I Eat... Therefore, I Am.

  • Location: The Antelope Valley
  • Favorite foods: Rib eye, medium rare...cheese - any bread, fresh from the oven. Ice cream - except chocolate.
  • Last bite on earth: Root beer float - premium vanilla ice cream, Barq's root beer, hot fudge, a splash of gin, and a dollop of whipped cream. Yum!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Secret Weapons Pork Kit

Worcestershire sauce - it's the little black dress in my kitchen.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

The Minetta Burger from Minetta Tavern looks like the most delicious burger in the world, and i want it. Too bad I live in California!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Southside Market Sausage, Chicken, and Steaks

Bludso's BBQ in Compton, CA! OMG - the best everything!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Southside Market Sausage, Chicken, and Steaks

Phillips BBQ, Los Angeles! mmm....

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Cured Meat Experience

I take one small crusty roll, spread irish butter on it, sprinkle smoky salt on the butter, then layer the proscuitto, fresh basil, and top it with an over easy egg. yum!

Thanksgiving Dinner: No Substitutions Allowed?

Thank you all for your protectiveness! Lol... it's no biggie. I've decided to make pumpkin cinnamon rolls for Sunday Brunch, but I'm charging 4.00 per roll! That'll teach them!

@alice blue, I too have attempted the fresh cranberry sauce...didn't work. Should have been my clue.

@boo bird, you can come over and have some of our green beans - they're swimming in hocks and butter!

Thanksgiving Dinner: No Substitutions Allowed?

@Burger365, I second that, but store bought rolls vs the yeasty goodness that is homemade?

but yeah, don't mess with my dressing, or put marshmallows on my candied yams.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

Chicken and waffles!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

Chicken and waffles!

Win a Free Organic D'Artagnan Turkey

Still making those Parker House rolls by joy the baker...

Win a Free Organic D'Artagnan Turkey

I'm tired of buying rolls... I'm trying Joy the Baker's parker house rolls this year! Yum~

Cooking Channel, Anyone?

@Paula... I agree about the star... odd chap, but informative, and great recipes.

FLN brought back the word "bodacious" which had been sorely missed.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat La Frieda Burgers

Invite some friends over and do some Kenji-style recipes with them. Or just grill them, eat them, and order more.

Is Your Pet Named After a Food (or Food Critic)?

My Bichon-Poo is named Roux.

Cook the Book: 'The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion'

Sugar cookies when I was nine! Baked in the oven until they were pale, then put in the broiler to brown. Needless to say, they caught fire, lol. My mom was at work, so we had to cover our tracks with the cunning use of oven fans and air freshner. She never knew until we told her years later.

What Was Your Biggest Thanksgiving Victory?

My Thanksgiving victory: no stress. My 14 year old, determined to have Thanksgiving dinner (after I announced in October that I wasn't cooking), made a list, checked it thrice, and set about making the meal. All I had to do was make sure she didn't burn the house down, and ensure that she didn't do anything weird, like put onions in the apple pie. The cherry coke ham was moist, the mac and cheese was cheesy, and the turkey was awesome and perfectly done. A few small mistakes here and there, but my picky family ate with relish, and my brothers came back the next day for leftovers.

I was so proud of her, and have finally given in to her request to take cooking courses at the local community college in the spring.

Win a Free Organic D'Artagnan Turkey

The Honey brined and smoked turkey looks so good! That I don't have to use the oven, and can relax while it smokes... oh yeah!

"Working Lunch" suggestions?

@jerzeeTomato: I wish. Nope, they'll be right there, eating with us. It's a working meeting, and no one is excused for lunch.

@whoot: When us mid-level folks get together, we usually go in and pot luck or order pizza. Upper mgmt is known for going out to expensive lunches, but since we're working with a vendor, we can't do that. Not really stealing my time, since I'm getting paid my exorbitant hourly wage for the whole day...

@dhorst for the win! I'm stopping a Trader Joes in the morning for some cheese, grapes, and a baguette.

Thanks everyone!

"Working Lunch" suggestions?


We're civil servants, and are expected to bring our own lunch, because if we cater it, the local newspaper will inevitably find out we ate some pasta with tax payer money and burn us at the stake.

My boss may end up ordering a few pizzas, but I want be prepared just in case.

Thanks for the suggestions - I'll stay away from the german bologna sandwich with red onions...

Photo of the Day: Salad Dressing Cake

I understand mayo cake, having eaten and enjoyed it -you don't taste the mayo any more than you taste the eggs in a regular cake, but seriously? The components of mayo cake and that of salad dressing end at the oil, vinegar, sugar and egg.

Simply put, there's no frosting or cakey goodness in my bottle of Seven Seas.

Weekend Book Giveaway: 'The Devil's Food Dictionary'

Bacon: (n) Once worshiped as part of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Bacon), this delicious pork offering was replaced by the Holy Spirit after allegedly seducing believers to worship it above all. It is a widely held belief that the fruit offered to Eve in the Garden was bacon-wrapped.

see also: satan's strips; tempter's bait.

I'm secretly in LOVE with Alton...

BangleB - you are not alone, though you forgot corny, and in real need of a hair cut.

Win a Free Organic D'Artagnan Turkey Here!

Ham in Coca-Cola. I always buy a honeybaked ham, but this year, I'm going for this, if only for the "liquid gold" pan juice. Especially since I have Coke w/o HFCS. Where has this been all my citified life?

Weird parental food preparation

Sorry Machellebelle....

Spam = Spiced Ham. Not only meat, but pork.

Thanksgiving Dinner: No Substitutions Allowed?

Today is baking day in prep for Thanksgiving. I hauled out the yeast, the mixer, and set out to make some simple yeast rolls (well, the dough, at least). Ten minutes into the second rise, disaster struck in the form of my uncle, who heard from my daughter that I was baking rolls.

"No Van de Kamp rolls?!!" He sounded hurt.

"These are homemade, which is... better, right?" I tried to sound optimistic.

"I'll bring some Van de Kamps just in case."

In the span of twenty minutes, offers to bring rolls started rolling in from members of the family. (My great-aunt heard I was recession cooking, and offered me some money to buy rolls) I put my beautiful dough in the freezer, and headed to Ralphs to get the dang rolls.

Really, my family? Next year, I'm going out to dinner. Alone.

Anyone have a Thanksgiving staple that dare not be touched, replaced, retooled, or upgraded?

Do You Warn for Ingredients in Recipes?

I was browsing through Tastespotting and Foodgawker this weekend, and came across an interesting thing: Bloggers giving warnings for recipe ingredients! I came across this trend over and over, like "warning: this recipe includes butter" or "there be sugar here"... and these were recipes for croissants and caramel candy. While I understand that there are those who can't eat certain things, I felt like I was reading fanfiction with all the warnings. It's a croissant - if you look at the picture and click for the recipe, do you not expect it to be made from butter?

On the same token, apologizing for including bacon, butter, sugar, etc in your recipe is a bit tiresome, too, as is saying "my xx is xx at the thought of all that xx"... Were croissants not made with butter somewhere in their history? The blogger in question reduced the amount of butter and wondered why the croissants were hard and untasty. Really? Fancy that! Rationing times aside, this is strange and annoying to me.

Your thoughts?

Cooking Channel, Anyone?

So, the new Cooking Channel launched today. Did anyone watch any of the new shows? If so, what did you like or dislike? I watched Drink Up (Tequila), and Food(ography): Ice Cream. Pretty good shows, though Mo Rocca's "Professor" voice was a bit much...

Overall, I thought the shows were a nice blend of cuisines and cultures, and a pleasant change from Food Network. (I will miss FLN for Bodacious Bedrooms, though...)

Your thoughts?

"Working Lunch" suggestions?

Tomorrow, I have to attend a day long meeting with the upper management at my job. Since we're working all day, my boss told me to have my lunch with me to eat during the afternoon portion of the meeting.

What is appropriate lunch food for such a meeting? I most certainly don't want to have the ultra crunchy garlic chips, or the gigantic salad with everything all drippy and chewy, but I don't want to sit in front of my bosses with a pb&j on wonder bread, either.

This is my first such lunch, and I want to make a good impression - I don't want to be "the chick who ate the Popeye's 5 piece with extra biscuits at the budget meeting"...

Any suggestions, Serious Eaters? I appreciate all your help.


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