Monday, December 5, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

BIEROCKS



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Bierocks are my new favorite thing.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

New Sandwich Love

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This is a buffalo chicken sandwich with blue cheese slices.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hello Fresh Review

I got a few meals from Hello Fresh and I thought I would tell you what it was like.

It seems like the subscription meal services are all the rage now.   I find this fascinating because I do my own meal planning for our family which includes lunches and breakfasts and dinners and sometimes I get bored with what I make.  I thought maybe I could get a few ideas from this box.  I got three meals for two people which easily stretched to my family of four because I added garden grown vegetables.

The box arrived on Monday in a cardboard box with two thick pads of insulation as well as some freezer packs to keep the meat cold.  The meat was actually layered between the two freezer packs so I had no concerns about spoilage.

The first one I made was Honey Roasted Salmon with Asparagus and Israeli Couscous.  I added zucchini and tomatoes because I did.

This was my plate:


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It was fine.  The kids did not like it but that is not about the food, they did not like the big couscous because it was different.

What I did not like was the fact it required me to turn my oven on.   It is still on average above 90 degrees here in the ATL and I hate making my house hot and then paying to cool it.  Also when I cook a meal, I like to use as little cooking pots as possible.  I would have liked this meal more if all the components were made in the oven but I had to stand over a stove top to make the couscous.  Also who eats asparagus in late summer?  Asparagus is a springtime vegetable.

But the salmon was fresh and I cooked it very well.  Hello Fresh sent me a little jar of honey and a little jar of mustard which I did not use.  I ended up using my own honey, which was fresh honey from a hive nearby and my own mustard.

I would rate this as a seven out of ten.


The second meal was Mole Spiced Steak Tacos.


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This was what added


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I should also add that the avocado was mine.  There was cheese, tomatoes and tortillas.


The kids liked it but we have tacos once a week.  The corn salsa was good.  There was enough leftovers that Yohboh had enough for lunch the next day.

I would rate this nine out of ten.



The final meal was Crispy Parmesan Chicken Salad.


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I added the tomatoes.

Also the recipe was annoying because it made me turn on the oven to cook the potatoes for 25 minutes and I did not want to do that.  So I microwaved the potatoes to par cook them and then cut them into dice sized cubes and then threw them in the oven for the same duration as the chicken.

I cut the chicken into strips because they would take less time to cook.  The recipe suggested I coat the chicken in sour cream and then in the Parmesan bread crumb mixture.  I liked this approach to oven frying.  I have dipped in butter to oven fry chicken but it came out greasy and disappointing.  The sour cream kept the chicken moist.  Next time, I will add some flavoring, like ranch dressing to the sour cream to give it more flavor.

This was the family's least favorite meal.

I would give it a six out of ten.


Overall, would I order Hello Fresh again?  Not really, it is expensive and I can do better in my own in my current situation. I am a SAHM so I have lots of time to figure out meals and shop accordingly.   But I can see a need for this product, especially if I was working.  It would be a godsend to have a box of food, preportioned out for me and my family.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Cod en Papillote

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Actually it is in aluminum foil but I like to say it in French.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Everyday tomato salad

Or my kids are spoiled.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Donald the Possum

So in a new layer of rodentia,  there was a possum in the garden this week eating a rotten pumpkin.

It was sitting in the rotten pumpkin, covered in rotten orange pumpkin goo, looking fat and smug.

So it looked like Donald Trump.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Excellent leftover user upper

Spring Roll bar -- an excellent way to eat all the odds and ends


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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

My Lunch Everyday

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This is my lunch everyday when the tomatoes come in.

I take all the over ripe tomatoes, chop them up and salt them.

Make the pasta, I like angel hair because it takes less time to cook.

While it is cooking, I add garlic and basil and pepper to the tomatoes.

Then I drain the noodles and add it to the bowl of tomatoes and toss.

I add parmesan cheese.

This is my lunch everyday.  And the noodles are chickpea noodles because I cannot eat too many carbs.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Strawberries and Cream


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This is a bowl of macerated strawberries with a dollop of marscapone cheese and a tablespoon of heavy cream.  My kids loved this.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mac and cheese and chili

My kids and my husband asked for macaroni and cheese and chili.


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It was surprisingly successful.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition - The tomato on the left is a Cherokee Purple. The tomato on the right is a red currant.



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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Doughnut Tomato

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What it looked like sliced up.


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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

Peach, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Salad

This was so good!  I drizzled it with olive oil and salt.


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Monday, June 20, 2016

Mini Apple Pies

These are the Goya discos and chopped apples tossed with cinnamon and butter.  400 until they looked like this:


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Very tasty.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Garden Update

Here is what the garden looks like:

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And we finally got some tomatoes.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

No Cook Meals

It is ridiculously hot in the ATL of late.  As in the AC kicks on at 8 am and does not stop until midnight.   So I am doing a lot of meals that require minimum cooking like:


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Cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Flour Union

A friend of mine has started a business selling baked goods, Flour Union


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He specializes in gluten free baked goods.  He dropped off a few in exchange for some tomato plants. Don't you just love a barter?


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This is the doughnut muffin. It was coated in cinnamon and sugar. My youngest and I ended up sharing it because she really liked it too. Larry makes some amazing cheesecake, chocolate coconut pies and compost cookies. Please check out his page to see where he will be next!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Fancy Avocado Toast


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I like an avocado toast but to make it FANCY I put salmon roe on top of it instead of salt.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Work Treats

Yohboh had a big meeting at work.  He asked me to make some treats so I did.

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This is the leftover cooks treats!

What are they?  Brownies and lemon squares.

I think they made his meeting better to attend.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Kimchi Slap

When I am a really old woman, I am always going to carry a rancid container of kimchi just for this purpose.


To slap arrogant little shits down!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

My almost plant based day thanks to Sprouts

A few Saturdays ago, I was invited along with other members of the Atlanta Food Blogger's Society to the Morningside Sprouts to meet with Marisa Moore, a registered dietitian to talk about a plant based lifestyle.


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I will be honest, my family and I are not vegans but we do eat our fair share of plants.  And I am always interested in incorporating more plants into our diet.

I had not been to Sprouts before either so I was interested in visiting.  Marisa was very informative about what strategies to use to include more plants into our diet like use hummus instead of mayonnaise in a sandwich or have packets of nut butters with you for a ready made snack.

Can I just tell you?  SPROUTS IS AMAZING!

They have a bakery section, cheese and meat, ready made foods and pantry items.  But the thing that impressed me was their produce.  They have all the wackadoo vegetables that I love like purple carrots, shishito peppers and this interesting fruit:

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What is it?

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It is a mini kiwi fruit which my whole family loved.  I put the raspberry in there to give you an idea of the size.


I was given a gift card to Sprouts so I decided to try a plant based day for my family.

That morning we had:

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Tropical smoothies with coconut yogurt.

I took the things in the picture and put them in the blender.  It was the whole container of the coconut yogurt, one coconut yogurt container of pineapple chunks, four tablespoons of chia seeds, four tablespoons of ground flax seeds.

I had never tried coconut yogurt before and it was really good.  My youngest child loves coconut and she devoured this.

Later my daughters and I made:


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pumpkin spice muffins which were made with coconut oil and soy flour for the eggs.

Which led to this lunch:


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which my youngest said looked like a rainbow.  Marisa recommended eating the natural rainbow to get all your nutrients on a plant based diet.  There is a stick cheese there but my kiddos asked for it and I complied.

And the kids loved the snow peas so much that they ended up eating the rest of them all day as snacks.


And then I made a green tomato pizza.

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I tried to avoid all non plant based items but I have to tell you pizza is not pizza without cheese.  So I had a mostly plant based today.



I think Sprouts is an excellent market and that it can provide a lot of good food for a family.  It certainly did mine!


I was not paid for this post but I was given a gift card to Sprouts thanks to the Atlanta Food Blogger's Society.  All these opinions are mine.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

My new favorite food show

I have a new favorite cooking show.  It is irreverent and interesting.  It is offensive and amusing.  I particularly like the sidekicks constant patter.  They are full of bullshit and occasional insight.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

First Fresh Foods Chicken Sausage Review

I received some chicken sausages from First Fresh Foods to review.


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So we had some with our breakfast for dinner.  I poached them gently in water.


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Then we grilled the rest.


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How were they, you ask?

They were great.  They were less fatty than pork sausage and they were well seasoned.  The breakfast sausage was better with a little maple syrup to dip in.  And the Italian sausage were well flavored with fennel.

Would I buy these?  Yes I would.

These sausages are made in Georgia and available in the metro Atlanta area.

I was not paid for this post but I was given some sausage to sample.  The opinions are all mine.


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Insulated Coffee Cup Off

I am very serious about the temperature of my beverages.  I do not like anything lukewarm.  I like my coffee scalding hot and my Coke Zero ice cold.

I found a few travel coffee cups in my cupboard and wanted to know which was best for keeping the coffee hot and drinking it hot.

So I took these three I insulated travel coffee cups and did a comparison.


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The three I did for comparison were the Thermos 16 ounce travel tumbler, the Reduce Everyday Ridge Thermal Tumbler, the Contigo 20 ounce Snap Seal.

I filled each one with water from a recently boiled kettle and just left them on the counter.  After about an hour I measured how much the water had cooled off.

Here is the chart held by my youngest

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I prefer in the reduce everyday cup because I cannot drink more that 12 ounces of coffee at a time.  Twenty ounces of coffee is just too much for me.  I would be just too jumpy.  The Thermos has a lid that makes it difficult to drink the coffee.