Chopped out

I’m not even going to try to be witty tonight because all I can hear running through my head is a repeating loop of chop this, chop this, chop this. I never want to see another knife or another veggie again. (I will probably change my mind tomorrow, though.)

Anyway, we had steak salads for lunch made with leftover steak from Saturday night’s grilling:


Also in the salads: arugula from the garden (10 million times better than from the store — it’s super super hot and spicy), green onions from the garden, chives from the garden, romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, feta, and drizzles of balsamic and herby olive oil.


Dessert was a teeny bit (like 2 tbsp) of leftover carrot cake oatmeal with extra pineapple, apple, cinnamon, and cardamom:


Mom and I forged on throughout the afternoon to make enough food for 30 armies to send to my dad’s house: chicken cacciatore, beef-kielbasa-barley stew, and pumpkin grapenut pudding. Mom was in charge. I followed her commands. Chop this, chop this, chop this. At some point, I had a minor breakdown and abandoned the kitchen in favor of a nap on the porch bench. I am not made to be a sous-chef, nor am I made for large-scale food prep.

My dad came over around 7pm to collect the goods, and mom gave him detailed serving and reheating instructions. Dad, I expect a full report as you eat these things!

Sarah Whiting (aka Ting) and her friend Nora came over for dinner. I completely forgot to take people pictures, grrrrr. But I did take food pics. I made chips from the stale whole wheat roll-ups and guacamole from two avocados, black bean and corn salsa, fresh tomato, fat free sour cream, fresh lime juice, and cayenne.


We ate it all very quickly (a significant portion is sitting in my belly now). We also enjoyed more Golden Star sparkling white jasmine tea spritzers (1/3 tea, 2/3 plain seltzer).

The main course was chicken-pineapple-onion-green pepper-kielbasa skewers. I’m pretty sure I spent hours skewering these things. John started them off in the stone grill outside, but they weren’t cooking fast enough, so we finished the job inside with a quick broil in the oven. Ting and Nora brought an awesome pesto-bean salad with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. The plate:


The skewers may not have been able to finish outside, but the sweet potatoes did, however, do quite well in the stone grill with perfect char.


Dessert was fresh watermelon:


And pizelle cookies:


Dinner with the girls was so fun — Ting and I needed the chance to catch up, and we had some very interesting conversations, not the least of which was my mom’s recounting of her competitive bodybuilding days. And like I said, I’m exhausted. And stuffed. I’m heading back to NY at some point tomorrow, though I don’t know my exact schedule. And I’m too tired to deal with the bus schedule right now!

I can’t think of a question. What question would you ask now, and how would you answer?

20 thoughts on “Chopped out

  1. The Novice Berker says:

    Oh dear, if it makes you feel better about all the chop-chop-chopping, all those chopped dishes look AMAZINGLY GOOD. Um seriously. What will it take to be invited to dinner?!

    I hope you get some proper rest. You sound zonked! πŸ™‚


  2. brandi says:

    your chips look great and the salad and skewers, too πŸ™‚

    I’m so behind on blogs after this weekend, but it looks like you’ve had a great time!


  3. Kristie says:

    Chop Chop Chop.
    Serious food prep is definitely exhausting. You did a darn swell job with it though! And I’ll bet it was all darn delicious so it was worth it… right? Easier for me to say since I’m not the one suffering from kitchen exhaustion though haha.

    And uh… your mom did competitive bodybuilding? For reals? I hope that’s true… that is SO cool. And on that front my question right NOW would be… would YOU ever do competitive bodybuilding?
    I think it fun? Maybe? Hah…


  4. verbalriot says:

    Aww too much chopping! πŸ™‚ That’s what happens when you’re suddenly not the big shot of your own kitchen! hahah

    I would ask “When are we going to eat Ethiopian food?” And I would answer “I’ll be home this Saturday! Let’s plan!”


  5. janetha says:

    i love pizelles! i just caught up on all your fun posts that i missed over the weekend–so instead of commenting them all i am just here to say i loved all of them! πŸ˜€


  6. carolinebee says:

    I want a stone grill!!! That thing is awesome! I suppose I”ll answer your last question πŸ˜€ I’ve never washed my hair with food- but I def “stocked” up on the bath and body works hotel ones from my waikiki vacay last year!!


  7. homegirlcaneat says:

    LOVING the skewer madness and the bean salad party! I love the guac even more. That brings me to my question to ask my self..

    Q) Why do you love guacamole so much?

    A) I love guacamole because it is absolutely delicious and made from the healthy fat loving fruit – avocado. It is happy and green and pairs perfectly with chips and really, ANYTHANG!


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