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What makes your mouth water?

Food cravings are soo kooky. For me personally, I think a well executed tarte tatin does it for me as a sweet, mouthwatering treat. As far as a savory is concerned, I have a few more:

-Crispy homemade taco (homemade corn tortilla) with succulent meat-juices that drip out

-Juicy porterhouse steak cooked medium/medium rare

-The roasted chicken I made last weekend - stuffed a butter/herb salve under the skin on top of the breast and filled the cavity w/ sliced sweet onion wedges, celery sticks, Italian parsley, lemon wedges, and a healthy pour of EVOO

-A crepe filled with butter and a lemon simply syrup, folded into a triangle and dusted w/ powdered sugar

What do you think is mouthwatering??????

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  1. A fresh crab sandwich on sourdough bread and hot lobster bisque soup bought right on the wharf in S.F. Also, a really good creme brulee. Garlic mashed potatoes. This delicious dish of halibut cheeks that I had while in Seattle. They were lightly breaded, fried and then topped with an incredible champagne sauce. Can't find halibut cheeks here in Sacramento!

    1. A nice 2-3lb. Maine Lobter steamed to perfection with an ample supply of drawn butter...

      1. Oh...those halibut cheeks sound amazing.

        Speaking of bisque, I made an amazing crab bisque as a starter for my roasted chicken. I got the recipe from the Williams-Sonoma Christmas cookbook and added a few things of my own to it (fresh corn kernels, a dash of hot sauce, and thyme). It was AWESOME.

        1. its funny i see this post today, because im in the middle of a week long "fast-cleanse" and today i was at work and the hot lunch special was philly cheese steaks and everytime i had to scoop it out to make a sandwich i would curse to my co-worker that my mouth was literally watering. i have been fine the past few days, but the smell of that meat & cheese melted was killing me. i told her she better make something i hate tomorrow for hot special :)

          1. great sourdough or chiabatta rolls.

            A medium burger char-grilled on a warm summer evening.

            BBQ brisket or pulled pork with a mustard-vinegar sauce.

            fresh crisp/chilled canolli with strong coffee

            mole poblano enchiladas

            hot and sour soup with extra vinegar and hot sauce.

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            1. re: Kelli2006

              BBQ brisket and pulled pork sounds delish! There's a Southern-style BBQ place here in L.A. that used to be great (The Pig, on La Brea), but ever since it changed ownership it's been less than stellar.

            2. he old carnie trick of dumping a bunch of onions and peppers on the grill to entice people to your sausage stand works on me every time! Other olfactory seductions are frying bacon, frying fish, that wonderful Chinese whiff of chicken and garlic, the smell of a bakery when you first walk in, hamburgers on a grill, latkes in a pan, the combined whiff of chiles and masa. Oh, and doughnuts!

              As you can guess, I get excited a lot...

              1. Nothing beats the smell of fudgy, dark, sublime chocolate Brownies in the oven. Nothing.

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                1. re: tuxaroni

                  tuxaroni - I was about to post "great sushi in any form," but I think there is no better answer to this question than YOURS!

                2. - a mouth watering CHEESEBURGER where the ground sirloin is at most 80% lean. anything more than that, is jerky. The patty has got to be at 1/2 inch thick and is seasoned with some salt, pepper, and massaged in red wine. grilled till it's medium well.

                  - then the cheese is not melted too much so you don't lose the flavor. I like a sharp cheese, like havarti, jack, or extra vermont white cheddar.

                  - on the toasted SOFT white bun; a layer of mayo, ketchup grilled yellow sweet onions,and green leaf lettuce.

                  - on the side - fat crispy steak fries with buttermilk ranch dressing.

                  1. perfectly seared foie gras, with any accompaniement.

                    1. fresh fruit and cheese plate, room temp and ready for the honey drizzle

                      homemade chocolate pudding with fresh whipped cream

                      1. Uni sashimi. Red uni. Kumamoto oysters.

                        Humboldt Fog cheese, drizzled with a bit of honey.

                        My grandmother's dafina (Moroccan cholent).

                        Lamb chops with mashed potatoes.

                        1. I just got a tin of MarieBelle's spicy hot chocolate. But my husband is in the middle of a two-day clear liquid regimen and I think it would be mean to fix hot chocolate for myself when he can't have any and drink it in front of him. So my mouth is watering for that, and I won't be having it till tomorrow.

                          1. Really fresh scallops cooked in a butter / wine sauce with live blue crabs steamed and a cold, crisp hoppy amber beer dripping with condensation- on sweltering summer evening; sauerkraut covered with a peppered pork loin and topped with winesap apples, one pan, covered and simmered over a campfire, served beside a lake at dusk on a chilly October evening;

                            Mabe I missed the point.

                            A&W Rootbeer and Coffee Ice Cream Float; Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce; Perfectly cooked shrimp; candy apples; warm pecan pie

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                            1. re: byteme55

                              "a cold, crisp hoppy amber beer dripping with condensation- on sweltering summer evening"

                              What a GREAT description!

                            2. rare ny strip, sprinkled with salt and a dab of blue cheese.

                              1. Reading these responses.

                                (Damn you, Pavlov!)

                                1. Oh I just get bent for a trip to my favorite restaurant here in town. And what gets me going more than anything on this planet?

                                  A wonderful Camarones Ala Diabla. Nothing like it... The bess ever!

                                  1. Those roadside BBQ chicken places that you pass on the way to the beach. Roll down the windows as you go by and you have a guaranteed U-turn in your immediate future.

                                    1. Doesn't make my mouth water but..the smell of fried liver and oinios was always so enticing, but I don't like the dish..

                                      1. Any bread baking. Pizza!

                                        1. BBQ of any kind - I just get down right clumsy when theres BBQ smell in the air.

                                          Lemonade.. the real stuff.

                                          Escargot that's swimming (floating?) in a pool of garlic & butter.

                                          1. Goodness...I could really go for some homemade macaroni and cheese for dinner tonight. First, make a basic roux, mix in some gruyere and ementhal, cooked pasta, put into a baking dish, and then cover w/ buttery sourdough bread crumbs.

                                            Mouthwatering, yes.

                                            1. Big fat shrimp mesquite grilled and drowning in a marsala garlic butter. Warm Chocolate Lava Cakes w vanilla bean ice cream and a cup of coffee for dessert. OOoh so sexy! :) KQ

                                              1. Steamed soft shell clams with "drawn butter."

                                                Fresh and juicy fried clams.

                                                Grilled chicken yakitori.

                                                A rare cheddar cheese burger.

                                                Salmon or yellowtail sushi (I really like ikura and uni but there;s no mouth response).

                                                Terriaki salmon.

                                                Beef steak with madiera-truffle crean sauce.

                                                Fresh roast pork - any way!

                                                Mutton chops, broiled!!

                                                Lobster rolls.


                                                Tuna salad on toast.

                                                Fresh fried Faidley's lump crab balls!!! (my all-time champion).

                                                Belgian fries with mayo.

                                                Fresh tomato sauce.

                                                Raw oysters.

                                                Spaghetti carbonara.

                                                Most all wine and related spirits.

                                                Krispy Creame glazed donuts.

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                                                1. re: steinpilz

                                                  Maple-glazed Krispy Kreme donuts fresh off the conveyor belt make my mouth water.