If you know me, you know I love food. And it’s not just the food itself, but the people and memories shared with every bite. I’m also one of those annoying people who takes pictures of food at memorable times, so here are some of my favorite tidbits from 2015. Bon Appétit.
Cauliflower soup from my Valentine’s Day dinner with Vivian at James Arthur Vineyards. It was the first of a five course meal but was particularly memorable for the heart-shaped croutons. (It came paired with Amo Te or Dry Seyval wines.)
My mom’s homemade pizza. That was one of my favorite things to eat growing up. My brother Jonathan requested it for his birthday.
Fried fish at the Holy Name Fish Fry. This place was legendary, and all the fish served there was hand-breaded.
I took my parents to Big Mama’s Kitchen up in North Omaha for their 40th Anniversary and ordered this sandwich, which Guy Fieri described as “natural bologna.”
Marbled tea egg made at Philip and Jen’s place for Jen’s birthday back in march. Delicious and beautiful all at the same time.
The Better Off Ched burger from Zombie Burger + Drink Lab in Des Moines, made with deep fried mac and cheese slabs for a bun, among other things. It’s as delicious as it is disgusting and a top contender for the “This is why you’re fat” website.
Vivian’s patriotic cheesecake. Nobody does cheesecake like my wife!
Burger with homemade kimchi and a fried egg. Served up by Philip and Jen at our house.
Smoked ribs from my dad, Ed Johnson, in celebration of his birthday. Recipe taken from America’s Test Kitchen.