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It’s Not Burnt, It’s Cajun!

29 May

It’s kind of funny that I remember saying this to my mom all the time when I was younger! I’m almost positive I burn a lot more food than she ever did and she did it a lot. She always said she wanted to make sure it was done…
I can’t use that excuse for grilled cheese 😏.

I’m pretty sure it was done and it definitely wasn’t Cajun. I quickly removed most of the blackened burnt toast particles with a few swift flicks of my wrist as I had done and seen my mother do many times before and went on making lunch for the kids. I got to thinking though… Is the burnt stuff on this toast as bad for us as the black lines on grilled meat we talked about in What’s Good Isn’t Always Good For You?

I couldn’t spend too much time thinking about it because I still needed to find something for me to eat for lunch outside with the kids. As I continued making grill cheese sandwiches for the kids I considered eating one myself. I don’t recall my mother ever making grilled cheese sandwiches for me it probably isn’t something she has ever made. I believe my kids may have had their first grilled cheese sandwich at a Denny’s! Then one day my oldest started making them herself.

I have made very few grilled cheese sandwiches in my life until recently and I do find them tasty but didn’t think I should eat one. It seems to be the only thing I can really count on the little kids to happily ear for lunch lately. There was still the question of what to make for myself. I longed for leftovers from last nights Chipotle Chicken dinner but there wasn’t any. I dreamed of sushi salad but we didn’t have any cucumbers or carrots left. Finally, I decided to make a Jimmy Dean Southern Style Chicken Biscuit (which is apparently supposed to be for breakfast) and a salad. To make up for my lack luster lunch I grabbed a V8 Fusion drink.

Perhaps we should have tossed the burnt grilled cheese sandwich just to be on the safe side according to Doctor Oz’s article on Toxic Toast Do you eat your burnt toast or toss it?

A Hot Mess

21 May

Where there’s smoke there’s fire and in my case when it comes to grilling a whole lot of it!!!

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That looks amazing doesn’t it! Well unfortunately it didn’t taste like much thanks to two big no nos.

1. You should never commit to making a recipe until you have read it thoroughly.

2. I should never follow a recipe that doesn’t give clear and exact measurements.

Needless to say the recipe sounds amazing and I will attempt it again but with the right ingredients. I’ll also take my time and follow the directions since I was in a rush this time and didn’t. Hopefully it will make a difference because this recipe sounds delicious.

Experimentation Gone Ary

2 Mar

I started with the usual suspects for a gluten free, egg free, dairy free loaf of bread.
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I picked up this box of Gluten free Pantry’s Favorite sandwich bread during my last shopping spree. I decided to try it last night using Almondmilk for the liquid, Ener-G egg replacer, and coconut oil in my bread maker. I was hoping the coconut oil and almond milk would help to produce a slightly sweeter loaf of bread. It wasn’t until I already started the process that I remembered that almond milk might not be the best thing to bake with. Earlier in the week I had attempted to use it to make a bowl of instant oatmeal and was not pleased with the results. In fact that bowl of slop had gone directly in the trash.

I’m not sure if the bread turned out the way it did due to the bread maker or the ingredients. I’ll have to try it again to see what happens. I believe it may have been a combination of method and ingredients that lead to my downfall. I would guess that choosing to use almond milk instead of water was my first mistake. Coconut oil may have been the second since it solidifies easily at lower temperatures. Finally, the directions say to use the gluten-free setting on your bread maker which mine didn’t have. I also attempted to follow the direction to scrape down the sides and help with the first kneading cycle but I clearly didn’t have the slightest idea what shape it should have been in once I finished helping.

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