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26 April 2017

I posted this several years ago, and, reading it over, I discovered that several of my answers would be different now, so I decided to do it again.  But first, happy birthday to Jeri!

Do you like pie? Is the pope Catholic? Love pie. Learned to like it at my mother's knee.

Italian or Mexican? Mexican. I grew up with an Irish father who longed to be Italian and so ate Italian more than anything else. I would never choose an Italian restaurant over a Mexican one.

Can you bake? If so, what are your favorite things to bake? Yes. I can bake very well. What would you like? Cookies? cakes? bread? pies? If it can be baked, I'm willing to try baking it.

Do you use cook books or do you try to find recipes online? I have a lot of cookbooks, but I find it's easier these days to find a recipe on line.

Do you own a Kitchen Aid mixer? Yep. For nearly 40 years now, with ZERO problems.

Ever cooked a meal for more than 15 people at one time? Sure. There were Christmases when we had a sit-down meal for >20 people

Do you like hospital food? Fortunately I have not had enough of it to form a judgement. The last time I had hospital food was in 1972, when David was born.

Favorite fast food restaurant? Of the big burger joints, Jack in the Box.

Any picky eaters in your family? Neither Walt nor Marta eat onions. I won't eat liver or beets. But no serious picky eaters.

Soda or Tea? I'm not a big drinker of either.

Hot chocolate? Love it. Almost never have it.

Favorite holiday dish? Turkey stuffing

What is the most tasteful strangest looking thing you have ever tasted? Durian,  the Malaysian "King of Fruit." And I never have to do that ever again.  It smells so bad, bus drivers won't allow passengers to bring it on board with them.

Fries or tater tots? Hmmm....probably tater tots.

Do you like cheese? If so what kind? Yes. Swiss or Boursin

Home made or canned soup? Home made....unless its Campell's cream of tomato, made with milk and served with balloon bread slathered with real butter to dip in the soup.

Do you like to eat out? LOVE IT!

What kind of food is popular where you are? We have 18 Chinese restaurants in a town of 60,000 people, 9 Japanese, and 8 Thai, so I think that we are heavily into Asian influences!

Do you like cotton candy? I used to when I was a kid, but it's not the same now that it comes pre-packaged. I haven't had it in years.

Turkey or Chicken? Turkey

Hamburger or tuna helper? Hamburger (tho I don't use Hamburger Helper)

Raw or cooked veggies? Cooked, with butter or cheese to reduce the possibility of it being nutritious.

Do you like salad? Some salads.

Favorite pizza topping? Italian sausage and mushrooms

Do you like meat loaf? Yes I do. My mother was famous for her meatloaf.  I have never been able to duplicate it, maybe because she never used a recipe.

Ever been on a picnic in the park? If so what did you pack to eat? We used to picnic a lot and I"d bring sandwiches, chips, and drinks and probably some fruit and cookies. Not into fancy picnics.  Now we have barbeques in the park once a year, with finger food and some proteint to BBQ.

Hot dogs or hamburgers? Hamburgers

Pop corn or nachos? Nachos

Do you like fish? I'm not crazy about it, but I like it.  Now that we are on Blue Apron, we are eating fish at least once a week.  I've discovered I don't like catfish and love cod, wishy-washy on salmon.  In Japanese restaurants, spicy tuna is my favorite.

Do you like baked beans? Yes, especially canned Boston Baked Beans

Do a lot of crock pot cooking? Not as much as I used to.

What is one "guilty pleasure" snack or food you REFUSE to give up no matter what? If I absolutely had to I could give up snack foods (better go cold turkey than have them get you back into eating badly again).  But the last snack food I would give up would be peanuts.

Growing up did you ever wonder what a "bug" would taste like when you played outdoors? Euww. Never.

Favorite flavor of ice cream? Anything vanilla-y with something crunchy and chocolate-y in it.

Do you like frozen burritos? They're kind of hard to chew; I prefer to heat them up. :)

What kind of milk do you drink? I don't drink a lot of milk now, but when I do, I prefer nonfat.

Yogurt or oatmeal? Yogurt in the summer, oatmeal in the winter.

Favorite kind of cereal? Trader Joe's has a new maple oatmeal crunch with pecans, which is probably my new favorite, though I still love Special K Berries.

Do you like Asian Food? Love it..

Baked potato or sweet potato? Baked, with butter and/or cheese.

Do you like sub sandwiches? Yes and I prefer Quiznos to Subway.

Chips or pretzels? Definitely chips. I'm not a big pretzel person (unless they are stuffed with peanut butter).

Apple sauce or pudding? Applesauce, especially home made.

Do you like fried mozzarella sticks? Of course--they're bad for you, right?

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

Do you like pickles? Not really. I don't like dill pickles, but I like sweet pickles in potato salad.

Do you like Oreo cookies? Hydrox were better but you can't find those any more.

Do you like soup crackers? When I'm in a restaurant or having lunch at Atria, yes. I never buy them for home.

Do you like Tofu? Probably more than I realize. I never mind it in food, I've cooked it in Chinese food, but I would never just buy tofu for myself.

Strawberries or bananas? Yes. But if I have to choose, strawberries.

Canned fruit? Yes. I really like it in heavy syrup, but never buy that. I like the lite syrup or in-its-own-juice type too.

Do you like tuna? Yes. I like regular canned tuna, and I like sushi tuna.  Sunkist used to sell spicy tuna packets that I loved, but I haven't seen them in years.

How about roast beef? How ABOUT roast beef? I love it, but prefer it rare. There has to be pink there and blood dripping off of it.

Do you like salsa or seven layer taco dip? Both, but again, if I have to choose, 7-layer dip.

Snow cones or ice cream cones? Ice cream cones. Snow cones make my teeth hurt.

Do you like tacos? Love 'em. Around here we call them kartudus, which is what our friend's daughter called them when she was little (since she's over 50 now, I won't embarrass her by naming her--but you know who you are)

Do you like cabbage? We have been eating a lot more cabbage with Blue Apron and I am finding new ways that I really like it.  Before, all I knew was steamed with corned beef on St. Patrick's day.

Do you like plums? Yes, if they are just the right degree of ripeness.

Green onions? Yes. Some folks call them scallions, but they're really green onions.

Ever had ramen noodles? How do you fix yours? Do you add anything to them? Yes, I cook ramen for myself. I don't generally add anything to it, though I might chop up some scallions to put on top.

Do you like spicy foods? I love the taste of spicy foods, but I hate it when it's so hot you can't get the flavor. I always ask for mild spices.

Crispy or grilled chicken on your salad? Crispy, of course, continuing my explanation of why I am so fat!

Do you like corn on the cob? Love it.

Pumpkin or apple pie? Pumpkin, but a really good apple pie is hard to beat.

Dinner rolls or crescent rolls? crescent, with lots of real butter

How do you like your eggs? For years, I always ordered scrambled and cooked scrambled for myself, but lately I've been hankering for fried and loving it.

Most expensive meal you have ever ate? Wow. That's hard to answer. I really don't know, though we went to a French restaurant in San Francisco once that had no prices on the woman's menu, so that may be one of the more expensive ones!

Do you like stir fry? Yes, and I do cook stir fry.

What kind of pots and pans do you use? You name it, I probably have it. What I use most is my set of Revereware (wedding gift 52 years ago), the crock pot and a 9x13 pyrex baking dish.

Do you like brussel sprouts? I can take them or leave them, but I made some not too long ago that were cooked with bacon (a Food Network recipe) and were to die for.

Can or fresh tomatoes? Fresh, but only if it tastes like a tomato. Many tomatoes today are mealy and tasteless.

BBQ Chicken or Ribs? Probably ribs because I rarely cook ribs and I do like a good BBQ rib.

Do you like coffee? Yes. Peet's French Roast

Cupcakes or ice cream cake? Ice cream cake. I'm not a big "cake" eater, even though I was a cake decorator for several years.

Hot dogs or polish sausage? A toss up.

Do you like cinnamon toast? Yes, I love it.

Do you eat dinner at the table or in front of the TV? We eat at the table, but the TV is on. After nearly 52 years, there isn't much to say.

Do you like to BBQ? I love BBQ, but I have never learned how to do it well.  For that you needed Walt's (late) uncle Ernie.

Do you like cold cuts? Some. It's not my favorite choice of sandwich

Do you like rice? Yes, and I cook it a lot because Walt loves it. I really prefer potatoes, though.

Macaroni and cheese? Yes. We have Kraft Dinner on David's anniversary because he liked it. But I really prefer to make my own.

Key Lime Pie? I've only had it a couple of times, I think. I think I liked it. (It's pie--what's not to like?)

Favorite Fair/Carnival Food? I haven't been to a fair in over 20 years, so don't even know what is sold there any more, though I would like to try a fried Snickers bar some day.

What kind of gravy do you like? Not a big gravy eater, but when I was in Iowa helping my cousin, I learned to love biscuits and sausage gravy for breakfast.

Jalapeno Poppers? Yes. It's like crack.

Broccoli/Chicken Alfredo? Is that an either/or question? Would I rather have broccoli or chicken alfredo? Heck, chicken, of course.

Do you like cottage cheese? Not by itself, but mixed with fruit, sure.

Do you like lasagna? Yes.  I don't make it often after I learned how good the frozen stuff Costco sells is.  My favorite lasagna, which I have not made in decades, was with cream cheese instead of mozarella.

Do you like hard boiled eggs? Yes.

Do you like stuffing? Love it

Do you like cream corn? Haven't had it in years. It's ok but I'm not big on canned vegetables

Do you like corn nuts? Not really--I'm afraid to bite into them because I don't want to crack a tooth.

What about sauerkraut? Again, it's OK. I don't love it, but I don't dislike it.  I like it on hot dogs at a ball park.

Do you like ice cream sandwiches? Yes.

Sunflower or pumpkin seeds? Sunflower

Potato chips or nacho cheese chips? Potato chips.

Do you like granola bars? I like the ones with peanuts in them.

Do you like Pop tarts? I never ever buy them, but when I have the opportunity to have them, yes, I like them.

M&Ms or Hershey's chocolate? Hard to decide. M&M Peanut would be my favorite, or Hershey with almonds.  (But my real favorite is a U-No bar, which you can only find at CVS these days, which is closing its candy counter soon.  I must stock up!

Last but not least……. What is your ALL time favorite FOOD????? Dungeness crab, of course. But if I were ordering my last meal, I would choose roast leg of lamb (rare), garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, soft Hawaiian rolls with butter and pumpkin pie for dessert.


Happy Birthday, Jeri!

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