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Diagnosis: Hunger Anger

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You or someone you know may suffer from this debilitating and often misunderstood condition. Recent research suggests possible genetic links. Symptoms include elevated heart rate, flushed skin, excessive salivation, and irrational emotional responses towards food.  The condition can often present itself in the form of extreme sadness, onlookers frequently mistaking the symptoms for severe depression.

Have you ever:

  • Cried when your food order was not prepared to your liking?  (For example, when your French Dip sandwich arrived with mayonnaise on it.)
  • Felt your pulse quicken while watching the sandwich maker prepare your sandwich, skimpy on the meat?
  • Felt dizzy upon arriving home to discover that the salad shop gave you a Fuji Apple Chicken salad instead of the Greek salad you’d ordered?
  • Started crying in a diner when your breakfast took too long to arrive?
  • Become inexcusably moody (or thrown a full-fledged tantrum) at the slightest sensation of hunger?

If you answered yes to one or more of the questions, you may suffer from Hunger Anger.  There is no known cure. Symptoms may be controlled by the frequent consumption of food.

The face of hunger anger

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Latkes, Lox, and Eggs

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When we lived in Silver Spring, MD, my husband and I used to frequent a place called, Parkway Deli and Restaurant, a self-proclaimed “New York Style Deli”.  We never left disappointed or hungry.  Hands down, my favorite meal there was the Latkes, Lox, and Eggs. Lately, I’ve been day-dreaming of latkes, lox, and eggs.  I can hardly think of anything else. It’s a terrible thing to be so utterly distracted with two active toddlers running around! Something had to be done.

So, this morning I set out to recreate this tasty dish. My entire plan was nearly foiled when I discovered the seafood cooler to be completely void of smoked salmon. I had a moment of shear panic, which must have been evident on my face, since the Wegmans fishmonger, my hero of the day, promptly made several packages of smoked salmon appear. Crisis averted! Picked up some russet potatoes, some chunky applesauce, a few other groceries and headed home. Then, patiently (or rather impatiently) bided my time until my littlest son went down for his nap and I had my hands free to prepare the latkes.

I followed a recipe, which I found on my go-to site for recipes, www.foodnetwork.com.  I fried the latkes in batches, placing the cooked ones in a 300 degree oven to keep warm.  Once complete, I cleaned out my fry-pan, threw in a little butter, and fried my perfect egg…over-medium, thoroughly cooked white, slightly runny yolk. Then, stacked it all up in a neat little tower and served with a side of applesauce.

And, it was good.  As good as my Parkway Deli favorite?  I don’t think so.  Not sure what it was lacking though…maybe just that “someone else cooked it” quality.

Are you hungry?

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I’ve never blogged before.  I’m kind of nervous. (Does everyone get a little nervous about their first blog?) What if no one wants to read it?  What if nobody cares what I have to say?  What if you think I’m boring???

Well, here I go anyway!

Are you hungry? I am. In fact, I’m hardly ever NOT hungry. I like food. Scratch that. I LOVE food! I love shopping for food, eating food, cooking food, reading about food, talking about food… I like all types of food, from the finest dining to Taco Bell. I like all cuisines.  I’ll eat almost anything, except snails (because they make me think of slugs) and veal, which just makes me feel sad. I love cooking and I love dining out. I read cookbooks for fun and collect cookware, serving dishes, and wine glasses the way that other people collect trading cards or stamps. You might say I’m just a tiny bit obsessed with food and that’s what you’ll find on this blog…food, food, and more food! I can’t promise that you’ll learn anything new or that my ramblings will change your world in any way.  I aim for nothing other than to share  my love of food with you.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Gourmand as “one who is excessively fond of eating and drinking” and “one who is heartily interested in good food and drink”.  Yep, that’s me. Welcome to my blog. I hope you’ll stop by again!

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