Confessions of a Foodie

Marissa Sertich shares her New Year’s resolution with us.
By Marissa Sertich

The holidays have come and gone and I’ve been woefully neglectful of my writing – I’m starting to believe that the feeling of never getting enough accomplished  is a cold, hard fact about being an adult. There will always be a few dirty cups in my sink. I’m learning to get over it.

So, the New Year’s resolution I made this year was not to drink fewer beers, or organize my desk, or try harder to reconnect with friends from the third grade. My goal is simple – be happy.

I think a key element of sustainable happiness is admitting things about yourself. Example: My hair color will probably change 15 times this year and I will probably only like about 5 of those colors – I’m just going to sit back and be okay with that.

In the food world, I am going to embark on the road of sustainable happiness by acknowledging all of the things that I like and don’t like. The list is one I don’t generally share because as a culinary professional, a lot of judgments are placed on things like the temperature of the steak you order. I’m a medium girl myself, but that hardly makes the list. So, I’m putting the list out in the world, embracing these parts of myself – and to hell with the rest.

Here we go:

I love Jell-O and I believe that the color green can be a flavor.

I’ve never tried spam, but I have the feeling I’d really like it

I got excited when McDonald’s brought back the McRib

I always regret buying quinoa. Rice is king.

Sometimes I freeze Coolwhip and eat it like ice cream.

I like buttering my croissants, even though butter is already their main ingredient

I’d rather eat an apple fritter than a doughnut.  (I think that’s my midwestern coming out.)

I’m not sure that humans are supposed to eat seaweed – Yes, I am that person who orders the Chinese food off of the sushi menu.

I like ranch dressing. (I think that’s also my midwestern coming out).

I like alfredo sauce

I prefer my oysters fried

I prefer a lot of things fried

I love dark and milk chocolate, but I think that white chocolate deserves a little more respect in the world

I have an aversion to cold soups – yes, that’s you gazpacho!

I like cake for breakfast

Actually, I like cake all the time.

I hate the word “Foodie.”

I believe that salumi, cheese, olives and wine constitute a proper meal

I believe that this year is going to be great.

There it is.

What’s on your list?

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