Wikipedia defines FOODIE as an informal term for a particular class of aficionado of food and drink. The word was coined in 1981 by Paul Levy and Ann Barr, who used it in the title of their 1984 book The Official Foodie Handbook.
"Although the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, foodies differ from gourmets in that gourmets are epicures of refined taste who may or may not be professionals in the food industry, whereas foodies are amateurs who simply love food for consumption, study, preparation, and news. Gourmets simply want to eat the best food, whereas foodies want to learn everything about food, both the best and the ordinary, and about the science, industry, and personalities surrounding food. For this reason, foodies are sometimes viewed as obsessively interested in all things culinary."
Answers.com says FOODIE is a slang term for a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food, a gourmet: "in the culinary fast lane, where surprises are expected and foodies beg to be thrilled." (Boston Globe)
I think I am just food-OBSESSED!
Last month when reading Judith's blog, Think On It, I came across this recipe for hot dog buns. As several friends asked me, "Who MAKES hot dog buns?" Brad and I decided, since we both thought this was a good idea, we should try them. 4th of July made me crave a once a year grilled hot dog, so why not?
This was my first time using "quick rising" or "instant" yeast. I began laughing as I thought about three of my favorite chefs and food mentors. Judy Witts of Divina Cucina, tells us to use instant mashed potatoes for light gnocchi. I have never bought instant mashed potatoes! For this week's recipe from Dolce Italiano, Gina DePalma has me send Brad out to find instant polenta to make the delicious Citrus-Glazed Polenta Cake. I have only used the coarser, long cooking polenta. Now Judith's recipe calls for instant yeast! I do realize the reason behind all of these ingredients, but it still struck me as funny!
This week, I will collect YOUR answers to "You know you're a foodie when..."
I'll start the list with a few of mine, and collect yours for the next week before posting a complete list:
You know you're a foodie when...
You make hot dog buns from scratch!
You read food blogs more hours a week than you read the newspaper.
You read 5 or more food magazines a month.
You watch Top Chef, Next Food Network Star, and even admit to Hell's Kitchen!
Your family and friends know not to take a bite until you've snapped a photo.
You have planned menus for events more than four months away.
The internet makes you hungry.
You have 5 or more kinds of flour in your pantry.
You sharpen (or have your butcher do it) your knives more often than you wash your car.
You plan your trips around food experiences or restaurants.
Read on to see my hot dog buns!
The dough rises in 45 minutes. Brush on the egg wash.
They are beautiful in 15-18 minutes. Brad popped a hot one in his mouth with butter!
The kitchen smelled divine!
We patiently waited until dinner time to grill the hot dogs. Best one EVER!