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.
1. 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 calendar, 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.
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 the 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 politico.com.
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 rarely 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.