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New Food Friday- August 8, 2014

New Food Friday is a weekly post that coincides with one of the items on my bucket list; that is, to try one new food or recipe a week for a whole year.

Recently, I went on a date to Atlantic City for the day, and at night we decided to try a new (to us) restaurant.  I really do consider myself pretty adventurous with food and I am generally willing to at least try something.  However, in Atlantic City, things aren’t cheap and I worried that I would get something I didn’t like when we decided on Cuba Libre.  I will admit, I played it a little safe but still went with something I had never had.  That’s right…I never had skirt steak before.  Actually, I only started eating steak in the last year.  For so long, I didn’t eat any red meat, so I am still figuring out what I like and don’t like when it comes to meat.  I love filet, and it’s pretty much the only steak I eat, so this was definitely new for me.  Plus, it came with cooked mushrooms.  Mushrooms weird me out.  It was a “no” food until that night, and low and behold…I liked them!  It’s always fun to surprises oneself!

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Grilled skirt steak, roasted garlic boniato-potato mash, lemon and onion sauce. watercress and rosemary mushroom escabèche salad.

 

Cuba Libre has a great vibe.  We walked in looking for a reservation for about an hour later and they were more than accommodating when we ended up calling after realizing we needed more time.  Upon arriving for our reservation, we were greeted warmly and seated promptly.  The booth was a little funky; my legs were too short and I had a hard time getting comfortable.  I ended up sitting cross legged because my feet were either hitting the middle bar or uncomfortably not reaching the ground.  Besides that small complaint, everything was great.  Our table was small and intimate and our server was knowledgeable and attentive.

I ordered our waiters suggestion of a vodka mojito (I don’t drink rum) and it was delicious!  Their bread was warm and the butter was so good!  It is a sugar butter and so ridiculously good.  Next up came the main course and I was very excited.  However, my knife was defective and I legit could not cut a single piece of the steak!  I was worried because I am used to melt in your mouth type filet, but once I had a new knife, I was good to go!  Everything about the meal was delicious and it was perfect with my glass of Pinot Noir.  The seasoning was done just right and everything went together perfectly.  I probably could have done without the greens, only because they felt a little out of place, but this was definitely a meal I would get again.  And the best part of all, is that I am looking forward to cooking with mushrooms now!

Cuba Libre has quite a few locations; if you live near one, I highly recommend you check it out!

❤ Jillian

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New Food Friday- July 25, 2014

New Food Friday is a weekly post that coincides with one of the items on my bucket list; that is, to try one new food or recipe a week for a whole year.

I totally missed last two weeks of New Food Friday, thanks  my laptop crapping the bed.  It is super difficult (think 10 on a scale of 1-10) to blog from my IPad, so I really haven’t been doing to much updating.  However, I picked up my new one last night and now everything is right again in blog world 🙂

Just because I am not blogging about them, doesn’t mean I haven’t been trying new things!

One of the things I made for my birthday was my very first homemade cheesecake.

I decided to make a baked cheesecake because a no bake cheesecake it not even a real thing because it is my favorite dessert.

Now, as you all know, I have been working really hard to eat clean and be healthy.  I definitely made a healthier version, but also kept some of what makes a cheesecake a cheesecake.  I also got close to 16 slices out of it, which made it a pretty good choice, but it is definitely still a treat!

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This was the most perfect dessert!  I was so impressed with myself!  Everyone loved it and it was devoured within 20 minutes!  I have already been requested to make it again!

Recipe-

For the cheesecake:

2 eight ounce bars of cream cheese (I did one regular and one 1/3 fat)

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

2 eggs

1 tbsp of vanilla

*Make sure ALL ingredients are room temperature before making the batter.  This includes the eggs!  First, blend only the cream cheese.  Then, add the sour cream, yogurt and vanilla.  Then, when blended, add in the eggs one at a time.  Do not over mix the batter; you want to avoid getting too much air into it, which will keep it from baking correctly.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Take out and let cool to room temperature for approx. 30 minutes.

For the topping:1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 cup strawberries; halved.

After the cake has cooled, apply the icing and then bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.

Cool for one hour at room temperature.

Add strawberries before serving.

Refrigerate until ready to eat.  (Should be refrigerated for at least 4 hours.)

Nutritional stats: (per slice; 8 slices per cake)
Calories- 370.4
Fat- 21.5, Sugar- 28.5, Carbs- 28.5mg, Protein- 9g, Fiber-0, Sodium- 268.9mg

Please Note: Nutritional information estimated based on brands I use and/or calculations using nutriondata.com and sparkpeople.com. Data may not be completely accurate and yours may differ. You should not refer to this data as being exact but as a figure. I do not take responsibility for the inadequacies of the nutrition calculator used. This data is provided for general reference.

 

❤ Jillian

New Food Friday- July 4, 2014

New Food Friday is a weekly post that coincides with one of the items on my bucket list; that is, to try one new food or recipe a week for a whole year.

Last night I was craving something salty/sweet, so it was the perfect time to make the nut butter cookies I had been wanting to try.  The only recipes I could fine were for either almond or peanut butter and I was looking for a mix.  So I took a peanut butter cookie recipe I have had for years and changed it up.

First, I mixed together the peanut butter and almond butter.

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I could seriously eat this by the spoonful!

Then, I added in the rest of the ingredients and mixed it up.

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And viola!

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I reallllly need to work on the food photos!

Recipe:

1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1tsp honey

Nutritional stats: per cookie (makes 12 small cookies)
Calories- 117
Fat- 6, Sugar- 10.3, Carbs- 14.1mg, Protein- 3.4g, Fiber-1, Sodium- 40mg

Please Note: Nutritional information estimated based on brands I use and/or calculations using nutriondata.com and sparkpeople.com. Data may not be completely accurate and yours may differ. You should not refer to this data as being exact but as a figure. I do not take responsibility for the inadequacies of the nutrition calculator used. This data is provided for general reference.

These were really good, but they need to be tweaked. I blindly decided how much of what to put it and while they are good, I feel like the ingredients are competing instead of meshing. I’m definitely going to make these again. Less sugar maybe and I’m thinking a mashed banana instead of the egg (which makes them vegan).

In addition to be yummy, these were the perfect start to my day as a quick pre-workout snack. They are pretty darn healthy…you know, for a cookie 🙂

PS- Happy Birthday America!!!!