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Posted on Jul 22, 2011 in Food | 20 comments

You got questions? I got answers.

Happy Friday, folks! It’s the last workday of the week (for us office-job peeps, anyway!) and I’m celebrating with the publishment (is that a word? Eh, I’m rolling with it anyway) of the Q&A page that I mentioned a couple days ago. I took (most) of the questions that you guys asked me and answered them in a separate page that you can access in the navigation bar at the top of the blog. Huzzah! You all had great questions, so if there are additional things you’d like to know, please feel free to ask! I especially think it will be fun to answer any “favorites” questions you might have, provided anyone has any actual interest in knowing that kind of stuff. Man, blogging really is for the narcissistic, eh?

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Not that *I* fit that bill or anything, of course! Bahahaha.

So as I mentioned yesterday, this week has been keeping me BUSY. Not that I’m complaining, because it’s all been a total blast, but sometimes you just need an evening where nothing’s scheduled, nothing’s planned, and you don’t have anybody to meet. I got my wish last night! I kicked off the afternoon with my third laser hair removal session (after just the second session I already noticed a HUGE difference, btw) and then spent the rest of the post-work day just, well, bumming around. I’m not supposed to work out or get super sweaty right after I get zapped, so a couple episodes of Sex & the City got watched, I spent some quality time with the puppers, and then headed down to la cocina to make dinner (last night was also the first night all week I cooked a real dinner for myself — eep!)

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I finally got broccoli slaw from Trader Joe’s! And it played an integral role in the game of pantry roulette that was my dinner last night. I sauteed some red onion in olive oil, then added two chopped chicken sausage links:

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Before adding the slaw to the mix:

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And while that was softening, I chopped up two apples as well, which tasted crisp and fresh in the dish. Mmmm.

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All together now!

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I just seasoned the dish with some salt and pepper, but it was some superawesomespecial salt that I was psyched to try out:

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I saw this smoked sea salt on someone’s blog recently (although I can’t remember whose – fail!) and knew I had to pick up a grinder the next time I was at TJ’s. The second you start grinding, it just EXUDES smokiness. I could barely believe it! I’m not sure I used enough of it to really get the smokiness to poke through the other flavor profiles, but you can bet I’ll be experimenting with this way more.

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A weird little concoction? Possibly. But it was delectable, it didn’t upset my stomach (score!), and was tres, tres healthy on top of all that. Win-win-win.

Do you ever buy something from the grocery store because it seems cool, even if you’re not exactly sure how to use it? I do this all the time. It’s fun to figure it out in the kitchen! What would you do with smoked sea salt? I’m thinking an obvious choice would be to season some grillin’ stuffs with it, since we don’t have an actual smoker it might give grilled meats and veggies some of that amazing flavor without the muss.

20 Comments

  1. Yay for broccoli slaw. I’ll have to try out your recipe. Happy Friday!

    • Huzzah! Finally remember to actually get it this last time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I am not very adventurous in the kitchen so I really don’t buy products like that. Plus we eat the same things week after week so I never really think of getting anything new!

    I love those sausages from TJ’s — they are so sweet!

    • I know! I love that they have like these big chunks of apple in them, too, so you know it’s really in there!

  3. Haha, yes, I do that all the time! Ethnic foods are my weekness. My BF always scolds me for it. Recently I bought a bag of split peas, without any idea what to do with them. After letting them sit around for a few weeks, I used them for some improvised curry. It was delicious!
    Have a great weekend!

    • Experimentation is the spice of life! Or something like that, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. That dinner looks inventive! I love putting apples in stuff. Dan has tried the TJ’s chicken sausage- but the spicy one. He still likes the beef ones better though… of course ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I really like the jalapeno chicken sausage from there too — is that the one you’re talking about? They have so many different flavors! The next one on my list is the mango one… mmm!

  5. Interesting! I buy that Brocc slaw all the time, but have never, ever cooked it. I always just use it raw – but you can bet I’m going to try it this way. Love it.

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    • What can I say? I like to run against the grain. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I think this is a great combo (though I wouldnยดt eat it myself- vegan)!
    I do buy cool products quite often, mostly I am having success later in my kitchen ๐Ÿ˜€

    • All you need to do is omit the chicken sausage and it’s a vegan dish, too! You could even sub in some soy protein or something if you wanted, but the apples & slaw are the high-points anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thank you!! I usually always veganize dishes, but this time I really didnยดt think about it! I love the combination of apples and savory and I am really looking forward to try this ๐Ÿ™‚
        btw, great Q&A page!

  7. I have a bag of broccoli slaw in my fridge right now – this recipe looks great!

    Happy Friday!!!

    • Doooo it. Totes delicious, and totally waistline friendly too, don’tcha think?

  8. I do this all the time at health food stores. I’ll see something and get so excited because I saw it on someone’s blog and I TOTALLY HAVE TO HAVE IT RIGHT NOW and then I get home and can’t think of anything to do with it. Example: Nutritional Yeast.

  9. I think I need to head to Trader Joe’s this weekend! Looks great!

  10. YES! I find myself buying unusual vegetables and having no idea how to use them. Usually I’ll prepare them in some odd way before stumbling upon an article or a blog post on what this vegetable SHOULD be paired with. Oh well. I say go against the grain and create something totally unexpected. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I think your concoction sounds delish! ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Holy bananas! I’m obsessing over you seeing results after 3 treatments. I’ve had 5 and I still feel like I have a massive jungle growing on my upper lip. So jeally!
    Also- this is my first visit to your bloggy wog. Way to go on the weight loss. That’s fantastic!

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