Salads and Country Music

Logan: My most recent purchase was a $6.99 salad from a grocery store. It had salsa and beans and this really nice sort of ranch dressing and cheddar cheese, shredded, and croutons, and as I was eating it, the first food I’d eaten all day, I was just overcome by thankfulness, that I lived in a place where I didn’t have to prepare my own food if I didn’t want to, and also that I had the means to access that food. Could I have made that salad myself? Sure. Did I want to? Not at this time.

Mike: I love going to salad places like Chop’t because I’m not likely to have most of those fresh ingrediants at home and I can ask them to throw in whatever I’m in the mood for.

But ever since I discovered the magic of making dressing with apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and honey mustard, I’ve been enjoying all of my at-home salads. Add it to mixed greens or arugula, plus one other thing I want like beets or some kind of protein, and I’m good to go. When you came over to work with me the other day, I made grilled cheeses for us, plus that dressing on top of mixed greens with black beans and corn. It was, maybe $5 for the both of us? We were into it.

Logan: Yes that is an even better scenario, a friend making you food and then not charging you for it. And then you get to eat it and hang out with your friend. And your salad was better than my grocery store salad. But, my grocery store salad was better than no salad. Salad. Salad. How many more times can I say it. Salad. Dalas.

Mike: Haha. If you were to make a purchase recommendation this week, what would it be? Would it be this grocery store salad?

Logan: Oh that’s tricky. Hmm. If you are very hungry and near Hudson and Bank Street in New York, this particular grocery store salad can’t be beat. What else have I bought this week that I recommend. A bottle of water from the street when I thought I was about to die from walking through the disgusting miasmic sauna that is this city right now. That was a good purchase. FYI, I buy Smart Water because of the sturdiness of the bottle and also because of Jennifer Aniston. I got a Snickers when I was drunk that was pretty great. Situational purchases.

Mike: Okay, so my purchase recommendation this week if you’re into country music, or even if you’re not into country music, is Kacey Musgraves’s album, “Same Trailer, Different Park.” It is $9.99 on iTunes, but I’ve listened to every song about 50 times now, so I think it’s worth it. Especially if you were into watching Nashville this year. Kacey Musgraves wrote the song “Undermine” in one of the earlier episodes. This is the debut single off her album:

Haha, so I guess our recommendations this week are, this country music album if you’re into that, a bottle of water if you’re going to be walking around in the city, and a Snickers bar if you’re drunk. Good job, us.

Logan: I actually would like to recommend not spending your money and putting it instead in a high-yield interest savings account. I wish we were in the same place right now, because if we were, you would see that I am giggling at myself typing this. Is that even the right phrase? “High-yield interest savings account.” I don’t actually recommend this. I mean I guess I do. But no, I don’t really.

Mike: Well, if you don’t recommend it, it’s because savings accounts with interest rates do exist at the moment, but Bankrate tells me that they’re anything but “high-yield.” Low-yield is more like it. But yes, ignore us and save your money.

Logan: With yields like that, who needs yields? Buy a salad instead.

Mike: On that note, have a great weekend everyone!

Photo: angela n.

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camelface (#2,158)

Mike, if you like Kacey Musgraves you should check out Caitlin Rose.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOipdIcoiNI

Bill Fostex (#573)

I’ve never seen metal scoops like that at a salad bar. I can see how they’d be great for things like peas, but not for shredded carrots or tofu or anything that requires a more dextrous approach. I guess they’d get the job done in any case, but at what cost?

aetataureate (#1,310)

@Bill Fostex Must be for corporate kitchen use — to make sure you’re using exactly one cup of x, one cup of y.

Bill Fostex (#573)

@Bill Fostex At my usual salad bar they have a mix of tongs and long-handled spoons, but they distribute them arbitrarily. E.g. spoons are best for blue cheese, but half the time there’s a tong in that container, and for broccoli it’s the other way around. It’s a real bummer.

Bill Fostex (#573)

@Bill Fostex Each of the four times I’ve put tofu on my salad in the last month or two, most of the tofu chunks have been frozen on the inside. The second, third, and fourth times, I was thinking, “Surely they’ve fixed this by now,” but of course they haven’t. I have no interest in discussing it with the cafeteria employees, so I just avoid the tofu.

Bill Fostex (#573)

@Bill Fostex Whenever I put croutons on my salad, I eat them as I walk from the cafeteria back to my building and up the stairs to my desk (I always eat lunch at my desk) so that I don’t feel self-conscious about making crouton-crunching sounds amid all these weirdly silent people.

Bill Fostex (#573)

@Bill Fostex And — listen up — I have one more thing to say about salad: ah, crikey, I forget what it was.

aetataureate (#1,310)

@Bill Fostex Let’s write a country song about your Salad Feelings.

Bill Fostex (#573)

@aetataureate Whiskey Vinaigrette (Hold The Vinaigrette)

aetataureate (#1,310)

@Bill Fostex Crouton Cowboy

bgprincipessa (#699)

@Bill Fostex do you always eat at your desk? what about the courtyard/cemetery?!

Bill Fostex (#573)

@bgprincipessa I only eat in the courtyard when Caicias compels me to.

readyornot (#816)

So wait, Logan, now that you’re giggling about interest-bearing savings accounts and eating a salad, and you and Mike are not in the same place, can we say you are a woman laughing alone with salad?

Fig. 1 (#632)

@readyornot Logan Saving Alone With Salad

readyornot (#816)

@Fig. 1 I just noticed there was a “laughing together with salad” tag, so maybe Mike was giggling, too.

hellonheels (#1,407)

Kacey Musgraves is so good! Also, if you want to go a little deeper down the country rabbit hole, Ashley Monroe also put out an incredible album recently…she has also cowritten many of the songs on Nashville, including Consider Me, You Ain’t Dolly, and Shine. Or The Civil Wars, who were the musical inspiration for Scarlett and Gunnar – their album Barton Hollow is a couple years old but fantastic.

readyornot (#816)

@hellonheels Second the Ashley Monroe endorsement. It’s pretty country, I have to say, which I guess is why he put a caveat on the recommendation.

Kacey Musgraves’ song “Follow Your Arrow” is my JAM right now, you guys. I usually like to think I’m way too cynical to be inspired by songs or whatever, but the whole message is basically, “you can’t please everybody, so just get high and do whatever you want” and I love it.

Fig. 1 (#632)

Roasted beets on salad are the best! Except for the roasting part, because who wants to run their oven at 375 degrees for 45 minutes while those things cook, in this weather.

(If you are interested, chop off leaves, scrub, wrap in tinfoil, roast until you can skewer easily, LET COOL (very important) and peel. Salt removes beet juice from hands and cutting surfaces.)

readyornot (#816)

@Fig. 1 I go lazy and buy preroasted beets from Trader Joe’s.

bgprincipessa (#699)

@Fig. 1 I like that you predicted the beet juice on the hands. Those are the kind of cooking directions I need, always.

selenana (#673)

@Fig. 1 Toaster oven! That way you don’t have to heat up your whole oven and can still fit 2-3 beets.

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