It’s been almost two years since I’ve done a Yucks & Yums post–my way of trying to combine random opinions of things I’ve eaten (or done) into something catchy and quirky, playing on one of my Smart Kitchen rules: “Don’t Yuck My Yum.” You can, however, yuck your OWN yucks. Or your own yums. If that makes any sense. [I’m not sure it does.]
This was a particularly good year for “the big three,” as I think of my middle age-women-targeted food and lifestyle magazines. So yummy, in fact, that I actually brought them all home from the gym with the intention of actually using (or, well, loosely adapting) some of the recipes, instead of leaving them behind for other gym-goers in need of some home design or culinary inspiration.
Good thing that one of those inconsistencies ended up with the texture and flavor of a pumpkin gingerbread dough, and led to the creation of this Pumpkin Molasses Cookie Trifle, turning a yuck into a YUM.
(I did carry this trifle around campus as though it were perfectly normal. Although, as The Professor pointed out, anyone who knew me wouldn’t have even blinked at the concept.)
I served that trifle with one of the giant spoons from the set of silverware that Melissa sent me, after learning of the existence of only two forks, no table knives, and approximately 15 spoons in my kitchen. YUM to surprise packages from friends.
I haven’t yet sampled the Quest Bars (although I’m excited to see if they are all everything claims them to be), another new bar I HAVE tried is the Blueberry Smart Bar from Detour Bar.
(I must give a minor, lower-case yuck, however, to the slight aftertaste which I believe comes from the whey protein, but who is to say?)
YUM to sweet cereal surprises from more-than-blends. Meg saw that I couldn’t get my favorite Attune Foods Erewhon Buckwheat & Hemp Supergrains cereal in Tuscaloosa and sent me some completely unexpectedly.
They’re even better with egg yolks.
Now, while smoking food is awesome, a huge YUCK to SMOKING in general.
And YUCK to secondhand smoke, which kills 135 people each day, a fact that Eta Sigma Gamma, the Health Education Honor Society of which I am a part, hoped to make clear with a flashmob of death on campus for the Great American Smokeout, modeled after a similar #truth campaign video.
Other fun happenings around campus include my first visit to the President’s Mansion for an Association for Women in Science reception. YUM to high-rolling with crabcakes and lemon cheesecake bites. [And further reinforcement of my obsession with chandeliers.]
Any yucks or yums in y’alls lives lately?