Category Archives: Foodie University

Ask and You Will Receive

So, I am on day 3 of a 14 day low carb cleanse.  It is actually not as bad as I expected it to be and I am discovering some really great recipes along the way. Between the diet and football season approaching you can probably guess the food I am currently obsessed with, yes, soup.  Here is the recipe of my current favorite soup.  Enjoy, and send me your favorite Low Carb Recipe.

Kale and White Bean Soup with Golden Beets and Spicy Sausage

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Photo Credit and Recipe  EatLiveRun.com

Make it and enjoy it!!!

Ingredients:

1/2 lb spicy chicken sausage, casing removed and thickly sliced

2 medium sized golden beets, peeled and diced

2 large carrots, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1 leek, thinly sliced

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 quarts low-sodium chicken broth

2 15-oz cans white beans, drained and rinsed

1 large bunch green kale, chopped

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp pepper

Directions:

Heat the olive oil over medium high heat and add the thinly sliced leeks. Saute for five minutes then add sausage.

Brown sausage then add carrots, beets and celery. Toss to combine and continue cooking for another six minutes. Add kale and beans and cook until kale just starts to wilt.

Add chicken broth, salt, red pepper flakes and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.

Serve with warm crusty sourdough bread on the side.

Time:

1 hour

And yes, I know there is no warm crusty bread on my Carb Free living right now.  But, it would be a delicious addition!

Landlocked No More

Oklahoma gets a bad wrap.  Not all the time…it deserves an eye roll every time there is a shirtless man telling about the latest tornado.  Not to mention summers are HOT with only the relief of luke warm pools and dirty holes in the ground to cool off.  Winter is usually cold  with little snow and an abundance of ice.

But, things are really looking up around here.  We now have the Thunder, our local NBA team.  Devon is erecting a huge tower in downtown that will forever change our city’s skyline.  The Myriad Gardens have become a amazing place to spend an afternoon and I cannot get enough of the amazing restaurants and multiple art districts.

Law Man and I love our date nights.  Last week was no different.  I was feeling a little under the weather and he was running late so I killed a little time on Twitter.  @LudivineOKC was serving a Seafood Stew and it sounded delicious.  Much to my surprise, when LM walked in and said we were heading to Ludivine I was THRILLED and I knew exactly what I was going to order.  The Stew was delicious and I got a crazy hair that I could recreate this little bit of heaven.

Tuesday I stopped by Whole Foods (Oklahoma even has a Whole Foods now and it is minutes from my house).  I stocked up on fresh seafood (Squid, Scallops and EVEN Mussels) and headed down the bean aisle to find some dark colored lentils.  I measured out the correct amount and checked out.  I was sure not to close off the bag mussels because they “would suffocate” I was told.  Who knew they were still alive in the store?  Probably a stupid question, but I am in the middle of the landlocked states.

It took me a good 24 hours to find the courage to combine the two recipes that I thought I could adjust to create just the meal I was going for, but I did it.  Last night I, Amy Curran, made a seafood stew from scratch….fresh fish and all.  And, it did not disappoint.  I will definitely make this stew again.  Next time I will invite over some friends because it made enough for the entire street.  So, I am officially landlocked no more.

International Bacon Day

In honor of International Bacon Day!!!  Thanks Aunt Cindy for not allowing me to miss this important day.

 

Not in My House — Foodie Lesson 2

Foodie is all too often viewed in a negative light.  Some think that it implies that you are a luxury snob or knowledge snob.  I strongly disagree.  I will freely admit that I can be a hotel snob and the State Fair continues to yuck me out.  However, foodie is not a term of snobbishness.  Foodie, to me, implies an interest in how food is made, prepared, its cultural background, emotion that is evoked and much, much, more.

Are Foodies emotional eaters?  No, you are totally missing the point.  A Foodie just recognizes that there is often emotion evoked in the smells and tastes of food from our past.  Remember the holiday stuffing?!?!  How can you forget the stuffing?

Foodies only go to exclusive restaurants and eateries?  Again, no.  Foodies like to go to places who think about what they are serving.  They get just as hyped when they are at a BBQ joint in Colorado that serves Fried Green Tomatoes as a side option (I *heart* Kirby Cosmos) as they do when they go to the upscale, all local, ever changing Ludivine here in OKC.

Wikipedia defines a foodie as different from gourmets in that “gourmets are epicures of refined taste, whereas foodies are amateurs who simply love food for consumption, study, preparation, and news. Gourmets simply want to eat the best food, whereas foodies want to learn everything about food, both the best and the ordinary, and about the science, industry, and personalities surrounding food.”

They go on to explain, “typical foodie interests and activities include the food industry, wineries and wine tasting, breweries and beer sampling, food science, following restaurant openings and closings and occasionally reopenings, food distribution, food fads, health and nutrition, cooking classes, culinary tourism, and restaurant management.”  For me it Foodie also implies local food, wine, beer, restaurants, grocery stores, farmer’s markets, etc.

You get the picture?!?!  If not, how about a little list to simplify the situation a bit.

You might be a Foodie if:

  • you LOVE to take pictures of well plated food…..or any food for that matter.
  • you often tell your dining companions that they should pick something to eat that they are “passionate” about.  (Usually they look at you like you are totally crazy.)
  • you much prefer to go to a restaurant that has a chef rather than a daily special.
  • you have an internal rule to never order the same thing twice.
  • you want to be the first of your friends and family to go to a new restaurant or grocery store so you can form your own, unbiased opinion.
  • you research restaurants and breweries in cities you visit more than the hotel or shopping.
  • you would rather have water than a Budweiser or Coors product.
  • every season you pick a dish “to master” and then you make every foodie you know try it and give their opinion.
  • you think presentation is as much of a part of the dining experience as the food itself.
  • when people ask you how your vacation went and you tell them where you ate.
  • you know whether Mangalista is a vegetable, breed of pig, or a type of pasta.
I am sure there are a lot more, but I think you get the picture.  What are your opinions of the word Foodie?

Primer on Foodie Movies: Lesson 1

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I posted a question into the Twitterverse last week asking, What are your favorite foodie movies?  I did not get one single response.  Apparently I am the only one who keeps a running list of foodie movies.  That is a sad state of affairs people.  The only response I did get….I assume….was an invite to the First Annual Foodie Film Festival here in OKC.  I will be attending and if you follow this Primer Series, you will be ready and informed to participate too.

In that vain, I am going to do a mini-series of posts to educate my readers on Foodie Movies.  While, we are going through this, please feel free to make comments, ask questions or just totally disagree.  This should be fun!

To kick things off, how about we talk about 5 similarities between Vampire Movies and Foodie Movies.  Full disclosure** I am not really a fan of vampire movies or television shows with heavy bloodsucking themes.  I understand they are a big deal right now, but they just do not peak my interest.  However, I do think there are some similarities between Vampire Films and Foodie Flims that might help others find an appreciation for the latter.

 

  1. Death(or lack there of) & Food — Universality:  These are themes that have been around for ever and no matter what part of the world you are from you have to have food and you will die.
  2. The first kill & Learning to boil an egg — Growth and Initiation:  In most all great Vampire Films and Foodie Flicks there is a great deal of the plot focusing on learning the trade, so to speak.  Learning to master that perfect meal, on one hand.  And mastering the art of surviving eternal life.
  3. Flickering candles & Laying out all of the ingredients– Ritual:  Everyone who cooks has some sort of ritual.  I love to spend days researching and planning each course of a good meal.  I hunt all over town for the best ingredients.  Pour myself a glass of red wine.  Then, the ritual of actually preparing the meal begins.  Those of us who adore this process, like to watch the process of others.  Hence another big theme in Foodie Movies.  For Vampire movies, I can only assume it is similar to the ritual of becoming a bloodsucking corpse.  Although the ritual varies it is always present.
  4. Incense, chants, exchange of power & Spices, kitchen sounds, food on the lips of the characters — Sensuality:  This can mean sensuality in a sexual way.  But, both types of film appeal to us because of the way they fulfill all of the senses.
  5. The Handsome Protagonist & The Kitchen or raw food — Lust:  Let’s just agree that if the sound goes out or the plot spirals in circles, as long as we have something to lust over, we are going to keep watching.

 

By the way, if I disappear off the face of the earth in the future and someone decides to look at the history on my browser PLEASE tell them I did not run off to join a Vampire Cult.I had to do some research for this little post.