December 5: Oink!


If you spend much time at our shop, you already know that I love to cook. The more complex and adventurous, the better. My mantra is that if all else fails, we can always order pizza. So far that hasn’t happened.

What many find puzzling is that I myself am an extremely picky eater. For example I love to make salads, but personally find lettuce vile. The list of what I won’t eat is very long. Therefore I am often asked – what exactly WILL I eat?

After some serious consideration, I came up with a list of my six most favorite foods. I could honestly eat myself sick, turning into Miss Piggy because I love these things so much.


#1 Christmas Cookies

Regardless of the occasion, cut and iced cookies are referred to as Christmas Cookies in my world. I have an impressive collection of cookie cutters for nearly every conceivable holiday or event.  I have been making these since I was a kid. The cookie recipe is my own concoction, the icing recipe comes from my grandmother who was a Wilton cake decorator



#2 Caramel Corn

‘Tis the season, and in a few short weeks you’ll find me on my couch alternating between shoveling Christmas Cookies and Caramel Corn into my mouth. Rarely do I make and share this with others. Only my husband usually gets in on the Caramel Corn action, mainly because I need his help. After all, it takes two to make caramel corn. The recipe was mom’s, and I’m not sure where she got it from. We’ve tweaked it over the years, and it is perfect. Keith keeps wanting to gunk it up with peanuts, but I am a purist.



#3 Fleur de sel Caramels

I recently made a double batch, and have a big bag stashed in my fridge.  They pair wonderfully with Chardonnay. I try to limit myself to only 2, because more than that could send me into a diabetic coma and I’m not even diabetic. I try to behave, but it is hard! You will find this recipe in Ina Garten’s How Easy is That? cookbook, or online (although you really need this book!)


parmcro#4 Parmesan Croutons

Another treat from Ina Garden. A perfect use for stale baguettes, although I buy baguettes and purposely let them go stale just to make these. They are so good! You really must use freshly grated Parmesan, as in the kind you grate yourself. Otherwise it just isn’t as good. Parmesan is easily grated in a food processor. This recipe is from Ina Garten’s first cookbook, The Barefoot Contessa, and also available online. But again, you really need this cookbook!



chestr#5 Cheese Straws

Along the same lines as the Parmesan Croutons, but made with puff pastry, fresh thyme, parmesan, and gruyère. When asked what his favorite cheeses are, my son answers “parmesan, gruyère and mozzarella”. That’s my boy! Another treat from Ina Garten, featured in her Barefoot in Paris cookbook, and online. Yes, you really need this one too.




#6 Homemade Potato Chips

I often make these for dinner. They are so yummy, I can eat them as fast as I make them. I have to really try hard not fill up on these before dinner is ready. All you need is a food processor with a 2mm blade. The rest is a snap.


As you can tell, I really like carbs. And you could say that I am a one-woman Ina Garten fan club. I have linked all of these recipes for you, simply click on each heading for the recipe.



Today, you can enhance your cookbook stash. I am giving away a copy of Ina Garten’s Foolproof to one lucky winner.

Simply share YOUR FAVORITE, can totally make a pig out of yourself FOOD(s). There’s no shame, you’re among good company.

You have until midnight. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow.

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19 thoughts on “December 5: Oink!

  1. My favorite food is probably chocolate chip cookies. I have a recipe that I have tweaked over the years and my cookies have the right amount of a crispy outside and soft inside. Love them!

  2. No need to include me in the drawing. But I did want to share my “oink” foods:
    * Meatloaf — there’s one in my freezer right now! I have multiple meatloaf recipes, my favorite being a savory recipe that includes Rice Krispies cereal.
    * Anything with melted cheese, particularly grilled cheese sandwiches or pizza.
    * Thadales, the unofficial Weston Family Cookie my cousins and I learned to make from our grandmother. (“It’s not a recipe, it’s a proportion,” she explained to me, “based on the number of eggs you use.” So you can bake AND do math at the same time!)
    * Boston cream doughnuts.

  3. My favorite foods seem to be mostly desserts:
    German Chocolate Cake
    Pecan Pie
    Martha Washington Balls

    Oh, and, of course, Chicken Fried Steak

  4. I love Mexican food! Chip & Dip! Christmas Cookies! Yum! Now I want some Mexican food & a giant margarita. With salt of course.

  5. My favorite foods, in no particular order, are: English roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding but only the family recipe that came over on the boat in the 1890’s), homemade cranberry sauce, chocolate chip cookies, my grandmother’s crescent cookies covered in powdered sugar, cheesecake, fettuccini alfredo, and homemade queso and guacamole. That should do it. Oink. Oink.

  6. Oink, indeed! Cookies are a downfall, but my favorite is what I have in front of me. Love most everything except liver, gizzard and other offal. Have cookbook; will try most anything. Pie is big in my world, too.

  7. Spicy sausage cheese balls are my weekness! Not a healthy food by any means. Just 3 or 4 @ a time, they add up fast! Fortunately we usually only have them @ large family gatherings & they disappear fast!

  8. I love cheese. My favorite recipe is Ina Garten’s spinach gratin made with Parmesan and gruyere. So good!

    1. Congratulations! You’re the winner. I have your cookbook set aside for you. Please pick up your prize by January 31, or they will be put back in the prize hopper.

      1. Thank you so much! I will be driving over from Tulsa to get it. Can’t wait to visit your store again. This summer was my first time. I got some lovely things.

  9. Chocolate is my favorite “food”. My favorite cookies are chocolate chip with walnuts (Hershey’s recipe and chocolate chips…better than Toll House), pecan ice box cookies, and oatmeal cookies made from my mom’s high-altitude recipe book (a cake-like cookie).

  10. I missed the midnight deadline again but my favorite food is chocolate and peanut butter. Together or separate I love both. Don’t have any of the cookbooks mentioned but it all sounds good.

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