Sunday, February 5, 2012


Ok, ok. While I sure am good at wasting passing a lot of time browsing online, making (and eating!) food is still my true passion. Life has been feeling a little incomplete lately, and I think a huge part of it is a lack of time spent in the kitchen (seriously, wouldn't I just make the best 50s housewife??). So, here is a food post I've been putting off for far too long - chilaquiles!


Mmmm, one of my favorite breakfasts, and Tim's favorite by far! It's a little different every time, but the key ingredients are tortillas (or chips), salsa, and eggs, often with ground turkey or sausage, black beans, onions, fresh bell or jalapeno peppers, and other delicious bits thrown in - whatever you happen to have around. Here is how I made these recently. Try your own version and let me know how it goes! (scroll down for recipe)

Ingredients - by the way, this is the BEST salsa!
chop or tear your tortillas
Add tortillas and combine
Create a space and add eggs
Ready to serve - doesn't look like much, but yum!
Sometimes I add all three. Don't judge.

serves 2-3 as listed, but super easy to double or triple!

1 tablespoon neutral oil - I use light olive oil or canola
1/4 of a medium-sized red onion, finely chopped
about 1/2 cup ground meat or sausage (I like using chicken or turkey)
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
salsa to taste - I use about 1/2 cup
4 taco-sized corn tortillas, chopped or torn into bite-sized pieces
1 tablespoon cumin
1-2 teaspoons chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
4 eggs

for serving:
monterey jack or pepper jack cheese, grated
extra salsa and various hot sauces
chopped cilantro (optional)

  1. Heat the oil in a large, flat skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook until just softened. Add the sausage or ground meat and brown for several minutes, stirring and breaking up large pieces.
  3. When the sausage is no longer pink, add the black beans and stir to combine. Add salsa and cook until heated through.
  4. Add tortillas and spices and increase the heat to medium-high. Stir to coat the tortillas in salsa and mix in the spices.
  5. Push everything off to one side so there is an empty space, and crack your eggs into that spot. When they start to get opaque, scramble the eggs with your spoon. When they are about half done (still a bit shiny), stir the eggs into the rest of your chilaquiles.
  6. If you want a bit of a crispy texture, let this cook, untouched, for 3 to 4 minutes, then stir and repeat.
  7. Remove from the heat and serve hot with grated cheese, salsa, hot sauce, and cilantro.
sadly lacking cilantro :( otherwise delicious!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

More window shopping

Since my job consists of testing ModCloth's website (and taking breaks often mean browsing the new arrivals), I get a good look at pretty much everything that comes along on the site. So why not keep track of my faves and share them with you guys? These are my favorite new items from this week. I haven't bought any of them (yet!) but I'll be sure to share if I do!

ModCloth favorites

  1. Bobbin to the Beat Dress - Since getting this red beauty, I'm in love with peter pan collars and simple A-line shapes. I love the muted florals paired with a bright collar and buttons on this one.
  2. For the Wind Dress - I have yet to find a maxi dress that looks good with my wide hips and relatively short legs, but I still love the color blocking and sleek silhouette here.
  3. I'll Have My Regular Dress - This is, unfortunately, too appropriately named. It looks very familiar, as if I already own it. A little too much my usual style, I'd say.
  4. Catch a Glimpse Heel - These are so bold and unique. I love almost everything about them - the color, the polka dots, the shape and height. The one thing I could do without is the lace. I'd probably need a good deal of practice before being able to actually walk in them.
  5. Love is in the Era Dress - Ooooh yes. If my curves didn't look so frumpy in shift dresses like this, I'd be all over it. I love 20s styles so very much and wish I could pull more of them off!
  6. Gondola Lift Tour Dress - This is the new long-sleeved sister of ModCloth's popular Coach Tour Dress. I hardly have any dresses with sleeves so this definitely caught my eye. Doesn't it look cozy?
  7. Cupcake Contest Shoulder Bag - This reminds me a lot of my other favorite bag. See #3, I have a thing for stripes.

Thanks to Polyvore for the awesome collage tools! And once again, I have no incentive for writing these posts other than having an outlet for all of my clothing lust - better to post than overflow my closet with even more clothes, right?