Chorizo and pea hash

hash6After a weekend in Atlantic City, I’m ready for a major life-detox.

We checked in to Cesar’s Palace Thursday afternoon and spent two days hiding in the casino until we FINALLY decided to sneak onto the boardwalk.

The sun was so bright. The fresh air burned our lungs.

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And we realized we’d essentially been hiding out in an old basement filled with flashing lights and Elton John slots that had saturated what was left of our brains (and wallets).

My stomach has been in a mess ever since. It’s the weirdest thing. First, I’m feeling good. So, I obviously eat something (that’s how I celebrate all good-feeling things in life). The next thing I know, I’m ready to lay on the floor grasping my stomach and begging for mercy.

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What gives?

Was it the lingering cigarette smoke? The complimentary slot-machine ordered mimosas? The lack of Vitamin D or any other nutrient in sight?

Whatever it was, I’m happily sipping my Tazo Zen tea and hoping for calmer stomach adventures ahead. In the meantime, please enjoy this hash I whipped up before our trip.

The beautiful thing about has is that it’s open to interpretation. Mix in whatever you’ve got.

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Recipe for chorizo and pea hash

  • 2 tablespoons each of olive oil and butter
  • 2 chorizo link
  • 3 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon oregano

Melt the olive oil and butter in a large dutch oven.

Remove the casings from the chorizo and crumble the meat into the dutch oven. Cook until browned.

Add the onion, potato and garlic and cover with a lid to let steam for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the spices and let it continue to cook down.

Stir in the peas for the final few minutes of cooking. Serve immediately. An over easy egg is optional but encouraged.

Italian French fries inspired by Mexitaly

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There is an awesome restaurant down the street that me and The Mister love to sneak away to when we have uncontrollable hunger. We usually make unplanned trips to Mexitaly. We might be out running errands and our stomachs all of a sudden start banging around demanding food.

Yes, this little brewhouse has saved us from many hangry episodes that could have gotten ugly. Continue reading

My favorite snacks

I love a good snack.

I have a bad habit of just chomping away on whatever is in sight, but I do like to think I know a good quality snack when I see one.

These are not endorsements of any kind. These are simply the foods I am in love with right now. Don’t deny me my pleasure.

Photo courtesy of mouth.com.

Photo courtesy of mouth.com.

1. Roni Sue Beer & Caramel Pretzel Nuggets

Mouth is one of my favorite online stores for all things snacks. In fact, I have been told by The Mister that I need to take a break from shopping at the Mouth because I buy EVERYTHING. I am easily tempted, that’s all. If you order these pretzels be sure to buy two or three bags at a time. They go fast. Continue reading

Cajun shrimp and grits

IMG_1247It’s tough for me to think of non-traditional breakfast foods to make for The Mister. It is rare that he is in the mood for pancakes or omelets, although he does enjoy breakfast potatoes – a lot.

We decided to have an at-home brunch date after a busy week with little time to really sit down and talk. He made the coffee and stopped by the grocery store for grits the night before. I cooked them up – cheesy and gooey and delicious – and topped them with spicy, smoky shrimp and turkey bacon. Continue reading