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Today I Ate An Convertible………

Smoked Salmon, Avocado, And Pickled Onions Hoagie
( Convertible With Top Up / Convertible With Top Down )

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Hero,  sub, foot long, hoagie, garibaldi, spuckie, blimpie, torpedo, zeppelin, bomber, poor boy, wedge, or just plain old sandwich –
whatever you call a sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats/cheese/seafood/tomato/onion/lettuce/condiments and/or anything else from the kitchen sink, this here beauty surely ranks among the best you can find and/or imagine anywhere.
As for naming it “Convertible”  –
Obviously, it’s as good open, with the top down and eaten with a knife and fork; or closed, with the top up, eaten with both hands firmly locked around it  🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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"The Convertible" Smoked Salmon, Pickled Onions  And Avocado

“The Convertible” Smoked Salmon, Pickled Onions And Avocado

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"The Convertible" Smoked Salmon, Pickled Onions And Avocado Hoagie

“The Convertible” Smoked Salmon, Pickled Onions And Avocado Hoagie

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"The Convertible" Smoked Salmon, Pickled Onions  And Avocado

“The Convertible” Smoked Salmon, Pickled Onions And Avocado

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Preparation :
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Bratwurstsalat (Brat-Salad)

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Today  I found  some great German (almost) bratwurst at my grocer’s. Good looking, fresh and at $6.00 bucks for a pack of five, who could say no…..
At first I wanted to prepare them in the typical German style, sautéed or grilled whole, served with a leaf salad, potato salad and mustard on the side. But then I realized that I am more in the mood for a big bowl of composed salad, so this rustic beauty is what resulted.
Verdict : Prepared this way is much better than served the traditional way 🙂
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Bratwurstsalat  (Brat-Salad)
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Bratwurstsalat  (Brat-Salad)

Bratwurstsalat (Brat-Salad)

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Bratwurstsalat  (Brat-Salad)

Bratwurstsalat (Brat-Salad)

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Preparation :
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Red Beet Delight

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Like  most kid’s, when I was little I used to hate vegetables. One of my favorites in the hate department were red beets. Mom used to make a salad with them, so that salad combined the TWO most hated food stuffs – beets and onions :-(.
My Mom used to bribe me sometimes (When my dad didn’t catch it) with 10 pfennig, or about a nickel, to eat the onions, which I otherwise sorted out and pushed to the side 🙂
Of course, things have changed, like so many other Issues ( I went from skinny to fat, from handsome to rugged?, from long-haired to bald and from a vegetable hater to a vegetable lover) 🙂
I have prepared red beet soup for many years, but as it is tradition, I usually included a (un)- healthy dose of heavy cream to lighten the color and to smoothen the texture. Not this time. This beauty is pure red beets, liquefied with vegetable stock and enriched with a topping of steamed broccoli and a bit of Greek yogurt.
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Bon Appetit !    Life is Good !
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Red Beet Delight

Red Beet Delight


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Red Beet Delight

Red Beet Delight


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Cauliflower Soup With Orzo & Shrimp Salad

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Today’s post on  “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” 

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Week One – Thursday Dinner
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“Cauliflower Soup With Orzo & Shrimp Salad”
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At  first I had planned to make a whole-baked cauliflower “Mornay“, but then I decided to prepare something a bit more exiting and I came up with this Beauty 🙂
I actually had it twice –
The first time, (inside, with the a/c blazing as usual) freshly prepared, with the slightly warm salad added to the piping hot soup .
The second time, (outside on the porch in the hot sun) both salad and soup chilled and refreshing.
Both versions were very tasty and satisfying, absolutely fit to be added to my list of all time-favorite soups.

Note: In order to be perfect, the soup must be blended until perfectly smooth and silky.
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Cauliflower Soup With Orzo & Shrimp Salad

Cauliflower Soup With Orzo & Shrimp Salad

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Cauliflower Soup With Orzo & Shrimp Salad

Cauliflower Soup With Orzo & Shrimp Salad

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