Flour Bakery

Flour bakery in Boston is one of my absolute favorite places in the whole world. The bread is amazing, the sandwiches are delicious, and the sweets (especially the sticky buns) are to DIE for. 
Let me repeat that...

Luckily for my tastebuds (and unluckily for my waist line), they have a location right next door to my acupuncture assistantship.  

This is the only breakfast sandwich they make (trust me, they only need this one).  It has thick cut bacon, eggs, arugula, and dijonaise.  Every morning my brain has this little argument with itself:
Brain #1: Yummmmm omgggggg Flour breakfast sandwiches!!
Brain #2: You just ate breakfast at home, remember?
Brain #1:  But this would taste so good.....
Brain #2: Katie, get a hold of yourself!
Brain #1: Too late!  We just paid for it! Now you HAVE to eat it.

(everything really is made with love!)

After that little breakfast sandwich dilemma, I typically have a hard time shaking the deliciousness of Flour from my mind.  When I leave my assistantship around 1pm, lunch is always a must.  I've tried most of their sandwiches, but these two are hands down my favorites.  The sandwich above has grilled roasted chicken, brie, arugula, roasted red peppers, and caramelized onions.  Is your mouth watering yet?

No? Well maybe my other favorite will get you!  This one is also roasted chicken, but with mashed avocado and jicama.

Anyway, I GUESS what I'm trying to say by all of this, is that you are doing yourself a serious disservice if you do not stop in the next time you're in the south end!

1595 Washington St
Boston, Ma 02118

12 Farnsworth St
Boston, Ma 02210 

(photos taken at both locations)


Savory Orange-Roasted Tofu and Asparagus

Up until I made this recipe, my entire life experience with miso consisted of two dishes: miso soup, and my father's oatmeal.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, my Dad puts miso in his oatmeal.

Usually he accompanies this addition with the comment "Hey Katie! What does THIS remind you of?" while ceremoniously displaying a spoonful of brown gook.

As you can imagine, the obvious correlation he drew between miso and...other things I won't name here...didn't exactly turn me into an 8 year old miso fan. In fact, I've spent my whole life avoiding miso and assuming it tastes like some gross cousin to peanut butter. Recently however I've been trying to branch out of my normal food rut, and when I saw this recipe in my favorite cookbook I had to try it.

You guys. This recipe. Is sooooooo delicious. Thank goodness I was just cooking for myself, because after taking a minor break when my better senses said, "Katie stop putting food in your mouth!!" I returned to finish the whole thing in one night.

Miso is a bit expensive to buy upfront, but you don't use much at a time, and just a tablespoon has considerable nutritional benefits (what's up vitamin b12!). If you are also a little afraid of miso I think this is probably a great training wheels dish - the sweet of the orange juice perfectly counteracts the more salty qualities of the miso, and the tofu just soooooaks up all the goodness! Yummmmmmmm

-Recipe after the jump-