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happyeats

  • Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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A Moment of Clarity

Wow... Make the comment that a cupcake label is what made me start paying attention to what I am really eating and what I get (with the exception of a few) is people saying its no bib deal?..

I guess all chefs (excluding the molecular gastronomy folks) always use this stuff when cooking. It sounds real good and tasty... I can see them now stiring it all in... add the flour, now a couple eggs, some high fructose corn syrup, whatever leftover veg and animal fat/oil you have, and uhhh... oh, Calcium Sulfate, Potassium Sorbate and Sorbic Acid which you can pick up at your local science lab.

A Moment of Clarity

The cupcake was just an eye opener for me. I dont even eats sweets - What seeing it did make me start doing is reading all lables. Pick any processed food. Peanut butter, ketchup, cereal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, how oil is made... all of it is kind of scary. Fresh is the only way for me. I never thought I'd say it... but organic.

I have been converted

They have best food EVER!!

Butternut squash?

I have zucchini out the rear... I am going to start freezing it very soon. Cucumbers are here also.

Butternut squash?

Thanks for the ideas... freakishly... yes - heat index up to 109 today.

Poll: Can you cook without salt?

:)

Not pointless... just not as happy.

Poll: Can you cook without salt?

FOOD WITHOUT SALT IS POINTLESS

Frog Legs - Time to eat Fogger

Sweet... thanks for the info.

Do good spatulas still exist?

Pampered Chef.... best one I have ever owned, period.

Help! I oversalted my chili!

Its a chemical thing.

When something is too salty you add sugar and lemon

When something is too sweet you add salt and lemon

Its that simple.

What's your food therapy?

BEER... I like shopping for strange beers and then coming home and cooking somethin complicated while I drink.

:)

The Almighty Chicken Wing - nothing without the sauce

Love Thai... Good idea. Time to swing by the Asian market.

Hate is a strong word by the way... I mean, it is fried and it does have my fav seasoning... salt. :)

100 (okay, 50) Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do

Does everyone really think about all of these things while you are eating out? Does all this stuff really cross your mind as you are being served?

100 (okay, 50) Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do

I agree. I always ask them what they like and what to avoid. Most of them will tell you in a second.

100 (okay, 50) Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do

Well... I don't disagree with a few of these. The person who wrote this sounds annoying, uptight and boring as hell. Again, I am not saying that I don’t agree on a few of these but I definitely think they are getting carried away.

What Did You Eat Today?

Breakfast - chili cheese burrito

Lunch - beer

Dinner - Jets pizza

Friday's chicken. Okay or toss?

Eat that stuff... its all good. Dont throw it away. Waste not.

What Did You Eat Today?

Breakfast - French press and a pork chop biscuit.
Lunch – Leftover hamburger helper.
Snack –2 Bloody Mary’s, 1 Guinness, 1 Natty Light
Dinner – Homemade black bean chili with crackers.

In a food slump...

I like the ideas... I mean... how long can a foodie really not cook? I havent been out in a while. I will try the service thing. There is a nice place here in town called 5 Sences... I think I will go and get served... I am going to go... ask for the best waiter,,, ask to speak to the chef, and simply say I am not in a hurry, I dont want a menu, I just want to be awakened.

RE: Blood Sausage?

It was German. I was expecting a heavy metalic dry mess... It was neither. I have been converted. Love it.

@Kerosena you are right. The name is what does it. It just doesn't sound good... but... it's awsome!


What other ways should I try it? Sandwich sounds good... how do you suggest?

Beer: A medical miracle tonic?

@GirlFromJetCity.... Are you serious? That is the coolest thing I have heard today.

The smell of warm beer all steamy in the shower... yummy. Do you smell like a bar after?

Spam: Better than we give it credit for?

This makes my hungry...

Poached stuffed chicken breast with baby asparagus with soy cilantro sauce:

Dice/chop and mix spam, onion, garlic, ginger, green onion, black pepper, fresh chili, cilantro, and an egg yolk (or egg) to bind. Butterfly and flatten breast, spread out stuffing mix, roll tightly in plastic wrap or tinfoil or tie with string; poach until just done in water with bit of soy sauce, lemon/lime juice, clove of garlic, bit of ginger. Slice each breast into about six rounds each at a slight diagonal.

Present on your fancy service with steamed rice, and blanched and chilled young asparagus. Top with a light drizzle of a sauce of soy sauce, bit of toasted sesame oil, lime juice, chopped cilantro and (red) chili.

Don't mention the spam and no one will ever know. Hawai'i - Asian - French fusion

Poached stuffed chicken breast with baby asparagus with soy cilantro sauce...
Done.

Blood Sausage?

Sweet reduction? Like what?

Perfect cocktail for a BLT?

OK... the verdict is in. Bloody Marys DO go good with a BLT. I think I will have it for breakfast tomorrow again.

:P

happy

Awkward Eating

Quit worrying… It’s none of anyone’s business what or when you need to eat. If they have a problem with it… its exactly that… their problem.

I have been in a situation several times where I am eating something somewhere and it crosses my mind… are people looking at me like I am some kind of animal, are they disgusted, are they…

Then I stop and realize… I don’t give a crap. This is good. I am hungry. They can all think what they want to. Yum yum grumble, grumble, gnaw, growl, yum yum.

A Moment of Clarity

Recently, I had what alcoholics refer to as a moment of clarity while looking down at the label of a store bought cupcake while at a freinds house...

Sugar, Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour [Flour, Ferrous Sulfate (Iron)B Vitamins (Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1)Riboflavin (B2)Folic Acid)Water, Corn Syrup, Vegetable and/or Animal Shortening (contains One or More of: Partially Hydrogenated Soybean, Cottonseed and/or Canola Oil, Beef Fat)High Fructose Corn Syrup, Cocoa, Cocoa Processed with Alkali. contains 2% or Less of: Whey, Modified Corn Starch, Cellulose Gum, Gelatin, Agar, Leavenings (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate)Chocolate Liquor, Dextrose, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Cornstarch, Soy Protein Isolate, Guar Gum, Mono and Diglycerides, Sorbitan, Monostearate, Polysorbate 60, Propylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Soy Lecithin, Glycerine Wheat Gluten, Sodium and Calcium Caseinate, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Calcium Sulfate, Potassium Sorbate and Sorbic Acid (to Retain Freshness)

Wow... I though a cupcake had no more than 6-7 ingredients - Flour, milk, eggs, sugar, baking powder, salt, and vanilla? Anyway - now I am realizing that almost everything we buy is not real food. Its manufactured junk. Fake food. I happy to say that I have almost completely cut out all possessed foods. Here is the problem... I need some more simple, quick recipes. Any healthy, simple, raw, cooked, heavy vegetable recipes, or suggestions you might have would be greatly appreciated.

They have best food EVER!!

I have realized that when I hear that sentence, I must, before I get excited, find out whether the person who said it really understands food.

Recently I was told that there is an amazing new Irish Pub that serves authentic Irish food. They told me the food was awesome. So, excited to taste some authentic Irish yummy goodness, I went to this amazing place. The environment was ok. Clean and comfy. I am seated and open my menu to find... "Irish nachos" - nachos with cheese - "Shamrock wings" - buffalo wings "Celtic stew" - veggie soup "Leprechaun steak" - steak.......... You get the point.

What type of qualifying questions could I ask someone that would clarify that they have any real food knowledge?

My dinner tonight - You decide

I will be making dinner with my 6 year old daughter tonight and there are to many options rolling through my head, so I decided that I am going to let my fellow foodies at SE decide - I am open to anything and my daughter has a very advanced pallet for a 6 year old... well... for most adults.... and I am heading to the grocery as soon as I get off work.

So.... What am I having for dinner SE?

Frog Legs - Time to eat Fogger

Well... my next food adventure, I have decided will be frog legs. Never had them, but I just ordered some and they should arrive by Friday. Does anyone have a good recipe? I am thinking some kind of garlic, butter and herbs sauté of some kind...

....thoughts?

The Almighty Chicken Wing - nothing without the sauce

I am a fan of chicken wings... that's stooopid. I love the friggen things. I am in search of a new hot sauce recipe.
My usual is:

Butter
Franks Red Hot
Tabasco
Red pepper flakes
Worsteshire
Soy
Pepper
Poultry seasoning

I need some VERY SPICY wings tonight... PLEASE fellow foodies... lend me your wing sauce recipes!!!

RE: In a food slump...

A strange thing happend today. I have been in a food slump for a while now and was having a hard time getting out of it. I had decided on going to a nice place here in town to get treated good with amazing food. I was thinking it would snap me out of it. This was an idea from my fellow foodies here at SE. My plan was Sat night.... but... I came home from work tonight and my 6 year old daughter said "Dad, lets make up a soup tonight. I am thinking... tomatoes, onion, and some spice..."

I am cured.

In a food slump...

I find myself in a food slump... normally, I love to cook, love to eat, and love to try new things... right now I could care less.

Is there a food that snaps you out of it? One that takes you back?

RE: Blood Sausage?

Well. I am surprised to say… I liked it. I have now had it two ways. It was nothing like I imagined at all.

Once as kind of a bruschetta on bread with some English Mustard maple honey glaze.

And once on a piece of toast with a poached egg.

Yum

Beer: A medical miracle tonic?

While sitting around the patio table with my usual group of friends talking and enjoying a very tasty IPA, one of them brings up that after multiple beers you are unable to get salmonella from raw chicken. Don’t ask me how this random conversation started, because I have no idea. According to “the internet”, my friend says, “alcohol kills salmonella”. To prove this point he picked up a raw chicken leg and took a huge bite. He called me the next morning and was just fine. I was impressed… disgusted and impressed. I also hear that a small amount of beer consumed daily is good for your heart. This got me to thinking...

What else can beer do for my health?

Spam: Better than we give it credit for?

I think so... After years of wondering what this strange canned meat is all about, I finally gave it a try. To my surprise, I liked it. I fried a couple slices in a pan, put it on toasted bread with cheese, mayo, and mustard and bang... breakfast.

Have you tried it and do you have decent recipe?

Recipes from England?

I am hosting a dinner with friends next Wednesday night and have been charged with the theme “England”. Does anyone have any ideas or recipes? I need an appetizer, a main course, a few sides and a desert.

Any help or direction of authentic European food would be greatly appreciated.

Does ‘hunger and a buzz’ make a meal… AMAZING?!

I think it makes a HUGE difference. Invite everyone over and start drinking. After a couple hours if the food you cook isn’t perfect… no one knows… in fact, they will all tell you it’s the best _______ they have ever had.

Have you ever cooked meal that you weren’t familiar with for a crowd? You know what I’m sayin… It took too long to cook. You thought it was too salty or too done or raw… and yet… the slightly intoxicated friends and family nearly inhale all the food and tell you it was AWSOME!

Do It Yourself: aged beef

I HAVE NOT tried this yet but I am going to give it a try very soon. I found this on 'askthemeatman.com'. Sounds like it would work but this whole... let meat rot in you fridge and then eat it thing kind of worries me. I guess worst case is after I eat it I get a couple days off work.

Has anyone tried to age meat at home? If yes, how did you do it?
What would you do different.

The 'Science' of food going bad?

I am very interested in what happens to food as it goes bad. Fresh meat, fruits and vegetables to be more specific. Does any know what is going on there? What gas is given off as the food breaks down? What causes the smell? What is actually happening to the food itself?

If you have any real knowledge about this… please help. I am all ears.

Best food for a stomach ache?

French night was a success at my house last night except for one thing… the wine. Apparently you can’t drink it at the same volume and speed as beer. My stomach is felling very sour today. Its now 11am and I haven’t eaten a thing. Now I can’t tell if I feel sick from the wine or sick from not eating.. probably both. Anyone got an idea of what would be easy on tummy?

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day? Really?

I have heard this my entire life and I agree. But why? Is it really the most important? If so, is there a type of food that is more important than another? Are you supposed to have high carbs to burn throughout the day? High sugar, for a quick burst of energy? Citrus? Protein? Should it be a big meal since you haven’t eaten in hours or a small meal since you haven’t eaten in hours?

Does anyone know anything about what is BEST for us first thing in the morning?

My Breakfast of Champions – What is yours?

I am a big fan of a big breakfast and I like to try things out of the norm as often as possible. SO… the Sweet and Spicy Breakfast Burrito was born.

Sautee onions and peppers in pan with garlic and red pepper. When they are soft pour pancake batter over top. Cook through and sit aside. Cut a couple jalapeños in half long way and roast them. Fry a couple slices of bacon and a couple of over medium eggs. Toast tortilla. Put the pancake on the tortilla, then the bacon, eggs, and jalapeños. Few dashes of Tabasco. drizzle maple syrup over all of it. Wrap that bad boy up and enjoy.

You might have to skip lunch.

Does anyone have an unusual breakfast that you enjoy? Please share.

Good wine for a beer drinker?

I like beer. No... I love beer. It makes my happy. Once a week we have a themed dinner party with some friends of ours and this week the theme is France. I am making a Grilled Seafood Nicoise and Seared Scallops with roasted asparagus in a Beurre blanc sauce. What wine goes with this? I like IPAs and any full flavored beer… Any ideas on a French wine that is easy to find and I might enjoy?

The perfect fried rice

The perfect fried rice is something I do all the time and it is yummy. The key is simple. Keep it simple.

Ingredients:
4 cups 'Room temperature' cooked Jasmine rice. (should be slightly under cooked)
couple oz small finely chopped carrot
couple oz fresh green onion
couple oz fresh peas (optional)
salt & pepper
Low sodium soy sauce
2-3 tbsp Veg oil
2-3 eggs

Use a large diameter fry pan. The more surface area the better. Heat the pan on the burner first. Once the pan is already hot, add the veg oil. It should coat almost the entire pan. Wait till the oil just starts to smoke (important). Now get ready to work fast. Throw in the rice, carrot, onion and peas evenly over the bottom of the pan. LET IT SIT for 10-20 seconds. You will feel like its burning... this is OK... you want a little crispy... keep the heat on high. Now scrape the bottom of the pan and mix it all around... get all that crispy goodness off the bottom of the pan. Now douse the rice with low sodium soy until the rice is very light light brown color. keep moving the rice around. Move all rice over to one side of the pan and move that side of the pan off the burner so that the empty side is directly over the heat... still on high. Put a little more oil on the empty side and then the 2-3 eggs. Quickly scramble and chop the eggs into small bits... again, you want a little bit of burn... just just a little. When the eggs are done, fold them into the rice, cover it and remove it from heat. Let it sit for about 1 min. Scrape out entire contents into a bowl and compact it down. It will be heaven in a bowl.

Salt and pepper to taste.

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