Looking forward to the SDS! Also, I like the question re: what to dip in it?
Need. Details. Of Secret Dipping Sauce.
I had a bulimic roomie Freshman year. She was too ashamed to throw up in the dorm bathroom, so she kept a big plastic bucket, a can of lysol and garbage bags in her closet and throw up in the room. Despite the lysol, our room always smelled like vomit.
Paula Deen! Ugh! All of the "y'alls!" And the fact that she basically pimped her boys on her show so they could get their own FN shows.
Giada has an enormous head (almost as big as the RACK she insists on showing us in every episode).
Michael Chiarello is impossible to stomach.
I just don't like Thanksgiving food (except for mashed potatoes and gravy), so I do a "theme dinner" every year. This year, it was Vive la France! French cheese plate to start, then beef bourgignon, garlic mashed potatoes, romaine salad vinaigrette, sauteed sugar snap peas and VERY good rolls, which our own DBCurrie made--she came for dinner as her husband, Bob has been in the hospital for 11 weeks.
It was a terrific meal, a terrific day, terrific company. Except that DBCurrie kicked my butt at Pictionary. :)
My youngest child will eat only 1 veg. Raw sugar snap peas. She dunks them in hummus (which baffles me--the kid who won't ingest a banana loves hummus?) She will also eat corn, but I consider that more of a starch than a vegetable.
Tapioca pudding. The texture of it weirds me out. Cooked carrots (again a texture issue). And I've never been able to abide stuffing. *ducks head from the rocks being thrown* It's just...nasty.
I'm one of those freaks who develops a rash if I touch mangoes! I learned it the hard way. And thank goodness I don't like figs! Garggggg!
Pasta. If I start eating it, I can't stop. I have to limit myself to eating it once a month because if I didn't, I'd be big as a barn. I'm also a sucker for a big old burger (again, once a month).
Thanks, all! We ended up at Todd English's Olives for lunch, Firefly for dinner tapas (awesome!), Julian Serrano (in the Aria hotel--amazing) for a late tapas lunch, and dinner at Lemongrass for Thai food (good). Our hotel concierge told us that Lotus was far over-rated and we were too tired and lazy to travel off the strip for a risk.
Also, I definitely second the recommendation of Sushi Tora. It's not cheap, but worth every penny.
For great Neopolitan-style pizza, check out Pizzeria Locale, right next to Frasca Food and Wine on Pearl street.
Zoe Ma Ma has very authentic (and terrific) Chinese food. It's just off Pearl Street.
My favorite morning nosh: mashed potatoes and gravy. I can't help myself.
Frankly, you're a snot. It's been featured in Bon Appetit magazine and yes, quality differs from location to location. Go to the original if you want to form a true opinion.
I love them! Although a boyfriend of mine was revolted by my devotion to "the bowl of never-ending cereal." He kind of had a point. It does plump up and expand in alarming ways as you work your way through a bowl of it...
I thought it sounded weird, but I put leftover spaghetti into a frittata and it it was delicious! http://thekitchwitch.com/2010/01/shrink-my-ass-month-spaghetti-frittata/
I am so sick of rice, bread, buttered pasta. I have side dish ennui. I stuffed some potatoes with some spices, goat cheese and spinach and was a happy girl. http://thekitchwitch.com/2011/05/spinach-stuffed-potatoes/
*Olathe* Lazy fingers this morning.
It's too hot to cook right now, so I use fresh Othathe sweet corn raw in salads. http://thekitchwitch.com/2011/07/hot-as-balls-salad/
All about the puttanesca. I made an earnest case for the sardine when I made it. Do not fear the fish! http://thekitchwitch.com/2011/04/the-noodle-slut/
Last September, during an Indian summer heat wave, I made a cracked wheat salad with nectarines, goat cheese and pistachios. Sounds like an odd combination, but it was great! I blogged about it here: http://thekitchwitch.com/2010/09/crazy-but-good/
I love to make kofta! It's mild enough for my children to gobble up and yet flavorful enough to be interesting for adults. http://thekitchwitch.com/2011/03/weeknight-indian-kofta/
We've got jalapeno crab cakes on the menu--we like a little spice on the day! I blogged about it here: http://thekitchwitch.com/2011/02/recipe-for-romancejalapeno-crab-cakes/