Two Lives, One Lifestyle

PB Banana Goodness by Katie
October 15, 2010, 2:39 pm
Filed under: Dessert, Katie, Snacks

I know the frozen banana custard thing has been out there in blog land for awhile but it still amazes me that something so good and creamy can come out of frozen bananas.   The other day I added a big scoop of peanut butter into the food processor with one chopped up frozen banana and I had to remind myself that I was eating a pretty balanced snack.

I’m not one to shun a real ice cream indulgence considering I’m pretty much a connoisseur having worked in the industry* for 3 years, but sometimes you want something just a little better for you.  If you haven’t given this a try to, it’s a bandwagon I fully support jumping on- even though I have a slight allergy to raw bananas (I finally realized why I don’t love plain bananas after 24 years).

*By industry I mean I scooped ice cream and dished up glorious sundae creations.

Apple A Day by Katie
October 11, 2010, 6:09 pm
Filed under: Apple, Baking, Dessert, Katie

I have a lot of apples, approximately 100.

Apples with yogurt and crunchy cereal things.

A pie I promised to some Boston friends and forgot… so I guess I will have to return to Boston.

Applesauce. Way more applesauce than anyone with a full set of teeth needs.  Feel free to stop by my freezer for a container or 8.

Iced Coffee and Milk by Katie
October 10, 2010, 9:09 pm
Filed under: Coffee, Katie

Every morning, the leftover coffee goes into the fridge for afternoon iced coffee.  BUT first, add sugar while the coffee is still hot and it will dissolve much easier than when it’s on ice.  The way half-and-half looks pouring over the ice and coffee just makes me want to take a picture. So I did. Coffee or tea for you? What’s your afternoon vice?

BlueCheese/Garlic/Onion/Butter/Egg Sandwich by Katie
October 5, 2010, 10:22 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Eggs, Katie

In our house, everyone knows that when I offer to make breakfast, they should say yes.  I might not be a great writer or a great job-finder or a great dancer, but I will throw it out there that I make some dang good egg sandwiches.  This morning was multi-grain bread with egg, sauteed onion, a bit of Dubliner cheddar (the bright yellow is yolk, not cheese), and finally, blue cheese garlic butter.

Blue cheese. Garlic. Butter.

P.S.-  Unless you attract other blue cheesy garlic oniony lovers, refrain from kissing post-breakfast.

What’s For Breakfast? by Katie
September 18, 2010, 8:00 am
Filed under: Breakfast, Eggs, Katie

On Saturdays (okay everyday while I’m not employed), I like to check out the vegetable drawer for breakfast.  Sneak a serving or two in first thing. Use up leftovers or those on-the-out vegetables before you go shopping again.

Pull out all your vegetables and figure out what order to put everything in the pan.  If you do it all at once, you might end up with burned or soggy vegetables.  If using mushrooms, add them first since shrooms get schweaty.  Check out the sweat on the side of the pan above.

After the shrooms sweat it out, add peppers, onion, broccoli, or anything else.  Maybe you have some already cooked leftovers (cubed sweet and white potatoes), add those next along with tomatoes.  And some leftover deli ham or some crumbled bacon..

While everything warms up, whisk together your eggs (those yolks have SO many nutrients and remember dietary cholesterol ≠ blood cholesterol!), turn down the heat a notch and pour eggs over the vegetables.

Cook it until the eggs are set to your liking and you’re starting your day pretty balanced- vegetables, fiber, protein, fat.  Uh, then try to take an appetizing picture of eggs.  It’s not easy.

A Great Lake by Katie
September 14, 2010, 6:12 pm
Filed under: Dessert, Home, Ice cream, Katie, Rochester

Yup, I’m still in Rochester and that’s a pretty nice looking beach.  In the spirit of focusing on the here and now rather than worrying about the future, staying in the moment instead of missing CO, enjoying the detour as part of the destination, etc., I took some time to enjoy a Rochester view of Lake Ontario.  It was the perfect day for a walk- 70s, sunny, cool breeze- and a favorite local custard place might have been across the street from a park..

Vanilla and pumpkin custard on a beach on a gorgeous fall day- I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated that about Rochester before.  Also, if you’ve never had frozen custard before you should come visit.  It might look like softserve but it is so much better.  The only comparable thing I’ve had is ice cream in Norway. Yeah, so um visit Norway or Rochester ASAP.

Seeing a Great Lake for the first time confuses a lot of people. WHOA I can’t see Canada?!?!  Nope.

When I worked as a hostess at a restaurant on the lake so many people asked if they could sit “somewhere with a view of the ocean.”  The nice hostess voice said “Of course!” while on the inside I said something more like “Are you effing joking?? You either traveled here or live here and you’re a grown adult. How do you not know that you are hundreds of miles from the ocean right now? This is a freaking lake!”

So yes back to my original point, way to go Ro-cha-cha.

Aunt Laurie’s Rainbow Chard + Bacon by Katie
September 12, 2010, 2:10 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Grilling

If anyone’s keeping track (we have at least  two regular readers!), Kelli nor I have exactly been on top of this whole blog thing.  There are a lot of updates I want to make but basically anytime I’m in front of the computer I feel obliged to do job search related things.  Then it just got overwhelming how behind I was and I stopped updating at all.  Give up because there is too much to do? Doesn’t sound like me.  Well I got the push I needed.  Last night there were plans for dinner at my Aunt Laurie’s house and around 3 she called.

Laurie: “Hey, what are you doing?”

Me: “Applying to jobs and chasing flies around the house with McSchultz.”

L: “Okay well make sure you bring your camera tonight.”

Me: “Alright… why??”

L: “Because you have a blog you’ve been neglecting and I have beautiful chard!”

It’s true.

Cooked up with some onions and bacon, topped with pine nuts. Please enlarge that picture. Everything is better with bacon!

It was yet another example of how delicious simple and fresh can be with a few ingredients.

Actually, the whole dinner was just that- simple ingredient lists and incredible flavors.  Roasted potatoes with fresh rosemary and chives, roasted broccoli with pickled peppers, roasted beets, grilled pork tenderloin, and skillet cornbread.  Oh have I mentioned Laurie is a good cook?? And shout-out to Uncle Scott’s grill skills.

Thank you for the photo opp, great dinner, and encouraging me to get back on the blog!