Food Porn: A Self Diagnostic

I just got back into the office from circling the campus to drop of papers here, set up online courses there, and planning community gardens everywhere I can find space when I saw the following article on The Daily Meal:

“Obsessively Photographing Your Food Might Be a Sign of Mental Illness”

The tag line was “Food Porn Sign of Mental Illness?” and of course I was a little concerned. Not that I have a problem or anything…

But let’s be honest, I occasionally take pictures of my food. Not that I’m obsessed with pictures of the food I make but because other people are. And I’m not being conceited at all. But I know some people… Some people…

However, we’re being honest here. *Now Entering the Foodie Quadrangle of Honesty.* I really like food. And if you’re in my happy little Foodie Nation you probably do too. You may even have referred to food in an odd way that may have been sexually confusing to your friends. I’m here to tell you that’s okay. But one thing is not okay and that’s being a food hoarder. If you make a batch of these:

Mandarin Orange & Olive Oil Mini Doughnuts

“Mandarin Orange & Olive Oil Mini Doughnuts”

you had better be sharing them. Because eating alone is nice and all but you don’t just hog all the mini doughnuts. That’s just bad form.

Also, if you make this:

Martha's Mac and Cheese

“Martha’s Mac and Cheese” from Smell’s Like Home

and eat the whole thing yourself…? Just stop. Really. Now I’m super concerned AND offended.

So this is my suggestion to all those poor lost foodies out there making massive piles of unhealthy foods and just eating it all without hindrance:

1. Stop that.

2. Call a few friends (including me)

3. Share

4. You may take photos. That part was never the problem so you just go right ahead and do that.


Cupcakes:Classic, Not A Fad

Chocolate Graham S’more Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting

“Chocolate Graham S’more Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting” from Bakingdom

I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about how cupcakes are on their way out and that the newest food fad in DC is doughnuts. I seriously hope not because there is no way that a doughnut can stand up against a cupcake. I understand how macarons were popular there for like… a few months but this is one of those battles I don’t even think it’s worth discussing. Cupcakes are classic and will continue to be classic. Doughnuts are great but they aren’t classy. They’re doughnuts. Cupcakes are mini cakes. End of story.

Hail to the Cupcake!

Mmmm…. Sticky…

Orange Caramel Sticky Doughnuts

“Orange Caramel Sticky Doughnuts” from Gourmet Traveler

These just sound wrong enough that I want them. I’m not quite ready to pull out my deep fryer and sacrifice all that oil just yet but next time my dad has his big open flame frying contraption set up outside I might throw a few of these in before the oil has been contaminated.