Fast food, meatless Monday & Jeff has ham.

It was as delicious as I remember. I was also told that, when provided ham, you do not question as to how it was acquired. Ham has secrets too, I guess.

Anyway, tonight was one of those nights where we didn’t have time to cook and our schedules (or was it poor planning?) relegated us to picking something up on the way home from the gym. “Fast food,” you may call it. Here in Kuwait, we call it deliciousness.

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We bought the falafel, bread and cucumber-yogurt sauce. We had the rest laying around from salads and curries. Mix together and you’ve got our meatless Monday dinner. Yum!

Finally some pictures!

As a reminder…we catered for the first time a few weeks ago. Then we did some traveling (Madison, WI & Warren Dunes). Both adventures were quite fun & successful! 🙂

In order to share the menu with the guests, we created a QR code that they could scan with their phones (we are going to be technology coaches after all!). Abby then placed copies in creative places around the house 😉
Thanks to our awesome sister, assistant and photographer (Abby), we have some food photos to share with you!

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Maybe catering will become our summer job 😉 Bon appetit!

Long time…no post!

Dang it’s been a long time! A lot of exciting things have happened to us since Thanksgiving…we’ve still been cooking and we started a new blog. We’re home in MI for the summer and we are now officially Michigan residents again…until we move to Kuwait in August 🙂 Exciting things happening in our lives!

On the food front…we’ll be doing our first catering job tomorrow! Jeff’s mom is the manager of a group of hospitalists. Tomorrow night they are having a going away party for one of the doctors and after last year’s success, we’ve been asked to cater. Except this time we’re cooking for 30+ people! We’ve never done anything like this before and it’s been a challenge planning, grocery shopping & starting to prep. To get a sneak peak at what we’re preparing…check out our pinterest board! Will post the official menu later tonight/tomorrow 🙂

à demain!

Thanksgiving 2011

This year we’re having family and friend for Thanksgiving! Jeff’s parents got here yesterday and Ciji is coming tomorrow to eat and hang out! We’re doing a few different dishes this year…hopefully we’ll have pictures this weekend 🙂

Pad Thai!

We’ve been excited about this recipe since it popped up on my google reader from eatliverun! I’m hoping it’s as good as I ate in Jackson Hole, WY 🙂

I haven’t taken a bite but Jeff says its amazing!!

p.s. In order to (maybe) blog more often, I’m experiementing with blogging from my iPod touch and the blogger app. The picture isn’t awesome, but it’s fun to actually be blogging again!
p.s.s. THIS WAS AMAZING!!!! We didn’t add the shrimp, but that would probably have made it even more amazing. You could also do chicken. AND you can make it as spicy (or not) as you want!

(Healthy) Football Food

Tonight is the Big Game at the Big House. Our House will be quite tense. Once a year our hearts are on opposite sides of the field. We’ve both been fans since we were little so tonight someone won’t be happy. (If you have been under a rock, tonight is the Notre Dame vs. Michigan game. I ❤ Notre Dame and Jeff is a Michigan man.)

One thing we’ve always been able to agree on is what to eat on football Saturdays. Man Dip has been our go to since some friends introduced it to us. It’s 1lb burger, 1lb sausage, a can of Rotel and a brick of Mexican Velveeta. It’s become a tradition in our apartment, but this year I just can’t bring myself to make it. We’ve changed our diet significantly and one of the things that I’ve been enjoying most is experimenting with making healthy versions of food that we would normally eat. When I saw this recipe for Nacho Cheese Sauce, I thought I might just have a winner on my hands. It’s flavoring up in the crock-pot right now. I couldn’t wait so I grabbed a chip and tried it already. We’ll see what Jeff says when he gets home from the cross country meet. Hopefully this will be a tasty, healthy comfort food for us on this stressful day 😉

BBQ Chickpea Pizza


Be mindful of the name here, that’s chickPEA, not chickEN. This one’s a meatless dish, a perfect choice for any of you who do Meatless Mondays. We borrowed this recipe from our friends at eatliverun, a blog that just happens to combine 3 of the things we enjoy doing the most. (Why did we not think of this name, you ask? Your guess is as good as ours. The prospect of the Layman pun was too much, I suppose.)

Things we would do differently:

– Substitute chicken for chickpeas on a day other than Monday
– Go easy on the barbeque sauce, as it easily overpowers the rest of the dish
– Cook the crust beforehand so it gets a little more crispy. The BBQ sauce made it a bit soggy.

That’s about it. This dish was awesome the way it was. We made it on a wheat crust because we were feeling extra healthy, but I’m sure it would taste just as good on a regular one too. If you have to pay extra attention to anything, do so on the carmelized onions. Make sure they’re good and carmel-y.

Today is my day off of running this week, and it’s too hot outside to live. Guess I better go eat!

Caprese-Kind-of-Mood

Just like we anticipated…life has gotten crazy! We’re now working 10-11 hours a day…I’m just working and trying to stay caught up, Jeff is crazy with his new job and coaching cross country. I’m also training for our 5k at the end of September and taking an online graduate class the ENTIRE semester. We crazy…and we know!

We made these when we got back from our amazing summer away. We were quite obsessed with the caprese theme for awhile and have the pictures to prove it! Needless to say we were quite excited when we saw this sandwich. We don’t have a panani press, but improvised with a grill pan and baking stone 🙂 We happened to have most of the ingredients in our fridge but we did sub mozz for feta and used this pesto. These sandwiches were A-MA-ZING! We would definitely make them again…and again!

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