I think I have an addiction…

to hot sauce.  I know, doesn’t this come to you as a complete surprise?!  Melanie wondered what kinds of hot sauce I have in the house.  I thought I had 27 bottles, turns out I have 21 at home and 6 at my office.  I may or may not have a tiny bottle of Tabasco in my purse for emergencies!  (Melanie – you asked for it!)

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But not all hot sauces are created equal.  They have to be FLAVORFUL hot sauces.  I don’t want stuff to be hot for the sake of being hot, it has to enhance what I am eating.  Sriracha is my go to for any dish in the Asian family – Thai soups, fried rice, etc.  Buffalo Tabasco has now just about superseded any other hot sauce as my go to, but I still reach for the others for tacos and pizza.

One I cannot ever try again, but I can’t seem to get myself to throw it out, is this one:

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The Naga Jolokia pepper is the hottest pepper in the world:

Recognized as the world’s hottest pepper by Guinness Book of World Records in 2007, the Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) measured at over ONE MILLION Scoville heat units. Nearly nearly twice as hot as the famous Red Savina. Hotter than you can imagine. Proceed with caution.

Sadly, when I got this I did not proceed with caution and doused whatever it was I was eating, and immediately regretted the decision.  My eyes started to water, my nose ran, my face got hot – I think I drank about 3 glasses of milk before I even STARTED to get relief.   I like hot, but that’s too hot!

I made another potato crusted quiche, although this time I subbed in 2 ounces of tomato basil gouda on top – delicious!  Unphotographed was a container of Chobani peach.

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Since I got my boss hooked on panini’s, yesterday we had roast beef and brie panini’s.  Rhonda, check out my score at the discount cheese bin!

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I had herbed mustard on mine – holy shizz this was a great sandwich! Next time though, I’ll cut my bread a bit smaller – this was 2.5 ounces of bread, but less bread would have made the filling shine.

Another score at the discount meat bin!

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It was 50% off the lowest price, so I got this package of 1.28 pounds of filet mignon for only $8.30.  Last night we split one, and I easily have leftovers to have with my breakfast this morning, and we’ll split the other one at a later time.

My method for rare steak?  2x2x2x2.  Two minute a side in one direction, then flip in the other direction for 2 minutes a side – check out my grill marks.  I am kind of like a professional when it comes to grill marks. Open-mouthed smile

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My brother and sister probably threw up in their mouths at how rare this is, but it was delish.  And guess what?  I am starting to like mushrooms!

Can you help a sista out?  Erica and a friend of hers are running a race to raise money for the Special Olympics.  What makes this race different is that they are running in their wedding dresses!

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Go here if you can spare some change – they are trying to raise $1,000 and they are just under $300 at this point.

We ended up getting maybe three inches of snow last night?

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We may still get some more this morning, but it’s not too bad.  Just a little exercise shoveling to get to our cars and brushing them off.  I ended up taking a rest day yesterday and it was a great decision.  I plan on doing another “100” workout of some kind today, haven’t decided which one yet.

My vegetarian chili and jalapeno corn bread turned out so good for my Souper Friday lunch today at work.  I’ll be posting both recipes tomorrow.  And Tony – it’s Lent and it’s Friday – NO MEAT FOR YOU!  (um, he may never remember).  You should try out the Arby’s fish sandwich!

Question of the Day:  Do you love hot sauce?

Make it a great day!

I Can’t Get Tony To Pork Anymore.

I have a Weather Bug app on my phone.  This morning when I got up, there was a weather alert – a damn winter storm warning.  Starting tonight and into tomorrow, we could get up to 5 inches of snow and have wind gusts of 30 mph.  Tony and I have to keep reminding each other why we still live in the Midwest – gah!

I ended up making more banana granola pancakes for breakfast – these are so good I hope you try them.  I had two yesterday with 2 ounces of deli ham on the side.  And for the record, that’s a salad plate, not a dinner plate. Open-mouthed smile

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After stepping on the scale to face the music yesterday, my sister read my blog and sent me this:

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Thanks Jenn!  It was just the push I needed to get in a great workout at lunch.  I decided to run a 5k.  I told my sister my goal was to get under 37 minutes.  Much like Shelley, it takes me a while to get my breathing going.   I decided to run my first mile at a 4.5 mile pace.  I walked for .1 of a mile, then sped up my next mile to 5.0 mph.  Then I walked for .1 miles, and finished my last mile at 5.5 mph.  I made it!

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I think it helps that I watch t.v. while I am working out.  I tell myself I can’t look down to see how far I’ve gone until I hit a commercial. Open-mouthed smile  I’ve said this before, but if I can run a 36 minute 5k at 171 pounds, just think how fast I could be at 141 pounds!

Ever since Tony’s colon cancer surgery, his eating habits have really changed.  Before Tony was a man who loved thick bone in pork chops, thick steaks – a true meat and potatoes man.  Lately though?  Pork is out.  It makes him want to gag.  A few weeks ago I made a pork stew and when I went to clear the dishes I realized he ate everything BUT the pork.  So, I guess if I want pork I will have to make it for my bosses or my SIL. Open-mouthed smile  I can’t get Tony to pork anymore.

So while I defrosted pork chops inadvertently, and realized my other dish for the week was chicken visuvio, which when I read the recipe before leaving the office I determined it would take nearly 90 minutes to make, so I went with the old standby, and something Tony does love – smoked sausage and Zatarain’s red beans and rice.  As usual, I top my serving over a bed of baby spinach.  And I added a sprinkling of cheddar cheese and Buffalo Tabasco.

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But we have a small crisis in the Bizzy Kitchen people:

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I am out of buffalo Tabasco!!  And I know I have about 27 more bottles of hot sauce at my disposal, but this one is my go to, all around hot sauce.  Like the Frank’s hot sauce commercial, I put that shit on everything. Open-mouthed smile

I already have some ideas for my meal plan next week – check these delicious eats out.

Melanie made homemade tomato soup with a puff pastry topping.  Holla!   While I can’t eat a tomato by itself, a great tomato soup is something to behold.  And having the puff pastry on top?  It really does make a decadent soup!

While its been years and years since I’ve been to an Olive Garden, Kim made a copy cate recipe of the Zuppa Toscana that looks delicious.

Small world – my new boss has a SIL that has a food blog!  She recently posted her weekly menu (she is a meal planning guru!) and she linked to a buffalo chicken pizza that I need to make – soon!

Right now I have a potato crusted quiche in the oven for breakfast, and I am going to be making roast beef and brie panini’s with herb mustard for lunch.   My one boss asked me yesterday “are we going to have panini’s this week?”  And tomorrow, since it’s Lent, I am making a veggie chili with jalapeno corn bread on the side. I loves me some corn bread.

Time to get this show on the road – make it a great day!

Banana Granola Pancakes & Three Bean Chili

Thanks for all your comments yesterday after I “came clean” about my over eating over the weekend.  It’s nice to know that I am not alone, but it also helped me be more conscious of my eating yesterday.

Helen pointed out that just because I didn’t get on the scale, doesn’t mean that I didn’t overeat.  So on my “do over” post on February 11 I weighed in at:

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Today’s weight:

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I swear to you I would have thought I’d gained three pounds in that amount of time, so imagine my surprise that I actually lost .8!  It’s just stupid mind games with the number I thought was going to be on the scale, but I guess I have to say that my exercise made my overeating a wash – I just can’t keep letting the food wash away my hard work at the gym.  Embarrassed smile

I made another batch of Perfect Pancakes from Chobani, except this time I made banana granola pancakes using the new banana Chobani flavor – so good!

Banana Granola Pancakes

  • makes 12 pancakes – each cake: 95 calories, 1.2 fat, 17.4 carbs, 212 mg sodium, .9 fiber and 3.6 protein

Ingredients:

  • 1 6 oz. container of banana Chobani
  • 1½ c all-purpose flour
  • 1½ t baking powder
  • ¼ t baking soda
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 medium banana, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup granola

Step 1

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, Chobani and milk.

Step 2

Add yogurt mixture to flour mixture and use a wooden spoon to combine lightly.

Step 3

Heat a nonstick skilled over medium heat. Lightly coat with cooking spray and pour about ¼ c of batter onto pan for each pancake.  Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of granola over the pancake, then press in 3-4 slices of banana.  Cook until edges set and bubbles appear on surface, about 2 minutes. Flip to brown other side.

The best part is since the bananas are on the surface and not actually “in” the batter, they caramelize – these were a BIG winner with my boss.

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These were so filling too – I couldn’t even eat the third pancake.  I ate these around 9:00 a.m., and I didn’t end up eating lunch until almost 2!

I ended up swimming yesterday for 30 minutes.  There was a cute 4 year old girl in the lane next to me.  She was actually a pretty good swimmer, and when I told her that she said “you swim pretty good too!”  So cute.

I was going through my freezer and realized I had about a pound of ground pork I needed to use up.  I decided to make a chili, using up some canned beans I had in the pantry.

Three Bean Chili

  • makes 8 servings, 1.25 cups each – 278 calories, 12 fat, 580 mg. sodium, 24 carbs, 6.7 fiber and 17 protein

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chipotle sauce
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and shredded
  • 1 15 oz. can kidney beans
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans
  • 1 15 oz. can small white beans
  • 32 ounce can of crushed tomato
  • 1 10 oz. can of tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 cup of salsa verde

In a large stock pot, brown the pork and drain off any fat.  Drain all the beans.  Add everything to the pot and simmer for 30 minutes.

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I meant to buy Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, but got this instead – I really like the spicy kick this adds to the chili.

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I ended up making me and my boss an “accessory” plate to go with the chili – cilantro, a little bit of cheese, tortilla chips, slice jalapenos and sliced limes. I of course added a bit of buffalo Tabasco to mine. Devil

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This was really good – I liked the extra vinegary kick of the green salsa to this too.

Dinner was one of my guilty pleasures – cube steak.  I’ve always loved it and it’s a super economical cut of meat.  I just salt and pepper it, dust it with a little flour and pan fry it in a little butter and olive oil.  On the side I made spinach twice baked potatoes.  Well, mine had spinach in it!

I topped it with another cheese Tony got me for Valentine’s day:

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I ate about 3/4 of this plate before being completely stuffed.  It’s sad but Tony and I are still not used to not putting our plates on the ground to give Eddie our leftovers. Sad smile

And guess what?  I took Andrea’s advice and told myself after I cleaned the kitchen:

The Kitchen is Closed!

And it worked – I didn’t eat anything else after dinner.  Koo-dohz!

Off to make some more banana granola pancakes for breakfast and heat up my car.  Right now its 7 degrees, but with the windchill, its –8.  I am definitely wearing a coat again today!

Make it a great day!

I didn’t forget. . .

to weigh in yesterday.  You see, both Friday and Saturday night I stayed up late to watch some of my shows on the DVR.  Tony went to bed and Friday night I stayed up until 1:00 a.m. watching American Idol!  And of course, with no one looking, the cheese and crackers came out and it was a lot of mindless eating. Embarrassed smile

I don’t know why I do it, like if no one sees me eating it doesn’t really count.  And I worked out over the weekend, so I don’t know why I would waste that time at the gym by eating food making it a wash.  Gah.   But, the weekend is over, this is a new week, and I’ll just have to dust myself off.

Since I still have the panini machine at work, I decided to make my boss and I breakfast paninis.  I found burrito size tortillas that are 140 calories each, and the filling was egg whites, baby spinach, an ounce of ham and 1/2 an ounce of cheese.  I cooked the egg/spinach/ham mixture at home, then assembled them at work.

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We both really liked these – of course, I doused mine in Buffalo Tabasco after this picture was taken. Devil

My gym bag was packed and I decided to do a 5k on the treadmill.  I walked 2 minutes, then ran three minutes, and each subsequent three minute runs I went faster.  My last three minute run was at an 8:45 minute pace!  Not a bad time for walking/running a 5k!

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Tony and I went out for Chinese over the weekend, and I hate to waste leftovers, so I had a cup and a half of our leftovers – his was pan noodles with a bunch of different meat, mine was kung pao shrimp.

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Check out my score at the 50% off bin!

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I decided to make us taco salads for dinner.  I forget how good these are.  Mine was lettuce and baby spinach with cucumber, diced tomato, and chopped pickled asparagus.

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With ground sirloin, kidney beans and a dollop of Wholly Guacamole – yum!  My dressing was 1/3 cup of my baja fresh salsa mixed with 1 tablespoon light ranch.

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The spicy guacamole is amazeballs! 

So while it was 51 degrees yesterday afternoon, this morning is 11 degrees, with a wind-chill of zero, and snow flurries are expected.  I am so done with this winter already!  When I posted the temp on facebook, I was a bit jealous of people who had temps in the 70s!  (Kelly and Charlie, I am looking at you two!)

Right now I have a batch of banana granola pancakes going with the new Chobani flavor of banana yogurt.  They look good!  I’ll post the recipe tomorrow.  I also have a three bean pork chili for lunch today – I made it over the weekend so it will be interesting to see how the flavors melded together. 

Question of the Day:  Do you eat when no one is looking?

Make it a great day!

I Can’t Quit You!

I was so happy to see the sun yesterday.  Even though it was only in the low 20’s, somehow when its that cold and sunny, I think spring is right around the corner.  Sadly, we still have ice and snow on the ground, and I think we have some snow in the forecast later this week. Sad smile

Saturday night I decided to make a pot roast.  I chopped the veggies, seasoned and coated the roast in flour, then spent about 20 minutes searing the outside before putting it in the oven to cook for two hours.

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It looks good, right?  But it tasted like ass. Sad smile  The meat was touch, the gravy was funky, even the oven fries had no taste.  I barely ate half before calling it quits.  Tony always wonders why I get upset when a meal doesn’t turn out, but I have high expectations of my food, and when it doesn’t work out the way I want to, I naturally get pissed.

Yesterday was a new day though, and our squirrel Lyle is becoming more and more friendly.  I swear if I let him, he would eat a peanut out of my hands.

We throw the peanuts on the table on our front deck.  We now have about three regular squirrels.

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So I am at the back of the house on our computer, when I see Lyle jump into our Weber grill!  Once he left, I went to check it out and sure enough, he’s found a hiding spot for his nuts!

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Tony and I went out to lunch and then grocery shopping.  It’s pretty hilarious if you watched us shop together. Tony takes the basket and walks the aisles, and I am like the energizer bunny going to get ingredients and meeting up with him – but it works for us!

So my main focus was to redeem myself from the previous nights dinner.  Our store and beef shanks on sale, so I decided to make my version of osso bucco.

Osso Bucco

  • 2 beef shanks (mine were 1.5 pounds together)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth

Heat a large stock pot with the olive oil over medium high heat.  Salt and pepper the beef shank and dredge in flour.  Sear both sides – about six minutes total.  Remove from the pan.  Add in the carrots, garlic and tomato past and cook, using a wooden spoon to get the browned bits at the bottom of the pan.  Add the wine, and add back in the beef shanks.  Pour in the beef broth and reduce the heat to low, and simmer for two hours.

On the side I made creamy polenta – 1 cup of polenta to 4 cups water.  Bring the water to a boil, then add the polenta and stir, making sure it doesn’t clump up.  Reduce the heat to low, and cook for 30 minutes, stirring every few minutes.  Remove from heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1/3 cup shaved Parmesan cheese.

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It’s a really inexpensive meat too – each package was only $2.19, and neither of us even ate half of our shank, we could have easily split one.  I am going to try to incorporate the leftover meat into a Thai soup later in the week.

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I used cheap wine too and it worked really well – only $3.49 for this bottle!
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This turned out great – the meat was tender, the gravy was delicious.  This made A LOT of polenta, but I have an idea for a polenta breakfast cake in my head for later this week – who knows, it might work!

I have to give Chobani a shout out – they sent me a case of their two new flavors, pear and banana.  I’ve had the pear one, but not the banana one – I think my boss will love a strawberry banana parfait this week. Open-mouthed smile

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I am happy to report that I worked out two of the three days for Lori’s Heart Healthy Weekend.  Friday I swam, and Saturday I went to the gym and did a hill climb on the treadmill for 45 minutes – thanks for the motivation to move over the weekend Lori!

Off to put my shit together for the day – are you lucky enough to have today off?

And in case you are wondering what the blog title means, Tony and I always find different ways to say I love you.  Yesterday I was in the kitchen and he came in and shouted “I Can’t Quit You!” and then just left the room – I laughed so hard! Open-mouthed smile  I can’t quit you either Tony!

Make it a great day!