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

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