Thursday, December 15, 2011

How do you like your....cereal?

Light and sweet?

I have tried every iteration of oatmeal I think. Milk, soymilk, water. Margarine or none. Dark brown sugar, light brown sugar, white sugar, molasses or stevia. Fresh fruit, dried fruit, frozen bananas warmed and mashed, cranberry sauce, applesauce, pumpkin or none. Cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice or none. Salt or none. Rolled oats, toasted rolled oats, or steel cut oats.

I've also tried cream of wheat, cream of rice, cornmeal mush, and porridge made from various grains--rye, wheat berries, couscous, etc.

I've found my favorite is steel cut oats made with water, dark brown sugar, margarine and cinnamon.

What's your favorite?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Product Review: Rite-Aid Peanut Butter Cups

I know, I know--what did I expect? Well what I expected is a nice, smooth store brand peanut butter cup like Walmart used to make. (I can't believe I just plugged Walmart. *hangs head in shame*) Sometimes I want a peanut butter cup with smooth filling instead of crunchy.

For $5 ($7 when not on sale) I thought it would at least be tasty. And it is, if you enjoy eating chocolate candles.

The "chocolate" is actually a light brown waxy substance that would be unidentifiable if eaten blindfolded. The filling did have a faint peanut butter flavor and a nice texture, but certainly not worth the calories.

At least the brand had the smarts to call the product what it is, without making up a sad new name for the item to compete with its hipper, more popular cousin (the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup). I can't say the same for the "chocolate lentils" in the same aisle, which were actually a generic form of M&Ms.

Verdict: Buy a candle instead. You'll enjoy it more.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Product Review: So Delicious Brand Coconut Nog

I am an afficionado of eggnog. I have been ever since I was a young child. I have no idea why; I've always hated drinking milk.

My refusal to drink milk as a kid is the stuff of legends whereby my stubbornness would beat out my parents'. I was raised in the days when it was "good parenting" to tell your kids they could not get up from the table until they finished dinner. This taught me how to be stubborn--stubbornness was a game, I thought--and I became Nobel Laureate of Stubbornness. I slept at the table.

Another common parenting wisdom was to keep serving kids their uneaten dinner for every subsequent meal until the lesson was learned. "They'll eat when they're hungry enough." Uh, no. I refused to eat and hunger did not bother me. As Nobel Laureate of Stubbornness, I was quite willing to become faint just to win the game.

I don't even like the sound of the word milk. When pronounced, it reminds me of exactly why I don't like it. Mi-lll-kkkk, like the slimy feeling in my mouth and throat as it goes down. Yuck.

As you know I drink smoothies quite often, but even then I need a thick, milkshake-like texture. No milk-like drinks for me.

I guess eggnog is more like an milkshake to me. I got a LOT of positive feedback for drinking eggnog! My parents and grandparents were totally thrilled when I drank it, albeit perplexed.

I can't wait for the first eggnog to be available at Byrne Dairy each year. I drink it alone. I drink it with a little spiced rum. I sweeten my espresso with it. If it wouldn't make me literally sick, I'd probably drink it even more often.

Regular eggnog has a lot of sugar and calories, though, and I don't do well with a lot of dairy. I heard about nondairy nog a few years ago and thought it blasphemous. I finally tried it just now.

Wow. So delicious is right! It's awesome and I do not feel as though I'm depriving myself of anything. It's got half the calories of my traditional nog and less sugar. It does have more fat.

Unlike the brand's coffee creamer, this product does have a coconut flavor, which I find pleasing.

Verdict: There's noggin better.

Monday, December 5, 2011


Or not. It's been unseasonably warm here. I LOVE it!

I went on a hike in the woods a few days ago. There was barely a dusting of snow and it was sunny. As we walked in the silent woods, tiny glistening snowflakes drifted off the evergreens and onto us. The smell of the woods was phenomenal. It was bliss.

This may be the first time I've ever enjoyed winter. There's a first time for everything, I guess!

Hope it lasts.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Oh no! What should we do with the leftovers?!

We see this in the media every year after Thanksgiving. I don't get it! Is it such a trauma to eat leftovers in their original form, especially since the meal was so specially prepared in the first place?

If it was good enough to make for the top holiday of the year and put tons of effort/expense into it, then why is it so terrible the next day that you need to make enchiladas with it?

I don't get it.......

Friday, November 25, 2011

2 Pies for Thanksgiving

Yesterday I was a guest at someone else's home. I offered to bring a pie for dessert--my absolute favorite treat. I also asked if it would be ok if I brought a vegetable dish for myself.

I decided on a vegetable pie. I diced and sauteed some fall vegetables. I made sure to include lots of green onions and differently colored veggies for visual appeal. I included green beans, of course! I added a creamy white wine sauce and baked them inside a pie crust. Here it is, with a pilgrim cutout on top to vent:
It turned out really, really well. I liked it a lot better for Thanksgiving than a heavier shepherd's pie or pot pie (which I've made in previous years). The great thing is, it felt hearty enough to be a main dish, and special enough for a holiday.

Here's my apple pie (with an apple cutout on top to vent):

If I do say so myself, it was the best apple pie ever in human history. Perfect, locally grown New York apples with Mexican cinnamon.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I started out with steel cut oats, margarine, cinnamon, and cranberry sauce.

More later! Enjoy your day!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A ghoulish veggie dinner

Here's what I made for dinner on Halloween. (I would have said "Hallobean" there but it has no beans, and it sounded really corny.)

Witch fingers (biscuits with pistachio "fingernails" and tomato sauce to attach the nut)

Purple chips and orange salsa (blue corn tortilla chips with salsa made with orange peppers and orange tomatoes)

Jack o'lantern stuffed portobello with ghost potatoes

I also had a jar of eyeballs (cocktail onions) for ambiance, and a layered dessert of peanut butter pudding and chocolate cookie crumbs, topped with whipped cream.

Muahahahahahahaha! Hope you had a good Halloween.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Meatless MOANday

Halloween and Meatless Monday are happening on the same day! I'm off to the store to see what sorts of ghoulish dishes I can whip up for dinner. I'll post them later.

Have a safe and happy Halloween! Booooooooooooo!

Restaurant review: Gaga over Carrabba's

Fried zucchini. FRIED ZUCCHINI. Battered, fried zucchini straws. Do I even need to say how delicious that was?! It came with a creamy dipping sauce that reminds me of the sauce served with crab cakes. That was delicious too, but the zucchini certainly did not need any dip--it was awesome on its own.

Then I ordered a salad with artichoke, roasted peppers, and OMG marinated, grilled eggplant (still warm) with a medallion of goat cheese in a hazelnut crust (also warm).

I am actually having difficulty writing this post because I am at a loss for words. So good.

Plus, I am thrilled to be able to order items on a restaurant menu without having to ask the awkward questions about hidden meat. It was apparent these were vegetarian items.

Verdict: Great!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Butter the size of an egg

Right now the sky is gray, it's raining cats and dogs, and it's chilly--that damp sort of cold that seeps into your bones.

I'm making some really old school apple crisp with some delicious apples I got from a local orchard. It's not the traditional crunchy topping. It's a very old recipe that calls for "butter the size of an egg" and has a batter-like topping.

I've entered it into recipe contests and was surprised it didn't win. My guess is, the odd ingredients made it sound unappealing. The ingredients list reads more like a recipe for cookie dough than a traditional fruit crisp.

Except it's sooooo goooooooood. It's light and crispy on the top, warm and soft on the inside. Heaven. Nirvana. Shambala. Whatever name you use for "awesome".

(Yep--there's no beans in this one!)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Recipe: Sardine and Peanut Butter Sandwich


Jif Omega 3 Peanut Butter


Spread peanut butter on bread. Eat.

Sound gross? I totally agree.

New Jif Omega 3 Peanut Butter contains sardines and anchovies. Check the label if you don't believe me!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

About this Blog

Beans are the solution to two of America's greatest social problems--the economy and obesity. This blog provides easy, unique meal ideas, product and restaurant reviews, and anecdotes about cooking successes and failures, along with a side dish of humor--all related to the humble legume.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Restaurant Review: Riley's

We had a nice meal here recently.

Let me start by saying that much of what I've seen of Alexandria Bay consists of gimmicky tourist trap sort of seasonal places. It's kitschy in a semi-endearing sort of way. I haven't seen most of it so maybe there are more nicer places.

Riley's was one of the nicer spots. There was a view of the water in the distance, lots of windows, pleasant, roomy, clean surroundings. The service was fast and friendly. There were two vegetarian options.

I had the following (quoting from the menu):

A rainbow of grilled peppers, sweet onion slices, portabella mushroom and zucchini mixed with goat cheese loaded onto flatbread accented with a French onion dressing, folded and grilled; served with sweet potato fries. $9.75

It was so hot when it arrived that I had to wait for it to cool down. Between the cheese and the dressing, it was too messy to eat with my hands, so I ate it with a knife and fork. Ingredients were fresh and tasty. The fries were actually wedges of very lightly battered sweet potatoes which were done to perfection--tender inside and crispy outside.

Mr. Bean had a meat-based sandwich which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Verdict: Highly recommended.

Restaurant reviews: Denny's

Slumming it yesterday! We were really hungry so we took a chance at Denny's. I should have stuck with toast and fried eggs, but I thought--wrongly--the Bacon Avocado Burrito Wrap with Hash Browns might be good.

Wrong. Wrongity wrong wrong wrong.

I ordered it without the bacon of course, no problem there. It was billed as a burrito with avocado and chipotle sauce with scrambled eggs and cheese. There were maybe 2 tiny cubes of avocado with some tasteless salsa [similar to what you'd get out of a store brand jarred salsa], and an excessive amount of flavorless cheese (which I removed because there was too much of it and it was cold).

The's really hard to mess up scrambled eggs. You actually have to try hard to ruin scrambled eggs, and they succeeded. It was as if someone poured eggs into a tube, microwaved them way too long, and put the cylinder-shaped result into a burrito. They were tough. I removed most of the egg as well, leaving me with crappy salsa and a burrito.

The burrito itself looked nicely grilled. I chose the hash browns as my side. I admit I know all about these hash browns; I worked at Denny's 80 or so years ago. They came in a carton of powder. The cooks would add water and stir it with a giant whisk to make them shaped like grated potatoes. They are actually not the worst thing in the world and I just felt like it would be funny to have a walk down Bad Memory Lane. They were exactly as I expected. I recommend the grits.

I don't know about the credibility of the author, but this guy claims this breakfast (with the bacon) exceeds 1000 calories and provides nearly 60 grams of fat.

Verdict: Stick with 1 egg and dark rye toast. It will be tastier and healthier.

My life is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

It's been a very difficult month for me health-wise, and I'm happy to see it nearing its end. Good riddance to June 2011!

Interestingly, vegetarian food was freely available in the hospital. I had veggie burgers and was offered grilled cheese, elaborate salads, hot vegetable side dishes, and a hummus plate.

Not only that, but the food was good. It was really helpful to get me on the road to recovery.

Happy Meatless Monday!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Ode to soy creamer

I've crossed a threshold I didn't think I would ever cross. I had a line drawn in the sand between me and "those extremist vegetarians", which I placed right before soy creamer.

Now, I am still not an extremist by any means. I don't like seitan. I eat eggs and dairy. I didn't throw away my leather shoes. I wear glass pearls and glass coral beads, even though some think it will increase demand for the real thing.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing any of those things, and in fact, I find them admirable in my logical mind. But apparently I've retained some sort of prejudice from the whole 1970s McDonald's soy Communism fiasco. (From what I recall, it was discovered that McD was putting soy in its burgers. People were outraged, as though we were all victims of a subliminal brainwashing plot to make us all Communists.) Mea culpa. That is just silly.

So I thought if I stopped using cream in my morning cup of espresso, somehow that put me into a wholly separate category of vegetarians--those who had forsaken flavor and common sense for militaristic goals. Again, totally silly!

I've been having trouble with dairy due to some bona fide health problems I have, so I decided to give the "soy creamer" that "those vegetarians" kept talking about. I couldn't find it though, despite the hugeness of my grocery store's natural foods department.

I kept using dairy creamer for a while but it kept giving me problems. I realized the solution was right there in front of me--nondairy creamers in the dairy case. There they were, and lots of 'em. Every flavor imaginable. Hmmm.

I tried out this flavor. I am chagrined to admit it does not taste any better or worse than dairy cream!

The only possible critiques I have? It contains corn syrup, which is not marked "non-GMO". There is also a high proportion of sweet flavor to creamer, higher than what I prefer. I compensate by using less.

I don't like flavors in my coffee. I buy good espresso because I like its flavor. Masking it with hazelnut, vanilla, or anything else seems pointless to me. If I was going to do that, I'd just buy cheaper coffee. That's why I settled on this "flavor" of non-dairy creamer--Italian Sweet Creme--it masks the flavor less than the others.

Another prejudice crumbles!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Shouldn't be good, but is

Simple can be great. Yet sometimes I get caught up in thinking something really shouldn't taste good, and am surprised that it does. (The other slice just has margarine.)

Case in point is today's lunch--multi-grain toast with garlic bean spread. It's so good it feels like I'm having junk food.

Monday, July 4, 2011

A sinister celestial cake

Today I've got one thing on my mind and one thing only: FOOD. All I want to do is eat, eat, eat.

Here's the ginormous lunch I had:

Grilled portobello and pepper on a roll with garlicky bean spread, sweet potato salad, grilled corn, and fresh tomatoes with salt and pepper.

Then for dessert:

Angel food cake topped with homegrown strawberries and a leaning tower of Pisa style blob of whipped cream. I actually bought fresh blueberries too so the dessert would be red, white and blue in honor of Independence Day, but I forgot to add them.

I can't stop eating the angel food cake. It is truly one of the best things on the planet. I have eaten so much I think I may qualify as having committed one of the Seven Deadly Sins--gluttony--which isn't very angelic. I am powerless over its mesmerism.

If only there was a device whereby one could lock up a dish and be unable to open it until a preset time. I must invent that.

This morning's healthy breakfast

In preparation for what I knew would be a long day of eating, I had a nice bowl of high-fiber Kashi cereal with blueberries, pecans and a few sunflower seeds. I washed it down with a double espresso with nondairy creamer. mmmm

Monday, June 27, 2011

This week I've been using some coconut milk in my breakfast smoothies for extra fat and calories, in an effort to get me feeling better faster.

I normally use about 1 cup of soy milk. This week I've been substituting a little coconut milk for part of the soy milk. One thing I've noticed is I'm overcompensating for the sweetness in the coconut milk. I keep thinking it's going to be too sweet, so I add less protein powder, because that adds a lot of sweetness.

I compared labels. The soy milk has 1 gram of sugar per cup. The coconut milk has 3 grams per cup. Neither has added sugars. I don't know why, but the coconut milk always tastes less sweet in my smoothies than the soy milk does. I shall investigate this further. There must be some sciencey explanation.

For your reference, I also use 1 cup of frozen fruit, 5 baby carrots, vanilla protein powder, and half a tablespoon of wheat germ.

Yes, wheat germ--I am turning into a full-on hippie! I've been adding that for extra vitamins and fiber, but I've found half a tablespoon is my limit. Add any more and I don't like it.

I think I've mentioned the carrots before. They add vitamins, sweetness and fiber, and I honestly do not notice a difference in taste. And believe me, I am the Princess and the Pea when it comes to taste!

Here's today's breakfast, made with strawberries and coconut milk. Happy Meatless Monday!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Is there anything yams can't do?

Today I've got two beanalicious dishes to share with ya!

First, I was making a pasta salad to bring to a picnic over the weekend. I usually use ceci, boiled egg, mayo and chopped veg, but I was a little bored with that. I remembered this awesome salad dressing called Noche Buena and made that, but just added a lot more mayo to get it to the right consistency. It's a lime-sweet chile flavor. Then I added cooked pasta, frozen corn kernels, black beans, chopped cherry tomatoes, and a chopped sweet pepper I had leftover from grilling a few days earlier. Unbelievable flavor. I've been eating it right out of the serving bowl.

Then I saw Vegetarian Times' recipe for a black bean-sweet potato burrito. I'm a huge fan of sweet potatoes, but I've always been hesitant to try it in burritos. It just seems wrong somehow. But that recipe struck me for some reason. I couldn't find any sweet potatoes so I bought a huge yam.

I was too lazy to look up the recipe so I winged it. Cooked onion with black beans and a little cider vinegar, mashed with salsa. Microwaved yam with a little margarine. (That alone made me skeptical. How could that possibly not be tasteless?) A whole wheat burrito slathered with chile lime mayo, filled and heated.

The two dishes together....ooooh...MY. I can't believe how good it was.

Seriously, it was a little like eating dessert. I guess you'd have to be in the mood for something on the sweet side for dinner, which for me is always. ;) But soooooooo good. Pics later!

ETA: Here is a picture.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Right now I'm drinking a delicious, healthy smoothie in anticipation of tomorrow's debauchery! It's got half a scoop of vanilla protein powder, plain soymilk, frozen strawberries, and a few steamed/cooled baby carrots. Really good! {But not as good as all the candy I'm going to be eating tomorrow!}

I've been wondering if I could start sneaking some veggies into my breakfast smoothies without making them taste weird. A few slices of avocado go unnoticed, and it turns out, so do a few baby carrots. I was concerned about using raw carrots due to their texture, so I nuked them for 30 seconds and let them cool down while I went about my morning routine. They pureed nicely and I can't tell they're there, except it's a tad sweeter than usual--not a bad thing. A little extra fiber and vitamins. mmmmmm.......

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pasqua felice

Here's my Easter menu....! Cavatelli is a bit heavy for a spring feast, but it's a traditional favorite.

New York wines

Deviled eggs

Cavatelli with marinara sauce

Roasted gingered carrots
Garlic Italian beans with orange panko gremolata
Ham steak

Old-fashioned ricotta pie
Espresso with liquors

Monday, February 21, 2011

Restaurant Review: Bonefish Grill

Ok, I know you're thinking, "Yeah, but that's a seafood restaurant. It's supposed to be focused on meat." Sure, but it's a good business decision to offer a few vegetarian options, and here's why.

On my recent visit, there were no meat-free main course offerings. None.

The only choices I could find were side dishes, and few at that: mashed potatoes or steamed green beans. There was also an appetizer of steamed edamame (soybeans). All pretty bland stuff to have as a main course--why bother eating out if you're going to eat that?

What I did is ask for an entree consisting of the edamame and a side of french fries (no side of fries was offered on the menu). The edamame are good of course but kind of bland to eat for a main course. I asked for a side of a dipping sauce which was quite tasty--a blend of Asian flavors and a spicy sauce usually served with calamari. Unfortunately afterward I found out the sauce contains oyster juice.

Here is a perfect example of a restaurant that could easily offer a vegetarian entree without breaking a sweat--just combine dishes that are already on the menu and discreetly label it "vegetarian" so we aren't forced to choose between eating something we don't want to or having to make an issue of it with the server.

Help us out a bit, restaurants--tell us on the menu what sauces don't contain hidden meat. That way we don't have to ask 1000 questions in front of our friends.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Vegetarian Dishes at Restaurants

All restaurants should offer a few vegetarian selections. It's a smart business decision. First, not all omnivores want to eat meat at every single meal, nor do they need to. Second, most omni customers have at least one potential dining partner who is a vegetarian. When eating out together, they are most likely going to mutually agree on a place that meets both their needs.

A lot of restaurants fail to understand and accommodate this. The explanation I get is, "Well we just don't have a demand for those foods." Sounds a lot more like a failure to do market research than anything else. The customers who don't come through the door aren't demanding vegetarian foods, therefore you shouldn't offer them? Illogical.

We also know another thing about human nature--sometimes we just want to have choices, even if we don't use them. We want the Baskin Robbins 31 flavors but we usually get vanilla. Offering a few choices will play to what I call "vegetarians in the contemplation stage". Those are folks who are thinking about becoming vegetarian, or call themselves one but sometimes eat meat. (And YES, FISH IS MEAT.)

Anyway, it's not as if offering a few meat-free options is going to hurt anything. Keep a few cans of beans on hand and let guests choose between chicken or beans on a main dish salad. In the event you get an order, rinse the beans, add some fresh herbs. They could look really pretty and taste awesome.

Or how about a kick ass baked onion soup made with vegetable broth? Or a creamy mushroom noodle casserole?

If the goal is to bring more customers through the door, restauranteurs should make the vegetarian dishes delicious, not just tolerable. No one wants to pay $20 for some iceberg lettuce and canned beans. Be creative; make it delicious and different.

A lot of these dishes would be popular among all guests, not just vegetarians and people observing Lent. :)

Product Review: Perry's "Piece of Cake" Ice Cream

I am not a cake lover at all. Most of the time I feel cakes are not even good enough to waste the calories on. Yet about once a year in the winter, I feel like having a yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Even while I'm eating it, I'm thinking, "This isn't good." And yet I am craving it.

I do love ice cream though. Normally I am orthodox about my ice cream shopping. I don't stray from the few brands that don't use artificial ingredients. And yet last night I found this prize:

All in one package, I've got my unorthodox ice cream brand and the flavor of yellow cake with chocolate icing. Not only that, but the icing tastes exactly like the one from the can (which I never eat, even when I'm having the annual weird craving).

And yet it's strangely satisfying. It has a few tiny cubes of yellow cake. The ice cream flavor itself is the perfect interpretation of yellow cake made from a box mix, and like I said, the frosting is the frozen version of canned frosting.

What do I have to say for myself? I'm embarrassed...and not.

mmmm.... yummy mono- and diglycerides, cellulose gum, guar gum, carrageenan, and dextrose....

Sunday, February 13, 2011

What's on your Valentine's Day menu?

At this time of year I get to the point when eating out becomes a bore. It's not the restaurants; it's the process of going out. It's freaking freezing out there, and the mud-salt-sand-slush combo is annoying. Then you wait in line to be seated while newcomers provide you with a never-ending blast of frigid air when they open the door. A good part of the enjoyment is gone when just getting there makes you uncomfortable!

So staying in it is. I'm really looking forward to it though. I bought a fondue maker and I'm ready to go. I've been planning my menu for weeks. Here it is:

Field greens with heart-shaped herbed crouton and blood orange dressing
Cannelini garlic dip
Mushroom ravioli with marinara sauce
Eggplant braciole with pear tomato sauce (my own invention)
Chocolate-coffee liquor fondue with fruit

Am I a good wife or what? ;) (I guess we'll have to see on that one. Hopefully my husband won't miss the meat!)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Soup's on!

The microwave and fridge at work haven't been available for a while, so I have been getting by on whatever I can--usually hummus and crackers. The winter has been so cold--below zero a few times last month--and I've been craving soup.

Finally Sunday I had an afternoon at home to make some good, old fashioned soup. I winged it. I cooked some dried cannelini beans in water with spices and random pieces of vegetables I'd saved for the occasion--celery leaves, beet stalks, mushroom stems, etc.--anything to give it flavor. When almost done, I drained the water, added spinach, and pureed it. Then and added some mushroom broth, half a lemon, more basil, spinach, and uncooked spelt. I cooked it until the spelt was done and sprinkled a generous amount of freshly grated Parmesan on it.! It's a brown, thick, hot mess but man is it awesome!! Definitely a keeper. I'm going to have to restrain myself from eating several more bowls today.

I feel warmer already.

Monday, January 10, 2011

A cool salad for an even cooler day

No microwave is available to heat up my lunch these days, so I'm back to salads and dips.

This week, it's chilled (cooked) asparagus, hard boiled egg, and chic peas, dressed with fresh lemon vinagrette. I topped with shaved Parmesan, walnuts and sunflower seeds. With some crackers or bread, it's a square meal, and filling.

Monday, January 3, 2011


Happy new year!

This weekend I made a frittata for breakfast--a nice option for a holiday brunch. I used an 8" skillet, filled it with small diced vegetables, sauteed them, added 4 scrambled eggs, topped it with a little Parmesan, and finished it off under the broiler. I used green beans, asparagus, potatoes, onions, leeks, mushrooms, and red peppers.