We were invited to Karen’s tonight to have dinner with her friend Rose Marie, who works at Davidson, and with Dr. Vasquez, who is a Spanish professor, Matt’s fraternity advisor and teacher and one of Larbs’s professors as well.
But first, Matt had a mandatory bakery staff meeting at 5:30, so I played in Trader Joe’s for an hour next door. FINALLY I got to spend a ton of time in there! There were tons of products I wanted to try, but I knew I shouldn’t buy most of them (think cookies, cereals, cheeses). I found what appears to be cooked wheatberries in the grains section. I snuck out my camera for you all!
I kept myself from buying most of the products, but I did come across a new Valencia Peanut + Flax PB and knowing TJ’s opens products to taste, I decided “what the heck” and went to customer service to see if they would let me taste it. Not only did he open the jar for me, we also opened a jar of TJ’s regular peanut butter and did a side-by-side tasting! While the Valencia was good, I actually preferred the saltier and bolder TJ’s regular salted crunchy PB. And at $1.79 a jar – unbeatable! We’re actually low on PB in this household, only having a tsp of Honey Cinnamon from Naturally Nutty and 1/3 a jar of Barney Butter left. So I put it in the cart. My peanut butter tastes have evolved so much over the past year. I used to only like Harris Teeter brand, and not the saltier and more roasted, the better! (I blame Barney!)
We arrived at Karen’s at 6:30 and I poured a small glass of red wine. My intention tonight was to stick with one (and only one) glass. I had two smaller sized ones and am very pleased with the portoin! This Atteca was amazing!
For dinner Karen served her Best Vegetable Lasagna –
She served our plates, and I only ended up eating about half of this huge bowl!
Plus a side salad in Caesar dressing with almonds and bell pepper
And of course GH bread –
And my second small glass of wine
The husband Matt happily ate the rest of my portion
And I had seconds on salad
For dessert, Karen made Hello Dollies! These were way better than the Hello Dollies I made in December – probably because hers weren’t the “light” version! I had this guy plus another equiv. when I packaged up the leftovers for us to bring home for our freezer. You’ll be seeing these again!
I’m proud of myself for eating intuitively tonight. And yes, I totally owe you guys a review of that book! I wrote down some of my thoughts during a Foodservice lecture last week and just have to type them up. Soon enough, I promise.
Three cheers for a happy weekend.