Blog to Taste: July 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What I Had for Dinner Last Week

Happy hump day, foodie friends! This week on Watch What Happens with Warren - my new favorite TV show - I decided to share with you all what I had for dinner last week. From the delicious to the delightful, between homecooked to restaurant made, my week in meals was actually fantastic. I hope this post inspires your dinner choice this week.

Fair warning: this week I went out way more than usual. I guess that makes things more interesting though.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Super Simple Bean and Lettuce Wraps Recipe

I'm about two weeks into my Prediabetic Journey, and I've lost about 10 lbs according the my bathroom scale. My scale, mind you, gives me a different weight depending on the position of my arms (on my hips, hanging by my side, etc.) so I highly doubt its accuracy. Either way, though, there's been some results. It's certainly the combination of eating less and moving more. Once you get started, it can be quite addicting. Of course, I've had days where I break down and eat a piece of pizza, a burger, or a donut. I don't want to live life without tasting things I love, so I don't dwell on it, and I just continue my progress the next day.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict Recipe

Hello Foodie Friends! I have got a special post for you today! Today's post is sponsored by my friends at Little Bearfox Farm. Little Bearfox Farms is two farmers focusing all of their efforts on growing tomatoes this year. They have 400 heirloom tomato plants, in 30 different varieties, and 400 conventional tomatoes making a whopping total of 800 tomato plants on about a third of an acre! Wowza, that is a lot of tomatoes. When I say friends, the great thing is- those guys are seriously my friends. My husband and I are actually renting them a strip of our property to farm on. The farmers are here working the ground every day, and we have all been patiently waiting for the first ripe tomato, which thankfully arrived last week. 

However in the meantime, there's no need to panic because green tomatoes are a treat in themselves. Especially when your mother is a southerner and you know what to do with those babies. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Warren's Weird Meals: Chicken Cinnamon Bagel Sandwich

Happy Friday foodie friends! This week I had to get permission to write this post before I could share it with all of you. I didn’t want it to come across as mean or ungrateful, but I did have a burning desire to share this story with you. I will start by saying that I very much like my stepmom. She is a very nice lady, and at times I prefer her company over my own father. She has blended in well to our family, and she puts up with my dad which is honestly a miracle. With all of that said…she gave me one of the weirdest dinners I’ve ever had in my life. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My Prediabetic Journey

I first learned that I was prediabetic in January of 2015. My workplace was doing a wellness check for free, and we could receive health insurance for free by completing it. When I saw the numbers and the range that I fell into, I wasn't surprised. At first I thought, "oh well, that's what happens when you're fat." Since then, though, it's been slowly eating away at me. The idea that I could be diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes within 10 years is terrifying. I'm not even 30 yet, and I'm already at risk for something so serious and life-changing.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Best Ever Bacon Burgers Recipe

Image MapImage MapBurgers deserve to be a food group of their own. The perfect trifecta of protein, carbs and veggies is hard to deny. Some burgers are better than others, but a burger that I don't like is few and far between. When I stopped eating dairy, restaurant burgers became an easy choice when eating out. When in doubt, a hamburger is usually free of milk or cheese. I learned quickly that there are two distinctly different ways that you can make a burger. The first is "pub style" which I have always considered a burger baseball. The patty is thick and bulges in the middle. You know you're going to get this style of burger when they ask how you want your burger cooked. The other kind is "diner style". This patty is flat and the meat is spread even over the whole surface of the bun. Everybody gets to pick their favorite style, and mine is diner. And that's what you are going to read about today.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Warren's Mexican Street Corn Recipe

Mexican Street Corn
Image MapHappy 5th, foodie friends! Are you guys experiencing the harsh 4th of July hangover? I'm not talking about the alcohol induced one (though I'm sure there's a bit of that going around too). I'm talking about the neighbors shooting off fireworks well past midnight on a work night reducing your number of quality hours of sleep.

The 4th of July in the good ol' US of A is all about freedom to wear red, white and blue without prejudice no matter how tacky, country music in the backyard, small town parades and grilling your eats. I seriously miss having a grill. Our apartments don't allow for any grills, and it's seriously a buzzkill. It's like the song goes, "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot." Sorry for the ear worm peeps!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Loaded Potato Cakes Recipe

Loaded Potato Cakes RecipeIt's officially 4th of July weekend! Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays because the weather is great, you can eat as many hotdogs as you want with no judgement, and there are fireworks. In my hometown of Molalla, OR, there is a lot of activity surrounding this patriotic holiday. We have a big parade through the middle of town, rodeos every night, firework displays, all-night pancake cooking in the park, and American flags hung in every yard. For my family, a big part of the celebration is tasty food. This year, I tried a new recipe- Loaded Potato Cakes. They are filled with mashed potatoes, bacon, and cheese, and they're topped with sour cream and green onion.