Crumbs, 8/29

  • Last night I made Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burritos, but I subbed the Sunshine Kabocha squash from last week’s CSA share for the sweet potatoes. The swap did not go over well with J., or the boys (not that the kids would eat them anyway). The squash was much more dry and flaky than a sweet potato, more like a Russet, and wasn’t that flavorful. The burritos were OK, just not wonderful as usual. I froze the rest and will share them with my parents — I know they won’t mind eating them with me!
  • There was an interesting article in the New York Times Dining section last week profiling Julia Stewart, the chief executive of the company that owns Applebee’s and IHOP (“A Craving for Riblets and Change at Applebee’s“). One point made was that there seems to be no level of sweetness that is too much for the American palate. I loved this sentence:

    Among the dozen dishes on her table [at IHOP] that day was the Georgia praline peach streusel pancake, a dish so sweet it made a Butterfinger bar seem like a refreshing palate cleanser.

    Can’t you just feel in your teeth how horribly over-sweet those pancakes would be? I love that description.

  • We recently tried Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains Blend, which is a mix of Israeli couscous, orzo, baby garbanzos (cute! I’d never seen these before), and red quinoa. It was beautiful and I wanted to love it, but cooking it according to the package directions left the garbanzos and quinoa undercooked. Had I cooked it more, I fear the orzo and couscous would have gotten mushy.