That would be my own horn.
Now, I realize I live in one of the dining capitals of the world, so maybe what I’m about to say sounds naive and overblown, but:
The more I cook at home, the less I miss eating out.
There, I said it. I think that most of the things I make in my kitchen are better than what I’d eat the average restaurant. Even here in New York. For instance:
Pulled chicken nachos with mango guacamole. This was so easy and inexpensive and healthy and for the life of me I cannot understand why I can’t walk into a restaurant and order something like this. So much better than restaurant nachos.
Sigh. I feel like I’m getting a big head – I am definitely no gourmet chef. But when you take the cost and nutritional value into consideration, I just see fewer and fewer reasons for eating out on a regular basis.
Which is not to say I don’t love eating out a couple of times a week. 🙂 But although I thoroughly enjoy choosing from a menu and being served and not having to worry about the dishes, most of the time I secretly think my homecooked stuff is better anyway.
Today’s EAT: Happy Cinco de Mayo! The beautiful nachos pictured above were seriously so simple and delicious:
- Blue corn tortilla chips
- Grated cheddar and mozz
- A faux-pulled chicken breast – I just sauteed some garlic, added two cups of water along with a bunch of Southwestern-ish spices, poached the chicken for 15 minutes, then shredded it with a fork
- Mango guacamole – simply smashed avocado, diced fresh mango, diced tomato, minced jalapeno, lime juice, salt and honey
- Nonfat greek yogurt (which was indistinguishable from sour cream – really)
- And a special topping on top that I picked up at the Greenmarket today:
Micro scallions. Harvested at two weeks old, according to the friendly local farmer. “Try one,” she said. “They taste just like green onions.”
That was an understatement. A pinch of those little guys created a scallion flavor explosion in my mouth. Sold.
Sprinkled on top of these nachos, they added a great oniony flavor – not to mention making for a gorgeous presentation. And I just have to say it again. WAY prettier and tastier than any restaurant nachos I’ve ever had. Booyah.
Today’s DRINK: In keeping with the fresh-and-homemade theme, we made fresh strawberry margaritas tonight:
Fresh berries, cheap-ass tequila, triple sec, ice, and a splash of diet lemon-lime soda. My blender kind of sucks so it left some chunks of berry in there, but that was OK. I’ll eat liquor-soaked fruit any day of the week.
Today’s RUN: A mellow loop around Central Park, 6 miles in 53:00. Although it was quite warm outside when I went for my run at 5 PM, the trees of the park provided a lovely respite from the heat and it was very comfortable.
I have to confess though, I ran in just a sports bra. Which is totally fine and normal in the summer. But…that means I took the subway in just a sports bra to get to the park. I was okay with that, though, because my twitter peeps said it was OK. But then I went to the liquor store in just a sports bra to buy cheap tequila on my way home.
Um. I think I might be white trash.
Today’s QUESTION: Which do you like better – cooking at home or going out? I have always enjoyed cooking but until recently had been solidly in the going out camp when it came down to it. Changes, changes.