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Things to Eat Before You Die

I have graciously been tagged by the mega-talented photographer/writer/cook, Bron Marshall, to participate in the the meme “5 things to Eat Before You Die”. The meme was originally started by the fantastic Melissa, from the Traveler’s Lunchbox, inspired by the BBC veiwers’ poll “50 things to eat before you die”. I love this concept because it has allowed tyler and i to compile a list of our absolute most favorites (okay, most of them are mine, but if you know t, you’ll figure out which one he was really pulling to get added to the list). So here goes nothing:

1. My family’s cheasapeake bay blue crab cakes, that use only 8 saltine crackers/pound of fresh from the bay meat for a binder. The best are sauteed in butter to a golden brown so the delicate flavors of the crab, butter and caramelization just make you go “mmm”. In my family, this is refered to as a “crab sigh”.

2. Any well made, real indian curry, so spicy that it brings tears to your eyes with each bite and requires a lassi to help you recover.

3. Lebanese fried cheese with fresh pitas to soak up all the glorious olive oily, garlicy goodness.

4. A spicy duck and sausage gumbo made with a dark roux, thick slices of okra, traditional louisiana spices, and a side of garlic butter french bread.

5. A fresh frenched rack of lamb butchered by a nice soul who left on a reasonable amount of fat, so during the cooking process the fat melts away and leaves a juicy medium-rare present from the gods. For me, the lamb would be encrusted with S&P, rosemary, and mustard, then finished by drizzling a red-wine reduction made with the pan drippings all over the rack (and whatever else is lucky enough to have made it on the plate with the rack).

Okay, so there you have it. I know, i know. it all sounds so rich. I feel like i should put fresh picked berries or ruston peaches or…. any of the great fruits and veggies that i love and get excited about. but for me, i think i would go out on a rich note before i die.

Now for the next victim’s of the meme. I can’t wait to see what these folks responses are:

Anne from Anne’s Food
Adam from Men in Aprons
Aria from passionatenonchalance
Michelle from Michellephant: a year in food
Marianne from The Unemployed Cook

I hope you’ll all participate and fill us in on what is the ultimate for you!

9 comments so far:

  1. Tanna says:

    Lebanese fried cheese with fresh pitas, I’m ready.
    Actually, the entire list looks beautiful!

  2. bron says:

    Thank you so much for the major compliments Amanda,
    what an awesome list!!
    You’ll be excited to hear we made your Chipotle Pork Chops tonight… Mmmm! Yum!

  3. Hmmm this is interesting. I like the sound of number 1 and 4. Tasty!

  4. aria says:

    mmmmm the lamb and the lebonese fried cheese yeha sounds yummy. i accept your challenge, in fact, i accepted and completed it *before* you threw down the gauntlet! how did i do that?!?!

  5. T says:

    Hey Amanda. Glad to see that you still like the crab cakes. Drop me an e-mail when you get a chance, I have something to ask you.

    Nothing like popping up out of the blue eh 😉


  6. Amanda says:

    Thanks Tanna! you’re ready and i’m willing! we’re just not able! i haven’t found any place in san diego that offers this wonderful menu item.

    Bron, I am super excited to hear you made those pork chops… so easy, and so tasty. chipotle is a smoky gift from the gods!

    Why thank you my tasty queerchef, friend.

    Aria, girlllll…. i swear i even read that before i wrote the list of people i was interested in hearing from… man, the mind is a terrible thing to waste. but what a lovely list you threw down!

    T, wow. that really is out of the blue. and would you ever doubt that i could stop loving that succulent crab i grew up on?!?

    thanks adam! i know it was painful.. i won’t ask you to do it again. (unless it’s something i’m dying to know your opinion on).

  7. Marianne says:

    You got me! I promise to get to this once my kitchen is finished.

  8. Liz says:

    Hey Amanda,

    The Queer Chef sent me here and I’m very glad he did. However, I think I’ve gained about 5 pounds just surfing your site. This is a very dangerous place for a girl like me! 😉