Is Stuffin Muffin Enough in Stuff?


The Norman Rockwell, by Absurdly Good Stuffin Muffins: 192 grams of stuffing, turkey, cranberries, pecans, (and apparently Bacon I have found out afterwords) and I am sure a bunch of butter in muffin form.
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This had all the right ingredients to be a great sandwich (minus the Bacon… I don’t think I heard them say that there was the swine in this one, so maybe the day I had it didn’t have it? Anyway, now I know…) It had the sustenance, the textures, the balance of flavors, and surely the structural integrity. This thing was a muffin, made out of stuffing, and filled with things most people eat at a turkey dinner. I know a thing or two about Turkey Sandwiches and would like to think that I am fully aware of how to craft such a delicacy. It was dense. 192 grams (weighed on a calibrated scale of course), and the size of my fist. Due to the stuffing outside, it maintained it consistency and texture, and did not collapse or fail when toasted, bit into, or torn apart. This muffin dinner was a meal in itself, as any given sandwich should be. It needed a little bit of salt, but that came easily. it is difficult to make something for the masses and have everyone’s flavor pallets fully satisfied. I would have preferred to have a little bit of gravy with it, or maybe even a slathering of fresh cranberry sauce on the top, but then we run into the issues with portability and ease of eatability. It was handy, it was convenient, and it was flavorful; all of the things that a sandwich should be.
But it was most definitely not a sandwich. That much is the honest truth.

This is a muffin, not a sandwich, so why am I blogging about it? Am I guest Blogging for The Best Muffin Blog? Or did I forget what a sandwich was since I haven’t blogged for so long? Has the summer heat gotten to me?

I think the answer is somewhere in the middle, on a more theoretical level. Maybe a little bit Foodlophical*? Why should I discriminate against a muffin, when it has mostly the same basic ingredients as a sandwich? There may be people that might actually classify a muffin of this caliber as a sandwich. I mean, if an empanada is a sandwich by my standards, why can’t I say a muffin is?

I keep thinking of the Bill Cosby Standup about Chocoloate Cake. And how perspectives can be so different for some people. In the standup routine, Bill is told by his wife to go make breakfast for the kids, which he does not want to do. He goes downstairs and starts to get breakfast ingredients ready, when his 4 year old comes down stairs and says she wants chocolate cake.

“My brain looks up the chocolate cake recipe. Eggs, Milk, Wheat. Nutrition”

So he cuts the chocolate cake, and pours a glass of Grapefruit Juice. His other kids come downstairs and all want chocolate cake for breakfast as well. His wife comes downstairs, and sees that the kids are having chocolate cake for breakfast and has a kiniption, and sends Bill back to bed.

I agree with the four year old, and am all for chocolate cake for breakfast, but I also know that Chocolate Cake is most definitely not a breakfast food. This is taking the last remaining strain of convention and beating it like the eggs were beaten while making that cake. This is how I feel about a muffin posing as a sandwich. Don’t get me wrong here, Nobody is every saying that it was a sandwich, and as far as i know, these guys have no intention of doing so. I am just pointing out that perspectives can vary from one person to the next. I stand upon princples when it comes to sandwiches, and I have a lot of rules that help uphold those standards.

I have seen often that people have very few core motivations to do what they do. They base their opinions on either faith or investigation, and it is not very often that they will base their ideology on both. I have been a strong believer in the rules of sandwiches, which must contain above all others, layers, bread-like outsides, sustenance, and sauces. There are some fuzzy lines, that people often question, but I will tell you that there are 2 main reasons why these muffins will never be sandwiches in my book. They don’t have true layers, and they don’t have sauces. The other reason is the intent. They have no intent of being sandwiches. Just like the chocolate cake has no intent of being a breakfast food, but it shares similarities, a muffin should never have any crazy idea of being a sandwich.

That being said, I highly recommend you give one of these a shot if you see them around at a farmers market. They use good ingredients, including love of the muffin, and are fun guys.

A sandwich at grandmas


I recently read a book called: Life is Good at Grandma’s, written by Stacey Donovan and illustrated by Cary Phillips.. In this book, they talk about Life is good at Grandma’s, because you can check the rules at the door. The book later goes on to talk about how the kitchen is full of your favorite foods, and how only grandma knows how to make your supersecret favorite sandwich.
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Thanksgiving is sandwich time


Here is a collage of all of the sandwiches that I ate over the thanksgiving weekend. i ate a lot of after dinner turkey sandwiches, a couple during the meal, and then we went to boston and ate at a place named Scoozi on newbury street.

Of all of the sandwiches, I think that the second thanksgiving sandwich was the best. The ones that I had at the pre-thanksgiving work dinner were some of the most structurally sound, but the after thanksgiving meal ones were the most comfortable. They remind me of thanksgiving and make me wish I could spend every day with my family eating sandwiches!

The sandwich at Scoozi’s gets a B, because it was a pretty good meat to bread ratio (it was a turkey sandwich, panini style, but they added pickles, which was an odd mix with the dijon mustard). The fish sandwich at Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale was more like a B-/C+ because the fish was good but the slaw on in was not super flavorful. I added some pepper and salt and it was good, but it might have been better on the fresh made bread instead of the kaiser roll.

I ended up eating 6 sandwiches on turkey day, and then the following day I ate 4 more for a mid-afternoon snack. SOOOO GOOOD. I love really good turkey on dinner rolls. Sometimes I add mustard, sometimes cranberry relish, and sometimes sweet potatoes.

Turkey sandwiches gallore!

National Sandwich Day, and why sandwiches are important!


I apologize. I really do. I have eaten a ton of sandwiches in the last couple of weeks, and I have had the nerve to not blog about them. I could list them, because I keep track, but the reality is I would prefer to wait until I can list them, and put up some serious blogs.
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Whole foods can make a whole sandwich. Or not.


I don’t normally make a habit out of going into whole foods, but every once in a while I will make a trip there. I always walk by the deli counter and think about getting a sandwich. There is always that lady standing right in front of the counter selling sandwiches by the pound. While the idea of serving sandwiches by the pound intrigues me, I think it sort of screams laziness.

I am probably one of the laziest people out there (as can be seen by the quality of my posts recently) but I think if you are going to be selling sandwiches as gourmet you can’t also be selling them as pre-made… Does anyone else see the issue I have with this?

So I leave the sandwich by the pound lady who is very nice, and take a look at the menu. I have not had a sandwich on focaccia in a while so that was my first decision. Then I decide on the meat… Roast beef wasn’t calling my name because I wanted to load up the veggies and I think that Rb works better with a simpler sandwich mist of the time. I went with the turkey…and loaded up with layers of veggies and sauces.

First came the sundried aioli. Then a layer of caramelized onions and roasted red peppers. Then the turkey, the thousand island dressing and the lettuce and tomato. I didn’t see them make it, but they did ask if I wanted it toasted. At first I wasn’t going to but decided it could only help.

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So I get my sandwich and get rung up. The girl at the counter asked me if I had a sandwich punch card. Five sandwiches and you get the sixth free. Not a bad deal. $7 for a decent size sandwich is not that bad. What is bad is having to deal with the crappiest parking lots in history. Every whole foods has terribly designed parking lots…

Anyway, back to the sandwich… It was a little sloppy. I like sandwiches because you can pick them up and not need to worry about dropping things in your lap. Not so much with this slippery little sucker. Tasty, but messy.

Whole Foods
Overall sandwich rating: B°c
Presentation: A-
Structure: B
Flavors: A

Non – sandwich related:
Atmosphere: B-
Service: B
Price: B

Curry


This is a sandwich I had a month ago…. it was from D’Deli. It was very yummy, but my stomach was bothering me a little bit. I was hoping that the curry would help me out, and the honey would as well, but the relief was temporary…

It had honey, curry aioli, olive tapanade, fried onions, garlic, turkey, pickled ginger, cilantro, basil, and sprouts

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It was kind of a mess, and I wasn’t sure about the curry and the olive tapanade together, but they were on different sides…. the cilantro and ginger balanced it out between the flavors. Not really sure I would get it again, but I don’t know if I just wasn’t feeling it because of the stomach bug or because it was sort of flavor overload…. Maybe I will go back and order it again, just to see… maybe add in some mushrooms and some mixed greens? or take out the tapanade…. i dunno….

D’Deli
Overall Sandwich Rating: B+
Presentation: B+
Structure: A
Flavors: B+ (I think there may have been too many)

Non-Sandwich Related:
Atmosphere: A+
Service: A+
Price: A+