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Foodie Question of the Day

What was the WORST Christmas food related gift you’ve ever received?

This happened about 6 Christmases ago.

My ex-SIL (you can already tell there’s some bad history from her prefix) was the QUEEN of gifts. She had that creative flair that made every gift perfectly wrapped with bows and matching To and From tags. You know those types right? *cough April cough* I kid you not. Ex-SIL was the Debbie Homemaker of gifts. I would try to aspire to wrap gifts like her but I am WAY too lazy to make a bow look that perky.

So imagine my surprise when the last Christmas that she was part of our family, Hubs and I received our gift as an unwrapped box of Sees candy. Now we’re not gift greedy or anything. I’m all about the food and candy gifts for Christmas being a foodie myself but this gift was so uncharacteristic of her. That’s what made it so surprising. But wait there’s more…

Upon opening the box of Sees candy, we realized right away that it was a regift. How did we know… you ask?

Candy had mold. It was straight up fuzzy.

It’s not right what she did to that chocolate. Damn shame.

December 7, 2009 at 7:38 am 5 comments

Foodie Question of the Day

What food are you willing to splurge on no matter how bad the economy gets?

(A) Meat, poultry, seafood
(B) Coffee
(C) Cheese
(D) Wine, alcohol
(E) Chocolate (dessert)
(F) Organic foods
(G) Other

I think I’ll have to go with (A) seafood. I pink puffy heart shrimp.

You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That… that’s about it.

Bubba Gump knew his shrimp.

But cheese would be a close second.

September 1, 2009 at 7:34 pm 13 comments

Foodie Question of the Day

(image source: Ninecooks)

How do you defrost beef, chicken and/or seafood?

(1) If I plan ahead far enough I will defrost in my frig overnight. (Rarely happens b/c I am Miss Dinner Procrastinator.)

(2) If I have a few hours I’ll defrost in a bowl with some cold water. (Usually if I remember at work I’ll call my husband to do it for me.)

(3) If I am in a big hurry I’ll microwave-defrost. (I prefer this method only as a last resort b/c meat always ends up with a weird taste. Maybe it’s just my microwave? *shrugs)

PS. Funny story. I accidentally got tongue-tied and told my coworker “Happy Hump The Earth Day”. Obviously my brain couldn’t decide between “Happy Hump Day” and “Happy Earth Day”. Doh! *smacks head*

April 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm 12 comments

Foodie Question of the Day

What dish are you TERRIFIED to tackle? (baked good, bread, main dish etc)

(Thanks to Rachel for the question suggestion!)

I’d say I am more scurred than terrified of something that’s been on my must-bake list for a LONG time. Bakerella’s Cupcake Pops.

Clara, why scurred? You LOVE cupcakes!

I have no idea! Maybe because I think Bakerella has already set such a high standard (she was on Martha Stewart for goshsakes!) that I just want to stare at my computer in awe and not even try. But since admitting to her via twitter (@bakerella) my cupcake pop fears, I promised I’d put my big girl apron on and try soon. Very soon. (And I have to send her pictures. Eek!)

Maybe this weekend?

But no promises. I’m a wuss.

March 26, 2009 at 5:37 am 14 comments

Foodie Question of the Day

What food do you dislike but still prepare/cook/bake for someone you love?

I think most readers know by now that I do not eat bananas.

The soft smushy texture makes me gag. I don’t really like the smell of them either. I think it stems from a childhood memory. I was sick. Not just *cough cough* sick but flu sick and my mom gave me a banana to eat. FYI banana flavored puke is not a good thing. Just saying…

Kinda ironic that I like banana+strawberry smoothies but I think you gotta mix it with other things so it’s not “just” banana flavor. If banana is the star of the show, I probably aint gonna eat it! *pushing the banana cream pie away*

But my bunnies adore bananas so I’ll pinch my nose while unpeeling a banana (I am so talented, no?) for my bunnies. Is that love or what? I won’t even do that for my husband. HAHA

Oh yeah… I don’t do beans either. No side order of beans and rice for me. Just give me my cheese enchiladas with an extra scoop of guacamole and I’m good!

Happy Thursday-It’s-Almost-Friday readers.

March 19, 2009 at 6:16 am 23 comments

Foodie Question of the Day

Do you eat off other people’s plates?

Warning: flameworthy.

I dumped a guy b/c he use to get uppity about my “eating off his plate” habit. Sorry, but boyfriend chastising me is dump worthy. I guess I didn’t see the issue if we’ve exchanged spit before to eat off his plate you know?

I suppose it really depends on the person I am eating out with. Husband? Of course! Family? Yes. Friends? Yes. Acquaintances? Probably not. Business/work related? No.

I have an indecisive personality so when I eat out there are so many choices available that I never really know what I want to order. Then I feel pressured when the waitress is staring at me and usually pick too fast and not think of all the options. Of course when I do make a choice and see what someone else ordered, it always looks better than what I ordered.

The whole sharing concept gives me the ability to try a little of everything so ppl eating off my plate and vice versa is no biggie for me. Unless… you eat more of my food than yours. That’s when I have issues. Also a little warning, “Clara, I am coming in for a onion ring, cool?” is always nice.

PS. There’s no Indian giving either b/c that french fry I just hijacked is loooooong gone by now…

Happy Friday readers!

February 20, 2009 at 6:58 am 15 comments

Foodie Question of the Day

Do you use a feed reader? (ie Google Reader, Bloglines etc)

If yes, what makes you add one blog and not another?
If no, why not?


I use google reader. Its a foodie blogger’s best friend. Seriously.

I dedicated a whole post to it; how to use it complete with pictures and red arrows b/c red arrows help me focus. LOL. Why? Just doing my part to spread the google reader love.

[Note to reader: Google reader’s layout has been updated since I wrote that post but the concept is still the same.]

When I first began blogging I use to add any blog but when I started getting anxious if I couldn’t read them all before the end of the day I knew it was time for some strategery [sic]. I am kinda OCD like that. My google reader must be clear by the time I go to bed. Its ok. You can say it. I am crazy. Unfortunately “mark as all read” has been used a couple times these past few months to keep my sanity.

I think its pretty easy to get in my google reader. Basically if you have a cupcake recipe that I want to make, I’ll add you. If you have alot of pictures, I’ll add you. If you make me laugh, I’ll add you. Obviously I am not a blog snob. Personally not a fan of the half feeds though. But I don’t think my standards are ridiculous. (Hear that Tastespotting?? *shaking fist*)

Hmmm… Ya think that might be the reason why I have over bazillion blogs in my reader?

February 11, 2009 at 7:49 am 20 comments

Foodie Question of the Day

Do you have any food allergies? (If yes, proceed to A. If no, proceed to B)

A. How do you accommodate them in your foodie lifestyle?
B. Do you have any non-food related allergies?


Can you tell I was reading tax stuff? If yes, write “0”. If no, proceed to page X. Its enough to make a girl go crazy! I realize paying taxes is a necessary evil but I don’t have to like it! Hrrummph! I best get some money back… and I would prefer no IOUs, Mr. Governator. I will accept a state check with your signature (hopefully that still means something) or cold hard cash. Thanks.

Anywhoo… about my question. I am allergic to lobster but not any other shellfish. Not crab, not shrimp, not clams, not oysters. Weird huh? My body is just so complicated sometimes. HAHA. But since I’ve only had lobster once and broke out into a crazy rash that itched for days, I don’t really remember the taste and just avoid it all together. Trust me. The rash isn’t worth the 30 seconds of butter drenched lobster consumption. Eesh! I am scratching my arm right now just thinking about it. *shivers*

PS. Thanks for all the TWD comment love. I literally cackled at all references to said Simpsons episode. Remember this one?

LT Smash: And you stood in their way
Skinner: I did not! I even came in early to make orange drink!
LT Smash: Orange Drink? You live with your momma or something?
Skinner: She lives with me!

I am hoping to return the comment love and make the rounds this weekend. *smooches*

Happy Thursday readers.

February 5, 2009 at 7:16 am 16 comments

Foodie Question of the Day

How much “useable” counter space do you have in your kitchen?

I struggle with counter space whenever I cook or bake. I think back in the 60s when my apt was built, people were more liberated to eat out b/c my kitchen is so FREAKING small. (Although I do think the blender outlet in the countertop is pretty darn cool. 60s must have been a mixed drink era, no?) Or maybe it was more single men living in apartments in the 60s?

In my kitchen, I have about 3.5′ x 1′ of “useable” counter top. Meaning there’s nothing in that space so that I can prep there. I have more counter space (albeit not that much more) but they have my microwave, KA mixer, toaster, rice cooker, spice rack, knife block etc on them so I don’t count them as useable counter space.

Anyone wanna buy me a house preferably something with a mega kitchen, prep island and one of those cool faucets above the stove so I don’t have to lug a gallon of water in a pot from the sink to the stove? Please. Please. Please. I’ll be your best friend…

Happy Friday readers.

TGIF, seriously!

This has been a long, emotional week for me. I for one am ready for the weekend.

PS. Thanks for all the TWD comments. I am hoping to check in with you peeps this weekend. Just haven’t had a chance yet. I know. I fail. *hangs head*

January 16, 2009 at 7:20 am 23 comments

Foodie Question of the Day

I am curious… (Thanks goodness I am not a cat!)

1. How long does it take you to blog about [insert recipe here] after you are done cooking/baking it?
2. Favorite and least favorite part of blogging?
3. Are you a morning, afternoon, evening blogger?
4. What are your feelings about ads on blogs?
5. Foodie events. Yay or nay? If yay what do you participate in?

1. It depends for me. I try to blog pretty soon after I eat whatever I cook/bake so that I have all the little cooking details, adaptions, substitutions, tips etc in my head but there are times when its not possible so I try to be flexible and hope my crappy short term memory will maintain until then. HAHA. When I do get to post it usually takes me about 30-60 minutes per post depending on how many pictures I post and how much I write.
2. Favorite: comments and making new blogger friends — Least favorite: spam
3. Again it depends. I probably blog more in the evening but I have been known to continue blog posts in the morning too.
4. I don’t mind ads b/c let’s be honest, I wouldn’t mind getting paid for blogging either but I don’t like when the ads take over the blog and its more about the ads than the posts.
5. Yay! I love foodie events. They inspire me and allow me to bake outside my comfort zone. Definitely the biggest perk is meeting so many other amazing food bloggers out there! Right now I participate in Tuesdays with Dorie, Craving Ellie in my Belly, Art You Can Eat and various cupcake events.

Happy Sunday everyone! Can you believe Christmas is in 4 days??

December 21, 2008 at 10:46 am 8 comments

Foodie Question of the Day

(image credit: Classic Pasta)

What is your favorite type of pasta?
(spaghetti, linguine, farfalle, penne, cavatappi etc etc)

Mine use to be penne and my husband use to be spaghetti but I think since I forced him to eat so much penne he switched over to penne and I got sick of it! Aint that a stinker! HAHA

Now I prefer spaghettini (thin spaghetti) instead. I also have a thing for linguine too. Pioneer Woman’s Asian Noodle Salad is to die for! If I am not making dessert for a potluck party, friends and family request the Asian Noodle Salad. Everytime.

December 3, 2008 at 12:41 pm 24 comments

Foodie Question of the Day

What is your favorite condiment?
(ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, salsa, steak sauce etc)

I didn’t realize there were a wide variety of condiments more than just ketchup, mustard, relish and mayonnaise. Pineapple cheese dip? Really? My hubs also considers salt, pepper and sugar a quasi-condiment but I wouldn’t. Would you?

I’d say my favorite condiment is ketchup. But not just any ketchup. It has to be Heinz ketchup. I’ll eat [insert other brand here] but I prefer Heinz. I guess you could call me a ketchup snob connoisseur. French fries, fish sticks, tater tots, hot dogs, onion rings, burgers (healthy huh? HAHA) would not be complete without ketchup IMO.

Happy Hump Day readers.

I hope you have a half day like the hubs does.

Gotta get ready to gorge tomorrow right? Ohhhhh yeah…

November 26, 2008 at 7:06 am 20 comments

Foodie Question of the Day

Do you appreciate food blogs that post process pictures or would you prefer 1 or 2 really good quality staged pictures of the final dish?

Most of my readers know that I post alot of process pictures. I tend to be a visual learner and all my favorite cookbooks have pictures. Lots of pictures. I like seeing step-by-step of what things should look like so I know right away if I am making a mistake. But not all bloggers feel the same as me.

“… I believe no one really cares about seeing a raw piece of chicken or a messy counter of ingredients. They just want to see the pretty result of my efforts.”

What do you think? There’s no right or wrong answer. I am just curious.

PS. 1 week, 6 days, 10 hours until my throw down.

November 22, 2008 at 3:29 pm 26 comments

Foodie Question of the Day

I was just thinking about a “nutty” dish that I want to make for my UCLA blog-luck and it got me thinking:

What is your favorite nut? (Pecans, cashews, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, macadamia, pistachios, other etc…)

I think I’ve mentioned a couple times that I am a savory snacker. Don’t get me wrong. I love my sweet treats but I can’t eat alot of sweets in one sitting whereas chips, pretzels, nuts etc I can eat handful after handful. Hmmm… thats probably not a good thing huh?

My favorite legume use to be pistachios but in my old age I am getting too lazy to shell the darn things. What’s the point of snacking if I have to do work? Although I do admit that the salty shells are my favorite part of a pistachio. I am such a complicated person, no? HAHA

So now my favorite nut is probably cashews. There’s just something about that kidney bean shaped nut that I love. Can’t explain it. Just do.

November 16, 2008 at 3:13 pm 17 comments

Foodie Question of the Day

Do you preheat your oven?

I read this article on Slash Foods the other day and it got me thinking about my oven. If the instructions say to “preheat” I am a good little recipe reader and I preheat. Hmmm… I think I’ve been brainwashed. HAHA

Happy Friday everyone.

Be good with a pinch of evil. Makes life more fun.

October 24, 2008 at 6:58 am 17 comments

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