Favorite Recipes

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Three lovely ladies threw me a bridal shower this past Saturday. One of my favorite gifts was from one of the indomitable’s former classmates. It was a cookbook and hand written note cars of her favorite recipes. I think one of the best things people can give is their favorite recipes so I thought I’d share some of mine, and I would like you, internet, to post one of your favorite recipes in the commets section.

Curry Tuna Salad

2 (6 ounce) cans tuna, drained
1 cup chopped dates
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1 large apple - peeled, cored and diced
1/2 cup lemon fat free yogurt
1 tablespoon minced onion
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground curry powder

DIRECTIONS
1. In a large bowl, mix the tuna, dates, celery and apple.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt, onion, lemon juice, and curry powder. Pour over tuna mixture and gently toss to coat. Refrigerate 1 hour, or until chilled.

Preserving the Earth Instead

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When I was a freshman in college, my English Composition professor made the class read a newspaper story about a mortician. The article stated that it takes one third less embalming fluid to preserve a body today than it did fifty years ago. This is because people eat so many preservatives throughout their lifetimes that they slowly embalm their body over time. That really stuck in my mind, and occasionally I’ll get on a kick where I try to eat foods that contain no preservatives.

Then a few weeks ago I couldn’t sleep. I decided to use my time wisely and looked up how to live a green life. I must admit that this is partially inspired by Oprah. I am not one of those women who worships Oprah and religiously watches her show. I do not belong to her book club, and I don’t plan on ever joining. However, she did remind of my earth friendly interests. That night I found an awesome book on Amazon and quickly ordered it. Normally I try to stray away from ordering things when it’s late at night and I’m groggy. Honestly, sleepingKelly has bid on a few stupid things on eBay. However, this one is a keeper.


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As I was reading the Organic Suburbanite last night, I decided I would try buying more organics. They are usually fifty cents to a dollar more expensive than the conventional items, but often I find coupons for them in the Sunday paper. However, a few dollars doesn’t seem like much when thinking about avoid pre-death liver preservation.Once I got to the store, I realized there are several products with “Organic” labels. Some were more expensive than others. I was also happy to find that my grocer had several organics under their store brand label. It did make me question what was the difference, other than price, so I did a little research.USDA Certified Organic label means that the crops were grown without using conventional pesticides, fertilizers with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, bioengineering, or ionizing radiation. When the USDA certifies meat as organic, it means that the animals were not given antibiotics or steroids. The USDA also requires that products that claim to be “Organic” on the front of their packaging contain at least 95% organic ingredients. If a product is labeled “Made with Organic Ingredients,” it must be at least 75% organic. Certification can be done by state or accredited private companies.

Basically, there is no difference, at least not where the label is concerned. Just on a side note, look for the specifics on that label. Some companies don’t put the USDA stamp on their packaging, but they will always state which private company certified the product. Hunt on bargin green shoppers, and send me an email if you find any great deals!

Titillating the Taste Buds

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The indomitable and I have been planning on a romantic dinner ever since I got stranded in DC over Valentine’s Day. (I tried to fly jetBlue.) I decided to cook him a deliciously unhealthy dinner last night to celebrate his new job. I made cedar planted garlic dill salmon, avocado and strawberry salad, broccoli with almonds, and a sexy tart dessert. Everything turned out great, even in spite of me setting the cedar planks on fire twice. The tarts were sensual and delectable. I know that it seems odd to describe food as in terms of intimate activities, but trust me, they qualify. In addition to being erotic, they were easy (like all sexy tarts should be).

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Here’s the recipe:

One container of Cool Whip
One Jar of Lemon Curd
Waffle Cups (with the ice cream cones)
Berries
Chocolate Sauce for Drizzling

Fold the lemon curd into the cool whip. Do not stir because it will make your whip go flat. (There is nothing sexy about flaccid whip.) Place equal amounts of whip into the waffle cups. Cover with berries. Drizzle with chocolate sauce. Voila!

They were so good that we ate the extra ones for breakfast.

Next We’re Going to Crush and Snort Them

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Several months ago, I purchased pizzelle cookies from Kroger. I was initially drawn to the lemon flavor because my friend Korbie got me addicted to lemon cookies. Short after the first purchase, the indomitable and I became addicted and bought the vanilla, the only other variety offered at our grocery store. They are only 23 calories a wafer and have a crispy texture and a waffle cone flavor. Also, the wafers are too big to shove an entire one into your mouth and too hard to swallow whole. You’re forced to savor the tasty treat.

Then something happened and our Kroger stopped carrying them. We began to wander the organic/gourmet foods section every time we went to the store. It was heartbreaking. The indomitable tried to find them on the internet so he could order them in bulk, but we could not remember the brand name. I imagine this is what crack addicts feel like when their dealer goes to prison. We longed for more.

On Sunday night, the indomitable and I went to the west side of town to have dinner at our friend Lolly’s house. She is pregnant and due in May. Since we couldn’t bring the typical hostess gift of wine, I suggested we stop by Walgreens and pick up diapers. By a twist of fate, all the pharmacies were closed, and we were forced to stop at Kroger. Without telling the other, we both looked for the pizzelle cookies. Suddenly we saw them and began running to the stand. We loaded up and carried away five containers.

I can only imagine what the other customers were thinking upon seeing two people carrying diapers, pickles, and ice cream running to a stand of cookies. Also, I think it’s worthy to mention that the indomitable had toothpaste in his hair.


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God Grows the Tomatoes in His Garden in Heaven

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I love food. I love food so much that I even eat in my sleep. Everyone seems to think that I either never eat or can eat whatever I want without gaining a pound. This is not true. I watch what I eat carefully and work out daily. Whenever sleepingKelly has an episode, I reduce my calories to compensate. Regardless to my calorie counting, I do derive pleasure in taste. I’m always striving to find a new, better, nutritious food. Last night, I wanted tomato soup, and the indomitable said that Pacific Natural Foods’ Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato looked good. I am a little standoffish towards bell peppers and extremely turned off by fake pepper taste. However, I’m glad I decided to give in to the indomitable’s request. It was fantastic! I can’t pinpoint the flavor, but it does not remind me of peppers. It’s not spicy. In fact, there is something extremely pure about it. I going to keep a steady supply in my cupboard for rainy days and gluttonous days.


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