Chew on That

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  • Location: Suburbs of Chicago!
  • Favorite foods: buffalo sauce, filet mignon (ok I've been spoiled), chicken souvlaki pita sandwich, fresh pasta dishes at authentic Italian restaurants, sushi (salmon nigiri), a good cholent (Jewish stew of short ribs, veggies and barley)...and a good juicy burger!
  • Last bite on earth: The freshest piece of salmon nigiri I could find...YUM!

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The Persimmons Are Here

Persimmon Date Nut Breadlets the flavor of persimmon shine instead of drowning it with sugar.

Not-Boring Thanksgiving Recipes?

I just put together an article called Try Something New This Thanksgiving that has what I like to think are some more interesting recipes :) Enjoy!

In Season: Sweet Potatoes

I love sweet potatoes by themselves! Roasted in the oven, they make their own sweet glaze, hence why they're called sweet potatoes. Yum.

Do You Like Eating Pie Crust By Itself?

I have ignored fillings before, yes. It is better when you can eat the filling and the crust together but the crust is almost never problematic.

Vegetarians, How Do You Do Thanksgiving?

I totally have that beanie baby, haha. We're having my brother's girlfriend for Thanksgiving this year and she's a vegetarian so we're nervous but she swears the sides are good by her!

But just in case, I do have this article I wrote last year up my sleeve ;): 25 Thanksgiving Recipes for a Vegetarian

find a nice food blog name

Maybe use some of your favorite ingredients to name the blog. Lots of food blogs are named for foods i.e. Chocolate and Zucchini

What's a good word to replace "garlicky"?

Eh, I think I would be more annoyed by "garlicious" than "garlicky"...sorry :)

Slow cooker recipes?

Becky's Roast and Vegetables


* 1 3 lb. bottom round roast
* Ground black pepper to taste
* Garlic powder to taste
* 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
* 2 10.75 oz. cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
* 1 1 oz. pkg. dry onion soup mix
* 5 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1-inch pieces
* 6 small new potatoes, halved


Season roast with black pepper and garlic powder. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Brown the roast on all sides for 20 minutes. Mix together the mushroom soup and the onion soup mix in the slow cooker. Place roast into the slow cooker, and arrange carrots and potatoes around the meat. Cover, and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, stirring occasionally.

What's your stuffing / dressing recipe?

We make this sausage pumpkin cornbread stuffing most years! Hope you like it! Happy early Thanksgiving!

Best black bean soup recipe??

This hearty Black Bean Soup should hopefully appease the vegetarians! :)

Tired of the chest cold and looking for Souper ideas. Yours?

I hope you don't still have the chest cold but another great suggestion would be Beef and Barley Soup.

Is dating a picky eater a dealbreaker for anyone?!

I will admit I do appreciate how very unpicky my boyfriend is. I would be livid if he threw things I made out. But it's worth talking about it before ending things.

Favorite Bagel Fillings/Toppings?

Good old lox and cream cheese with tomato. Typical Sunday morning :)

Tipping on Alcohol

Interesting concept but I think it's appropriate to tip on the total bill. If you had a problem with his lack of serving the wine, you can factor that into your total tip and decrease the percentage a bit.

Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do

How about not criticizing what you order?

I like spicy food but I need water with my spicy food...I ordered buffalo wings once with extra sauce and the waitress was nowhere to be found. I requested water twice and she finally came around with a glass and I asked politely if I could have a pitcher so she didnt have to come around as much and she yelled at me and said "Maybe you shouldn't have ordered spicy wings!"...Um hello? Is that appropriate? I was PISSED.

What's your favorite grocery store goat cheese?

Trader Joe's goat cheese logs. They come in half and full :)

Eating quirks

TurkeyandPickles - I do the Swiss Cake Roll thing too! I think the frosting just comes off easily and tastes better by itself :)

What would you eat for 30 days?

Salmon nigiri with ginger and wasabi. Give it to me baby. I can't get enough!

ginger recipes

I think cookies would be awesome but as a ginger lover, I can't tell if cookies will deter a ginger hater or not. I think maybe soup would be a good way to go: Ginger Pumpkin Bisque.

An Offally Good Plate at Chicago's Argentine Meat Market, Folklore

No way! I think you read my mind - My boyfriend and I found this place last week and plan to go there next Friday! We're so excited!

Cook the Book: 'The Pioneer Woman Cooks'

I would LOVE to win a copy of her book!

Besides her, my favorite food blog is probably Orangette (who is on a bit of a hiatus right now). I own her cookbook as well!

That's Nuts: As American as Peanut Butter and Apple Pie

Totally wish I saw this peanut butter version before making my apple pie. Will have to make another! :)

Serious Heat: Roasting Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

I personally like them plain and simple - with some salt! Yum!