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Chilaquiles

A few weekends ago I went out for brunch with my roommate and her friend. We had a great time and the food was amazing.

I had chilaquiles, something I had never had or even heard of before, but they were amazing. The menu described them as: a spicy hash of corn tortillas, 3 chili red salsa, tomato and onions scrambled with egg, jack and cotija cheeses. served with sour cream, & hot sauce

I opted out of the sour cream, but got everything else. I pictured soft corn tortillas roughly chopped and put the griddle with everything else. What I got was nachos (ie. hard chips) covered in salsa, scrambled egg, and cheese. No onions or tomatoes as far as I could tell.

But still they were amazing.

Fast forward a few days and Cooking Light’s Twitter is advertising a recipe for chilaquiles–what do you know?

The other night I set out to make my own version, inspired by the Cooking Light ones.

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I sauteed one medium onion until the onions were soft and then I added 5 cloves of garlic, minced.

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While the onion was cooking I chopped 15 soft corn tortillas into inch-long pieces.

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Because I try to eat less meat I decided to use three different types of beans as the protein in the recipe. I drained and rinsed the beans and used all of the 3 cans.

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I used one cup of this Trader Joe’s salsa, I highly recommend it.

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Once the onions and the garlic were fragrant I added the beans and let the mixture cook for a few minutes.

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I then transferred the onions, garlic, and beans to a bowl and added one cup of vegetable broth and the one cup of salsa to the pan.

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I let that mixture come to a boil and then simmered it for about 5 minutes.

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While the salsa and broth was simmering I layered half of my tortilla strips on the bottom of the baking dish.

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Then I did a layer of half the beans and onions, a layer of the rest of the tortilla strips, and a layer of the rest of the beans and onions.

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After the salsa and broth was done simmering I poured it over the tortilla strips and beans and then popped the dish into the oven for about 12 minutes.

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The end result was delicious. Although I have to say I would liked it to be soggier, luckily Cholula saved the day!

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Next time I make it I think I’ll use double the salsa and broth though. And maybe invest in a bigger pan since this kind of compacted a little too tightly.

Overall though I’d say this was a winner!

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Vendy Awards 2010

A few weeks ago I attended one of my favorite New York City events: The Vendy’s!

(See last year’s Vendy’s post here.)

Let’s see some food!

First stop was the Schnitzel & Things truck

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I got the veal schnitzel (terrible), schnitzel burger (terrible), beat salad (amazing), chickpeas (fine), coleslaw (pretty good), and the Austrian potato salad (amazing.)

So good sides, bad main dishes. Seriously, I love veal but I don’t know how anyone could eat that.

Next stop was the Halal cart.

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The falafel wrap was amazing.

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And the chicken and rice is phenomenal. The best thing I had all day.

Then we came to the Kelvin Slush truck

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My friend loves this place and I was seriously excited to try it.

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However, I was also seriously disappointed.

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I got the ginger with a strawberry mix-in. Once I distributed the strawberry it was ok, but nothing I would normally spend money on.

Next came the dessert truck, which I had tried at the Vendy’s two years ago.

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The chocolate bread pudding was amazing

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As was the panna cotta

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Next came the Mexican truck

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I actually don’t know what any of this food was, but it was all fantastic. And the amount of grease that poured out of the fried beef thing was remarkable…

Then we went to the Venezuelan truck

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The arepa was good, not the best I’ve ever had though.

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And this was a sandwich made with using fried plantains in place of bread. It was good.

Next we tried one of the rookies, the Souvalki Truck.

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This was the longest line we waited on all day, but it was totally worth it.

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My chicken soulvaki was amazing. One of the best things I ate all day.

Then we tried some desserts.

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Chinese dragon candy which looked like a cocoon, but tasted great. It was sugar stretched really thin with peanuts and coconut.

The only really bad part, besides how full I became, was how dirty I got. And I seemed to be the only one who was so filthy. Odd.

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The event sold out, but somehow felt really empty all night and we never waited on very long lines (although for a 5-hour event lines are sometimes good to allow digestion!).

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We ended with two different ice cream trucks.

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The first was guerilla ice cream, their flavors are all named after famous revolutions around the world.

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I got the lemon poppy seed ice ream (the Velvet Revolution? I think) and it was one of the few thins I had that I just couldn’t stand. I ended up throwing it out.

Our last truck of the day was the Big Gay Ice Cream truck. I had two delicious samples.

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Finally we reached the end of the event and it was time to give out the awards!

The Soulvaki truck won for rookie of the year.

The slushie truck won for best dessert.

And the Falefal truck won for people’s choice (I voted for them!) and judge’s choice!

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Overall it was a great event and I can’t wait to go back next year!

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The hummus I had once, loved, thought about ever since, tried it again this weekend, and disliked.

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The Under Armour running jacket I bought on-sale for $24.99 (from $75!)

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The bag I used to creatively wrap my father’s birthday present

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Drawstring ribbon!!

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Oh She Glows’ vegan Mexican Tortilla Pie that I made for my mom

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My new winter coat, bought on deep, deep discount from the Saks Fifth Ave outlet (I’m wearing shorts, fyi)

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The singing and dancing Frankenstein toy my mom bought me. He sings Monster Mash and absolutely terrifies my parents’ greyhound

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The four miles I ran this morning (and I ran another four Saturday morning)

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The new Larabar flavors I found at Whole Foods

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The book I’m reading (don’t love it)

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Beer Bread

A few weeks ago I made Rachel Wilkerson’s beer bread. I used hard apple cider and it was delicious.

I wanted to make it again, this time using pumpkin beer.

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Enter the Smuttynose pumpkin ale.

Unfortunately, when I went to get a mixing bowl from the drying rack disaster struck!

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I actually (jokingly, people) blame Rachel for this since she recently wrote about how clumsy she is!

I disposed of the broken plate and continued mixing everything together.

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The only deviation I made from Rachel’s recipe was to use honey instead of sugar.

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I stuck the mixed-together ingredients in a buttered dish and into the oven it went!

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Forty minutes later and I had the perfect loaf of bread.

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I liked the bread with the pumpkin ale, but I have to say the hard cider was better.

Although when I topped the bread with delicious butter and apple butter I certainly wasn’t complaining!

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Definitely a winning, easy recipe. I highly recommend you try your own beer bread!

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Cincinnati, OH

Before my little hiatus I was heading to Cincinatti, OH. For a tennis tournament. Shocking, no?

After three amazing days I have to say that Cincinatti is pretty much the greatest tournament ever! Check out all the amazing things we got to do.

I drove to my friend Ashley’s house in Pennsylvania

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And then we went through West Virgina

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(it’s wild AND wonderful)

to Ohio

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We started our journey at Sheetz, a kind of 7-11-like gas station and convenience store. With breakfast.

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When we got to Ohio we settled into our amazingly cheap and clean hotel which was literally a five minute drive from the tournament site. Then we went to Skyline for Cincinnati chili.

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Amazing. Cheap. Heart attack waiting to happen. But amazing.

And then we went for our first night of tennis.

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On Thursday we headed back to the site for a full day and night of tennis.

One of the really cool things about the tournament was that they posted the practice schedules.

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Which meant we got to see guys like Andy Murray

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and Rafa Nadal

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practicing.

While we were watching Rafa practice my friend got a phone call. She had entered to win to do the coin toss on center court and she won!! Luckily she got to bring a friend so we immediately headed over to learn what we needed to do.

Our new BFF Dale from Western and Southern Financial Group taught Ashley how to flip the coin

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and then we got to go courtside

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where we proceeded to call everyone we had ever met!

We also go to meet Brad Gilbert, former coach of Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, and Andy Murray and now a commentator for ESPN2

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Then it came time to do the coin toss. We spent a while talking to the chair umpire,

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who was super nice, and then the players came out.

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Ashley flipped the coin

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and it was my job to pick it up

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Luckily there is also video of this momentous occasion

And then we got our picture taken with Ernests Gulbis and Andy Murray.

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Once we finished the coin toss we got to sit courtside to watch the match!

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Since we were sitting in the photographer’s pit we made friends with one of the pros and he let us try out his fancy camera!

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In the end Murray won and we were kicked out and forced to go back to our cheap seats.

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But the experience was amazing.

And then we watched more tennis.

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The nice thing about going to a tournament like Cincinnati is that it’s small so you can get so close to the practices (like you saw above) and pretty much everything.

Like the TV commentators

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and their sexy shorts.

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And Ashley got to have a Beatles moment with Andy Roddick

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Plus she got two autographs from Rafa

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It wouldn’t be right for me to leave Roger Federer out of this post.

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The greatest thing about Mason, OH (the tournament wasn’t actually it Cincinnati, it was in the suburb of Mason) was Graeter’s ice cream.

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Seriously the best ice cream I’ve ever had. We went three times. We were only there for 3 days.

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That includes one ice cream for breakfast trip on the day we left. See my blueberry ice cream with pecans and whip cream and Ashley’s peach ice cream with whip cream.

A-freaking-mazing.

Overall we had a great time and I made a great friend in Ashley!

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After yesterday’s pictorial recap I knew I wouldn’t have time to do a long, updating post so I thought I would just post some of the music that I’m currently into it.

Enjoy!

Shwayze – Sally Is A…

Adele – Make You Feel My Love

Mumford & Sons – Winter Winds

Mumford & Sons – Awake My Soul

(I think this has one of the best lines EVER from a song: “Where you invest your love you invest your life.” I want it tattooed on me, seriously, yes, I’m weird.)

Mumford & Sons – The Cave

The Antlers – Kettering

Cee Lo Green – F*ck You (obviously contains possible offensive language)

Anyone else listening to anything good lately? Please share!

 

 

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What You’ve Missed

I want to start blogging again. Not on a set schedule and not about anything in particular…just about what’s been happening in my life.

It’s been a nice almost two months. Check out some pictures (I promise they’re not all tennis) and I’ll be back with full recaps in the coming days.

Good thing: I’m running again.
Bad thing: My roommate is making dog treats out of bacon and my apartment smells like Cracker Barrel.

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