since we've last spoken, I have discovered two favorites:
I am a creature of habit. It's ridiculous, really. Once I find out I like something, I stick with it. Tonight, I made a portabello parmesan dish, courtesy of Natalie Mikles, the Tulsa World's personal foodie. I needed a good base pasta sauce, so I decided to take advantage of my husband's resourcefulness. Back up to a few weeks ago... JT went to Target by himself and came home with an armful of interesting things he'd found that he thought I would like such as cranberry vanilla peanut butter. He also brought home four large jars of Classico pasta sauce because he wanted to try them all. I layered pasta sauce with two broiled portabello mushroom caps, mozzarella and parm cheese, and more sauce. So good! The eyeliner is just a welcome relief because I have never bought the same eyeliner twice and I have been wearing it since the 11th grade.
On the topic of favorites, I finally got to participate in Pie Night with the expert herself. We used her mom's secret pie crust recipe from scratch and threw in some blackberries. She successfully wove together a lattice crust and the finished product looked a little something like this...so delicious! We just finished it tonight for dessert!
I contributed quick-cooking tapioca (thickening agent) and blackberries to the pie. But first, I had to visit Whole Foods. Wow. I went on my lunch break and was pretty much entranced throughout the whole experience. When I got to the produce section, I was speechless. I'd never seen such gorgeous, sexy fruit and vegetables. (Yes, produce can be sexy!) They were perfect in size and color. It was almost enough to tempt me into paying the extra $2! But I will stick with Reasor's for now. That is, until I become independently wealthy as I was discussing with my good friend tonight.
On the subject of healthy foods, I have to share my idea for Lent. I am not catholic and have never been raised to observe Lent. However, my freshman year of college, some friends (also non-catholics) brought up the topic of what they were going to give up for Lent. I've been interested in trying it, but for some reason or another have never done it. But this year, I am thinking of giving up refined sugar and white flour. I think it's totally manageable, especially since I have an allergy cookbook that one of our clients wrote that skirts around those two ingredient by substituting sucanat, molasses, honey, tapioca flour, and other ingredients I've seen on the shelves at Reasors, or wouldn't be too difficult to make with a Whole Foods investment. Just something I am thinking about.
I have 15 days to think about it!