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January 10, 2005

OK, maybe eating this will actually make you feel better

So, since the BBC's list of 50 things you must eat before you die doesn't seem to be sitting too well with the nonfamosi (and, of course, should we be terribly surprised that a bunch of foodies wouldn't be suitably impressed with a British list of delectables), I'm going to go ahead and create my own list. And, Elaine, welcome, and I whole-heartedly agree with you that homegrown tomatoes, warm from the garden are absolutely the sort of thing that everyone should live long enough to eat.

I hope my list resonates with you all a bit more (and maybe surprises you a little?), but really, in compiling this list, I'm realizing how silly an exercise this is. What is a life-changing (or even life-enriching) food experience is too subjective. However, as the nonfamous culinary fascista, I'll list 50 foods that I wouldn't have wanted to miss.

Ok, now, for my list:
1. Homegrown tomatoes, still warm from the garden
2. Fresh eggs, from a farmer who cares about his chickens
3. Prosciutto with figs and arugula
4. Grilled sardine
5. Stuffed artichoke
6. Carolina-style pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw
7. Paella
8. Strong, smelly, soft gorgonzola cheese with slices of braeburn apple
9. Neapolitan-style pizza
10. White tuna sashimi
11. Boiled blue-claw crabs
12. Copper River king salmon, in season and grilled to medium-rare
13. Kumomoto oysters on the half shell
14. Kansas City style BBQ ribs
15. Tamales
16. Chicken in mole pablano
17. Still-warm chocolate chip cookies
18. Kimchee
19. Swiss chard
20. Fresh, handmade mozzarella with good ripe tomatoes and fresh basil
21. Homemade blueberry preserves
22. Buttermilk biscuit with honey
23. Liverwurst
24. Borscht
25. Real Parmagianno-Reggiano
26. Unpasteurized, warm, runny camembert
27. Fresh fava beans
28. Hummous
29. Chicken pot pie
30. Unpasteurized milk with the cream floating on top
31. Roast leg of lamb
32. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
33. Brussel sprouts with bacon
34. Fried okra
35. Fresh pecorino cheese
36. Pomegranate
37. Gnocchi
38. Fried squash blossoms
39. Pickled herring
40. Boiled potatoes with butter and parsley
41. Pho
42. Dosas
43. Pesto
44. Bacalao
45. Cherrystone clams, freshly dug from the bay, on the halfshell with lemon
46. A sesame seed bagel with cream cheese and belly lox
47. A reuben
48. Sunday gravy
49. Jay's cider-brined turkey
50. A ham and cheese omelette made by my father

Posted by paulette at January 10, 2005 02:21 PM | TrackBack
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I love it! I have actually had all of these except for 11, 42, and 45... and of course 50. This is not far off from what my list would be though I would have to make room for The Judy's cinnamon rolls and fried chicken, Mamaw's Russian roll cake, sevruga caviar on piping hot buckwheat blinis, and David's shepherd's pie. And of course, I am blushing at your nod to my turkey :)

Posted by: jay on January 11, 2005 04:12 PM

Sounds great, except I would not have "32. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich" even if someone was pointing a gun at me.
Okay, maybe if there really was a gun pointing at me ;)

Posted by: S on January 12, 2005 12:48 PM
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