Crispy Eggplant Chips

October 11, 2016

Here’s an easy, healthy snack for when you’re craving potato chips but don’t want all the carbs: eggplant chips! All you need are Japanese eggplants, and a few things you probably already have in your cupboard.


Potatoes have about 3 times the carbs that eggplants have (17 grams vs. 6 grams, respectively, per 100 grams), so it Read the rest of this entry »

I Learned All About Kohlrabi and Then Cooked It Three Ways

August 3, 2016

Ever had kohlrabi? I came across it at Eastern Market in Detroit, and I was in the mood to try something new, so I bought it. (Full Disclosure: I’m pretty much always in the mood to try something new.)


Kohlrabi is a vegetable, related to cabbage, broccoli, and kale. The name is German in origin, loosely translated as Read the rest of this entry »

Zucchini Spaghetti

February 12, 2016

I love a fun kitchen gadget. My friends know it, too. So when I was chatting with my friends Kristy and Mike a few weeks ago, Kristy asked if I had a Veggetti. I didn’t – I hadn’t even heard of it – and we moved on to other topics of conversation. Then, three days later, a package arrived. Kristy and Mike sent me a Veggetti!

A veggetti is a simple little spiral slicer that Read the rest of this entry »

This Vegetable is Dangerous. Seriously. It Will Hurt You.

January 8, 2015

My friend Jen was at the supermarket when she saw something she knew I’d love. So she bought it for me. There was just one problem: it’s really hard to handle, because it’s covered in thorns. And they hurt.


It’s called a thorny chayote, and the thorns are no joke. Jen wrapped it in a towel to bring it to my house, and the only I could manage to hold it, even for a little while, was to Read the rest of this entry »

Hmmm… Better Do Something With These Pigeon Peas!

November 26, 2013

I’ve been in fridge-clean-out mode for the past few days. This happens before I travel – I make an effort to consume all my fresh produce, so nothing goes bad while I’m gone. I’m headed to Colorado for Thanksgiving tomorrow (Have you taken my Thanksgiving Pledge yet? Click here), and want to come home to an empty crisper drawer so I can fill it with fresh new things.

The other night, I found these in the back of my fridge:


Pigeon Peas! I bought these at the farmers market, and they got pushed behind a taller item in my fridge. Thankfully, they were in a container designed to extend the life of produce, so they were still good! But I’ve never eaten pigeon peas before, so one question remained: What was I going to do with them?

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Brussel Sprouts!

October 18, 2011

It’s Tuesday.  Looking for a weight loss chart update?  You’re gonna have to wait longer.

Full Disclosure Part One:  Although I didn’t put it up until Tuesday afternoon, I actually wrote this post on Monday evening, so it’s not weigh-in time yet.

Full Disclosure Part Two:  I haven’t decided if I’ll even weigh myself at all this week.  It’s been two weeks since a weigh-in (you can see my last weigh-in here), and, for the last week, I’ve felt pretty good about not needing validation from my scale.  It helps that my scale is currently off my bathroom floor and on the top shelf of my closet.  I put it there because I had a few weeks where I was becoming obsessed with the number on the scale, and was weighing myself daily (or more often than that), and I thought moving the scale out of sight would be a better option than getting tied into a straightjacket and being put in a padded room at the loony bin after going crazy.

So.  When will I weigh myself again?  Possibly tomorrow (which, as you know from Full Disclosure Part 1, will have already passed by the time you read this).  I’ll see how I feel in the morning.  If I’m chomping at the bit to see what I weigh, than I’ll bring down the scale and get to business.  If I don’t, I’ll probably keep the scale where it is, and continue on with my week.  I’ll start chomping at the bit eventually, I’m sure of it.  And when that happens, I’ll weight myself.  Makes sense to me!

Moving on… I have a recipe to share:  Dijon Brussel Sprouts!

I love brussel sprouts, but haven’t bought any in a while.  One time, I even had a brussel sprouts stalk as a roommate!

With a name like Dijon Brussel Sprouts, this may seem like a rerun from last week’s Dijon Green Beans post, but let me assure you, there are some big, major differences.  One, I doubled the recipe.  Two (and perhaps more obviously), I left out the green beans and added brussel sprouts.  Three, I added another ingredient.  Here, I’ll walk you through it:

I started with about three pounds of brussel sprouts.  I cut off the stems, and since they were pretty big, I quartered each one.  They all went onto a baking sheet, and I put them in my 400 degree oven for 40 minutes (per Barefoot Contessa’s suggestion, although I didn’t add oil, salt, or pepper).  I forgot to take a picture of the brussel sprouts pre-oven – oops!

While the brussel sprouts were roasting, I started on the other stuff.  First up, halving nearly 2 pints of cherry tomatoes.  I bought heirloom cherry tomatoes at Whole Foods – one pint all purple (although they showed up looking red in the pictures), and one pint a variety of colors.  I tried a tip from my friend Debbie on how to cut a pint of tomatoes in half in one fell swoop:  First, collect all the tomatoes on a Tupperware lid:

Then put a similarly sized lid on top (which I’m in the process of doing in that picture) to hold the tomatoes in place, and run your big, sharp knife between the two lids.  Voila!  All your tomatoes have been cut in half!

I did that with the multi-colored pint as well, and they all went into a bowl:

Then I thinly sliced an entire medium red onion:

Next up: the dressing.  I started with 2 teaspoons olive oil and 4 teaspoons red wine vinegar in a bowl:

I added 3-4 teaspoons of dijon mustard, some salt and pepper, a little garlic powder, and the new ingredient I mentioned above:  2 tablespoons soy bacon bits:

Bacon and brussel sprouts go great together, and these fake soy bacon bits are a wonderful alternative to the real thing.  A serving (which is 1.3 tablespoons) of the fake ones has 25 calories and 0.5 grams of fat.  Plus, they’re vegan, which makes this a great dish to serve to your vegan friends!

After whisking it all together, I got:

When the brussel sprouts came out of the oven, I added them to the bowl:

They were technically done, as they were tender all the way through, but when I make this recipe again, I’m going to let them go a little longer so they get a little more color.

Final step:  Toss it all together!  I also added another tablespoon or two of the fake bacon bits, because I thought the ones in the dressing might have gotten a little soggy.  The end result (it’s a weird picture because I tried to use the last lingering natural light coming in from my window):

I took this dish to a party I went to this past weekend, and they were a hit.  Lots of compliments.  So you should try it yourself!  It’s easy to cut in half if you aren’t cooking for 10-12 people, like I was, but I ended up taking the leftovers home, and eating them yesterday for lunch at my new job.

Keep it up, David!

Produce Plus Skyscraper

October 16, 2011

Two topics on this lovely Sunday afternoon:

1) Produce Haul.  Brought home a ton of produce from Whole Foods yesterday.  Some of these items were specifically for recipes that I’m going to share in the next couple days, but most are for my general consumption.  I didn’t look for produce that I’ve never tried before, but I ended up bringing home a couple items that I’ve tried (and blogged about) in the past, and haven’t bought since, for whatever reason.  Here’s everything:

I gotta figure out a new way to photograph mass amounts of produce.  This picture has too much glare for my liking!

Moving clockwise from top left, we have: parsley, a container of celery, scallions, 2 honeycrisp apples, 2 persimmons, 4 red bartlett pears, 4 zucchini, red grapes, French radishes (which I’ve carved bullets from before), brussel sprouts, carrots, a container of cauliflower and broccoli, a container of mini sweet bell peppers, cucumber, red onion, lime, 2 pints of heirloom cherry tomatoes, and 2 dragon fruit.

2) New Skyscraper.  I had a great day at the gym yesterday.  I started with the 15 burpees I’m doing every day this month (3 days down, 27 to go!), then 30 minutes of weightlifting, followed by some cardio.  I decided to get on the StairMaster, and I set the clock for 15 minutes, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  I thought I could power through all 15 minutes, but I couldn’t.  I lasted a solid 8 minutes – burning 150 calories and climbing 45 floors – but I was glad to get off.  I finished up my workout with 17 minutes on the elliptical.

But 45 floors is nothing to sneeze at – especially if you’re a resident of Iowa, where the latest skyscraper in my skyscraper collection is located.  This is the 801 Grand building, in Des Moines, Iowa:

There are lots of 45-floor buildings around the world, but I picked the 801 Grand for a few reasons:

  • It’s the tallest building in Iowa.
  • Iowa is (and will continue to be) topical right now, since we’re only a few months away from the 2012 Iowa caucuses.
  • The 801 Grand is home to 801 Chophouse, a fancy-pants steakhouse that offers, on their menu, an item called ‘The Carnivore,” which is a 40-oz bone-in delmonico.  That steak is over three pounds!  The menu specifies that it’s intended for two people, but still – that’s 20 ounces per person!  My stomach hurts just thinking about it.  It comes with a bone morrow butter bath (don’t know what that is), roasted marrow bones, shallot confit, and baguette toasts.  The price tag? $101.95.

But what really sold me on the 801 Grand is that, in addition to all that, I found not one, but two models of it made out of Legos.  I love Legos, and used to have a whole Lego city in the basement when I was a kid.  I once designed and built a Lego stadium and entered it in a Lego contest (I didn’t win).  I would play with Legos all day every day if I could!  This Lego model of 801 Grand uses over 40,000 Legos:


This model is a lot smaller – only about 19 inches high – but equally impressive:


See how the 801 Grand stacks up (get it? Lego humor!) to the other skyscrapers in my collection on my Skyscraper Collection Page!

And now I’m off to the gym again.

Keep it up, David!