Five Good Things About Goat Cheese

2 Mar

My dinner inspired this post…While I made some changes, the recipe was roughly this: Goat Cheese and Asparagus Pasta/ – and it was good.

1.) Relative to (most) cow cheese, goat cheese is lower in fat, calories, and cholesterol.  Basically it’s a health food.

2.) Goat cheese is not low in flavor.  Its flavor profile is a little tangy, a lot creamy, and completely delicious.

3.) Some people who cannot eat other cheeses can eat goat cheese.

4.) Goat cheese is a good source of calcium, which is vital for strong teeth and bones.

5.) It’s very versatile.  I already like it in pasta and dips, on salads and pizzas, stuffed into a hunk of meat and sandwiches, or basic  straight up.  I don’t love the Neely Family from the TV (read: they annoy me and I find them almost creepy) but they featured a goat cheese grilled cheese the other day…that’s probably going to happen in my kitchen.

5b.) A BONUS!  Goat cheese is free of bovine growth hormones, ha ha.

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Five Good Things About Wisconsin

2 Mar

Wisconsin is spending some time in the headlines lately, and not all of it is positive press.  Let’s divert from unions and idiot governors and focus on some other, close-to-unanimously positive, traits of the state.

1.) Cheese.  They make delicious cheese.  But.  Wisconsin is more than cheese.

2.) There are NO toll roads in Wisconsin.  They fund the construction and maintenance of their roads via fuel tax.

3.) Their football team won the last Superbowl.

4.) Harry Houdini, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Georgia O’Keefe are all native Wisconsinites.  (Wisconsonians?)

5.) I’ve heard that The Dells are kind of overrated, but there is a lot of lovely and quiet land.

Five Good Things About The Catcher in the Rye

1 Mar

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger isn’t my favorite book, but I read it anyway.  I think that qualifies me as a better-rounded reader.  I didn’t loathe it or anything, rather it just didn’t do much for me…Regardless, it does have some good points:

1.) The chapters are short.  I suspect this is because it was originally published in serial form (fact), but it breaks things up really nicely and keeps the flow of the pages quick.

2.) The sentence “All I can say is, don’t see it if you don’t want to puke all over yourself.”  (Chapter 18) cracked me right up.  I’m not sure exactly why it cracked me up, but it sure did.  I think I might work that sentence into conversation.

3.) It’s a quick read.  Some books are big commitments; this is not one of them.  (Pillars of the Earth and The Coming Plague, I’m looking at you.)  Sometimes I don’t want a big commitment from a book.

4.) In addition to being a quick read, it’s a physically light read.  Fantastic for commuting or while working out on a stationary bike.

5.) Despite being a “little” and “quick” book, it manages to say a lot.

Five Good Things About Working In the Suburbs

22 Feb

I’m a bit mixed up in that I live in the city and work in the suburbs.  But!  That allows me plenty of car time to think up things like “good things about working in the suburbs.”

1.) Parking is easy and ample.

2.) Gas is way cheaper; I make it a point to fill my tank near work.

3.) I might commute, but it’s a reverse commute.

4.) Things are very clean.

5.) The immediate outside is pleasant, verdant, and calm.

Five Good Things About Major Haircuts

21 Feb

Last Saturday, I left my hair salon well shorn – twelve inches.  This is a good thing.

1.) I don’t blowdry my hair.  Since my hair no longer goes most of the way down my back, the backs of my shirts are much dryer.

2.) I expect to save a bundle on hair products.

3.) My head is light.

4.) 12″ is more than enough to donate.  I chose Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program.

5.) Sometimes it’s time for a change and that’s okay.

Five Good Things About Socks

17 Feb

1.) They hide my unsightly winter feet.  Seriously, the clompers are hideous.  There is work to be done.

2.) Socks keep my feet warmer and drier than no socks.

3.) Wearing them inside (sans shoes) typically keeps both my feet and my floors cleaner.

4.) They provide an odor barrier between foot and shoe.

5.) In a pinch, a pair of tall socks can quickly be converted to makeshift legwarmers.

Five Good Things About Grilling

13 Feb

yum. yum, yum, yum.

I miss grilling.  Soon!

1.) You can prepare a well-balanced meal entirely on a grill.  It can be as healthy or unhealthy as you desire.

2.) Hanging around a grill is conducive to good conversation.  Grilling requires some attention, so you probably should stay somewhat nearby, but not a lot, so conversation is acceptable.

3.) Grilling generally involves being outside.  I am a big fan of al fresco dining and/or preparation.

4.) Grilling tends to keep kitchens clean.  When it doesn’t, well, the mess probably didn’t have to happen in the kitchen.

5.)  Quite frankly, the results are delicious.

Five Good Things About Lonely Commutes

12 Feb

i think the city lost money on this one...

Given hours and location, I usually drive or bike to work.  Unplowed streets (read: no parking) and a snowed-in car will definitely drive me to public transit.  Don’t get me wrong: I am a HUGE fan and advocate of public transit.  It just isn’t logical for my current work commute, although returning to a public-transit commute is definite consideration for my next move.  

1.) The only music you get to enjoy is your own.  Ditto phone conversations.  (I elected to enjoy quiet instead of either of the above.)

2.) Nobody tries to read your book/paper over your shoulder.

3.) Lower probability of odor a stranger’s urine or tuna and onion sandwich.

4.) The doors seldom open, better maintaining the temperature.

5.) Ample and unshared leg and elbow room.

Five Good Things About Literal Glass Ceilings

11 Feb

glass ceiling, plant, light

1.) Glass ceilings maximize use of natural light, which is both cost and energy efficient.

2.) During a rainstorm, a glass ceiling provides a rhythmic and impromptu concert.

3.) Glass ceilings allow those under them to stargaze, without being exposed to harsh elements.

4.) Glass ceilings are highly beneficial to plants.

5.) Glass ceilings are significantly more fire resistant than a material like thatch.

Five Good Things About Big Flats Beer

10 Feb
BIGflats

This is dedicated to S&P, friends not agents of seasoning.  They told me about Big Flats and have paid for all (both) of the Big Flats I have consumed to date.  Here is a review of our experience.

1.) It’s made from the choicest hops.
 
2.) At $2.99/6 pack, it’s a bargain.  To put that in perspective, you can buy TWO cans of Big Flats at Walgreens or ONE small fry at McDonalds for the same price.
 
3.) It comes in cans!  As previously discussed, this can be a very, very good thing.
 
4.) According to the can, “the water makes it” – I would not want to drink any beer NOT made with water.  This is one of my non-negotiable standards for beer.
 
5.) Since it is only available at Walgreens, it is easy to buy as part of a multi-purpose errand.  Pick up some Big Flats with your antibiotics, milk, paperclips, and the pictures from Nana’s 80th Birthday Celebration.