Random Friday Food Post

by Abby on July 1, 2011

Even though I’ve all but given up on preparing family dinners that all 4 of us will eat without threats or bribes, I still have to feed these people I live with. They just get louder when they’re hungry. Here are some recent hits.

Real SimpleReal Simple’s 3-ingredient recipes. If you don’t subscribe, go out and buy the July 2011 issue immediately. “How good can a meal made from 3 ingredients be?” you might be wondering. Well, I’ve made about 5 of them so far and they’re all fabulous. Hoisin-glazed salmon with sweet-potato sesame fries, chipotle-grilled shrimp with corn and avocado salad, Portobello mushroom quesadillas. The boys even ate a bite or 2 here and there. (That counts as success in my book.)

Some of my fave summer recipes. Even since a friend made Giada De Laurentiis’ Orzo Salad for a party, it’s been my go-to recipe for BBQs and picnics. The fresh mint and basil are the key. I’ve also made the Fish Tacos with Cabbage-Carrot Slaw and Spicy Crema from Health magazine’s May 2011 issue several times. (C. cooks the tilapia on the grill.) And this isn’t specifically a summer recipe, but Rachael Ray’s Pasta Puttanesca is always a crowd-pleaser. (For adult crowds, I mean.)

TCBYFro-yo renaissance. Is TCBY having a resurgence, or did this frozen-yogurt chain never go away? I remember it was around when I was in high school because my friend Kristy used to refer to it as “tick-bee,” which we thought was hilarious. [Pause for a quick Google break.]

OK, apparently TCBY – an acronym for “The Country’s Best Yogurt” – was the first frozen yogurt shop in the country when it opened in 1981 in Arkansas, of all places. Their web site says: “As of 2010, we’ve remodeled our interiors and our brand to reflect our forward-thinking outlook on the future with a modern brand and logo, colorful palette and chic interior decor.”

That explains the modern, space-agey looking shop that just opened up near us. (“Chuck” fans, it looks like the place Sarah pretends to work while undercover as a CIA spy.) We took the boys there and they went nuts over the self-serve yogurt and variety of toppings, which include candy rocks, cookie dough balls, and mini peanut butter cups. My pick: pink grapefruit sorbet with gummi bears. YUM. Bonus: the yogurt’s sold by weight which means you don’t pay for a ginormous portion that your kid abandons after 3 bites.

Happy 4th of July weekend, everyone! Anyone got any food finds to share?

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Lou Mello July 1, 2011 at 8:27 am

Love the “Chuck” reference, that show is just fun to watch. Wish I knew more about recipes, but, I’m real simple with pastas, salads, fish and a couple of grilled thingys.
However, I am always willing to try new stuff at restaurants or at friends.

We are trying a few new things whenever we get a magazine recipe that looks interesting.

TCBY has always been a good place to go to and I need to make an effort to get there more often this summer.

Happy 4th of July weekend and may the boys be angels this weekend. 🙂


Abby July 1, 2011 at 9:17 am

Thanks, Lou! Yay, another Chuck fan. 🙂 Have a great weekend & hope your grilled thingys turn out great!


Kim July 1, 2011 at 9:04 am

I’m a sucker for recipe magazines, so I’ll have to check out this month’s Real Simple. I often joke that I should write a ‘one-handed recipes’ cookbook seeing as how many moms (and dads) like me cook holding a little one in our arms.

So for this 4th of July we make something really simple. I give my girls an angel food cake that I’ve baked, they have fun ripping it apart into chunks, which they put in my trifle dish. Then they add any and all kinds of berries and yogurt, stir and eat!

Happy 4th of July!


Abby July 1, 2011 at 9:18 am

“‘one-handed recipes’ cookbook” — GREAT idea, Kim!!


Angie Mizzell July 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

You inspire me with your recipes! I always cook the same old things. I know you used that menu planning website one month… but do you plan ahead? That’s my problem. I’ve gotten into a routine at the grocery store– trying to make it quick I go to my old standby’s. But this post made me salivate.

Tick-bee! I love me some TCBY. But it was probably time for some updating. Yay for the comeback.


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