Wednesday, April 23, 2014

my dinner: chili-garlic shrimp and quinoa

One look at Pinterest and you'd think the entire world is eating quinoa every night of their life. [BTW... if you're not familiar... it's pronounced keen-wah, which I embarrasingly learned after casually asking someone about kin-oh-uh.]

I decided to finally give it a whirl. I really should have come up with an easy dish to try first, but that's not my style. I had never even cooked raw shrimp before, but it was hella easy. So I found some plain quinoa [found by the rice, not the pasta] and this delicious recipe and went to work on a dinner for one.

Because I was too excited [/extremely flustered because reading and cooking is hard], I didn't get process-photos. Here's a look at the final dish, though!

The quinoa was a little undercooked but also burnt on the bottom of my pan, so I clearly need to read up on the proper ways to cook it, but the flavor was amazing! I didn't even use 1/4 of the butter sauce they recommended, and it was still one of the most flavorful things I've ever cooked.

Here is Pinch of Yum's recipe that feeds four, and a much better picture of a full dish.

-1 tbs olive oil
-1 lb of raw shrimp [I used Nature's Promise frozen shrimp]. Leave only the tails on
-1/2 cup finely chopped onion
-5 teaspoons of minced garlic
-2 cups of uncooked quinoa
-4 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
-6 tbs butter [they recommended salted, but I used unsalted and thought it was almost too salty]
-2 tsp chili powder
-fresh parsley for garnishing
-I also added 2 sliced green onions

1. Heat the oil and saute your onions until soft, about 3-5 minutes
2. Add in 2 tsp of garlic and saute for about a minute. 
3. Add in the uncooked quinoa, 1 tbs of chili power, salt and pepper [to taste] and stir for about a minute so the flavor really gets in there. 
4. Now add the broth and bring to a boil. Bring down the heat and cover... cook for 15 minutes stirring regularly. [And keep and eye on it... mine burnt pretty quickly after the broth was dried up.]
5. While the quinoa is cooking, cook the shrimp. Melt 1 tbs of butter in a skillet then add the shrimp. Sprinkle with 1 tbs of chili powder and saute until slightly browned. [When almost done, add 1 tsp of garlic to the pan.]
6. Melt 5 tbsp of butter and 2 tsp of garlic in the microwave. This will be drizzled on top. [Like I said, you could use about 1/2 of this and be good]
7. Put the shrimp on the quinoa, and drizzle the sauce on top and VOILA! 

When I made this, I thought the calorie count was going to be through the roof, but it's only 330 calories per serving! Take out some of that butter sauce and it's actually a pretty healthy meal! 

If you have any tips for cooking quinoa to perfection, I'd pay you in love for them!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

eTV: truth or dare with 5 seconds of summer

I finally found [or re-found, really..] something that seems to work and be fun and be "me" when it comes to visits from artists... a little Truth or Dare, duh!

Way back in the day, I played it with Raini and Rico Rodriguez [of Austin and Aly/Modern Family]... but now I've started doing it with the groups that come in while also getting their fans involved.

Yesterday we had 5 Seconds of Summer. They toured with One Direction and that's the same kinda fanbase they have. Imagine screaming girls showing up at 7am for a 3:00 event, then chasing the black cars into a major roadway or jumping into moving cars to chase them that way. Yeah. It's crazier than any stalking that I've done.

Watch as the guys have to do impressions of celebs, sing duets with listeners, and try to dodge truth questions like it's the okay thing to do.

It's fun, right?! I laugh a lot and die a little inside every time I watch the twerking and moonwalking... but we'll blame it on the carpet.. or... something.

Clearly I'll have to lay down some ground rules like "no trying to get out of answering a truth question, even if you can't think of one." I also wanna start getting everyone involved in picking out what the cards/options are... so start thinking!


Monday, April 21, 2014

what you mighta missed 042114

No one likes starting a new week... so let's relive everything of last week so that you're all caught up.

That's all for now! Now back to the grind of a new week... sigh.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

video: my interview with icona pop

Icona Pop came in to perform for some of my "DC VIPs" [AKA listeners who won] last week, and I got to ask a couple quick questions before they performed.

I took out all the awkward answers, but I would never omit my two favorite questions to ask: What it was like the first time they heard their song on the radio and when they've had a fangirling moment. We also talked about dongs, of course.

Somehow.. there weren't really any ridiculous screenshots than I came across! That's gotta be a first.

If you wanna see their full performance, and a more in depth interview with Toby, click here!

I was really impressed with their performance! And for only having about 10 people in the room, they were all having a great time! I was also impressed that I never had to ask them to repeat themselves because of their accents.


PS I'm still very much in a transition period here. It's hard to find your niche in a legendary station! I've got some more ideas to try out [specifically talking about interviews here], but in the meantime I'm playing the role of extremely tough coach on myself. And this is probably one of those paragraphs I should normally leave out of a blog, but... well... here we are. So thank you for following me through so many transitions through the years. I freaking love you.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

what i've been wearing but not sharing

I've been pretty good about actually getting dressed and putting together outfits I'm proud of on a daily basis, but most of the time I never get a chance to take out the camera. Sometimes I get a quick selfie as I walk out the door, though.. and now I'm just going to do a round-up of a bunch of those!

This was a day I didn't have any time to plan anything out, but somehow it still worked! 
-gray tee with an open back exposing my red cami from Kohl's
-red jeans from Papaya
-flats from Charlotte Russe [I think]
-skull earrings from White Owl Boutique
-necklace from Charlotte Russe

This was before I got my new chambray shirt and I was pissed I didn't have one that fit cuz I really enjoyed this outfit otherwise. 
-arrow earrings from F21
-chambray shirt from Target
-green jeans from Charlotte Russe
-terrible gray boots from JustFab
-silver bar necklace from Charlotte Russe

When I need to look decent but don't wanna put in any effort, I reach for one of my three wrinkle-free [mostly] button downs. 
-shirt from Belk for $6!
-Express jeans from TJ Maxx
-booties from Target
-new favorite necklace from Charlotte Russe
-Kate Spade radio bracelet that a listener sent me! [still my favorite thing ever]

As you can see, Slutty Cat is not cool with me taking selfies without her involved... skank. 
-extremely versatile sweatshirt from Target
-green jeans from CR
-lace up boots from JustFab [also terribly uncomfortable but worth the wear]

All of my new go-to's from the past couple months in one outfit!
-tribal graphic tank from American Eagle
-Express jeans via TJ Maxx
-purple-ish leather jacket from Target

Loved this color-palette for Fall! Keep it in mind for later!
-camel tank from F21
-mustard cardi from Papaya
-green jeans from CR
-Steve Madden camel boots 
-leopard scarf from CR

YAY for meeting some Redskins Cheerleaders! And for that fab new shirt. 
-embroidered shirt from Target clearance
-purple jeans from F21
-lace up boots from JustFab

I felt terrible for not having any Nationals gear for the first game, but I have plenty red, white and blue!
-My first ever jean jacket from my clothing swap
-white burn-out tee from Kohl's
-red jeans from Papaya
-fake Keds from Target

The easiest shirt I own. Never wrinkles, covers up any bloating, and looks mostly decent. 
-shirt from F21
-Express jeans via TJ Maxx
-booties from Target clearance
-pink necklace from CR [I think]

And excited for the return of don't-have-to-shave maxi season!
-skirt from CR
-plain blue tee from F21
-necklace from CR
-had aqua sandals from Macy's

I've decided to leave my entire photoshoot set-up out in my living room 24/7 now so I can easily make things happen from now on. Wish me luck.


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