As far as the food route that got me here, let's start this blog with a shout-out to my mother, whom I love dearly. She has an admittedly picky palette and no patience for the kitchen, so growing up we ate the following foods on rotation:
1. Meatloaf. Mom used to say, "just slab a slice of cheese on it and cover it with ketchup. It's like a cheeseburger!" Um. No it is not. Because of this tortuous experience I will NEVER eat meatloaf again. This is a promise.
2. Chicken Tarragon. This is the one and only meal of my childhood that I still thoroughly enjoy and have yet to fully master the recipe. I will blog this up at some point. This is a promise.
3. Baked Ziti and meat-sauce. All together now: "whomp whoommpppp".
4. Burgers. IN THE OVEN. [This is a good moment to point out that when I was little I saw a news report about e.coli at Jack-in-the-Box restaurants in California. We don't even have JITB restaurants on the east coast, but I didn't eat burgers again until I was maybe 13 or 14 years old after that. My parents tried to tell me I was being ridiculous, but I literally thought I would keel over and die with just one bite. Cue my slight paranoia. Then when I was around 18 I started eating ground turkey in place of beef. Now whenever I try to go back to beef, it hates me. Revenge much?] Anywho- burgers in the oven are the single most disgusting thing I can ever think of eating. The fat gets all congealed on top and it tastes like shoe leather. ga-ross.
5. Salmon Croquettes. What is a "croquette" you ask? It's canned salmon and breadcrumbs smooshed into a patty and fried in a pan. Clearly a hit with the after-school crowd.
6. Tuna noodle casserole. I can't even discuss this without wanting to vom.
7. Hot dogs. Boiled. You love it.
Needless to say my adventures in eating were kind of non-existent.
I also have a dad (hi, dad) with slightly more adventurous and advanced taste buds, and he introduced me to things like un-canned salmon, spicy (turkey) chilis, and eventually, my greatest love of all: SUSHI. More on that in another post.
We dined out a lot when I was younger, and that certainly helped to form my love of food, and eating. I was the 8 year old ordering fettuccine alfredo when the rest of the kids were getting chicken fingers. I was also the fat kid. So there was that.
Today, my personal food pyramid includes the following favs:
-Seafood. If it swims, i eat it. if it swims and it's raw, i devour it.
-Pasta. Whole wheat is good, but i love a fresh ravioli, a fettuccine, and a cavatappi. all of these are mostly always covered in my next favorite...
-Cheese. I would marry cheese if it was legal.
-Coffee. Ok, so technically not a "food." But i consume it daily and can't have it any other way.
-Chocolate. Dark. WITH SEA SALT. I definitely have a sweet tooth, and for that, I'm giving my mom another shout-out.
Future blogs will feature my favorite go-to recipes for my favorite meals. I come from the Rachael Ray School of Eye-Balling, so you won't see any set measurements or anything. What you will see is home cooked, easy, and inexpensive meals and sides, a few desserts, and lots of love for food.
come back soon!