Readers of the blog know that I love gourmet grocery stores. It so happens that I go to the grocery most days while in Eugene. The local grocery store is my dream come true and I could literally spend hours patrolling the aisles to see what’s new and what they have to offer. Last week while jetlagged and bleary from our France travels, I went searching for good, high-protein snacks. I have always liked beef jerky, but never loved it. So when I found these three different brands of turkey sticks, I knew it was going to be a good snack summer. These three are my top favorite and I hope they have them in the NYC stores (and if not, thank you world wide web, not sure I know what to do without you!)…..
As many of you know, I love butter. Not just ‘like’ butter, but LOVE butter. It is actually my go-to snack. I smother it on bread, croissants, rice cakes, anything… And because of this, I am a butter snob. And here in Oregon, the land of hand batched, artisan everything, there is GREAT butter. Thanks to Butter Culture, I am now eating more butter than ever.
Butter Culture. Not only does it taste great, but the packaging is spot on.
The other morning when I was at my good friend’s house, she had just pulled banana bread out of the oven (how she makes banana bread while dealing with two kids on a school morning amazes me to no end!). She offered a piece, and although I had already eaten breakfast, I couldn’t say no. And HOLY crap, this was the best banana bread ever. Thankfully, she sent me the recipe and here it is!
This is how I bake….6:30 am on a Sunday morning, in my pajamas, totally disheveled, with my little baking partner (my 4 year old), and flour all over myself. But at least I am wearing FEATHERS undies. (I promise you this photo was not staged — Ken took a photo of me because he said it looked ridiculous with the hand print).
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! I found my newest go-to snack! Halfpop!
THIS IS SO GOOD OMG SO GOOD OMG YOU HAVE TO MAKE IT NOW! Do you hear my enthusiasm? Yeppers — so good that you will HAVE A NEW LOVE IN YOUR LIFE! BROCCOLI ! So awesome. This recipe is from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (buy it NOW. Make this broccoli dish first, and then BUY THIS BOOK!)
Italian Tuna Salad! Incredibly tasty, zesty, and protein-packed. Great as a sandwich or on top of some lettuce for a salad, and so easy to make. Win-win!
Although I am not an avid football fan, I do love Super Bowl Sunday. 90% because of the food at the parties. 10% because I like watching my husband watch football. 0% because I, myself, enjoy football. This year, these are the treats that I am making to munch on while we watch the gladiators fight – Sophisticated Chex Mix, and the best Onion Dip ever!
SOPHISTICATED CHEX MIX
This recipe is based off of Party Mix for Grownups from the food blog, food52. I love their recipes and go to the site for daily food inspiration.
Ingredients that are always in the cupboard!
* 5 cups Chex
* 1 1/2 cups mixed nuts
* 2 cups pretzels
* 4 tablespoons of melted butter
* 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
* 1 tablespoon brown sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
* 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* pinch of cayenne