• Favorite foods: Seafood of any kind, Rissoto, anything made by Nonna, Chocolate, ice cream, artichokes

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Do some people's eating habits drive you around the bend?

Where do I start!?

My dad is the loudest eater on the planet. He smacks his lips with every chew and then sucks his teeth when he is done! Then for a good 10 mintues after eating, he makes these wet mouth noises! ugh! I have to sit far away from him at every meal.

Also, my dad PILES his plate with food at every meal..and goes back for seconds or thirds making more piles. He sits in front of any appetizer I put out as if I made it just for him and eats continueously until it is gone. I have to shoo him away in order for anyone else to get a taste. He seriously is eating something at all times. like a machine.

My mother in law knows that I need a alone time in the kitchen when I am she thinks its funny to harrass me when I am all stressed out. She also hates cooking and cant remember sh*t about anything, but constantly asks me questions about how, what, why I am cooking or what I am cooking with at any given moment. I want to scream "Its a never saw a spatula in your life?" And she has asked me for recipes and then will make a devastating version of a favorite dish of mine.

My in-laws are very cheap when it comes to food. So when they come over and see that I have put out "the good nuts", they will devour them and talk about how good they are. I want to say "they sell them at any store!" They won't even spring for REAL butter at their house and have to comment "OH wow...real butter" when eating at our house. yes they do sell real butter even at your grocery store!

In spite of all this...I do love my in-laws....and once the food is on the table and I am calmer, I sure can handle all the compliments! And its a bonus that my MIL will always do the dishes!

Canadian Cuisine?

I live in the Detroit area and frequent Windsor often. One thing I have noticed is that the hamburgers in Canada taste wierd to me. The meat reminds me of the soy burgers they used to serve in the high school cafeteria. Has anyone else ever noticed this?

Snapshots From Italy: Hammer Your Spears

I tease my poor mother-in-law about her habit of "boiling the crap" out of her frozen vegetables. Perhaps I should be more polite and acuse her of hammering instead.

One Trick Pony Restaurants

Pizza! oh...i guess its been done.

Best Hangover Food?

A Big Boy Slim Jim sandwich and a chocolate shake. (wish i was hungover right now!)

Serious Easter Artisanal Chocolate Egg Giveaway

It must be nostalgia, but I actually crave cheap, hollow chocolate bunnies.

Serious Easter Artisanal Chocolate Egg Giveaway

My Nonna traditionally makes rabbit for Easter. When we were kids we used to joke that we were eating the Easter Bunny. He was tasty

How do you say Sandwiches?

My Nonna in her broken english says Saaaangwich. And she always called "hors d'oeuvres" - Hor Derbs, which has been shortened to "Derbs" in our family. She'll come over for dinner and say "OH! Don't make the derbs we have too much food". This is the same Nonna who offered to make me a "Fuzzy Nasal" with OJ and vodka....and calls my cousin's boyfriend "Trevor" - "Treasure" or "Travel". I could write a book!

Need a new Dutch Oven

Oh I have a great one for you! They sell them at Target. I believe its the Chefmate brand. I paid 40 bucks for it and it was highly recommended in Cooks Illustrated. I use it all the time and love it. I got is last year and it was somewhat hard to find. I just had to keep checking back at my local Target store until I found one. A few weeks later I found another one and bought if for my friend who also likes it a lot.

The perks of frozen entrees...

Trader Joe's has some new frozen entrees that are outstanding! I can't remember what they are called but there is a Chicken with gorgonzola sauce that is so fresh and delicious you might think it was carry-out from your favorite restaurant. There is enough for two people in each package. Cook for 30 minutes in the tray. They also have Salmon Mojitio, Citron Talapia and another Chicken dish which might be Chicken with Chipotle. I also buy the frozen rice bags from TJ's, they cook up nicely in 3 minutes and make an excellent companion to the frozen dinners. PS: I am super picky about frozen meals and RARELY if ever eat them.

Eastern Market: Almost Back to Normal

We went to DC in of our first stops was Eastern market. We were shocked to find it closed and I didn't know why till reading this article!

Soup's on

A soup my Nonna used to make for us.....a dough ball made of equal parts parm and breadcrumbs.....eggs, lemon zest and fresh nutmeg. you press the dough ball through a ricer with large holes (not sure what its called) into homemade chicken broth....this soup is delicious! she calls it Strechetella or Passatini.

What do you purchase from vending machines?

we have 6 vending machines here at work. Based on the number of people buying stuff out of them here, they will never be obsolete! Once in a while if I forgot to bring a lunch or need a snack I will get a rice krispy treat or an ice cream. And even more rarely, I will be a diet Dr Pepper.

Sad Foods: What do you eat in times of trouble?

a pint of ice cream and a spoon if front of mindless television

News flash: _____ will be discontinued in 2 weeks!

Trader Joes had these awesome japanese scallops in the frozen fish section. they were so good, you could eat them raw. I loved and cherished these scallops! They stopped carryinng them about a month ago...not officially discontinued but I am skeptical. If they come back, you bet your arse I will be STOCKING up!

Overused Food Words

Toothsome....I have no idea what it means and it sounds GROSS!

What to do with canned or fresh artichokes?

If you have access to baby artichokes, this is one of my favorite dishes......
1. Peel outer layers down to the more tender bright green leaves and cut top quarter of artichoke off to remove thorns and though edges.
2. Use a veggie pealer to peal the stem and then cut off stem tip
3. Cut artichokes in half lengthwise.
4. Heat up a heavy skillet ( I use my cast iron) add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil, and a clove or 2 of garlic. Add artichokes and stir a bit. Salt & pepper.
5. Add a 1/2 cup water to and cover to steam for about 5 minutes. Remove cover and let water cook away.
6. Let artichokes crisp a bit. (add a tad more olive oil if needed)
7. Eat and enjoy
One new thing i love to do with any of the leftovers....make a "sandwich" with french bagguette bread, a little butter and warm leftover good!

Milkshake: make mine______

mint chocolate chip ice cream shake! You get to scoop out all the dark chocolate chips from the bottom when you are done!

Desserts I don't like...

I love sugar. But I hate jello, bread pudding, tapioca pudding, apple and cherry pie and typical birthday cakes. Cheesecake has to be something really special to win me over. Also, not a fan of plain vanilla ice cream....boring!

"competitive eating"

I don't think competitive eating is exclusively American. So there goes the American excess arguement.

Do You Love Iceberg Lettuce?

What's up with the "i can has blu cheeze" caption on the lettuce pic?