June 13, 2012

National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day

"Who's gonna take you in? You're messy; you're a klutz, you spill everything; and you leave the volume on the TV way too loud." - Jim Halpert, "The Office"

It's National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day!

Sponsored byLightlife

Everybody knows somebody who just wasn't meant to be in the kitchen. Maybe this person loves cooking and their heart's in the right place, but they're just a complete disaster when they get around an oven or knives. Today is the day to celebrate those clumsier friends of ours who perhaps are their most helpful in the kitchen when they're either washing dishes or shouting recipe directions at us from another room entirely.

Meet my friend Jeffrey Remick. He's an outstanding photographer. As a matter of fact, he's helped me a lot with the photos you see on the Almanac of Eats website. Jeffrey, however, is not an outstanding cook. He means well, but every time he picks up a knife... well, let's say it soon looks like a slasher flick was filmed in my kitchen. He's baked things, but has forgotten to turn the oven on in the process. He once decided to open the espresso machine while it was still running... there were coffee grinds on every single wall of my kitchen that afternoon. And he hasn't quite figured out that if you don't turn the handle of the pot you're using inward, there's a really good chance you're going to knock it over (which in my flat is signal to the rabbit that he can come and stomp through the puddles of fallen food).

But he loves eating. And he tries really hard when he's the kitchen.
One thing he is pretty good at is using my George Foreman grill. So today, he's... we're... grilling up some of the new veggie burgers from Lightlife.

Lightlife started in 1979 when a man named Michael Cohen decided he wanted to bring the Indonesian staple, tempeh, to the American dinner plate (seriously, have you had their Smoky Tempeh Strips? THEYTASTELIKEBACON!). Six years later, he introduced "Tofu Pups" - the veggie alternative to the hot dog. And, "the seeds of a veggie revolution were planted!" Lightlife is located in Turner Falls, Massachuetts and their brand mission is simple: "We're in this business because we care about the food that people eat and the earth on which we live, and we go to great lengths to ensure our customers get the very best." And since starting their business over 30 years ago, they've contributed 5% of their net profits to organizations that work to protect children, the environment, and human rights.

I knew I loved Lightlife for more than just their Smoky Tempeh Strips!

Tonight, Jeffrey had the "Kick'n Black Bean" veggie burgers. They're hearty and have a nice spicier bite to them. And you can actually see pieces of bean, corn, and pepper in the patties as well. Which is reassuring to us, because that means they're made with foods we can actually identify and aren't just a brick of processed soy.

I had the more basic counterpart, "Backyard Grill'n" veggie burgers, AND I LOVED THEM. They seemed to be much thicker with a much more rich, juicy consistency than other veggie burgers I've had in the past which always seemed bland crumbly to me, the ingredients having been haphazardly tossed together.

With a bowl of thick cut potato chips and a bottle of root beer? Really, it was a perfect summery New England meal.

Happy National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day!

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