Back to work day. Those nine days off just flew and I'm getting back to the grind now. We had a wonderful weekend spent with my family. Yesterday my mom's cousin cooked for us at her house. He went to culinary school and was a chef for a couple of years when he took a break from his job in the travel industry. He is unbelievable.
He brought fresh mozzarella and cheeses that were so tasty and just could be eaten without anything else. I basically ate my weight in cheese, my favorites being the mozzarella and the ricotta salata. AH-MAZING...but trust me I also ate the locatelli and the provolone too. Benny also made an incredible salad with his own homemade dressing that had extra virgin olive oil, garlic, fresh oregano and red wine vinegar. I ate 3 bowls of that salad alone. It was our typical Sunday dinner with an extra kick. I could go on and on about that dinner, but I'll say it it was delicious and not ramble on. For Lent I gave up white flour, so I made sure I brought homemade whole wheat bread and my mom picked me up some fresh whole wheat pasta because she loves me. (Thanks Mom!) I was proud of myself because the pasta they were eating was one I've never had before and was VERY tempting.
Now I made it through dinner and we were having some dessert and coffee, when I decided to try my chocolate chip cookies. I've made these 4 or 5 times and have never tried them. I was explaining about the vegan cookies and all the ingredients...maple syrup, applesauce, whole wheat flour...when I realized I ate white flour when I had the cookie. I was pretty bummed because I made it through a 5 course Italian dinner eating no white flour and I blew it on the cookie. Oh well..it was worth it and I didn't realize it, so I'll start over and give myself a pass.
Getting back to the fact I have to go to work...I was making my lunch last night and threw a flax seed cracker in with my gigantic salad.
They are crunchy, nutty and salty and go perfect paired with a salad, dip or just by itself. They are also super easy to make.