Posts tagged ‘cooking’


i just made the most rachael ray meal that actually isn’t one yet: steak fajita pasta. 

1. place on water to boil.

2. chop onions and peppers.  pour pasta into pot.

3. saute veggies in a seperate pan.  in the last few minutes add pre cooked (leftover) steak and fajita seasoning (from a packet…cause it’s easy) and toss to combine.

4. drain pasta and toss in pan with veggies.

5. eat and enjoy.

ready for consumption in 15 minutes…i can’t wait 30 minutes to eat.  when i get hungry, i get hungry.


February 24, 2009 at 7:20 pm 1 comment

I’m So Hungry I Could Eat At Arby’s

i joined a 24 hour gym…who knows 2 am could roll around and i don’t have to fight the urge to go to the gym.  today was my first day testing it out.  i did 30 minutes on the eliptical, 20 minutes of randomness while i waited for my class….30 minutes of athletic training, followed by a 15 minute ab intensive workout.  needless to say i’m going to wake up sore tomorrow and right now i can barely function.  before i left this morning i pulled something out for dinner but my ride home was so tempting…

within one mile of my apartment is mcdonalds, wendys, arbys (“i’m so hungry, i could eat at arby’s” – ralph from the simpsons), burger king, long john silvers, panera, jimmy johns, just to name a few.  i was tempted to stop in, so i could mindlessly shove the food into my mouth to get some energy back.  but i didn’t do it, because i remembered the feeling you get after you eat fast food.  i hate that feeling, and i haven’t felt it for at least a year.  instead i’ll cook to relax…it does it to me, not on the same level as a massage, but its nice, and take an extremely hot and long shower to soothe my muscles. sometimes i wish i wasn’t so good to myself…

September 15, 2008 at 6:56 pm 1 comment

Losing One’s Direction?

Last night i had a very interesting conversation with a friend from school who reminded me of myself at this time last year.  I was very comfortable with the way my life was, and didn’t want it to change.  I didn’t want to leave college and enter the real world.  And like my friend, not only did I have no idea what i wanted to do in this new life, but i had no way to figure it out.  I knew that i liked to cook, and knew that i loved my family and friends but i still had no answer.

Instead my cousin approached me when she found out she was heading to nebraska for grad school, she asked me if i wanted to join her.  I figured “hey, why not?”  It’s the one time in life where you have no responsibilites and can do whatever you want.  But this didn’t mean that i gave up on my dreams of cooking, like my friend probably figured it did.  So he asked me, what happened to my passion for cooking?

In addition to watching food network, going to farmers markets, and reading food blogs, I wrote my first cookbook over the summer.  This is when i realized i never shared the final draft with you.  Here’s some of the recipes:




Spinach Dip

Crab Dip

Not Your Average Joe’s Bread Dip



Banana Bread

Monkey Bread

Crusty Italian Bread

Blueberry-Lemon Loaf



Brussel Sprout Hash with Caramelized Shallots

Caramelized Butternut Squash


Loobee (Lebanese green beans with tomato sauce)

Ginger Rice

Green Bean Casserole


Main Courses

Pecan Crusted Chicken                   Chicken Cacciatore                           Rosemary Chicken

Chicken Tenders                               Company Chicken                            Honey Chicken

Turkey Meatballs                              Turkey Burgers                                  Turkey Meatloaf

Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin                Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

Spicy Baked Macaroni                     Pasta with Shrimp, Asparagus, and Tomatoes



Monster Cookies

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Reeses Mini Cup Cookies

White Chocolate Cherry Chunkies

Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

I’d love to publish it, but this book was many a compliation of recipes i’ve loved from other cookbooks.  So now I’m working on my second one tentatively titled “Restaurant Worthy.”  They’re all dishes that i’ve had at different eateries, but since i don’t have the recipes, i’m writing my own. 

So although i couldn’t tell my friend what to do with his life, i found a direction for myself.  Food is great, and i will always want to share it with anyone who will listen.

August 29, 2008 at 11:58 am 2 comments

First Day At The Grille


I started my internship with the Capital Grille.  I spent most of my time just watching and taking it all in, but that’s not all I did.  I did some prep work, and set plates that were ready for the tables.  Even though they considered it a slow day, I thought it was pretty busy.  Bottom line: I get to spend ten hours a week cooking, something I love, I also get paid, and get free lunches.  How awesome?  The lunches has to be the best part.  Today I had some sirloin.  Did you have free sirloin for lunch today?  I’m thinking not.  The only potential bad side effect I can forsee at the moment is the possible weight gain.  So I’ll have to stay on top of that, because that’s the last thing I need.  Oh and I forgot to mention the outfit.  I have to admit, I spent a few minutes admiring myself in the mirror.  With the hat and chef jacket I was just so cool looking.  It’s definitely my next halloween costume.  Naked chef anyone?

January 17, 2008 at 5:54 am Leave a comment