Lately, I’ve been getting kind of sick of my lunch options. I usually bring a sandwich to lunch or leftovers and probably once or twice a week I grab a bite at a local spot. My office is right downtown so if I’m going out it usually isn’t a problem to find something yummy and delicious. But those sandwich days…
Sometimes a sandwich isn’t enough.
And so let me introduce my new favorite friend: The one pound rice and bean burrito.
Not my best photo.
I’ve made breakfast burritos before that are much smaller and filled with egg and cheese, but these guys are for lunch purposes. Super cheap to make, easy to transport and reheat, and very filling.
What’s up man!? It’s been awhile since I’ve written you. I know you are having a kind of hard time over on Pennsylvania Ave. with the health care business and the whole economy deal, but because you took the time to comment on my last letter I thought I would try again.
Luckily, I’m not writing you about any of that hard stuff. I’m sure you have enough people whispering sweet nothings of advice is your ear regarding those very difficult choices. Instead, I want to take a few minutes of your time to discuss a much simpler part of your day: lunch.
My temporary roomie Jeff and his girlfriend Bethany like to play backgammon and they get kind of intense about it. They are very competitive people and backgammon is one of those games that fosters competition. Normally, it’s played for money, but they make other bets based on individual games or a series of games.
Bethany lost a series recently and had to make dinner for Jeff (and me because, well, I live here). When she told me what she was going to make I thought it would make a great post! She chose to make a spicy black bean patty with a cilantro yogurt sauce. It was really good and healthy!
Healthy and spicy. Good stuff.
We ate these with lots of the cilantro sauce and a simple side salad. When I tried this patty the first thing that came to mind was how delicious this would be as a veggie burger.
There is nothing like dessert for breakfast. While I’m normally not a huge biscotti fan due to the fact that they tend to have the texture of cement, these almond biscotti were like little breakfast cookies. A bit crunchy, but still with some moisture to them, sweet but not too sweet, and perfect for dipping in coffee.
I had never made them before, but these were my biscotti results.
Cookie for breakfast? Don't mind if I do.
The trick to biscotti is to make sure they don’t dry out. This means be careful not to over bake them as they will lose moisture after cooking also. Also it helps to have a really solid recipe.
I’m flying to Nashville, TN today for a wedding. I really like Nashville. Brings me back to my country roots. Also, I generally like social events at which I have no obligations other than eating and drinking.
The guaranteed good music is just an added bonus.
While I’m partying my socks off, you should vote for what you want on Macheesmo next week!
Now for some links!
Restricting Antibiotics in Food – This hasn’t been getting any press lately due to other major political items like health care but I found it really interesting that the Obama people are trying to push this through. I think it’s generally a good idea as long as they can guarantee no decrease in food quality. The food industry of course says that food quality will suffer, but I’m not sure I buy their argument given that they can still give antibiotics to sick animals, just not every animal. (@ NY Times)
Blogger Boggle: FMK – This is sort of self promotion but I participated in a fun version of celebrity FMK this week. Maybe not kid or work appropriate, but if you want a good laugh, some of the answers are pretty funny. Their are some good comments also. If you don’t know what FMK stands for, then maybe just don’t click the link. Or do. (@ Endless Simmer)
Stop Putting Bacon on Your Burger! – Whoa. Some would consider this blasphemy, but in reality I sort of agree. If you have a good burger, it can be ruined by bad bacon and also a good burger doesn’t really need bacon. If you had a bad burger then bacon helps, but why would you want a bad burger to begin with? Solid argument! (@ So Good)
Last week’s poll was really interesting. Again it was a nail biter. A close race between an Asian dish or a Mexican dish with the later winning out by just one vote. What’s funny is that the two dishes that I was least comfortable with were the top dishes.
But that’s what this site is all about. I had never made chile rellenos before and honestly I was a bit scared. I mean, peppers are tender guys, especially after they have been roasted. And i just couldn’t imagine stuffing them with cheese and having that work. Turns out I had nothing really to worry about with these chile rellenos. They turned out awesome.
You can use a lot of different peppers when making chile rellenos. The classic is the Hatch Green Chile, but you can use any large medium-spiced pepper. I chose poblanos just because I’m pretty familiar with them and they are large enough to fill and easy to find.
I got talked into baking something for Yeastspotting this week by my friend Nick over at Imafoodblog. Ok. So it wasn’t that hard to talk me into it. In fact, all he had to do was ask me if I wanted to submit something because, well, I like to bake.
The only real requirement for yeastspotting is that you have to make something with – you guessed it – yeast.
And so I made this pretty cool looking marbled rye loaf.
Try not to get hypnotized by its beauty.
I had never made a rye bread before and I had absolutely no idea how to make the light or the dark version of the breads. Turns out that it has to do a lot with these odd ingredients – none of which I normally associate with bread.