Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Meatball Stuffed Manicotti and the Beef ‘n Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes!
Happy Sunday TKW Family! So for many of us, it was our first full week back to work. Kinda sucked didn’t it? lol Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do but man it sure was nice having short weeks. And since we didn’t hit the lottery when it was like 500 million dollars it’s back to the ol’ grind for pretty much all of us. Though truthfully I can’t really complain because honestly, if I won, I’d still have to work. Oh sure the first few months I’d not work to take it all in, get my “new life” set up – legal stuff. However after that I’d go back to being Simply Lori. I’d most definitely expand TKW. I’d open up a brick and mortar, offering classes and deliciousness. I don’t necessarily want a full-fledged restaurant. Lord know. I know how much work went into running a pizza shop. I want no part of a full-on restaurant. But my “day” job … honestly I think I’d miss it or at least that type of work. I’m such a nerd at heart, loving technology, code and compliance.
Hmmm… what about you? If you won, would your outlook on work change? What would you do?
So last week it was typical Pittsburgh weather – mid 40’s at the beginning of the week, mid 60’s on Thursday and -8 on Friday with 8″ of snow. Pittsburgh – the only city where you get all for seasons in 1 week. Heck, sometimes in one day even. Ah but I love this city. It’s absolutely beautiful and has such a home-town feel to it. You feel welcome here. I was ridiculously busy with TKW stuff though not so much on publishing posts. Sorry about that. I strive to post 4 -5 times a week but sadly I was only able to do 3. I had a ton of “office” work to get done so that took up almost all of my time. Then Mr. Fantabulous’ company issued out a new kit to Facebook only first and it was insane the number of orders they got. His company is the only one in the world that creates this kit for the 2016 Camaro and well as you can imagine, it was very, VERY well received. So with that I had to help out though today I’m stuck, after I get my work done, updating his website to add the new part and items. Ugh… If you know someone who builds out an e-commerce website, send them my way. His company is actually interviewing for a new web company/person to redesign his site.
OMG so…. I introduced Mr. Fantabulous to SnapChat and how you can make cutesy videos. We sat on the couch Friday night making videos and sending them to his parents. I could not stop laughing that I almost, literally, peed my pants. I was crying. Seriously, something so silly/stupid and it’s like the greatest thing ever. Well TKW sister, Shari, sent me this video of her whisking gravy and singing along but changing the words up from Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) to more closer to her whisking gravy. I laughed so hard and it honestly made my night. So with that I made this Snapchat video of my pizza while channeling my inner Pussycat Doll. Can you tell I was having fun? And side note, that pizza is freaking phenomenal! His parents called us laughing so hard. I can’t wait to make some videos with them next time we’re over there.
Channeling my inner @pussycatdolls on Pizza night! . 🍕 🐈 Seriously my pizza alone warrants my own tv show on @foodnetwork . #pizza #friday #pizzanight #eatingfortheinsta #video #becauseimadork #mypizzarocks #singing #foodvideo #spoof #thekitchenwhisperer #pittsburgh #chefslife #chefsofinstagram #chef #forkyeah #spoonfeed
Yeah I know, I’m a dork but hey at least I’m adorable. lol
By the way, here’s the pizza. Sorry but this specific crust recipe isn’t on the website and won’t be. This is part of my commercial line which helps pay the bills for TKW.
This past week, as I said, I was super busy with client work. So you know on Instagram I posted a ton of behind-the-scenes pictures. Do you like when I do that?
Here’s a 3-recipe shoot for one of my clients. I’m SUPER excited about this shoot! Its coming up in a few weeks.
Creating Deliciousness today in the #testkitchen ! Getting ready for the big game with @superpretzel and 3 AMAZING recipes! Look on the website for these recipes in the next few weeks! . #ad #pretzel #appetizer #football #snacks #buffalochicken #eatingfortheinsta #thekitchenwhisperer #saturday #forkyeah #spoonfeed #instayum #chef #cheflife #foodnetwork
And if you want to see something truly sexy, LOOK at this dough…
When I recommend a product, ESPECIALLY when it’s a product that is part of my pizza dough, it has to be phenomenal! Being a chef and engineer I analyze my ingredients to ensure I’m using those that produce the BEST RESULTS and more importantly, REPEATABLE QUALITY! . Folks I’ve been making breads, doughs, pizzas for decades and I’ve only ever used @redstaryeast Well they came out with a new Platinum line that literally took every loaf of bread, every dough, every pizza to the next level! . And no, they aren’t sponsoring this post either. This is honest to goodness LOVE of this product! Whether you’re a professional chef, a home cook or someone that truly appreciates amazing bread and dough, use this yeast! . #yeast #platinum #thekitchenwhisperer #video #bread #dough #ilovethis #foodvideo #redstaryeast #pizza #friday
Oh so you know how I posted that BBQ Pulled Pork recipe yesterday? Well, take that pulled pork and may some bombdiggity nachos!
BBQ Pulled Pork Instant Pot Nachos 🙌 Life is good…and DELICIOUS ❤️ . #instantpot #pulledpork #pressurecooker #bbq #nachos #coke #sauce #nfl #superbowl #pittsburgh #football #snacks #eatingfortheinsta #thekitchenwhisperer #teamcanon #foodphotography #foodporn #chefsofinstagram #inthekitchen #pork #foodfeed #forkyeah #spoonfeed #feedfeed #yummy #cheatday @porkbeinspired
Now to get personal with you – so this past 1.5 years I stopped going to the gym. Not because I gave up but because of the 3 shoulder surgeries, the high-gear ramp up on the house construction, taking on a 3rd job (no I don’t need the money, I just really like to work) that something had to give. I was getting 3, maybe 4 hours a night sleep which is kind of normal for me but once I had these surgeries it really knocked me down hard. While I do my best to eat healthy I’ve realized that I’m that person that has to work out regardless of how healthy I eat. I truly miss working out and going to the gym. I’ll literally get so upset when I see my gym bag. Honestly when I moved my spinning shoes I literally cried. It’s just that I worked so, SO hard in my life to get to a point where I was happy with me, how I looked and more importantly how I felt. But this past 1.5 years it just went to pot. Weight gain and overall crappy feelings set in. It’s funny as I’ve been contradicting myself as I can advise others that if you can’t make it to the gym you can still do exercises at home yet I did nothing. Shame on me! So I made a decision last night, well okay Mr. Fantabulous kind of motivated me to get off my fat butt when he so innocently asked “honey, have you put some weight? Your hips look a little bigger.” to go back to being the Lori that worked her butt off health-wise. Sure I may not be able to make it to the gym but there are a ton of exercises I can do here.
I know what you’re thinking about what Mr. Fantabulous said “OMG how could he? That’s so mean and cruel.” but honestly it wasn’t. He didn’t say it in a mean way or even to suggest I lose weight. He loves me for me – ALL OF ME. He just asked innocently. Now to be honest, if he had asked me that 2 years ago I would have immediately got defensive and caused an argument. It wouldn’t have been because of him but because of the decades of ridicule I faced growing up and in most of my adult life. I was the fattest kid in school and trust me, those kids never let me forget it. But I’m at that point where I’m stronger because of that. I know it’s not how a person looks that defines them but rather the human they are inside that does. Anyway, tomorrow I’m starting back to being Lori, the healthy Lori. I’m going back to my lifestyle that I’m accustomed to. So no, not a diet nor a fad; I don’t do that. The lifestyle where I can have whatever I want within moderation AND with exercise. You can’t be healthy and not exercise; you just can’t.
As you for you all, I’ll still create the same delicious recipes. I’ll just add a few healthier options if you want. And if you work for Peloton; let’s work together! I’m in LOVE LOVE LOVE with that bike!
With that, have one fantabulously amazing week!
♥ Monday – Bacon Chicken Ranch Meatballs subs
♥ Tuesday – Shaved Asparagus Prosciutto Pasta
♥ Wednesday – 10 Minute Chicken Barbacoa rice bowls
♥ Thursday – Gnocchi in a Vodka Cream Sauce
♥ Friday – Roasted Grape Prosciutto Pizza Parma
♥ Saturday – Beef ‘n Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes
♥ Sunday – Meatball Stuffed Manicotti
♥ Dessert of the week – Rustic Apple Crostata with salted caramel sauce