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My Delayed Valentine


Jason never ceases to amaze me. His Valentine’s gift to me this year was tickets to see Giada De Laurentiis speak in Milwaukee. She is one of my favorite chefs, and she helped me discover a love of cooking. The other cool part of the evening/gift – each ticket holder received an autographed copy of her latest book, Weeknights with Giada. So cool!

I stumbled upon Giada’s Food Network show, Everyday Italian, shortly after it first started and at a time when I wanted to learn to be a better cook. For the longest time, my Saturday morning ritual was watching her show followed by Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa (my other favorite). Her food is accessible, and while her recipes are simple, they taste amazing! It was so cool to see her in person (she is really tiny) and hear her talk about her family, her career, and of course, her food.

Some of my favorite recipes to make are her recipes. If you’re looking for some yummy Italian food to try, here are my faves:

We’re Eating Fish Here?!

Last night, Jason and I wound up at a very random place for fish. I had an absolutely terrible day, so we actually contemplated just getting carry-out. However, I hoped that dinner out with the hubby might turn things around.

(It did, until we stopped by Walmart on the way home and I was rammed into by a drunk college kid buying more beerย  ๐Ÿ˜ก )

We cruised by the Duck Inn, a Walworth County institution. But, as usual, the lot was packed and we didn’t really want a long wait. So we gave Jason’s mom a call for ideas, and she pointed us in the direction of the West Wind Diner in Darien, WI. They have been voted Best Fish Fry in Walworth County, so that made it a must-try in our eyes.

Oh, it’s also a truck stop.

There it is.

The place concerned us at first, but I found comfort in the common thought that the best fish fries are often found in small, random dives. I figured this place could be promising…

Honestly, it was a pretty good meal! The diner had a rockin’ salad bar and Jason loved their chicken dumpling soup.

I totally could have done the salad bar alone. I had to restrain myself.

Jason and I both got the fried cod. It was battered, not breaded. And once again, Jason actually like it ๐Ÿ™‚ . The fries were good – definitely not the best I’ve ever had, but good.

It was served with corn, which I found kind of random. But I went with it. Overall, it was a good fish fry. I don’t know if I would tag it as the best, but I haven’t really found anything exponentially better in the county. So they might be on to something.

Now, if your asking yourself, “What’s with the fish eating,” I’m experimenting right now with pescetarianism. I’ll be keeping my regular fish fry as part of my diet for the time being. It’s my Cookie Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

(I’m in the middle of reading Carrots ‘N’ Cake, and one of the concepts in the book is having “Cookie Friday.” It doesn’t literally mean cookies – although it could. It’s all about having a little indulgence in your week. Fish fry is mine.)

Actually, this was the first meat I’ve had since May 7 (about a week). Honestly, I have felt really good and haven’t missed it at all. Jason has been eating the meat-based meals that I had planned for the week, but I’ve modified all of mine. I had a veggie burger instead of a beef cheeseburger on Wednesday and I whipped up a Vegetarian Taco Salad while Jason had beef tacos on Thursday night. I couldn’t be happier with my current choice.


Real Simple Coleslaw

One of my goals for getting into shape and feeling better is to eat “in” more often. In all reality, I really enjoy cooking and I’m not half bad at it. I’m just lazy these days…something I don’t want to be.

This is but one reason why I LOVE Real Simple magazine. I get excited each month my magazine arrives in the mail. And I am completely in love with the two Real Simple apps I have on my phone: Real Simple To-Do Lists and Real Simple-No Time to Cook?

The No Time to Cook? app has some of the easiest recipes ever that also happen to be quite good. My favorite is the Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches made with rotisserie chicken and bottled barbecue sauce.

A very helpful feature of the app is each recipe’s corresponding “Tip.” In the case of the Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches, it’s how to make the sandwich into a meal. And that is where I found the greatest ever recipe for coleslaw!

I am very finicky about coleslaw. In all honesty, I’m not a fan of most restaurants’ recipes. But this recipe is the bomb! Not only is it ridiculously good, it is beyond easy to make.

Real Simple Coleslaw

Toss 4 cups coleslaw mix with 1/4 cup each of sour cream and mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, salt, and pepper.

It is seriously that easy. And trust me – It’s good! Enjoy!


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