A feeble attempt at food blogging

Tonight I made a healthy, delicious dinner that is totally doable for a weeknight, as long as you have the ingredients on hand.  I made Grilled Pork Chops with Garlic Lime Sauce, and Sauteed Baby Bok Choy.  The pork chops recipe I got from Epicurious.   The Baby Bok Choy I made on my own.

The whole meal took about 30 minutes to make, but it will take even less time if you don’t interrupt yourself by taking stupid photos.  Taking good photos of food is way harder than it looks (and my photos, which aren’t even remotely good, were hard for me).  For the life of me, I can’t get the digital macro setting on my camera to take anything other than a blur.  So enjoy my mediocre photos on the point-and-click setting.

Grilled Pork Chops with Garlic Lime Sauce

First, to make the Garlic Lime Sauce, you whisk together 1/4 cup lime juice, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper, 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro, and 1 minced garlic clove.

I know I’m SUPPOSED to start with showing you all the ingredients measured out in little coordinated cups, but I don’t have little coordinated cups, and I forgot about my camera until I already mixed stuff together.  I do have proper mixing bowls, but they were downstairs in the pantry, and I didn’t feel like walking.

SO, next.  Next you salt and pepper the pork chops! And spray them with a little olive oil!

Then, you toss the pork chops on the grill.

Separate the sauce into 2 bowls, with half in each bowl.  Use half of the sauce to coat the chops while they’re cooking.

After the chops are cooked, let them rest for about 10 minutes before serving. During that time, coat them with the remaining sauce (using a different brush, or after cleaning the brush thoroughly, of course).

The Sauteed Baby Bok Choy was a dish of my own creation (although can you even call it a creation when it’s basically vegetables sauteed in a pan?)

The unsuspecting baby bok choy after it’s had a bath.

Onions, garlic, and olive oil all frying up in a pan.  I would have taken a picture of me chopping the onions, but I was too busy crying.

Covering the pan, to get the baby bok choy to wilt.

The final step– adding some balsamic vinegar, a little less than a tablespoon.

And here is the final product!

I’m impressed that I was able to put together a tasty meal so fast, that isn’t grilled cheese, burritos, or veggie burgers! Baby Beez and Mr. Beez both liked it, too! Finally something new to put in the weeknight rotation!


I scream, you scream

This is the kind of week I’m having.  It’s insane. By the time I get home, all I want is ice cream and sleep.  So obviously it is time to talk about ice cream.

New York Super Fudge Chunk is my usual go to for eating my emotions. My favorite part of ice cream is the chunks of candy, cookies, etc. in there, and NYSFC is always generous with the chocolate.  I’m not much of a nut fan, but the nuts aren’t overwhelming. NYSFC consistently has everything I’m looking for to put me in a diabetic black out and forget my day.

I’m a big fan of Oatmeal Cookie Chunk, because it reminds me of the ice cream sandwiches we’d get at summer camp.  I went to a fantastic summer camp when I was a kid (and also worked there one summer as a counselor). It was in the Redwood forest, and it was a Jewish camp where we sang Jewish songs and did the Macarena every day before lunch. (I do not know why).  Occasionally we’d get “Its-it” ice cream sandwiches– two oatmeal cookies with ice cream in the middle, and covered with chocolate. My favorite was the mocha flavor.  OCC is the closest I can get to an Its-it without flying to California and dancing the Macarena.

Delicious. That is all.

Even though fro-yo is trendy right now, and Squirrel Hill seems to have more ice cream places than people, Dave & Andy’s is hands down the best.  I am the kind of person who never orders the same thing twice because I want to try out everything.  The first time I went to Dave & Andy’s, I got Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream.  Every single time I’ve gone back, I’ve gotten Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream.  I can’t get anything else, because then I’d be sad that I went to Dave & Andy’s and missed an opportunity to eat Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream.

Ok, I take that back—in 2005 I was training for a marathon and had just run about 16 miles through Oakland and Shadyside and Squirrel Hill and then all the way out to the Waterfront and back.  My running pal and I stopped at Dave & Andy’s at the end of our run and had sorbet. Best sorbet ever.