Saturday, August 17, 2013

Can't eat these eggs at TAM

Eggs you can’t eat up at TAM
Is that a little sea turtle in that egg? There’s obviously a princess in that one. But my favorite creations that Susan’s Egg Nest is showing at Texas Artists Museum this month include delicate cut-outs of swirls and checks and bold painted patterns that remind me of Russian nesting dolls. Susan is a member of International Egg Art Guild and works out of Lake Charles, La. Eggs from her art come from ostriches, emus and chickens. I didn’t ask her if she ate the contents before she started in on adorning those shells.

All things kitchen
Core Kitchen knows how to send out a press release. Phrases such as “premier destination for home chefs,” “modern solutions for all things kitchen,” and “vast collection” teased my brain, then my eyes popped out of my head while thumbing through the catalogue. I don’t care who you are, you’re bound to desire boards, mats, knifes, etc. in wake-up colors of lime, mandarin, strawberry, teal and magenta. Don’t tell me you don’t like salad after you’ve sliced up some freshness with these jazzy tools. Nesting square pinch bowls are the very inspiration for cooking and the Lift Collection Spoon will replace lots of sad tools in your current kitchen. Make room for modern with a collapsible trivet, but save some nostalgic space for cast iron trivets with birdie, bee, sunflower and rose designs. Do not, I say do not, get me started with glass prep boards with designs like keys, fruit and even other utensils. It’s a kitchen theme within a kitchen. I know we’re trying to get our kids to discover the joys of healthy eating. This is a fun way to get them comfortable with playing around. But, take care, those knives are really high quality. Don’t worry, this good stuff comes in basic black, too.

Go LO to avoid sugar high
The more we become aware of what’s in our food and drink, the more options appear. I’ve enjoyed the fruity flavors of the new LO Fruit Beverage, a low cal, low carb, low sugar, and low glycemic beverage. It’s designed for a single serving, but I loved stretching it out all day by flavoring my constant sidekick, a recyclable bottle of water. That’s how I had a day of Acai-Blue, followed by a day of pomegranate. I wanted to save Pomegranate Mojito for the weekend and Mango Mojito for a possible cocktail mix-in.
So here’s the breakdown: One ten-ounce serving mimics the amount of calories (35 – 45), carbs (8 – 11 grams), and sugars (7 – 10 grams) found in one whole piece of fruit. It is a certified low GI (glycemic index) product  with premium fruit juices and naturally sweetened with organic blue agave nectar and a pinch of stevia.

Thin is in
Arnold/Brownberry/Oroweat Sandwich Thins makers don’t mind me telling you a roll is 100 calories and officially endorsed by Weight Watchers® with a PointsPlus® value of 3. They’ve come up with some grilling recipes that will make your mouth water and won’t weigh you down. Look for these in the store and play around. I’ve been making an energetic breakfast sandwich with egg and Canadian bacon that is as quick as any drive-through version, but much better. Their grilling ideas include an Angus burger or a veggie sandwich. I like this one:

Heirloom Tomato Caprese Panini

1 Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls Multi-Grain roll
8 thin slices of heirloom tomatoes (choose different colors for visual appeal)
2 oz. fat free mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
1 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
Serving Size: 
1 serving
On the bottom half of the Sandwich Thins® roll, place ingredients in the following order - one sliced tomato, one slice of mozzarella cheese, and basil. Repeat placement of ingredients until three layers are stacked. Finally, top with the other half of the Sandwich Thins® roll.

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