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Apr. 18, 2013 11:35 pm 
Updated: Apr. 20, 2013 11:16 pm
Just a couple of weeks ago, I had one of the strangest cravings that I can recall...  I NEEDED potato salad, and lots of it!  It got so bad that I purchased potato salad from the deli at my grocery!  Despite doctoring it up, mine is far better!  Seemed that much of the potato in the store bought was near mashed, rather than chunks!  How lame is that?  Regardless, I presumed that there was an ingredient in the mix, that my body was needing at the time.  Turns out, that I should have been craving bananas, but I understand that potatoes are also a good source of potassium, which I now take tablets for, as prescribed by my doc!  I still have to wonder, however, if there isn't something in the mustard that I was in need of...

Then, there are my late night cravings when it comes to snack foods.  For a week, it might be cheese crisps, which I make on soft (taco sized) tortillas.  The following week, it may well be a thick slice of french bread, topped with melted cheddar (which I accomplish by broiling it, so the underside doesn't toast...)  Lela posted on her blog that she bakes corn tortillas, to make tostadas, so for a week, maybe two, I HAD to have a tostada every night before bed!  (Thanks for the directions, Lela!)  This was followed by topping a plate of tortilla chips, with canned chili (which I have in the frige as we speak!) and some grated cheese.  Warm that up, and oh my.....!  (LucyLove, your're right, the "hot" is better than the "with beans!"  Thanks!) 

I also recall that a dear friend of mine, who was a nurse, ate so many beets when she was pregnant, that, well... it messed up the "natural order" of her bodily functions!  She was convinced that she needed the iron...  (I don't recommend overdoing the intake of iron!) 

How about having a hard boiled egg at 3am, or even a bowl of cereal?  Kind of an odd time, but I wake up, cannot get back to sleep, and simply MUST get up and fix "something!"  There are also times, though few and far between, that I simply need something sweet.  Unfortunately, depending on just how late it is (after dinner meal,) sugar can really mess up my well being...  I often feel so "faint" that I'm not always sure that I can make it to bed, before passing out!  I literally get dizzy and light headed, which I find rather odd and scary! 

So, where does the "PICKLE" come into play?  Well, a friend of my parents told me once that her husband who was a brittle diabetic, would have odd cravings, and she found that, when you "want something," but don't know what....  EAT A DILL PICKLE!  I've tried it, and it does seem to work!  For me, I want the entire pickle though, not just a "spear" or two!

Now, do I want a bowl of ice cream, or a pickle?  Perhaps you can help me decide!

Be happy, be healthy, be crazy.... and when in doubt, EAT A PICKLE! 
Apr. 19, 2013 3:16 am
I don't eat late night snacks but that's mainly because I'm an "early to bed" person and once in bed I fall asleep immediately and sleep like the dead! But, I do like to eat snacks - mainly ice cream or something chocolate; chocolate ice cream is the best. ;) If I were you I'd choose the ice cream over a pickle. I once had a friend tell me if you are craving a snack you should open a bag of fritos (the only "chip" I really like) and just smell them. In 15 minutes it's supposed to make you no longer crave a snack. For me all it did was make me eat the bag of fritos!
Apr. 19, 2013 5:08 am
hello friend....wow you are doing some real snacking...lol...i do love my sweets but i don't always eat what i want, i have started just eating what i need to live and never snack after dinner,it seems to be working well for me i have lost a few lbs. and i feel much better, i hope you figure out what is up with your cravings be well friend...judy
Apr. 19, 2013 7:46 am
I do that when I'm craving something but don't know what it is-eat a pickle! I love dill pickles especially Klaussen's. I try to really watch it with snacking especially after dinner, weight gain is my issue.
Apr. 19, 2013 8:48 am
Cute blog SC. My problem is that I crave food. It seems as I get older, I crave sweets more and more too! I will try your dill pickle "treatment" for cravings to see if it helps. If it does, you will be responsible for saving me lots and lots of calories. TIA!
Apr. 19, 2013 8:53 am
SCC: Gosh, those are some pretty serious cravings. About every four or five years, I can't resist the temptation to buy salad from the store deli. Normally ends in disappointment. My memory last about four or five years. Cycle repeats. I'm a pretty slow learner.
Apr. 19, 2013 9:05 am
Years ago I read somewhere that if you have a craving for sweets eating a pickle will satisfy it. I never tried it because my craving leans toward dark chocolate, not necessarily sweets and I rarely have pickles on hand if it isn't grilling season. Seems the logic behind it would work though. How is the sauerkraut coming along?
Apr. 20, 2013 12:53 am
Mother Ann, I gave up "fritos" yrs ago... being in AZ tortilla chips are abundant. When I read in a recipe, "corn chips" I think, tortilla chips! I top them with all sorts of stuff!
Apr. 20, 2013 1:05 am
Judy, you must know that my late night snacks are actually my 3rd meal of the day... My cravings... I simply get hungery! Glad that your new habits are doing well by you!
Apr. 20, 2013 1:08 am
Cat, for years I wouldn't buy any dills but Claussen... then I was intoduced to "Mt. Olive." Not quite as expensive, but super crunchy! It's 1 am and I'm hungery... a pickle, or what....? I could eat a burger! (Whith a dill pickle!)
Apr. 20, 2013 1:10 am
Candice, I'm NOT saying that a dill pickle will replace a pound of chocolate... but you might just find that a dill spear might save you from that candy bar... That is, if you like dill pickles!
Apr. 20, 2013 1:13 am
bikerfamily... we do what we do! Normally, I like to make my own... Sure could go for some deli mac&cheese right now! Don't know where the next hour will take, other than to bed!
Apr. 20, 2013 1:20 am
BigShotsMom, just an hour ago at Deni's she was talking about a dark chocolate/orange flavored thing she likes. You smash it, I guess and it breaks into sections like an orange. Must admit, last time she had one, I did benifit, and it's sooo goood! But, a dill pickle will work, as I rarely buy that sort of stuff! Tomorrow, the kraut experiment will be 6 weeks already! I might scoop off the yuck tomorrow, and dig out some of the cabbage... it really could be kraut by now! Bought a jar last trip to grocery... talk about boring! I'll let you all know soon! Hope that you're well, and have "things" back in order after "Sandy!"
Apr. 20, 2013 7:37 am
I still have a few sour dills that I made 2 years ago. They have been in the refrigerator since the fermentation finished! They are still good, but I'm the only one that eats them. Apparently they aren't Clausens.
Apr. 20, 2013 11:16 pm
Doc, I keep trying to grow pickling cuke's... the plants die! Hope you enjoy your own! Maybe one day...
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Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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