New food thoughts: salsa, jalapenos, and pretzels

So the other day I was at Walmart and saw something that was called "Pretzel Crisps – Jalapeno Jack". They looked totally delicious and I was in the mood of trying new things, so I decided I wanted to get them. There was a serving suggestion on the pack, showing fresh salsa with the chips, and so that very second I decided that I have to find this kind of salsa. Yes, I know, advertising got me – but I was looking for some snack anyways, so getting food was not a bad idea. That did not take a long time, and soon I was at the check-out with the chips, marketside fresh-cut salsa from the veggie department, and a few more things. When I came to work that night, I was tired and not feeling well and did not want to eat anything – except, werdly enough – the salsa and the chips. The salsa and chips were delicious, successfully complimenting each other: salty, dry, fresh-jalapeno-and-cheese smelling chips – and juicy, freshly made saltless hot salsa. Divine. I never did like chips and salsa – not that I did not eat them before, but I never had any fascination with this particular snack. Food is food. But now I think I found my perfect combination of the best chips and the best salsa.
P.S. The now empty box of salsa says my salsa included tomatoes, onions, jalapeno peppers, serrano peppers, garlic, cilantro, and lime juice – which will be remembered by my brain for the purpose recreating the masterpiece by myself. Of course, the new-found delicious jalapeno jack chips will not be forgotten and will be honorably accompanying my salsa.

Fall is here!

It's a very cold cloudy morning. I woke up an hour earlier than I should have. Just for the heck of it. No. The intention was to do homework – but, you know, who cares about homework. So I am making myself some tea and listening to music.
Hot shower, fall clothes, tea, and a blanket. I think I've been looking forward to that kind of morning since the start of the school year. And now it's there. And it's not just amazing, it's twice as amazing as I expected it to be because I'm sitting here and relaxing at the time when I would usually hurry to get ready and run around the house. It's a good thing I got myself to get out of bed early. And now I am sitting and looking at the clock and treasuring every minute of this slow and beautiful morning.
Yes, so it's fall. And since it's fall, there's that: http://www.pickyourown.org/pumpkinpie.php. I wanna make one of those these days. Maybe not as amazing as those instructions say. And maybe not from a real pumpkin. But it will still smell like a real pumpkin pie – or close enough.
Random thought. As I am sitting here doing nothing, I am realizing that I will come to class and I won't be dead tired or feeling like I just got dragged out of bed and about to go back to my pillow. Or maybe I will, even more so, because I got one hour less sleep than I could have. We'll see. Right now it's just a slow and amazing morning and I should probably go outside to see how cold it is in order to decide what kind of jacket I want to wear – and then get ready and head to class.
Hope you people have a good morning!

Bacon for breakfast

So I was thinking what I wanted for breakfast tomorrow, and decided to look up some ideas on what I could do with bacon except for the obvious way of eating it.
As a result, I found a nice easy idea – might put an egg on it tho, too 😀
http://laurarees.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/bacon-and-avocado-sandwich/
And another fun idea:
http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/blt-e-with-harissa-mayo.aspx

Also, liked the idea of combining eggs and brussels sprouts – since I'm always looking out for ideas of what to do with brussels sprouts:
http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/poached-eggs-creamy-brussels-sprouts-bacon.aspx

*Yawn* Well, I think it's enough Internet for tonight, and I should be going to bed soon if tomorrow I want to be able to wake up early enough to make breakfast, eat it slowly, and get to work a minute early.

and…
http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2012/02/24/8-new-ways-to-bake-eggs-for-breakfast/
Yeah, I should really be going to sleep now.

Apartment impressions… and food!

It's pretty awesome to have a place of your own. Even if the whole moving thing ends up being the workout of your life and leads to taking a sick day at work because of all muscles hurting and being exhausted to the point of not being able to get out of bed. But I got all my stuff moved and pretty excited about it, even though my stuff is everywhere in piles and totes. Yeah, have I told you I hate totes? They are now gonna be my worst nightmare. Grrr totes.

Also, being able to wake up and make your own food in your own kitchen is kinda awesome. You never realize the awesomeness of usual things until after you haven't had them for a long time and then suddenly got them.

On the off note, I've been looking for a new easy cooking project recently, and then I randomly thought that I didn't know what to do with brats except for grilling them. And now looks like I found a good cooking project!
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bratwurst-potato-skillet/

Well, looks like the evening came and it's time to go outside and see how warm or cold it is – and to have a glass of cold water, because I'm definitely dehydrated after yesterday, and I need to change that at least partially by the time I go to work tomorrow.

Have a great night everybody!

Food plans for the weekend

So the other day I randomly made some pork chops and tomato&avocado salad. And now I am making plans for the weekend – cooking included. My dream is to learn to make beef stew – but that requires more time than I currently have.
After a little bit of thinking, I decided that something with brussels sprouts sounds really good, so there's the plan for the weekend:
– a lil too fancy for my cooking skills, but if i simplify it, i could use the idea –  http://naturalnoshing.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/brussel-sprout-chicken-skillet/

UPDATE: Another fun idea. Not brussels sprouts, but still a nice one:http://ww-recipes.net/2008/07/weight-watchers-mediterranean-chicken-with-rosemary-orzo-recipe-7-points/

Avocado salads

So I randomly decided I want to look up how to make a salad with avocado, and what I found looked pretty amazing, so here's some links to the recipes I liked most:

1. avocado, pineapple, and radishes
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/avocado-salad-recipe/index.html

2. lime shrimp avocado salad
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/05/zesty-lime-shrimp-and-avocado-salad.html

3. strawberry avocado salad
http://recipes.terra-organics.com/2012/03/strawberry-avocado-salad/

4. grapefruit avocado salad
http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Grapefruit-Avocado-Salad-3

5. avocado tomato salad
http://healthyvoyager.com/2.0/2011/05/09/fresh-tasty-avocado-salad/
http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/tomato_onion_avocado_salad/