Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My Favorite Foods From A-Z

Okay, so I waited until almost the last minute... shame on me... One of my "things to do" as a member of the Etsybloggers Team is to participate in a "blog carnival" by writing a post on a specific topic. This time around, we could write about how "Back To School" time affects our life or we could write about our favorite food (and include a recipe for it if we actually made it).

Since I don't have kids in school, and my grandchildren are all preschoolers, and I live in a neighborhood that is basically adult/over 50, "Back To School" really doesn't have much of an effect on my life. But to pick ONE favorite food? Eeek... I just love food too much -what a dilemma! But wait, I know... I could pick ONE favorite food for each letter of the alphabet. That should count, right? (And I'm covering my butt by posting a recipe for one of my all time favorites). So, here you have it, my (very abridged) list of favorite foods from A-Z!!!! Enjoy :)

A – Atomic Cake (1 layer chocolate, 1 layer banana, 1 layer yellow with strawberries and smothered in whipped cream)
B – Baba Ghanoush (Middle Eastern Eggplant dip/spread)
C – Cucumber and Onion Salad with Sour Cream
D – Dumplings with homemade chicken gravy
E – Eclairs with real traditional custard filling
F – Funnel cakes with just a light sprinkling of powdered sugar
G - Gyros
H – Hot Dogs – Chicago style (and forgive me you purists… with ketchup too!)
I – Italian Beef Sandwich with peppers and mozzarella (Chicago style!)
J – Jonagold apples
K- Kielbasa (Polish Sausage)
L – Lasineciai (Lithuanian Bacon Buns – There’s a recipe below!)
M – Macaroni and Cheese
N – Nachos – with guacamole and sour cream
O – Olive Tapenade (an olive spread that is incredible!)
P – Pizza (THIN crust preferably with Italian sausage, olives, mushrooms and green pepper)
Q – Quinoa (a wonderful protein rich grain dish!)
R – Rye Bread with caraway seeds
S – Spinach dip
T – Tortellini (spinach and cheese are my fav)
U – Ugli Fruit
V – Veal Scallopine
W – Watermelon
X – Xoriatiki (Greek Salad)
Y – Yankee Pot Roast
Z – Zeppolis (Italian Fried Dough Balls)

Lithuanian Bacon Buns (Takes some work but is SO worth it!)

1 1/2 lb Bacon, finely chopped
1 Large Onion, finely chopped
2 Cups Milk
1/2 lb Butter
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp Salt
1 Pkg Fresh or granulated yeast
5 Eggs, slightly beaten
6 Cups All-purpose flour


Put chopped bacon and onion in skillet; cover with water. Cover pan; simmer until water evaporates. Put complete mixture (don't drain) into a loaf pan and cool in refrigerator while you make the dough.

Heat milk and butter until lukewarm, not hot. Add sugar and salt. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of this lukewarm liquid. It will become frothy as the yeast begins to grow. Add the eggs to the dissolved yeast mix. Stir in sifted flour; beat vigorously. Cover; let rise in warm place until doubled (2 hours). Punch down; cover and let rise again.

Cut dough into four sections. Roll each section on lightly floured board until 3/8-inch thick. Cut circles with cookie cutter. Put a healthy (ok, that's a bit of an oxymoron) teaspoon of cooled bacon mixture in center of each; fold sides over. Put seam side down on lightly greased cookie sheet; let rise again until doubled. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes until lightly tanned; brush with mix of egg yolk and 2 teaspoons water. Continue baking until golden brown, 10 minutes.

Serve hot or reheat. Makes 5 dozen.


Flight Fancy said...

Dang, now I'm hungry! I'm going to try your recipe, sounds so yummy!

Lexa Levine said...

I just had lunch and now you're making me hungry again! There should be a disclaimer! ;)

missknits said...

ooo now i want an atomic cake too! lol thanks for sharing the recipe! sounds yummy!

Heather D. said...

Yum, thanks for the recipe.

and thanks for commenting on my etsy thread! Hope you'll follow me too :)

Patti said...

Thanks for introducing me to many new foods!

Splendid Little Stars said...

You are so clever! very creative and fun list! I am very curious about the olive tapenade. recipe? please? I posted a recipe on my blog for tomato, artichoke, and pine nut tapenade. But I SO love olives1

Rose Works Jewelry said...

LOL - I officially label you a foodie!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Great take on the blog carnival topic! It all sounds so good!

Alicia Istanbul said...

Ha, I just made babaganoush for dinner tonight (with grilled kebabs). I like your list.

RhiannonSTR said...

I love all food - my friend is Lithuanian and would love the recipe. I'm sending her a link -

Audrey said...

I don't think I could come up with a favorite food for each letter of the alphabet. That's a lot of food! LOL

I will go raid the fridge now though, seem to have gotten hungry all of a sudden.

TheNightJar said...

atomic cake!!!! now you are talkin' uuuuum.

tamdoll said...

I love this a-z! Great idea and I may have to try a bun recipe like that soon.

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