Naughty or Nice?

3 Jul

I am a true foodie.  I like to talk about food, look at food, and share food.  I take pictures of food I make.  I take pictures of food I eat out.  I brag about food, whether I eat it out or make it.  If I have a fabulous meal, I talk about it.  I think about food combinations.  I look for food inspiration in colors, farmers markets, menus, cocktail conversations, supermarket shelves…so basically everywhere.  That’s a foodie.   And we like to hang out with other foodies that are as intellectual and sophisticated (uummm dorky!) as we are.


I also love nutrition and wellness.  Good nutrition is an important value in my life.  I like to cook from scratch with fresh wholesome ingredients.  I have been raising my children with this philosophy too.  They are not, even as they have grown into teenagers, big fans of fast food.  If they do, on occasion, eat fast food, they come home and ask that their next meal be, in my daughters words, “healthy and good”.  I am thankful for this.  It is important to their overall well being that they not only like, but choose and eat natural whole foods.  But every once in a while, we all get a little naughty!

I had Fried Green Tomatoes for the first time a couple of years ago in Hilton Head, South Carolina.  Then again in Charleston, South Carolina.  I am not a big fan of fried food, but oh man, the Fried Green Tomatoes were delish!  I recently had the opportunity to have them again and was with a dining companion that had never had Fried Green Tomatoes.  Game on!  Of course I ordered them to bring my companion to the naughty side!  Luckily my friends are always ready to try new foods and get on board with fun fare when they are with me.  Even if its a little naughty.

The Tomatoes came to the table with a beautiful presentation.  The Fried Green Tomatoes rested on a bed of lovely fresh mixed greens, and my favorite, arugula.  The plate was drizzled with sauce and had a side of sweet smoky apple chutney.  What an amazing pairing!  The colors on the plate were appealing, and the taste matched the presentation…fantastic!  The plate was pleasing to the eyes, the nose, and the palate.  When that happens, the foodie in me emerges and I just gotta talk about it!


Fried Green Tomatoes!  Yum!

Fried Green Tomatoes! Yum!


The Fried Green Tomatoes were followed by the next course.  It was a well prepared Monte Cristo sandwich.  I have made Monte Cristo Sandwiches.   When I have made them in the past, I have fried them. Whole.   I served the sandwiches with a homemade raspberry relish for dipping.  The Monte Cristo that was came with the Fried Green Tomatoes was a departure from those I had enjoyed in the past.  The Monte Cristo sandwich pictures below was on a french toast style bread and served with maple syrup for dipping.  I admit, when this came to the table, I was a skeptic.  But this time it was my companion that expanded MY palate.  The combination was amazing.  And it was a combination that I would not have thought of, which is why I appreciated it so much.

Monte Cristo Sandwich with a side of maple syrup


As I said, I value good nutrition.  I value my good health.  I value fresh wholesome food.  Once in a while, though, I depart from this.  After all, in moderation, most everything can be good.  Even if it is comfort food that is good for the soul but maybe not the arteries!   But sometimes being naughty is nice!!



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