Monthly Archives: January 2011

Working on the next list….

“We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.” – food writer Adelle Davis

This blog started off as a happy distraction to turning 30.  In that regard it was HIGHLY successful as 30 came and went in a swirl of champagne and lobster.  It was also successful by measure of total butter consumption, increased dinner parties, and a spike in the use of puff pastry.

So, as I get ready to launch the NEXT LIST I need your help.  I had been brainstorming a “theme” for my list, when I realized we’re 31 weeks from my 31st birthday.  As we say in the flyover house it was “MTB” (Meant To Be).   So, the next list created itself:  31 Before 31.

There are so many classic recipes and quintessential dishes out there….time for me to conquer 31 more that I’ve never before attempted.  Here’s where you come in: I need help filling up the remainder of the list.  I’m stuck at number 22.

So tell me, what are you “quintessential” dishes?  Are they things your grandmother made from scratch?  Or a favorite item you always order at restaurants? Or just things you’ve heard of again and again?

I have a couple of each category on the list so far:  rack of lamb (classic); Baked Alaska (heard of it…no idea what it is); gnocchi (ordered again and again); and I have perogies on the list, mostly to win points with my mom.

Also, I added a type of bread to the list at the request of a friend who thinks its “funny when you get frustrated”.  See what a good sport I am!?

Ok, so give me your ideas.  I still need 8 or 9 mores to round out this list of mine.  Send me your classics….help!

xoxo Flyover Foodie

p.s. I’m so excited to get cooking again! I’ve missed you.

p.p.s. Confession: I already started the first item on the new list!!!

Me vs. The Wings

A long overdue recap of the fourth annual showdown of Me vs. the Chicken Wings:

As you might remember, I was pretty nervous before my annual foray into overeating.  Eating like a cave man in front of a couple hundred people is weirdly intimidating.  Who knew?  But I told those wings what’s what.

Let’s take a look at some of the photographic evidence:

chicken wings

A few of my competitors....I'm the one on the right. Note the giant mountains of wings. Also notice that I may actually be partially asphyxiating in this picture.

Another "action" photo.

We’re going to need a close up of that one….

chicken wings

Not now chief, I'm in the zone....

I think, if you look close enough, you can actually see my sodium levels rising.  So how did it turn out?  My goal was to eat one more wing than last year…which would have brought me to 48 wings in 15 minutes.  Did I make it?!

You bet your ass I did.  And then some.

Fifty. One.

Fifty-One

Please note my face is plastered with both sauce and a smile.  At one point I actually had to eat blindfolded….psssh.  It didn’t even slow me down.

My wing eating efforts raised over $1,000 for the I-CARE charity founded by my friends.  So proud to work with them!

I was happy my nervous butterflies moved over and made some room for all those wings! Thanks for the emails and texts cheering me on.  Only 9 months until I weigh the pro’s and con’s of eating in 2011’s event.

xoxo The Flyover Foodie

p.s. I’m the worst blogger ever.  This weekend I was TOTALLY committed to writing several new posts.  And no joke, our internet was down.   I’m hoping that’s not an omen….