Monday, May 14, 2012

My crawfish escort

So I’m at the store early on Mother’s Day and trying to buy a bag of crawfish tails. I can’t find them, so I ask the woman at the seafood counter. She says she can get me a couple, they keep them in the back, and asks if I’m done with my shopping.

I was a little confused, thinking she was worried they’d defrost in my basket. Turns out she had to escort the product and customer up to the front, because people had been making off with crawfish. Wow. I asked if there were other foods that merited such attention. Alligator, she said.

I don’t know if there is a name for what I made, but it seemed to make everyone happy. I heated the crawfish with cans of tomatoes, frozen okra, sautéed onions and peppers and some Cajun spice. I served it over rice and we ate it all up.

Pocket full of goodness

I’ve put salad, crawfish, cheese and eggs into my pockets. Oroweat Pocket Thins Flatbread, under the names Arnold and Brownberry, come in Italian Herb and 8 grain. They’re pre-sliced pita pockets that you pull into two just-right halves and fill with your own blend of breakfast, lunch or dinner. By the way, they’re good right out of the resealable bag, with nothing at all in them. Each half is just 100 calories. These are convenient basics to keep in the fridge.

Tangy meets island

I’m so not a “gummi” person, but I can see how sweet lovers could become addicted to Welch’s Fruit Snacks. A little bag packs vitamins C, A and E into 80 calories of fat-free translucent bits of flavor. They’re shaped like tiny fruits, too. You have to see the little, bitty pineapple. Flavors include Tangy, Island and Mixed. Try them as a bright garnish for yogurt.

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