Thursday, August 25, 2011
Much like previous years, with the promise of school starting next week, I find myself making resolutions. And, like every other year, my list reads the same: be more organized, exercise every day, keep the house cleaner, etc.
This year I bought myself a day planner. I realize that this is pretty basic - I'm probably the last person on earth to buy a day planner. I actually love it, though.
I've even started planning my meals. I know I said I never would, but it does help with making a store list (something else I've recently started doing). I know I'm not turning into my mom, though, because I haven't started weighing myself every day. I'll just keep wearing skirts until I can convince myself to exercise daily.
So, anyway - back to my day planner and deciding which meals to plan. I asked the kids to select which meals they'd like me to make. Kate requested chicken with creamed spinach and noodles. Josh requested burgers, and Emma requested grilled cheese sandwiches. I'm really pinning my hopes on the grilled cheese sandwiches, because the other dinners so far have been hideous.
The chicken with creamed spinach is one of our favorite meals, but I almost think I can't eat chicken again. I bought a pack of Perdue "all natural" boneless skinless breasts at the grocery store. I can't pinpoint what tasted so weird about them, but they almost tasted raw even though they were cooked through. Has anyone else had this experience? I still almost shiver thinking about it. Blech.
Now onto Joshua's burger dinner. Two weeks ago Rob and I bought some bison meat at Gunpowder Bison & Trading Co. I only purchased a pound of the ground bison and when we had a night to ourselves, I made the meat into burgers and grilled them. They were the best burgers we've ever had - beef or otherwise. Because the retail store is about 30 minutes away, I bought some ground bison at the grocery store (along with the chicken of ill repute).
I was excited to have a source less than a mile away!
Long story short - we will be making the drive to Gunpowder Bison and Trading Co. The ground bison from last night wasn't bad, it just wasn't good. And, it was nothing like the product we had a few weeks ago. If you have access to bison, I would recommend it. But, I would suggest finding a local and small farm. The product we tried last night is a huge company - the flavor really lacked a pure and sweet taste. I could tell just by looking at the package that we were in for an inferior product. The color wasn't nearly as bright red. It looked fattier.
If you have the chance - check out the website for Gunpowder. They dry age their bison - and the meat comes in any cut you'd like: filet, brisket, tri-tip, short ribs, ground, etc. They also raise Berkshire pork. They will ship if you live in the US.
Here was our disappointing dinner. Number two in as many nights. Bring on the grilled cheese sandwiches.