I am always looking for healthy ways to feed my little family... and do it affordably. I have never been a huge fan of shredded chicken until I started making it! My husband and I can eat off this for $6 a week! The possibilities are endless - BBQ chicken, chicken soft tacos, pesto chicken, pasta... you get the drift! If you get the breasts on sale, you can get them for like $3. But, most weeks, I'll spend $6 for 3 big chicken breasts... and it feeds us for several days.
The best thing is that I cranked out the ole crockpot. So, I basically did nothing in terms of work.
1. First you get your chicken. You'll save money with the skin on... and it will separate anyway. I have done chicken breasts and chicken quarters. I prefer white meat because it cooks so well in the crockpot. But as you see in pic 2, you can also use frozen skinless chicken breasts. I also poured a can of chicken broth inside.
2. Turn it on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. I also threw in a pinch of salt, sugar, pepper and thyme. Whatever works! I don't really think the time is a big deal because I've definitely left it on high for much longer on accident and it always turns out fine.
3. Whip out your gloves! You don't have to, but I like touching my food without touching my food. These handy gloves come from the Asian market.
4. Shred it, baby!
5. It's up to you if you want to resist giving some scraps to your dogs... 6.
6. But truthfully, there aren't very many scraps. You waste hardly anything!
MADISON MAGAZINE: Manna Gotta Have it!
FUN FACT: People have been known to drive up to two hours to order an oatmeal pancake at this cafe in Madison!
The latest issue of Madison Magazine features a wonderful eatery and some even better people! I recently wrote an article on Manna Cafe. Barb Pratzel has such a lovely spirit. She taught me about egg cookery, Madison history, and some of the things I never knew about Jewish breads.
Read the article
You have got to go there! If you go on the weekends, you can grab a bialy. Their matzo ball soup is also very unique... I won't share their secret ingredient! And, they have so many delicious gluten-free baked goods.
A Madison gem!
Just try it: The Walking Taco
The next time you decide to throw a party (whether it's an office party or something super cool...) try walking tacos!
We just did this at work. I wanted to take my own pictures, but I was so into it, that I totally forgot.
How does it work? Simple. You get bags of Fritos or Doritos. You use them like you would taco shells. Crunch up the chips, open the bag, and all the ingredients for a taco salad.
Cheap and easy! We loved it. We were actually trying to figure out what else you could 'walk' with. Chili? Gotta think about it. Just Google search it if you still have questions! Or leave a comment!
I actually wasn't much of a girly girl or a tom boy... but I did like wearing my mom's shoes and the occasional 'house coat'.
All funny business aside, Tottie is getting some major traction online. MTV even tweeted her! We had to have her and her owner McKenna on #Liveat5.
Follow McKenna on Twitter
[UPDATE: Watch the interview]
Tottie is a Madisonian who is up for a $25,000 grand prize and a year supply of puppy treats. Her owner thought it would be a great idea to make her costume from the inspiration of Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball!
Vote for Tottie
We are so glad we got to see her! Good luck, Tottie!
I've read that the dumplings at Paul's Pel'meni are like little bites of heaven...
So, food blogger (and Channel 3000 editor) Hannah McClung and I decided to check it out since the eatery moved back to downtown Madison.
READ Hannah's review
I am also featuring the dumplings in an upcoming issue of Madison Magazine. I'll let you know when it's out! In the meantime, I will say this. You can eat there for less than $4 if you split a full order... and that is plenty of food! You can also order a bag of frozen pel'menis!
And, in a somewhat desperate move, I parboiled pre-made mushroom ravioli, pan-fried it with a little EVOO, sprinkled it with curry and sriracha, added a dollop of sour cream and gave it to my husband for dinner. HE LOVED IT. Not as good as Paul's, but a good second choice!
My husband and I love Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.
1. They're amazing talents
2. They're from Springfield, Missouri
3. They're nice folks
4. They're real-life U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors
5. Did I mention they're nice folks?
I met Phil Dickey (pictured above) when I worked with his wife, Grace, in Springfield. Grace is a super hipster chick, very smart, and lovely.
Then, I met Phil's sister, Roni, while interviewing her all-girl band for a news story. Roni is now on keyboards for #SSLYBY.
When I heard the band was coming to Madison, I screamed.
I was almost as excited as these folks (below) - Theresa and Kevin drove from Champaign, IL to see the group. Tomorrow, Theresa and Kevin are driving to Chicago to watch them again... and then going to Champaign to watch them a third time. Kevin told me it's for his birthday present! He's #SSLYBY's biggest fan.
The group has a new album out! Here are two of the songs they sang live... paired with their music videos. I apologize for the sizing, but you can click on them to open a new window!
When I was a little girl, I thought I got my looks from my dad. Even though I knew I was adopted, I still latched on to the idea that I was my father's daughter. Whaddya think?
My friend Cara told me that she spotted me on The Following last night... so I Googled it, and apparently it's new to Netflix.
Have you seen the show? It debuted in January with more than 20 million viewers, and just started streaming on Netflix a week ago. The show returns to Fox for its second season in 2014!
Watch my 10 seconds of serial killer fame
Here are 10 factoids of my time spent on set:
1. I used a vacation day to drive to Atlanta for the part after a casting agent in Wilmington asked me to audition.
2. I saw Kevin Bacon on set, but my scene was shot with me alone. Still one degree of separation? I hope so.
3. The background looks very busy, but everyone was completely quiet...which is terrifying b/c I'm used to a lot of noise.
4. I said something like, "The FBI is speculating..." The FBI never speculates. I should've spoken up, but was too chicken.
5. Yes, you get residuals. It's not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but it makes me think that Seinfeld makes billions.
6. Would I do it again? Yes. I worked on CW's Star-Crossed and Melissa McCarthy's upcoming movie Tammy.
7. Do I want to be an actor? Nope. Just liked the life experience. I can barely play a reporter on TV!
8. This role is considered a day player. It is like one step up from being an extra. Pay is better and you get a trailer.
9. You get a ton of food on set. Now I see why celebrities are always complaining about craft services. It's hard to resist.
10. You sit around more than anything else. It's essential to bring laptops, phones, and comfy shoes.