Mom names five foods to try before dying
I got an email from Julie of Kitchenography this afternoon inviting me to participate in this Five Things To Eat Before I Die event. At my age, doing things, or more frequently, not doing them, like not buying any more new major appliances or another new mattress and box spring set for example, before I die, is something I think about fairly frequently. So the thought of not getting to eat something I have always wanted to eat has taken on a new urgency when I think about diminishing opportunities.
Before I get too morbid, here is my list:
1. Fresh truffles, both white and black – I have never eaten these and hope to on my husband’s and my 20th wedding anniversary trip to Italy this fall, where we will be driving and eating our way all around the central part of the country for two weeks.
2. A mangosteen – I had never even heard of this fruit until I read Ayun Halliday’s book, Dirty Sugar Cookies for the interview Leland and I did with her on our blog for her virtual book tour, but her description of mangosteens in the book would make a believer out of anyone. Unfortunately, I think it’s illegal to import the fresh fruit into this country for some reason.
3. A real Cuban sandwich, from a Cuban sandwich joint in Miami, or maybe New York – Growing up about an hour outside of Philadelphia I have eaten plenty of authentic cheesesteaks and have even had them from both “original” cheesesteak stands in south Philly, but somehow my culinary experiences have a gap in them when it comes to the Cuban sandwich, and it’s one I desperately want to fill while my digestive system can still handle it.
4. Burrata – Ever since I read about this cheese on The Wednesday Chef where she made a divine-sounding bruschetta with it, I have been obsessed with trying it, but it is not available in Pittsburgh. Some day…
5. Fresh cherry pie, home made of course – This is something I make about once a year, partly because the cherry season is so fleeting, and partly because it is such a labor-intensive pie to bake. This is a food I have eaten, but I am encouraging other people to try it at least once before they die! It must be home made and it must be made with fresh sour cherries, generally only available about one or at most two weeks per year. And doing the math, I figure at one a year, I’m good for about a dozen more of these before my hands are too crippled with arthritis to pit the cherries; maybe a dozen and a half.
Now to tag my five bloggers:
Haverchuk from Milwaukee
Eat , my son Leland from New York City
Yulinka, a very sweet girl cooking Russian food, also in Milwaukee
Cream Puffs in Venice – need I say more?
Metakathryn – a sweet young girl who cooks from her own garden in Pittsburgh