Food Review

By May 5, 2010 One Comment

I really like food.  I like trying new recipes and I like eating.  I’m lucky I don’t have to plan dinner every night (thank you dining hall) so when I do have to plan, I kindof look forward to.  Here are some current food reviews:

Trader Joe’s Roasted Red Pepper Soup.  Easy, ready to go, recommended by Allison.  Pretty tasty though I think I do have a preference for Campbell’s Tomato.  Grilled cheese sandwich using Velveeta.  Thought I should give the easy cheese another shot.  Much better this way than in the certain casserole I attempted.  Still not restaurant quality.  How to achieve?
Alright, here I should have known better.  Even when I was buying it I thought, “This is going to be gross.”  Yet I still did it.  Sugar free, Low calorie, artificially sweetened chocolate sauce is not the way to go.  Even the kids didn’t want any more after a taste.  And that’s saying something.  Are you diabetic?  I think this was made for you.  And I truly am sorry.
Oh my gosh.  This cheese.  Sharp cheddar doesn’t get any better.  It’s locally made in Vermont (love this!) and it’s so so good.  I saw an article in the Hannaford cooking magazine and thought I’d give it a try. The spicy pepper jack cheese is great too.  There’s a cheese festival in Vermont featuring the famous cheese.  I hear “Road Trip” calling. Wanna?  It’s a little more expensive so I hide it from children who are happy with generic.  But as you can see from Brynne’s face she prefers it too.  Eaten with Toasted’s Onion Cracker.  Heaven.

Herring Tidbits.  Ew.  Be suspicious of anything with the word “Tidbits” on the label.

When I miss dinner I’m excited.  For this.  Love it.  Ready made Indian food.  Favorite:  Mashed Vegetable Curry and a spicy Chick Pea one.  Serve it with rice and toasted tortillas.  Oh my.
Brother Patrick told me he goes to this restaurant “Five Guys” in Utah at least once a week.  He was trying to cut down but kept crawling back.  One just arrived in Manchester!  We took the family last week.  And now I see.  How the obsession begins.  This burger is amazing.  Flavorful, juicy, fresh.  It’s also HUGE.  They give you a double burger without even asking.  Fries freshly cut.  Ours were from Sugar City Idaho.  And that was the nail in the coffin.  Oh Idaho I love you!  It calls to me – the burgers, I mean.  Every day since.  Even though I was almost physically sick after eating so much.  It calls to me.
I know I’ve mentioned this several times but just in case…this is my favorite ice-cream ever.  Wasn’t really an ice-cream addict until I tried this.  I don’t know if you can get it anywhere but out here.  Guess you’ll have to visit.  A carton is sure to be in our freezer.  Preferably at all time.  We’ll visit the Ben and Jerry’s factory and compare.

Amaranth as a hot cereal for breakfast.  Gee, the picture sure is appetizing, huh?  You cook it like rice and it’s very seed-like.  Put some milk and brown sugar and serve warm.  Decent.  Not a huge fan of hot cereals anyway.  “You don’t have to love it, you just have to eat it,” I love to tell my kids.  Contains amino acids uncommon in grains, 13.56! grams/100grams of protein (that’s a lot!), low in fat, high in fiber, loaded with health, including twice the amount of calcium as milk.  Eat it!
Wasn’t I just talking about recipes?  And then listed pre-made food everything?  Ha ha.  That’s the way I really like to do it.  Alright, so here’s one of my favorite things to eat.   My kids love it too.  It’s easy, fresh, super healthy, and loaded with energy yum.
Black Bean-Corn-Cilantro Salsa:
1 Can Corn
1 or 2 Cans Black Beans
1 Can Diced Tomatoes (I like the zesty jalepeno for flavor)
1 Red Onion
2 Avocados
1 Red Pepper
1 C Chopped Cilantro
1/4 C Lime Juice
1 TBSP minced Garlic
3 TBSP Honey
3 TBSP Olive Oil
Salt to taste
Eat with Tortilla Chips.  Watch bowl disappear quickly.

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