Well, Y’all Just Outdid Yourselves

So, the comments? On my last post?


Oh my goodness. I laughed my head off. Especially whenever someone felt very passionately about 1) not eating meat off the bone 2) not eating eggs in any form and 3) staying far, far away from mayonnaise.

Just so you know, I’m cooking some boneless pork tenderloin tomorrow night in honor of all you boneless meat people. I’ll join you in pretending, as Sarah said, that the meat just showed up at the grocery store like a box of Ritz.

Also, I feel like I need to clarify where I stand on pizza. I don’t hate it. If I went to your house and you were serving it, I would eat a slice. I even make homemade pizza sometimes because there are two people in this house who love it. But by and large I feel like I just don’t get it. I’ve even tried a couple of places here in Birmingham that are supposed to have the best pizza ever, but I haven’t loved it. And if you told me that I could never, ever have it again, I think I’d mostly be relieved.

I almost feel like I need to apologize for my pizza-related ambivalence.

However. In the interest of turning my food frown upside-down, here are my all-time favorites.

Fried chicken – My guess is that approximately nobody is surprised by that fact. It’s the gold standard. The best I’ve ever had was at The King’s Kitchen in Charlotte, NC.

Chips and queso – I never get tired of it. Probably my favorite queso was at a Mexican place in Houston – and I can’t remember the name of the restaurant to save my life. But it was delicious. And the company was even better.

Roasted asparagus – I have no idea why I love it so much. Maybe I have an iron deficiency. Who knows. But I could eat roasted asparagus every single day. I ADORE IT and sometimes have to talk myself out of buying it at the grocery store because I know my fellas have to be sick of it. IT’S THE BEST VEGETABLE.

Fried okra – I’m gonna tell you something. Somebody needs to figure out a way to sell fried okra in movie theatres like popcorn. There’s not much on this earth that’s better. I mean, I’m not necessarily proud of it, but if you give me a plate of fried okra with some creamed potatoes, I will near ’bout embarrass myself. Something about those two textures together is perfection.

Bacon – I can’t fathom that an explanation is required.

So there’s my list. I just realized that there’s not anything sweet on there, so if I had to pick one sweet something, it would be the white chocolate bread pudding at Bellini’s here in Birmingham. Well, that and my Mamaw Davis’ chocolate pudding. I know I’ve mentioned it before; it is the ultimate in comfort food.

What are your favorites?

I don’t know about y’all, but just as soon as I finish reading and laughing at these comments, I’m gonna scroll back through them and do a little menu planning. Two birds, one stone, amen.

Happy Weekend!

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  1. Was the Houston restaurant by chance Escalante’s? I live in Houston and their queso is gooood!
    Also, fried okra at movie theaters? Genius!

  2. I had to stop reading at the asparagus because I knew I had to comment on this!!
    Fried chicken, I’m convinced, is The Lord’s gift to the South. It’s just a staple in any southern household, along with the bacon.
    Chips and queso….well I could eat that everyday…along with some good salsa. The kind without sugar because that kind isn’t very good.
    Asparagus….oh yummy. I could eat it everyday too. Have you ever had fried asparagus???? It’s heaven.
    The okra. Mmmm. I could just eat it by itself and be perfectly content with it.
    And to round out the list of perfect foods, you can never go wrong with homemade peach ice cream in the middle of a hot summer.

  3. I love Chuy’s. I love Taziki’s chicken special. I love Joe’s strawberry cake. Lets see…I love California Pizza Kitchen’s hummus & pita bread. I love too many foods, I’m afraid. I’ve just started paleo which isn’t a big fan of any of the above I’m afraid.

  4. I totally agree on the fried okra. My mama pan-fries it in cornmeal and it is my absolute favorite.

    Question: What are creamed potatoes? Different than mashed?

  5. Jennifer M says:

    Favorites:A big YES on the Fried Okra-grew up eating my grandma’s fresh out of the garden & pan fried. Shrimp cocktail-love it! Biscuits/Gravy…oh my! And I loved my grandma’s peach cobbler and chocolate meringue pie.

  6. As far as comfort food goes, I’m rediscovering the Shepherd’s Pie. Meat, green beans, potatoes, and cheese. I ate about a third of my 9×13 this last time I made it.
    And dessert? I’ll always be a chocolate cake girl. But I have to say, Mint M&Ms have made quite an impression on me. Quite. And bonus… no baking. ;)

  7. Bacon — The love affair grew stronger after I caught on to cooking it in the oven. Thanks, by the way.

    Fried eggplant — Let us pray.

    Cornbread dressing — Amen.

    Chess pie — Heaven help me.

    Now I’m starving…

  8. Steak, can’t beat a good filet cooked just right.

    Shrimp, cold boiled, grilled, fried. I don’t think there’s any way I don’t like shrimp.

    Real Coke, out of a very well chilled glass bottle, or a good fountain, like Sonic.

    Tex-Mex: nachos, guacamole, chips and queso, fajitas

    Lemon Meringue and Key Lime Pie

    Mashed Potatoes

    My Mom’s smothered steak, served over mashed potatoes.

  9. As a true pizza lover (the real kind, not the chains) I am simply speechless over the lack of pizza love. However, I realize we all have our wonderful histories, taste buds and such, so whatever! Nothing is better than a butter shortbread topped with ripe strawberries and whipped cream. That is, unless it is fresh mozzarella, homegrown tomatoes, and fresh basil drizzled with some olive oil and salt and pepper. I do love fried chicken, but I’m not a fan of making it myself! You are right, this post has generated some simply hilarious responses! We are passionate about our food, aren’t we?!!

    • I married an Italian and OH.MY.WORD. NOTHING can beat fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil fresh from the garden and yeah, the lack of pizza love baffles me. We make the dough, the cheese and the sauce and it is heavenly. My oldest daughter won’t eat any pizza besides the pesto pizza we make from the abundance of basil my husband grows for her :)

      Oh and we have a strawberry patch too and strawberries eaten right off the plant would rank as one of my favorite flavors of all time :)

  10. Okra in movies?! I’d be at a theater every Friday night! You should contact someone about that!

  11. I love seafood in just about any way shape or form – I am pretty sure I could eat my weight in shrimp and crab.

    I go weak in the knees for good chips and queso.

    Buffalo wings… at WIngs -n- More in College Station TX. LOVE

    Sweet stuff – dark chocolate with hazelnuts.

  12. Anything Mexican-we eat it at least 3 times per week.

    My “last” meal would be fried okra, blackeyed peas, cornbread, greens with pepper sauce and mashed potatoes.

    Sweet-Texas Sheet Cake.

    Starving now!

  13. You need to start the okra-in-movie-theaters ball rolling. I would gain a ton of weight per movie, but would be happy anyway.

  14. I probably shouldn’t start out my morning by listing my favorite foods…it doesn’t bode well for my ‘get up and go’ spirit.

    *Beef Manhattan-meat, gravy, mashed potatoes, and bread? Of course.

    *Sugar Cream Pie-I never ever have a birthday cake…it’s ALWAYS a birthday PIE. Sugar Cream Pie.

    *Fried Green Tomatoes

    I think that’s probably my TOP three. :)

    • Ooooh ooooh oooh
      Royal Red Shrimp, I can’t believe I forgot those!

      • I’ve never heard of beef manhattan or sugar creme pie. Tell me more please!!!!!

        • Oh my! I am happy to educate!

          Beef Manhattan is pretty easy. Any sort of beef roast your prefer. (I usually use Ree’s recipe http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/02/drip-beef-two-ways/ The non spicy version.) Lay yourself out two slices of bread (just regular ol’ sandwich bread works), load on some mashed potatoes, then put some roast on top of that, then drown the whole thing in some gravy you made from the yummy juices from your roast. OOOH. DANG.

          Now sugar cream pie seems to be an Indiana-ish thing. I didn’t realize that for a long time. Just like I didn’t realize until I was half way through college that not everyone had noodles with their turkey for Thanksgiving….but that’s neither here nor there. Sugar Cream pie is custardy goodness that is topped with cinnamon, nutmeg or both. And it’s RICH. IF you don’t feel like baking a sugar cream pie….Wick’s Sugar Cream Pie is a great substitute. And believe it or not, you can find it in the freezer section of the grocery.
          Here is the recipe that I use. ENJOY!!!! :)

          Baked for 9-inch one crust pie
          1/4 pound butter or margarine
          1/4 cup all-purpose flour
          1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
          1 pint half and half cream

          Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare pie pastry and bake according to the directions.

          In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter or margarine. Whisk in flour until smooth. Add sugar and half and half cream. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once the mixture thickens, pour it into the baked pie shell. Sprinkle with grated cinnamon and nutmeg.

          Bake for 10 minutes or until the filling is bubbly. Remove from oven.

          • Oh my! The pie sounds delish, I shall make it tomorrow. And I might just have to put manhatten beef on the menu for next week!

  15. YES! Fried okra along with garden fresh tomatoes sliced.. Perfect combination!

    Also real, legitimate Lebanese hummus- AH-MA-ZING! We lived there for 7 years so believe me when I tell you that the thickish, pasty stuff that they try to pass off as legitiate hummus in American grocery stories is NOT EVEN CLOSE!!

    And sausage- of absolutely any kind, or maybe make that pork. Sausage balls, sausage casserole, italian sausage in red beans and rice, pork tenderloin… My sausage obsession is definitely increased by the fact that living in the MIddle East we can’t get it AT ALL!

  16. I do research on food and sustainable agriculture, so you can imagine that what I eat is always a bit of a “loaded issue.” I try to be thoughtful, but I must admit that I have many foods that I shame-eat and would be horrified if my students or colleagues saw me (fried jalapeno poppers from Sonic, for instance).

    One thing we eat proudly and often is BACON! I have several local suppliers of fresh, sustainably farmed bacon, which is great. And every year my parents give my husband the same gift for Christmas: BACON OF THE MONTH CLUB. It’s amazing. Each month we get a pound of some delicious variety of bacon and a letter from the farm where it was raised telling us about how they farm and process the meats. So, so awesome. We never know exactly which date is will come which means that our close friends are always on bacon alert, waiting for the phone call or text when I invite them over for brunch to share the loot!

    • Please publish info on Bacon of the Month! I know a guy… Thanks!

      • We’ve tried two different companies: The Pig Next Door and Zingerman’s. Zingerman’s is less expensive than the heirloom option at the Pig Next Door, but my husband has complained that some of the bacons were too thick cut for him. Either one was delicious and both come with information on the farm and processing!

  17. Pan fried Okra with creamed sweet corn on top with a plump juicy tomato nearby. Then mashed taters. And white lily biscuits. Next to the paprika Pan fried chicken. Now I have to drool til summer, thankyouverymuch. Humph. :)

  18. Sorry, but I guess since I’m just north of the M/D line, I don’t get the okra thing. But the rest, OKAY!

    But my fav food: beef, in any form. I think that’s why Ree D. is my BFF (she doesn’t know it, but she is). Anyone that works on a cattle ranch is my hero.

    And for a sweet, give me a fancy creme brule any day. If we do to a restaurant and stuff ourselves, I will still order the creme brule as soon as the waiter shows me the dessert tray. I think it’s because I can’t make it at home? No blow torch.

  19. Karen Ward says:

    Favorites? Oh my…the list is too long so I’ll just list my all time favs.

    Chocolate – in any form.
    Biscuits & gravy with a red, ripe sliced tomato (there is nothing like this combo)
    Roasted asparagus…my favorite veggie. But have you tried sauteeing broccoli with a bit of onion in olive oil? Mmmmmmmm!
    My mama’s enchiladas (which were my grampa’s before he passed)

  20. I have to agree – Chips/queso/salsa – i could eat it everyday and actually craved it during both pregnancies and the adoption. I need the place in Houston’s name since we will be there in June.

    Hubby absolutely adores fried okra but i do not make it and you really can’t find it up in Ohio.

    I agree with you on the bread pudding from belini’s – YUM! I also love the homemade strawberry cake my mom made me every year for my birthday and now my oldest requests it for hers now. You also cannot go wrong with anything chocolate.

    Shrimp – any way/ any how! I can’t get enough.

    My favorite thing I make right now – pecan chicken and waffles with gravy.

  21. Edward’s bacon. they are in Surry VA and make the BEST bacon. i send it as thank you gifts.
    Anyone else’s fried chicken. My children used to ask who made it when they saw it on the table at home. I cannot fry chicken.
    Fresh home grown tomatoes.
    My father-in-law just told me how much he like the fresh okra I cooked for him last summer. Made my day.
    Coconut cake, my mom’s favorite and my daughter and I could eat the whole thing. guess I better quit now since I just had fried eggs and grits for breakfast.

  22. Fried okra at the movies?? I’m in! Well, as long as there is an okra inspector to be sure each nugget is fried because WE CANNOT ALLOW EVEN ONE NAKED PIECE to slip by. That would be a gag-inducing moment in a dark theater with imaginations already on high alert!

  23. I would love to know how you roast your asparagus! I’ve been curious about asparagus for a while now, I just don’t know how to cook it. I really do have an iron deficiency. Is it high in iron? Now I HAVE to figure out how to cook it, right? …for medical reasons…

  24. I’d buy fried okra at the movies in a HEARTBEAT! Especially if they back it up with some mashed potatoes. Oh yeah. Then anything in the seafood department, pretty much. I don’t mean exotic stuff like sea urchin. But fish, oysters, crab, lobster. Okay I’m signing off now because I’m hungry. Wish I had some of the above in my fridge right now. Oh well. Maybe a big slice of bacon.

  25. Heather S. says:

    Your okra in a movie theatre reminded me of the time one of our friend’s girlfriend snuck in a philly cheese steak to the movie. It was hilarious. I can just imagine how many people felt the need to go get one after the movie.

    One of my favorites comfort foods is Haluski. Fried cabbage and onion, italian sausage, served over linguine. Love it. Not to mention when cabbage is on sale, you can serve up the entire meal to serve 4 for less than $2, and that includes leftovers.

    The best pizza I’ve ever had is coal fired brick oven pizza in new york. Fresh mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes. That might be a pizza you could get behind. It really tastes like a hot, melted caprese salad.

    Mexican food has to be the one thing I could eat myself stupid on. Back before we had kids, we ate at chuy’s 4x’s in one week :) Love their salsa, creamy jalepeno.

    Maybe the Houston restaurant you had the good queso at was Ninfa’s or Lupe Tortilla or Escalantes. Those are the only big non-chain places I can think of in Houston right now.

  26. In the summer I could eat a garden fresh tomato and cucumber in a little Italian dressing for lunch everyday. Or – just a whole garden fresh tomato by itself. Also some silverqueen corn fresh from the farm, cut off the cob, and sauteed in butter – mmm. Can you tell my grandpa is a farmer? Haha.

    I love a good casserole (corn, brown rice, broccoli, poppyseed chicken, breakfast, etc.)
    I love fresh and chunky guacamole with chips – like Pioneer Woman’s or the version they make fresh in front of you at On the Border.
    Also, any kind of homemade pie :)

    PS: I think i read over a comment that mentioned a Bacon of the month club? I can’t believe that is real, and it sounds like a great gift for my hubby, haha. I think “Christmas Vacation” refers to the Jelly of the month club as the gift that keeps on giving, but how much better is bacon? mmm

    • Becky in 'Bama says:

      Sarah: I just about slobbered on my keyboard. Final meal: fresh Silverqueen corn, fresh purple hull peas, fresh fried okray, creamy cole slaw, a juicy garden tomato, warm buttered corn sticks and sweet tea (Lipton’s) with lemon. No meat necessary.

  27. Thank goodness fried chicken was #1, and I guess with your explanation of your pizza issue, I can stop praying for you and this problem. =)

    My favorite foods can be broken down as food groups…

    1 – bread… cornbread being my favorite source of any and all bread
    2 – chicken… fried chicken being #1 on that list – just don’t boil it… GROSS!
    3 – potatoes… I don’t think you can make any kind of potatoes that I won’t eat
    4 – chocolate… to be more specific, Reese’s Peanut Butter Christmas trees… Lord help me!
    5 – grilled meat… maybe it’s the flavor or the fact that this Mr does the cooking, but I can eat it every night of the week. And yes, we’ve been known to grill while it is icing outside. Don’t judge. =)

  28. Michelle W says:

    Poutine: It’s a French-Canadian thing…french fries, gravy and cheese curds! YUM
    Thai food, Indian food, Mexican food, Salmon, Sea Bass, broccoli, mashed potatoes, beans and rice, ice cream! I could go on but I won’t. Eating may be my hobby.

  29. Kimberly/OKC says:

    Well, I mentioned my gravy obsession yesterday. I also LOVE a baked potato with salt, butter and sour cream. It’s one of those foods that in the middle of eating it, I will stop and just say to myself and to anyone else around, “Isn’t a baked potato just heaven?!”
    Dulce de Leche Cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory is another fav tho cheesecake would not normally be my dessert go-to. But at first taste of this cheesecake I actually teared up a little…at which, my daughter rolled her eyes then stared across the room suppressing a tiny smile. My latest food love craze is the chicken alfredo pasta nachos at Johnny Carrinos…yumMY!

  30. Sophie – I just adore you – truly.
    1. Cornbread, specifically jalepeno cornbread. I have a GREAT recipe if you’re interested – text me!
    2. Pimento cheese. Love it on whole wheat bread topped with crisp BACON!
    3. Fresh creamed corn (Silver Queen variety) and sliced tomatoes. (Southern delight).
    4. Collard greens Excited just thinking about it. All greens really, spinach, cabbage.
    5. Fresh guacamole with fresh cilantro and warm chips.
    6. Fresh garden vegetables – I’m getting repetitive.
    7. Grilled pork chops – I am not a fan of the red meat.
    8. Doritos. All of them, but especially the sweet/spicy chili variety in the purple bag.
    9. Jalepeno-Cilantro hummus with corn chips.
    10. Fried chicken from Skipper Johns, a local hole in the wall. I would love to take you there, but we’d have to eat outsideat the picnic tables, because it is not dine-in.

    Can’t wait for the book. I just ate some toasted salted buttery pecans to get the sweet out of my mouth… :)


  31. Favorite meal in the whole wide world is a Speedway Special which is a double patty cheeseburger with ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, grilled onion, pickles, and mustard, fries and a Coca-Cola. Found only in Muskogee, Oklahoma.


    After that, I love Mexican food. I could live off of it for the remainder of my life. Chips, queso, guac, burritos, tacos, enchiladas, and everything in between, I love it all!

  32. Well, I am a big fan of Indian food. LOVE it.

    And I love fried okra — and our medium-sized city up here in Wisconsin has a new soul food restaurant that serves it!!! Because I hate frying things, people.

  33. Oh me oh my!! You food lovers are my favorite kind of people!!! My “last” meal would be chicken fried steak with cream gravy, fried okra (the cornmeal breaded kind my mama made…not the heavily breaded stuff served in most restaurants), blackeyed peas, fresh corn off the cob, homemade hot bread, and a big ole piece of butter chess pie for dessert!! BURP!! If I had 2 “last” meals :-) I’d choose sour cream chicken enchiladas (the Tex-Mex variety), Rosa’s beef fajitas, with a side of Manuels’ refried beans. For dessert, I’d request of bottle of Tums, please.

  34. I have a deep, meaningful relationship with chips and queso that has existed since i was just a wee girl. Cheese is one of my love languages. And NO ONE, I repeat NO ONE loves Kraft Macaroni and Cheese more than me.

    And I’d also like to give a shout out to Chicken & Dumplins’ because it is an endangered food item and hard to find and it reminds me of why I love America and CARBOHYDRATES 4 LIFE!!!!!

  35. St. Louis-style pizza. I could eat it every single night for dinner if no one was around to stop me. It’s a super-thin crust, kind of cracker-y, and they use Provel cheese (I’m not really selling this, am I?).

  36. Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise sauce
    Steak with sauteed mushrooms and Bearnaise sauce
    Chicken chimichangas with white queso sauce
    Vanilla ice cream with hot fudge sauce
    Any vegetable on the planet with velveeta cheese sauce
    Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting at at least a 2/1 ratio
    and I wonder why I weigh 573947239847 pounds…..

  37. I used to know a man who called fried okra redneck popcorn! He owned a catfish restaurant and his redneck popcorn was goo-ood!

  38. There is something religious about food. I tell you, I just love it.

    Okay my LOVES:
    1. Pizza. I mean, I have thrown this stuff up and I still just love it.

    2. Fried Chicken. We’ve just moved outside of NYC and across the street from our church in NYC is Hill Country Chicken (25th & Broadway). It is THE BEST fried chicken I have found north of the North Carolina border. Oh it’s amazing.

    3. Good ol’ chicken casserole. But it has to have stuffing at the bottom and water crescents in the chicken mixture and then crushed Ritz crackers with melted butter on top. My husband hates casseroles so I only get this when I go home to Tennessee and my grandmother’s best friend/my grandfather’s former girlfriend, Josephine makes it for me. (I realize what I just wrote sounds terrible but sweet Jo was my grandmother’s BFF and my grandmother and Jo’s husband died within a week of each other so she and my granddaddy became each others companion until my granddaddy died, two years ago yesterday.) Crap, I’m crying now.

    You know Sophie, I’m not a big sweets person. Give me some mashed potatoes over a bowl of ice cream any day.

    You sure know how to bring us together. Thank you.

  39. Your explanation on fried okra… well, there is just no other way i could explain it better myself!!!

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  41. Nelson's Mama says:

    A big tomato out of my Daddy’s garden!

  42. andi hunter says:

    Pasta, pasta, pasta-I could eat noodles with butter, parmesan cheese, salt & pepper everyday. But I also love it with all manner of sauce & vegis & meat. I have to be careful not to noodle my husband out.

    Cucumbers-sliced, cold, with homemade ranch dressing

    My dad’s grilled hamburgers, with a slice of cheese & onion, & bbq sauce & an…

    Ice cold Dr Pepper, oh the bubbly joy

    Crab meat, which is sad because I now live in West Texas with nary a fresh crab in sight EVER.

    Corn. Corn on the cob, cream style corn, corn casserole, corn bread, I am very corny.

  43. Roasted brussel sprouts with bacon and olive oil..oh my yuminess!
    Paula Deen’s crock pot potato soup, yum
    Stuffed artichokes
    cranberry chutney on melted brie
    Honey baked ham
    Boars head smoked gouda cheese melted over triscuits!
    William and Sonoma’s peppermint bark

  44. I fear I could eat Mexican all of my days and never tire of it….

  45. We are polar food opposites. My favorite is pizza. I’m not a pizza snob either – frozen, delivery, homemade, Chicago style in Chicago – it’s ALL good. After that, there’s a lot of foods I really like. But one of my biggest comforts is cereal. It feels safe. And my grandma used to make me a peanut butter sandwich with brown sugar and raisins that makes everything better. I also love seafood, but not breaded & fried. Steamed crab legs. Grilled shrimp.

    Whenever I think of food conversations, it always comes back to Joey and the Beef Trifle. “What’s not to like? Jam? Good. Custard? Good. Beef? Good.”

  46. My grandma used to make a homemade mac-n-chesse that I CANNOT duplicate.
    I asked her what she put in it, and it just doesnt come out the same. What I wouldnt give to have either of my grandmothers back for a day.

  47. 1. Fried or Grilled Chicken.
    2. Pizza!
    3. Potato Chips, salty of any kind.
    4. Chex Mix–I rarely buy or make it, because I eat until I’m sick!
    5. Chocolate, in various forms.

  48. Well, I’m down with all your favorites except the okra. Not that I hate it, I’ve just never had it. My mom makes the best fried chicken ever! Wish I could ship you a batch. It’s definitely on my faves list. Others:
    …PIZZA! ;v)
    …homemade chicken noodle soup
    …chicken and nokedli (homemade tiny dumplings)
    …chicken pot pie
    …potato chips are an absolute weakness, I cannot have them in the house
    …ceasar salad
    …apple crisp

  49. Becky in 'Bama says:

    okay, I made one comment…here is my final: I have doctor diagnosed celiac sprue – gluten allergy (for real not pretend) and here are things I CANNOT EAT (not for 30 years) so for you food snobs, be ye thankful if you can partake of these:
    home made biscuits (or canned ones)
    cinnamon toast
    cinnamon rolls
    home made mac n cheese
    hamburgers on a bun (Milo’s)
    hot dogs on a bun
    cake in any form (Dairy Queen ice cream cake)
    pie in any form
    cookies in any form
    crackers in any form
    Chex party mix (can do rice only – but no pretzels)
    etc… yes there are times I try the ‘fakes, knock offs, etc..’ but somehow not the same. *sigh* this too shall pass.

  50. Ox Tails. We visited Atlanta, GA this year and ate at a sweet little restaurant called The Beautiful Place. The women wear white nurse-looking outs with orange aprons and bandanas. Their food is to die for! There was a frail older gentleman about 75 years old who patted my hand and said, “Honey you haven’t lived until you have tried ox tails.” At first the thought made me want to gag, but how do you deny a sweet little white haired gentleman the pleasure of seeing you bite into an ox tail? It was DELICIOUS! We just visited Atlanta again this past weekend and we ate there again. I love it!

  51. 1. Burgers. I like a thick patty with a variety of toppings. (Pioneer Woman has THE most amazing slider recipes.) One of my favorite ways to eat a burger is on King Hawaiian burger buns, sauteed onion, a bit of mayonnaise & pepper jack cheese.

    2. Creamy, homemade macaroni and cheese

    3. Homemade soup, including chicken & dumplings (with slick dumplings), tortilla soup, corn chowder, homemade chicken noodle (here’s my chicken noodle recipe: https://docs.google.com/document/edit?id=1nNHQfU-RmWDnpImchfT3N73nYW0udY9Q8BzhCfO5FrM&hl=en&authkey=CM2Nj9wJ&pli=1)

    4. Warm chocolate chip cookies

    5. Sandwiches with well-thought out toppings, like this Sweet & Spicy Caramlized Onion BBQ Grilled Cheese: http://www.ringfingertanline.com/2012/10/23/sweet-spicy-caramelized-onion-bbq-grilled-cheese/

  52. Shrimp. My love of shrimp goes way deep. Sometimes I feel like Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue when I rant about my love from shrimp. I love shrimp cooked any way — fried, scampi, boiled, butterfly, popcorn, barbecue…” Well, you get the idea.

  53. My all time favorite is RAMEN NOODLES (Top Ramen brand)! I actually crave it!

    Boiled crabs & crawfish.

    Any soup

    Any pasta dish


    Cheesecake & ooey gooey butter cake

  54. Hmmm….favorite foods. That is like stars in the sky.
    Top 5:

    Potatoes (of any kind)
    I too LOVE asparagus, and broccoli and Brussels Sprouts. All the green
    Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
    Sweet Potatoes
    Chips and Salsa


  55. I can tell you – I have been all over this beautiful world of ours, and every time I leave America, all I can think is ” When I get home, I hope my mother fries some chicken” [she will NEVER fry any for my husband again, because one time back in 1998, he had the nerve to pull the crust OFF and not eat it]
    I also love love love the way my mother-in-law fries okra – she has a unique way of doing it so that it is not totally covered in crust, yet I still love it.
    My last favorite dish would have to be Pimento Cheese, except I do not put in the pimento – I just call mine ‘ncheese’ and I like it quite nicely.
    If my Mamaw Mullen was still on this earth, I would add any one of her desserts – she was a prize winner. I can tell you.

  56. {sobbing}

    I don’t like pizza either, and {stifled sob} I thought i was the only one! {big hug}

  57. Haha! I never eat bacon.
    And by never, I mean ALWAYS.

  58. It’s probably not a good sign about my self-identity at all, but whenever anyone says they love fried okra, I feel like I’ve just won a Golden Globe or something. So thank you. And Happy New Year, friend. (I’m catching my Google Reader up this week. I kid you not, my laptop lid wouldn’t even close it was so full.)