Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Spinach Frittata Recipe - Healthy, Quick and Easy

I made this the other day and it turned out great. Give it a try.

5 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup chopped spinach

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
Lightly coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray and set it aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, half of the shredded cheese, salt and pepper.
3 Now mix in your chopped spinach and pour into prepared pie plate.
4. Bake about 20 minutes or until set.
5. Remove from oven. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese on top of the Frittata and let stand about 5 minutes.

-Serve with Hash browns and fresh fruit
-Add in mushrooms or bacon for some added goodness

Monday, May 30, 2011

Bitchin' Kitchen - Not Your Mother's Cooking Show

If Tim Burton and Todd Phillips came together to make a cooking show you would end probably end up with Bitchin' Kitchen. The new cooking show on the Cooking Channel is both hilarious and strange, in a good way. Host Nadia G. cooks up some wonderful looking food while entertaining you with her own brand of dry humor. The show in general is kind of like something out of a weird dream. I could be watching it at 8pm and it feels like I am drunk at 2am, craving food..... Figure that one out? Anyways, if you like food and want to have a laugh or two, check out this show.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Big City Burgers and Greens - Food Review

I walk by Big City Burgers and Greens all the time on my daily stroll thru downtown Des Moines. But, I had never made time to try some of their food. Which is strange, because I love burgers and I love the fact that they use organic, antibiotic and hormone free beef. So, yesterday for lunch I finally had the chance to eat one of their burgers. My initial thoughts............ This is one of the best burgers I've had in a long time! Why have I waited so long to try this place? The burger was perfectly cooked, had great flavor and made me wish I had another. I went with the regular fries, as opposed to the "Big City" fries and they were great too. They were thin, appeared to be hand cut, and had the perfect amount of seasoning.
I use to say that Maxie's had the best burger in town, but now I would say the Big City Burger is sitting tied at first place with the Maxie Burger. So the next time you are downtown and looking for a great burger, definitely make your way to Big City Burgers and Greens.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pete Holmes on Comedy Central - Funny Stuff

This Past weekend I caught Pete Holmes on Comedy Central Presents. It made me chuckle, so I thought I would share. Hope you enjoy. This first one is so true!

Pete Holmes - Privacy Is Uncool
JokesJoke of the DayFunny Jokes

Pete Holmes - Really?
JokesJoke of the DayFunny Jokes

Sunday, May 22, 2011

American Alternative Fuels Act - Do Your Part to Get Us Off Foreign Oil!

United States Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) have introduced what they call “commonsense” legislation to ease the pain at the pump and decrease our nation’s dependence on foreign oil. The American Alternative Fuels Act (S.937) breaks down the barriers to alternative fuels—including fuels derived from coal, biomass, algae and waste.
“Our unacceptably high gas prices…underscore a critical need: the federal government needs to be a partner, not an obstacle, for businesses that can transform our domestic energy resources into gas,” Senator Manchin said. “I’m proud to support this legislation with my friend John Barrasso, and continue to push for a national energy plan that will help drive down the price of gas and make us energy independent within this generation.”
“It’s more important than ever that we make it as easy as possible to use all available sources of American energy,” Senator Barrasso added. “Breaking down barriers to alternative fuels is one way we can ease the pain at the pump and decrease our dependence on foreign oil,” The American Alternative Fuels Act is cosponsored by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).
The American Alternative Fuels Act repeals barriers to domestic fuel production, in particular Section 526 of the 2007 Energy bill, which greatly restricts the federal government from buying alternative fuels. The new bill allows the Department of Defense to enter into long-term contracts (20 years) for purchasing alternative fuels.
The bill also creates a reporting requirement for domestic fuel-focused Loan Guarantee applications that are facing continued delays at the Department of Energy. Increasing transparency in the Loan Guarantee Program will help speed the process by pinpointing the delays in the bureaucratic process.
Among its provisions, the proposed legislation promotes algae-based fuel: The bill provides incentives under the renewable fuel standard for algae-based fuel that uses carbon capture and sequestrations.

These Senators have introduced this bill, now do your part and help get it passed. Make your voice heard. Contact your State Senator and let them know you want The American Alternative Fuels Act (S.937) bill passed!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Good Bye Macho Man Randy Savage

Growing up I hate to admit it, but I was a huge WWF fan. My favorite wrestler at the time? Macho Man Randy Savage. Oh Yeah! Today he passed away and it made me revisit some old highlights from his career. I still remember how exciting it was to see him wrestle at Vets back in the day. Good times.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Organic Groceries at Walmart? Yep, You Read That Right.

I never really shop for groceries when I stop by Walmart. But, the other day I decided to take a look and see what kind of organic selections they have to offer. I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did they have many of the organic items I buy other places, but they were priced $1.00-$2.00 cheaper! For example, Cascadian Farm granola bars are normally $4.68 at Hyvee Health Market, at Walmart only $2.68. That saves you $2.00 right there! Some of the other cheaper organic items I found there were milk, flour, sugar, cereal and frozen veggies. They also had a good selection of fresh chicken (no antibiotics or hormones) there too. So, before your next shopping trip to your regular supermarket, I would recommend checking out your local Walmart. You might just save yourself some green.
Bonus Tip: Looking for cheaper organic hamburger? Go to Costco. You can get a 3 pack of hamburger for $13.98. If you buy 3 packs of organic hamburger at Trader Joe's, you are looking at spending $17.97! Almost at $4.00 savings.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Organic Milk - What's With the Expiration Date?

Why does organic milk last so long? Shouldn't it expire sooner because it doesn't have any weird preservatives in it? I purchased some Organic Valley brand milk the other day and the expiration date was month and a half way. I took a look at some non-organic A&E Dairy milk and it expired a week later? Does anyone know the answer to this one? Well, according to Scientific American, here's why:

Organic milk lasts longer because producers use a different process to preserve it. According to the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance, the milk needs to stay fresh longer because organic products often have to travel farther to reach store shelves since it is not produced throughout the country.

The process that gives the milk a longer shelf life is called ultrahigh temperature (UHT) processing or treatment, in which milk is heated to 280 degrees Fahrenheit (138 degrees Celsius) for two to four seconds, killing any bacteria in it.

Read the whole explanation here.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Dramatic Movie Trailer Music - Requiem for a Dream

My theory is that you can set any video to this song from the movie Requiem for a Dream and it will seem dramatic (even if it's clearly not). Countless movie trailers have used the song and now I have added it to a video of me blogging. See what you think.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Renting a Rug Doctor - Does it Clean Your Carpet, Or Make it Worse?

Have you ever rented a Rug Doctor from your local grocery or hardware store? If you have, you may have noticed they aren't exactly the cleanest machines in the world. I almost feel like it's doing more damage to my carpet than good. Who knows who rented the Rug Doctor before me. It could have been a serial killer cleaning up blood from his past victim, or a frat house cleaning up all the puke from the night before. That means that blood and vomit could be getting into my carpet. That doesn't sound like a chance I want to take.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Monday's Word of the Day - Excursus

Your mission: Use this word sometime today. You just might sound smart.

excursus \ik-SKUR-sus\, noun:
1. A dissertation that is appended to a work and that contains a more extended exposition of some important point or topic.
2. A digression.

I always find it fun to work in a word of the day at the office. Another fun game is to play phone roulette. You give a person a random word. Then, the next phone call they get, they must use that word somewhere in the conversation. For example. I could give my co-worker the word cheeseburger. When the next person calls, they have to incorporate that into their conversation. It makes for some fun times at work. I've found the key to doing good at this game is to just say the word really fast, then caller has no idea what you said. But, you did say the word.


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