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Tuesday:) Tasty Avocado Tortilla and More

27 Nov

“Delicious food can look good, taste good, and be good for you.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


One of my favorite foods is avocado. So, when they go on sale, I buy a whole bunch. (I bought 9 last week when they were 3 for $1.) When I found out that you can freeze avocado, I was overjoyed. I scoop out the flesh, place in a small ziplock bag and add a little lemon juice, then freeze. I can enjoy this healthy food all year long.

A couple of my favorite ways to enjoy avocados, beside making guacamole.

I warm up a tortilla in a dry pan until it’s toasty and crisp. Then, I spread the avocado, top with baby spinach and sliced tomatoes, then add a few dollops of plain Greek yogurt. Yum!

I also bought some big Asiago cheese bagels that I toasted and added the same ingredients. I can freeze the bagels individually and just grab one out of the freezer along with a little packet of avocado, and voila… an instant delicious meal, any time. The bagel was so big that I sliced it in three pieces before toasting. I put the frozen avocado in a tall glass of cold water to defrost. Ready to spread in a few minutes.

I don’t always eat food that’s good for me, but when it tastes so good, that’s a win-win. (Ignore the pizza and ice cream there in the freezer.)

Happy tasty Tuesday, my friends.

Tuesday:) Toni Takin’ it to the Streets~ Great Food

28 Mar

Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity.

~Jonathan Safran Foer


Sunday was a fabulous fun and food day. After a beautiful Palm Sunday Mass at St. Mary of the Angels, my son took me to the Mexican Heritage Museum, (more on that another day) and we walked around the Pilsen area of Chicago. The funny part is, our family lived in that area for many years when I was growing up. But, that was a long time ago. Nothing looked familiar.

After the museum, we walked over to his favorite taco place, El Milagro. He said he often rides his bike or walks over on a nice day. I ordered two chicken tacos. One couldn’t possibly be enough, because I was really hungry. Wrongo. They were huge, so I only managed one with a side order of rice and beans. I’m not usually impressed by “Mexican Food.” I always say, “At home, we just called it food.” But, this was sooooo good. I brought the other one home.

See what I mean? There must have been a pound of stuff on each taco.

Then, we walked next door to the tortilla storefront next door and bought a couple of dozen tortillas. 75cents a dozen! Wow! Still warm.

It was a sunny, fairly warm for Chicago day, so,we walked around the Pilsen neighborhood. Of course, we had to stop at the Mexican bakery down the street. (When in Rome)

They even had vegan pastries and cupcakes for my vegan son. I could never be a vegan. I could give up meat, but NEVER cheese or pizza or real brownies or cream cheese frosting on real cupcakes.

We went back to Matt’s, watched some Final Four games, then he worked on my taxes. My own personal tax and financial advisor. If you’re going to have children, try to raise a financial guy, or a doctor, or a lawyer, or a nurse, or just some wonderful children who are happy to help you out when you’re old and grey. (Well, I’m old, but the grey is on hold) I’ve got a couple of very fine sons. Lucky me.

The evening rolled by, and guess what? It was time for dinner. More food! Matt wanted to take me to his favorite pizza place, Pequod’s. Yep! More food. You can never have too much Chicago pizza. Well, you can. I just did,

I waddled back to the car, more leftovers in hand, and I managed to clump and climb up the three flights of stairs, back up to his apartment. Oh yes, the view. Let’s not forget the view from his rooftop deck.

That was just one day of Toni takin’ it to the streets of Chicago. I didn’t even talk about the museum yet. It was a very full fun foodie day.

Saturday:) St. Patrick’s Day~Some Serious Baking and Eating and a Little Irish Princess

18 Mar

“If you can’t find good food where you live, go home.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


My sisters and I have been baking, organizing, and getting ready for Mom’s special Celebration of Life tomorrow. We took a break between cleaning and shopping to pick up our cousin CC, who just drove in from Missouri. We were going to take her to Beef Villa, then decided last second, NO, Portillo’s would be better. We were right.

A couple more stops at the store to pick up massive quantities of more food and supplies, then back to start the baking frenzy. These little delights will be frosted and decorated with Peep bunnies in the morning. Two pans of brownies and dozens of sandwiches are ready for cutting in the morning.

There’s a lot more to do, but I needed to blog before midnight.

So, here’s my little Irish grand-daughter with her daddy. He was so excited to learn from his Ancestry DNA that he does have some Irish. We had a Murphy somewhere on my mother’s line.

Happy St. Patty’s day.

Theme Song Thursday:) These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

15 Dec

“We don’t need to have just one favorite. We keep adding favorites. Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favorites. They’re always with us. We just sort of accumulate them.”

Lloyd Alexander


During the holidays, we are reminded of age old traditions, we think about family and friends, and we reminisce about our favorite things.

These are a few of my favorite things…





There is so much more and so many more family members and friends, but you don’t have time to look at all 6,349 pictures on my iPad. Or do you?

Friday:) Fun Fast Food At Home

18 Nov

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”



The only thing better than good food, is yummy food you can fix really fast. I bought some tostada shells the other day ay Winco. They were so darn cheap, I think 99 cents or even less. I popped a couple in the toaster oven with some shredded jack cheese, until melted, threw a little spinach, then sliced up an avocado, (on sale 69 cents), voila, avocado tostado in five minutes. I also diced up a cucumber and a few tomatoes that I keep in a container with some Italian dressing. I scoop some of that on a bowl of baby spinach for a fast yummy salad. There’s enough for a couple of more days.

With all this extra free time, I have more time to enjoy Black Russian Friday.

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni? Nothin’!

21 Sep

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien


I didn’t feel like cooking anything today. Oh well, that was yesterday too, wasn’t it? Oops, and the day before. When I was scouring the fridge and pantry for something to eat, I ran across some lettuce, nacho cheese, and a basket of cherry tomatoes. In the pantry, I found a half bag of Fritos. I love Fritos, and was fancying something salty. I came up with a brainstorm dinner. 

The inside out taco lettuce wrap. It tastes like a crunchy taco…just inside out. 

Tear off a large leaf of iceberg lettuce, sprinkle with Fritos, add tomatoes, and pour a table spoon or so of nacho cheese dip. You could substitute with real cheese, I just had some nacho cheese dip in the fridge. You can add salsa, jalepeños, or whatever you like. Just wrap it up and enjoy. Crunchy inside, yummy outside. 

These would be fun for a party. You could garnish with a cherry tomato and a toothpick to look pretty and hold it together. Fun!

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’?

14 Sep

“The best medicine for an ailing friend is a warm hug, food made with love, and a very short visit.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


My good friend Lynda had surgery a few days ago and is recovering. It must be very frustrating not to be able to move around and take care of yourself. Thank goodness she has wonderful family support and many close friends. A few girlfriends offered to bring by some meals for her on certain days. I’m more of an abstract, unconventional kind of person, so I offered to make a few things that could be popped in the freezer or fridge and used in a pinch.

I figured most people would be bringing dinners, so besides making several containers of pasta, I thought some fruit yogurt parfaits would be good for a fast breakfast or snack. Turns out, Lynda said that was one of her favorites and she was craving fruit. Yay! Perfect!

I started cooking late Monday. Actually it was early Tuesday, around 1 a.m. Before I finished. 

I love to cook, and I never learned to cook small, so this was the perfect opportunity to get carried away. Pasta freezes and reheats well.

For the yogurt parfaits, I used plain Greek yogurt and added a little pure honey. I read the ingredients on the label of the yogurt with honey, and it had pure cane sugar, fructose, and honey and other stuff. I’d rather use just plain old honey. Then, I cut up some grapes and strawberries, layering the ingredients in three tall plastic cups.(Forgot to take a picture of the final product.) 

I dropped of the food yesterday before I went to my St. Gabriel’s Women’s Club meeting. I brought a warm hug, some food made with love, and stayed just for a very short visit. She looks good and in good spirits.

Lynda texted me this morning to thank me for the pasta and parfaits. She even sent me a picture of her enjoying her breakfast. Gee, I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing it with a few hundred of my best closest personal friends on the Internet? 

She is just too cute not to share. Feel better. Love you!