Our Yucks & Yums Combined…

by Sarah on March 24, 2011 · 10 comments

That’s right, Smarties, it’s time for another edition of Yucks & Yums, where I tell you any random usually-food-related noun* that is making me feel yucky or yummy at the moment. After the success of the thematic Fab Five fifth edition, I wanted to do something special for the sixth.
*person, place, OR thing^
^animal, vegetable, OR mineral

The most sensational six-man (and wo-man) group I could summon?
Captain Planet & The Planeteers!
First up? Earth.

Unfortunately, I have to say YUCK to Earth–Earth Balance that is. Although when I purchased this, I thought it was promising…but I have NEVER had a jar of peanut butter stay this full for this long. [It just cannot compete with other flax seed peanut butters…most notably Naturally More. Which is, naturally, MORE delicious.] Luckily, I bought it on supersale (plus a coupon) and I’m sure I’ll think of something to do with it…
Something of the earth I have to say YUM too? Raw mushrooms. I come from The Mushroom Capital of the World, and growing up, I hated mushrooms in all forms. But when, the other day, I was driving home from a SXSW event and all I wanted was to eat a whole container of raw mushrooms, I thought to myself “Oh, how times have changed.”^
^In addition to, “If I didn’t know better, my cravings would indicate pregnancy.”

Now onto FIRE!
Fire-roasted tomatoes, that is.

A huge YUM to these, as they are a personal pantry staple that I utilize in nearly ever soup or stew or tomato sauce I make. They also make a fantabulous improvisational chunky tomato soup with just the addition of some spices and a mashing (or five) with a fork. I recommend you always have a can around…

…or maybe even two.

Time for…WIND!
Wind = air = things that are puffed.
I bet you thought I was going to say a big fat YUM to these Puffins. Yeah, me too. I know the whole blog world thinks these things are like crack. But every time I buy them I think, “Maybe this time I’ll like them!” And still…I don’t. They have a slight peanut butter taste, sure, but they also have a weird chalky cardboard-and-not-in-a-good-way-more-like-wood kind of taste. Every few nibbles I like them. And then I don’t. They are superhumanly HUGE though, and good for snacking, so I’ll given them that.
So, I sadly have to give these a YUCK. Although I do have high hopes for the bottom-of-the-bag crumblies…they look like peanut flour. [And yes, I will get to them. I never waste food. Y’all know that.]
Maybe I should crush them up and mix it with the failed peanut butter? That could be a fun experiment…
A wind-puffed snack that does deserve a YUM? Sour Cream & Onion Pirate’s Booty.
As a child, I for some reason decided Sour Cream & Onion Ruffles were the best chips ever and so I was quite smitten with these foil-packed crisps, especially because my roommate gave them to me (for free!). It’s the best Pirate’s Booty flavor since BBQ, and was almost scrumptious enough to make me forget that Trader Joe’s White Cheddar Corn Puffs are even MORE yum-tastic [but I cannot easily obtain them in TJ-less Texas]. Much like with those corn puffs, I decided the best method of consumption was in a bowl of veggies and cottage cheese.
Another wind-puffed (and air-popped) salty snack gifted to me by my roommate? Orville Redenbacher‘s Natural Lime + Salt Popcorn. I’d been wanting to try this ever since I saw it in Everyday with Rachael Ray a gazillion years ago, but never had found it in the store. Since I suffered from a minor addiction to lime-flavored chips for many years–but have overcome due to the discovery that most lime-flavored products on the market also contain MSG–I was a little scared that I would relapse. This popcorn gets neither a yuck, nor a yum, as I’m still not sure how I feel about it. All I could say was, “Weird.” It tastes like a lime tortilla chip, except it’s popcorn, and I was having a lot of trouble wrapping my head around it. [Let’s just say it’s no Orville Redenbacher’s Natural Buttery Salt + Cracked Pepper…which should just be called Buttery Salt + CRACK.]

Are you ready for….WATER?[Source]

A big ol’ YUM YUM YUMMITY YUM to water….melon!
Yes it’s winter. Yes it’s $5.00. And yes, I ate an entire watermelon by myself in about 3 days. [I could have done it faster.]

And yes, it was DELICIOUS…

See those hearts inside? It’s showing you looooooooooooove.
Speaking of hearts…brace yourself…we’ve reached the best of The Planeteers, solely because it was the most random and had the coolest sound (that glurb, glurb, glurb) when he brandished his ring.


Didn’t he also have a monkey? Or am I just confusing him with Aladdin?
Either way, last, but definitely not least…

Although hearts of palm will always be my favorite, they aren’t as easy to come by in everyday products (or life) as those from the scary-looking artichoke. So YUM to this Cedar’s Artichoke Spinach Hummus. [Yuck to them spelling it with an O, though…]
It’s really delicious, with big chunks (leaves is perhaps the more appropriate term) of spinach running through it and a nice, not overpowering flavor.

And YUM to papaya. Just because. It was on sale for 67 cents a pound and it was SO YUMMMMMMMY.

[Made me flashback to breakfasts in Costa Rica and Panama, where they liked to eat it sprinkled with lime and chili powder.]
It fits in with heart because it’s pink.
And it kind of looks like a heart when you cut it.

Our* (Yucks & Yums) combined…


…I am Captain Planet!
(He’s our hero.)

(In retrospect, I’m pretty sure he was blue because the Earth is over 75% water. Just, you know, in case you were wondering what I thought from an elementary science teacher’s perspective.)

A planetary YUM to World Market*-
*Get the connection? Planet…world…I know. I’m awesome.
–the store that sells my current coffee obsession…[and according to the website, there is a new Coconut Marshmallow variety that I am now on a hunt for…]

…as well as everything I ever wanted for my home and kitchen but have yet to need or purchase (as I have yet to have a home and/or money to purchase much of anything for it). In addition to decor, they are a secret hotbed of delicious food. Pumpkin gnocchi? Check. Pasta sauce? Check. Stauffer’s Lemon Snaps that until last weekend I didn’t know existed? Check.Did you know the World Market brand of kettle corn is delicious? [I know this because they always have free samples out of SOMETHING—occasionally wine—when I’m there.] Or that they make a chocolate spread that is simply pure chocolate (not nuts involved)? Just thought I should share.

A special honorary YUM for random-humor-in-every-day-life goes to the guy sporting a mullet very similar to Captain Planet’s who worked out on the elliptical next to me a few weeks ago, and then again today. Not only did he have a mullet, he was writing poetry in a pink-and-brown polka-dotted notebook.

Yes. That happened.