Thursday, February 26, 2009

Observations on Food

*I had a coupon today for Hostess. I realized that I'd never given my kids Twinkies. Obviously, there's a reason for that, but I figured one taste wouldn't kill them, and pop culture is full of Twinkie jokes, so they need to understand their origins. I also realized I hadn't had Twinkies in a really long time, either.

OMG they suck. I haven't eaten anything so horrible that was supposed to be good in, like, ever. I actually threw it away.

**I wanted to get some nuts today, too, and the store had Planter's cashew halves and pieces on sale. I'd recently decided I like the halves and pieces better than whole cashews, because they're crunchier and have more of a roasted flavor. Bonus: they're cheaper. So the ones I bought today have "Pure Sea Salt" on them. I didn't know what that would mean. The stuff I've eaten with sea salt before didn't have a regular-salt equivalent.

OMG, these are good! I have no idea if there's a health benefit to sea salt (i.e. lower sodium level?) but yuu-uum.

***Have you noticed the new trend in fundraising? Instead of spending way too much money on junky trinkets or teeny containers of nuts/candy/cheese or whatever, you go out for dinner. Ten or twenty percent of your bill is donated to the school, library, charity, organization, etc., sponsored that night. It's nice because no one is keeping a tally of who participated or not, you don't have to try to sell junk to friends/family, and you're getting something you like.

Only problem is, we can't afford to eat out often enough to support Number One's academic team, her school's PTO, Number Two's school's PTO, the soccer club, the local library, and Operation Wildcat (the organization collecting for needy local families).

****My cats are weird. They get the exact same amount of the exact same food in their bowls. About halfway through the meal, they switch. BG goes to the bathroom, so Maya starts eating out of her bowl, and Frisbee goes to check if the dog left anything in hers. BG comes back, but Maya's in her bowl, so she goes to Frisbee's, who, disappointed by the licked-clean dog dish, comes over to Maya's.

It wouldn't be an issue except Maya keeps gaining weight (she's way beyond chunky now) and BG had glucosamine on her food now, and if she doesn't eat it, she's not getting the benefit. And if Frisbee manages to score dog food, she goes all demon-cat on us when we shoo her away.

Your turn. What food-oriented observations have YOU made recently?


MJFredrick said...

Hungry Jack instant mashed potatoes are a win. Though, while I don't go out of my way for Twinkies, I don't throw them away :)

Our local grocery store makes the worst icing ever. Tastes like plastic. They're the only grocery store in town, having run out the competition (except Super WalMart and Super Target). Whenever a child has a birthday, they bring me a cupcake and I toss it when they're gone.

Even if it's chocolate.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I haven't had instant potatoes in a long time. I don't have fond memories of them. LOL Sounds like I'll have to give them a try.

Ew on the plastic icing. :(

Anonymous said...

When I'm hungry, I crave food.

I don't like Twinkies, but I love Ding Dongs. Well, they used to be called Ding Dongs. Now, at least up here, they're called King Dons.

Did you know Twinkies can go bad? I bought them for the kids for awhile. Eldest Son said, "Mom, I really think there's something wrong with this Twinkie." "Eat it! You asked me to buy them, you eat it!" Two days later. "Mom, I tried another Twinkie. It tasted awful. Can they go bad?" "What? Of course not. Twinkies aren't healthy enough for you to have a shelf life."

Um, apparenlty they do. There's an expiration date on the box. The cream filling had gone bad. My poor child.

Oh, well, he was 16 at the time. His gut could handle it.

MJFredrick said...

Ohhh, Ding Dongs! I used to eat them all the time. I bought a box a few weeks ago. Still good, but I liked them better when they were in foil.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

When I'm hungry, I crave food.

LOL Me, too! Imagine that!

Did you know Twinkies can go bad?

I would have guessed they don't. Now I'll have to check the date on the box.

Oh, well, he was 16 at the time. His gut could handle it.


Ohhh, Ding Dongs!

*sigh* Now I want Ding Dongs.

MJFredrick said...

Those 100 Calorie packs by Nabisco are pretty good, especially the Cakesters and the Oreo candy bites.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I've had some of those. They ARE good, for what they are. :)

Ava Quinn said...

I used to love Chef-Boyardee ravioli, but I tried them again recently- and yick. So glad my palate has developed.
I was never a Twinkie fan. Grinding granulated sugar between my teeth with every bite is worse than fingers down the chalkboard for me.

Go Ring Dings, Ding Dongs and Ho Ho's!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Hee. I used to like grinding actual granulated sugar between my teeth. In high school I'd load my tea so there was some in the bottom of my cup when I was done drinking, and then I'd eat that. Sounds gross now.

Never did care for Chef Boy-ar-dee, though.