Post-Christmas 2017 HomeGoods goodies

I love going to HomeGoods a couple of weeks after Christmas.  They always have strange, imported goodies still kicking around and start putting them on clearance.  I ended up with an armload this year (although mostly not clearanced, yet, still cheap).  But I’ll kick off with something I certainly did NOT buy – a 2,000-count dark chocolate selection!

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McDonald’s Buffalo Bacon sandwich

See McDonald’s put coupons in newspaper to get free fries and a drink (any size!) with purchase of fancy new sandwich.

See me fall for it.

See me try it.

See me remember why I never eat at McDonald’s.

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Food at Disney World and Epcot Food and Wine Festival

As I indicated earlier, we had a long-planned trip to Disney World in Orlando this fall that has now come and passed.  We spent a Saturday at the Magic Kingdom and Sunday at Epcot, then a stop at Disney Springs on Monday.  So it wasn’t a long visit, and I certainly didn’t get to eat everything AJ recommends, but I did the best I could. Continue reading

Easy hummus

Want to make simple hummus at home?  It’s not that hard.  I’ve adapted this recipe a bit from Marisa at Food In Jars to match a can of chickpeas.  See her directions for the basic procedure.

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 medium garlic clove
  • 4 TB lemon juice
  • 1-1/3 TB tahini
  • 2/3 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water

I like roasted red pepper hummus, so then you add about 3 good sized pieces of jarred roasted reds, patted dry.

If you like your hummus nice and smooth and don’t mind just a little extra work, dump the can into a metal colander to wash them.  Then just use your hand to rub them all around the colander, not so hard that you smoosh them, but such that you start to see the skins peeling off.  Pick those all out (this is the time consuming part, but well worth it) and discard.  Then follow Marisa’s directions, plus the roasted reds or other flavor adders if you like them.  I have had nothing but trouble with my blender, much better luck with the food processor, so I recommend that.  And paying close attention to the liquids.

Just sample as you start to finish up to get the moisture and salt where you want it.

My Blue Apron experience

Now that Blue Apron is struggling mightily and likely to fail, it’s probably time to tell you about our brief experience with this meal kit delivery service.  I really had no interest, but a friend at work offered me one of her free trials so, hey, free food.  We gave it a spin, taking the free kit and (spoiler) cancelling after being suitably unimpressed. Continue reading

On the road at Naji’s Mediterranean Cuisine

Late in the summer we took a drive out to the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA.  It was nice enough,  but given the dry summer and lateness of our visit in the season, it was just OK.  I suspect it would be much more worthwhile during peak season, which is when I would recommend going.

But, being me, of course I had to scope out someplace interesting nearby to get lunch.  And, being us, Mediterranean is always a good place to start looking.  That led us to Naji’s Mediterranean Cuisine in Great Barrington.  It was a good choice and we’d happily return if in the area. Continue reading