Food Porn: Triple Berry Pie

It’s been awhile since I shared some food porn, but today’s food porn is quite magnificent (if I do say so myself).

Today I made a pie. From scratch. I even made the crust from scratch. I have mad skillz.

Notice the lattice crust? Oh yeah baby. I cannot wait to eat this pie later tonight with my sister (not the whole pie, but a good sized piece of it for sure).

How did I make the pie? Well, I searched the Internets for some recipes — which I sort of followed.

Crust

Oil Pie Crust from Allrecipes.com:

  • 2 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used 1/4 cup vegetable oil and 1/4 cup grapeseed oil)
  • 1/2 cup milk

Sift flour into bowl, add salt. Pour milk and oil into one measuring cup – do not stir – and add all at once to flour. Stir until mixed and separate into two flat balls. Refrigerate for 15-20 min. Roll out on lightly floured surface.

Pie

I took much liberty in following this recipe: Bridgid’s Blackberry Pie Recipe from Allrecipes.com:

  • 2-3 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1.5-2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 – 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted

I put about 2 cups of blackberries, 1/4 cup blueberries and 1 cup strawberries and pureed them using the Magic Bullet. I added the puree to a saucepan with the melted butter. Then I added 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup flour and the salt to the pan. I let the sauce get to a slight boil and turned off the heat. In a separate bowl, I mixed the rest of the berries, sugar and flour. I slowly added the sauce mix to the bowl. Then I poured the mixture into the pie pan and baked for 55-60 minutes at 350F.

I ended up with extra filling, so I made some mini tarts:

I had a bit more of the filling left, so I stuck it in the freezer. You never know when you might need some pie filling. 😉

Obviously, I don’t like to measure when I cook. I’m more of a stream of consciousness cook/baker. I go with the flow and make modifications along the way. MMMMMmmmmMMMMM Can’t wait to eat it all!

Weigh In Wednesday: It ain’t all peaches and cream

Yes, it’s Thursday but I’m blogging for yesterday. Get over it.

Let’s get it over with – I gained 0.2 lbs this week. I know it’s nothing – hell, half a poop or whatever – but the same thing happened last week and if you have enough weeks like that… before you know it, I’ll be back to where I started.

I’m trying to stay positive, I really am, but it is frustrating. I am trying to justify this week because I was out of town for 2 days and it’s hard to eat well when you’re not at home… and because of Easter and especially these:

Those are exactly what they look like – s’mores cupcakes. I don’t even want to know how many calories are in one of these cupcakes, but mostly because I had more than one.

Training/working out is going ok. I had a few setbacks this week – shin splints/calf/ankle pain and of course, Ms. Righty.

Overall, I am feeling better I’m just getting frustrated with my slow weight loss. I just keep telling myself, slow and steady…

Review: AJ Bombers’ #fitmke menu items

It’s official, the Fit Milwaukee team asked me to be a regular contributor at the blog and I’m super excited. They even have my bio posted on the site. 🙂

I just wrote my second post, and this time it was a review! AJBombers has three #fitmke menu items and I tasted them all (it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it). Here’s a sneak peek:

Baked ‘Shroom Burger: 475 calories*, $5.50

The Baked ‘Shroom Burger isn’t your typical burger offering. It’s a big ol’ Portobello mushroom topped with cheddar and munster cheese, lettuce and tomato. It’s also my favorite item on the AJBombers menu. The Baked Shroom is juicy, flavorful and a little on the messy side, so make sure you have some napkins handy. I cannot rave about this burger enough. I’ve never been a big mushroom person, but you can hardly tell you’re eating a giant mushroom instead of beef. The Baked ‘Shroom is very filling and sure to satisfy your taste buds.

For the full post, head on over to FitMilwaukee.com. Oh, and yes, I did use the phrase “Don’t butter my buns” in this post. You’ve been warned.

*Note: I paid for all of my meals and was not compensated in any way by AJBombers for this review.

A test in self restraint

Today, a tasty cupcake sat on my desk for more than 3 hours before I ate it.

The fact that I was able to see it there, taunting me, for more than 3 hours without eating it is a huge accomplishment.

As you can see, it was a yellow cupcake with marshmallow fluff topping dipped in chocolate, topped off by a conversation heart.

I wanted to see how long I could go without eating the cupcake. So I took pictures and tweeted this morning. My goal was not to resist the cupcake forever… it was to see how long I could resist it. You see, normally I would have eaten something like this in less than 5 bites and I wouldn’t have savored every bite. I wanted to teach myself that just because something is in front of you, doesn’t mean you have to eat it.

  • #1: 9:15am Look at that beauty.
  • #2: 10:15ish I pushed in the heart candy so it wouldn’t look so appetizing.
  • #3: 11:15ish I bumped it (by total accident) and had to lick part of the fluff off my finger. darn.
  • #4: 12:00ish I ate the candy heart and squished that fluff so it would look gross.
  • #5: 12:20ish I licked one side of it.
  • #6: 12:40ish I couldn’t help myself, I licked the fluff and chocolate off the top of the cupcake. And then something magical happened. I didn’t feel like finishing it. So I threw the bottom part away.

Sure the marshmallow fluff wasn’t super healthy, but I don’t want to keep myself from eating the foods I enjoy, but just less of them. Sure, I ate the candy heart, the fluff and the chocolate, but I didn’t eat the cake.

Baby steps.

My workout tools and my aching knees

Here’s what I’m using right now – my brand new Asics Gel Kushon 2 running shoes, Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day shred DVD, a yoga mat and a pair of 2 lb free weights.

I just got the shoes yesterday at Kohl’s. Already I can feel a difference… the gel cushioning is great for shock absorption, which, let’s be honest… when you weigh 267 and you’re jumping around, there’s BOUND to be some stress to the knees and ankles. I’m hoping that these shoes will help alleviate some of that stress, because my knees are killing me.

I thought that a day of rest would help, but it didn’t. I tried just walking the past 2 days, but it hasn’t gotten better. I’m sure that standing for four hours on cement at the Pettitt didn’t help, but seriously, WTH.

I’ve been using biofreeze and that helps, but I’m not sure what else to do. Do I rest another day? Do I push through it?

I’m sure they just hurt because I haven’t worked out in so long and carrying around 267 pounds can’t be easy.

Le sigh.

Ok, enough complaining. Today I did day 6 of the shred and it was ok. I haven’t done the shred since Wednesday, so I feel like I went backwards a li’l bit. I will have to be more diligent with it to complete my 30 day shred challenge.

I’ve been doing pretty well as far as my diet goes… Friday night I went to Comet Cafe with my sis and I got the Baked Chili Mac… which was ahhh-mazing (see below). I ate less than half of it and felt sick the rest of the night. Lesson learned.

Weigh In Wednesday: Happy Dance

Right now I feel like doing this (cue 0:46):

Why? Because I lost 4.6 pounds this week!

EEEEEEEEEEEKKKKK!!!

I have a huge smile on my face today. It’s so wonderful to get validation that my hard work is paying off. I just need to stay focused. If I’m being completely honest, I’d say that what I really wanted to “treat” myself with was a piece of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory. No joke.

Instead, I treated myself to a skinny cinnamon dolce latte from Starbucks (just 90 calories!)

I have done the 30 Day Shred 4 times in the past week, and walked for a total of 4.7 miles. Waaaay more activity than I’ve had in the last year (sadly) and I have been very good about watching what I eat.

For example, last night I met up with a bunch of FitMKE peeps at AJBombers for a blogging meeting. I got the Baked Stuffed Mushroom “burger” (sauce on the side) and a small side of onion strings… of which I ate about 10. Talk about self restraint and only eating if you’re hungry. A few weeks ago, I would have cleaned the plate of onion strings. Seriously. And I would have ordered a large.

I think for me to succeed, it’s going to be all about moderation and not depriving myself… which is exactly what I did. 🙂

I’ve lost 4.6 pounds in the last week and 6.8 pounds in 2 weeks. Want previous stats? Click here.

Weigh-In Wednesday (a day late) plus yummy food porn

It’s Weigh-In Wednesday, Thursday edition because I didn’t get a new battery for my scale until today… drumroll please…..

272.0…for a total of 2.2 lbs lost in one week.

HOLLER! That’s even WITH my not-so-good weekend.

So before I do a li’l celebration dance, I have a few more things to share.

First, I bought Jillian Michaels’ 30 day shred DVD today at Target (bonus $2 off coupon = $8 investment, not too shabby). I did level 1 today. It’s about a 20 minute or so workout… and boy am I feeling it. But I know I done good… so I’m happy about that. Hopefully I won’t have to stay at the level 1 “easy” stage for long.

Second, I found an awesome app for my Droid that will help me keep track of weight loss, calories, etc… AND it has this cool barcode scanner feature… which will look up your food item in its database. I’ll have to do a video blog about it someday, but until then, check out Calorie Counter from Fatsecret.com.

Third, we have food porn.

I sauteed a chicken cutlet from Whole Foods in some Wildtree Grapeseed Oil and Garlic & Herb Blend… along with a shredded zucchini. Then I added some cherry tomatoes and some fresh mozzarella. ZOMG. Soooo good.

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Alfredo

Last night I made the most amazing meal. It wasn’t SUPER healthy, but it wasn’t SUPER unhealthy either.

To repeat this fabulous meal, this is what you’ll need:

Pasta, milk, cider vinegar, butter, chicken and the following Wildtree goodies: Buffalo Wing Marinade, Natural Grapeseed Oil and Alfredo Extraordinaire. (you can click on the links to view the products on my Wildtree site. For nutritional info, click the product profile card link on each page).

First thing’s first: Line a pan with foil.

Next, get your chicken marinating. I mixed about 1/2 cup of the cider vinegar with 1/4 cup of grapeseed oil and 1 TBSP of the Buffalo Wing Marinade. (I made a half recipe).

Mix it up good then add your chicken. Then put it aside for at least 20 min. For more flavor, prepare this the night before and let it marinade all night in the fridge.

Now you should start getting your water boiling for the pasta. Sorry, no photo because after I did the chicken, I forgot to take pics until the end. Deal.

At this point, stick the chicken in the oven at 400. I think I cooked them 15-20 min a side.

Once the water is boiling, add your pasta and cook according to the directions on the package. Then, get a little saucepan and prep the Alfredo. Depending on how many servings you need (or how thick you like the sauce), adjust the recipe on the package. Melt the butter, add milk and then add the mix, stirring until completely mixed and the sauce is full of creamy goodness.

Drain your pasta, throw it in a bowl, top with some alfredo and then… OMG add the chicken. It’ll look something like this and it will taste HEAVENLY.

Disclaimer: I am an Independent Representative for Wildtree. But I can assure you, even if I didn’t sell the stuff, I would be eating it all the time. I <3 my discount.