Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bacon, Arugula and Tomato Sandwiches

I don't necessarily care for the term "foodie." Shouldn't we all be interested in what we eat? With health news blaring from major headlines, and proliferations of willy-nilly what-to-eat-or-not guidelines clogging the air and e-waves, it's kind of hard not to think about what we're eating.

Michael Pollan says that decades ago, we started listening to scientists' incomplete data and food marketers' dollar-driven claims that this or that food will either make us a centenarian or drop us in our tracks. Instead of paying attention to what we see, and to our ancestors' wisdom, we trust the trumpeters of self-serving hype.

I say, calm down. Gather in local foods, and share them with friends and family. Eat your fresh, thoughtfully-prepared foods slowly and appreciatively in reasonable amounts. Enjoy the occasional treat. Listen to your common sense.

The arugula really adds a spicy touch that lettuce can't hold a candle to.

Four slices of really good bread
Enough Dijon mustard to spread thinly on each slice
Enough washed and spun arugula to cover the bread slices
Enough tomatoes to slice thickly and put on top of the arugula
Enough crisply fried bacon to put a couple or three slices on top of the tomatoes

Makes four extremely hearty servings. You won't want much else except a slice of fresh, local watermelon for dessert. Or a nectarine. Or cantaloupe ...

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