POP QUIZ

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I’m back from Montreal (more on that soon!) and ready to start cooking again but first:  We’ve been together for a while now and there is so much I don’t know about you. In an effort to deepen Lottie + Doof’s relationship with our readers, I present to you: The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire. This was inspired by those crazy quizzes that were all the rage on social networking sites a few years ago, which were themselves inspired by the Proust questionnaire that Vanity Fair made famous. My friend Ashley and I became obsessed with those quizzes a while back and completed so many of them. We still have all of those quizzes and they remain a really lovely artifact of that time in our life. Anyway, I wanted a food-centered survey and so I put this together! I hope you’ll all leave your answers to this quiz in the comments. All of you! Even those of you sitting quietly at the back with big smiles on your faces. And yes, even you Ashley.

The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

Sweet or salty?

Sweet, then salty, then sweet. I like to go back and forth.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Vanilla.

Hot or mild?

Hot.

What won’t you eat?

Crustaceans, they freak me out- although, I love Mollusks. I also am a little grossed out by green peas. I like everything else. Oh, and then there is chocolate. I don’t love it and I eat it almost never.

Most memorable meal?

I think most often about a meal I had at Chez Panisse in the late 90’s. It was such a good dining experience in every way. And I liked knowing that my food was grown in the back yard. I also ate at Alinea a couple of years ago and that totally blew my mind. Food was changing states on my plate! It was more like theatre than dining, but I loved it.

Favorite object in your kitchen?

My Kitchenaid mixer and an offset spatula.

What are you scared of in the kitchen?

Frying things. It seems like such a production and then I am always confused about what to do with all of the oil afterward. Also, it makes my apartment smell bad.

Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

I like to cook for others.

What country would you move to for the food?

France, France, France! For more than just the food, really— I like their relationship with food and eating…with life.

If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

I really like the design of grapes, so maybe a grape? I like that they have lots of friends and their climate is good.

What’s for dinner?

Salad! After a week of eating all sorts of amazing food in Montreal, I need fruits and vegetables.

YOUR TURN!!!!!!

69 comments to “POP QUIZ”

  1. The Lottie + Doof Food Quiz

    Sweet or salty?

    Salty, sometimes sweet…usually if it involves a cupcake from Molly’s :)

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Vanilla.

    Hot or mild?

    mild, but I wish I could handle hot

    What won’t you eat?

    Liver, I’ve never been able to do it. (and on a side note, Tim I’m with you on Chocolate. It’s so not my thing!)

    Most memorable meal?
    Alinea, by far the most interesting dining experience I’ve ever had. 24 of the coolest courses I think I’ll ever experience :) But there was also this amazing meal at a little french bistro in NYC that I wish I remembered the name. Food was like we were in Paris and it was the best company ever.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    My zester :) One day it will be a larger more glam object like a kitchen aid, alas there is no space in my kitchen now…bummer

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    my stove, it’s electric. I just moved and am use to a gas stover.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I like to cook for others.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    France :) I adore visiting there and the food experience is incredible. I’d like to transport myself there right now.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    hmmmmm….raspberries? not sure of the reason but it’s the first thing that popped into my head!

    What’s for dinner?

    A glass of white wine, pears, brie, salami, sharp white cheddar, strawberries and grapes. YUM!

  2. The Lottie + Doof Food Quiz

    Sweet or salty? Sweet…though salty is good, too. Sweet comes first. :)

    Chocolate or vanilla? Always, always, chocolate

    Hot or mild? Mild

    What won’t you eat? Slimy things. Blech. Or liver. Or wild game…I was ruined as a child and just won’t.

    Most memorable meal? A black angus burger when I was pregnant…it. was. SO. good.

    Favorite object in your kitchen? my platters

    What are you scared of in the kitchen? the broiler

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others? I’ve only ever cooked alone, for the most part. How sad is that? I would love to cook with someone who wants to be there and doesn’t just get in the way.

    What country would you move to for the food? I cannot choose.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be? Corn on the cob

    What’s for dinner? chicken: beer-canned and apple-juiced (separately)

    Next…

  3. tim. you are truly truly an incredible human being. i adore you. i am so proud of you. and i miss you each and every day. please come back and visit again soon. the waldorf ashtoria is always here for you and i will have meatballs ready! my love to brian! xx

    Sweet or salty?

    hmm. salty i think. just finished a bag of amazing homemade potato chips i got at a taco truck in venice today. mmmm, tacos. i like sour sweetness a lot. that said, go cookies!

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    we’ve done this so many times. looking back at the old surveys this questions is there too, and i always change my answer. chocolate today

    Hot or mild?

    mild.

    What won’t you eat?

    something decidedly spicy that will cause me pain. i will eat all cheeses but probably wont enjoy most of them, but i will eat them.

    Most memorable meal?

    this place in verona called the last supper was pretty incredible. twelve courses or something. also an outdoor meal on a vineyard in tuscany with singing men and lamb. or anytime i make meatballs for a crowd.(can’t believe you haven’t had them yet timmy. and can’t believe i haven’t countlessly mentioned how much fun this is! still!)

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    new knives!

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    dirty dishes.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    i like to cook with others when tasks are properly delegated.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    france italy tossup. certainly not denmark.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    i would be a plum. and i would eat dozens of myself every day.

    What’s for dinner?

    oooh it was going to be vegetarian chile but now i’m meeting my sister for a movie. i did make this the other night though (used the currants, added sausage) http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/10/spaghetti-with-swiss-chard-and-garlic-chips/,
    amazing!

  4. not as much as i love you, crash! that swiss chard thing was good. i made it too. i’ll come visit soon.

  5. Sweet or salty? Sweet. Though I love some salty, too.

    Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate.

    Hot or mild? Hot.

    What won’t you eat? Pate/fois gras. Scrapple. And I’ve never had it, but blood sausage looks so disgusting I have to pass.

    Most memorable meal? At Elaine’s on Franklin in Chapel Hill, NC, I had perfect pork tenderloin on a sweet potato waffle with maple butter and bacony greens. I don’t even like pork that much, but this meal was just perfectly constructed and totally delicious.

    Favorite object in your kitchen? My Cuisinart coffee maker. I don’t cook with it, but it makes me very happy.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen? Ditto on frying things, and also pie crust. :(

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others? Alone.

    What country would you move to for the food? Italy.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be? A peach. I bruise easily, but under the right conditions I am just about perfect. And juicy.

    What’s for dinner? I actually made a Rachael Ray recipe (cringe) that was DELICIOUS – a chicken marsala and rice dish. Given where it came from, I was pleasantly surprised.

  6. Beth: You are so funny. Also, try blood sausage- it is kind of amazing.

  7. Sweet or salty?

    Salty: especially in Lay’s Salt and Vinegar form (such a bad yet good addiction)

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Vanilla.

    Hot or mild?

    Hot.

    What won’t you eat?

    I truthfully can’t think of anything good. Cat food?

    Most memorable meal?

    North Pond w/ Dave’s parents. Truly wonderful

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    My flour canisters. I waited 6 months until I found the perfect ones and I love them (and have recently bought 2 more)

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Complicated pastries. And pie dough. I haven’t mastered it yet. But I will.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I like to cook for others.–Me too! Stay our of my way but help me eat!

    What country would you move to for the food?

    Italy. Pasta and gelato, what more could you want?

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    A juicy strawberry, the first at the market of the season.

    What’s for dinner?

    Leftover bean soup from the freezer with toast made from homemade bread. It was quick and tasty.

    This was fun and a great idea!

  8. salty *and* sweet. But more often sweet.

    chocolate. Unless I pick vanilla……

    medium. (my decisiveness is showing )

    Can’t (medically) have nightshades–potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers. Other than that, don’t like eel much but would eat it at a diplomatic dinner just to keep the peace.

    Filet mignon at Fisherman’s Inn in Elburn Illinois. (best breakfast in Sault Ste Marie, in case you were wondering.)

    The fridge? Keeps all the lovely spoilables less spoiled??

    I cannot make a freakin’ pot roast. I’m not afraid of it, but still! How hard can it be? I follow the directions and make a tough tasteless hunk of uck.

    Depends on their style. I’m a seat of my pants; my best friend is by the book. If I am mentally prepared for her to measure a dash of some ingredient, I do okay. Otherwise, let me be; just sous chef me!!!

    Yeah, Italy. Put on 12 lbs in one month there……what a good time!!!

    I would be a perfect summer muskmelon.

    Tomorrow’s dinner? No idea. It’s not tomorrow and it’s not dinnertime tomorrow.
    (I’m the one more likely to make cheesecake than supper. My poor kids…haha)

  9. Sweet or salty? Both, and often sweet with a little salty ON it.

    Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla ice cream, chocolate everything else.

    Hot or mild? H-H-H-HOT!

    What won’t you eat? Tripe, or any organ, really. That includes the poison filter we call liver.

    Most memorable meal? I’ll always remember a layered phyllo and roasted vegetable stack served over baby greens with an unusual curried viniagrette and lots of edible flowers at Vista Clara Spa in Galisteo, New Mexico, just outside of Santa Fe. Second is the French Hen in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which surpassed all of the fancier ‘well-known’ restaurants I’ve encountered in my travels.

    Favorite object in your kitchen? On the high end, my KitchenAid Proline espresso machine, and Shun Mandoline slicer. The low end, my simple little ‘Fred and Friends’ funky silicone spatula and my metal tea bag squeezer. I can have FOUR favorites, can’t I?

    What are you scared of in the kitchen? I’m concerned about the health risks related to teflon pans, yet I still have and use them.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others? Alone but sometimes with an audience.

    What country would you move to for the food? I would stay right here in the US. We have access to some of the best cuisine from France, Italy, Asia, South America, etc. And best of all, we can get many different ‘fusions’ of all of the above. We just sometimes lack the ambiance of being there, immersed in their language, music, culture, etc.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be? I would be a passion fruit, because I would bear lovely nectar, and be accessorized by one of the most beautifully complex flowers you’ve ever seen.

    What’s for dinner? I made a filling of softened cream cheese, mashed avocado, onions, jalapenos, black beans, cilantro & garlic. Then I realized I didn’t have any tortillas, so I ‘glued’ little wonton wrappers together with egg (since I was also out of larger spring roll wrappers). I made them just like egg rolls, in the deep fryer, but using coconut oil. Served with salsa (and Tim, here’s the best part) a scoop of Arroz Verde on the side. MMMMM!! MMMM!

    Ok, who’s on deck? You’re up….

  10. My turn?

    Sweet or salty?

    I like both, sometimes even in the same dish.

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Vanilla.

    Hot or mild?

    Hot.

    What won’t you eat?

    I’m not sure? I’m just glad I’m not allergic to anything. There have been a few foods I’ve managed to avoid, like haggis and head cheese (and I’d probably eat them if someone said “here try this”), and there are some that would revolt many but I’m slightly curious, like casu marzu.

    Most memorable meal?

    That day I tried to cook fufu without knowing what it was.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    I’m still learning how to use the toys in my kitchen. Currently I’d say the strange things I do with a blender are keeping me amused.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Baking. I’m clueless when it comes to pastrys. I got chided yesterday for not having a measuring cup.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I like to cook for others. I try to convince them to bring wine and wash dishes, and I’ll cook for whoever shows up.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    Surinaam? Korea? There are a lot of things that I’d like to be able to eat more often that are hard to acquire locally.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    Eh, I’m not sure? A tamarind?

    What’s for dinner?

    Last night was Indian food, but what I like cooking more than anything is soup. A good curry is a close second, though, but I’m still not too confident with getting the right proportion of spices.

  11. Sweet or salty?

    i ike them balanced together – love the contrast.

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    chocolate.

    Hot or mild?

    hot.

    What won’t you eat?

    oh man, what won’t i eat?… well, i make it a life rule to try almost everything once; i like to order things i’m not familiar with and of course that can lead to disasters but oh the treasures that can be discovered! ok, i’ll say whole insects. i’m not really aching to try those. and i hate cilantro.

    Most memorable meal?

    just one?! here’s where it gets hard for me. i loved my birthday lunch last year at Robert’s and my parents gave me a lot of great resturant experiences while i was growing up. then there was the dinner at Anneke Jans Romain set up last year. i think some of my favorite meals were with family and friends outside on our little deck in Maine last summer. good fresh food under a canopy of leaves. sigh…

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    because i went sooooo long without one in this country, “un couteau qui coupe”! (“a knife that cuts”) and i love a big wooden cutting board.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    i can’t think of anything i’m scared of in the kitchen. honestly.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    mostly alone. this is a new realization for me but cooking is along the lines of mediation, i get in a groove and i’m somewhere else. maybe if i had a bigger kitchen; i love the idea of the family gathered around.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    i don’t know about moving to but i’d love to visit the Scandinvian countries for the food and maybe Spain, Portugal, and Italy. but we have some awesome variety in the U.S. and we sell ourselves really short on that note.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    a nectarine.

    (my favorite fruit, plus: growing up in a tree? awesome.)

    What’s for dinner?

    mushroom and breadcrumb risotto, a lettuce and arugula salad, and a pear tarte tatin

  12. Whitney: I finally found those flour canisters, they are amazing. I totally agree with you.

    Suzie: Cheesecake for dinner sounds like a good idea.

    Stanza: Tamarind is a really good choice, well played.

    Renate: Arroz Verde!!

    Abigail: I want to come over for dinner.

  13. Sweet or salty?

    Sour

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Vanilla

    Hot or mild?

    Mild

    What won’t you eat?

    Certain offal (brains, tripe, etc.)

    Most memorable meal?

    This is tough. Since moving to the east coast recently after living in CA/AZ my entire life I have realized that atmosphere is a huge part of the dining experience for me. I so miss being able to sit outside to eat for 90% of the year – whether in my backyard or on a restaurant patio. As much as I care about food, I think any meal can be magical with great weather and a sunset in the background.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    Cast iron skillet and wooden spatula

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Elaborate pastry-making. Which is why I am a cook, not a baker ;)

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    Both; I am with you on cooking for others.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    Places I want to TRAVEL to for the food: Greece, Turkey, Iran, generally any where in the Mediterranean or Middle East.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    An apricot tree.

    What’s for dinner?

    Last night was black beans and rice with avocado and greek yogurt (my usual sub for sour cream). Tonight, no idea.

  14. The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    Sweet or Salty?
    Both, together.

    Chocolate or Vanilla?
    Vanilla

    Hot or Mild?
    Hot

    What won’t you eat?
    Meat and Mayo

    Most memorable meal?
    A girls night with some of my family members at a Japanese hot pot. It was so fun and interactive, and I loved knowing exactly what I was eating.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    My Mom. I make the mess, and she washes the dishes. My Kitchen Aid is great, too.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    The outcome of a newly invented recipe.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    As long as I’m the one in control, I don’t mind a little help. But I love sharing the result with everyone.

    What country would you move to for the food?
    Italy or Greece. Both seem truly beautiful.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    An apple. Fall is my favorite, and I think orchards are just so gorgeous. Along with the farms they’re usually apart of.

    What’s for dinner?
    Chickpea, Tomato, & Barley Soup ladeled over a Baked Sweet Potato, and sprinkled with Cilantro…all leftovers that need to be put to use (I live in a dorm, so I try my best).

  15. I already submitted the pop quiz, but I’m dying to know what flour cannisters you are talking about, Whitney and Tim. I’m searching for new ones and I haven’t found any I like. Care to share your details?

  16. Hi Renate: The flour canisters are plastic rubbermaid professional food storage containers that Whitney wrote about on her blog. I was able to find them online. They are really great. http://whitneyinchicago.wordpress.com/2009/01/27/a-bread-success/

  17. Oh, I am so addicted to quizzes and simply cannot say no. (PS: If you love these surveys, have you ever been “cubed”? Google it, if no. Best psych test ever – always right, I swear.)

    Sweet or Salty? Yes, together!

    Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate.

    Hot or Mild? Mild – curse my sensitive stomach.

    What won’t you eat? Animal organs (stomachs, liver, etc.) and I’m working on making that the only category I won’t eat.

    Most memorable meal? Would it be cheating to say I can’t pick just one? I swear I love meals so much, so differently, from eating out at my favorite pizzeria to a fancy French meal with four courses to soup and crusty bread at home.

    Favorite object in your kitchen? My Kitchen Aid stand mixer. And my immersion blender. And my Silpat. And my perfect little rubber spatula.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen? Myself, and the dumb things I do like grabbing a hot pan or dropping a meal.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others? Usually alone, but for others. Although, with the right person(s), cooking together can be great.

    What country would you move to for the food? France. Or Greece. Or Italy.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be? Celery root – we have connected, and I really identify with its awkward exterior.

    What’s for dinner? I usually decide this about 10 minutes before I want to eat.

  18. Hi, I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now and am really enjoying it!

    The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    Sweet or salty?
    salty- but I never turn down chocolate :)

    Chocolate or vanilla?
    chocolate

    Hot or mild?
    hot

    What won’t you eat?
    I’m a vegetarian, so that rules out a bunch! But I’m also slightly afraid of beets!

    Most memorable meal?
    There was this sandwich shop near the Duomo in Florenece. A friend had told us it was a must visit and I would go out of my way to find it again. The pesto was AMAZING. We still talk about it…

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    Knives- super sharp & easy to clean!

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    The rolling pin. I am NOT a baker.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    Cook alone, but share with others.

    What country would you move to for the food?
    Italy.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    A strawberry. Sweet, juicy and pink!

    What’s for dinner?
    If it were always up to me, pasta every night!

  19. Sweet or salty?

    Yes please.

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Vanilla.

    Hot or mild?

    Medium.

    What won’t you eat?

    Beets, liver, gizzards, squid.

    Most memorable meal?
    Steak I had at The Ball and Chain restaurant in Hobart, Tasmania. It could have been that I had been at sea for 4 months, but it also could have been the first time I had a can of Guinness. Yes, a can. The steak was delicious.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    New silverware.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    Ditto:
    Frying things. It seems like such a production and then I am always confused about what to do with all of the oil afterward.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I like to cook with/for others.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    I’ve never been, but I’d say France, too!

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    I love a good sweet and juicy orange.

    What’s for dinner?

    Soup!

  20. Sweet or salty? Salty. My snacks always involve salt. And cheese.

    Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla

    Hot or mild? Mild. My stomach is not as adventurous as it used to be. But I LOVE fresh ground pepper.

    What won’t you eat? Anchovies. TOO salty!

    Most memorable meal? Any one my Texas Cajun BIL bbqs. He is magic with meat.

    Favorite object in your kitchen? My hand dough whisk I love making bread and this makes it easy.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen? Cleaning the refrigerator. What hides in there scares me.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others? I prefer to cook by myself for others. Mine is a small, narrow kitchen.

    What country would you move to for the food? France. For the bread alone.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    An avocado. I LOVE avocadoes.

    What’s for dinner? I don’t know yet. :)

    jas
    http://www.ironacres.blogspot.com

  21. sweet

    vanilla

    mild

    wont eat green peppers – they repeat on me

    most memorable meal – not for the food but for the desert, the waiter came out with a tray (at Windows on the World – in the World Trade Center) and I was trying to figure out what was sparkling, it was my engagement ring – a proposal and meal that can never be had again

    Favorite object is a tough one, love my Kitchen Aid stand mixer but would definitely miss the microwave

    scared of Pie crusts but must master them for the love of a great pie

    prefer cooking alone (too many cooks etc)

    will never forget the wonderful fresh simply made food in Italy

    fruit or veg is definitely a tough one, Nothing satifies like cold juicy sweet watermelon in the summer but then again the perfect peach picked right off the tree is another delight

    Unfortunately by the time I go home I am usually too tired to prepare dinner so it will probably be some shredded pork in barbecue sauce that has been prepared earlier in the week

  22. The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    Sweet or salty?

    Both, at the same time–like kosher salt on jam toast, salted caramel…

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    chocolate. but vanilla more and more

    Hot or mild?

    Hot.

    What won’t you eat?

    Offal. Margarine.

    Most memorable meal?
    Truly memorable: everything I ate on a trip from home in WV to the bay area to see my sisters at age 17. strong coffee. cilantro. “salad greens”. real mexican food. mangoes. local, fresh food. changed everything for me.
    So memorable that I can’t forget about it b/c I have it so frequently: the beans from Tecatitlan on Wood/Chicago. perfect.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    my dishes. from old ladies, fiesta, trips

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    baking things that need to rest or rise or look like some particular consistencies (“pebbles,” “mixed well, but not over beaten”).

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    chatting with others in the kitchen, but I’m doing the cooking.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    Italy. or possibly Corsica (France) given what I read in this week’s NYT!

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    green peas. so sweet and familiar, perfect, and good with everything.

    What’s for dinner?

    warm asparagus & kashi with lemon and walnuts

  23. Sweet or salty?

    sweet by a hair

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    chocolate

    Hot or mild?

    Hot.

    What won’t you eat?

    I am not a fan of organ meat. Candied fruit makes me wretch.

    Most memorable meal?

    It surprisingly was not all about the food. My Sweetie when we were probably just a couple of years into knowing each other put me to bed in the early afternoon and then went to the kitchen to cook. I could tell he was cooking something. He came upstairs at one point to check on me. He then placed a shower curtain over the duvet. It was about 10 minutes later he arrived with a giant bowl of pasta and home made tomato sauce and two forks.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    for prep- our fantastic knives
    for presentation- our pottery

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    I am trying to overcome my fear of baked goods.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I think it depends on the meal and my mood.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    France or Italy

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    Something lush and very seasonal. Something people wait all year for.

    What’s for dinner?

    We made ribs three ways yesterday so the leftovers will likely be dinner.

  24. What a fun idea! Here are my responses:

    Sweet or Salty?
    Defintely salty.

    Chocolate or Vanilla?
    Dark chocolate

    Hot or Mild?
    Hot

    What won’t you eat?
    Offal – just can’t quite do it.

    Most memorable meal?
    A single table on the beach in Bali with no one around for miles and three waiters bringing freshly caught just prepared seafood and all kinds of Indonesian specialties for hours.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    My santoku knife

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    Having yet another loaf of sourdough bread turn out like a hockey puck – I’m working on it!

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    Alone with someone else doing the cleanup!

    What country would you move to for the food?
    Italy

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    A red bell pepper. That way I could be colorful, sweet, and hang out with spicy people.

    What’s for dinner?
    Slow cooked pulled pork braised in a mix of Mexican and Carribean flavors and served with fresh lime juice in a corn tortilla.

  25. I just put up 10 Random Things about myself, and am bored with me. But: Once in a job interview–and I kid you not–a man asked me what kind of fruit i was. Unbelievable! I thought, would he ask another man this question….I answered, a mango–tough on the outside, sweet on the inside. I did not get the job, and have always wondered if it was a trick question.

  26. **salty, usually

    **vanilla

    **hot

    **I am a veggie, so no meat or seafood. Plus, I loathe cilantro.

    **I was able to snag some homecooked meals in India-the most amazing food…

    **huge marble pastry board

    **Accidenatlly getting a cat hair in something; it’s not happened yet, but I worry about it.

    **always alone-I’m a kitchen control freak

    **India or Italy

    **Have no idea yet. Too occupied reading blogs to actually cook.

    **I truly have no answer for this. Maybe something misshapen or hideous so no one would eat me.

    Thanks for being curious about your readers!

  27. i am newly obsessed with this blog.
    it’s beautiful and scrumptious.
    love it love it love it!

  28. Aw…thanks, Katie! I am glad you’re enjoying L + D!

  29. The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    Sweet or salty?

    Salty, but I never say no to sweet

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Chocolate on top of chocolate with a side of chocolate

    Hot or mild?

    Hot.

    What won’t you eat?

    I don’t think I could eat marrow… Anthony Bourdain almost made it look appetizing once on “No Reservations”, but I don’t think I could really go through with it….

    Most memorable meal?

    Almost every single meal I had while in Italy… except for the breakfasts… I can’t imagine anyone doing breakfast better than Americans.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    My double oven. love.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    My husband’s old George Foreman grill. Blech….

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    Alone.

    What country would you move to for the food?
    Italy.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    A nice, juicy Fuji apple. Simple and sweet.

    What’s for dinner?
    Who cares? We had butterscotch cake for dessert!

    YOUR TURN!!!!!!

  30. The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    Sweet or salty?
    sweet always
    Chocolate or vanilla?
    i prefer both OR vanilla with choc sauce

    Hot or mild?
    hot

    What won’t you eat?
    oh nothing that swims (unfortunately)

    Most memorable meal?
    this is very hard. i always remember midnight raisin bran with my grandma.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    i love my comal for yum tortillas. and of course my stand mixer.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    yeast, breads, anything that is supposed to rise

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    alone, unless they can handle some boss.

    What country would you move to for the food?
    mexico

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    watermelon, it’s good when you are thirsty and hot and it’s the most beautiful round thing.

    What’s for dinner?
    breakfast tacos!

  31. Oh boy – who doesn’t love a quiz?

    Sweet or salty?

    Salty. And some salt on the little bit of sweet I’ll eat. But pretty much Salty.

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Vanilla with chocolate swirl. I hate just one choice.

    Hot or mild?

    HOT

    What won’t you eat?

    Clams. ew.

    Most memorable meal?

    Nacho nights at my friends’ house.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    Kitchenaid mixer and bread stone.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Deep frying. Cooking meat.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    Alone, cooking for a crowd

    What country would you move to for the food?

    Mexico, then Spain. In that order.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    A tomato. Who doesn’t love a tomato?

    What’s for dinner?
    Cottage cheese and grapefruit. I’m in pastry school. I need a break from butter and wheat, in that order.

  32. Sweet or salty?

    Yes, please!

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Chocolate (unless we’re talking about creme brulee, in which case, vanilla)

    Hot or mild?

    Hot

    What won’t you eat?

    I’m a vegetarian, so that obviously rules out meat (I do eat fish and seafood, though). Raw oysters – can’t bear the thought of eating something that’s still alive. Beyond that, the only thing I really loathe is bananas, unless they’re pureed beyond recognition and mixed into something else (my problem is more with the texture than the taste).

    Most memorable meal?

    A three-way tie between Chez Michel, L’Avant-Gout and L’Ourcine (all in Paris).

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    A set of springform cake tins I bought to make a wedding cake for two friends.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Deep-frying!

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    It depends. I definitely prefer to cook FOR others, though, although sometimes it’s nice to just do my own thing.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    France (have already lived there, though my primary reason for moving there was work, not food), Italy, maybe Spain…

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    A white peach – is there anything more beautiful or sensual?

    What’s for dinner?

    Potage Saint-Germain, a green salad, bread and Boursin

  33. alright! i guess it’s time to say hello!

    Sweet or salty?
    sweet, definitely.

    Chocolate or vanilla?
    if we’re talking ice cream, i can’t ever pick! otherwise, absolutely chocolate.

    Hot or mild?
    normally mild, unless it’s some vermont-made sonia’s salsa. then hot! it’s delicious.

    What won’t you eat?
    i’m scared to try seafood… even fish. i worry it will be chewy.

    Most memorable meal?
    mango sorbet in mykonos, greece.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    i’m very fond of the plastic sugar and flour cannisters left here by the old tenants.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    my left rear burner. i accidentally melted some tupperware to it once and am afraid to use it now.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    unless it’s with my old roommate laura, i’d rather cook alone.

    What country would you move to for the food?
    italy.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    honeydew! green is my favorite color, and i love how they get sweeter and juicier the more they age.

    What’s for dinner?
    crepes with chocolate sauce and bananas. or maybe that was dessert?

  34. Oh, yeah, forgot about the cilantro. B to the Lech.

    and my cast iron. Love them–how could I forget them?????

  35. The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    • Sweet or salty?—Oh, the eternal brunch dilemma. I always plan sweet (pancakes! french toast!) but switch to salty at the last minute (huevos rancheros! reuben!).
    • Chocolate or vanilla?—Dark, bitter, spiteful chocolate.
    • Hot or mild?—Hot!
    • What won’t you eat?—Won’t's a strong word, but I’d always rather pass on seafood, cheese that’s gone moldy or is not from a cow, and mushrooms.
    • Most memorable meal?—Bistro Paul Bert is certainly up there. But so is our first visit to Miami’s fine Fratelli Brothers pizzeria.
    • Favorite object in your kitchen?—I’d say Tim, but I don’t want to objectify you. So I say my Beehouse teapot.
    • What are you scared of in the kitchen?—Finding food in the fridge that we let go to waste. Sometimes it seriously keeps me from opening a crisper drawer.
    • Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?—Either, so long as the roles are clearly defined—head chef or sous chef, but no co-chef.
    • What country would you move to for the food?—I guess I’ll say France for the sake of the children.
    • If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?—Coup d’etat.
    • What’s for dinner?—It was the always-delicious Greek Corner at 958 N Damen Ave. Opa.

  36. Whoa, most comments ever! I usually don’t fill these out, but you, Tim, I could not disappoint, especially after all you give us. So here goes..

    Sweet or Salty?
    Salted sweets

    Chocolate or Vanilla?
    chocolate chocolate chocolate!

    Hot or Mild?
    Mild, spicy just ain’t my thang

    What won’t you eat?
    Processed food, I use the word food lightly..

    Most memorable meal?
    There is this little restaurant in Jaffo/Tel Aviv, on the Marina where the fisherman come in from a days work to dock their boats. This place has 20 tables right up against the water and gets first pick of the days catch. The inside of the restaurant proper looks only slightly classier than a cafeteria and has a customer base of fisherman during the day. At night, the 20 tables outside are candlelit under a canopy with only the flapping of waves and wooden fishing boats as a soundtrack. Its pretty magical. The fish, general grilled, are the freshest you will find and everything on the menu is damn good.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    My 8 inch Chefs knife, I use it like 20 times a day!

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    Losing a finger to my 8inch Chefs knife. Actually, I think I am way more afraid of my pairing knife. That suckers small, but I’m not fooled. I’ve got my eye on him.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    I have to go with Tim on this one, for others. Alone, for others. I even like cleaning up my own mess, although I do a appreciate the company of a good towel dish dryer.

    What country would you move to for the food?
    FRANCE. South France, along the Mediterranean.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    I never have an answer for these… ummm… Garlic Scapes are pretty cool looking, are harvested around May/June, so that works for me.. and they make a pretty tasty white bean and garlic scape dip. Plus they are all curly and wild. Actually, wow, I think we found it, Garlic Scapes. Mild, curly, May baby.

    What’s for dinner?
    Moroccan and cocktails at Mogador on St Marks. I cook most meals, but you can def find me here at least 3 times a week.

  37. Oh wow, I am loving this! Thanks for all of the great responses, everyone.
    Sivan- Mogador is so good! I love that breakfast plate with pita and hummus.

  38. Rachel H. says:

    March 25th, 2009 at 9:03 am

    The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    Sweet or salty?

    I always pick salty over sweet, but I love having just a bite of sweet at the end of a meal. Maybe a nice piece of dark chocolate or a glass of orange juice!

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    I am not a big chocolate or vanilla person. I love the taste of homemade vanilla extract, and I add it to everything.

    Hot or mild?

    Hot.

    What won’t you eat?

    Cows or Pigs. They have gentle faces with deep souls. I can’t look into their eyes and then feel okay about eating them.

    Most memorable meal?

    Ohh, the Cliff Cafe in Santa Cruz, CA. I used to live near it in college. I took my now husband there for breakfast the first time he spent the weekend with me. He ordered the tofu scramble, and I knew he was special!

    The food is all so fresh, delicious and healthy. It was the first breakfast place I had ever gone to that used olive oil and homemade jam for toast.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    My cuisinart food processor. I use it 2-3x a week. It makes everything better.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Cooking fish. I have cooked a few great fish dishes, but I just want a nice piece of baked fish like I eat in French restaurants. I am petrified that I will overcook an $8 piece of fish!

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I like cooking myself, in a kitchen full of friends. My kitchen is really small.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    France, France, France! For more than just the food, really— I like their relationship with food and eating…with life. <– wow I cannot say it any better. We got back from Paris a week ago and I wanted to go there to renew my faith in being a human and eating food. I just signed up for my CSA, and I am using the French way of looking at food and dining to really learn to love food as a ritual, rather than a stuff fest.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    I love carrots. They make everything better. You can add them to cookies, spaghetti sauce, bread, dips, anything. They are so versatile. My dogs love to snack on them- they’re adorable, great color, super healthy.

    What’s for dinner?

    Something healthy. I need to go to the corner market and pick up somthing fresh. After being in France for a week, then coming home to my in-laws being here… I need to eat something green, leafy and low fat. My body needs a break!

  39. tim – haha, you are totally welcome at our table! we live in paris so you can kill two birds with one stone there ;)

  40. Sweet or salty?
    please throw my food into the ocean. salty. (but the best thing of all is salt licorice!!!)

    Chocolate or vanilla?
    chocolate.

    Hot or mild?
    mild. i have IBS.

    What won’t you eat?
    doritos.

    Most memorable meal?
    i had the most picturesque, rustic breakfast once in copenhagen. it was more the look of everything than the taste, even… although there were persimmons and eggs involved, and the eggs in denmark are a.m.a.z.i.n.g.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    my whisk–not the nice one, the cheap one. i never use the nice one. it’s too nice.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    the microwave. i do think they give you cancer, and morph meat into germ warfare weapons.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    with others, but like a control freak. (they usually end up chatting to me while i manifest my OCD)

    What country would you move to for the food?
    denmark, to be honest! pickled everything…so much candy…

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    i agree with grapes…but only so i could become a golden raisin.

    What’s for dinner?
    soft boiled eggs and asparagus for dipping. and coffee.

  41. The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    Sweet or salty?

    Savory . . . which I guess falls under salty. Although I love a good gooey brownie.

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Chocolate. The darker the better.

    Hot or mild?

    Hot!

    What won’t you eat?

    Mollusks, organs and oatmeal (feels like I threw up in my mouth).

    Most memorable meal?

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    Kitchen table (it’s where people sit while I cook).

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Failure.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I like to cook for others while they sit at my kitchen table and chat.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    Italy. Hungary is second.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    Pomegranate . . . their kinda peculiar looking on the outside but full of beautiful, delicate sweetness on the inside.

    What’s for dinner?

    I don’t know yet . . . perhaps spaghetti with homemade marinara . . . quick and delicious.

  42. These are going to be the longest comments ever!
    Sweet or salty? BOTH! The chocolate and popcorn combination makes me all want-y.

    Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate

    Hot or mild? Medium

    What won’t you eat? I don’t eat meat, but vegetable wise I have been slow to warm up to pimento.

    Most memorable meal? Maybe it’s because it’s so fresh in my mind, but I had the most AMAZING meal at the Georgia Organics Annual Conference in Decatur this past weekend– there were gingered beets, pickled shrimp, biodynamic butternut squash, turnip greens, honeycomb, pecan pie, wiskey hard sauce…mmmmmm. It was all cooked to perfection. A lot of local chefs, including Scott Peacock, did the cooking.

    Favorite object in your kitchen? My cast iron skillets. I also love those le creuset pots I inherited from my grandma, but I find that they mostly sit on my shelf.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen? I agree, frying is terrifying. It’s such a shame, though.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others? I like to cook alone, but I need there to be dinner guests. I don’t cook much when I’m eating alone.

    What country would you move to for the food? Hmmmm…Japan? Sushi is so great, and I love pickles and miso and noodles…but maybe Mexico? Italy? That’s a hard one.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be? What??? Do I have to?

    What’s for dinner? I’ve got pie crusts in the fridge, so probably another quiche. Our chickens have really been churing out the eggs.

  43. Heather J says:

    March 25th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire
    Sweet or salty?
    Sweet and salty, but mostly sweet

    Chocolate or vanilla?
    chocolate

    Hot or mild?
    mild

    What won’t you eat?
    octopus, or basically any animal I deem strange

    Most memorable meal?
    I would have to go with my wedding meal of Aurelio’s pizza, salad and a ton of Olive Garden desserts (Black Tie Chocolate Mousse Cake, White Raspberry Cheesecake, and Strawberry Limone cake). Not the grandest meal ever – but funny and tasty.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    Coffeemaker

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    I’d have to agree with “frying things”

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    With other adults

    What country would you move to for the food?
    France or Italy, though I’ve never been

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    Raspberry- delicate and delicious, but a little “thorny”

    What’s for dinner?
    clearing out the fridge… leftover chili, cornbread and grilled ham and cheese for the kids (for when they turn down the chili)& watermelon

  44. The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    Sweet or salty? Both (but not a the same time!)

    Chocolate or vanilla? Both! (but if it’s ice cream we’re talking about definitely vanilla)

    Hot or mild? Mild, although I wish I could handle ‘hot’

    What won’t you eat? Artichokes, uncooked mushrooms (it’s a texture thing)

    Most memorable meal? A lovely restaurant in Cortona, Italy (I can’t remember the name)

    Favorite object in your kitchen? My teapot. I refuse to microwave water for tea. I know, old fashioned, but I prefer to use my tea pot. It’s tradition!

    What are you scared of in the kitchen? My mandoline, which my husband cut himself on the first time we used it (yes, using the guard piece). I always approach it with great caution.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others? Both, depending on the occasion.

    What country would you move to for the food? Italy

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be? I have no idea – perhaps a grapefruit?

    What’s for dinner? Definitely salad. I’ve been eating way too many cards/sweets so I need to detox. But I just saw your favorite cake recipe and that’s calling my name!!!

    I just found your website and LOVE it! I can’t wait to go through all the posts.

  45. Sweet or salty? I love both, but if I were forced to give one up I’d give up salty…my sweet tooth is just too strong!

    Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate all the way…I live for chocolate!

    Hot or mild? As hot as I can get it!

    What won’t you eat? Um, nothing? I’ve tried some very strange things!

    Most memorable meal? That’s tough. I’ve had many! One of my more recent memorable meals was last night–scrambled emu egg.

    Favorite object in your kitchen? My Kitchenaid and my measuring spoons.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen? Hmmm…nothing that I can think of…

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others? It is always fun to have a cooking buddy!

    What country would you move to for the food? Japan or France…I’ve lived in both places and would move back to either place in a heartbeat just to eat!

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be? A brussel sprout…since so many people dislike them, maybe I’d have a better chance of surviving…

    What’s for dinner? Turkey burgers, potato salad, and homemade french bread.

  46. Sweet or salty?
    Both. (Thank you to my adopted UK for the invention of sweet + salty popcorn).

    Chocolate or vanilla?
    They both need a pairing to really sell me. But I think they put crack in peanut M&M’s.

    Hot or mild?
    HOT!!!

    What won’t you eat?
    Anything that had a face (unless I’m drunk in Belize and there’s only freshly-caught, grilled white fish on offer). Otherwise, bring it on!

    Most memorable meal?
    Too many to count… maybe I haven’t had “the one” yet.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    My whisk.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    Indeed, both frying and anything yeasty kind of make me pause.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    I’m a total chef prima donna – I want alllll the credit.

    What country would you move to for the food?
    San Francisco (all varieties of cuisine, plus tons of fresh fruit and veggies, done to par excellence). [Umm… who said Hungary???]

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    An olive – I’m not sure the variety.

    What’s for dinner?
    A large spinach, mozzarella cheese and beet root salad – with homemade vinaigrette.

    PS – You have a WONDERFUL blog… thank you for all the effort you put into it!!! Your brilliant pictures, warmth, and straightforward wit have all made me fall in love with the food blog world again! Cheers x

  47. schneiderluvsdoof says:

    March 25th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Sweet or salty?

    Alternating, like Sr. Doof.

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Swirl, but of course.

    Hot or mild?

    Depends. I like spice, but not so much that it burns the taste buds and dulls the other flavors.

    What won’t you eat?

    Other people.

    Most memorable meal?
    My mom used to make birthday cakes for me with funky frosted squiggly designs in bright colors like fuchsia, teal and yellow.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    Hanging pot rack.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Hanging pot rack- I’m short, the ceiling is high, and some of the pots are heavy!

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    With one other.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    Thailand.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    A banana. Call me if your knees are weak or your eye is twitching.

    What’s for dinner?

    Spaghetti and meatballs… and I helped!

  48. I just found your website and I adore it! Can’t wait to see what you show us next!

    *Sweet or salty?
    Typically salty, once in a while sweet

    *Chocolate or vanilla?
    Vanilla all the way

    *Hot or mild?
    Mild

    *What won’t you eat?
    Anchovies, liver

    *Most memorable meal?
    I believe that I’ve had many memorable meals from my mom’s table to Alinea. However one that stands out recently was a trip to Graham Elliots. It was outstanding, I will definitely be back!

    *Favorite object in your kitchen?
    My kitchen aid and my coffee pot!

    *What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    I also am yet to master the art of frying but I will continue to push through and one day I WILL get it!

    *Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    I truly enjoy a kitchen filled with family and friends, they can be helping chop or just sitting and chatting with a glass of wine. I’ll take either!

    *What country would you move to for the food?
    Probably Italy, the thought of fresh pasta, seafood galore and amazing wine and pizzas…well enough said!

    *If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    A pomegranate, tough on the outside sweet on the inside. A perfect combination!

    *What’s for dinner?
    Roasted chicken, mashed sweet potatoes and a salad with home made dressing

  49. The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    Sweet or salty?
    why choose?

    Chocolate or vanilla?
    vanilla

    Hot or mild?
    hot

    What won’t you eat?
    bell peppers and most donuts

    Most memorable meal?
    Moose Cafe in Mendicino, Ca. New Years Eve 1998. pistachio encrusted sea bass and meyer lemon sorbet. amazing

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    i have some nice knives i enjoy very much

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    hm. salmonella. never had food poisoning, and really don’t want to.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    i enjoy both a bunch, but wish my kitchen was larger to accommodate others easily.

    What country would you move to for the food?
    i imagine Portugal’s food wold be magical.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    i like the complexity of shallots. peeps don’t know what to do with them, unless then know….and then they do amazing things.

    What’s for dinner?
    haven’t gotten that far yet! stay tuned.

  50. Sweet or salty?

    Sweet

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Chocolate

    Hot or mild?

    Hot

    What won’t you eat?

    Olives taste nasty, yet I try one whenever it is offered. I never learn.

    Most memorable meal?

    Definitely my dad’s Lebanese food. It’s a favorite hands down.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    A good ol’ wooden spoon. I don’t use mixers that much. I prefer to become part of the cooking process, rather than letting a machine do it for me.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Doing something new incorrectly. I love trying new things, but I’m terrified that something catastrophic will happen in the process or the food will taste horrible

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I like to cook for others. I’m with you on this one

    What country would you move to for the food?

    Lebanon! I could eat Lebanese food until the day I die…and some more after that!

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    I’d probably be a pineapple because pineapples just make people happy. They are sweet with a little bit of tang to them. Yum

    What’s for dinner?

    Mom’s cooking tonight, so steak, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese. Last time I cooked, we had apple/onion stuffed pork chops in a pineapple sause with sauteed veggies.

  51. Sweet or salty?

    mostly salty

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    mostly chocolate (but only since I have been an “adult”)

    Hot or mild?

    medium (I know)

    What won’t you eat?

    pigeon

    Most memorable meal?

    Oliveto, all the time.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    gravity sensing tongs–up they close, down they open–see williams sonoma

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    not much

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    alone for others, or with one or other, but very selectively

    What country would you move to for the food?

    France

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    mulberry

    What’s for dinner?

    roast chicken

  52. *Sweet or salty?
    Both! I like raisins in my beef empanadas and cheese with quince jam.

    *Chocolate or vanilla?
    Both. Though for me, chocolate must have at least 70% cocoa.

    *Hot or mild?
    Both!

    *What won’t you eat?
    Anything that comes out of the sea (except tuna and sea salt) and unluckily – because I’m fructose intolerant – honey, apples, pears and stone fruit.

    *Most memorable meal?
    Bilbao – I had a chuletón, that is beef fillet grilled vertically and I ate the whole 600gr of it! I was the best steak ever.

    *Favorite object in your kitchen?
    My Kitchenaid mixer, the ESGE immersion blender and my super sharp knives.

    *What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    Caramel. I once tried to make cream toffees, but it resulted in a burnt and rock hard fiasko.

    *Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    I like both, but when cooking with others, I must be in command :-)

    *What country would you move to for the food?
    France! Not just for the food but for the status it has. And that it is perfectly normal to spend 5 hours dining.

    *If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    Ginger: beautiful plant, very versatile in the kitchen, not ordinary, complex.

    *What’s for dinner?
    Spaghetti with homemade pesto.

  53. Hi tim! I love your site. You have such good taste. I would love if you were my lifestyle specialist, telling me what music and foods I should be into every week.

    I am taking this quiz after trying to make your (or molly w.’s) cinnamon rolls. Here goes!

    The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    Sweet or salty?

    Ideally both. but probably sweet.

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    same as time – vanilla. (but I’m only convinced after the busy day cake – WOW!)

    Hot or mild?

    Definitely spicy. serrano serenade please!

    What won’t you eat?

    I have never had a good scallop. the whole issue with people saturating them with water so you pay more per pound, plus all the chemicals that people sometimes add, really freak me out. finally, the texture of rubber. yuck!

    Most memorable meal?

    Honestly, probably my graduation dinner at Bodard Restaurant in houston, Texas. We ordered the 5 course meal for 7 people and there were so many little, flavorful dishes with bright colors and flavors. All my favorite people and just so many delicious things I’d never tried before.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    My food processor, even though I hate to clean it.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Spending a lot of time on something that doesn’t taste as good as what I could’ve bought in the store, like bread or biscuits (kneading! agh, what?), artichokes (how do you clean these?), and making eggplant taste good. can’t seem to do it.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    Like you, Tim, I like to cook for others too. Just so much better that way! But I do prefer to make everything myself…so it can be just so. Most of the time, not always.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    To be honest – maybe India. I love mangoes, but the sheer variety – I am sure I would never taste all the dishes if I spent the rest of my life traveling there.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    Mangoes? I would have a good, solid core :)

    What’s for dinner?

    Maybe broccoli salad? I love the one with onions, sunflower seeds, bacon, broccoli, raisins, and mayonnaise in Amanda Hesser’s book Cooking for Mr. Latte. But it’s going to rain in ny today so it might end up being something super simple, like grilled cheese with heirloom tomato and Orangette’s tomato soup with cilantro.

    PS I went to milk & honey cafe when I was in chicago for a wedding, and it was so so wonderful. My boyfriend thought I was crazy for getting off of the El early simply to go that cafe but he retracted and thought it was awesome it worked out so well. If I ever opened a restaurant, I hope it would have the same sensibility as that place. Your taste is awesome, Tim!!!

  54. The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    #1 Sweet or salty?
    Both! Together! I love salt with caramel, salt with chocolate, bacon with chocolate, etc…
    but if you had to put a gun to my head, it’s hard to pass up perfect french fries…

    #2 Chocolate or vanilla?
    Chocolate

    #3 Hot or mild?
    MILD!!! I have zero tolerance for spice. Yankee tastebuds.

    #4 What won’t you eat?
    This is an interesting question because i’m pretty much open to eating anything – i’ve eaten organ meats, whole sardine, pigs feet – stuff i would never imagine i would eat as a child. However, I will NOT eat venison (deer) – sorry, all i see is Bambi – it would be like eating a dog. I grew up in River Forest, IL right by the forest and deer would always come in our back yard. Couldn’t do it. I probably wouldn’t eat cow’s brains (mad cow – seriously). That guy on Bizarre Foods eats a lot of things I probably wouldn’t. Things that come to mind that he’s eaten: Puffin (too cute!), [insert animal here] testicles, eyeballs, and any kind of intestine. Also I will not eat a chile straight up (see #3)

    #5 Most memorable meal?
    This is a hard one. Since I live in NYC, I’ve had amazing meals here: Daniel, Jean Georges, Blue Hill Stone Barns, Picholine, Ko, Cafe Gray (now closed – I’m so heartbroken) and Wallse (Blaue Gans, it’s sister restaurant, is my “go to” restaurant.) Of those, Ko was probably the best experience – it had JUST opened (i seriously can’t believe I got a reservation the first day the website opened – it was crazy), the food was spectacular and it was so cool to watch the chefs create every plate right infront of you – my boyfriend and i were even cracking jokes with David Chang (some very inappropriate ones i might add – very funny). BUT my ALL TIME favorite would have to be L’Atelier De Joel Robuchon in Paris. My boyfriend and I waited 1 hour outside the restaurant at the bar, then sat at the “real bar” in the restaurant, did the full tasting menu, stayed to the very close (because we ate so late – we saw a guy walk in with a freshly killed duck to show the kitchen – seriously the thing had feathers) and walked back to the Parker Meridian because the subway was on strike (shocking – apparently this happens a lot in France). But the walk back made the night perfect. Paris is unbeatable at night.

    #6 Favorite object in your kitchen?
    OMG – let me just say I am a kitchen appliance whore – it scares me to think how much i’ve spent since i only buy All-Clad and Le Creuset (i have All-Clad measuring cups and teaspoons for godsake). I have to the All-Clad slowcooker is my favorite – only because i am a sucker for braised dishes. Kitchen Aid mixer and food processor come in a close second. I also love my chocolate fountain (see #2)

    #7 What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    I’m also not a fan of deep frying things – i’ll do it every once in a while, but it’s such a pain a**. I killed a live lobster once to get over that fear ( the “humane” way – through the head) but i’ll have to work up the courage to do that again. I do love lobster though – not gonna lie.

    #8 Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    I like to cook for others.

    #9 What country would you move to for the food?
    France. Although the French are very easy to poke fun of at so many levels, the one thing they have nailed is food. I would like to tour the whole country – north to south.

    #10 If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    a pumpkin – i would get all dolled up for Halloween :)

    #11 What’s for dinner?
    Tom Kaa Ghai soup from Cooks Illustrated “Soups and Stews” Magazine. The Whole Foods near me had lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves (which are omitted from the recipe – replaced with thai curry paste) and i’ve been waiting to make this soup. It’s so delicious – a really comforting one. I love soup. I think it’s a labor of love – i always use homemade stock. To me there is nothing more comforting than a good bowl of soup.

  55. Thanks for the nice message, Lynh! You are very kind. I am so glad you liked Milk & Honey!

  56. Sweet or salty?

    I was never a candy-loving child. Often more interested in popcorn and pasta than chocolates and confections. Salty, though a mix of the two is just brilliant. TRAIL MIX!

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Vanilla.

    Hot or mild?

    Mild. I love ethnic foods which call for ingredients that are inclined to be spicy. It has been interesting finding ways to subdue the inherent heat of Indian, African and Mexican cuisines.

    What won’t you eat?

    I am a vegetarian of 6 years, so I guess my answer is meat- though I do occasionally eat fish.

    Most memorable meal?

    The gravy from the first Thanksgiving I cooked completely by myself. I think my ex and I cried when it was finally gone.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    I use the soup pot most often. I don’t know what I’d do without it.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Frying. I am terrified of a pot of boiling oil.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I cook alone most often, though I do enjoy cooking FOR others.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    India. I love Indian cuisine.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    Artichoke. I just find them to be beautiful. Tough exterior, delicate and delicious interior.

    What’s for dinner?

    Pasta salad. Cheddar, feta, chopped olives and artichoke hearts with a spiral short pasta.

  57. Sweet or Salty
    Must have both. at same time if possible.

    Chocolate or Vanilla
    Vanilla

    Hot or Mild
    Mild. I love spicy food but not hot spicy. I really love wasabi because it’s not cumulative. It doesn’t hold a grudge, burning your lips and tongue til you can’t feel anything. whoa.
    didn’t realize i had such strong feelings spicy-wise.

    What won’t you eat?
    turnip. oysters. yup. that’s it.

    Most memorable meal?
    Sushi at Kuni’s on Main in Evanston.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    Coffee pot.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    I agree with all of you who said boiling oil. i’d just rather not.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    Depends. In a way, I prefer being alone because I can’t talk (or drink, as i’ve found out to my
    dismay) and cook. But, i love company whilst i cook so it’s a dilemma.

    What country would you move to for the food?
    Italy. Oh yeah.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    Tater-tot.
    That’s not exactly what your asking but i kind of think of it as a veg because
    it really is, in a way, only better.

    What’s for dinner?
    Black bean and sweet potato burritos and coleslaw and broccoli rabe.

  58. salty
    chocolate
    hot
    mayonaise
    my mom’s chicken kiev…herb butter explodes out of it or alinea
    my japanese ceramic knife
    i’m scared of cooking/roasting, preparing meats
    alone…for others
    la france
    a poppy seed
    beautiful pizzas from roberta’s in bushwick brooklyn!!!

  59. Poppy seed is brilliant. Well played Bruce, well played.

  60. Sweet or salty?

    I’m with you, alternating sweet and salty is my deal.

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Chocolate.

    Hot or mild?

    Hot.

    What won’t you eat?

    Some fruits, I don’t like the texture

    Most memorable meal?

    Christmas at my house, my dad is an amazing cook and I bake about 10 pies. We have friends and family over… its great.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    I love my piping bags.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Nothing really, I love to try new things & experiment

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I cook with my dad, we work well together… but anyone else is a no no.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    France, I agree. I love their macaroons!!

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    passion fruit. i just love their flavor- I’m obsessed right now.

    What’s for dinner?

    Who knows, I’m on the hunt right now!

  61. Sweet or salty?
    Both. Depends on my mood and the time of day.

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Chocolate.

    Hot or mild?

    Hottish.

    What won’t you eat?

    Practically nothing. Except raisins in oatmeal cookies. I hate that.

    Most memorable meal?

    Eating at a restaurant called Jimbaran in Indonesia, out in the middle of these rice paddy fields with candlelight and fish grilled for you. You ate with your hands off of banana leaves with tons of spicy condiments and a big ol’ beer.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    My Kitchenaid mixer and my plastic scraper (think plastic dough scraper-SO useful!)

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Deep frying things…and undercooking or overcooking meat.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I enjoy both, but it depends on the person I’m cooking with whether it’s helpful or just irritating ;). My dad’s a great sous chef, as is the boyfriend (lucky me, right?!?), as are select friends. But a big group cooking together is really fun.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    France (just got back from a 4 month stint entirely food-related), Italy.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    Strawberry. It’s my favorite, and they’re so versatile, going with everything from basil to vanilla beans. Plus they’re universally loved, and who doesn’t want that?

    What’s for dinner?

    Pesto, leafy green salad, fresh peaches for dessert. Yeah for the City Market and their gorgeous huge bunches of basil for only $2, and their beautiful peaches. I just wish my favorite lettuce guy wouldn’t ALWAYS run out before I get there.

  62. Emily! Your dinner sounds so good. !

  63. I have just discovered this site, but I am officially in love! I only recently stopped regarding cooking as a chore and have begun to find enjoyment in it, I am positive this site is going to continue to provide lots of delicious inspiration!

    The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    Sweet or salty?

    I have a KILLER sweet tooth, but I won’t say no to salty when it comes around either!

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate.

    Hot or mild?

    I enjoy hot as long as it is not the only flavor you can taste. When things are too hot I can find it hard to concentrate on anything but where the next glass of milk is coming from!

    What won’t you eat?

    Shrimp sushi. I have tried it twice now and it has been gushy and hideous each time. I also have yet to enjoy ocra.

    Most memorable meal?

    My favorite meal was at a small restaurant located in Puerto Vallerta. My Husband and I were there on our honeymoon and stumbled upon it while walking around. This was not a tourist place, in fact none of the staff spoke English, nor did they have an English menu. Luckily my boy speaks Spanish and I ordered a quesadilla that makes me drool just thinking about it. The tortillas were made to order, and the melted cheese was homemade. It was filled with chicken, and caught-that-morning shrimp, octopus, and fish. There was a dipping sauce, (I have NO idea what was in it, but YUM!) and fresh pico de gallo. The whole thing was about 12 inches across and 1 inch thick. All for 80 pesos.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    My Cuisinart mini food processor and panini pan

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Complicated recipes with lots of tricky steps. I always gravitate toward the simple, with familiar ingredients.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I hate cooking for myself. I enjoy cooking for others. (I like to show off!)

    What country would you move to for the food?

    Greece.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    Probably a cherry tomato because they are not fussy and are a lot of flavor in a small package.

    What’s for dinner?

    Tonight I am trying out some feta turkey burgers with kalamata olives mixed in. Going to serve them on a toasted whole wheat bun with spinach salad and sweet potato fries.

  64. Welcome, Jarel! Glad you are enjoying the site. The meal in Puerto Vallerta sounds amazing.

  65. Sweet or salty?
    ah, it depends, but usually salty. i love salt and put it on nearly ANYTHING. is that uncouth?

    Chocolate or vanilla?
    vanilla, almost always.

    Hot or mild?
    hot

    What won’t you eat?
    shellfish, octopi, squid, weird parts of animals like tongues or brains, FENNEL

    Most memorable meal?
    a carne asada soft taco from this taqueria in campbell, california, called Jalisco. it’s tucked away in a little shopping mall and seems perpetually stuck in the 70s, with faded old corona ads on the wall and the Rocky movies always playing on the tv set. their carne asada is DIVINE; i can’t get enough of it. it’s the closest i’ve had to homemade, and their salsa is killer as well.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    the oven

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    cooking meat; i just recently went omnivore again after 5 years of vegetarianism.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    with others, always!

    What country would you move to for the food?
    france, of course

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    i think maybe a nectarine, or peas.

    What’s for dinner?
    a bbq at a friends that involved many foods, but i consumed: basil-garlic sausage, grilled bell pepper, chips and homemade guac, some sort of delicious dense cake with peaches and mascarpone icing, grilled peaches, and whiskey-mint lemonade

  66. Okay, I’ll play. I love a quiz. Gorgeous site by the way….I’m loving your photos.

    Sweet or salty?

    Mostly salty.

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Vanilla.

    Hot or mild?

    Hot.

    What won’t you eat?

    Slimy stuff…okra, oysters, monkfish liver…yes I was with a friend once who ordered that and I tried it…it was a bit like liver flan…not my cup of tea.

    Most memorable meal?

    Probably I dinner I attended as a benefit for Chefs Collaborative. Alice Waters prepared the food. It was spring and everything was sourced from farms in the New York area. Everything about that night was sublime.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    My teak cutting board.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Butchering stuff.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I like to cook alone but for others.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    It would have to be France….but there are so many that could tempt me as well. Spain, Italy, Thailand…

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    I think I’d like to be kale. It’s pretty yet hearty and it can handle a frost!

    What’s for dinner?

    Tonight was cornmeal crusted chicken with sweet potato mash and sauteed green beans…oh and I made some eggnog today too. ’tis the season.

  67. The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    Sweet or salty?
    *Sweet – or savoury.. not a big fan of salty!

    Chocolate or vanilla?
    *Vanilla.

    Hot or mild?
    *Hot.

    What won’t you eat?
    *Fish!

    Most memorable meal?
    * A pizza in my fave restaurant with my boyfriend on our first date.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    *My cake tins

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    *The jars of pickled polish food that are lying around!

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    * I like to cook with others if they’re going to do what I say! Otherwise I’d like to cook FOR them :)

    What country would you move to for the food?
    *Italy, china, thiland, india, prague,

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    *A head of cabbage

    What’s for dinner?
    *Depends on what’s in the fridge – today it’s going to be cajun chicken wraps with some chocolate pudding after :)

  68. Sweet or salty?
    Salty. Definitely.

    Chocolate or vanilla?
    Both, mixed.

    Hot or mild?
    Hot

    What won’t you eat?
    Snails. Brussel sprouts. Anything with camomile or cardamom. I like almost everything but I have an intense disgust for these two.

    Most memorable meal?
    Every year when I was a kid, my parents would invite friends for New Year’s eve and we would cook meat, vegetables and bread on a hot stone. I loved those feasts and I always looked forward to New Year’s eve mainly because of the food.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    My tea & tea-related things box :)

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    Not at all. I love being in the kitchen.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    I like to cook with and for others mostly.

    What country would you move to for the food?
    I’m pretty happy in Germany. China maybe or Thailand just because I love Asian foods so much. Also, Australians are great cooks!!!

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    A strawberry probably.

    What’s for dinner?
    Salads all the way. A poultry dish maybe or fish. I like “light” food in the evenings.

  69. Bethany Mueller says:

    December 18th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I am coming about three years too late but this sounded like a fun activity while my tart is cooling.

    The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    Sweet or salty?

    Salty

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Vanilla.

    Hot or mild?

    Spicy!

    What won’t you eat?

    I will not eat goulash. My grandmother made too much of it for me growing up. Ugh!

    Most memorable meal?

    Christmas 2012 in New Orleans. Best ceviche I have ever had in my life.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    Kitchenaid and my wooden spoons.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Nothing! Which is why I am burned and blistering right now.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I like to cook by myself as a form of meditation and I really enjoy serving my food to others.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    Italy! I could just hike all over olive fields, learn a few traditional pasta recipes, check out a fisherman’s catch and relax in Cinque Terre with some fine Italian wine.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    Definitely a hubbard squash. I have an affinity with that variety for some reason. Maybe because it’s like the squash no one wants to pick yet it has so much to offer!

    What’s for dinner?

    Greens from the CSA…and beans.

What do you think?