Cake is different than birthday cake.
1.) Containing milk, eggs, and flour, cake is practically a health food.
2.) If milk, eggs, and flour aren’t healthy enough, there are cake recipes with carrots, fruit, or nuts. (Chocolate too.)
3.) Baking (not burning) cake smells delicious. Even Yankee Candle agrees – they produce several types of cake-scented candles.
4.) Cakes can be – and are – any shape and size. Cake can teach us a lot about tolerance and acceptable.
5.) According to Marie A. of France, cake is an entirely suitable substitute for bread.
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.
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.
1.) They contain a TON (relatively, not literally) of Vitamins A without a ton of calories or bad fats.
2.) In stick form, they make an excellent mode of transport for getting dip into my mouth.
3.) ::nibble, nibble:: “What’s up Doc?”
4.) Carrots can be eaten raw, cooked, baked, roasted, juiced, etc. They are pretty versatile and don’t always taste the same.
5.) When intercropped with tomatoes, it increases tomato production. That’s basically growing a vegetable soup.
1.) They can be made with a large variety of cake and frosting flavors and combinations. (I personally like white cake-white frosting.)
2.) Be it 2-D or 3-D, they are personalizable. This can lead to hilariously dated pictures…or plain old awesomeness.
3.) They are often served with ice cream.
4.) What better way to celebrate the anniversary of someone’s birth than with delicious baked goods?
5.) You are allowed to eat it for breakfast the day after the birthday.
sauté with olive oil and...pretty much any veg
1.) Garlic wards off vampires, including Dracula. This is a valid concern of mine – circa 1984. (Now I want to know if it will ward off Twilight fans.)
2.) As stated in the caption, my fallback option for pretty much any green vegetable (e.g., kale, spinach, green beans) is to sauté it in garlic and olive oil.
3.) Health benefits. I’m no kind of doctor (i.e. not medical advice) but garlic is supposed to protect against cancer, heart disease, and scurvy; as well as fighting colds.
4.) Dude. There’s a garlic festival! It’s annual and in California – that’s totally legit! It’s probably family friendly and not boring.
5.) It is available year-round and lasts for a long time, even in the tundra.
The Food Network is one of the approximately five channels I watch. I watch it because it is good and I like it; somethings do not need to be all complicated. Here are some good things about Food Network:
1.) Some chefs and personalities are kinda cute.
2.) Food Network gives me ideas of things to home cook, both directly (recipes) and indirectly (ideas).
3.) While I have not seen every show and some contestants can be a bit eccentric, there aren’t any real jerks or idiots on Food Network. Sure, some cooks can be a bit pretentious, but they are consistent and usually based on actual skill.
4.) It’s safe to watch Food Network before bed, as it’s not likely to cause nightmares. Similarly, it’s family friendly.
5.) Many of the recipes are also available online at foodnetwork.com . Yum.
1.) It is versatile enough to be used in fruit and veggie Jell-O salads.
2.) You can eat it when on a clear liquid diet.
3.) Well advertised – “J-E-L-L-O!” has a distinct and consistent sound in my head.
4.) Bill Cosby did their commercials for awhile.