I did think anyone was reading. I was wrong! Several friends have requested that I put more cooking info (tips, recipes, ideas, etc.) on the blog. I would love to help! I love to cook and have all kinds of hospitality ideas. I want all my friends that want to cook and entertain to never be intimidated by the idea. So while I will definitely be posting on other things as well, I promise to share all my cool culinary finds and ideas with you.
With that in mind, I'm starting a "Lauren likes..." section. I will post pictures and/or links to products that I really like. And away we go.
This is not really a recipe, since it's just a sandwich and you don't really make anything. It's just an idea and some product suggestions. Anyway.
This is one of my favorite lunches to make for myself. It's on Whole Foods prairie bread, which I love. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese (I like Snofrisk, more on that in a second) on both sides. Add thinly sliced European cucumbers, spring mix, and smoked salmon. Delicious! I had mine with some raw baby carrots.
In order to make this well, I think a few things are important. First, European cucumbers are awesome. They are seedless and taste amazing (and are, unfortunately, more expensive).
Second, the type of salmon you use is important. At least it's important to me. I hate, hate, hate overly fishy-tasting salmon. Also, salmon is not so cheap, and it is quite disappointing for me to shell out my hard-earned money on some only to find it repulsive. Luckily, I have found my perfect smoked salmon match at Whole Foods, and it doesn't even cost an arm and a leg. It has a delicately smokey flavor, it's not too salty, and while you're aware that you're eating fish, it doesn't taste like it had a terminal illness prior to being caught and smoked. Here it is (sorry that I forgot to take a picture before I opened it! I was hungry!):
And last but not least, the cheese. I love this new cheese I found at Whole Foods:
If you enlarge the picture, you'll see that it's made from goat's milk. This gives it a little bit of that characteristic bite found in chévre. It's not overwhelming by any means, but I think it has a better taste and slightly better texture than regular cream cheese.
For those of you that are gluten-free (love ya, Megs!) or don't want a sandwich, this could also be a salad. Omit the bread, replace the snofrisk with goat cheese crumbles, and add tomatoes. Drizzle it with olive oil and lemon juice. Yum! And if you're vegan, better luck next time (sorry, fern).