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Passadumkeg Dec 30, 2009 02:10 PM

As the year ends and the new begins, lets celebrate the simple joys of food. A piece of raw broccoli or cauliflower while food prepping, a hot slice of bread w/ butter or EVOO, a fresh garden tomato. What are your favorite simple joys? "Tis a gift to be simple, 'tis a gift to be free..."

  1. Passadumkeg Nov 22, 2010 03:33 PM

    A good glass of wine after a hectic day at work.

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      ErnieD Nov 22, 2010 11:38 AM

      Perfectly ripe avocado with a sprinkle of smoked salt.

      Roasted Brussels sprouts. I don't know what it is about those little suckers, but I've made a meal out of the better part of a pound of them on more than one occasion.

      1. mamachef Nov 22, 2010 11:15 AM

        Garden tomatoes. And sweet European butter, and lots of it.

        1. buttertart Nov 22, 2010 11:02 AM

          A great big firm dead-ripe Bing cherry.

          1. Passadumkeg Nov 22, 2010 10:57 AM

            A freshly roasted green chile wrapped in a fresh flour tortilla.
            A just caught trout, cooked w/ scrambled eggs, over a fire, for breakfast.

            1. LA Buckeye Fan Nov 22, 2010 10:07 AM

              a sweet red seedless grape
              avocado on toast with a little mayo and garlic salt
              rainer cherry
              smoked almonds
              lemon sorbet

              1. Passadumkeg Nov 21, 2010 05:06 PM

                Roma tomatoes briefly cooked for a fresh sauce.

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                  laliz Mar 1, 2010 03:55 PM

                  crispy turkey skin, out of the oven but before it is carved

                  the first bite of garlic mashed potatoes

                  ripe avocado sprinkled w/seasoned salt

                  1. chef chicklet Mar 1, 2010 03:14 PM

                    The chicken gizzards fried prior to fixing the chicken, even if I don't fry the whole chicken, these are mine...all crusty crunchy, salty and peppery.yum.
                    I cannot resist a bite of the steaming hot just mashed potatoes, after I drop a huge dollop of butter and it melts into a little goldend pool. I scoop themt into my mouth and I blow over the spoonful of potatoes trying to eat them at the same time as my eyes water and to act innocent. IIt never fails my doh walks in just as I do this.
                    I am so guilty, I do the same with french onion soup. As its baking in the oven bubbling away the cheese all gooey, the cheesey gratinee has melted just perfectly I cannot resist a scoopful to my mouth (It's always from my bowl). I always burn the heck out my mouth I've never learned to wait.
                    I love to snag a steamy meat ball after its dropped into the hot marinara sauce. Just one for me to test of course.

                    Mushrooms, cooked in butter, scallions, garlic, parsley, and a little worchestershire sauce. I have to taste them.

                    Someone mentioned rice. I do that too. Steamy hot spoonful oh good grief. Thanks for the nori idea!

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                      Beckyleach Mar 1, 2010 12:17 PM

                      A very lightly battered, fresh from the crab pot, soft-shelled crab, with a side of spicy coleslaw, a heap of thick-cut french fries (with their skins) and a big, tall glass of iced tea, dripping condensation. That HAS to mean we're arrived at the Outer Banks once again, which has been our little slice of heaven all our lives, including our 1980 wedding on the beach.

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                        Passadumkeg Mar 1, 2010 01:04 PM

                        Soft shell crab! We used to catch them when we were kids and mom would fry 'em up.
                        Freshly picked chanterele mushrooms, eaten raw or fried in butter.

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                          buttertart Mar 1, 2010 01:12 PM

                          Or morels fried in butter.

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                            Passadumkeg Mar 1, 2010 03:05 PM

                            Or false morels boiled first, and then fried in butter.
                            Slices of bread loaf sized puff ball mushrooms, fied in butter too.
                            Yum, can't wait 'till spring.

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                              buttertart Mar 2, 2010 05:05 AM

                              Man I haven't had either freshpicked morels or puffballs since my father died. A bit thin on the ground in Brooklyn (plentiful at our summer cottage of happy memory near Lake Huron). I miss the woods!

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                            linguafood Mar 1, 2010 01:54 PM

                            Raw chanterelles? Really? You must like your dirt a LOT.

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                              Passadumkeg Mar 1, 2010 03:02 PM

                              Wonderfully peppery, brushed off w/ my Nokia mushromm knife/brush (Used to live in Finland.). I have a patch in a big moss bed behind in the forest behind our house here in Maine. Further evidence of continental drift, as well as moose hunting in Finland and Maine.
                              Raw Maine scallops, just shucked, sitting on the stern of the boat.

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                                buttertart Mar 2, 2010 05:05 AM

                                Now you're killing me, with those scallops.

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                          Terrieltr Mar 1, 2010 11:51 AM

                          A sourdough roll, all on its own.

                          1. bermudagourmetgoddess Feb 28, 2010 02:10 PM

                            Fresh Grilled Wahoo with Salt/pepper & Olive oil
                            Fresh Bermuda Tomato right out tof the garden
                            Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
                            Fresh Bread with olive oil
                            Bermuda Avocado on toast with salt and pepper
                            Fresh Iced Tea
                            Stilton Cheese with honey

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                              southern_expat Feb 28, 2010 01:49 PM

                              The 'oyster' from a roast chicken or turkey (no one in my family knows these exist)
                              The crispy outside fat from an old-fashioned roast ham (not glazed!)
                              The crispy tails from fried fish at my grandfather's fishing shack (rest in peace, PaPat!)
                              End pieces of barbecue brisket, pork roast, etc., especially when there is crispy fat attached (sensing a theme here?)
                              A vidalia onion pulled fresh out of the ground by my dad, while still in the field checking the crop, sprinkled with a little salt he pulled from his pocket (I grew up on an onion farm)
                              Ditto a juicy tomato and tiny, raw sweet corn from PaPat's garden

                              I could go on but some sort of salty liquid is leaking from my eyes and I can't see (thanks for the lovely memories!!)

                              1. soypower Feb 27, 2010 07:48 PM

                                One of my favorite things to do after the rice cooker changes from "cook" to "keep warm" is the take a spoonful of hot, steamed rice and wrap it in some toasted/salted nori and then try to eat it without burning my mouth...

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                                  srr Feb 27, 2010 06:53 PM

                                  Steamed artichoke with Best Foods Mayo. Just had one for app before dinner. First of the season from Half Moon Bay.

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                                    burlgurl Feb 27, 2010 07:16 PM

                                    A perfectly ripe fresh tomato

                                    Fresh baked bread out of the oven..:)

                                  2. Sparkina Feb 26, 2010 11:33 PM

                                    Grape tomatoes
                                    Avocado with salt and lemon/lime juice to spark it
                                    Clementines (sweet mini-mandarins)
                                    Fuji apples
                                    Tea with stevia and mint flavoring
                                    Rooibos tea with stevia

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                                    1. re: Sparkina
                                      Sparkina Nov 21, 2010 04:23 PM

                                      Oh, have to add mild goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes to that list

                                    2. buttertart Jan 1, 2010 08:07 AM

                                      A perfect chilled lychee, preferably the kind with a small pit.
                                      A SW Ontario Red Haven peach or oxheart tomato (the latter lightly salted).
                                      A slice of dead-ripe local canteloupe.
                                      Fresh cherries, either the biggest firmest Bings or midseason sour ones.
                                      A Bartlett pear, so ripe you have to eat it over the sink.

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                                        Emme Jan 1, 2010 06:51 PM

                                        ...and now I'm dying for that pear dripping down my face and hands...

                                      2. Sam Fujisaka Jan 1, 2010 03:52 AM

                                        Warm Lao sticky rice
                                        Hot naan fresh from the tandoor
                                        Rambutan when briefly in season
                                        Fresh squeezed orange juice
                                        Momos - or any Asian dumpling
                                        Mondongo in a Mexican market
                                        Cold watermelon (a new kind here; very red, very sweet, small edible seeds)
                                        A bundle of fresh corn tortillas in the morning
                                        A hot saltena on a cold Sunday morning in Tarija
                                        Tamales & atole on a cold morning
                                        Fresh artisanal (usually flat) bread the world over
                                        That first taste of smoked fish wherever you find it
                                        A glass of wine with any of you
                                        Morning oatmeal with Dana Zsofia

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                                        1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                          Passadumkeg Jan 1, 2010 03:57 AM

                                          Sam, a saltena!
                                          Salud en el ano neuvo!

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                                            Sam Fujisaka Jan 1, 2010 04:13 AM

                                            Edited to include correction!

                                            Gracias! Todo lo mejor a Uds en el ano nuevo!

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                                            pikawicca Jan 1, 2010 05:45 AM

                                            I encountered Rambutans on a visit to Queensland. They were being used as decorations on a buffet table. Out of curiosity, I picked one up and after figuring out how to open it up, ate the flesh. I then went back and surreptitiously removed the remaining fruits and retreated to my table where I demolished the lot. Sadly, have not seen a rambutan since.

                                          3. Passadumkeg Jan 1, 2010 02:27 AM

                                            A hot black cup of Sumatran coffee on New Year's Day. (Where'd that headache come from?)
                                            Happy New Year!

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                                              goodhealthgourmet Jan 1, 2010 07:00 PM

                                              gotta be *good* Sumatra though. i'm sorely disappointed in my first (and now only) purchase of Trader Joe's beans. sometimes it's best to stick with tried & true old favorites to greet the new year!

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                                                Passadumkeg Jan 2, 2010 03:12 AM

                                                Our kids got me the Sumatran and Indian Malabar. Trader Joe's, the nearest one is about a 7 hour drive (Costco too. I've never been in one.) in Mass., but I do get free lobsters, Maine shrimp and scallops!
                                                Oooo, a fresh shucked scallop, right out of the shell. So mild and delicious.

                                            2. Emme Dec 31, 2009 10:14 PM

                                              Sugarplum Tomatoes
                                              Steamed Lobster
                                              Fresh (unpeeled) Fuyu Persimmons
                                              Steamed Cauliflower, Eggplant, Snow Peas, Carrots (big whole ones), Yellow Squash... all lightly sprinkled with salt
                                              Cubed Honeydew
                                              and back when I could eat them...
                                              Jarlsberg nuked til just gooey on the outside
                                              Ricotta cheese
                                              Cottage Cheese
                                              Quality Balsamic Vinegar

                                              1. Passadumkeg Dec 31, 2009 12:15 PM

                                                To the season: a hot apple cider w/ rum after shoveling the snow. Or an icy cold beer after working in the garden or cutting firewood on a hot summer's day.

                                                1. pikawicca Dec 31, 2009 11:49 AM

                                                  My dad's homemade donuts. I use his recipe, but they just don't taste the same.

                                                  1. Passadumkeg Dec 31, 2009 08:58 AM

                                                    A c-rat can of pineapple chunks in Vietnam, sitting on top of a hill top bunker 42 years ago today, watching the sun set and wondering what the New Year would bring. Whew!

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                                                    1. re: Passadumkeg
                                                      Gio Dec 31, 2009 11:42 AM

                                                      I'm glad you're here to tell us about it, Passa.
                                                      What a nice thread this is to read, to remember, and to dwell on. My most wonderful taste is fresh-out-ot-the-oven crusty Italian bread. Spread with salted butter. That melts as soon as it hits the bread. There are others...steamed lobster, clams I dug myself, blue fish my son caught that we grilled an hour later. But there's something about freshly baked bread that brings back many memories for me.
                                                      Happy New Year!

                                                    2. Peg Dec 31, 2009 08:43 AM

                                                      Fresh ground coffee
                                                      Crusty sodabread with salt butter
                                                      Soft boiled egg and soldiers
                                                      Mashed potatoes
                                                      Fresh sweetcorn
                                                      Brown crabmeat
                                                      Spaghetti with oilive oil and garlic
                                                      Very strong cheddar cheese
                                                      Runny Brie
                                                      Slightly burnt white toast with lots of butter and a smear of lime marmalade

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                                                        fourunder Dec 31, 2009 08:03 AM

                                                        Italian or French Bread
                                                        Nectarine or Peach
                                                        Fresh picked Corn
                                                        Fresh Raw Oysters
                                                        Fresh Deep Fried Raw Oysters or Scallops
                                                        Fried Belly Clams
                                                        Steamers/Piss Clams
                                                        Maine Lobster
                                                        Hamburger or Hot Dog off the backyard grill
                                                        Fresh brewed coffee with cream
                                                        Bacon/Sausage with Perfect Soft Sccrambled Eggs
                                                        Slow Roasted Boston Butt
                                                        Slow Roasted Prime Rib

                                                        but the absolute best (and cheap) pleasure is a New Jersey Beefsteak Tomato freshly plucked from my backyard garden.

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                                                          danieljdwyer Dec 31, 2009 07:07 AM

                                                          just picked apples
                                                          deli pickles
                                                          late summer squash and corn
                                                          steamers or mussels
                                                          bread still warm from the oven
                                                          freshly churned butter
                                                          Formosa oolong or spring Darjeeling

                                                          1. NellyNel Dec 31, 2009 07:00 AM

                                                            Dunking a piece of good Italian bread into the pot of Sunday gravy. (red sauce) mmm

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                                                              Avalondaughter Dec 31, 2009 06:20 AM


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                                                                iluvcookies Dec 31, 2009 06:53 AM

                                                                *THWACK*... smacking self on head.
                                                                How did I forget THAT???

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                                                                  kattyeyes Dec 31, 2009 07:05 AM

                                                                  God, yeah!

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                                                                    goodhealthgourmet Dec 31, 2009 07:42 AM


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                                                                      sbp Dec 31, 2009 08:02 AM

                                                                      Bacon doesn't count - it's on another level, all by itself. The sine qua non.

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                                                                        mcsheridan Jan 1, 2010 04:08 AM

                                                                        B-B-B-Bacon! :)

                                                                        But then Bacon isn't 'normal'; it's supernormal. Yum.

                                                                      2. iluvcookies Dec 31, 2009 05:49 AM

                                                                        A nibble of really good pecorino cheese and a sip of Cabernet while fixing dinner.
                                                                        A fresh cookie hot from the oven.
                                                                        A quick, fresh cranberry relish.
                                                                        A hot cup of fresh coffee with a drop of real cream.

                                                                        Happy New Year to all!

                                                                        1. sbp Dec 31, 2009 05:47 AM

                                                                          A fresh, very ripe Mango.

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                                                                            linguafood Dec 31, 2009 10:02 AM

                                                                            ooohh yeah. gotta be the champagne mango, tho. a symphony of texture and flavor.

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                                                                              mcel215 Jan 1, 2010 03:38 AM


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                                                                              Passadumkeg Dec 31, 2009 11:15 AM

                                                                              Yes! We used to sit around our front yard fountain in Bolivia, in the heat of the evening, and eat red mangoes from the tree.

                                                                            3. kattyeyes Dec 31, 2009 05:42 AM

                                                                              A cold glass of milk and a warm, homemade brownie made with native raspberries I picked from my favorite orchard, high on a hill, overlooking the Land of Steady Habits. Howzat for a picture postcard?

                                                                              1. southernitalian Dec 31, 2009 04:59 AM

                                                                                A small bite of Stilton. Fresh cilantro. Rare filet mignon.

                                                                                1. mcsheridan Dec 30, 2009 05:47 PM

                                                                                  The summer's first fresh nectarine; fragrant, sweet, juicy.
                                                                                  Corn on the cob.
                                                                                  A crisp Winesap apple.
                                                                                  ...and yes, fresh baked bread with sweet butter.

                                                                                  1. EWSflash Dec 30, 2009 04:50 PM

                                                                                    A perfectly ripe sweet-tart red cherry. And then 30 or 40 more.

                                                                                    Mrbigshotno.1, yeah...

                                                                                    1. mrbigshotno.1 Dec 30, 2009 03:44 PM

                                                                                      A fresh hand made flour tortilla hot off a 100 year old griddle over a mesquite fire.

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                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Dec 30, 2009 04:02 PM

                                                                                        you win :)

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                                                                                          Passadumkeg Dec 30, 2009 04:13 PM


                                                                                      2. huckfinn Dec 30, 2009 02:47 PM

                                                                                        sweet corn on the cob

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                                                                                          Passadumkeg Dec 30, 2009 03:21 PM

                                                                                          Freshly picked sweet corn-raw.

                                                                                          Stopping, while digging clams, the shuck one, rinse it in the sea, and scarf it down. Motivation to keep digging.

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                                                                                            kattyeyes Dec 31, 2009 04:53 AM

                                                                                            Big +1 and bonus points for snagging it from your favorite local farmstand as I do all summer!

                                                                                            Yellow pear tomatoes straight from the deck.

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                                                                                              kubasd Jan 1, 2010 05:27 PM

                                                                                              my yellow pear tomatoes were so disappointing this year.... fresh off the vine, still warm from the sun, yet mealy.... but the green zebra ones, those rocked my world. some s&p, a drizzle of balsamic.... that was my lunch for months. if you add some nice raw clams, THEN i'm a happy girl :-)

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                                                                                                pikawicca Jan 1, 2010 07:02 PM

                                                                                                Tomatoes did not fare well in many parts of the U.S. this year. Here's hoping for a better crop in 2010.

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                                                                                                  kubasd Jan 1, 2010 09:03 PM

                                                                                                  that is for sure, i it made me sad

                                                                                          2. Cherylptw Dec 30, 2009 02:41 PM

                                                                                            Warm sun kissed cherry tomatoes, picked off the vine

                                                                                            1. linguafood Dec 30, 2009 02:40 PM

                                                                                              Cheese. Chocolate. So many things.

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                                                                                                ziggylu Dec 30, 2009 02:28 PM

                                                                                                a ripe peach

                                                                                                1. goodhealthgourmet Dec 30, 2009 02:23 PM

                                                                                                  ripe avocado. it's back in my daily rotation now that i'm living in Southern California again, and i couldn't be happier about it!

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