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October 13th, 2011

A Little Case of Food Addiction

Cereal has been one of my food addictions

Cereal has been one of my food addictions

I come from a family that has suffered through some addiction issues, a pretty strong family history, actually, on a number of fronts. Me, I’m kind of a straight arrow and never really was at risk for anything real harmful. But I have had my own addictions… the computer, certainly (ongoing!), buying purses and fabric, and occasionally mild food addictions.

My biggest evidence of these food addictions seems to be over breakfast. Can’t really explain it. I just seem to get on kicks where I only want to eat one thing… every day… for weeks… or maybe months. I’m not like that with lunch, and certainly not with dinner, but in the morning… give me whatever I am currently craving please! :)

These addictions change from time to time. Here are some examples:

  • Yogurt with fruit, topped with grapenuts
  • Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Raisin bread
  • Honey Bunches of Oats

The list goes on. I’ll stick with a food for a while, and then one day, I just lose my taste for it and I’m on to the next addiction!

My Current Passion

I wrote last week about trying savory oatmeal. As I mentioned in that post, I’ve been eating quite a lot of oatmeal anyway, because of its many health benefits. But since I tried that savory oatmeal with egg, I can’t stop thinking about it. Every morning, that’s all I am in the mood for. I’ve made that recipe 3 times now! Yes, it’s that good, at least to my tastebuds.

I don’t know how long it will be until this craving passes. I’m just thankful my addictions are generally to healthy things! :)

October 12th, 2011

I Love to Cook!

I love to cook!One of my greatest pleasures in life has always been cooking, but especially the last few years, when I’ve had a partner who is truly willing to try anything… and cheer me on while I’m doing it. Truly, my husband is the best audience for my cooking that any wannabe chef could ever have. :)

My love affair with cooking began in childhood. I lived with a mother who loved to entertain and cook wonderful meals, plus was just a good cook even everyday. My grandmother also lived with us, and from her I learned to be fearless in my cooking adventures.

As a young married woman in the late 70s, I experimented with the fads of the times, from stir fry to fondue. My first husband was a fairly good audience too, except for his dislike of both ham and cheese, two of my favorite foods. But when we got divorced, cooking — except in its most basic form — kind of fell by the wayside. As a single mom with a burgeoning management career, I just didn’t have much time to cook. Add to that my daughters’ increasingly limited palettes, and my desire to experiment went largely out the window.

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October 9th, 2011

Savory Oatmeal Recipe #1 – Yumm!

Savory oatmeal with fried egg & parmesan cheese

Savory oatmeal with fried egg

One of the goals on my 101 list is to try 5 savory oatmeal recipes. If you’re not a foodie like me, savory refers to meal-type items, as opposed to sweets. At least that’s my understanding, from all the cooking shows I watch!

So I got this idea when searching for inspiration for my 101 list. I was intrigued. I’m on a quest to eat oatmeal every day, because it is so healthy for you. But I basically make it with raisins and cinnamon every day and even though I love oatmeal, it can get boring day after day. Going savory some of the time would mean I could mix things up and maybe have oatmeal for lunch now and then. But the whole idea sounded kind of weird to me. Still, I like to try new things…

So today, Sunday, I didn’t get to eat breakfast till after noon, so it was really more of a brunch. So a good time to try savory oatmeal, right?

I made the first recipe here, cooking my oatmeal in vegetable broth and then topping it with an over easy fried egg, a bit of seasoning and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. It was super yummy! I’d eat it again in a heartbeat.

So, one down… four to go on the first goal I’ve worked on on the list. Yay!

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