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Flight Delays and Express Lanes 
Jan. 24, 2013 11:46 am 
Updated: Feb. 13, 2013 6:41 pm
I travel for work. I travel for work a lot. Some would say that I travel for work too much and at times I would tend to agree. One of the offshoots of all this travel time is that I spend a great deal of time alone with my thoughts. That in and of itself could be a dangerous thing but for the most part, it’s pretty mundane. Sometimes those thoughts blossom into real ideas but most of the time they wind up under done like the last egg over easy I was served at Cracker Barrel. That being said, and because I have time to kill until my next flight, I thought I would share some of those thoughts with you.

What is with the big dessert craze ? I have been in Atlanta the last 3 days and every restaurant we went to had a bigger dessert than the guy next door. I a saw slice of pie that needing a zoning variance to be piled that high. I saw a bread pudding the size of a bowling ball. I saw a coconut cream dessert that looked like a cloud had landed on the table. And I saw a slice of cake that had so many layers I thought I was counting the rings of a tree. They were all really good too.

In-room coffee while being free is never good. I bring Starbucks Via Instant Coffee packets with me to spike the coffee when I make it.

Do you actually pay for a free breakfast if the free breakfast is bad ?

I have to make a double batch of alligator chili for the Super Bowl this year since word got out I will trade it for BBQ.

I had a Cheesesteak Egg Roll last night at dinner. I wonder if Hoagie Haven in Princeton, NJ has ever thought of making those ?

And if you ever go to Hoagie Haven, will you get me a #17 with lettuce & tomato – no spices.

I made a Key Lime Bread Pudding the other night that was really good but I have already figured out what I need to do to make it better for next time. The idea started as a key lime cake but then my wife saw a show about bread pudding. I really liked the Blackberry Rum Sauce I made to go with it. I’ll share the recipe after I test the changes.

8 items or less. It’s not hard. You don’t even need both hands to count all the items in your basket to make sure you qualify. If you have to start using your toes, then you need to get out of line.

And really, who still writes checks and why don’t you already have it out when you hear the total at the register.

I think Propel Mandarin Orange is my favorite flavor of water though Propel Cranberry Lime is a close second. When I can’t get those, I try to get Vitamin Water Zero in either the Orange or Lemonade Flavors.

I went to a steak house and ordered Shrimp & Grits. I was in the south, can you blame me ?

I don’t know what the two guys sitting at the table next to me during breakfast today did for a living but after listening to them talk, I am pretty sure they don’t do it well.

The hotel gave me Room 222. Groovy.

Still trying to figure out my Super Bowl Menu items for Baltimore & San Francisco but I am thinking something Asian for SF as a nod to Chinatown. Maybe something with a twist or two in honor of Lombard Street.

I missed National Pie Day yesterday and I am missing National Peanut Butter Day today. Sounds like I need to combine the two this weekend.

Just saw my plane pull up. Thanks for spending a few moments with me while I waited for my flight. Refunds for those lost minutes of your life can be requested at 1-888-speaktothemachine. Have a great weekend.
Jan. 24, 2013 12:05 pm
LOL Doug. Another good read and with the last comment you must be referring to a comment on Doc's blog. No time wasted here.
Jan. 24, 2013 12:17 pm
Heh. I like it when you ramble. It's kind of like bumping into myself in someone else's mind!
Jan. 24, 2013 12:20 pm
Too funny bd - I had read Doc's blog last night before Patty commented so I hadn't seen what she had written. I guess I must have sensed a disturbance in the blogosphere.
Jan. 24, 2013 12:21 pm
Hey Doc - there is plenty of room in my empty mind for a flash mob of stumblers. I was wondering, did you ever make Alligator Chili when you lived in Germany ? B-)
Jan. 24, 2013 12:22 pm
and my flight is delayed.....
Jan. 24, 2013 12:42 pm
The Food is powerful in you, Master! No, I never made Alligator Chili while I was living in Germany, but I'd like to try now. How do you get your hands on alligator meat in Princeton? I might have been able to get some opossum if I hunted it myself, but alligator? Not in der Vaterland! It sounds really good. 8D
Jan. 24, 2013 12:45 pm
I order all of my cajun meats & crawfish tails from cajungrocer.com in Lafayette, LA. They were our first order once the lights came back on after Sandy.
Jan. 24, 2013 1:17 pm
DM: Hoagie Haven #17 with no spice??? Doug, I'm not sure what kind of sandwich that is, but considering your spice cabinet, I can't imagine your ordering it with "no spice." Yes, I still write checks; no debit card for me. Yes, of course, I am prepared before the cashier gets to the total. I'll have to try some of your Propel recommendations. I normally drink the Grape. Thanks for the self-guided tour of randomness!
Jan. 24, 2013 1:34 pm
Hi bikerfamily - the spices are salt, pepper & oregano - not needed for a #17 (pizza cheesesteak). I write checks for bills at home but never at the grocery store. Glad you came along for the ride.
Jan. 24, 2013 1:35 pm
Your stream of consciousness jottings are probably keeping you sane sitting in airports. Though I even question that since you used the words "love" and "TSA" in the same sentence even if the pre-check is pretty awesome. Careful, you worked hard to lose all that weight. Have a good flight!
Jan. 24, 2013 1:38 pm
My mind wanders like that as I drive. Usually, I'm rudely brought out of it by the blasting of horns from the oncoming traffic. Never tried it in an airport.
Jan. 24, 2013 1:42 pm
Blogs great,love your sense of humor.
Jan. 24, 2013 1:48 pm
Hi BigShotsMom - we are actually boarding right now. How about that ? With TSA Pre-check, I leave my jacket & shoes on, I never take my laptop out of my bag and I never get scanned or groped. It's almost like flying in the "old" days.
Jan. 24, 2013 1:51 pm
Hi Mike - Rumblestrips are my friend during long drives between cities. Allowing myself to glaze over too much in airport could make me miss my flight. Have a great night.
Jan. 24, 2013 1:52 pm
Thanks manella - glad I could make you smile. Have a great night.
Jan. 24, 2013 2:49 pm
LOL! Very fun read! It was comforting to read someone else's random thoughts and realize "Hey! Mine aren't so crazy-nuts after all!!" ;) In your rambling on desserts I caught how you commented they were all really good - heehee. I say the bigger the dessert, the better. I love dessert! Have a safe trip and make it home with your Super Bowl menu all planned out!
Jan. 24, 2013 4:49 pm
Hi Mother Ann - guess I got busted on the desserts. B-) and we all have rambling thoughts - most of mine either bounce around in my head like a superball or wind up on twitter. Have a great night.
Jan. 24, 2013 4:56 pm
Hello, Doug! No one can say you don't know how to use your time wisely. Now you are making me wonder if big desserts are common in the South? More likely, the thought of dessert will lead to me making some kind of sweet tasting not good for the waistline dessert. Enjoyed meandering around in your rambling thoughts. I can tell there are no cobwebs in your brain.
Jan. 24, 2013 5:09 pm
Hi, Doug! Have you been reading my mind?? Reading your random thoughts was like listening to myself when I try to meditate. Kinda defeats the purpose of emptying one's mind and relaxing when one crazy thought after another pops in! Hope you got home safely and can stay home for a while before the next trip......ohhmmmm :)
Jan. 24, 2013 5:17 pm
Hi Lela & thanks. Those desserts just really caught my attention. I think it may have been a "Buckhead" thing but who knows ? I had virtually no complaints about them. Let me know if you do make anything. Have a great night.
Jan. 24, 2013 5:20 pm
Hi Sugarnspice - my plane finally landed and I am only 2 1/2 hours late. Back up in the air next week too. Glad to see I am not the only one on this frequency. Have a great night.
Jan. 24, 2013 5:36 pm
Thanks, but I had a conversation with speaktothemachine last week. I'll keep the change, Doug! ;P
Jan. 24, 2013 5:50 pm
LOL. omg, that was hilarious doug! thanks for the great read :)
Jan. 24, 2013 5:56 pm
Hi Doug. If you see my dh in the airport wave Hello. He travels for his job too. It is always an adventure at the airport, will the plane arrive on time to make my connection ( I swear there are no direct flights to Pittsburgh); will the next plane work (brakes don't work and they have to get them fixed and then take for a drive around the airport), and that was just for his trip home this week from Green Bay. We don't need to go into weather, crew delayed and not being able to fly next leg, flight delayed and missing connection. Oh the joys of flying
Jan. 24, 2013 6:28 pm
You always make me laugh. Key lime bread pudding? I'm still mad at my sister-in-law for introducing me to key lime pie a few years ago. I could eat a whole pie myself so I can't buy them or make them. I bet your bread pudding and sauce are great! Thanks for letting us spend time with you while you waited.
Jan. 24, 2013 6:47 pm
Hi Doug - Happy travels to you, both in your mind and through the miles. Coffee is coffee - period, I am just glad it is in room and not calling for room service. Those desserts can stay right where they are - they don't belong in my belly. BUT - talk about wandering minds - what can you tell me about making a really crisp thin crust New York pizza?
Jan. 24, 2013 7:21 pm
With all your traveling, how to manage to avoid the flu? Stay healthy, and keep writing!
Jan. 24, 2013 7:24 pm
Funny A$$ blog Doug!! Oh the TSA are a Hoot alright!! We have started bringing our own coffee to those 'in room coffee makers' as well. You got No Choice, that coffee is Cr@p!! Lol. Now, I am intrigued by the key lime bread pudding, mmmmmm please post when you feel we are worthy. Shoot Doug, work on those steak eggrolls yourself and give Baking Nana a run for her $$. Haha. For our sake, I sure hope you have time between flights in the future:):) Good thoughts and a better blog!! Thanks, now we Really know what's going on in your head!!
Jan. 24, 2013 7:34 pm
:-) great read doug...been lurking for sometime now...bet you're glad to be home...mendham huh, i have no idea where that is...geographically challenged. yes, even in my own state.
Jan. 24, 2013 7:36 pm
Btw, Chilies restaurant used to have desserts in shot glasses, so you got 3 different lil dessert for like 10 bucks!!
Jan. 24, 2013 8:04 pm
:) Random thoughts can be quite revealing and you probably only shared the clean ones. Flying on the red eye in a pitch black cabin when you hear what sounds like a vibrator . . . only to figure out hours later she was using something else. I too ponder the 8 items or less although ours is inflated to 10 or less. . . . if you have 5 items on sale for say $2.99 and 9 other individual items, does the 5 count as 1 or 5? I’ve never asked since pleading ignorance can be helpful. Is there a rule book that expands on those few words on the sign: “10 Items or Less”. Who enforces the rule?? What is the penalty if a flag is thrown??? Life goes on . . . Good laughs, Doug and keep’em coming.
Jan. 25, 2013 2:39 am
Two submissions for your own personal peanut butter pie day: http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62770998/peanut-butter-pie/detail.aspx
Jan. 25, 2013 2:40 am
. . . and: http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62921117/lindas-moms-peanut-butter-pie/detail.aspx
Jan. 25, 2013 4:52 am
Hi Bibi & good morning - no worries, the back office accounting guys will keep your credit for you in the second set of books. Have a great weekend.
Jan. 25, 2013 4:58 am
Hi weeble - thanks - glad I could make you smile. Have a great weekend.
Jan. 25, 2013 5:06 am
Hi DeniseY - there are no direct flights to Pittsburgh because lets face it, unless you are going to Primantis - there is no reason to go to Pittsburgh (I don't like the Steelers or penguins). My plane got delayed further by a faulty baggage door light and then by a jetway that wouldn't roll out to plane. All in all, 2.5 hours late. I'll keep an eye out for DH. Have a great weekend.
Jan. 25, 2013 5:09 am
good morning iceemama - key lime pie, key lime greek yogurt, key lime frozen yogurt - I love key lime. It's one of those ingredients I always have handy. Have a great weekend.
Jan. 25, 2013 5:13 am
Good morning BN - some hotel room coffees are worse than others - not a big fan of the Wolfgang Puck coffee but I don't mind the rainforest coffee - the Via just gives it that extra kick...as for making a really crisp New York thin crust pizza, I leave that to my paisans at Don Pepi Pizza in Penn Station by the 7th Ave entrance. I get a lucky slice there before every NY Rangers game I attend. sorry I wasn't much help. Have a great weekend.
Jan. 25, 2013 5:20 am
Good morning Indiana Peggy - I'm too tough for the flu (probably just jinxed myself) - I actually missed the free company flu shot because I was traveling the day they gave them and I just haven't gone in since. I guess I keep rolling the dice but I do wash my hands a lot and have a bottle of hand sanitizer in my briefcase. Stay warm & healthy. Have a great weekend.
Jan. 25, 2013 5:25 am
Good morning Patty Cakes - you should have seen my reaction a few weeks ago when I went into my bag to spike my coffee and I was out ! I think i taught myself a few swear words that morning. Dumped a whole box into my travel bag when I got home from that trip. The recipe will be coming soon and flight delays are inevitable. We will find ourselves in the express lane again I'm sure. And I remember those dessert shooters from a to go order in Charlotte once upon a time. Have a great weekend.
Jan. 25, 2013 5:28 am
Good morning njmom - glad you decided to stop in and say hi. Hope you are staying warm. I'm up north in the same town as Gov. Christie and around the corner from Whitney Houston's old estate. Make sure to stop in again sometime and have a great weekend.
Jan. 25, 2013 5:42 am
Good morning ConkyJoe - my Shop Rite has 8 or less and 15 or less - as for the rules on what counts & what doesn't ? Those rules only apply to their basket, never mine. Have a great day.
Jan. 25, 2013 5:46 am
Good morning gammaray - my stomach and the roof of my mouth both say thanks ! Have a great day !
Jan. 25, 2013 7:50 am
Doug...I'm reminded of a great movie...Planes, Trains and Automobiles.....
Jan. 25, 2013 7:56 am
Hi ellie - at times, that is very much my life - when I am not on a plane, I am usually on a train. Have a great weekend.
Jan. 25, 2013 8:51 am
I LOVE the blog! I am still laughing, and I so agree with you on your express lane comments. Big pet peeve of mine! I was in Atlanta last week...just missed you. : ) I consider myself fortunate that I don't have to travel much for work--I'm a definite homebody! I don't write checks unless I absolutely have to (pay everything on-line or automatic draft or debit card), I would absolutely order shrimp and grits from any menu in the South, and those desserts sound great. I was so excited last week to find wild gulf shrimp at my local natural foods store. I bought 2 pounds (they are large shrimp) and made a nice batch of shrimp and grits...with stone ground grits from McEwen & Sons in Alabama (highly recommend them if you are looking for grits!). It was good stuff! Next up, I'm going to cajungrocer.com and order some crawfish for a nice etouffee. And maybe some tasso... Enjoy flying the friendly skies, and keep the blogs coming!
Jan. 25, 2013 9:32 am
Hi wisweetp - sorry I missed you in Atlanta - heard you had nicer weather than we did - at least warmer. the shrimp & grits had tasso bits in the grits - it was awesome. Flying again next week - who knows what will happen. Have a great weekend.
Jan. 25, 2013 6:29 pm
Too funny! Thanks so much for the laughs and I had several. Out loud. Now the husband wants to know what's so amusing. Keep up the great work!
Jan. 25, 2013 6:33 pm
OK - Tasso ??? - please explain? Can you tell I lead a sheltered life?
Jan. 25, 2013 6:36 pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasso_ham I found this - now explain how this Tasso is really used.
Jan. 26, 2013 8:47 am
Good morning KATSINTHEKITCHEN and thanks - it's always nice to know that I made someone smile. Have a great day.
Jan. 26, 2013 8:53 am
Good morning BN - as you now know, Tasso is a cajun ham that I use as bacon substitute in a lot of different recipes. It goes well with wilted greens or in dirty rice or different stews. I also dice it as small as I can too. Hope that helps. Have a great day.
Jan. 26, 2013 12:05 pm
I too love TSA precheck and NEXUS Doug. I only get irritated when the airline or airport I am using doesn't have it yet :( When we applied for NEXUS, I swear they wanted (and got) our deepest secrets LOL
Jan. 26, 2013 12:42 pm
Aloha Julie - I don't have NEXUS but Pre-check is in most of the airports I use these days and I will go out of my way to use it. Have a great rest of the weekend.
Jan. 26, 2013 1:36 pm
Doug Mathews.....it is in many but not all and if your airline is not with it yet you have to go stand in the line from hell again :)
Jan. 26, 2013 1:37 pm
If you travel internationally, get Global Entry. It is great for international though they too want your life history :)
Jan. 26, 2013 1:46 pm
I know Julie - Dallas has it for American but not for United and I felt so violated having to actually get scanned & groped like a commoner B-)
Jan. 29, 2013 4:21 pm
In my previous life, I traveled alot for my job. Sometimes being in up to three cities a day. Have you ever woke up in a hotel room and not remember what city you're in? When that happened to me, I quickly decided to cfhange professions. And, there was NO alcohol involved either. Jet lag and being very tired equals extreme disorientation. LOL!
Jan. 29, 2013 6:08 pm
I,too, thought your blog was priceless, as well as the clever responses. I spent 30 yrs. just south of you in Hunterdon County..on Spruce Run Reservoir. Am spending my final yrs. back in the midwest (home)..
Jan. 29, 2013 7:17 pm
Hi Candice and thanks for stopping by. You know you fly too much when Flight Attendants & Gate Agents know you by site. And yes, I have forgotten my city before and I have forgotten which hotel since they are all almost all laid out the same way these days. Hopefully I am getting closer to not having to fly like a fool anymore but I am back up in the air on Thursday and I think I know where I am going. Have a great night
Jan. 29, 2013 7:21 pm
Good evening Judy Lew - I just throw letters at a page and hope they wind up in the right spots. Hunterdon County is growing like a weed these days. Not sure how long you have been gone but I am sure you would notice the change. Have a great night and I hope you stop by again.
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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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