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list your top 6 "happy foods". the foods that when you eat them, make you want to do a little dance in your seat. can be restaurant, junk food, home-made, whatever. (and if you want to include recipes for the home-made ones, i won't object!)
my answers:

1. Godfather's Pizza - sausage and mushroom.  (Just like we'd get at lunchtime in high school!)
2. Hong shao niu rou mien (red-cooked beef noodle soup).  Also known as szechuan beef soup noodles, at Mary Chung's, though they use kinda bad quality meat for theirs.  I should make some of this again sometime, now that I just dug up the recipe.

RED COOKED BEEF WITH NOODLES (hongshao niuroumien)

1 1/2 pounds beef       Cut the beef into 2-inch cubes.

3-inch piece fresh      Peel the ginger, then chop it coarsely into pieces
  ginger                the size of a pea.

8 cloves garlic         Smash the garlic cloves with the flat side of your
                        cleaver, then peel, but don't chop.

5 scallions             Clean the scallions, then chop two of them, both
                        the green part and white, into tiny pieces, about 
                        the size of a match head; leave the others whole.

1/2 cup peanut oil      Heat your wok or pan over a moderately high flame
                        for about 15 seconds, then pour in the oil.  It 
                        should be hot enough to cook with when the first
                        tiny bubbles form and a few small wisps of smoke

(garlic & ginger)       When the oil is ready, throw in the garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons hot       ginger, hot pepper paste, Szechwan peppercorns, whole
  pepper paste          scallions, and beef.  Stir-fry these ingredients over
1 teaspoon Szechwan     a fairly high flame for 1 minute, using your cooking
  peppercorns           shovel or spoon to scoop the ingredients from the 
(the whole scallions)   sides of the pan and then stir them around in the
(beef)                  middle, so every piece of meat is exposed to the hot 

1 teaspoon granulated   Add the sugar and soy sauce and continue stir-frying
  sugar                 the contents of the pan for 2 more minutes.
3 tablespoons soy sauce 

water                   Pour in enough water to cover the meat and bring it
                        to a boil.  Then lower the flame, cover the pan, and 
                        let the meat simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, or until
                        it has become very soft.

1 pound noodles, fresh  About 15 minutes before you are ready to eat, prepare
  Chinese or fettucine  the noodles according to the directions on the package.

(beef)                  When the beef is thoroughly cooked, taste the broth 
1 teaspoon salt, or to  for seasoning.  Then add the salt.  Sprinkle the beef
  taste                 with the chopped scallions and serve.
(chopped scallions)

3. a tie between grilled cheese sandwich and PBJ (crunchy peanut butter) w/ milk
4. 40-clove chicken with asparagus
5. hungarian beef goulash
6. steamed chinese bun with pork and vegetable (like the ones at Mary's dim sum... but homemade) - need to try to make these for myself sometime too.


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Mar. 8th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, fooooood:

6. Cap'n Crunch Berries cereal - I just never get sick of this cereal. It's fun to eat, too, because I like to fish out with my spoon all the non-berries and eat those first. Then I eat the crunch berries at the end.

5. Chicken fajitas from Dos Amigos - A restaurant in Rochester that makes the very best fajitas in my opinion. Gawd, my mouth waters just thinking about them.

4. Scallops in garlic butter sauce - Definitely one of my favorite "upscale" meals. Having lived in the midwest my whole life, this is a very rare treat that I always indulge in when I'm visiting the coastal regions.

3. Perfectly ripe pear - Pears have always been my favorite fruit. Nothing beats a juicy pear on a warm summer day.

2. Mom's Banana Cake - Another comfort food from childhood. It was always such a treat when Mom would make banana cake, and it didn't happen often.

1. Kraft Mac & Cheese - The ultimate comfort food for me.
Mar. 9th, 2005 05:03 am (UTC)
ohhhhhhhhhhh 40-clove chicken.

hissilliness makes it for me. so good.
Mar. 10th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC)
hey, we should get together and cook one day.
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