Sunday, March 19, 2006

fabulous food favorites ...

Stolen (with encouragement) from Madame X.

My favorite …
(and why they are)

This was a tough decision, but I’d have to go with country home cooking. I think this is based on missing the hell out of my mom’s cooking. She could make anything and cooked across the spectrum, but her fried chicken, roast beef, pot roast, fried pork chops, etc. with her whipped potatoes, homemade gravies, beyond belief pies and cobblers were all outstanding. A close second: Chamorro fiesta food. So much good food, so much variety. Mmm…

Now I’m not a big breakfast eater, mostly because I don’t wake up early enough to “do” breakfast right. I’ve always been a huge cereal guy, but I think for this one I’m going to cheat and say that my favorite breakfast is brunch at a fancy hotel, with the tons of offerings to choose from. I can’t do that, you protest. Screw you! I can and have! Heh.

Lot of great desserts in the world, but again, with my mom’s talents in mind and just my personal tastes, I’m going to have to go with pie/cobbler. I fucking love a great pie and/or a great cobbler — peach, blueberry, cherry, apple, pumpkin, etc. If I’m forced to narrow it down to ONE kind of pie … hmm … tough one. I think I’d have to go with the pie that was my dad’s favorite as well … strawberry-rhubarb. The perfect version has a light, flaky, buttery crust and the filling is both sweet and tart. What can I say … I like my pie like I like my women … LMAO.

Place to eat lunch or dinner
Another tough one to narrow down. I have several places that I go to regularly for both lunch and dinner. The thing they all have in common is that they serve quality food for a good price, and they have comfortable seating, a relatively quiet ambiance and great service. Instead of picking a specific restaurant or other eatery, I think I’m gonna go with type. I think, if I had to choose one kind of place to go, I would pick a great diner. Diners have a nice selection and variety of foods, from breakfast to lunch to dinner entrees, and for a good price too, so you never get tired of the same old thing. Plus, diners usually do a good burger and a nice cup of coffee.

Item to cook
I do enjoy cooking, when I can cook for others especially. I’m a good barbecuer (Chamorro style, anyway), and I make, thanks to my dad, one of the best grilled cheese sammiches known to man. And, as loyal readers know, I have an affinity and talent for sammiches, period, especially giant sammiches. But I’d have to say the item I really like to cook — and that others really like to eat, based on past experience — is steak spaghetti. I make a red sauce from scratch, one that’s a bit spicy because of lots of garlic and a little hot pepper. I cube up some beef, either from a big steak or roast, and braise that till it’s browned, then that goes into the sauce for three to four hours, till it melts in your mouth. Served over spaghetti.

Person with whom to eat dinner
I don’t have any one person I like eating dinner with more than anyone else right now. I think that I’d choose a good company of friends, from three to five. That way, we can all share parts of our dinners, if we so choose, as well as a few bottles of wine. The best part of this kind of dinner, to me, is the company and conversation. My best dinners have involved about four to eight of us … eating, drinking and talking … usually for at least three hours, mostly longer.

Hot-day treat
Isn’t this a loaded question? Does anyone choose anything other than ice cream as a “hot-day treat?” Why not “cold-day treat?” Well, I guess I wouldn’t choose ice cream, per se, but it’s hard to beat a great milkshake on a hot day.

Food when you were younger
I’m guessing “baby food” isn’t going to be a universal choice here. The foods that always make me think of my youth are the regular dishes my parents cooked on a weekly basis. It was a rare week that we didn’t have: steak, fried pork chops, fried chicken, roast beef/pot roast and spaghetti. It wasn’t like Tuesday was fried chicken day, but my parents kept to a few main dishes, with some variety mixed in — casseroles, baked vs. fried, barbecue, noodle dishes, soups and stews, etc. So, pretty much any of those regular meals, cooked and served homestyle, would be my choice.

Stop by my photoblog and take a look at some new pictures, all taken within the last few days on my brand new, 5.2-megapixel digital camera, an HP Photosmart M417.

Random Guam Fact Of The Day:
• An important part of Chamorro hospitality is food. When you visit someone's home, you will be offered food. Repeatedly. Take it. It's good. Heh.


Madame X said...

Mornin' D!

My Favorite pie is Strawberry-Rhubarb!!!

Though to me, an avowed chocolate addict, Pie is not's a course but not desert.

Just like fruit...I mean who the hell has fruit for desert? It's fruit NOT desert!

Desert sound be a confection...cake, cookies, ice cream etc.

OK I'm going to go have St Joseph's is St Joseph's day!

zaadam said...

Great taste!

Seeing this I have to do something special for today!

DZER said...

madame x: pie trumps that other stuff ... especially with whipped cream, or ice cream, on top .. mmm

zaadam: thanks! have fun doing something special!

Chrissie said...

Is Zaadam cooking for us all? Or posting something similar? lol I guess i'll have to cruise over after!

Good list... I may have to steal this myself :)

Can't wait for you to come and BBQ for us!

DZER said...

chrissie: I'm gonna be sleeping soon, so I hope I don't miss out on a cooked feast LOL

and steal away ... it's meant to be stolen ;)

and you mean after I fly all the way out there, you're gonna make me cook?

Chrissie said...

uhh duh? why else do you think i'd pick you up from the airport??

You think you can brag about what a good Q'er you are and then come here and NOT Q? HAHA Yer funny!

And you better figure out how yer gonna bring a uitcase of the lil beastie crabs too! I want at least ONE big one!

Suze said...

Dzer, how's a girl to diet when your blog is always serving up such delicious food. :)

DZER said...

chrissie: dang ... that's the ONLY reason you'd pick me up from the airport? I'm gonna come in all groggy and tired from 15 hours in the air and you're gonna stick me behind a flaming grill? AND I'm supposed to bring crabs? hmmm ...

suze: I didn't know a girl was dieting ... and plus, all the food on my blog has NO calories! heh

SignGurl said...

Your favorite foods are similar to mine. To me, there is nothing better than good old fashioned home cooked food. Your list that your parents cooked sounds exactly like the one my parents cooked and I cook today for my kids. As a matter of fact, we just had pot roast cooked with carrots and potatoes.

Cobbler is one of my specialties. I'm pretty good at crisps too.

Damn, I just ate and now I'm hungry again.

zaadam said...

chrissie, sometimes I cook and at other times just get a take away - all depends on the theme of the time. I meant the DZER has held me captivated by his suspense and style.

DZER said...

signgurl: I love old-fashioned home-cooked food. I haven't eaten yet, so I'm VERY hungry! LOL

and cobbler ... mmmmmmmmmm

zaadam: you're going to make me blush if you keep it up! LOL

yep, it's me.... said...

we don't have ice cream unless it's cold.
in california 65 or below
now.... that's the winter warm temp in Tejas...
DZER - it's been thunderstormin' since friday night. non-stop.

DZER said...

velma: that's a long spell fer thunderstorms ... just keep inside and watch out fer tornado warnings!

Strumpet said...

I am soooooo hungry now.


Your post was considerably delicious.


DZER said...

I specialize in making ladies hungry ... then I feed them ... and hope they are so grateful that I get to choose "dessert" ... heh

Strumpet said...

Seeing as your dessert choice is pie...that works out pretty well then...