May 2011 Archives

What I ate: May 31, 2011

Breakfast: Sausage, egg and cheese English muffin from Champlain Farms, now the Shell station, formerly the Exxon. There's a long history of walking across the bridge to the Exxon to get late night food after going to the bars, because it was the only place open with food after 11 PM. This was my favorite hangover breakfast, back in the days before I cooked all of my food from scratch, and I needed hangover breakfasts.

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Lunch: Ham and cheese sandwich with spicy mustard and Madhouse Munchies barbecue potato chips from the Uncommon Market.

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Dinner: Samosas from Samosaman. Vegetable curry, spicy potato and steak and cheese. And a NcNeill's War Lord Imperial IPA.

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What I ate: May 30, 2011

Breakfast: Melon and link sausage at Mom and Dad's.

Back on the road, back to Montpelier.

Lunch: McDonalds quarter pounder with cheese, fries, diet Coke.

ate.2011.05.30.l.jpgI went to the one off the Northway (I-89) in Malta, New York, which is notable only because there are FIVE rotaries in barely more than a half mile of Route 67. I'm a fan of the modern rotary, in general, but that's just crazy!

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I'm asymptotically approaching competing packing my house, and I'm now to the point that I can't even really reheat anything anymore. So I will be eating out for the last few days.

Dinner: Sarducci's crab ravioli with shrimp and spinach in cream sauce. And malbec.

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What I ate: May 29, 2011

Breakfast: Half a grapefruit and 3 slices of bacon.

Lunch: Mom's fried rice.

ate.2011.05.29.l.jpgDinner: Mom's tempura, rice and salad.

Dessert: Blueberries


What I ate: May 28, 2011

Breakfast: 2 slices of watermelon and 3 slices of bacon.

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Lunch: Mom's shrimp and egg stir-fry with rice.

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Dinner: Lobster, salad and rice. I forgot to take a picture.

Dessert: Pumpkin pie.


What I ate: May 27, 2011

Breakfast: A grapefruit and 3 slices of bacon.

Lunch: Mom's fried fish and rice.

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Dinner: Mom's salmon, rice and broccoli.

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Dessert: Strawberries.

And 2 glasses of malbec.



What I ate: May 26, 2011

On the road to Unadilla again!

Breakfast: McDonalds sausage, egg and cheese McMuffin and coffee. I forgot to take a picture of it.

Lunch: Mom's open-faced roasted pork sandwich with gravy.

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Dinner: Iron Chef Chinese buffer in Oneonta, New York.

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What I ate: May 25, 2011

Breakfast: A homemade blueberry muffin and 3 slices of Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon.

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Lunch: Spicy vegetarian chili with skillet cornbread.


Snack: 0.7 oz. peanuts and a raspberry iced tea.

Dinner: Miso marinated pork, broccoli and rice.

ate.2011.05.25.d.jpgThe pork was previously cooked, vacuum sealed and frozen. I reheated everything (separately) in the microwave. This batch didn't turn out as well because I used the Cuisinart electric griddle and it wasn't as hot as the sauté pan. The pan on the stove worked much better.

Dessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain dark chocolate raspberry truffle. And 2 glasses of Etc. Malbec.

Snack: 1.0 oz. peanuts.

Weight at beginning of the day: 111.6 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 111.0 lbs

What I ate: May 24, 2011

Breakfast: Chorizo, green pepper, jalapeño, onion and egg breakfast burrito. In a Maria and Ricardo's multi-grain organic tortilla (100 % whole grains).

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Lunch: Half of an Uncommon Market roast beef sandwich on wheat with lettuce, mayo and horseradish. And Madhouse Munchies mesquite barbecue potato chips.

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Dinner: Pork spare ribs (dry rub for 24 hours, cooked sous vide for 18 hours then smoked) with homemade barbecue sauce. And French fries. And a piece of fried chicken.

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The spare ribs were previously vacuum sealed and frozen. I defrosted them in the microwave then cooked them on a sheet pan in the oven at 350°F for 12 minutes. Same for the chicken and French fries, which were leftovers from a lunch skiing at Bolton last winter.

Dessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain dark chocolate raspberry truffle. And 2 glasses of Etc. Malbec.

Snack: 1.0 oz. peanuts.

Weight at beginning of the day: 112.8 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 111.6  lbs.

What I ate: May 23, 2011

Breakfast: 1 organic scrambled egg, 1 slice of homemade 9-grain bread toast with Vermont Butter and Cheese cultured butter and 3 slices of Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon.

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Snack: 0.7 oz. peanuts.

Lunch: Twice cooked pork stir-fry with broccoli and scallions.

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Dinner: Spaghetti with Italian sausage. With a slice of Red Hen Bakery Mad River Grain bread.

ate.2011.05.23.d.jpgDessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain dark chocolate raspberry truffle. And 2 glasses of Doña Paula Los Cardos Malbec.

Snack: Rest of the potato chips (about 2 oz.?) and dip.

Weight at beginning of the day: 110.8 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 112.8 lbs.



What I ate: May 22, 2011

Breakfast: 2 pancakes (previously made then frozen), 0.5 oz. Vermont maple syrup, and 3 slices of Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon (also previously made and frozen). 8 minutes on a lightly greased sheet pan at 350°F and everything reheated perfectly.

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Snack: 0.7 oz. organic peanuts with salt.

Lunch: 2.8 oz. Misty Knoll grilled chicken Caesar salad with Romaine lettuce and Drew's Caesar dressing and a very small amount of freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. And a homemade whole wheat and oat roll with Vermont Butter and Cheese cultured butter.

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Dinner: Roast beef, gravy, rice and broccoli. And 2 glasses of Etc. malbec.

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Dessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain dark chocolate raspberry truffle. And 2 glasses of Etc. malbec.

Snack: 2.0 oz. mixed nuts.

Weight at beginning of the day: 110.8 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 110.8 lbs.

What I ate: May 21, 2011

Breakfast: Sausage, egg, and cheese on a Barowski's whole wheat English muffin. With homemade sausage, Cabot cheddar cheese and one organic egg.

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Lunch: Stir fry of beef, scallions and bean sprouts. With rice.

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Dinner: Chicken paprika with broccoli, rice and sour cream sauce.

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Dessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain dark chocolate raspberry truffle. And 2 glasses of Etc. malbec.

Snack: 0.7 oz. mixed nuts.

Weight at beginning of the day: 111.6 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 110.6 lbs.


What I ate: May 20, 2011

Breakfast: Homemade whole wheat bagel with 2.0 oz. Grindstone wild salmon lox, 0.8 oz. Organic Valley cream cheese, tomato and onion.

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Lunch: 2.8 oz. Misty Knoll grilled chicken Caesar salad with Romaine lettuce and Drew's Caesar dressing and a very small amount of freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. And a homemade whole wheat and oat roll with Vermont Butter and Cheese cultured butter.

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Snack: 1.0 oz. potato chips and dip. And a Kerig sweet lemon black tea iced tea.

Dinner: Tapas at The (new) Black Door in Montpelier. Very tasty!


Weight at beginning of the day: 111.0 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 111.6 lbs.

What I ate: May 19, 2011

Breakfast: Chorizo, green pepper, jalapeño, onion and egg breakfast burrito. In a Maria and Ricardo's multi-grain organic tortilla (100 % whole grains).

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Lunch: Stir-fry of pork, scallions and bean sprouts. And rice.

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Snack: Small rice ball. And a raspberry iced tea from the Keurig.

Dinner: Stir-fry of sausage and green peppers. And rice. With Cabria chardonnay.

ate.2011.05.19.d.jpgDessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain dark chocolate raspberry truffle.

Weight at beginning of the day: 111.4 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 111.0 lbs.

What I ate: May 18, 2011

Breakfast: 2 pancakes (previously made then frozen), 0.5 oz. Vermont maple syrup, and 3 slices of Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon (also previously made and frozen). 8 minutes on a lightly greased sheet pan at 350°F and everything reheated perfectly.

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Snack: 0.8 oz. organic peanuts with salt.

Lunch: Homemade chicken soup with 1.0 oz. soba noodles and spinach. Served with rice with furikake.

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Snack: Small rice ball.

Snack: 4 Kashi roasted garlic crackers with Cabot cheddar cheese. And a little Lacryma Christi Dei Feudi Di San Gregorio, 2009 (Italian white).

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Dinner: Mom's pot roast, previously vacuum sealed and frozen. Reheated in the sous vide for 45 minutes at 140°F. With 2 glasses of Tiasta malbec.

ate.2011.05.18.d.jpgDessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain chocolate raspberry truffle dark chocolate bar.

Snack: 0.7 oz. potato chips and dip. Thankfully, I'm getting to the bottom of the chips and the dip.

Weight at beginning of the day: 111.4 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 111.4 lbs.



What I ate: May 17, 2011

Breakfast: 1 organic scrambled egg, 1 slice of homemade 9-grain bread toast with Vermont Butter and Cheese cultured butter and 3 slices of Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon.

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Snack: 0.7 oz. organic peanuts with salt.

Lunch: Twice cooked pork with broccoli and scallions. And rice.

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Snack: 0.7 oz. potato chips and dip.

Dinner: Fried chicken, sautéed red chard and garlic mashed potatoes. And a glass of Switchback beer.

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I previously made, vacuum sealed and froze the chicken. I reheated the chicken in the sous vide, then for 15 minutes at 350°F to crisp it up a bit. I reheated the vacuum sealed and frozen mashed potatoes for 22 minutes, boil-in-bag. I sautéed the chard over medium heat in a little canola oil and finished with salt, pepper and a dash of red wine vinegar.
 
Dessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain dark chocolate raspberry truffle. And 2 glasses of Tiasta malbec.

Snack: 0.7 oz. potato chips and dip.

Weight at beginning of the day: 110.8 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 111.4 lbs.

What I ate: May 16, 2011

Breakfast: Chorizo, green pepper, jalapeño, onion and egg breakfast burrito. In a Maria and Ricardo's multi-grain organic tortilla (100 % whole grains).

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Lunch: Spicy vegetarian chili with skillet cornbread.

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Snack: 0.7 oz. potato chips and dip.

Dinner: Thai-style shrimp with green pepper, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, toasted and hot pepper sesame oil and chili garlic sauce. With rice. And 2 glasses of Switchback beer because this was so spicy my nose started running while I was cooking it!

ate.2011.05.16.d.jpgDessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain dark chocolate raspberry truffle. And 2 glasses of Etc. malbec.


Weight at beginning of the day: 112.4 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 110.8 lbs.


What I ate: May 15, 2011

Breakfast: Homemade whole wheat bagel with 2.0 oz. Grindstone wild salmon lox, 0.8 oz. Organic Valley cream cheese, tomato and onion.

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Lunch: Chicken with snow peas. Usually I make it with sort of a Chinese-style sauce (made with cornstarch) but today I made it they way I make many other dishes: with Lee Kum Kee vegetarian stir-fry sauce (mushroom flavor) and soy sauce.

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Snack: 0.7 oz. potato chips and French onion dip.

Dinner: Leftover J. Morgan's prime rib, half of a baked potato and steamed broccoli.

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I previously vacuum sealed and froze the beef; to reheat I just put the frozen package into the sous vide for 45 minutes at 133°F. The baked potato is my salt and olive oil rubbed baked potato, which bakes for 60 minutes at 350°F. It works out almost perfectly if I start the sous vide and preheat the oven at the same time. Served with Vermont Butter and Cheese cultured butter and Cabot sour cream.
 
And 2 glasses of Etc. Malbec.

Dessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain dark chocolate raspberry truffle.

Snack: 1.4 oz. potato chips and dip. Must stop.

Weight at beginning of the day: 111.4 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 112.4 lbs.

What I ate: May 14, 2011

Breakfast: 2 pancakes (from scratch), 0.5 oz. Vermont maple syrup, and 3 slices of Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon  previously made and frozen).

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Lunch: Bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado sandwich. With 4 slices of Vermont Smoke and cure bacon and a little mayonnaise on Vermont Bread Company wheat bread. With a glass of Switchback beer. And Madhouse Munchies mesquite barbecue potato chips.

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Snack: 0.7 oz. Wavy Lays potato chips and Cabot French onion dip.

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Dinner: Rigatoni, prosciutto, broccoli and tomato in pepper vodka cream sauce. And 2 glasses of Lacryma Christi Dei Feudi Di San Gregorio, 2009 (Italian white).

ate.2011.05.14.d.jpgAnd Dolcetto di Doglaini, San Romano, Italy, 2007.

I really didn't intend to, but I also made and had a slice of key lime pie. I've made better looking pies but it was still delicious! From scratch, including the crust and whipped cream.

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ate.2011.05.14.s2.jpgWeight at beginning of the day: 110.6 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 111.4 lbs.



Key lime pie

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I wasn't actually planning on making pie, but since I was throwing caution to the wind with the fat and calories for my birthday, I decided I'd go ahead and make one. I should also point out that since it was my birthday, I'd been drinking for a while before deciding to make a Key lime pie from scratch...

Crust

5.1 oz. graham crackers, crumbed (1 of the 3 sleeves in a 14.4 oz. package of New Morning organic Honey Grahams)
2 oz. sugar (1/4 cup)
2 oz. butter, melted (half stick)

Pulverize the graham crackers in the food processor. Add the sugar and pulse. Add the melted butter and blend until combined.

Pour the graham cracker mixture into a 9" pie pan and press up along the edges. Put in the freezer for a few minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Filling

Wait a few minutes so the crust can set up before making the filling and also for the oven to preheat. Combine in the food processor:

3 oz. egg yolks
14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
4 oz. Nellie and Joe's key lime juice (in a jar)

Blend the filling together and add to the chilled graham cracker crust.

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Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, then refrigerate.

Whipped Cream

8 oz. heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp. sugar

Whip the cream and sugar together. I cheat and use the whipping attachment in my KitchenAid mixer, but you could use a bowl and a whisk.

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Completed pie. I really can make a better looking pie than this. But, as you may recall, I had been drinking.

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What I ate: May 13, 2011

Breakfast: Chorizo, green pepper, jalapeño, onion and egg breakfast burrito. In a Maria and Ricardo's multi-grain organic tortilla (100 % whole grains).

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Lunch: Chana masala (previously frozen) and rice. I just took the vacuum sealed, frozen package from the freezer and put it in a boiling water, brought back to a boil, lowered the heat and simmered for 20 minutes.

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Dinner: Tonkatsu, rice and sautéed cabbage. And 2 glasses of Arca Nova Vinho Verde.

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Dessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain dark chocolate raspberry truffle.

Snack: 0.5 oz. Madhouse Munchies mesquite barbecue potato chips.


Weight at beginning of the day: 110.6 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 110.6 lbs.


How many calories in that drink?

I'm always looking for a tasty and low calorie beverage. Most of the time I drink plain water, but sometimes it's nice to get a little flavor. I decided to check out what I had in my house.

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The obvious lowest in calories is the unsweetened black tea. I add one packet of Sun Crystals, which is a 5 calorie mix of stevia and cane sugar. It's very good, and all natural. There are some zero calories stevia blends, but they generally have some sugar alcohols to make the stevia more palatable. I'll take the 5 calories for all natural.

The next two, sweet lemon black tea and sweet raspberry black tea are 50 calories and 11 grams of sugar. Celestial Seasonings sweetened teas for Keurig are sweetened with evaporated cane juice and stevia. Personally I wish they were a little less sweet, but that's probably just me.

I try not to drink my calories, unless alcohol is involved, but 50 calories is pretty reasonable.

It's the same as one of my soy chai lattes that I make from Keurig chai tea and steamed soy milk. Though the 4 oz. of soymilk only has 4 grams of sugar and more protein and healthy stuff.

The next two, berry lime twist sweet green tea and half and half black tea and lemonade are both 70 calories at 16 grams of sugar. 

The real surprise came from the canned sodas. I haven't had a sweetened soda in a long time, as they taste way too sweet to me, and I've been trying to cut back on the Diet Coke.

And, by the way, did you know that most canned soda uses aluminum cans lined with Bisphenol A (BPA)? A study done in Canada found 0.35 µg/L in Diet Coke and a shocking 1.1 µg/L in Fresca! And then there are all the chemicals they intentionally put in diet soda!

The Sprite and Ginger Ale are 140 calories and 38 grams of sugar, sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup.

The real surprise were the "natural" sodas.

The Jamaican Lemonade, 90% fruit juice, no sugar added, has 160 calories and 38 grams of sugar! It doesn't have high fructose corn syrup that the Sprite has, but it has more calories and the same amount of sugar!

The Mandarin Lime, 70 % juice, no sugar added has 170 calories at 39 grams of sugar.

And the Red Raspberry 100 % fruit juice has a whopping 200 calories and 44 grams of sugar!

I think the problem with the spritzers is that, while, most, if not all, juice, they take very sweet and neutral juice, such as pear, and concentrate it, which makes it mostly fructose. It's not high-fructose corn syrup but it might as well be, because it's still crazy high in fructose.

Incidentally, 1.5 oz. of vodka is 110 calories and the bargain in terms of calories is flavored vodka and soda water/seltzer/club soda.

And even though tonic water is equally clear, it's not equally low in calories as soda water. A 10 oz. serving of tonic is 110 calories and 27 grams of sugar, doubling the calories for a tall vodka and tonic vs. a vodka and soda!

What I ate: May 12, 2011

Breakfast: A homemade blueberry muffin and 3 slices of Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon.

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Lunch: Spicy vegetarian chili with skillet cornbread. I previously vacuum sealed and froze servings of chili. Normally I reheat boil-in-bag but I got sidetracked and microwaved it this time.

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Snack: Small rice ball (omusbe) with salt.

Dinner: Pork spare ribs (dry rub for 24 hours, cooked sous vide for 18 hours then smoked) with homemade barbecue sauce. And French fries. And Switchback beer.

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Dessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain chocolate raspberry truffle dark chocolate bar.

And 2 glasses of Finca El Portillo cabernet sauvignon, Argentia, 2008.

Weight at beginning of the day: 111.2 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 110.6 lbs.

What I ate: May 11, 2011

Breakfast: Bacon, egg and cheese English muffin. With 3 slices of Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon, 1 organic egg and Cabot cheddar cheese on a Barowski's wheat English muffin.

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Lunch: Beef with broccoli and scallions and rice.

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Snack: 0.7 oz. organic peanuts with salt.

Dinner: Leftover J. Morgans porterhouse steak, rice and sautéed cabbage with garlic. I vacuum sealed and froze the steak (last February) and reheated it from frozen in the sous vide for 45 minutes at 133°F and it was perfect.

ate.2011.05.11.d.jpgDessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain chocolate raspberry truffle dark chocolate bar.

And 2 glasses of Finca El Portillo cabernet sauvignon, Argentia, 2008.


Weight at beginning of the day: 110.0 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 111.2 lbs.

What I ate: May 10, 2011

Breakfast: 1 organic scrambled egg, 1 slice of homemade 9-grain bread toast with Vermont Butter and Cheese cultured butter and 3 slices of Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon. I forgot to take a picture, but it looked like this.

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Snack: 0.8 oz. organic peanuts with salt.

Lunch: Stir-fry of turkey (3.0 oz.), cabbage and garlic. With rice.

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Snack: 2.5 oz. Greek yogurt, maple syrup and 0.6 oz. Nutty Steph's granola (I ran out of homemade granola).


Dinner: Roast beef, gravy, rice and broccoli. And 2 glasses of Tiasta malbec.

ate.2011.05.10.d.jpgDessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain chocolate raspberry truffle dark chocolate bar.


Weight at beginning of the day: 112.2 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 110.0 lbs.





What I ate: May 9, 2011

Breakfast: Homemade whole wheat bagel with 2.0 oz. Grindstone wild salmon lox, 0.8 oz. Organic Valley cream cheese, tomato and onion.

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Lunch: Stir-fry of tofu, broccoli and scallions.

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Dinner: 1 jalapeño popper and a few fried chicken nuggets (from a yesterday) and tempeh fried wontons and shiitake mushroom, Napa cabbage and carrot egg rolls (previously frozen). And a glass of Switchback beer.

ate.2011.05.09.d.jpgDessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain chocolate raspberry truffle dark chocolate bar. And 2 glasses of Liberty School cabernet sauvignon.

And the last of the homemade chocolate chip cookies (previously frozen). And 0.5 oz. Madhouse Munchies sour cream and onion potato chips.

Weight at beginning of the day: 110.8 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 112.2  lbs.


What I ate: May 8, 2011

Breakfast: Chorizo, green pepper, jalapeño, onion and egg breakfast burrito. In a Maria and Ricardo's multi-grain organic tortilla (100 % whole grains).

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Snack: 0.7 oz. organic peanuts with salt.

Lunch: Twice-cooked pork with scallions and rice. 3.0 oz. pork.

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Dinner: Fried chicken fingers, boneless Buffalo "wings" and jalapeño poppers.

ate.2011.05.08.d.jpgI had three fried chicken fingers and one popper left over. And Roscoe had one chicken finger. And my mouth was seriously on fire from those poppers. The Buffalo wings were nothing compared to those.

Dessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain dark chocolate raspberry truffle. And 2 glasses of Alamos malbec.

Snack: 0.7 oz. Madhouse Munchies sour cream and onion potato chips.

Weight at beginning of the day: 112.2 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 110.8 lbs.

What I ate: May 7, 2011

Breakfast: A homemade blueberry muffin and 3 slices of Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon.

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Lunch: Sesame tofu with spicy green beans and rice.

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Dinner: Grilled Maple Leaf Farms hamburger (6.0 oz. before cooking) with Cabot cheddar cheese and Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon on a Barowski's wheat hamburger bun. With French fries. And 2 glasses of Switchback beer.

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One of the meals I had last winter at Bolton Valley had a truly excessive number of French fries; I brought the leftovers home, vacuum sealed and froze them. I defrosted them for 30 seconds in the microwave (on high) to separate them and reheated them for 15 minutes at 400°F on a greased sheet pan.

Also, I've found the perfect way to reheat a frozen burger: Take the grilled, partially cooked, frozen and vacuum sealed burger and place in the sous vide at 133°F for 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from the vacuum bag, add cheese and bake on a pre-heated sheet pan for 3 minutes at 400°F. This is enough to evaporate the excess moisture and melt the cheese. And also reheat a piece of frozen bacon.
 

Weight at beginning of the day: 109.4 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 112.2  lbs.

What I ate: May 6, 2011

Breakfast: 1 organic scrambled egg, 1 slice of homemade 9-grain bread toast with Vermont Butter and Cheese cultured butter and 3 slices of Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon.

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Lunch: Pork with scallions and broccoli stir-fry with rice.

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Dinner: Homemade sausage, green pepper, onion and mushroom deep dish pizza. I ate half of this. With a glass of Switchback beer.

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Dessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain dark chocolate raspberry truffle. And 2 glasses of Alamos malbec.

Weight at beginning of the day: 111.4 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 109.4 lbs.


What I ate: May 5, 2011

Breakfast: Sausage, egg, and cheese on a Barowski's whole wheat English muffin. With homemade sausage, Cabot cheddar cheese and one organic egg.

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Lunch: Spicy vegetarian chili with skillet cornbread. I previously vacuum sealed and froze servings of chili; to reheat I boiled a pot of water, added the vacuum sealed bag, brought back to a boil, reduced the heat to simmer, and simmered for 22 minutes.

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Dinner: Big plate of nachos with taco seasoned Tangletown Farm ground beef, black beans, Cabot cheddar cheese, tomato, onion and jalapeños. And homemade spicy guacamole. And a few Sauza Hornitos margaritas.

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Weight at beginning of the day: 111.6 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 111.4 lbs.




What I ate: May 4, 2011

Breakfast: Homemade whole wheat bagel with 2.0 oz. Grindstone wild salmon lox, 0.8 oz. Organic Valley cream cheese, tomato and onion.

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Lunch: 1 slice of Positive Pie carcass (sausage, pepperoni, meatball and mushroom) pizza and a glass of Switchback beer. I spent the morning painting and it seemed like a better late lunch than my planned stir-fry of pork, scallions and bean spouts.

Dinner: Tonkatsu (4 pieces, 3.6 oz.), rice, sautéed cabbage. And 2 glasses of Arca Nova Vinho Verde. I like this one better than the Casal Garcia that I had previously been getting.

ate.2011.05.04.d.jpgDessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain dark chocolate raspberry truffle.

Weight at beginning of the day: 112.8 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 111.6 lbs.

What I ate: May 3, 2011

Breakfast: 2 pancakes (previously made then frozen), 0.5 oz. Vermont maple syrup, and 3 slices of Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon (also previously made and frozen). 8 minutes on a lightly greased sheet pan at 350°F and everything reheated perfectly.

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Snack: 0.7 oz. organic peanuts with salt.

Lunch: Sausage and green pepper stir-fry with rice. With 1 large green pepper and 1 1/2 links of Vermont Smoke and Cure breakfast link sausage.

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Snack: 0.7 oz. Madhouse Munchies sour cream and onion potato chips.

Dinner: Chicken paprika with sour cream sauce, broccoli and rice. And 2 glasses of Schmitt Söhne Riesling.

ate.2011.05.03.d.jpgDessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain dark chocolate raspberry truffle.


Weight at beginning of the day: 111.8 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 112.8 lbs.

What I ate: May 2, 2011

Breakfast: A homemade blueberry muffin and 3 slices of Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon.

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Lunch: Beef with broccoli and scallions, rice.

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Snack: 2.7 oz. plain organic Greek yogurt with Vermont maple syrup and 0.8 oz. of homemade granola.


Dinner: Shrimp fra diavolo with spinach and spinach linguini. And a slice of Red Hen Mad River grain bread.  And 2 glasses of Schmitt Söhne Riesling.

ate.2011.05.02.d.jpgDessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain dark chocolate raspberry truffle.


Weight at beginning of the day: 111.2 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 111.8 lbs.

What I ate: May 1, 2011

Breakfast: Chorizo, green pepper, jalapeño, onion and egg breakfast burrito. In a Maria and Ricardo's multi-grain organic tortilla (100 % whole grains).

ate.2011.05.01.b.jpgSnack: 0.7 oz. organic peanuts with salt.

Lunch: A little sample of Chicken Kiev. I was doing an experiment for a friend who asked "how do you keep the butter from leaking out?" and I didn't really know since I'd never made it before. I ate half of this; it was pretty good but I'm going to try changing the cooking process before I publish the recipe.

ate.2011.05.01.l.jpgSnack: Rice ball (omusbe).

Dinner: Roast beef taco with salsa fresca. Also 2.0 oz. tortilla chips and the rest of the salsa fresca. And 2 glasses of Switchback beer. Yes, I realize breakfast and dinner look surprisingly similar, and this has actually happened before (1/26/11). For some reason I was in the mood for taco and salsa fresca and I changed my menu at the last minute.

ate.2011.05.01.d.jpgDessert: 1 square of Lake Champlain dark chocolate raspberry truffle. And a glass of Alamos malbec.


Weight at beginning of the day: 113.0 lbs.
Weight at the beginning of the next day: 111.2 lbs.