Food talk (in response to previous posts):
1. I like maple syrup with my sausage.
I like syrup (doesn't even have to be maple) with my sausage, or bacon--especially if there are waffles involved.
2. I love black beans, and would much rather have good homemade borracho beans than those nasty refried things.
You'd love the Oaxacan Baked Black Beans I make--another one I make n a crock pot since they are supposed to cook for 10 hours. Really a simple recipe but I've taken pots of it to get-togethers and gotten rave reviews.
3. I dot chili around on corn chips, lots and lots of very sharp cheese (detect a pattern here?), a few fresh sliced jalapenos, and microwave to make a version of nachos. Served with sour cream of course. I suppose some people would include some fresh salsa heaped on top after the microwaving, but why try to make the meal healthier?
I slather a spoonful of black bean chili on a warmed corn tortilla--put some extra raw onions and some really sharp cheddar on it and fold it up and eat it leaning over the sink. Oh yeah--and sour cream (I almost forgot)
4. Apple jelly and peanut butter make a good sandwich; apple butter is good with peanut butter too. If you're really feeling decadent (and if I eat peanut butter, I'm usually feeling decadent), add butter to your sandwich...it cuts the stickiness and complements the flavor. IMO
I'm addicted to sourdough bread so I like peanut butter but prefer marionberry jam to apple jelly--now you know why Toad's favorite treat is sourdough bread dripping with butter and marionberry jam). I like apple butter better than apple jelly. And I have a friend who taught me to make butter, peanut butter, mayonnaise and lettuce sandwiches--taste a lot better than they sound.
5. We use tabasco, but generally prefer a hot sauce with a little less vinegaryness (that's a word--right?). We also have a jar of ghost pepper sauce which sneaks up on you and then there's nothing you can do but live with the burn for a half hour or so. Too hot for me, and even a bit much for my son I think (though he would never admit it.)
Actually I don't really use tabasco--I may call it that but it's a hot sauce labeled in the store "Louisiana Hot Sauce" or if I'm in the store that doesn't stock than one there is another one that is almost identical (I recognize it on the shelf but of course I can't remember the name) But it isn't as vinegary as real tobacco--and I'm sure vinegaryness is a perfectly good word.
6. I'm taking a new medicine which requires that you take it on an empty stomach about an hour before you eat (or a couple of hours after your meal) So I get up and take it right away and then wait for breakfast. I never was that much of a breakfast fan and was never particularly hungry in the morning (no comments from you guys about my sleeping through breakfast, please
), but now that I have to wait, I get up ravenous.
I'm one of those freaks who wakes up starving and a couple of guys who knew this about me (and who knew that I'm a diehard lark and am awake very early would call me (sometimes because they hadn't been to bed yet) at really early hours and ask me if I wanted to go have breakfast (my answer was always "Yeah, sure--let me just put some clothes on--am I picking you up or are you picking me up?")
Fortunately the meds I'm taking now all require that I have food before, during or immediately after I takem them.
Geeze Mel, I just got my geriatric girl delivered for this week and along with her normal pills and food I got a carton of eggs (I guess someone told Ken that I always give my dogs an egg for dinner along with their kibble and pills) and some chocolate chip cookies made without wheat flour (because the other half of the batch was going to our friend Nancy who is a full blown celiac (and that's why I know how to make two kinds of pie crusts using no wheat flour)--so instead of the normal wheat flour these were made with almond and some other kind of nut flour--YUM! Really good cookies.