First, I rarely make meatless meals. Everything usually comes with beef or more often, chicken. Since I’m part Cuban, you can imagine that I love me some pork also. This Sunday Supper meatless theme almost threw me for a loop. Today is both National Meatball Day and National Crabmeat Day. “Meat” is in both of these! I thought I wouldn’t be able to participate, but then I thought a little harder. Who says I can’t make meatless meatballs? Nobody, that’s who. The Teriyaki Quinoa “Meatballs” that I’m featuring today will do just fine.
I love food court Chinese food. I can’t help it and I won’t bother denying it. Master Wok at the local mall is my favorite and after so many years of visiting, the staff know me by name (and my order). However, I could never quite wrap my head around crab rangoons. My mom would always order two with her meal, but for me, it was one of those foods that I hadn’t tried and didn’t want to try. I thought it would be gross, although I love each individual element of a crab rangoon. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, really.
I’ve been sitting at my computer completely dumbfounded for a solid 20 minutes. This is no exaggeration. I’m trying to wrap my head around my day because frankly, I don’t even know if it’s real. I think I had the first hot flash of my life at around 4:48pm today. That was exactly the time that Curtis Stone and Donatella Arpaia left the HSN green room to continue on with their day while I realized that Isabel and I had just spent an hour chatting with them. Right there on the couch, us four. Let me rewind for just a minute.
Celebrities- they are just like us, right? US Magazine says so. We see pictures of them grocery shopping, and hanging out with their kids at the park. THEY EVEN PUMP THEIR OWN GAS! All celebrities are fascinating in their own right, but none gets me more excited than celebrity chefs. Really, any chef. At the end of the day, chatting with people who hold the same interests you do, and who can better articulate the feelings behind food, family, tradition, love than you can, and who you can learn a thing or 50 from, there’s nothing better.
If I was able to eat a PayDay every day without gaining weight or feeling sick, I would. This was my favorite candy bar when I was little, until I upgraded to Heath Bars. There were two things I always wanted to get from the checkout line at the grocery store when I went with mom- a PayDay and an Archie comic. $2 was all it took to make me the happiest little girl in the world. There were even times I shared my PayDay with dad because it’s one of his favorites too.
Even so, I can’t take responsibility for the idea to make these for National Peanut Cluster Day. My husband, with his new title of Director of Inspiration, came up with the idea. I about flipped because I thought it was just the greatest idea in the history of, well, EVER.
To make homemade PayDays it only takes butter, marshmallows, peanut butter chips, peanuts, condensed milk, and an appetite for greatness.
Sometimes during these food holidays you just have to go simple. I started out with the idea that every single recipe would be 1,000% unique, and super impressive and creative, to boot. Quite honestly, it’s very hard to do that. And then I thought about all the recipes I’ve followed in the past and how the ones I love the most are the ones that are simple, easy, and don’t require too many ingredients or an inordinate amount of time to make. While I appreciate the labors of an elaborate dish, more often than not, I’m looking for ways to scale back and take less time in the kitchen, and more time eating the meal with those I’m sharing with.
I hope these bars do the same for you.
- 1 (16 ounce) jar lightly roasted peanuts
- 4 tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- ½ package peanut butter chips
- 7 ounces (1/2 a can) sweetened condensed milk
- Grease an 8″ round cake pan. Layer the bottom of the pan with ½ the jar of peanuts. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter and marshmallows together.
- Add peanut butter chips and condensed milk, stirring until completely melted.
- Pour mixture evenly over the layer of peanut. Top with the other half of the peanuts, press with your fingers, and allow to set in the fridge until firm.
Tomorrow: National Crabmeat Day; National Meatball Day
Are you a salty or sweet snack lover? Are you both and just never have any idea what to have to satisfy your tooth? Well, puppy chow is that snack!
It’s kind of cruel to call this snack puppy chow when dogs can’t even have a little taste alongside their humans because of the chocolate in the recipe. I mean, really. How is that fair? My dog loves the smell of puppy chow and I have to battle her advances so she doesn’t get sick. Poor Bits dog.
I find Puppy Chow to be the perfect snack at any time. I have more of a love for salty snacks than sweet, but this is such a nice combo, and being that it isn’t overly sweet, I never feel sick after eating an amount of the stuff that I probably shouldn’t have. [Read more...]
SMH SMH SMH SMH. It was a semi chore in getting this crown roast into my home. I thought it would be easy to find one, but then I started seeing prices online and about flipped. Who has a million dollars to spend on meat, anyway?? (Turns out those were all for massive crown roasts.)
I work at Publix, but I’ve never seen any crown roasts of pork in any of the retails stores by me. I called Whole Foods and Fresh Market because I figured that if anyone has this beautiful meat, it would be them. Well, yes, they did, but it was over $100! The Foodie Patootie doesn’t have that kind of cash, y’all. The reason for the cost was the minimum number of ribs (12) they said I needed to be able to form a circle. At $8.99/lb, it would be a cost higher than I was prepared for. I’m sure it was organic and all the good stuff, too, but at some point (unfortunately) my money is more important.
Since Whole Foods said they would have to make it, I thought that my dear sweet Publix would definitely do the same, and it would be way cheaper. Yeah, I wouldn’t opt for our GreenWise pork, but still. At $4.99/lb, I was able to get a small crown roast of pork from Publix (9 ribs), for a grand total of $24.99. Publix, you never, ever fail me. It even came with these little hats to place on the end of the bones, which are missing from my pictures, much to the disappointment of my husband.
Ahh, thank you food holidays for making it easy and acceptable for me to be consuming cheesecake on the regular. It was almost an exact month ago that I was celebrating National Cream Cheese Brownie Day with cheesecake made with a brownie crust (and a salted caramel sauce, might I add). This time the food holiday calendar said, “Go ahead, Jen. Do it again. Make that cheesecake. Consume that cheesecake”.
When the food holidays talk, I listen. I listened with my eyes, heart and stomach. Cheesecake really is one of those desserts I’ll never tire of. Fruit, caramel, chocolate, different crust, different cheesecakes…I mean, there are so many varieties. But, to me, regular ol’ plain cheesecake is the best. Without sauces and without fruit. Old-fashioned cheesecake is pretty much (one of) the best desserts ever. [Read more...]
I’m very excited for this food holiday. It’s a complete meal that just reminds me of home.
National Frozen Food Day is celebrated in a different way in my house today. How about homemade meatloaf, homemade mashed potatoes, and homemade green beans, but just placed in a frozen food container? To me, meatloaf with these sides is just a classic frozen food combination. Even better that my mom’s meatloaf is my favorite. I remember getting so excited for meatloaf in our home when I was younger, and I just had to have the part with the hardboiled egg. Top with tomato or BBQ sauce, it’s no matter to me. It’s delicious either way. [Read more...]
Google tricked me because when I looked up cheese doodle recipes a couple of weeks ago, it showed me cheddar biscuits Google, you failed me. However, it really is just cheese sticks, cheese puffs, whatever you want to call them. I wasn’t going to make cheese doodles. How do you make cheese doodles, anyway?
Just hearing about Absinthe makes me giggle. Why? I don’t know. Maybe it’s the fact that it reminds me of green fairies and I think about that one movie with the college kids who got completed wasted on Absinthe and traveled around some European city wreaking havoc. Basically the Absinthe version of Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, which is hilarious, by the way.
Speaking of fairies, that was my nickname for the better part of elementary school. Or maybe just the 4th and 5th grades, but each grade seems to last 10 years when you’re that young. My nickname came to be because I was short and small, by far the shortest one in the class. I would also get selected as the girl who should date the shortest boy in class. The only boy I can remember that being is this one named Chris who looked like Fievel. Being called fairy didn’t bother me because I heard the whole “That means they have a crush on you” talk and so I thought I was pretty hot stuff.
Anyway, it’s National Absinthe Day and we are celebrating the green fairy, not my 9 year old self. While I “talk” about Absinthe, I’ll show you pictures of my Absinthe experience last night.