Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
I finally decided to make it for our final roomie dinner at current 5501 roommates - and omg, I'm so glad i did! Let me add that it was not without struggle, I went to FIVE stores to find these ingredients! I went in and out of creepy Latin stores, with no luck. Finally, I found them at Grand Mart - a hugeee international market store at Seven Corners (for you Arlington, VA people). So, my advice you would be to A)if you live in an area with a lot of Latin people, call your local Shoppers B) find an international market nearby!
Here is the recipe:
Peruvian Chicken (for use on bone-in chicken, boneless/skinless chicken, wings, steak...anything really)
Either in a Large Ziploc Bag or any container - combine the ingredients below (feel free to add more or less where you feel necessary!)
**I made 8 boneless/skinless chicken breasts - so I added a lot more of each**
2 Table Spoons - Aji Amarillo - Yellow Hot Pepper Paste (more if you want them spicier)
2 Table Spoons - Crushed Garlic
1 Table Spoon - Huacatay Pasta - Black Mint Paste - THIS IS THE KEY INGREDIENT, and naturally, this elusive paste is by far the hardest to find!!!!
1 Table Spoon - Montreal Steak Seasoning - I forgot this ingredient.
1 Tea Spoon - Cumin Powder
1 Tea Spoon – Oregano - I forgot this ingredient, too.
Cup - Olive Oil
Cup - Goya Mojo Criollo (you can get this at most international isles (Teeter, Shoppers, Giant)
below are the three super-latin ingredients:
Grill the chicken for the best flavor! be sure to put foil underneath (not sure why, but my dad said its necessary.) I'd give you grilling advice, but I have none. I have ZERO grill skills, my roommates did this for me. Look it up.
Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers (a la Chef Kate - my roommate! I live with a chef, be jealous)
- 14 Jalapenos
- 10 or so sweet small peppers (I forget what they are called, sorry!)
- 4-6 oz shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese
- 1 small container reduced fat plain cream cheese
- 1 small container reduced fat (if possible) goat cheese
- 4 or 5 chopped sundried tomatoes
- chopped basil
- 1 pkg of bacon
Use a knife to open the jalapenos vertically as shown in the picture. remove ribs and seeds (so necessary). Insert mixture into a piping bag (or for those who dont have that, cut the tip off of a ziploc, works the same) and pipe into the jalapenos. Wrap each jalapeno in bacon (also so necessary). Place 4 or 5 at a time on wooden or metal skewers. Grill for about the same amount of time as the chicken. Be sure to place foil down so the cheese/bacon fat doesn't melt into the grill/catch on fire. Get a good char on the outside of the peppers and Enjoy!
- cheese melts into the grill
- jalapenos are hit or miss - some were too spicy to eat - even for the more adventurous roomates - stick with the sweet peppers in the future
- bacon fat causes fires, and reduces down too quickly, use foil
and for those who like dippy sauce for your chicken and french fries and literally anything you can get your hands on:
Peruvian dipping sauce (my way):
4 tbsp of lowfat mayo
2tsp aji amarillo
juice of 2 or 3 lemons
1/2 tsp of cumin
s&p to taste
combine all. dip away :)
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
I present to you, Day 4 of not washing this Keratin shit out of my hair.....
seriously. after i took these, i went inside to my parents house and my mom told me to put a towel down on the couch if i was going to lay down. it.was.THAT.gross. uuuuughhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
But now, Day 5 - I am very happy! I took a shower two hours earlier than I was supposed to last night (fuck those two extra hours, I was SO grossed out that I couldn't take it anymore) - my hair has a VERY soft wave to it! It blow drys in like 5 minutes AND its not frizzy!!!!!!! Miracles DO exist! today I wore it straight to work and its SO soft, and so pretty, and so not frizzy!! I'll try to take a pic of the results tonight when I get home!!
yayyyyyy for BKT - after four days of HELL - I definitely think it was worth the money. Still debating about it being worth four days of filth, will get back to you after further research :)
Friday, June 18, 2010
I thought that I had done enough research (no hair behind the ears, no ponytails, no braids, no headbands - aka ALL of my go-to's for dirty hair), I was under the impression that you can't wash your hair for 72 hours. Fine. I'd manage.
Little did I know, it was 96 hours. NINETY-SIX HOURS?! I DO NOT live in a third world country, nor am I trekking across the dessert with a messy bun. My hair is down. in my face. in my FACE.
And I still have until Sunday night to wash it! uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugh.
On a better note, I am really impressed with the results so far. It's humid as hell here in D.C. and I'm totally happy with how frizz-free my hair is!!!
I'll take pics tonight and show you the greasiness in all it's glory :)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Glee Season Finale = big night at 5501!
Clearly, I had to make something special. Little did I know, not only would this be special, it would be THE EASIEST THING EVER!!
If you have a 24-tin muffin tray, you're golden! So Simple, seriously!
I found the recipe here* on Gimme Some Oven and eyed it (by eyed it, I mean DROOLED over it) for days! Seriously, EVERYTHING I see on that site makes me hungry! I just love her blog!
Pepperoni Pizza Puffs Recipe
(Adapted from GimmeSomeOven)
- 3/4 cup flour
- 3/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
- 3/4 cup milk (I used skim)
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 4 oz. reduced fat mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup) - I used 4Cheese Italian, delish!
- 4 oz. mini turkey pepperoni, diced (about 1 cup)
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce (I used spaghetti sauce)
- 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, finely diced.
Preheat oven to 375o. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and oregano; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella and pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes.
Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
Warm the pizza sauce, then stir in 1 tablespoon basil. Sprinkle the puffs with the remaining 1 tablespoon basil. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.
Today I am getting Brazilian Keratin Treatment in my humidity-stricken, curly, frizzy, crazy D.C. head of hair. I am SO excited and SO nervous! Normally, I am not one to complain about my hair, considering how much I REALLY love it (ask anyone, I touch it way too often, and tell people i'm having a good hair day more often than not in the fall and wintertime) However, the summer time has taken its toll on my soft, usually shiny, curly locks so I figured I'd do something about it this year!
I'll be sure to take pictures (thank god I have two cameras, got a litttttttle too drunk this past weekend and misplaced one of them...i will be getting it back shortly :) judge away) and share with you my adventures over the next 72 hours of not washing my hair - sick! - as well as the results! Can't wait!
wish me luck!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
so many amazing salads have been in my life recently - summery and refreshing :)
This one is one of my own creations including everything I loooove:
package of frozen corn (you can also use corn cut off the cobb, grilled corn....your choice!)
1 or 2 packages grape tomatoes, halved (or you can use a normal tomato, diced)
1 or 2 red onions, diced
1 bunch of basil, in a fine chiffonade, or just roughly chopped in my world
lemon juice of 3 lemons
3 tbsp red wine vinegar (you can also use rice vinegar!)
s&p to taste
optional: fat free feta on top!
place all ingredients in a bowl and toss! so simple!
gaaaaahhh, i could eat this all day, every day.
this was sooooo refreshing! I suggest you make this yourself for a crisp, healthy snack or salad!
Snap Pea, Radish and Goat Cheese Salad
adapted from *here
A package of frozen sugar snap peas, trimmed and thinly cut on a slight bias
A couple radishes, shaved thin
A handful of mint leaves, cut into a fine chiffonade
A small package of goat cheese (i used low fat)
A few tbsps of rice wine vinegar
A tbsp or two of evoo
s&p to taste
Monday, June 7, 2010
Last week - I made some DELICIOUS middle eastern turkey meatballs with a creamy tomato sauce and Israeli (not to be confused with the extreme real-life issues they are having.) couscous! I hope to be able to share that recipe with you guys this week!
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
(add a little redbull and it's AMAZING)
Insert ice into a 24 oz cup. In cup, mix Gin, Vodka, Bourbon, Triple Sec, Rum, and Whiskey using the 2 count method. Add in a ½ cup of Sprite and ½ cup of Cranberry Juice. Add Sours Mix for taste and a splash of Grenadine. Insert straw into cup, stir, and enjoy!