Sunday morning brunch is my favorite meal of the weekend and my dish of choice is eggs benedict.
NY Times recipe for chocolate chip cookies with sea salt. Better than I could have imagined...
What Katie Ate, the photographs and recipes are equally beautiful
In Venice along the main canal I had a giant plate of spaghetti with a tomato based sauce and an array of shellfish. I dream about that pasta.
Save butter wrappers to use to grease baking pans. Works great and then my hands don't end up greasy.
When I was 20 I studied for a semester in Italy with only one term of Italian under my belt. There was a complicated system of purchasing fresh fruit and vegetables whereby a form needed to be completed noting the weight and type of produce. Needless to say I floundered for about 30 minutes stretching my language skills to the max until a kind man helped me fill out the forms so I could buy my groceries.
Vegetarian chili is my go-to meal in the winter. Easy to reheat and so delicious.
I am a cheese fiend so I usually toast some bread and melt some cheese over it under the broiler. I then dump an obscene amount of hot sauce over the whole thing. The dish is really just an excuse to eat more hot sauce - my favorite being a jalapeno cilantro variety.
I used to go to a place in London where they topped the burger with a giant portobello mushroom and creamy blue cheese. I became so addicted that I craved them weekly. I blame the blue cheese.
You can buy a print of this photo here!
When I lived in Ann Arbor there would be an organic milk vendor that would come only every other week. I always made sure to stop by the market on the weeks he was there because I was completely addicted to his milk. It was so wonderful and sweet, I would drink it as dessert after dinner it was that good!
As a native Michigander I had no idea that this was a Michigan thing! I love Blue Moon and I wish I could find it over here in Australia. I wonder if my mom could ship it over...
I would really love to have a firm grasp on Creole cooking. As an expat who lived first in the UK and now in Australia this is the one cuisine that I have seen very little of. From what I have tasted, the flavours are strong and exciting and would make my dinner parties stand out from the rest.
With regards to the 'unforgettable' element it would have to be the midwest classic Dirt Cake. Having left home a long time ago it makes me nostalgic to think of the crushed up chocolate oreo cookies mixed with the chocolate pudding and whipped cream with a few gummy worms thrown in for good measure. As a kid it gave me an unbeatable sugar high and in my globe trotting travels I have yet to find anything that comes close in sugary taste and kitschiness!
My partner is Asian (I am not) and I regularly make an a$$ of myself when dining with his family. The worst episode to date was when I met his aunt and we went to dinner at China town. Typically one person will order for the entire table and we just pick and choose what we want to eat. I usually let my partner serve me because I am helpless with non-wooden chopsticks. As luck would have it the chopsticks were plastic and as I was inconspicuously trying to reach for a piece of chicken it slipped out of my chop-stick grip and plopped into his aunts tea. Absolute mortification. Now when I dine out with his family I only eat what is directly in front of me with no reaching involved.
My absolute favorite is my grandmother's bow tie pasta salad with broccoli, tomatoes, mozzarella, and olives with a mayo-cider vinegar dressing. yum!
I somehow melted a pan of brownies in the oven. After covering the bottom of the oven they promptly burned to a crisp and left me with a little afternoon cleaning project. I have yet to bake brownies since that fateful day.
Jamacia for some Jerk Chicken. I have been heading down to Brixton Market here in London but have not had my craving satisfied.
Fresh Lobster. Freshness is essential.
After living in London I would have to pick Jamie Oliver. The day he made his own ketchup was the day he won my heart.