Friday, November 30, 2012

Instagram


Wore my new Yay Burpees socks for rope climbs yesterday at Crossfit!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ben & Jerry's Cannoli Ice Cream

Sadly, it is now too chilly outside for a visit to an ice cream shop. Boooooo! Luckily, Vermont's own Ben & Jerry are keeping the grocery store ice cream aisle fresh by periodically releasing limited batch flavors. Remember Schweddy Balls?


Their newest flavor is Cannoli. Seriously. I think it goes without saying that I had to track this one down. Cannoli plus ice cream must equal amazing, right? Let's just say: this stuff is the bomb. 

This new concotion is much different than their original cannoli flavor. (R.I.P. Holy Cannoli, which was made with ricotta cheese, vanilla-pistachio ice cream, and pistachios.) They reinvented the flavor and it is now created with mascarpone ice cream, fudge covered cannoli pastry shells, and a mascarpone swirl.


The mascarpone, an Italian cheese made from cream, makes a very rich and VERY DELICIOUS ice cream. Definitely different than the primarily cream and/or milk based ice creams I'm used to. I also love that the pastry shells stay crisp, adding a nice crunch. In my opinion, it doesn't really taste like cannoli (maybe more like cake batter) but its delicious no matter how you scoop it.

Appears boring but looks are deceiving!

This flavor is only around a short while so run - don't walk - to an ice cream aisle near you and see if you can get your hands on a pint. Or, check out the Find Cannoli map HERE.


What's your favorite Ben & Jerry's (or any ice cream) flavor?
Both Oreo/cookies n cream and chocolate chip cookie dough are my favorites. B&J's Half Baked is another  must have of mine.

(Note: Ben & Jerry's did not endorse or in any way promote this blog post. This is a product I personally use and enjoy. All opinions are strictly my own.)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

WIAW #41

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and lots of fabulous eats!

I chowed down on a ridiculous amount of food (and possibly wine...) and everything was delicious. My mom sure is a great feast maker! Thanks Mom! :D


Before we get to the WIAW stuff, check out the pies that I made this year. I was (and still am) pretty darn psyched about how pretty they turned out...

L to R: Pumpkin, Swedish Apple, Oatmeal Pecan

Even though our paleo challenge is technically over, I'm still going to try and eat mostly paleo during the week. I felt much better (both physically and in my energy levels) when I kept to it so why mess with a good thing? However, I am going to allow myself a little bit of cheese here and there. I really enjoy cheese and (excuse the drama queen for a minute) but what's the point of living if I gotta deprive myself all time time? That being said, it'll be more as a "garnish" rather than the star and it certainly won't be eaten in copious quantities. Except on cheat day...then all bets are off. ;)

Okayyyy, now that all that is outta the way, let's WIAW this post up.


Egg whites topped with creamy pesto, bacon, and a banana. The garlic breath first thing in the morning was worth it because this breakfast was deeeeelish! 


Avocado Turkey Salad. Utilizing some of that leftover turkey made for a super quick lunch. Click HERE for the recipe.
Balsamic and Onion Pot Roast. This was totally fantastic and will definitely be repeated around here! I'm drooling thinking about it now and am wondering if this weekend would be too soon to make it again... I posted the recipe yesterday so check it out - it is freakin' good!
 
And that about does it. No snacking around here really because these "three squares" kept me full for once! 
 
Have a great day! :)
 
What was your favorite thing you ate over Thanksgiving or the past week??

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Balsamic & Onion Pot Roast

This dish immediately caught my eye on Pinterest because I thought my babe would probably love it because a.) it was meat and b.) he likes both balsamic and onions. So I made it this past weekend for Sunday night dinner and thankfully, he did enjoy it and so did I!

The "sauce" was definitely a bit more liquidy (even after reducing it) than other pot roasts but we didn't mind it. I suppose you could thicken it up a bit with a roux if you wanted to or sop that delicious sauce up with some mashed potatoes or egg noodles. We were eating paleo so we didn't do that.

Oh, that's the other great thing about this - it is paleo approved! :)


Balsamic and Onion Pot Roast (in crock pot)

2 or 3 large sweet onions
3 to 4 pound boneless chuck roast
Onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper (or whatever seasonings you wish to use)
1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 1/4 cup beef broth, divided
1/2 cup good quality balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup tomato sauce

1. Peel and thickly slice the onions. Place on the bottom of crock pot. 
2. Rub the meat with your seasonings. Heat the olive oil in a heavy pan and, when hot, brown both sides of the roast. Remove and place on top of the onions. Deglaze the pan with 1/4 cup beef broth (or maybe even wine?!). Set aside. 
3. In a small saucepan, bring the remaining 1 cup of beef broth to a boil and cook until reduced to 1/2 cup. Stir in the deglazing drippings, balsamic, and tomato sauce. Pour this over the onions and roast.
4. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours, or until the roast is tender. 
5. Remove the roast and onions and cover with foil to keep warm. Drain the sauce from the crock pot and skim any fat. Place in small saucepan and reduce by 1/3. Serve over meat and onions.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WIAW #40

First of all, I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow...with lots of good eats, of course!!!

And even if you aren't celebrating Turkey Day, well I still hope you're enjoying lots of tasty food. :)

Just to be clear up front, I sure as heck ain't eating Paleo on Thursday! I'm seriously hungry just thinking about it the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls with buttah, this amazing oatmeal pecan pie...droooool.

But since it isn't yet time for the big feast, here's a WIAW to tide us all over!

Well, unfortunately yesterday I didn't eat a real breakfast because this happened on my way to work...

Total flat tire - out of nowhere. I didn't hit anything and there weren't any nails or sharp stuff poking into it. Weird. Anyway by the time I got to work, I was a bit stressed and not hungry so I just had a banana.

By lunchtime, I was back to normal and so was my appetite! Leafy greens, fruits & veggies, and chicken to the rescue.


I went to CBS Scene for dinner with a friend. Not gonna lie: I definitely ordered a Shipyard beer and a Margherita pizza. Oops. ;)


Well, I'll be back after Thanksgiving to share some more eats with ya! 

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Cranberry-Orange Bread

Looking through my still rather small index of recipes, I seem to have posted an exorbitant amount of bread and muffin recipes. Guess it is rather obvious what I choose to bake more often that not. ;)
Anyway, so I have yet another bread recipe for you. But I couldn't resist sharing because it came out so damn good!


Grab a few extra bags of cranberries now and toss em in the freezer, so you can whip this puppy up anytime of the year.


Cranberry-Orange Bread
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 heaping cup whole cranberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup (or more) roughly chopped walnuts (please, do NOT chop these up small; leave a bit bigger because they adds so much extra texture to each bite of bread)
1 large egg
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
zest of a whole orange
coarse sugar, for topping (optional but adds a really nice crunch!)

1. Preheat oven to 350*. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan.
2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Stir in cranberries and nuts.
3. In a second bowl, whisk together egg, oil, orange juice, and zest. Add to dry mixture bowl and mix just until combined.
4. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 1 hour, or until toothpick comes out mostly dry.
5. Cool in the loaf pan on a wire rack.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Instagram


The CD player in my car is jammed and I couldn't stomach the radio anymore. (Man, radio is awful!) The quick solution? Laptop becomes jukebox on the way to work. ;)

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

WIAW #39 - The breakfast edition

I definitely dropped the ball and didn't take any meal photos this week. 

But have no fear, there will still be a WIAW post this week (obviously) since I have a little stash of previously unposted breakfast photos to share in place of the usual three squares!

Why breakfast? At first, it was for no reason other than I seem to just have a backlog of morning meal pics. (Which is strange since I usually seem to eat the same breakfasts over and over again!) But it got me thinking that it'd be fun to share a bunch of one meal all at once, so I think I'll make this into an informal series. Lunch, dinner, and snack round-ups to come in the future. :)

[Oh, quick disclaimer: unless otherwise noted, these aren't all paleo.]

Eggs and paleo pumpkin bread, topped with almond butter & coconut spread

Egg whites, avocado, and cranberry-orange bread (recipe coming soon!)

Egg whites and paleo pumpkin pancakes
Eggs, leftover steak, and thick pita bread
Banana waffles

Egg whites (unpictured) and paleo biscuits (recipe HERE)

Egg whites and French toast, topped with banana slices and slivered almonds

What are some of your favorite breakfasts?
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Paleo Biscuits

These biscuits were one of the first paleo recipes I ever made. At the time, I was dubious about the paleo diet...though I was starting to get a bit curious. A test batch was quickly whipped up, eaten, and actually enjoyed. So, you could say that these biscuits are what started to change my mind about eating paleo...


I found these to be a darn good substitute for flour-based biscuits and actually less fussy to work with. While they do taste slightly coconutty, it's not overpowering and definitely not a bad thing. Ooh, and they pair really well with breakfast, too!


Paleo Biscuits
adapted from Simply Living Healthy
makes 6 to 9 biscuits

1 heaping cup of almond flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil, cold
6 egg whites

1. Preheat oven to 400*. Line large baking sheet with parchment.
2. Whisk together almond flour, baking power, and salt. 
3. With a pastry blender or fork, cut the cold coconut oil into flour mixture until crumbly. Refrigerate 10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, whisk egg whites until very frothy. Fold into chilled flour mixture until well combined.
5. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter onto baking sheet, smoothing the tops.
6. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
7. Serve warm. Refrigerate any remaining biscuits.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Leyden Farm Vineyards & Winery

Though beer and I went through a rough patch of hating each other for a few years, it is now primarily my beverage of choice when indulging. Occasionally some hard alcohol slips in there but...that usually leads to trouble. And wine? Well, I was under the assumption I didn't like it after random sips over the years. However, I've recently been joining my Memere and Grandpa at wine tastings and am slowly discovering the varieties that I do enjoy! I seem to gravitate to white wines, especially the sweeter Rieslings.


Anyway, being as how my Memere has been one to get me more into wine, I decided to take her to Leyden Farm Vineyards & Winery in West Greenwich, RI for a wine tasting. As a relative newcomer in the wine world, Leyden doesn't yet have all the bells and whistles that more established vineyards might have. They are slowly building up their wine business so it was pretty neat seeing the earlier stages. In fact, they actually started business as a Christmas tree farm, from which you can still purchase trees. (And check out the shop for some gorgeous handmade ornaments to hang on said trees!)



Leyden's seems to keep their business close to home. Owner Maureen ran the tasting during our visit and was incredibly personable and the smile never left her face. And their pets are the inspirations behind the wine names and labels. So cute!

 
We were each allowed to try six wines and between us both we tried them all. I'd purchased a Living Social deal, too, so a yummy cheese plate came alongside. Wine + cheese = doesn't take much to make us happy!



We seem to have similar tastes in wine so we both ended up really liking the Golden Sangria and Romeo's Passion Fruit. Leyden's wines are reasonably priced, with most bottles running $16.99. Apple Jack Russell and Samson's Wildberry are definitely two wino favorites and were sold out when we visited. So, snag em if you see em!




Leyden Farm Vineyards & Winery is located at 160 Plain Meeting House Road, West Greenwich, RI.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

WIAW #38

I'm running out of ways to introduce the weekly WIAW posts so I'll just jump right in today with a big old Happy Wednesday everyone! 

Breakfast was super yummy for one reason and one reason only: bacon! Okay, so the egg whites and blackberries were good, too, but let's be honest here - bacon steals the show. Let me tell you how hard it was to stop at three slices...I'd rather have just cooked up the entire package but I showed some restraint. Miracles do happen.

Just so no one is totally creeped out: the plates say 'eat your heart out,' not just 'eat your heart.' That'd be a little too morbid, even for us. ;)

And since I was still drooling over the lingering bacon smell in my house, it definitely made another showing at lunch. Egg whites and bacon all snug inside an Improveat wrap, which are made with paleo approved coconut! This was deeeelish... I had a salad a little while after this but who wants a picture of that when there's bacon porn? ;)
This thrown together dinner actually ended up being really awesome and incredibly filling. A couple of spicy sausages; roasted acorn & delicata squashes with coconut spread, salt, & pepper; and some peppery kale chips. This will probably be repeated tonight because I'm sort of obsessed with all of these components at the moment.

Well, that just about does it for me today. If you want more, I wrote about some yummy fall/pumpkin beers on Monday and reviewed a great Asian/sushi place on Sunday.
Enjoy your day! :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Instagram

 
The first thing my babe cooked using his new oven: lemon and black pepper kale chips.
 
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall beer = love

I'm a big fan of pumpkin beer. Though I try to wait until September, I am one of those people who buys it up in early August when it first hits shelves. And nine times outta ten that's what I'll order when I'm at a bar. Here are a few of my recent favorites...though this is by no means a full list. ;)
 
(I have no idea where I found this - source?)
 
Let's start with what almost usurped Shipyard Pumpkinhead as my favorite fall beer of all time - Woodstock Brewery's Autumn Ale Brew. Flavored with apple and cinnamon, this smelled and tasted just like how I imagine fall. Not too dark and not too light, it is a perfect beer to drink out around a fire. Definitely rim your glass with some cinnamon-sugar for the best effect.
 
 
Another surprise was Harpoon's Pumpkin Cider. I've had their pumpkin beer before so I guess that's the flavor I was expecting? But nope, this is full-on cider flavor spiced up with all those fall spices you've come to know and love. It was very crisp and refreshing, which makes for a great respite from the usually heavier pumpkin brews.
 
 
Doing a 180 from the cider, Cisco Brewer's Pumple Drumkin is a mildly hoppy pumpkin beer. It is also robustly spiced and not overly sweet, which is a downfall many others succumb to. Aside from that, the tipsy little pumpkin character on the label is flippin' adorable!
 
 
My favorite thing about all three of these? They are all brewed right here in New England! Both Harpoon and Cisco are Massachusetts companies, while Woodstock is just a short drive away in New Hampshire. Gotta love supporting the local companies!
 
And don't forget, you can follow me on Untappd to see what else I'm drinking.
 
What are you drinking this fall?
 
Is beer not your thing? Check out my review on Stingy Jack's Pumpkin Wine here!
 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Asian Ginger

Funny thing about Asian Ginger: when I was growing up, this was the Friendly's that basically everyone in school went to during our formative years. So it was a bit of a shock when it closed and transformed into a sushi place! While it still looks like a Friendly's on the outside, the inside has been completely redone and is gorgeous. Seriously, my jaw dropped when I went in for the first time.

The window on the right of the doorway is a waterfall!

Okay, that's enough of my old stories and decor talk. You're obviously here to read about food, am I right?


So, my babe and I popped in here one day to give it a try. We had only eaten sushi one time before this point but today we were feeling brave and were planning on ordering a couple of rolls. We ordered a spicy tuna roll and a Philly roll. Both rolls were excellent and made using super fresh ingredients. Sushi rolls are pretty enough in their own right but check out the lovely plating...

I definitely took a pic actually with the sushi but that one mysteriously disappeared.

We've been back since and tried a yellowtail jalapeno roll, which was also very tasty and another perfect choice for us sushi beginners.


An absolute must order is their beef satay. It is the best "meat on a stick" I've ever had, marinated in something amazing and fork tender. The accompanying peanut sauce makes for a fabulous sidekick. 


Of course, in my mind, no trip to an Asian restaurant is complete without fried rice. One of my biggest rice peeves is when you can totally taste the dirty old oil. Asian Ginger's pork fried rice was another success - it was clean tasting and chock full of yummy tidbits.


Also enjoyed were the ubiquitous hot n sour soup and chicken fingers. 



Somehow, my babe and I managed to save room for dessert. Come on, how could we not splurge and try the deep fried chocolate ice cream? :D


Thoroughly full at the end of our feast, we were given warm moist towelettes to clean up with and then presented with chilled orange segments and fortune cookies. Such a nice touch at the end of a fabulous dinner. I am looking forward to many more excellent meals at Asian Ginger!

Asian Ginger is located at 70 Central Street, Foxboro MA.