Since Doug is a total foodie, I thought it would be interesting to ask him the questions I posted earlier and write his answer down… So here goes.
1. Do you enjoy food from countries that are not your own? Yes. Admittedly I’m eating the more Americanized versions, but I’ve eaten sushi in Tokyo, and Chinese food in China, and so on. And I enjoyed it.
2. When you prepare salad for yourself, do you rip your greens (lettuce, spinach, &c…), or do you cut them? If I have to, I’ll shred it, but most of the time, I buy pre-packaged salads and eat those.
3. There’s a saying that goes: “Life is short, eat dessert first.” What do you think of that advice? I think it’s great advice. I personally don’t eat dessert first because I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I think it’s a good saying.
4. Have you ever thrown spaghetti against the wall to test for doneness? — If it sticks, it’s done (so they say) — What other such kitchen habits might you have? I think I tried that once or twice, but haven’t since. It seemed pointless. But I was curious to see if it was true. I don’t even recall if it worked.
5. How often do you eat fish? I have sushi a couple of times a month and occasionally I’ll have a fish filet microwave dinner, so at least occasionally.
6. When purchasing food for yourself, do you check the nutritional label? If so, what are you checking for? Sometimes. I’m usually checking for calories, sugar, and salt (or sodium) content since I have to be careful about my salt intake.
7. How often do you eat salad as a meal? Two or three times a month.
8. Do you have any food quirks? For example: do you arrange a particular food in a certain way before eating? Or eat certain foods in a particular way every time? (i.e.: bite the heads off of gummy bears) Not really. I’m kind of one of these people that will take a bite of each thing on my plate instead of eating all of one thing at once before moving on. It comes from my childhood sense of fair play. I have always had this idea that I have to eat each thing equally so none of the food gets jealous.
9. When boiling water for pasta or whatnot, what are your “tricks” for keeping the water from boiling over? Usually, I just keep an eye on it. I don’t have any tricks, I just try to keep the heat hot enough to boil but not boil over. Cooking pasta was one of the first things I learned to cook as a kid.
10. Are there any recipes that have been passed down through the generations in your family? Have you passed them to anyone outside of your family? or are they a closely guarded secret? Nah. When I headed off to college, I got my mom’s spaghetti recipe — at least as it was then. But I’ve been twiddling with it since, and her recipe was based on a flavor packet, so definitely not a family tradition.
11. In general, how do you feel about “diet” foods? Meaning: foods with artificial sweeteners or alternative fats in them. For example: Diet soda or low fat muffins. I don’t tend to eat them, but if it makes other people feel better — go for it.
12. Have you purchased food online? What do you think about that idea? I think I’ve purchased a few bits of food online. I certainly have no problems with it. Shoot, all of the grocery stores are starting to do it, you can order online or whatever.
13. When cooking for you and yours, what kinds of experiments have you tried? I don’t cook very much, so not many. On the rare occasions that I try my spaghetti, I always try something new.
14. Do you now, or have you ever, grown or raised any of the food you eat? No.
15. Are you a vegetarian? If not, has the idea of becoming one ever crossed your mind? No, not even close. Not really, well I guess it has crossed my mind in that “Oh a friend of mine is… maybe… ponder, ponder… No I can’t give up the pepperoni on my pizza.”
16. When arranging the food on your plate, does everything have to be separated, or is it okay for your food to touch? It’s okay if it touches. Now I won’t, like, mix everything together, but if it’s bleeding on the edges, don’t have a problem with it.
17. When eating out, what foods on the menu might push you out of your comfort zone? (for example: pineapple on pizza makes some people twitch) I don’t think there’s anything that makes me twitch, that there’s anything that pushes me out of my comfort zone. But there are things that I’ve tried that I found I don’t like, like Middle Eastern food and bell peppers. I can’t stand bell peppers.
18. Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, what kinds of foods generally satisfy the craving? Not really no. Mild I suppose. On rare occasions, I’ll want some candy, but it’s not often. I like fruity candies like Skittles (TM) or Starburst (TM). Chocolate is okay, but if I’m gonna eat sugary stuff, I’m gonna lean towards the fruit.
19. What foods (if any) do you like to mix that other people might find strange? Well, growing up, I liked green beans with ketchup. I don’t know if I’d like it now.
20. When eating out, at what kind of restaurant do you prefer to dine? It really depends heavily on momentary mood. But if we’re talking about general atmosphere, I prefer a more casual environment. But when it comes to type of food — Mexican, Italian, sushi, whatever — it depends on what I’m craving.
21. In general, how do you feel about organic food? Honestly, I think it’s a trick to make people pay a lot more. I think pesticides are what gave us the ability to feed a lot of the world because without pesticides you cannot grow large scale. I have no problems with farms who want to grow organically, but it requires a lot of work, and I’m not sure that there’s any benefit. And it’s all about riling up people’s sensibilities and making them pay more.
22. What foods (if any) do you eat when you are happy or unhappy? I’m not sure I have a go-to. It’s more what I’m craving at the moment whether I’m happy or unhappy. I suppose I would say Kraft Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese Dinner (TM) is always there when I need it.
And there you have it, dear reader, a quasi guest post from my husband. I asked him the questions and typed out his answers. So now you know a bit more about the man I spend my life with. ^_^ Thanks for stopping by.