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Oct 12, 2010 02:42 PM

Right Now You Can't Get Enough of...

My tastebuds go through phases where I'm absolutely obsessed with something, have it frequently enough to annoy my partner, and then burn out on it. Right now, in no particular order, I'm hung up on:

-steamed petite peas, from frozen, with butter, salt, and pepper
-braised lamb shank in tomato sauce (had it just once and have been preoccupied since)
-chardonnay (keep trying to find a reasonably-priced one with distinct coconut notes)
-port for sipping
-pasta in marinara sauce (mostly because I keep forgetting to buy some anytime I go to the store)

What are you stuck on right now?

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  1. Oh, I am so glad you started this.

    - chili-lemon rice crackers from the bulk bin at The Fresh Market. Yummy, crunchy, tangy, spicy.
    - dried pineapple rings.
    - Buffalo Trace bourbon, in the form of hot toddies and whiskey/water.

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    1. re: LauraGrace

      Buffalo Trace is nice! And it's quite a good value. We serve at lot of it at the restaurant where I work, "Bourbon."

      And your mention of dried pineapple reminded me how much I am currently craving the "soft and juicy" dried mango from Trader Joe's. Delicious.

    2. -Latin american cooking. Empanadas are a particular favorite, as are . . . dozens of other items. I am never lately without chorizo in the house. I will put ancho powder in anything that looks like it needs a little re-direction in flavor. If I can put it in a tortilla, I will. In tonight's Italian sausage/cheese polenta/parmesan gratin, I came damn close to putting some chipotles in adobo in the polenta.

      -Cubanelles. I had the strangest craving for green bells for a while, but the cubanelle has pitched it's tent in my yard. It's a nice, sweet pepper that enjoys hanging out with a naughtier crowd. Last week, I made shirred eggs on little beds of cubanelles, poblanos and jalapenos, dotted with hot sauce. I regretted the lack of a bread, and thought that an arepa would have been just the ticket.

      -And that's number three: eggs. It's been months, but I still crave eggs with every meal. I had to stop posting about the eggs on the What's for Dinner thread, because I could feel the group see the word 'eggs' and collectively think, "*Again*?". Tonight, I almost pushed the spinach-sausage mixture down to form wells for oven-fried eggs. But I forgot I wanted to, and now it's too late, and I am thinking about frying some eggs to put on top of the individual servings.

      -Red wine. Never a favorite of mine. But I recently shared a bottle with some braised beef shanks, and I just crave it now, the earthy meatiness of it.

      4 Replies
      1. re: onceadaylily

        please do not stop posting about eggs on WFD!

        1. re: onceadaylily

          Second the request to post about all your egg dinners on WFD! It would inspire me to have eggs for dinner, which I love and forget about all too often.
          Also. I totally get the red wine thing. It feels so decadent to me when the weather is cool and you pour a nice glass into a riedel your bff gave you when you couldn't afford them on your own.

          1. re: rabaja

            until OADL posts about her next one, i'll chime in with mine...tonight was a frittata with sauteed mushrooms, onions, zucchini, red bell pepper and Tuscan black kale (and of course plenty of garlic), topped with crumbled goat cheese and some grape tomatoes that i had roasted earlier with thyme and sherry vinegar.

          2. re: onceadaylily

            Oh, I've been on an egg kick, too, lately. Can't seem to get enough of them.

          3. Grated horseradish (fresh) on yogurt

            Scrambled eggs with ketchup on an English Muffin

            Steamed broccoli

            Chicken pot pie made with a cornbread crust

            ... and "Chicken Skin Candy"

            3 Replies
            1. re: ipsedixit

              Have you tried the maple syrup and Sriracha yet? I don't know that I'd go maple. Chocolate with sriracha, maybe. Ooh, Mole chicken skin candy.

            2. Cheese popcorn form Popcorn Palace in Chicago

              1. chopped baked kabocha squash. a little salt - tastes like low-fat sweet potato fries!