Daily Challenge Sunday Jan. 22, 2012

Pleasant Pauses

Plan to take a culinary trip down memory lane and eat a favorite food from your childhood.

  • Mel O., Darrell C., Sandra P., and 2 others smiled at this

    after getting home from holidays late last night decided to whip up a quick, easy dinner that I haven't had since childhood (not really a culinary challenge though)- toasted baked beans sandwiches.... the kids loved them and requested them for lunch today :D

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    January 29, 2012 at 3:13 UTC
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    strange challenge did this last weekend with my grandchildren I was telling them about my Grandma (their Great Great Grandma) how she use to make the best tortes, tried to make them this past weekend needless to say they didn't even compare to hers, may she rest in peace

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    January 23, 2012 at 16:19 UTC
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    Sorry my DC friends and my pact partner Scott H. for running late had Family problem to take care of.
    I miss my Grandma that passed in 1980 when my son was born and we shared Strawberry shortcakes and ever time i have one or any thing with Strawberry's it makes me think of her and our time's together.

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    January 23, 2012 at 13:26 UTC
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    this is a tricky one, took me a while to think what it would be. I've never really been into Candy or any of the standard sweet kids kind of treats. So, after some thinking, I think it's going to have to be a can of Chef Boyardee spaghetti and meatballs. I still occasionally have Chef Boyardee ravioli's when there is just 0 time to make something to eat, but I remember as a kid really loving the spaghetti and meatballs, I don't think I've had it in maybe 20 years. So, I'll pick myself up a can this week and enjoy :-)

    "Plan to take a culinary trip down memory lane and eat a favorite food from your childhood"

    January 23, 2012 at 5:37 UTC
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      Bill S. replied January 23, 2012 at 15:20 UTC:

      I lived on the "Chef's" canned raviolis when I was in high school. Still love raviolis so much. I had fresh raviolis a couple weeks ago stuffed with ricotta cheese and whole sweet peas. They were amazing.

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    • Paula T.
      Paula T. replied January 24, 2012 at 5:14 UTC:

      man, can't handle the canned stuff. my husband and I were just talking about this yesterday.

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    Memories...Mmm. Mmm.
    Memories, light the corners of my mind
    Misty watercolor memories of the way we were.
    Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind
    smiles we give to one another
    for the way we were.
    Can it be that it was all so simple then
    or has time rewritten every line?
    If we had the chance to do it all again
    tell me would we? Could we?
    Memories, may be beautiful and yet
    what's too painful to remember
    we simply choose to forget
    So it's the laughter we will remember
    whenever we remember
    the way we were.

    What an appropriate intro to this challenge and my day..I am in GA..and dropped my mother off earlier..just like at all times..I have misty watercolor memories of the way we were..this past week, 10 years ago..40 years...Yes, the memories are painful to remember..because I would then start yearning for the old her..whether than accepting what is..She is still beautiful..still feisty..with an awesome smile and a cocky attitude..so special..so it's the laughter we will remember...She is so precocious at times and others times belts out a hardy laugh...priceless...Memories...

    Now the challenge..his week, make a plan to eat one of your favorite childhood foods. If it's something that's high in fat, salt, or sugar (as many of these kiddie treats often are), be sure to carefully watch the size of your portion. As you eat the food, take the time to savor it and think about what makes you so happy. Does the dish bring back a special memory? Yes, therefore, I can not do this one..I have been trying to figure out..how to make this simple..modification is truly called for...I had to many food allergies growing up and now to really make this trip but I will give it a try:
    1) Picking plums off the tree in the hot summer sun
    2) Having a bucket and stomach full of blackberries freshly picked from the blackberry patch...
    3) Home made chocolate, coconut and pineapple cakes
    4) Sweet Potato Pies
    5) From scratch Banana Pudding with real vanilla wafers and real meringue..
    6) A Georgia delicacy called Brunswick Stew..made from the meat of a hog's head
    7) Brazil nuts
    8) Great hot dogs with Chilli...
    Since we have genetic modified our seeds or importing foods from other countries..I can eat the plums and blackberries year round. ..The cakes, pies, and banana pudding has gone bye-bye because of the knowledge of how to eliminate the food allergies: eliminate or reduce, flour, sugar, salt, addictives....The memory the Banana Pudding evoked was that of rushing to the toilet to throw up..because unknown to me I became allergic to eggs...The Brunswick Stew..I no longer eat pork, or potatoes, corn...My husband would occasionally prepare it with chicken as the meat..but he has to do so much modification that I dont know if you can officially called it Brunswick Stew...Brazil Nuts..found out about that allergy and almost went into shock...Hot Dogs..the bread..weiners even Kosher..So..let's go down a culinary memory based on my modifications...I dont have wonderful childhood memories of food..
    -Eating Tapas in the outside cafes in Rota, Spain
    -Eating fireplace grilled Porto Bella Mushrooms in Italy by our Italian landlords
    ~Eating a vegetarian lasagna in Sicily
    ~Eating beef taquitos in Tijuana
    ~Eating home made pico de gallo in San Diego made by my Mexican friends....
    ~Eating Mashed Cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes..
    Ah..a memory just came forth..my first Spanish Wedding..at the reception they served little cakes and hot syrupy thick cups of chocolate..I refused all of it ..because I didnt want to spoil my appetite..I didnt realize that was the meal...I another time I will retell the full story....it is hilariousness..

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    I am beginning to think that I am really strange and kind of weird when it comes to food..so, I thought it would be nice to get to know a bit more about each others culinary likes and dislikes..
    What is your favourite non-alcholic drink? Water that is all I drink unless I juice...
    What is your favourite alcoholic drink? Manischewitz Blackberry Wine- http://www.manischewitz.com/
    What is your favourite food? Currently Okra, mushroom, collard greens, onions & garlic, lemons, celery
    What is our least favourite food? Potatoes, corn, bread,
    What do you eat that others think is really weird? Omelets without eggs..wraps without the wraps..hot water with lemon...celery , carrots, apples with almond butter...
    What is your favourite thing to cook/bake? LOL..Cornbread from scratch..and then I dont eat it..
    If you could only chose one, would it be sweet or savoury? savoury
    What time do you usually eat your dinner during the week? By the latest 7pm..
    What kitchen item/s have you never owned? I can't think of any because I love kitchen gadgets..
    What tip would you give to a newby cooker / baker? Relax, it will still be edible; well most of the time.
    What is the best vegetarian dish you have eaten? shredded cabbage, carrots with broccoli, okra, onions, mushrooms, garlic, jalapeno pepper, zucchini, rosemary, olive oil
    What is the easiest meal you can cook? The one above..
    If you could only grow 3 herbs in your garden, what would you grow? Coriander (cilantro), thyme and rosemary..
    What would you use as a substitute for salt? herbs..
    What 5 items would you pack for a quick and easy picnic or day out?
    Apples, celery, carrots, raisins, peanut butter
    Vegetarian Style Chopped Liver on Matzo
    Home » Recipe Swap » Vegetarian Style Chopped Liver on Matzo
    Serves 6
    3/4 cup dried lentils
    3 cups water
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    8 walnuts, minced
    4-5 onions, diced
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
    1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste
    Manischewitz® Matzo, any variety
    Add lentils to boiling water, simmer for 30 minutes. Drain lentils. Heat oil in skillet, add onions and garlic and sauté over low heat for approximately 30 minutes. Place drained lentils in a mixing bowl. Add walnuts, onion mixture, eggs, salt and pepper. Mix well. A food processor may be used for smoother texture. Serve with Manischewitz® Matzo.
    For the new year I decided not to make any other resolutions or goals, but to simply eat a raw vegan diet for 5 days every month..Each month increase it...
    Here are just a few things I’ve learned: Live foods. It’s common sense right? A cooked seed won’t grow, but a raw seed will. Heating food over 118 degrees Fahrenheit destroys much of the nutrients in your food. Cooking food also diminishes the natural life energy. I’d rather put living food in my body.
    Enzymes. Cooking food destroys much of the natural enzymes (your body can also create enzymes, but can only do so much) in your food that are needed to break down nutrients. Eating raw eliminates this problem.
    Insane energy. You won’t know this unless you try it for yourself, but eating raw gives you an amazing boost in energy. I used to get tired around 2 or 3pm during the day. Now I simply don’t have that problem. When I do get tired, it doesn’t last nearly as long and an orange or apple will recharge me within a few minutes.
    Better sleep and less sleep needed. I’ve slept better than ever while eating raw. But most importantly, I don’t wake up feeling tired or groggy anymore. On most days, I wake up feeling full of energy.
    Increased mental clarity. Eating raw has helped me focus on the things that are important and made me more emotionally in tune with others. I feel like a wall of fog has been removed in my mind. It’s easier to think clearly and focus for long periods of time.
    Eat as much as you want. This isn’t really a health benefit, but it is pretty awesome. I never get that uncomfortable full feeling eating raw. You know where you have to unbutton the top button on your pants and take a nap? I don’t get that. I can eat as much as I want, and while I will feel full, I don’t feel weighed down or tired.
    Less cleanup. Simply put, there aren’t many dishes to wash when you eat fruit and vegetables. Although if you do compost (like I do), you’ll probably have to do it more often.
    No packaging. Eating raw means less packaging all around (well, I guess you could argue that banana and orange peels are “packaging”). This means less trash in a landfill and more room in your cupboards. Win/win for everyone.
    More regularity. You should naturally have around two to three bowel movements a day. If you’re going less than that, it probably means your intestines are unhealthily clogged. A raw diet gives you more than enough fiber to keep you regular.
    Connection with the earth. Eating food that’s been freshly picked just feels different. You feel more connected to the earth and more grounded. Eating lots of processed foods — frozen or from a box — makes creates more of a gap and leaves you feeling disconnected from the earth that sustains you.
    A man walked into a restaurant and was seated in a section of a beautiful waitress. After a few minutes the waitress walks up to him and asks what he wants. After looking at the menu and the waitress he says, “I would like a quickie please.” The waitress is insulted by this remark and slaps him. The man sitting at the table next to him says, “Dude, I think it is pronounces ‘quiche’”

    What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho Cheese!
    What do prisoners use to call each other? Cell phones.
    What did the Zen Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor? “Make me one with everything.”
    What’s the difference between chopped beef and pea soup? Everyone can chop beef, but not everyone can pea soup!
    In case of fire read this message… I said in case of fire you idiot!
    Love me or leave me. Hey, where is everybody going?
    Roses are red, violets are blue, most poems ryhm, but this one doesn’t…
    The more I learn the more I get to know, the more I know the more I forget, the more I forget the less I know, so why should I be learning?This is your boss: “You aren’t allowed to read the newspaper during the work hours, but since you are anyways don’t forget the job ads.”
    This sms can only be read by someone SEXY:…try again…again…maybe you are just not sexy?…one more time…hey don’t force it ugly!
    Those beautiful eyes, that incredible body, such a brain, a sexy mouth, nice smile… but that is enough about me, tell me about yourself?
    You got STYLE… You got SEX-APPEAL… You got the BRAINS… and you sure as hell got the BODY… WAIT!!! SORRY… wrong number.
    Three friends are involved in a horrible car accident, die and all go to heaven. When they arrive at the Pearly Gates of Heaven, St. Peter asks them “When you’re in your casket, and your friends and family are talking about you, what would you like them to say?”

    The first man says,”I’d like to hear them say I was a great doctor of my time, and a great family man.”
    The second man says, “I’d like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher, who made a difference for our children of tomorrow.”
    The third man replies, confidently, “I’d like to hear them say… Hey look, he’s moving!
    One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”- Luciano Pavarotti
    “Eggs Benedict is genius. It’s eggs covered in eggs. I mean, come on, that person should be the president.”- Wylie Dufresne
    “I’ve long said that if I were about to be executed and were given a choice of my last meal, it would be bacon and eggs. There are few sights that appeal to me more than the streaks of lean and fat in a good side of bacon, or the lovely round of pinkish meat framed in delicate white fat that is Canadian bacon. Nothing is quite as intoxicating as the smell of bacon frying in the morning, save perhaps the smell of coffee brewing.”- James Beard
    “Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements.”- Marcel Boulestin
    “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”- Virginia Woolf
    “You know how I feel about tacos. It’s the only food shaped like a smile. A beef smile.”
    - Earl Hickey, My Name is Earl
    “Ingredients are not sacred. The art of cuisine is sacred. It is at that altar I worship, and I shall go to sacrifice the fat geese and tender cattle to serve its ends. The holy icons of the chef’s faith—fragrant truffles, rich foie gras, well-marbled meats and other luxurious ingredients – these are not God. Their synthesis and their miraculous transformation into a sum greater than its parts is creation, and this is what I find most worthy of reverence.”- Tanith Tyrr
    “I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around.” James Beard
    “Plain fresh bread, its crust shatteringly crisp. Sweet cold butter. There is magic in the way they come together in your mouth to make a single perfect bite.- Ruth Reichl
    “When the girl returned, some hours later, she carried a tray, with a cup of fragrant tea steaming on it; and a plate piled up with very hot buttered toast, cut thick, very brown on both sides, with the butter running through the holes in it in great golden drops, like honey from the honeycomb. The smell of that buttered toast simply talked to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cosy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one’s ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender, of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries.”- Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
    “Life is so brief that we should not glance either too far backwards or forwards…therefore study how to fix our happiness in our glass and in our plate.”- Grimod de la Reynière
    Tween Singer Teams Up With Bald and Beautiful Barbie Movement For Cancer Patients
    Miranda Finn may only be eleven years of age, but she has already made a big impact with her song “Maybe I Can Change This World.” Now she is working with a movement that urges the makers of Barbie to create a bald and beautiful fashion doll for young girls who suffer from cancer.
    Wow..Cinda W. how quickly time has pasted and have come to the end of our 5 day journey..thank you..it has been a blast...You embody this quote: “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is
    nothing.” Muhammad Ali
    DCC: Remember: Dance, when you're broken open.
    Dance, if you've torn the bandage off.
    Dance in the middle of the fighting.
    Dance in your blood.
    Dance, when you're perfectly free.~ Rumi

    Looking for a pact-ner..Shalom

    "Plan to take a culinary trip down memory lane and eat a favorite food from your childhood"

    January 23, 2012 at 5:24 UTC
    • Cinda W.
      Christian K.

      Cinda W. is in a pact with Christian K.

      Pact day
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      Linda G. replied January 24, 2012 at 6:51 UTC:

      O my! Christian..I just wrote you a small book about your wonderful Post and you can see only what it chose to show! I will have to go to bed and come back tomorrow to rewrite to you. I ♥Love you my Soul Sister and Much ♥Love and lots of Warm Hugs to you. Good Night and sweet ...see more

    • Pat E.
      Pat E. replied January 25, 2012 at 1:36 UTC:

      Christian, thanks for letting us all get to know you better! another great post my friend! I know I sure feel better when I eat more fruit and veggies!

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  • Benjamin M., Patrick H., Linn P., and 17 others smiled at this

    oh this challenge could lead to several pounds of weight gain, lol.

    Red Velvet Cake
    Chicken and Biscuit or Dumplings
    Real southern Fried Chicken
    Mac and Cheese
    Black eyed peas and Rice with Ham-hock
    Pecan Pie

    Ok let me stop i went with one of my healthier favs - Broccoli with a cheese sauce of course i went with low fat cheese and topped with crushed red pepper

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    January 23, 2012 at 4:53 UTC
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    MMMM .... looks like french toast in the am ... :-)

    Sorry I'm so late ... Rough day today ... my resident passed this morning. Kinda sad.

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    January 23, 2012 at 3:57 UTC
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