We all experience Essential Food Cravings at some point in our day-to-day existence. And 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 second in a series of installments for you to enjoy as we enter the Spring of 2015. Indeed, prepare yourself to be entertained, shocked, and utterly intrigued by the foodstuffs that Crystal Bridges’ staff CRAVE!
Chef Melody Lane DEVOURS Crispy Bits and Quinoa “I think it’s easier for me to understand what I crave right now because my children are grown and I’m single. I can listen to myself without thinking of what my kids need to eat. For instance, if I’m not feeling well I crave juicy crisp apples, limes, chicken soup (made with wings of course), fresh coconut water, herbal teas, Japanese udon—healthy stuff. When I have a tremendous amount of work to do, I crave quinoa, poached eggs, lamb chops, high proteins. And of course I love all the crispy bits—the little crunchy parts around chicken or fish or meats when fried. Artisan cheeses; strong, sweet coffee—not so healthy. When I go to the Farmer’s Market or a great specialty store I crave EVERYTHING because all I want to do is make something beautiful out of it to satisfy my artistic self. When I lived in the Caribbean and was unable to get a lot of ingredients I think my cravings where the strongest. I totally craved my grandmother’s pillow-soft ricotta raviolis with a bit of cheese and a touch of marinara. I was making ricotta cheese out of that box milk and using a Fanta bottle to roll out my dough. I would be on the beautiful ocean, but thinking about a forest in the morning dew—to have the smell of that little campfire, coffee, and bacon. Oh and I wasn’t alone! Because when I visited the states, all of my friends had long, begging lists of food for me to bring back. Nutella and granola were huge requests. My daughter would travel to India and her boss would have her bring her an entire suitcase of Cheerios: homesick foods. So I guess really I crave what makes me happy or what I think I need at the time.”
Curator Mindy Besaw and the Ritual of Coffee “What I crave most is coffee, always coffee (with milk). It’s the taste—the nutty, bitter, rich flavors—but also the distinct smell, and the warmth (I like hot coffee even in the hottest of summer), and somehow the ritual of coffee…drinking it slowly. It’s probably my calmest moment of the day.”
Horticulturalist Cody George Finds Himself in a Pickle “I always have a jar or two (or three, four, five, etc.) of homemade Missouri Hot Pickles. The flavor goes great with most Southern food, but it also reminds me of my Grandma and Grandpa George, whom the recipe was passed down from.”
Geoff Goodrich LOVES Chocolate and Chicken “That’s an easy one – if it isn’t Reese’s, then it has to be crispy (buttermilk, flour, and cornmeal) oven-fried chicken!”