Food Comedy

Here are some food and diet related clips I’ve seen recently on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Enjoy!

*EDIT* Well, it looks like I can’t put the actual clips on my site, but if you click the link it will take you directly to the video. They are very funny, definitely check them out!

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
The Hunger Shame
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook
The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Cheating Death – Crash Diet Feeding Tubes & Scrotum Gel Injections
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Back in Black – Artisanal Foods
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook
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Restaurant Review: Sagra Trattoria & Bar

Calabrese vesuzio pizza at sagra

Calabrese vesuvio pizza

How has everyone’s week been? Most school kids in Texas are on spring break right now, and I am no exception. My week has been a fantastic blur of music, food, and friends! I hope yours is going just as well πŸ™‚

On Wednesday a friend from San Marcos dropped by to spend the day together. We started our evening at Happy Hour at Sagra Trattoria & Bar, a cute little fancy Italian restaurant nestled on San Antonio near 17th st. Their happy hour runs on Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 and features half priced pizzas and $2 off specialty drinks. To participate, you have to sit on the patio or at the bar. Since it was a relatively fine Texas afternoon, we sat on the front patio. What I saw of the inside was really cute– white walls, white table cloths and very tall black booths. It seemed very clean.

My friend, Adrienne, has food allergies, and the server was very accommodating of them– he even wrote them all down (she has quite a few) and would double check with the chef before serving us anything. He even helped us choose a wine to drink by giving us samples of a total of three different kinds before we chose. He was a great server! I am sorry I don’t remember his name!

To drink, we both went with a quartino (a “glass and a half,” recommended by our server) of white wine, which was poured into our glasses by their “wine specialist.” Apparently wine is very serious business to them.

Our meal started with some complimentary French bread and a white bean dip. I thought the bread was dry and the bean dip was sour– like there was too much wine in it. I didn’t eat much. Fortunately, the melted blue cheese and chocolate drizzled “bruschetta” we ordered was a much better appetizer.

blue cheese and chocolate bruschetta at sagraBlue cheese and chocolate bruschetta

Full priced at $11 and up, I thought the wood fired pizzas would be enough for two. They were more “personal” sized. I would think it was a total rip off a la fancy restaurant if not for the happy hour prices, which I was more than willing to pay. I went with the classic Margherita pizza (San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella, olive oil, basil) and Adrienne went with the Calabrese Vesuvio pizza (Spicy salami, mozzarella,capers, olives, peperoncini, tomato sauce, folded). All the pizza options sounds absolutely amazing, and our pizzas tasted wonderful, although I thought mine could have used a little more olive oil.

margherita pizza at sagraMargherita pizza

We ended our meal with a Pera Sfoigliatelle, a pear and cherry pastry served with vanilla gelato and covered in a caramel drizzle. It was to die for! The pastry was perfectly tender and flaky and yet not too sweet. I only wish they gave us more gelato.

pera sfoigliatelle at sagra

Pera sfoigliatelle

I don’t think it was just the wine going to my head– I had an absolutely lovely time at Sagra and recommend happy hour to everyone. And if you have the money, I’m sure their regular service is just as great. I will be back. πŸ™‚



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Kale Carbonara

I put a twist on the tasty carbonara (recipe here!) by adding blanched kale to the pasta in the final steps, along with a couple tablespoons of butter and a sprinkling of cayenne paper. I kept the egg out of the actual sauce and tried poaching some for the first time- it was a success! I got the idea from those ridiculous new Macaroni Grill commercials.While still super delicious, poaching the egg didn’t give me enough of the sauce that I was looking for, so next time I’ll mix it in with the pasta at the end. Other than that, my only complaint is not adding more kale- it’s delicious!

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Toiletpaper Throwdown

I find it kind of sad that forests are cut down to make something as asinine as toilet paper. With America’s unique cry for soft, plush luxury toilet paper brands like Cottonelle Ultra, Quilted Northern Ultra, and Charmin Ultra comes the felling of many trees, because companies say plush TP can only be made from the fiber of standing trees, not recycled paper.

Unless you have hemorroids (I’m serious), you should be able to get by without toilet paper as soft as a month-old puppy’s fur. I’m not saying to go full sandpaper mode, just downgrade your softness by a notch or two.

If you had to choose between two packages of toilet paper identical in size, price, softness, and quality, but one was recycled and one was made from a standing tree, why not choose the recycled one? I would love to hear your opinions.

Recycled TP brands vary widely by quality so in my search to find the best 100% recycled brand, I noted price, softness, and availability.

100% Recycled Toilet Paper Ratings

White Cloud GreenEarth
Exclusively at Walmart
Wow! I almost want to doubt this is 100% recycled because this brand is as soft and plush as the brands I was bashing above. GreenEarth is thick, soft, durable, and cheap! Also available at almost all the Walmarts in the Austin area.

Green Forest
Found at Wheatsville, HEB
This brand is both cheap and soft, but on the downside it is thin, so you may have to use a little more to get the job done.

365 Brand Toilet Paper
Exclusively at Whole Foods
Whole Food’s recycled TP is thick, durable, and cheap, but what it gains in thickness it loses in softness.

Seventh Generation
Found at HEB, Whole Foods
I feel like Seventh Generation is the most widely distributed brand, so kudos to them. However, it is almost always more expensive than other brands while the quality is not that great. A standard in recycled TP.

CVS Brand Toilet Paper
Exclusively at CVS
The only positives to the toilet paper are that it is cheap and widely available. This TP is thin, rough, and low grade. I imagine this is kind of bath tissue you get in prison. I only recommend this brand if you are in a recycled TP emergency. I’m not sure what constitutes a recycled TP emergency, though.

I have yet to see or try Marcal Small Steps. Let me know your experiences with this brand or any others I’ve left out.

Happy wiping! πŸ˜›

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Frozen Burritos

Now that the spring semester has started, I foresee many nights like the ones last Fall where I relied on Wendy’s to fuel me during all day study sessions (and periods of laziness).

After a while, fast food really takes a toll on the wallet and the health. I gained weight, and even though I’ve never had more than the occasional pimple, come late December my pockmarked face almost horrified me more than the thought of Rick Perry as president. Almost.

To combat this, I’m starting to make meals in advance to freeze. Frozen burritos is my first venture, and I think they turned out pretty good.

To make them, I grilled two chicken breasts with fajita seasoning on a george foreman grill and cooked rice with diced jalapenos and red bell peppers. I combined the two with pinto beans and shredded cheddar in a whole wheat tortilla, wrapped the whole thing with foil, and tossed them in the freezer. There ended up being 8 total and it only took me about 30 minutes.

After 3 minutes in my stone age microwave, they are ready to eat.

Other frozen meals ideas:
– soup and chili in individual portions
– marinated meat for bulgogi in individual portions
– quiche
– veggie meatloaf

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Kale, the woman’s vegetable

Kale is a type of cabbage related to collard greens, brussels sprouts, and broccoli. It may just be my new favorite vegetable, which isn’t surprising since I love broccoli and brussel sprouts so much. And it’s a good thing too- this powerhouse vegetable is packed with nutrients and has unique properties that are especially beneficial for women.

A 1 cup serving of cooked kale is an excellent source of the fat soluble vitamins K & E, is rich in vitamin C and manganese, and also contains a fair amount of fiber and calcium. All of the nutrients in Kale serve many functions, but I’m going to try and limit the benefits to the ones that are helpful for women’s health.

Vitamin K promotes bone formation and repair, which may help prevent osteoporosis. Osteoporosis, the thinning of bone tissue, is a common problem among older women. Exercise and a healthy diet that includes calcium and the vitamins K and D are essential to building bone density while young and keeping it as you age.

Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant vital for eye and skin health. As an antioxidant, vitamin A fights against damage in the body and skin caused by the sun, pollution, and regular aging. Regular intake of this vitamin helps prevent wrinkles, fine lines, and even acne. You can eat your way to beautiful skin πŸ™‚ This vitamin also supports healthy bones and is important for fetal growth during pregnancy. FYI: vitamin A in its pure form (in supplements) is toxic with a prolonged intake of large doses!

Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that promotes graceful aging in conjunction with vitamin E. It is critical to the formation of collagen, a protein found in connective tissue including the skin. Without vitamin C, collagen formation will stop and the skin will not be able to repair itself. Vitamin C also enhances the absorption of iron to help prevent or reverse the anemia that affects so many females today.

Manganese is a trace mineral that helps the body utilize vitamin C, E, and iron. It is important in bone formation and reproductive health, especially during lactation.

As a cruciferous vegetable, Kale helps prevent cancer when eaten regularly. More specifically, Kale lowers the risk of breast, ovary, colon, bladder, and prostate cancer due to its abundance of nutrients and the phytochemical glucosinolate, which the body converts to a special cancer preventative compound.

Eaten raw, kale is bitter and tough, but a little time in the kitchen brings out its a natural sweetness (same goes for men LoL). I was first introduced to kale many years ago in a delicious stew my dad made from a magazine recipe. I recreated the stew for a project in 6th grade and my teacher loved it so much, she asked to share it with all the other teachers at lunch. ^^

Here is my version of the recipe, a rich, hearty, and slightly spicy stew that will warm you up during these chilly winter months. You’ll need a big ol’ pot for this- I got to use that beautiful green dutch oven again πŸ˜€


Kale Stew
Measurements are approximate.

1-2 teaspoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
2-3 bulbs garlic, diced
4-5 links jalapeno sausage, sliced (don’t buy low fat sausage because the fat helps absorption of the skin-loving fat soluble vitamins <3)
2-3 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
1 can cooked beans, drained (I used white beans, lima or black are also good)
1 bunch curly kale, washed, destemmed, and chopped
2-4 cups broth or water
other vegetables as you see fit (carrots and celery would be tasty)
salt, pepper, and cayenne powder to taste to taste.

1. After heating up the pot and olive oil, brown sausage on both sides. Add onion and cook until translucent, then add garlic and cook until fragrant.
2. Add all other ingredients except kale, making sure broth covers all ingredients. Bring to a boil then simmer until potatoes are cooked.
3. Add kale and continue to simmer just until it loses it’s bright color, or until it is no longer bitter.

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Ground Turkey vs. Beef; Kerbey Lane’s GF Pancakes

On Monday night, I made chili for the first time using my parents’ beautiful green dutch oven. I can’t even describe how gorgeous it is– I found myself smiling at it all Sunday night, just waiting until I could use it. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has love affairs with cooking utensils.

Although it may be considered blasphemy, I used ground turkey instead of beef because I bought into the belief that it’s healthier.

Here’s the thing; it’s not. If you compared the nutrition info of 93/7 turkey (what I used), and 93/7 beef, you’ll see that they are practically the same for a 4 oz serving. While the beef has one more gram of saturated fat, it actually has a little more protein, less sodium, and less cholesterol. The only thing really that changes the healthiness of the meat is what fat content you buy it at, not what kind.

There are other things to take into consideration when choosing beef or turkey, such as the flavor, their diet, how sustainable they are to raise, and the iron content, but my bottom line is don’t be afraid of the beef! Yum πŸ™‚

On a side note, I recently tried out an apple cinnamon gluten-free pancake at Kerbey Lane and I give it an A+! The rice flour based pancake had a wonderful wheat-germy/corn-mealy texture that complimented the apple cinnamon flavor well. The price difference between regular pancakes is less than a dollar and they even sell the mix alongside their regular pancake mixes. Bravo, Kerbey Lane- you are on my good side once again.

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