Friday Round-up // Week 21

The weirdest thing happened last night. Just as Kevin and I were about to sit down for dinner, our ceiling fan started waiving around like crazy totally out of the blue. It was super eerie. These things do happen to us here in California from time to time.  The culprit?  Usually an earthquake. The strangest part is, though, neither of us felt any movement in the slightest, but the fan was swinging back and forth like mad. I thought we were going crazy, till we saw a few people mentioning it on Facebook. Turns out, it was in fact an earthquake. The epicenter was four hours away, and it was still enough to make our fan go crazy. Ohhhh, the fun of living in San Francisco!

 

Ok, so who’s ready for the long weekend? We’re staying in town, which is one of my favorite things to do for a three-day weekend. No travel, no traffic, and the city is nice and quiet. We’ve got an action-packed weekend ahead, starting with dinner tonight at Hakkasan. I’m taking Kevin out to celebrate his new j-o-b! Saturday we’re going to see Hangover III (I hope it’s better than part II), and Monday we’re BBQing with friends. Stay safe everyone, enjoy that extra day off, and we’ll see you back here next week.

 

Here are a few of my favorite links for the week…

 

 

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America’s Test Kitchen has a new online cooking school, and you can try it out for 14 days…free!

 

 

Did you hear where the next Top Chef will be filmed? Let the good times roll!

 

 

I picked up this cookbook on my recent trip to Seattle. So many great recipes I’m anxious to try.

 

 

Loving Ikea’s line of Heath look-a-likes. Such a great price!

 

 

Look at Kate Spade gettin’ all foodie in Napa.

 

 

Do you ever give a fake name at Starbucks?

 

 

This looks like a pretty cool food event at SFMOMA next Friday…and all for a good cause!

 

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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Weeknight Turkey Tacos

I had a bit of a realization as I was working on this recipe. And that realization is…I have a taco obsession. It’s official.

 

I realize I just shared another taco recipe with you earlier this month, but I couldn’t help myself but to share this one as well. This recipe for weeknight tacos is just too good not to share. And not necessarily because they’re the most “mind blowing totally change your life” kind of tacos…they are good…real good…but they are also easy, quick, and take just a few ingredients, which is exactly what makes them perfect for a weeknight. This is my “I’m tired and I don’t want to think of anything remotely complicated for dinner” recipe.

 

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It all starts with most basic of proteins, ground turkey. Ground turkey, if you’re not careful, can turn out pretty bland and boring, but it is an ingredient I like to use quite a bit because it’s healthy and it’s easy to keep  on hand in the freezer. The key here is to add some flavorful spices to make your taste buds happy and to make you forget just how healthy it is.

 

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When it comes to topping the tacos, I keep it as simple as can be…just some chopped lettuce, grated cheddar cheese, and a little hot sauce…

 

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I like to use sriracha on these tacos. Well, let’s be honest, I like to put sriracha on EVERYTHING. It’s a totally versatile sauce that doesn’t only have to top Asian foods. We always have a gigantic bottle of it in the fridge so it’s one less ingredient I have to worry about buying when making these tacos.

 

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Weeknight Turkey Tacos

 

What you’ll need:

 

  • 2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
  • 1.25 pound package of ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • sriracha (or another hot sauce, if preferred)
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 cups of shredded lettuce
  • 12 corn tortillas

 

To prepare:

 

  1. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the oil and swirl around. Add the ground turkey to the pan. Using a wooden spoon, begin breaking the meat apart as it cooks.
  2. Once the meat is broken up, add the salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder. Mix well, continue breaking up the meat.  Cook until the turkey is cooked all the way through, around 8-10 minutes.
  3. To assemble the tacos, heat the tortillas on both sides in a frying pan over medium-high heat. On the tortilla, pile about 1/4 cup of the cooked meat, a good squeeze of hot sauce, a large pinch of the the grated cheese, and top with shredded lettuce.

 

Makes 12 tacos

 

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This is also one of my favorite things I like to make if I’m ever delivering dinner to a friend (you know, if they’ve had a baby or something). People always love to drop off lasagna in those situations. I’m sure the recipients are alway very grateful, but I’m sure the also get pretty sick of  lasagna. I just send along the cooked meat, a pack of tortillas, and plastic containers with the shredded lettuce and grated cheese. If you want to get a little more fancy, you can also throw in some diced tomatoes and a little tub of sour cream.

 

PS…another taco recipe, and guacamole (if you’re feeling up to it!)

 

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The Gift of Tuesday

I came home from work yesterday feeling very blah about the day. It was Tuesday. Tuesday is always a blah day. You’re past Monday, but you’re nowhere near halfway through the week yet. It was a beautiful day in the city, and I was in the office all day. I had to work late, and all of that beautiful sunshine was just about gone by the time time I got home. I was feeling pretty mediocre about the whole situation.

 

I came home and did the only thing I had the energy to do.  Hello couch.  Hello TV.

 

Then I started watching the news. I started watching the devastation that has swept through Moore, Oklahoma. Wow, devastation beyond what my mind could have imagined. The stories of families who’s homes were literally carried away into the sky. The stories of parents fearing for their kids, trapped at their schools or day cares. The stories of heroes crawling out of the woodwork to literally start picking up the pieces. And most tragically, the stories of those who didn’t survive the devastation.

 

Suddenly my blah Tuesday seemed like a perfect gift. A day to be immensely thankful for. Blah-ness has never felt so petty.

 

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PS…if you’re anywhere near a Sprinkles Cupcakes tomorrow (I won’t be…hrmpf!), treat yourself to one of these scrumptious cupcakes, and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross.

 

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Celebrity Wines

Have you noticed what seems to be a current craze of celebs getting involved with wine making? It definitely makes sense, given the high cost of entry to enter the biz. The question is, how do they stack up when it comes to taste? BuzzFeed recently published a hilarious review of the Best and Worst of the bunch. If you’re thinking of trying any of these, this review will point you in the right direction.

 

I’ve only tasted one of these, the Dave Mathews Dreaming Tree cabernet, which he partnered up to make with Simi Winery (remember when I went there last year?). The cab I tried was really nice and very reasonably priced. I’m not sure how wide the distribution is, but I was able to pick it up at a local wine shop here in San Francisco. I’m sorry to share though, the one you definitely won’t be able to get your hands on is Brad and Angie’s Miraval rose, which sold out in a mere five hours.

 

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Dreaming Tree // Little Jonathan // Barrymore Wines

Fergalicious // Black Hills Estate // Miraval

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