Boy this is going to be a monster post!!!
All the food lab experiments were very cool today. Remembering how I felt when I left lab last week, I kept it simple with just one small bite of each item – just enough to taste for the sensory analysis. Here’s a recap of the selections (and I wish I knew the details of each experiment, but unfortunately I don’t. Most of them involved replacing an ingredient with an alternative sweetener or other substitute)
Amy’s sugar-free + control toffees –
Chocolate cakes – (with splenda, etc.)
Cupcakes (with splenda)
Corn muffins (with WW flour?)
PB cookies with PB2 + Jif
Ice cream with soy and control –
Splenda fudge (go with the original. In fact, in all of these – just use the real thing! I can’t think of a single experiment that was better altered!)
I actually left lab feeling good and not full at all – tiny bites, tiny bites!
We we got home, Larbs was here!!! Along with her friend Martha and later her friend KitKat (Katie) arrived with the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen (except for our wedding flowers 🙂 ) Thank you Katie!!!
They were the perfect centerpiece for a colorful lunch.
Mom and Larbs got me presents while they were out yesterday. Four of these gorgeous totally-my-style placemats (from Bed, Bath + B I think)
And a tiny bottle of Juicy Couture! Thanks B+L!
Romaine tossed in balsamic + lemon olive oil plus cranberries, carrots, feta + walnuts.
The side items included grilled cilantro pesto chicken (morphed from yesterday!)
And homemade GH croutons (toast in oven tossed in olive oil, S+P until crunchy). Store air-tight for a few days.
Plus fresh fruit
And toasted buns for a few –
I had a salad topped with chicken + croutons
And a cilantro pestoed half of a bun (of which I only ate half b/c dessert was served when I had half left and I wanted to switch my palate)
Serving of fruit – antiox!
After lunch Matt, who by luck was off work early today because he went in at 3 this morning, did a beer tasting for the group of his latest wheat beer.
I drank half of my 6 oz glass and gave him the rest.
And last but not least, we all shared a cut up Apple Turnover Savannah Bar!!!! DELISH!! I had 2 of the squares.
I spent an hour cleaning up, just blogged (whew!) and am going to join my husband in the hammock for a swing. Kelsey is writing her Foodservice paper on a blanket in our yard!
We’re planning an early dinner at EarthFare to meet up with some readers in town for a concert, and then drinks with Kate and Nate.
SPEAKING OF NATE………
I give you: The Blog Stalker!!