My Boyfriend’s Back

by Sarah on June 3, 2011 · 17 comments

Yes, y’all…as The Angels* sing, “My Boyfriend’s Back” (and you’re gonna be in trouble). Oh, Adam, how I missed you.
*Hark, the Herald!
By now y’all hopefully understand my bizarre, but not-so-inexplicable (he’s just so adorable and endearing), love for Adam Richman. Well, his new show (although really it seems just like a transitional new “season” of sorts) debuted on Wednesday night. Unlike the original Man v. Food, Adam is now using his show to highlight the entire MvF Nation* by “coaching” others in eating contests.
*The people, like me, who would want to show up to whatever restaurant he visited and scream and cheer and freak out in a general “superfan”-tastic way.Considering I didn’t really like watching my boyfriend stuff his face, but LOVED seeing his explorations of different historical and quirky eateries in various cities around the country…I’m loving the concept of the new show. [And from what I've read in his book, I think this is probably closer to his heart and his ideas about food as community and culture.]That’s really all I have to say about that. But since I had the opportunity to celebrate the return of my boyfriend (not that he really WENT anywhere, as Man v. Food is on every Saturday morning, perfectly timed with my elliptical workout at the gym), I thought I’d also let you in on a few other things that are “back.”

My appetite [for nut butter] is back (with a vengeance)!Maybe it’s just because this Santa Cruz Light Roast Peanut Butter is so darn delicious, or maybe I just got over whatever it was that was so strangely turning me off of the nutty stuff…but yesterday I was consuming it like there was no tomorrow [meaning there was, in fact a tomorrow...which is now, well, today*].
*Confused?
I even went so far as to use peanut butter for a new kind of ‘cake’-ball.But I’ll be back with that recipe later. :)
The basil‘s back (you better cut out* on the double)!
*Although really, you should cut IT.

Hey, la..Hey, la…the basil’s back!
[And some mint, too...]

See, after last spring’s relatively successful gardening venture in Virginia, I’ve been terrified to grow anything in the insanely hot climate that we find in Texas. But then I saw this beautiful basil plant and couldn’t resist giving it another go.
And then my roommate was even MORE inspired.*
*Although I’m excited, she is REALLY eager and protective over these plants. This morning she got up and said, “I’m just going to go outside and look at them for a minute.”
So now we have tomato plants and pepper plants…
…all lined up on our fire escape [slash] “porch”…
…waiting to grow!She replanted my basil in with the mint, which we have since learned is probably NOT the best idea due to mint’s ability to take over everything. Do y’all have any advice for us? My advice to YOU is to follow my roommate’s lead and use $2.00 trash cans with holes poked in the bottom rather than spending money on planters.
I can’t wait for that mint to profulgate…because then you know minted fruit salads will be back. Have y’all tried minted pineapple yet? Seriously, I told you MONTHS ago that it will change your life….You know what else is going to change your life? The USDA is back with a new food guide for us. And although I was probably over-exaggerating in saying it would change your life—as if you are reading this blog consistently, you probably know about healthy food portions–but it might change someone else’s. I do think that this image is a little easier to understand for the average American (or non-American…perhaps “average human” is a better term to use?) and I think the website is awesome with its interactive ‘menu’ of sorts that shows exactly how much of each food is considered a ‘serving.’ However, I am a little concerned that this picture is a bit limiting insomuch as it doesn’t really advise on getting enough of certain nutrients like calcium or vitamin D, and not eating too much sodium or added sugars. It also implies we must drink our dairy…which is not true, as you can see with the yogurt taking up a large portion of my breakfast bowl, below.
Breakfast in a bowl is back! [As opposed to breakfast eaten from a jar [slash] Tup-fauxware container at my desk at school.]
One of my favorite things about superthick 2% Greek yogurt is the way that cereal just clings to the spoon as though it’s on a rope swing careening over a 500 foot cliff, attempting to escape from bad guys but too scared to jump off on the other side.
But see? You can clearly EAT your dairy, too. And you don’t always eat from a plate. [In fact, I rarely do.]
Also, did you know you can drink your fruits and vegetables? [Of course you did. Y'all probably all had a green monster this morning.]
And while I didn’t actually drink this…well you could if you wanted to.
Yes, y’all…Watermelon Gazpacho‘s back! (It’s gonna save my reputation…*)
*I don’t know how. And how did The Angel’s lead singer’s boyfriend save her reputation, really? If he beat up the guy who was sniffing around while he was gone, then doesn’t it just look like she’s dating a troublemaker? And isn’t that WORSE for her reputation?
I used the same recipe as before, but I added some chipotles in adobo to kick the heat up a notch. Seriously people…make it. NOW. [Or when watermelons are back where you live. :) ]

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P.S.- It’s ME who’ll be back soon…back East that is. I’ll be making a return trek in the very near future. If there is anyone in the Philadelphia, D.C., or Charlottesville area who might like to try to meet up for a cheesesteak, a visit to Trader Joe’s, or some house dressing from Take-It-Away, e-mail me at sarah.pember@gmail.com. [I'll be there in the next two weeks....but I can give you more specifics if you are available!]
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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 3, 2011 at 7:03 am

I want cake ballllllssssss!!

You ned to come just a teensy further south to Atlanta. :)

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Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) June 3, 2011 at 7:57 am

How dare you tease us with your delicious looking balls!!!
..how often do you hear that outside of the blog world?

Recipe. Now. Please.

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Meri June 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

the only thing I really eat on a plate is breads/ wraps. I usually eat hodgepodge veggie/protein meals or oat-meals (hehe) or pancake microwave style meals. no plates needed!
My boyfriend is definitelyl the one who does all of the obsessive plant/ herb watching. He will check them like 20 times a day and give me updates…

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Jennifer June 3, 2011 at 10:17 am

I used mini trash cans for mine in the beginning too!!!! =) Good call on the giant ones! I'll be employing that next season =) Pots are too $$$

Happy Gardening!

and funny… but I thought he was MY boyfriend! ut oh!!! <3

xoXOxo
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

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iheartvegetables June 3, 2011 at 11:39 am

Your plants are lookin lovely! I've been trying to keep watering my garden consistently, and its starting to grow!!

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teabagginit June 3, 2011 at 11:46 am

well, now i have an appetite for cake balls … and that damn song in my head!
thanks! :)

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Lindsay and James Cotter June 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

he's back???? Oh me oh my I am so excited!

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Lindsay and James Cotter June 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

he's back???? Oh me oh my I am so excited!

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Lindsay and James Cotter June 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

he's back???? Oh me oh my I am so excited!

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Lindsay and James Cotter June 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

he's back???? Oh me oh my I am so excited!

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Maris (In Good Taste) June 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I look forward to that PB recipe

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lovesweatandbeers June 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I like the USDA's plate thing, but I eat most of my meals from a bowl. I wonder if that's "average" for average humans???

Have a great weekend!

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm

So glad your man's back!! I'm in a long distance, so I know how hard it can be to be away. Woohoooo!!!

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sarahlearns June 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm

i love adam too! my fiance and i watch man vs. food all the time. :)

also, i am waiting at the edge of my seat for the recipe for those balls.

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spinachandskittles.com June 3, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Oooo smart idea with the waste basket planter!
Our basil is very sad looking. I'm jealous of yours. I'm anxious for the debut of the cookie dough balls recipe. Especially since I'm off candy for the next 27 days…

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blissfulbritt June 4, 2011 at 10:39 am

Love love love man vs. food…but when he eats sometimes I want to cry. He is so messy and it is so gross…hahahhah. His explorations and the food are still worth while to watch though.

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Megan June 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm

How cool! I actually live in Richmond and went to school in Charlottesville! (UVA) Did you live in cville? Also- when exactly are to coming round these parts?

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