Come into the Confessional

by Cate on November 2, 2005

OK, it’s all Amy’s fault. She has single-handledly managed to get us food bloggers doing mass confessionals to get our deep-seated food-focused secrets off our chest.

Here goes:

I have Velveeta in my pantry.

Not only do I have Velveeta in my pantry, I have Cheez Whiz too.

Not only do I have Velveeta and Cheez Whiz in my pantry, I use them.

In high school, I used to eat Campbells’ Cream of Mushroom Soup straight from the can.

In an effort to redeem my foodie-worthiness against the aforementioned Velveeta and Cheez Whiz, I have an entire shelf in a cabinet devoted to just different salts and peppers.

I do not own a rolling pin, bread machine, or for that matter, a pasta maker.

I love, love, love, triple love, my red Kitchen Aid mixer and my dishwasher.

I love foodie field trips, thinking nothing of driving an hour just to get a great selection of Indian spices.

I love lobster, but if I order it whole in a restaurant, The Husband has to take it apart for me, because I can’t bring myself to look at the eyes and face.

The Husband hates when I order whole lobsters in a restaurant. See above.

I find it really hard to take apart a rotisserie chicken, and The Husband usually has to save me and do it. I could so be a vegetarian if I put my mind to it.

I don’t sift flour when a recipe calls for it.

When a recipe instructs you to mix wet ingredients separately from dry ingredients, I skip all that frivolity and just put it all in one bowl with reckless abandon (and no ill effects, I might add!).

I can’t bring myself to drink hot drinks and my Mom is continually amazed that at age 35, I have yet to have coffee or tea.

If I am really, really, really, really cold and succumb to drinking hot chocolate, I do it with a straw squeezed tightly so it comes up to my mouth r-e-a-l-l-y slowly and in small doses.

I like The Husband’s Cuban Black Beans better than The Sister-in-Law’s (hope I don’t get in trouble for that one!).

I have had a citrus juicer for about a year now, and it’s still in its box.

I have had a butter crock for about 8 months now, and it’s still in its box.

I swear I needed the above two items and will be opening the boxes any day now.

I have over 1000 cookbooks, and still counting!

I believe one can never have too many spatulas.

I love 7-11 Coke-flavored Slurpees and The Husband surprises me with them occasionally. Oh how I love The Husband, let me count the ways…

I realize that this list could go on forever … geesh, I’ve been harboring a lot! I’ll end tonight with just one more:

There are two commercial food products that I try really hard not to buy, because I have no self-control if they’re in the house (you’ll have to tune in tomorrow to find out what those two items are)… in the meantime, it’s your turn. The Confessional is open. What are your confessions?

P.S. For those looking for the Pumpkin French Toast Recipe and/or the Swedish Pancakes recipe, they’re available on the sidebar now. :)

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah Lou November 2, 2005 at 2:11 am

I love the movie I confess and have seen it over 10 times. Afterall, it was shot in Quebec.


Amy November 2, 2005 at 2:52 am

I think this is a lot of fun.


Amy Sherman November 2, 2005 at 4:01 am

Oh my gosh–1000 cookbooks! You put me to shame! Excellent effort, thanks for picking up the baton.


Alicat November 2, 2005 at 4:22 am

Holy Crap! OVER 1000????? Damn woman!!!


Punky November 2, 2005 at 5:05 am

I did something like this a few weeks ago and its so fun to learn other peoples little secrets in the kitchen. And I must echo everyone else’s response… 1000??? Holy cow.

I think I figured out this whole permalink thing too. My confessions


Brenda November 2, 2005 at 11:53 am

I love cookbooks,too, but I don’t think I have 1,000! I probably have at least 1,000 cut/torn from magazines & newspapers! The thing is–I rarely use them–do you?


Clare Eats November 2, 2005 at 1:43 pm

velvetta and cheez whiz….. hmmm

I guess that is the Australian version of the American sterotype! LOL

1000 cookbooks, you ar ejust lucky you live so far away ;)


Goldilocks November 2, 2005 at 2:49 pm

Never had tea or coffee…
Yay! I am only 20 and have never had tea or coffee – and can’t bring myself to either!


Sara November 2, 2005 at 9:44 pm

I love bread with butter and hp.


LisaSD November 3, 2005 at 3:16 pm

1. I don’t taste things I prepare before I serve them.
2. I prefer to cook/bake alone.
3. I will eat almost anything with a few toasted pine nuts sprinkled on top.
4. I am intimidated by yeast.
5. I am intimidated by having to roll out dough, especially if I need to make it a certain size or thickness or shape.
6. I don’t think fresh parsley adds anything to a dish and just won’t use it, despite what Giada tries to tell me.
7. I only cook things I like. Hubby and Kiddo are out of luck. EXCEPT, I will make them wild Alaskan salmon about once every two weeks, because it’s so good for their hearts.
8. I don’t like fruit that has been baked. Fruit pies, fruit turnovers, fruit tarts. Any kind of baked fruit. Except apple muffins, wherein the apple has been chopped very small.
9. No raisins in baked goods!
10. Avocado, almonds, and chocolate are my three favorite things.
11. I have never tasted a pomegranate. I have never tasted a persimmon. I have never tasted many fruits and vegetables.
12. Even the finest olive oil tastes like supermarket brand to me.
13. My favorite kitchen gadget is my microplane.
14. I put my wooden spoons in the dishwasher.
15. I never owned a stand mixer until Xmas 2004. I never owned a food processor until last week.
16. All of my nonstick cookware is scratched, and I suspect I should probably throw it away. Anyone know?
17. I use my immersion blender in my nonstick cookware. That probably explains that.
18. I always, always have something rotting in the vegetable drawer because I forgot that I bought it. I put off cleaning out the fridge because I feel so guilty about all the rotted food. I can hear my penny-pinching mother gasp.
19. I think about food every waking minute. It’s a wonder I’m not huge.
20. I don’t enjoy eating out as much as I used to. I think I’m getting a bit cocky–thinking I could make something better at home.


Cate November 4, 2005 at 2:19 pm

Sarah Lou – what movie is that from?

Amy – me too!

Amy Sherman – Thanks for kicking off such a fun idea!

Alicat – hey, it’s research for you guys! :)

Punky – but it doesn’t really look like that many. ;)

Brenda – I try to use them frequently, but don’t use them as much as I’d like. Once our renovations are done, they’ll be a bit better organized, and that will help. And, unfortunately, the clippings and magazines are just as bad. I’m quite the written-word addict, in any medium.

Clare Eats – uh oh, are we getting a bad rap? ;) And hey, if you lived closer, I’d have to get more cookbooks, ’cause then I’d be sharing!

Goldilocks – a woman after my own heart! Thanks for visiting my site. :)

Sara – what is hp?

LisaSD – I definitely found myself nodding to more than just a few of your confessions, which reminds me … must.clean.fridge.


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