Binge Viewing, Murder & A Casserole

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

binge  (bnj)
1. A drunken spree or revel.
a. A period of unrestrained, immoderate self-indulgence.
b. A period of excessive or uncontrolled indulgence in food or drink: an eating binge.
intr.v. bingedbing·ing or binge·ingbing·es
1. To be immoderately self-indulgent and unrestrained: "The story is like a fever dream that a disturbed and imaginative city-dweller might have after binging on comics" (Lloyd Rose).
2. To engage in excessive or uncontrolled indulgence in food or drink.

I have a problem. Actually I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one. Unless that bitch's name is Bravo or she contains cream of mushroom soup and a block of cream cheese. Then you might as well just take me to bed or lose me forever. Since we are fast approaching the end of the summer of my discontent I feel like it's time for me to come clean and really start dealing with some of my guilty pleasures obsessions.

First off I am a huge binge viewer. My ex-asshat used to complain that I was in love with the TV, that it ruled my life if something I liked was on and it was affecting our marriage. (Not his staying out all night or inability to keep a job the last 5 years... Gosh NO) But since that part is in the past and I really can't do anything about it let's just take the now for example. No one is complaining about my binge viewing right now so I guess it doesn't really matter except that I have just pretty much wasted an entire summer.

Some weekends I prayed for rain and a real housewives marathon so I could lay around, ignore my friends and family and binge on the lives of people I will never know. I always say I am doing laundry during said binge but usually I am laying on it if ya want to know the truth. But this summer I didn't even lie I just straight up told everyone... I got no kids folks so I am binging on Bravo and wine while shopping online, pinning, texting, tweeting, blogging, facebooking, etc. I'll either be on my family room floor with a bunch of pillows off the couch or sprawled across my bed with clean laundry and balled up sheets and blankets. I'll be wearing running shorts or yoga pants and tanks. My hair will be in  a bun or a ponytail. Real shoes will not touch my feet cause really, where am I going? I have wine and Bravo... BOOM... nowhere! Thank you Bravo for this summer and giving me Princesses:Long Island and Below Deck to go with my housewives. I will never forget Ashlee being carried out of the nail salon rather than walk in shoes without a heel. Nor will I forget Jeff not "proposing" to Amanda on some weird train with some lame ass promise ring. He is just creepy and gross, where the hell did you find him??? And Below Deck... how did I not know about being a yachtie when I was fresh outta college???? I would have been the 90's Kat.

I also binged for days this summer on the ID Channel aka investigation discovery. Basically it's where you can watch all the crime stories of people whack jobs that weren't quite smart enough to get away with it. This is also an unnatural obsession. I could watch Dateline or 48 Hours for days on end and this summer when I discovered a channel that shows this stuff 24/7 I jumped for joy basically did. My kids hate when I watch this stuff so since they weren't around I took full advantage and immersed myself in Dates From Hell, Deadly Affairs, Southern Fried Homicide, Happily Never After and I Almost Got Away With It, just to name a few. Aside from shock value entertainment and just marveling at how the sociopath's mind works the best thing that came out of this was that it caused me to deactivate all of my online dating profiles... for good I think. Jesus Lord there are some complete psycho's out there!!!! With the kind of luck that I have with men I figured it's only a matter of time and I better cut my losses and delete my profiles before I end up on Dates From Hell floating down a river or thrown out of a moving car.

I also have a slight obsession with casseroles. Since this summer was all about me and wallowing in a bit of self pity (and being brokeahontas) I decided it would be a good time to live off of casseroles aside from bruschetta and wine. Casseroles are cheap, easy, great re-heated and you can stretch them out for days. Here is one of my all time favorites. Make it. You will LOVE it. Ur welcome.

Chicken Marsala Tetrazzini

Chicken Marsala Tetrazzini Recipe

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
Recipe fromSouthern Living

Recipe Time

Total: 45 Minutes 


  • Preparation
    (8-oz.) package vermicelli (I use the whole box 16 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • (8-oz.) package sliced fresh mushrooms $
  • 3 ounces finely chopped prosciutto
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken $
  • 1 cup frozen baby English peas, thawed
  • (10 3/4-oz.) can reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup
  • (10-oz.) container refrigerated light Alfredo sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth $
  • 1/4 cup Marsala (or a little's wine folks)
  • 1 cup (4-oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese $
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add mushrooms and prosciutto, and sauté 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Stir together mushroom mixture, chicken, next 5 ingredients, and 1/2 cup cheese; stir in pasta. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
  3. 3. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until bubbly.
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