Friday, February 01, 2008

Woo.... glasses and contacts begone!

No post last night, which meant no dinner for me.... how come? Well, yesterday afternoon I finally gathered the courage and had Lasik surgery done! We arrived home around 4:30pm and after the 2 Valium they gave me, I didn't wake up (except for an hour around 10pm) until 8:30 this morning! That stuff really knocked me out. Don't worry, Jeff was well taken care of, he had snacks and dinner all laid out for him to munch on. So far I can see ok today, but it is still a little fuzzy and blurry at times - they say this is to be expected and my vision should continue to clear up over the next couple weeks. Has anyone else out there had a good experience with Lasik?

What else would I do for a thank you to the great nurses and doc that took care of me? In anticipation of things turning out well, I went ahead and baked a batch of our most requested brownie recipe, the Outrageous Oreo Brownies, to take in when I went back for my follow up today - I hope they enjoyed them!

I did feel good enough to make dinner tonight, so I chose a couple easy things to make - we started off by making this Apple-fennel slaw. This fresh and clean salad begins by thinly slicing a fennel bulb and tart Granny Smith apple. A couple carrots are grated and added to the above, along with some sweet currants and a drizzle of olive oil. This mixture is then refrigerated while the dressing is prepared.

Apple juice, mixed with just a teaspoon of sugar, is allowed to concentrate and reduce until it is roughly half as much as when you started. For a tangy bite, a couple shots of apple cider vinegar are added before the mixture is set aside to cool completely. Once the dressing is combined with the licorice-y slaw, the mixture needs sit in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes or so. This gives the flavors a chance to marry and keeps the textures crisp so you can fully enjoy this clean-tasting dish.

When I was at the market on Wednesday, I saw a couple of pears that looked great, but were still a bit too hard. Today they had just enough give, while still being firm, so I was able to make this Wild Rice with Pears, Pistachios and Cranberries to have along with the slaw.

The cooking time for wild rice can vary greatly, so start checking around the 40 minute mark to see if the rice or tender or not - our rice was ready in about 50 minutes. While the rice was bubbling away, we continued the dish by sautéing mild chopped leeks in a couple pats of butter until they were tender, yet not browned at all. The leeks are removed, another pat of butter is added and the sliced firm pears are tossed in. After just a few seconds, a small dose of brandy is poured in and the pears are left to soak up the flavor. The tender, but not mushy pears are combined with the leeks, the cooked rice, ruby dried cranberries and a handful of crunchy pistachios. The sweet pears, nutty rice and chewy cranberries made for a tasty adventure with delicious flavors and complimenting textures (though the colors look a little muddled!).


17 comments:

  1. Congrats on your lasik! I'd love to get it but for medical reasons I can't. Lucky med staff to get those brownies.

    Martha

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  2. Glad to read that everything is going well. I always wanted to to the lasik but never had the courage yet. So I'll wait to see how things go with you. And you took the time to bake something for them. How nice of you.

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  3. I had lasik 6 years ago, and absolutely do not regret it. hope yours works out as well as mine!!!

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  4. My dad and several friends have loved their Lasik surgeries. Here's to speedy healing....

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  5. John in Chicago2/02/2008 01:55:00 AM

    Hey Joe,

    Glad that your surgery went well! We need you to continue the great inspirations that you provide with your blog. Still digging out of the snow here in Chicago- John

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  6. Hey Joe - SO glad that you're home and okay, and hope that it is all a success ... keep us posted, especially those of us who don't have the courage to get on and do it.

    And love those brownies. My husband is in hospital at the moment following a hip replacement, and these look like a perfect present to give the wonderful ward staff ...

    Thanks for sharing
    Joanna

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  7. Congrats on the Lasik, Joe! I haven't had the courage yet either, but considering I'm VERY shortsighted, it's unlikely I'll get a 100% result anyway. So I think I'll stick to the glasses/contacts for now..

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  8. I'm glad your Lasik went well and I look forward to hearing about how it improves over the next couple of weeks. My fiance is scheduled to have his on March 11!

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  9. Glad all went well. Now that you have perfect eyeight you can search the other food blogs, magazines and cookbooks for nore recipes to adapt.

    Wish you were here to read the fine print in an old Paula Deen Magazine.

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  10. I've heard great things about Lasik. Good for you. I looked into it but for medical reasons it wasn't a good idea. I'll bet your brownies were a hit! My husband came home from the doctor's office the other day and said the staff was wondering why they didn't get goodies from me. I'll have to follow your example.

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  11. I had mine done in November of 2006. It only took about 2 or 3 days to get clear vision. I've never had even a small issue - just make sure you use whatever drops they give you and get some Refresh eye drops for the first week or so for dryness - which will go away after a couple of weeks.

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  12. Keep us updated on your progress over these next 2 weeks! Brownies are always an appropriate thank you gift!

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  13. Thanks! Things are still going ok - I just hope the vision continues to improve as time goes by. We are on day 2 and I can see pretty good, though I am a little light sensitive still. I go back next Thursday for my 1 week follow up and hope to hear more then!

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  14. First...the brownies look outrageous! Secondly, congrats on the Lasik! I wish I could muster up the courage to do it.

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  15. Barbara - Thanks! It was not as scary as I thought it would be!

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  16. I've always wanted to get lasik, but I'm too much a *bok*bok*bok- big ol' chicken!

    Oreo brownies? Brils!

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  17. Lucky you, getting lasik! I am too nearsighted to qualify, but I dream about it.

    I just made the oreo brownies, but I used leftover peppermint joe joe's from TJs and the CL bittersweet brownie recipe from 2007. Turned out great!

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