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Simple food which you love

Hi. I am curious if you like to share some simple foods which you love. Simple as in simple in ingredients, and simple preparations.

For me, probably the simplest one is: butter spread on a nicely toasted piece of bread.

I also love:

1) Sauted green bean with a touch of salt and butter and oil (usually a mix of butter.

2) Blanched Chinese broccoli with some oyster sauce

What about yours? Thanks.

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  1. 1) A well cooked piece of fresh fish

    2) Oatmeal

    3) Bananas smothered in peanut butter

    4) Actually, anything smothered in peanut butter

    5) Really rich, creamy, freshly churned ice cream

    6) a really crispy roasted potato

    7) any veg that is still al dente. almost always with plenty of garlic

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    1. re: mattstolz

      Tomatoes off the vine. The small ones don't ever make it into the house.

      With you on the bread and butter.

      1. Simple is pretty much my culinary mantra. Most everything I make is approached from the "best ingredients take basic preparations" point of view. But, to offer a couple favorites that come to mind:

        Steamed shellfish (crabs, lobsters, clams, etc.) dumped in the center of a table and have at it.

        A bucket filled with ice, beer, and oysters - I'll bring a knife.

        A loaf of warm, crusty bread. Maybe get extra fancy and throw a hunk or two of cheese on the board - I'll bring another knife.

        A roasted chicken.

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        1. re: MGZ

          <A loaf of warm, crusty bread. Maybe get extra fancy and throw a hunk or two of cheese on the board - I'll bring another knife.>

          this one doesnt even need a knife!

            1. re: Mother of four

              Sourdough bread cooked in my cast iron Dutch oven, still hot and slathered with butter. Now that's a meal.

        2. Bacon and tomato sandwiches with mayo.

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          1. re: marymac

            Yum! Or leftover sliced turkey on white bread with mayo and a little salt; if you want it fancier, use bacon salt!

          2. Generic peanut butter scooped from the jar with a knife, then encased in a non-sweetened cereal.

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            1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

              .... sometime I just scoop the peanut butter and stick it in my mouth..... but I don't think that should count as any food preparation :)

            2. Buttered Spinach

              Grits with butter

              Baked or Mashed Potato with butter

              Crusty Italian Bread with butter

              Grilled Steak with Compound Butter

              Poached Lobster in butter

              Soft Scrambled Eggs or Basted Eggs with butter......

              ......maybe I just like butter.

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              1. re: fourunder

                Holy crap all these butter :D

                Long time no see, fourunder

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  Glad to see you are aware of the esentials of fine guilty pleasures. Something to convey the butter to your mouth.

                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                    Good observation. Maybe the butter is the target. The spinach, lobster...etc are just complementary.

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      pickling cucumbers in lime juice with salt.
                      bread and cheese.
                      sardines and saltines.
                      popcorn.
                      kosher dill pickles with cream cheese and ham.

                      1. re: dratlover

                        Oh.... all of them sounds so good, especially the first one.

                      2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        this is definitely the first time ive ever heard lobster referred to as simply a vehicle for something else.

                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                            many worthy things can be "just" a handle for butter....

                  2. re: fourunder

                    Should we point your doctor to this post of yours?

                    1. re: fourunder

                      " Crusty Italian Bread with butter "
                      mmmm me too, I want the bread w/seeds if at all possible-