Catching Up (& Dinner At Aimee’s)!

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It’s been a few days since I last blogged about what I’ve been stuffing in my face, but for the most part, none of my nosh has been all that interesting — that is, with the exception of Sunday night’s dinner at Aimee and Greg Everett's house. Check out this grub:

Yes, the spread was INSANE. It wasn’t all Paleo, but it was gluten-free, ridiculously delicious, and prepared by Aimee, my Twitter BFF. 

I don’t know how it’s possible that someone can be that warm and funny, and just as skilled in the kitchen as she is on a lifting platform. Life isn’t fair, I tell ya.

Aimee must’ve been cooking for days, ‘cause there was enough to feed a small army of awesome weightlifting superstars (Jolie, Kara, Jessica, and Alyssa) — and me. Plus our kids.

Here’s a glimpse of just some of the food we enjoyed: Sausage-stuffed eggs, topped with avocado and crispy shoestrings…

…sliders on heirloom tomatoes and potatoes…

…cheesy chicken nachos(!)…

…sea bass with fig and mango salsa…

…chateaubriand with garlicky sautéed greens and carrots…

…fluffy cornbread…

…apple butter biscuits…

…and Aimee’s specialty: Gluten-free cupcakes!

I kind of pigged out. The night was a blur of eating, gabbing, and contrast dips in the pool and hot tub. Let’s just say Aimee throws a mean dinner party.

Fast-forward to yesterday (Tuesday) — my last full day off before another week of graveyard shifts.

To stave off the sniffles spreading around the boys’ schools, I’ve been prophylactically dosing everyone in the house with bone broth.

With Big-O at school, I hung out with my little one all morning. We met up with Lil-O’s preschool buddy at the park and soaked up the late summer rays — vitamin D, baby! — while scrambling around the playground.

After working up an appetite, we returned home for lunch. I grabbed some leftovers from the fridge: Roasted tomatoes

…and roast chicken, and chucked ‘em in a bowl. Quick, easy, satisfying — just the way I like it.

Not long after, the postman arrived in the afternoon with another book I ordered from Amazon: Bruce Aidells’ new Great Meat Cookbook. Just from a quick skim, I already know this tome’s going to occupy a place of honor on my shelf. It’s a fantastic resource, crammed with meat-tastic information and recipes from one of America’s preeminent meat mavens.

I wish I could’ve devoted a couple of hours to reading, but duty called: Lil-O’s polite but insistent requests for sweet potato bars (from Ashley Tudor’s book) couldn’t go unanswered.

Big-O came home from school with a friend, so I chaperoned a second playdate for the day. By dinnertime, I was spent, and had a hard time figuring out what to make. Kelp noodles? Some sort of stir-fry? Hanging out with small children all day had dulled my decision-making abilities.

But then Henry got home and closed the deal: “Baked eggs. With meat.”

Sounded good to me. I started by sautéing some diced onion and sliced mushrooms in ghee…

…before adding a package of sausage blend from Full of Life Farm.

After the meat was no longer pink, I threw in some baby kale…

…and poured some marinara sauce into the pan.

Once the saucy mixture was ready…

…I scooped it into ramekins…

…cracked an egg in each…

…seasoned with salt and pepper, and stuck ‘em in the oven at 400°F for about ten minutes.

Mmm…I love the combination of golden, gooey yolks, spicy meat, and tomato sauce — and it kept me from resorting to ordering takeout!

That’s all, folks!