Chatterbox Bloody Mary

Today I continued my search for the best Bloody Mary in the Twin cities.  We went to Chatterbox for brunch–it’s a fun restaurant in St. Paul that has board games for you to play while you wait for your food.  The special thing about Chatterbox’s Bloody is that they don’t use vodka.  Instead, it has saki.  This change in alcohol makes the drink much smoother than your average bloody.  Still, the toppings are weak.  No cheese, only a baby pickle, and a cherry tomato?!? Really don’t feel like the cherry tomato is necessary since the entire drink has that overall tomato flavor.  Rather have a brussel sprout that compliments the tomato flavor instead of just piling on more tomato.  Still, the chasers at Chatterbox are excellent.  Any type of beer for no additional charge.  Plus large Bloody Marys are half off during brunch.  Cannot say no to that!

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Banana Bread with a Bite

I don’t normally bake.  My mother and sister are excellent bakers so whatever I make, it is never as good as their version.  But I found this great banana bread recipe, and I had to try it. (Plus my mom and sister haven’t made it yet so mine is the best tasting one so far!)  I love the combination of chocolate and banana, and Matt loves dark chocolate so this banana bread is perfect for us.

The cayenne pepper adds a spicy after taste.  Matt kept saying that his tongue was tingly but in a good way.  This was definitely outside my p90x diet, so I could only have a small sample.  But it was still fun to make!  So here’s Dark Chocolate Banana Bread with Cayenne.

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Asian Glazed Chicken

A college tradition at La Crosse was Wednesday night wings.  Every Wednesday, you and all your friends would walk down to 3rd street to get 10 cent wings and dollar PBRs.  It was a fun tradition that Matt really misses now that he’s a “grown up” who lives a city where Wednesday wings means 75 cents a wing.  Not much of a deal.  So I decided we could make our own Wednesday night wings.  Only this time, they would be healthier.  Now that I am in the middle of p90x, I really can’t be eating deep fried wings.  I found this great recipe from SkinnyTaste that is amazing.  It’s a mixture between our Wednesday wings and Chinese food.  And the best part is it is healthier than both!  It is a bit saltier so you will want to keep your portion small. (unless you are Matt who devoured that entire plate!)

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Spaghetti with Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta.

Now that it’s Lent, I have been trying to find recipes without meat for Matt and me to eat on Fridays.  As much as I enjoy a good fish fry, Matt and I gave up going out to eat for Lent, so we are stuck cooking our own sans-meat meals.  I have been resisting the temptation to toss some frozen fish sticks into the oven.  Instead, I made this fun pasta dish that doesn’t need sauce.

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Cabbage Rolls

 

Tonight I made cabbage rolls.  With St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, I wanted to get in the Irish spirit.  Growing up, I always loved my mom’s cabbage rolls, but I wanted to try a different recipe.  So, here is Paula Dean’s recipe as posted by Pennies on a Platter.

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