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Big or small, we love food or simply: sometimes size does matter

January 29, 2010 - Taste Buds
THE BUDS love food!

We really can’t be more clear about this. But, what we really love is TINY food!

Our newest favorite is clementines.

These are itty-bitty-teenie-weenie citrus fruits packed with flavor. These little orange gems can be found at most grocery stores and Bud Em has been stocking up on them like crazy. Plus, being the great bud that she is, she shares with Bud Tricia.

What a pal!

These babies are so delicious Bud Em rations them out to her daughter. One per day, per person. That’s the rule.

Loving these tiny fruits got our minds racing as to what other tiny things we love to eat.

For example, Bud Tricia loves baby corns.

Yeah, the same things most people think of as an after thought in stir-fry, she eats by the can!

We love cocktail weenies!

Dunked in a little BBQ sauce or wrapped in a piece of crescent roll, these are delicious!

Baby carrots!

What a delicious and nutritious snack - plus they make up for things when we’ve eaten our weight in cocktail weenies!

We love little things we can pick up and eat with our fingers - appetizers are some of our favorite things!

We think 4-ounce bottles of water are adorable and are looking for an excuse to buy single serving cans of anything!

There are also foods we love in giant quantities and one of those is ice cream!

We recently received a press release about Velvet Ice Cream naming a winner of their 2009 Create-a-Flavor contest in which participants were asked to create a new ice cream flavor (other wise they would have called the contest something else, silly!).

“Drama Queen” Ice Cream was created by 12-year-old Annie Toth of Hebron, Ohio. Hers is a bubble gum-flavored treat with colored sprinkles and pink, purple and vanilla swirls.

The Utica, Ohio-based company picked Toth’s submission from about 1,000 entries and has rewarded her with some great prizes. Along with receiving free ice cream for a year, Annie will sit on the Velvet Ice Cream tasting panel for a year and will have her photograph placed on the carton of Drama Queen Ice Cream, which will be produced in four-quart tubs.

Annie’s entry stated: “It would be like the Superman ice cream for boys, but would have pink, purple and vanilla swirls with girly sprinkles like tiaras, magic wands, castles, purses, shoes, lipsticks, and nail polish bottles. I think girls my age would love it and it would be great for birthday parties or a day with Mom.”

Velvet President Luconda Dager said Annie’s entry was the runaway favorite of the judges. “It was so clever and well thought out,” said Dager. “For production reasons, we had to substitute the ‘girly sprinkles’ with regular sprinkles, but we loved her ideas. She might have a future in the ice cream development business.” Second place in the contest was won by Eliza Brisbin, 9, of Findlay, who created Wild Blueberry Pie ice cream, which featured purple blueberry swirls, pieces of blueberries and pie crust. Third place went to Trey Cummins, 10, of Utica, Ohio, who created Caramel Apple Crunch, which featured nuts, chunks of apples and swirls of caramel.

Makes us want to run out and get a pint but since it’s only 10 degrees outside, we suggest you give this recipe by Leigh Ann LaRoche of Bellaire a try! They may be tiny but they’re big on taste!

SLOW COOKER SWEET AND SOUR MEATBALLS

1 jar (9-10 ounces) sweet & sour sauce

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 medium red bell pepper, cubed

1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained

3 pounds frozen meatballs

Mix first 7 ingredients in large mixing bowl. Set aside. Place meatballs in slow cooker. Pour sauce over meatballs, stir gently.

Cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours until done. Carefully remove lid to allow steam to escape. Serve directly from slow cooker.

The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleaderonline.com.

 
 

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“Drama Queen” Ice Cream was created by 12-year-old Annie Toth, above.