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I was telling my kids a story about my own childhood the other day, and it had my husband in stitches.  I’m not sure why, but for what it’s worth, here’s the story.

When I was a kid, I was a pretty picky eater.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I still AM a picky eater!  Although I’m not nearly as bad as I was as a kid.  Anyway, in addition to my being a picky eater, my mother was a horrible cook.  She did criminal things to food, I kid you not.  How much of her bad cooking contributed to me being a picky eater, one will never know.

One time, I must have been around 10 or 11, she made something for my dinner that – best as I can recall, was either mushrooms or Brussels sprouts.  It was round and slimy, I remember that, and I would not eat it.  It looked weird, it smelled awful, and it was slimy.  No way.  Would. Not. Eat.

I can be a stubborn girl when I have a mind to.

My mother yelled at me, threatened me, all kinds of things she told me would happen if I didn’t eat the science experiment reject in front of me.  Eventually she picked up a piece of whatever it was off my plate and tried to shove it in my mouth.

Oh no, we are so not going there!  I clasped my hand over my mouth as an extra barrier of protection.  This was a battle of epic proportions!

My mother, in her rage and frustration, leaned over and bit my hand, the hand covering my mouth.  She bit me!  I remember screaming, and I had a set of lungs on me too, it’s a wonder the neighbors on the other side of the wall didn’t call the police. 

At this point in the story, Darc busted up laughing.  I mean to tell you, he almost had tears running down his face, and that’s quite a feat of accomplishment for me!  Usually I’m the one splitting a gut at his stories.

“Why are you laughing?” I asked him.  “My knuckles were bloody and had teeth marks and everything!”

I try to remember that my beloved is a writer of horror fiction so things often strike him in a way they don’t other people. 

“Oh my gosh,” he replied, “‘Eat or be eaten!’  That’s just priceless.”

I guess it does have sort of a vampire quality to it.  Eat or be eaten.  Who knows?  Maybe I’ll make it into one of his stories yet!  Smile

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Tasty Tuesday Travels

Think beauty.  Think mountains.  Think history.  American history.  Think Pennsylvania!

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Did you know there are over 140 wineries in PA?  I didn’t either! 

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PA has a strong German population, and you know where there are Germans, there is beer.  I can say that because I’m half German.  Smile  Yep, the other half is Irish, and amazing enough, neither half likes to drink much.  Go figure!

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Lebanon Bologna.  Looks like salami, but it’s made from beef.  Oh, I have to try some of this!

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Scrapple.  It’s made from pork scraps.  And corn meal.  It’s like sausage.  Smile 

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Put a little PA syrup on that scrapple and I bet it really jazzes things up.  I love syrup on sausage.

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Now this is a sandwich spread I could get into!

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Speaking of sandwiches, how about some great bread?

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How about some sausage soup?  Now that’s a way to eat sausage I’ve never tried.

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Pork roast, anyone?  What about pork roast with sauerkraut?  It actually looks pretty tasty!

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For dessert, some shoofly pie.  Smile

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Whoopi pies!  Whoopee!

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Like doughnuts?  (Who doesn’t?!)  Like potatoes?  Then you’ll love these potato doughnuts!  Don’t they look yummy?

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And last but not least, one of the biggest reasons to visit Pennsylvania, Hershey’s!  Open-mouthed smile  Must. Visit. Hershey’s!

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I traveled through PA when I was a kid, and it was one of the prettiest states I’d ever seen, and I grew up in CA.  I was particularly struck by western PA, through the mountain areas as we drove through.  We didn’t have mountains quite like that in CA.  Winking smile  That vision of loveliness has stayed with me all these years and one day I hope to return, and get some pictures next time!

Have an awesome day and as always, click the pics for links and, in some cases, recipes.  Smile

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Monticello, Mt. Vernon, and Williamsburg.  Ham, and peanuts.  They like things salty in Virginia!  I knew about the ham, but I didn’t know that Virginia is also famous for its peanuts.  Smile

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It’s a basket shaped like Virginia!  I love it, and want it!  Send me 2, would ya?  Thanks!

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Must start the day off right, with a nice fine Virginia wine.  Smile

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Oysters Rockefeller, yum!  I had these once.  Guy took me on a date – in the pre-Darc days of course! – and insisted I have a surf and turf meal.  He ordered these for me.  I was sure I’d hate them, not being a seafood fan then, but I ended up loving them. 

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Virginia cured ham!  Is there any finer ham on the planet? 

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Here’s one blogger’s take on a gratin recipe, using Virginia ingredients.  Doesn’t it look so tasty?

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A spin on this recipe: Summer Squash Gratin

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Here’s something you can get if you visit the Virginia Aquarium.  They don’t hold back there!

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Home ~ Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

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Virginia grown veggies – colorful!

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I wish I’d had this biscuit recipe before Easter so I could have made them for our dinner.

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Virginia Box Bread Recipe

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Seems Virginia is know for nuts, too.  Smile

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You knew I wouldn’t leave that sweet tooth unattended! 

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Here’s a sweet sample you can find at the Taste of Arlington.  Save me a plate!

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I love Virginia.  I want to live there.  Perfect blend of north and south, elegant and country at the same time.  And the Blue Ridge Mountains are so beautiful, I want them in my view all the time.  We spent a few days there a few years ago, and I actually cried when we left.  It felt like leaving home.  Maybe one day I’ll get to go back.  Smile

 

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Tasty Tuesday Travels

There’s only one place in all the world that makes Jack Daniel’s.  Yeah, you know where it is!  Winking smile

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Want that special Jack Daniel’s touch on your food too?  They have a barbeque sauce for that.  Yum!  I believe TGIFridays also has a menu designed with Jack Daniel’s sauces.  Oh my, one of my favorites!  Be sure to get the Flat-Iron steak!

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Must. Try. This!  Honey flavored whiskey!  Perhaps there’s a good chance those Irish genes of mine might kick in after all!  Winking smile

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Breakfast!  Tennessee sausage, with pancakes.  Oh I love breakfast!  Mostly at night though.  And I’m not sure you could do better than a Tennessee breakfast like this one. 

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Don’t forget the cornbread!  I kinda want that skillet too. 

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I love this website.  It’s dedicated to Tennessee products of all kinds.  I clicked on the honey link.  It’s a bit blurry with the size increase, but you get the idea.  Smile

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Do you know how many years I’ve wanted to try fried green tomatoes?  Yes, ever since the movie came out.  What, ‘91?  ‘92?  1991!  20 years I’ve wanted to try these!  Don’t they look delicious?  A little ranch dip and I could go to town!

Fried Green Tomatoes

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Tennessee Mushroom Pâté.  Brandied, no less.  I love Tennessee, I love brandy, and I love mushrooms.  I can’t lose!

Brandied Tennessee Mushroom  Pâté

Brandied Tennessee Mushroom Pâté

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There’s a reason they call it Southern Fried Chicken.  Seriously, you’ve never heard of Northern Fried Chicken, have you?  I think I’ve made my point!  Seeing as how Tennessee knows a thing or 2 about Southern, you can bet your bottom dollar they know a thing or 2 about fried chicken too.  Smile

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This is what you get when your Nana Rosa moves to Tennessee.  Biscotti!  Tennessee style! 

Nana Rosa Biscotti, LCC

Nana Rosa Biscotti, LCC

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Funnel cakes anyone? 

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I must have some of this cake.  I mean it, I have to!  Maybe they have online ordering … .  Hey!  They DO!  Woo!

Moonshine Fudge Cake

Darc and I spent a few days in Tennessee a few years ago.  The people were some of the nicest, most helpful people on the planet.  They went out of their way to do everything in their power to help us with a situation we had.  More than one person at more than one location.  We got a real taste of the kindness of strangers.  I should say, the kindness of Tennessee strangers.  Strangers in other places weren’t so kind.

The scenery in Tennessee is some of the most beautiful you’ll ever come across, too.  The Smoky Mountains are gorgeous.  I realized that I’d actually had dreams of Tennessee before I ever got there or knew I would even set foot there, just dreaming about beautiful places.  If I won the lottery and could live anywhere I wanted, Tennessee is high on my list.  Smile 

As always, click the pics for links. 

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Bourbon, Fried chicken, Thoroughbreds, Derby, and Bluegrass.  Only one place in all the world that does all those things well.  Smile

The glorious Thoroughbred.  One of the most gorgeous animals in the world. 

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Nowhere is the grass as blue as it is in Kentucky. 

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Short, sweet, and to the point; Kentucky Bourbon.  Smile

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If you really love the fragrance of bourbon, you can even get it to put in things like home-made candles.  I kid you not, click the link! 

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One man has made Kentucky famous the world over.   

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Wings with a bourbon-molasses glaze.  Yumm!  Click the pic for the recipe.  G’head, you know you want to!

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Even Carl’s Jr has gotten into the liquor cabinet, and is now serving bourbon flavored burgers.  Zero proof, of course, but 100 proof flavor, I’m sure.  I love Carl’s Jr!  And I miss them, since there aren’t any around here.  Did you know you can get deep fried zucchini there?  But that’s another post.  Smile

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Bleu cheese, made in Kentucky.  And farm raised caviar too.  Quality horses, and quality food in Kentucky.  Smile

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I discovered that pole beans grow well in Kentucky.  Click the pic for a recipe.

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Naturally, for a cool, refreshing, and relaxing drink, you must have a mint julep, darling.  Make mine a double.  Winking smile

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For dessert, have a slice or two of Kentucky chocolate pecan pie.  Oh yeah, now that’s what I’m talking about!

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For that raging sweet tooth and chocolate craving, you must have some Kentucky bourbon balls.  Chocolate and bourbon.  Ahh, heavenly!

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I drove through Kentucky on my way to Georgia with some friends when I was about 18.  I remember seeing lots of horse farms along the way, and other farms too.  I wish we didn’t have the time constraints and could have spent more time there.  It was very pretty. 

As always, click the pics for links.  Smile 

Have a great day!

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Tasty Tuesday Travels

Noticeably absent from this week’s episode is seafood.  We’re in the Midwest now!  Farm country! 

Welcome to Indiana!

And yes, I’ve been here.  Smile

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For a taste of the state, check out A Taste of IndianaSmile  They make gift baskets of all kinds of Indiana stuff, and will put it in an Indiana shaped basket too.  And I’d love one!  But not the Colts one.  This Pats fan will pass  on the Colts basket.  Winking smile  You can send me the stuff in the basket though! 

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A Taste Of Indiana

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Indiana is fields, and that means Farmer’s Markets.  Fresh fruits and vegetables, straight from the ground to your cook pot.  You can’t get any fresher than that!  Better for you, too.

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I have developed a taste for asparagus lately.  Wouldn’t you know they have asparagus farms in Indiana?  How much better does this look than the stuff you get at the grocery store?  A little salt, dripping with melted butter – yum!

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BACON!  ‘Nuff said!

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BEEF!  Also ‘nuff said! 
You can find this lovely at Longhorn’s Steakhouse. 

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Homemade corndogs!  I so need to save this recipe, my daughter adores corn dogs. 

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A plentiful Indiana crop is corn.  You know what that means!  Popcorn! 

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How about some goat cheese?  It looks so pretty.  Smile

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Aiming to give Kentucky a run for it’s money. 

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Chocolate!  Now that’s one piano I could play!  LOL

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A reader in Indiana sent in this recipe to a cooking magazine.  Orange Lemon Cake sounds perfect for spring.  Smile

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I like the Hoosier State.  The people are friendly and hospitable, just regular folks without attitudes.  Coastal types can get an attitude sometimes, you know?  Indiana people don’t have that.  They’re not the speediest drivers in the world either, and that’s okay because they’re not in a hurry.  Hitting IN traffic after racing along on Chicago expressways can be a bit jarring if you’re not expecting it, but then you realize you can relax.  Don’t worry, you’ll get there! 

As always, click the pics for links.  Smile

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Tasty Tuesday Travels

If I said lobster and blueberries, you’d think … ?

If you said Maine, you’d be on the money.  Smile

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What would you like to know about lobster?  Besides that it’s one of the most wonderful foods in all the world?  Click here to find out.

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Lunch!  This looks like a slice of heaven to me.  Look at that view!  And the ocean looks fabulous too.

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Sweet blueberries.  You have no idea – I have spent ages looking at lobster stuff and blueberry stuff, and I’m so hungry right now!  I torture myself for you! 

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Bar Harbor Jam

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I never would have thought of this – blueberry sauce on scallops.  When in Maine!

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If you wanted to do something extra nice for your favorite blogger – um, yes, that would be ME!, you can click this picture right here and send me a lobster-gram! 

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This blue guy will tell you all you need to know about how to buy lobster.  Isn’t he pretty? 

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Of course, you can’t have a lobster dinner in Maine without mussels for your appetizer!  Mmmm.

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Lobster rolls!  How’d you like these in your lunch?  I can hear Darc’s tummy right about now!  Winking smile

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Oh my gosh, lobster shaped cookies!  And blueberry cookies!  Sand dollar cookies … and something called whoopie pie cookies?  What is this whoopie pie thing? 

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Did you know there’s even a Maine root beer?  I love root beer!  Now I have to try this!

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Maine Root Root Beer.

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Wow, vodka from potatoes?  What won’t those Mainers think of next?  I have to say, the Irish DNA in me is dying to try some of this, and I don’t even like hard liquor. 

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Syrup!  Mmmm, have some Maine syrup on your Maine blueberry pancakes … oh sorry, didn’t mean to get drool on you. 

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Frozen blueberry yogurt covered in chocolate.  *dreamy sigh*

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Chocolate covered potato candy?  I so have to get to Maine! 

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Blueberry turnovers.  What a perfect way to begin, or end, the day.  Smile  And I hope you have a great one!

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