A B-Flizzle Feast

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! Hope youโ€™re relaxing it up on this lovely day ๐Ÿ™‚

Iโ€™m still kind of full from last nightโ€™s ridiculous feast.

mesa grill

As yaโ€™ll know, there are two guys that I would really *LOVE* to cook for me.

1) The Pilot


(hubba, hubba)

As perfect-for-me and crazy in love with him as I am, I will say that heโ€™s not a big time cook. He makes awesome eggs, but other than that, I wear the cooking pants in the familia. He gets bonus points for always washing the dishes, though ๐Ÿ™‚

2) Bobby Flay (aka B-Flizzle)


Iโ€™ve eaten at his amazing restaurant, but since he wonโ€™t even answer my tweets (haha) Iโ€™m a little doubtful that he would ever personally cook for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

The next best thing?

A homemade Mesa Grill meal for the pilot and I to enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

Note: All recipes are from the Mesa Grill Cookbook and many can be found online with mad Google skillz

Iโ€™ve gotta say, it felt pretty weird to make tamales by myself– usually itโ€™s a huge tamale party with my familia ๐Ÿ˜‰


I soaked the hojas (pronounced: o-hahz) for a couple of hours:


Made the masa:

Wrapped โ€˜em up:


And steamed them in our new food steamer:

steamer (2)

For an appetizer, we had goat cheese queso fundido with roasted poblano vinaigrette (1/2 the recipe, almond milk instead of cowโ€™s, goat gouda for all the cheese, Bucheron goat cheese for the topping)


With organic blue corn chips for dipping:


We also enjoyed some Sophieโ€™s Chopped Salad (named for B-flizzleโ€™s daughter, recipe can be found here โ€“ I skipped out on the cheese since we were already bathing in it from the chipโ€™s and queso)


And the star of the show, Shrimp Tamales:

shrimp tamales

I like to think that the Flay would be proud of me ๐Ÿ™‚

mesa grill

After our feast, we took the puppers to the dog park to run around and play:

dog park

A lovely night <3

Iโ€™m off to do some yoga and run errands.

See ya later this afternoon!



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  1. Lisa on June 20, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Looks Great! Especially the goat cheese queso fundido…….yum!

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) on June 20, 2010 at 9:36 am

    can you come cook that for me in colorado? i can’t pay you or anything, but i CAN give you a free place to stay ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Liza on June 20, 2010 at 9:36 am

    That looks great, Gina! I’d love to have a man cook for me, as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. A Teenage Gourmet on June 20, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Aww, such a cute post, but get that boyfriend in the kitchen! I have mine help me out all the time and he really enjoys it. They must start with dish duty though, haha jk. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • jessica on June 20, 2010 at 7:32 pm


      • Fitnessista on June 20, 2010 at 7:44 pm

        yes, husband ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Jocelyn on June 20, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Looks like a glorious feast!! :D:D

    Just wanted to let you know..that after doing first day of strength for summer shape up..last night I thought I had the flu has my tummy hurt..But oh no..it wasn’t the flu..it’s from the toe touches and med ball crunches! I swear, it hurt to laugh lol..

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm

      haha i’m sorr you’re so sore! make sure to stretch, mm k?

  6. Shannon @ Before Sunrise on June 20, 2010 at 10:12 am

    That looks amazing! I definitely want to try that queso! Yum ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Emily on June 20, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I tried making tamales from that book and mine came out nowhere near as tidy as yours! Nice looking feast, for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ I have made his salads though, and whilst I minorly tinkered with some to better suit my own tastes, they were all heavenly.
    Have a good Sunday!

  8. Kelly Michelle on June 20, 2010 at 10:16 am

    alright I just want YOU to cook for me

  9. brittany on June 20, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I want to start the Summer Shape Up plan but I do not want to lose any way, only tone.. I was wondering if I changed the plan to be weights, every other day, yoga every other day, and just one day of heavy cardio if that would be ok? (If I do cardio more than twice a week I always seem to lose weight!?)
    As long as i do at least a 5 minute warm up plus stretching on weights days do I need to do the other 20 mins of light cardio on those days?

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm

      that sounds like a great idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Cassie @ Tasteful Tales on June 20, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I think Bobby Flay would be super proud!! Nice job Gina!

  11. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 20, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Holy cow that’s quite a feast! I think even Bobby Flay would be impressed with those mad skills. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. kjchicago on June 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

    wow! looks amazing! I love Sophie’s salad, it’s my go to salad. You might have just inspired me to try and make tamales someday!

  13. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on June 20, 2010 at 10:51 am

    You never cease to amaze!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I took a tamale cooking class once and we made them in class. I have yet to do it at home though!

  14. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on June 20, 2010 at 10:52 am

    What an awesome dinner! I gave my mom that cookbook for a holiday, but she accidently left it in Arizona. So no Bobby Flay craziness for us.

  15. Nicole on June 20, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I visit your blog almost daily and love it! You always have lots of food variety and you ALWAYS make me laugh ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm

      thank you!

  16. Chris on June 20, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Is that corn I see on the tamales? I thought you weren’t a fan! Everything looks amazing!

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm

      you’re right, i hate corn. (i ate the masa in the tamales but the corn on my plate ended up being for garnish, until the pilot ate it- haha)

  17. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on June 20, 2010 at 11:30 am

    What a lovely evening!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Can I say that I’d love for YOU to be my personal cook??? hehe

  18. Jessica @ Dairy Free Bety on June 20, 2010 at 11:49 am

    what an awesome meal!! WAy to go!!

    I have never found a tamale recipe that didn’t have LARD (ewwwh) in it!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm

      hahah my family usually skips out on the lard ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Mo on June 20, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I want a shrimp tamale now! The only thing that would have made that feast even better would be a glass of vino. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm

      you’re telling me! we only had red vino in the house, though

  20. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on June 20, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    B-Fizzle is one of my fave celeb chefs as well. I think you did an awesome job!

  21. Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary on June 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    WOW G!!! Your dinner looks amazing!! I think you definitely made B-Flizzle proud with this one. You’ve got mad tamale skills! Have to admit, I’m a little jealous ๐Ÿ˜‰ hehe

  22. Katherine on June 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    what is the food steamer made out of? is it plastic or glass based? random questions haha sorry

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm


  23. Jenny on June 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Yum!!!!! That queso looks so delicious… And the pilot > b flay, for sure!

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm

      hahah i agree ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Allison @ Food For Healing on June 20, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Wow, amazing!!!

  25. andrea on June 20, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    i have that cook book and looooveeee mesa grill- was the queso hard to make?!

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm

      nope, super easy ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Amy @ Amy Starts To Run on June 20, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Yum yum yum. Dare I say the chopped salad caught my eye as much as the goat cheese fundido? Good thing I’m heading to the grocery store later ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. Kris | iheartwellness.com on June 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Ok, I think I should fly you to Vancouver so you can repeat this meal here ๐Ÿ™‚

    YUMMMM! Everything looks fab!

    Where do you find a steamer? I should really look for one!


    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2010 at 3:27 pm

      haha i’d totally do it ๐Ÿ™‚
      the steamer is from walmart, but i think target has them too

  28. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on June 20, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Gina, you should consider doing a post about different juices you’ve made. They all look so delish and nutritious!

    Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚


  29. Emily on June 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    That looks delic! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on June 20, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Gina!! I have NEVER had a tamale! Well, ok, I have only had Amy’s tamales. But I have always wondered what they are. PLEASE come visit and make me some???

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2010 at 7:12 pm

      what?! if i’m ever in your neck of the woods, i will bring you some tamales. the amy’s ones are good, but are very different from the *real* thing

  31. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on June 20, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    WOW what a fabulous looking dinner! Will you please come to Toronto and cook for me? ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2010 at 7:11 pm

      of course ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Marissa on June 20, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    You always make the most amazing looking dinners! I wish I could put together a menu like that. I’ve never actually had a tamale… add it to my long Bucket List of “things I must eat before I die”

  33. Amanda on June 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I added that cookbook to my library wish list and should be picking it up this week. I had the queso & tamales in Vegas not long after you and they did not disappoint. Mmm. I doubt mine will come out as pretty as yours, but ohh I hope they taste good. Looks great!

  34. The Pilot on June 20, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Wait, I grill, too! I guess I don’t really make a good case for my culinary skills since I’ve been known to set ceral on fire. Oh well…haha

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2010 at 7:46 am

      yes, you are the grill master ๐Ÿ™‚ how could i forget to add that in there?
      love you

  35. sandy on June 21, 2010 at 12:57 am

    wow your meal looks so lovely yummy!! especially the goat queso fundido & the shrimp tamales. lol about the cereal fire, pilot!

  36. Rosey Rebecca on June 21, 2010 at 7:34 am

    You should kidnap Bobby Flay and make him cook for you! ๐Ÿ™‚ All of the food looks delicious!

  37. Sarah on June 21, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Gina, you can’t tweet him. It will tip him off. He has to be totally caught by surprise when you kidnap him and hold him hostage at your house to cook for you day in and day out. At least that’s my plan. I’m at peace with the fact that eventually his lovely wife will come looking for him in a National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation style rescue and I’ll probably go to jail but if he makes me a burger, it’ll be SO worth it.

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2010 at 3:35 pm

      LOL. you’re totally right. it has to happen sneakily…
      and so, so, worth it. all i want is a shrimp tamale and a margarita

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