Oh just another ordinary Tuesday…

Woke up. Showered. Ate breakfast. Went to work. Worked. Went to lunch. Ate fro yo. Worked some more.  Experienced a 5.8 earthquake. Evacuated work building. Came back to work…

No big deal.  (?!?!?!)

I must say that everyone was so confused at work when our building started to shake and just wouldn’t stop.  We aren’t used to Earthquakes here in the RVA!  We do uhhh snow and hurricanes, with the occasional tornado threat mmmmkay.

Anddd it was just miles away from my office, as you can see from this here diagram —>

Useful picture if I might say so myself.  A bit too close for comfort, Steph and earthquakes do not a good mix make.  Just puttin’ that out there… 😉

Anyways, in celebration of all being okay after VAEarthquakeExtravaganza2011, I decided to make some quinoa burgers (cakes?) for dinner!

Because what says celebration like… quinoa?

Hey, to each their own.

I’ve had my eye on this idea for a while now and tonight was the night for a buffalo-themed spin on this superfood.

I mean, who doesn’t like buffalo themed ‘anything’…?  Does that person even exist?  I didn’t think so 😛

Buffalo Bleu Cheese Quinoa Cakes

Makes 8 cakes


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, cooked like this
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup white beans, drained & mashed
  • 1/3 cup Frank’s buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup crumbled bleu cheese
  • 1/4 cup (heaping) sliced green onion
  • 1 egg (maybe 2?)
  • S&P

Simply combine all of the ingredients, stirring to incorporate thoroughly.

Then form into cakes, placing on a platter.  This recipe will make about 8 cakes using an heaping 1/3 cup scoop.

Then pop these into the fridge to firm up for about 20 minutes before you get to cooking.

To cook the quinoa cakes, simply slide them into a hot skillet (over medium-high heat) that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

Cook about 4-5 minutes each side, flipping once. 

These suckers were a bit fiesty and some of them decided to fall apart a bit.  I’m thinking that next time around not 1, but 2 eggs may be necessary to bind everything better??

Whatevs.  Despite a few less than steller lookin’ cakes, the flavor was on point!!!

A perfect crust forms while the quinoa cakes sizzle in the hot pan, giving the quinoa an almost nutty flavor.

Add in the bites of sweet corn laced with tangy bleu cheese and spicy buffalo sauce and you are in for a real treat! 🙂

These quinoa cakes rated super high on the taste scale for me!!!!

And you know what, those poor broken up cakes that didn’t make it outta the pan whole?  Oh they are still goin’ down the hatch haha, perhaps piled atop a side salad in lieu of on the side 😀

Oh and by the way, while I was eating these delicious quinoa cakes we apparently had an aftershock of 4.2 and I DIDN’T EVEN NOTICE.

Guess that speaks for how much I enjoyed them hahaha (who does that?!)…

Thanks to Fanatic Mom I was updated on the aftershock about 20 minutes later.  She was shocked that I was clueless… #quinoaproblems?

Crossing my fingers there aren’t any more aftershocks tonight… or it looks like I may be eating alotttt more quinoa cakes to calm my nerves lol 😉

 You think I’m kidding…

Tell me, have you ever been in an earthquake before?


Ahh it was glorious to wake up this morning without a fever à la last Saturday 😛

Plus I’m really looking forward to today since I’m going shopping and to lunch with Fanatic Mom! 

Girls day.  Gotta love it.

But let’s back track for a minute to last night shall we?

Dinner was a pretty phenomenal throw together meal I must say.

Have you ever seen the fresh, homemade sausages at Whole Foods?

How about the Buffalo chicken sausages stuffed w/ bleu cheese?

If you are like The Man and will devour anything referred to as “Buffalo ____” then I highly suggest you go buy these.  Now.

They were so good!!!!!  The bleu cheese flavor really shined through and since they were made from chicken, they weren’t greasy in the least.

Now what goes better with Buffalo chicken sausages than homemade pierogi?!

That lil’ Christmas-time pierogi making adventure left me with a freezer full of these leftover treats.

Time to start working on depleting that stash!

A lil’ butter for the pierogi.

A lil’ butter for the chopped onion.

3 tablespoons of butter later… 😉

But I mean seriously, can you really go wrong here? 

Cheesy potatoes, golden dough, buttery onions… *sigh*

Served up with some steamed broccoli on the side, this was a fabulous Friday night meal.

Times 2. 


And I may or may not have been witness to a certain someone dipping the Buffalo sausages into the buttery onion bowl.  Really?

Oh men 😉

After dinner The Man and I watched the movie The Fourth Kind, which is based on actual events about alien abduction in a small town in Alaska.

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The movie contained actual video footage which made it super creepy!  Let’s just say I was definitely spooked by this one, but would recommend checking it out if you’re looking for something different.

Alright, I’m off! 

A quick yoga session is in my future before I meet up with mom 🙂

Enjoy your Saturday!