Ina! How could I forget Ina? She is actually my favorite Food Network star, and I have NO idea how Ms. Contessa fell off my radar last night. She’s so unpretentious (except for that Hampton’s accent) her recipes are easy, yet elegant, and I love how her and Jeffrey are just a couple of cute poodles still so in love after all these years. Team Ina. (I would wear a shirt if they had one.)
Plus she’s got every foodies’ dream job – own a gourmet food shop, retire, and spend all day cooking? Mmm Hmm!
In other news – missed ya’ this morning! I chose sleep over blogging. It’s true – the alarm went off and I practically chucked it across the room. I blame it on my continued recovery efforts. All my life I’ve heard people say “my head is so plugged up” when they’re sick, and I never knew what they were talking about…until now. I feel like someone is literally sticking their fingers in my ears, plugging my head up! Hmph!
At any rate, breakfast was good ol’ Cheerios & a sliced banana, but lunch was an unexpected delight! I picked Ben up around noon to go for a short drive (sometimes we both need a little break from the office – you know how it goes) and we ended up making an impulse decision to go out for Mexican!
Old West caught our eye from the side of the road, and we pulled right in.
We actually used to come here quite a bit, as it’s close to both of our offices, but hadn’t been in some time. It was good to be back.
We started with some complimentary Chips & Salsa, natch.
I took a portion out for myself and put it on a napkin, because I cannot be trusted around an open basket of chips.
Our order was out to us in, no lie, 4 minutes. Flat! 1 Cheese Enchilada & 1 Chicken Enchilada.
Here’s the thing about Mexican restaurants. Usually you start off the meal with chips and salsa, and by the time your entree comes, you’re too full to eat. But you do anyways because it’s so good. Well, I’ve learned my lesson and now opt for a la cart items instead of a big platter with rice, beans – the whole 9. This way, I get exactly what I’m craving – delicious enchiladas – but I don’t leave the restaurant feeling so full from chips and enchiladas and rice and beans. Catch my drift?
My enchiladas were everything I could have hoped for. Fresh, perfectly spiced and filled with cheese!
Ben ordered some Grilled Steak Enchiladas that were out of of control good!
Served with the fluffiest rice. What a great impromptu lunch date!
In dinner news, crock pot week isn’t turning out quite like I had planned! Tonight’s dinner concept started from a recipe in one of my crock pot cook books, but, was made on the regular stovetop after mish mashing the recipe with another one I found online. Either way, it turned out to be unbelievably good – it was Chili Verde!
This chili was incredible! Just a hint of spice, and so flavorful. Click here for the recipe >
Oh! What would a good chili be without a good chili sidekick? Nothing! That’s why I baked up my faaaavorite cornbread recipe – Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread!
I used less butter than the recipe called for, and unsweetened vanilla almond breeze instead of buttermilk (so I guess it should just be called “Grandmother’s Cornbread”) but it was delectable as always!
Sweet, crunchy and so satisfying. What a treat!
Whew! Long post.
Tonight I’m working on a special blog post for the morning, than hitting the hay early so I can get up for a morning workout tomorrow. Exciting stuff, my friends!
What’s the last spontaneous thing you did?