cook’s meme

The kiddo and I have some peanutbutter and jelly bars from one of Ina Garten’s cookbook baking. I thought I’d do this cooking meme. Anyone who knows me well knows that cooking is a huge part of my life. I kind of wonder about people who don’t like to cook…do they even like food? Or is it the demands on time that gets them? Oh well, I do enjoy feeding them.

What cooking shows do you watch?
I don’t have time to watch any more, but I used to like The Barefoot Contessa and Alton Brown’s Good Eats.

Your top three favorite cookbooks are:
Jane Brody’s Good Food, Ina Garten’s At Home, and an old Farm Journal cookbook from the ’40’s.
Your must-have kitchen accessory is:
A good knife.

What is your go-to ingredient?
Homemade chicken stock.

How many courses should a meal have?
About 3 or 4. More for a holiday of course.

What’s your favorite course?
Probably the main course. Salads too. I make awesome salads.

What nationality of food do you like the best?
Thai.

What’s your favorite meal of the day to prepare?
Dinner, definitely.

Where do you find inspiration when creating a new dish?
Sometimes cookbooks or magazines, especially with good food porn. Though I rely alot on the internet because I like to read the reviews and tweaks of other cooks, which is something you don’t get in print.

What is your favorite comfort food?
baked mac and cheese.

Do you ever eat fast food? If so, what?
Subs, or, as they’re called here, grinders.

What restaurant do you want to eat at that you haven’t yet?
I like to eat in. But any new Thai or Indian restaurant, I’m up for.

What’s your favorite dessert?
Pecan pie a la mode.

Are there wines or liquors that you cook with?
Red and white wine. I love reduction sauces.

How much time do you spend cooking a
meal just for yourself?

15 minutes, tops.

What scent in the kitchen do you love –
what ingredient smells the best?

onions frying. Cinnamon baking. Homemade bread.
What ingredient(s) do you avoid/dislike?
organ meats. seafood. licorice or anise. snails or any other squishy meat.
What’s your secret splurge at the grocery store?
organic meat.

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
toasted cheese sandwich with tomato.

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6 Responses to “cook’s meme”


  1. 1 T January 27, 2007 at 6:57 am

    I wish we lived closer so I could sample some of your recipes. The first time I realized what an awesome cook you are is when I visited you in MA and you made me broccoli cheese soup…I have yet to make or taste one as good as that. My favorite scents are onions sauteing too-apple pie baking and chai tea are close seconds. Comfort food-tomato rice soup…

  2. 2 petitmuse January 27, 2007 at 7:14 am

    you will, sweetie. can’t wait :>

    geez…everyone, mom included, cites my broccoli soup. my broccoli cheese soup is made entirely different than way back then. but it’s still good.

    the kiddo LOVES tomato rice soup. i must make it for her soon.

  3. 3 doktorholocaust January 27, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    I would steal this and fill it myself, but I never really cook, what with being a bachelor and all. I usually cook for just myself, which typically means frozen convenience foods 3 nights a week or more, and mac-and-cheese (blue box type), hamburger helper, or sloppy joes on the rest. i do enhance things with my own ingredients, usually sweated onions and peppers, chopped up tomatoes, hot peppers, or the like, though.

  4. 4 petitmuse January 27, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    You sound like someone I know. I can’t to this day do mac-and-cheese or hamburger helper. My mom pretty much raised us on that.

  5. 5 doktorholocaust January 28, 2007 at 6:33 am

    see, I grew up on that too, which is why I like it. For me, it’s comfort food that makes cooking for one easy, especially in my tiny kitchen with maybe a foot of counter-space for veggie-chopping and other prepwork. if I ever had a real kitchen and a bigger freezer, i might do more real cooking but as it stands, it doesn’t seem worth the hassle.

    Sometimes I wonder if the real reason people raise kids, join into permanent partnerships, or the like is so they can justify having a big kitchen full of kitchenware to play with and make proper recipes. I think somewhere in everyone is a Domestic Instinct that must be sated from time to time with cooking and decorating. mine seems to be broken, though.

  6. 6 doktorholocaust January 29, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    on second thought… stealing this!


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