Anniversary and Loser Food

February 3, 2009

I have to admit, this is going to be a half-hearted edition of cooking for losers. I’ve got a headache, I’m kind of tired, and I’m kind of crabby. We’re not even eating this loser dish tonight, we ate it last Thursday night. Now, it’s half-hearted only because I’m going to estimate the amounts and I’m not going to go through the work of exacting the nutritional information. I am wholly confident that it fits within the guidelines and I know from experience that the dish is delicious. I would post what we’re eating tonight but I haven’t decided yet. So, the recipe with a finished product photo is below. The dish is SUPER easy—SUPER SUPER easy and full of flavor. Simple Sauteed Chicken and Spinach Parm Rice. So good. Before I give you that recipe – here are some pics from our festivus anniversary celebration! Five years! I can’t believe it. We were really blessed to spend the weekend at my Aunt Jill’s cabin – Mary Paul’s Morning Mist Cottage – a place dedicated to my grandmother. It is an AMAZING place. Tucked in the woods beside a creek with a big stacked fireplace and nice hot tub. It’s got two bedrooms with huge, snuggly beds, a living room full of overstuffed furniture, a pool table, cable, tons of movies, a big kitchen and adorable towns just down the road. We wished we could stay a week which is what we did for the first weekend of our honeymoon. It was very romantic to be back there.

A surprise from James – flowers and fun chocolate

white chocolate coconut, dark chocolate with chili, and milk chocolate with sea salt and smoked almonds


James chowing on one of the four pieces of cheesecake I picked up before the trip – a friend had given us a gift card and it just had to be used up! Ok, maybe not all at once but whatever.


Making a little breakfast.


OK, so it was a big breakfast.


Homemade pop tarts. Drool is appropriate.


We heart each other. He hearts me even with no makeup.


Feet in front of the fire.


We went to downtown Ellijay and James wanted a picture with the bear.


James found this and was pretty proud of himself.


More cheesecake.


James caught me reading the guestbook where I wrote some pretty

embarrassing and gushing things on our honeymoon and our first anniversary.


OK, we have a ton more pictures but I’ll make myself stop. We had such a great time!

Here’s the Loser recipe:



1 package chicken cutlets

olive oil



1 cup dry rice cooked according to package instructions – we used brown rice

1/2 bag of spinach chopped up into bite sized pieces

1 palmful of shredded parmesan cheese or you can use the grated stuff

1 clove of garlic, minced – we did add one more clove but don’t do that unless you really like garlic like we do – it doesn’t get cooked so it’s pretty strong.

1. Heat some oil in a pan over medium heat. Sprinkle the chicken with a good dose of salt and pepper. Lay the cutlets flat in the pan. Cook three to four minutes on each side. Done.

2. Stir together the hot rice, spinach, garlic, a dash of salt, and a drizzle of olive oil. Give that a taste and adjust the seasonings. Done.

Enjoy. It’s probably in the 300-400 range. One day I’ll do the math for ya.


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