Two of My Favorite Things

Today I just wanted to talk about two of my favorite things to eat.

Cookies and Salad.

Yup, I said it. A pretty much guaranteed unhealthy item and a fairly healthy item. They cancel each other out, right?

So anyways… one of my favorite cookies ever are the Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread cookies from Martha Stewart’s Cookie Book. When I first got this cookbook I was super excited because I loved the lay out.. I loved how in the glossary there was a picture of each cookie… so you didn’t have to go to the recipe to see what kind of cookie it was (if you were unfamiliar with it). Well… needless to say, the book is a 50/50 in my opinion. I’ve had some really awesome cookies and I’ve had some that were yucky and didn’t come out like she says they’re supposed to. But these gingerbread cookies, yum! Gingerbread cookies are one of my favorites and to add big chunks of chocolate, delish!

They’ve got sugar on the outside to make them a bit crunchy, yet they’re soft and chewy in the inside. They are definitely a cookie from heaven.

Alright, now I’m going to admit something that I’ve never heard of anyone else doing.. It’s got to do with my salads. And no, I don’t crumble my cookies into them… although, chocolate chip cookies dipped in mustard are amazingly good… but that’s a different post.. (..maybe…?) Anyways. Here goes, I hope ya’ll don’t think I’m too weird..

I absolutely love, love love LOVE steaming hot brown rice or quinoa on top of my salads. I love it when it wilts the lettuce and makes the cucumbers all warm and toasty. I love how the dressing gets soaked right up into the grains and flavors them intensely. Every time I make a salad and throw steaming grains on top people look at me like I’m a weirdo. I used to do it at work on my lunch break and people would be “grossed out”, the boy thinks I’m weird and nasty… I’ve just never met anyone else who does it. Do you? Have you ever tried it? Am I as weird as everyone makes me out to be? Who knows.. but I highly suggest it to anyone who loves salads and hot steamy grains.

Mmmmm… yummy.

 

Bon Appetit!

 

 

mmmmmmmmm

Words can not describe what we ate for dinner last night. Seriously. I haven’t had something so delicious in a long long long time. Can I show you? Please?

Welcome to the land of glorious Tofurky, mashed potatoes, home made vegan turkey gravy, roasted carrots with onion and garlic and steamed snow peas. HELLO GORGEOUS.

So the boy and I had to test out the Tofurky before I went out of town (won’t be back until the day before Thanksgiving) and decided to bake it with some carrots, onion and garlic plus a homemade vegan turkey broth. The broth steamed the Tofurky and made it moist and delicious while also making the carrot mixture a creamy delicious concoction of… yumminess! The Tofurky reminded me of what I remember lower quality meats tasting like… like maybe a turkey cutlet Banquet tv dinner.  It was really satisfying and I was super pleased with how it came out. Thanksgiving is always the hardest for me because I love love loved turkey sooo much and I’m always drooling over it.. but honestly, knowing there are products like this out right now makes me believe I’ll never go back to eating real meat. I definitely recommend the Tofurky to anyone!

Now I just wanna find the Gardein Holiday Roast and I’ll be set!

leftovers & muffins

So that tortilla soup and salsa? Makes awesome leftovers!! I turned the salsa into bangin’ grilled cheese sandwiches and warmed the soup up for a killer dipper. (I made the grilled cheese with a little shredded cheddar cheese on plain ol’ white bread with a little bit of Frank’s Red Hot spread on the inside of the bread… yum!!!!!!!!)

Today, I slept until a god awful hour and then decided it was an opportune time to make the cranberry orange nut muffins I’ve been wanting to make since Christmas. I gathered up all my ingredients and went to my giant freezer to get out my cranberries and oh.my.god. It’s an absolute disaster. I couldn’t find anything to save my life, so although I was already freezing, I set out to clean the beast out.

Findings? Soup in freezer bags in all sorts of shapes and sizes, fish fillets from last ice fishing season, venison (uhm? hello? I don’t even eat meat!), frozen and then unfrozen and then frozen again frost bitten berries, like 8 packages of rolls? Plus an assortment of a bunch of other crap. Pretty much, I’m embarrassed to say how much I threw out today. Butttttt, now I can see what’s in there and it’s not going to be such a hassle to find what I want.

So anyways, after I did the whole freezer thing, I set out to make the muffins. My Nanny got me giant muffin pans for Christmas and I’ve been pretty excited to use them and along with the pan she also got me 750 Best Muffin Recipes, which is where I got the recipe from.

NOW, I absolutely love love love love love love love Panera Breads cranberry orange muffins.. they are my favorite, like EVER. So I was kinda hoping these muffins would be sorta like them… but I knew instantly that they probably wouldn’t be. For one, they’ve got cinnamon and nutmeg in them… and Panera’s does not… For two, they’ve also got pecans (I subbed walnuts) and Panera’s does not… but hey smelled absolutely fantastic baking and they look pretty darn good…

Annnnnd, I just had one and they’re awesome! The cranberries are super tart, the muffin part is the perfect sweetness, and you get a little hint of orange. The nuts are pretty tasty as well! (Although I must say, Panera’s are still better.. but these can be a good at home replacement)

Yum!