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: Continue reading “Dinner: Monday, April 6, 2009”

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Dinner: Thursday, April 2, 2009

photo5Sometimes a girl doesn’t need a meal to be anything more than a fresh salad and some good cheese.

And I had some first-class goods to work with:

Greens: Earthbound Farm’s organic heirloom lettuce mix, plus fresh dill
Dressing: Fairway Market’s Novello olive oil, plus a squeeze of lemon
Cheese: Cypress Grove’s Humboldt Fog goat’s milk cheese
Crackers: Carr’s Table Water Crackers with cracked pepper
Beverage: (not pictured) Negra Modelo beer

Who has need of more?

COST: +/- $5 (not incl. beer)
PREP TIME: 5 minutes

Saturday, March 28, 2009

photo11How to make soup from a can taste better than soup from a can (also known as a riff on classic combination of tomato soup and grilled cheese):

Pick a good soup base to begin with. In this case, Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato Bisque. 

Plate in beautiful bowl. 

Re-add salt (if low sodium).

Drizzle with olive oil — I’m working my way through a fantastic bottle of Fairway Market’s Novello Olive Oil (1L, $19.95) at the moment. 

Add fresh herbs. I’ve got flat-leaf parsley in the fridge; basil is beautiful for tomato soup. 

For tomato soup, accompany with cheese. Cheese toast, grilled cheese, even blue cheese on water crackers will do. 

COST: >$5
PREP TIME: 10 minutes