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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Garlic Shrimp Quesadilla

So this last week involved hospital trips, IV fluids, a lot of steroids, painkillers and of course magical lollypops. Oh, and a pretty hectic work week. I feel like I've been walking around in a daze just waiting for today so that I could start working on some projects.

That coffee table has been smirking at me from the garage for a couple of weeks now, and I finally got around to getting her done today. Pictures to come tomorrow once I put the poly coat's on. It looks fantastic. I'm super excited about it.

Of course, in the last two weeks I have refinished a mirror, coffee table (yay!), two lampshades, two chairs and an oversized frame which will go above the bed frame that I'm close to giving up on Kevan ever finishing and doing it myself (stay tuned for nail gun horror stories...) And then I rearranged our covered patio with the new (to me) Ethan Allen wooden couches which I'll be refinishing in the upcoming weeks.

But the pictures of all of those projects are on my other camera, and Kevan has my kitchen all ripped up and so I'm going through cooking withdrawals. Hopefully the new granite counter tops will be installed tomorrow with my new oil-rubbed bronze faucet that I've been dreaming about for two years. So to hold me over until *fingers crossed* tomorrow, here is the garlic shrimp quesadilla that I made a couple of weeks ago. It was so freaking good.

Garlic Shrimp Quesadilla
I started out my sauteing up some garlic in some butter. Then I tossed in some shrimp and cooked that up nice and easy.

Once the meet was done, I transferred it to another pan and put just a smidge of butter back in that pan and added a tortilla to cook. I didn't put any of the goods into the pan on top of the single tortilla to try and speed things up. Once that one was done, I removed it and did the same thing with the other. But I put the cheese and garlic shrimp in and added that first cooked tortilla back in.

Then I threw the whole thing into the oven on some tin foil at 350 (the magical cooking number) for about 5 minutes to finish melting the cheeses.

I happen to think that salsa makes the world go around, but not just also salsa. It has to have sour cream in it. Mmmmm creamy deliciousness...

Makes you want to get up and start cooking... doesn't it.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Chicken Parm-alarm

Oh man, it's been a busy week. We had my in-laws pass through town last week and then we went out of town for Kevan's cousin's wedding which both of my kids were in.

Except for the part where I came down with the plague and have been in excruciating pain since last Friday. Like swallowing razorblades kinda pain...

So I held out as long as possible and ended up in the ER yesterday. They drugged me up and ran tests, and found... nothing.

So home I went. In just as much pain, and feeling like I had just wasted time.

So today I went into the ENT and got the utter luck of having a camera tube shoved down my nose. A blast, really... But the best part was that he figured out what was wrong with me!!! After 5 days of pain, I have an answer. I have ulcers and lacerations on my tonsils. They want to have one more documented case and then I'll get those suckers out.

But he gave me a lollypop that has changed my life. Demeral, Vicodin, Morphine, Percoset... all of these drugs have done NOTHING to soothe my pain... This lollypop... wow... I've finally stopped crying!!! It's a miracle.

So since I have zero desire to eat (still... this could be a great diet...) I have been craving the Chicken Parm that I cooked for dinner last week. I think that I might need to cook this once I'm feeling better...

Chicken Parm-Alarm
 rack an egg in 1 bowl and throw some flour in another. Add some sea salt, dried basil, oregano, parsley and pepper in with the flour.

Stick your chicken with a fork and shove it into the egg and smoosh it around. Once you have a nice little coating, plop it into the flour and spin it around. Once you have it nice and coated you're ready to get your cook on.

I like to heat up some butter and chop up some fresh garlic and add it in. Then once that is smelling scrumptious, add in the chicken breasts to cook up. I had some mushrooms that I needed to use in the fridge, so once the chicken was cooked, I added those into the pan.

 I wish that I had some fresh basil to add in with the mushrooms, but I didn't...

Once the mushrooms are all cooked down, throw them into a cooking dish and add some tomato sauce over it. 

In another pot, start boiling some water for your pasta. Now. Here is a super important part that I ALWAYS forget about. Start another small pot and put the rest of the tomato sauce on low-medium for some SIDE SAUCE... So important. And yet, I never remember until too late. 

Add some shredded mozzarella and throw it into the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes or until your cheese is melted.

Behold the cheezy deliciousnesss..... 
Of my Chicken Parm-alarm

And that is what I wish that I had for dinner... instead of this $35 lollypop that makes me sleepy... :) 

I have a ton of projects to share, so hopefully I'll start feeling better soon. That coffee table is still in progress in the garage. I'm really looking forward to getting some sleep so that I can get that finished and into my family room!!

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