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WHERE THE HELL DID _ _ _ _ _ _ _ GO?!

Aero bars!
Pudding Pops
Nacho cheese Tostitos--must have been cheaper than Doritos, b/c that's what we always had!

@steponmyknee--the Taco Doritos are back! In the retro bag, even!

Do you midnight snack?

Not in the middle of the night, but I can't seem to go to bed without bringing a box of crackers with me to snack on while watching TV. Drives the husband CRAZY!

Back in my early 20's when I worked in bars, etc., I once had a boyfriend who would occasionally show up at my place at 3 AM with burgers from our favorite diner. I would wake up, eat my burger in bed, and go back to sleep. That'll pack on the pounds real quick, I'm tellin' ya!

A Sandwich A Day: Chorizo Torta at Xoco in Chicago

I agree--SO good! In fact, last time my husband and I took a weekend trip to Chicago, I specifically chose our hotel based on its proximity to XOCO--about 2 blocks were all we had to walk for the torta, churros, and *insanely good* Mexican hot chocolate for breakfast. I'm dying to go back!!

Cook the Book: Anjum's New Indian

We don't get the Cooking Channel (save for a free preview weekend a few months back), but the one show I remember liking was Rachel Allen's. But we LOVE Indian food, so I'm sure I would love this show, too!

chocolate wine?

My brother introduced me to Chocovine last winter, and considering he is quite the liquor snob I was very surprised. It's actually really good (IMHO), but that being said, I have had 3/4 of a bottle in my fridge since last New Year's Eve. It's one of those things where you just sip it, and I just never really got around to drinking it.

Dinner Tonight? - 1/14/2011

Real classy here--fried egg & ketchup sandwich with an icy cold beer. Oh, and the dog ate a Lego zombie head for dinner.

What are your food-related New Years resolutions?

GO Dogwood! Hubby and I did the SBD thing a few years back, and I lost 40 lbs quite easily. Need to get back on track with that...

I'm with POM--no more fast food! I'm not generally a big fast food person, but the past few months have been crazy and I've found myself in the drive-thru more often than I'd like.

My other food-related thoughts (I refuse to call them resolutions!):
-drink more wine!
-Meatless Mondays (or, since I work Monday nights and can't be home to cook for the family, maybe meatless Tuesday...)
-meal-plan more!
-stop buying new cookbooks and start using the ones I have (this one will be tough...I can't pass up a good book!)
-buy a bar set and learn how to make some basic cocktails. We're more beer/wine people around here. It's time to grow up.

Santa is the Best! What was under your tree?

Oh, I forgot! Not my gift, but I'll probably use them anyway--hubby is a big Alton Brown fan, so I got him the box set of the first 2 volumes of the Good Eats books. Other than that and the Crocs and t-shirt I got him (Meat is Murder. Tasty, Tasty Murder), his entire Christmas gift haul was beer. Many bottles of "beer snob" beer. ;)

Santa is the Best! What was under your tree?

Bad Santa brought me no kitchen-related stuff this year! So...the day after Christmas I went out and picked up The Bartender's Guide for myself at the half price bookstore. I did get a gift card to Barnes and Noble, so I will likely pick out a cookbook...considering Fiesta at Rick's, as it's the only Rick Bayless book I'm missing...or maybe Hell's Kitchen, from a Minneapolis restaurant that my brother raves about. Not sure... I'm also thinking about a new coffee grinder with another giftcard.

I did receive a new running jacket, which will come in handy to burn off all this damn holiday gluttony...

Aprons: yea or nay?

I can't believe I just bought myself a Minnie Mouse apron at, because I am not the type of person to wear character crap, and two, I've never been one to wear an apron. But this one was just too cute--the only indication that it's Disney is a tiny silhouette of Minnie on the pocket--other than that it's just red and white polka-dotted. I only wish it was full-length rather than just a skirt. But I love it and wore it continually while doing all my Christmas baking/cooking!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

Every Saturday when I was a kid, the smell of frying bacon waking me up !

Cook the Book: 'Baked Explorations'

Sadly I can't think of a really great bakery! Eastern Iowa is sadly lacking in great places like this! Though there is a lady named Amy who sells her amazing cinnamon rolls at the farmers market...but she makes them out of her home!

Bake the Book: Grasshopper Bars

I'm so glad I saw this!! My mom used to make bars just like these every Christmas when I was growing up, and I made them last year according to her recipe and they didn't work at all (I blame the recipe, as I am certainly not lacking in baking skills!) I well go with this recipe this year!

TV snacking

Well...if the hubby isn't watching TV with me, then I'm usually watching in bed and eating Triscuits. I know, I drives him nuts! But that's what he gets for staying up late playing video games in the basement... ;)

Poll: Where Are You Eating Thanksgiving?

I just found out that my brother and his family can't make the trip down to our place, so if my dad decides not to come down here, I think we'll just go out. Since we're leaving on vacation just a few days after Thanksgiving, we've decided not to travel for the holiday, and I really don't feel like cooking for just the 4 of us when the kids won't eat half of what I make anyway!

Cook the Book: 'Around My French Table'

I always find the best food in Chicago...but if I ever get to India, I'm sure it would blow all previous food experiences out of the water!

Beer floats?

Guinness, a little chocolate syrup, and vanilla ice cream. Mmmmm

What Do You Grab for a Midnight Snack?

Rosemary & Olive Oil Triscuits. Yes, I eat them in bed. But I'm pretty good about not getting crumbs in the bed... :)

I Eat This Food with Gratefulness - 9/11

I remember very clearly, sitting on my bed with my then 3-month old daughter, being an overwhelmed new mom, and seeing the live news reports. While I was on the phone with my husband at work, I watched the second plane hit. I was unable to tear myself away from news coverage for the next 3 days straight...until my husband finally forced me to turn it off. That weekend we attended a baby shower held by my family, and it just felt strange to be celebrating when so many were grieving.

Weekend Cook and Tell: A Fond Farewell to Summer (Produce)

I just acquired 18 lbs of peaches, on top of the 13 lbs of apples we picked last weekend...looks like I'll be very busy this weekend!

People that have actual real -life food/spice names, Know Any?

A friend recently named their new baby Ginger. I will never be able to think of her without thinking of "Gilligan's Island".

Simple question... Do you eat while driving? If so, what?

Guilty as charged. With 2 kids and a dog keeping me busy in the morning, I usually end up eating my breakfast on the way to the gym (it's either that, or get up at 5:30 so I have time to eat...and I'm just not up for that). Usually it's just a Clif bar, but I will admit that once in awhile it's yogurt. I really should stop the yogurt...

Pretzel M&M's--Anyone tried them? What do you think of them?

Yuck. Love chocolate covered pretzels, but these were not good. I think it's the candy coating that throws it off.