Greetings from 35,000 feet - the home of pre-packaged food that you once got for free and where now you willingly pay not to eat it. Yes I am traveling again and though I
didn’t have any connections or delays, I did have a few thoughts I couldn’t help but sharing with all 3 or 4 of my readers. And to those of you who have stumbled across my ramblings in hopes of some substance, I am basically the literary equivalent of an old
bag of stale airline peanuts. You have been warned and the back button is in the upper left corner.
Joey Chestnut won the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4th by eating 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. This broke his old record of 68 hot dogs set last
year. It also meant that he has now eaten a total of 400 hot dogs in all of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contests he has entered. I got ridiculously full just typing all that out. His style of soaking the buns in water and eating the dogs separately with no
condiments makes me wonder, what does Joey put on his hot dog when he eats just ONE hot dog ? Mustard ? Ketchup ? Relish ? Personally I prefer ketchup & grilled onions.
Speaking of comfort foods, I went to a Ted’s Montana Grille last night with a client and had their Bison Meatloaf Sandwich. I really like the concept and can see playing
with this idea in the very near future. I did once make a Pineapple Teriyaki Mooseloaf and the kids actually ate it.
And speaking of foods that aren’t exactly middle of the road (and no I am not about to start talking about roadkill), I have come to the conclusion that while I like to
play with harder to find foods & tastes, I may have to quit thinking like I am in a quickfire challenge every time I am asked to come up with a new recipe.
According to the Wall Street Journal today, more & more exotic berries are being brought to market in various products. Look for Goji Berries, Barberries, Olallieberries,
Ariano Berries & Yum Berries to hit your shelves in the very near future. They all want to be the next Acai or Blueberry. No matter whether you have heard of it or whether you can even pronounce it, berries are a fruit that have so many things going for them
that you really should eat them as often as you can. I know I get criticized at times for using fruit in my cooking but if I can find a way to work in a berry, I am going to do it.
And earlier this spring someone told me that you can’t plant black raspberries next to red raspberries because they will cause one or the other to change to the all the same
kind of berry. I am glad my plants didn’t hear that because they are growing just fine next to each other. Not sure what the golden raspberries think of all of this.
I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable home cook. I watch the Chopped, Top Chef and other cooking competition shows for the ingredients & ideas that have been put to the
test at a moment’s notice but I am convinced that on Master Chef those home cooks are given recipes to study before they start cooking. Staged reality annoys me but I still watch. On a side note, only Hell’s Kitchen has a meaner spirit than Master Chef and
what’s up with all of these hidden camera shows ? I can’t change the channels fast enough.
My garden is exploding though the huge amounts of rain have somewhat damaged the early tomatoes. The Chard is as a high as an elephant’s eye, the zucchini & yellow squash
have evaded the squash borers for now, my habanero crop looks like it will be the biggest since 2008 and the beans have started climbing the sugar snap peas. I am sure a mugging is going to get reported soon from that patch. I am positive that I did not plant
any golden beets this year because I could not find any seeds but lo & behold I am just as positive that I have about six of them coming out based on the color of the stems.
Non-food related subject – Jimmy Buffett just came up on my iPod. He is a great singer/songwriter in his own right but I also think that his Coral Reefer Band is possibly
the greatest cover band in the history of music. I have heard them play Bob Marley, Van Morrison, The Grateful Dead, The Talking Heads, Elvis among others and their version of “Gumbo” by Phish just plain makes me hungry. I just have one question, has anyone
ever heard them play “Johnny B. Goode” ? That is the one song that I judge all cover bands by and I don’t think I have ever heard it on Margaritaville Radio.
I don’t know about you but I always put the passenger side seatbelt around the bags of takeout food I get from the thai place we like to frequent. I would just hate to see
my Gang Dang Curry go splat on the windshield or floor if I had to slam on the brakes because of a stupid deer or driver.
I also ALWAYS order two thai ice teas for myself, that way they always recognize my order when I call it in. Yes, I am celebrity in my own mind.
Speaking of Asian restaurants, for years I have driven past a Chinese place called “The Big Wing Wah” but I have never stopped there. Now I can’t. They just closed for good.
Little do they know, they will live on in my unwritten novel someday.
I think cheese ALWAYS belongs in scrambled eggs. In fact, I like cheese with my eggs so much that I have started putting habanero jack cheese on my fried eggs as soon as
I flip them. Someday that will be a signature breakfast dish at my breakfast & lunch only diner. Of course I have to win Powerball first to be able to afford a diner because as they say, to make a small fortune in the restaurant business, you have to start
with a large fortune.
I add a Starbucks Via Instant Coffee package to every cup of inroom coffee I make when I am traveling. Trust me, it helps.
If you ever find yourself in upstate New York and you are driving on Route 73 through the small town of Keene Valley (speed limit 35 & don’t blink) do yourself a favor and
stop at the Noon Mark Diner for a fresh pie. It doesn’t matter what kind you buy because each & everyone is outstanding. I brought home a Cherry Crumb & an Apple Crumb after the 4th of July weekend and my extended family finished off an Apple Blueberry
and an Apple Blackberry while we were there.
And finally, on Friday the final phase of the dental saga that has plagued my mouth commences. Unlike the implants that went in up top, bone grafting won’t be needed so we
will go with seven implants in my lower jaw which will allow for three separate bridges and more stability & teeth. I think we may be biting that apple sometime in late October or early November. I think that particular blog might just have to be one of the
video variety so we can hear the crunch of either the apple or my implants as they fall out of my mouth.
You all just got saved by the put away your electronics announcement so keep cooking, keep reading and keep having a great summer.