Cinnamon Takes a Back Seat to No Babka

My wife Linda and I are huge Seinfeld fans. We can quote many lines from many episodes. However, no line is nearer and dearer to my heart then this one and the lines that follow.

“Cinnamon takes a back seat to no babka. People love cinnamon. It should be on tables at restaurants along with salt and pepper. Anytime anyone says, “Oh this is so good, what’s in it?” The answer invariably comes back, “Cinnamon.” “Cinnamon.” Again and again. Lesser babka?? I think not.” – Jerry Seinfeld

You see, I am one of those people that love cinnamon. With my sweet tooth, I really enjoy eating at Cinnabon. Cinnamon rolls, cinnamon sticks, you name it. I even chew cinnamon Trident gum now that I can’t find Wrigley’s Big Red gum anywhere.

But that’s not the only reason I like the Seinfeld quote so much. My wife, my kids, and many of our friends really love my homemade chicken nuggets. So what’s in them? Cinnamon – among other things. I’m not going to post the recipe though. It’s not a secret recipe. Besides, I’ve already given away the secret ingredient! It’s just that I don’t measure anything when I make them. It’s all by eye.

Here are the ingredients for my chicken nuggets: flour, bread crumbs, panko chips, Morton’s Nature Seasons, ground black pepper, cinnamon, and chili powder.

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Eating Out Sucks

As a fussy eater, the world outside my own kitchen can be a scary place. At home, I can make sure food is prepared with ingredients I like. You won’t find any onions on my burgers. However, when I eat out, I find myself at the mercy of the chef and wait staff. When I get a cheeseburger from Outback Steakhouse, I have to make sure I ask for “just burger, cheese, and bun”.

Even my choice of restaurant is affected by my fussy eating. I tend to stick with American fare where I can usually get a steak, burger, chicken tenders, or pizza. At an Italian restaurant, I’ll get the Chicken Parmesan, but I scrape off most of the sauce. Mexican and Indian food are out of the question. I’ve found one or two things I’ll eat at a Japanese steakhouse.

Eating out with family is always interesting since family members often consider “What will Bob eat?” when picking a restaurant. I feel like I am limiting their choices. When ordering food at most restaurants I just know the wait staff and chefs get irritated at my special orders.

This is part of the reason I want to break my fussy ways. I’d like to be able to eat out like a normal person. I’d like to order straight from the menu with fewer (or no) substitutions or special orders.

I’m not quite ready to try out new few out and about, but if you make suggestions for me to try at home, I’m willing to work at it.

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