Author: Bee

SHE EATS MEAT: Chicken with Prosciutto, Asiago, and Sage

Hey, look!  Still not dead, just had a bit of a crazy week.

In other news, I would like my Time Turner to work how the books say it should.  Why?  So I have time to do my damn laundry.  That’s all I want.

I didn’t really have the time for it, but last week I did my duty as a type O+ and dropped a pint of blood for the good folks at the Red Cross.**  I schedule an appointment to go every eight weeks (..because you can’t go any sooner) and now I have a little blood donation posse that I’m a part of.  We race to fill up blood bags, because we’re sick and twisted individuals.  And then we bust each others balls about bleeding slowly over Keebler cookies, because why not.

**(For those of you who get the heebie jeebies about blood donation– I used to, too, and then I actually went and found out its really not as uncomfortable as you think.  Honestly, the hemoglobin test is the most painful part– and they don’t actually like when you watch the draw itself, so chances are you won’t face being grossed out by watching your lifeblood flow out a tiny tube.  So unless you have a serious needle phobia or are ineligible, why not go make an appointment?  Save lives, man.)  </psa>

The last time I went was right before my dizziness spells started, so I figured I’d refuel this time with something a little more balanced– what better time to start the pre-NOLA meat re-integration!  For dinner, I fixed myself something that’s really pretty simple, but reeeally good: chicken with prosciutto and sage.

Spoilers: prosciutto is delicious.  And cooking the chicken breast prosciutto-side down first means you’ve got a little bit of rendered pork chilling in the pan for when you flip the bird– instant delicious crust on the bottom as well.  I like to use a softer cheese with a lower melting point (fontina is the best, but I’ve done it with mildly soft cheddar, gouda, and I think Dubliner, once (akjg;latey I love cheeses from the Isles).  Also, this goes without saying but fresh sage is the best– it gets a little bit crisp under the prosciutto, not unlike a kale chip.

But, you know.  Sage.

Sage chips?  Do we want to make that a thing?

I digress.  Like I said, the recipe is super simple– if you can put things on a piece of chicken and cook it without setting the world on fire, you’re golden.  I paired mine with cabbage cooked with onions and fennel– another one of those super simple things that tastes like heaven.

Funny how that works.

Chicken with Prosciutto, Asiago, and Sage

Chicken with Prosciutto, Asiago, and Sage

Yield: 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless, skinless, chicken breast
  • 3 slices good-quality prosciutto
  • 6 thin slices good Asiago cheese, or your preference
  • 3 large sage leaves (can substitute dried)
  • 2 T olive oil, for cooking

Cooking Directions

  1. Start by filleting the breast: hold your palm flat against the top and slice horizontally into three relatively equal fillets. Make sure you keep your knife as straight as possible and try to avoid sawing– if you keep your blade sharp, you should be able to get through the breast cleanly without much resistance.
  2. Season all three breasts lightly with salt and pepper. On the top side, place your sage leaves (one per; dust lightly with dried sage if using); follow with enough cheese to cover the meat and finish with the prosciutto slices.
  3. Heat your oil over medium-high heat in a good cast-iron skillet (if you don’t have one, you should probably invest– they’re not that expensive, and I promise they’re worth it).
  4. When the oil starts to shimmer, lay the breasts in the pan prosciutto-side down. Reduce the heat to just below medium and cook until the edges of the side facing up just start to turn white.
  5. Flip the breasts over carefully (use a metal spatula to dislodge anything that’s really stuck, and turn with tongs) and continue to cook about four minutes more (or until cooked through– could be longer on thicker cuts). Serve with a little more grated cheese on top, if desired.

Friday Favorites: March 7th

1. Its MARCH.

FFvs 3.7.14That means we’re a LIIIIITTLE bit closer to spring.  In other news, I’m pretty sure I’ve been ovecome with spring fever (can you take off work for that?) and the result is extreme giddiness.  Also it’s going to be 49 whole degrees out tomorrow and I get to go romp around with the boy OUTSIDE!  IN FRESH AIR!

I’m pretty excited.  Can you tell?

2. One of my favorite food holidays of forever is coming!

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Yes, I know this isn’t a picture of food. But the cool kids get it and probably know what the rest of this section is about now.

You may recall that I’m temporarily going off the veg-wagon for vacation reasons.  But the best part of it is that I realized I’d be able to eat my heart out on probably the one day of the year that I truly love to.

I’m pretty sure we’ll be celebrating on the 15th rather than the 17th, so that my dad can eat dinner with us for once but the menu will be sticking with the classics: corned beef (which I’ll be sharing our recipe for– trust me when I tell you to finish it on the grill, you’ll be much happier with your life), cabbage, potatoes, and Guinness & cheese-laden soda bread.

Plus lots of whiskey.  And maybe some carbomb cupcakes.  I dunno, didn’t print the recipe for those out again the other day.

3. YUENGLING

LIQUID GOLD

LIQUID GOLD

If you live in New England, you probably get me on this one.  Yuengling is probably the best American-style lager out there (IMO), with bonus points for being the oldest American brewery and still being American-owned.  Its also still owned and operated by the Yuengling family.  They’re also complete badasses who sold ice cream during Prohibition because they obviously couldn’t sell beer.  ..and then promptly delivered a case to the White House as soon as the law was repealed, which is a little fishy but definitely adds badassery points.

But for whatever reason (“distribution issues”..yes, sure) its impossible to get east of New York.  Which, if you ask most New Englanders who have had it, is completely ludicrous.  (I mean, we’ve all become master beer smugglers as a result, but whatever.)

NO MORE.  (Sort of.)

Yuengling is now distributing to Massachusetts– the very state that, as luck would have it, I live about five minutes away from the border from.  I can have this stuff pretty much whenever I want, now.

Trust me.  You’re jealous.  (But you’re also welcome to stop by for a drink if you promise to play nice!)

Special after-draft add-in– a THOUSAND thank yous to the people who come to Planet Fitness in East Granby.  I don’t know the names of anyone who stopped to help me today but I see you all every day and I cannot, cannot thank you enough for your help this morning.  

What does the Stomach Say?

Right now, the answer is “blech”, or one of its variant forms.  I don’t even want to drink my coffee, and now its two hours old and probably freezing and this is just– well, pretty much a travesty.

But since its my own fault I can’t really complain– I can just gripe a little, explain, and get on to the sort of good part.

I might’ve mentioned this before, but: my bestie and I are going to New Orleans in April to celebrate our own awesomeness/my birthday and mostly because we can.  SUPER excited.  Most of our conversations somehow make it back to NOLA these days, and inevitably end with both of us squeeing into a text message.  And I know I COULD go through an entire four-day stint in Louisiana and not eat any meat, but…

….that just doesn’t seem right to me.

And so, after many months now of proud veg livin’, I’m breaking down and starting on the road to meat eating.  (Temporarily.)  This morning was foray one, which is why my stomach is grumbling, but I have a month and a half so I THINK I can make it happen.  Especially because my stomach is usually a trooper.

Ready for the fun part?

Even though I’ll still be eating mostly meatless, this leaves room for me to post recipes with meat.  YES!  MEAT!

And it also means I can eat corned beef on St Patricks day.  (Which is AWESOME.)

Sound off in the comments!  Veg folk, have you ever had a reason to bring meat back?  Veg and non alike, what would you be craving if you were in my shoes?

Friday Favorites: February 21st

Guys, its raining and its sort of warm out (and by sort of I mean it was like 36 degrees on my way to the gym this morning).

I’m over the moon.

Here’s some other stuff I was pretty into this week.

Frozen

FFvs 2.21.14 - FrozenYeah, I get it, I’m late to the party.  PS, I give zero fucks.  This was the most precious of things.  <feelings>.  Before this my favorite of the “new” Disney movies was Tangled; after an hour long gush-fest about how Elsa and I are SOUL TWINS, my bestie S asked if I liked Frozen better.

I didn’t know how to answer.  It felt blasphemous, but…I think I sort of do.

A Gentleman is talking me into cosplaying it.  I’m not looking forward to making that train, but motherfuck will I do it.  SOUL TWINS, I’m telling you.

True Detective

FFvs 2.21.14 True DetectiveYEAH I KNOW I’M BEHIND THE POP CULTURE EIGHT BALL.  See above comments about the number of fucks given.  This show is awesome.  Find a friend with HBO and get on that shit.

Or, you know.  Piracy is a thing that you could also do if you were so inclined.  Yar.

Pulling your spring coat out of the closet and finding money AND lipstick you’d thought you’d lost

This happened this morning.  Fuck YES.

And this darling little wax paper envelope.

FFvs 2.21.14 MakersThe contents of which you’ll find out more about next week.

Happy Friday, darlings!  Hope the snow’s melting down where y’all are as well, if you’ve got it.

(Short and horrible post brought to you by the fact that I feel like crap.  Sorry!)

Unwrapping…Ipsy February 2014

I started subscribing to ipsy in college.  It was kind of my gateway subscription, I think.  And then after about five or six months, I cancelled.

Why?

Because how many motherfucking hooker-red lip glosses does a person actually need?  I don’t even like lip gloss.  Its sticky and gross.  I haven’t been in the habit of wearing it since about the seventh grade.  Unhelpful product overload is overload.

On a lark I resubscribed this year.  And so far…four for you, ipsy, you go ipsy.  Not a hooker-red lip gloss in sight.  Keep up this color variety, folks, and I might keep giving you my monies.

And now after that rant..the February roundup!

POP Beauty Plump Pout Mini

Ipsy Feb 14 - POP gloss

See also: my February Birchbox review for how jazzed I am to be getting samples of things that I’ve actually been wanting to try.  Quite a few of the beauty blogs I follow have been raving about this stuff, from how it’s crazy long lasting for a gloss to the fact that the tube is this weird little almost-flat shape that would probably fit into the pockets of those jeans I have with super tiny pockets (as pointed out by the Gentleman, who noted that he can fit two fingers in each, and that’s all.  I’m not sure how this information will ever be relevant, but that’s neither here nor there).

I’ve yet to do the pocket test, since those jeans aren’t exactly work-approved, but I can definitely say that this stuff lasts longer than any other lip gloss I’ve ever come across.

Bonus: its not particularly sticky, and the color I got (“Peony Petal”) is decidedly not hooker-red.

Zoya Nail Polish

Ipsy Feb 14 - Zoya polish

I like this color a lot better on my fingers than I do in the bottle– when I started painting I was expecting a lot paler pigmentation.  But with a second coat it dried to a nice soft pale pink.

Sort of like a baby pig, actually.  Which is a horrible color comparison but whatever, that’s what it looks like.  Its cute, I promise.

The polish itself is a liiittle bit streaky, and I only just did them this morning so I can’t say how long lasting it’ll be.  But I’m optimistic.

City Color Be Matte Blush

Ipsy Feb 14 - Be Matte

Normally I’m not much of a blush person (I’ve spent 22 years loving my pale skin, and I’m pretty content to rock it rouge-less from here on out) but this one, I’m actually pretty okay with.  It blends well, which I think helps a lot, and the pink is again a very soft color once it hits your skin (though it does look a bit bright in the picture).  Approve.

Tini Beauty Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow & Base In One

Ipsy Feb 14 - Eyetini

Yeah, that’s eyeshadow.  Promise.

These Tini people are a little silly, and I’m mostly okay with it.  Ipsy likes to pop Nailtini stuff in from time to time– I have a killer gold glitter from them from my first round with Ipsy, and a red that could just maybe rival my current go-to (but it won’t, because Head Mistress is the best color ever for a rich red polish and Essie, your naming team deserves an award).  I’ve always been pretty satisfied with the Tini stuff I get, so I was pretty game to give this weird shadow a try.

The applicator is..pretty much a lip gloss applicator, which is really weird and I’m pretty sure the lady on the other side of the mirror at the gym was giving me “what the hell is she doing” looks.  But the shadow itself is pretty solid– there’s primer in the formula, apparently, so the pigment comes through pretty strong and it seems to hold up well.  Plus I’m pretty into the shade.

IPKN NY Moist & Firm BB

Ipsy Feb 14 - BB

..to be fair, I only hated this sample because the shade was COMPLETELY awful.  It went on almost yellow.  What?  Not cool, guys.  I couldn’t even get it to blend in to something decent.  First time I’ve ever just said “fuck it” and thrown a sample out.

Overall: pretty pleased with this month’s bag, above BB cream aside.  Definitely an improvement on previous bags I could mention.

Unwrapping…Birchbox February 2014

Confession: sometimes I cheat and look at what will be in my subscription boxes ahead of time.

DON’T TELL.

We’ll pretend its so that I can write review posts quicker, but let’s be honest.  I really just get overexcited and want to know what I’m getting before it shows up in my mailbox.

(Spoiler alert: I have the excitement levels of a particularly active Jack Russell Terrier, and I am also terrible at Christmas anticipation.)

Birchbox Feb14

I was really excited when I saw what was coming in my February Birchbox, so the anticipation was preeeeetty high.  Here’s the roundup:

Juicy Couture – Juicy Couture 

Birchbox Feb 14 - Juicy

I am actually afraid to open this, because I’m terrified I’m going to love it but the full size is $94 and my life can’t take that right now.

I have no idea what it smells like.  Half of me hopes its delicious, and the other half is hoping for something like when my cat doesn’t make it to the litter box.

TMI?  Sorry.

Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water 

Birchbox Feb14

I love when my boxes actually get me things that I’ve been hearing about and wondering if they’re any good!  I read an article about this stuff about two weeks ago and I’ve been curious ever since– so thanks, Birchbox.

I haven’t actually gotten a chance to try it, so, this is an anticlimactic review.  But I’m excited?

Yay?

Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Conditioner [retail: ]

Birchbox Feb14

This is another case of the above!  I suppose it only follows that if the world is going to be so obsessed with dry shampoo (..not that I’m not equally guilty) than sooner or later someone would capitalize with dry conditioner.  Again, read about it earlier last week and was frankly alarmed by the price tag, so chalked it up as another pipe dream trial.

Dusted my hair this morning because second day hair + the gym – time to do hair properly = me looking every inch the gym rat I am when I walk into work.  I was generally pleased– hair looks like it has a little more life without risking any of the greasiness of using some kind of serum or goo or god knows what else.

32 Oral Care Effervescent Breath Crystals 

Birchbox Feb14

THIS STUFF FEELS REALLY WEIRD IN YOUR MOUTH.  Its like Pop Rocks and toothpaste had a baby.  I’m still not sure how I feel about the resulting combo.  I’m going to go with “perturbed”.

Ruby Wing Color-Changing Polish 

Birchbox Feb14 Cowgirl

I was really jazzed when I pulled this out of the box– I’d crept on the polish before it arrived (obvs) and Ride ‘Em, Cowgirl was my color preference.  Getting it was a pretty happy moment for me.

(I’m also pretty okay with the fact that my boxes keep frontloading me on nail polish lately, but I honestly have not been painting my nails enough to give them all love.)

(..I’ve also been buying new Essie polishes because excuse me, have you seen their “encrusted” collection?  I’m pretty in love with On a Silver Platter)

ANYWAY so I put it on and it’s this incredibly, freakishly gilded sparkly gold.  A little bright for me usually but whatever, I was excited by the promise of color changing.  Shortly after, I went out to get the mail–

–and came back in the house to find my nails were a bright, sparkly, no-place-like-home red.  Needless to say, I have a new favorite thing.

Overall: generally pleased with box contents.  Mouth still feeling weird about those crystals.

Friday Favorites: February 14th

Happy V-Day/Singles Awareness Day!

But more importantly happy Friday, because fuck all the rest of it.  I gave myself chocolate this morning.  It was awesome.  And this, my friends, is my entire contribution to Valentines’ Day.

What have I been diggin’ this week?  Let me tell you.

Eric Church – the Outsiders

FFvs 2.14 - OutsidersY’all might’ve noticed that I kinda like country music.  Maybe a little bit.  The first single from this damn album dropped like last October, and I’ve been gagging for the rest of it since then.  Thankfully the rest of the album came out on Tuesday; true story, one of the morning jockeys on the station I listen to is a CRAZY Church fan, so he dubbed the day Churchmas and was having problems keeping it together when they ran the entire album.  (Cool it, Broadway.  Go take a cold shower.)

EC’s pretty grungy for a country artist– more along the lines of classic southern rock than a lot of the kind of poppy stuff coming out now (I know that includes Luke but ZIP IT, I’m still going to listen to him).  The Outsiders is no different.  Its been a pretty nice background for the week I’ve had, so its basically been my soundtrack since I got home from work Tuesday and downloaded it.

Really, Really Punchy Red Lips

Trust me, this is the best red lipstick you will ever smear on your face.  Bonus: this is a real ad, and they're still making this shade.

Trust me, this is the best red lipstick you will ever smear on your face. Bonus: this is a real ad, and they’re still making this shade.

Fun Fact: most of the east coast is getting punched in the face by snow right now, and its kind of putting me in a funk.  I am really, really sick of winter and I just want to think bright happy thoughts about sunshine and sitting in my goddamn Adirondack chair on my damn front lawn with a book and a Porch Rocker.  But since we’re not quite there yet, meet my second-best option.

Punchy lipcolor just makes me feel better.  Especially when everything else is so “blah” out.  See above for reference on the kind of red I’m talking about, because I am in no mood for snapping selfies of my own right now.

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

FFvs 2.14 - the Help
Am I super behind the times on this?  Yes.  Do I care?  You had better fucking believe I don’t.  This is one of those rare cases where everyone tells you that you should read something because its just SO GREAT that you get yourself so amped on recommendations and decide they’ve all oversold the book so you decide not to read it– but then one day you start and its actually just as good as they’d said.

Maybe that’s a problem that’s unique to me.  I don’t know.  But whatever, I’m really digging this book.  Its a book club pick that I actually grudgingly voted for because I’d decided it might be time to give it a half a chance.  Good move, B!  I’m about 50 pages in and its reminding me so much of one of my favorite books of last year, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.  Moral of the story is that I should stop forgetting I like Southern fiction and just read all of it, all the time, and inevitably start calling everyone darlin’ (already started) and blessing all their sweet little hearts.

Now for the nerdy pick of the week:

SWTOR

FFvs 2.14 - SWTOR

In case anyone was still doubting my nerd chops, here you go.  Yes, I have been sucking up my evenings playing a MMO Star Wars game.  And you know what?  Its awesome.  I’m playing right now as a bad-ass Sith assassin with a double bladed lightsaber and literally no fucks to give.  She will mess you up.

So while y’all are out having high expectations of dream dates and red roses, I’ll be curled up at home kicking Sith-ass and taking Sith-names.  And I’m perfectly fine with that turn of events.

XOXO and happy 14th, all!