The Accidental Gourmet

Monday, April 14, 2008

My Brand New Crock Pot

After nearly ten years of service from a crock pot that I bought at a yard sale for a dollar, the poor baby finally bit the dust when Tom and I moved into our new apartment in January. Of course, he went out and bought me a new one, post haste and the thing sat unused for several months until the... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Naturally Sweet

I have been a diabetic for twenty-two years. I found out that I was a diabetic after I drank myself sober on my twenty first birthday. I thought I had the flu because I was sick for a week. Turned out I had a blood sugar of nearly 800 (normal is between 80 - 120). Turns out I nearly drank myself to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 11, 2008

My Fantasy Restaurant VII - Just Deserts

Because I am a diabetic, I rarely eat deserts. Especially lately, since I stopped drinking sodas and such (I am just drinking bottled water now... and it has had some very nice side effects with my health) so I don't seem to crave sweets but, not to fear, I know how to create a desert even if I... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 24, 2008

My Fantasy Restaurant VI - The Main Event - Vegetarian Dishes

Because I have had to learn to cook for a very changed body after gastric bypass, I learned that vegetarian dishes were my friend. Many people see the whole vegetarian movement in terms of what they give up... meat, sometimes dairy, eggs. I have learned to see vegetarian dishes something I that I... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

My Fantasy Restaurant V - The Main Event - Chicken and Fowl

Real life got in front of my fantasy for almost two weeks... and they say running a real restaurant is hard. Just having the time to fantasize here lately has been hard to do. But onto the menu. Chicken and turkey are two meats I know pretty well because they are less expensive than other meats, but... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

My Fantasy Restaurant IV - The Main Event - Beef and Pork

I am not a huge beef eater, especially not in most restuarants. If I tell them to cook it medium rare its bloody and if I ask them to cook it medium its shoe leather. The best steaks I have ever had are filet minion off my brother in law's grill. I don't know what he did to it but it is perfect. So... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

My Fantasy Restaurant IV - The Main Event - Seafood

I started with seafood because, living on the coast the way I do, I get lots of chances to cook with the yummy stuff. But mind you now, my idea of a seafood main dish is tinged by my southern roots and my pampered pallette. Shrimp and Grits with homemade onion cheddar hushpuppies - Creamy rich grits... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

My Fantasy Restaurant III - The Soups

A good hot soup can warm your bones on a cold day and a chilled soup can send the heat wave away. Here are a few soups that would be on the menu at my restaurant. Chunky Cream Of Potato - real potatoes, heavy cream and polish sausage seasoned with dill and fennel dotted with slivers of celery and... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

My Fantasy Restaurant II - The Salads

I know that salads are supposed to be diet food but my idea of a good salad is one that can be eaten as a meal so there will be no wimpy house salads in my fantasy restraurant. Here are a few of my favorite ideas... China Deluxe - teriyaki chicken strips serves with caramelized onions and peppers on... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

My Fantasy Restaurant

When I have a few moments to myself I sometimes allow myself to fantacize about what it would be like to start my own restaurant. I don't focus on the problems of it, just what sort of food and decor and ambience I would want for it. How would it be different from all the other places a person could... Sign in to see full entry.

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