Anyone know what this is?
Hint: It’s a kitchen utensil. I got it as a present from my friends Katherine and Peter when I visited them in Sweden, and I love it.
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I make a lot of hard-boiled eggs. Sometimes I get on kicks where I’m boiling a dozen eggs a week. Hard-boiling eggs isn’t a difficult task, but here’s a way to make them that’s even easier. Did you know you can bake whole eggs in the oven?
About a year ago (or maybe longer), a high school friend posted a link to my Facebook page about baking eggs. I wanted to try it at the time, but one thing led to another and it never happened, and then I forgot about it. In recent weeks, I’ve stumbled upon a couple more articles and posts about this method, and decided to give it a try. I consulted a few websites, but they all basically say the same thing. It’s so freakin’ simple.
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2: Put your eggs in the oven. I did a dozen of them:
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EXCITING NEWS! You know how I’m featured in Richard Simmons’ new infomercial for Project H.O.P.E.? The infomercial clocks in at a full 30 minutes, but the online version is only 7 minutes, and I was left on the editing room floor. So unless you set your DVR, or happened to catch it on basic cable in the middle of the night, there’s a good chance you haven’t seen my little part of the infomercial yet.
UNTIL NOW! Check it out: the portion featuring the long-term success stories (me and my friends Joanne and Lori) is now on YouTube! It’s only 80 seconds – watch right here:
Big thanks to my buddy Jon. Check out some behind-the-scenes photos from the infomercial shoot here.
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Man, I love hard-boiled eggs. I typically hard-boil a dozen eggs a week, and eat them as part of my lunches and after workouts. Usually, I eat only the whites, and toss the yolks into the trash, along with the shells, but every once in a while, I’ll eat one whole egg in addition to 2 or 3 more whites. Egg whites are an excellent source of protein, are fat-free, and low in calories.
So I was very excited to get my hands on an infomercial product that promised to make hard-boiled eggs a snap to make. The product is called Eggies, and here’s the commercial, in case you haven’t seen it (I’ve seen it roughly 2,500 times):
I can’t divulge where I got the Eggies, but I’m happy that I didn’t pay for them (and, no, I didn’t shoplift them). I don’t think that hard-boiling eggs is a particularly difficult proposition, and I’ve never been nearly as flustered as the women at the beginning of the commercial, but I’m all for kitchen shortcuts. And, well, I love informercial products. I’m in! Read the rest of this entry »
Yesterday afternoon I headed over to my cousins’ place for the Super Bowl. We had decided, earlier in the week, that my contribution to our little family party would be a salad, so after going to Sherri’s Sunday morning class at Slimmons, I got to work on a super salad for the Super Bowl.
I decided to make a pretty traditional spinach salad, but I’d make it special by doing two things I normally don’t ever do: make my own dressing, and make my own croutons. I can’t remember the last time I made an actual salad dressing, and I don’t think I’ve ever made croutons, but how hard can they be? (This is what they call foreshadowing.)
I invented my salad dressing recipe, which was a Grapefruit Honey Mustard. I juiced a grapefruit that I had plucked from Tavi’s tree, and added a few tablespoons of dijon mustard (I should have measured, for the recipe’s sake, but oh well), and a few tablespoons of honey. I also threw in a teaspoon of poppy seeds, and three scallions. After incorporating it all with a whisk, it was ready to go:
In addition to being delicious, this dressing is almost fat-free (that teaspoon of poppy seeds added 1 gram of fat, hence the ‘almost’).
For the croutons, I cut up 5 slices of sourdough bread, sprayed them with a little Pam – just enough to get some seasonings to stick – then started ransacking my spice rack: I tossed in garlic salt, rosemary, oregano, thyme, and a little Mrs. Dash, then tossed the croutons a little bit, spread them out on a baking sheet, and popped them under the broiler to toast up. Couldn’t be easier, right? Well, here’s what happens when you leave croutons under the broiler for too long:
Not so tasty. But since one of my cousins had specifically (although jokingly) requested croutons, and I didn’t want to have to stop at the store, I decided to salvage what I could. That involved about fifteen minutes of cutting off a lot of burnt parts and tossing a lot of croutons in the trash altogether, but in the end, I was able to put together this presentable container:
I also hard-boiled some eggs for the salad, which went off without a hitch, unlike the last time I hard-boiled eggs, when I didn’t cook them enough. I love Horizon Organic eggs – I think they may be my favorite eggs out there!
Oh, and I nearly forgot – here’s the salad itself:
That’s a whole lotta spinach, four hard-boiled egg whites (I didn’t use the yolks), cherry tomatoes, 1/4 of a red onion (thinly sliced), and mushrooms. I forgot to take a picture at my cousins’ place of the finished product, but it looked like that, with dressing and croutons. I’m sure you can imagine it.
The salad was a hit, and there weren’t any leftovers, although I wouldn’t have minded if there were, since it was a good salad!
Lastly, I don’t know why I haven’t blogged about this yet, but the other day I had a weigh-in, and I’m down another pound! That puts my weight at 241 pounds, and my weight loss at 161 pounds. Here’s my updated chart:
Keep it up, David!
I had a long and full weekend, and am gonna use today’s post to catch up on some odds and ends that I haven’t blogged about yet. What’s first?
1) H&M. Thanks, first of all, for all the great comments on all the new clothing I picked up the other day. I’ve been wearing all new clothes for the past two days and I’m lovin’ it! (I even have a picture to prove it – keep reading.) But when I was getting dressed the other night, only a few hours after leaving the mall, I realized that I bought the wrong pants. Ugh. Remember these?
They’re the kick-ass black/white/gray subtle plaid cargo pants from H&M. I tried them on in two sizes: 38, which I was pretty sure would fit (and they did), and 36, because I was curious how close I was to fitting into a size 36 (the answer, by the way, is pretty far off). I thought I had a pretty good dressing room system, since I was trying on about 10 things: keepers in one pile, and no-thank-yous in another, but I must not have been paying attention, because the 36s ended up with me at the counter, where I paid for them, then brought them home, then desperately tried to squeeze into them later that night.
So yesterday I went back to H&M – a different H&M, since I was already in a different part of town. I found the rack with the pants, and searched for a pair of 38s. Crap. They were out. Annoyance level quickly rose. I decided to go find someone that worked there, to see if they had any in the back or something, and as I approached the counter, there, on a random rack, that must have been returns or go-backs or whatever, I spied a singular pair of my pants. I beelined for them, and sure enough, they were 38s! Score! H&M gladly swapped the pants and I went on my merry way.
2) Cirque Berserk. On Saturday night, my friend Steve and I went and saw our friend Tavi, who’s an aerialist (read about my recent hike with him here), perform in a circus called Cirque Berserk (I’d post a link, but the final performances were yesterday – you missed out!). It had a lot of trapeze and trampoline and acrobatic elements, and it was really fun, and a good show. Tavi and his acrobatic partner, Neal, do an aerial act called straps, where there’s two hanging cords, with adjustable loops at the end. Tavi and Neal loop their hands or feet through the loops, and seconds later, they’re performing feats of strength and flexibility 15-20 feet off the ground. It’s amazing. Here’s a photo of Tavi and me after the show (Cirque Berserk has an death/underworld theme and sensibility to it, which explains Tavi’s ghostly make-up):
Yep, that’s my new shirt and jacket – thank you for noticing!
Before the show, Steve and I had dinner downtown, near the theater. Two restaurants had waits of an hour or more, so we ended up at Rock’N Fish, mainly because they were able to seat us in about 5 minutes. I’m glad we ended up there – it was tasty! I had the Napa Sonoma salad. It had baby lettuces, sun-dried tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and pine nuts. I had the balsamic vinaigrette on the side and had them add some seared Ahi tuna. It also had mozzarella, which I asked them to hold, but they didn’t, but it was two slices of buffalo mozzarella that I could easily take off, and I ended up eating one of them anyway.
3) Eggs. I hard-boiled 5 eggs on Saturday before leaving for the mall, and yesterday I cracked open one of them and found out I didn’t cook them long enough. The white was almost done, and the yolk was still runny, and the shell didn’t come off easily at all. Yuck. I was running out the door, so I couldn’t do anything about them yesterday, but right now, as I type this, I’m re-boiling the other four. According to this blog post, it can be done, but the eggs may end up a little rubbery. Hmmm. Will keep you posted.
4) January Workouts. I can’t believe it’s already the last day in January. January was a great month for working out – all in all, I worked out 27 out of 31 days! Here’s my most recent workouts, since I haven’t blogged about them lately:
5) Chart Update. I’m ending the post with some photos that I know y’all love – my weight loss chart! I weighed myself on Saturday, and I’m down another pound! That puts my weight loss at 160 pounds even. Here’s the updated chart:
Only 22 pounds until I reach my next goal!
And here’s the whole chart from a fun new angle – from the beginning of it, when I was at my heaviest, looking down at the weight I’ve lost.
Keep it up, David!