The Opinionated Foodie: The Love (or Not) of Food and Everything That Goes with It

The Big Foodie Day

So, friends, what did you eat on this most important food day?

I had turkey, a smoked ham, dressing that was actually done this time, cranberry salad, and a slice of some weird custardy white pie that made no sense.

It was actually a good year.

That was lunch. We just ate it again for supper. It may reappear for supper tomorrow, but we won’t be here.  We’ll be out.

Now that meal will definitely be good.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Hubs-Hickman, Kentucky



I wasn’t hungry for my first trip to Hubs. I went along for the ride and to make my husband happy. He had been to Hubs to eat the previous weekend, and he wanted me to try the place too.

I was still stuffed from earlier in the day. I still managed to eat the whole shebang.

It was that good.

Hubs is a no-frills steak and seafood place that is loud, smokey, and crowded.  It was perfect for us.

We started with the chargrilled oysters which we had not successfully eaten since we ate at the Acme Oyster House. A dozen wasn’t enough. Some bites had more spice than others, and some oysters were better but still good.

I had the 10 ounce ribeye. I got my blackened since a steak ordered blackened is served on a hot skillet. Every bite was juicy and hot.  I did have to salt the steak, but it was still delish.

We will return to Hubs soon.  It was worth the trip. Next time, though, I go with an empty stomach.

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The Best Meal of the Year
November 19, 2011, 1:03 pm
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My birthday breakfast in bed!

This year, my husband went all out.  I had waffles and toast with extremely strong coffee.

It might not seem like much, but it is very special to me.

It is my favorite meal of the year.

Every Meal a Memory: Taco Soup

I hope you have had this soup a million times.  I hope it is committed to your memory.  I hope you can make it with your hands closed and both eyes tied behind your back.

I hope all of that because that would mean that you get to eat this soup like we do-often but in a good way. 

Taco soup is popular around this part of the country.  It is a go-to soup for weather like we have been having lately-cool enough for a soup that warms you right up.  It is also easy and hearty.  We eat it a lot.

I love this recipe, but I must admit that it isn’t really mine.  It belongs to my momma (pronounce that slowly and with a bit of a cadence-my momm-maah).  She makes this soup every Christmas Eve for supper.  We file in her house at random times throughout the night, and she has this soup on the stove for us to dip from as we get hungry.

It’s a favorite.  Try it and make it one of yours too. 

Here goes her recipe with my adjustments:

2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped-I didn’t have one, so I left this out.
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 envelope-quart size-of Ranch dressing mix
2 regular cans of crushed tomatoes.  I used a 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes. Do not drain.
1 can of ro-tel.  I left this out too.  Do not drain if you want it spicy.
 1 can of pinto beans-I used butter beans. Drain ‘em.
2 cans of whole kernel corn.  Do not drain.
1 T of sugar
Salt and pepper to season

 In a large soup pot, brown the ground beef, onion, and bell pepper.  Drain if you want. (I didn’t.)  Add everything else to the pot, warm a little, and then take a little taste.  Season and add a little water as needed. I added half a can of water.   Allow to simmer for at least thirty minutes; the longer, the better.  I let my roll for an hour.  Season again if you need to. 

 I like my taco soup with a large dollop of sour cream and homemade tortilla chips.  Shredded cheese also goes well on top. 

 Try it; you’ll like it.  You have my word.

It’s What Makes the World Go Round: Coffee
October 21, 2011, 8:34 pm
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One reason why I love the change of the seasons is the different foods that appear only at a special time of the year.  Easter candy.  Summer hot dogs.  Christmas cookies.  Fall coffee.

Fall was made for coffee.  Or, was coffee made for fall? Regardless, they go together like-well, fall and coffee. 

Nothing is better than holding a cup while cozied up on the couch watching a movie.  When walking out of the house in the morning, the cold chill isn’t so bad with a cup o’ Joe.  Or, it is fantastic while watching a football game.  It is also nice when blogging about how great coffee in the fall is. 

My favorite is the pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks.  Delish. 

Changes in seasons mean changes in our palates.  I love it. 

Cheers to coffee!

What I Was Craving Today
October 21, 2011, 12:05 am
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A Near Death Experience: The Big River Grille, Chattanooga

A friend recommended the Big River Grille to us when she heard we were going to Chattanooga.  She had been to this restaurant before, and I trusted her judgment.  She loves food too, and she and I have talked many times about the places we loved to travel to and the restaurants where we love to eat.  We have swapped recipes many times.  She has been to my house for dinner parties and such.

After eating at the Big River Grille, I may have to question our friendship.

It was that bad

We had no idea.  The atmosphere of the restaurant made it look promising.  A place so nice and big had to be good, right? Our server was a lovely girl. She was super nice to us, and we had a lovely table in the middle of the restaurant.  The menus were full of promising meals. 

We started out with the jalapeño and spinach cheese dip.  Now, let’s play a game of Where’s Waldo.  Look for the jalapeño or the spinach:


Find them?  Me either.  There was no spinach to speak of-no green gooeyness usually found in a good spinach dip.  I didn’t even get any spinach stuck between my teeth like I usually do.  Nor was there any kick from any sign of a jalapeño.  I didn’t even have to have a drink of water while drinking it.  Ugh. 

Then, our meals came.  Good Lawd.

I ordered the German burger from the special Oktoberfest menu.  The burger I ordered was to have German sauerkraut with German ketchup.  It was also to have cheese.  I ordered this German delicacy medium. 

It arrived opened-faced with lettuce, ketchup, and tomato on one side.  The other side was meat, cheese, and sauerkraut.  It was like looking at an American bun versus a German bun in a head-to-head burger battle.  It didn’t look right.  I asked why I had lettuce and sauerkraut.  Our server reassured me that it was supposed to be like that.  Then, I took a bite.

Does this look like medium to you?  It looked like raw meat.  It felt like raw meat.  It smelled like raw meat.  It was raw meat.  Unless my order got mixed up with some hungry lion that I managed to miss in the restaurant who also ordered the German burger, there was a gross mistake on the part of the cook.  I don’t think anyone could have eaten this burger. 


I managed to eat a little off the edges, but it is a wonder I didn’t get food poisoning right then and there.  I could have died in the middle of this awful restaurant while cursing my friend the whole time.  At least, though, I wouldn’t have had spinach from the dip in my teeth, thank goodness. 

Believe it or not, this was the first time I ever admitted to a server that the food wasn’t good.  I have had some horrible stuff before (See Crab Trap, Destin), but I always have kept my opinion to myself expressing what I thought only here on this blog.

She really didn’t even have to ask.   

Our poor, sweet server tried to help.  She was by far the best part of our experience.  She offered me a free dessert or another entrée.  I passed.  Better to quit while I was ahead, i. e. alive.   

I haven’t seen our Big River recommending “friend” since this near-death experience. I’ll forgive her for almost getting me knocked off via bad burger food poisoning. 

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