Kitchen Creativity

by HEAB on August 5, 2010

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First things first, yesterday’s Dairy Bar stop:


I skipped out on the soft serve for a cone filled with the highly recommended Moose Tracks ice-cream. There are a few different brands of Moose Tracks available in Nashville, but did you know that the flavor originated here in Michigan? When I found that out, I knew I must sample it – you know, for comparison’s sake. 😉 Conclusion: It tastes like the Moose Tracks at home – delicious! Love the mini chocolate pb cups.

I promise I’m eating more than just ice-cream while we’re here. It’s always interesting cooking in a strange kitchen, and I like to think of it as an adventure. I’m not at home with my collection of spices or a wide variety of ingredients. In fact, the only seasonings the owner of our cottage seems to keep stocked is garlic powder…i think she has 5 containers of it in the cabinet, and no cinnamon. Kind of bummed about that one. Oh well, again, I look at cooking with minimal ingredients to be a fun challenge. Also, we’re about 25 miles away from the nearest decent grocery store, and so it’s not like I can run up the street for whatever I need – ha, that will teach me not to go grocery shopping 27 times in one month!

Here is a picture of the cottage we rented…


It’s tiny but perfect for me, CD, and the pups, and I love the lake view!

Anyway, back to the kitchen. For last night’s dinner, I combined a few simple ingredients to make a really yummy meal.


First I sauteed some sliced mushrooms and 1 onion in a little butter with salt, pepper, and of course, garlic powder. Once the vegetables began to brown, I added some diced leftover chicken breast and a few squirts of Dijon mustard to the skillet. Once the chicken was warmed, I topped my dish off with some crumbled goat cheese, and enjoyed a lovely dinner with my husband out on the deck. I love sauteed onions and mushrooms.

I kept yesterday’s exercise to a minimum since I was pretty sore from my strength training and cardio metabolic circuit. I took the dogs on a 45 minute walk and then took it pretty easy the rest of the day. Lindsey has me doing 1 session of strength training and 2 sessions of metabolic circuits every week and then suggested I fill the rest of my days with walking and yoga. So, I think today will consist of another walk and maybe some yogi squats and a few hip openers.

Have you ever had to cook in someone else’s kitchen, and do you consider cinnamon a staple in your own kitchen?!?

If you get a chance, please check out my podcast interview over at Two Fit Chicks And A Microphone. I was honored to discuss food blogging and summer food with two amazing ladies, Dietgirl and Mizfit.