go down easily as well.

My friend already ate and as much as I wanted to, we didn’t think we would be able to drink $30 worth of beer because I am not 21 anymore and have this little thing called work in the morning.

Chips and Salsa with queso dip. The queso was out-friggin-standing. I joked around that I wanted to just take my straw and slurp it up (I was joking but 75% serious!)

Pig eat #3

Large pulled pork plate with fries and cole slaw. It was like a little baby pig on a plate—-sorry to any vegetarians but look at the size of it! I got the large plate so we could get up to the $30 mark and so I could have leftovers. I had all of the fries because if I ever have a meal with fries, they are the first thing to go. I can’t start on anything else on my plate until they are gone since i am weird like that. The cole slaw was great—it wasn’t mayo based at all but a vinegar based one which I am a huge fan of. I had a few bites of the pork but boxed pretty much all of it up so I can enjoy this wknd.

 

Saranac Pomegranate Wheat. I feel like I’ve had my vitamins for the day through my strawberry and pomegranate infused beer-go me! And who doesn’t love a beer that has a bear juggling pomegranates? That right there? Is just fun.

All in all, I really enjoyed this place. The service was good, fairly priced food and I believe they had a beer selection of over 200 beers. Word on the street (ok or their website) is that they have some pretty good drink specials also like $4 Margaritas on Tuesdays, which I would totally check out. More so than $1 Margaritas at San Antonio’s, blech.

I looooooove the view of the Duke building from South End!

On that note, I am outta here—hope everyone had a fabulous thirsty Thursday like I did!