(That line's from one of my favorite Futurama episodes, if you were wondering. I'm not planning to go on the Cannibal Diet anytime soon. The line popped into my head because of #1 below.)
It's almost Friday, so it must be time for one of my random roundup posts.
1. Note to chain restaurants: It's great that you're all making efforts to come out with tasty, low-fat soups. Really, it's very cool of you. Soup is good stuff, especially on cool, rainy days. For your next project, how about developing some soups that are less salty than, say, the Dead Sea? I bought a cup of Au Bon Pain's pasta e fagioli soup the other day and nearly had a heart attack when I looked up the nutrition information. All the other numbers were okay, but the sodium? It was in four digits. Holy mariah. Nothing needs to be that salty!
2. My latest recommendation: Trader Joe's line of "instant" rices. I've been meaning to praise their brown rice for a while: cut the bag open, microwave for one minute, and it's ready for dinner. It can get a little clumpy and doesn't taste quite as good as brown rice cooked the old-fashioned way, but it's ideal for those nights when we've just rolled in from the gym -- or if I'm just feeling lazy or really hungry -- and don't want to wait for regular rice to cook.
And if that wasn't awesome enough, I just discovered their pre-cooked wild rice. I love, love, love wild rice, but hate the lengthy cooking time involved. Well, TJ's to the rescue. As with the brown rice, the quick wild rice isn't *quite* as good as wild rice done the slow-cooked way, but I'm willing to deal with the small sacrifice in quality. I made it for dinner with some sauteed portobello mushrooms and a balsamic vinegar reduction the other night; it couldn't have been simpler and tasted like something I'd spent hours preparing.
So if you've got a Trader Joe's nearby and you're a fan of different varieties of rice, check those out. I should really just buy the store's entire stock of this stuff in anticipation of TJ's annoying habit of discontinuing my favorite items; it's the one thing I dislike about that store.
3. Apropos of nothing, I like this picture of myself a lot even though I was having a hair day from Hell:
My husband snapped it on Sunday afternoon; we'd taken his parents to Gravelly Point park and I was sketching National Airport as a plane came in for a landing right overhead.
Happy weekend, all.