Friday, October 19, 2007
The Friday Five: Homage to the Top Chef!
Revhrod says, "This Fall my family has been energetically watching Top Chef on the Bravo channel. My teenage daughter watches with the dream of some day being a chef. My husband watches because he loves reality shows and I mean, really loves them. Plus the whole competition thing really works for him. Me, I love cooking and good food. Every so often I get an idea from this group of talented young chefs who are competing for big money and honors galore.The winner for this season was Hung. Not the fan favorite, but he won fair and square. In his bio, he says if he were a food "I would be spicy chili - it takes a while to get used to, but once you eat it you always come back for more!" With that in mind, here is this week’s Friday Five."
If you were a food, what would you be?
Dark Chocolate--in any form or recipe. I just love it!
What is one of the most memorable meals you ever had? And where?
The Fireman's Fourth of July Barbeque in Sheyenne, North Dakota, takes that honor. To truly experience the meal, one has to go uptown to Ostby Hall and watch the men prepare the meat. They inject the beef roasts with special sauce, cut a whole lot of onions up, and wrap the roasts with onions and seasonings using foil and cheesecloth. They also prepare potatoes for the pit, too. After everything is ready, the men load this huge concrete pit with sand, food, and cover it with boards and hot coals. They generally sit up all night watching it and enjoying a few beers. The women fix the rest of the meal. The next day, after the parade, the hall fills with more people than the town has residents to enjoy some of the best meat and fixins' in all North Dakota. Well, for that matter, it rivals the best barbeque you'll find in Memphis, TN, too. What makes it even better is how so many town residents come together to make this meal happen, with the proceeds benefitting our volunteer fire department.
What is your favorite comfort food from childhood?
Homemade mac and cheese AND my granny's homemade fried apple pies and biscuits.
When going to a church potluck, what one recipe from your kitchen is sure to be a hit?
Cheezy Apples--another good comfort foot involving apple pie filling, cheese, and other goodies
What’s the strangest thing you ever willingly ate?
Chocolate covered ants (in third grade!) Anything is palatable with the right amount of chocolate.
Bonus question: What’s your favorite drink to order when looking forward to a great meal?
A single glass of really good wine--what that is depends on the meal.