Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Eat this, Not that

Yep! That's my exasperated look
Oh my GOSH, you can't escape it. The ever changing standard on which foods are healthy and which ones are not. First they tell you eat whole grain wheat products, now they tell you that it's not good for you. They used to say that eggs were bad for you and to avoid them at all costs... Now it's, "EAT EGGS! They're good for protein". There's a new food added and subtracted from the list of what's healthy almost every 5 hours.

I give up. My recommendation, which I think follows good human logic, is to eat those foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. Fresh produce, fresh meats, eggs, cheeses, whatever... Just make sure it's unprocessed or minimally processed. 

MY LIST OF HEALTHY FOOD
  • The fewer ingredients the better
  • You should be able to pronounce all of the ingredients without a Master's degree in chemistry
  • If it lasts on the shelf for months without molding or getting stale BEWARE (oatmeal, pasta and dried rice and beans are obvious exceptions. Use common sense)
  • If it lasts in the refrigerator for more than a few days BEWARE 
When all else fails, shop the exterior of the grocery stores for the freshest and least processed foods. If it's in the aisles... BEWARE.

~M~


Monday, July 25, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sexy Little Things









The things that make you float when you walk, 
the things that put a little confidence in your talk.
The sexy little everyday things...





Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Overnight Celebrity

These days, everyone wants to be a celebrity. Everyone wants to make a mixtape... Everyone is a photographer... Everyone is a model.

It's overwhelming.

AND, if everyone is a celebrity...

No one is.

~M~

Monday, July 11, 2011

Big I little you

Not the first time this has danced in the back corner of my mind's dark basement, but the first time I'm bringing it up to the sitting room.... So let's talk.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Case of the Missing Balls

~


Why do men find women that are good with cars sexy? It's because it's RARE!!! I don't care how many women like to drive fancy cars, pose next to cars, go to car shows, ETC... Most women don't want to get under a car and get oily, dirty, or the like...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

If I tell you... I have to kill you

Writer's Block



The great advantage of being in a rut is that when one is in a rut, one knows exactly where one is.




-- Arnold Bennett


And boy am I in a rut. As a writer/composer it's very hard not to be able to express. But here I am in Writer's Block Cell D.








Oh boy. How did I land myself here? 







Stuck...

The air that gives breath to the words I write
sucked out
I check my pulse...
No heartbeat.
The rhythm of the flow of the phrases I speak
lost...
Not a drop of inspiration,
not a bit of motivation...

STUCK...

Ugh... Writer's Block.

~M~

Friday, June 24, 2011

Heard it all before

Have I told you before that I don't Iron? Well... I don't iron... obviously

You're such a slave to fashion
that it dictates your every move
But hey, don't trip... I'm a fashion slave too
So bent on being "individual" that I,
watch the trends to see what's in
so I can be sure it ain't on my skin
Yeah I act like I'm unique
but really I'm just frumpy instead of chic
I'm such a slave to individuality
cuz I want you to see me
and I really don't want to be me
So I do the opposite of what you do.

Yeah I'm a fashion slave too.

Necklace: Gifted
(It's made out of guitar picks!!! NEAT-O)




Have you ever been criticized for being you and not someone's expectation of who you should be?

Have you ever felt the need to "dumb down" your beauty so that people would take you seriously?


I'm a bookworm!!! For me, reading is FUN. I'm obsessed with reading and studying. Right now, as we speak I'm dreading having to spend 2 more months on summer break! I'm ready to go back to school! I love to learn of things. I thrive on those things. Heck, I read the dictionary for fun. People that know me know this about me. But people that meet me are shocked to find this out. I can't count the times I've been told that I'm smarter than I look. Is it because of how I dress? Are intellectuals relegated to larger than life glasses, boring clothes and beat up sneakers? Why are "pretty" girls considered to be dumb? Why are fashionable girls considered to be vain?

~M~

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dirty Minds


I gather up my dirty,
my broken...
I store it in a deep space, hidden in a dark closet
One day I'll take it out and wash it.
But by that time, the stains will be set in.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Trapped in the Closet

I have a MacBook Pro! YAY! Okay so It's not new, but I'm now really starting to get my money's worth. In the past 36 hours I've spent about 20 of them working on some music in garageband. And when it's time to record the vocals, since I DEFINITELY don't have an in home studio vocal booth I go in my closet, take all my shoes off the shelf, put the computer on the shelf and start recording. I've spent about 5 hours in my closet in the last 3 days... Hmmm.

Music is my passion and I'm living my dream!

What's your passion?

Friday, June 17, 2011

On days like these...

Today I don't feel like doing anything. I just want to lay in my bed.



Thursday, June 16, 2011

I'd Rather be Naked!

It's getting hot in herre, so take off all your clothes.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

30 for 30: The picks

... and other four letter words


One difficulty is finding suitable roommates. Living with a roommate can mean much less privacy than having a residence of one's own, and for some people this can cause a lot of stress.
Another thing to consider when choosing a roommate is how to divide the cost of living. Who pays for what, or are the shared expenses divided between the two or more roommates. Also, the potential roommate should be trusted to pay their share and trusted to pay it on time. Sleeping patterns can also be disrupted when living with a number of people, so it is therefore important to choose housemates wisely.  --Wikipedia 

Remix FAIL

I've been trying to catch Kendi Everyday's 30 for 30 remix challenge for like the last 4 rounds of it and I fail everytime.

Well this time I just so happened to kick my blog browsing arse in gear just in time to be late for the first day... Well I signed up.

Monday, May 23, 2011

On Going Green...

... and other grown up things.

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a [wo]man, I gave up childish ways.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Why Americans are fat (Yeah I said it)

A french man once told me that I have a nice body for an American. He said most Americans are big... I didn't think too much of it... Then.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

On Growing My Hair

 "I am NOT my hair"
But my hair is a part of me...


So I decided two days ago that I'm growing my hair back out. I just cut it all back off two weeks ago... Seems kinda indecisive huh? Well, it may be. But I had a bit of an epiphany.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 8: Passion (Countdown Continues)

*Today is Day 8 of my 100 days of love and there are 8 days left until my recital, so I'm combining the blog for day 8.

I'm a music major. If you read my blog then this is like a DUH! Cuz by now, you know this. If this is the first time you're stumbling across it then this may be news to you. At any rate, I'm a music major.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Countdown Continues: 9 Days

So I had to cut one of my favorite songs out of the recital because I just couldn't get my band on a practice schedule that accommodated everyone.

20 ingredients- 1 meal

So I decided to challenge myself. I would chose 20 ingredients carefully, because I could only use these 20 ingredients and I had to use all 20 ingredients and come up with a meal. So I present to you...

The 20 Ingredient Challenge

Day 7: Friends, Fun, and Fish Eggs

Last night was Ladies Nite.

3 of my girlfriends and I went out to The Scene and had sushi nite. I had spicy tuna roll last week and my friend Katrina ordered spicy tuna roll minus the red tobiko, so that's what I ordered and it was good except I had to pick the avocado out because I don't like avocados. Well this time, I decided I'd try it with the red tobiko...

What is tobiko?

It's fish eggs. LOL. So I was being adventurous, cuz one of the most unappetizing things to me has always been the idea of fish egss. But I thought, well... I AM eating raw fish...

I must say, it was fun. They were tiny, and they really basically just add a bit of crunchy texture to your sushi. In fact, if you order the roll without red tobiko, they put sesame seeds on it, for a similar texture.

Anyway...
I had a great fun last nite with my friends and my fish eggs. I think I'll try something new again next weekend.

I love my Ladies!!!!
Mine with the red tobiko and if you look across you can see how it looks without

Katrina AKA Ms. Kitty

   
Mandy My Love
Sophia (my best friend) was also there but she refused to take pictures.

~M~

Day 6: Salvation

For by grace are you saved, through faith and that not of yourself. It is a gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.
Pretty much sums it up.

Oh...
And I love it!

~M~

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 5: innovation

Just another one of the million+ reasons I love panera. I hate feeling like I need to have an inhaler on stand by just to drink a smoothie. And the way most restaurants make the thick slushy with the thin straw to drink it makes me crazy. But panera is so innovative. Look how big the straw is compared to conventional straws!

I can drink my smoothie without too much effort.

And I love it!

~M~
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Day 4:

I missed day 4 do expect two today.

I walked across campus today! Seems so little, but since I got my car I rarely walk. That sweet burn in the back of my thighs reminded me of how much I used to love to exercise. The sun on my face, and the beautiful light breeze. Such a beautiful day.

Yup, spring is here...

And I love it!

~M~
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Countdown Continues

As amped as I was yesterday about the recital coming up, is as anxious as I am today.

For those that are unfamiliar with what I'm talking about... I have a composition recital coming up in 13 days. Yesterday I began a two week countdown and I was EXCITED. Things were looking promising. But today, I was supposed to have a rehearsal for a choir piece and ONE person showed up on time. 2 came 30 minutes late and one came 45 minutes late... But it was only scheduled to be a 1 hour practice. Needless to say, that rehearsal didn't happen. So now I feel set back. Not to mention my band is not coming together at all for one of my other pieces. This thing HAS to happen and I'm getting concerned.
Day 13 Photo
~M~

Day 3: Graduation

There is a good reason they call these ceremonies "commencement exercises."  Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning.  ~Orrin Hatch
Today and yesterday have been consumed with paperwork. Preparation.

"For what?" you may ask...

GRADUATION!!!!

Oh yeah baby. It's looking quite positive. My advisor gave me my application for graduation, and we went over my schedule for my last year in undergrad.  Everything is starting to line up quite nicely.

I see the light at the end of the tunnel that is only the beginning of my journey...

And I love it!

~M~

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Countdown Begins

As a requirement for graduation, I have to do a 30 minute Junior Recital, and guess what.


Recital is in EXACTLY Two Weeks...

DAY 14

I could pee my pants. I feel like everything is in shambles. One of the woks, particularly, is like a jigsaw puzzle. I have all the pieces and I see them all, but I'm not quite seeing them all put together right now. I can't coordinate my musicians, and my work schedule messes with the times we can practice. I'm just praying this all goes off without a hitch.

I'm also playing piano, and I have the tendency to freeze up with nerves when I get on stage. I need that spirit to leave NOW, cuz I can't afford that. Well, let's see how this all works out.
Day 14 Photo.
                                 ~M~

Jump on Board with me!!

Day 2: Development

I am a composer!

It feels good to be able to say that. Not, I write music, but I AM A COMPOSER!!

I started my college career at the tender age of 18, which is when most people start college. I decided to major in music, but only because I love music, and I couldn't think of anything else to major in so music was actually just a bit of a fall back. I was a vocal major and I thoroughly enjoyed singing, but even though my teachers all said I had incredible potential, something just wasn't connecting between me and classical singing. Apparently, something wasn't connecting between me and school either, because I dropped out of school after one year.

Now here I am... 8 years later, 1 year away from my B.M in Composition and Recording Arts feeling quite confident that I am exactly where I need to be.


Today I presented my orchestral piece to my Composition instructor and gritted my teeth thinking he would tell me, "Okay. It's okay". But to my shock and amazement, he said nothing of the sort.
"You're a professional!"
My heart welled with satisfaction. This man is hard to impress. And if you'd every heard his credentials, or any of his work you'd understand why. He proceeded to tell me how great my music is and asked me how I "jumped into the world of professionals". He was impressed. And I was encouraged. I took a brief stroll into my musical past this week. I listened to my old compositions and I could see how my music had progressed. I'm so happy to be coming into my own.

I was made for this!!!

I'm developing my craft!

And I love it!

~M~

Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 1: Starting Now

A person can only give what they already have. As a bitter, jaded, love-lacking woman, all that I could put into the atmosphere was negativity. I could try my best to go a day and not say anything negative, but to no avail. 

But I don't have to be who I was; I can change. So today, I'm in love with new beginnings. Shedding the old and the ugly in exchange for Love. I can't take back anything I've been or anything I've done. I can only proceed forth and grow into who I am to be. I spent a lot of time internet venting via my twitter updates. I decided to create a new twitter profile that will never be used as such a tool. This is only a part of an outer reflection of an inner change.

Of course, change doesn't happen over night. But today and onward, I choose positivity.

And I love it!

~M~

Sunday, March 13, 2011

100 Days of Love

So on Feb 19, I started a blogging project entitled 100 days of love. It was supposed to be a blog a day of small tidbits of things I love, things that make me smile, and generally positive things for 100 days.

However,

The hectic pace of my life got the best of me and I didn't continue it. But the project kept me searching for a ray of sunshine amidst my cloudy moments, so I want to pursue it. So here are the links for the past posts and I'm restarting it as of today, March 13. Keep me accountable! Follow me for 100 days on my journey of love. Post your thoughts, comments, etc.

Day 1 Day 2 Days 3, 4, and 5 Day 6 Day 7

~M~

Sexy Back

On Being Sick and Losing Weight

For some unknown reason, I have been beset with a pesky little cold, or flu, or some sickness for like 3 months now. It slinks a way for a while and then at the most inopportune moment it forces it's way back through the door of my sinuses.

Like this weekend

Full fledged fever, headache, coughing, sore throat... THE WORKS!!! So, I decided that I'm going to put myself on a fluid and fruit diet to "flush my system".

Incidentally, my junior recital is coming up and I bought a beautiful dress that fits perfectly... Except, I feel like if I gain 1 lb, I'm gana bust out of it. So I thought... Why not kill two birds with one stone... This sick bird and that weight bird... I figure, I could lose a little bit of weight on a liquid fast, so I won't bust out of my dress...

But as I sit here, having eaten an orange, a can of chicken noodle soup, a half a bag of baby carrots, and having drank about 1 liter of Simply Orange orange juice...

I'M STARVING!!!!

eff this... I'm finna order some chinese!!

~M~

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Clarity





I worry, I weigh three times my body
I worry, I throw my fear around
But this morning, there's a calm I can't explain
The rock candy's melted, only diamonds now remain
I think I live my life in a fog of doubt, pain, fear and insecurity. I wrap my fog with thin rays of confident sunshine hoping that no one realizes what lies behind. A gentle breeze of flowery words and a picturesque hillside of accomplishments serve as a distraction. I take comfort in the strength of numbers, knowing that the more I surround myself with you, the less you see me. And that's exactly what I want.

But I have moments in my life where I see me. No fog, no sun. Calm stillness. It is in these moments that I don't need your presence to validate me. I don't need my distractions to conceal me. In these brief and fleeting moments, I find clarity.

I just want to sit in this moment for as long as I can.

Day 6: Necessities

Having a Full Tank of Gas

despite...


~M~

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 3, 4, and 5

Day 3: Shedding Inhibtions

"I lie when I say I don't care what you think.
I breathe insecurity and I want you to like me.
... But lately, I'd just rather like myself.
So today, I'm shedding my inhibitions. And I love it."
--Me
Day 4: Facebook Friends

I used to ignore friend requests from people that weren't my friends. I used to not respond to comments on people's pages from people I didn't know. That is until I discovered that there's a world out there outside of my little bubble and media networks such as facebook give me an access code. I have met and interacted with people just like me that I'd have never known if not for the social networks, and I must say... I love my facebook friends.


Day 5: My job

Sure, I hate coming in. I always complain when 3:30 hits because I'm that much closer to having to stop whatever I'm doing and head off to work. But when I get here, the people in the building wrap me in a cocoon of acceptance. I get to goof off, watch tv shows and relax. And most of all, I LOVE getting paid.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Day 2: Friends

The family that you choose.

That's what I consider friends to be. If you don't have at least 1 good friend in your life, then it's meaningless. Okay, so I'm exaggerating a bit BUT honestly. I see so much energy being invested into temporal thing of little value. True friendship is hard to come by and we need to cherish these relationships.

I spent my day yesterday with some of the must amazing people in the world. I think I'll keep them :)

~M~
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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 1: The little things

I dunno why but I love the laundromat. The whirring of the machine, and the sweet aroma in the air. It smells... Well clean. Clink, cling... Someone's making change. I sit, hypnotized by the kaleidoscope of colors in front of me. The texture of my environment amazes me. And best of all, when I leave, all my clothes are clean. :)

Oh yeah and I found $20 in one of my loads
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Learn from my mistake

You're familiar with it.

Two cars on the side of the road. In the front car the drivers face is buried in his palm, the rear car boasts colorful flashing lights... Red and blue to be exact.

Yep. Someone got pulled over.

anytime I pass someone who had been pulled over, two things cross my mind. The first is, what was that person doing that landed them in this position. The second is me hoping that I'm not doing the same thing OR something else that can get me pulled over. I instantly get more cautious and aware of my surroundings and of what I'm doing.

That same mentality can be applied to life. If you see someone in a precarious situation... Pulled over on the side if the road if you will... Don't just act oblivious. You may be able to learn from their mistakes
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Monday, January 31, 2011

Modern Day Explorers

"There is NOTHING to do in [Insert your city here]..."
For some of you living in larger cities like Atlanta (cough cough Ms Fashionista Next Door ) or New York, you may not have this complaint. But I live in Huntsville, AL...

What? You never heard of it?

EXACTLY!!!

So I hear that complaint all the time. There's nothing to do in Huntsville. "Huntsville is soooo boring" they say. To which I typically respond, only boring people get bored. (Someone told me that in high school once and I never forgot it.)

But it's true.  Your experience anywhere is only what you make of it. Sometimes you gotta get out there and look.

***

Like Columbus, the great explorer, I too "discovered" a new place.  You know, except, it was already inhabited. Last night when I couldn't sleep I took to playing on my still-new-to-me phone. I started messing with the navigation and stumbled across a function to find places near you. Gas stations, restaurants, bars, coffee shops. So, I decided that since I was craving breakfast food, I'd look for a new breakfast nook and coffee spot (After staying up all night I was going to need to be caffeinated to stay up all day). I stumbled upon Olde Towne Coffee Shoppe.

A full review will come in a later blog, but an abbreviated version of what I found was a portal to the "undiscovered" world that's been right in my face the whole time. Not just that Old Towne Coffee Shoppe was that great (which it was pretty fabulous) but it offered me a peek into other inconspicuos places in huntsville just roaring with culture.  I'm soooo excited to check out the food scenes, music scenes and everyday life scenes that Huntsville has to offer.

I only say this to challenge EVERYONE... Treasure is rarely on the surface. To find anything worthwhile, you have to look for it, so get out there and become a modern day explorer.

Happy Hunting

~M~

Sunday, January 30, 2011

So, occasional I'm an insomniac... Tonight is one of those occasions. I'm lying here in bed and just can't quite drift off. And guess what my brain is doing ever so actively... That's right. Planning breakfast menu ideas. Weird huh?

New and Improved??

So I was looking for a nice template to update my blog with, but all the nice ones had preinstalled picture slideshows that I couldn't figure out how to change (because I have NO idea of the intricacies of HTML)... So I went with something close to what I typically blog about... What do you think about the new look?



Thursday, January 27, 2011

Where the heart is

My state citizenship is a topic of an ongoing joke amongst many of my friends. I'm from Oakland, CA. Born there and lived there until I was twelve. At which point I moved to South Bend, IN and lived there until I was 18. Now I live in Huntsville, AL. So when asked where I'm from I say California; My friends like to joke on me and say I'm from Indiana, though in reality I identify more with Alabama than I do any of the other places I've lived, even though I lived in Cali for the longest out of any of them.

I don't have ties to any city. I could move today and not feel any kind of way. I think when my mom uprooted me from all that was familiar and tried to replant me, I learned not to let my roots grow too deep. I have a few friends here that I'd miss, but not enough to tie me down.

Sometimes, I feel like I have no home. I feel like a constant visitor...

That is, until I log onto facebook and see the life that my family is living while I'm away. Or when I hear the news that one of my cousins passed away. When my cousin has a baby and I'm not there to hug her. When my sister is feeling low, and I'm not there to hold her.

And then it hits me...
My family is my lifes blood, the central beat of my soul. Wherever they are, is where I want to be.
Where my heart is, that's home.

~M~

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Touch Me

Social Networks...

What can I say. In this day of twitter, facebook, phones that are abut 500 MB away from being computers, etc., human beings are in constant contact... Which would seem like a good thing, except, now... instead of talking we text. Instead of visiting, we skype. So when it comes to real communication and effective relationships, we fall short. We can't have deep discussions, because there is a character limit to our thought processes.

UNPLUG.

If you're thinking about someone, don't pull up your browser and chat them. Call them. Visit them. Humans were made for intimate contact and connection. We crave it. And somehow we think that increasing our number of friends or followers will satiate our desire. Au contrair darlin...

As for me, sometimes... I just want to touch.
To feel the electrifying tingle of a brush against my skin.
To LOL and not have to tell because you hear me.
To really SMH and let you see me.
To be me.
You know what I like because you know me,
Forget a thumbs up...

UNPLUG

Come cuddle up with me, lets have a meal.
And to all my homegirls, come on, let's chill.


~M~

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Empty calories

I'm so hungry I could eat that proverbial horse and not feel any kind of way about it. It feels like I haven't eaten today. But I did. 5 hours ago.

PAUSE

Oh you say that's a long time and I should be hungry? Well, that is very true BUT, it's atypical for me. See, what I've learned is that food with substantial nutritional value actually keeps you full longer. And that is not just information that I read or heard and am now spewing off, that's experiential. And it's free for you today. :)

Anytime I eat even just a small homecooked meal like a piece of chicken and some rice or even some Potato Soup , it lasts me MUCH longer than the BIGGEST meal I can supersize up to from the fast food joints.


This is what I ate today

And let's talk about how clear the camera on my phone is.  This picture looks exactly like the food looked in front of me! LOL

But I digress.

Eating nutrional food is not just good for your body, it's good for your pocket. I bought this meal (with lemonade that was too sweet... not pictured) for $7.25 today and yesterday. That's $14.50 and I'm HUNGRY!

That $14.50 would buy me 2 whole chicken legs, a bottle of white wine, some butter some parsley, some angel hair pasta and some green beans; enough to make 4 meals (look out for upcoming recipe for that menu) and there'd prolly be enough money for a small dessert.

All in fast food is just empty calories. They give you just enough energy to think you can do something then you crash and burn at the most inopportune times. :(

So Hungry.

~M~

Monday, January 24, 2011

If they say why, why...

... Tell em that it's Human Nature



It is in my daily commute that a very simple fact is validated in my mind...

HUMANS ARE NATURALLY SELFISH!!!


We do whatever it takes to acheive our own agenda, most times to a fault. The fact of the matter is that in many cases, collective work actually helps you to acheive your bottom line far better than placing your needs or wants above others.

Yeah, it's human nature... But just because poop is natural doesn't mean it's good for you.

~M~

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Best Potato Soup EVER!

So my parents came down for Christmas and I made a special meal that included roasting a few chickens and I needed some fresh rosemary. Only thing is, the store was out of the individual packs of fresh rosemary. So I was forced to buy a rosemary plant. Now mind you, prior to this, I had purchased TWO rosemary plants, both of which died within a week of me having them. So, I wasn't very interested in buying a new plant, but I was DESPERATE for some rosemary. So I bought it, and figured, at the very least I just payed 2 dollars more than normal for the same amount of rosemary.

One Month Later...

Rosa Maria (the name of my Rosemary plant... get it!! lol)

She's still alive and very much kicking. WOW! I water it every two days and leave it on the windowsill in the day time so the sun can hit it and it's great. If you're into fresh herbs... Invest. it only costs 3.99

But I digress...

The parentals also overstocked my house with food that either I hate or ended up going bad (I'm only one person. I can only eat so much at a time). One thing that didn't go bad, but I STILL have a lot of are potatoes. I have a drawer full of potatoes... and that's about ALL I have to eat in my house right now, LOL.

Well, I had been searching and researching meal ideas to utilize this beautiful rosemary that I have sitting in my house, when it dawned on me... Besides chicken, one of the best foods EVER to combine with rosemary is... You guessed it

POTATOES!!!

So I decided to make potato soup.

THE BEST EVER POTATO SOUP... EVER

Ingredients:
4 Medium sized Idaho Potatoes
1/4 of a medium sized yellow onion
3 cloves of garlic
2 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 sprig fresh rosemary
4 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
Olive Oil and Rosemary Sprigs for garnish

Sidebar: For those of you that normally read my blog you're prolly thinking, WHAT?? Measurements? I NEVER measure the ingredients in my personal recipes, and I never follow the measurements when I use someone elses. LOL. But this time I thought I'd create a recipe that can be repeated precisely so I measured EVERYTHING I used.



Step 1: Peel Your Potatoes
Step 2: Chop them into approx 1-2 inch sized pieces

Step 3: Slice or chop your garlic and onions (it doesn't matter the size. We're gana blend them down later)


Crocodile Tears
Onions always make me cry
Step 4: Saute onions and garlic in olive oil over medium high heat, stirring frequently. And keep your eyes on it. Garlic burns quickly. Keep cooking until onions are starting to soften and turning translucent.

Step 5: Add Potatoes, Salt, Rosemary and Red Pepper flakes. Stir and cook until potatoes start to soften.


I take the leaves off and put them in and also I put the stem in. I will fish it out later.
Step 6: Add Chicken Broth. Turn the heat up to high and bring to a boil. Once it starts boiling, turn the heat down to medium low and cover. Simmer for about 20 mins or until potatoes are tender.

Now fish your rosemary stem out.

Step 7: Get your Immersion Blender (or magic wand as I like to call it.)

Step 8: Add Parmesan Cheese and Whipping Cream


Step 9: Time to blend!!!
Blend your soup to desired consistency. You can leave some potato chunks for more heartiness or blend it comepletely smooth. I left some chunks.

FINITO!!!

Serve with a garnish of Olive Oil and Fresh Rosemary Leaves

Now, about this soup...
Okay, so I cook like ALL the time. And out of all the things I do, cooking is prolly what I do the best. I love my food and all of my friends love it and compliment it all the time. I very rarely cook food that is not good so I don't really get surprised when my food comes out good. But this soup... IT WAS PHENOMENAL!!! It shocked my life!!! I challenge you to eat just one bowl of this soup. I couldn't. I went back for another bowl and even after as I was preparing dinner I kept sneaking to the pot for more spoonfulls (as if I had to sneak... lol) I haven't licked a dish in YEARS, but this bowl... I licked clean.



SEE!!!



And best of all, I actually measured ingredients so I can reproduce this soup with the same results. I'm ecstatic!!

Happy Eating

~M~

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I heart Kitchen Stuff

Part I
I spent so much money this past week... Bought lots of stuff I wanted, needed, and wanted to need.

I'm most ecstatic about my Cuisinart Hand Blender (Also called an Immersion Blender). So far I've made smoothies :)
Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie


Pina Colada Smoothie (non-alcoholic)

Making Smoothies is sooooo easy with my hand blender. I just use 1 cup of crushed Ice, 1/4 cup of liquid, 1/2 a cup of fruit and 4 oz of yogurt. What Liquid, Fruit, and yogurt you use is up to what flavor smoothie you're making.


Pina Colada Smoothie
Fresh Coconut
Fresh Pineapple
Vanilla Yogurt
The "milk" in the fresh coconut
The juice from the pineapple
Crushed Ice (I buy mine from Sonic)

THAT'S ALL!! Blend and enjoy.

Part II

I've been DYING for a Cast Iron Skillet. Well, I can now live! My parents bought me one for Christmas! :D(that's my kool-aid smile).

Easy Baked Chicken
Whole Chicken Leg, skinned
Dried Basil
Dried Oregano
Dried Parsely
Paprika
Dried Minced Onions
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Black Pepper
Kosher Salt
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Soy sauce
Step 1: Clean your Chicken!
Get rid of all the extra slimy stuff and skin and trim off excess fat. Unless you like that sort of thing. Then by all means... Keep it on. Then pat dry with paper towels.

Step 2: Make your dry rub.
You can choose how you want to blend it. When it comes to herbs and spices that's very much about personal preference. A good tip tho... The more onions you use, the less salt you'll need (In case you're on a low sodium diet, or hate the prospect of having high blood pressure when you get older)

Step 3: Rub your chicken with Olive Oil and then with your dry rub until completely covered.


 Then place it in your Cast Iron Skillet (or any pan that can be used in the oven.


My Cast Iron skillet! Isn't she beautiful! :)

Step 4: Pop into the oven and bake for 20 mins. Then flip your chicken and bake for 20 more minutes. Take your chicken out of the oven. It should look like this....

... or something close.

Step 5: Remove your chicken from the pan with a some tongs (or your hands if you're daring) and immediately pour your balsamic vinegar into your pan followed by your soy sauce.

This process is called deglazing your pan. Stir with a wooden spoon scraping all drippings and leftover seasoning up from the bottom of the pan. You will end with a beautiful glaze.
... like this.

Step 5: Pour glaze over top of your chicken and ENJOY!!! :)



This recipe is great because it is soooooooo easy. If you don't feel like cooking there isn't much to this and it's so FLAVORFUL! I promise you will have a food-gasm. The potatoes are easy too. Simple wrap a potato in foil, pop in oven, cut in pieces and put on a plate. Take about 1 TBSP of salted butter and 1 clove of garlic minced and cook over low heat on the stove until the garlic is toasted and pour over top of the potatoes. Prep time for this meal is about 10 minutes. Food is done in about 1 hour.

Happy Eating
~M~