Day Six: Five Foods

Not really sure how to identify a mere five foods that somehow explain who I am, but here’s the immediate, off-the-top-of-my-head run of it:

  1. Banana Pudding. No, not the crappy kind that you find in the Publix Deli. You cannot make Jello Banana flavored pudding, stick some cookies in it, and call it “Ta-Da! Banana Pudding!” No, no, no. You must make the cooked custard-based kind, lest you commit treason against all culinary things Southern and sacred.
  2. Krispy Kreme donuts. Only one – no need to binge here. Must be of the fresh, in-store, “Hot N’ Ready” variety. No compromises on this. I only get one once in a blue moon, but when I do, it is heavenly.
  3. Fresh sliced tomato, salt and black pepper. I’m not sure how this happened, other than pregnancy. Around six months pregnant with Russ, I just woke up one morning and all I could THINK about was tomatoes. Nothing has changed. I’m not sure if this is normal, but I really could (and do, on a regular basis) eat an entire tomato, sliced, with salt and black pepper. 
  4. Mashed potatoes. I put minced garlic and either rosemary or sage (fresh, just whichever I have handy) in the boiling water, so the potatoes themselves get infused with the flavors. Then I take about 3-4 tablespoons of butter and brown it over medium-low heat until it foams up and begins to turn brown (at which point you have to get it off the heat and into whatever you’re cooking or in a cool holding dish, else it’ll burn), whole milk, sea or kosher salt, and mash it in. To finish, I use the electric mixer to whip the potatoes until they’re fairly fluffy. They. Are. Amazeballs. 
  5. (I said amazeballs! Oh, you’ve no clue how long I’ve been waiting to use that phrase.) Last food: Bacon. Not because I love bacon strips, just eating bacon – but because it has been a really great “base” to create sauces, to enhance flavor in whatever I’m cooking, etc. I don’t just throw bacon willy-nilly into everything I make, but if you really want to learn to like spinach, it is an invaluable ingredient. Four things: Fresh baby spinach, 2 slices chopped bacon, 1/2 tsp. minced garlic, sea salt to taste. Saute bacon until brown, add spinach and garlic, let spinach wilt, salt to taste. It is done, it is amazing.

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