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Dec 17, 2013 07:58 AM

What would you want named after yourself. . .

After reading in another post that Michael Pollan had a tomato named after him (which I think is appropriate for him), it got me thinking . . . .

If you were to be "immortalized" by having something named in your honor, what would it be?

For me I can't decide between: A really comfort-food style dessert. I'm thinking something with apples and caramel, that is best served warm with ice cream.


A pasta shape - I love pasta, making pasta, rolling pasta, eating pasta - pasta, pasta, pasta - so I'd love my own namesake shape.

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    1. Interesting question. I'd have to say my Tequila Lime Fruitcake. It's become a signature holiday treat at our house and I ship it to friends across the country who start asking about it in October.

      Lots of recipes used to be named after a person, like "Auntie Mame's Chocolate Dipped Bananas." Now recipe titles are a list of ingredients. I miss that.

      Why not? If Dolly Pardon can have a rose named after her, why can't I have a fruitcake :-)

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      1. re: sandiasingh

        Will you do the ultimate sacrifice for your adoring fellow Chowhounds and share your recipe for the Tequila Lime Fruitcake?

      2. A 12 inch smoked sausage with venison, elk, and horse, and a mélange of Bavarian herbs and nutmeg. No garlic.

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          1. re: Cheese Boy

            Wait till the sausage meets the knife named for one of Chowhound's knife experts ;)

            Probably a cookie. A chocolate cookie. In a recipe written by Maida Heatter ... that would be perfect.

          2. re: INDIANRIVERFL

            I was intimidated. I've never had such a interesting smoked sausage as INDI describes.

            1. re: HillJ

              Watzenborn-Steinberg Kreis Pohlheim. You had to get on the sausage makers calendar about 10 to 12 months out. We were having fun with some additional meats I had brought.

              A licensed facility with Oma in charge of the smoker.

          3. Pasta was the first that came to mind. Either a shape or a dish. Or may a risotto recipe.

                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                  The spirit would be Gin but the flavor profile would need to be a combination of fresh ginger and lychee.

                  What would your personalized cocktail consist of?

                  1. re: HillJ

                    That sounds awesome, J!

                    I'm not a big cocktail drinker but on special occasions, mine would be a margarita with St. Germain and Hurradurra Silver Label Tequila.

                    But mostly just wine.

                    1. re: sandiasingh

                      Wouldn't it be fun to have a wine named after yourself. What type of wine do you prefer? My current favorites are the dry Rose especially the apple tones.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        We've been doing a lot of Malbecs lately and found a very hearty red with chocolate overtones at TJ's called Darkhorse we like (Calif). We had two Total Wine and More stores open here this year and have had a lot of fun discovering new wines. Their staffs are very knowledgeable and helpful.

                        For whites we like Kung Fu Girl from California (or PNW) and Cloudy Bay from NZ. Love the dry roses but mostly in summer. I did find a sparkling shiraz at Total from NZ that I haven't been able to find for about 12 years. First had it from Formaggio in Boston. That's fun for the holidays.

                        1. re: sandiasingh

                          Cloudy Bay...oh I do love their wines. 2011 pinot noir especially. Malbecs are an interesting wine. Darkhorse I'll have to remember for my daughter. I just ordered a case of three diff Sinskey wines (CA) for the new year (and learned about their wines on a CH thread about their vineyard kitchen/recipes) recently. Can't wait to break open those.

                          Yeah, it's not that hard...enjoying wine. :)

                          1. re: HillJ

                            Friends are sold on Campovida from Napa. So much so that they went there last weekend to celebrate one of their birthdays. I haven't tasted enough of it yet to have an opinion. Don't know Sinskey, but I'm def not a wine expert. Sounds like New Year's will be a lot of fun at your house!

                            1. re: sandiasingh

                              That sounds like a great time. What type of wine is Campovida? We have company coming in from all over btwn Christmas & New Years, two work parties and my daughter recently announced she is pregnant so, this year we're pulling out all the stops. With some spirited cocktails, (new to us) wines and mocktails for the gang. I didn't know Sinskey wines until the thread about the Napa vineyard. Had one bottle of theirs (Abraxas) enjoyed it. Took some time to hunt down a distributor but I ordered a mixed case.

                              Back on point, wouldn't it be fun to incorporate the idea of naming a food product into an actual gift idea.

                        2. re: HillJ

                          A french rose would be nice to have named after me too. I'm going for those that are heavy on the Cinsault (55%).

                          1. re: thimes

                            Can you make a recommendation thimes?

                            1. re: HillJ

                              I don't really have a go to label but more and more french roses are breaking down the grape blend on the label. A lot of the ones from southern france use cinsault and they typically are in the $12+/- range - so not expensive IMHO.

                              1. re: thimes

                                After the holiday I'm going to inquire at the store. Thanks.

                      2. re: HillJ

                        This sounds like it could easily be its own thread. What fun!

                        1. re: melpy

                          melpy, that's a good idea. Wine board, Spirits board of General Topics?

                        2. re: HillJ

                          I named a cocktail after myself. ***** Wallbanger. It was gin, blood orange Italian soda & Galliano.

                          1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                            The use of blood orange juice or soda is always a good idea! Cheers!

                            1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                              I should like to drink you. You, the ____ Wallbanger, that is. ;)

                        3. re: HillJ

                          I am thinking some sort of sour red ale. These are by far my favorite drinks. Or maybe a hard cider but I'm pickier about those.

                          Favorite sour ales include Monk's Cafe and Rodenbach.

                          1. re: melpy

                            You know I have not really experienced sour ales. Interesting. Hard cider I enjoy; apple wines even more so.
                            But I'll have to learn more about sour ales.

                            1. re: HillJ

                              Oh, yes you will. Sour beers are wonderful wild beasts. A well-made one is something I treasure - it makes my beer geek AND my wine geek sides happy.

                              Like you, I would like a cocktail named after me. Probably rye- or high-rye bourbon-based...spicy...complex...but bubbly...with a bitter backbone.

                              I may have just revealed a bit too much about myself.

                              1. re: Wahooty

                                What fun! You are in good company, Wahooty!

                            2. re: melpy

                              I would also say a beer. An IPA. My favorite is Sierra Nevada Celebration. Something like that.

                            3. re: HillJ

                              I accidentally had a cocktail named after me last summer. I was consulting to a restaurant, working on their beverage program, and created a cocktail version of Bananas Foster. Ripe banana, dark and spiced El Dorado demerara rums, spices and vanilla, house pomegranate/orange blossom grenadine, Angostura bitters. Very tasty and not as sweet as it sounds. The asst. manager had never heard of the dessert and when he put the name of the cocktail on the menu he typed Banana Forester. I quickly changed it back to Bananas Foster, but the bartenders teased the heck out of me for a few days. The bartenders were all young ladies and I have to say, female bartenders can be vicious. ;-)>

                              1. re: JMF

                                That is such a great story. And you know I'm writing down the cocktail. You should have kept the name! What were you thinking?!!

                                Love it!

                                1. re: HillJ

                                  I submitted it under that name to gaz regan for one of his books.

                                  1. re: JMF

                                    Cool kat, Gaz. Did he use it?

                                    1. re: HillJ

                                      I don't think in the 2013 101 best new cocktails book, but possibly 2014. He used one of mine in the 2012 101 best new cocktails.

                                      1. re: JMF

                                        Very cool, JMF. Would you share the 2012 cocktail as you designed it.

                                        1. re: HillJ

                                          Actually I don't support one of the products in it anymore due to changes in the business, ingredients and procedures. So I would rather not list the recipe.

                                              1. re: JMF

                                                Thanks JMF that's really nice of you.

                                2. re: JMF

                                  fellow Ch-er L. Nightshade graciously made and named a drink for me - the bloody mariacarmen: the usual suspects but with a generous amount of sriracha added and a crisp slice of bacon as garnish. it was delectable.

                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                    We'd expect your namesake drink to be nothing less! ;)

                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                      hah! yep!
                                      my first thought was actually a pâté. but i'm going to have to add that i'd like to also have a champagne named after me, as others have said, a potato dish, a blood orange, a dry rosé ,and my own cocktail would be champagne, gin, St. Germaine with an infusion of something spicy, like a habanero or something. i think it could work.