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My Gourmet Mini-Meals

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In the Misadventures household, my hubby does all the cooking. I know, so, so, so LUCKY! Except when he is on a business trip, like this past week and I am left to fend for myself!

Don’t get me wrong, I can cook, and before I met my husband I did a lot of it, but after 12 years of not doing any, I just don’t bother. I’ve got a built-in creative and gourmet chef that runs circles around anything I can do!

The first few days that Mr. Misadventures is gone I usually eat one of two things. Cereal because I never eat it any other time. And scrambled egg with sriracha over rice. But after a few days, I am over it and crave something good, something that appeases my foodie nature.

That’s when I hit my beloved local grocery store and pick up cheese, wine, Raincoast Crisps, and whatever else pleases my fancy. Yes, I know, it sounds exactly like my regular Saturday afternoon weekend routine when my husband is in town, however, that is usually a snack leading up to an awesome dinner. When I am alone, that is the meal!

Weekend Snack

My weekend routine snack.

The lovely folks at Lesley Stowe Fine Foods sent me samples of their brand NEW flatbreads – lemon & fennel and kale & walnut, so I didn’t have a need to pick-up my usual Raincoast Crisps. I made two gourmet mini-meals out of the flatbreads.

When I saw the lemon and fennel the first thing that came to mind was pasta with pork sausage because that just sounded like a great combo, but that is not something you throw on a flatbread! The team that I work with and I have about a million food conversations and during the week I asked one of them what they would pair with lemon and fennel and she said, “chicken.” That sounded pretty good to me!

While at the grocery store I picked up some of their in-house deli chicken salad with celery and walnuts and raisins, it’s awesome! I ran errands, so by the time I got home I was starving, I sat down for my first mini gourmet meal in the early afternoon. I paired it with one of my favorite J Winery Vin Gris – perfectly chilled as we finally got our summer here in the San Francisco Bay Area and I needed something refreshing!

My Mini Gourmet Meal - Raincoast Flats

One strange thing about me. I always eat at the dining table. I grew up eating meals at tables and it is a habit that I haven’t broken, so even when I am alone, I set the table for one and eat there!

The Raincoast Flats with the chicken salad was just what I needed to get me through the rest of the afternoon. I had to get the house ready for the hubby’s return….okay maybe I don’t make the bed every single day he is gone. And maybe the dishes don’t always make it into the sink. And maybe I don’t hang up all my clothes after work….maybe.

Once the house was tiptop, I was ready for my second mini gourmet meal.

As soon as I saw the kale and walnut Raincoast Flats box I knew instantly what I wanted to do with it! The flavor combination reminded me of a pizza I love to get at one of the restaurants on Fourth Street here in Berkeley. Zut! has a pizza with Pt. Reyes blue cheese, caramelized onion, fig balsamic, wild arugula, and peppered walnuts.

Zut-Berkeley-Pizza

Zut! Pt. Reyes Blue Pizza

I took the kale and walnut flatbread and added Maytag blue cheese and fancy fried onions. I paired this delicious bite, which was very reminiscent of the pizza, with a French walnut liquor to bring out the walnut in the cracker. This combo was a total success and I am going to prepare it for Mr. Misadventures next weekend when he is back in town!

Mini Gourmet Meal - Raincoast Flats
I don’t cook but that doesn’t mean I should suffer. Getting takeout is not the right move, I prefer getting food at my grocery store and creating my own gourmet, albeit no-cook, meals. With the thousands of cheeses out there and a good Raincoast Crisp or Flat, I am one happy camper! Brands like Lesley Stowe make it mindlessly simple for me.

This won’t be the last time that Mr. Misadventures will be on a business trip, what are some other ways I can eat these new Raincoast Flats?

Currently October 2014
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