Writing about food can be as fun as eating it when enough descriptive adjectives are at the tips of your fingers. Food writing can be painful when all I can think to say is, "It was good". Today I offer version 1 of a food-blogger's thesaurus which the food writer may consult when searching for just the right word to describe good food. Version 2 will come later; it is a thesaurus of words to describe bad food. But since I tend to write about my successes cooking rather than my mistakes, first I offer words in praise of food.I also offer Helen Myhre's recipe for blueberry muffins which she daily served at her Osseo, WI restaurant, The Norske Nook. To make the muffins a fun food for kids on patriotic holidays, I baked the muffins in foil, star-shaped baking cups with red, white and blue decorations.
But first, V.1 of a thesaurus for a food blogger:
A is for aromatic and awesome
B is for beautiful and bountiful
C is for colorful and crunchy
D is for delicious and delicate
You get the idea, so click on "Continue reading..." if you want more words and the blueberry muffin recipe.
E is for enjoyable and entertaining
F is for fancy and fresh
G is for great and good
H is for healthy and hearty
I is for incredible and irresistible
J is for juicy and jiggly
K is for killer and ?
L is for luscious and lemony
M is for moist and munch-able?
N is for nutritious and novel
O is for Ooh-la-la and old-fashioned
P is for pungent and pleasing
Q is for quintessential and quaint?
R is for rich and righteous
S is for spicy and savory
T is for tantalizing and tasty
U is for unassuming and unique
V is for very and vibrant
W is for wild and wonderful
X is for extra-special and ?
Y is for yummy and yellow
Z is for zesty and zinging
As you can see, I had trouble with the letters K, M, Q, X and Z. And I admit that some of the other adjectives are of questionable value. So if you can help me out with adjectives for these troublesome letters or have better suggestions for others, I'd appreciate your additions.
Now to the Blueberry Muffin recipe from the cookbook:Farm Recipes and Food Secrets from the Norske Nook: The Midwest's #1 Roadside Cafe by Helen Myhre and Myrna Vold.
They write, "Muffin recipes are a dime a dozen, but these are a favorite at the restaurant. There's not much that's better when you make these with glistening berries fresh from the bluff and spread them with sweet butter."
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar plus a little more to sprinkle on top of batter if desired
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
In a small bowl, combine the milk, oil, and egg, using a fork to mix well.
Spoon the batter into a buttered muffin tin, and sprinkle the tops with a little sugar if you want. ( used red, white and blue sprinkles for fun. These muffins can be a holiday breakfast treat on Memorial Day, Labor Day and the 4th of July.)