Whole Foods Market Newport Beach came along just in time to elevate the Special Menu (below) — It’s an incredible store and where I bought the best of the best ingredients for a “You Pick, I Prepare” Dinner. And I thank Whole Foods Market for its $100 Gift Card towards all. Though this post is partially sponsored, I will always tell it like it is, yo yo yo. 😉
What would you pick? Remember Slam Books? What’s your favorite FOOD? Fill-in the blanks.
My answers would be very different than these, with all due respect — That’s all I’m gonna say. Okay, I might heckle about it later. My Slam Menu picks would likely include King Crab Legs and a Soufflé. I got off easy with the Special Menu above, though still managed to create fodder for ‘The Bad’ segment of Nibbles of Tidbits. It’s always a learning experience.
Most turned out well. The Shrimp for the Shrimp Cocktail was sweet and tender, not tough, and I thank the Whole Foods Market Seafood Department for deveining them for me. It saved a lot of time and it’s a job I certainly don’t love. Now that’s some super service!
The Split Pea and Ham Soup (made without a recipe) fortunately turned out tasty as all get out. And the Parmesan Crisps are what’s best about this Caesar Salad — It’s Shaved Parmesan Cheese that’s cooked in a skillet on medium (without oil) until golden brown and crisp. I always add ’em instead of Croutons. And then there’s the Meatloaf… Meatloaf, really?
It’s mostly ironic, since I never liked it. Growing up I’d ask what’s for dinner and when my Mom would laughingly say “your favorite” I knew it was Meatloaf. She knew it was the opposite of my favorite. And here I am faced with it again. I got past it by converting my true favorite Meatball Recipe into a Meatloaf, and served it with a Sauce made of Tomatoes, Roasted Garlic and Caramelized Onions (puréed). If I think of a Meatloaf as a giant Meatball, I’m better.
I’ve made plenty of Twice Baked/Re-Stuffed Potatoes in my life and most have turned out perfectly fine, but these didn’t. Isn’t that terrific when it matters. They tasted good, but had too much Cheese (with Butter), which made all runny and oily. Wouldn’t you know it?!
The Carrots were a bonus — They were roasted in the oven with Sweet Onions and Garlic.
And then there’s the Banana Cream Pie aka Banana Pot Pie, as dubbed by the mystery guest. The Pie didn’t set and I’m not sure why. Cornstarch has been problematic for me lately and will opt for Flour next time. A Chocolate Bundt Cake from a mix was made for backup.
It was suggested that the Banana Cream ‘Pudding’ be spooned over the Chocolate Cake.
All was not lost. Nothing was lost. It was all good — And the time was especially great.
Thanks Whole Foods Market Newport Beach — I look forward to seeing you again.