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A Recipe For Disaster: DIE-t Tapioca Pudding 
Jul. 18, 2011 9:54 am 
Updated: Jul. 27, 2011 12:50 pm
As those of you who are early morning visitors to The Buzz know, I like to check the National Food Holiday Calendar on a fairly regular basis and then make sure that everyone knows what food to celebrate. I’ll even add a link to a somewhat related recipe and add a pithy comment that is usually as flat as a culinary student’s first soufflé. I preface all this because recently a food from my youth appeared not once but twice and that prompted me to forgo perfectly good samples in the dairy case and attempt to make it on my own.

One of the fond memories I have of my grandparents who lived in down south was eating dessert with my grandfather. It was never anything fancy. Maybe it was a slice of pie that was more crust than filling or maybe some canned fruit with a scoop of Vanilla Bluebell Ice Cream. My favorite was always the Tapioca Pudding. Warm or cold, my grandmother knew how to make it and I always got seconds. This wasn’t the gloppy mess that you found at the end of the all you can eat buffet that went largely untouched even if the whipped cream and maraschino cherry slice did make it look somewhat inviting. This was real tapioca pudding. It was creamy and had just a slight hint of vanilla in it. It didn’t matter to me whether it was small pearl or large pearl I loved them both but my Grandfather always preferred the large pearl or fish eye tapioca as he called it. So one day last week, when it was National Tapioca Pudding Day, I decided to use the recipe I linked to (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/slow-cooker-tapioca-pudding/detail.aspx< ) on The Buzz for Slow Cooker Tapioca when I made my “Daddy hasn’t done any Crazy Cooking since he went on his DIE-t” menu this weekend for my daughter who is going to camp in the next few days. I had visions in my head of sitting in my Grandparent’s kitchen eating the creamy goodness and feeling the pearls of tapioca dance across my tongue. Sunday couldn’t get here soon enough.

As fate would have it, Sunday arrived and I dug out the package of large pearl tapioca we had stashed in the back of the pantry for some odd reason. Who knows how long it had been there or when it had been purchased or given to us. The recipe actually called for small pearl tapioca but seriously, how much different could it really be ? We had all the other ingredients on hand so I wouldn’t even have to buy anything at the grocery store later when I made my daughter’s last crazy cooking meal before camp. I got the slow cooker out from the front hall closet and went to grab the rest of the ingredients when a small voice appeared in my head. Well, it was really my wife’s voice that said;

“Why don’t you try and make it sugar free & fat free so it will fit with your DIE-t ?”

I love my wife. I really do. I try to listen to her as best as I can. This, however, was one of those times where I wished I had tuned her out like it was the third period of Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs but I didn’t. Instead, I responded by saying;

“That sounds like a great idea Honey. Thanks.”

So instead of whole milk, I grabbed a quart of fat free half & half we had in fridge along with a carton of fake eggs instead of the real Grade A Jumbo eggs that were nestled on the bottom shelf. I also grabbed the Splenda instead of the sugar and set to making all of the changes to make this a dessert of my youth that could fit the realities of my today.

The recipe says to combine the ingredients and set the slow cooker to low for 6 hours while stirring every so often. I forgot that WARM is really LOW on our slow cooker and that LOW on our slow cooker is really MEDIUM TO HIGH. I stirred it a few times and then grabbed my kids to go do a couple of errands. As we were out looking for Beyblades, manure, hoses, a lawnmower and Crocs for camp, time seemed to keep slipping away. Thanks to not 1 out 4 stores having a pair of size 6 women’s crocs in any color other than brown (seriously, what kid at camp is going to wear brown crocs by choice ?) our quick sojourn to the store turned into a just under 2 hour fiasco. I was fretting about the tapioca during the race home but I was sure it would be fine. I was wrong. The pearls had started to stick to the bottom of the pot and I had to use a wooden flat edge spatula to get them free. The tapioca also looked like it was starting to separate a little and the taste was really kind of bland. Not quite like Grandma’s but missing something. So I added vanilla which gave my white tapioca a muddled brownish tinge. I turned the heat down and hoped for the best.

A few hours later, it still didn’t look like my Grandmother’s Tapioca. In fact, I am not quite sure what it looked like but it did look like it had started to change into the pudding of my youth but forgot what it was trying to do somewhere along the line. I didn’t seem to remember the fish eyes staring back at me so and I certainly didn’t remember this off white color but I thought maybe if I let it chill before serving, it will look & taste better I thought.

I was wrong. I was very wrong.

When I brought it to the table, my family stared at it with wide eyes of wonder. Or were they wide eyes of horror ? My wife and two daughters each bravely scooped some out of the Tupperware (I had really gone all out with my serving dishes based on what I saw in the crock pot). My son was having none of it. He was happy with the chocolate & vanilla pudding cup courtesy of Jell-O. We all took a bite. It wasn’t half bad but then again, it wasn’t exactly half good either. The flavor was slightly off. The texture was way off. The large pearls were a lot more like “fish eyes” than I would want to admit. Then the comments started and they were followed by howls of laughter that would have made hyenas look twice to see what was so funny.

“It tastes like a sponge.”

“It could be used to fill in cracks in your wall.”

“If you don’t behave, I am going to make you eat it.”

“It looks like someone got sick.”

“My spoon can stand up in it.”

“Look ! It doesn’t fall off my fork when I turn it upside down !”

The kept going & going. I kept taking small bites as I tried to convince myself that it was still good but it wasn’t. It was terrible. I tried to tell them that it was better if you drowned it in Cool Whip but they couldn’t hear me as they rolled around on the floor holding their stomachs from either laughter or pain. At that point there was a small part of me that was hoping for pain.

So what did I learn from this ? Some dishes don’t adjust well to tweaking for a DIE-t and that I probably need a better slow cooker because why blame the chef, when you can blame the equipment ?

Come back next time when we discuss the many other dishes I have destroyed in the name of weight loss under the misguided motto of “If you can’t eat the food, you won’t gain the weight.”
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Jul. 18, 2011 10:15 am
Oooo, sorry but even from afar that doesn't look good. I too have fond memories of tapioca or fish eye pudding. Mine is a chocolate memory though. There used to be box mixes of chocolate tapioca pudding but apparently it doesn't exist anymore. I have tried duplicating it but nothing has come anywhere close.
Jul. 18, 2011 10:18 am
Trial and error my friend, that's all life is. Sounds like my house after I tried "an experiment". I lock the door before I say that or they "escape" to go do bogus "jobs". Just off to the side a little. I've lost 15 lbs. in the past 2 months. Not sure how or why except I remember reading here about how you lost "sugar" bags. I've tried to just do simple things and it seems to be working. Dr. did blood tests and says everything is in the "very good to excellent" range. ty.
Jul. 18, 2011 10:19 am
Thanks Maridele - I am sure that had I followed the recipe instead of trying to "make it work", it would have been great. Oh well,
Jul. 18, 2011 10:20 am
Hi ibbz - that is great news on the "bags of sugar" - keep it up! Luckily, I can say I actually made some really good food last night too. It was the disaster that was fun to talk & write about.
Jul. 18, 2011 10:22 am
well now.... I think you just ruined me for life on tapioca :) but what good chef doesn't have their ups and downs? trial and error is the art of cooking. :) Now you know tapioca isn't fit for a DIE-t LOL!
Jul. 18, 2011 10:36 am
Oh dear! I am glad you can laugh at this. Memories....My first really big cooking failure was tapioca. I was about 14 and made dinner for the family. I remember it as if it were yesterday. Steak Diane complete with flame - and tapioca pudding served in my step mothers best dessert dishes. My brother in law took his fork and managed to lift his entire serving out of the dish in one large rubbery disk. Everyone roared with laughter. I cried & cried. To be honest - I have never made Tapioca pudding again. Once was enough for me.
Jul. 18, 2011 10:37 am
Hi gitano - it's a good thing I also made my Key Lime Pie for dessert just in case or those kids wouldn't have been laughing so hard. One of these days I may actually write about something I actually did well.
Jul. 18, 2011 10:38 am
Hi Baking Nana - that's great. Not sure if I will make it again but something tells me that I am going to have to try.
Jul. 18, 2011 10:43 am
Oh, Doug, that is too funny! My grandpa was a prankster and had me convinced at a very early age that tapioca truly was fish eyes, so I never did like it. I give your family credit for trying it, considering the way it looks in the pics (sorry, but true lol!). Btw, love the Stanley Cup comment- I tune out everything around me too :)
Jul. 18, 2011 10:43 am
Doug, Doug, Doug. What can I say? Growing up, my brothers convinced me that large pearl tapioca really WAS fish eyes and that small pearl tapioca was fish eggs, so I never ate it. But I married a man who loves tapioca and I decided to make it for him (love can make you do things you probably shouldn't). Well, it didn't look like fish eyes. It didn't look like fish eggs. My husband tried to eat it, but couldn't. The dogs tried to eat it, but wouldn't. I feel for ya.
Jul. 18, 2011 10:43 am
I have disasters that are fun to talk about too. Just look at my profile. I actually caught my hair on fire on a gas stove, many years ago. I was boiling an egg. I've also burnt, boiled eggs, oh I will never forget that smell.
Jul. 18, 2011 10:44 am
Haha BN! That is hilarious- I can totally picture it :)
Jul. 18, 2011 10:52 am
LOL!Sounds like something I would do!
Jul. 18, 2011 10:54 am
Hi Puck - I do give my family credit - they are game to try most anything - of course they will never let me forget this one too. (is it time to drop the pucks yet ? I need to get inside a rink)
Jul. 18, 2011 10:55 am
Thanks for the laugh. Sounds like you have a delightful family.
Jul. 18, 2011 10:56 am
Hi JBOTT - it seems that failed tapioca and tortorous siblings are a running theme in these comments. I'm sticking to Kozy Shack from now on. (until the next time)
Jul. 18, 2011 10:58 am
Aren't disasters a lot more fun ibbz ? I get tired of reading blogs about perfect dishes & meals. Failures are always more fun to read and definitely more fun to write about.
Jul. 18, 2011 10:59 am
Hi georgi porgi - I knew deep down inside not to listen to my wife or my DIE-t but NOOOOOOOOO - thanks for checking in
Jul. 18, 2011 11:00 am
Hi Marie C. - most of the time they are delightful - last night I was questioning whether they were delightful or not
Jul. 18, 2011 11:37 am
Does anybody remember way back when in high school when there were "Home Economics" classes? You looked forward to going to class so you could learn how to cook things like jello, biscuits etc. Our biscuits got an "D". Someone, who shall remain nameless, (me), was in charge of putting the baking powder in, instead put in more salt. I think since we were all crying she had pity and gave us the "D". I should have taken that as a sign and gone to shop class instead. Good times, Good times.
Jul. 18, 2011 12:44 pm
My grandmother who was a less than wonderful cook ( who really disliked ny other grandmother, the great cook) actually made the best tapioca. It floated in the creamiest pudding with little floating islands of whipped egg white and a meringue topping. I will have to go through my 2 zillion recipes and see if I have hers. Thanks for bringing back great memories. And good on you for sticking with the DIE-t!
Jul. 18, 2011 1:51 pm
I haven't been around here much lately and I've so missed your blogs, Doug. This was so humorous that I'm laughing out loud. You're such a great dad. My grandmother used to make wonderful tapioca as well and gosh I miss it. Now I've just gotta try some!
Jul. 18, 2011 2:42 pm
Hi Doug, I will be honest and admit I have never tried tapioca and after reading this blog I don't think I ever will ;). You are very brave to share this with us, excuse me a minute while I go and compose myself. Ha ha. Wow, how bout my Pirates, only a 1/2 game out of first place. Will wonders never cease.
Jul. 18, 2011 2:47 pm
Some foods just aren't meant to be "dietized":) I, too, remember "home economics" classes and actually did take shop classes instead. I can wield a hammer with the best of them, the "carpenter" and the "meat" varieties! Better luck next time, Doug;p
Jul. 18, 2011 2:58 pm
That was sooooo freakin' funny! This Die-t is gonna be the death of ya! lol
Jul. 18, 2011 3:56 pm
Doug - here's what you can do with that Die-t tapioca - - bring it down to Florida - throw it in the swamp - the gators are like "Mikey" - they will try just about anything - and then catch ya a bigun by the tail - and make gator chili. I think it's a fair trade - terrible tapioca for good gator chili! Come on down - they're bitin!
Jul. 18, 2011 9:06 pm
Too funny! My family loves to get started with, "remember the time Mom made............Like you Doug, I have many more successess than failures but they love reminescing about the failures! Ibbz...I was one of those Home Economics teachers way back when who taught girls and the occasional guy to make biscuits and tapioca and lots of other goodies. We even made Floating Island that Bigsotsmom mentioned. I do love Tapioca when it is made right. Never tried it in the crock pot.
Jul. 19, 2011 5:02 am
Morning ibbz - we didn't have Home Ec at our school but we did have shop. I have some great tables & lamps somewhere in my parent's house. I had to learn all my cooking at home or once I was on my own.
Jul. 19, 2011 5:03 am
Good morning BigShotsMom - I have had that dessert before and it is awesome. No way I would even begin to "DIE-tize" that one.
Jul. 19, 2011 5:05 am
Hi Lace - good to see you again and thanks. If you need some tapioca, I have some in the fridge you can have. My wife & kids won't let me throw it out yet.
Jul. 19, 2011 5:08 am
Good morning DeniseY - Kozy Shack actually makes a very good & respectable tapioca pudding and they might even have a light variety too. I wish I had been smart enough to look while I was running around the grocery store that morning. And yes, your pirates are a pleasant surprise. My Mets are an expected disappointment.
Jul. 19, 2011 5:10 am
Good morning mangel & I hear you. I never should have listened to my wife's suggestion to make it fit my DIE-t. I knew it was wrong. Guess she must have me trained.
Jul. 19, 2011 5:13 am
Good morning & thanks Shanon K. - my doctor has said he wants to start thinning out his patient list - you may be onto something
Jul. 19, 2011 5:15 am
Good morning luv2cook - football season (college at least) is just around the corner so it will be time for Gator Chili again ! I plan on pushing it to all my clients in SEC cities too.
Jul. 19, 2011 5:17 am
Good morning silvergal - we never let my mom forget the time she made "Boinga Boinga Cake" - I am sure she is annoyed with me even now up in heaven because I mentioned it again. I still don't know how she did it but the cake bounced when dropped on the table.
Jul. 19, 2011 5:43 am
Hi Doug, I read all your blogs and really love them, never actually commented. I remember the first time i made bread, or atleast tried to. The rolls were so hard, my sons ( then 6 and 2 yrs) thought it was a cricket ball and started playing with it ( cricket is a passion here in India) !! I did not enlighten them ! Told them just now ( 10yrs later) , now that i can make edible bread..
Jul. 19, 2011 5:48 am
When I was young, I loved tapioca pudding with bananas. One time, my grandmother set it on the table to cool all afternoon, and I gobbled up a lot. I got the worst case of food posioning I have ever had. I was off of work for 2 1/2 weeks. I haven't eaten it since.
Jul. 19, 2011 6:05 am
Good morning or I guess it would be Good evening for you khushi - glad you decided to comment & say hello. My brother and I would have used your rolls as street hockey pucks.
Jul. 19, 2011 6:05 am
Good morning JoyceT - sorry for the painful reminder - thanks for checking in
Jul. 19, 2011 6:47 am
The one thing I've learned from dieting over the years is: Eat smart when you don't care what you're going to have, and have the REAL STUFF when you reall want it. :) Saved the link, though, thanks! :) I hope this one goes better for you next time! :) And thanks for sharing the great story -- it was a wonderful reminder to just eat the good stuff as I continue to lose weight, myself.
Jul. 19, 2011 8:15 am
Hi Katherine - normally when I reward myself with something good, it's the real thing and a very small amount (small reese's dark chocolate pb cup) but for some reason, I listened to my lovely & supportive wife and VOILA !
Jul. 19, 2011 9:32 am
Thanks for the humor in kitchen disasters..Plus dieting DO NOT'S :O0) I am also thankful for you sharing this recipe...I have all the ingredients and I want tapicoa :O) I will have to try some with all the FAT...
Jul. 19, 2011 10:16 am
I've never made tapioca but based on the ingredients it seems you were making it as something of a custard... probably can't get away with using fat free half-and-half for that! I think this is something that falls under the category of foods that you shouldn't skimp on but instead have a smaller portion size of. By the way, I love your blog. As someone who is also trying to eat healthier but taking a somewhat different route, it's very interesting to read. I love your humor too!
Jul. 19, 2011 12:03 pm
Hi Jayashiangel - if you can't laugh at your mistakes, you might as well get out of the kitchen. I do do plenty of DIE-t do's but I am also well versed at the DIE-t DON'T's....hope your tapioca is fatty & GOOD !
Jul. 19, 2011 12:06 pm
Hi & thanks saraithegeek - thanks for stopping in. Tapioca is very similar to a custard and should be smooth & creamy with just a hint of the tapioca pearls - not gelatinous, separated & gloppy - Again, I blame myself for listening to my lovely wife. So what are you doing differently on your DIE-t ? Any tips or foods you have found that you would like to share ?
Jul. 19, 2011 2:18 pm
Oh you bring back memories. That was my Grandma's favorite dessert. My dad tried to replicate it and it was a disaster. Since then his concoction has left me traumatized to even try to make tapioca. But the discription of your grandma's recipe really makes me want some. Thanks for sharing. I'd like to add that you did make me LOL....I could visualize your kids rolling on the floor. Oh, and I would totally blame the equipment too!
Jul. 19, 2011 5:01 pm
I bought some tapioca recently and have no idea why. It must have been an ingredient of one of the recipes I've hoarded. Sigh. I'll try to use the real stuff, but that is a problem here for all my folks are doing the "D", too.
Jul. 19, 2011 5:42 pm
I'm really enjoying following your progress on the DIE-t,Doug. The best I've been able to do with tapioca pudding (also a pleasant childhood memory)is to make it using 1% milk and a tad less sugar...can't get into trying any of the artificial sweeteners. I'll take my chances with limited amounts of the real thing. You also have the best and most good-natured team of "kitchen lab rats," I think. Make more mistakes so we can all read about them, will ya?
Jul. 19, 2011 6:04 pm
Hi lovecakes - glad I could make you smile a little with this story. Do give tapioca another try if you can. It will be worth it.
Jul. 19, 2011 6:06 pm
Hi Hezzy_tant_Cook - I really have no idea how long ago we got our tapioca pearls but I seem to remember them in the pantry of our old house (we moved 4 years ago). That's the good thing though, I can't imagine the pearls actually going bad. Good luck making it - let me know how it turns out.
Jul. 19, 2011 6:08 pm
Hi & Thanks PointerSister - I knew I never should have listening to my lovely wife. She knew I would fall for the bait and screw it up. I am sure of it. And don't worry, writing about my culinary successes is nothing like writing about the failures. I have at least 10lbs more of screw ups to go.
Jul. 19, 2011 6:59 pm
Doug...I have not read all the responses...trust me...Minute Tapioca....specifically the chocolate tapioca...omg....so good....looks a little strange for a time, but when it's ready, there is nothing better on the planet...trust me on this one.....OMG chocolate tapioca is the best! The homemade vanilla on this site makes it the best!
Jul. 19, 2011 7:04 pm
Hi Doug, here's a fresh take on the DIE-t. My Dad is 80 and he always watches his weight and exercises, well at least for the last 15 years. He got a new cookbook--Hungry Girl--so he lost 8 pounds. He went to the Dr. and the Dr. said "What's wrong? You've been losing weight."
Jul. 20, 2011 5:39 am
Hi Dianna - Minute Tapioca is what my mother always used and it works beautifully as I remember. I have never had chocolate tapioca.
Jul. 20, 2011 5:41 am
hi redly - sounds like dad needs a some Hungry Man dinners instead. Thanks for checking in.
Jul. 20, 2011 6:08 am
Doug....this was a great giggle first thing in the a.m. The look on your precious daughter's face says it all. The good thing about the failures is the great story you can tell over and over and still laugh many years later. BTW Off tomorrow to Maui. Looking forward to seeing friends and not wearing makeup. YES! Aloha and I will have a mai tai for ya.
Jul. 20, 2011 6:13 am
Aloha mauigirl - you have no idea how jealous I am right now. We are only getting as far west as Idaho in a few weeks. and yes, failures are the best - my throat is still scorched from a shrimp dish my wife tried to make me 19 years ago when we were first dating. I'm surprised I married her.
Jul. 20, 2011 8:30 am
DM: Don't let it get you down. You're a fabulous cook, so if you hadn't tried to lighten it up, it would have been delicious. So how's the DIEt coming along?
Jul. 20, 2011 11:51 am
Doug- Well, I am not really trying to lose weight so I don't shy away from fatty foods, occasionally. Because I have had to go gluten free, my carbohydrate consumption has gone down a lot and I only eat whole grains- mostly brown rice either whole or in the form of brown rice flour or pasta. I eat lots of lean meat in order to keep up my iron intake (most wheat products are enriched where their GF counterparts are not) and the rest of what I eat is fruits and veggies, plus I bake frequently. All in all, it's not really a diet, more of a lifestyle change. I am staying far away from most processed foods and I'm sure my body is the better for it.
Jul. 20, 2011 11:59 am
Hey biker family - glad you stopped in. I'm not down at all about the DIE-t Tapioca - I revel in my failures even more so than my successes. As for the DIE-t ? I'm just about 7 bags of sugar down and running 4 miles every morning in the same time it used to take me to run 3 miles. I still hate it.
Jul. 20, 2011 12:03 pm
Hi saraithegeek - I know all about GF - Mom had celiac for years before she passed away. We always made sure to cook everything for her that was super safe just in case. It sounds like you may want to check out Clean Eating Magazine (http://www.cleaneatingmag.com/) - it's been a great source for me for ideas on cleaning things up in my life.
Jul. 20, 2011 1:23 pm
DM: Seven bags of sugar! What an inspiration! Sometimes when I'm walking the stairwells (in the UP direction, of course), I try to imagine that you're cheering for me.
Jul. 20, 2011 2:22 pm
You don't need to imagine because I am cheering you on. How is it going ?
Jul. 21, 2011 8:20 am
Reminds me of the time I tried to make a low-carb cheesecake. In spite of the wonderful recipe reviews, it was so awful we couldn't even get the dog to eat it.
Jul. 21, 2011 8:27 am
Good morning KRAMTAW - that is pretty bad. My lovely & supportive wife claims that she almost snapped a stainless steel serving in half trying to pry the tapioca from the tupperware bowl.
Jul. 21, 2011 2:14 pm
DM: Well, I could definitely hear you last night. I was going to stop after 106 feet of stairs. You know -- long shift, my toe hurts, 50-mile commute, cook dinner. But I heard your encouragement, so I pushed forward another 29 feet.
Jul. 21, 2011 10:46 pm
Hilarious Doug! I DO NOT like Tapioca! Never did! And, now.... you can bet your sweet tooth, this gal won't stick a spoonful of it my mouth not no way, not no how.
Jul. 22, 2011 6:07 am
Great job bikerfamily. My run this morning was brutal but some things just need to be done. Have a great weekend.
Jul. 22, 2011 6:08 am
Hi Candice & thanks - I have a feeling there are a more than few people out there who would agree with you on tapioca now too. My kids included.
Jul. 22, 2011 7:06 pm
Great blog! One thing we can all connect with. Two things.. make it the regular way and enjoy it with the family.. are you going to hog it all? And with big (fish eye) tapioca I think the box directs you to soak the tapicoa with the milk overnight which is why most use the "instant". Please enjoy your memories--my Aunt Florance ALWAYS brought this to any funeral in the family ( BIG family-LOTS of funerals) and it was the food to go first. Everyone enjoy, life is short.
Jul. 23, 2011 8:41 am
i have fond memories of Tapioca. My GG made the best but no recipe. She made it for me every day when my daughter was born. she thought one stayed 7 days in the hospital. I admit i did not set her straight. What about the recipe??. Would love that. love the Blog
Jul. 23, 2011 9:05 am
That reminds me of my husband's reaction to the Bacon Breakfast muffins that I "slimmed" down. He was quite comical of what they could be put to use for-definitely NOT to eat.
Jul. 23, 2011 9:06 am
But the lure of "healthy" tapioca pudding was appealing! Your kid's expressions are priceless.
Jul. 23, 2011 12:06 pm
l jus made some and lm not on a diet but watch the sugar,,most dessert recipies use far to much sugar and l just cut it in half,,works good for us...
Jul. 24, 2011 12:22 pm
This is the first time I have actually checked out a blog on this site and let me tell you, I am looking so forward to more of your stories. What a great and courageous family you must have! I am sending this one to my FB friends so they will get as big a kick out of this as I did!
Jul. 24, 2011 3:35 pm
Trust me bsay - there is a madness to my method - now when I make my grandmother's tapioca the right way, the rest of the family will politely decline and I won't have to share. I will also have to run a few extra miles too.
Jul. 24, 2011 3:37 pm
Thanks hilbub - I'll have to go digging through mom's old recipe notecard's for grandma's recipe. I will publish it when I find it.
Jul. 24, 2011 3:38 pm
Thanks Maureen - I am intrigued by these Bacon Breakfast Muffins of which you speak - do tell....
Jul. 24, 2011 3:39 pm
Thanks garyh - I'll remember that for when I make it the right way
Jul. 24, 2011 3:41 pm
Thanks & welcome wysewoman - I am glad you enjoyed the story. We like to have fun when we cook and we like to experiment. It's also time to start springing some more CHOPPED mystery baskets on the kids to see what they come up with. We'll try not to disappoint.
Jul. 25, 2011 4:02 am
Ok! I will see if I can dredge them up! Oh- did I miss the blog on "chopped mystery baskets"? You sure have fun as a dad.
Jul. 25, 2011 4:08 am
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cheesy-bacon-muffins/detail.aspx.....but there's a bunch to choose from under search "bacon" + muffins.
Jul. 25, 2011 4:21 am
Hi Maureen - you can take a spin back through my old blogs if you feel the need to defeat insomnia and you will find some CHOPPED blogs and some other disasters. You might even find a success or two but those aren't as much fun to write about.
Jul. 25, 2011 8:54 am
Recently adapted a recipe of rice pudding to a low fat one with success. Used soy milk and brown rice, and lowered sugar just a bit. Hubby never noticed the difference. May work for tapioca pudding as well.
Jul. 25, 2011 10:23 am
LMAO! As badly as I want to be supportive of your effort-that just looks bad and I must concur with your family, better luck next time. Take a walk on the wild side and make a small batch like gramma used to make:D
Jul. 25, 2011 1:59 pm
Hi cindy612 - that rice pudding sounds good. I may have to give that a try too. Thanks
Jul. 25, 2011 2:00 pm
Hi rg - I'm running more than 4 miles a day now so I think I can "cheat" a little bit every now and then. It really was bad.
Jul. 25, 2011 6:12 pm
Running more than 4 miles...whoa there....you are "owning" that treadmill....I have been struggling lately with my own relationship with my "dreadmill"...how to you push yourself? Any tips?
Jul. 26, 2011 7:39 am
Hi ellie - I have told myself that I have no choice and that I have to do it. Much like I have told myself that I am allergic to alcohol, I am now telling myself that I am allergic to being fat. I do get up at 3:45am to run because if I don't run then, I won't get to see my kids at night. You can do it. It's all worth it in the end.
Jul. 26, 2011 8:30 am
Wow Doug...3:45 am to run is really amazing. Anyone who dreads cardio but does it anyway would agree that you are disciplined! Mind over matter or in this case sleep....thanks for the encouragement...some days are harder than others....I run around the same as you..4miles...5 miles is max for me and only if I have the time to go slow....you have done a lot in a short amount of time....impressive...keep it up because as you say...it IS worth it....cheers!
Jul. 27, 2011 12:50 pm
Man Doug - I'm only up to 2.5 miles! And those are only 1-2 times a week since my exercise buddy is still at 1.75, and we don't have treadmills or gym memberships because I'm too poor, so it's always outside. I think of summer running as "bikram" running like the bikram yoga in the heat!
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Doug Matthews

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Princeton, New Jersey, USA
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Mendham, New Jersey, USA

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Mar. 2000

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy

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About Me
My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
My favorite things to cook
Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
My favorite family cooking traditions
We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
My cooking triumphs
I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
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