martes, julio 19, 2005


cooking meme

i've been tagged by the hatter and am waiting for my homemade planner pages to finish printing. so here we go...

what is your first memory of cooking/baking on your own?
my cousin chris and i used to make ice cream soup. put several scoops of ice cream in a bowl, add various candies and goopy things to taste, and stir until liquidy.

who had the most influence on your cooking?
grandma and my aunt. the best cooks in the family, and since they lived with us when i was a kid, i got to "help" them (poke my fingers in stuff and "test taste") while they worked their magic.

do you have an old photo as evidence of an early exposure to the cooking world?
nope. who takes pictures of stuff like that?

Mageiricophobia - Do you suffer from any cooking phobia, or a dish that makes your palms sweat?
i will go to great lengths to avoid gutting poultry. that shit is foul. grandma may have plucked her own chickens and my mom may have broken their necks, but those qualities didn't get passed on to me. sorry, grandma. sorry, mom. i'm a modern girl and that's what butchers and pre-packaged chickens are for.

What would be your most valued or used kitchen gadgets and/or what was the biggest letdown?
most used: toaster oven, standing mixer, mandolin. as a kid, i always thought the potato masher (a.k.a. bean masher =P) was the bomb. i'm quite disappointed by my garlic press. i bought it when i was young and impressionable but prefer either smashing cloves whole or roasting them until they're soft and buttery.

Name some funny or weird food combinations/dishes you really like - and probably no one else!
i prefer a 3:1 mix of fat-free plain yogurt and ranch dressing to normal ranch dressing with my veggies. much more tangy. ummm, and i love me some tortilla-based tacos. no one else appreciates that stuff.

What are the three eatables or dishes you simply don't want to live without?
1. steamed white rice
2. aloo pouri
3. chocolate tres leches

Who are some chefs you would be most interested in spending a day with?
am i allowed to be sexual? because if i am, jamie oliver, a.k.a. the naked chef, and tyler florence from tyler's ultimate. if not, ming tsai or graham kerr.

Your favorite ice cream:
pistachio & rocky road

You will probably never eat:
cauliflower is broccoli's bastard cousin... i hate it. sashimi. organs or anything that comes from the head of an animal. or bone marrow. or blood sausage. blech.

Your own signature dish...
potato tacos w/my special salsa verde, vegetable eggrolls, whole wheat banana bread & a dearth of ice cream cakes

bean masher :) I swear that's the only name I knew for it until I was in college.

I had such a crush on jamie and tyler! I actually stayed up one time watching the naked chef until 3 am. No había nada mejor que hacer :p
the garlic press let me down too. and i would love to spend a day with ming.
Reason why the Blex learned to cook.

"The way things are going by the time you get married chances are your wife will not know how to cook, so get your ass in here and at least learn how to boil water" -Blex's Mom to Blex when he was 10 years old.
Your ice cream soup sounds pretty good, actually.

Speaking of broccoli's cousin, have you ever tried Broccoli raab? It's a blend of broccoli and turnip, develop in the early 1900s. A little bitter, but very tasty. They even have a cauliflower-broccoli hybrid out there. Eww.
Dang, I need to have you teach me how to cook!
My specialty is tacos de lengua! I am thinking of getting a taco truck if this teaching thing doesn't pan out.
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