cheese snob

Sometimes, it’s okay to have chocolate for breakfast.

This is one of my favorite recipes, but I haven’t made it in ages.  I’m a huge fan of unsweetened cocoa powder, especially when it’s naturally sweetened through fruit.  For a meer 10 calories per tablespoon, cocoa powder provides you with 2 g. fiber, 1 g. protein, and 4% iron.  And you get your chocolate fix.  What’s not to love?

Chocolate Coconut Cookie Drops

  • 1/2 c. uncooked oatmeal
  • sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 T. almond butter
  • 1/2 banana (super ripe), mashed
  • 2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 T. wheat bran (optional)
  • 1-2 T. soymilk
  • 1-2 T. sweetened coconut
  • 5 almonds
  1. Combine all ingredients together (except for coconut and almonds,) and mash with fork. 
  2. Separating the “dough” into roughly 5 cookies, roll gently with hands and form into small drops.  Roll through coconut and top each cookie with an almond.
  3. Refrigerate overnight. 

Enjoy with a fork and a glass of milk.  And coffee for us coffee drinkers. 😉

Morning Snack: cored red delicious apple, sandwiched with a smear of chunky peanut butter

I was pretty excited for lunch today.  Fresh greens.  Buttery white beans.  Garden fresh tomatoes and cucumbers.  EVOO and sea salt.  Chopped carrots.

Extra sharp cheddar cheese.

I love cheese.  I do.  In fact, I think I might even show a little too much excitement when the employees of Whole Foods talk to me about all their different kinds of cheese, while I sample my way through cheese after cheese after cheese.  They’re overjoyed that I’m so excited and interested in the variety of cheeses that they have on display (we have some serious foodies at my whole foods, I’m telling you!)  And I’m overjoyed that they know so much about cheese.  Oh, and eating my way through brie, goat, and blue cheese isn’t such a bad thing either. 😉

Unfortunately, these pleasurable experiences have also turned me into a bit of a cheese snob.  I can’t help myself.  I loved this salad, I really did.  But having shredded cheddar cheese just didn’t cut it for me, and I felt as if I needed to take a ride to whole foods to redeem my lunch.  I’ve tried to revert myself, but to no avail. 

That being said, however, I still love cheesesticks and an American styled grill cheese now and again, so I’m not a complete cheese snob quite yet. 😉

My lucnh has consisted of kashi crackers for carbs and crunch…

…plus a sweet, juicy orange for dessert.

Minestrone soups are great for this time of the year, when zucchini and squash are making their last triumphant appearance, while bell peppers are saying their last goodbyes.  It’s the soup filled with promise of autumn (because I’m totally into that sort of thing lately), while reminding you that summer is still holding on.  Fresh.  Brimming with tomatoes.  Comforting.

I highly recommend this soup.  It’s easy to throw together and it’s easy to ‘tweak,’ based on what you might have on hand.  Since it’s still summer and all, I like to serve this soup lukewarm with fresh black pepper and a squirt of fresh lemon juice.  😀

Recipe available online: Minestrone Soup (it’s from my most treasured cookbooks: Moosewood Cookbook)

Mom is the bread master in the family.  This whole wheat bread is my absolute favorite of the breads that she makes.  Especially when toasted and spread with a smidgen of butter. 😀

Dessert!

Today is basically my Friday, but I plan on using tomorrow as a “homework day.”  I have a lot to finish before Monday’s presentation and preclinical training. 😀 

Question: Are you a cheese snob?  What are some of your favorites?

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21 thoughts on “cheese snob

  1. OOooo I always want new and interesting breakfasts, I’ll have to try that!
    Well, I guess I’m a vegan cheese snob because I swear by Daiya and refuse to try other brands. It’s just too good.

  2. Awesome breakfast!! My sis & I are making them tomorrow but using peanut butter and peanuts in place of the almond butter. 🙂 I loveeee cheese! In fact, I used to buy the multi-cheese cubes at school a few years back, but let’s just say my tummy didn’t approve of that choice. lol I can’t quite say what is my favorite…I just love it all. We also had salads for dinner tonight with a fried egg on top, & it was delicious! Total winner!

  3. oh these cookies look delicious, and i’m not even a chocolate fan! i think i would definitely enjoy these, though. your mom’s bread also looks amazing – i am investigating the recipe right now. it looks like a keeper, and when autumn comes and i can use the oven i will definitely be making it.
    i am a cheese snob in that i am not actually a huge cheese fan so i’m just picky. i like really good mozzarella, feta, and herbed goat cheese…but that’s about it!!

  4. Minestrone soup is the best. And I love it with chunks of crusty bread like yours! The ultimate comfort food that doesn’t make me feel stuffed (mac and cheese I’m lookin at you!).

    I don’t eat much cheese, J can’t have dairy so I do without 😦 I used to really like muenster cheese and regular sharp cheddar

  5. Those cookies look pretty seriously amazing.

    I absolutely adore a good sharp Wisconsin cheddar, but my favorite cheese memory is of Manchego – ever tried it? It’s a hard, rather greasy cheese that’s surprisingly addictive for those adjectives. I was introduced to it by an old Chilean professor who invited students over to his house for lunch and conversation, followed by chess and cheese for hours on end. It’s pretty amazing. Check it out if you haven’t.

    • Ohh…I love cheese recommendations. 😀 I’ve yet to try Manchego, but I’ll check it out next time I’m at Whole Foods. Thanks for the tip! 😀

  6. I love Minestrone soup and see that being a recipe I’ll have to try next (after I eat that big batch of tomato soup I made!)

  7. I had to leave a comment this time. Those drop cookies look awesome. I am psyched to make them (though prolly back at school). My new fave cheese I had for the first time today is what the vegan guy swears by – Daiya. Seriously awesome.I love the whole foods people too! You can almost ask them freaking anything food and they know. So nice when you try to change up recipes and need to use unfamiliar ingredients. Thanks for posting in general, btw. I love the way you capture pictures. Just bomb.

  8. Now thats definitely a new breakfast! Unfortunately, I am a chocolate snob rather than a cheese snob, and plain cocoa powder just doesn’t do it for me.

    … I love all types of cheese. Lately I’ve been into mozarella, but I also love gouda and blue cheese 🙂

    ❤ Tat

  9. I’m not a cheese snob at all. I’ll eat pretty much anything and everything, although I draw the line when it comes to that fake cheese in a bottle. Ha, ha. 🙂

  10. Yes, I’m a cheese snob, and I don’t feel bad about it. No American cheese for me. My favorites are chevre, Swiss, and smoked gouda – at least right now. They tend to change over time, depending on the season and what I’m craving.

    Thanks for that cookie recipe too. I might tweak it and use some peanut or cashew butter, but I’d like to try those soon. Have to bookmark this page.

  11. Those cookie drops are so cute! I love that it’s such a healthy breakfast, but seems so indulgent!

    I’m a semi-cheese snob too. Even as a kid I hated string cheese, cheese whiz and “plastic” cheese. 😛 My favourites are goat cheese, brie and sharp cheddar.

  12. omg those cookie drops look SO delicious!! i love how cute they are…my problemw ould be wanting about 5 or 6 in one sitting LOL

    I am a food snob when it comes to rich decadent desserts, if I am going to indulge, it BETTER be good!

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