There’s a First Time for Everything

June 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Dinner, Recipe | 11 Comments
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And yesterday was my first time making a grilled cheese sandwich.

Yes, I know, grilled cheese is like THE simplest form of cooking out there, requires almost no skill whatsoever, and is a classic staple in a college student’s diet, but I just never got around around to making one myself.

As a kid, my mom would make grilled cheese sandwiches using Kraft American Cheese singles to have with tomato soup, and that was the extent of my grilled cheese experience… until now.

I’m pretty sure I gave Matt a heart attack when I told him I had never made my own, so after learning the basics (thank you wikiHow) and buying the “appropriate” cheese, I put my skills to the test.
 

First, a stop at Whole Foods…

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Millet bread topped with Gruyere cheese.

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Perfectly grilled, if I do say so myself.

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Finished product.

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Notice that string of melted cheese?  YUM!
 

Yes, I’ve now become a fan of grilled cheese sandwiches.  It was simple and SO good!  If you haven’t tried making one or don’t believe me, do it for yourself… RIGHT. NOW.  Winking smile

  

Have you made your own grilled cheese sandwiches before?  What do you like to put in them?

 

  

 

Heather

  

   

     

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The Comparison Game Part II – Whole Foods

June 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Dinner | 9 Comments
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When I was in Alabama last week, I got to experience the wonder that is Birmingham Whole Foods.

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Comparing Madison Whole Foods to Birmingham is like night and day. Basically, Madison sucks and Birmingham doesn’t.  Madison’s selection of every single food product from produce to cereal was put to shame by the variety at Birmingham. 

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In one full year of living in Madison and shopping at Whole Foods every week, I have not once tried their Hot/Cold Food Bar.  Honestly, it’s always looked totally unappetizing and sparse.

This is, quite literally, the extent of the Bar Area:

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Hot Bar…

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Cold Bar…

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Notice how there’s only one row per item?  In Birmingham there were two rows (aka twice as many items!).  Plus, the Madison Cold Bar didn’t have a SINGLE cold pasta item.  WTF???
  

I got about 4 items from each (Hot and Cold), and even that was forced.  Nothing really looked appealing!

Here’s what I ended up with:

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Cold is on the left; Hot is on the right.

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Looks decent enough, right?

The hot foods were ok and I finished them all off, but not a SINGLE cold food was anywhere near decent… the steamed kale literally tasted like dirtI couldn’t even finish the cold. 

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Needless to say, I supplemented my dinner – Helllllooo apple and peanut butter!
  

Bottom line – I’ll have to fly to Birmingham whenever I’m craving Whole Foods Hot/Cold Bar.  Totally practical, I know. Winking smile
 

How does your Whole Foods compare in regards to product selection and the Hot/Cold Bar?

  

  

 

Heather

   

     

   

What a Week!

June 2, 2011 at 8:26 am | Posted in Other | 21 Comments
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After an unforgettable and incredible week in Alabama with Matt, I’m back in action and blogging from my apartment in Madison!

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Besides a few rough patches in regards to flying Delta Airline, don’t screw up a “first-time-flying-alone” traveler’s flight plans and send her through Detroit (aka my worst fear after a bad experience when I was younger) on a layover – I had one of the best weeks of my life!

  

Matt lived up to his reputation as a kick-ass cook and kept me well-fed the entire week.

Check out his posts on a some of my favorite meals:

Ice Cream and Pizza

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Build Your Own Waffle

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Build Your Own Omelet

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Incredible, right?

  

We also made 3 stops to the Birmingham Whole Foods for their Hot and Cold Bars. 

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Birmingham Whole Foods puts Madison Whole Foods to shame.  Seriously.

 

I’m not going to lie… Alabama isn’t the most exciting place to visit as far as sites to see and things to do, but just hanging out and spending time with Matt made it the perfect trip!  We did a lot of walking around, going to malls, watching movies, shopping, seeing the campus, and eating amazing foods.  I couldn’t have asked for a better week. Smile

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Last night at 10:30pm, I arrived safe and sound back at my apartment in Madison.  It was SO hard to leave Matt in Alabama after having such an incredible week, and I don’t think I’ve ever had such a tough time saying goodbye to someone.  I can’t wait to do it all again sometime soon!

I didn’t get to bed until 1am with all the built up energy from the day and woke up at 6:15am this morning, so I have a feeling a crash is in the works for this afternoon. Winking smile  First thing’s first though… GROCERY SHOPPING! 

 

Hope everyone had a fabulous last week as well and can’t wait to catch up with all of you!

  

  

  

Heather

   

   

    

Yogurt Taste Test

May 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Review | 10 Comments
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Whole Foods was out of my favorite yogurt – Siggi’s – when I went shopping this week, so I decided to use the lack of Siggi’s as an opportunity to try out some new yogurts.

  

#1 – Whole Foods 365 Nonfat Plain Yogurt

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I have to give Matt the credit on recommending this one, and he was definitely right to do so!  Whole Foods never ceases to impress me with the high quality of their own store brand.  This yogurt was pretty thick, tangy, and a bit sour… all in the best ways possible!  It had a smooth, creamy texture and has now been put on my weekly shopping list.  Definitely check it out! 

  
#2 – Amande Cultured Almondmilk Blueberry Yogurt

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This was the first time I’ve tried an almond milk yogurt, and unfortunately I wasn’t impressed.  Although I wouldn’t say it was “bad,” I definitely wouldn’t say I liked it either.  I would compare the taste and texture to Jello – meaning that it was comparable to a low-quality, fake-like yogurt.  It wasn’t creamy at all and was too sweet for my tastes. Worth it to try, but I wouldn’t buy it again.

  
#3 – Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Plain Low Fat Yogurt

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This was a great low fat yogurt!  The texture was thick, creamy, and smooth, and the taste was rich without much of a sour taste.  Normally I don’t mind (and even like) sour, tangy yogurts, but this one was the opposite with a full-flavored, delicious taste!  Plus, I love how Green Valley Organics is Certified Humane and Certified OrganicAlthough it probably won’t become a weekly buy for me, I still really enjoyed it and would recommend giving it a try.

  
#4 – Skyr.is Plain Yogurt

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This Icelandic yogurt reminded me a lot of Chobani as far as texture and taste.  Skyr.is was a bit more rich, airy, and less watery than Chobani, but otherwise pretty similar. Overall it was really good and seemed like a high-quality yogurt which, for whatever reason, I found as a surprise.  Again, I don’t think it would go on my weekly shopping list, but I’d definitely recommend it and I am sure I’ll be buying it again.

 

It was fun to try out some new yogurts, but Siggi’s still has me hooked. What’s your favorite yogurt?

  

  

  

Heather

  

    

      

Summer Shopping

May 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Posted in Dinner, Fashion | 9 Comments
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Summer break hasn’t been too “summery” or “break-like” for me as of yet.  The weather has been cold (50’s) and I’ve been keeping crazy busy! 

Today I finally had a chance to sell back my books and made $143.50 on them! 

It’s also my oldest brother’s 25th Birthday today, so I gave him a call this morning and we chatted for a good half hour or so.  He’s seriously THE most amazing guy ever – he’s stuck with me through a lot of tough times and I’ve done the same for him. Smile
  

I got started my summer shopping on this afternoon!  I love living within 5 miles of 3 different malls since it means I can go back multiple times and not have to make one huge, stressful shopping trip.  I had some luck today at Old Navy:

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I definitely need more shorts though!
 

I stopped at Whole Foods on the way home to grab a Tuna Avocado Roll for dinner.

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Now it’s time for some yoga.  I’ve been loving having a little extra time for that in my day now that school’s over! 
  

Hope everyone had a wonderful Monday!

  

  

  

Heather

  

   

    

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