Oh and KYH.. I love your signature!!
I've gotten into the habit of changing it frequently (no particular reason). Leeniek, but that particular quote ("I found Nero Wolfe sitting in front of a very large platter of very small lamb chops.") has always summed up the Nero Wolfe character for me.
I've got a ton of other-food related ones. Easy enough, of course, with the Wolfe stuff. But I've been researching a book about the relationship between food and protagonists in detective novels, and it's incredible the gems you find.
For realistic food references---that is, stuff you are likely to make yourself---check out the Spenser books. One example: The timer rang in my kitchen and I got up and went and took the rice out of the oven. I cracked the cover on the casserole so steam could escape, and shut off the oven and turned toward Susan across the counter……what’s for supper?” she said. “Grilled lemon and rosemary chicken, brown rice with pignolias, assorted fresh vegetables lightly steamed and dressed with Spenser’s famous honey-mustard splash, blue corn bread, and a bottle of Iron Horse Chardonnay.
My favorite Spenser line is: We ordered the full tea. I like everything about tea, except tea. But I tried to stay with the spirit of it all.
And, just to bring this back on topic, I'd hire Spenser to work in my kitchen any day.