Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Worth Getting Out of Bed For

Alright all you Utahns, the moment we've all been waiting for is upon us: Next Wednesday (July 2) Sunflower Market is opening in Murray (6284 South State Street)! The doors open at 7 am and the first 200 customers will receive a free reusable shopping bag filled with groceries valued at over $50 (note how it says customers- you do actually have to purchase something to get the free stuff, but trust me, once you're inside, you'll want to buy stuff). Now believe you me, I don't get out of bed before 7 am for ANYTHING, but if I could be in the area next Wednesday, I would be in line waiting for the doors to open with a big grin on my face. $50 in free groceries from Sunflower Market has that effect on me. SO, if you want to know why I love Sunflower Market as fervently as I do (Lovely cheap produce! All natural wheat mac & cheese that tastes like the blue box stuff! Ethnic food! Natural meats! Flatbread! Bulk bins!) and you want some free groceries to try out, get your bum out of bed and drag yourself down there in your pajamas if you have to and rejoice! Now you have the glory of a Sunflower Market near you!

P.S. No, they don't pay me, but they should, huh?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Yes, I DO Have Problems, Thanks for Noticing.

Yikes, sorry for not posting for so long, three loyal readers. This whole single-mommy act has been a bit draining lately, and blogging has been at the absolute bottom of my list. But tonight after cooking a real meal and not something from a box or the freezer, my tummy is full and my tastebuds are delighted (homemade guacamole does that to me), and I get back on the bloggy horse. And off we go.

I have to confess something. It's a small thing in the grand scheme of things, but it's a huge skeleton in my culinary closet. Yesterday, I was watching Sam the Cooking Guy- have you ever watched him? I love him. I used to watch him when he was on the public-access cable channel, and I can't tell you how happy I am that the folks at Discovery picked him up. Anyway, yesterday he was making guacamole (which very blatantly inspired my guacamole-making tonight), and the ingredients were very straightforward: avocados, tomatoes, onion, lime juice, cilantro, chipotles. It looked yummy. EXCEPT. Here's the thing...deep breath... I've never had chipotles... because I'm scared of them.

Stop laughing. Yes, I am scared of chipotles. I know that they are smoked jalapenos, and I am not scared of jalapenos nor smokiness, but I AM scared of chipotles. For some reason, I think they are going to taste suspiciously like mole sauce, which I think is vile. Chocolate is not meant for use in savory dishes no matter what the ancients say. And while I KNOW intellectually that mole and chipotle are nothing alike, and that there is no chocolate in chipotle, I can't bring myself to try it. I am afraid. Very afraid. And I know this really affects my culinary cred (what minuscule amount I hallucinate that I have) because chipotle is the biggest flavor trend since, I don't know, wasabi. I mean, there's an entire chain of restaurants called Chipotle. Have I been? No. Hear it's good, but uh, yeah, that whole chipotle thing kind of gets in the way.