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Jan 16, 2012 02:37 PM

2012 Confessions

It's 2012! Happy New Year!

To start the year off properly, I need to relieve my guilt ridden conscience and admit...

1) I'm not a member, but I use the Yelp app and like it.

2) I watch Diners, Drive-in and Dives and enjoy Guy's sense of humor and the places he highlights.

I feel better now. :-)

Have a Happy 2012!

Anyone else want to make a confession?

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  1. I ate a teaspoon of this the other day:

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    1. re: TrishUntrapped

      Ohhhh, I'm sooo jealous. Have been looking for this (locally) for 2 months.

      1. re: pine time

        In my not-so-humble opinion it's disgusting -- not worth searching for. Save your money and buy a jar of Nutella instead :-)

        1. re: davis_sq_pro

          But isn't Nutella hazelnuts? That--and black walnuts--are the only nuts I can't stand.

          1. re: pine time

            Yes, Nutella is Hazelnuts. Biscoff Spread is ground cookies, no nuts. In my opinion it is rather decadent and delicious. Would be awesome on crepes.

            1. re: TrishUntrapped

              trader joes makes their own version of this.

              why not just combine nutella with biscoff spread and have a sugar induced coma/orgy!!!

              1. re: TrishUntrapped

                Ground cookies? Wow. Is there enough fat/binding to hold it together or do they have to add something? And where is this magical stuff from? And how is one supposed to eat it? I mean, I can't imagine cookies on toast or crackers. Completely fascinated by this product, probably wouldn't want to eat it, but fascinated.

                1. re: LulusMom

                  If you grind butter cookies in the food processor and add a little oil you can get a puree that is soft at room temperature. AKA liquid sable.

                  1. re: LulusMom

                    Biscoff Spread info and the story behind it:


                    A PDF that includes ingredients:


                    A new Biscoff Spread is out - Crunch. Haven't seen it yet.


                    This is how I would describe Biscoff Spread - It looks like peanut butter, so at first you think it will taste that way. But it has no nuts in it. What it does taste like to me is brown sugary caramel. It is awesome on crepes with sliced bananas, almost tastes like Bananas Foster.

                    After I ate my teaspoonful I gave the rest of the jar away to a co-worker. I liked it too much and it was too tempting for me.

              2. re: davis_sq_pro

                1. I think Nutella's waaaaaaaaaaay over rated.
                2. Ground Biscoff's make great crusts for pies.
                3. My husband&I are obsessed with beets.
                4. The CPI-rep link didn't work for me reg:A Bourdain.
                5. I guess I need to get to Costco for Stacy's Pita chips.
                6. I hate fennel&tarragon but love Black licorice.
                7. I secretly hide dark chocolate Snickers around the house.
                8. We have "rerun" dinners much more than my husband realizes.
                9. I recently went to a bargain store just because they carry a little of everything so I bought a bag of no name cheese puff things wanting to treat myself for doing so well on my diet then realized in the event of shopping through the store I'd finished the whole bag, all by myself. < shameful

                1. re: iL Divo

                  Il Divo,

                  Beets! What can I say?

                  Back when I was a youngster, my mom did beets, but they were from a can, or a jar. They tasted horrible, but I had to eat them.

                  Fast forward a few decades. I attended a culinary event, and Chef Thomas Keller (French Laundry and Per Se, though not then), was the guest chef. As we were seated, Chef Keller told the assembled that the feature would be BEETS! "Oh shoot!!!! Why have I traveled 2000 miles, for BEETS?" Well, I checked my attitude, and sat back. Who knew that REAL beets could taste so good?

                  Going back a few years before, we joined a "communal garden," and beets were the big item - almost every month. Luckily, my neighbor's dogs loved beets, so most went over he fence. The dogs loved 'em.

                  After my "catharsis," I now seek out beets, so long as they do not come from a can, or a jar.

                  As one ages, they should learn. I know that I did.

                  Go BEETS!


                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                    +1- we have a little community garden at work, somebody planted a lot of beets over the winter, and I've been reaping the benefits, after asking permission from the grounds crew supervisor and garden volunteer, of course. I rinse them off, cut off the greens (oh my, what good salad greens, or cooked- either way), wrap them two at a time in foil and roast them, slide off the skins, and oh my gosh, there's nothing better than that.

                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                      oh listen Hunt, I wish I could grow them.
                      I have no idea how and where I live is hard on many plants/flowers/vegetables.
                      I buy them from farmers' markets or the regular supermarkets if they have them, or stands in Ventura.

              3. re: TrishUntrapped

                ONLY a teaspoon? You should be sainted.

              4. In 2011 I:

                Made a Rachael Ray Recipe that went over well.

                Finally confessed to myself and stopped trying to force myself to like sweet potato fries.

                Way over tipped a server who was horrible but based it on the fact that that person looked as if they were having a really bad day.

                Made Christina Tosi's Compost Cookie and no they didn't blow me away like I was hoping.

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                1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                  <Finally confessed to myself and stopped trying to force myself to like sweet potato fries.>

                  Good for you. It's nice reaching the point where you can stop trying to force yourself to like something. This summer I accepted that I don't like grilled veggies.

                  1. re: viperlush

                    hehehehe , nice. I do like grilled veggies but I know what you mean.

                    My friends and my husband love sweet potato fries. and then they say, "wow, not going to eat those?"

                    I recently came out to my husband so he'd stop making them when we did homemade burgers.

                    1. re: viperlush

                      I love this. I finally decided I am done trying to like beets. And pistachios. I don't like them and I'm not eating them anymore.

                        1. re: LulusMom

                          Welcome to my world -- when we were kids, we were each allowed to have ONE thing that we wouldn't eat under any circumstances, and mine was beets.

                          I'll eat them now to be polite, but inside my head I'm jumping up and down, waving my arms, and screaming Icky, Icky, Icky!

                          I don't have any guilt about it, either -- I'm an adult and I'll eat literally any other vegetable without so much as a curled lip. Obviously, there are some I like more than others, but beets are the only ones that will stay on the plate if I can do it discretely.

                          1. re: sunshine842

                            It isn't even that I dislike them, but does *every* restaurant need to have a beet salad or a beet component to at least one entree? Enough already - there ARE other vegetables.

                            1. re: LulusMom

                              I love beets. I'm one of the people who eat the beet offerings in restaurants. They're one of the few vegetables I really like.

                              If you want to take a veg off menus, how about broccoli? Or cauliflower, brussels sprouts, or any dish with cabbage. Long live beets in the public imagination.

                              1. re: Jay F

                                I'll take your brussels sprouts if you'll take my beets.

                                1. re: sunshine842

                                  Deal. Except I never have Brussels sprouts.

                                  1. re: Jay F

                                    Restaurants don't obsess about brussels sprouts.

                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                      I think I've seen Brussels sprouts more than beets lately, actually. They seem to be everywhere. I love both tho, so I'm fine with both trends.

                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                        Actually, I beg to differ. They're EVERYWHERE...the very latest rage. In Pennsyltucky, anyhow.

                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                          best Brussels sprouts I've ever had were not obsessed over -- they were a side dish at a restaurant in Zurich, Switzerland -- I tried them because they'd come with the meal and WOW. Braised simply in butter, garlic, and walnuts until crisp-tender...up until that point, I was not a big fan, but it changed how I looked at them.

                                          Sometimes the difference is having something prepared well -- it's that "OHHHH so THAT's what they're supposed to taste like!"

                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                            i roast them, and now everyone in the family loves them. We don't want them more than once a week, but we love them.

                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                              My boys still aren't big fans -- so sometimes I make them for myself, or have them for lunch. And sometimes, they just have to deal. ;)

                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                I roast, then braise. How do you get them tender enough with just roasting? (Or maybe it's a preference thing and I like them on the soft side.)

                                                I find it difficult to understand how people managed to ruin this vegetable for so long. It's so simple and so delicious, in my opinion.

                                                1. re: davis_sq_pro

                                                  they *froze* them -- which makes them bitter and acrid and vile. The Jolly Green Giant doesn't do brussels sprouts any favors at all!

                                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                                    Wasn't the usual preparation to boil the hell out of them until they turned gray and flabby (not to mention bringing out all of the nice sulfuric notes)? Ughhh...

                                                    1. re: davis_sq_pro

                                                      Yep -- and I'm guessing most of us grew up with the gag combination -- frozen sprouts boiled til they're dead, then a little more just to make sure.

                                                      No wonder we all hated Brussels sprouts when we were kids.

                                                      I was shocked out of my mind a few years ago when we did a Thanksgiving lesson for the 1st graders where I was volunteering (public school) -- one little girl begged me to make Brussels sprouts -- so I made them with the butter and garlic -- and those kids ate every. single. one. The adults never had a chance!

                                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                                        Too funny! On a similar note, a friend of ours recently brought her daughter over to play with mine, and I cooked them some broccoli as a side for their lunch.

                                                        Our friend told me not to bother. "She can't stand broccoli."

                                                        Imagine the surprise when her daughter ate every bit. Turns out, she *loves* the stuff -- if it's pan-roasted with a bit of butter and salt. I have a theory that a lot of kids hate veggies merely because adults insist upon serving them nasty unseasoned preparations that they themselves wouldn't bother with. Kids have tastebuds, too!

                                                        1. re: davis_sq_pro

                                                          totally agree -- how many people think they hate fish because they've only ever had Mrs. Paul's or their mom cooked the bejeebers out of a slab of frozen cod every Friday?

                                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                                            We have our chance to make Brussel sprouts work for the next generation! I cook them whenever we get them from the farm. I do them with either butter, bacon and walnuts or butter, almonds and balsamic. My 7 year old boy absolutely loves them. So do I, for that matter...

                                                      2. re: davis_sq_pro

                                                        I cut them in half (length-wise) and toss in olive oil. Then roast at a very high temp. They get nice and crispy on the outside, and melty on the inside.

                                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                                          Interesting. That's pretty much exactly how I roast them prior to braising. They never seem to properly soften up until I give 'em something to drink.

                                                          (Which is fine, since they always end up tasting great. I braise them in a bit of chicken stock flavored with soy, mirin, and sriracha, reduce it at the end so it becomes a glaze, and finish with a sprinkle of black sesame seeds. Yum.)

                                                  2. re: LulusMom

                                                    Oh, LLM, you should have been on the phone last night with me while I was talking to a friend, going over restaurant menus for when he visits here in a couple of weeks. Practically every restaurant had at least one entree with Brussels sprouts. There were a few with beets, too, but it was overwhelmingly balanced in favor of sprouts. I thought of you and told my friend about our conversation.

                                                    1. re: Jay F

                                                      Maybe we need to change towns, Jay F. Whats the weather like where you are?? ; )

                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                        It's Pittsburgh. Cold. Gray. More cold.

                                                        1. re: Jay F

                                                          Yeah, I'll go ahead and keep the beets, sorry. Mid-60s here in Chapel Hill, NC today.

                                                          I remember getting a pizza just outside of P-burgh once. I was a vegetarian at the time, and asked for a plain pizza. It was brought with pepperoni. When I mentioned that I'd asked for plain, the waitress looked at me as if I was crazy (and I may well be) and said "pepperoni is plain." Shurely shome mishtake?

                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                            Shurely it ish. I've never heard of that before.

                                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                                              There is a place in Springfield, Massachusetts called Red Rose, that serves all pizzas with pepperoni and peppers. You can add "extra" toppings if you like, but that's the base pie. So apparently this isn't just a random occurrence -- although I can certainly see how it would be vexing for a vegetarian!

                                                2. re: Jay F

                                                  Yeah, add beets and take away broccoli. Broccoli is everywhere, and it isn't always prepared all that well either.

                                                    1. re: Jay F

                                                      Oh, I like broccoli just fine. But I can make it so much better than most restaurants do. And it is boring to see it as the only veggie side, unless you like peas or corn, assailable. (I try to eat low carb, and I don't generally like cooked English peas anyway.)

                                            2. re: LulusMom

                                              guess the beet thing hasn't made it this far west. when they show up on the CPK (california pizza kitchen) menu then i will know it's a fad. I was the only kid out of a total of 10 cousins who liked beets. How can anything that bright be anything but good? I know, to a lot of people they taste like dirt. So sad.

                                              1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                It isn't that I dislike beets, I'm just sick to death of them in every single salad, and at least one entree.

                                          2. re: viperlush

                                            And I accepted that quinoa is just not my bag.

                                            1. re: Savour

                                              Welcome to my world. I can't stand the stuff. Blech.

                                                1. re: Savour

                                                  Quinoa and Couscous - can't do it.

                                            2. I eat peanut butter out of a jar ... with my finger (sometimes 2 of them).

                                              Cool Whip with Sara Lee Pound Cake is great morning food.

                                              Entenmann's plain donuts go really well with Vietnamese coffee

                                              I have weird fantasies of watching Bourdain and Rachel Ray go at it in the UFC Octagon.

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                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                <I have weird fantasies of watching Bourdain and Rachel Ray go at it in the UFC Octagon>

                                                Or Celebrity Deathmatch

                                                1. re: viperlush

                                                  Or the Playboy Mansion hot tub

                                                  (sorry, but it's true)

                                                  1. re: 2roadsdiverge

                                                    AHHHH.....MY EYES!....MY EYES!...TURN IT OFF! TURN IT OFF!

                                                    1. re: jmckee

                                                      rachel ray was on maxim...i wonder if bourdain will follow. stay tuned....

                                                        1. re: pamf

                                                          You should warn people how disturbing that image is. I will now never be able to unsee that.

                                                          1. re: gaffk

                                                            Whaddaya mean? That just made my week! WOOF!

                                                          2. re: pamf

                                                            Now Bourdain has some inkling of what it's like to be Ron Jeremy.

                                                            1. re: pamf

                                                              I KNEW it was going to be the bone picture!!

                                                              1. re: pamf

                                                                Bourdain's was the most shocking, but overall those were fantastic portraits. I really appreciate that link, pamf.
                                                                Also, I wonder where Tony got the all-over tan.

                                                                  1. re: pamf

                                                                    pamf, thank you kindly for melting my brain yet more today. That is one of the more vividly disturbing images I've ever seen, and I ain't no punk!!

                                                            2. re: viperlush

                                                              I have a crush on Rachel Ray. There, I said it. It's out in the open. I will now head over to the closest bridge and jump off.

                                                          3. I rarely eat ice cream, but had macadamia nut ice cream pie, Foster's Freeze soft serve, and a "loaded" ice cream sundae all in one day on my birthday (1/13).

                                                            I had pancakes (while on vacation in Monterey, CA) on back to back days this past weekend.


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                                                            1. I like DD & D and Guy Fieri.

                                                              Occasionally I'll make a recipe with Cream of Mushroom Soup.

                                                              Taco Bell is my hangover food.

                                                              I like to dine out and don't think I can make "that" (whatever it happens to be) better at home.

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                                                              1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                "I like to dine out and don't think I can make "that" (whatever it happens to be) better at home."

                                                                yesssssssss....i love to cook and do it the majority of nights, but i LOVE to go out and no, i don't think i can do almost anything better.

                                                                i eat mayo out of the jar with a spoon.
                                                                i eat liverwurst out of the tube with my finger. (no one else eats it.)

                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                  I too love the finger liverwurst pop, and I dip mine mine in mustard, and nobody else eats it either.