june cheese plate

Carr Valley MenageThis is a mix of cow, sheep and goat milk that is unbelievably creamy. Carr Valley, a local Wisconsin cheese company can pretty much do no wrong. I grew up eating the Carr Valley cheddar and swiss and I never really even knew until recently that they had artisanal cheeses – which I’ve definitely been enjoying! Try this one out!

Goat GoudaThis goats milk cheese was such so smooth! I love goat and gouda so why not try them together? I of course adored it – it would be great paired with other flavorful food as the flavor wasn’t overpowering at all
Young Manchego - Ohhh Manchego, I must admit, prior to this Spring I wasn’t very familiar with you, but now I can officially say that I have fallen for you and you are one of my favorites. Next time I would like to try an aged Manchego.

eating experiment

As my grocery trips have started getting more and more expensive I wondered how I could reign it in a bit – I know people do this all the time – my parent’s called it an “austerity program” and I didn’t even have the slightest clue on how to spell that, so that tells you how many “austerity programs” I’ve been on in my adult life.  :(  Sorry Dad, I really am trying this time!!!

My problem? I LOVE the grocery store, high-quality, organic food, trying the newest and greatest foods, and oh yes, my love of expensive cheese. So, could I possibly spend $50 a week on breakfast and lunch (for myself) and dinner for two? I will start off easy (Sunday night – Thursday night) so 4 breakfasts, lunches and dinners (only 4 days because I’m at camp on the weekends) and I’m cheating a bit because I already some dinner ingredients that I didn’t use this week. So I’ll aim for $40!
I would love any grocery store budget tips if you have them!

mediterranean omelet

The flavors from the Mediterranean are some of my favorite – fish, fresh veggies, olives and wine.  The taster makes a mean omelet and this was an amazing one!

Here it is cooking all together.

It had sauteed zucchini and garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, chopped spinach and crumbled Feta cheese (still using the 10 lb block from Costco)
Served with an arugula salad with balsamic dressing it was a perfect Sunday morning brunch.  What are your favorite omelet ingredients?

ask the nutritionist: is this really bad for me?

Since I am a Nutritionist, this is a question that I get all the time. And honestly, it is a pretty hard one for me to answer.  My mantra really is: Everything in Moderation. In my ideal world everyone would have access and be able to afford – and want to eat organic, “whole” foods, free of preservatives, artificial sweeteners and refined flours. I am also realistic though. I am certainly not going to “recommend” Doritos, but if they are what you are really craving than by all means have some Doritos!  I think the more high quality food you eat, the less you crave processed foods which really are no match to a great loaf of home-made bread.
So fill your diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish – and a little good cheese, olive oil and wine for good measure!