Over a Drink

I’m about to blog about some shameful foolishness. Are you ready? Of course you are because you know I’m going to post a link to the article. Let’s do this!

A Staten Island woman between the age of 18-25 threw a wild tantrum in a fast food restaurant. Why? Because her Popeye’s meal didn’t come with a drink! What kind of foolishness is that? Soooooooo because you didn’t have enough money to get a combo with a drink you smash a chair through a window?! Whose fault is that?

If that’s all you had enough money for you should’ve taken it! Look for a vending machine and get yourself a canned soda or pay 25¢ for some water! Some fast food restaurants will give you water for free! You think you’re the only one who didn’t have enough money for a meal at one point in time?! You can’t have it your way all the time and not every restaurant is going to give you something for FREE!

I hope they find this sorry excuse of a woman who flipped out because her meal didn’t come with a drink. Outrageous!

When they find her, she’ll be out more than $4 and some change by the time they’re finished with her. How foolish to react in such a way just because your meal didn’t come with a drink! Now you’re gonna have to pay more than that when they find you. Read this foolishness my cousin sent me here.

Until next time…

George Crum 

Do you like potato chips? If so, you have George Crum to thank. Let me tell you a little about this man and this accidental invention.

George Speck aka George Crum was an African and Native American chef, hunter and guide born in upstate New York on July 15, 1824. George Crum is credited with the invention of the potato chip and if you have never heard the fascinating story behind it, I am about to tell you.

George Crum along with his sister Katie Wicks, affectionately called “Aunt Katie”, worked together as cooks at Cary Moon’s Lake House on Saratoga Lake in Saratoga Springs, New York. One day, while Katie was skinning and cutting up some potatoes, she accidentally chipped a thin slice of potato that fell into a skillet of hot pork fat. When she scooped it out with a fork and laid it onto a plate, George spotted it and ate it.

According to relatives of the late Katie Hicks and George Crum, George “declared it good” and told Katie they will start making plenty of them. A strict cook and chef, George perfected the potato chip by cutting potatoes into thin round slices, deep frying them in pork fat and finishing them off with salt and pepper or one of this other special seasonings. It soon became a hit and soon others started to replicate his recepie.

One thing is for sure, there has been many spins on the potato chip, but there is only one person who gets the credit for this celebrated invention and that is none other than George Crum. Lays, Golden Flake, Ruffles and many others would not be in existence today if it were not for George Crum. And you know what? I am going to also add Katie Hicks. After all, if it was not for her accidentally dropping a chipped potato into that skillet of hot pork fat, George may not have gotten the idea for what we all call the potato chip.

Until next time… 

Gnarly Fast Foods 

Good Evening everyone and welcome to the third installment of “Things Anita Will NOT Eat.” Well, technically this is my third blog post answering questions from readers about foods I will or will not eat. I had to put a spin on it to make it interesting. Trying to play “catch up” with my emails so let’s get to it!

Gnarly Fast Foods in 3,2,1…

McDonald’s Chicken Mcnuggets: Nope! I will not eat this abomination of a chicken nugget. It smells weird and looks weird on the inside. I know what chicken looks like and that ain’t chicken. Tried them once when I was 8 and that’s been over 20 years ago. The taste was atrocious and nauseating! 😷 They made my bottom lip quiver like something terrible!

Sonic Burgers: I have given them chance after chance to make me a burger that WAS NOT soggy and sloppy, but they failed me every time. They should stick to drinks, malts and shakes. They nail THAT every time.

Krystal Burgers: Gutter trash. Pure gutter trash is all I have to say.

Jack’s: I like nothing from there. Not even the fries. Got sick twice trying to try their food. Never again.

Milo’s Burgers: I love their tea! Their burgers? Not so much. I don’t care for that extra flap of meat they put on their burgers either. They can keep that…

Alright, there you have it. See, that wasn’t so bad. Don’t say I never gave you anything. 😉

Until next time…

Unable 

I met a few of my friends for dinner at Wintzells to laugh and chit chat a bit. In the midst of our “cutting up”, one of my friends decides to order oysters. These weren’t just any oysters, but colossal oysters. At least, that’s how it looked to me. They were huge! As we were all laughing and talking, he decides to push three my way like I want some. Yuck! Oh no! I’m unable to eat that. The whole time he thought my looks of disgust were funny…

He had his topped with parmesean and some other stuff and was sopping it up like it was the best thing in the world! Everyone was looking and waiting for me to try them, but I wasn’t gonna do it. I’m unable to. I love seafood, but not oysters. They make my stomach churn and my bottom lip quiver. KMSL! I ain’t lying…oysters make me sick.

Um, I’ll take the shrimp, crab and lobster for $200 Alex! Thank you! 😂

Until next time…Lmbo!!!

Foodie Habits

Good Evening! How’s it going? I hope all is well on your end. I’m playing “catch up” with my emails so please be patient as I work my way through them. Tonight’s blog post is in response to several emails. Evidently, many of you found it humorous when I blogged about my fears, phobias and foods that I don’t like! KMSL!

Tonight, as requested, I will blog about my weird eating habits. Hey, what can I say? I’m imperfectly human and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Here it goes…

Foodie Habits in 3, 2, 1…

1. I like pot pies, but mainly the crust. I will eat the top part of the crust, a few bits of meat and dump out the rest. The bottom part of the crust is the best which is why I will always eat that last.

2. I like oatmeal cream pies, but only the outer edges. The rest I throw away. The center is too sweet. I know it’s a waste, but I can’t help it. SMH!

3. When I’m eating my favorite chips, I like to let the seasoning / flavor build up on my fingers so I can suck it off. It’s the best! I regret nothing!!!

4. I will only eat shrimp IF it is deveined. Before I order shrimp at a restaurant, I will always ask if they deveined their shrimp. Bookinganita ain’t finna eat that! That’s shrimp poo people! Y’all gone learn today…

5. I like to pour honey roasted peanuts in my Coke. You haven’t lived until you try this. Don’t blame me if you become addicted. You have been warned!

6. Speaking of Coke, I will only drink Coke. I don’t like Pepsi-Cola. It tastes like a flat Coke to me and it’s way too sweet for my liking. Ughhh…

7. I like hot dogs, but I will only eat them grilled. Adding to that, the hot dog has to be a beef hot dog. If I bite into a hot dog and it’s not a beef hot dog, I will immediately spit it out with no shame.

8. I love Good Humor brand strawberry shortcake ice cream bars! When I eat them, I have to eat the outer shortcake crumb coating first before I eat the strawberry center. Yes, that means I nibble all the crumb coating off until there is nothing left. LMBO!

Well, there you have it. As one amazing reader put it, “Your honesty is both refreshing and humorous.” This writer thanks you!

Until next time…



Baking and Books

Every now and again I’ll participate in a Facebook food challenge while doing a writing challenge. Seeing how I love to cook as much as I love to write, I’m doing the baked spaghetti challenge and posting it here. I had an idea of how I would want my baked spaghetti to be and ran with it. If you are looking for specific directions on how to make it, it ain’t here. Sorry. We cook by sight in my family. Measuring cups? What’s that?

Since I made this for the first time last Sunday, my friends and family have been worrying me to make it again and yes, I will. As for my upcoming novel, I can’t wait to post my teasers in the next coming weeks. The creative juices are just flowing! 

Until next time… 

Words and Good Food 

It’s true you know? How they say sharing a good meal with those you love makes eating and life much more enjoyable. As I sit here reflecting on the laughs my family, friends and I shared over a good meal, it makes writing for me much more easier to come by. For some reason, and I’m not complaining, I always seem to write much better after I’ve cut up and got stuffed over a good meal I shared with my family and friends. Ha! I wish I had more writing days like this. 

Seeing how I grew up in Florida, South Carolina and Alabama (my father was in the military), our meals are a colorful combination of different cultures, good ole country cookin’ and my personal favorite, seafood! Moving past all that, what I love the most about our dinners are the sharing of stories. Yesssssss, this lady loves to hear all about the different stories my family, myself and friends often share around the table. Let me tell you, I learn something new every time we sit down together to eat. 

When I say that I never have to look far for inspiration, this is what I mean. That’s the beauty of writing. A good story can take shape or form from the simplest of things like sharing a good meal with your family and close friends. So what did you cook good today and what great stories did you hear or share? I made some sticky honey garlic shrimp with brown rice and garlic roasted veggies. As for my stories, you’ll have to wait a little on that. For what it’s worth, I can’t wait to share it with you. 

Until next time.