Category Archives: Food

20 in 20

Meridian, Idaho

Tami, a wonderful friend (and fantastic pickleball player), told me about a ‘diet’ that she created and I thought I’d share it with you.

It’s working for Tami. She’s lost nine pounds since the first of June. And she’s eating whatever she wants but follows a few simple rules.

She calls it her 20 in 20 diet.

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The four diet rules are so simple that even I could follow it.

Here they are:

  1. Eat for no more than 20 minutes at each meal.
  2. Eat no more than one bite per minute.
  3. Focus on eating healthier foods first.
  4. Place your dessert on your plate if you’re going to include it in your meal.

That’s it. It’s that simple.

It’s not really a ‘diet’ per se, but following the rules is changing Tami’s behavior of eating fast. So this is more of a new pattern for her that will help her become healthier (and thinner). 🙂

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For example, the other night she had salad and a corn dog. She focused on the salad, and only ate two bites of the corn dog.

She still got her corn dog taste to satisfy that craving while she filled herself up more with the healthier salad.

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She found an app for her phone that counts down minutes by showing each second. She places it where she can see it and references it to know when it’s time for her next bite.

Tami even follows her plan when she goes to restaurants. She only ate a couple of bites of her apple pie while dining out, and it took her two more meals to finish that apple pie. 🙂

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I haven’t decided if I’m going to try it yet or not, but I will be slowing down while I eat so that I overeat less.

The Perfect Breakfast

Boise, Idaho

I’m staying at Melissa’s with Olive, her dog that thinks she’s a cat.

And this morning I’m on my way to play Pickleball with a new group.

What better way to prepare for a couple of hours of hard play than to have the perfect breakfast?

An apple fritter and a Diet Pepsi!

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Doesn’t get much better than that… 🙂

Sadly, Some of the Pigs Died

Meridian, Idaho

Most of the time the news is on while I’m eating breakfast or cooking dinner, it’s just background noise.

Who can listen to all of that and determine what’s REALLY important vs. what just made the cut to make the show because it’s interesting, scary, or odd? Or involves a Kardashian? 🙂

If we paid intense attention to it all, we’d be crazy…

The other morning an “odd” story made the news.

This little piggy went whee, whee, whee, as it fled a flipped truck along with thousands of its brethren.

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A whopping 2,200 baby pigs ran amok onto an Ohio highway when a tractor-trailer carrying them flipped over Monday evening, NBC affiliate WDTN reported.

The big rig flipped around on U.S. Route 35 in Xenia around 7 p.m., sending the piglets squealing across the highway southeast of Dayton, officials said.

Multiple fire departments, paramedics, police officers and nearby citizens attempted to wrangle the baby pigs and take them to the county fairgrounds, where volunteers and fire crews helped cool off hundreds of pigs. (From NBC New York)

I was intrigued by the oddness of it and actually paid attention.

Then I laughed out loud when Natalie Morales said, and I quote, “Some pigs, sadly, died in the crash.”

Where does she think those pigs were headed for? A feed lot where they would be fattened up and ‘sadly’ die to make up the bacon, pork chops, and tenderloin roast that so many of us enjoy…

What also cracked me up while watching the video was figuring out which of the rescuers had been around animals before.

This guy has held lots of dogs and cats, but probably not too many pigs.

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This guy, on the other hand, knows how to handle his pigs.  🙂

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It’s Kind of Great

Meridian, Idaho

I went to an acupuncturist yesterday (more about that in tomorrow’s post), and one of the first things she said to me after “Hello!” was, “You’re consuming too much sugar.”

And I was like, “Well, duh!” 🙂

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She’s right. I do eat too much sugar. So I’m going to cut back, but I won’t go cold turkey.

As I wean myself off of the hard stuff, I’ll have one of these now and then…

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They are quite yummy. I first found them at least 18 months ago at an Albertson’s here in Boise. But since then they are EVERYWHERE!

There are lots of different flavors, and some of them have only five grams of sugar! Woohoo!

5-grams-of-sugarIn comparison, two Oreo cookies have nearly three times that amount.

And the Kind bars are full of nuts with fiber and protein so they are actually even more filling than Oreos.

Oh, and you can even buy Kind bars on amazon.com with free shipping if you have a prime account.

There are a variety of flavors and sizes to suit most everyone’s taste buds.

Happy Snacking!

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Two Peeps for Le Peep

Meridian, Idaho

We went out for breakfast today at Le Peep. It’s less than a mile from our house. I’d seen it lots of times, but I had no idea until I Googled it that it was a nationwide chain.

LePeepThere are lots of items to choose, especially for breakfast. I noticed that the lunch menu wasn’t as varied, but lots on it looked great, too.

0524150814I had cranberries and granola over oatmeal. It was yummy.

0524150822And to completely overload on carbs, it came with brown sugar and a bagel. Like I needed even more simple carbohydrates…

I loved the bowl that my oatmeal was served in. The back was high and the front was low so that I could shovel it in non-stop.  🙂

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The restaurant was adorned with lots of Idaho photos and paintings.

0524150839The ambiance is very casual. And my only complaint was that the tables were really close together where we were seated against one wall.

0524150814aWill I go again? Definitely! Our food was good, the service was great and quick, and the prices were very reasonable.

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On the way out the door, I noticed an odd sight. There was one television in the restaurant. It was, naturally, set to a sports channel.

Two young men were eating breakfast together. And instead of facing one another so they could talk, they sat on the same side of the table so that they could watch television. Cracked me up…

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Grand BBQ

Meridian, Idaho

Wow, did we have great barbecue the other night after Idaho’s Largest Garage Sale.

It was just down the street from the fairgrounds at a place called Cutter’s Grand BBQ.

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We had driven by the spot a lot while we were living near the fairgrounds in Homer at the RV park. It was always busy, but we never could really tell what was going on.

There’s no signage. There’s no building. There’s just people eating–lots of them.

It’s not really a restaurant and not really a food truck. It’s a combination of a food truck, a competitive barbecue trailer, and a picnic area.

Here’s their story:

Cutter’s Grand BBQ has been in operation since 1987, when Mike and his Dad built the barbeque grill. Initially they cooked tri-tip for special events in California. Since Mike has moved to Bosie, Idaho, in the late 1990’s, he has catered special events, private parties and has had a roadside BBQ stand for the last three years.

So I guess it’s called a “roadside BBQ stand”.

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Whatever the place is called, they have some of the best BBQ and ribs I’ve ever had…

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We had a pulled brisket sandwich, a pulled pork sandwich, and split a small order of ribs.

cutters-grand-bbq-boise-kilted-dragon-brewingSimply amazing.

They are only open from Thursday through Saturday. Lunch begins “about 11:30 a.m.” Dinner begins “about 4:30 p.m.”

If stormy and/or rainy weather is predicted, it’s best to call ahead because they may be closed.

I know. I know. It sounds like a bizarre place. And it is. But there’s a reason why every time Rich and I drove by there, dozens of people are eating and smiling while they lick their fingers to get every last drop of house BBQ sauce and special dry rub…

So if you’re ever in the area near Boise’s Ada County Fairgrounds Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, give Cutter’s Grand BBQ a try.

You won’t be sorry you did.

Great Granola!

Meridian, Idaho

Yesterday for the first time in over a year I made my favorite granola.

I had been missing that granola more than I missed brownies since we didn’t have an oven in our motor home. (And I missed brownies a lot…) I eat some sort of granola most every morning with some Greek yogurt. Yummy!

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I found the recipe on allrecipes.com, but this recipe is so good that it’s on multiple sites when you do a search for it by name. It’s called Megan’s Granola.

I change the recipe quite a bit and it’s very forgiving with substitutions. I add bran cereal, more nuts and more dried fruit. Oh, and I use less oil than it calls for…

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My only caution should you try to make it is to follow the 20 minutes in the oven rule.

The recipe says to bake in the preheated oven until crispy and toasted, about 20 minutes. Stir once halfway through. 

The problem is that it doesn’t get crispy until you take it out. If you wait until it’s actually toasted, it’s darn near burned.

Oh, and it tastes best with my morning glass of Diet Pepsi!

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A New Candy in Town

Meridian, Idaho

I have a HUGE sweet tooth.

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Favorite candies include Almond Joy, licorice, caramel, Heath, etc…

I also like Reece’s Peanut  Butter Cups and Butterfingers.

Now there’s a new candy itown that is incredibly good if you like the last two candy bars mentioned.

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Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups can be described as a hybrid between the two candies. But it’s more like 25% Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups and 75% Butterfingers.

The chocolate on the outside its exactly like RPBCs, but the filling on the inside had only a hint of peanut butter. It’s more like a Butterfinger that’s been whipped until creamy with just a bit of peanut butter to make it the perfect consistency.

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If I had been on the naming committee, I would have pushed for Butterfinger Cups. Easier to say and more accurately describes the candy.

Anyway, if you have a sweet tooth and like Butterfingers and RPBCs, you might want to give this new candy a try.

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I’ve only tried them once. But I think if I try Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups again, they will move up into my top three candies…

Oh my goodness, I found a recipe for cheesecake, my most favorite food, using these. Now that I have an oven, I might have to give this a try.

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They’re as good as they look!

A Treat to Eat, Too

Meridian, Idaho

We took a break from unpacking yesterday and had a great lunch at Firehouse Subs.

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We first saw them in Phoenix, but we didn’t get a chance to eat them until we went out with friends last week here in the Boise area.

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Their sandwiches are very unique because they make them differently than a standard sub shop:

We steam our meats and cheeses, releasing a rush of flavors, then stuff a serving that’s way over code on one of our toasted private-recipe sub rolls.

Steaming the meat infuses a moisture that brings out the flavors. The bread isn’t warm, but with a semi-hard crust and very tender inside, it’s a perfect way to bring out the best of the sandwich.

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The shop is decorated in dalmatian prints and lots of pictures of fireman.

images (2)Started over 20 years ago by brothers  Chris and Mark Sorensen, both former firefighters, Firehouse Subs now numbers over 850 shops with plans to reach 2000 by 2020.

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If you see one near you, you might give it a try.

I’m glad we did. I loved the pictures of all the firemen hunks and the food is a treat to eat, too. 🙂

Blizzard Warning

Fallon, Nevada

There’s a dangerous blizzard lurking around.

Yesterday afternoon there was a blizzard in Reno when I took my dad up for an appointment.

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And there was another one in Fallon late last night after playing Pickleball with friends and family for a couple of hours.

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Actually, it wasn’t really a snow blizzard.

It was a delicious new flavor of Blizzard from Dairy Queen!

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Salted Caramel Truffle is insanely good. It should come with a warning that it’s so good you won’t be able to stop at just one…

If you are in the mood for a delicious treat, you might want to give it a try.