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Day 306: Anna Grace Pretends to be Top Chef

Posted by annagrace under Days 301-365

Anyone who knows me or has seen my kitchen knows that I am no cook. I think a lot of it boils down to lacking 5 things: patience, time, equipment, space, and money. If I had more of even just 2 of these things, I think I would cook more, but that is not the case at the moment. I do, however, on occasion get a great urge to make one particular thing, so this post consists of random things I’ve concocted over the past few weeks.

The first was inspired by the amazing broccoli bacon salad from Earth Fare. I love that stuff, but it’s a bit pricey, so I decided to make my own! I found this recipe online and here is the result (sans water chestnuts, because why would you put that in there?)!

It wasn’t quite as amazing as Earth Fare’s, but it’s not a bad, healthier substitute!

My next food feat came about when I had a few eggs that were about to go bad, as well as some bacon, so I made deviled eggs and topped them with bacon! Clearly, I like bacon… :mrgreen: I did use low fat mayo…

I have to say, this has to be one of my best ideas ever! Deviled eggs + bacon = party on my taste buds!

And an instagram photo for good measure…

FYI I tried to be all fancy and make my own piping bag to fill the eggs, but I cut the tip to big and it was an utter failure resulting in me spooning it out. Oh well. Lesson learned.

This last Top Chef moment is one that you all have experienced before: my mom’s recipe for homemade salsa! This one has a bit more cilantro, but everyone at work destroyed it!

Unfortunately for me, my now gallbladder-less body has proved incompatible with raw onions… I thought I would be okay with just the small amount in a little salsa, especially since it’s been 7 months since surgery, but I was wrong. :( No more tasty salsa for me…

Hope you enjoyed my moments of culinary genius! Another post coming up either tonight or tomorrow!

Anna Grace

I am unfortunately even more days behind due to midterms this week…. But now it is fall break, so hopefully I can get some posts knocked out this weekend!

The other night, after staring at the contents of the fridge for awhile, I decided to just do a quick veggies stir fry! I had a bunch of bell peppers of different colors on hand, and being the visual person I am, I thought they would be so pretty with some frozen edamame that I also had! Here are the gorgeous peppers!

So I combined these peppers with the edamame and about a tablespoon of Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki, which is the best teriyaki sauce ever, by the way! I put it on everything!

While those were cooking, I baked some salmon in the oven with just a sprinkle of salt and pepper on both sides. When that was done, I topped it with some homemade salsa I made the other night. I plated it up with the veggies and I was done!

I gotta tell you, the main reason I decided to post about this was because of the beautiful colors! The added bonus was that it was really yummy, too! The teriyaki sauce seeped into the salmon a bit and in combination with the salsa was the most amazing flavor!

Another food post coming up!!

Anna Grace