First things first, I received an email from a reader asking me which brand of food processor I have, but my email keeps getting rejected by her work domain. So, to the reader, here is my answer:
Hi Reader X,
Thanks so much for reading my blog. As far as the food processor goes, I’m really not sure which brand I have as it was a gift from a friend who imports prototype appliances. However, when people ask, I always recommend Cuisinart or KitchenAid food processors. If you have a membership to Costco, I would check out their selection as they often have great deals on the Cuisinarts, both at their stores and online. Edited to Add: According to reader’s comments, KitchenAid no good. Purchase either a Cuisinart or Hamilton Beach brand processor.
Hope this helps and thanks again for reading.
OK, now onto food, namely flax seeds. Remember my Fluttermon phase a few weeks ago? Well, I’m still on a flax kick, and I have some new products to share with you.
Foods Alive, a family owned company in Indiana, sent me some of their Flax Crackers, a bottle of Sweet Mustard Flax Oil Dressing, and a bag of black sesame seeds. Thanks Foods Alive – I was so excited to sample some of your products after reading your inspiring story.
Lots of seed lovin’ happening around here…
Spinach salad with a crumbled lentil burger, flax crackers, and flax oil dressing My favorite savory cracker flavor is definitely the Italian Zest. The dressing is delicious, and honestly, I am not a fan of flax seed oil. Flax seeds? Yes, but not the oil. It usually tastes funky to me, but the Foods Alive dressing is far from funky. Add a little Dijon mustard and just a touch of sweetness, and apparently I want to pour flax oil on everything.
Next up was a bowl of oat bran with tahini, black sesame seeds, and Maple & Cinnamon Flax Crackers. Talk about a warm bowl of fall flavored goodness…no pumpkin required people. I didn’t really taste the black sesame seeds in this bowl, but printed on the bag is a recipe or homemade tahini, and I cannot wait to try it. All the flax crackers are good – they do taste seedy, but not in a healthy cardboard sort of seedy way, you know? They are crunchy and flavorful, and I think they would convert many a flax seed hater, especially the Maple & Cinnamon flavor.
Last but not least, pictured above is tonight’s dinner. We have guests in town from Chicago, and while Chris fried up some butterfied burgers in the cast-iron, I made a salad with romaine, a little shredded cheddar, crumbled flax crackers, and flax oil dressing. However, my favorite part of the meal (well, besides the burger) was the goat cheese potato salad. I ate two more bowlfuls after dinner. Potato salad for dessert – why not? I used Emily’s recipe (scroll through the comments for the recipe), but subbed white potatoes for red, apple cider vinegar for the sherry, and Foods Alive Flax Oil Dressing for the olive oil. Emily, you have changed my salad making life forever – I cannot believe contained zero mayo (CD is not a fan of mayo), and I can’t wait to use your goat cheese dressing combo in other salad recipes…just don’t tell my fellow southerners.
Foods Alive – you make some great products. Thanks so much for sharing them with me.