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Off the Wagon

More than 95% of my meals are eaten at home, and more than 95% of my food is sourced from local farmers.  But when I do “fall off the wagon,” I like to do it right. 

My latest culinary binge took place at Rosarito Fish Shack in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC.  I had octopus wrapped in bacon on a brioche roll topped with cole slaw.  It was so worth it.  

Off the Wagon

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Brussels Sprout Hash

Hating Brussels sprouts seems to be one of those fashions that never go out of style.  Perhaps it’s a testament to my general lack of fashion sense that I’ve always loved Brussels sprouts, even when I was a child.  One of my favorite ways to eat them, though, didn’t reveal itself until just a few years ago, when I decided to pair them with sweet potatoes, apples, walnuts, and bacon in a Brussels sprout hash.  Whether you sauté the ingredients together in a large cast iron pan, or roast each component separately before tossing them all together, the results are always delicious.  And, if enough people agree, maybe it’ll become fashionable.  

Brussels Sprout Hash

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Bacon

My annual physical is this afternoon.  Last year, for the first time in my life, I heard that my LDL cholesterol level was a bit high.  It may have been that I had spent the prior week in Vermont eating little more than cheese for every meal.  Or it may have been the bacon that found its way onto my plate last summer more often than in the fifty prior summers put together.  On my doctor’s advice, I cut back on the cheese and bacon this year by featuring them less often and, as importantly, by eating them more slowly when they did appear on my plate.  Learning to savor every delectable bite has helped me slow down my life in general — no small task for a driven New Yorker.  So, today when I see my doctor, I’ll thank her for that bit of wisdom and, hopefully, for reducing my cholesterol level through common sense instead of drugs.

Bacon

BLT Salad

One of my favorite meals during my youth was a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich . . . or two.  As I became aware of the unhealthy consequences of eating all that bacon and mayonnaise, however, I decided to create something that provided the same flavor without all that saturated fat.  The result is a BLT salad, with an onion mustard vinaigrette, toasted whole grain croutons, mesclun greens, blistered cherry tomatoes, and just enough crumbled bacon to provide the flavor I can’t seem to get through the summer without.  Will it win the Healthiest Meal of the Year Award any time soon?  Not likely.  But it’s a big improvement over the sandwich version, and the delicious organic vegetables, whole grain bread, and nitrate-free bacon — all from local farmers — give me lots of reasons to eat it with both a smile and a guilt-free conscience.

BLT Salad