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One day's about like the next these days ... up early, picking up roofing materials, working off and on until sundown. A trip to the supermarket (big wow) brought to mind a few thoughts.

1) My maternal grandmother made the best french fries. I've never been able to duplicate them. They were very soft, thin, flavorful with just the right amount of grease. I just don't care for the fast-food version anymore. Anyone you know make great fried potatoes ... or maybe you? What makes them different?

2) I got crazy and drank a half bottle of champagne I had (I've still got another) in my refrigerator Saturday night. Okay, call me irresponsible. My question is, "What do you do with leftover champagne?"

I corked it really tight and mixed it with kool-aid the next evening after working on my roof. It was actually pretty good with mandarin orange flavor. *LOL* Any better suggestions?

3) I love ketchup and of course I have my favorite. What's yours and what's the biggest bottle of ketchup you've ever bought? Is there something crazy you put ketchup on?

4) Have you ever bought food (not snacks) from a gas station? What was it and how was it?

5) Trivia Question - In The Shining, Scatman Crothers asked Danny what his favorite food was. What was it?

Answer hidden behind cut:

"French fries and ketchup."

Sure ... you knew that, didn't you?

Goodnight all!


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May. 11th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
I'm partial to Heinz Ketchup but I don't think I've ever bought it in a really big bottle.
May. 11th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
Me too, although I rarely buy the larger sizes since the grocers price the larger sizes higher than the medium sizes. It's a plot and a dirty trick to play, especially since they know most shoppers can't do math. *lol*
May. 11th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
French fries still evade me. That's one thing I'll buy packaged and have Mr. Ed fry up.

Oh my dear sweet Jesus lord god almighty!!!! Kool aid and champagne!!! Ptew, ptew, uck bleh!! Go out and buy orange juice and make a real Mimosa for christ's sake. (can you tell I despise kool-aid?) lol!

I generally buy Heinz ketchup, and the biggest container just fits in the 'fridge door compartment. Pretty big, but we have kids. The eldest believes ketchup is the only condiment. :)

I don't put ketchup on anything weird, but my customers have; they order a taco salad (in the shell) and ask for ketchup with it. Ewwwwww!!!!

Okay, btw, Mr. Ed sees nothing wrong with mixing kool-aid and champagne. Good lord you heathens! Are you conspiring aginst me, or what! LOL!!!!
May. 11th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, Kat ... if I told you how I make Kool-aid, your kids would be hugging you around the neck saying, "I love you mama!" every day. **LOL**

I'll have to think about it.

You know, I rarely buy the larger sizes of ketchup because the grocers usually price the "economy" sizes higher than the smaller sizes. I have gotten 46 oz. Heinz (my favorite) on occasion but only on sale because I am cheap.

I like ketchup on white beans occassionally and as a kid ate bananas and ketchup sandwiches once in a while. Chocolate sandwiches too, made with Hershey's cocoa and sweetened condensed milk ... but don't tell Mr. Ed and the kids.
May. 11th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
I used to eat ketchup and cheese sammiches when I was a kid and I still to this day put ketchup on scrambled eggs.

This reminds me of a scene from "All In The Family" where Archie was putting ketchup on steak and Meathead was giving him this weird look and said "you would put ketchup on a donut" and Archie replies "if it needed it, yes!"

Oh...and I like Heinz ketchup too. However we don't use much ketchup here so I don't buy any bottles, instead I save the packets we get in our fast-food takeout. I must have like 30 packets in the fridge, lol.
May. 11th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
We usually get the non brand name ketchup, because I'm cheap by necessity. ;) If Heintz is on sale, that's what I'll get.

Oh god, they'd hug me and proceed to demolish the house and scream at me like deamons from the sugar rush. :P

Your chocolate sandwiches made my sweet tooth take notice, and my other teeth ache. LOL!!
May. 11th, 2006 10:29 am (UTC)
I'm a single person who doesn't use a lot of condiments, so I've had the same standard sized bottle of ketchup for years!

And, yes, please buy some o.j. for that champagne!
May. 11th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
I had a friend we lost in 2000 (one of my ghost friends you may have read about) whom I was crazy about for years. She once told me she liked fuzzy navels and I kept frozen orange juice and peach schnapps just in case (it was complicated).

In a fit of melancholy and longing and celebration, I finished them off about three months ago and had a sentimental old time. It's not as much fun sharing and laughing though.

I can consume a half-bottle of normal-sized ketchup (Heinz) when in the mood so maybe you'd better stock up just in case you ever entertain someone like me ... not that you need food to be entertaining but it's a nice touch.
May. 11th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
If I ever entertain someone and food is part of the festivities, I hope ketchup wouldn't be involved!
May. 11th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
I make potato omelets and put ketchup on it. I like mustard on my cheese sandwiches and add a little to mayo with sweet pickle to make a fried shrimp dipping sauce or to put on burgers.

A little tabasco on fried eggs is very good too.
May. 11th, 2006 11:42 am (UTC)
well since we are a family of 6 we buy the humongous bottle of ketchup from 'sam's club' - don't know if they have those down there. one of those big buy by the gross save money stores. the bottles so big rowan can't really do it himself. i prefer to buy 'red gold' which is an indiana brand but can't get it at sam's. we call it the magic sauce because according to the kids makes everything taste better. hope that says everything about them and nothing bout my cooking...

but i make the best fried potatoes cause i add onions and good curry powder :)
yes, kids add ketchup.

top of the mornin to ya Ed.
May. 11th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
Mornin' ... :)

It's blustery in chilly this morning as a cool front is moving in. The birds are still singing.

I use curry powder from a natural food store so I'll have to try that with onions on my fries. I make potato omelets with yellow and green onions too so I'll have to try that. Thanks!

My grandmother's fries, like I said, weren't very crispy at all, just soft and stringy but so tasty. This was a rural area so I imagine the potatoes were better too. Do you use red potatoes, russets, or what? How do you slice them? Do you soak them? Sorry for asking about the details but I've been so disappointed the last few years making them. I think it might be the potatoes we get.

Have a good day and good luck with Mary!

May. 11th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Spuds
good with yellow potatoes and the regular whites that aren't the really dry kind - i don't like those at all and yeah, sometimes i get them mistakenly and try to remember what kind it was so i can avoid them.

dont soak. i cube them (approx you know), oh 'bout inch cubes. fry in butter with all keeping the lid on for the initial cooking. then when soft but not falling apart i cook with the lid off to make sure they are browned and steam away the extra moisture.
May. 11th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Spuds
I know someone who makes them something like that and they are scrumptious. I'm on a short break (the winds are strong but it's a gorgeous day) but when I have more time I'll tell you about a potato dish I used to make with clarified butter. *lol* And I'm allergic!!!

Oh, my! :)
May. 11th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Spuds

indian my favorite food
May. 11th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, I just though of a cute idea. Get one of those smaller sqeeze-bottles and put some ketchup in it just for Rowan. You could put his name or picture or something clever (This spud's for you - I'm reaching) you might think of.

Yes, we have Sam's here. I've been wanting to get a big container of olive oil from there but I'd have to go with a member (I think my parents still are). I wonder if they have exotic brands of ketchup too?

Okay ... work time!
May. 11th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
I rarely eat ketchup. Love my fries plain with salt or the french way, dipped in mayo.

lol I know.


May. 12th, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
My sister ate them that way ... also made mayonaisse sanwiches which grossed us out. I load my fries with black pepper, too.
May. 12th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
mmmm mayo n cucumber sandwiches..............mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

I like bbq chips with tons of pepper, does that make me weirder?
May. 13th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
Yes, cucumber sandwiches are great, especially with home-grown cukes. Tomato and cucumber sandwiches (we get homegrown creoles) are very good too. I make veggie subs often and add mayo, mustard and italian dressing to the veggies.
May. 11th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
All I ever do with leftover champagne is... well, drink it (as quickly as possible, or it will go flat, and that's nasty)! *lol*
May. 11th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, and mayo all the way on fries... NO KETCHUP... My grandmother's fries are the best I've EVER had!! *drool*
May. 12th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
My sister ate them like that with mayo. You know what? I'm going to have to make some fish 'n' chips soon and try out that malt vinegar you recommended. Maybe I'll post a picture.
May. 12th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
Fish and chips, huh? Don't make me drool too badly, okay? *lol*

... and I'm totally in love with your Robin Hood icon there! *sigh*
May. 12th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
Please feel free to use it April. Errol Flynn is the only Robin Hood and The Adventures of Robin Hood (TAORH) is the ultimate fun adventure movie. The dialogue alone is the reason today's movies suffer by comparison, and don't even mention the awful KC version ... terrible!

I'll see if I can find more RH icons whenever I get free time. You DID see TAORH, didn't you?
May. 12th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
Well OF COURSE - did you have to ask? *lol* ^_~
May. 12th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
fish n chips with vinager.....I am drooling
May. 12th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
woohoo another mayo lover!!!
May. 11th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
Hey... :D The australian/english coffee shop we go to makes really good seasoned potatoes. They are mostly little squarish shapes with the skin still on and I am not exactly sure how she cooks them but they are so yummy and have a neat seasoning on them. I love them with ketchup and Mike eats his plain or with HP sauce which is an english type steak sauce.
When I met Mike when we were just friends and I was dating his roommate... he almost always had a big glass of rum mixed with Koolaid. LOL I was only like 15 1/2 16 yrs old but I would take sips from his glass. It was pretty yummy. He still does it sometimes.
I love ketchup and so does Ian. Ian put ketchup on his strawberry jello the other night!!! Ewwwwww... I think he was being funny but he ate alot of it.
I sometimes put a little ketchup on my mashed potatoes if they don't have gravy on them. I like to dip my chicken salad sandwiches from Chik FilA in ketchup. I also like to dip my grilled cheese in ketchup sometimes. Mike likes ketchup, mustard, worstershire sauce on his mac and cheese where I like my mac and cheese kinda mixed with apple sauce. :D Of course a cheeseburger isn't a cheeseburger without ketchup and mayo.
Oh I usually buy the regular 24oz bottles of ketchup either heinz or hunts.
I guess if my blood tests I did yesterday come back that I have gestational diabetes I guess it is bye bye ketchup for me and all other foods with sugar... atleast until after the baby is born. I need to cut back anyways so I can lose this weight after Edwina gets here. LOL Still can't decide on a name.
As for the shining question I can not remember! I would guess but I just can't think. What is it?
May. 11th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
oh duh... answer was in the post... I was thinking ice cream. I need to watch that movie again.. such a good one.
May. 11th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
I saw it again a few weeks ago again and I love it more each time. I love Shelley Duvall more each time I see it too. Her personal life was kind of in shambles at the time too, poor thing.

Did I ever send you here?

May. 11th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
Wow ... you've given me all kinds of ideas. I must say, Eileen, you're my kinda woman. *LOL* You've got to be so much fun. Everyone laughs at me and my Kook-aid but when I have time I'll tell you my killer recipe for tea with Kool-aid. Hey, a little rum would probably go good in it. Btw, I mix mayo with a little mustard for my burgers, also sandwiches with ham and cold cuts.

You know, it is kinda hard to pick a name that goes well with Ian. It's almost like you need a one syllable name. Edwina Haley does have a certain flair though. :)
May. 11th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
Kook-aid? **LOL** Too much sun again!
May. 12th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
so you gonna try some applesauce with your mac and cheese? LOL mmmmm yum
I am going to try to make your alfredo sauce sunday FINALLY atleast that is the plan. I don't cook much during the week when Mike is gone... its grilled cheese, spaghetti, etc. Easy stuff. :D
I think I am alot of fun. I like mixing may and mustard too and mayo and ketchup.
Have a good weekend Ed.
May. 12th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
I wish I had more time to write you guys but I'm off to Homew Depot for more materials. You all give me so many things to respond to.

I may pass on the applesauce but poached apples with cinnamon and brown sugar on the side sounds good to me.

I haven't had time to make the cookies yet but had planned on making some for birthday gifts (and myself) this month. I have one on the 13th (yikes) and mother and daughter at the end of the month.

I'll sure let you know how they come out.
May. 12th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
oh did you make potato chip cookies yet? :D
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