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Oct 28, 2003 03:55 PM

What is your favorite "non-houndish" guilty pleasure?

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I have a cold and have had a very stressful day. So, for lunch, I wanted my favorite comfort food. It's an item that is so maligned, my love for it almost disqualifies me as a true chowhound. The offending item? A McDonald's hamburger.

Let me clarify the fact that this is not one of the hoity-toity promo specials of the month. We're talking about the 89 cent, pickles, mustard, ketchup, "where's the beef" little burger hiding in the undistinguished bun.

As I was enjoying my treat, I figured that every hound probably has one or two items that they would be hesitant to divulge their love for in public.

So, back to my original question...

What is your favorite "non-houndish" guilty pleasure?

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  1. Spam, specifically Spam and eggs, or Spam and velveeta on a toasted english muffin. Spam, spam, spam! (I can hear the Monty Python boys now . . . )

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    1. re: Erika

      An unsalted butter sautee'd("grilled") Wonderbread and American Cheese. It has to be Wonderbread(now with more vitamins!). It has to American Cheese---which I absolutely can't stand in its non-melted form. Oh the horrors of tensile, cakey orange glop( how I imagine the mouthfeel of cadaver flesh after they've dragged the quarry). And this is a new guilty pleasure. As a child I couldn't even stand the smell of American Cheese. So, when I'm not enjoying a crustless, grilled brioche and Maytag Blue(soooooo goood) I'm slicing my Wonderbread special in triangles and accompanying with a dill pickle slice. Sometimes I pair it with the traditional Campbell's tomato soup. Garnish? Cracked black pepper over the grilled cheese.

      1. re: malcarne

        Oooooohhhhh Yeeeaaahhh.... grilled cheese made with Velveeta or presliced American cheese, and a bowl of Campbells tomato soup made with whole milk...

        I'm regressing as I think about it...

        1. re: lala

          Big second on the grilled cheese sandwich with velveeta.

          My comfort soup, especially when I'm sick, is Campbell's Scotch Broth--no substitutes.

          1. re: lala

            oh...that's right...if pairing with Campbell's you gotta use whole milk. :) FYI: I've attempted my Wonderbread special accompanying it with a (homemade and deli-bought)tomato bisque. It just ain't the same. From ordinary materials come great things.

            1. re: lala

              I have a variation on the Campbell's Soup theme:

              My favorite is Cambell's tomato soup, yes, made with whole milk, with plain cooked spaghetti and extra pepper and a little garlic powder mixed in just before serving. If I'm too lazy or too stressed to cook spaghetti spoon-size shredded wheat will do.

              But I hear you on the grilled cheese: that particular combo (the tomato soup and the G.C. is my son's all time favorite.....)

              1. re: lala

                Saw a documentary on Andy Warhol a while back in which it was argued that the soup work had less to do with the arbitrariness of modernity than the fact that his mother had given him campbell's tomato soup for lunch every day as a child.

                Macaroni and cheese with canned tuna fish does it for me.

                1. re: lala

                  Once when I was in law school we had a spate of miserable weather-- on my way home from classes, I stopped at the supermarket and picked up some Campbell's and velveeta and pepperidge farm white bread for making this tasty treat. Some friends were also in the market (we all lived in the grad student ghetto) and saw what I was making. They begged so hard to come over for lunch that 15 of us ended up taking turns making grilled cheese all afternoon. (No spam, I was in a vegetarian phase at that time . . .)

                  Then we washed it down with oreos and milk!

                2. re: malcarne

                  YESYESYES. My dad was a salesman for Campbells Soup so we got lots of dented cans growing up. Tomato soup and grilled cheese with Kraft singles was a truly wonderful meal, especially on meatless Fridays when the alternative was fried flounder!

                3. re: Erika

                  I'm with you on the Spam. Just fried on a sandwich. One of the few things from when I was a kid that's just as good today. Try the hot and spicy if you can find it.

                4. In addition to the perfect glazed old-fashioned donut, macaroni and cheese, oreo ice cream, and Stouffers Vegetable Lasagna, my newfound treat that sounds so gross, but until you try it, don't knock it...

                  One slice of challah or white/egg bread as you have, a layer of creamy Skippy, a layer of light brown sugar pressed into the peanut butter, and one more slice of bread. I refuse to call it a sandwich because I hate sandwiches in general. I don't mind this concoction however. Somehow satisfying and comforting, I guess due to its relation to the peanut butter and jelly.

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                  1. re: Emme

                    I like it! But then my favorite comfort food is a slice of white bread with Skippy peanut butter and a glass of chocolate milk.

                    1. re: Emme
                      Jennie Sheeks

                      Mom used to make a variation on this she called Candy Bar Toast; buttered toast topped with peanut butter and brown sugar. It was a Saturday morning treat she'd make when she was too lazy to make pancakes for us.

                    2. If only you could get mustard on your McBurger!

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                        hillvalley (formerly specialteach)

                        Last month during the hurricane I ate more fluffer nutter sandwiches than I want to remember. (Needed a food that would last for a while in case the electricity went out.)

                        My "chain food" guilty pleasures are french fries from Burger King and spinach and artichoke dip from the Cheesecake Factory.

                        (By the way, the wait at Cheesecake is on purpose, so if I need some comforting I always get takeout.)

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                          1. re: lissar

                            Peanut butter and marshmallow Fluff, on white bread.

                        1. Definitely a fluffernutter. And a HoHo for dessert.

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                          1. re: Ellen

                            I forgot about the Ho Ho's!

                            Don't forget the ice cold, nonskim milk.