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Time flies!  Thanks everyone who reads my blog.  Sorry the posts haven’t been as frequent lately, I’ve been busy with, well…. everything.

 

Much love,

xox Heather

It’s casting season, I’ve received two emails this week about TV shows looking for hard core foodies to try out for shows.  Oddly enough, both involve travelling all over the country while cooking.  I would love to have the opportunity to see more of the USA, get my mug on TV, and cook to my heart (and stomach’s) content.

I wish.

Too many strings attached to me, two of them in particular kinda need me on a daily basis.

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So I will share these with you instead.
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JAK, as foodies affectionately call Jack Allen’s Kitchen, is always a good place to try something interesting without completely blowing your budget.  The kids menu has full size burgers, neither of my minions could finish their plates of cheeseburgers and fries.

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I tried the Prickly Pear Mojito and was so glad I did!  This is perfect for summer.  Fresh mint, tart lime, and the peculiar cactus fruit juice that gives a blush to the foundation.   A small splurge for myself that was refreshing and exciting.

Prickly Pear Mojito (Jack Allen's Kitchen, Round Rock)

For dinner I chose the Sloppy Jack, a beef short rib shredded like pulled pork and piled on a bun.  Messy and delicious!  If you like sweet BBQ sauces on your meat, this is highly recommended.  And yes, there is a large amount of onion rings on the short ribs, but trust me there is a good amount of meat under there!

Sloppy Jack

 

Trader Joe's coming soon... near me!

Trader Joe’s under construction at 9772 Great Hills Trail Austin, TX 78759

My Junior Derber

My Junior Derber

You know it’s quite the workout playing roller derby, and I’ve had to change the way I look at food.  This is especially interesting coming from a food blogger standpoint, where food was for playing with rather than fueling my body.  OK, maybe not just for playing, I do have minions to feed!  Cooking can get boring and monotonous, so picking up a new ingredient or trying a different product can spice things up in the kitchen.  Now that I’m at the rink 4 or 5 times a week between Junior Derby and league practices there’s not much leisure time in the kitchen.  It’s become a hamster wheel of get in, cook, stuff it in your face, get out.  I’m a slow eater and I get upset when rushed, perhaps this stems from growing up on the farm away from bustling city activity.  The cows won’t care if you’re 10 minutes late with that bale of hay and there’s no traffic jam getting it to them.  I digress… Look! It’s a burger!

Frozen Turkey Burgers

Frozen Turkey Burgers

Not all frozen foods are created equal.  I would much rather buy fresh ground organic turkey to make my own burgers but crunch time in the kitchen calls for the necessary evils of stocking the freezer with “ready to heat” food.  These frozen turkey burgers were a little spongy (albeit I didn’t read the label, so who knows what’s in it!)  but they worked fine after getting home after a mother of a derby practice and I needed protein.

Bacon Cheese Scones

Bacon Cheese Scones

Oh, yeah.  My friends on skates happen to share my love for bacon, I made some bacon cheddar scones as a snack at the first bout I helped NSO.  They were snapped up!  So I try my best to bake them for our home bouts now.

Mmm Bison

Mmm Bison!

We have a new Whole Foods in the Domain in north Austin, I found these little bison meat bars there.  It’s like a Thanksgiving meatloaf.  Kinda weird but they work well when I’m running late to practice.

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Cop & Donut (LOL)

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Amy’s Coffee Ice Cream after practice

Sometimes treats are in order.

The Gourdough’s chocolate bacon donut is interesting, if you love bacon and you love chocolate you must try this.  It’s especially good after a few beers while watching some random live band in east Austin.

Amy’s Ice Cream is dangerous, I tell ya!  But delicious, oh so freaking delicious.  The day they make Tiger ice cream is the day I will apply for a part-time position there, just to have access to the best ice cream in the universe (in my humble opinion).  For now, it’s about 2000 miles to get Tiger ice cream in Sylvan Lake, Alberta.  Boo.  Sad, sad derby girl!

Tiger Ice Cream

Tiger Ice Cream

 

 

Easter Fiesta

Tried some wine, the Moscato was quite sweet and peachy (as expected), the Unoaked chardonnay was crisp and not too dry, and the red was shy on tannin (which I like actually). Who doesn’t love a rooster on your bottle of wine, ha! I bought all of these at Sprouts on sale.

Each paired nicely with dishes I prepared. The Chardonnay with the herb roasted turkey breast. The red with the spiral honey ham. The Moscato with the apple cinnamon crisp (a la mode  ). 

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My friends were welcome to bring something as a side, they brought mac’n’cheese (David’s recipe, which rocks because he puts Cheezits on top… I still have to try to replicate it!), green bean casserole, and apple pie tarts.  We could have fed an army!

It’s not the same as my family gatherings back home in Alberta, with a dish of every sort and cousins to match.  But Mom was here at least and my best friends, Stephanie and David, were enough to have a great time.  I love sharing my kitchen.

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