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So, I've been pondering an old family tradition, french fries and cheese gravy. For the record, it's not as frightening as it sounds. A few people I know now are squeamish when presented with the word "gravy," but you substitue the word "sauce" and it's the same idea. However, in my family, it's gravy. It's also kind of a social event. We'll all gather around the kitchen, cutting and frying the potatoes, nibbling as we go.

Anyway, the point being, I intend to prepare this dish for others sometime. But, it occurred to me last night that when we've made it before, I've always been on cheese duty. I don't really know about the frying aspect - how hot, how long to cook, etc. I've never actually deep fried anything in my life.

So I cut up a few potatoes last night to do a dry run. They turned out okay. The first batch was a little soggy, so I turned the heat up on the oil. The second was better, although still a bit soggy since they were already cooking at the lower temperature when I realized the oil needed to be hotter.

I'm now confident that I can make decent french fries.

I also know now that it's very important to make sure the pan is completely dry before pouring the oil into it.
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So, the food meme thingy from [livejournal.com profile] darkmoon :

Food Allergies:
Tequila. Okay, I know it's not technically food, but considering how many of my friends seem to love the stuff, it's worth bringing up. If we're having a margarita party, I'll be bringing my own blender for daquiries because even a tiny bit of Tequila can set off a very negative reaction.

Foods I Don't Eat, Ever:
Shellfish
Raw Fish
Tuna Casserole
Lamb
Liver

Foods I Don't Prefer, But Will Eat Occasionally or Pick Out of Mixed Dishes
Mushrooms
Broccoli/Cauliflower (will only eat if in very small pieces and mixed into something with lots of sauce)
Rasberries/Rasberry flavored things.
Other Berries with seeds (Strawberries excluded. I love the flavor of blackberries and boysenberries and the like, but the hard little seeds gross me out)
Sushi. I'm including this here because while the raw fish rule from above applies, there are 1-3 types of non-fish sushi I will eat, and as long as the restaurant has non-sushi/non-seafood options, I can usually find something I like.

General Principles About My Food Prefs

My default is Italian. Give me cheese, garlic, and pasta covered in some sort of sauce with lots of bread on the side, and I'm happy.

I grew up in a culinarily challenged household. As a result, there are many types of foods I've never tried, or had so little of it that I'm unable to form an opinion of it. Therefore, when I'm asked "Do you like [Indian, Ethopian, Thai, other]?" my response is generally, "I don't know." For some reason, this seems to get translated as "Terri doesn't like..." I don't get that. I'm also a little bit shy about trying new things, although I've become much more daring than I used to be, so while there are times when I really want something comfortable and familiar, I'm usually open to the new stuff... I just will need help when faced with an entire menu of things that I don't recognize.

Spicy foods: Not quite sure why some people think I don't like or can't handle spicy. I don't always choose spicy, but rarely will I avoid something that looks good simply because it's hot.

Chocolate is low on my list of dessert choices. I'll go for something fruity or cheescaky instead. I'm not anti-chocolate, but I have a low tolerance for it.

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