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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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Olivine Eyes

Wednesday 28th of September 2016

I should try Raincoast Crisps. All those meals look delicious, but I could do without the cheese and eggs.

alicia szemon

Sunday 10th of January 2016

that pizza looks so good! pizza is life... lol

Kristen Osborne

Saturday 7th of November 2015

love the kale flatbread sounds very tastey

Erika

Wednesday 22nd of October 2014

This looks AMAZING!

Michael Lambert

Tuesday 21st of October 2014

Everything looks really good. We use to sit at the table everyday and haven't in a while. We really need to start sitting at the tablet everyday again.