So, a long time ago I wrote a Friday list about my top ten guilty pleasure foods, like Doritos and Kettle chips. There were a lot of chips on that list. I am definitely a salty-food craver. Here are my top ten favorite foods to scarf-though I don’t feel too guilty about these food weaknesses.
10. Sunflower seeds
Roasted, salted sunflower seeds are a definite weakness for me. I buy giant packages of them at the grocery store to use in trail mix and on salads. I would estimate that at least half of them get devoured by me standing in the pantry, dumping them from the jar into my hand, which is much neater and easier than dumping them directly from the jar into my mouth. I. Can’t. Stop.
9. Chocolate Chips
Much like sunflower seeds, a great proportion of the chocolate chips that enter my house get consumed after 8 p.m. by me standing in the pantry with the light on. I am partial to dark chocolate, particularly these Ghirardelli 60% cacao chips, which incidentally happen to be fantastic in a cookie recipe I’ll be posting next week. Sometimes I eat them off of a spoon with peanut butter.
8. Cheddar Cheese
I love a sharp cheddar. I mean, I love most cheese, but cheddar is my jam for real. It’s the one I eat the most of without a doubt. I throw it on salads, eat it on sandwiches, and sometimes make a meal out of cheese, crackers, and a couple of pieces of lunch meat or some pickles.
7. French Fries
Handcut, skin-on fries are my favorite, but I don’t discriminate when it comes to fries. Waffle-cut, crinkle-cut, skinny, steak fries…you name it. Potatoes plus oil plus salt equals yum. I can make a meal out of just fries. Here are my favorite recipes for making them at home: baked skinny fries and oven-fried potato wedges.
6. Crusty Bread
Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside-that’s the perfect loaf of bread for me. Warm and smeared with softened butter, or maybe dipped in olive oil…I’m happy either way. If a restaurant server sets a plate of bread in front of me before a meal I’ll be full before the salad comes, but I’m not complaining about that.
I think I mentioned in my peach breakfast crisp recipe that I love in-season peaches. I love a good strawberry and I live for MacIntosh apples in September and October, but there is nothing like a peach that makes your hands sticky when you peel it. Usually I just eat them plain but I love them in yogurt and I love to bake with them too. I’m a little sad that peach season will be just a memory before I know it. I’m sorry….I can’t talk about it right now.
White Lily biscuits, to be exact. That’s important. Did you guys know that there are people who can’t buy White Lily at the grocery store? That makes me want to cry. White Lily is made from soft red winter wheat and it makes the most perfect, beautiful biscuits you can imagine. I make them almost every Saturday, and they make me happy I’m from the South, y’all.
3. Fried Pickles
Have you guys noticed that I love fried pickles? From the first time that I ate fried pickles at the long-gone Durty Nelly’s, I have been completed enamored with them. They’re my favorite appetizer to order at a restaurant (my favorites so far are the ones at Bone’s Smokehouse). I posted my own recipe for fried pickles recently that I like even more than any restaurant fried pickles I’ve had.
I love a good burger. Great meat perfectly seared but not dried out, great cheese, soft yet chewy bun, toppings not too fancy. Sometimes bacon, but not always. There’s no more perfect meal, especially when paired with #7.
The joke in my house is this: when Philip gets hungry for an evening snack, I’ll say, “What are you having?” in a sarcastic tone because I know that the answer is cereal. He does the same to me, because he knows that the answer is popcorn. I’ve loved popcorn since I was a kid and I could eat it every day, actually. Popped in coconut oil is my favorite way, but sometimes I use a little butter and olive oil instead. Sprinkled with seasoned salt or maybe just plain old salt, either way is fine with me.
What are your food weaknesses?