A while ago (oh crap, years ago?) a friend of mine asked a relatively simple question (how do you pantry) that ended up spawning an entire collection of posts. Because, as it turns out, I seem to know a lot about pantrying. For those who may not know me irl, I happen to know a lot about a truly awe-inspiring random assortment of things...most of them to do with cooking. Or eating.
What I'd like to do is designate Thursdays as 'Dear Fat Girl' Day - kinda exactly like Dear Abby, but with ME (and hopefully YOU)! I'm hoping you guys will send in questions - important, not important, always wanted to know but no idea how to google into it, already know the answer but want to find out my slant on it, whatever - so I can unabashedly utilize your prompts to help me get back into the swing of things, blog wise.
Because, seriously you guys, blogging is hard. I'm an extremely opinionated person, and I love to write, and...yeah. Something about a digitally-perfect, crisp white page leaves me with the profound feeling that I've got nothing left to say. Which is clearly NOT TRUE, for anyone who's had a conversation with me - EVER.
Here's a recent example of the kinds of questions I get fairly regularly (via fb messages or frantic odd-hour texts) from friends and family:
FRIEND: Jenaaaa!! WHY DOES THIS TASTE LIKE APPLE PIE?! What black magic is this?! http://cakercooking.blogspot.ca/2011/05/mock-apple-pie.html
ME: Honestly? Because apple is a very subtle flavor that is often overpowered by its own sweetness. In this recipe (which I've enjoyed many times), you're getting the bulk of what apple pie flavor actually is - sweet cinnamon. The sugar takes the place of the natural sweetness of the apples (remember, very little of their own flavor), while boiling the crackers helps them take on the unique texture of baked apples (95% mush, 5% grittiness). The crowning glory in this particular fakeout is the maltiness of the crackers' aroma - which, when sensed in the context of PIE/SWEET/CINNAMON/APPLE TEXTURE, makes your brain go clickaclickawhirclicka oh, there's that apple flavor, yeah!
FRIEND: You're amazing. You should start a food ... science ... bit. Over on Fat Girl Food. I've been reading through some AMAZING mid-century recipes and ohhhh I have questions.
Ask and ye shall receive. I now demand payment - in the form of questions. Why do I hear Jeopardy music?
So please, submit your questions either via the comment section below, or the Fat Girl fb page, or email them to me directly. And now, if you'll excuse me, I've got a freshly roasted brisket begging to come out of the oven.