Finally someone has articulated what makes our blog great. Thanks, Bucky.
For those of you who are just dropping by, Bucky lives in Colorado. After I read this, I was trying to think of not-a-foodie foods unique to this part of the country. The best example, I think, is the stuffed and fried hard shell crab.
Here's Bucky: ...
So, the word is getting around the dusty ol’ cowtown that I’m doing this every Friday and, I have to tell you, people are laughing. Not just at me, either. At y’all too.
The laughing people understand that I’m not a foodie. They are greatly amused that I would be contributing in any way to a blog whose reach extends beyond the lowly, simple cheeseburger. They are amused to a greater extent that y’all would be reading what I write.
That’s OK. As I told Michael A. Gray not long ago, I have a high threshold for humiliation. Y’all should too. Life is A LOT more fun when you don’t give a rat’s patoot what other people think of you.
But I did start thinking about the difference between a foodie and a, well, not-a-foodie. Which led me to come up with a dinner menu for each:
Cocktail before dinner
Not-a-Foodie: Bourbon & branch
Foodie: Seared foie gras with pound cake and blackberry jam
Not-a-Foodie: Another bourbon & branch
Foodie: Heirloom tomato gazpacho
Foodie: Endive salad with onion confetti and raspberry vinaigrette dressing
Not-a-Foodie: Tossed salad -- lettuce, tomato slices, carrot shavings (with ranch dressing, naturally)
Foodie: Seared sea bass with vegetable fricassee, shiitakes and port reduction
Not-a-Foodie: Chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy and a side of corn
To drink with dinner
Foodie: Pouilly fumé
Not-a-Foodie: Coffee, black
Foodie: Vanilla bean cheesecake with orange sauce
Not-a-Foodie: Peach cobbler, a la mode
Foodie: Demitasse of espresso
Not-a-Foodie: Ah, why not. Another bourbon & branch
Choice of food isn’t the only thing that differentiates a foodie and not-a-foodie. For example:
Foodie: For an important dinner, designs a "tablescape" using grandmother’s china, silver and crystal
Not-a-Foodie: For an important dinner, sets the table using the good Fiestaware, making sure that place settings alternate blue, orange, blue, orange
I’m sure there other things that illustrate the difference between a foodie and a not-a-foodie...
(Photo by James F. Quinn/Chicago Tribune)