Thursday, June 27, 2013

P is for: Pad Thai with Brown Rice Noodles {Recipe Remake}

Recently when I posted my whole wheat orzo pasta salad, I immediately got a text from my best friend Kimmy telling me how excited she was to try it. Turns out, her son Tucker *loves* orzo, and is awesome about trying new and different flavors.

She then challenged me to come up with a healthier version of Pad Thai. Admittedly, Pad Thai has been on my "list" for awhile but I hadn't yet gotten around to making it. This seemed like a perfect opportunity.

Challenge accepted, Kimmy!

I decided to adapt a recipe I received from frequent e is for eat guest blogger, Jullie Anne of Mangoes and Palm Trees ages ago. I had spotted brown rice pad thai noodles in the store recently, so I knew that would be part of this recipe remake. Kimmy also informed me that sodium intake is something she keeps an eye on for her little one. Unfortunately, because of the fish sauce, this has about 750 mg of sodium per serving. If you omit the fish sauce, this number will drop to just 90 mg per serving.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

P is for: Pepe's Pizza {Restaurant Review}

The first time I heard about Pepe's Pizza was long before I moved to Connecticut. It was about two years ago to be exact. That's when I became friends with Ben.

In one of our early conversations, I asked him what his last meal on earth would be, and without hesitation, he practically yelled "Pepe's Pizza," which he remembers fondly from spending summers in Connecticut. He also recalled stories from college when, after a few drinks, he would call Pepe's and try to talk them into overnighting a pizza to him in Arizona.

I was intrigued. But also skeptical.

Fast forward to a few months ago when I decided I was taking the job at ESPN. Ben and I were having lunch as part of the #SireSF goodbye tour, and he made me promise to wait to experience Pepe's until he could be there to walk me though it. Fortunately, I only had to wait two months after my arrival in CT, and as a bonus, our friend Matthew was also in town to sample one of the oldest pizzerias in the country.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

P is for: Palmer Jello Shots {for Father's Day + U.S. Open}

As my friends and loyal blog followers have been pointing out... it's been far too long since I posted a jello shot recipe.

So when asked me to come up with something for tea week, I decided now was a great time to get back into the game and make some Arnold Palmer Jello Shots. (I guess technically these would be John Daly jello shots since they contain alcohol... whatever you call them, they are delicious).

These will be officially launching on the site this Tuesday, with full step-by-step instructions. However, when I posted these on instagram yesterday, several people were interested in making them for Father's Day, as it's a great tie-in with the U.S. Open and golf. You can use lemon vodka or sweet tea vodka or a combination of both. Serve them atop lemon slices or you can even make them inside the peels for a more portable shot.


O is for: ORGNL.TV

If you follow e is for eat on Facebook, then you've already seen the fabulous photo shoot I did with the talented Don Bell. The motivation behind it? Well, I've been wanting to do a shoot like this for awhile... but had just never gotten around to it. Recently I agreed to do some guest contributing on ORGNL.TV, which officially launches July 1st (though you can check out my first article here.) As they were constructing the bio pages, one of the editors asked for a few of my "lifestyle" headshots I was like... "ummm, what do you mean?"

While it wasn't totally necessary, I figured it was a good time to get some professional photos taken for use on the blog and other future endeavors. I immediately thought of Don. He is soon headed to L.A. to start a job with Fox Sports1, but he has been an anchor at ESPN for the last three years. Our time at the Worldwide leader barely overlapped at all, but long enough for me to know his talents are just as strong behind the camera. I texted him to see if he would be able to help me out before he left, and he asked if I was available the next day. Not wanting to miss out on the opportunity, I was able to book two of our awesome hair/makeup girls from ESPN (Renee Russo and Maureen Sullivan), who were able to come to my house on super short notice and glam me up for the shoot.

Don Bell Photography
I told them all I wanted it to be chill, natural, "me." Just hanging out in my kitchen like I do with much of my free time. Needless to say, I'm ecstatic with the photos. I think they nailed it. The relentless rain even broke for a bit so we could snap a couple outside, and we randomly found a little garden at a school next door to my place. We *really* wanted to get a shot of me tossing the cherries up in the air, but couldn't figure out a way to execute correctly. Oh well, I think the shot of me holding them and *contemplating* throwing them turned out great. What do you think? (P.S. I've also added an "about me" section to the blog, found here or by clicking the tabs above).

Thursday, June 13, 2013

O is for:'s time. {plus, a chance at $1,000 in pampering}


I've been saying it for weeks...or maybe months. But I swear, I'm finally going to do it. And I'm going to lean on my faithful blog readers to hold me to my word.

I need to drop a few pounds.

There. I said it.

Yes, I realize that most of you will immediately chime in with: "Are you kidding me? You're tiny." Yes, I'm only 5'4" (on a good day). And yes, I carry my weight pretty well. But believe me, it's time. You know why I know it's time? I was running errands last week, sporting my oldest, most comfy pair of skinny jeans. As I was getting out of my car to fill it up with gas, I heard a terrifying sound. The sound of my jeans splitting. I blacked out from embarrassment for a second, but I'm fairly certain I let out a "NOOOOOOOOOO" when I discovered the gaping hole. Yes, they were old but I know exactly why they ripped. They were definitely tight, as are most of my clothes these days. And when your job involves appearing on national TV everyday, fitting into your clothes is pretty darn important.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

O is for: Orzo with Olives, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Feta & Pine Nuts

As you know, I've been trying to eat a little healthier these days. But something I've always said is that healthy food doesn't have to sacrifice the taste.

Take this delicious orzo salad for instance. I subbed out whole wheat orzo for the regular stuff and only used a half cup of it (dry). The rest is packed with things like olives, sun dried tomatoes, a little feta and some pine nuts. Each serving is only 100 calories, 9 grams of carbs, and almost two grams of protein.

I love making something like this and then eating it as leftovers for the next couple days alongside a lean protein like chicken or fish. I've found it's definitely easier to eat healthy when you sort of plan out your meals like this. (And it keeps me from ordering chicken caesar salad wraps at the ESPN caf. :))

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

O is for: Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Banana Bread

Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Banana Bread.

I know, it's sort of a mouthful to say. But it's also a mouthful of deliciousness. It also might be the best banana bread I've ever made.

I'm firmly under the opinion that chocolate should always be a main ingredient in banana bread, even though it sorrrrrrta makes it a tad less healthy. But I say... use dark chocolate, which is an antioxidant and you'll feel much better about it.

Unless you eat a whole loaf. In one sitting. (Which has been known to happen with this delicious banana bread). It's. That. Good.

It's sort of like a banana bread version of my favorite ice cream, Cherry Garcia. (which, you should for sure make with any leftover cherries and chocolate you might have after making this delicious bread).

The mini versions work great for gifts or to prevent yourself from eating a full-sized loaf in one sitting. :) Happy banana bread making!
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