best quesadilla ever?

As I was leaving for work today, our new couch arrived.  The only thing that worried me was hearing the delivery men say “Nope, not going to fit.” when they saw our staircase.  When I got into my car the couch was on its edge heading towards our second-story deck.

Thankfully by the time I got home from work the couch had been lifted over the deck (I was told there were ropes involved) and was resting comfortably in our living room.

We finally have a place to sit!  Between all of the furniture Todd put together yesterday – notice the beautiful new table in the background – and the new couch, this apartment is really coming together and it’s come so far since moving day.  It’s starting to feel like home which is a great feeling.

Since Todd was going out with a friend tonight and I had errands to run and a rumbling belly, we decided on take-out from our local gastro pub, The Green Well.  They never disappoint since they always use fresh, interesting ingredients in interesting ways.  Tonight we shared their Roasted Vegetable Quesadilla and Butternut Squash Raviolis.

I’ve had the raviolis before and they’re always good.  They come covered in this sweet, balsamic-y tasting red wine sauce with a generous amount of candied walnuts mixed in.  Today I also noticed some apple slices which I didn’t remember from before but I was happy to eat.

I knew that those would be good.  What I wasn’t expecting was how incredible the quesadilla would be.

I loved the deconstructed quesadilla idea and look at all of those veggies!  The addition of squash, corn and queso fresco to any dish is always a home run in my book.   Normally I eat some of the veggies and all of the carb in a dish but today I ate up all of that healthy stuff.  The tomatoes were so beautiful and juicy looking that I didn’t want to hand the plate over to Todd when my half was gone.  Honestly, it may have been the best quesadilla ever.  This dinner was so good, if you ever find yourself in Grand Rapids go to The Green Well and orded this quesadilla – that’s an order!

After my errands I came home just in time for Top Chef Masters.  Not a bad little Wednesday night.  Oh, and this couch is SO comfy!

How was your Wednesday?

What was the best thing you ate today?

hmp: chicken quesadillas

I’m borrowing Todd’s mom’s car this week because mine is in the shop and she and his dad are on a cruise anyways.  Good timing, right?  Well since we had to go pick up the car anyways, Todd and I decided to cook dinner there for a change of pace.  Not to mention their kitchen is a bit more luxurious than ours which is a bonus.  I planned to make pasta with chicken and pesto for dinner but right before we left, I got a craving for Mexican.  Todd loves Mexican food so it was an easy sell.

We dropped of my car then ran to the store to get some ingredients – cheese, peppers, avocado, whole wheat tortillas, etc. – all the makings of quesadillas.

We marinated the chicken in fajitas seasonings and got the veggies ready to go.  They were so pretty, I’m always amazed at the vibrancy of colors found naturally in foods.

While the chicken marinated I got to work on fresh guacamole.  Again, we used pre-made guacamole seasoning but fresh avocados.  This was my first time making guacamole and it turned out well.

Honestly, I didn’t even like guacamole until this past summer so making it at home never really crossed my mind before.  Next time, I’d like to make it from scratch but hey, you have to start somewhere, right?

This pic turned out a little blurry so I made it little.  Scooping on the avocados was so easy, I had no idea that the fruit would come out so cleanly, it was so easy – and I like easy.

We snacked on chips and salsa for a few more minutes then got to work on cooking the chicken and vegetables.

We had a minor incident with the marinade burning but it was quickly resolved and the chicken tasted great when it was done.  After stuffing our quesadillas full of chicken, veggies and cheese, I browned them up and it was dinner time.  A comer!

Look at all of that cheese oozing out.  Yummy!  This was definitely the best quesadilla I’ve ever made at home, it totally filled my craving for Mexican food.

After dinner Todd and I snacked on chocolate chip cookies and worked on our wedding playlist.  It was fun to look through our libraries and download songs we wanted to add to the playlist.  We’re having a band but we need to have some filler songs for when they’re taking a break.  We’re trying to fill up the breaks with those dance tunes that are harder for a band to play like Rihanna, Shakira, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha – well, at least those were my contributions to the play list.  Those artists aren’t usually on my daily playlist (except Shakira, there’s always room for Shakira) but for the wedding, I want to dance!  We barely have a month left until the wedding and I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone.  Doing things like making playlists is really make it feel real, so exciting and nerve-racking!

If you’re married, what things did you and your groom do together to prepare?

What songs are a must for a wedding playlist?  What would be on your “do not play” list?