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06/16/2006 Entry: "Lisa Takes the MI-5 Helm"

"The MI-5 is easy this week. Although you can give a one-word answer, itís much more fun to elaborate a little bit with the reasons for your choices, or am "I remember when" type of story. Guess I'm hungry."

* If you could only have one type of cereal for the rest of life, what would it be?
I guess Count Chocula. I've liked that since I was a kid. But I also like oatmeal. It's a bit of a tossup. It's summer now, so I'm leaning towards the Count. If it were winter, I bet I'd say oatmeal.

* If you could only have one type of ice cream for the rest of your life, what would it be? Be specific as to flavor and brand.
If I could have any type, it would be Ben & Jerry's "Dastardly Mash." It was chocolate ice cream, with chocolate chunks, raisins, almonds, and walnuts. They haven't made it for years, but that's my all-time favorite. Second to that would be Dorman's Mocha Chip. Or maybe B & J's "Chuncky Monkey."

* If you could cook potatoes in only one way for the rest of your life, how would you cook them?
Mashed, just for the sake of versatility. They must include salt--potatoes cooked without enough salt taste flat. Also, my buttermilk recipe is killer.

* If you could have only one type of pizza for the rest of your life, what would it be? Be specific.
I ran into the ultimate pie toppings while playing a gig in Castine. I just picked some random ingredients off their list. It turned out to be what I call the "Gestalt" pie. If you look at the ingredients, it doesn't seem like anything major. But when you put them together, well then, my friend, you have a work of art. Here it is: hamburger, chopped raw garlic, and roasted red peppers. There are some things you MUST do, though, in order to get it right. First, you CAN'T put the ingredients under the cheese. They must be on top. You also should precook the hamburger. Why? If you just put raw hamburger on the top, it will cook all the way through, but the top of your pie will get all greasy. No, instead, cook it off a little, then drain. Then the beef will get a lovely crunchy-brown when you bake the pie. Yum!

* If you could have only one type of TV Dinner for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I'm older now, and they don't appeal to me like they once did. I suppose if I had to pick one, though, it would be the $1.00 Banquet "Mexican Fiesta" meal, with enchiladas, re-fried beans, and Spanish rice. At a buck, they're cheap, and the rice is actually quite tasty.

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