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What Food Trend are You So Sick Of?

Thank you! I don't get the whole Cake Pop craze either. Always puts me in the mind of someone else's already chewed-up birthday cake, coated in a cutesy, decorative candy shell. Mmmm, masticated birthday cake...

Dec 11, 2011
lunaburning in General Topics

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

Growing up, my dad would always heat up a can of peas with plenty of salt and pepper on the stove, then dump the whole thing, liquid and all over a few slices of wonder bread in a bowl and eat it. That's it. Not really a recipe, just soggy white bread with canned peas. I don't think that any of the rest of us ever tried it but he ate it about once a week.

Nov 17, 2011
lunaburning in Home Cooking

Guilty Pleasure

Cheeseburger Macaroni flavor Hamburger Helper

Those little cruller style doughnuts that you buy in the supermarket in the orange and white paper bags. I think they're called Donut Fair.

Hushpuppies from Long John Silvers

Mellowcreme pumpkins

Fritos corn chips

And just something that I eat at home when there's no one around to witness it: creamy peanut butter on a spoon with dark brown sugar on top.

Oct 31, 2011
lunaburning in General Topics

Foods you always "deconstruct"

Cinnamon rolls. I always have to un-spiral them before I eat them.

Aug 15, 2011
lunaburning in General Topics

Worst food you "had" to eat

Ah, yes. Mayo, jell-o, carrots, cabbage? I believe it was called "perfection salad" and my father still raves about it and asks for it to be made every Thanksgiving. No, dad. Just...no.

Aug 01, 2011
lunaburning in General Topics

Worst food you "had" to eat

A lime jell-o and chocolate pudding parfait. My friend kept insisting that it tasted like mint-chocolate. It didn't. Then a concoction of cherry jell-o and chocolte pudding combined into a half-gelled mess. Same friend. Hey, at least she's funny.

Aug 01, 2011
lunaburning in General Topics

Hell's Kitchen back July 18

Why is it that we Americans love to be yelled at and insulted by someone with a British accent? Simon Cowell, Gordon Ramsay, Anne Robinson...

Jul 19, 2011
lunaburning in Food Media & News

Quirky Sandwich Concoctions

That sounds delicious! I'll definately give it a try.

Jul 18, 2011
lunaburning in General Topics

Quirky Sandwich Concoctions

Never tried the cheddar, but I love mayo and sliced stuffed green olives on toast!

Jul 18, 2011
lunaburning in General Topics

Quirky Sandwich Concoctions

My best friend loves grilled hot dogs with peanut butter and pico de gallo. I've tried it, but frankly, I just don't get the appeal.

Jul 18, 2011
lunaburning in General Topics

Gluten-Free But Not Annoying

I'm a manager at Applebee's, and I get asked about this at least once every week, and it's never an inconvenience to me. I can't speak for any other restaurants, but I know that Applebee's actually has a gluten free menu that you can download from their website. Most people don't know about it until someone tells them, and I'd be willing to bet that there are a lot of other restaurants that have gluten free menus readily available. It's such a common request, that I always keep several gluten free menus printed up and on hand, so don't ever be afraid to ask. The majority of us in the restaurant business (the front of house, anyway) are in it in part because we really do enjoy working with people, and don't see it as a hassle.

Dec 02, 2010
lunaburning in Features

The Five Worst Thanksgiving Side Dishes

I love the ambrosia-ish salad (fluff) with the pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple and cool-whip, but I'm well aware thatI'm quite alone in this, so I keep it to myself. Every year since semmingly forever, though, my mother makes a cranberry jello salad. Sorry, mom, but pecans and celery do not belong in jello. Still love you, though. Consider this an intervention.

Nov 19, 2010
lunaburning in Features

What obscure recipe book do you have and love?

Hope you enjoy it!

Nov 11, 2010
lunaburning in Home Cooking

What obscure recipe book do you have and love?

I have a paperback copy of a cookbook called Pizza Primer from Cole's Cooking Companion Series. It's less than 100 pages, and I paid $1.99 for it at a local discount outlet over a decade ago. It's one of two cookbooks I own, that I have made nearly every recipe in it,(the other being Ann Hodgman's Beat This) and every single recipe has been exceptional. My copy is pretty bedraggled at this point, but it's been out of print since 1995, so I hold on to it.

Nov 05, 2010
lunaburning in Home Cooking

Aerosol-Propelled Alcohol Delivery Device

Awww, now I understand why my employees got so nervous when I saw them putting chocolate whipped cream on their coffee yesterday morning. And, I did catch a glimpse of a black can before they hurriedly whisked it away. Busted by CHOW. Worst of all, the jumpy bastards didn't even offer any to me.

Oct 23, 2010
lunaburning in Features

What's For Dinner? Part XLVIII

I have a bumper crop of green tomatoes this year, so I made baked curried green tomatoes and a cauliflower salad with capers and green olives.

Sep 20, 2010
lunaburning in Home Cooking