Taco Pizza and Weight-Loss Contest Update. And Yes, Those are Oxymorons.

Hi everyone!  I am in a vicious circle with the blog, I think.  On one hand, I want to have great photos, because I have the knowledge and equipment to make great photos happen.  On  the other hand, I want to post frequently.  Unfortunately both of those things can’t happen right now.  Sigh.  So I have decided it is better to post more often at this point.  Maybe someday I will also have nice photos, but for now, please enjoy the mediocre to terrible iPhone photography.

It’s funny that I had planned on posting this recipe for Taco Pizza when I made it last week, because another blog that I really love recently posted her version of Taco Pizza this week!  (Click here to visit her awesome cooking blog )Divine inspiration?  Perhaps.  ;)  While we are on the subject of the Divine, I’m basically certain that in heaven we will all be eating pizza and tacos.  And taco pizza.

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Yum.  If this picture wasn’t ridiculously blurry, your mouth would be watering.  Anyway, this is a recipe that is really straightforward and of course super simple to change up to suit your tastes.

Here’s how Husband and I made it: Continue reading

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Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins

muffins1I really wish I could call these something other than muffins, because that m is really throwing off the fantastic alliteration I have going on.  I suppose if I had a mini muffin pan they could be Blueberry Banana Bran Bites, but I don’t.  *sigh*  I suppose we could go with Blueberry Banana Bran Bombs, but there is really something terrifying about any food that can be described as a Bran Bomb.  And these are delicious, and I don’t want you to be scared to make them. Continue reading

They are Gonna Serve These Sweet Potatoes in Heaven

Hi y’all.  Wow, I’ve been a terrible blogger the past two weeks!  Apologies.  I was super busy getting ready for our four parents, Husband’s grandmother, and my brother to all come to our apartment for Thanksgiving.  Then I did Black Friday and promptly got sick :( and then had tons of catching up to do at work.  So that being said, I had planned on posting this recipe before Thanksgiving, but alas, it didn’t happen.  But that’s alright because after you try this you will eat sweet potatoes on a regular basis year-round.  Promise.

ImageJust look at the crispy, sweet n’ salty goodness!  No marshmallows in sight.  And while I am certainly not anti-marshmallow by any means, I don’t want ’em on my sweet potatoes. Continue reading

Perfectly Easy Pizza Crust

Hello lovelies.  I have been slacking on my blogging lately!  This seemed to be a particularly busy week; it certainly went by in a whirlwind at our house.

Friday night is pizza night in the Stein household.  This did not begin with our Stein household; it probably goes way back to the Stein ancestors in Germany and Poland in the fifteenth century.  Herr Gustav Herman Olav Stein probably gathered his brood around the ancient brick oven as his children came in and asked, “Can we have Hawaiian pizza tonight?” “Did anyone remember to record Shark Tank?” “Did you get some Shiner?” “Grimm is new tonight!”.  So who am I to mess with hundreds of years of tradition?

Yeah, I made that up.

Anyway, Friday night pizza is a tradition from Jared’s childhood, and I think you all know how I feel about carbs and cheese, so I was all too happy to continue it at our house. Continue reading

Thai-Inspired Chicken, Butchered by Bad Photography

Happy Monday!

I’m not feeling quite as Garfield-like as usual this Monday morning, which I suppose is good.  Less negativity is a good thing.

We had a nice weekend; we accomplished quite a bit.  Although we did have to make a trip to the vet on Saturday after I discovered that Sgt. Pepper has tapeworms.  (I actually came to the surprisingly simple conclusion that whether or not you will check someone/something’s poop for things that shouldn’t be there is a good rubric for determining whether or not you love that person/thing.) After a ridiculous battle on Sunday morning, he took the de-worming pill and hopefully all will be well shortly.  But this is a food post, so let’s move on to something not-disgusting.

As a segway from dog poop to food, let’s talk about something else for a minute.  My food photography is really horrible.  This bothers me.  Mostly because I have formal training in both photography itself and the creation of lovely, meaningful images.  I do know how to take a great picture.  But let me tell you, photographing what you are doing as you are cooking is pretty hard.  And while my iPhone camera is surprisingly good, it isn’t giving me the results I want.  So I’m exploring ways to improve.  Right now I am considering bringing my Nikon into the kitchen, but that still doesn’t solve all the issues I am having.  Although the photos of the finished product would definitely be better.  Because the photos I took for this post are terrible.  I’m just letting you know in advance.  Now on to the food!!

On Saturday night, we popped in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and enjoyed the comedic genius of John Candy while devouring this Thai-inspired stir-fry.Thai Chicken

While that photo is terrible, I promise this was an amazing bowl of deliciousness.  My love for Thai food began in college.  The husband loves Thai food as well.  One day last year, I decided that I was going to figure out how to make my own peanut sauce.  After many trial batches and some research, I have a recipe that is not only easy, it is awesome.  Husband actually said on Saturday that this sauce is one of the reasons he married me.  So you should try it. Continue reading

Mom’s Banana Nut Bread [in Muffin Form], or Solving Your Problem as a Chronic Banana-Waster

One thing we bought with our wedding gift gift-cards was this really cool fruit bowl that has a banana hanger.  Supposedly this is the best way to store bananas and they are supposed to magically last longer.  This is a semi-lie.  They were getting some serious age spots 5 days after green purchase.  Side note – I love bananas, but I can only enjoy them when they are still a little green.  When they are ripe enough that the peel leaves those little strings on the banana and you have to try to pull them off with your fingers and your hands get all banana-y, that makes me almost want to gag.  Sorry.  Tangent ended.

So on Saturday, I decided that these bananas were destined for something better.  Of course I could have made something really healthy, subbing the mashed banana for oil or something, but I decided instead to make my mom’s banana bread.  Mom’s banana bread is borderline-famous because it is delicious and she regularly makes it for sharing with others.  It’s just one of those great comfort food recipes that is worth making every once in a while.  So go get some bananas today and you can whip this up on Saturday.

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The ingredients.  Notice the pecans – they are very important.  No, you cannot leave them out.  No, you cannot substitute walnuts; walnuts taste like dirt.  Ok, moving on. Continue reading

Happy Pi[e] Day!

Hello all!  While math has certainly never been my favorite subject, I can get behind any celebration of flaky deliciousness filled with sugary happiness.

Cherry Cobbler

So for pi day, I thought I would share my recipe for pie crust. It’s super easy and as the name implies, it never fails.  Seriously, it is tough to mess this up.  Personally, I really think that homemade pie crust is always better than Pilsbury.  Also homemade pie crust is really cheap because you probably have everything laying around already, unless you aren’t a proper Southern lady and don’t have Crisco in your pantry. Continue reading

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

This recipe looks really fancy, but it is super easy.  So the next time you want to impress someone with your cooking prowess, make these.  Just plan ahead, because they do need to cook for a good while.

Besides looking fancy, these use quinoa instead of just plain rice, so you can convince everyone that you are extremely health conscious or into exotic food, whichever works.  (Quinoa really isn’t that exotic…)  If you don’t know what quinoa is (pronounced KEEN-wah just so you don’t sound stupid when you’re bragging) it’s an ancient grain/seed from South America that has no gluten and a good dose of protein.  Plus, it is yummy and I can buy it by the pound at my local Sprouts very cheaply.  And a pound goes a really long way. Note: I only wanted to make two peppers, so I made a smaller amount, but this would be very simple to double. Continue reading