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Epicurean Carol Perkins: Food - it is my addiction

Temptation is everywhere: Ice Cream is one of the Food Groups. She shies away from none. Real Banana Pudding, like they serve at the Watermill in Cave City or Barren River Lodge is another craving, as are the great unbaked yogurt cookies at Metcalfe County Middle school, who also made the best homemade rolls there are. She's a pro at Italian Cream Cakes, but finds that with each slice, the pounds shift from the cake to the hips. Two gourmet items she can't resist come from the Walmart deli - Their chicken salad made with real grapes and nuts, and their broccoli salad, just a few of the items Carol Perkins describes in a way one may want to eat them all, today. Click on headline for complete column
Next earlier Carol Perkins column: Carol Perkins: Remember a time when no doors were locked. Posted September 1, 2013, 2013

By Carol Perkins

Food. It is my addiction. Not just any food because I am basically a little picky, but when it comes to ice cream (one of food groups), I don't shy away from any of it. Chocolate is my least favorite, but hot fudge over vanilla- yum, yum! I especially like yogurt shops. Touted as low fat, yogurt offers me a somewhat guiltless pleasure if I would only eat a little, but that is never the case. Going from one station to the next and pulling the lever on the latest flavor right down to the plain vanilla, my cup runneth over. Is it possible to eat that much yogurt? Yes, right down to the last bite on the plastic spoon.

Another guilty pleasure I avoid is banana pudding. REAL banana pudding that isn't made from a pudding mix. I crave the banana pudding served at Barren River Lodge or at the Watermill in Cave City. I can make a mean banana pudding, but I don't. If I did, I would have no qualm about eating the entire pan full before daylight. I would fill the homemade pudding mix with lots of vanilla wafers and bananas that are just right-not mushy and certainly not green.

After indulging in yogurt and banana pudding, I would be bound to take on some unbaked cookies. I call them cookie/candy squares and I have eaten many good ones, but the ones made by the cooks at the Metcalfe Co. Middle School were to die for! They didn't cut off little squares either. Teachers and all the students were given generous portions. Knowing my passion for them, students generously gave me theirs if they didn't like them. Was I embarrassed? Not one bit. I wrapped those delicious treats in napkins, put them in my purse, and took them home to share with Guy-or not. I yearn for one right now.

Along that line, nothing tastes better than homemade rolls prepared by cafeteria ladies. I think they must share the same recipe because I have eaten rolls at many schools and they were all wonderful! On spaghetti day, we knew homemade rolls would be included. The cooks didn't have to say, "Do you want two?" They knew I did. We all did except the skinny little women who ate around the edges of theirs.

I am a pro at making Italian cream cakes. That is my bragging right, but the problem is that I can't keep from eating the icing! Other than homemade peanut butter fudge, nothing is as tasty as icing for Italian cream cakes. I spread enough between layers to raise anyone's sugar level, and then dump the rest on top of the cake causing it to weigh more than a few pounds. With each slice the pounds shift from the cake to the hips.

As far as real food, I can eat all the cutoff corn thickened with flour and touched up with sugar that a person can prepare. Pickled beets is high on my list of favorites, and a few years ago when I could find enough beets to buy to make the effort worthwhile, I canned my own. Beets are very healthy, and so is broccoli, which brings me to another favorite-broccoli salad. Both pickled beets and broccoli salad are on the salad bar at Ruby Tuesday's and that is why I like eating there.

The deli chicken salad from Wal-Mart is outstanding. Making my own is very time consuming, and although Guy likes my version better, I prefer the one from Wal-Mart with the grapes and nuts. They also have a good broccoli salad, so I usually leave with both. Buying these may be as cost effective if I consider my time of any importance.

I am hungry for all of these, but am trying to get a handle on my addiction. I have certainly had too much of my favorites in the last few months. I'm going to drink broth, water, and a less-than-delicious protein shake, and when I lose about twenty pounds, I'll treat myself. Treating myself has gotten me into this shape! - CAROL PERKINS

This story was posted on 2013-09-08 08:16:48
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