I read a great article today —
How to Turn Your Favorite Snack Food into Seasoning
The author recommends buying a cheap grinder at your local grocery store — perhaps when buying salt or pepper — and when it’s empty, placing small, broken-up chunks of your favorite snack foods inside. Then use them as seasoning over appetizers, main dishes, desserts — you name it.
Voila — junk food seasoning.
Of course, my first thought was Cheetos.
(If you’ve read this blog before, this should come as no surprise.)
We already know that Cheetos dust is super yummy eaten right off your fingers. Imagine it sprinkled on any of your favorite foods that already pair well with cheese…like popcorn.
Now you can take your Cheetos seasonings with you. It’s certainly more portable than regular cheese since it doesn’t require refrigeration.
There’s enough preservatives in Cheetos to outlast us all.
Posted in Cooking, Food, How to, Humor, Magazine
Tagged appetizers, article, cheese, Cheetos, Cheetos dust, desserts, food, grinders, grocery store, how to, Humor, junk food, main dishes, pepper, popcorn, portable, preservatives, refrigeration, salt, seasonings, snack foods
I’m spending Friday in the Cheetos Room.
Thanks to the brilliant mind of American artist Sandy Skoglund for making my dreams come true.
(If Cheetos aren’t your thing, she also created a bacon room.)
Posted in Art, Design, Foods, Humor, Internet, Life, Love, Museums
Tagged American art, art, Cheetos, Cheetos Room, design, dreams come true, Foods, forward my calls, Friday, Humor, life, love, museums, SAndy Skoglund, TGIF
Cheetos, already the perfect food, is going beyond the puff this Halloween with…
(A special thank you to my sister for bringing this ghoulish taste treat to my attention.)
While Googling the aforementioned dark delight, I happened upon an even scarier, orange-ier, more artificial — if indeed that is possible — product that has the potential to scare the begeezers out of folks year round…
Cheetos nails, baby!
Look at that color! Look at that texture! And if it chips off (chips off, get it?!) —
It’s still cleaner than real Cheetos fingers.
Posted in Beauty, Fashion, Foods, Holiday, Humor, Life
Tagged artificial, beauty, begeezers, Cheetos, Cheetos fingers, Cheetos nails, chips, color, Fashion, Foods, ghoul, Glow-in-the-dark Cheetos, Google, Halloween, holidays, Humor, life, orange, sister, snacks, texture
Foodies have the James Beard Awards. But what’s out there for Cheetos lovers like me?
The self-proclaimed ‘People’s Choice Food Awards,’ The Munchies recognize the “most amazing tastes, faces and places in the food world.”
Thirteen culinary experts have selected 100 nominees in 20 categories. I mean, when comedian Michael Ian Black , co-host of the “Mike & Tom Eat Snacks” podcast, is on the selection committee —
You know it’s legit. And fun.
Of course, you would expect New York City to be well-represented in any food competition. But I was excited to see some local spots in the running, including our neighborhood coffee shop Joe in the “Coolest Coffee Shop” category.
So, cast your vote today! The contest closes April 30th. Remember, this one matters most because…
It’s the people’s choice.
Posted in Food, Foods, Humor, Internet, Politics, Restaurants
Tagged awards categories, celebrities, Cheetos, commentary, cooking, culinary experts, food, foodies, Foods, Humor, Internet, James Beard Awards, Joe coffee shop, life, Michael Ian Black, Mike and Tom Eat Snacks, New York City, Peoples Choice Food Awards, podcast, restaurants, selection committee, The Munchies, voting
We all have name brand products that we love.
I prefer Pepsi products to Coke. Jif Peanut Butter over Skippy. Cheetos to any ‘imitation’ cheese puff.
But would I willingly get a tattoo of a favorite brand logo if it meant a 20 percent discount for life?
But that is exactly what Ecko Unlimited is currently purposing to its brand faithful. And they appear to be perfectly seriously.
The popular line of t-shirts, denim, polos, and sneakers is offering a 20 percent life-time discount to anyone who gets a tattoo of the brand’s iconic rhino or shears on their person.
Sound like a deal?
Before you run out and invest in a new tramp stamp, do the math. If the Ecko Unlimited tee you are jonesin’ for retails at $30, the brand permanently decorating your backside only saves you $6.
They expect people to turn themselves into a billboard for that? Sorry, Ecko — personal real estate carries a far heftier price.
Posted in Advertising, Business, Commentary, Design, Finances, Humor, Life, Shopping
Tagged advertising, billboard, brand loyalty, brands, Business, Cheetos, Coke, commentary, discounts, Fashion, Humor, jeans, Jif, life, marketing, Pepsi, product brands, product tattoos, shears, shino, shopping, Skippy, sneakers, t-shirts, tats, tattoos, tees, tramp stamp
Emilie Baltz is a New York City foodie and designer who grew up in a home without junk food. Her mother was French, and considered fruit wedges to be the snack of choice.
Like a like of kids who were denied sweets, Emilie craved them all the more (and gulped them down when her mom wasn’t looking.) Years later, she is combining sugary snacks with a French sensibility in her cookbook, Junk Foodie.
Finally — recipes with ingredients that I can get behind! Twinkies, Cheetos, Green Apple Jelly Bellys — and those very snacks combine to create something quite pretty called “Cheddar Feuillete with Green Apple Relish.”
Fah fah fah.
Or how about taking Banana Twins, mayonnaise, potato sticks, salt & vinegar potato chips and Ranch Doritos and creating this beauty — let’s face it, her photography is amazing — “Potato Plantain Torta.”
I am a non-foodie who grew up in a home with lots of junk food. My mom was an amazing Southern cook who didn’t have a lot of food rules other than, “Clean your plate.”
She liked snacks as much as the next kid, God love ‘er.
I think it would be a blast to create these interesting dishes using junk foods to fool my foodie friends.
Posted in Books, Cooking, Design, Family, Food, Foods, Health, Home, Humor, Life
Tagged books, Cheetos, cooking, Doritos, Emilie Baltz, family, food, foodies, Foods, French cooking, Health, home, Humor, junk food, junk foodies, junk foodies book, life, recipes, Southern cooking, Twinkies
I love this photo.
That’s my dog Rory… crashed out on the couch.
It was a particularly hot afternoon, and he was enjoying his regularly scheduled nap in the air conditioning.
But he’s doing it with such style….such abandon!
There is a dog who is really sleeping. And who doesn’t care who watches him doing it.
The Cheetos bag in the foreground? That’s mine. But I think it adds a certain something-something to the composition. (Felt like I needed to explain. Didn’t want everyone to think I was the worst dog owner on the planet…although Rory has had a Cheeto or two in his day, I’ll admit.)
The moral of this photo essay?
Choose to do something today, and do it with gusto. Live like nobody’s lookin’.
Live…like a Rory Dog.
Posted in Dogs, Humor, Life, Philosophy, Photography, Relationships, Summer
Tagged Cheetos, dog, dog napping, dog naps, Dogs, dogs and hot weather, gusto, Humor, life, live life like no one's looking, living with gusto, moral of the story, philosophy, photo composition, photo essay, Relationships, summer, summer weather
Is there ever too much of a good thing?
I say ‘yes’ when it comes to food. I’ve definitely eaten too many Cheetos in one sitting, and they are pretty much my favorite thing in the world. Same goes with candy. Too many Hot Tamales or Milk Duds or Whoppers at one time, and it can turn me off of them for, gosh, almost a week.
And I think we all know that too much of the demon brew can turn on you with painful results in less than 24 hours.
But can you ever watch a really good movie too many times?
I say a loud, resounding ‘no.’
And I’m not talking about the often dark, depressing Oscar winners. Films like “Million Dollar Baby” and “The English Patient” — while very deserving of the award — are just too painful to sit through the second time around.
No, I mean the “B level” films — the ones made without awards in mind. They simply entertain the audience with a great story…those films I can watch again and again and again.
And I have.
This morning, for instance, I watched “The Rookie” with Dennis Quaid for the umpteenth time…and cried for the umpteenth time. I have “Sense and Sensibility” and “Pride and Prejudice” (the Knightley/MacFadyen version) saved on my DVR for lunch time viewing. I can watch “Just Friends,” “Notting Hill,” “The Namesake,” “The Princess Bride,” and “Elf” — just to name a few — time and time again, and they just keep getting better.
And no hangover — bonus.
Posted in Foods, Humor, Movies
Tagged Academy Awards, candy, Cheetos, Elf movie, food, Hot Tamales, Just Friends movie, liquor, Milk Duds, Million Dollar Baby movie, Movies, Notting Hill movie, Pride and Prejudice movie, salty snacks, Sense and Sensiblity movie, The English Patient movie, The Namesake movie, The Princess Bride movie, The Rookie movie, Whoppers