Food is a many splendid thing. That’s the saying, right? No? Well, it should be. We have a little bit of a departure for the Musers today and are tackling the subject of food. Everyone eats, so why not? We will be talking about some of our favorites to eat, to make, maybe some local favorites. So, sit back, whet your appetite and sink your teeth into this.
Being from Philadelphia, I couldn't pass up the chance up to mention cheesesteaks. And unless you have had one here, there is a good chance that it wasn't a real Philly cheesesteak. You would not believe how much trouble I have had being out of state and trying to get a cheesesteak. The stuff some people put on them, they should be embarrassed to still call them cheesesteaks. Here, there is always a debate about Pat's or Geno's for the best cheesesteaks. Personally, I have always preferred Jim's Steaks. The rolls are so soft and add some sauce and cheese whiz and it is to die for! Some other local places are good too but if I am on South Street, I go to Jim's.
I don't make much but I make some really good pigs in a blanket. I did this a while back because I was really in the mood for them but thought I'd take the easier way out and get them frozen and pre-made. Worst pigs in a blanket I ever had! I knew I could make them better than that. So, I did. Hillshire farms cocktail weenies, Pillsbury crescent rolls. Boil the weenies, rip the crescent rolls into strips and then wrap the weenies. They can burn easily if not watched. So, I normally put them on about 7-8 minutes and then flip them over for another 7-8 minutes or so until golden brown.
Also - Italian Kickin' Chicken. Took the name from 2 Zaxby's sandwiches by combining the 2 of them. Chicken fingers (or chicken patty, whichever you prefer), provolone cheese, marinara sauce, buffalo sauce, and a little bleu cheese dressing if desired. I always desire because it adds a little extra to it. I don't overdo it though. Just enough to blend a little flavor into it without overpowering it. And the key is to use Texas Toast.
About The Author - Dave Christy loves horror, music, documentaries and more. He is also the co-runner of several fan based groups including Morningstars (THE Lucifer fan group also run by Melanie), and now is a member of the VIPers Spotlight Lounge team for Melanie's Muses. Other than "In The Spotlight" Features -check out his "31 Days Of Halloween Movies"
Jenn Says -
This is something different. But hey, why not? We’re not your ordinary writing team.! Today I’m going to talk about candy and my three favorites, because I'm sure we all have a favorite candy. Whether it’s chocolate, gummies, or those hard candies you can buy, there's probably some that come top.
Let’s go back to my favorites from three to one, with Hershey bars coming in at number three. And yes, I love all kinds regular, ones with nuts, and cookies and creme. Coming in at number two is M&Ms. I could eat these every day and though I’m not picky my favorite of these is the ones with peanut butter inside. There’s just something about chocolate and peanut butter. Yum!
Now, with that it brings me to my number one candy, nothing beats this delicious candy, and that’s Reese's. I like Reese's a lot that whenever I see something new with the candy, I’m willing to try it. Although I didn’t care for Reese's with pretzels. So maybe pass on that one. There’s actually one more, yes, I said three but think of this as a bonus candy. It’s not chocolate but it’s so good, hard to find but good and that’s Wonka's Sweet Tarts. Now that I told you my favorites, do you have one? I’d love to hear them.
About The Author - Jennifer Rhodes met Melanie back when True Blood was popular and they have been friends ever since. She loves TV (especially things that make you smile), Doctor Who, Finding new shows, and regularly provides awesome fandom items for Muser Giveaways. Jennifer is now a proud member of the VIPers - the Melanie's Muses Spotlight Feature Team!
Melanie Says -
Well those of you that come to live know I have very particular food tastes.
Let me start by saying for the most part I think American Chocolate is WEIRD - If you haven't had English chocolate you are missing out. I am very lucky because Vicky sends me care packages so I can enjoy my not American Chocolate. That being said, occasionally I will find a new American Fav .... which 99 times out of 100 is limited edition and then vanishes shortly after I find it FOREVER. My latest find is Hershey's Strawberry Ice Cream Cone Kisses! I have already cleared out our local supermarkets from them lol.
The other thing I find weird about American food is the insistence that other than things like "Pot pies", they seem to think that fruit is the thing that belongs in pastry - when any proper Brit will tell you that IT SHOULD BE MEAT! Dave talked a little about making "Pigs in a Blanket" - for the record if you ask for them in England you would be served half a chipolata (mini sausage - Preferably Walls) cooked in a strip of bacon - hence the blanket lol. They are fab - but no pasty things in sight. In this house the closest we get to the proper stuff is sausage rolls! For a country so big on convenience food I am still constantly in awe that there are none in the freezer section. But fear not - I have mastered this one skill! One sheet puff pastry (found IN THE DESSERT SECTION *Rolls Eyes*), one tube Jimmy Deans Sausage Meat, and 3/4 cup breadcrumb's! Roll out pastry, mix sausage meat and breadcrumbs together, put mixture in pastry, cut to desired size, and seal with egg-wash, bake for 30-35 mins on 350. BOOM!
(If anyone doubts the UK's obsession with Sausage Rolls - the Christmas number one was literally a song about them!
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But finally, on a positive note - despite all the controversy about "Thanksgiving" and what it represents - I am totally behind a HUGE turkey dinner any time other than Christmas! I LOVE a Turkey dinner with all the stuff - but you do need English roast potatoes (cooked in Lard) and English Gravy (preferably Bisto gravy made from granules). Trust me - you can't beat it!
No intro about Melanie - Because seriously if you don't know who she is WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN lol