July 2012

Yummy breakfast potato boat

Breakfasts foods are my favorite. I often make them at dinner time as there isn't much time to stand in front of a stove first thing in the morning. One dish worth sharing is a potato boat.

You will need the following items to make your potato boat:

  •     1 russet potato
  •     2 tbsp. sour cream
  •     1 slice cooked bacon
  •     2 eggs
  •     Dash salt
  •     Dash pepper
  •     2 oz. cheddar cheese

Flavored drinks at home

Why pay more when you can do it yourself for a fraction of the price?

Flavored drinks are one of the best things on this earth. If I were one of those rich and famous people who spent money on stupid frivolity every day, I would totally spend my money on theater tickets and flavored coffees, teas and sparkling whatevers. I am a sucker for anything with fruit in it, even though it usually costs anywhere from $1.50 to $4, which is ridiculous.

Lately I have been trying to make my own flavored manna from Heaven at home, and so far, so good. Flavored tea is super easy; just make your regular iced tea—whether you like it sweet or unsweetened and flavored with fruit, stevia, whatever you like—and then add a syrup of your choice. Vanilla, cherry, and raspberry are really easy to get a hold of from the grocery store for about $3 (the price of one of these drinks, only you can make 5-10, depending on how much you like!); if you like other flavors (blackberry is my favorite), you might have to buy them from a tea shop, international foods store, or online. This one looks pretty promising.

Beat the heat with these cool foods

This summer has almost been unbearable with several heat waves in a row. Of course, swimming and spending time in facilities that have air conditioning is key, but you may find that consuming a few cool foods will help keep you healthy from the inside out during a hot summer day.

Watermelon: Watermelon is a perfect fruit to consume when the weather is warmer than you'd like. It is composed mainly of water, which will work to reduce the chances that you become dehydrated in the sun (of course you should also be drinking plenty of water as well). Keeping the watermelon cool in the refrigerator before you serve it to your family is also important. No one wants to eat a warm piece of watermelon on a hot day.

California bans foie gras; foodies revolt

Implicit in the protests against the foie gras ban is the concept that everyone should be able to eat everything they want, regardless of the moral cost. I think we can say that the moral overhead is pretty high with foie gras, the production of which is banned in many countries on the grounds of humane treatment.

The entitlement from the foodie crowd is, I must say, a little difficult to swallow (if you'll pardon the pun). I don't think people have a right to eat whatever they want just because it is tasty. You have to draw the line somewhere, and a lot of people draw the line at force feeding animals. On the other side of that line are questionable foods like lobster (boiled alive), veal (unable to move), dancing shrimp (eaten alive), whale meat and other such morally suspect delicacies.