Favored Things
Some things that I favor...
Duke's Mayonnaise
There are few things in life better than a tomato sandwich... sliced home-grown tomato, white bread, a little salt, a little pepper, and a good spreading of Duke's Mayonnaise. Some folks add lettuce, and some add lettuce and bacon for a BLT. That's ok, but not required. I've been known to break tradition by adding a slice of cheese, for which I was once admonished by my beloved Sister Jan. For the best synergy, all that is required is a home-grown tomato, white bread, a little salt, a little pepper, and Duke's. When I occasionally here some misguided person praising some inferior concoction like Hellman's, or Kraft, I pity them for not knowing better.
Talking Rain Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry
This fine beverage seems to be available only within Microsoft.
Peet's Coffee - Italian Roast
Peet's Italian Roast beans are always good. I must here admit that I find Sumatra beans from Starbucks consistently good as well. One of the best bags of coffee beans I ever had was Italian Roast from World Market. I also favor Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Campfire Coffee, when I can get it.
Pillsbury Southern Style Biscuits in a bag. I never liked canned biscuits. Canned biscuits taste like canned biscuits. I like the real thing. That being said, the developers over at Pillsbury are doing amazing things with frozen biscuits these days. I suspect most grandmothers can't make a biscuit from scratch this good... and these bagged biscuits only take 17 minutes to bake. Oh how I love traditional biscuits - buttermilk, sourdough, Mrs. Coffey's Cheese Biscuits - made from scratch by a Southern grandmother, but when it's just me & Bigfoot, these Pillsbury frozen Grands are mighty fine. I can't make better biscuits from scratch without using a Dutch Oven and hot coals, and that's not practical most mornings.
Texas Pete Hot Sauce is the sauce I turn to day in and day out, and that’s been the case since I was old enough to appreciate the finer things. Texas Pete, the pride of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is not in the hellfire league with respect to hotness, but that's ok. Texas Pete is about good taste and food enhancement, and it's there that Texas Pete achieves greatness. Peppers, vinegar, salt, and xanthan gum combine magnificently, with the vinegar/salt factor rising to preeminent perfection upon the palate. In my mind, this vinegar based sauce is closely associated with the Eastern and “Lexington Style” barbeques of North Carolina. Quite simply, there is nothing better than a plate of North Carolina style pulled-pork barbeque with Texas Pete, vinegar-based coleslaw, hushpuppies, and sweet iced tea. Yes, I also love the Texas style beef brisket… but with a Texas style spread on the left, and a North Carolina “Lexington Style” spread with a bottle of Texas Pete on the right, I’d have to go right. And when you consider how much I love Texas, that should tell you something...

Bigfoot Thompson loves

Florida's Natural Orange Juice

Most Pulp

Not from Concentrate

I've been known to pickup a box of Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies every now and then...
I like a good Ginger Snap. Not Nabisco. Franz does pretty good work. If I said that I didn't like a few Ginger Snaps with a glass of almond vanilla milk in the evenings, I wouldn't be telling the truth...
With respect to peanut butter, I'm a Jif man. Choosy mothers choose Jiff, and if that's not enough, it's "peanuttier."
Peanut Butter Update:
As of mid 2013, I'm an Adam's No Stir Creamy man...
When it comes to bananas, I go with Chiquita.
I firmly believe that Fritos Scoops are the finest dipping chips on the planet. These chips will not break even when scooping the stoutest dip. Fritos play excellent accompaniment on a sandwich plate as well...
strawberry_lemonade_07-10-2010.JPG (347996 bytes) Strawberry Lemonade
at Red Robin... bottomless glass with big chunks of strawberry...
I was a Diet Coke man for many years. I pulled my support when Coca-Cola went into a silly partnership with the dishonest WWF:



Another factor in this realignment was the Diet Pepsi on ice served at the Lil Jon Restaurant in Bellevue, which I at first drank reluctantly. During 2011 I came to consider Diet Pepsi almost equal to Diet Coke, then superior. I embraced Diet Pepsi.  But as of May 2012, I will drink Pepsi no more. PepsiCo is more stupid than Coca-Cola. Because Coca-Cola is less stupid than PepsiCo, I now drink Diet Coke when the need arises.

Vitamin Water Zero Squeezed Lemonade
This fine beverage became my most preferred thirst quincher in 2011. Zero calories and no artificial sweeteners. A little bit sour, a little bit sweet... the combination thereof being quite pleasant and refreshing...

Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla 30
I switched from Soy milk to Almond milk during 2013, and this brand has emerged as one of my favorites...