Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Trick or Cheese

This was last night's dinner while we waited for the trick or treating whippersnappers to come a-callin'. A variety of cheese and salami, some cucumber "crackers", olives, pickles, nuts and a little cranberry mustard. Oodles of protein and fun. Yum.

The idea of cooking a "dinner" dinner then getting up and down 20 times during it to pass out goodies sounded like a recipe for disaster. I envisioned the doorbell ringing and me with mouthful of food swallowing it too quickly. Ouch.

On the cheese platter was this great new Trader Joe's find: a Spanish Cheese Tapas Sampler. 3 different Spanish Cheeses: Iberico (a blend of cow, goat, sheep milk), Cabra Al Vino (translated drunken goat) and Manchego (one of my favorite cheeses - a sheep's milk cheese) 4 slices of each, 12 slices total. Don't be scared of all those farm animals. These cheeses are delicious and mild. I know some cheeses can smell and taste like stinky feet... these aren't those. Soooo good.

This assortment was made for us weight loss surgery peeps. We get the variety of tastes without having to buy 3 huge wedges that we couldn't possibly get through before it spoiled. It's also great for portion control.

We watched the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills *hangs head in shame* and The Sing Off and waited for the doorbell to ring. It never rang. Not one trick or treater this year. So my Mum had a few Kit Kat bars and I was good with my delicious tidbits for dinner and got my sweet fix with an Espresso Protein Truffle.

Word of advice: Gather all the leftover candy in the house and bring it to work for your coworkers to annihilate or better yet donate it to the troops as part of Operation Gratitude. If it's your kiddos stash have them "trade it in" to you for something cool... a movie ticket, a DVD, a trip to the zoo, something. If they aren't there, you can't eat them.

Happy November! Here's a haiku from me to you:

November is here.
It sucks to be a turkey.
Stuffing in your butt. ~Eggface

I know... don't give up my day job ;)

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Susan said...

boy oh boy everytime I read your blog I get sad that I don't have a trader joe's in my area. Your dinner looked delicious and I wish I had the fortitude you show with the candy :( two fun size butterfingers and I have a sugar hangover today. I also stole your haiku cause it gave me a giggle :) but I did credit you for it LOL.

Thanks for being you

Nica said...

Love TJ's! I think I'll make a trip there today! Thanks for the heads up - must go purchase cheese!!

Gastric Kitty said...

Where did you get that serving/cheese tray? Too cute!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

:) Susan, Email them and tell them to come to your town. They expand frequently... couldn't hurt.

Nica, :) It's goooood.

GK, Is that not the coolest cheese board?! I love it. I originally saw it at a gift shop in the touristy part of town and found it for 1/2 the price on Amazon (link in the blog) click on the word cheese platter.

Nanette said...

Ok I did eat a couple of pieces, but the leftovers, I packed em up, walked down the street and left them on a neighbors door for his kids. It's outta my house!!

Anonymous said...

I love it all! Natalia

www.mytinytank.net said...

I love the cucumber crackers! I try all sorts of ways to live without crackers too. I've used apples as layering "crackers" real yummy with a sharp sharp cheddar.

Carly said...

I found the cheese today..before I read your blog, it's soooo Good

TheJuliaNelson said...

Everyone must have read your blog and run to Trader Joe's, because they were totally out of the cheese by the time I got there that evening. Will have to go back. Oh darn!

Martini Mama said...

omg i love the "cucumber crackers" how awesome is that!

hlacy said...

What brand of cranberry mustard do you use, or do you make your own? MUSTARD FANATIC here!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hlacy, It was Hickory Farms Cranberry Mustard.