I Did a Very Bad Thing…


Wowzers – you guys love your pizza, ice cream and everything in between! And thank you so much to those of you who mentioned OREOS! I seriously have not had an Oreo in a hot minute and now I cannot stop thinking about them… Drooooooolingoversweetsweetchocolatecookiesandicing… :razz:


Also I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for voting for me on the Breakstone Blogger Challenge website. Having so many of you faithfully vote for someone you’ve never even met (except for my friends and family who are totally rocking the vote!) seriously blows my mind and makes me feel all gooey inside. :) No seriously…

Thank you.

And for those of you who are getting the "You’ve already voted today, come back tomorrow" error – a couple of smart readers figured out that you have to wait 24 hours from the last time you voted, to vote again. It doesn’t reset at midnight, for whatever reason.

I would have never figured that out… :?

In other news…WHEW. That’s the sound of me sitting down for longer than 5 minutes since Monday! It has been go-go-go for the past 3 days and it’s not slowing down for another 3 – but at least I get to stay home tonight! :D

Let’s see…what have I been up to…

Oh! Tuesday night’s Rockette show WAS spectacular! It seriously made me yearn so hard to be a good dancer and performer…alas, I am not. Sigh. ;) My Mom and I had perma grins on our faces for the entire duration of the show though and randomly ended up sitting right next to my sister-in-law and her friend at the venue! So strange, right?!

Last night I had a work dinner and didn’t get home until 10pm, after being gone since 7am, which left me feeling pretty dead today. Luckily I had a quick & easy dinner in mind that incorporated some tasty little sea creatures that I’ve been craving like no other lately – scallops!


So I broke down and bought some frozen scallops at Trader Joe’s the other day. Fresh scallops are insanely expensive here and anyways, I’m always suspicious that they are being sold as fresh when, in fact, they are previously frozen (thanks to a revealing Dateline episode I saw a couple years ago.)


Anyways, enough is enough. I love scallops way too much to keep ignoring them (plus they’re what Ben and I had the night we got engaged so they’ll always hold a special place in my heart!) so when I saw a bag of frozen at TJ’s for $6.99 – I acted fast!

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Scallops can seem intimidating to cook, but I promise, they’re a cinch. I just let ~2 servings thaw in the fridge for a day, then drained and patted them dry with paper towels.


I seasoned the scallops with salt & pepper, heated up ~1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil on medium-high heat, and let ’em rip!


They puff up almost instantly when you put them in a hot pan, which is really  cool, and I kept them pretty much constantly moving until they were done enough to not stick anymore, ~1 minute.


Then I let them cook until they were bouncy but not too bouncy, ~3 minutes.


I took the scallops out of the pan but left the juices in and added salt, pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, ~1/4 cup chicken broth and ~2 Tablespoons butter to make a sauce. That bubbled away for a minute or two…

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…just long enough for me to drain some Cracked Pepper Pappardelle’s Pasta that had been boiling and add it with some sautéed asparagus.


Everybody in the pool…


and bring on the sauce!




Holy deliciousness – I HEART SCALLOPS!


This whole meal came together in the time it took to boil the pasta, and was so simple in flavor – salt, pepper, butter and olive oil = life’s simple pleasures. The chewy (in a good way) sweet & meaty scallops were seriously spectacular.


I did, however, commit the cardinal sin of putting cheese on top of my seafood. Ben and I learned in Italy that ONE MUST NEVER PUT CHEESE ON THEIR SEAFOOD! Oops. ;)


Weekend Wedding

Well the madness of this week continues tomorrow as I will be flying to the mile high city, aka Denver, in the morning for (another) wedding this weekend!

This is the third wedding I’ve gone to in three months, and it seriously never gets old. I love getting goosebumps every time I hear those vows. I continue to giggle at the awkward best man speech, and you know I’ll never tire of that sweet, sweet, wedding cake!

Speaking of weddings, and if you’re up for casting ONE more vote – my cousin and his fiancé are in a contest to win a dream wedding! Phil & Amber are up against two other couples and as two teachers, they’d be over the moon to win an all expenses paid wedding. Just CLICK HERE and choose their name – Phil & Amber. That’s it! No names, phone numbers or address necessary. Just one click to help the happy couple. :)


Giveaway Winners

You know I wouldn’t leave without posting the winners of free pizza and ice cream!

Congrats to you pizza-lovers:

Vanessa: I liked your post! good luck again!

AlisonP: Well, IGE, I think we could be food twins, because my top food faves are pizza and ice cream too!! I think I could those two every. single. day! Love love Pizza & Ice Cream!

Emily: and i’ve been voting! i want to see you bring home the bacon, i mean, money.

Heather: And I voted! Today and yesterday too!

And don’t get brain freeze:

Jena: My favorite indulgent treat is double stuff Oreos dunked in milk.

Stacy: My favorite indulgent thing has to be cheese curds. That’s a midwestern thing, and I LOVE them!!

BeccaV: Icecream! In all forms, ice cream, ice cream bars, in cake, it really doesn’t matter!

Natalie: I clicked on your post and liked it with the facebook button!! Hope you win the breakstone challenge!

Email your full name and address to IowaGirlEats@gmail.com and I’ll get your coupon on out to ya’! YUM YUM YUM!

I’m off to decide what the heck I’m wearing this weekend. I decided after last weekend that all my winter dresses are completely unacceptable, therefore I bought a million at the mall this week (3 separate trips!) and now I have to try them all on and figure out which ones are going to work. Tune into posts this weekend to find out what I chooooose!

Talk to you from Denver – goodnight!


If you came into a bunch of money/married someone extremely well off, etc – would you quit your job? What about if you had your dream job?

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  1. Liz @ Blog is the New Black 11.18.2010

    I wouldn’t quit my job! I’d still want to work- maybe less hours or volunteer, but definitely work. I’d want to stay grounded and live a normal life!

  2. sassy molassy 11.18.2010

    Kristin, you must try the Trader Joe’s “jo jo’s” peppermint oreos. I just bought them this week and they are seriously to die for. You won’t regret it!

  3. I doubt it, but it depends! If it is my dream and I love doing it, I would never stop!

  4. Sarah 11.18.2010

    I don’t think I could quit unless I had something else to do, like volunteer.

  5. Dawn Patricia 11.18.2010

    Wow those scallops look amazing!!! I’m going to have to pick some up! So glad you liked the Rockettes show. We have tickets for Saturday! Hmm, if I somehow became very rich (Like really rich, Bill Gates or JK Rowling rich) I wouldn’t work but instead I’d pursue all sorts of interests. I wouldn’t be like Paris Hilton and shop and go to fashion shows…I’d learn how to fly a plane, ride horses, go mountain-climbing, do things to enrich myself as a person. And I’d volunteer. Oh, and I might splurge and buy some Louis Vuitton luggage :)

  6. Emily 11.18.2010

    I live in Denver–any chance for a meet up while you’re in town? It sounds like you’ll have a whirlwind weekend, but if it works out, I’d love it!

    If I came into money, I would quit my current job and find something part-time in the environmental education field, which is what I love most. :)

  7. Dee 11.18.2010

    For the current job I have now? In a heartbeat. *blush*

  8. I think I’d move to super part time if they let me and definately volunteer in some way

  9. Sarah 11.18.2010

    I love when bloggers come to my city!!! It is supposed to be great weather out here this weekend!

  10. Daisy 11.18.2010

    Tough question. I do like my job. Maybe I’d work part time but keep the same job ;)

    I also love scallops and you are right, they are SO easy to cook!

    24 hrs? your killing me Breakstone.

  11. i wouldn’t quit my job if i loved it :) if not, i would be content to stay home and cook all day :)

  12. valen 11.18.2010

    I looooooooove oreos, but don’t eat them because of the ingredients. I haven’t had one in a long time. And the funny thing is that I hate the healthy organic versions of oreos with a passion! Have fun at the wedding!

  13. Kelly 11.18.2010

    I would quit my job because my dream job is to be a freelance interior designer. So I would quit my REAL job but in essence still work :)
    Cute question!!

  14. Yum! My husband and I often cook with scallops; one time we made bacon-wrapped scallops!

  15. Lindsey 11.19.2010

    I would absolutely quit my job (current one)!!! And then I would open up at pet care resort out of my house & play with dogs all day =)

  16. Sharon 11.19.2010

    Well I loveeee scallops as well and ironically its what I had as well but on my first date with my husband…

  17. Dream Mom 11.19.2010

    As for quitting the job, it depends. I am a real homebody so if my husband had a big job, I might prefer to stay home and run the household. I am a bit of a perfectionist on that front, lol. If I stayed home, I figure I’d plan and take care of everything for our vacations (plus wonderful mini weekend trips) along with planning things for the weekends. I’d love to travel more and see all of the great flower and water gardens in the world.

    In addition, I’d make all kinds of new organic recipes, have my own organic garden (I am a yard/garden finatic) and do things like that. Essentially, I’d pamper/spoil my husband to pieces and take care of everything so that all my husband had to do was work. Of course, I’d also do volunteer and charity work for children and probably take classes on things that interest me. I’d also want to build a new, custom, dream/green home so I’d be involved in every detail of the design as well as be the general contractor for it. Going green and making sure my home is chemical free is important to me. As you can tell, I’d find a ton of things to do but more importantly, we’d live a great life.

  18. Lauren 11.19.2010

    You’ve been one busy girl. Have a great time this weekend! :) Weddings never get old.

  19. Rachel 11.19.2010

    I don’t think I would quit my job…It’s definitely not my dream job (I’ve wanted to be an FBI criminal profiler since high school), but I really respect & like my boss, and my department seems to be a group of quirky odd ducks that I fit in perfectly with! That being said, if I had the money, I would do a LOT more traveling, though!

  20. jen 11.19.2010

    I would totally quit my job! It’s not that I hate it, it just that there are so many other things that I’d rather do if money were no object.

    p.s. just voted for you, and your cousin!

  21. Darcy 11.19.2010

    I would quit my job and find something less stressful and more rewarding.

  22. I would quit my job in a HEARTBEAT, get certified as a nutrition/wellness consultant and help others lead the best lives they could by practicing moderation :smile: That is my DREAM.

  23. Lisa 11.19.2010

    I think I have now fulfilled all of the pizza and ice cream requirements! I am hugry already! Thanks!

  24. Susie 11.19.2010

    Of course, I’d become a full-time food blogger!!

  25. Of course, I’d become a full-time food blogger! (newbie)

  26. Allison 11.19.2010

    I would definitely not quit my job. I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. But part-time work, that doesn’t sound so bad!

  27. Stephanie 11.19.2010

    I would definitely quit and pursue being an artist. Notice that I said “pursue” and not “be.” :) And then maybe I’d have time to finally get the basement cleaned…

  28. Amanda 11.19.2010


    I know for certain (because I work there) that the scallops at Gateway Market are dry-packed, which means they are fresh. They’re a bit more expensive that way, but they’re not packed in saline like some other fresh scallops in the area.

    That dish looks delish, frozen scallops or no, though!

  29. Mary 11.19.2010

    I’m a teacher & I really don’t appreciate your insinuation that teachers are poor & don’t make any money.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.19.2010

      Oh I don’t think that at all – they said it in their video! Just supporting them :)

  30. LindsayH 11.19.2010

    If I “came into” money in some way (like won the lottery or a long long rich uncle died or something), I would quit my job and pursue one of my passions. But if I married into money, no way – Momma raised me to never be dependent on any man.

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