What's your favorite cheese? Depends on what the cheese is for. If forced to choose, I'd probably go with mozzarella, but there's also Romano, parmesan, Jarlsburg, Swiss, asiago, and so so many more....
What's your favorite fish? Salmon, especially when it's made in a mustard sauce.
What's your favorite fruit? Grapes.
When, if ever, did you start liking olives? Black olives, for as long as I can remember. Green olives, never.
When, if ever, did you start liking beer? High school.
When, if ever, did you start liking shellfish? Since I was a teenager, or so. As a small child, I hated shrimp; as an adult I wonder what the fuck I was thinking...
What was the best thing your parent/s used to make? Gad, how to narrow it down. Both my parents are excellent cooks, and I'd be hard-pressed to pick one. Maybe my mother's lasagne and my father's fried chicken. Maybe.
What's the native specialty of your home town? I'm in New York. We have everything.
What's your comfort food? Depends on my mood. Ice cream is always a favorite, though...
What's your favorite type of chocolate? Not that picky, but I prefer milk to dark.
How do you like your steak? Exceedingly rare. I usually tell waiters, "I like it to moo."
How do you like your burger? Less rare than the steak, but still rare. And onions, ketchup or barbecue sauce, and pickles are always welcome.
How do you like your eggs? Scrambled. That was actually the first thing I learned to cook, and I cook 'em in olive oil instead of butter. I'd like to say I do that because I'm Italian, but the truth is, I first saw it done in the closing scene of the movie Big Night.
How do you like your potatoes? French fried. Not much of a potato eater, mostly.
How do you take your coffee? With half-and-half, no sugar. I used to dump a ton of sugar into it, and in other things, but I underwent a sea change in the mid-1990s and stopped sweetening much of anything. Weird.
How do you take your tea? Iced and herbal, mostly.
What's your favorite mug? Too many cool ones to narrow down.
What's your cookie of choice? Chocolate chip.
What's your ideal breakfast? Coffee. I generally don't eat breakfast.
What's your ideal sandwich? Sopresatta on Italian bread of some kind with mustard. Heaven.
What's your ideal pizza (topping and base)? Your basic Italian-American slice o' pizza, with tomato sauce and melted mozzarella and thin-ish crust. Pepperoni is a good topping, ditto sausage. Not that big on onions and peppers, but will eat if it's all there is. No mushrooms, no anchovies, and definitely none of the west coast/Hawai'i crap (pineapple? on pizza????).
What's your ideal pie (sweet or savory)? Never been much of a pie person.
What's your ideal salad? Mixed greens, preferably with a variety of types of lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, endive. Dressing a viniagrette of some sort.
What food do you always like to have in the fridge? Grapes.
What food do you always like to have in the freezer? Ice cream.
What food do you always like to have in the cupboard? A box of cereal, which I usually eat dry as a midnight snack.
What spices can you not live without? Oregano.
What sauces can you not live without? My own tomato.
Where do you buy most of your food? A magnificent local supermarket that is to die for, but it's a bit of a trip to get there. For quickie food needs, there's a crappy Key Food half a block away. Both FreshDirect and PeaPod do web food shopping that delivers, and we've used both.
How often do you go food shopping? Whenever something is needed.
What's the most you've spent on a single food item? Dunno.
What's the most expensive piece of kitchen equipment you own? Probably the dishwasher. *laughs*
What's the last piece of equipment you bought for your kitchen? Probably the Foreman grill.
What piece of kitchen equipment could you not live without? Well, the stove. I mean, that's where all the cooking's done....
How many times a week/month do you cook from raw ingredients? Not as often as I'd like.
What's the last thing you cooked from raw ingredients? The broiled lamb chops I made last night (and will make again tonight).
What's your favorite thing to make for yourself? Probably the aforementioned broiled lamb chops.
What meats have you eaten besides cow, pig, chicken and turkey? Lamb, turtle, rabbit, pheasant, duck, goose, and probably others I can't think of. I'm an all-purpose carnivore...
What's the last time you ate something that had fallen on the floor? Don't remember.
What's the last time you ate something you'd picked in the wild? That would be about 5-6 years ago, which was the last time we went on an apple-picking excursion (though I actually got a huge haul of plum tomatoes, with which I made sauce).
Place the following cuisines in order of preference (greatest to least): Italian, sushi, Chinese, French, Indian, Thai.
Place the following boozes in order of preference (greatest to least): Whiskey, tequila, vodka, brandy, gin, rum. I should add that the distance between whiskey and tequila is great, and the distance between tequila and the other four is small, and the differences among the last four are nonexistent.
Place the following flavors in order of preference (greatest to least): Garlic, ginger, basil, aniseed, lime.
Place the following fruits in order of preference (greatest to least): These five are all pretty much equal: cherry, apple, orange, pineapple, watermelon. As for bananas, I'm allergic to them. (No grapes or strawberries? Feh! Those are my favorites!)
Bread and spread: Semolina, preferably without sesame seeds, though they're fine if that's all that's available, and butter. Or a toasted English muffin with either strawberry jam or cinammon sugar and butter.
What's your fast food restaurant of choice, and what do you usually order? Popeye's is a current favorite, though I also love Roy Rogers. At the former, I get a three-piece, spicy dark meat, with mac and cheese on the side. At the latter, a burger that I cover in pickles, onions, and barbecue sauce at the fixin's bar, and fries.
What are three of the best dining-out experiences you've had? My fifteenth birthday, which was held at Harry's Bar in Venice. Besides being a wonderful meal, complete with a meringue cake for dessert, it was also my first time getting drunk. That is but one of dozens of wonderful dining-out experiences, and I don't know that I can narrow it down to another two....
What's your choice of tipple at the end of a long day? A good amber beer.
Favorite cookbook/s? Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Italian Cooking.
Got any favorite food blogs? I don't read any, honestly.
What's the next thing you'll eat? The broiled lamb chops currently marinating in spices and Worcestershire sauce in the kitchen.