Thursday, July 23, 2009

This-n-That Thursday

The one where I have very little on my mind except food:
  • Why do vacuum cleaners die so fast these days? My mother had the same one for 30 years.
  • Has anybody had the Trader Joe's edamame hummus? It is delish!
  • Why do dogs roll in stink the day after you put the flea/tick stuff on them?
  • I wish Paula Deen would come make me dinner.
  • I would like for Giada DeLaurentis to come the next day.
  • And then Ina Garten.
  • Speaking of Trader Joe's, their peanut butter with roasted flaxseeds is fantastic!
  • My favorite spices all start with the letter "C"--cinnamon, cumin, celery seed, chili powder, coriander, clove, cardamom and curry.
  • When my parents went out on Saturday nights, we got to have TV dinners. It was my brothers' and my favorite night. I liked the ones with the baked apples for the dessert.
  • I prefer vanilla over chocolate. You?
  • I think I might be hungry.


Starwoodgal said...

Yep! I think you might be hungry.

I prefer chocolate.

abb said...

Now I'M hungry! Not good...not at all good...I've already eaten breakfast.

Decadent Housewife said...

Is Dora being a bad girl?

big hair envy said...

I liked the t.v. dinners with salisbury steak, green beans, mac 'n cheese, and chocolate pudding....eaten on a t.v. tray, of course...while watching the Wonderful World of Disney, or Baretta.

Keetha said...

When my parents went out Saturday nights we got food from the fast food place in town. It was an independent. I think it was called the Chicken Basket. They had good fried chicken.

Now I'm hungry.

And jealous that there isn't a Trader Joe's anywhere nearby.

Gin said...

Now I am starving...Thanks!

Sally's World said...

Ah, i kill vaccum cleaners too, i don't know how it happens, its a mystery, it can be a cheap or dear one, still only last a couple of months....toaster too, its bizzare!

Unknown said...

Bobby Flay and that hunky Tyler guy need to come cook for me...while only wearing boxers.

I will be right there to cook for you, cuz' ya know I channel me some Paula Deen. Umm...butter.

Favorite tv dinner on those Saturday night date nights was the fried chicken, corn, mashed potatoes, and the cinnamon apples. My older sisters who were baby sitting me and my little sister, would turn out all the lights in the house, light a candle, and we would listen to records (Fog Hat, The Beatles, and Chicago, Breakfast in America) until the rents pulled into the driveway. I bet they had been smoking something too.

Daryl said...

I wanna go to Trader Joe's and Stu Leonards when Kate and I come visit, ok?

The Good Life in Virginia said...

loved the post.
yummo...baked apples:)
and i so miss not having a trader joe's near. closet one to me is 162 miles as the crow flies.

kim-d said...

I have a Riccar SupraLite that seems to be holding up pretty good...OR, maybe it's that it doesn't get used as often as it should. That definitely could be it.

I love to TALK food almost as much as I love to eat it. I would like to come to your house to eat when the Ladies come and cook for you. I'm afraid I'd be rude the day Giada was there, though. I would probably stare at her...when she talks (you thought I was gonna say something else, didn't you?) :) There's something about the way she talks that fascinates/irritates me. But whatever. If she cooked for me, I'd find a way to get past it.

Chocolate. Definitely chocolate.

kim-d said...

Oh, and date night! That was always my choice of what I wanted for dinner, and it was always the same thing. Campbell's Vegetable Beef with Barley soup. I was a weird kid, although I still like the stuff!

Karen Deborah said...

OMG I totally remember the TV dinner date night treats. We sat in front of the black and white TV watching Leave it to Beaver or something like that. My favorite was meatloaf because it had a chocolate brownie in the middle. We got to eat in the living room on TV trays and it was a very big deal. Now people eat anywhere they want too and we all have messy houses.

You forgot catnip. Just teasin.

Shelley said...

TOTALLY with you on the vanilla. And the Ina.

And the Paula. But only if she brings Jamie and Bobby with her.

Country Girl said...

Chocolate over vanilla. And actually chocolate literally over the vanilla is good too. Throw in some of that Trader Joe's peanut butter and it'll be a Love Fest.

My vacuum cleaner broke yesterday. I put it on the front porch because it was SMOKIN'. I think it's still there.

And it's raining.

noble pig said...

We always had TV Dinners with the sitter on a TV tray of course. It was the only time we could watch TV while eating. Such a treat.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

My favorite spice starts with C too! Corona!

You can have my vacum ~ I cant get anyone around my house to use the damn thing.

Stop by and pick me up-we can head to Chef Todd's and grab a bite!

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

I love the randomness of your list. Are you talking chocolate/vanilla ice cream or other things because--sadly--chocolate candy just melts on your tongue so loverly. Now if I could just spit it out after it's melted so nicely. THAT is the problem, not being able to spit it out.

I hope someone will come and cook dinner for you or at least that you can get an upgraded TV dinner.

NancyG said...

My son was always happy when his dad and I went out. "Oh good," he'd say. "Can I have spaghettios?"

Unknown said...

Now I'm starving! Never had hummus, never will. I prefer vanilla too.
Vacuum? what's that? Oh yeah the thing the guys at the car wash use to suck all the dirt out of my car. Your mom had one of those?

tj said...

...Yeah, not only do they not last as long as they used to but you'd think by now they'd invented one you could ride on! ;o)

...Oh so chocolate over vanilla.

...And girl readin' this post I'd say you're famished! Gosh, I love food...*smack*smack*smack* :oP

...And speakin' of tv dinners, I loved their mashed potatoes in those things. And did you ever eat the dessert first? I did. lol... Now go and get yourself somethin' to eat MPM!

...Blessings... :o)

tj said...

...Btw, when talkin' about one you can ride on I'm talkin' about a vacuum. Just in case ya'll didn't know. You know, I just wanted to clear that up is all I'm sayin'... ;o)

Meg McCormick said...

I was a big fan of the Swanson's TV dinner, in the metal tray and you cooked it in the oven.

One of the running jokes in my family is how we tear through vacuum cleaners as if they're disposable. Seriously. My aunt and uncle have a second home in the mountains, and the vacuum cleaner there is a "Filter Queen", circa, I swear, 1950-something. OK, maybe 1960-something. It's unwieldy as all getout, but it WORKS.

Meg McCormick said...

PS, Living on the Spit, did you mean Tyler Florence in his boxers, or YOU in boxers? I was confused. If you meant Tyler, let me know when he's there because I want a piece of that.

Dandy said...

I prefer chocoalte.

When I was little I would be so excited b/c my grandma would let me have a TV dinner- the hungry man with the ckey type thing in it.

I could not belive my mom had deprived me of TV dinners.

Deb said...

Why am I the only person in North America that isn't crazy about Trader Joe's? Today, we went to Harry's (Whole Foods) and went crazy with red leaf lettuce, fresh romaine, anchovies (for the salad), Gouda cheese, licorice for my hubby because I find it revolting and had the best time! Why is that?

Why did I just tell you all this

Always vanilla....always.

And I want Tyler Florence at my home.

I don't even know if I ever tried cardamon!

We used to have tv dinners on Thursday nights. And I liked the baked apples, too. And salisbury steak...corn...always corn.

Judy Haley (CoffeeJitters.Net) said...

* to make you buy more vacuum cleaners
* sounds yummy, I'm getting hungry
* to get the clean off
* me too
* me too
* me too and now I'm really getting hungry
* haven't tried this yet
* I love all these spices! cardamom is my favorite
* I liked the ones with brownies for dessert, but I preferred the mac and cheese over even the ones with desserts
* chocolate
* time for a snack

Snooty Primadona said...

I knew I should have stopped reading. Now I'm starving for Trader Joe's peanut butter with flaxseed...

Frankly, at this point, I'd be happy to have the ice cream man over to cook for me. And he's scary...

Audrey at Barking Mad said...

Definitely a vanilla girl here. Can't stand chocolate.

I'm with BHE on the Salisbury Steak dinner. I can even remember the sound of the TV trays as we'd take them off the stand and then put them up and try not to pinch our fingers doing so.

After reading your post I'm about to beg the hubby to go and get me a TV dinner. There's only one problem with that...we have no TV trays.

Unknown said...

Okay, I'll bite. (So to speak.)

* We've had our Kirby for about a decade. But we haven't even been married for 30 years yet, so I don't know how long it'll last. (The vacuum cleaner, that is.)
* Margaret always gets garlic hummus, and I wish I could convince her to favor something else. Hmm... Sounds like a possible solution...
* Maybe they're trying to get the flea & tick powder off.
* I wish Alton Brown would come to make me dinner...
* ... and then let me cook in his kitchen...
* ... and borrow his skillet.
* I have a simple sesame-ginger stir-fry recipe that always makes my mouth water. (I don't know what that has to do with peanut butter.)
* The spices (and herbs) I use most are cumin, oregano, basil (fresh from the garden), ground or dried chile, thyme, rosemary, and mustard seed. That's some lot, huh?
* I remember TV dinners. Now we eat homemade dinner in front of the TV. Not sure that's better.
* Strawberry.
* I'm definitely hungry, and I was late getting dinner in the oven. My stomach is growling.



Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Fried chicken TV dinners. Mashed potatoes. Corn. Didn't care what was in the dessert box.

My grandmother had an electrolux canister-type that had Thomas Jefferson's signature on it, he probably invented it. The ones today I could break with my bear hands. All plastic. Nothing good comes from plastic. When wine starts being served in plastic bottles, we'll know the Apocalypse is nigh.

Will you invite me when Paula shows up to cook us fried chicken?

I Am Woody said...

Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate!

Suz Broughton said...

I prefer lemon over chocolate any day. I think vanilla too.
I remember loving TV dinners. Also, remember those little shrimp cocktails in a glass. I loved those too. Very fancy :)

Anonymous said...

I remember that brownie thing in the tv dinners. And the meatloaf! Wee! And watching batman at the coffee table... Biff! Pow!

Ina rocks!

And yes, you are hungry! Think I'll head over to CP for a cup of coffee...

Fragrant Liar said...

My fave spices start with C too! But you forgot one. Cilantro! Yumm!

Debbie said...

The Beanie-Weenie TV Dinner had baked apples and cornbread. It was my favorite. We didn't have much money so I had it quite a bit. Could be why I still love frozen green peas.

Sassy said...

I much better prefer vanilla over chocolate too....I also love white chocolate....and I loved the t.v. dinners as a kid with the apples for dessert...and for stinkin' mom's vacuum lasted forever...maybe it was because us kids bent in the middle and picked the bigger things up and didn't try to suck everything in it's path up like mine do.....dang kids anyway!!!!!!!

Ellen said...

Vacuum cleaners and irons in my house seem to be disposable. Washers and Dryers too.

Chocolate, definitely. Vanilla is good - with chocolate on it.

Nancy said...

I have no idea why vacume cleaners die so young these days, but it is annoying. Thanks for the tips for Trader Joes. I also love their kitchen cloths. The ones that are like an extremely thin sponge.

Susan English Mason said...

Chocolate, except the vanilla ice cream from Dairy Queen dipped in chocolate is great.

Magpie said...

i like everything at trader joe's.

vanilla over chocolate, but lemon over anything. :)