I have a new friend!  You know what his name is?  PREDNISONE!   Tony and I went to the doctor last night.  Basically my doctor said that 10% of people who have bronchitis go on to develop a sort of infection – loose particles that he described as “leaves” were annoying my bronchial tubes which would then make me cough.

So now I am taking prednisone, cirpro, a cough pill called Benzonatate AND an inhaler.  $100 after the office visit and meds, I feel so much better.  The only side effect of the prednisone is that it might make my blood sugars high.  I also didn’t pay attention when I read the instructions.

You basically take 6 pills the first day, 5 the next, 4 the next and so on for six days.  What I didn’t read was that you were to take 2 at breakfast, 1 after lunch, 1 after dinner and 2 before bed.  I took all six at once!  My Momma called to see how I was doing.  I told her what I did and she kind of freaked out like I had overdosed, but I told her I was fine.

It wasn’t until reading the package more closely it said that it was okay to take all six at once if you take it late in the day.  I failed to call my Momma back to alleviate her worry.  Just was we were getting ready to go to bed at 11:05, it was my Momma calling!  She read online that prednisone will spike my blood sugars and by taking six I  think she thought my blood sugars were 500!  But they were only 180 before bed.  Sorry to worry you Momma – but thanks for calling! Open-mouthed smile

I know, I know you are waiting for Tony’s answers to your questions, but I did have awesome eats I couldn’t not post.

Breakfast was a roast beef hash from the left over grilled roast beef.  2 ounces diced beef, 1/2 cup egg whites, one grated zucchini, 3/4 ounce cheddar cheese and 4 ounces of baked potato diced.  I cooked it all in a touch of olive oil, the topped with Frank’s hot sauce.  I can put that shit on everything!  Breakfast: 411 calories, 16 fat, 25 carbs, 3 fiber and 39 protein.

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Lunch.  Well, lunch was amazeballs.  I wish I took a better picture, but I “stole” Suzie’s picture so that you could want to make this.  This makes  A LOT  of soup.  For calorie purposes I called this 6 servings at 1.5 cups each, but I think it’s more than that. I ended up feeding 5 people at my office and was able to give at least 2-3 servings of the leftovers for my boss to take home – he son had a late soccer game and that could be his dinner.  (Six, 1.5 cups of soup is:  378 calories, 18 fat, 35 carbs and 18 protein).

I accessorized our lunch by going over to Jimmy John’s and buying a loaf of their .50 cent day old bread and made garlic bread on the side.  Lunch comes in at 457 calories, 21 fat, 46 carbs, 4.2 fiber and 20 protein.  The only difference from Suzie’s original recipe I made was that I left out the olive oil because I thought the sausage had enough fat.  Left out the onions (duh!) and instead of her cheezy mixture, I just put 1/4 cup fat free ricotta cheese in each bowl, then stirred it up.  It really did taste like lasagna!

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Suzie’s picture:


We didn’t actually get home from the doctor and drug store until almost 7:30.  We picked up a pork steak for lack of a better word – I was kind of skeptical when Tony put it in the basket because it looked like a cut that needed to be cooked low and slow.  When will I learn the man knows his meat!

I seared it on both sides, then put it on the top rack of the grill for about 20 minutes.  Holy yum, super tender and delicious.  I kicked mine up with hot wing sauce.  Dinner comes in at 541 calories, 30 fat, 28 carbs, 2.1 fiber and 35 protein.  I have store bought mashed taters on the side.

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So now the moment you’ve been waiting for! . . .

Q & A with Tony (or is it Tony?)

· debbidoesdinner on August 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm said:

Q:I love the idea of Ask Tony Everything! Except for what name his mama gave him!!

A: I don’t think there was a question posed here, but I will act like there was.

It is my understanding that my folks were having some negative feelings about the Italians when I was born. So I was named after some soap opera star named Jeff. Although I did not meet him until I was a teenager I always wanted to be named after my Grandfather Tonino, or Tony.

· Erica on August 25, 2012 at 5:31 pmsaid:

Love the kitchen at work clip_image001Awesome decor. I am so excited for the ask anything segment:

Q: 1. What is your favorite meal?

2. Tell us something about Biz we don’t know

I would have a difficult time if I was on death row and was told I could choose anything for my last meal. But, I guess it would be sushi. I have tastebud-gasms when I eat fatty Tuna.

Wow, Biz talks on her blog about everything. She is not afraid of revealing anything about herself. Hmmm, she swears like a drunken sailor. She does not always blog about her nighttime snacks. She has a great fear of having her head below water, and of any sort of bug on her. She has seen ghosts, but does not believe in them. She snores sometimes and blames the dog. Also, do NOT go anywhere near her if her blood sugar is low. It’s like watching Mother Teresa slap a bitch.

· MaryBe on August 26, 2012 at 12:03 am said:

Q: That wallpaper is both terrible and awesome.
Ask Tony…if he ever smoked cigarettes, or just cigars?

I smoked for years, I quit just before Biz and I met. Oddly, she quit at about the same time. I only started smoking cigars a few years ago. I only smoke outside and keep it to a few times a week in the summer. I like to think that I look like the most interesting man in the world, but know I look like a funky golfer after a poor round.

Pubsgal on August 26, 2012 at 2:54 am said:

Q:  Very much looking forward to the “Ask Tony” feature! Let’s see…what if one doesn’t like vodka? Are there alternatives for keeping one’s balls crunchy?

That was Biz’s interpretation of my comment. I think I actually said scrunchy. This can only be achieved with Vodka, or Whisky. Cooler temperatures also are helpful.

M on August 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm said: Edit

Questions for Tony:
-What does YOLO mean?
-What stocks should I invest in?
-What is the best dessert you’ve ever tasted?

Well yolo can mean many things. As the kids use it with all their text paging and such it means you only live once. As my son is marrying a beautiful Hispanic lady it means darling in their language. To me it sounds like what I call Mr. Happy when I want to play wardens wife and the escaped convict.

I hate the stock market. It changes for no real reason. It’s all speculation and is run by fear of the unknown. But, with that said I hear a lot of good things about that Facebook stock.

Many years ago I was vacationing in an area of Wisconsin known as Door County. We went out for ice cream. We were in an old ice cream parlor and I was lucky enough to get the last scoop of Spumoni. I was very happy as I could see chunks of nut and cherries in that scoop. I went to lick it and it fell to the floor. I’m not proud of this but, I picked it up and wiped it with a napkin and went ahead and ate it. So my answer is Portillos chocolate cake. I would eat that off a dogs butt!

Louise on August 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm said:

Question: How WOULD he solve world peace and what does he forsee for this country in the next 4 years???

I think a good start is alternative energy. If we can make our own renewable source of energy it takes the power from the Middle East away and defuses a lot of problems. Next, everyone should have a pet that loves them. Who can feel like killing with a kitty curled up on your lap? Also, congress has to all live together like Big Brother, until they can all play nice and get this country going again. I am available to be King, and will do so if I am asked. My first order of business you ask? I will illegalize serving raw onions! Also there would be a new holiday..topless day!

Suzie on August 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm said:

Question for Tony: Is there any one thing that you wish Biz could cook?

I wish she was a sushi chef, and I would call her BizMoto. Biz is a great cook, and I have found nothing that she can’t master…wait unless you count the bain of her existence…scalloped potatoes. I have eaten some very crunchy potatoes.

debbidoesdinner on August 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm said:

Question for Tony: Since being married to Biz, what food have you eaten that you never thought that you would eat?

I have not allowed her questionable food choices to change my life much. I can honestly say I have eaten more pizza and Mexican food than at any point in my life. I still hate the practice of breakfast for dinner, and will never give that fight up!

MaryBe on August 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm said:

Ask him why he never eats leftovers??

When I was a kid somebody asked my Mom something about leftovers. I looked over at my Mom and asked “What’s a leftover”.

We never had leftovers; we ate until the food was gone. So now, I just don’t care for the taste of reheated food. Also I am always in fear that I will get one of Biz’s fiery hot food, and that frightens me. She sticks peppery cheese in everything, it’s a minefield of death in there.

Veronica M asks:

Of course a million people are going to ask and not get a response, or at least a real one, but I have to ask! What is your real name???  And since he won’t answer that one, hows about: What is your favorite food that Biz makes?  Least favorite?

Well consider yourself verbally slapped I answered the name question in my first response.

I really liked the Caesar salad the other night, but generally give me a wedge of cow flesh with garlic salt and butter and I am a happy boy. In the years that Biz and I have been together she has become an excellent grill master. We do have to work harder with the smoker, the last ribs tasted like baby poo. A baby who ate something nasty! Least favorite? Um, everything she makes for lunch. You can take that stuff and throw it in the river. Half the ingredients I have never heard of and the other half are sour and spicy..ick.

So there you have it!  A glimpse into the man who makes me laugh on a daily basis.  For those of you who haven’t read our story, you can check it out here.  His first email to me still makes me laugh.  He said “I am a divorced father of a 10 year old boy, and while I am Italian, I am proud that I have two separate eye brows and no back hair!

Alright, I have to go check on my quiche I am making for breakfast – another thing Tony (Jeff!) wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole – I am calling it a summer quiche, it has fresh corn off the cob, shredded zucchini and green chiles – hope it turns out as good as I think it will be in my head!

Make it a great day!