Some food-related (mostly) things we enjoyed this past week:
Sometimes a cheese plate for dinner makes more sense and sounds better than cooking an actual meal, especially in the summer when temps are hot and weekends are busy. Â In fact, we’re surprised we don’t have cheese and crackers (and olives and grapes and salami and prosciutto and good bread) for dinner more often, considering how much we enjoyed this last one. Â Expect to see “cheese plate” on our weekly menu a few more times this summer, especially after a friend recently introduced Dan to an amazing cheese from Washington State University that I hear we absolutely have to order and purchase, as soon as possible.
Another food item we don’t have often enough is turkey breast. Â And Dan will never pass up an opportunity to bust out the smoker, make fire and indulge his inner caveman by cooking meat outside over low heat for several hours. Â He brined the turkey overnight (a simple salt and sugar brine), then smoked it with cherry and apple wood chunks for about four hours. Â The awesome thing about cooking a whole turkey breast (besides the delicious smoky flavor), is how many different meals you can get out of it. Â We served it the first night just sliced with a little BBQ sauce, scalloped potatoes and roasted brussels sprout leaves. Â Then we made some of this BBQ
chicken turkey salad for lunches. Â Another night we had what might be our all-time favorite use of smoked turkey: Â lentil soup. Â Then we finished our week of comfort food faves with turkey tetrazzini. Â And we still had enough for a couple of plain-but-never-old turkey sandwiches.
This is what it usually looks like when we go to a seafood restaurant — Dan’s healthy grilled fish with sauce on the side and accompanying veggies, contrasted by my fried shrimp with french fries and extra cocktail sauce and ketchup sodium/carb fest. Â I try to eat healthy as often as I can, but given the choice between fish versus something fried, I’ll choose fried anything (even fish!) pretty much every time.
I know, I can’t believe it either. Â Our new favorite reality show is “Naked and Afraid,” and I’m not afraid to say it. Â Before you judge (looking at you, CM), watch an episode — it is absolutely fascinating. Â If you haven’t seen it, each episode features a man and woman who have never met each other until they are transported and left — naked — in some remote / unforgiving / treacherous place for 21 days with only one survival item of their choice, a small satchel, a video camera and their wits and survival skills. Â It is a televised glimpse into the physical and psychological limits to which the human body and spirit can be pushed. Â Plus, they are nude.