If you’ve read more than three food posts on this blog, you know I’m picky. Here in New England, I’m considered a “wicked picky eatah.”
One of the aspects I am most picky about is bread. If bread has seeds, I will literally gag. I just can’t handle it. Yes this makes me five, but I’m ok with that. Even though I don’t like seeds in my bread, it doesn’t mean I can’t eat bread that’s good for me. Enter Nature’s Pride 100% Whole Wheat Soft Bread, sure they are marketing it to families with little kids, but hey I am who I am. There’s nothing artificial in this bread, so even though there aren’t any seeds; I can still feel good about eating it.
Nature’s Pride is sponsoring people to come to the Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco and utilize their bread in new and improved ways. While they will get tons of awesome submissions, they may not all be friendly for those of us with selective taste buds. It’s no secret how much I love to travel to new places, so I would be ecstatic if I won this contest. Here is my attempt:
Grown Up (or at least I can pretend) Grilled Cheese:
- Garlic & Chive Cheddar – you know I always use Cabot
- Bacon – Get it good and crispy
- Butter – good salted butter, don’t skimp here
- Basil Mayo – for dipping; whirl fresh basil, pepper and mayonnaise in a food processor
- Cook bacon – it’s important for it to be flat, so get out that electric griddle
- Slice garlic & chive cheese and keep it on the thin side
- Butter bread
- Add cheese and bacon
- Cook on medium low until golden brown and crispy
Enjoy your Grown Up Grilled Cheese with a side salad, basil mayo for dipping, and a grown up beverage; I went with a white wine from Chile.
*This is my official entry to be a Nature’s Pride Bread Ambassador. I did not recieve this bread from Nature’s Pride.
Last summer Jeremy ate some nitrate free pepperoni, and he hated it. He’s been a little prejudice about anything nitrate free since then; saying, “that’s where all the flavor is.” I didn’t try the nitrate free pepperoni, so I really wanted to give it a whirl. This week I bought Coleman All Natural bacon at the grocery store. It’s not local but it is vegetarian fed, no antibiotics, no hormones added. This was the only bacon I saw at the store without nitrates.
Here’s the good news, it was delicious. I don’t know what was wrong with that pepperoni, but this bacon was great. Tons of flavor, salty but not overly so, and crispy.
Apparently I bought chicken from Coleman a few weeks ago. If you go to their website and fill out the survey, you can get five different coupons. Here is an article from Real Simple about nitrates. I know super scientific huh?
Why they’re unhealthy: Nitrates have been linked to infant methemoglobinemia, a deficiency of oxygen in the blood. Also, nitrate can interact with the amines in protein to form nitrosamines, which have been linked to cancer in lab animals.
I honestly didn’t really know what was wrong with nitrates until I started surfing around. Before this I only knew they were “bad” and that pregnant women weren’t allowed to eat lunch meat because of them. Basically, they don’t really know if nitrates cause cancer in humans, but it seems pretty likely. While I will certainly try to avoid nitrates, I love a nice turkey sandwich; at my grocery store there are no all natural lunch meat options. I’ll also be looking for some bacon options at my next farmer’s market.
To accompany our bacon, we had some French toast on this cold, rainy day.
I’ve posted about bacon feelings in the past here and here– if you’re a new reader.
Today was a much better day, while there were angry students and angry parents, I had a better attitude. One thing that helped was getting a good nights sleep. I went to be a little early and laughed my head off rereading some David Sedaris. His essay “In the Waiting Room,” is one of my favorite things. If you’ve never read Sedaris or heard him NPR, he is really quite funny and has his own perspective of the world. After work, I went to the grocery store, which was of course picked over Monday. I managed to get the majority of things I needed.
After bringing home the groceries, I got dressed and went to spin. The class kicked my butt tonight. It was good workout, even though my legs are really tired.
Once spin was over I dropped my friend off and then Jeremy and I made dinner. I’ve seen strata all over the place lately, and it has looked so warm and easy that I wanted to give it a try. It was as easy and good as I’d imagined. I’m not sure if the bread is supposed to go on the bottom or the top. Having it on the top made it really crunchy, which I loved. Next time I’ll either keep it there or do small layer at the bottom and then some on the top. This strata included: bacon, broccoli, baguette, swiss cheese, red onion, green pepper, and of course eggs and milk.
This is something I will definitely make again; it hit the spot.
Fear, loathe, horror, disgust . . . All things I’ve heard in reference to Brussels sprouts. So it was with some trepidation that I embarked on dinner tonight. Lately it seems that this vegetable has been every where. I’ve seen it in magazines, on blogs, on TV. I couldn’t remain out of the loop, so I decided to give them a try. Verdict = not too shabby. I mean they aren’t broccoli (the love of my vegetable eating heart), but they are good, and I will definitely eat them again.
I used most of a Rachael Ray magazine recipe and I added bacon and deleted candied almonds. It ended up being Brussels Sprouts, Bow Ties, and Bacon. I roasted the sprouts in the oven with some olive oil, salt and garlic. I cooked some bacon and then basically followed the recipe from there. To be fair; little can taste bad when mixed with bacon and goat cheese. It was a really nice warm dinner to eat on this snowy, snowy day.
Tomorrow, I’m not going into work because I have a doctor’s appointment. It will be nice to sleep in. Also, I’m going to my first spin class. I’m a little nervous, but everyone says it’s a great work out. We’ll see.
I was sleeping on Jeremy’s side of the bed this morning, after he got up, because his pillow is softer than mine. I got over 8 hours of sleep last night. Amazing. I never get this during the week. If sleep is like a bank, I made a huge deposit. As I was sleeping on that really soft pillow, my nose started to crinkle. I could smell it all the way upstairs. BACON! Jeremy is one great husband. He made me a green pepper, green onion omelet with 50% reduced fat Cabot cheese.
It was a great way to start Saturday. Now I’m enjoying some Comfort and Joy tea (I love Republic of Tea). Soon, I will be lacing up my new kicks for the first time. I’m so excited.