Category: Food and Beverage

Pondering New Years Traditions

With New Year’s Eve approaching, I am thinking about the many traditions and what they symbolize.  Growing up in my family,  black eyed peas were a must.  I’ve recently found out that  black eyed peas symbolize coins and eating them is supposed to ensure economic prosperity for the coming year. To be honest, I’ve never cooked black eyed peas myself. I buy them in a can already cooked and seasoned. I just open the can and heat the peas in a bowl in the microwave and I’m good to go!

Along the same lines, eating greens symbolizes paper money and eating corn bread symbolizes gold. Some people swear the greens is supposed to be kale, but I’ve heard others claim that spinach is a more tasty alternative. I personally like spinach better than kale, but it kale is simmered with pork fatback and served with vinegar I can eat a big bowlful of that.

The tradition of kissing at midnight may go back to ancient European times as a way of warding off evil spirits. Personally, I think that if you are lucky to have someone you love nearby, a deep, sweet kiss is a great way to both end the old year and start the new one.

Girls Night Out

So last night was girls night out. My friends and I along with my roommate decided that we were long overdue for some serious clubbing.  We chose The Green Iguana downtown as it has Tiki feel to it and is partially outdoors. It was extremely busy when we arrived as we were fashionably late of course.  We met up with another group of people and played a little pool in the back before we decided to conquer the dance floor.

After a few drinks we were ready to shake and jive as the old timers say and the music was hopping. One reason I really like this place is that they play a wide range of music for everyone, and not just one genre. So whether you like hip hop, country or rock, they have a little bit of everything for everyone. After about an hour though we had to take a break as it was so hot on the dance floor from the lighting and the press of bodies.

The patio felt amazing with a breeze blowing and it really rejuvenated us so we could continue with our partying. I like the fact that they have a kitchen as well, because we had a little snack of appetizers while we were out there. Snacking while you drink is always smart so you don’t get too intoxicated. I still have a mild hangover and was very happy that we took a cab there as safety is always best. Time take a little nap and recuperate now.

Late Night Snack Foods

What is your favorite late night snack? You know, the nights when you should be heading to bed, but you have a craving for something to eat and just want a quick snack so you can fall asleep easier?

Some people crave sweets just before bed. I remember my dad used want to bowl of ice cream every night while he watched the late night news. My little brother has that same habit. I know he loves ice cream and is very particular about the brand of the ice cream and the flavor that he wants. Most of the time he wants Breyer’s Ice Cream, Vanilla Bean, and then he pours a couple of squirts of Hershey’s chocolate syrup over the top.

I don’t crave sweets – hardly ever. I’m just not a dessert person. I like salty stuff – and don’t ask me why. I have no idea. I would want a small bag of chips or a handful of salted nuts for a snack. Sometimes, I like a cold slice of leftover pizza – but not often. In fact, most of the time I don’t keep leftover pizza around. To me it does not taste as good after the pizza sits in the refrigerator for a day or two. I try to order just enough pizza to feed me or me and a guest, and not go overboard with too much pizza. If there is any leftover, sometimes I throw it out and every once in a while I will put a couple slices into a Ziploc freezer bag and stick it in the freezer.

I used to eat popcorn at night, mostly because it was fast and easy and I though it was a little healthier than other snacks. But I found out that the hard kernels in a handful of popcorn can cause my teeth to crack and I don’t need that kinda of trouble. So I’ve given up on popcorn and sticking with a small bowl of tortilla or potato chips and some salsa or guacamole.

All My Friends Are Doing Gardens

For some reason, this year all my friends seem to be planting gardens or putting container plants on their patios and balconies. I find that really odd. What has got everyone so interested in growing shit?

I grew having to work in the family garden and I will be totally fine if I never have to pull another weed or pick another yellow squash from the vine. I hate working in the hot sun, with all kinds of bugs around – both in the air and in the dirt and on the plants. I hate pulling weeds and getting my fingernails all messed – not to mention the $30 manicure ruined.

I think my friends growing gardens this year are doing it out of curiosity or some kind of nesting instinct. I doubt they have any idea of how much work a real garden entails. And after all is said and done, when they realize how much money they blew on containers, soils, fertilizer, stakes, water, gloves, shovels and rakes and all that other crap and then they compare that cost to how much they supposedly “saved” over buying vegetables from the roadside stand, the farmer’s market or even the frozen food section of the Kroger – they will get a big shock.

I’ll be surprised if any but the most dedicated to organic fresh food even try to do a garden again next year!

Cake or Pie and Why?

Facebook has a fun string going where a friend asked everyone to comment with their choice of cake or pie and to explain why they choose that answer. I have no problem answering immediately, pie. I love all kinds of pies and most of the time don’t like cake at all. I hardly ever eat cake other than on birthdays, and I really do not understand the cupcake craze. That seems like a total waste of money and calories.

Pies have been a standard dessert in my family for generations. We all take great pride in making a great crust and fillings from scratch. I absolutely love apple pie, especially after a big holiday traditional dinner. But to be truthful, my all time favorite kind of pie is key lime pie, followed in a close second place by lemon meringue pie.

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