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Friday, January 20, 2012
I'll tell you right now, I hate competing, especially if the competition is against a friend I wouldn't want to hurt. And that's not to say I'd win any competition. Some, of course, are a no-brainer. I could eat my weight in maraschino cherries, and Mel can't stand them, so I'd win that contest without even a showdown.

My mother has a caretaker, Bonnie, who comes to our home every day to help us with Mom. I discovered a sad part of her character the other day--she loves sour balls, sour suckers, sour teas. That's not so bad, I don't suppose. We all have our weaknesses. I'm champion maraschino cherry eater (and cherry seed spitter, but that's a more romantic story about how I won Mel over during our courtship.) But when my husband AND Mom's caretaker compete against one another to see who can suck on a sour sucker the longest without making a face, I can't help wondering what this world has come to.

My favorite source of food competition is hot stuff. Not only hot Mexican sauces of some kind, but horseradish or wasabi sauce that can take the skull right off the top of your head and set it back in place backward.

You can take your ball games and your races and your speed writing. Give me a good ol' eating contest any day until the smoke is catching your hair on fire or your jaw is splitting from the tartness of a cherry sucker.

What's your pleasure when it comes to food competition?

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Hannah Alexander  
posted at 1:12 AM  
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At 2:05 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

Cheryl, Have you ever watched "Heat Seekers" on the Food Network Channel (or is it the Cooking Channel? Sorry...I can't remember which one)? Two chefs travel the country looking for the hottest, spiciest foods. At the end of each episode, they compete to see which one can eat the most of that day's super-hot food. It's really rather funny to watch.

At 7:48 AM, Blogger Tracy Ruckman said...

Haha! I love this post. The sourballs cracked me up!

My boys used to compete with each other - and with their grandmother - about eating hot stuff. My younger son thought he had everyone beat, but then one year, we took him to our favorite Chinese restaurant, where the servers had become like moms and sisters to us.

We introduced our son to one of the girls, and told her he liked hot and spicy foods. She said she had a sauce he wouldn't be able to eat - and he took the challenge. Apparently this little $25 bottle of hot stuff is so powerful that she would only let him have a tiny drop on some fried rice. He convinced her into a couple of drops.

The look on his face was priceless - and to this day, he doesn't eat hot stuff any more!

I grew up on a lake, and used to be able to eat my weight in fried fish. Can't do that any more, but shrimp or scallops or crab ... maybe. :-)

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Jackie S. said...

Cheryl, I am too cracked up to give an a fun post! As much fun as your books.....about finished with #3 Urgent Care....loving that series!!

At 10:55 AM, Blogger jel said...

Cheryl, if ya like hot stuff, ya like this
Sabra~chipotle hummus!

At 1:43 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I love to see their faces, Ruthie. Mel even overdoes it just to make me laugh, but I can make some pretty funny faces, too.

At 3:05 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Tracy, yesterday I had lunch with my cousins from China. They eat a LOT of hot stuff over there, so we ate at a Cajun restaurant that makes a special hot sauce that they don't sell to the typical diner. I ordered it and my cousins loved it--except for the one who's blood related. Typically, my relatives on Mom's side (all 54 first cousins) don't go for the hot stuff. I got that gene from Daddy's side. And I don't typically compete, I end up just putting on a show, unintentionally, because no one really likes it as hot as I do. OH! by the way, I wrote about that restaurant in our upcoming novel, Eye of the Storm.

At 4:11 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Jackie, so glad you're enjoying Urgent Care. That was a difficult book to write, with all the medical in it. When that book came out, our town was hit by a tornado and destroyed. That was far too coincidental for comfort.

Jel, I'll have to look for that hummus. Where do you get it? Sounds yummy!

At 9:40 PM, Blogger jel said...

where else but Wallyworld!

hope ya don't get to much ice your way tonite.

At 11:38 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Eew! We missed the snow and bad weather last time. It typically goes north of I-44, and we're south. Colleen has me pretty much convinced I could have Lyme disease instead of fiber, particularly since I've lost the ability to walk a few times, and that doesn't come with fiber. Send a prayer this way?

At 11:48 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

You know, I'm getting tired of Blogger changing the spelling. I meant I had fibro, not fiber. I get plenty of fiber ;-)

At 9:19 AM, Blogger Jackie S. said...

Thanks for your comments about UC, Cheryl. OH NO, not lyme....that would be far too coincidental ... your THT series! Very interested in lyme since we live among ticks and hub is big hunter...had two friends diagnosed with (but I think one was bone cancer, which he recently died of). PRAYERS going up for you!! Listen to Colleen!!

At 9:27 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I once ate a corn-on-the-cob contest when I was a 10yo. And I competed with men! LOL But now? I'm closer to you, Cheryl, for the cherries. And I love horseradish but not peppers. Horseradish hits you hard and fast but the goes on its merry way. Peppers are like you great aunt Gracie who hangs around for weeks.

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Okay, that was supposed to be won the contest - not ate it. I've never eaten a contest in my life. ;)

At 11:30 AM, Blogger grammajlb said...

Ugh on the cherries, Cheryl. Give me a big bowl of pasta linguine, and then another....

At 7:07 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

That's right, Jackie. I'd forgotten. Hospital administrator got Lyme disease hunting. I will listen to Colleen, and so will Mel. Here's a warning for you, though, Jackie--I never had any symptoms, never saw a tick, always shower after a hike. hike again.

At 7:10 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Ane, I agree. Blogger changes our spelling. I'm sure that was it. And yes, if you have food issues with nightshade, it'll stick around for a long, long time, which is why I have to be very careful with onions and others. Wasabi and horseradish, however, can make you cry, but oh, I love that stuff. Please, no one tell me the straight stuff has gluten in it!

At 7:18 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

grammajib, we had spaghetti with cheese last night. It was black bean spaghetti, gluten free, and it tastes so much like the real thing to me that I can almost think I'm at Olive Garden. Except for the music. Now I've heard there's a zucchini and tomato sauce that's wonderful with pasta and may try it soon.


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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