Bye, Bye Deposit

After lunch, we headed back towards the house with a pit-stop at my favorite grocery store!


The Huz was super ninja today and took some pictures! But he got a talking to for it! Apparently it is a problem if we use pictures for commercial use. This blog isn’t commercial so I think we are good. 🙂

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Loot included: wakame, tahini, eggplant, arugula, a $9 heirloom tomato (1.5 lbs!), Oregon dijon, capers, chicken breasts, and pearled barley.

I love that Central makes it really easy to shop local, gluten-free, and vegan by labeling everything on the shelves!


Why can’t all grocers do this?!


Did you guys know that there is now a website devoted to just to Healthy Living Blogs? It is a great index of blogs – alphabetical, by location, etc. If you have a blog, please add it! I would love to see this site grow and be a complete resource for finding blogs! None of the blogs I read are even on there yet!


We continued to take advantage of the gorgeous day today by grilling up some chicken for dinner.

I used a recipe I’ve used a couple of times now: Cooking Light (circa July 2009) Barbeque Chicken with Mustard Glaze.


  • 2  tablespoons  dark brown sugar
  • 2  teaspoons  garlic powder
  • 2  teaspoons  chili powder
  • 1  teaspoon  smoked paprika
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  cup  ketchup
  • 1  tablespoon  dark brown sugar
  • 1  tablespoon  sherry or red wine vinegar
  • 1  tablespoon  Dijon mustard
  • 8  (6-ounce) skinless, bone-in chicken thighs  2 chicken breasts, filleted into 6 pieces
  • Cooking spray


1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Combine ketchup and next 3 ingredients (through mustard) in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.

2. Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Rub spice mixture evenly over chicken thighs. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; (We cooked these on the grill instead!) cook 12 minutes. Turn chicken over. Brush with half of ketchup mixture; cook 12 minutes. Turn chicken over. Brush with remaining ketchup mixture; cook 2 minutes or until a thermometer registers 165°.

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To go with, I tried a new recipe from Eating Well: Corn & Basil Cakes

  • 1/2 cup white whole-wheat flour (see Note) or all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup low-fat soymilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 2 large ears; see Tip) or frozen
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  1. Whisk flour, milk, eggs, 1 tablespoon oil, baking powder, salt and pepper in a medium bowl until smooth. Stir in corn and basil.
  2. Brush a large nonstick skillet lightly with some of the remaining 1 tablespoon oil; heat over medium heat until hot (but not smoking). Cook 4 cakes at a time, using about 1/4 cup batter for each, making them about 3 inches wide. Cook until the edges are dry, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until golden brown on the other side, 1 to 3 minutes more. Repeat with the remaining oil and batter, making 10 cakes total. Reduce the heat as necessary to prevent burning.


Tangent: I currently have subscriptions to Eating Well, Vegetarian Times, and Cooking Light. When I read the magazine, I rip out the recipes I want to try. When I do my meal planning, I flip through the stack and pick what I want to make that week. I knew I wanted to try these Corn Cakes. In the magazine, it recommended trying it with BBQ chicken or steak – that’s what made me decide to try that BBQ chicken recipe again!

I served the cakes on a bed of lightly steamed spinach for some green.


I really liked the corn cakes! But anything with corn and/or basil, I’ll probably love!

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Plus another corn cake!


Before dinner, we walked to check the mail and got a really disappointing/angering letter from our former landlady. Basically, she’s saying that we aren’t getting our deposit back. She used it all for cleaning services, carpet cleaners, painting, etc. It’s total bullshit. We spent over 4 hours cleaning the place before we left. The figures aren’t adding up to us. It’s really agitating. We are really disappointed. Really. Jodus spent an hour on the phone with her trying to make sense of it and basically, we are screwed. She has an iron-clad lease and taking her to Small Claims would be worthless. We were really hoping to use the deposit return to pay down a credit card. We are incredibly frustrated. We took such good care of that place and had such a good relationship with our landlady. We are totally bummed.

It called for a beer.


Or 3.


(Do you like my new garage-sale-find table? We have it out by the front door stoop with our cheesy cheap-o plastic chairs!)


Off to watch our first ever blu-ray! And drink our sorrows away.


2 Responses

  1. yummo. those corn cakes look pretty good.

  2. Wow, those corn cakes look so great! I’ve never even heard of anything like that .

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