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Stumbling, Bumbling, Delicious! 
Jul. 15, 2010 7:43 am 
Updated: Jul. 15, 2010 6:25 pm
I know this may sound terrifying, but there is a NEW THING I have found that is drawing me further into the deep, dark corners of the Internet. Like I need something else to help me consume the little bit of free time I get during the day? Oh well, at least it's fun.

It all started back in March. A friend of mine came to town and stayed with me and another friend of ours for a week. We spent that time exploring the fun parts of Dallas, taking pictures, cooking and watching RuPaul's Drag Race (if you haven't seen it, it's a horrendously funny guilty pleasure; think Project Runway meets America's Next Top Model, but with much more theatrical contestants).

One night, we all gathered around Caley's (my local friend) computer so she could show us this fun thing her cousin had introduced to her. StumbleUpon.

You create a little account and download a tool bar to your browser that lets you jump around from site to site, based on your interests, randomly. The point is to "stumble upon" sites that are interesting and relevant to you. You can favorite or dislike sites that you stumble across to help the program's algorithms direct you towards more sites that you would find interesting.

Why am I posting this on AllRecipes, you ask? Because there are several food-based interests you can check off, and it's a great way to find interesting food blogs and gorgeous food photography!

Trust me, I still love AllRecipes to death, but it's kind of a guilty pleasure (wow, revealing two guilty pleasures in one blog?) to randomly come across some delicious looking recipe and say, "I'm going to take a chance and try this!"

Earlier this week, I adapted a recipe I found for Simple Sesame Noodles (Note: that link will take you off to work with brown rice and made some teriyaki shrimp and veggie pot stickers to go with it. It was absolutely delicious even though I didn't have sesame oil (which I thought I did) or hot chili oil and substituted those for actual sesame seeds and ground hot chilies.

Last night I recalled an entry from a food blog I StumbledUpon about grilling avocados (Note: that link will take you off I love avocados and while my friend and I were out shopping for a few groceries to make dinner out of, I noticed organic avocados were on sale for $.89 each and decided it was time to try cooked avocados!

Here's what I did:

Ingredients -

2 large chicken breats, trimmed and flattened
2 tsp garlic grill seasoning
2 tbl avocado oil
2 small avocados, halved, seeded and scooped out of their skin
1/2 cup grated white queso cheese
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar
2 pan-toasted tortillas

How to cook -

Preheat the oven to 375. Heat the oil in a pan that you will be able to transfer into the oven to Medium-High/High. Sprinkle half of the garlic seasoning on the face-up side of your flattened chicken breasts and place the seasoned side down in the oil.

Quickly place the avocado halves flat-side down and sprinkle the chicken breasts and avocado halves with the remainder of the garlic seasoning.

Flip the chicken breasts (if you got the oil and pan nice and hot, it will only take a minute or two before they should be a nice, speckled brown) and cook for another minute or two until when checked, the bottom is speckled brown as well.

Take them off the heat and sprinkled the white queso cheese on first, then the cheddar.

Pop the pan into the preheated oven for about five to seven minutes, until the cheese is just starting to brown, then switch it to broil and watch it carefully for about 2 minutes to get a nice, light brown crust on top of the cheese.

Take it out of the oven and serve it on top of the toasted tortillas and you have yourself a tasty meal!

Just think, all of that came from randomly coming upon that blog post a week or two ago. All I had to buy was the avocados and the rest was stuff I already had in the fridge at home.

I'm going to try and get pictures up some time soon, but my sister borrowed my memory card reader, so I have about three weeks worth of pictures that I haven't been able to uploading, including tons of food pics. She also managed to borrow my battery charger, so I've been having to eat up non-reusable batteries while her and mother have been up north. So sad =( They'll be back in Texas on Friday though, so I'll be able to borrow it back ;-)

Hope everyone's been having a great week so far!
Jul. 15, 2010 8:25 am
Thanks for sharing! I love avocados and can't wait to try that recipe!
Jul. 15, 2010 8:38 am
Cool! I might have to give StumbleUpon a try. But I'd rather not get drawn into even more internet time!!! ~~**~~ I live in north Texas too, but sw of Fort Worth, so not too close to you. I usually only come to Dallas for concerts.
Jul. 15, 2010 8:54 am
shanon - It was great! Flash-frying, then baking them really transformed the flavor of the avocado into something even more delicious than it normally is! I'm going to HAVE to make the grilled avocados now. I have two more left from my shopping adventure last night, so I know what I'm doing with them tonight! Lynna - I set an alarm and only allow myself to partake in "stumbling" for 15 minutes each evening, if I decide to do it. It really is a cool idea, though. I actually have friends in the Fossil Creek area, so I'm over in Ft. Worth at least once every two weeks =)
Jul. 15, 2010 6:25 pm
I( love avocado in any shaoe or form and will absolutely try this recipe - it sounds so good. Do I really need another time waster? Oh, why not. Thanks!
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I've grown up in a family of amateur chefs. My dad is the grill maste, my mom is the oven improv queen, my grandmas are lean, mean baking machines, my uncles have great taste in wine and my aunts know how to cook for the masses. I used to love spending time in the kitchen with them when I was a kid; learning as I watched and helped them prepare meals. Now I have a pretty good sense of my own taste and cooking ability. I definitely have a love of baking and making sweets, mostly because it creates a great excuse to invite people over =) Other than that, I'm pretty adventurous in the kitchen. I love foods with strong, complex flavors. Growing up in Texas, I developed a taste for spicy food and can't get enough of it. Right now, I'm concentrating on healthy meals with balanced nutrition to help myself and my family get in great shape for this summer and the future =)
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I love to bake. Cooking anything is fun, but put a cake pan or some muffin tins in front of me and I just get excited =)
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I love all the baking tips I've gotten from my grandparents who are some of the best bakers EVER and the patience I've learned from my mother, who makes the best northern-style chili you will ever eat!
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I love to entertain and make tapas for parties. I think some of my greatest triumphs have been snack foods for parties and conventions ranging from Mediterranean shrimp croustinis to heart healthy blackberry mini-muffins =)
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Fondant. I have never been able to really get fondant down. I can usually make it alright, but something always goes wrong when I'm trying to use it. I'm very much a perfectionist, so when it doesn't look JUST RIGHT, it bugs me =P
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