Crispy Tofu Parmesan — Beths Journey

I liked that it was crispy!  That helped a LOT.

 

Crispy Tofu Parmesan — Beths Journey.

 

Tofu and salmon are two foods that I have always wanted to like, but I just can’t.  I feel like it’s the same part of me that doesn’t get the humor of the movie “Rushmore,” or “Waiting for Guffman,” or “The Royal Tenenbaums.”  You see, all of these things seem like “hip” things to like, and I just don’t.

I’ve tried salmon several different ways, and I’ve actually found 1 or 2 that I actually can tolerate.  But, with tofu, I hadn’t found one that I liked.  Until I tried this.

Now, it’s not like I love, love, loved it, but I did like it.  And *that* is a HUGGE step.  I served this with pasta and marinara sauce.  My husband actually ate it, too.  He said it wasn’t bad, and that it just tasted like overcooked seafood.  Um….thanks?

But we both decided we would eat it again.

What I liked about it:

1. The breading was delicious.

2. It was good in a bite with pasta.

3. It was EXREMELY filling.

What I don’t like…

1. The spongy texture in some bites.

 

Also, the blog I linked is a new blog I started reading.  I am enjoying it, thoroughly.  I love when people have the WW points plus values on their recipes.  And, her name is Beth, so she is automatically cool. Right, Beth FS?

 

-Beth WA

 

What are some ways that you prepare tofu?

Alexis Stewart Is Rude, Scary, Rude

Alexis Stewart Is Rude, Scary, Rude.

Two in one night.  I know. Crazy.

However, this story is also something I heard the other day, and I have to say I was riveted.  I was listening to a radio show and the host was interviewing Jennifer.  She kept trying to gloss over the issue with Alexis, but the host wouldn’t let it go.  And I was so glad, because I was trying to understand Alexis’ side.  Needless to say, when I saw this headline, I couldn’t wait to see their exchange on the Today Show.

I just don’t get her.  But, I guess it takes all kinds to make the world go ’round…

-Beth WA

Beth FS update.  One thing I love about Beth WA (there are many things) is that she can find a positive side to just about anything.  So, in honor of her, I am going to offer my own silver lining to this Alexis Stewart debacle.  Here goes…All of us who place unreasonable expectations on ourselves to be  “Martha Stewart Moms” can stop now!  Clearly, the maintaining the perfect home, making the perfect craft, or roasting the perfect turkey has zero correlation with raising kids who aren’t effed up. 

Courtney Stodden Kicked Out Of The Pumpkin Patch! | PerezHilton.com

Courtney Stodden Kicked Out Of The Pumpkin Patch! | PerezHilton.com.

This couple.

I am shocked and appalled by everything that has to do with them.

I also can’t resist reading every single story about them.

I just can’t comprehend this girl.

What are your thoughts, Beth FS?

-Beth WA

Beth FS here.  First, I had to click the link to find out who Courtney Stodden is.  Of course, I recognized her right away.  But I think it’s a good sign that she’s not recognizable by name only.  In my head I call her “that way-too-young-to-be-dressing-like-that-girl-who-really-seems-like-she’s-taking-at-least-one-mind-altering-substance-on-a-regular-basis-who’s-married-to-that-creepy-much-older-…-actor?” They creep me out. I think all will be revealed eventually, and we’ll be like “Oh! THAT’S what that was all about.” But at this point, I have no idea what “THAT” is.

Buffalo Chicken Dip Extraordinaire

I am sure most people on this earth are familiar with a recipe for Buffalo Chicken Dip.  I remember the first time I had it.  It was seven years ago this spring.  I was having a party for the kids in my class at the end of the year, and one of the mom’s brought it in for the party.  I know it was seven years ago, because that student is now a senior in high school, and I teach the fifth grade.

As the party was going on, I could not stop visiting this dip.  It changed my life.  The mom wrote down the recipe for me, and I then proceeded to make it for every social gathering I attended.  I made it so much, that the next generation of people I was making it for, called it “my dip.”  (Please note: I always gave credit to the room mom.)  Through the years, I use the same ingredients to make it, but now I make it in the crock pot.  It is SOOO easy.  So, I am going to share it with you now.  Two things happen when I make this at a party..

1.  It gets devoured, and there is none left.  And that makes me happy because I love when I make something for a party and it is a hit.  or

2. There is leftover dip, and I get to eat it the next day.

Here is the recipe:

3 blocks of cream cheese

1 bottle of Frank’s BUFFALO sauce

3 hefty squirts of Ranch Dressing

Chicken, shredded – I’ve used canned, I’ve used 3 breasts boiled then shredded, and for this last batch, I used a rotisserie chicken and just shredded it myself with my hands and a fork.

1 bag of colby-monterey jack cheese

 

Throw this all in the crock pot for 2 hours or so.  And serve with tortilla chips.  I also serve it with a loaf of that bread that says “Just Bake It” that they sell in the Kroger and Meijer bakery section.  It’s a long thin loaf.

I had a Halloween Party last night that was a bit smaller than I had imagined, so I had made too much of this dip.  I wanted to figure out how to eat it because I didn’t want to waste all of the ingredients, especially the chicken.  I also had a Pillsbury Pizza Crust that I needed to cook today.  So, a lightbulb went off.  I spread the dip on the Pizza Crust, I topped with a bit more of the Colby-Jack shredded cheese, some parmesan cheese, some mozarella and a blue cheese crumbles.

It was RICH.  It was UNHEALTHY.  BUT, it was DELICIOUS.  My husband and I decided it would be a good thing to have at a party.  It was a bit heavy to eat for a meal, but having one or two bite sized pieces would definitely be great.

Here are some picture—they aren’t that great, because frankly, the dip isn’t that pretty.  But, trust me, it is delicious.

 

Well, I hope everybody had a great weekend!  Tomorrow is Monday…here’s to a good week!!  Cheers.

 

-Beth WA

 

 

 

Shoes: Finding “the one.”

Good morning! Beth WA here, enjoying this crisp, beautiful fall Ohio day.  Just got back from a brisk walk, and enjoying a bowl of steel cut oats with pumpkin! Yum.  I am having a Halloween Party tonight, and I am extremely unprepared, as well as unmotivated to change that.  So, hopefully, after this blog entry, I’ll get moving.

Anyway, on to the topic I wanted to write about.  Shoes.

As a person who has been overweight for most of my life, when I go shopping with friends I usually gravitate toward shoes and purses.  Simply because, they always fit.  And even shoes aren’t that fun, because I wear a size 10//11, and until recently the selection was rather limited.  And, then for a long time, I had the problem where I would buy these shoes that I wanted to wear.  They would fit in the store.  I could walk a few steps in them, no problem.  But, when it comes to actually wearing them for an evening….NO WAY would I choose them.  So, they just sit in my closet gathering dust.

Exhibit A: Shoes I want to wear, but never actually wear.

Granted, these aren’t even in style any more, because I did break this habit about 4 years ago.  Okay, maybe one of those pairs I bought last year, but the rest are purchased at least 4 years ago, if not more.

So, about 3-4 years ago, I had an intervention with myself about shoes.  This happened when day after day as I was getting ready to go to work, where I stand all day, I couldn’t figure out shoes to wear.  I knew I had to start buying sensible shoes, but I still wanted them to be semi-stylish.  So, I entered the world of Merrills and Keens.

Exhibit B: Shoes I actually wear

The problem with these shoes is, while they give the desired comfort level, I feel frumpy in them, and they are expensive.  I mean, I tried to choose the cutest of the selection, but, still, I don’t exactly feel hip or stylish in them.

So, last year I mentored a brand new teacher.  It was her first year out of college. She was young, hip, and fun.  Her and I clicked immediately, and became fast friends.  I noticed that she was always wearing “TOM’S” shoes, and she would always sing their praises.  So, finally I took the plunge and bought myself a gray pair.

And I haven’t turned back.

I LOVED them.  I had found my “sole” mate.  (Sorry, had to do it.) They were a perfect alternative to flip-flops with capris, because frankly, I was over flip flops.  I mean, I still have a million pair, and wear them often, but I wanted something that was a little more…shoe.  I should probably be “capris,” too, but I don’t think that will ever happen.

They are SUPER comfortable, and not only do I feel hip and stylish when I wear them, I also feel politically correct because when you buy a pair of TOM’S, they donate a pair of shoes to somebody who needs them.  So, that also extinguishes the guilt I feel for the fact that they are pricey.

I love to wear them with jeans, with pants, with capris, with skirts…and there are SO many different kinds.  Here is my collection:

Exhibit C: Shoes that I love.

Maybe someday I will lose all this weight I need to lose, get in excellent shape, and be able to wear heels comfortably.  But, until then, I am loving my TOM’S.

I try not to play favorites, but between you and me, these are my favs:

What are your favorite “go to” shoes?

An unlikely combination.

I am a huge fan of Morningstar Veggie Burgers, and not just their plain veggie burgers, also their black bean burgers, and their mushroom burgers.  Mr. WA and I love to have the mushroom burgers on an everything sandwich thin with a wedge of Laughing Cow swiss cheese spread, and mushrooms and onions grilled with worceshire sauce and lemon juice.  YUM.

I have been a fan of these burgers for a long time.  My mom and I used to eat the black bean ones a lot when I lived at home.  And I’ve been making them a lot recently, but I had forgotten the combination my mom and I used to make with them, until this week.  We put blue cheese dressing on a the black bean burger with some alfalfa sprouts and thinly sliced onion.

It’s so delicious.  I highly recommend it.

Do you have any unlikely food combinations that turn out to taste good, unexpectedly?

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes | RecipeGirl.com

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes | RecipeGirl.com.

Pumpkin crazy.

That’s what I am, and that’s what appears the blog world is.  Maybe, that’s why I like the blog world so much.

Anyway, I was catching up with my google reader yesterday, reading all of the blogs for the week, and I came across this recipe.  I am drooling.  And afraid to calculate the weightwatchers points plus.

Today is the day of Beth FS’s little sister’s wedding.  It’s a beautiful fall Ohio day.  I love weddings.  And I love Beth FS’s family, so it will be a blast.

Every time I go to a wedding, I get very nostalgic.  I think about how much I loved my wedding day, and how lucky I was to find my husband.  Because, honestly, that’s what it was.  Luck.  Good luck.

Mr. WA and Me

 

And this is a picture of my bridesmaids.  These are some of the friends I mentioned the other day.  People gave me a hard time about such a large bridal party, but truth be told, I could’ve had 5 or so more.  What can I say, I love a lot of people!

 

I had a really great wedding day, but I know a lot of people had disasters.  Did you have a wedding day disaster?  Is there anything you would do differently looking back?

Black Bean Chili

I wanted to add a recipe that my mom has been making for several years now that is a major crowd pleaser.  I know that there are a million recipes for chili, but this is a good one to add to your repertoire.  It’s got the sweet and spicy flavor that I love.  Beth FS, you probably won’t like it because of the copious amounts of cumin.

I usually make 1/2 of this recipe, but this time I made the whole thing because I was having a crowd over for my my mom’s birthday. My mom usually comes in at the last minute and adds the things to make it just perfect.  I’ve used beef and/or turkey, and I also make it in my giant crockpot instead of a pan on the stove.

Well, I brown the beef on the stove, but I let it all simmer in a crockpot.

Black Bean Chili

5 lbs ground beef

4  – 29 oz cans of tomato sauce

1 large onion

2 large red peppers

1/4 cup chopped and seeded jalapeno (I usually use the canned version because I am afraid to cut jalapenos)

1/2 cup chopped garlic

1/8 cup cumin (to taste)

3/4 cup chili powder

7   15-oz cans black beans (drained)

3-6 tablespoons of sugar (to taste)

Brown beef, onion, red peppers, garlic and jalapeno.

Drain.

Add remaining ingredients.

Bring to boil, then simmer.  No lid.

Enjoy!!

-Beth WA