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You Know You're a Foodie When...

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:


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!

Grazie, Judith!

Comments (10)

Da niente, signora! They were really good, but then you cannot reliably buy good ones here.

I think the quick yeast is because otherwise no one would ever make them!

OH MY GOSH, these look so good! I am or was a foodie. I had surgery for weight loss three weeks ago today, but all I've done in recovery is watch the "Food Network" hehehehe

That is simply amazing! I would have never even thought of making hot dog buns. Love the step by step photos!!

You know you are a foodie when...
You make something just to take a picture for the blog.

Hot Dog Buns??
You win!

You know that you are a foodie when . . .

Your favourite trip purchases are cooking ingredients.

You read cookbooks for pleasure.

You have buy more bookshelves to store all of your cookbooks.

Your favourite Christmas gift is a new appliance (AKA toy).

People wait to order in a restaurant until you have ordered - knowing that if you select something it will be amazing.

You have two refrigerators and two freezers.

When a recipe directs you to use a small tart pan you have to debate the merits of round versus square, fluted versus plain.


Ok, Jerry, two refrigerators and two freezers for two people? You top the foodie list... well, along with Palma and Brad who do homemade hot dog buns! Awesome! You people are just Amazing... And I have a kitchen because it came with the house... :)

You know you're a foodie when...

You strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to you on a plane and you discuss food for the entire 3 1/2 hour flight.

When at the gourmet food store, you talk to all of the customers & tell them what's good because you've tried it all.

Your husband has gotten used to eating cold food because it's taken too long to get that perfect photo.

When the nightstand next to your bed holds only an alarm clock, a light, and copies of Dolce Italiano, The Perfect Scoop, Artisian Bread in 5 minutes, Baking: From my Home to Yours, and Chocolate & Zucchini.

You think about cooking/food as you wake up in the morning and as you're falling asleep at night.

Brad'll Do It:

Do I get to play? You know you're a foodie when: you know more celebrity chefs' / cookbook authors' names than actors', musicians', and/or sports figures' names.

connie wood:

You know you are a "Foodies SISTER" when.........
You cant wait to visit Palmabella ^ Brad at Christmastime & salvate at the daily aroma's coming from her kitchen!"
You DO know not to eat anything until the pictures have been taken.
You love that your "Foodie Sister" shares all her fabulous recpies.
You love that she ALWAYS sends home the leftovers with you. =}
But most of all, you just love that your "Foodie Sister" is family!!!

You know you're a Foodie when you are the leader of a monthly book club named
You know you're a Foodie when you think cookbooks are classic literature.
You know you're a Foodie when you'd volunteer to be the president of Alton Brown's fan club.

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