So hey, I’m Heather, and I have an interesting relationship with food. There’s much to tell, but I’ll try to sum up here on the requisite “About” page, and perhaps write posts on particular topics in the future.
I’m currently the creative director for a city magazine, but have a wide range of interests besides design — collecting (vintage goods, seashells, t-shirts), animals (I have five awesome cats!) — but especially… food.
It’s important to note that I’ve been around influential food scenes my entire life. My parents once owned a concession trailer, and I spent much of my childhood traveling to different carnivals and fairs every week. I was often allowed to roam these events alone, a few bucks in hand to plunk down for my favorite goodies. One memory that stands out is trying Dippin’ Dots for the first time, shortly after they had debuted, at the DuQuoin State Fair.
In 1990, my family purchased a restaurant in a historic tourist town, and later purchased a second restaurant in a nearby area, which we still own today. My teenage and college-age years were largely spent in the restaurant’s kitchen, often as a line cook, but sometimes just experimenting for myself — dropping random stuff into the fryers (I was deep-frying Oreos long before they became trendy, folks!) or coming up with new combinations like french fries and peppermint icing (Surprisingly good!).
With the advent of the Food Network, I started to learn more about cooking and ingredients, admittedly hooked to shows like Good Eats (Alton Brown is still my hero.). Even today, although the channel is largely game shows and “reality” TV, I watch a few select shows, and tend to put it on in the background while I’m working or trying to fall asleep. It’s strangely soothing, seriously!
Now, there’s a certain irony to all of this, because I’m a picky eater. Not just your average person who doesn’t like pickles on their sandwich, or even a vegetarian who purposely excludes meat from their diet. Recently, some studies have called it “Selective Eating Disorder.” I have a short list of foods I’m willing to eat, and when it comes to trying anything new, I will usually only try some sort of variation or combination of those foods. I’ve never had a hamburger, or a salad, or seafood, or most vegetables. My diet largely consists of pizza (plain cheese, please), chicken (white meat only), french fries/potatoes, pasta, cheeses, breads, fruits, and… junk food. I’m well-known for my love of chips, candy, cake, ice cream, popcorn, and cookies. But even in those areas I’m picky about flavors. Yep, most five-year-olds have a more diverse diet than I do.
I’m not embarrassed by my eating habits, though it can make ordering food and social situations a bit difficult. I find myself trying to explain it a lot, and people don’t quite understand, but that’s okay. It’s my deal. So to sum up, I love learning about food I won’t eat, and have a great deal of knowledge when it comes to cooking, but have a limited diet. It’s a weird thing, I know.
These traits are similar among picky eaters, and no, you won’t find reviews here of the latest Super Gobble Cheeseburger Deluxe Special (me trying a hamburger just ain’t gonna happen), but I do hope to expand my eating horizons just a bit for the blog. My reviews of fast food, junk food, grocery items, carnival treats, and restaurants are honest and how they apply to MY palate. But rest assured, I sure as heck know my way around a bag of Doritos.
Love and Cheese Dust,