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 gruy√®re.¬†When asked what his favorite cheeses are, my son answers “parmesan, gruy√®re 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.


  • Machelle

    05.12.2016 at 06:49

    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!

  • Linda Weston

    05.12.2016 at 06:49

    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.

  • Edwyna Honderich

    05.12.2016 at 09:41

    My favorite foods seem to be mostly desserts:
    German Chocolate Cake
    Pecan Pie
    Martha Washington Balls
    Oh, and, of course, Chicken Fried Steak

  • Yarntramp

    05.12.2016 at 10:03

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

  • Mary

    05.12.2016 at 10:37

    TJ’s cookie butter
    Chex mix

  • Donna Miller

    05.12.2016 at 10:41

    Cheese cheese and more cheese…

  • Jane Woods

    05.12.2016 at 10:54

    Chocolate and more chocolate. I’ve never found a chocolate “anything” which I didn’t love…

  • Patricia Riden

    05.12.2016 at 12:02

    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.

  • Melissa

    05.12.2016 at 12:09

    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.

  • Cari

    05.12.2016 at 13:33

    Cheese and crackers, more cheese, more cheese, even more cheese…(and Mexican food with cheese!)…

  • Jennifer

    05.12.2016 at 13:37


  • Shawndalynn

    05.12.2016 at 13:38

    Wine and meat

  • Ellen

    05.12.2016 at 13:41

    Love love the little pies you make!!

  • Betty Schlotthauer

    05.12.2016 at 16:28

    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!

  • Carolyne

    05.12.2016 at 19:09

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

    • knorthup

      06.12.2016 at 09:55

      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.

      • Carolyne

        06.12.2016 at 21:00

        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.

  • Renee

    05.12.2016 at 19:24

    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).

  • Heidi Yost

    06.12.2016 at 00:17

    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.