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Food & Cooking Meme

This came from Amy, who got it from Annie. I like it because it is all about FOOD!

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What is your go-to ingredient?
It has to be pasta - so many possibilities, from simple olive oil and herbs to complicated sauces.

What nationality of food do you like the best?
I don't even have to think about that - Italian, of course! Such a wide variety of regional cuisine.

What’s your favorite meal of the day to prepare?
Just like Amy (who I stole this meme from), it is dinner, when you can drink a glass of wine while you are cooking.

What is/are your signature dish? (What dish are you ‘known’ for?)
I guess it must be my Apple Gorgonzola Salad. I make it every year for Slow Bowl in Paso Robles, and people still seem to like it.

What is your favorite comfort food?
Mac & cheese, beef stew, and chocolate. Go figure!

What cooking shows do you watch?
Iron Chef America, Top Chef, Hell's Kitchen, Chopped, and Throwdown with Bobby Flay.

Your top three favorite cookbooks are:
Dolce Italiano, The Perfect Scoop, and various Food & Wine cookbooks.

Your must-have kitchen accessory is:
My new little KitchenAid mini chopper. It is so handy!

Do you ever eat fast food? If so, what?
Not too often, but I do like fresh crispy french fries.

Most memorable meal you’ve had while on vacation:
French Laundry in Napa Valley and Picasso in Las Vegas - Both have tasting menus that are out of this world.

What restaurant do you want to eat at that you haven’t yet?
I Caffi in Acqui Terme, thanks to Jerry and Palma. We plan to go in September.

What’s your favorite dessert?
Chocolate souffle.

What scent in the kitchen do you love?
Garlic and onions cooking - Bread baking.

What ingredient(s) do you avoid/dislike?
Clams and eggplant. Bill loves them both.

What’s your secret splurge at the grocery store?
Jumbo crab legs when they are on sale.

What’s the most decadent dish you’ve ever had?
At the French Laundry restaurant we opted to upgrade one course to Kobe beef. We didn't know until we got the bill that the "upgrade" was an additional $75.

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Cold pizza.

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Comments (9)

Lucky you to be going to iCaffi! I am jealous.

Interesting post. I love my Cuisinart mini-processor also. French Laundry must have been wonderful-our biggest splurge was the 7 course pasta tasting menu at Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, with matching wines. I can't imagine a $75 upgrade for kobe beef!

nancyhol:

Oh, Cindy, I would love to do a pasta tasting menu, especially at Mario Batali's! I love to watch him cook. Where is that restaurant?

Jerry, I will be thinking of you at I Caffi - your report certainly made me want to go!

Pasta is my go to food also and I love Italian too! Thai comes in as my runner up. Enjoy Acqui in the fall!

Jane:

Nancy, we too have been to the French Laundry and it is certainly a meal that is a memorable experience--everything about it!

If you read this in time--Von's has a sale on Crab Legs right now $9.99 and they are big ones--not the little scrawny ones. We had them last night and they wery goooood.

Interesting meme! I also love the scent of baking bread. Lucky you, going to Acqui in the fall. Are you going to blog while traveling?

nancyhol:

Yes, Maria, I am going to blog while in Italy. I wanted to get started on my blog early so I would know what I was doing by then.

Kim:

I'm going to have to do this one of these days. I have that saying on some cocktail napkins, by the way!

Glad you did this meme, it's a good one! Your Apple Gorgonzola recipe is in my "to do" file - I'm looking forward to trying it.

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