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Cr(EAT)e Food Blog: Essential Cravings: A Delicious Glimpse into What Crystal Bridges Staff CRAVE

Cheese

Everyone experiences Essential Food Cravings at some point in their day-to-day life.  We thought it would be an interesting study in the personal food culture of the Museum to seek out the CRAVINGS of some of our staff, so this is the first in a series of monthly installments that you will enjoy as we enter the spring season of 2014.  Indeed, prepare yourself to be entertained, shocked, and utterly intrigued by the foodstuffs that your Museum staff members CRAVE!  Enjoy…

Executive Director Rod Bigelow Cuts the Cheese

Cheese“It’s all about cheese for me.  With a cracker, honey, fruit, wine, or just raw.  Melted, cold, warm, sliced, or crumbled…I love the variety, the pungency, and the versatility of cheese.  I also love the process of making cheese and the history.”    

Digital Media Manager Shane Richey’s Breakfast of Champions and Popcorn with Beer

Popcorn“I come from a big family of big eaters [and high cholesterol/blood pressure as a result] so anything fried I will usually crave. Fried chicken, fried squirrel, fried catfish, fried chicken, fried steak, fried potatoes, etc… But the one thing that I crave above all else is venison cube steak fried with scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy…it’s the breakfast of [obese] champions. However I almost never eat fried foods because of the health issue. What I do crave and eat almost every single night is POPCORN. Pan-popped with olive oil, popcorn salt, black pepper, yeshi ,and grated parmesan cheese. Every single night with a beer and a sketch book after everybody else is in bed.”    

Director of Exhibitions and Education,  Niki Ciccotelli Stewart’s Three Food Groups of Chocolate, Cheese, and Peanut Butter

Peanut butter“My cravings tend to be seasonal – like, for grilled cheese and soup in the winter, or hummus and chips in the summer. They also seem to be triggered by place or activity. When I’m in Jersey, I want soft pretzels and cheesesteaks. If I’m on the boardwalk, I want funnel cake. When I fly, I always hit Starbucks inside the airport for a scone and coffee, and when I’m on a road trip, I eat things I never eat otherwise, like Pringles or Combos. In Canada, I must get coffee at Tim Horton’s, and in California, fish tacos are all I want. Perhaps these aren’t cravings, really, but habits? However, three foods I will never be able to live without are chocolate, cheese, and peanut butter. I have to go now—all this talk has made me hungry, and I need to go get another one of my favorite cravings—the high south chicken salad at Eleven.”    

Accountant Lynn Chapman’s Tastes are SIMPLE:  An Evening in Paris with Cocoa Puffs and an Episode of Hawaii 5-0

Tea“What I crave, I cannot get in Arkansas, but that doesn’t lessen my cravings for them.  They are: Guava chiffon cake—last price I knew of was $29 for a 9” square cake; Cocoa Puffs – mini chocolate-filled cream puffs with German chocolate cake frosting—Check out Liliha bakery on the Internet; they have even been featured on Hawaii 5-0…and Manapua with char siu pork filling.  Other than that I need my tea.  I prefer Stash teas and my current favorite is Evening in Paris.”

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