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Thanksgiving Meme

Just saw this Thanksgiving Meme over at Joy of Desserts, and figured it would be a great post for today, as I take some time to gather my thoughts and go through photos from yesterday’s dinner.

I’m not tagging anyone in particular, but consider yourself tagged if it resonates with you and you feel like answering. 🙂

1. Which do you like better: hosting Thanksgiving at your home, or going elsewhere?

I prefer to host, I think. We don’t get many (read: any) invites for Thanksgiving usually, so we end up doing our own thing, and inviting family and friends without an extended family to join us. It’s a lot of work, but it’s only once a year, so I don’t mind it. And this way, I get to have my favorite dishes, too.

2. Do you buy a fresh or frozen turkey? Organic? Free-range?

Frozen turkey, at the cheapest price I can find. I’ve been in frugal mode this year, and found that a $5.50 turkey tastes just as good if not better than a $75 turkey. While organic or free-range would be nice, I just can’t afford it. If you guys knew how many stores I had to go to on Sunday to find a sale turkey in stock….thankfully Giant Eagle had a ton of them at .29/lb.

3. Do you make stuffing or dressing? What kind?

Stuffing, in the bird. There is absolutely no substitute in this house – if I changed it up, there would be mutiny. 2 loaves of bread, a couple of onions, a stick of butter, a couple of stalks of celery, enough chicken broth to moisten at all and salt, pepper and poultry seasoning to taste.

4. Sweet potato pie or pumpkin pie?

Neither – I always make my Brown Sugar Squash Pie, which tastes like a combination of both.

5. Are leftovers a blessing or a curse?

A blessing. I purposely make a much bigger bird than I need to (read: 18 lb. bird for 8 people) so I have leftover turkey. Stuffing is usually gone by the next day, with the remaining side dishes usually becoming parts of other dishes (like mashed potatoes becoming Shepherd’s Pie, etc.)

6. What side dishes are a must-have in your family?

The ones I’ve been ordered not to touch or change or experiment with are the candied yams and the stuffing. Everything else I have a little bit of leeway with.

7. What do you wish you had that might make Thanksgiving easier?

More fridge/freezer space and a second stove/oven. I always run out of both.

8. If/when you go to someone else’s house for the holiday, do you usually bring a dish? If so, what is it?

Never been invited to anyone’s house for the holiday, but I would bring whatever they requested, or if no requests, probably a dessert or an appetizer. If I’ve been requested to not bring anything, I still always bring along a bottle of wine for the person to have later on. I don’t like arriving as a guest empty handed.

9. What do you wish one of your guests would bring to your house?

Just themselves.

10. What do you wish one of your guests would NOT bring to your house?

Drama. I like low-key gatherings, and don’t want to worry about personality clashes/family dynamics getting in the way. Luckily, this hasn’t been a problem for years.

11. Do you stick with a particular menu from year to year, or do you mix it up?

I make the same main meal (including sides, although I’ve been known to mix up the veggie portion). I like it because it gets easier and takes less time to do each year now that it’s old hat. I play around with appetizers and desserts.

12. Is Thanksgiving a religious or secular holiday in your home?

As we are not religious, it is a purely secular day in our home that celebrates family and friends and gluttony. It’s the one day a year we can eat what we want, spend the time with whoever we want, doing anything we want, and then being able to sleep in late the next day because there’s nothing planned. We *hate* Black Friday here and avoid going out on it at all costs.

13. Share one Thanksgiving tradition.

When I was growing up, it used to be going to the football game between rival high schools Vineland and Millville. No real Thanksgiving traditions now that I’m in Ohio.

14. Share one Thanksgiving memory.

I got a heritage turkey a couple of years ago that had this HUGE cavity – I mean so big that my sister could fit her whole arm in it. And genius me decided to stuff it. After brining it. 12 hours later and the stuffing STILL wasn’t at a safe temperature. And the brine had made everything (turkey, stuffing, and gravy made from the drippings salty. Never again. Went back to my cheap supermarket frozen bird the next year.

15. Name five things you’re thankful for.

Good health, good fortune, good friends, good turkey and good times.

The Omnivore’s Hundred

I’m not one to usually participate in meme’s, but this one created by Andrew at Very Good Taste actually looked interesting.

Here’s what I want you to do:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

So, not bad – I’ve tried most of the list, and am open to trying most of what I haven’t had. What about you?

All About Me Meme

I’ve been tagged for a meme by Daisy Lane Cakes, and it’s been a while since I’ve done one, so here goes. I’m going to break the rules a tiny bit, as I never know who to tag for these things. So if you haven’t already done this one, and are feeling up to it, consider yourself tagged.

The Rules: Each participant answers questions about him or herself. At the end of the post the participant tags 5 people. Their names are posted letting them know they’ve been tagged. They then have to read the participant’s blog. The tagged lets the tagger know when she’s posted her answers.

What was I doing 10 years ago? 10 years ago, Paul and I had just moved to Columbus and we were moving into a new apartment. Not too much later, I started working doing tech support for a major computer retail store/mail order outfit, which was the first job I ever had that paid me over $20,000/yr. My sister had moved to Ohio with us, and was living with us in our apartment. She didn’t have kids yet.

What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today: Take a shower (natch), go out to pick up some shelving and an electric cooler for my trips to the farmer’s market this summer, reshelving all my cookbooks, watch Hell’s Kitchen, and lots and lots of housework.

Snacks I enjoy: Hummus and pita. Strawberries and granola with yogurt. Chili dogs. Landjaeger.

Things I would do if I were a billionaire: too many to mention – set up a foundation that would fund the charities that are dear to my heart; pay off my student loans and put my sisters through college; sell my house (even if it were at a loss) and buy a house/farm with a gourmet kitchen (and a cave on the property, if possible), and fully stock it with the best ingredients in the world; go on a one year around the world cruise, and that’s just to start with. Spending that kind of money is a lot of work. 😉

Places I have lived: Vineland, NJ; Millville, NJ; Newtown, PA; Lumberton, NJ; Newfield, NJ; Harrisburg, PA; Hiliard, OH; Dublin, OH; Columbus, OH.

Jobs I have had: Telephone operator at an answering service, hostess/waitress, pizza/stromboli maker, fast food drone, home health aide, receptionist, market researcher, telemarketer, customer service representative, provider services specialist, administrative assistant, web designer, cashier/ice cream dipper at a convenience store, central station operator, direct care assistant for developmentally disabled adults, technical support specialist, too many others over the years to mention (I started working at 15, and moved around A LOT). Now? I blog full time and am letting my college degrees gather dust.

The Ohio Five Meme

I saw this meme on another Ohio blog a while back, and am finally getting around to doing it.

1. You and your town: a marriage of love, convenience, or necessity?

I’d have to say it’s a marriage of love. I moved to Columbus from New Jersey the first time 12 years ago. It was my choice to move here, even though I had never visited before. I moved away, married my husband, and chose to come back because I missed it. Now it’s been another decade, and I’m still here. And my, how the city has grown in 10 years! Columbus has everything I’ve ever wanted (except warm weather year ’round and a beach). While I may occasionally visit other places, my heart will always be here.

2. A mysterious benefactor gives you $75, with the condition that you must do nothing productive. Where in town do you go, and what do you do?

Don’t know if it would cost $75, but I’d spend a complete day driving around Columbus taking pictures of anything that catches my eye. Columbus is such a photogenic city, but I rarely get the opportunity to take pics of anything but food. The $75 would pay for the gas, I suppose.

3. You are your town’s tour guide, on a tight schedule. What is the one place you show visitors?

Easy. The North Market. It’s pretty compact, so you can cover it in a short amount of time. It’s representative of everything good about this town – nice people, lots of ethnic diversity, local touches everywhere you look, and it has something for everyone.

4. The mysterious benefactor is back, this time with $500, three days off, and the condition that you must not leave the state. What’s your plan?

Three days – 3 big “C’s”. First day I’d head up to Cleveland, and go to the West Side Market, Gaelic Imports, and would finally go to Momocho to eat really interesting Mexican food. Second day I’d stick around Columbus, would have a picnic in one of the quiet spots in town, and invite all of my foodie friends. Third day? I’d head down to near Cincinnati, and spend whatever is left at Jungle Jim’s.

5. You’re an Ohioan. What about that makes you proudest? The flip side of pride is shame; go there too if you want.

Pride? Well, we do have a decent football team. And we have really good produce. Excellent cheese. For a big (compared to where I grew up) city, it’s fairly clean. Shame? People are kind of standoffish here, but I think they’re standoffish everywhere.

I’m tagging you other Ohio bloggers (you know who you are) for this meme; I’d love to see your answers!

23 Answers About Cooking and Eating Meme

1. Can you cook? If yes, do you actually like to cook?
I cook pretty well, if I do say so myself. I’m more of an experiment with different flavors and modifying existing recipe sort of person, whereas my husband is a follow directions to a T type of cook. That is why he is a better baker than I am. I do like to cook, but haven’t felt up to doing heavy duty cooking for a long time now. Hopefully all that will change soon.

2. When does your whole family come together to eat?
I don’t have a big family to begin with. But I suppose, when everyone is talking to each other, at the usual foodie holidays – Thanksgiving and Christmas. That, and birthday parties for my neices and nephews. The occasional grilling out.

3. What do you have for breakfast?
Depends on a lot of factors. Whether or not it is a weekday or a weekend, if I’m cooking for my husband as well or just for myself, whether or not I have to be anywhere. If just for myself, usually a fried egg sandwich or berries with yogurt and granola, or an English muffin with PB&J, or a couple of hard boiled eggs. This morning I just had a leftover bahn mi sandwich. Leftovers if there is an overwhelming amount left and it needs to be eaten up ASAP. On weekends, we’ll usually go to eat brunch out after hitting the farmers markets during the growing season. In winter, I might try out a new recipe or just do a fry up with some eggs and potatoes and the like. Or make belgian waffles.

4. When, where, and how do you eat during the week?
Breakfast as described in #3. Lunch? Whatever is lying around. Most of the time, leftovers from the night before or something frozen from Trader Joe’s thrown in the microwave, or a grilled panini sandwich. Dinner? Half the time we eat out or my husband will get take out on the way home, the other half the time we cook something. I’m sure when I’m doing more of the cooking, we’ll be eating more often at home during the week. That being said, we prefer eating out during the week rather than on the weekend because of the lack of crowds. Thursday is usually our favorite day to eat out.

5. How often do you eat out?
Currently, 2-3 times a week, easily. We try to do at least one new restaurant each week. The rest of the time we go to old standbys.

6. How often do you order-in or take-out?
A lot more than we should. Between the both of us, at least once a day, especially since my husband doesn’t like packing lunches for work. Sometimes more than once a day (for example, I’ve had bahn mi and Vietnamese coffee each day this week since Saturday – I’m on one of my infamous “kicks” where I don’t feel like eating anything else).

7. If money was no question, would you like to do it more often?
No – in my case, money isn’t the issue – we spend less on eating out than we would on making an equivalent meal at home (organic/local food and exotic ingredients don’t always come cheap). I’d like to eat at home more often, actually – I just wish I felt more up to cooking and/or we weren’t so pressed for time on the weekdays.

8. Are there any standards that make regular appearances on your table?
Various types of pasta with sauce. Speck und eier. Wurst and sauerkraut over mashed potatoes. Grilled sandwiches. Pierogies fried with onions. These are just a few of many others that I can’t think of at the moment.

9. Have you ever cooked for more than 6 people?
Regularly, during the holidays. Often for other family functions (baby showers, birthday parties, etc.) Next year, when I’m feeling much better, I’d like to start throwing dinner parties where I invite 6 other people to dine with us (we have a table that seats 8, and if I drug our dinette table into the foyer (huge, attached to the dining room), we could seat 12.

10. Do you cook daily?
Sadly, no. My husband has been a lifesaver in that regard.

11. Have you ever tried a recipe from another foodblog?
Quite often. The absolute outpouring of talent that food bloggers seem to have never ceases to amaze me. I love reading the blogs of other people that “get it” – this passion for good food that we all seem to have.

12. Who cooks more often in your family?
My husband, hands down. He has the stamina that I don’t have right now.

13. And who cooks better?
Depends on the dish. He’s much better with items that require patience (custards, things that require constant stirring or 100% attention) – I’m better at throwing things together with improvisation and coming out with something edible. I’ve saved more than one bad recipe for getting chucked by somehow “saving” it. I think that my palate is a little more refined than his. He’s just all around skilled.

14. Are there any quarrels because of food?
Sometimes, especially because my husband is so slow…he cooks so meticulously that he can turn a dish that takes an hour into a 3 hour production. Most nights, we don’t eat until well after 9pm, some days not until midnight.

15. Do you cook totally differently than your parents?
I believe so. My mother has a handful of signature dishes that she does well that she rotates between. She doesn’t make new things often. I, on the other hand, like to eat something different all the time. Sometimes the recipe is successful and gets added to an ever growing rotation, sometimes a recipe is a complete failure. I love discovering new flavor combinations. I don’t know my father well enough to know how or what he cooks.

16. If yes, do you still like to eat over at your parents.
I’m not really in communication with either right now. But even before we were estranged, I was never invited over for meals. Even big meals like Thanksgiving or Christmas.

17. Are you a vegetarian or can you imagine living vegetarian?
No and no. It’s not that I couldn’t imagine living vegetarian, because I occasionally have days I don’t eat meat, fish, or poultry. The reason I couldn’t be a vegetarian is because in two months I will have a surgery that will make it 110% imperative that I get mega-doses of protein in every day just to be able to survive. I don’t like plant sources of protein enough to be able to get in the quantities I would need. Meat is a cheap, easy, and tasty way to do that. Just like I wouldn’t be able to maintain a low-carb diet for a long term, neither could I maintain a diet that requires me to give up any food group for good. I do have respect for vegetarians, though. I just know it isn’t right for me.

18. What would you like to try out that you haven’t dared yet?
Caviar. I’m still working my way up to it.

19. Would you rather cook or bake?
I prefer to cook, because there’s more room for creative license there. If you stray too much from a recipe for baked goods, disaster looms.

20. What was the most terrible mess you made in the kitchen?
Hands down, last year’s Thanksgiving dinner. I’m lucky enough to have a man that will clean up behind me, to prevent the mess from getting out of control. I leave a trail of destruction behind me when I cook.

21. What do your kids like to eat best?
I don’t have kids, but I did have custody of my sister for a while. I got her with bad habits already in place, so I say convenience foods. After a while of living with us, she was on a huge sushi kick, though.

22. What would your kids never eat?
See #21. She was actually quite adventurous when it came to trying new things. She couldn’t stand tomatoes, though.

23. What do you dislike most?
Chestnuts. So not a fan, both because of taste and texture. Black licorice, because it overwhelms my palate (although I don’t mind anise flavor when it’s subtle).

Those of you who haven’t done this meme yet, feel free to participate! I’d love to know what your answers are.

Seven Random Things Meme

I’ve been tagged by both Dhana and Christa to do the “seven random facts about me” meme that’s been going around. OK, I’m game – why the hell not? Here goes.

1. I am a high school drop out. Because I was a ward of the state from ages 15-18, I moved around a lot from youth shelters to foster homes to group homes and back again. I started out my senior year taking honors classes, and within one school year had moved so many times (3 times in the first marking period alone) that I just couldn’t keep up anymore. So I dropped out. I got my GED much later in life, and then went on to get both an associate’s degree (in 2003) and a bachelor’s degree (in 2006).

2. I married my husband after only knowing him for 5 weeks. We met online, then met in person, and were inseparable after that. Even though everyone thought it would never last, our 11 year anniversary is coming up in November.

3. My mother is such a hardcore geneaologist that she’s managed to trace back our family tree to like 100 AD. We’re related to the Fairbanks guy who built the oldest house in Massachusetts or something like that. My husband wants to research his family, but I think it’s a moot point because we’re all related in one way or another, right? That, and I have the patience of a gnat.

4. I have a sister that I’ve never met. I know she exists, and I think she knows I exist, but our paths haven’t crossed in this lifetime and probably never will. It kind of makes me sad.

5. I’ve got freakishly small ears. Easily the least serious of my physical imperfections, but one that people (read: my husband) comment on all the time. They are so small that I can’t even use the ear buds that come with my iPod.

6. I’m going to be 35 this month, and still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I don’t know if this means I haven’t grown up yet, or that I just don’t have confidence enough in my abilities to stick with something. I’ve had a lot of false starts.

7. I love to enter sweepstakes, and have been very successful at it. So successful, in fact, that it’s lost it’s novelty. Even though I was entering hundreds of sweepstakes every day for about 10 years, I haven’t entered one in months.

If you’re reading this and haven’t done this meme yet, consider yourself tagged.

Better Late Than Never

A few weeks ago, food blogger and fellow Daring Baker Lisa of La Mia Cucina posted an interview meme on her blog, and invited anyone who wanted to be interviewed to respond to her entry with a request. I asked, she sent the questions the next day. But because I’m a big fat procrastinator and have been feeling less than stellar lately, I’m just getting around to answering these questions now. Sorry, Lisa, for the delay. So here goes. Let’s hope I don’t get fired for showing up late to the interview. 😉

1- If you could move any where at all – where would it be? Or would you stay in Columbus? If so, why?

I fantasize about moving to exotic locations all the time (would love to live in Florida for the weather, in Paris for the food, back home in NJ because of it’s familiarity, etc.) but I don’t think I could ever leave Columbus. Bear in mind that I chose to live here when I moved from New Jersey 12 years ago, and this was without even visiting once beforehand. I’ve found that Columbus has anything I’ve ever wanted in a town – it’s a nice big metro area that has all the benefits of being a metro area, but it also feels like a small town in other ways. People are much friendlier here. There are more good restaurants than I’d ever have time to visit, lots of talented local artisans, and we have just about every store out here so I can almost always find exotic ingredients or other things that I would otherwise have to order online – I mean the fact we even have a Penzey’s should explain what I mean. 😉 I may move to a different part of town (we chose to buy a bigger house in a part of town that’s not very vibrant, because that was what we could afford at the time), but I probably will never leave the metro area. If I do, it would only be to move north to Cleveland or south to Cincinnati.

2- I know you like to review restaurants. If you had to pick your favorite Columbus area restaurant, which would it be and why?

Ooh, tough one – and I only say that because I have so many favorites, for different moods and different occasions. So I’ll go with one I go back to again and again – Starliner Diner. Excellent plantains, nice spicy food, great kitschy atmosphere. That’s for casual dining. As for a little more upscale, I do like Cameron’s very much and we go there once in a while. And I was really impressed with G. Michael’s when I went there the other day. I’m still looking forward to reviewing many more places, so my favorites may be different a week/month/year from now.

3- Everyone is getting this question, just because I wanna know! If you were told that you could only have 5 foods and 1 beverage for the rest of your life – what would they be?

This one is super easy. For the beverage – water. It’s pretty much all I ever drink, with the occasional exception of a smoothie or a cocktail. In a tall cup with lots and lots of ice. I’m an ice chewer. It annoys the hell out of people, but I still do it. Can’t help myself. But I digress. OK, foods? Cheese is at the top of the list. I looovvvee cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. And balsamic vinegar, since I use it a lot in cooking. Eggs would be the third choice, since they’re so versatile and I like them in all different configurations. Chocolate would be number four, for obvious reasons, and the fifth choice would be salt, because I hate bland food.

4- What made you decide to write your blog?

It didn’t start out as a food blog. I had/have a Livejournal personal journal, and started (beats me why!) posting pics of what I ate for some reason, mixed in with regular entries. I don’t remember how, but I joined the food_porn community on Livejournal, and then decided to move over all the food stuff to a separate journal there on Livejournal. After a few months, I didn’t like the limitations of Live journal, and purchased the columbusfoodie domain and moved everything here. I’ve been blogging more and more since then. I’m much more prolific now than I was in the beginning. I’ve been at this since October 2005 and don’t see any end to it in the immediate future. In a lot of ways, I feel like I’m just scratching the surface. To say I’ve learned a lot in the past few years is an understatement.

5- Top 5 TV shows?

Top of the list is easy. House. I lurve me some Hugh Laurie (yum!) And I love his snarky personality. I’m also a big fan of Lost, and hate that I’ll have to wait almost a year for a new one. Hell’s Kitchen would be the third one. Grey’s Anatomy is fourth, although the writing sucked this past year (Izzy and George? Who thought of *that* pairing?). Good Eats (or anything else with Alton in it) brings up the rear with #5.

So there ya go! And we can carry this thing on further, if you’d like!

DIRECTIONS FOR THE INTERVIEW MEME

1. Leave a comment saying, “Interview me.”

2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. Beware, I’m not shy of asking personal questions! Please make sure I have your email address.

3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.

4. You will include this explanation and offer to interview someone else in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Open Sesame

Inspired by a look into Sam’s fridge this morning and a challenge to show our own, I’m going to give you a glimpse into my everyday life: a look into my fridge, completely unedited and messy. 😉 In any case, it will give you a good idea of what the interior of my fridge looks like at any given time.

fridge

On the top shelf is a bag of spinach from the farmer’s market this past weekend (which I’ll be making tonight), some leftover yellow rice from this past weekend, a package of corn tortillas, sea salt butter from igourmet.com (in the basket with the blue and white paper). In the two stryofoam containers are creamcorn cakes from Tensuke Market (which they use to make Idaho rolls, which they unfortunately were out of, so I got the cakes so I could make them at home). Under the creamcorn cakes is a bowl of leftover wedding soup froM Carfagna’s, and above them is a container with leftover goat cheese, upon which a container of Giant Eagle’s Swiss Appetizer spread is sitting. On the far right is leftover juices from the pernil this past weekend, a mostly gone container of grated Parmesan, and behind that is the ubiquitous orange juice.

The second shelf is pretty messy, but items you’ll find on that shelf is a container of cheap Parmesan, some jelly, a can of cinnamon rolls, some leftover vinaigrette that came with the salads we had the other day from Carfagna’s, a can of lump crab, truffle butter, flatbread, a container of potato salad from City BBQ, British mustard, balsamic dressing, and some sliced provolone cheese.

On the third shelf? A jar of canola mayo from Whole Foods, a container of masago for sushi making, the better part of a pint of banana pudding from City BBQ, leftover rice and beans and lots and lots of eggs. I always have lots and lots of eggs.

On the bottom shelf, a half eaten bag of baby greens/spinach salad mix, a couple of containers of homemade kheer, more rice and beans, and a container of vindaloo from last night’s batch.

In the drawer is a ton of cheese and smoked bacon. Out of the picture completely are a produce drawer, which is filled to the brim, and another overflow door, which is currently storing some cheese, and the fridge door, which has diet pop, milk, more mustard and hot sauce than is necessary, and tons of other condiments.

So fess up, what’s in YOUR fridge?

20 Questions Meme

First seen at Porcini Chronicles

1. What’s your #1 comfort food?
Please don’t laugh, because it’s a culinary abortion. Hillbilly beef stroganoff – to make a family sized batch, it’s 2 prepared boxes of Beef Rice-a-Roni to 1 pound of browned ground beef to one packet of prepared hollandaise sauce. Yum.

2. If you were on a deserted island, what one food would you want to have with you?
Cheese

3. What is/are your signature dishes?
Chicken divine – I’ll have to make it soon.

4. It’s Friday night, and you don’t know what to cook. You opt for…
Soup and a sandwich. If I’m that indecisive, it’ll be all I have time to make.

5. What’s your biggest weakness when it comes to food?
Oh, so many. Knowing when to stop eating, knowing how to say no, knowing the difference between hunger and boredom.

6. What food can you absolutely not eat?
Liver. I hate it with a passion.

7. You need a drink. You grab a…
Normally, I’m purely a water girl. If you’re talking alcoholic, I prefer girly drinks like fuzzy navels and the like.

8. What’s the most decadent dish you’ve ever had?
Last year at the Taste the Future event, it was Roasted Duck Breast Foie Gras “Sliders” with Figs, Preserved Ginger and Port Wine Glaze, made by Chef Doug Miller at the Winding Hollow Country Club. Normally, I’m not a big fan of any of the individual ingredients in this dish, but put together, it was both decadent and delicious.

9. What’s your favorite type of food?
I really like ethnic cuisine – German, Italian, Indian, Asian, Puerto Rican, you name it, I’ll eat it. I like a lot of flavor in my food.

10. Favorite dish?
Changes frequently. Right now, bulgogi.

11. If your partner could take you to any restaurant you wanted, which one would it be?
Rao’s in NYC, which I hear is impossible to get a table at. As far as accessible restaurants, we hit the Shady Maple Smorgasbord in Blue Ball, PA every chance we get.

12. Are you a soup or salad person?
Soup, definitely. I don’t eat many salads, something I should set about changing. It’s not that I don’t like salads, per se, it’s just that any dressing I’ve had that’s worth eating has made what should be a healthy dish unhealthy. Soups pack a lot of flavor in a small package.

13. Buffet, take-out or sit-down restaurant?
Definitely take out, as long it’s a type of food that withstands take out well. With buffets, I never eat enough to make them worthwhile, with sit-down, I only end up eating half my food and packaging the rest anyway, and with takeout, it usually reheats well. I can’t always say the same for typical restaurant foods.

14. What’s the most impressive dinner you’ve ever made?
Last year’s Thanksgiving dinner. It darn near killed me, though.

15. Do you consider yourself a good cook?
Good enough, I suppose – but I’m no chef.

16. Do you know what vichyssoise?
Yes, but I prefer my potato soup hot.

17. Who’s your favorite TV cook?
Alton Brown, by a long shot.

18. Can you name at least three TV cooking personalities?
Sure, thanks to the Food Network. I miss Justin Wilson, though.

19. Homemade or homemade from a box?
Homemade. Made with local ingredients, if I can find them.

20. Name three or more other foodies you are going to tag.
I never tag because I don’t know who has already done this, but if you haven’t yet, and you’d like to, consider yourself tagged!

Memento Meme

Stolen from Toni:

“Ask me to take a picture of any aspect of my life that you’re interested in/curious about – it can be anything from the house I live in to my favourite shoes.

Leave your choice here as a comment, and I will reciprocate by taking the pictures and posting them in an entry as a reply to your request. That way you get to know a little bit about my life.”