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Scribbler Nibblers

February 22, 2012

Walt Whitman began the day with oysters and meat.

That’s what he called a snack.

The novelist Vendela Vida is nuts about pistachios.

Lord Byron sipped vinegar to keep his weight down.

Emily Dickinson fancied her own homemade bread.

Writer Joyce Maynard, lime popsickles.

Wendy MacNaughton, who wrote and illustrated the article for the New York Times, "Snacks of the Great Scribblers,” keeps a small bowl of garlic croutons on her desk for her munchies.

What better month to talk about snacks than National Snack Food Month.

Snack, from the Middle English snak, variant of snacche, is either a light meal, or eating between meals — which can be good for you if you snack on good things like carrots and fruit but no sensible snackers want to do that.

Leave it to comedian Mitch Hedberg who always had a novel way of looking at things:

“I like vending machines, because snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at the store, oftentimes I will drop it so that is achieves its maximum flavor potential.”

So if any fellow snackers drop in today, need I ask?

J. Peterman

 

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February 22, 2012 12:06 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

Almonds, walnuts, pecans, carrots, grape and cherry tomatoes.

My kind of snacks.

Yours?

February 22, 2012 12:46 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

Back in the day, we -- my siblings and I -- nibbled on the purple berries from the Hackberry trees and the crimson fruit of our Red Haw tree.

That's what there was.

February 22, 2012 5:41 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

Morning LOT!
 
Pistachios.....................mmmmmmmmmmmmmm......................................................

February 22, 2012 5:54 AM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

Love Pistachios  MISS BEBE  but get terribly annoyed by the shuckin' to seriously consider them as Snack Food ... The ones already shuck'd seem a mite too dry, except when gnoshing them along with Champagne .......
 
PopCorn ... with waaay too much Butter, and a questionable dousing with Salt, is a Great and Nutricious Snack Food ... Not only non-Cariogenic, but Dentifricial as well .......

February 22, 2012 6:37 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

IVAN............................great to see you! I agree, popcorn must have tons of butter & obscene amounts of salt......................mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.................okay, time to get it together! Really nice to run into you so early.

February 22, 2012 6:52 AM
P8041286 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1 IvyGailWinds said...

Snack a light meal between regular meals......Sweet Sugar Coated Green Grapes w/ a Purple Cow!

February 22, 2012 6:52 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

BEBE....how did I guess you would love something which is a means of eating butter!!!!!

February 22, 2012 6:55 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

bebe and JALOPKIN, popcorn with salt and butter?

Yes, yes, yes.

But, for me, only occasionally.

Sadly, I must be careful with the salt and butter.

But, when the doc isn't looking . . .

February 22, 2012 7:09 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Bombay mix, grapes, cashew nuts, home made cheese straws, baby tomatos, deep fried circles of crispy parsnip, cheese in any shape or form, cake, last night's leftovers, and days when I go into town, sometimes a big fat doughnut. Or even a hot dog.

February 22, 2012 7:26 AM
Gandhi_medium 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Snack Law of the Jungle- Anything that doesn't eat me and elicits a yummy sound.

February 22, 2012 7:49 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Lynn830 said...

How is it that nothing smells as good as popcorn.  But it does not taste right without lots of butter and salt... Sometimes I am healthy with my snacks, eating a banana or some clementines or whatever good fruit is in season.  And I do love cheese, either by itself or on an Englsih muffin or some bread, perhaps with a bit of ham added (though that almost makes it a lunch).  And I prefer cheese with some flavor: a good, highly sharp cheddar (3-5 years aged, a bit crumbly), a well-aged gouda (I just got some 1,000 day gouda), brie or camembert.  An English muffin is nice, perhaps with a good marmalade (English, of course) or peanutbutter, if not cheese and ham.  Nuts are nice, though I agree with Jalopkin that shelling pistachios is no fun.  I like cashews once in a while.  Sausages can be a nice snack also, or a lunch for that matter.  Actually, I have heard that snacks can be good for you if you lighten the other meals a bit.  Eating more often but smaller meals is healthy.  So, to your health!  Have a snack!

February 22, 2012 7:55 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Lynn~ you wicked man! The thiing I really want now is sausages.

February 22, 2012 7:58 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Popcorn reminds me of polystyrene loft insulation.

February 22, 2012 8:27 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

When I am good, I am a berry snacker. Love them all and for some reason I outrage other grocery shoppers when I open the lids to sniff them---its not as if I touch them, but fruit is only as good as it smells.

But truthfully, my favorite food group is butter. I agree with Emily Dickinson who liked her homemade bread. I like my homemade bread as well as..any other kind! And like LYNN, there is cheese, cheese, cheese and cheese. So many cheese, so little time.

When I was at the restaurant I would snack on cucumber slices from the salad prep but alas there is no sous chef here prepping neat little bins of veg all ready to eat.

Here's an odd thing for someone who has had her hands in food for a million years, I don't like snacks that get my hands all nasty. Its hard to read or type or do any number of things with chippy, salty oily hands but when spreading the very naughty treats on bread or crackers, well there's the solution!

One more thing--on an English muffin or cracker or even a baked potato Cream Cheese with Worcestorshire Sauce dribbled all over is a divine "what can I have?" impulse snack.

February 22, 2012 8:27 AM
P8041286 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1 IvyGailWinds said...

Fresh Dill on Everthing snackin....Dill cream cheese mixed w/ salmon on Dark Rye mini rounds, fresh Dill sour cream whipped and dulaped on vegetable lettuce wraps or sinful Dill dip with Snyder Potatoe Chips, yummy! Lastly, quick recipe: use a small juice glass, cut out bread rounds, thin layer of mayonaise mixed withfresh Dill, add thinly slices cucumber on top of bread rounds, sprinkle Paprika on top.for added flavor.....yum yum for my tum tum....!!! Easy DiLLicious

February 22, 2012 8:55 AM
Gandhi_medium 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Trying to be organic today so whole grain toast with my corned beef hash and aigs. Got on my retro 60's garb for the Kinky show tonight; suede cowboy boots, paisley shirt, unshaven and tousled hair armed with books and a desire for kick ass music at the Exit In tonight with Kinky and Kacey Jones. We got a new store called 2 Old Hippies with some really cool stuff that we will visit in The Gulch. As capitalists Otto and I carry a metaphorical protest sign that says Make Money Not War. Make Love Not War on the flip side. Americans need jobs not just enough to get by on but to have extra to do fun stuff with their friends and family. That's what I like about this site where we discuss the higher altitudes of Maslow's Pyramid. To Life. To Abundant Life for All. A Life Snack of Mr. Goodbar.

February 22, 2012 9:22 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

I am a peanut girl--salted peanuts (out of the shell)....and then there's plain almonds and walnuts, dried fruits, freeze-dried fruits, mini carrots,  and the list goes on.  And like ChefDeb, I don't think I could pass up anything with cream cheese.  Sometimes just a cracker with mustard will do me, but..... .  Oh! yes, the popcorn!!  But for me a snack is something that doesn't require preparation.  That's why they're so dangerous....they are so easy they're mindlessly consumed and with no or very little clean-up afterwards!

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February 22, 2012 9:25 AM
10041_445991248814972_692962064_n Com-100Com-300First-comHr-1 The Giraffe said...

White Cheddar Popcorn and Cashews.

February 22, 2012 10:18 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Please don't be offended at my humor, but I ate so many poon-schkeez yesterdays, today seems to be  bigash wednesday

February 22, 2012 10:18 AM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

I started seeing a nutritionist a few months ago, and they all extol the virtues of snacking.  What a wonderful thing!  But because they are interested in good nutrition, potato chips (one of my absolute favorite foods) is not recommended.  They have turned me onto Triscuits with cottage cheese as a dip.  It's not bad, and like Carol recommends, it doesn't require preparation and there is almost no clean up. String cheese, any cheeese works in my book. Someone said once that if you're not hungry enough to eat an apple, you're not really hungry and are just looking to satisfy another craving.  I keep mixed nuts in the house now too. Just a handful.  With 1/2 an apple and some cheese and crackers. Did I mention I have portion control problems?  I love to eat! Now,where is that chardonnay?

February 22, 2012 10:43 AM
Beth_1209 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 EADutton said...

I enjoy nuts...any kind.  And I have started doing my own baking and have learned how to cut down on the sugar and using whole wheat instead of white flour.  A nice whole wheat pumpkin muffin is a very good choice!

February 22, 2012 10:43 AM
Beth_1209 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 EADutton said...

I enjoy nuts...any kind.  And I have started doing my own baking and have learned how to cut down on the sugar and using whole wheat instead of white flour.  A nice whole wheat pumpkin muffin is a very good choice!

February 22, 2012 10:43 AM
Beth_1209 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 EADutton said...

I enjoy nuts...any kind.  And I have started doing my own baking and have learned how to cut down on the sugar and using whole wheat instead of white flour.  A nice whole wheat pumpkin muffin is a very good choice!

February 22, 2012 10:43 AM
Beth_1209 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 EADutton said...

I enjoy nuts...any kind.  And I have started doing my own baking and have learned how to cut down on the sugar and using whole wheat instead of white flour.  A nice whole wheat pumpkin muffin is a very good choice!

February 22, 2012 10:43 AM
Beth_1209 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 EADutton said...

I enjoy nuts...any kind.  And I have started doing my own baking and have learned how to cut down on the sugar and using whole wheat instead of white flour.  A nice whole wheat pumpkin muffin is a very good choice!

February 22, 2012 10:44 AM
Beth_1209 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 EADutton said...

I enjoy nuts...any kind.  And I have started doing my own baking and have learned how to cut down on the sugar and using whole wheat instead of white flour.  A nice whole wheat pumpkin muffin is a very good choice!

February 22, 2012 10:49 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Lynn830 said...

Thank you, Hazel.  I try to be wicked - nicely wicked.  I forgot pickled herring, preferably in cream sauce.  By choice, I prefer mine on saltines.  And for snacks out, a Spanish tapas restaurant, all those wonderful small plates.  And the supreme palace of snacking, a Chinese dim sum place,  plate after plate of heaven.  "Dim Sum" means "delights the heart."  And isn't that what a nice snack is all about?

February 22, 2012 11:29 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Pork and leek sausages cooling down. To be dunked in a bowl of home made pickle. Plum, I think.

February 22, 2012 11:36 AM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

Oh Hazel that sounds good. Do you make your own sausages?

February 22, 2012 11:43 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


We polished off a bag of clementines pretty quickly. The Beauty often shares a cut-up apple with our dog and she loves almonds.
I do too especially if they are cleverly hidden inside a Hershey bar.
Red jello, a double toasted, whole grain English muffin half with butter and currant jelly, fruit yogurt, Town House wheat crackers with extra crunchy peanut butter and a glass of cold milk or… the Pièce de résistance of snack food: the Little Debbie Nutty Bar.

Tommy T ~
Judges generally wear socks… and long pants. Did you know that before accepting the gig?
Was it just me, or did the whole Dewey Crow kidney episode have a jump the shark quality to it?
I had, owing to birthday business and the dog show, missed that one until it was replayed late last night. Very odd it was.

ChefDeb & Shandonista ~
Be careful what you wish for and in the meantime, the same effect could be had by sharing coffee with some weather-worn old coot on a park bench.

rings90 ~

Like RY, massive poon-schkee hangover but some of them got delivered to grateful people around town.
That was a lot of fun… Thanks again.

Tapas and dim sum are terrific ways to enjoy small excellent bits of a variety of nice dishes but are not particularly economical ways to eat.

 

February 22, 2012 11:49 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

l marjorie~ My local butcher wins national prizes for his delicious sausages. The pork is locally sourced as are the leeks. Why bother making my own?
 

February 22, 2012 11:54 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Rusty said...

Favorite: garlic humus and whole grain baguette pieces.  I take the humus out of the frig , pull of a hunk of bread and dip away.  No fuss no mess.  Only problem is stopping myself.  This is a SNACK.  Yes to everone who says cheese--good cheese not flat shingles. 

February 22, 2012 12:03 PM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

Haze--bless those local butchers!  Enjoy.

February 22, 2012 12:09 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Maybe it's just me but the simplest, most convenient snack has always been a little of whatever is in the fridge or on the shelf in any category.
The right bite at the right time, makes waiting for dinner tolerable… a tot of sherry around tea time  doesn't hurt either.

February 22, 2012 12:11 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Stoney~I,too, did the spreading of joy. One of my Artesan bakeries,Delightful Pasteries, gave me not only a bountiful supply for myself and Mom, but a huge amount of special orders that had not been picked up. I dropped them off at Rosie O'Hare's, my favorite little pub on the Fox River in East Dundee. "MMMMMMMMM", was said by all.       I think if I ever open a bar, I'll call it Homer's (as in Homer Simpson)because I could see the marketing benifits of dougnuts and beer......

February 22, 2012 12:29 PM
P8041286 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1 IvyGailWinds said...

I Like Kinky Nutty Old Worn Coot People with Cashew Smiles..Who Drink Tots of Sherry snackin on Dill Chips Around Tea Time. ; ).........................
Usually Kinky Nutty Old Worn Coot People are Wardrobed in Hippy Fashion of Paisley Shirts, Skorts and Blue Jeans. ; ).................................... Hanging out Singing, "Hey Jude....Don't Be Afraid...Go and Get Her or Him.....Sing It Baby....Whew Who!!!!

February 22, 2012 12:35 PM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

I think I'll wait a bit for further comments.

February 22, 2012 12:55 PM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

Deb, your butter comment above reminded me of a saying from an old friend of mine. Basically he said that bread was just a means to convey butter into the mouth.

February 22, 2012 1:36 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

I marjorie, the saying of your old friend regarding butter matches exactly the view of my wife.

February 22, 2012 1:40 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

My wife used to say"Hamburgers were Ketchup delivery devices"....

February 22, 2012 2:00 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

MISS RUSTY:  An EXcellent Snack !!! Tryi it sometime with Rye Bagel Chips  and a favorite Rose' or a Rose Petal Flavored Vodka ....... Hard to find, but the combination is a taste delight !!!
 
ROADYACHT:  "Ketchup Delivery System"  I Love it !!!!!!!
 
There are some things, that Ketchup is Good on ... Even if it is spelled, CATSUP, which I have never understood .......

February 22, 2012 2:27 PM
First-comHr-1 TooSlim55 said...

My fave is pomegranate.  Delicious, nutritious, and what better way to release stress than to store up a cheekful of seeds and machine gun an unsuspecting co-worker as he/she plods by.  This also solves the riddle of whether to swallow or not.

February 22, 2012 2:34 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

TooSlim55~ I'm laughing. Can't really say why in this polite company.

February 22, 2012 2:48 PM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

Anything I don't have to work for.
No cashews, ever. Hate them.
Smart Food white cheddar 100 calorie bags, peeps, Reeses eggs, cheese, a hard boiled egg, rice crackers with Saga cheese.
I love English muffins but I have toast them first and some times I'm just too lazy. Give me a banana.
If I can grab it and put it in my mouth I'm happy.

February 22, 2012 3:01 PM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

Reese's eggs, now avaliable for Easter. I like these because they seen to have more peanut butter. I love chocolate but these are my favorite Reese's.
Lunt dark truffles are another favorite.
I should weigh about 500 lbs. but I don't. Lucky me.

February 22, 2012 3:31 PM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

Avaliable at Sam's club, Emerald cocoa roast almonds. Let me tell you they're terrific.

February 22, 2012 5:15 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

korthal, those almonds do sound terrific.

I plan to buy some of them.

February 22, 2012 5:20 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

korthal, speaking of English muffins:

Once while traveling in England, we asked a clerk if her store sold English muffins.

She did not initially understand what we meant.

We kept trying to explain.

Finally, she said:

Oh, you mean Yankee splits.

February 22, 2012 5:42 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Somewhere along the line, a snack changed from a small amount of food into its own category of edible.
If there were a phrase to define almost every item in the snack aisle, it would be: YOU DON'T NEED THIS.

You'd almost have to see this to believe it: I bought pack of peanut M&Ms to go with the Beauty's Valentine card explaining that I'd mistaken them for One-a-Day vitamins and she has been enjoying one each day since.
She goes on a bit about what a treat it is… I know.

February 22, 2012 6:20 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Snacking ~ your belly button is the place to put mixed salt and pepper while  eating in bed.

February 22, 2012 6:26 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Rusty said...

OOOOOOOOOOH, rye bagel chips. MMMMMMMMMMMMM--the village exclamation.  Jalopkin, you did see where I mentioned I had to slap my hand to stop eating with just the baguette.

February 22, 2012 6:28 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 Georgia said...

Oh, STONEY!  I do so love it!
 
Depends on day, mood, and what's in the fridge, but I like strange-to-others snacks such as leftover cold dressing (that was baked in a dish, not a bird); yellow crookneck squash that was (last night) sauteed in onion and butter and peppered heartily with coarse grind, enjoyed cold today; leftover homemade cherry pie; nuts from the freezer -- I keep pecans (halves and pieces), walnuts, almonds, slivered almonds, at least, and a palmful will stave off hunger if you have a sinking spell in late afternoon.  Pepper (red or green) jelly on cream cheese on rye or wheat crackers.  Wheat Thins crackers, least salt possible (not that I can't eat it; I prefer the taste of food); Wheat Thins dunked in chunky applesauce; anything dunked in chunky applesauce.  Chunky applesauce (only certain brands, or homemade).  Fresh fruit of every sort...envision the Garden of Eden (funny thing: several Owner's Manuals ago Mr. P offered "Eve's Kerchief Skirt," datelining his prose "Eden, Texas"). 
 
Oh, the delicate innermost of celery hearts. Radishes, crunchy and biting.  WHen I bake bread I like it either 'naked" (as a friend says) or slathered while it's hot with (real unsalted) butter.  Returning returning returning to  the breadboard, I admit to having consumed a loaf before dinner. 
 
Popcorn's a fine thing, but I dislike the salt and fake flavoring most contain; closest to 'good' is Orville Redenbacher's "natural,' on which I pour melted (unsalted) real butter.
I'll lose some of you here, but pouring a bit of corn syrup on hot popcorn and stirring lightly with a big fork very nearly replicates popcorn balls. If there are but two of you, the time and effort in making {my recipe for} popcorn balls loses its attraction, and this is delicious (my husband won't go near it, preferring overly-salted popcron, so it's all for me.)
 
"OTC Wine Crackers" and "OTC Oyster Crackers" originated, reads the tale on the box, in Trenton, New Jersey in the 1800s, first as chowder and oyster-stew crackers. Am I ever glad they chose to branch out into wonderful wine crackers. (I've eaten a box at a sitting -- or book, or tv show.)  So popular they fly off the shelves here, I often 'import' several boxes when we visit Charleston; the manager of Publix here has the box I took him with my request to Find These Crackers.
 
I adore animal crackers -- not just any, but those in the bins at Fresh Market; tried packaged ones in other stores and, well, don't bother; I even made my own...don't bother with that, either. They must taste as when I was a child, and Fresh Market has the recipe down pat.
 
Dates as they are or with a pecan thrust inside.  (Remember to buy pitted.) I could go on, but some haven't yet spoken....

February 22, 2012 6:29 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

How have we got so far through the day without a mention of olives? Every time I open the 'fridge door and that little light comes on, I eat a few - alas, none left for my pizza or my salad.

February 22, 2012 6:35 PM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

Pickles! Jar doesn't have to leave the fridge.

February 22, 2012 6:46 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 spring rain said...

Odd but not intentionally negative question: Does food bore any of you?  What I am asking is:  when friends speak of food, do your eyes glaze over?I loathe "cooking" segments on TV news shows.  Recipies BORE me to death.  I could care less about food in general. . .   I have friends who get so excited about food.  I don't understand this. 

February 22, 2012 7:05 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

dear spring rain~ I hope you eat. I agree that cookery stuff and recipies can be boring. Mostly, I invent my food. And my fat doctor says I'm too thin. I think she's jealous.

February 22, 2012 7:24 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

and really..........who can forget about Fritos???   Even mixed with chocolate they make a delightful snack!  It's easier to open that bag than pop up some popcorn.........!

February 22, 2012 7:32 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

SPRING RAIN....................I adore food ( WAY TOO MUCH!) & I do enjoy certain cooking shows ( some are just creepy), and I love to cook and bake. I will say that there is a certain person who is snobbish about food & takes all the fun out of it. That I do not like. That is why I like the village so  much...............we love food, but are not food snobs and appreciate what everyone brings to the table and that I LIKE. My stepmother once said she could easily be happy if her food came in pill form and she did not have to bother w/ real food. So, don't feel that you need to go gaga over food to be a part of the village. It's all good SR, it's all good...........................
 
You would have to know her to fully understand that......................

February 22, 2012 7:36 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

CHEFD.......................pickles on the inside of grilled cheese sandwiches.....................mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....................
 
GEORGIA.....................are they better than the animal crackers in the Barnum & Bailey box? If they are you have discovered the Holy Grail of animal crackers because I LOVE those things!

February 22, 2012 7:38 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 Georgia said...

...that I forgot split, buttered, toasted English muffins (Yes, I know they're not what we think they are; love them regardless).  With or without peach poreserves or marmalade. And bagelsbagelsbagels, in particular cinnamon raison, though I never met a bagel I didn't like. Spread with cream chees, hmmm, though I like them 'naked,' as well.
 
Yesyes, HAZE and CHedeB, olives AND pickles. Even baby gherkins you pop right in your mouth and they make your eyes wateer.
 
SPRING RAIN, I guess my words here read 'excited,' as are your friends, and it's nothing if not true.  HAving 'pared down' from a big house with huge kitchen, I don't cook as I'd like to, or even as I always have...this condo I can't even regard as a 'house.'  But I haven't lost my fervent appreciation of food in all its forms.  Oddly, I have " gustatory rhinitis," which means my nose runs when I eat or near food, whether shoppoing, cooking, or eating. I'm told by the allergist it's quite common, and many sufferers won't go out to eat. So far I just carry many many many Kleenex.  And get by.  WHen I lick the cake  batter
mixing bowl (now the kids have flown, I get it!), the frosting bowl, cookie-batter bowl I blow my nose interminably; in restaurants I'm more discreet, but it's still a bother.
 
I don't suggest you are so afflicted, but could that or a derivative explain your lack of interest in "Food, Glorious Food...Hot sausage and mustard! While we're in the mood, cold jelly and custard...."  What d'you know: here's ol' mustard again.  It's all part of the Chain of Being, perhaps.
 
No one's mentioned lemon curd.  Keep it in the fridge and just stick your finger in (etiquette point: I alone like it, else I'd use a spoon.)  It keeps forever, and is good on whole wheat toast points (STONEY? You listening?), and beyond doubt would make a fine lemon meringue pie filling -- if you don't mind being stuck with that many egg whites. (Make an angel food cake with them, if nothing else.) 
 
Pineapple is a swell snack, as is Greek yogurt (it calls itself Greek; the only difference I taste, feel is it's thicker and has no moisture sitting on its top.)

February 22, 2012 8:04 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 spring rain said...

Hazel, Yes, I eat.  hehe.  Chocolate=yuuummm.  But I just don't get excited about food.  I don't sit around and ponder food.  I eat because I'm hungry, to stop the hunger pains.  That is all.  Yes, Georgia.  I understand the allergy thing.  There are times that I do the same thing when I eat bread products.  But, food is not interesting to me. It is interesting how some get so excited about food; what they ate, what they are planning to eat.   I don't understand that sort of conversation.  Maybe I'm the weirdo in this.  I would rather read a car repair manual than a cookbook.Recently I purchased a lovely "recipe scrapbook" because it was pretty. But then I realized, I don't have any recipes.  All of the relatives that cooked are dead, so why bother with a scrapbook. . . .my mother died when I was 8 years old, so I have only one memory cooking with her.  I never cooked with either grandmother or aunts.  If I lived in a house without a kitchen, I'd be perfectly content.  What else does one need other than a toaster, microwave, and coffee maker?  What else is there to food?  I don't understand it. Everyone here is very nice, and I am not attempting to dump rain on anyone's sunny day.  Have a great night, and a delicious dinner tomorrow!

February 22, 2012 8:10 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

 Georgia ~  Yes, lemon curd... oh my!

February 22, 2012 8:21 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

It's been said that some people eat to live, while others live to eat.    I think our Village is a healthy bunch of middle of the roaders...........we enjoy, sometimes we have ecstacies over food, but we all share (I think) a respect for food, knowing that while we need basics to minimally survive, there are foods that can transport us from the mundane to the more pleasurable.   Of course, we could all sustain life hooked up to a feeding tube......but it begs the question: without the pleasures of taste, smell and textures of food...would it be a pleasurable existence?  And food enjoyed in solitary is rarely even really enjoyed---food is a shared pleasure.  Certainly you can guiltily snarf down a bag of chips all alone, but it's when food is shared----even vicariously like here in the Village---that it becomes real pleasure and not just a matter of subsistence.  Long live the snack!  Long live the conviviality of shared pleasures!!  Cheers!

February 22, 2012 9:06 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Nobody said cold pizza?  Then I will, it's "cold pizza" for my favorite snack.  With a coke. Coca Cola. With lots of ice.  And I consider this to be a healthy snack because we don't often have cold pizza hanging around the fridge, so it's a sometimes snack.  Sauerkraut is also a good snack.  Not with cold pizza, though.  SpringRain:  My eyes don't glaze over when food is the topic - I don't much like to cook, eating is necessary to survival,but there are a few food groups in this world (like chocolate group, the butter and popcorn and salt group, and the cold pizza group, and the Coca-Cola group) - I'd miss them like crazy if some evil old doctor said NoYouCan'tEatThose, and then my eyes would glaze over at the sight of them, because they'd be forbidden.  And "forbidden" makes anything more desireable.  Gosh I'm hungry.

February 22, 2012 9:16 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 spring rain said...

Park4:  You are funny!  Coffee is a food group.

February 22, 2012 9:52 PM
First-comHr-1 TooSlim55 said...

Okay, when it's really time for serious snacking: pralines.  I grew up in New Orleans and in the French Quarter, if you timed it just right, you could be standing in Aunt Sally's Original Praline shop when they poured the nectar out of the copper pot onto the marble slab.  The praline magician swirled and flipped and massaged the mixture until perfect pecan pralines were born.  Take home a dozen, close the door to your room, get in bed, hide under the blanket and share with no one.  One of life's guilty pleasures for which one feels not a whit of shame.  Also one in which you cannot indulge past the age of 20 if you want anything at all to be able to pulse through your blood vessels.

February 22, 2012 9:56 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

MISS SPRING:  Coffee is a Major Food Group ... just like Sandwiches and Pizza and Ice Cream .......  Forbidden makes things taste sooo much Better .......
 
lotlot:  I think the fruit you captioned way up above as, "Red Haw" ... is what we call a Mayhaw Bush/Berry down here ....... Very much like a CrabApple, but more tart, and a little smaller ... Make great Preserves/Puddings/Glazes and Compotes ....... The Annual Mayhaw Festival in Easty Texas is near or about the 9th. of May each year ... and of course, someone has spent all year long makin' some purdy Hootch out of a couple of bushels of 'em ....... Can't run your car on it, like Good Moon, but it goes down easy and is delightfully tasty .......

February 22, 2012 10:37 PM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

Cheese-its with an icy Coke.

February 22, 2012 10:48 PM
P8041286 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1 IvyGailWinds said...

I hold my Purple Cow beverage, snack high and Toast with cheers to the village...Happy people make good times happen, Cheers to good snackin!

February 22, 2012 10:57 PM
P8041286 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1 IvyGailWinds said...

I posted a snackin table of good homemade party snacks for you to see on the picture post community page*****press on link:  www.petermanseye.com/photos/579121 ; Enjoy a snackin feast ...from an old nutty coot....; )

February 22, 2012 11:13 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

P4~ (and all) if Doctor "Don't eat that" gives you that instruction, he merely means DO NOT SWALLOW (Tip of the hat to Haze-{wink}), but you may still have that taste....just chew, and enjoy....

February 22, 2012 11:30 PM
M 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Penn said...

I can't believe Twinkies and Hostess cupcakes are on the most endangered list of snacks.  I suppose it's good we're eating healthier, but holy socks am I going to miss that white curly frosting on that chocolate frosted cupcake.

February 23, 2012 12:34 AM
First-comHr-1 TooSlim55 said...

Hi RoadYacht, I agree.  Besides, I know a lot more old fat people than I know old doctors...  Good for you, Hazel.

February 23, 2012 12:39 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Park4 ~

Cold pizza is breakfast or so I have always thought.

February 23, 2012 5:46 AM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

Very Good to see you, MISS PENN .......
 
I shall miss the Pink Snow Balls too ........
 
 
STONEY:  Cold Pizza and a glass of ice cold Milk ...
 
A  sublime Saturday Morning Waker-Upper .......

February 23, 2012 9:29 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 spring rain said...

On days like today, there is not time to eat, even though I would like to do so. Other days get so busy, I foget to eat.

February 23, 2012 10:27 PM
M 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Penn said...

Pink Snow Balls! Oh yeah! God bless you and your big toe too, Mr Ivan.

February 23, 2012 10:27 PM
M 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Penn said...

Pink Snow Balls! Oh yeah! God bless you and your big toe too, Mr Ivan.

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