NMPG Cassoulet

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Columbus, Eating Local, Food Porn, North Market

I can tell summer is really over for good now because all of my plants are dying despite my best efforts. My tomato and pepper plants have been non-productive for over a month now, and now all of my other plants are starting to join them, despite my efforts at keeping them watered. I have a winter black thumb, which is why I never bring my plants inside.

But with the cold also comes good things, and one of these good things that show up after the first frost is the cassoulet at North Market Poultry and Game! I first saw it last week, and have been getting it every couple of days since.

North Market Poultry & Game CassouletAt $8 for a huge serving, it’s a bargain. The mixture of white beans with a ton of different meats (like duck leg, rabbit, boar bacon, sausage, and several other things). If you get it at the market as the meal (as opposed to what was left of the $14 quart I bought, a third of which you see above), it also comes with mashed potatoes and a wonderful buttery toasted piece of Eleni Christina bread on top. The slow cooked smokiness of it is irresistable.

But I digress, I think my North Market love is showing through again. This weekend, I’m planning on doing a $40-a-day Rachael Ray type experiment staying within the walls of the North Market. I can’t wait!

Food Destinations #3: My Favorite Chocolate Shop

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Columbus, Eating Local, Food Blogging Event, Food Porn, Freebie, North Market, Uncategorized

“Come with me, and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination…”

fd3chocolate

I’ve raved about Pure Imagination chocolates many times before on this blog, but I don’t every think I’ve gone into detail about *why* it’s so great. For this edition of  Food Destinations, we’re asked to talk about our favorite chocolate shop. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to talk about a place that plays a huge part in my life – I get by there at least once a week for a chocolate fix. And it’s a combination of things (location, quality of the ingredients, and the man behind the chocolate) that makes it a destination instead of just a shop.

Pure Imagiation - Daniel Cooper

Located in the historic North Market in the Short North area in Columbus, Pure Imagination has been a Columbus institution since 2001. The opening of the shop was the culimination of a dream for its owner, Daniel Cooper, who worked three jobs to save enough money to do so. In his free time, he experimented in his basement chocolate lab for over 10 years in order to perfect his self-taught chocolate-making skills. Armed with top quality ingredients and some acquired information from others in the chocolate industry, he entered the basement a novice and emerged as the artisan he is today.

Anyone who has ever met Daniel is familiar with his amiable persona – he always greets his customers with a smile, a few minutes of chit chat, and the passion for chocolate making that is apparent in everything that he does. He is truly one of the nicest and most unique individuals I have ever met, and my life is better for knowing him. Over the years, I’ve come to consider him a friend as well.

Fueled on Red Bull (his breakfast of choice), he agreed to meet with me down at his shop this morning so we could talk chocolate. And talk about chocolate we did! We discussed everything from his chocolate preferences (his favorite of his own line to make and eat is the Midnight Extra Dark truffle, because he likes the look, taste, and purity of it) to where he’d go for chocolate in Paris (he’d find the oldest shop in town, non-chain, and spend the entire amount there).

Pure Imagination Chocolate Display

One of the reasons that his confections are so high-quality is because he’s a firm believer that the quality of the chocolate depends on the ingredients you start with. His commitment to quality means that he uses the best cocoa beans that he can get his hands on, along with the best fresh ingredients that are available. Along with the high quality of his chocolates, his innovation also comes through in spades – his signature chocolate, Pearls of Pure Imagination, which is a dark chocolate cup filled with dark ganache and topped with crunchy “pearls”, is not something that can be found anywhere else.

Pure Imagination Theobroma

He owes his much of his success to his love of his customers and his 86-year old grandmother, who has been his mentor, inspiration, and has worked tirelessly with him in his shop until recently. And the book that has inspired him the most? “Swiss Confiseur” by the Richemont Craft School, which he considers his “chocolate bible”.

Daniel has big plans for Pure Imagination. If the chocolate fairy suddenly left $25,000 under his pillow, he’d spend it all on new displays and packaging. He recently opened a production facility in Hilliard to keep up with the high demand, and is working on launching his Elevation line. In five years, he hopes to be one of the innovative leaders in the chocolate industry, and in ten years, he’d like to see his shop be a reason people come to Columbus. He has hopes that Pure Imagination will pass down to the next generation – but his nearly two year old son Skyler hasn’t developed a taste for chocolate quite yet. Like Willy Wonka (his favorite chocolate-related movie, natch), he hopes that Skyler will want that Golden Ticket himself when he gets older.

With impressive credits on his resume like providing the chocolates for the Oscar gift bags last year, I think that his goals are well within reach. He adds that he thanks the residents of Columbus for making him who he is today. His obvious love for his customers is what keeps him going.

I’d like to share the goodness with you guys, because I believe his chocolates really are the best I’ve ever tasted, and the proof of that is *in* the tasting. In honor of this event, I want to pony up and send one person at random a selection of nine Pure Imagination assorted truffles. Just comment on this entry in my blog to enter, and I’ll draw a winner on November 15th. You don’t need to be local to enter, I’ll ship to wherever the winner resides (or get a gift card if you’re local and want to visit the shop yourself).

If you don’t want to take your chances, and want to try his chocolate for yourself, head on down to the North Market in Columbus, Whole Foods in Columbus (and soon in Cleveland, I hear!), or order on the web from the Pure Imagination web site. You won’t be sorry!

ETA: It’s now November 16th, and the round-up for this event still hasn’t been posted, so I’m extending the deadline for entering the drawing until 2 weeks after the round-up is posted. I’ll update this entry with a final date for the drawing when I have it. Thanks for understanding!

ETA2: The round-up has finally been posted, so the drawing will be held on December 1st, with the winner announced in the Friday Roundup and also e-mailed. 
 

Columbus Events 10/27/06 to 11/03/06

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Columbus, Events, Uncategorized

Halloween is upon us in the upcoming week, and the Dispatch has published a list of Halloween events going on around town this week. There’s something on this list for everyone, so make your plans now. :) Also, be sure to check out the trick or treat times and free Halloween parties for your part of town. Alternatively, you can head to a pumpkin patch this weekend.

More Halloween events from the Dispatch:

Boo! on Broadway. Stroll through downtown Grove City where costumed merchants will pass out goodies to trick-or-treaters. Make it an alternative to your trick-or-treat route — or do both; 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 along Broadway (closed to traffic), Grove City. Cost: free. Call 614-277-3050 or visit www.visitgrovecityoh.com and click on “events.”

Kids Halloween Party — Get into the trick-or-treat spirit at the North Market, where vendors will pass out goodies to visitors. Don’t miss the storytelling, bounce house, face-painting, balloontwisting and other fun offerings; noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at the North Market, 59 Spruce St. Cost: free. Call 614-463-9664 or visit www.northmarket.com.

Fall Frolic — You’ll have no shortage of things to see and do here, including magicians, jugglers, balloon artists and a kid-friendly haunted house (recommended for ages 6 to 12, additional fee). There also will be live music, food, pumpkin decorating and a costume contest. What are you waiting for?; 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 on the square in uptown Marysville (at Main and 5th streets). Cost: free. Call 1-800-642-0087 or visit www.unioncounty.org.

Pumpkin Fest — Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Rd., Newark. An Afternoon of Fall Fun, haywagon ride, roasting marshmallows, spooky tales, autumn crafts. Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 28, $10. Meet at Visitors Center; 740-323-2355 or 1-800-44-DAWES (932937).

8th Annual Fall Fest –Slate Run Metro Park, 1375 Rt. 74 N., Canal Winchester, Buzzard’s Roost picnic area. Hayrides, giant leaf pile, pumpkin carving, games, tree identification, tram rides, animals and more; 2-6 p.m. Oct. 29. Music by Lews Brothers at 2:30 p.m.; 614-891-0700.

Trunk or Treat –St. John Lutheran Church, 6135 Rings Rd., Dublin; a safe, fun and not-so-scary alternative to going door-to-door, dinner will be served (hot dogs, chips, drinks), 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 29; free; 614-889-2284.

Sorry so short this week, I’m still trying to gather together all my old bookmarks, and I’ll add more stuff during the week as I find it.

Friday Roundup 10/27/06

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Columbus, CSA, Eating Local, Farmer's Market, Freebie, Friday Round Up, Meta, Produce, Recipes

Well, I’m back – computer problems are mostly handled (I got a new system out of the deal, but there was a ton of stuff on the old computer that I really need – food photos, my calendar, etc. – which I may or may not be able to get back, don’t know yet). We’re trying to get the old system to operational status – since the boot drive was the one that went paws up, that means we have to install a new hard drive with a new OS, and try to access the dead drive as a secondary drive. It will take me a little longer tonight to get out the events posting, since all of my links to the different Columbus event sources went bye-bye with the hard drive.

I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa the Restaurant Widow this week, and let me tell you, folks – she’s as friendly and warm in person as she is in her entries. She even brought me a copy of Donna Hay magazine when she realized I had never heard of her (thanks again, BTW!) I’m going to be having dinner with Rosie and her husband this weekend, and can’t wait! :) We Columbus food bloggers should all get together and have a potluck sometime soon. Or a get-together at a restaurant. Or something.

I can’t believe that tomorrow is the last farmer’s market of the season! :( I’m playing around with the idea of stocking up on necessities (like potatoes, onions, squash, root veggies, etc) and doing some cold storage this winter. Probably not, though, as I didn’t leave much time to prepare. I’ll definitely get enough to last me the better part of the next month, though. Now that I’ve made eating local a way of life, winters are going to depress the hell out of me. Next year’s plan? Lots of canning and food preservation, so I can still have the taste of June strawberries in December. I don’t think I’m going to do the CSA next year, though. It was a great experience, but just too much food and too much waste when we couldn’t get through the share every week. There’s about 3 more weeks of CSA left. :)

Speaking of CSA, is it sad that I’m already planning out Thanksgiving dinner? I’ll be getting a 15-18 organic pasture raised turkey from Just This Farm, the same place I have my CSA share with. Along with that, he’s offering a box that includes most of the ingredients you need for Thanksgiving (enough to feed 6-8 adults) for $48. Turkey is $3.49/lb. so I’ll probably end up spending about the same as if I were going conventional. I’m still undecided if I’m going to do my typical spread, or if I’m going to try some new recipes this year. Probably a mix of both, with some new dishes thrown in along with the old ones (for example, my husband would kill me if I stuffed the bird with anything other than my usual stuffing recipe). I’ll probably have my menu finalized in another week or two. We’re playing around with the idea of buying some grass-fed beef from him too, to get us through the winter. I usually get these things at Bluescreek or at the farmer’s market – we’ll see if we have the freezer space available.

I was so glad to see that Blogging Ohio reviewed one of my favorite restaurants in Columbus, the Starliner Diner. We’ll be heading there this weekend, so expect me to post a review of our meal there sometime next week. :)

Also featured in the Dispatch this week was one of my favorite places to eat breakfast, Nancy’s Home Cooking. Totally uncomplicated, down-home comfort food, just like eating at mom’s. If you get down that way, give it a try. You can’t go wrong with *anything* on the menu.

Go to any Chipotle location on Tuesday, October 31st dressed like a Chipotle burrito, taco, bol or salad, and they’ll give you a free burrito. I think I’d spend more on wrapping myself in foil then I would paying for a ‘rito. Just saying.

L’Antibes is for sale. Along with The Refectory, you can count the number of French restaurants in this town on one hand. I haven’t had the opportunity to try either yet (although I’m dying to get to The Refectory for their three-course prix fixe bistro menu for $21 per person – from what I hear, one of the best deals in Columbus). I don’t know if I should keep putting off my visit to L’Antibes, though – if it does sell soon, there’s no telling how much the menu will change, let alone whether or not it will remain a French restaurant. Is anybody familiar enough with both restaurants to tell me which one *you* prefer? Thanks. :)

Dispatch readers said that Giammarco’s has the best lasagna in town. Can’t say for sure, haven’t been there. To those who have, is it worth a visit? Even though I like most of my Italian rustic, I like lots of stuff in my lasagna, which is why I usually prefer to make it myself. This week, they want to know who has the city’s best happy hour? I’m going to have to sit this one out, too – I don’t usually eat out during happy hour (and I’m not a huge bar person), so I wouldn’t know. Put in your two cents and enter to win a $25 gift certificate.

My goal for November, in honor of National Blog Posting Month, is to blog every day of next month. I came close this month until my computer decided it wanted to die. November is my month! I can feel it! :)

seal_yoda

My “keeper” recipes for this week (ones that I want to try ASAP) are: Creamy Delicata Squash from A Finger in Every Pie, Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake with Ginger-Pecan Crust from alpineberry, Spinach and Feta Quiche (wow! I wish my pictures came out like that!) from Bron Marshall, My Favorite Beef Stew from Chez Mégane, Warm Tarragon Dressed Potato Salad from Coffee & Cornbread, Crunchy, Hearty Oatmeal Cookies from Cookie Madness, Baked Oatmeal from Everybody Likes Sandwiches, Paneer Makhani from Hooked on Heat, Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apple Cider Jus and Autumn Vegetable Stew with Mashed Sweet Potato Topping from Ja Mange la Ville, Crock Pot Carnitas from Kayaksoup, Garam Masala from The Kitchen – Apartment Therapy, Paneer Pad Thai with Bok Choy from Mahanandi, Potato-Ricotta Salata Gnocchi from Porcini Chronicles, Creamy Macaroni and Cheese from Smitten Kitten, Kitchen Sink Eggs from Tigers & Strawberries, Scotch Eggs from tsogb,and Spiced Candied Pecans from Slashfood.

In informative posts this week, Dave from KitchenSavvy answers the question How Long Can Cooked Food be Left Out?, and learn all about making soup with WhiteTrashBBQ.

CarbWire talks about huge portion sizes in restaurants this week, and I’ve honestly got to agree. I’ll go to a restaurant, order beef stew, and get the equivalent size bowl and serving as what fed my whole family of 4 in a meal when I was growing up. The only way I can come close to finishing a serving these days is to not eat an appetizer or dessert. Most of the time, I’m boxing up darn near everything, and get the “was everything OK”? question from the waiter/waitress. Yup, everything’s fine – just can’t eat this much food in one sitting! I’d rather get half as much food for half the price. I think that’s why I’ve been wanting to go to places like the Refectory lately. Smaller serving sizes, but rich enough to satisfy. My mom and I were having this discussion a while ago. I’d rather have a small serving of really good food, rather than a huge serving of crap. Anyone with me on this?

Until next week, folks…

Admin: RIP Computer

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin

Today, my hard drive decided to eat itself. Along with it, were my calendar, food pics, and a bunch of other stuff. I sort of knew this would happen eventually when I was stupid enough to buy a computer with with a Western Digital Cadaver hard drive, but unfortunately, it didn’t act up or give me any warning that anything was wrong until it was far too late – now it doesn’t even see itself.

I’m coming to you now from my laptop, after fighting for a couple of hours to reset my password (since it ate my stored passwords and cookies too), so it may take me a day or two to get back into the swing of things, because I’ll be setting up the computer that I’m going out to buy with money I can’t really afford to spend at the moment, which thankfully, doesn’t have a Western Digital hard drive.

So the lesson for the day, folks, is twofold. #1 Always back up anything you can’t afford to lose and #2 Never buy Western Digital, because no matter how pretty the computer is, eventually your hard drive WILL fail.

8 Foods I Won’t Give Up Meme

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Meme

On Slashfood, Bob Sassone recently submitted a post listing 8 foods he wouldn’t give up, no matter what. Inspired by his post, I give you the 8 Foods I Won’t Give Up Meme:

1. Cheese
This is at the top of my list. I love cheese. Sharp cheese, mild cheese, hard cheese, soft cheese, stinky cheese (not too hot on mold-veined cheeses, though). I love, love, love to taste something new every time I’m at the cheese shop or at Whole Foods (who has an EXCELLENT selection of cheese, btw – and won’t hesitate to cut the cheese exactly to your specifications). I’d sooner die than give up cheese. If there were such a thing as an all-cheese diet, I’d be so there.

2. Chocolate
Now that I’ve had truly good chocolate, there’s no going back. There’s just something about chocolate, it’s almost like a drug because no matter how crappy you feel, it instantly makes you feel happy. I wouldn’t be surprised if my chocolate purchases this year have paid for my chocolatier’s vacation. ;)

3. Meat
I’d be hopeless as a vegetarian. I just love meat too much.  There’s just nothing else like a thick, juicy burger or a huge, well marbled tender steak. I can understand ethical objections against eating meat, and I do my part by supporting local farmers who have all-natural, hormone free, grass fed organic, free range etc. And I’d be willing to slaughter my own if I had to. Still, nope, no way, not giving up meat. Saturated fat be damned.

4. Full Fat Grocery Items
I’m sorry, on some things, there just is no reasonable substitute. Mayo, sour cream, butter, cheese – you must all come to me in your natural forms, none of this reduced fat abomination.

5. Fresh Fruit
Freezing does bad, bad things to strawberries, raspberries, etc. No thanks, I’ll just wait until you’re back in season again.

6. Carbs
Any diet that tells me that having an extra cup of spinach is bad, bad, bad is not for me. I’ll compromise and try to eat more good carbs (fiber-rich foods, whole grains, etc) but give them up altogether? No way.

7. Bacon
Particularly Schaller & Weber double smoked bacon, which just makes *everything* taste better. Death on a plate, yes – but the foundation of many of my dishes. I couldn’t live without it.

8. Alcohol
Because let’s admit it, sometimes there’s just nothing else like a good cocktail. I’m no lush, but giving up booze completely would be a buzzkill.

I tag all of you. :) If you trackback, I’ll do roundup of all responses.

Columbus Events 10/21/06 to 10/27/06

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Columbus, Events

On Saturday (the 21st), starting at 10am, the Ohio Herb Education Center at 109 Johnstown Rd. in Gahanna will be holding it’s Herb Harvest Day. “Learn about the many uses for herbs and how to cultivate them at this annual free fall celebration. Sample a variety of herb-infused dishes, teas and desserts.”. Call 614.428.9255 or 614.471.1048 for more information.

Also, on Saturday the 21st, there will be a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30a to noon sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Northern Columbus at the Clintonville Women’s Club at 3951 N. High St. All you can eat pancakes, coffee, orange juice and milk. Adults $5, Children $3.

On Friday, October 27th, the Bark ‘Til Dark Dog Park in Delaware will be holding its Howl-O-Ween Party to benefit A.D.O.P.T Pet Rescue from 4-8pm. They will be having “a dog costume contest, raffles, food, bonfire, psychic readings and much more.” The event is open to the public and admission is free, but you must bring vet records showing proof of spay/neuter and UTD vaccinations if you bring your dog.

This week’s classes at Sur La Table:

Sat, Oct 21 – Baking Basics III: Pies and Tarts (Hands On) 10:30a $65 (FULL)
Wed, Oct 25 – The Global Kitchen: Morocco (Hands On) 6:30p $65 (FULL)
Thu, Oct 26 – Wondeful Fall Soups (Hands On) 6:30p $65 (OPEN)
Fri, Oct 27 – Make Food, Make Friends (Hands On) 6:30p $65 (OPEN)

Call the store at 614.473.1211 to register for open classes or be put on the wait list for full classes.

Elsewhere in Ohio: Longerberger’s Annual Boo Luncheon will be held at the Longerberger Homestead in Frazeyburg, OH on Saturday the 21st starting at 11am until 1:30pm. It “offers trick or treaters a chance to participate in a delightful, not frightful Halloween celebration. Lunch will be served and participants will take home a souvenir craft they make themselves.” Cost is $10 per person and $6 for children under three. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 740.322.5588.

The Circleville Pumpkin Show also continues throughout the weekend.

That’s about it for food-related events this week. As always, if there’s an event you’d like me to mention in this weekly posting, please email me at columbusfoodieATgmailDOTcom.

Friday Round Up 10/20/06

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Columbus, Eating Local, Friday Round Up, Recipes

So here we are, a day late and a dollar short. It’s been a hectic week that got thrown off-track by a job interview yesterday afternoon, and my timing is suffering this week. My apologies ahead of time for getting this Friday roundup out on Saturday morning.

Attention, Columbus bloggers: some started a Columbus Bloggers Yahoo group. Stop by the link and sign up if you get a chance.

My husband and I took a trip out tonight to check out the Sunflower Market that just opened up in the Olentangy Plaza on the northwest side of town. To be honest, I’m really not impressed. Too expensive (more expensive than Whole Foods, as if that were possible!), not enough local products (the only local product I saw in the whole store was eggs from 105 miles away), everything else was factory farm organic that I could get at Walmart Supercenter for a lot less cost. No prepared foods section, no fresh butcher or fishmonger, and not really anything at all that would make me go back. I know others have talked about how they love the place, but I’m just not feeling it.

Speaking of organics, over at Slashfood they’re discussing whether or not organics are on their way out. I say, if they are — great. Maybe then the focus will be more on the local sourcing of said products (I tend to prefer to buy organic meat, poultry, dairy, produce, etc, but not so much the convenience foods). I’d much rather have access to a co-op that has ALL local and artisan products than a Walmart or Whole Foods that carries row upon row of organic produce grown on factory farms half a world away. When a way of eating becomes faddish, bad things happen because everyone who can make a buck will try to. You want to eat organic? Support your local farmers. Buy a turkey from one this Thanksgiving. Make all your side dishes with local produce that will still be in season in most places. Don’t expect fresh strawberries in December.

la.foodblogging posted about Aunt Kizzy’s Back Porch this past week. This was one of the places I wanted to check out when I went to Los Angeles a couple of years back, but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance. Anyone know if there’s any good soul food in Columbus?

Dispatch readers voted Columbus Fish Market as the best tuna steak in Columbus. While I’ve been to a couple of the restaurants in the Cameron Mitchell food empire, this is one I haven’t visited yet. If Cap City and Cameron’s are any indication of the quality of the food you’ll find there though, I’ll have to put CFM at the top of my list. This week, they’d like you to tell them who has the best lasanga in town. Put in your vote before Monday to enter to win a $25 gift certificate.

Lots of recipes to print out and keep for future reference from this week, like Slow Cooker Risotto with Swiss Chard from the Columbus Dispatch, Pistachio Tart with Fresh Figs and Honey Glaze from Blog Appetit, Linguine with Ham, Peas and Swiss Cheese from Cookin’ with Cyndi, Ricotta Fritters from Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once, Mini Chocolate Mocha Bundt Cakes from Cookie Madness, Cheesecake with Apples and a Brulee Top from Cream Puffs in Venice, Bittersweet Chocolate Citrus Tart from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody, Slow Cooker Fajitas from Eating for One, Smokey Bones Baked Apples from WhiteTrashBBQ, Butternut Squash Soup from What Did You Eat?, Chicken Tikka Masala from Taste Everything Once, Friday Pasta from Lisa the Restaurant Widow, Creamy Potato Soup with Pancetta Croutons from Pork Cracklins, Sweet Potato Leek Risotto from My Husband Cooks, Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Sauce from La Mia Cucina, Beef Stew with Chilis and Green Peppers from kayaksoup, and Delicata Squash & Sweet Potato Soup with Hazelnuts & Sage from Je Mange la Ville

And if you’ve got some extra time on your hands, and want to learn a few new skills, Kate the Accidental Hedonist gives us some butter tips and hints, Robert of the Daily Olive clues us in on 5 Quick Tips to Shooting Great Food Photographs, Cooking Debauchery shows us how to make quick cooking easier, tomsaaristo’s Xanga gives us a list of ingredient substitutes, tommy:eats tells us how to cure hiccups, Rebecca at Potlikker shows us seasonal eating charts, Bea from La tartine gourmande shows us how to make croissants, step by step, and Venessa from The Kitchen – Apartment Therapy shows us the technique of oven-drying tomatoes.

If you’re concerned about getting the best organic bang for your buck, this handy guide posted by The Fanatic Cook tells us which foods are usually contanimated by pesticides and should be bought organically.

Until next week, folks…

Food Bloggers Geography #1: Southern Style

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Ethnic, Food Blogging Event, Food Porn, Oma, Recipes, Uncategorized

My Husband Cooks is hosting their first food blog event – Food Bloggers’ Geography #1: Southern Style. In this event, MHC asks us to blog about predominately “southern” food – not limited to the US south.

I decided to follow my roots back to South Germany, with a dish created by my Oma who was from the Hesse region of Germany (right next door to Bavaria). This is a hearty 30-minute or less dish that is sure to please even the pickiest eater. Definitely not a diet food, but pure heaven on the plate. I think of it as Germany’s answer to spaghetti carbonara.

Spaetzle mit Speck und Eier

Spaetzle mit Speck und Eier (Noodles with Bacon and Eggs)

8 oz. dry spaetzle (or make your own
6 eggs, beaten well
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 lb. double smoked bacon (Schaller & Weber), coarsely diced

Prepare spatzele according to package instructions. Meanwhile, saute bacon until some fat is rendered and bacon is browned and mostly crisp. Add butter, allow to melt until entire content of pan is sizzling. Add cooked and drained spaetzle, mix well with bacon/butter mixture until all spaetzle is well coated and bacon is well distributed. Keep frying until surface of spaetzle is hot enough to cook egg. Pour in egg, and stir often until eggs are completely set.

TMI Meme

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Meme, Uncategorized

Ganked from Potlikker.

How do you like your eggs?
scrambled

How do you take your coffee/tea:
not a coffee or tea drinker usually, but if I must – mocha.

Favorite breakfast foods:
Fruit, yogurt and granola; hard boiled eggs; bagels

Peanut butter: smooth or crunchy?
Smooth. Whole Foods fresh ground honey roasted peanut butter is my crystal meth.

What kind of dressing on your salad?
Sweet balsamic, honey mustard, or raspberry vinaigrette

Coke or Pepsi?
Neither, I usually don’t drink anything except water

You’re feeling lazy. What do you make?
Speck w/ eier und spaetzle.

You’re feeling really lazy. What kind of pizza do you order?
Mama Mimi’s Mama’s Favorite Chicken

You feel like cooking. What do you make?
Bread or some sort of baked good

Do any foods bring back good memories?
A lot of foods bring back good memories. I tend to center a lot of my memories around food.

Do any foods bring back bad memories?
Liver and lima beans, because I was made to eat them as a kid even though I hated them.

Do any foods remind you of someone?
German foods and Entemann’s cakes remind me of Oma.
Cheesecake reminds me of my mother.
Pot roast reminds me of my sister.

Is there a food you refuse to eat?
Liver, octopus and squid, most shellfish. Durian.

What was your favorite food as a child?
Creamed spinach

Is there a food that you hated as a child but now love?
Onions, tomatoes, asparagus

Is there a food that you loved as a child but now hate?
Tang

Favorite fruit & vegetable:
Strawberries and spinach

Favorite junk food:
Chocolate

Favorite between meal snack:
Mac and cheese

Do you have any weird food habits
Not any more. When I was little, I used to make peanut butter and applesauce sandwiches and have Apple Jacks with Tang instead of milk.

You’re on a diet. What food(s) do you fill up on?
Popcorn

How spicy do you order Indian/Thai?
Mild on both.

Can I get you a drink?
Sex on the beach

Red wine or white?
Not a wine drinker, I like to cook with it only

We only have beer:
Not a beer drinker, but Heineken if I have to.

Favorite dessert?
Creme brulee

The perfect nightcap?
Cheese and fruit

Tagging anyone who hasn’t done this yet.