Move Over Turducken, Piecaken Is Here!

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on how truly blessed we are.

We live in America, home of the brave.

We live in America, home of the free.

We live in America, home of the obese plenty.

When my Mom hosts Thanksgiving, before we kick off the meal we spend some time going around the table to name something we are thankful for. For several minutes we listen to our family and friends list their blessings as the glorious smell of turkey whispers to us. For the several minutes following we sit in silence as forks and knives clank against plates and bowls and we chow down until our bellies reach capacity.

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Several years ago I heard about a not so traditional Thanksgiving meal. The Turducken; a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey.

This is what we do as humans.  We take something perfectly good and make it better.

Can we say iPhone 4, 5, 6, eventually 82.

Just this morning Matthew rushed into our living room to introduce me to the Turducken’s cousin, Piecaken.

“Google Piecaken. I can’t wait to see your face” he said.

Eyes wide and a smile growing –  I read that a Piecaken is a pie stuffed into a cake.

The turducken doesn’t interest me unless you have a slice of pizza crammed in there somewhere. The piecaken, however, is right up my alley.

After all that turkey, potatoes, green bean casserole and stuffing how can you think about dessert?I’m sorry but to me dessert is the perfect finale to this pig-fest.

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Why make that awful decision between having pie or cake after dinner. Now all that dreadful deciding is removed from the equation.

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Now you can have your pie/cake and eat it too!

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Yes Lawd! Yes!

ChaVo’s Kitchen: Quiche

Let’s talk about my affinity towards breakfast food.

So ya’ll know how much I love to chow. I truly am the epitome of, [live to eat] as opposed to [eat to live.] Caveman did that last bit. Now foods everywhere – so I’m going to enjoy it and try not to gain 700 pounds in the process.

I remember when I was a kid and my Mom would announce we were having breakfast for dinner. My brother and I would beam with excitement. This is no joke. As far as we were concerned, this was the closest we would ever get to having dessert for dinner. The day could have been absolute crap up until that point but this news would melt away all the prior terribleness of the day.

I’m eating French Toast and it’s after 6PM! Epic day!

Currently loving an oldie but a goody for breakfast. Quiche.

Here’s why I’m currently loving quiche, it takes around 5 minutes to prepare. Score! Secondly, while I love eating breakfast food I despise the clean up. A pan for eggs. A pan for bacon. A pan for french toast. To many pans!

Quiche eliminates all that. Throw it in a bowl, pop it in the oven and 40 minutes later you have breakfast.

It makes roughly 6-8 pieces so you’ve got breakfast for the fam. In our house this lasts a couple days so we’ve got a filling – on the go breakfast to grab when hustling out the door in a blaze of running late furry!

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Today I made this one. I added potato chunks and called it “Loaded Baked Potato Quiche.”  Enjoy!

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Health-ish Snack: Cereal Barsssss

One can only consume so many bowls of Corn Flakes without longing for a little more variety. But what to do with the rest of the giant box of Corn Flakes?

Add some peanut butter and honey and make cereal bars, that’s what!

I made these a couple weeks back so we’d have a decently healthy snack. The magnetic pull of fast food and Starbucks pastries has been anything but helpful in my quest to drop these additional winter lbs. Anything to prevent my stomach from convincing me to roll into McDonald’s.

The hubs gave this a “not to bad” rating and promptly finished one off.

Baringredients

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 cups toasted Corn Flakes or Cheerios or Rice Krispies or whatever HUGE box of bland cereal you have on hand

Instructions:

Line a pan with parchment paper. Combine peanut butter & honey in a large saucepan and set over medium heat. Heat until mixture starts to simmer, around 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir until it’s well-combined.

Stir in cereal until well mixed. Pour into a pan and press firmly. I popped these into the fridge to set for 30 minutes or so. Makes about 9 or so bars.

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This Weeks Thank You: Dear Pizza

Dear Pizza,

I wanted to drop you a little note to say thanks because you never disappoint. My days are long and tiring on the road and knowing that you are home waiting for me provides such comfort. You are easy when life is so complicated. You fill me up and leave me satisfied. You are cheesy without being corny, (like this blog.) I savor our time together…literally. With each bite I watch you go. It’s so bittersweet. I can’t wait for our next encounter – which knowing how busy the weekend ahead is will probably be on Friday. So until then my round and delicious friend keep doing what you do, making people happy one slice at a time.

With much affection,

ChaVo

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My view last night comes to you from a hotel room somewhere in Minneapolis.

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Chow Time – The Breakfast Club

The Hudson Cafe is one of my favorite places to eat in Downtown Detroit. It’s right off Woodward, just several blocks from the baseball park and after this meal your going to need that walk to burn off a few calories.

The portions are big and the food is delicious. Prices are average, a little higher than say your average diner. Rightfully so because the food is so much better here!

This is David – the best waiter at the Hudson Cafe. He’s taken care of us a few times before and is highly recommended. Because he is, as just stated, the best EVER. Coming straight from church on massively empty stomachs, David must have heard our stomachs growling because brought out The Graham Cracker Dusted French Toast to sample. It tasted so much better because it was FREE. On the house makes food taste better in my opinion.

This guy knows the way to my heart and a big fat tip!

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The Monte Cristo $9 – Ham Steak, Swiss Cheese & Strawberry Perserve. Savory and Sweet.

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The Traditional $8.5 – Not spelling this out for you! What you see is what you get. It may look boring, but it’s anything but. The eggs are fluffy, potatoes are insanely good. And bacon – duh it’s good.

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Until next chow time – bon appetit!

Gold Cash Gold is a Jackpot of Deliciousness

Corktown is the oldest neighborhood of Detroit with some of the tastiest [new] restaurants in the city. It’s home to the old train station and the backyard for old Tigers Stadium and as of December 2014, Gold Cash Gold. What once was a pawn shop now serves fresh and seasonal dishes that are affordable and will definitely keep me coming back.

I’ve been wanting to try this farm to table cuisine since I first heard about it. So for my 32nd birthday it seemed like the perfect opportunity to check it out.

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We had the private chefs table in the back and our friends were able to laugh and celebrate to the busy chatter of stoves and pans cooking up our dinner.

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For the table to start we ordered the Popped Corn $4, Chef’s Board $14, Cauliflower $10. The Cauliflower was my favorite! It’s fascinating how with a little pickling and roasting this pale vegetable can make the most delicious dishes.

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The Cauliflower Appetizer

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Sundried Tomato Turkey Meatballs

I have to be in a bathing suit this weekend. Cringe. I just ate a brownie so I’m not that tore up over it – just not looking to expose my winter bod yet.

Some people are constantly counting calories and I’m over here going, sure I’ll add the cookie if it’s only 99 cents more. I mean I can’t turn down a good deal. All things in moderation. So tonight in honor of Spring, I made a meal to turn over a new leaf.

Tonight I made a healthyish dinner, sundried tomato turkey meatballs.SPice

Ingredients 

  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/4 diced onions
  • 3 Tbl sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Tbl basil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 bread crumbs

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Form 22-24 one inch meatballs and pop them in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.

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We had a side of pasta and tomato sauce, salad and broccoli to finish off the meal. The hubs gave this dinner a rating of “Pretty good hun.” In my book that’s a success!

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My Love Affair With Food

Gluten Free, Low carbs, Juicing, Kale, Atkins, Paleo, Whole30…Calling all diets.

I had two packzi’s on Fat Tuesday. My mouth shouted – yes, yes, yes! My head said – you’re gonna regret this.

I love sweets – they just don’t love me back. Not the way I deserve to be loved.  I think the first book I’ll write will be a memoir about my love affair with food – entitled, “This is pizza calling, FoodI’m just not that into you.” I honestly feel sad at the thought of pizza thinking that about me because we are such good friends.

Back to the point.

Food is a tricky thing. Literally. It tricks me into eating it all the time. Like I’ll be having a really healthy day.  I’ll start my day with some egg whites for breakfast, maybe a piece of fruit. Later on I go for a run or ride my bike. I’m enjoying the breeze in my face and then it hits me. The smell of Burger King whoppers is in the air. The stupid restaurant is a mile ahead and I can already smell it’s flame broiled goodness. Cupid shoots me straight through the heart and I’m in love. With burgers. I want one. My will power goes from 100 to 0. In under a second I am at the mercy of my gut!

Friends of mine have told me this is because I don’t [meal plan.] If I had all of my meals prepared in advance I wouldn’t be so easily swayed to turn to the dark side. Call me crazy but why does there have to be sides? Can’t I just stand somewhere in the middle between meatless Monday and French Fries Friday?

I admittedly have little strength when it comes to saying no to food. Nike says, [just do it.] I usually do when permissible. It’s not Fat Tuesday everyday over here but man do I look forward to them.

All good things in moderation. Yesterday I ate fried dough balls stuffed with sugary jelly and custard so today I will eat really well. By yesterday’s standards anyway.

When I met my sales rep at Tim Horton’s today I walked right by those glazed chocolate donuts sitting poignantly in there pretty showcase. They stared at me like puppies waiting to be adopted. As I exited the coffee shop I thought to myself, “Who’s to good for who now. How do you like them apples, Pizza?” It was actually a pear that I headed home to eat. Victory for my health and waistline!

Valentines Adventures

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Yesterday was cold. Today is colder. A high of 9 degrees is not a high. Thank goodness for love and furnaces. One keeps us warm on the inside the other toasty on the outside.

We are trying a new thing this year, we call them Date Days. With our busy travel schedules for work it seems at times we have a long distance relationship. We go days and even weeks without real quality time together. This coinciding with my emotions teetering in and out of control from the yet to be fulfilled desire to get pregnant, Matt announced in January we need more intentional time together. So was hatched Date Day.

In January we went for coffee and reconnected for a bit at Starbucks in Grosse Pointe’s quaint village area. Then we traveled down 94 to Dearborn and spent the afternoon at the Henry Ford Museum. For dinner we went to Miller Bar, also in Dearborn. Best burger I’ve ever had! That is some delicious red meat.

Date Day round 2 lined up with Valentines. We started by a drive down Jefferson through Grosse Pointe and Detroit to peek at beautiful Lake St. Clair. “Ice Berg straight ahead.” I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to quote, Titanic. The shore of the lake is quite frozen, less ice berg but still really impressive to see.

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We continued our drive down Jefferson through Detroit to the West Village and stopped at Red Hook. The pastries are impressive but in a different way than the ice. Provided from Pinwheel Bakery in Ferndale.

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Once our caffeine kicked in we headed over to the Eastern Market and braved the cold to get some produce. We’ve both agreed that our eating habits may lead to a Biggest Loser appearance – so this week it’s sweet potatoes and turkey burgers. We’re headed to green smoothy town on Monday but on Saturday it’s Supino’s Pizza in the Eastern Market and Milano’s bakery for dessert.

Our Valentines Day was really lovely and full of yummy food. Another Date Day is successfully in the books. How can you not love Detroit… it’s delicious!

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