I'm so inspired to cook this week. Could it be some fabulous looking groceries and great sales? Or could it be that my dishwasher is back up and running? Maybe it's just that my excitement in the kitchen goes in waves. Whatever it is, here's what I'm planning on cooking up for meals this week:
About a year ago, I posted a story about the fabulous selection of fun prepared foods on the hot and cold bars at the Whole Foods Columbus Circle. Well, Paul and I went back there because we needed some fast, good food. We ran out of time for a great sit-down lunch because we had been too busy being tourists and needed to get to the airport.
To make a really long story short, we misread our ticket and arrived only 40 minutes before our plane departed for Denver. Naturally, our bags didn't make it and we had to wait for the next plane from Orlando to deliver our clothes for the week and. . .more diapers. Paul did some research and found a vegetarian restaurant in downtown Denver where we could spend our time. Although the GPS took us an odd way through a not-so-nice area of town, we eventually got to Uptown and had no trouble parking near this amazing restaurant.
Our pictures from New York are up! They aren't all in order, though. Some pics from Paul's trip to San Francisco are mixed in. Simply click on a photo above to take you to Paul's flickr.com page.
One of my EMTs moved from New York about a year ago, and before we left for our trip, I asked her about a good bagel joint recommendation. She said she didn't have one--all bagels in New York are good.
I just got Gourmet Mag's June issue in the mail two evenings ago and have only been able to glance through it for about 10 minutes while also talking on the phone at the same time. (I know all about what happens when you multi-task. That is why I'm not promising I read everything properly.) This issue seems to have interesting information about tofu and a number of fabulous summer recipes that would appeal to meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. I have attached links to topics that are available on Gourmet.com.
Planet Green, a knew channel to me, offers a half hour program of Emeril Lagasse taking guests around Whole Foods looking for healthy and simple dishes. This mornings program was focused on vegetarian dishes to appeal to vegetarians and meat-eaters living under the same roof. For the full story and recipes visit the Planet Green website.
Roissy is basically where Charles de Gaulle Airport is in Paris, France. We got done saying good-bye to the group late and there were only three restaurants open in the city (not including the hotel dining rooms.) The only option was an Asian restaurant; so, we walked into the largest restaurant we had seen during our trip around Paris and northern France. But, even by the time we left there were only four tables filled.
This was a mid-to-late afternoon snack to cover lunch and my dinner on this Sunday because I knew I needed a wise meal before singing at Disney with the choir and new I wouldn't be fed well the rest of the night.
PF Chang's, namely this location, is where Paul and I had our first date. That being said, it's kinda special to us. I can even remember what we ate that night. However, we have since been educated about excellent choices at the restaurant and generally select other items. Firstly, the broccoli and tofu in a chili sauce is generally one of the preferred dishes because I am a sucker for broccoli.
The tofu recipe is from a friend, Fely Rugless, who is a firm believer in simple cooking. This is the first shared recipe from a reader for me to prepare and post. Paul really liked the tofu. I am new to making tofu at home . Still, it was a good consistency and well flavored.