Where DOES the time go? Seriously.
Last week I was in Las Vegas for work. It was a good week, but did they have to have a scale in my bathroom? No, I did not step on it!
After what seemed like a 10 day work week, I am happy to be sitting here in my PJs. It is 12:23 CST so that indeed qualifies me as lazy!
I have been doing some meal planning this morning, and am excited for my shopping trip. I decided to head to Trader Joe's today.
TJ's is not exactly close. I have 4 in the metro to choose from, the closest about 15 minutes away. I have only one real reason to go there today, and that is for Chile and Cheese Tamales.
This past week I was digging through the freezer for meal ideas; since last weekend I was out of town, there was no meal planning or grocery shopping. I was scraping by on what I had. I found a previous purchase of TJ's Tamales in the back, on the bottom shelf.
Ben and I headed out or a run, and by the time I was home, I was really ready for those tamales. And they rocked!
After following the instructions, I added Ben's homemade enchilada sauce (I will share the recipe someday), a poached egg, some black beans and a sliced avocado. It was SO good. Now you see why I need to go. I must have it again this week!
I really love poached eggs. I had them 3 times in Vegas. I went to the same restaurant twice for this amazing soup that had a runny poached egg in it. SO GOOD! Anything is better with a poached egg on it!
And this was a hamburger I had with a runny fried egg. Dreamy! Notice the fries? Yes, cooked in duck fat!
Anyways, back to Trader Joes and my plans for meals for this week.
Last year I had purchased the book Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's by Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati.
I decided I actually should make some of the recipes instead of just drooling over them.
I am going to make Black Bean Soup, prep time 10 minutes, cooking time 20.
I am also going to make Pizza Bianca with Prosciutto and Asparagus. You know anchovies will be making an appearance! I will cut back on the prosciutto to avoid the salt lick effect.
For Sunday dinner I am going to make this pot pie:
No one said this would be good for me.
This is from the Nine Fine Irishmen, a restaurant in NYNY in Las Vegas. I had vowed to get the recipe when I visited this time. I had it before the last time I was in Las Vegas, and had made attempts to recreate it at home. I was even committed to offer, um, certain sexual favors to get the recipe. (KIDDING!) No favors had to be offerred; it turns out all I had to do was ask! An email to the chef, and voila! I now have the recipe.
One last recipe to round out the week's menu. It is one of the easiest to make, and will offer lunch leftovers too. It is Pasta e Ceci. I had it for the first time on our trip to Italy last year. I dare say this recipe was even better than the one I had in Rome. You MUST get the feta cheese. I had been skipping this, and when I added it the last time, it just takes this to a whole different level of flavor. You think it is decadent, but it is not!
Well, I guess it is time for this girl's lazy Saturday to come to an end. I need to get off the couch, put on some running gear and hit the pavement, if even for just a mile. Then off to the store with my grocery list in hand!
I hope you have a spectacular weekend!
Enjoying the sun on my face last weekend in Las Vegas.