Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Foolproof Surf and Turf at Home

This weekend we celebrated my boyfriend's birthday with a romantic dinner at home prepared by yours truly.  I love opportunities to experiment with new recipes and to have an excuse to splurge on pricey cuts of meat and overpriced EZ peel jumbo shrimp.

This meal was the easiest "fancy" dinner I have made in a while and is pretty foolproof, which makes the whole process a lot less stressful and prevents potential meltdowns.

Marinated Lamb Chops
5-6 lamb chops
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
3 cloves of minced garlic
Salt and pepper

Marinate the lamb chops in a mixture of all of the ingredients above for at least 30 minutes and let them sit at room temperature to ensure even cooking.  Heat an oiled skillet over med-high heat and sear the lamb chops for 2-3 minutes on each side.

Garlic Butter Shrimp
Pat shrimp dry and season with salt and pepper.  Heat oil in a large skillet then add the shrimp.  Sear 1-2 minutes per side – and they should be done.  Those suckers cook fast and the worst thing ever is chewy, overcooked shrimp.  Remove the shrimp from the pan once cooked.  Add a tablespoon of butter, a squeeze of lemon, 2 cloves of minced garlic, a splash of dry white wine and a little water or chicken broth to the hot shrimp pan.  Stir and heat for 1-2 minutes until flavors are combined and pour over the shrimp to serve. I added some fresh chopped basil to make it pretty.

That is all it takes for a perfect family-style surf and turf feast!  We paired our meal with chardonnay and roasted asparagus.

And then we decided to drink our dessert that night at a local bar...

Do you have any stress-free fancy recipes for special occasions?

Do you think age 29 seems old? ;)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

An Ode

I am guilty of negative self talk, of being overly critical of myself and my body.  I often get caught up comparing myself to others. I would never talk to another person the way I talk to myself and my body.  So I wanted to take a moment first to apologize to the body parts I often put down (cough, stomach - cough, cough - thighs), and point out the amazing things my body does every day that are so often overlooked and under appreciated. 

I have chosen to show myself how much I appreciate...myself...in the corniest way possible - A POEM!  *blush*

An ode...

To my legs – your are strong and bold, you take me near and far, without you I would be no where

To my arms – you are agile and resilient, you carry all the things I need to survive

To my ass – you comfort me as I sit and think, you shine the most on the dance floor

To my stomach – you are the home for the food that nourishes me, you process the fuel that keeps me going

To my boobs – you are always the star of the show, two bra’s can’t even hold you down!
To my face - you are unique, you present me to the world as one

To my mind – you are smarter than you think, and just as funny as you know

To my heart – you are kind, you love, you ache for others

To me – I am the whole of all of the parts, all perfectly flawed and completely my own

Did you like my poem?  

What is a body part you often put down, and why you should appreciate it?