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July 03, 2005

Food Meme

I found this food meme at San Francisco Knitter, who is an old friend of mine.

What is your first memory of baking/cooking on your own?

Using my Easy-Bake Oven when I was a kid. I can't remember what the food tasted like, but it must have been noxious. My cousin had an edible Creepy Crawler machine. We ate bugs.

Who had the most influence on your cooking?

I used to hate cooking until recently. The people who has the most influence on my cooking are The Count (who is a gourmet cook who taught me the basics. Food has taste now!!), Rachael Ray, Alton Brown, and Vincent Price. I own a cookbook full of recipes from famous places that was written by Vincent and Mary Price. Not only was he a famous actor (especially in horror movies), he was a food connosseur.

Do you have an old photo as "evidence" of an early exposure to the culinary world and would you like to share it?

Nope. I don't have any such photos. I was known in my family for hating cooking, most likely because I didn't like to eat much. Food had no taste.

Mageiricophobia - do you suffer from any cooking phobia, a dish that makes your palms sweat?

Canned spinach. My mother always forced me to eat that swill by saying I needed to grow my Popeye muscles. It tasted like a moldy wet disrag, and I won't eat canned spinach to this day. Mexicorn also makes my palms sweat.

What would be your most valued or used kitchen gadgets and/or what was the biggest letdown?

I don't have a most valued kitchen gadget yet, but I just bought a Mosser cobalt blue cake plate on eBay. That would likely end up being my most valued item.

Name some funny or weird food combinations/dishes you really like - and probably no one else!

Cheese rice. I know I'm broke when I eat a lot of cheese rice. The Count jokes with me about it.

What are the three eatables or dishes you simply don’t want to live without?

Chocolate.
Pasta.
Julia Child's chicken.

Any question you missed in this meme, that you would have loved to answer? Well then, feel free to add one!

Three quickies:
Your favorite ice-cream…

Mocha chip.

You will probably never eat…

Haggis. Tripe. Canned spinach. Mexicorn.

Your own signature dish…

It's a tie between Julia Child's chicken and chocolate truffles.

What weird regional food have you eaten that would make most people gag?

Scrapple. I was born in Baltimore, which means Scrapple was practically a staple. Even John Waters made fun of Scrapple in one of his movies, "A Dirty Shame".

Feel free to answer this meme on your blog or in my comments.

Posted on July 3, 2005 at 08:28 AM | Permalink

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I feel like doing it here. You Would do a food meme..... @@ LOL

What is your first memory of baking/cooking on your own?

I actually have two - and I don't know which was first -

1) Wacky cake!!! The kind you put vinegar in, and the top is kinda wet/shiny.
2) Making Xmas cookies every year with my girlfriend and our moms, using this Pillsbury recipe - one dough, 20 million variations of cookies. We made some mean stuff.


Who had the most influence on your cooking?

Mom, until I went to college and lost 35 pounds from not eating her cooking, lol. (WHY do the southern fry everything in tons of grease?!) We used to watch Graham Kerr a lot, too. Nowadays I like Ming and Lidia, and America's Test Kitchen!


Do you have an old photo as "evidence" of an early exposure to the culinary world and would you like to share it?

Um, no....


Mageiricophobia - do you suffer from any cooking phobia, a dish that makes your palms sweat?

No. I can give you a list of food that I hate, though. They don't make my palms sweat, but they make me want to puke. I hate peppers, though, and the aftertaste they leave in my mouth. Ugh. I hate marshmallows. I hate calves' liver. BLAH. I am not crazy about raw onions, either. I think that's a texture thing.


What would be your most valued or used kitchen gadgets and/or what was the biggest letdown?

OMG....the garlic grate....the jar opener....my wooden spatulas...

Name some funny or weird food combinations/dishes you really like - and probably no one else!

Chocolate ice cream with butterscotch or that Smuckers caramel crap on it! OH and a Bloody Mary with anything chocolate!!! ROFL

What are the three eatables or dishes you simply don’t want to live without?

Chocolate in any form;
Chicken in most forms - but most of all pot pie! Not MEAT pie - a frozen Pot Pie is a MEAT Pie, real Pot Pie has thick homemade noodles...grrr...freaking tourists....
Vegetables - salad, or broccoli/rabe, asparagus, cooked well, with oil, garlic, salt, etc. - I hate when you travel places (like down south) and they don't know how to cook them short of boiling them to death.


Any question you missed in this meme, that you would have loved to answer? Well then, feel free to add one!

Yeah - four -

"Is there any dish you remember from long ago and haven't had since, but would kill to have again?" -

I could answer that with my Mom's fried chicken. People talked about it for years after eating it, it was so wonderful. She was from southern VA and although mine has come close, I don't have the patience, nor do I really want the brain damage. I think half of the secret was the pan (which I do have). She would cook it in this old thick aluminum pan for hours.


"What are your best cure-all dishes?"

Wonton soup for what ails ya. Takeout is faster than making chicken soup!

Chocolate milk for hangovers....lol...

"What's your favorite wine, that you couldn't live without?"

Riesling. From Germany, not CA. Qualitaatswein mit Pradicat, preferably Kabinett or a not-too-sweet Spatlese. That Auslese and the other crap is all way too sweet. The Merkelbach vineyard used to have some nice stuff, but we can't find it any more. Now we like Leitz as an everyday type.

"What's your most hated wine?"

Chardonnay. The most overrated crap, wine is made from Grapes and other fruits, and should NOT taste like a dead tree trunk.


Three quickies:
Your favorite ice-cream…

Ben & Jerry's Coffee Toffee Crunch


You will probably never eat…

I'll second that haggis and tripe shit. No idea what Mexicorn is. Add Souse to that list, though.


Your own signature dish…

Chinese food of any kind. I am mean with a wok.

What weird regional food have you eaten that would make most people gag?

BEEF TONGUE!! And it's good. They look so funny in the deli case, though - Amish eat the weirdest shit...

Posted by: Moi ;) at Jul 3, 2005 9:52:19 AM

so how did you get started cooking, really?

i'm from philly so I grew up on Scrapple. Fried with KETCHUP please. Too bad I'm vegetarian now. ;)

Posted by: SF Knitter at Jul 3, 2005 11:51:38 AM

SF, I kind of evolved into cooking without realizing it. I loved "Like Water for Chocolate". I have the book, and it includes recipes, although you have to figure out the measurements for yourself. I'd love to make the quails in rose petal sauce. It looked so delectible in the movie. I also liked "Tampopo", the Japanese movie about cooking noodles. I love the movie "Chocolat", even though some don't care for it because it's a fake art house film and no one gains weight from all the goodies. Still, I like it because it made me feel good. I think that's what I like about cooking treats - it makes me feel good and it's very relaxing. The Count says I'm a natural cook. I figured out quite a bit of what works on my own. I was making chicken for years Julia Child-style without realizing it. I baste like crazy. I also made roux for hot chocolate without realizing I was making roux. I just noticed that the cocoa melted better when I added a little of the hot milk first and stirred the hell out of it. Once it was properly melted, I added the rest of the hot milk. I had no idea that was the proper way to make it.

I must admit that blogging about cooking and movies is much more pleasant and relaxing that blogging about politics and family law. No trolls. ;)

Posted by: The Countess at Jul 3, 2005 12:36:11 PM

Moi, you hate marshmallows? That's twisted. Matzo ball soup is also great when you're sick. I've had wonton when I was sick before. Better than chicken soup.

SF, I remember eating Scrapple with catsup too. It's probably totally sick, but I think I'd still like that stuff today. It was spicy. Brings back memories of home.

Posted by: The Countess at Jul 3, 2005 12:38:38 PM

I was surprised to find haggis was much more palatable than I thought it would be. Canned spinach, like a John Waters movie, is proof that you don;t have to die to go to hell. I hope you will go back to at least the occasional post on politics and family law. It's always the folks you often disagree with that keep you the most honest.

Posted by: DP_in_SF at Jul 3, 2005 6:49:48 PM

Scrapple is GOOD. That's why people eat it :D

I think on a holiday weekend you should feel free to skip the politics and family law posts. Especially b/c of the trolls.

I miss scrapple, and blue crabs, and soft pretzels and cheesesteak and a good hoagie. This Subway shit is just that. I have to go back home for a food tour soon. Maybe go down home (the other home) for some calabash cooking and good bbq.

Posted by: SF Knitter at Jul 4, 2005 2:52:27 AM

Blue crabs! I love crabs, and they don't have them in Massachusetts. I used to go to a little hole-in-the-wall a five-minute drive from my house when I lived in Maryland and get a dozen crabs. Those suckers are GOOD.

Posted by: The Countess at Jul 4, 2005 7:02:50 AM

DP, I probably will post about politics and family law after the holiday is over. I haven't run across anything lately that I wanted to post.

Posted by: The Countess at Jul 4, 2005 7:05:09 AM

My dad and my ex were scrapple hounds. UGH. Dad did the ketchup route, but Ex used to put Corn Syrup on it (if that isn't Amish I don't know what is). SF if you are a vegetarian, you can eat Scrapple. After all, it's not MEAT you're eating....lol....

Blue crabs.....yes, something I forgot............w/lots of Old Bay.

Although NEVER NEVER eat those soft pretzels from the guys on the median!!!! Superpretzels are not a bad alternative, though, my son has discovered them.

I have been on a low carb diet for a long time. Have been craving a cheesesteak hoagie for a Longggg time.....lol you don't have to be in CA to miss them!!!

Posted by: Moi ;) at Jul 4, 2005 12:27:01 PM

I have never liked marshmallow, or anything remotely like it. ICKY.

Posted by: Moi ;) at Jul 4, 2005 12:41:13 PM