Sunday, September 21, 2008

It's sauteed, not chard!

One of my favorite things about summer is the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies at the farmers' markets. I've been trying to serve vegetables with every meal, and my latest adventures have been with Swiss Chard. I'm not a nutritionist, but i have to wonder how much credibility this healthy vegetable loses when it's sauteed in bacon fat. What can I say? Bacon makes everything better!

Swiss Chard with Bacon and Feta

3 strips thick cut bacon
1 bunch Swiss Chard
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup feta cheese
salt and pepper

Cut bacon into bite size pieces, add to a large saute pan and begin to render out the fat (medium low heat)
Cut out the thick stems from the swiss chard, and cut the stems into 1 inch pieces. Slice the leaves into 1" strips. Rinse well. Drain the stems well, but it is ok to leave some water on the leaves (helps with steaming).
Add the stems and garlic to the bacon and saute in the bacon fat until the stems soften, about 10-15 minutes.
Add the leaves the pan, cover and stir occasionally until the leaves begin to wilt. The leaves may need to be added in multiple batches.
Remove from heat, add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with feta cheese prior to serving

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thursday morning

I'm amazed it took me so long to realize this. I worked the entire weekend prior to Labor Day, and not a single person called to see if they could get their controlled rx filled early. To everyone that does not work in the profession, our store is closed on labor day, and this is as rare as a steak that says moo when you stab it. Tuesday morning i came back to work, and my SP had cleared the queue (yay!). The day was still pleasantly busy and flew by. I had a few crazy people as usual, but the most annoying part of my day was having a drug rep stop by at 9:15 in the morning. Who does this? He didn't even have any free pens! At least he had coupons for some free nice blood glucose meters (not going to say the name, but they are preferred by most ins. companies). I'm saving them for nice people. There's nothing I hate more than giving up a valuable coupon and still having a patient bitch at me. Learn to say thank you, and i'll take care of you.