Monday already?

It seems like the weekends go by so fast!  I really wanted to sleep in again today 😦

Yesterday I made shredded zucchini egg whites, a couple pieces of turkey bacon and some fruit – nothing much since I was meeting my Mom for lunch. 😀

I met my Mom at Sweet Tomatoes – the “theme” was lemon – they had a wonderful lemon romaine salad with candied pecans and craisins, a not so wonderful lemon orzo soup, and an interesting sugar free lemon mousse, which unfortunately,  the artificial sweetener was too overwhelming.

gotta love the pickeled jalapenos!

I am going to have to try to recreate this soup – it was just one note – lemon!  Do you have a lemon orzo soup recipe?

And no trip to Sweet Tomatoes would be complete without hitting up the bread!  I had a small slice of sesame bread and a slice of pizza bread:

The best thing I had was a cup of  “Chicago style” chili.  Not sure what made it Chicago style, but spiked with a lot of Tabasco, it was pretty good!

My mom and I then went to an unusual store called the Treasure Hunt.  We think it was almost like an estate sale place – nothing was new and it had tons of furniture.  The best part was the “back room” it had box upon box of unusual things!  It felt like we were going through boxes out of someone’s basement.  Unfortunately, the few things we found to buy weren’t priced yet, so it was a bust.  But this was creepy, they had several pirates!

they almost looked like real people!

Since I had Tony’s GPS, we cound another thrift store.

My Mom found something comfy for bed:

And I found a new doll for Hannah:

is this not the creepiest doll you've ever seen??!!

Thanks for hanging out with me Mom! 😀

Tony and I lucked out with roma tomatoes – only .49 cents a pound!  That meant only one thing: making Baja Fresh Salsa!  It’s funny, it’s one of the first recipes I posted back in September of 2008.  Considering I only had about 3 readers, two of which were my Mom and husband, I decided to post the recipe again.

Have you ever been to Baja Fresh?  It’s a fast food Mexican restaurant and they had the best salsa bar.  One salsa was my favorite – it had little flecks of black in it, which I thought was black beans, but turns out it was just charred tomatoes and jalapenos!

Copycat Baja Fresh Salsa (printer friendly version)

  • 7 firm medium tomatoes, cold
  • 1 small jalapeno
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 ½ cups water (optional, depends on how juicy your tomatoes are)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro (fresh)

Grill the tomatoes, garlic and jalapeno until charred, but the tomatoes are still a bit firm. Just throw everything in the blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.  You’ll be hard pressed not to dip chips even though its still warm!  I have kept this in the fridge for up to a week, but usually can it in a water bath for 30 minutes in pint or quart size jars.

be sure to toss in olive oil so they don't stick to the grill

I don't like this salsa at all 😀 It actually made about 1/2 a gallon!

you also want to do this at a pretty high temperature - the goal is to char the outside, but not lose the juice in the tomatoes

just put in the food processor - love the cilantro 😀

I call this the "liquor" in the bottom of the bowl - don't throw it out - just mix it in the last batch

be prepared to be addicted to this salsa!

Last night for dinner we had pork roast – we got a deal on this one!  I used 2/3 of the roast for dinner, with leftovers for lunch, and cut off two big pork chops for another meal.

Since the grill was already hot from grilling the tomatoes, this cooked up pretty quickly.

For my side dish I decided to make a cauliflower gratin – and while good, I need to tweak the recipe a bit – Hannah thought it tasted like diet food, i.e. not enough cheese! 😀

first I steamed the cauliflower, then chopped it up in the food processor

I didn’t mean to chop it up so fine, so it ended up looking like mashed potatoes!

I then topped it with a mixture of panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese

My plate – about 5 ounces of pork and a cup of cauliflower – oh, I may have put some Buffalo Wild Wings Spicy Garlic sauce on my pork! 😀

I am looking forward to working out today – I haven’t exercised since last Thursday!  And I am looking forward to lunch – Eating Well’s Hot Chile Grilled Cheese with my homemade cream of tomato soup!  It’s a bit chilly today in Chicagoland – but sunny skies, so I’ll take it!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! 😀

47 thoughts on “Monday already?

  1. That cauliflower looks delicious! As does everything else ahah
    That doll IS creepy! Yikes.
    Have a great monday!

  2. I can’t believe it’s Monday already either! I was seriously tempted to stay home today!

    Hmm salsa!

  3. Dang, that was a scary doll! But tell Mama…woo hoo! Sure that wasn’t a real pirate?!

  4. Wow, what an amazing post of food! LOVE the roasted tomatoes!
    I don’t have a lemon soup recipe because I haven’t had it before. Looks and sounds super.

  5. Yep the weekends just fly by now. We worked on our yard all weekend and I finally did a light spring cleaning in our big barn!

    Love shopping thift stores and The Treasure Hunt sounds like a great place!

  6. I love your mom with the lingerie, too cute!

    I am definitely making this salsa! I always make a pico-like version, but I want that smokey, really good stuff! Thanks, Biz!

    Have fun exercising!

  7. Amazing food as always (I’ll have to make the salsa!), but what really got my attention was the doll!!! She looks so sad and real and, yes, creepy!

    Happy Monday!

  8. That doll would totally freak me out…*shudder*. I have a thing about dolls and clowns…

    Let me know if you find a recipe for the soup – I used to work in a Greek restaurant and lived off the avgolemono soup. It’s wonderful.

    I’m bookmarking this page so I can make that salsa…

  9. Some delicious eats there! The salsa sounds great!

  10. thehealthyjunky

    Love Sweet Tomatoes! Looks like you and your mom had a great day! Your pictures are you blog always looks so look clear too 🙂

  11. I love the idea of adding shredded zucchini to egg scrambles! Amazing creation! And what a delicious meal you made- I just love a pork roast and the cauliflower gratin sounds so inventive and delicious!!! Even if you need to tweak it a little, I’m patiently waiting for your recipe!

  12. How come weekdays never go as fast as weekends? I think it’s a conspiracy! 😉

  13. haha – that picture of your mom cracks me up! What a hoot!

    And, YES, that doll is scary. I think a lot of dolls are kinda scary!

  14. Everything looks good – as usual but that piece of bread is making me want to bite my computer screen 😉

  15. Ok, that doll is really creepy and I may not be able to sleep tonight! I love sweet tomatoes. We had them in Vegas. I always took way too many veggies on my plate and too much bread too.

  16. I love Sweet Tomatoes (out here it’s called Souplantation but it’s the same thing.) They never seem to have good soup though!

    oh my GOD super creepy doll. ahh!

    That cauliflower gratin looks delicious and I loathe cauliflower!

  17. That doll reminds me of Tammy Faye Bakker!

    Your mom is so funny – love how she modeled for you (and us!).

    My kids would seriously like to have that pirate for their apartment!!! Yarrrr.

    Glad you reposted the salsa recipe – it looks good and easy – my kind of cooking!

    Have a wonderful day!!!

  18. You had sent me that baja fresh salsa recipe awhile back and I have yet to try it! But I will, I promise…when my tomatoes come in!

  19. That IS a creepy doll! Ack!

    If it’s just the addiction to salsa, I’m ok with that…it’s the accompanying tortilla chips that go with the salsa which I struggle with! 😉

  20. DiningAndDishing

    ahahahahha. absolutely the CREEPIEST doll ever!!! who even decided to manufacture that!?

    – Beth @

  21. All the food looks awesome as usual, the salsa looks great, love the fire roasted.

    I have an AWESOME lemon and chicken orzo soup that is from Ellie Krieger’s cookbook “The Foods we Crave” delicious, light, filling, tasty. I would be happy to type it up for you or you can see if you can find it on the food network site.

  22. I’m going to have nightmares about the doll! OMG!!! haha

    Glad you had fun with your moms – I LOVE sweet tomatoes! (especially that redic cheesy bread)

  23. YUM! Both the orzo soup and the cauliflower gratin look ahhhmazing! That doll is totally creeping me out! Glad you had a nice day 🙂 Hope your Monday has been easy so far!

  24. Oh my goodness! The cauliflower looks amazing!
    HAHA Your mom is adorable…that is SO her!

  25. Maybe “Chicago Style” chili is b/c here it’s often eaten plain like it’s a soup, and in a lot of restaurants it IS a soup option. I grew up always eating chili on something, like over a bed of rice or with chips like it’s a dip. That’s my guess anyways?

    I remember that salsa recipe! It’s the first thing I read on your blog b/c it used to be a tab up top. I was so impressed!

    Also, I spy w/ my little eye the tortilla chips in the paper bag! I forget the name right now, but they’re the ones made in Chicago! We love those and always have at least 2 bags on hand!

  26. Homemade salsa is the best!! Your recipe looks quite amazing!!

  27. a perfect use for that grill!

  28. The doll just misses her boyfriend……Chucky! 🙂

  29. Love your Mom’s new “nightgown” he he he! And yes, scariest doll ever. Seriously. I think she’s crying b/c the artist overdid the eyelashes just a wee big. That salsa is seriously making me droooool!

  30. P.S. The directions on the recipe don’t include grilling the tomatoes. I didn’t notice it until I went to print it.

  31. LOL, yes, that doll is creepy. I kinda like it 😀


  32. wow your eggs look yummy and what a fun thing to do with your mum hopefully my parents will make it next week from Scotland

  33. i never know what to comment on because every single think you post is looks SO delicious! i’ve never even thought to grill tomatoes, they looks awesome!

  34. That salsa looks ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I am bookmarking this recipe now!!!

  35. that doll is creepy but that cauliflower looks delicious.

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  37. Ummm salsa! I thought the doll looked like Tammy Faye Baker too! How funny, must be some southerners in the crowd!

    Girl you inspire me to make my own salsa more, is yours a gas oven? Mine is a horrible electric stove, so my stuff does not char, and I have to get out on the grill!

    Chef E

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  39. Those tomatoes look incredible! I’ve just had lunch and I’m now thinking ‘yum, I could eat them!’

  40. That doll is beyond creepy! No wonder they were trying to sell it! LOL.

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