Sunday, August 12, 2012

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This week's questions are all about food! Even though we ate lunch a couple of hours ago, reading through my answers made me hungry all over again. I'm glad we already have plans for Red Mango this afternoon!

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I can't even try to think of a different answer - pizza. (As long as I had the opportunity to change up the toppings occasionally. There's no rule in the question about that!)  Pizza is my go-to food when nothing else sounds good or when I don't feel like making anything else. If Jason liked pizza the way I do, we would probably have it a couple of times a week.

What's your guilty pleasure/comfort food?
This is probably going to gross some people out, but I love cake batter and cookie dough, more so the cake batter. I know you're not supposed to eat it because of the raw egg, but if there hasn't been anything newsworthy relating to eggs and salmonella it seriously doesn't phase me.

What's the weirdest/craziest thing you've ever eaten?
I can't really think of anything. My mom can't handle the idea of eating sushi and always seems shocked when I mention having it for dinner, actually lots of people in my family do. And I love to order spicy squid when we get Korean, but other than that I've got nothing, and I don't even consider those things to be weird or crazy.

What foods do you avoid at all costs?
I generally tend to not eat blue foods, obviously this most applies to candy. I just do not like the blue raspberry flavor at all or the way it stains my mouth. I'm also not a big fan of beans (because of the mushy texture), mushrooms, sardines, onion in large quantities, mayonnaise, and plenty of other things I can't think of.

What meal reminds you of your childhood?
Roast with carrots and potatoes, definitely. My mom and my grandmother used to prepare roast in the crock pot with carrots and potatoes. It cooked in the crock pot all day and by the time we came in from school it was ready for dinner. I only ate the carrots and potatoes, I didn't really like meat growing up, but it was one of my favorite meals. When I went away to college there were weekends my grandmother would fix it especially for me when I visited, and she almost always made enough for me to take leftovers back to school.

Share one of your favorite recipes and the story behind it.
One of my favorite recipes that we make is chicken and dumplings. I love the way my mom makes them (the same way Cracker Barrel does actually) but it takes so long. Jason's mom invited us over for dinner one day last year for chicken and dumplings and her recipe is so much easier and it has to be healthier, so it's the one we make.

  • 32oz box of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • rotisserie chicken
  • carrots
  • celery
  • 1 can of peas
  • one roll of Grands homestyle biscuits
  • Add the broth and water to your crock pot and turn on to high. While that is heating shred the white meat from your rotisserie chicken and set it aside.
  • You will also chop up carrots and celery at this time, as much or as little as you want (We usually do 5-6 celery stalks and carrots each.) 
  • Add as much chicken, carrot, and celery as you like. We usually do 1/2 to 3/4 of the shredded chicken and several handfuls each or carrots and celery. We don't deal in exact measurements for this recipe because it really is more about personal preference and taste.
  • Take your can of peas and drain the water and add about half the can to the crock - if you add more, be aware that your chicken and dumplings will mostly taste like peas. We've made this mistake.
  • Cover and allow this mixture to cook for about 45 minutes to an hour, stirring periodically.
  • Open your biscuits and tear each one into four pieces. Rolling each piece of the dough into a ball and drop it directly into the crock pot. Again, add as many dumplings as you like - we never use the entire can of biscuits. Place the lid back on after you add your desired amount.
  • Allow this to cook until the dough has cooked through, another 30-45 minutes. Check them frequently and stir to avoid cooking the biscuits to the side of your crock and burning. Once they have cooked this is ready to serve.

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  1. those chicken n dumplings sound/look amazing!!

    happy sunday!

  2. I hate beans too! And mushrooms. I'm gonna have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  3. OMGosh...the cake batter! I blogged about the cake batter frozen yogurt I love! Made a cake for my hubby's birthday and it KILLED me not to eat the mix! I never got sick when I was a kid...and I ate the mix every time! LOL! Happy New Follower! YAY!

    Ramblings of a Southern Belle


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