Monthly Archives: October 2011

Potato Encrusted Tilapia

I’ve heard of coating fish, chicken, or other meat in bread crumbs or cheese…but covering it in potato sounded really strange to me. Continue reading

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The least exciting way to cook a chicken

If you want to suck all the flavor you can out of chicken and eat an extremely dry, almost tough in texture piece of meat I suggest you poach it. I wanted to make chicken enchiladas this week and the recipe said to boil the chicken in a pot of water and then shred it for the enchiladas. I had never poached chicken before, and I knew it probably wouldn’t taste as good as roasting or pan frying would, but I did not know that it would be quite so bad. Continue reading

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Change of Taste…

Over the years, my taste buds seem to have changed. No doubt, they will continue to change as well. When I was a kid I loved Macaroni and Cheese, until one day, when I was probably around 5 or 6, I saw my mom making it and for some reason it grossed me out. I hated mac and cheese for years after that. Now I happen to love it again, although it would probably be better if I didn’t (mac and cheese is loaded with calories).

I used to love hot dogs, then I hated them, now I’m somewhere in between. I hated broccoli as a kid. Literally the smell of it would make me gag, but now I love it – it’s one of my favorite vegetables. I roast it in the oven at least once a week. I got sick after eating cream of mushroom soup once and I’ve never felt the same way about it again. Continue reading

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The five most influential trips I ever took

1. Thailand. I don’t know if this counts as a trip or not. Technically, it was my home for 12 years, but every visit I make back to the place I grew up influences me in a different way. I am in love with and inspired by this country. It is never the same and always the same. If you’ve read my Banana Tree City post, it’s a land of paradoxes which is why I have to include it in my top 5 most influential trips. The culture, the people, the sites, and the food have helped to shape who I am today.

Me and two of my childhood best friends waiting for the sky train in Bangkok

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Reasons to Smile

If I think about all the things I have to do that I’ve been avoiding, and if I start thinking about the work weeks ahead of me, and the cold winter that is drawing closer by the day, it is fairly easy to become depressed. It’s not that I hate my job, but I don’t love it either. I don’t wake up everyday dying to get to work. I hit the snooze about 20 times, roll out of bed at the last possible minute, and grumpily stumble out the door. Then I sit at a desk for 8 hours a day. Some days are good, some days are bad. Sound familiar? I have a feeling most people experience a similar scenario every day. Continue reading

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