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Food Survey #2 
Apr. 5, 2009 9:18 am 
Updated: Apr. 5, 2009 10:51 pm
I just can not pass by a good survey!  Thanks for sharing Happy Cooker:)

Chefs you admire: 

Ina Gardner and my brother:)

What cooking shows do you watch?
The only one I tivo is Barefoot Contessa.  I have all of her cookbooks and they are amazing.  Every thing you make out of them turns out incredible. 

Your must-have kitchen accessory is: 
Santoku knife and my citrus squeezer.

What is your go-to ingredient? 
Garlic and fresh herbs from my garden.

How many courses should a meal have?
that depends.

What's your favorite course?
Dessert with appetizers a close second.  I usually will look at the dessert menu in a resturant first.

What famous person, living or dead, would you like to make a meal for?
This one is stumping me!!

And, what would you serve them? 

I think it would be something easy- maybe home made pizza so we could talk and work side by side.

What's your favorite style of cooking?
Style?  I like to cook fresh and easy on the weekdays and that can include tons of different styles.  We are equal opportunity eaters around here

What nationality of food do you like the best?
Mexican, Asian, Greek and Indian, BUT, I really like a lot of different international food and will try just about any thing once.

What's your favorite meal of the day to prepare?

Where do you find inspiration when creating a new dish?
Cooking shows or Martha Stewart living on serius satellite radio.

Who has been your greatest inspiration in the kitchen?
My brother.

What is your favorite comfort food?
mash potatoes and gravy.

Do you ever eat fast food? If so, what? 
Very rarely, but if I do Taco Bell.

What restaurant do you want to eat at that you haven't eaten at yet?
The list is way to long.

What do you serve at Thanksgiving dinner? 
Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, 1 veggie and pie.

Are there wines or liquors that you cook with?
yep, and usually "cook" myself in the process:) he he!!

How much time do you spend cooking a meal just for yourself?
Not much.

What would be your dream job as a chef?
Own my own restaurant.

What scent in the kitchen do you love – what ingredient smells the best?

What ingredients do you avoid/dislike?
lima beans

What's your secret splurge at the grocery store?
A really nice piece of fresh fish from whole foods.

What's your favorite midnight snack?
I rarely eat after dinner.
Apr. 5, 2009 12:02 pm
I love Barefoot Contessa too. My mom doesn't get it--she hates when they laugh at each other's unfunny jokes at the end. But I find something comforting about watching Ina. Everything is clean, basic, high quality, homey. Even though her and Jeffrey probably have more money to spend than I will see in my lifetime, I wouldn't mind gathering around her table just once.
Apr. 5, 2009 8:12 pm
bandrs- I know there was a contest when her viewers got to go to her house. I was so jealous!! I watch every week and some of her recipes are so good and easy, but look so impressive. I always wonder if her jeffrey really like each other as much as it seems:)
Apr. 5, 2009 10:51 pm
Thanks for surveying, SWEETJAM! I don't really love to watch Ina and Jeffrey, but I do love her house, garden, etc. (and I love the smell of lemon, too). :)
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About Me
I love to cook and have often thought I should have gone to culinary school. My biggest cooking influence is my mother she is really a good cook, but I look up to my brother who has never used a recipe in his life....he cooks by taste; a little of this and that and it is always amazing. I cook almost every night for my family. My true passion is entertaining. I secretly want to be Martha Stewart...he he!!
My favorite things to cook
I like good soup and hearty meals. I also love to come across a good apetizer recipe. I recently purchased a bread machine and have really enjoyed using it. I'm not baking so much now that my daughter is doing a lot of it around here.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baklava every Christmas. It looks like you spent all day in the kitchen, but it is a snap! My dad made stuffing every holiday. It is still the best I have ever tasted with apples and raisons. YUMMY!
My cooking triumphs
I will try anything, once! I made that italian dish they always talk about on Everybody Loves Raymond. It was time consuming, but interesting to make. I always say if you can follow a recipe you can be a good cook. Teaching my daughter the love of cooking and baking. When I'm out of town she actually gets a hot meal on the table and can even make home made bread. I'm so proud of her. She will be making all the pies for Thanksgiving dinner this year.
My cooking tragedies
The biggest one is a recipe for brussel sprouts that you steamed than cooked in a jelly of some sort. I didn't think I was steaming them long enough. They were raw! Very dissapointing side dish to a Thanksgiving meal!
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