I have a retraction I would like to make. Many years ago I stated, in public, that I thought The Wire was the best TV drama of all time and would never be beat by any TV Drama. It was just perfect.
I maintain that it still top two, but I really think Breaking Bad might be better. I first starting watching Breaking Bad last year when I was cooped up on the couch recovering from knee surgery. While it starts slower than The Wire, it rapidly accelerates and by season two I was completely sucked in.
I’m so sucked in, in fact, that while I watched all the older seasons on Netflix, I had to buy the most recent two seasons because I couldn’t wait to watch them and we don’t have cable.
There are only two episodes left in the series and I have to mentally prepare before I watch an episode now. It’s some crazy TV.
In short, if you are in the market for a new TV drama, and you don’t mind a fair amount of drugs and violence, this show is off the charts.
Finally back in my own kitchen so we can do a poll this week!
This Week’s Meal Plan
This week’s meal plan features the humble legume! As always, the meals in the plan are quick, but filling and sturdy. You can sign up now for Macheesmo Meals and get a free week to try out the plans and see if you like them!
Vegetarian Caesar Salad – Traditional caesar salad must have anchovies in it. I actually use a lot of anchovies when I make my version. To be honest, I never really even considered a veggie version, but it’s probably a good idea to have on hand. (@ Perfect Pantry)
Blueberry Pierogi- I’ve never tried to make pierogi and have only eaten them a few times. I usually see savory versions but these look really nice as a sweet alternative. (@ Ruhlman)
Simply Recipes Photography – I always like to see how some of my favorite food blogs take their photos. I particularly like Elise’s photos because they aren’t over-stylized and really focus on the food. Here’s some tips from her. (@ Simply Recipes)
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Throughout the week I love chatting with people and sharing fun and interesting stuff around the web.
For my money, a good falafel sandwich is one of my favorite sandwiches, including all those of the meat variety. I like them because they are hearty, really filling, and have lots of interesting flavors.
I’ve made baked falafels before using normal chickpeas but I figured that you can make little falafel balls out of a bunch of different legumes (or even grains). When I wanted to try this theory out, lentils was the first thing that popped into my mind. I love their flavor, they are really easy to cook, and they mash well so I figured they would make good falafels.
I actually found lentils easier to work with than chickpeas so if you want to try your hand at homemade falafels, this might be a good beginner version.
I’m far from perfect and I can’t say that I always keep my promised, but I do always keep my promises when it comes to waffles. That’s probably because I don’t make a ton of waffle promises.
But, I did recently promise (to myself) to try out yeasted waffles because I’ve always just used a quick mix batter for them. To go avoid and beyond, I also added in some candied pecans to the waffles inspired from a local Denver brunch waffle I tasted a few weeks ago. Sure, you can just throw some pecans into waffles and they will be good, but by candying them first, it takes the waffles to a whole different level.
I’m in Boston right now working at the annual conference for my job. I haven’t been to Boston in a really long time so I’m looking forward to exploring a bit and eating plenty of chowda. Much of my time will be spent in a hotel setting up for the conference, but I’ll probably get some time to explore.
Weirdly, I’m also flying to New York for one night while I’m in Boston to go to a good friend’s wedding then flying back to Boston the next day to finish the conference!
Once this stint of traveling is done, I’m not going anywhere until Thanksgiving and really looking forward to being a home body…
This Week’s Meal Plan
This week’s plan is one of my favorites so far. It’s all about delicious fall greens. The meals in the plan are quick, but filling and sturdy. They are perfect for a cozy fall week. You can sign up now for Macheesmo Meals and get a free week to try out the plans and see if you like them!
No poll this week because I’m traveling, but here are some links!
Root Down in Denver – I don’t usually link to restaurant reviews but this one caught my eye because Betsy and I have heard more about this place than any place in Denver. It’s also really hard to get a reservation there! I’ve tried a few times and failed so far. Haha. Someday we will get there I’m sure. (@ Spinach Tiger)
That was Betsy’s response when I told her we were having fish sticks for dinner a few weeks ago. You see, Betsy and I (and many of you I’m sure) grew up in The Frozen Fish Stick Era. It’s possible that this era is still alive actually.
We all ate them as kids. They were a total staple in my childhood. I remember the tiny pale bricks as being a little on the bland side, a little on the dry side, and way on the fishy side. But if you slathered enough mayo-relish-tartar sauce on it, they were just fine.
But we can do better. It’s not too much work to make really good, fresh homemade fish sticks. You can make a big batch and they freeze fantastically or you can just eat them all right away because they are really exceptional.