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this week’s eats

Hello and happy weekend! First things first: the Talenti challenge continues. Ciao Bella is our fiercest competitor yet, and I was impressed by its authentic pistachio taste. But I felt like the amount of pistachio crunch just didn’t hold up to Talenti’s, and it fell on the icier side rather than creamy. At the exact same price per ounce, I still think Talenti wins this round. If you have any pistachio ice cream/gelato brands I should try, let me know! I think I’ve exhausted almost every kind out there, and my life is losing direction without new ice creams to look forward to.

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Now that the tough issues are out of the way, let’s go for a run! Gorgeous weather here this week. Yesterday I made it out for a quick four miles (four seems to be my magic number lately).

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I’m getting a little bored of my usual routes around town and am setting a goal to change it up this weekend! Perhaps a drive to a new trail would be fun. Do you guys usually stick to the same old routes, or do you switch things up? When I lived in the heart of DC, I had so many different routes available to me because of all the parks, street lights, and sidewalks. In Nashville I didn’t really have that luxury and Ashburn is kind of the same. I miss Rock Creek Park and the National Mall, but at the same time I love having a garage and being five minutes away from Costco. It’s a real struggle.

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On to dinner! I guess we were a hungry bunch this week because I ended up cooking every single night. No leftovers to lean on!

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This shrimp lo mein was one of my favorite meals of the week. Topped with sriracha for extra spice!

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On Wednesday night I re-purposed some of the roasted squash/chicken from earlier in the week. Butternut squash-pumpkin sauce over cheese tortellini and topped with… you guessed it, more cheese :)

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Last night I tackled our final Cook Smarts meal on the weekly menu. Speaking of which, CS is offering three free meal plans, 30% off meal plan purchases with the code JOYFULEATS, and also offering gift subscriptions for the holidays. Those are affiliate links, but you guys know I loved this service long before I earned anything for endorsing them :)

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I’ve never been able to replicate the flavors of Indian food you’d get at a restaurant (or in India, I guess), but this chicken tikka masala was a close attempt! I think more butter and cream, plus a side of garlic naan, would have taken it to the next level. The lighter at-home version was still worthy of seconds, though :)

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Off to the gym, a doctor’s appointment, and a holiday party today — followed by two more holiday potluck dinners this weekend — yikes! Time to put on my kitchen game face for a double batch of real pumpkin pies. Second question of the day: What makes the best pie crust: vegetable shortening, butter, or lard? I’ll let you know what I decide on Monday!

2 thoughts on “this week’s eats

  1. My sister-in-law told me that {I think} America’s Test Kitchen said that a mix of butter and shortening makes the best crust. Butter for the flavor and shortening for the flakiness. That said, I use shortening. I find it easier to work with than butter.

    • Yes I think I’ve heard old Chris Kimboll recommend that, but now that he quit ATK and is all “Subscribe to my Milk Street magazine” I don’t trust him quite as much anymore ;). Maybe I’ll try the half-half approach next time!

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