Times flies…

It’s been over a month! Seriously, I am so sorry. I have definitely crafted, consumed, purchased, and drank plenty of delectable items for the blog, but (in a positive way) I have been so busy with life away from the blog, I just simply haven’t had the time and energy to post.

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You see… I love the West Coast. I pretty much made a life promise with the Big One Upstairs, or downstairs, or where ever, that I would get my butt out there. Or else I would shrivel up and turn into dust in this 100+ Kansas heat.

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Then I took Marcus to the West Coast.

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He loved it.

And then we both went to Portland.

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We feel in L.O.V.E.

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And WE ARE MOVING IN 1 WEEK!

So, I do apologize for being busy with this move, but I swear it will be worth it.

I can’t wait to show you all the wonderful bounties of the mild West Coast climate and indulge in all of the fruits of the coast…

Just hold on tight with us while we make the craziest life adjustments since we popped out of our mothers.

It’s going to be an awesome ride!

Roasted Tomato Salsa

Sometimes, all you want is a big bowl of chips and salsa. Margaritas sipping on the side, salty chips in hand, and tongue-tingling salsa all add up to a terrific oasis of paradise away from the mundane, all-too-soon work week.

Roasted Tomato Salsa

I can thank a local restaurant chain for making us addicted to Margarita Mondays. Each week, I find myself craving tacos, salsa, enchiladas, queso dip, and lime-infused cocktails. I might even think fajitas are a good idea if I’m super hungry. Margarita Monday is almost a semi-religious event that we take very seriously around here.

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Chewy Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips

This past weekend, there was a new addition to The Food Grind household.

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Graduating from college can definitely have it’s perks.

And to break-in my new KitchenAid (who am I kidding, this thing doesn’t need any breaking in, it’s a beast) I baked up some brownies.

Chewy Brownies with PB Chips

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Havana Grilled Pork Chops

Afternoons filled with food like this define feel-good. Bright flavors, colors, and the smell of burning charcoals under sizzling pork.

Havana Grilled Pork Chops

Pork always seems indulgent. Maybe it’s Americans obsession with bacon, BBQ, and comfort food that make a good cut of pork seem so much better than just a regular ol’ chicken dinner.

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Chipotle Halibut with Mango Salsa

One thing that I have grown to love about living with Marcus: his cooking. I mean, of course I love food and cooking just as much, but sometimes it’s simply amazing to be fed a home-cooked meal that you didn’t even lift a finger to create. 

Chipotle Halibut with Mango Salsa

Also, with late schedules, and few nights off together, we always try to have a nice meal ready for each other when work is finally done. It’s a nice, small gesture that we both enjoy.

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Oven Roasted BBQ Chicken

Summer has already began here in Manhattan. With only the townies buzzing around town, Manhattan takes on a laid-back charm unrecognizable during the school year. Aggieville is quiet during the week, even on Thursday night, and Anderson/Bluemont causes far less road rage. I love walking around campus during this time of year, appreciating the time I have spent inside the numerous halls, remembering old friends and experiences.

While I can’t wait to be out of Kansas and moving to West Coast, I am far too sentimental to move on without feeling I am leaving a small part of me behind. The summer time feeling that has swept over Manhattan reminds me of good food, good friends, and good weather.

Oven Roasted BBQ Chicken

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Graduation Weekend

Graduation Weekend

This weekend, I finally became a K-State Graduate, and have been extremely busy with celebrating and ceremonies!
We will have new posts coming up later this week, after all the friends and family make their way back home, and the leftovers are all eaten.