Since it’s Giada Week, I thought, I gotta try one of Giada’s recipes! The recipe I picked was the Almond Crunch Brittle (see p. 163 of the Feb. 2011 issue of Redbook). I can’t really eat sugar this week—talk about the hardest Valentine’s week EVER—but I made this little treat for my Valentine, Rick. Unfortunately, I botched the whole batch. I boiled the water and sugar, poured it over the almonds in a pan, and then the mixture turned back into granulated sugar. Wet, sticky grainy sugar. It was gross. I ended up making my sweetie a marble box cake. And I did eat a piece too. FOR SHAME! [heading for a confession booth—which is really a treadmill in diet world]
On the plus side, I’ve already lost another pound and it’s only the middle of the week. [booty celebration]
Another recipe I tried from Redbook is from the LOOK, COOK, EAT! section. The recipe I tried—while taking a few liberties—was “Farfalle with sausage, roasted peppers, and arugula”. My version should be called, “Egg noodles with pan-fried chicken, sauteed peppers and red onion, and spinach leaves.” I used what I had. [shrug] It tasted amazing and felt light. The meal wasn’t a lump of carbs that sat in my stomach for hours.