Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Perspiration and Inspiration

Or lack thereof. There has been very little of the former, and the latter is sadly lacking, as well. I have been doing a little walking, but with cooler temps the sweat just ain't happenin'. Inspiration is another matter completely. It is just simply not in my "hood" at the moment.

However, I've managed to keep busy, if not physically active. I've been tending to my harvest. I've dried tomatoes, made more chili powder, and today is "dry the herbs" day. I've taken excess potatoes from my CSA farmer and made ready to use hash browns. I've made and frozen several tailgate dishes, too. This necessitates many trips up and down our stairs to get to the freezer, so I'm kinda using the "stairmaster" theory of exercise.

Speaking about tailgates.....thanks to everyone, Mary Fran is particular, for your help. I copied some of the recipes and am ready to go. I'm doing the 7 layer salad next week. Not that anyone really cares, but this week is pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, potato casserole (I have an abundance of CSA potatoes), deviled eggs, pepper dip & pretzels, and all the other stuff that accompanies a tailgate. The "Aftergate" will be turkey wraps. We always stay after the game is over to let traffic clear, so we have and aftergate party, as well. So actually, I am making two tailgate meals each game.

I must tell you, the Pepper Dip is a real crowd pleaser. I'm actually kinda famous for it. However, it is NOT the least bit healthy or low fat, low calorie or any other "low". But, boy is it good. FYI....3 (8oz) bricks cream cheese, 1 stick butter, 1 pkg dry Hidden Valley mix (can be either dip or dressing), 1/2-3/4 c shredded Parmesan cheese (the real stuff, not the stuff in the green can) Mix it all together, put it into containers that have been sprayed with PAM and then coated on the bottom with coarse ground pepper. FREEZE!!! Pull it out an hour or two before serving and it is ready. Serve with pretzels. It has to be frozen first for some reason, I've found that serving right away just isn't the same. Also, 1- 1 1/2 brick of cream cheese can be low fat, but not no fat....don't know why that is, either. Like I said, not healthy, but really wonderful.
Could treats like this be how I got into this shape? Hmmmmmmm.


  1. Mmmm. Yummy pepper dip. I miss it so! :)

  2. The pulled pork is a great idea! I've been eating it on sandwich thins lately instead of a big ol' bun and it does the trick! Wish I could party with you guys. Sounds fun!

  3. Argh, there are some recipes that F&F expect me to make as well - of course, they too are the least healthy ones, lol!

    That pepper dip does sound good!

  4. The weirdest thing just happened when I tried to post a comment....sorry if this posts twice! But what I was trying to say was, I love deviled eggs! And, I think it's good to keep some "bad" stuff in your diet - in small amounts. Portion control is a big thing for me.

  5. Now I'm so hungry but the dentist just loaded my jaw with novocaine so I can't eat. Guess I'll just have to dream about that pepper dip.

  6. That pepper dip sounds SOOO good! I also lack the motivation to 'officially' get out there and exercise...luckily for me I've been so busy that I've been moving regardless!

  7. Oh, that dip sounds positively EVIL! ;-) The stairs definitely count for exercise. And you don't HAVE to sweat to burn calories, ya know.

  8. Well *of course* the stairs count!
    Going up and going down!
    Yummy on the dip, too.

  9. I could eat 42 deviled eggs right now.


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