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Aug 13, 2007 09:54 AM

Foods you crave only once a year

I visited Montreal this past weekend, had some delicious Poutine (fries with cheese curd and gravy), but after I was finished I didn't want to look at another plate of Poutine for a long time. After I was done I said "I'm set with that for another year". Do any of you have similar foods? The best example I can think of is corned beef and cabbage. I look forward to it every St. Patrick's Day, but I could leave it the rest of the year. I just need that one taste every 365 days or so to keep me happy, any more than that would spoil it for me.

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  1. There's a Japanese New Year's Day traditional soup (ozoni) that's served with melting rounds of mochi. I really only think of it at New Year's. I think it's more of a nostalgia thing.

    1. Turkey and dressing. Love it and crave it at Thanksgiving, but once that's done, I'm ready to move on for another 12 months.

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      1. re: Andiereid

        I'm in total agreement. Why on Earth it's our tradition to buy a giant piece of poultry that no one really likes and to smother it with sweet potatoes (which have been sweetened with who knows what), otherworldly cranberry moulds which plop out onto the plate and what not I will never know. But Thanksgiving just isn't the same without it.

        1. re: JungMann

          My family actually realized that we all dislike turkey and most of the Thanksgiving favorites. We were just eating it because we thought we should and decided it wasn't worth bothering if no one was actually enjoying the meal.

          1. re: queencru

            My family did something similar. For us, both Thanksgiving and Christmas consisted of almost the same dishes. Naturally, by Christmas, we were all burnt out on this kind of food so for the past 3 years we have done BBQ Christmas feasts. It includes, ribs, pulled pork, german potato salad, mac n'cheese, and all your other typical bbq trimmings. We do however maintain the original Christmas tradition of WAY overdoing desserts to the average tune of about 1.5 pies per person and about a dozen cookies.

            1. re: queencru

              Not only don't I particularly like Turkey, but I've never felt right about the hausfrau having to toil away preparing a feast for all the other holiday revelers. I decided a long time ago that tacos made a great, low-hassle Thanksgiving dinner.

              1. re: Tony Miller

                We used to have lobster. Maybe we will agin this year.

        2. Plain soy yogurt. Only when we fast before Easter in the spring. Then, I'm done until next year.

          1. Quinces late fall into winter. That is when they are in season and taste best. I tried an imported variety this past spring to make the stuffed quince recipe from Arabesque. They were no where as good as domestic quinces.

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            1. re: Candy

              I agree with andiereid about turkey. It's nice and festive, but when I'm done with all that grease and sweet this and that (cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes - "Insult your Pancreas Day"), not to mention the endless leftovers, I've had enough for a long time.

              1. re: ekammin

                So why have all the sweet side dishes??? I for one LOVE roasted turkey, and the only reason I don't have it more often is that there are only two of us at home. But if the kids are bringing over some friends and we want to have a big meal, its definitely something to consider. We always have cranberry chutney (homemade) and mashed potatoes....and the yams are simply baked and served with a little butter and salt and pepper. You really don't have to have that marshmallow stuff, even at Thanksgiving......

              2. re: Candy

                how are the recipes in arabesque? i haven't really had a chance to make use of my copy yet...any recs?

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  The recipes in Arabesque are good. The dish with the baked stuffed qunices needs the domestic variety. I am just waiting to try again. For me I like the book. i will give it more attention when the weather cools a bit

                2. re: Candy

                  They were, in fact, inedible. I'll wait for October.

                3. Chinese mooncakes.

                  For about 12 seconds the night of the moon festival, I'll get a craving for a small bite of mooncake (red bean, no egg yolk variety). Then that's it.

                  The rest I use for doorstops and paperweights.

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                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I agree. Once is year is more than enough. The best part of it (double yolk white lotus seed for me), is the egg yolk. I wouldn't mind eating turkey and corned beef and cabbage once a week.

                    1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

                      I also could eat turkey and corned beef and cabbage every week!