Friday, April 03, 2009

Cynthia’s Favorite Things

If my name started with “O” and if I had my own TV show, then what I’m about to say would change America. Gratefully, my name starts with “C” and on most days I merely have an audience of three. But I’ll share some of my favorite things with all my cyber friends.

broccoli slaw1. Broccoli Slaw: I discovered the shredded contents of this little bag a few months ago. And I am nearly giddy over it! Minimum effort, maximum output. It looks like a bag of shredded cabbage but it’s really a bag of ultra-healthy shredded broccoli, carrots, and cabbage. It’s the fastest way to get stir fry, broccoli salad, chicken lettuce wraps, and pad thai on the table for dinner. No chopping, no washing, no work at all. Open the bag and instant nutrition for this sometimes lazy cook. I’ll stop now.

2. Ipod touch: I bought myself the iPod touch for my birthday in January. I use it for everything—my ipod_touchcalendar, my phonebook, my email, my grocery lists, check the weather, storing pictures to show clients, games to occupy scared children in the dentist’s office, and most importantly, music to plug into my stereo to get me through the morning dishes. Color me happy.

bravery 3. Favorite tunes: I can’t stop listening to the following albums and if I was 12 again and had them on tape I probably would’ve worn out the tape by now. I’m sure loving The Bravery’s album “The Sun and the Moon”, Coldplay’s album “Viva la Vida” and Ian Mcculloch’s (former singer of Echo and The Bunnymen)“Sideling”. And thanks to #2 you now know how I am enjoying these tunes. These guys practically make the dishes enjoyable. Ok, palatable.

4. The O’Reilly Factor: I started watching Mr. O’Reilly during the election in theoreilly fall because I was sick of all the ultra liberal media on the networks. Well, I fell in love with Mr. O’Reilly’s cranky style and haven’t missed an episode yet, thanks to my DVR. For once, I feel like an informed American who understands what’s going on in our country thanks to Fox News and websites like

5. Nutri-Mill Wheat Grinder: Before you stop reading, please know that I am not a health nut. Taste first, nutrition second. I like butter and bacon. And while I know those two foods will kill me, I’d rather eat them rarely than eat their substitutes regularly. I say that because other than good wheat bread II nutrimill_bread_202rarely like any whole wheat products. They taste heavy and healthy. But something changed for me recently when I discovered that white wheat produces lovely baked goods while my usual red wheat is heavy with a strong ‘wheat’ flavor. So I bought a Nutri-Mill wheat grinder and have converted to using whole wheat in nearly everything. I dare you to taste the difference between my white flour baked goods and my new whole wheat baked goods—pancakes, waffles, cookies, banana bread, etc. (With one exception—strawberry shortcakes are not as good with wheat flour.) I rarely use the white stuff now and am so proud of myself. Trust me, flavor is always first in my kitchen. But I am pleased to announce that healthy is now delicious.

So there you have it, rush on out, be a good capitalist, and spend some money. Ah, the power of viral marketing. Who am I kidding, I’m lucky if 5 people read my blogs.


abelnap said...

Isn't the nutri-meal grinder delightful. You have to try grinding your own cornmeal. You'll never go back.

Cynthia, I'm so lucky to call you my friend. But I need to see you in person. I'm missing everything....

Ilene said...

"Taste first, nutrition second"

Ah, words to live by.

When I come out the last week of April (Paul has cleared that with you, right?), I'm going to need to check this wheat grinder thing out first hand.

I love favorite thing articles. Especially ones that don't recommend that you go out and spend 2 grand on a watch or something equally ridiculous.

Andy said...

Ok, so maybe you don't have your own tv show, but maybe you could work out a deal for your own magazine? One with a huge C on the front, and ONLY photos of yourself. I'd subscribe.

I was just looking at that wheat grinder last week. I'm glad to hear that it gets such rave reviews. Looks like that's the one I'll be purchasing soon!

Where do you find that broccoli slaw? Costco?

Candy said...

THat was a fun post to read! You know I'm totally a member of the wheat grinder club. I used all whole wheat flour in some muffins this morning...SO good!
And I've got to get on board with that brocolli slaw stuff. Yum!
I want to know what you do for the chicken lettuce wraps.

SingledOut4 said...

I need to get me a wheat grinder, I use my brothers. I do have to say that I use the red wheat (will now have to try the white) and I have a WONDERFUL wheat bread recipe. YUMMY and not heavy. I will have to give it to you to try! I loved this post, but then again I love all of them.


Casey said...

I too love Bill O'Reilly. And I've enjoyed the broccoli slaw. As for my wheat grinder - I have my mother-in-law's old big wood one that sits in the garage. Some day I'll get to upgrade. I have been trying to get the white wheat but our stinkin' cannery people refuse to order enough for us. They are ALWAYS out. So, it's red wheat for now. Love seeing your favorite things. You've got great taste so I know it's good stuff.

Stephanie said...

You are so lucky to live in Utah where they sell white wheat at Costco. You gotta love the Nutri-mill, though - I just got one for Valentine's Day and I'm really in love with it.

cynthia said...

funny, i never feel lucky to live in utah. but i guess being able to buy white wheat at most stores is a plus to utah living. :)

Brittany & Barry said...

Where'd you get your grinder, and how much am I looking at spending for one?? :) I want to convert too (after tasting those cookies, pancakes, bread, etc. the other month!)!

Brian and Carly said...

Oh my goodness. I need you to encourage me to pull out my wheat grinder. My mother-in-law gave us one for Christmas. I know, I can barely put a pan in the oven. But I really want to try this out! I scarfed the whole loaf of bread you brought over a few weeks ago, and I need to get with it on my end! :)

Care Bear said...

Hooray for iPods and good music! I am glad my recommendation of the Bravery was a hit!! :) Try the "clean" version of their song "An Honest Mistake" or better yet look up their domino dominating video on You Tube:
(the bad word is bleeped on the video, rest easy) This is their best song ever yet so far.

PS - please email me your recipes for broccoli slaw. I've only ever been adventurous enough to add it to a salad.

Jennifer said...

I love your blog!!! Have made the ragu, yummmm!! My girlfriend and I made the birthday banner. Thanks for your great ideas!!
proud miltary wife
Jennifer H


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