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Melissa Clark, a James Beard award-winning writer, pens the wildly popular “A Good Appetite” column for the New York Times Dining section, as well as articles for magazines including Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and Martha Stewart Living. Her twenty-ninth cookbook, In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite: 150 Recipes and Stories About the Food You Love, is - conveniently enough - out in stores today.
She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Daniel Gercke, and their young daughter Dahlia - but, for Clark, when the cat (or husband) is away, the mice shall play ... and eat whatever the heck they want.
5 Favorite Things to Eat When No One Is Looking (i.e. When My Hubby is Away and the Baby is Asleep): Melissa Clark
1. A mountain of cheese
"My husband Daniel rolls dairy-free, and the kid isn’t old enough to appreciate the nuances of a sheep’s milk Ossau-Iraty or a 4-year old Gouda. So, if I want to indulge in some of my favorite stinkers, I wait for a chance to go solo. I like my cheeses straight up, no bread or even forks needed. I like to nibble small slivers out of hand - even the oozing washed rinds taste better licked off my digits than off any cracker I know."
2. "Avocado Surprise" (pronounced with a French accent so it sounds sophisticated)
"Halve an avocado and take out the pit (save it to plant, then throw it out a week later when you realize Brooklyn doesn’t have the ideal climate for growing avocado trees). Place the halves on a pretty plate. Drizzle with hot sauce and sprinkle with salt. Crumble some blue cheese into the cavities and top with a small spoonful of mayonnaise. Smoosh with a spoon as you eat, adding more hot sauce as needed. Triscuits are an excellent accompaniment, as is toasted, buttered brioche."
3. Hot, buttered cinnamon toast
"My secret here is using brown sugar in place of the white, and a touch of salt. Toast thin slices of firm but not-too-crusty bread and spread thickly with sweet butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar (or demerara if you want a crunch), cinnamon and a tiny bit of salt and broil until the sugar melts (a toaster oven is ideal for this). Savor with a hot toddy, preferably in bed while reading a novel when no one is around to remind you not to get crumbs on the duvet."
4. Strawberries, sour cream and sugar
"The dessert of my childhood: dip strawberries first into a container of sour cream (admire the pretty red swirls the berries leave, then be grateful your mother lives miles away so she won’t scold you). Now dip the sour cream-swabbed berry directly into the sugar bowl (pink sugar is so much prettier than white sugar; ditto, re: Mom). Eat standing up, and not while wearing your best white shirt."
5. "Lazy Bones" Cocktail
"When hubby is away, there is no one around to make me a proper cocktail, so I fudge it. Pour a shot of rye into a rocks glass. Add one teeny, tiny ice-cube. Drizzle with a teaspoon of the liquid covering the homemade maraschino cherries you, of course, made last July. Eat a cherry, then grab a handful of salted cashews. Call it dinner."
What's your special go-to meal when you're all by your lonesome or think no one is looking?
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Very nice site!
any flavor of chip with "snak-pak" individual choc pudding as a dip. tooooo die for, also crispy bacon strips dipped in choc pudding
when ABSOLUTELY no one is watching or there isn't the slightest chance the doorbell will ring...I eat hot wings...with no napkin! I keep some in the freezer for times such as this...I put my PJ's on with warm fuzzy socks...and find the biggest "Chick Flick" I can possibly watch and go at it...
Pizza, jalapenos, and hot sauce....massive heart burn but amazingly good!
Cool ranch Dorittos with cottage-cheese.....AMAZING!
Chocolate caramel milk...yummerz!!!
Meant to say sugar on the French toast....
I know the whole world must have their French toast with syrup, but in my family, we were raised to have French toast buttered, with a good sprinkling of suguar, then squirted with fresh squeezed lemon juice. Absolutely delicious - it's like eating dessert for breakfast!
Bacon! Crispy crispy crispy..with Heinz ketchup for dipping. I could (and have) eaten a whole package on my own.
Where to even start? Cake mix, dry with a huge glass of milk. An entire loaf of garlic cheese bread. Any bread at all, really. Oven roasted garlic potatoes, cookie dough, cupcakes, chocolate frosting with pretzels, Starburst, DoubleStuf Oreos . . . That's the stuff I craved the most when pregnant and am now trying to remove from my hips lol
Oreos dunked in peanut butter...mmmmm!!!
peanut butter mixed with dark karo syrup on plain white bread with tall glass of milk
I wish we had Fluff in TN... *sniff*
Marshmallow Fluff right out of the jar! Sweet!
Nacho Cheese Doritos and cottage cheese for dippin' *drool*
1. Scrapple with cheese eggs
2. Pretzels dipped in caramel and sprinkled with chocolate chips
3. Marshmallow fluff and cream cheese dip. Eat with fruit or brownies or straight off the spoon :)
Lay's potato chips and Miracle Whip... My dad used to eat this when I was a kid, and I love it!
Cake mix... dry. I have no idea what it's appeal is, but it's soooo tasty!
Toasted bagel, cream cheese, and pastrami sandwich.
Grilled cheese with caramelized onions in the middle, dipped in ketchup.
Artificial bacon bits, right out of the jar. If it was possible to casually snack on bacon, I would do that–but this is close enough.
Dude...at least go for the real bacon bits! Indulge!
1. rye bread spread with cream cheese, topped with crisp bacon and very thin slices of cucumber
2. a bowl of buttermilk, sprinkled with pepper, then popcorn on top...eat like cereal.
3. tuna casserole. no one in my family will eat it
My brother's favourite- two slices of white bread (the square kind), butter on one, a little mayo on the other, made into a sandwich with salt and vinegar flavoured potato chips as filling. Must be consumed while the chips are still crunchy.
My weakness: Fresh, Warm, Crusty French bread slathered with a mixture of bleu cheese, butter, and hot sauce. *droool*
Since neither my kids, or my husband like bleu cheese it's a very rare treat for me.
Oh another one is olive oil popped popcorn drowning in melted butter mixed with garlic powder, salt and parmesan cheese.
The whole family fights over who gets the last pieces.
Peanut butter and bacon sandwiches!
Oops, someone already mentioned this on toast - OK, second choice is peanut butter and potato chips on yellow egg bun!
Thinly sliced SPAM, pan-fried to crispy perfection, over poached eggs and steamed jasmine rice. Don't knock it until you've tried it!
Try using buckwheat noodles cooked with a little sweet soy sauce instead of the jasmine rice- and cook some sliced pineapple along with the SPAM. Long ago something similar appeared in a women's magazine in Australia and became a favourite Saturday night dinner in my house. I may have to pick up a can of SPAM on the way home this evening.
Chef Boyardee ravioli cold and straight out of the can.
I just did that two weeks ago and thought..."what? are you in college?" but it was so delicious!
Asiago pasta salad and any type of soft bread with spinach dip! And pizza, always love the pizza...
1. Tostitos and that awful-for-you cheese sause
2. Cheese and a baguette
4. Ice cream covered in hershey's chocolate sauce
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