WHEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s been a while.
Things have been absolutely crazy for a little while over here. Hurricane Sandy (that bitch!) tore apart most of the East Coast this week, including Philly and my home away from home- Atlantic City. Us North-East-Coasters always watch these weather events go down far away down south, in Florida, the Caribbean, New Orleans, etc. Wow, was it crazy to see it happening in OUR HOME!
Besides my original cheer (and dance around the house) when I found out my work (who NEVER EVER closes) was not going to open on monday, things were pretty scary. It rained and rained and got windier as the night went on. I had to take little Stelly outside on a leash- I was afriad she’d blow away! Somehow, despite a few flickerings, our electricity stayed on- which it never does. We were very lucky!
No word yet on the shore house. The people who live upstairs in our house evacuated Ventnor before the storm, and if you’ve EVER watched the news this week, you will know that you can’t exactly get back to the Jersey Shore right now. I am hoping for the best, and our house is on the 3rd block from the beach… so crossing our fingers on that one.
Here’s a little bit of what you’ve missed while I was MIA/without internet/Sandy-fied:
1. Dave bought me an AWESOME cookbook including tons of recipes from famous restaurants and Philly Chefs… don’t know what to make first!
2. Some great pics from Philly pre-Sandy! On the right is Eastern State Penitentiary, the haunted prison in Philly where we we did the Halloween Tour this past weekend… spooky-scary!
3. Love these Instagrams! Had to share.
4. Dad and I made home-roasted Poblano Peppers for a recipe I’ll share with you soon! My Dad is a PRO at roasting peppers and he helped me out big time.
5. Started my new diet at work for M-F, drinking this awesome healthy protein shake for lunch now. Spiced Chai? Cappuccino? Yes please! Made Tilapia, those yummy peppers, and enjoyed take-out from my fav. Thai place, Silk Cuisine!
6. We had more than enough cuddle time with our little Stella May who was afraid of the windy storm!
7. Last week while I had to drive Dave to hockey practice for THE LAST TIME (yes- he got his boot off and can DRIVE!), I ran via the Schuylkill River Trail all the way to our new apt… and back to the trail… and to the Art Museum and back to Penn! 5.5 miles, and the farthest I’ve ever ran alone. :) And also wanted to share my newest find on Pandora, remixes from Daft Punk’s TRON soundtrack. WHOA. Great running tunes!
8. Dave’s sister Rachel is housing a homeless Poodle named Ellie during the storm! She works at a Vet and they are very close to finding this sweetie a home. I couldn’t stop petting her
Finally, one of the recipes I tried out during this week was this Cooking Light Spicy Tomato & White Bean Soup. Soup seemed to be the perfect choice for the rainy day!
Spicy Tomato & White Bean Soup
aka Salsa Soup
Recipe slightly adapted from: Cooking Light
1 (14-ounce) can Fat Free, Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
2 teaspoons Chili Powder
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 (16-ounce) can Canenelli Beans
1 medium Poblano Chile, halved and seeded
1/2 Onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges
1 pint Grape Tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped Fresh Cilantro
2 Tablespoons fresh Lime Juice
1 Tablespoon EVOO
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Cilantro sprigs (optional)
- Combine 1 cup broth, chili powder, cumin, and beans in a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. Combine remaining broth, poblano, and onion in a food processor; pulse until vegetables are chopped. Add onion mixture to pot.
- Add tomatoes and cilantro to food processor, and process until coarsely chopped. Add tomato mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove from heat; stir in juice, olive oil, and salt. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.
My thoughts on this soup: um… hello… this is SALSA! While I was making this soup, Dave was keeping me company. We kept on talking about how it smelled just like our favorite fresh salsa. Dave took a glance at my chopped veggies… looks just like salsa. I picked up the recipe and took a glance over it at the ingredients… and YES IT IS SALSA.
Although it was a little strange to be eating super chopped up hot salsa, it was really tasty and take a look, it’s really healthy too. I ate this at work the next day for lunch and it was really filling too.
I hope you all have power and fared well during Hurricane Sandy!