Odds and Ends, Bits and Pieces

Here is a compilation of a collection of different subjects I’ve been observing and working on, but none would make an entire article. So I thought if I bring them all together it could make one article, and it has!

Favorite New “Foodie” Podcasts
I’ve been listening to the women of “Dishing Up Nutrition” for a couple of months now, and it’s really changed how I eat and the way I look at food. All the hosts are employees of Nutritional Weight and Wellness clinic, that has offices around Minnesota, and offers classes and nutritional counseling. Topics range from nutrition to lose weight to how food affects your moods and menopause. I thought I knew a lot about nutrition, but it turns out I’m learning more!

Another new podcast I recently discovered is the “Dinner Party Download.” Geared toward those who entertain, it is an interesting, short mish mosh of facts, recipes, and jokes. It’s the same format every week; it starts out with the “ice breaker,” a joke, then “Side Dishes,” an interview with a journalist who pulls out a quirky story from the week’s news for you to talk about at your next dinner party. From there, it goes to a historical tale and then a bartender creates a cocktail to honor it! An interview with a “celebrity,” past interviews have gone from Broadway legend Elaine Strich to director Erroll Morris, to chef Gabrielle Hamilton. They always end the interview with two questions (for dinner party fodder, of course): What question are you tired of being asked? My answer: What do you do? I despise parties where everyone just talks about their work. Tell us something not a lot of people know about you? My answer: I’m ambidextrous!

Leftover Beans? Roast Them!
I opened a can of chickpeas a couple of weeks ago to put on my salads for lunch. That lasted one day. On Sunday, I found the container in the back of the fridge and decided I had two choices: toss them or eat them. I’m on a one-woman crusade this year to use up food instead of feeding the rabbits, so I have seen roasted chickpea recipes and since I had some chicken already in the oven, I thought I’d pop them in as well. I took a pie pan, added the beans, a little olive oil, a dash of cumin and coriander, and a spritz of lemon. I cooked them at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes or so, checking on them periodically to make sure they didn’t burn. They were tasty little bites and I thoroughly enjoyed them for snack the next day! I think this method can be used for any leftover bean with different spices. I thought they’d be great side to a cocktail buffet, like nuts!

In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite, by Melissa Clark
I wrote about this once before, but now that I have the cookbook, I can speak with more authority. For anyone who likes to read cookbooks or enjoys cooking, Clark is for you. She is a breath of fresh air; unlike some cooks, she admits her mistakes and sometimes doesn’t want to cook. Dare I say she reminds me of myself; she will have something and try to find a way to make it at home, at times more cheaply. I admit I probably won’t try many of the recipes, but I am thoroughly enjoying reading them and about her adventures in the kitchen.

Root Beer Floats
I’ve never been one who really loves ice cream. In the summer, it is definitely homemade pies and shortcake that I love. But a couple of weeks ago following a day at the lake, we found ourselves desiring something sweet in the afternoon, but the cremee stand was unappealing. A stop at the supermarket and we went home to create our own root beer floats! The best is when the ice cream melts and you have a creamy, root beer concoction to slurp. Oh, and straws are required!

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