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My Life On A Plate! 
Jan. 9, 2014 8:20 pm 
Updated: Jan. 11, 2014 4:10 pm
Jim and I enjoy watching the numerous cooking shows on TV. Recently we have been sucked in to the team competition of " The Taste". We enjoy this show because it is not limited to just professional chefs. There is a good mix of professionals, home cooks and food bloggers among some other food related people.

Snuggled on the couch, after a comfort meal of Country Fried Steak, rice and gravy, we settled in to watch the two hour episode of the show! The premise of the competition was your Life on a plate... Jim turned to me and asked me that question... " What would be on your plate?"

Now that the show is over and I have picked my faves and my not so faves... I can think about the answer to that very intrigueing question... What would I put on a plate to represent my life?

First and formost there must be fish... I'm definately gonna go with a lightly fried catfish... ( growing up I have always been a tad bit of a tomboy... I love to fish and learned to clean and p
repare freshwater fish at a very early age.. By the way my first trophy fish was an eight pound Blue Channel Catfish at the tender age of 7.) I paid attention to my dad skinning and gutting the fish right there on the bank, then carefully and from a safe distance watched my mom season, prepare and cook that fresh fish! ( I was a tad accident prone back then and mom was careful not to let me too close to anything hot or breakable!)

The side dishes that I would serve along with ,would be stone ground homemade grits "a la my Mamaw"! These grits were sooooo good and creamy, made with sweet cream not milk or water! These grits however delicious hot ...I would eat them as a snack after breakfast ,at her house, cold out of the pan! The other side dish would be southern collards... I have always loved the taste of greens... But the collard greens are my favorite and I have taken the last 40 something years of my life of gathering techniques and seasonings to perfect my version of this delectable God given vegetable! ( I have turned Jim into a Collard eater... I said eater... not a lover of collards... But that is saying a lot!) My final touches to my collards came from my brother in law whom I loved dearly and left us far too soon! Mike added the spicy sweet to perfect my dish!

Well there you have it... My life on a plate... What'sYour's? 

Jan. 10, 2014 4:20 am
Hmmm... my life on a plate... I'm going to need a BIG plate! I think my plate would start out with dessert (that's just the way I roll). Something chocolate - probably a piece of choc.cake with a fudgy filling and a ganche topping. Then, let's move on to some oysters on the half shell for the appy. The oysters represent a place that is near and dear to my heart - Chincoteague Island, VA. Hubby & I went there for our honeymoon 32 yrs ago and have gone back almost every year at least once. Main dish & sides would have to be a comfort food - maybe some fried chicken and mashed potatoes. That will bring back memories of Sunday dinners from childhood. I know I need a veggie on that plate - I would pick fresh green beans. My grandpa grew beans and I spent many hours in the fields picking those beans alongside all the kids who worked on his farm. Next - dessert again. I know. I know. But, I love dessert and my life is so sweet I feel I just have to end on a sweet note as well... :) This dessert will be something rich and creamy - cheesecake! And, to wash all this food down - a nice glass of wine, or two. A chardonnay with dinner and a cab.sauv. with my desserts. Terry - I've never tried collard greens, though I have bought them many times; for Steve's iguana. LOL Now that Paulie has moved to S.Dakota I swear I'm going to pick up a bunch of greens for the humans to try.
Jan. 10, 2014 4:33 am
Just wanted to stop by and say we are enjoying the show also! We have not watched last nights yet BUT the 1st was great! The french guy cracks me up! And Nigella is so pretty.... (I remeber like 1o years ago on her show she would wear a white jean jacket! I just had to have one! hahaha Never wore it! Still sits in the back of my closet!) And Anthony is.....Anthony!! ;-)
Jan. 10, 2014 7:53 am
MA, I'm with you on the desserts! I absolutely adore the rest of your meals along with the stories! I could actually see you and hubby along the shoreline of beautiful Chincoteague! Also I can smell the greenbeans in the field... and is there anything better thanfried chicken? As far as the collards go... I submitted my recipe for southern collards in my recipe box and a blog post a while back! Check them out. Thanks so much for sharing!
Jan. 10, 2014 7:53 am
Hello, Terry! I thought I didn't like collard greens and grits. However, after living in Virginia way back when-they are not so bad. My FIL would of loved your plate!
Jan. 10, 2014 7:55 am
Heather, haha ...I love Ludo! I remember Nigella in that white jacket... dig the jacket out girl and wear it!!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Jan. 10, 2014 8:01 am
Hi Lela! Jim used to hate every time I made Collards... he would constantly say... " how can you eat something that smells so bad when it is cooking!" ... well now he proclaims" I smell collards!" I found a recipe not too long ago that was a collard and gritts casserole that you bake with eggs on top! Gotta try to find that recipe again!
Jan. 10, 2014 8:26 am MA... here is the link to the blog!
Jan. 10, 2014 8:29 am here is the recipe for my Collards!
Jan. 10, 2014 6:26 pm
Thank you for the links, Terry! I remember that blog - as soon as I saw your pics I knew I'd read it. :) I saved the recipe and I am going to try these one day soon. Our next trip to the West Side Market I plan to buy a few bunches of collards. My hubby says he remembers trying collards at a buffet restaurant in Raleigh, NC and loving them! We were there to attend our daughter's best friend's wedding and I remember the restaurant and how we gorged ourselves on all foods Southern Style, but I did not try the collards - too many desserts to eat instead. :)
Jan. 10, 2014 8:15 pm
Terry, what an interesting thought... I'm at a loss! Give me a serving tray, and I MIGHT just be able to figure something out! Be well~
Jan. 11, 2014 6:19 am
I am with Mother Ann.....start with a dark rich chocolate truffle that melts in your mouth. Life is delicious and you need to savor the richness of it daily. Then I would be a lobster.....buttery and fresh and succulent yet a bit difficult to disassemble and get to the meat.Salt and vinegars of any kind because I been told that I have a "salty" mouth at times and have also been accused of being full of p#ss and vinegar more than once. Warm apple pie, for the warmth, simplicity and love that runs in my soul :)
Jan. 11, 2014 6:20 am
Forgot to add all the obvious reasons! :)
Jan. 11, 2014 7:57 am
That's interesting. What would I put on my plate? I've got to think about that and get back with you because all I can think of right now is chocolate, fresh bread, cheese and wine.
Jan. 11, 2014 10:44 am
Stevie... of everyone I would definstely like to see what would be on your plate!!!! Think on it! Be well my crazy friend!
Jan. 11, 2014 10:47 am
Mauigirl... I love your plates! Haha... I got a grasp of just who you are!!!! Love it!
Jan. 11, 2014 10:49 am
Cat... too funny. ? That was my first thought too... I had to think a while also! I can't wait to see what your plate consists of!!!
Jan. 11, 2014 11:12 am
Terry, so far all I have come up with for my plate is that I am a particularly picky person. I want a garden fresh salad full of color (I garden) with perfectly ripe tomatoes and it must be room temp. I hate refrigerator cold salads. I want fresh homemade bread with that lovely brown crusty exterior and lofty holey white interior. A smear of homemade butter would be ever so good too. My protein is a hard one because while I love fish, I also enjoy a perfectly cooked steak. I'm seeing a pattern here with this perfection ideal :) Well, what can I say? I once waited dinner, the guys were gone, just so I could have fresh bread with dinner. My menu, since it was just me, was just steamed fresh from the garden asparagus with a lemon butter, fresh trout grilled over apple wood and a glass of white wine. As I started to go pick the asparagus, I thought to myself how good a piece of fresh bread would taste with dinner. Then I thought why not?! I don't care when I eat, I can wait for bread. Dessert, well, I don't eat them as much as I did but a Churo Firecracker chocolate bar is ALWAYS welcome!!
Jan. 11, 2014 11:14 am
Oh! And the food cannot touch. Yep, picky I'd say :)(:
Jan. 11, 2014 11:55 am
My life on a plate? It would be a dessert platter since my life is so sweet.
Jan. 11, 2014 11:55 am
I love it Cat! You and my oldest son are so much alike! Only you might have him beat with the perfection thing! I can see your personality through that plate...nothing wrong with being Picky! Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself with me!
Jan. 11, 2014 11:57 am
Doris.... you look sweet! Now would you make these desserts, or would you just pick em out of a lineup? Thanks for sharing!
Jan. 11, 2014 4:10 pm
LOL. I guess that I would pick them out of a lineup since it is the people bringing them to me that makes my life sweet.
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I was a working mother of 2 boys! I didn't have much time for cooking... now that the boys are grown and on their own... I have been enjoying learning and appreciating the art of cooking. I started with a day of baking with my mother in law and I was hooked! Not to mention my new stepkids... what was two... now is four! Our family is growing we now have a grandson, Damien, and one on the way! My grandson loves his visits with Gramma and Grampa...We spend quality time in the kitchen snd chronical our visits here on AR!
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I love to bake! It is my therapy...I love to buy and read all types of recipe books ( call me old fashion ) but it's fun to pick out 1 recipe in a new book and try it the day I get the book!
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My husband and I have great times cooking meals together! When the kids come to visit we let them request their menu of choice. Funny twist... my two boys request Jim's culinary feasts... Jim's two request Stepmom's dinner delights! Works out fine at the end of the day!
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