Tuesday, March 27

On chocolate and books

Patrice had good questions this week, so I thought I'd take a crack at Farmhouse Chats.
What was your favorite book as a child?

I had varying degrees of being a child, so I had varying favorites. For instance, when I was little, my favorites were The Bike Lesson and Go, Dog, Go. Then as I learned to read on my own, I had all kinds of favorites. I remember being absolutely in love with Kavik the Wolf Dog, by Walt Morey. I just loved going with Kavik on his 2000 mile journey because it fascinated me so much.

 Later on there were the Melendy books by Elizabeth Enright. Hands down the best kids stories ever, even better than Beverley Cleary (although I do have a soft spot in my heart for Henry Huggins).  

Dark chocolate, Milk Chocolate, or White Chocolate?

 I prefer milk chocolate, the cheaper, the better. White chocolate is okay, for instance, white chocolate chips in a big old chocolate cookie. Yum yum. Dark chocolate is too bitter for me, except in chocolate chip cookies with dark chips. Then it's absolutely divine.  

What's your biggest "pet peeve" when it comes to your kitchen?

 That it's dark. It gets depressing cooking away in the darkest room in the apartment. Also it gets really hot in there. We got a little graph from our electric company about our average daily electrical uses, and there's a big spike at breakfast and dinner, when I run my stove. Well gee, you think?  

Do you use any type of water filter in your home? (Whole house, faucet mount, or pitcher)

 Just a pitcher with a filter that's long past dead, because filters are so freaking expensive. But it still improves the taste of the water.  

What's the herb you use the most in cooking?

Chili powder and cumin. I cook a lot of Mexican dishes, and I'm always running out of those. Also onions, garlic, and oregano. Maybe oregano is the most used, because it goes into the Italian dishes as well as the Mexican ones.

 Thanks for the chat this week, Patrice!


Farm Girl said...

I love, love that photograph. When I first saw it I thought you had it done at a studio.
I forgot about Walt Morey.
I will have to try white chocolate chips in cookies.
Back to that picture you will have to get that blown up and give it to me for Christmas. :) Is March to early for a idea? :)

Suzanne McClendon said...

We use a lot of onions and garlic around here, too. We put them in most everything.

I'm sorry that your kitchen is hot and dark. Will they allow you to paint in your apartment, the walls in the kitchen at least? I hope so.

Have a great week!

EmptyNester said...

If I added hot and dark to my kitchen..wait, it does get hot..ok, if I added dark to my tiny, hot kitchen, I'd probably NEVER venture in there again! LOL

Rachel E. said...

I use a lot of chili powder and cumin as well. I love the flavor of cumin.

Dreaming said...

I'm so glad you joined the chat on the porch. I laughed when you said "Go, Dog, Go" was one of your favorites. I can't tell you how many times I read that to my kids! I enjoyed Beverly Cleary's books, too.

Patrice said...

Cute photo! I'm glad you liked the questions this week. Glad to have you drop by!My kitchen is sunny, but my dining room is dark. I just painted it butter yellow with white trim. It's much cheerier, but it looks gold at night, I like cumin. I grew up with lots of Mexican Food since my mom was from Southern California. Have a great week!


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