Shirtless Sam Champion

It’s Friday! And while the Today Show is waving it’s “We Support Abusers” flag, by dancing and singing along with Chris Brown’s live performance, you’re probably wondering A: What’s on Good Morning America, and B: What you’re doing this weekend!

I’ve seen Sam Champion (the weatherman from GMA) up close and personal without his shirt on, and I think, if we give him enough uppers, he could take Chris Brown…it’s a nice thought. I’m generally not a “fight violence with violence” type of person, but surviving a bad ex myself; sometimes, I just envision a world where the abused women get to pull out their abusers eyelashes, and tattoo “I have a small penis” on their forehead. Call me petty.

I don’t think I’ll go on some sort of boycott of “Today”, but I am not watching today. There should never be a place in this world where we celebrate abuse by singing and dancing to his music. Do you think he was  singing in his head while shoving Rhianna’s face into the window? The dick who thought I was his personal stress-relief ball mostly whistled through his teeth. Every time I hear someone do that now, I instinctively shirk backward. If Chris Brown gets a “Today” feature, does the ass who hit me get a plaque? All he’ll probably get is another DUI.

Off the subject of assholes, because I want to have a good day. I am fairly certain most of you are grilling and cooking out this weekend. I have a super healthy, super delicious dish to bring. You can make it even more low calorie by subbing out some of the potatoes in the potato salad with lightly blanched carrots and broccoli. YUM.

Roasted Potato and Avocado salad with tomato, cilantro, yogurt dressing. This is addictive. Once you make potato salad with roasted instead of boiled potatoes, you’ll never go back. They’re too good.

roasted potato avocado salad with tomato, cilantro, and yogurt dressing

by Cat Tan

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Keywords: appetizer salad side vegetarian summer

Ingredients (10 servings)

  • 2 lbs baby red potatoes, quarted
  • 1 whole, ripe avocado, diced
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, mashed
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • juice of half a lemon
  • zest of one lemon
  • tiny drizzle of ollive oil
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt (I used 0% chobani plain)
  • 1/3 cup pureed tomatoes with juices
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

roast the quartered potatoes with salt and the TINIEST drizzle of olive oil in a 425F oven until cooked and crisp

let cool

in a measuring cup, whisk together tomatoes, yogurt, vinegar, salt and pepper, honey, lemon juice, and lemon zest

combine chopped onions, scallions, avocado, cilantro, and potatoes in a large bowl

toss with dressing

refrigerate and serve.

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Merry Drapermas!

Merry Drapermas! Tonight should be an official holiday. A holiday where we celebrate with bribery, liquid lunches, cocktail parties, pearls, high-waisted skirts, and less-than-virtuous experiences with ad men that are recently separated from their batshit crazy wives. Sounds like a good time to me. Please pass the gin, and delicious, gray eyed, Don Draper (mix well for best results)

I am all ready. In preparation for today’s banananess, I ran a tenner yesterday–on a treadmill–that, my lovelies; is dedication. It’s also possible I got lost in another book. It’s also possible I thought the protagonist might die. It’s also possible they got to a realllly steamy scene in the book and I blushed on the treadmill hoping no one could hear what was going into my ears. I felt like the guy watching porn on the library computer. I simply ran harder to explain my blush. The fear of being found out served me well; I ran 10 miles in 77 minutes, with most of my splits falling under 8 minutes. I followed that up with some much needed stretching and strength training, focusing on upper body supersets and abs. I feel like an overstretched rubber band today. I’m ready for some booze and finger foods.

crap form because I was taking a picture of myself.

As for my part in the party, I told you yesterday I’d be dressing in my 60′s finest. Here is a sneak peek.

My boobs are padded, but my hip pads were uncomfortable.

Obligatory “looking off into the distance” “Mad Men” shot. I think the barbiturates might clog their vision.

It’s also Sunday Funday, meaning I get to have a sweet treat or two. Today’s sweet treat is a nod to the classic rice krispie treat, but twisted and messed up.

I give you the Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cheerio Treats.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter cheerio treats

by Cat Tan

Keywords: no bake dessert bars

Ingredients

  • 1 package of marshmallows
  • 3 TBSP butter
  • 6 cups of peanut butter cheerios
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup DARK chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

crush 1 cup of the cheerios roughly, this will act as a binder in the mix

melt the butter and marshmallows in a large pot on medium until it forms a thick goo

add in the peanut butter cheerios and crushed pb cheerios and stir

stir in pb and dark chocolate chips

pour in greased 9″-13″ pan

let set

melt white chocolate chips in the microwave

drizzle over treats

let set

cut and serve

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Tell Me I’m not the only one super excited for “Mad Men”?

What is your favorite cereal from your childhood? (mine is Corn Flakes.)

A Bourbon Nooner

I am in so much pain today it’s incredible. GOOOOOD pain. Sure, I can’t sit down on the sofa without whining, but this is the kind of pain that hurts.so.good.

Yesterday I leaped through the air to catch a rope, climbed a rope and rock wall, shot LOTS of arrows (over 88% accuracy rate) and ran my ass off. I thought about coming home and eating only slightly cooked grouse, in honor of my new status as “I could totally survive at least the first day of the Hunger Games”, but I went with spaghetti. It seemed more appetizing. I am so glad they’re are two more movies and three DVD releases because that means WAY more “Hunger Games” workouts. I swear, it didn’t even feel like I was working out. The music was pumping, the activities were fast and furious, and it was exciting! When was the last time your workout was EXCITING? (the ones you do OUTSIDE of the bedroom)

I always feel more energized about working out when I am trying something new. A new class, a new routine, a new goal to work toward. Even if I fail miserably, and can’t walk the next day-I feel accomplished. After multiple “Hunger Games” workouts? I am ready to STORM THE CAPITOL. Or maybe; just watch the movie.

I promise, I’ll try to calm the “Hunger Games” talk after I see this thing tonight. My poor husband, he frequently has to deal with a myriad of hypothetical questions posed to him based on whatever I am reading, but this has been a lot even for me.

“If you were brainwashed, do you think you could get past it and still be in love with me?”

“If you were dying of blood poisoning and didn’t want me to risk my life to get you medicine, would you be mad if I drugged you to go get you some?”

I think he’s looking forward to Saturday and Sunday (Mad Men prep) when I ask him questions about having sex and drinking bourbon in the middle of the day. He much prefers to have talk about having sex and (me) drinking bourbon. I like to fancy myself a Joan, without the AMAZING body.

Since I can’t have her body, I’ll do the next best thing, I’ll make an afternoon cocktail. I’ll serve that afternoon cocktail with delicious cheese straws.

Spicy cheese straws.

Spicy Cheese Straws

by Cat Tan

Keywords: bake blender appetizer snack vegetarian

Ingredients

  • one stick of butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cup shredded cheese (I used mexican blend)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 TBSP milk
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp Frank’s Red Hot
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

preheat oven to 325

pulse all ingredients in food processor until it just comes together, slightly wetter than a pie crust

wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for one hour

roll out into 1/4″ thick rectangle

slice with a pizza cutter into 1/2″ strips

place on parchment lined cookie sheet

pinch the straws in 1″ intervals to crimp

bake for 25 minutes or until the edges just start to brown.

let cool entirely before removing from rack.

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