This week on the show, we'll talk breakfast casserole, a very special pizza party, and review Field Roast Miniature Corn Dogs.
Dave issued a challenge this week! If we get 50 5-star ratings (bonus points for leaving a review!), he will do an hour-long Twitch stream of himself playing No Man's Sky while he eats Field Roast Miniature Corn Dogs. Let's make that happen, y'all.
Well, we learned a lot from last week's intro! Specifically, we learned that you did not like that. So we will not do it again! Could this be the end of arguing about the intro?
Probably not, but a gal can dream.
In the intro, we also talked about identifying spiders and about Magic Eye paintings. Remember those? They'd display them at the mall, and supposedly, if you squinted, you'd see a dolphin or something. I'm bad at seeing the dolphin.
Dave tried to show me how, and then he unexpectedly crossed his eye and terrified me. Crossed eyes are scary!
Hey but let's talk about food.
Field Roast Miniature Corn Dogs
We actually tried Field Roast Miniature Corn Dogs a couple of months ago, but they kept getting put on the back burner. But they're on the front burner now, baby!
The short version of this review is that we both loved them!
The corn dogs are the Field Roast Frankfurters dipped in sweet cornbread batter. From what I can tell from the Field Roast website, they bake these instead of deep frying them, which makes me feel better about how many of these I ate.
These reminded me of the miniature corn dogs that I used to get at the mall from Nathan's Famous. Back in high school, I worked at Lady Footlocker in the Broward Mall, and during the back-to-school rush, getting those mini corn dogs on our meal breaks was a store tradition.
These were just as decadent, and the texture and flavor were spot on!
Dave thought these nugget-sized corn dogs were adorable. He did point out that we haven't gotten them since, which I attribute to us trying to get our grocery budget under control. Such a decadent snack has been hard to justify, but now I'm missing them.
We make them in the air fryer (400° F for 12 minutes), and we mostly ate them as late night snacks. Dave thinks they wouldn't really work as part of a meal. I say you do you.
Dave also wishes that a company would create a vegan corndog bun that you could insert your own vegan frank into. Not like a hotdog bun made from cornbread batter, but like a tube of crispy cornbread coating with open ends. Does that exist? Get at us!
Oh my gosh, we are actually talkin' tofu right now! The very morning that we recorded this, I slapped together a pared-down version of my tofu scramble breakfast casserole.
We've talked about this casserole before, but this was an even simpler version, because I had text banking to get to but really wanted a scramble casserole.
To make it this time, I just heated the oil, crumbled the tofu and sprinkled the spices right into the pan, and stirred until the turmeric turned the tofu bright yellow.
Then, I tossed in fresh spinach, wilted it, and took the pan off of the heat. Top that scramble off with tater tots, and bake it at 450° F for a half hour and boom: breakfast!
Side note: Our kid likes tacos now. Thank you, Muppets Now, for your taco segment that encouraged him to give them another try.
Then we argued about windows on trains. Can you open windows on an Amtrak trains? Get at us, because we aren't sure.
This week's takeout is one I think we've talked about before: Mellow Mushroom. What made it special was that Dave's parents drove up from Orlando, and we all had supper together in the backyard!
You're mostly here for the food, most likely, so I'll tell you that we got the vegan veggie pizza and a vegan Greek salad. Mellow Mushroom's online ordering system has a whole vegan section, which makes it incredibly easy. When you order a pizza or salad through the vegan section, it automatically omits animal products and only shows you the vegan dressing options. What a dream!
But the real treat was our dinner guests.
We haven't seen his parents since March, and this was our first time having guests over at all since then, so it was a huge deal. We distanced and masked up, and it was a dream.
The kid didn't know they were coming, and the look on his face when they walked into the backyard was heartwarming.
We did let the kid break distancing for a quick hug with each grandparent. Dave did some research, and they even asked a doctor about whether we could do this safely. This article is depressing but also helpful, if you are curious about the guidelines we followed. Of course, what you do is up to you -- we just did what felt safe to us.
Subs or hoagies?
On last week's episode, we promised to do a 'Til Tofu Us Part with MorningStar Farms Buffalo Nuggets in tacos and in a hoagie roll. That is still happening! But we couldn't get ingredients. We have them now and will talk about that next week.
But speaking of hoagies! What do you call that style of sandwich? Dave and I are both from Florida, and we grew up calling that a sub.
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