Oh, you tagged me in a meme? How thoughtful. Really. I mean it. It’s nice to be remembered once in a while. And it looks like fun. I will do it. Eventually.
What? Oh I got tagged again? A birthday date meme? Stephanie, that does look interesting. When was that last one? Was that in January, Broot? Oops, my bad. Better get on that. And that new one. And what’s that? Twice more. Oh, thanks Kelly and Flan (Flan, you show-off! Getting that meme done so fast… Why must you keep making me look bad?!). What’s that chest pain? Is that stress or guilt or a combo?
Yeah, you’d think that someone who created her own meme, would be right on that. You would think. I, actually, do like being tagged once in a while… I’m just really, really slow to respond. So, today, I’m starting to dig out of the hole. Don’t even THINK about clicking to the next blog… and be patient. Obviously, Broot has been, since she’s been waiting since January for me to take care of this one… I will get them done soon! [I do owe Broot at Craving a Little Perspective an apology and I’m sure she thought I blew her off but NOT SO!! Sorry Broot for my unfashionably late response…]
Broot’s meme is about FOOD and who doesn’t need a little variety? Plus, hey, it’s food -people! I am not one to say no to food related things… So, here goes:
What or who inspired you to start a blog?
It’s pretty clear that I wanted to share “awareness” of autism when I started this blog. I think the person who has become most aware as a result of this endeavor has been me. I have learned so much from fellow bloggers and commenters who don’t blog. You are all so much more savvy than I, and you have directed, protected, scolded and taught me things I had no inkling of when I first began to type. I’m grateful to each of you.
The actual inspiration for this blog was, of course, my son, but also my high school friend, Tamy, who started a blog before me, and now blogs at Freshman at 50. It was Tamy who truly inspired me to write.
Who is your foodie inspiration?
Let me just preface this by saying, I suck at cooking. I want to be a good cook. I want to be a baker and a chef but no matter how hard I try, or what gadget I have, my results are -ahem – inconsistent at best. I can make something one time and it’s great and the next time, a starving dog would walk away…
Having said that, I love Giada DeLaurentiis, especially her first book, Everyday Italian. If anyone could bring me close to human cooking it would be Giada. And when I first watched her, I seethed with envy at her tiny, little perfect self. But once I started watching, she was so nice and made cooking seem so easy. I have actually had more success with her recipes than any others I have tried.
And, as far as real life inspiration? It has to be my friends Lisa and Jonathon who run a bakery and make the most delicious and decadent food imaginable. And they encourage me! Just don’t hunt them down with pitchforks and torches after I cook for you…
Your greasiest, batter-spattered food book is…
Such a perfect question. Just about any recipe that is not one I am reading from a laptop, gets spattered with something. The Worst Cooks in America (contestants of course) would feel superior in my presence. Take a look at one of my cook books…
And you thought I was kidding.
Tell us all about the best thing you have ever eaten in another country, where was it…what was it?
Oh, I really have to go back in time for this one because, well, I haven’t left the US for – uh – many, many moons. The best thing I ever ate in another country was on the beach in Cancun where I had, for the first time, a conch salad. And it was delicious.
What is the one kitchen gadget you would ask Santa for this year (money no object, of course)?
Does Gordon Ramsey count as a kitchen gadget? Because I like ‘em mean. That’s my real life hubs for you (mean), and Gordon fits that bill… Just kidding (sort of).
I would love to have a backyard wood-fire stove to make bread and pizza. Forget that I can’t have that kind of bread or pizza on my permanent diet… but wouldn’t that be cool? You said money was no object!!!
Who taught you how to cook?
For me, this question reads, “Who’s to blame for your cooking disasters?” Let me put it like this. My mom came over to this country from Korea. She is not a good cook from Korea. She is like a really bad cook who wanted to be a good cook – sorta like the older version of me.
Anyway, she comes over from Korea and lives, at first, with my dad and my grandpa who was a Swedish widower with three sons, my dad being the youngest. My Swedish grandpa also could not cook. Thus, an imported bad cook from Sweden taught an imported bad cook from Korea to cook with a language barrier, and she passed those delightful skills onto me.
But really? Food Network and my absolutely wonderful friends Jonathon and Lisa (who, I believe, feel very sorry for my inadequacies) have taught me how not to burn water.
I’m coming to your house for dinner. What’s your signature dish?
Well! Brave, aren’t you? I will prepare shots of Pepto Bismol and Milk of Magnesia for your departure.
No, no. I can make at least one dish properly. One of my friends once commented that I am a “one-trick pony”…. Hmmm.
At any rate, if you want to eat here and leave with your stomach still intact and actually happy, I will cook Bulgogi for you, which is Korean marinaded beef. It is delicious.
What is your guilty food pleasure?
Obviously, anything chocolate.
And, of course, I know how to do chocolate in a BIG way. This is what I plan to have for my birthday:
because of KD Rose at Wanderlust Grounded. Katie has amazing baking (and other) adventures. You will not regret reading her stories, which can be quite funny as well. And don’t worry. It won’t be me trying to bake this chocolate monstrosity. My friend Jonathon has agreed to do it!
Katie is also my hero for this:
Bacon and cake together?! Did I not just post how this would be Nirvana?! This woman deserves an award for posting this recipe!
Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn.
I swear a lot more than you would think.
And now… my foolish reader who made it down this far… who do I tag for this meme? Ah, sweet
revenge loving friends…
Lizbeth at Four Sea Stars cuz that woman is constantly posting photos of fancy baked goods she makes – bragger!!
Lana at Along Came the Bird, because she is foolish enough to think a meme is still “fun”.
Jim at Just a Lil Blog, and normally, while I have tagged him once and I would not normally, further harass him (maybe), this one is about food and he has posted food on Instagram so I’m thinking this could be fun and he is so funny anyway…
What would a meme be unless I tagged Karla at Beyond the Dryer Vent? (Ha! You thought you got away, didn’t you?)
Kelly, from Unplanned Trip to Holland, I know I still owe you one but why not? I think your answers on food would be very entertaining;
Oh yes, Marsupial Mama from Autism Rocks – it’s on!
How could I not tag Katie who is responsible for two of the photos in this post?
Flan and Stephanie get a pass because I owe them a meme (don’t ask why Kelly doesn’t – just because!) And Grace, well, girl, I’m thinking your cooking skills and my cooking skills – probably are the same… but I’m sure Lizbeth will tag you so we can find out!
And just as you thought you got away, Deenie at Life on the J Train – don’t be going to IHop and not posting about food – you’re tagged. And my last named
victim taggee will be Lisa at Between Hope and a Hard Place. Deenie and Lisa have been foolish kind enough to comment here and there and everywhere so I think we should know some more about them!
Well, Broot, that was fun!
Happy Weekend Everyone!