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mail to Walt


28 September 2012

As I sit here once again trying to decide what I want to cook for dinner, I came across a very long food meme and thought maybe by answering it, I could get some ideas.  I'm deleting a lot of questions I don't want to answer!

Do you like pie?  Love it.  Especially the crust

Italian or Mexican? Always Mexican, never Italian.  Italian is OK, but it comes last in my list of favorite foods.

Can you bake? If so, what are your favorite things to bake? I can pretty much bake anything I have a recipe for.  I've never tried flaky pastries or croissants, but I'd be willing to try.

Do you use cookbooks or do you try to find recipes online? Both

Do you own a kitchen aid mixer?  Yes.  It is my workhorse.   I've had it more than 40 years and I use it, if not every day, at least several times a week.

Ever cooked a meal for more than 15 people at one time?  In my big Christmas dinner days, yes.  I think the biggest meal was for 24.

Any picky eaters in your family?  Walt and Marta won't eat onions.   Brianna is very picky; Lacie has food allergies.

Hot chocolate?  Love it, but it's a rare indulgence I don't usually allow myself

Favorite holiday dish? Stuffing.

Fries or tater tots?  Depends.  I like both.

Do you like cheese? If so what kind? Yes, mild cheeses.  Love Boursin, mild cheddar, Swiss.  Don't like stinky cheeses.

Do you like to eat out?  Yes, Yes, YES!!!!!

What kind of food is popular where you are?  In this relatively small town, we are full of Chinese and Thai restaurants.  We also have lots of Mexican restaurants.

Do you like cotton candy?  Yes, but not the kind that comes pre-packaged, the kind that you used to get directly from the vat where they made it.   I haven't had it in decades, though.

Do you like salad?  Not really, though I eat it all the time.

Favorite pizza topping? Sausage and mushrooms.

Do you like meat loaf?  Yes, but I wish I could recreate the meat loaf my mother used to make.

Pop corn or nachos? Nachos

Do you like fish?  Some.  I wish it weren't so expensive, though.

Do you like baked beans?  Yes, in moderation.

Do a lot of crock pot cooking?  Probably at least once every week or two.

What is one "guilty pleasure" snack or food you REFUSE to give up no matter what? Butter.

Favorite flavor of ice cream?  No real "favorite," but something vanilla-based, with something crunchy in it.

Do you like frozen burritos?  I prefer them cooked.  :)

What kind of milk do you drink?  Non-fat

Yogurt or oatmeal?  Depends on the day.  I like both.

Favorite kind of cereal?  Honey Nut Cheerios

Do you like Asian Food? Very definitely.

Baked potato or sweet potato? Baked

Chips or pretzels?  I really don't much like pretzels.  Love potato chips.

Do you like fried mozzarella sticks?  They're bad for you, right?   Then, of course.

Do you like chili?  Yes, but not too hot.

Do you like pickles?  No.  My mother has never been able to understand this.

Do you like Oreo cookies?  Yes, but I'd rather have Hydrox.

Do you like soup crackers? I do when someone serves them.  I never buy them.

Do you like Tofu?  Not really.

Strawberries or bananas?  Strawberries

Canned fruit?  Sure.  Mandarin oranges, pineapple, peaches, etc.

Do you like tuna?  Yes, and I have learned to like water-packed.

How about roast beef? Very rare, preferably with horseradish.

Do you like salsa or seven layer taco dip?  Both.  Prefer 7-layer.

Do you like tacos?  Definitely.

Do you like cabbage?  Yes, sometimes.  Like corned beef & cabbage, like chinese Chicken cabbage salad.

Do you like plums? Only if they are very ripe, so I rarely buy in a supermarket.

Green onions?  Sure (most folks call them green onions, but they're really scallions)

Ever had ramen noodles? How do you fix yours? Do you add anything to them?   I usually use the packaged soup noodle mixes.

Do you like spicy foods? I like the flavor of spices, but I don't like foods so hot I can't taste the FOOD.

Crispy or grilled chicken on your salad?  I should say grilled, but really, crispy.  (That's worse for you, right?)

Do you like corn on the cob?  Love it!!!

Pumpkin or apple pie?  Pumpkin.  I like apple pie, but only if it's home made.  I haven't had a restaurant or pre-baked apple pie that I really like.

Dinner rolls or crescent rolls?  I love both, but crescents are my favorite (those are worse for you, right?)

How do you like your eggs?  Scrambled soft.  If I'm cooking for myself, I add cream cheese.

Most expensive meal you have ever eaten? I really don't remember.  My $100 lunch with my mother this month ranks up there! (that's $100 for two).  It was probably a wonderful dinner my friend Ron took us to at Stars in San Francisco, mostly because it came with two bottls of Dom Perignon.

Do you like stir fry?  Yes.  I learned to make it from Martin Yan when he taught a class her locally.

Do you like brussel sprouts?  Kinda, but I never make them because Walt doesn't like them.

Can or fresh tomatoes?  Canned for cooking (because it's easier), fresh for eating in salad or sandwiches.

Do you like coffee?
Peets dark roast.  Have been buying it for more than 40 years.

Hot dogs or polish sausage? Not a big fan of tubed meat.

Do you like cinnamon toast?  Of course!

Do you eat dinner at the table or in front of the TV? at the table in front of the TV (table is in the family room, where the TV is)

Do you like to BBQ?  No, but I enjoy a good BBQ if someone else cooks.

Do you like cold cuts? Not really, except for salami.

Do you like rice? Yes.  I cook a lot of it.  Not my favorite though.  I prefer potatoes or pasta. Walt is the rice eater.

Macaroni and cheese?  Love it.  I make it from scratch, except on the anniversary of David's death, when I make Kraft dinner, his favorite.

Jalapeno Poppers?  I don't dare buy them because I'll eat them all myself.

Do you like cottage cheese?  Yes.  The dogs let me have some of theirs sometimes.  I buy low or non-fat.

Do you like lasagna?  Yes, especially the pesto lasagna I first had in Portofino.

Do you like hard boiled eggs?  Yes.  I have to hard boil a dozen this weekend, in fact, to make stuffed eggs for a party on Sunday.

Do you like stuffing?  Oh yeah, baby.

Do you like cream corn? If it's served I'll eat it, but I wouldn't cook it myself.

Do you like ice cream sandwiches? Yes, especially when the ice cream is just the right point of softness.

Potato chips or nacho cheese chips? Potato are always my favorite chips.

Do you like granola bars? Yeah.  Especially the kind that are bad for you  :)

M&Ms or Hersheys chocolate? Both, but prefer Hershey's

Last but not least……. What is your ALL time favorite FOOD?????   Oh, I've had so many over the years, I would be hard pressed to choose the ALL TIME favorite food.  Right now it's probably crab, but it has been other things at other times.

Well...I've finished the questionnaire and am no closer to knowing what I want to cook for dinner, so I guess I'll just have to go to the store and browse.


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And the decision is.....  cajun salmon fillet with orange glaze,
spinach baked with boursin cheese, and cottage potatoes.


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