Monthly Archives: July 2010

RIcotta Stuffed Squash

Ricotta Stuffed Squash


I realize this looks like french bread, but I promise it’s squash. This was a great way to use up squash from Jason’s parents garden. I was going to say squash from the garden, but that would imply that I had my own garden, which I do not. Damn shady backyard.

I’m promise a real post this weekend. I’ve just been exhausted from my new job. It’s hard to actually work all day. Saying my old job was slow was sort of an understatement. It did allow me a lot of time to craft blog posts, at least.

GTL, baby.



I’m tired. We had to sleep in the guest room last night because the walls of our bedroom were covered with primer and stunk up the room. But the real reason that I didn’t sleep well was because I was nervous about my new job. I have had a lot of jobs and the first day never gets any easier. I hate not knowing what’s going on and feeling so inept. I felt like this was my first job ever all day. I know that I’ll get it and it just takes time, but I hate this feeling of not knowing what the hell is going on. I keep reminding myself that I’ve felt like this at every job and that I’ve always gotten over it. You’d think I’d be used to it by now. I have had a lot of jobs since college:

Graphic Designer – Newspaper
Graphic Designer – Real Estate Magazine
Pre-press Operator – Printing Company
Production Manager – Magazine
Production Manager – Non-Profit
Production Coordinator – Media Buying Company
Graphic Designer – Publishing Company (New job)

Anyway, the point of that was that, coupled with a 3-mile after work, I’m tired and don’t really have the energy to write anything of interest.

I’m going to see Dave Matthews Band tomorrow night. I think I’ve probably seen them around 25 times. Really.

Is there a band you have seen numerous times? How many jobs have you had?

Blogger Dinner + Jason Blogs

Last night, I met up with some lovely bloggers at Seasons 52. Of course, I forgot my camera! In attendance were Emily, Emily (visiting from Boston), Tina, Sarena, Anna (a reader), Tyler and Laura.

I’d met Emily and Laura before was excited to see them again and meet everyone else. Everyone was very sweet and friendly. We ate dinner around 8:15 or 8:30 and when we got up to leave, I was thinking that it was maybe 10, but come to find out that it was after 11. Time really flies by when you have a lot to talk about! I’m waiting until someone else posts a picture so I can snag it.

Since I wasn’t home, Jason had to fend for himself for dinner and he wrote about it:

Veggie Challenge, Days 2 – 5

I’m not sure which is harder; not eating meat for a week or trying to blog about it every day!
Actually, I’m sure it’s the blogging!

The good news is that I still haven’t had any meat since Sunday. But, the bad news is that I haven’t been going about my new diet in the healthiest of ways. I was so concerned with trying not to eat meat, that I allowed myself to compensate with other things. Pizza two nights in a row isn’t exactly healthy, but they didn’t have any meat on it.

I didn’t really bother to blog about the last few days, because there really wasn’t anything interesting to report. I work odd hours, (overnights three days a week, and evenings on weekends) so during the week I’m not as tempted to run out to a fast food joint for a burger since I’m working from midnight until 8 a.m.

Those days basically go like this. Go to work at midnight, drink lots of diet-coke, and eat a piece of fruit or yogurt or something small and simple. I don’t really have an appetite during those hours, and honestly I’m so busy, there isn’t time to sit down and have a “meal” After work, I come home made some eggs and fake sausage then went to bed until Lee comes home… then either she or I will make some sort of vegetarian meal.

So, I don’t feel I’ve really been “challenged.” We haven’t gone out to dinner, and as such, I haven’t had the experience of only having one or two dishes on a menu to choose from. We haven’t gone to a cook-out or barbecue. I imagine this would be much like a recovering alcoholic going to an open-bar party.

So I MIGHT extend the challenge, at least another week to get a real feel for “living without” but I don’t think I’ll be a true vegetarian for life.

So far, I’ve been living off of veggie burgers, fake chicken nuggets, 4-cheese pizza hot pockets, eggs, fake sausage, yogurt, waffles, and veggie pizzas, but there was one highlight to the week. On Friday night Lee went out to dinner while I caught up on some much needed rest. When I woke up, she wasn’t there to make me a delicious veggie dinner, so I had to fend for myself. Working with what we had in the kitchen, I was able to whip up a sort-of “vegetarian chicken chow mein” I stir fried a pepper trio, some onions, and spinach, boiled some chow mein noodles, and added about 8 of the fake chicken nuggets to the mix. It was pretty good, and made for some good “cold Chinese food” leftovers.


I’m at work now, and this might be the most challenging part of the challenge so far. Usually on Saturdays and Sundays, I do get time to go out and grab a bite to eat. Usually it’s Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Subway or something like that. I didn’t pack a lunch, so I’ll have to go out on my dinner run tonight, and try to find something vegetarian. I’ve had Subway’s veggie-delight before… but it’s really not a delight. It’s more like a salad sandwich. It tastes like it is missing something. Oh yeah, MEAT!
I’ve heard Moe’s has descent tofu burritos? And there is a Vietnamese/Thai place nearby that has veggie dishes… So, we’ll see!

To be continued…

It’s Lee again. I have much to say about his latest entry. Specifically on being vegetarian and not being healthy and also on the idea of feeling like “living without.” I will address both of these tomorrow as I’m attempting to paint my bedroom (or rather, prep for painting) and should get back to it.

However, I did want to ask a question. As you might be able to infer from Jason’s references to various fast food joints, he and I do not exactly eat the same way. I honestly cannot tell you the last time I had fast food, not counting Subway. It’s been years. If you have a significant other, do you eat similarly? I’m assuming that most of you reading this eat pretty healthy. Does your significant other?

Last Day at Work

Yesterday was my last day at work. It was sort of weird. I have been working there (or rather had been) for 3.5 years. It was, by far, the longest that I’ve stayed at any job. My job had it’s good and bads just like any job. There definitely will be things that I miss (some good friends, my own office, leaving at 4 on Fridays), but there will also be a lot of things that I will not miss. It was just time to move on. I knew that for me to grow in my career, I could not have stayed at my old company. I was bored and a bored worker is never a good worker.

They took me out to lunch. Ironically, or not really if you knew my office, to a Mexican restaurant that I sort of hate. Every time I eat there, I feel sick after. I had the veggie fajitas. They were okay, pretty greasy, but of course, as soon as I went back to work, my stomach started making audible noises. After work, a few co-workers and I went out for a couple of drinks and then I went home. Pretty low-key day.

I took today off just because. Of course, I couldn’t sleep past 7:30. Guess that’s what happens when you go to sleep at 10. On the agenda for today is gym (I haven’t gone in two days), errands and then an Atlanta blogger meet-up for dinner.

Jason’s still on the veggie kick and he will post again. We’ve just been really busy these few days and basically not eating anything of interest. In fact, he has mentioned maybe extending the challenge because it’s been too easy cough *veggiepizzas*cough.

And, because I don’t have any pictures to go along with this post:


Jason Blogs: Day 1 of the Veggie Bet

Jason wrote this last night, but it was after I went to sleep so I didn’t see it to post until today.

Veggie Challenge Day 1.

As Lee explained, we made a bit of a wager, more like a challenge though for me to go without meat for a week. It was actually my idea.

While in Hawaii, I had “urged” Lee to turn on her vegetarianism and indulge in some seafood dishes, after all, we were on a beautiful island and the fresh fish in Hawaii has a great reputation.
I’m not even much of a seafood fan stateside, but I loved the fish in Hawaii, especially the Ono. She ate fish on a few occasions, but kept it pretty veggie-friendly the rest of the time. I even joined her in a few delicious veggie burgers from the Organic Veggie grocery store. But since I was asking her to change her diet for the week, I thought it would only be fair if I then tried to abstain from eating meat for a week.


(Veggie Burger)

I’ve eaten meat all my life. I’ve been taught that it is the pinnacle of what one can eat. Steaks were severed only for special occasions, such as a birthday or anniversary. Burgers were the mainstay of the American diet, and fried chicken was what you ate when you had a lot of people to feed. Veggies were something that complimented these centerpieces of a meal. So, it’s safe to say, I haven’t gone a full week before without eating some kind of meat. I’m sure I’ve gone a day or two, maybe not even on purpose, where I didn’t eat any meat. But, even then, it was most likely due to the absence of meat in the refrigerator at the time.


(Real Burger)

Working in my favor, is that in addition to meat, I DO like vegetables. I probably like more vegetables than Lee. I can’t believe she doesn’t like asparagus. I am also not a tofu virgin, but I do think it is bland, and isn’t a culinary substitute for meat. But, I’m no stranger to smartdogs, and veggie patties. So I agree with Lee, I do have a distinct advantage in this challenge.

Today will probably be my easiest day of the challenge. It is my day off, and I slept in, past breakfast, and quite past lunch too. I waited for Lee to come home before I ate, and we went to the grocery store and stocked up on non-meat items. Then she prepared a cold noodle salad sort-of thing, and I snacked on some cheese and triscuits. But my real test will come after I go back to work, at midnight Wednesday morning.

I’m working the graveyard shift, and I’ll have to prepare and bring my own food with me for that, since I can’t go out and grab a quick bite from the fast-food place at 3 a.m.

So, one day down. Six more meatless days to go.


Hi, me again. I just wanted to note that asparagus is one of the few vegetables that I dislike. And I don’t hate it, I just won’t go out of my way to eat it. That and eggplant. I’m not really a fan of eggplant, although Trader Joe’s has a really good eggplant parmesan that I do like. And while I like button and portobello mushrooms, I’m not a big fan of the more exotic types. Are there any vegetables that you don’t like?

The Veggie Bet

Jason is going to be doing some guest blogging this week. At some point in Hawaii, I bet him that he could not go one week without eating meat. It actually started out as one month, but somehow turned into a week. Now, to me, going a week without meat is easy, but I guess to someone who eats meat on a regular basis, it’s not.

Jason is definitely a meat eater. But…he’s not one of those guys that has to have meat and potatoes for every meal. While I don’t think he’d order a tofu dish or veggie burger from a restaurant, he has no problem eating those things at home when I make them. So, he has a distinct advantage in this bet. He likes vegetarian food.

So from today until next Monday, Jason is going to eat vegetarian and will be blogging about it (I always knew he secretly wanted to be a blogger). Do you think he can do it? If you eat meat, could you go without for a week? A month?

The stakes on this bet aren’t that high. A month of lawn mowing in on the line. Fortunately, for the loser, we only really mow our grass once a month!

I made dinner tonight, so that was an easy meal for him. We had Spaghetti Salad.


I followed the recipe except that I used half the cheese. It just seemed like it called for too much cheese. Some of the reviewers said that they used feta instead of cheddar which I think might taste better (but we didn’t have any). I think the salad was supposed to chill and let the flavors meld but I was in a hurry (aka hungry), so I didn’t do that. If I made this again, I would probably use a smaller noodle. The vegetables and pasta seemed to separate.

So, per the norm, I went to the gym tonight and looked in my workout bag and was missing something. A bra. I don’t know how I always manage to forget something. I mean, I need shorts, a shirt, shoes, a bra and socks. Why is that so hard for me to remember? I went to the gym anyway in my normal bra. Not really very comfortable and to top it off, my ipod was dead. I managed to do a 30 minute interval workout anyway. I did 2 minutes at 3.5mph and 1 minute 7.0mph. I figured there was no way that I could run 30 minutes on the treadmill sans music.

Fresh from the garden

Not my garden, unfortunately. Our backyard is really shady and I’m not sure if we have a place that gets enough sun for a garden. But, I did get some garden fresh food this weekend. Jason’s parents came over on Friday night and with them they brought fresh figs and squash.


I wasn’t really sure what to do with the figs besides eat them by themselves. For some reason, I kept thinking sandwich. Or fig netwon, but I don’t know how to make those. I decided to try out the fig sandwich idea for breakfast and came up with Banana/Fig stuffed French Toast.

3 figs, sliced
1/2 banana, sliced
2 slices whole wheat bread
1 egg white

Spray pan with cooking spray and set to medium heat. Saute banana and fig slices for about 3 minutes on each side. Meanwhile, coat bread in egg white (I would have used milk too, but we didn’t have any and that made it not as French Toasty.) and saute each side for about a minute in cooking spray.



And sandwiched


Since the banana and fig were pretty sweet, there wasn’t much need for maple syrup, but I’m sure it would be good too.

The rest of my afternoon was kind of blah, blah, blah. Went to the Apple store to get my computer fixed. Went to the gym. Went to Target. You know, Sunday stuff.

For dinner, I wanted to use that squash but I just didn’t feel like being creative so I went with a basic roasted squash.


Misted with olive oil and Emeril’s Essence and then cooked at 400 for about 20 minutes. And dipped in ketchup. I ate some other random stuff too.

By the way, that Pancake wine – gross. Goes to show you that you shouldn’t buy wine for the cute label.