Pump The Brakes, Son

Gosh, I’m finding it really hard to type right now… I wonder why…

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She’s so sweet and cuddly, but seriously, I’m left handed and this hunt-and-peck typing thing is kind of a beating. Good thing you’re cute, pug. Good thing.

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Today I had to be at work at 6am. It is nice to be there for a couple of hours before the store opens; it’s much calmer so you can get a lot done. Oh, AND they were playing good music today- early 90′s- so I got to rock out to Blind Melon and the Proclaimers. Usually it’s an 80′s station, which is really fun until you hear Walking on Sunshine for the 592nd time.

Here’s how my shift went:

  • Clock in
  • Fill cookie case
  • Ciabatta rolls
  • Ciabatta bites
  • Ciabatta garlic twists
  • Foccacia, made from… ciabatta dough
  • Ciabatta sandwich bread
  • Fetch fruit from walk in
  • Spill fruit on floor in front of customers and coworkers
  • Clean up fruit
  • Clock out

I’m all ciabatta’d out. Although the dough is fun to work with- it comes in these massive mounds that you kind of have to manhandle. Good thing I’m ALL MUSCLE. Booyah.

I’m spending waaaay too much money at Whole Foods now. It’s just easy to grab food on the way out… like today for instance:

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So remember the monster sweet potato? Well we brought his brother home, too. We went ahead and cut it up the other night to use later on this week. The one potato filled an entire freezer bag:

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I settled on a shepherd’s pie made with ground turkey and mashed sweet potatoes. I’ve never eaten, much less prepared, shepherd’s pie, so I kind of winged it. Here’s a general overview:

Cook the ground turkey with a chopped onion and celery. Drain the meat. Add some baby portabellas (on sale at Target) and saute until soft, then add half a bag or so of frozen mixed veggies, some chicken broth, and a equal parts butter and flour to thicken (a beurre manie, if you want to get all technical). Return the meat to the pan and heat through. Season with salt, pepper, sage, whathaveyou. I also had some leftover roasted garlic cloves, so I threw a few of those in there.

Boil sweet potato slices until soft- about 20 minutes. Drain and return to pot. Mash with potato masher, and add milk to desired texture. Season with salt, cinnamon and brown sugar. Don’t tell Brian, but instead of regular milk, I used the Pumpkin Spice Silk soymilk…

Heat oven to 400. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray, then add turkey mixture. Spread sweet potatoes on top of turkey and veggies. Bake for 30 minutes.

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Et voila- eaten with lots of ketchup:

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It was quite a tasty fall meal. Weirdly enough, I had on Food Network while cooking and Rachel Ray was making a turkey-sweet potato shepherd’s pie at the same time. She actually mashed her sweet potatoes with a banana… something about bananas adding to the texture. I wasn’t brave enough to try that.

Has anyone seen Tropic Thunder? We’re watching that right now and it surprisingly hilarious. It’s kind of making me like Tom Cruise just a little more.

SURVEY TIME!

Can I just say how much I enjoyed reading your comments today? You guys crack me up, and it’s so nice to “meet” those of you who haven’t commented before.

I love finding new blogs to read, so what’s your latest favorite and why? It doesn’t have to be food-related.

Bringing Up Shelby always cracks me up (how could you resist this?). I’ve been reading it since Chloe was a puppy, so it’s been fun to compare their antics. And although totally NSFW, What Would Tyler Durden Do is great. He’s very, VERY un-PC, but his commentary on Hollywood gossip is hilarious.

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0 Responses to Pump The Brakes, Son

  1. gammypie says:

    It’s not a new site, but it’s one of my favorites; smittenkitchen.com. I love the photos and the recipes are fab!

  2. Kathy says:

    Second favorite to HeatherBakes would be PioneerWoman.com – between these two, I’ve become quite the blog junkie – and I’m Kathy from Dallas

  3. Molly says:

    you’re an angel for working with that ciabatta- the sea salt version is heaven sent.

    for blogs, i love yours, but i also read sidedish.dmagazine.com for dallas foodie news and also chowhound.com for restaurant recs around town or when i’m traveling.

  4. Brian says:

    Chloe is a candidate for Pet of the Week from the dallas morning news! To vote for your favorite puglet, go to dallasnews.com. Under the heading Life/Travel there is a link to the “pets” portion of the website. Once you have clicked on Pets, there is a link to the right of the page to vote for the pet of the week for this week.

    You have to have an account with dallasnews.com to vote, but its free and takes 2 seconds.

    Don’t be fooled by that sheister pug puppy at the top of the list named Piper. That is a plant designed to throw you off your efforts. Chloe is about half way down the page.

  5. Margie says:

    ah, ha! Must go vote for Chloe!!

  6. Heather says:

    CHHHLLLOOOOEEEEEE!!!! Your dog is so cute. Good thing you live far away or I’d kidnap her.

    The two blogs that I check regularly for updates are:
    http://www.masthead.blogspot.com, and http://www.smaggle.com. Masthead has excellent writing about family life, and Lady Smaggle is a fashion goddess from Australia.

    And obviously I peek at your blog too. Yummy food and adorable dogs? It’s a winning combination.

  7. Hangry Pants says:

    Do you read backiinskinny jeans? It’s very thoughtful. I also like popsugar.com

    I could never be all ciabatted out.

    What shall we do about these bigger butts from running? I mean for reals? Mine is starting to look like a muffin sticking out if it’s wrapper! I guess I am grateful it’s muscley and not soft, right!

  8. Tammy says:

    I always check out smittenkitchen.com and awaytogarden.com AFTER reading this one. :)

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