One night I had zero desire to leave the house, and very little in the fridge. So I decided to see what I could come up with. I cooked a chili-lime chicken burger from Trader Joe's, then put it on some bread with pickles, cheese, barbecue sauce, fried onion pieces, and basil. I grilled the sandwich in the panini press. For some reason I put parmesan goldfish on top. This was just a strange sandwich.
Before my friend Elizabeth and I went out looking at Christmas lights on the coldest night of the year, we stopped into Philly's Best for dinner. I got the cheesesteak and added a handful of hot peppers. It was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had. I only ate half my sandwich at the time. About halfway through looking at the lights, I got hungry again, and until we got home all I could think about was the delicious sandwich in my center console.
My parents also got me a set of infused olive oils from St. Helena Kitchens: Tuscan dipping oil, fig balsamic vinegar, garlic olive oil, wild berry balsamic vinegar, and Mediterranean dipping oil. I have not yet tried any of them.
While watching football with a bunch of friends in our local pub - the Eagles epic 44-6 slaughter of the Cowboys - one of the regulars came in, just back from Canada for Christmas, carrying a bag of ketchup flavored Lays. This sounded horrible to me, but I was assured they were delicious, so I tried a couple. They certainly were not "delicious," but they weren't bad at all. I suppose it might be one of those tastes you grow up with that you would never like as much if you came to it as an adult. (I used to dip cheddar cheese into Worcestershire sauce when I was a kid and every once in a while I still get a craving for that.)
For Christmas my brother gave me a kit to make my own hot sauce (my parents gave me a new Global cleaver, next to the kit in the first picture.) I thought this was a great gift, as I love hot sauce. It came with several packets of spices and several recipes, although the three sauces I made are basically the same: a random selection of spices and a healthy amount of chopped garlic.