Category Archives: food is good

FOUL….way too salty for my taste

Taken verbatim from the article…this is so gross.

THE WORST DRIVE-THRU MEAL IN AMERICA
Carl’s Jr. Double Six Dollar Burger
with Medium Natural cut Fries and 32 oz Coke
2,618 Calories
144 g fat (51.5 g saturated fat)
2892 mg sodium

Of all the gut-growing, heart-stopping, life-threatening burgers in the fast food world, there is none whose damage to your general well-being is as catastrophic as this. Consider these heart-stopping comparisons: This meal has the caloric equivalent of 13 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donuts; the saturated fat equivalent of 52 strips of bacon; and the salt equivalent of seven and a half large orders of McDonald’s French fries!

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the new dining table

I ordered a dining table on Ebay for our dining nook.  The house is now short one piece of furniture, mabye two..but those are just extras…not necessities…like a dining room table.  Ikea does it right.  Im not sure that this place does.  It was also build your own furniture…and while it was a success in the end, im not sure the process was laid out in the best possible way.  Let me show you why.  Read the directions for the chairs..

Engrish at its finest.

And..now the process.

And the final result…with the first meal to christen it.

dinner tonight?

Yet another recipie on 101 Cookbooks that I want to make.  The recent obsession for Brussels Sprouts has not been put to rest yet. Last year I made a great brussels sprout recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner.  Super easy.  Just the sprouts, a shit ton of garlic, olive oil and slivered almonds…baked for a while.  Pretty brainless.  Maybe I will bring this one this year.  I’ll try it out tonight and let you know how it goes.  Think I’ll quarter the sprouts for easy prep.

Also, isn’t it amazing how just a picture of food makes you want to eat it.  Doesn’t matter what is in it…if it looks delicious in a photo, chances are I’ll want to eat it.  I guess it helps if you have nice serving dishes and fancy kitchens.   I’ll show you my photo after I cook it, probably not the same quality.

brussells

recipe after the break.

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bacon themed road trip

We didnt plan it to be that way.  It just happened.  Mick and I left on Saturday morning, and started driving north, goal for the day to reach Portland.  It started with the rental.  We had to rent a Ford Explorer due to the size of the cargo we were delivering to Seattle the following day.

We first noticed the button on the dash.  We referred to it as the bacon button.  Come to think of it, I dont think we ever pushed it.  We just touched it on occasion.  It looked like this:

Then came the picture Mick took in the restroom at the 1st rest stop we came to.  He came out of the bathroom, and showed me the picture.

Its a pretty bad photo, but if you look close enough, you can see it demonstrates.

In the top frame, if you push the button.  In the bottom frame you will recieve bacon.

Then, as we were driving, we kept on seeing the bacon signs.  Every time we saw the sign, we touched the bacon button in the car, because really, what else was it for.  The sign looked like this.  I took pictures on my iPhone, but they aren’t sending right.  Again, can you see the bacon?

And to top off Day 1 of our whirlwind trip to Seattle and back, we landed in Portland.  Crashed immediately.

Woke up for breakfast for Day 2, and of course had to try the famous VooDoo Doughnut, Maple Bacon Donut.  Seriously, everything is so much better with bacon.  It tasted like french toast smothered in syrup, and you accidentally (or on purpose) left your bacon on the plate.

Damn i’m hungry

road trip woo!

So, after being inspired by Derek and Meagan’s trip cross country, I decided that I NEEDED a road trip, if only to blog about it on the way.  My blogs likely wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining as Dereks, but I wanted a reason to blog mobile-y through WordPress on my sweet new iPhone.  Well folks, looks like the time is nigh.

So Mick does some stuff for some company and he has to drop some things off in Seattle.  Now, apparently its expensive to move these things in a truck, and they can’t travel by plane, so he offered to drive them.  So…he and I are embarking on a journey.  Driving to Seattle on Saturday, and flying back Sunday evening.  It’s not a week and a half of sight seeing,  hiking and eating.  Its a drive.  A few hours in Seattle. And a plane.

However, 15 hours in an SUV with Mick will give me plenty of time to get a few entries in, especially because I mapped our route to Seattle with a few definitel layovers.

1. We will drive up the 101 toward the Redwoods past Eureka.  I cant remember the last time I’ve seen a Redwood, and with our awesome SLR cameras, and my great iPhone camera to back it up, I figured why not. Maybe we will drive thru one of these.

2.  We will hopefully be stopping in Portland as well.  Its on the route, and I hear I am supposed to eat a donut from Voodoo Donuts. There is supposedly a specific type of donut I’m supposed to eat there, but I’m not gonna tell you what it is till I eat it.  Don’t want to ruin the surprise.

3. Then, its a straight shoot to Seattle, at least in my plan.  Im sure sleep will happen too, somewhere, but I figure with such a short trip, I want to spend as much time in Seattle on Sunday as I can before our 6:00 plane flight.  I WILL go back to Seattle, and spend at least a weekend in Portland soon….I have a feeling this trip will be a tease.

What do you do for 15 hours in a car?  Music, chit chat, sleep?  What kind of games do you play?  I want good road trip ideas.  (Even mini-road trips)

fun in the kitchen

We have talked about buying food daily and cooking in the kitchen.  It is cheaper then eating out everyday, and usually last nights dinner is todays lunch.  Getting to the grocery store everyday is totally unreasonable though, so I buy the necessities and frozen stuff and if I require one more ingredient, I go to the corner store.

I like cooking.  This is new for me.  My mother wasnt the best cook, and I pretty much ate homemade quesidalls througout college.  Topped with avocado, and just one cheese inside.  Currently, I make a wicked stir fry, but thats where my skills stop.

Mick has had some experience in the kitchen, so he is constantly teaching me things.  We watch a lot of the food network now, and my newest show is Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger .  This one particular episode I watched the other day was all about making meals in a pinch.  15 minutes or less.   She made this pork with an orange juice concentrate chutney, and the inspiration for last nights dinner….a chicken mushroom quesidalla.  Not the boring one I used to make.  This had mushrooms, onions, cheese, chicken, the works.  We also didnt have the chili powder and cumin it called for, so we improvised with BBQ sauce.  Made for a great dinner, and an even better lunch.  I think i should start to take pictures of my efforts, cuz her photo is pretty, mine, not so much.

So this is the plan tonight.  I get a ton of emails from diet groups, SELF magazine, South Beach, etc… During my last trip to Trader Joes, I happened to buy all the ingredients…so I’m gonna try.

Chicken Breasts Stuffed With Goat Cheese and Arugula

Update: Here is a photo of the dish from last night.  It was tasty!

Yum.

Recipes after the break.

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the art of peanut butter

A while back, I was linked to this site.  P.B. Slices. What?  Peanut Butter that is packaged like American Cheese?  Awesome (I think).

I need to convince my mother to send me some from an Albertsons in So Cal, because apparently you cant order them online.  I’ll give her a call tonight.

Last night Mick and I were watching Unwrapped, and Marc Summers took us on a journey through the factory and stores of all things peanut butter.  One really caught our eye, and we signed on to the site, and immediately ordered some of this delish new product.  Peanut Butter.  Not just any peanut butter, but flavored peanut butter.  This place is called P.B. Loco, and they specialize in all things peanut butter.  At the location, you can make sandwiches, smoothies, etc with the peanut butter being the main focus.

We spent $35 on 3 jars of peanut butter last night.  Because the stores aren’t near us, we had to do the online thing.  We are expecting the following:

Peanut Butter with Asian Curry Spice

Price: $6.95

Now, we know what you’re thinking. Peanut butter is great. Curry is great. But Curry Peanut Butter? How can that be great? To be honest, it wasn’t for the first 4,387 tries. Then we mixed up batch number 4,388. Mmmmm. Eureka. More

Peanut Butter with Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough

Price: $6.95

Remember loving chocolate-chip cookie dough more than the actual cookies? You’ll be in dough heaven when you dig your spoon into this superbilicious fusion of childhood delights. And the best part? Now you can eat the entire jar. 16 oz. More

and then we went for just the plain creamy.

Peanut Butter – Dreamy Creamy

Price: $5.95

How do you make the very best, most ultra-good, peanut-buttery creamy peanut butter on the planet? Well, we found it helps to make it from the heart & and then quickly send it to the tummy. Along the way, mix in only the freshest ingredients & make it only in small, quality-controlled batches. Voila! Your bread never had it so good. 16 oz.

They give you recipies and ideas on how to eat this peanut butter.  I guarentee if its as good as we think its going to be….we will be ordering the other flavors immediately afterward.