Morning y’all! How’s it going? Other than not feeling 100% (sore throat and a little cough) I’m doing pretty well!
Last night’s dinner was Chick-fil-A, sans photos! Mainly because we had to get to the grocery store so badly that I just didn’t have the time, energy, or ingredients to make anything at home. Besides, Chick-fil-A is a favorite of ours that we eat about twice a year, so we decided to go for it. I had a regular chicken sandwich and 3 of Nate’s chicken nuggets. YUM! I’ve heard they marinate or brine their chicken in pickle juice, so as soon as we got home I decided that I would do that to prep for lunch for tomorrow!
When I got home from the store I let the dogs out and saw that one of our trees is is full bloom, and I couldn’t help but try to catch a picture in the fading light:
Our neighbor has the same sort of tree (I’m not what one might call “garden savvy”), but his is a huge cloud of white flowers…SO pretty! After unpacking all of the groceries, I decided on a whim to make Ashley’s Roasted Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter. Y’all, I don’t even have words. I’m not even sure if words exist that do justice to this nut butter! As soon as it was done processing I added it to a slice of toast:
Incredible. Astonishing. Amazing. It’s a move-you-to-tears kind of good! I basically have no self-control around it and went to bed with a stomachache from too much nut butter. All that to say you should make it now and feast!
Breakfast this morning was inspired by Caitlin’s: a banana and almond butter grilled sandwich. Gee, I wonder if I have any almond butter laying around…? 🙂
Only one of the best breakfasts I think I might have ever had. It’s 2 slices of whole wheat bread (each spread on one side with 1/2 tsp of Earth Balance), 1/2 of a banana, and 2 Tbsp of the almond butter. Grill to perfection and enjoy! Holy heaven in my mouth…
So yes, I am having an identity crisis. A food identity crisis. I started to realize this last night as I was watching Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (obsessed) and saw different types of food being made around the country. A segment came on about a Southern food joint in the Northwest, and I thought to myself, “I LOVE Southern food…I think I’ll try to specialize in making really great Southern food!” Then the next segment came on about a restaurant in Pheonix, Giuseppe’s on 28th. They serve classic, authentic Italian cuisine, and more than anything it made me want to learn EVERYTHING about Italian food! And then came segment on Southwestern food, and it all happened all over again!
I would say out ofe every type of food, Italian is by FAR my favorite! I want to go to Italy and learn from the people there how to cook what they eat, how to savor it, and how they do it all by hand. At the same time, I am so drawn to Southern and Southwestern styles of cooking. I mean really, who (besides a vegetarian/vegan) could turn down an incredible piece of fried chicken? Not I! All that being said I’d love the become an “expert” of sorts in some form of cooking, but don’t know what to focus on just yet.
Do you have a desire to learn more about a particular type of cuisine? What is it and why? Like I said, I just feel drawn to learn more about Italian cooking. I feel like it’s all-encompassing and, like the food, so full of life, artistry, technique, and requires an enormous amount of love to do it well!