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A few weeks ago, while in Phoenix to celebrate our grandsons’ birthdays, my daughter took us to a Scottsdale mall.  We had breakfast at Chompy’s.  It’s a great deli and famous thanks to foodie show “man vs. food“-where the host tried to conquer the food challenge of eating a huge plate of brisket sliders and fries.

He didn’t make it.  My choice-the “fitness boot camp” egg white, spinach, artichoke, sun-dried tomato and goat cheese omelet with a Omazing (it contained a days supply of Omega 3’s) bagel and coffee.

Then came the fun of walking it all off in the mall, which is home to a gourmet EVOO and vinegar store.  My son and daughter-in-law bought me a “salad gift set“.  My daughter-in-law saying “we expect you to use these when we come over for dinner.”

Of course, isn’t that what family meals are all about???

My box had:  tuscany EVOO-oregano, rosemary and thyme infused.  Two white balsamic vinegars-honey ginger and wildberry.

We’ve all been pretty sick, so the dinner held off.   The hold out was our dear Samantha.  She stayed healthy until the morning of our planned dinner.  It actually hit her about mid-morning AFTER I started preparing.  Poor thing did NOT look very well even 3 days later when we met for back-to-back tax appointments.

Anyway, my intended meal for 4, pared down to 2 and I served: Oven roasted new red potatoes in the EVOO and add some freshly ground sea salt. Spinach salad bar with a homemade dressing of EVOO, dijon mustard, sea salt and pepper and I used the honey-ginger vinegar.  For our protein, I used a espresso/cocoa/chipolte rub on ribeye steaks and grilled them.  

This week-things have been crazy with my increased articles and hubby’s stress on the job.

I’ve been keeping it very easy-grilled fish or chicken, easy salads and roasted vegetables or whole wheat pastas.

When you‘re stressed and strung out-what do you like to eat?

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