What's your favorite cheese? Smoked gouda is by far my #1, but I also like the chunk cheddar & Colby Jack, string cheese, Brie, cream cheese (plain or strawberry), and individually-wrapped American slices.
What's your favorite fish? I haven't had very many types and don't eat it often anyway, so...I guess salmon, by default.
What's your favorite fruit? Grapes. But I am also excessively fond of apples (preferably the semi-tart reddish-green ones or yellow Granny Smiths), all colors of raspberries, and to a slightly lesser extent blueberries and strawberries.
When, if ever, did you start liking olives? Somewhere late in high school or early college, I think. I always thought they were gross, but then one day I was fairly desperate for a snack and decided to try one of the big black ones. Suddenly there was a whole new world of salty/juicy/delicious. I like both kinds now, but still prefer black.
When, if ever, did you start liking beer? I am 22 and the few mouthfuls of beer I've had the misfortune to taste in my life are still associated with "BURNING" and "NASTY."
When, if ever, did you start liking shellfish? I've never had proper in-shell shellfish, only imitation crab meat...oh, and I suppose frozen mussels fried in the skillet. Developed a taste for it in my teenage years.
What was the best thing your parent/s used to make? My dad makes delicious chicken soup, split-pea soup, and a sort of Shepherd's Pie mix consisting of beef, carrots, and potatoes boiled with just a little bit of water left behind to make a thin sauce with the drippings. He also makes fantastic chili full of all kinds of extra vegetables.
What's the native specialty of your home town? There's a rather infamous little ice cream stand open during the summer months downtown.
What's your comfort food? I have plenty...they change every so often; right now it's pasta salad.
What's your favorite type of chocolate? Chocolate is chocolate, all of it is good. That being said, white chocolate appeals to me because I don't have it often, and also I'm very fond of the crisped-rice variety.
How do you like your steak? I don't.
How do you like your burger? Grilled by my dad - I assume it's well-done - and on a basic white bun with lettuce. This is the only kind of burger I ever eat.
How do you like your eggs? Scrambled (or rather, in a veggie omelet but I am far too lazy to make those for myself) or hard-boiled. Hard-boiling usually wins out for ease of clean-up.
How do you like your potatoes? Absolutely any way you can prepare them, although I am less fond of scalloped. Seriously, I adore potatoes.
How do you take your coffee? In a chilled bottle, mixed with milk and sugar and labeled "Frappucino."
How do you take your tea? Chilled, sweetened, and in a plastic bottle.
What's your favorite mug? I have a lovely one featuring an Appaloosa
What's your cookie of choice? Chewy molasses, topped with a sprinkle of sugar. Or the gold standard: chocolate chip.
What's your ideal breakfast? Watered-down juice, yogurt, and a muffin or hard-boiled egg.
What's your ideal sandwich? I am not fussy about sandwiches; I love almost every kind in existence - it's my favorite meal. I suppose, depending on my mood, either roast beef or turkey/cheese/lettuce on French bread, or a tortilla wrap spread with spinach dip and stuffed with lots of lettuce, a couple slices of cucumber, and some shredded cheese.
What's your ideal pizza (topping and base)? Regular crust, topped with black olives, peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, and maybe Canadian bacon.
What's your ideal pie (sweet or savory)? French Silk. It is far superior to all fruit pies.
What's your ideal salad? Iceberg lettuce, carrots, a bit of shredded cheese, black olives, and Ranch dressing.
What food do you always like to have in the fridge? Apples, iceberg lettuce, and yogurt if I can manage it.
What food do you always like to have in the freezer? Various types of frozen veggies - mostly peas or mixed
What food do you always like to have in the cupboard? Bread (potato or wheat), saltine crackers, instant oatmeal, spaghetti, white rice
What spices can you not live without? Salt. I need no others.
What sauces can you not live without? Hoisin sauce
Where do you buy most of your food? The local grocery store. Is overpriced, but there's nowhere else I can get to, except the campus bookstore which is even more overpriced.
How often do you go food shopping? About every 10 days
What's the most you've spent on a single food item? $7 on a frozen pie. Not by choice! I volunteered to bring it for the potluck dinner, not realizing until too late how frightfully expensive such a thing would be, especially at the local store.
What's the most expensive piece of kitchen equipment you own? Most of mine was bought at garage sales or found in empty apartments during summer cleaning, so...probably my colander. Or, well, actually the microwave. But that was my parents' old one...
What's the last piece of equipment you bought for your kitchen? Can opener. I manage to break the stupid things on a regular basis.
What piece of kitchen equipment could you not live without? My (one lone) pot. I do approximately 80% of my meal cooking on the stovetop; it's indispensable.
How many times a week/month do you cook from raw ingredients? I don't...I don't really make anything from scratch. Unless we're talking about cooking rice or spaghetti or something, in which case it's probably 2-4 times a week.
What's the last thing you cooked from raw ingredients? Spaghetti last week?
What's your favorite thing to make for yourself? Macaroni and cheese
What meats have you eaten besides cow, pig, chicken and turkey? Canada goose, one time, and a bite of venison sausage.
What's the last time you ate something that had fallen on the floor? Probably last month. We have clean floors. Not that I particularly fear getting sick; there's always the chance it'll kill me.
What's the last time you ate something you'd picked in the wild? Berries last summer
Place the following cuisines in order of preference (greatest to least): Chinese, Italian, Thai, French, Indian, Mexican, sushi
Place the following boozes in order of preference (greatest to least):
Place the following flavors in order of preference (greatest to least): ginger, garlic, basil, lime, (what's aniseed?)
Bread and spread: Bagel & cream cheese. Or toast and peanut butter.
What's your fast food restaurant of choice, and what do you usually order? McDonald's: grilled chicken or fillet-o-fish sandwich.
What's your choice of tipple at the end of a long day? I repeat: BLECH. All I need is pop. Pop without added liquor.
Favorite cookbook/s? Betty Crocker has never steered me wrong, at least as far as baking goes.
Got any favorite food blogs? Um, no. I don't like reading about food (filling out this meme: hypocritical? You decide!)
What's the next thing you'll eat? Green bean casserole for dinner tonight. NOOOO, WHY STILL AN HOUR AWAY? I'm hungry! This meme didn't kill enough time!
It's been 4 months since I last checked out my Top 10 Commenters. Time to document stats again!
Top Commenters on rainbowstevie's LiveJournal
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Finally, I was reading old journals, specifically from 2005, and I mentioned how I spent the first week of my break "catching up on all the TV I'd missed [thanks to the end of semester crunch] - 8 tapes worth." Figuring 6 hours a tape, that's almost 50 episodes, and I know I wasn't exaggerating. Of course, back when I had tapes, it was easier to skip TV entirely because I didn't have to worry about tracking episodes down and I wasn't on LJ and so there was no one to talk about TV with/fear spoilers from. But still. How many did I miss last spring? And Christmas last year, too, I got behind in a lot even with the aid of the strike. Really, this TV-chucking phenomenon is not a new thing.
Even so, when I finally sat down to figure out how many episodes I've got stored up right now, I decided I couldn't deal with those numbers. Instead I just figured out where I hit the "pause" button on all my shows, and when the time comes to play catch-up one of them, I'll calculate from there. The point is, you can eyeball my stats in this backdated post, if you're so inclined. In case you were under the mistaken assumption that I had abandoned various shows for good, for example.