Crepes galore

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Someone buy me a crepe maker. I just went out friends for a ladies brunch and we had the most delicious crepes at Silver Moon Creperie in Dover. There’s news that they are closing at some point, so we had to go before they shut down for good.

It’s one of the tiniest places I’ve ever been too, a tiny little door tucked into a side street. The inside is bright and cheery, but there’s only room for maybe 20 people, max, before you’re sitting on a stranger’s lap. Hence why a group of five of us too up a quarter of the restaurant. But the food is great, quick, and delightful.

 I ended up with a swiss, tomato, and turkey crepe. So delicious. Now I just need to invest in that crepe maker. Who’s got a recipe for me??

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March Madness, I never learn

My office is doing a March Madness bracket. I thought I’d try again, seeing as last year I totally bombed it and figured, hey, I can’t do terrible two years in a row, right? Wrong!

It just started and I’ve already lost both the West and South. Seriously? The only thing keeping me alive right now is the fact that both my finals teams are still in the running. But being in last place, I’m pretty sure there is no coming back from this. So I’m giving up even watching my bracket. Completely. I’d much, much rather sit at home on my computer and shop than watch each choice be digitally scratched out in red and replaced with the actual winning team.

I’d like to say I wouldn’t play again next year, but I know myself. I just can’t say no to the chance to win something. It’s like when I’m at the casino and I’m down to 40 cents and I know I have that last spin left. Do I spin and play the chance, or keep the 40 cents to say I didn’t lose everything. Every single time I spin, hoping to win big.

Meh, I should learn by now.

California Turkey Tacos

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I cringed at the thought of turkey bacon when Jess brought it over for breakfast the other morning. The last time I had it, we cooked it for 40 minutes hoping it would crisp. It just sat there, a wobbly mess and a poor excuse for a piece of bacon. Since that day, I vowed never to have turkey bacon again. But Jess insisted, so I let her go.

It wasn’t that bad. For some magical reason, she knows how to make turkey bacon crispy, or maybe they’ve just perfected it since that fateful day. Either way, a half a pound of turkey bacon was left in my fridge and I had no idea what to do with it. I mean, if I’m going to have eggs and bacon for breakfast, I’m going for the real stuff.

So I was poking around the fridge for a dinner idea yesterday, and I eyed my avocado and the ground turkey sitting there all lonely. Then it hit me, tacos. But not any tacos, California-inspired tacos.

So I cooked up a piece of turkey bacon for each taco, one a piece. Then threw a quarter pound of turkey into the saute pan, added cayenne, garlic powder, cumin, and black pepper until it started to taste like the tacos I know. While that browned, I sliced an avocado up and diced a tomato.

I microwaved the flour tortilla for 30 seconds, then topped it with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese, the slice of bacon, ground turkey, tomato, and avocado. It looked delicious. So I pushed away my fears of turkey bacon and took a bite. It was amazing, and I will totally be making these again. Hands down was healthier than when I usually make tacos and I got the illusion of bacon. Fabulous! Try them and let me know what you think.

You’ll need for four tacos:
1/4 pound of ground turkey
4 slices of turkey bacon
4 flour tortillas
half an avocado
1 or 2 Roma tomatoes
shredded cheddar cheese mix

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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Our oven doesn’t work.

Yes, you read that correctly. Our oven doesn’t work. Every time we preheat it, the temperature drops 200 degrees the moment you open the oven and then can’t climb back to the optimum temperature for another 30 minutes (if we’re lucky). It’s been driving me crazy. I can’t bake any cookies or cakes.

So when I decided to follow the sweet potato trend, I pulled a Tim Gunn and made it work.

Luckily our broiler works. So I put the broiler on low and let that warm up. I peeled the sweet potatoes and the cut them into half inch pieces. Tossed them in a dash of olive oil, black pepper, sea salt, and garlic powder. I baked them for 12 minute, turned them over, and then baked another 12 minutes until they got a light char on them.

They actually came out crispy, and I’m so glad I made them!

High Flying Pizza

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Sometimes it’s just nice to have some help in the kitchen.

So when we planned a night to make us some pizza for dinner, I learned that one of my friends can actually toss pizza dough. And surprise, no Italian in his genes. Or so I’m told anyway. If I tried to toss pizza dough, I’d have flung it across the room and it certainly would have hit the floor. And I’m not lying about his skills, check out exhibit A:

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So after we got the pizza dough all rolled out, we toasted it in the oven at 400 for 12 minutes. Then pulled it out and added a layer of olive oil, garlic powder, parsley, oregano, basil, and ground pepper. Added a layer of thinly sliced Roma tomatoes and baked that for another 7 minutes.

On the stove we were cooking down some onions, green peppers, and chicken sausage. When the onions were caramelized and the chicken sausage was browned, we deglazed the pan with some white wine. Ok, ended up being a lot of wine, but it was because we were trying to get a picture of me pouring it into the pan. Whoops. At least I had a helper in the kitchen this time.

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Cooked off the alcohol and then placed that on top of the pizza. Topped it with some mozzarella and cheddar and cooked that off until the cheese was melted.

Delicious!

Jalepeno Garlic Chicken Burgers

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This year has been crazy so far. In a good way, of course.

I’ve set a goal for myself to run 365 miles this year and to make better life choices. And so far, I’ve been succeeding. I’ve ran a third of my goal so far, been eating way healthier than ever before, and have lost 15 pounds since the first of the year. I’ve even been going to the gym at least five days a week or making sure I do something active those days. The weight loss has been accidental, it wasn’t intended, but merely a reflection of how much my body needed to change. Exercise and good food makes all the difference.

That’s where today’s meal comes in. You don’t have to eat bland food or cut out fats to be healthy. You just have to recognize portions, make good choices and don’t be afraid of vegetables. Really, don’t be afraid of vegetables. For the most part, they have little to no calories and if you eat enough of them, you’ll get full and not crave more food.

When I had this burger craving, I opted to get ground chicken instead of ground beef thinking it would be a healthier choice. For one burger, I used a little less than a quarter of pound of ground chicken and mixed in a third of a diced jalapeno, a teaspoon of ground pepper, and 2 teaspoons of garlic powder. Form the patty and grill in a pan until cooked through, about six minutes a side.

I used a toasted Arnold’s Flatbread as my bun and topped the burger with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese and iceberg lettuce. Delicious and totaled about 300 calories. Not bad for a lunchtime meal.

Crunchy Taco Salad

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I’m sick of thinking I can’t eat what I want, so I went on a rampage and had a salad that I love. And I wanted to have carbs on it, so I did. Sometimes you just have to say, hey, I want to eat a greasy taco.

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After we cooked up some ground beef with taco seasoning, onions, and orange peppers, I decided to cut flour tortillas into strips. On the stove I heated some vegetable oil in a pan. When it started to bubble slightly, I dropped in a few strips of tortillas. I cooked them for less than a minute a side, just so they were golden brown.

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Then I let them dry on towels and seasoned with a dash of salt. Topped some iceberg lettuce with the taco meat, some avocado, fresh diced tomatoes, and the tortilla strips. Delicious! Now where’s my margarita?