Dinner: Monday, April 6, 2009

“Making something … out of nothing at all (nothing at all).”

photo11What’s that, terrible Air Supply cover band in my mind? It’s fridge-cleaning night? And a successful one at that*. 

I think the key was to use the toaster oven set to “Broiled” in three stages**. 

pre step 3
between steps 2 and 3

After sufficient cooking, two Dr. Praeger’s broccoli pancakes — the Dr. makes some decent frozen goods — were placed on top of two slices of bread that had been smeared with scallion creme cheese to mask the dryness, add flavor and account for the missing fat in step three, which was to melt*** the last two slices of Jarlsberg reduced fat, deli thin, pre-sliced Swiss cheese****.

The last of my favorite lettuce mix, Earthbound Farm‘s heirloom lettuce leaves, as the ever-diligent side salad, the exceptional Novello olive oil just about to kick the bucket, as well. 

I guess it’s time I go grocery shopping … 

COST: Who the hell knows. In the $5 range.
PREP TIME: Surprisingly long, probably almost 30 minutes between figuring out a strategy and broiling in three phases.  

R.I.P. lettuce mix and key to mysterious asterisks after the jump:

photo-21

Asterisks key:

*Relatively speaking. There have been worse, much worse.
*Which really, is to broil any different than to bake, in toaster oven speak? I’m not so convinced.
***Soften is probably more accurate a description of what happened to the reduced-fat cheese.
****WTF? So not my style. What was I thinking?
 

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