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Foods you crave only once a year

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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!

                  2. Corn-dog loaded with mustard at the fair or theme park!

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                    1. re: sweetnspicy

                      I'd say pretty much any kind of fair/carnival food (except for Italian sausage sandwiches; I can eat those any time at all). Funnel cakes for sure!

                      1. re: Will Owen

                        I'd say I agree, but I think I don't need another deep-fried twinkie or snickers for the rest of my life. Tasty, but certainly not worth $5.

                        1. re: Will Owen

                          Ditto the funnel cake for me!
                          Also, White Castle cheesburgers. They never taste as good as I anticipate they will.

                      2. Fudge. During the summer when I'm down the shore. Vanilla or chocolate. Never have a desire for it any other time of the year.

                        1. Stollen with marzipan at Christmas.

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                            1. re: Megiac

                              Amen to the Eggnog. Another thing is hubby and I go to all the Virginia Tech football games and once a year I have to get an order of "super nachos". Slightly state chips with orangish nacho cheese sauce, canned chili and jalapenos. Then I don't want to see them for another year.

                              1. Salt Water Taffy.
                                Something about the salt air/sandy beach/heat that makes salt water taffy satisfying.
                                The min. I bring it home it turns rock hard and all I can think of is a dentist chair.

                                So, salt water taffy-at the height of the summer season, while strolling the boardwalk only.

                                1. Pork Belly. It is quite delicious, but so decadant that it takes about a year before that level of extreme fatty richness is appetizing again. Foie gras is another story, likely because of the typically smaller serving portions...but still only a few times a year for that one too!

                                  1. A sausage McMuffin with egg. I eat it once a year, at most and love it every time.

                                    1. Messy BBQ with a zombie movie. I do this once a year mostly to indulge my SO.

                                      1. Pickled Herring on at New Year

                                        1. about once per year, I crave carrot salad, I just shred up a couple carrots, soften raisins in hot water, put lots of black pepper and mix it with mayo. I eat it and am satisfied for another year. I always think my body is craving something such as iron or some vitamin that this has in it.

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                                          1. re: elainelena

                                            Pumpkin pie - for some reason, I can only eat it once, at Thanksgiving, even though it's available year-round. I think it's the spices in it, combined with the sweetness of the pumpkin, that do it for/to me. After Thanksgiving, I never want to eat it again for another year.

                                          2. A fluffernutter sandwich. And maybe once a year is even too often, but when I finally get around to having one, ooohboy!

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                                            1. re: Ellen

                                              Ahhh, is this a New England favorite or does everyone grow up with fluffernutters? I moved to New Orleans in Jr. High and they never heard of such a thing. Marshmellow was only for fudge. I'm with you but I can do them maybe twice a year.

                                              1. re: lexpatti

                                                originally from des moines - we had them there. once a year is enough!

                                                1. re: stellamystar

                                                  Actually it did originally come from New England, specifically Lynn Ma., the co. makes marshmellow Fluff. It's a registered trademark of Durkee-Mower Inc.


                                                2. re: lexpatti

                                                  Another New England favorite is Coffee Milk, but more than once a year for me.

                                              2. Every five years or so I forget why I dislike peanut butter. It doesn't seem to make sense, after all, I really like peanuts. So I have a spoonful of peanut butter and, well, that's enough for another 5 years.

                                                1. Chicken fried steak. Most of the time the thought of a platter-sized CFS with canned corn and mushy brown green beans and a biscuit all drowning in cream gravy makes me slightly ill, but every once in a while I get that craving and I just HAVE to have one. Or as much of one as I can eat in one sitting.

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                                                  1. re: mordacity

                                                    Chicken Fried Steak - oh lord! Had one at Lambert's of the Ozarks (Home of the Throwed Rolls) this past summer - and I am good again til next year.

                                                  2. Every year around February I crave Semlor, the Swedish pastry with almond paste and cream... they are traditionally made and sold in bakeries for about one month during the season leading up to Lent. Alas, they remain a delicious memory of the time I lived there, and a recurring fantasy of mine for several years now. Some day...

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                                                    1. re: vvvindaloo

                                                      Feel the same about pumpkin pie as previous poster as well as candy corn. Every October I crave it and the rest of the year-just the thought of it makes my teeth and stomache ache.Once a year I have a strawberry milkshake, although I can easily "crave" one daily.

                                                    2. Panetone - the Italian dry fruit cake traditionally sold at Christmas. One slice is enough for the whole year. I am not even Italian but do like it once a year.

                                                      Matzoh Brei at Passover and the hard boiled eggs in salt water. Again once a year is enough but I do crave those eggs!

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                                                      1. re: smartie

                                                        have you ever tried to make french toast with pannetone? OMG scrumptious!

                                                        1. re: smartie

                                                          Matzoh in general. I don't know anyone who eats it when it's not Passover. At least not anyone Jewish. Now that I think of it, all Passover foods fall into this category! Macaroons especially.

                                                          1. re: AmyH

                                                            Hey...Matzoh wouldn't be given away in five one-pound boxes if not expected that it's to be relished for the next 11 3/4 months! Ah, Matzoh and American Cheese. Ah Machiya! And of course the Matzoh Brai (What else do you make Brai with, anyway?).

                                                            But of course, the once-a-year fave...charosis! Chopped walnuts, apples and wine to schmear on the matzoh! Remember...charosis are red, chaviolets are blue, chasugar is sweet, chaso are you!

                                                            1. re: MoxieBoy

                                                              oy, i wish i only craved matzo brei at passover...i could eat it all year long!!

                                                              funny, no one has put in a vote for gefilte fish :)

                                                              btw, cute rhyme!

                                                              1. re: MoxieBoy

                                                                I thought charosis was a liver disease...sorry.

                                                                1. re: Tony Miller

                                                                  ha ha!

                                                                  cirrhosis is a liver disease...charoset [moxieboy was a little off in his spelling] is a traditional jewish high holiday condiment...chopped apples, walnuts & sweet wine.

                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                    The spelling and the pronunciation depend on where the ancestors were from. Charosis is the Ashkenasis pronunciation; charoset is the Sephardic pronunciation.

                                                                    Charoses seemed to be the preferred American version until @ the 1980s and then most Hebrew pronunciation reverted back to the original Sephardic, with "t" sound replacing the "s" sound in a number of words.

                                                                    1. re: chicgail

                                                                      sure, spellings & pronunciations differ with ancestry... it can also be spelled beginning with an h instead of ch...but none of the accepted spellings involve an "is" ending.

                                                                      silly & nitpicky, i know. sorry, i used to be an editor, so i can be a little bit too much of a stickler about these things :)

                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                        Whatever it is, it's darn tasty sitting atop my matzoh!

                                                                2. re: MoxieBoy

                                                                  Mmmmmm....... Charoset!! Agree 100% on that. i don't even think of it during the year (and don't really care for apples too much) but can't stop thinking of it the week before Passover and can't get enough when it's in front of me. Has to be made with Manochevitz wine.

                                                            2. All Beef Oscar Mayer hotdogs on 4th of July.

                                                                1. re: hotteacher1976

                                                                  Persimmons (they feel like autumn, but once a year is enough for the taste)
                                                                  Whole pomegranites (love the seeds and juice but rarely eat on out of hand)
                                                                  Ratatouille (I could eat this more than once a year, but rarely have the energy to cook it more than this.)
                                                                  If we go camping I might have a s'more once a year.

                                                                2. candy corn and those mellowcreme pumpkins. I eat about a bag of each, feel ill, and await the next year.
                                                                  funnel cake, ideally at an amusement park.

                                                                  1. yes to Poutine
                                                                    yes to Turkey
                                                                    adding ham, scalloped potatoes and other Easter food. In fact, my family has done away with it, we're all over the Greek lamb, salad and roasted lemon potatoes for
                                                                    Birthday cake ;)

                                                                      1. Hallacas navideƱas.


                                                                        ( Sam F., help me get some...! )

                                                                        1. Chili, on Super Bowl Sunday. I have nothing against the stuff; it's just not part of my standard rotation. We went to a neighborhood "Chili Cook-Off" yesterday and I remarked to my husband that this was a very rare second time we've had chili in a single year. Same goes for buffalo wings. And I agree with those above who said turkey, pumpkin pie, corned beef & cabbage.

                                                                          1. Gingerbread
                                                                            Filet o Fish

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                                                                            1. re: yankeefan

                                                                              thick slices of spam fried crispy.4 eggs over easy,country gravy over bisquick drop biscuits and a big pile of home fried potatoes.washed down with a cold glass of non fat milk.

                                                                            2. Fiddleheads. I don't know why... they're not really all that tasty to me, but if I don't get my fix, watch out.

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                                                                              1. re: vorpal

                                                                                ditto on the fiddleheads we only have them avail for about 3-4 weeks a yr at the local markets and i must have them w/eggs

                                                                              2. Pandoro - our traditional Xmas morning brekkie

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                                                                                1. re: piccola

                                                                                  That's right- Pandoro at Christmas.. do you prefer any particular brand? I only eat Bauli (the one in the tall pink box), and it's gotten very hard to find in here in NY. Every year around the middle of November, I end up trolling the Italian-American deli and gourmet websites to find out who will ship it to me for the best price.

                                                                                  1. re: vvvindaloo

                                                                                    There are a couple bakeries in Montreal that make it, so we try to buy it there when we can. If not, it's either the Bauli or the or the Perugina (in the blue box), the latter because it's so easy to find.

                                                                                2. -Cadburry Cream eggs-I buy about a billion the day after Easter when they go on sale at Target, eat them all within a week and never want to see them till the next year.

                                                                                  -Mince Meat Pies-almost the same as the cream eggs...my friends mom makes them for xmas, sends a bunch home with me and I eat them all within the week...you know the drill.

                                                                                  -Steak and Oinion Pie-from the same loving kitchen as the MMpies...we eat a ton for xmas dinner, she send me home with a pie, I start to eat in in the morning while the hangover starts creeping up on me, and keep fighting it off with another piece, then another, and another, till the pie is gone, the hangover has been defeated and it's time to go to bed and get ready for the New Years steak and onion pie-yum.

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                                                                                  1. re: tatertotsrock

                                                                                    I second Cadbury Cream Eggs. Add a half dozen Peeps.

                                                                                    1. re: creativeusername

                                                                                      oh Peeps...forgot about those lucious mallows.
                                                                                      Peeps right out of the microwave!

                                                                                      1. re: creativeusername

                                                                                        I have not eaten a Cadburys Cream Egg since filming the filling process back in the 80s for a documentary I was working on. Huge vats of the yellow and white stuff and the sticky sweet smell.Bleh.

                                                                                        1. re: creativeusername

                                                                                          Oh yes on both of those. Although I have expanded Peep-eating to include Christmas, those gingerbread man shaped ones are REALLY good.

                                                                                          1. re: creativeusername

                                                                                            I'll third Cadbury Creme Eggs -- so sweet they hurt my teeth. I eat exactly one each year.

                                                                                            As all Baltimorons know anyway, Mary Sue Easter Eggs are much better. "Mary Sue Easter Eggs, Mary Sue Easter Eggs...." 8<D

                                                                                        2. Steak, BigMac, gas station corn dog...

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                                                                                          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                            As usual, Sam is one of the few to get the thread. The question isn't "what do you only eat at traditional times of year." MOST people only eat turkey w/ trimmings on Thanksgiving- and so you're conditioned to "want" it at that time.

                                                                                            The question is, what do you rarely crave?

                                                                                            For me: Ethiopian anything. I want it, I dive in, I get sick of the mushy texture of it all and the mushy injera, and that's it for a year (sometimes longer).

                                                                                            1. re: John Manzo

                                                                                              Well, you did use St. Patrick's Day and corned beef as your example, so I think its logical for others to follow suit and think of particular foods they eat once a year in association with any annual occasion, be it a holiday, an anniversary, a cultural event ... I'd say we all "got" the thread.

                                                                                              1. re: vvvindaloo

                                                                                                And if you aren't the original poster, then I'd say it is for them to determine what the thread intends to ask.

                                                                                            2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                              I'm with you on steak. The corn dog must be from Disneyland.

                                                                                              Pass on the Big Mac. Or hamburgers in general.

                                                                                              1. re: mlgb

                                                                                                Well since my daughter is soon to be four, maybe Disneyland corndog is in the cards. Just had my BigMac fix in hte Mexico City airport. Two for the price of one.

                                                                                            3. Mostly winter, seasonal foods:

                                                                                              Fruit cake (good fruit cake) around Christmas time.

                                                                                              Candy corn around Halloween.

                                                                                              Pumpkin or Pecan pie around Thanksgiving.

                                                                                              I like these things but they're a bit heavy for regular eating, or too sugary--in the summer, soft serve ice cream near the Jersey Shore and although I don't eat them anymore, hot dogs with fries at the Windmill.

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                                                                                              1. re: veganish

                                                                                                the windmill in oceanport/longbranch? now THAT'S a nostalgia trip.

                                                                                                i have friends who grew up there, and when i went to visit [must be nearly 15 years ago by now] they took me to the windmill...the cheese fries - with gravy, of course - were outrageous.

                                                                                              2. Plum pudding
                                                                                                Hot Cross Buns
                                                                                                Lobster (oh, yes, I know it is good anytime, but we get our fix once a year off--out of the trap in the AM off a lobster boat at the shore in Maine and consumed on the beach round the fire by 2 pm, the same day-it just doesn't get this good any other way so why bother?)

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                                                                                                1. re: LJS

                                                                                                  I have to disagree on the lobster. Lobster tastes particularly sweet to me in the winter. In RI, we can get it fresh year round so that isn't a big factor here. But you're right, there is something special and joyful about eating it outdoors in the summer.

                                                                                                  1. re: ccferg

                                                                                                    I thoroughly envy the both of you!!!
                                                                                                    (Aurora, lobster lover forever, sitting here entrenched in Southern California with her tongue hanging out and drooling)

                                                                                                2. Plum pudding with hard sauce (and sometimes a second sauce that is comparable to Bird's). I eat it and enjoy it on Christmas -- as my ancestors did before me -- but can't imagine eating it -- or wanting it -- on any other day.

                                                                                                  1. a bucket of KFC, but i extend it to once every 3 or 4 years.

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                                                                                                    1. re: rebs

                                                                                                      This is a particularly good entry. I do this -- also every 3 or 4 years. It seems like a great idea when I do it, but then I feel almost sick -- and, trust me, I'm not scared of fat.

                                                                                                      1. re: ccferg

                                                                                                        To quote the movie "So I married an Axe Murderer" . . .

                                                                                                        "I hate the Colonel. He puts a chemical in it that makes you crave it fortnightly, SMARTA$$"

                                                                                                        I, on the other hand, love Col Sanders. In my bachelor days, I'd buy a bucket or a barrel (whichever was bigger), and eat it for lunch and dinner for 2 or 3 days in a row. I think KFC might be better cold than warm. Then for a week my pores would ooze grease, and it would be another 6 to 9 months before I'd repeat the process. Mmmmm. K-fry!

                                                                                                    2. A Susie Q

                                                                                                      Then I feel awful because it wasn't that good and then I think "hey I could make whoopie pies, they're so much bettter!" and then I make them and then I eat about 6 and then think "WHY did I do that?!?"

                                                                                                      It's a vicious circle but I only do it once a year.... my kids all try to tempt me with Susie Q's hoping for the whoopie pie extravaganza.


                                                                                                      1. Poutine. After nearly falling asleep at the table after finishing it I look forward to next year's plate!

                                                                                                        1. Of course, as Jews, our favorite Christmas meal, going to a Chinese Buffet! Ah, spare ribs roasting on an open fire...

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                                                                                                          1. re: MoxieBoy

                                                                                                            And trust me, we goys were always jealous as hell. We liked Santa, the tree,the presents, even the plum pudding, but we could have done without the final course of "family history" -- i.e. brothers coming out, sisters marrying poorly. I was always more than ready to join my Jewish friends by 5. Spare ribs would have been out of this world.

                                                                                                          2. Kielbasa. Once is enough for me, personally.
                                                                                                            Also...once per year...
                                                                                                            Gingerbread Latte from Starbucks

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                                                                                                            1. re: stellamystar

                                                                                                              Caramel apple cider from Starbucks when the temperature is below 30s...

                                                                                                            2. A full English breakfast, with bangers, fried eggs, fried bread, grilled tomatoes (and I hate cooked tomatoes), English bacon, fried mushrooms, lots of hot buttered toast and an ocean of milky tea. I usually eat this once a year at most but watching the World Cup in the pub I ate one during every England match. Haven't been able to look at one since.

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                                                                                                              1. re: hrhboo

                                                                                                                good one! I love that English bacon. yum

                                                                                                              2. gorgonzola dolce
                                                                                                                hot dogs and sauerkraut
                                                                                                                ice cream - i really only love publix brand cookies n'cream
                                                                                                                fast food fried chicken and biscuits (bojangle's or popeye's)
                                                                                                                cheez out of a can or similar product or kraft mac n'cheese
                                                                                                                spare ribs
                                                                                                                mashed potatoes with gravy
                                                                                                                pizza hut or uno's deep dish with sausage, tomato, and onion.
                                                                                                                banana bread or a muffin

                                                                                                                1. Ramos Gin Fizzes on New Years Day, to pass the time while most of America is watching parades and football on television. They taste like something angels would drink, and I get a mellow buzz by noon. Parades? Football? Who cares?

                                                                                                                  -- but I have no inclination to make or drink them at any other time of the year.

                                                                                                                  1. My favorite thing once a year is Marucca's pizza at the boardwalk in Seaside New Jersey!. It's greassy and crispy and so good but only once a year! The secret is they use half cheddar and half mozerella- the best pizza in the world!!

                                                                                                                    1. conversation hearts around valentines day.....I don't know why.....
                                                                                                                      Pumpkin pie at thanksgiving, definitely that candy corn during halloween and saltwater taffy, but only at the boardwalk...

                                                                                                                      1. Spam! Once (maybe twice) a year I need to buy a can & eat it all at once. Everyone says "yuck" when they hear Spam mentioned, yet they've sold millions & millions of the blue cans.

                                                                                                                        1. puppy chow, that trashy yet sickeningly addictive mix made w/ crispix, chocolate chips, peanut butter and powdered sugar. actually, i probably crave it more often than that but cannot make it because any sort of portion control is out of the question.

                                                                                                                            1. re: tom porc

                                                                                                                              2nd that. i usually only crave salted cod once a year.

                                                                                                                            2. Now, this is pathetic, but I just remembered this since tonight was one of those night that I craved, eek, can I even admit it...

                                                                                                                              ChefBoyArde Ravioli

                                                                                                                              Thanks goodness I resisited the craving, I usually eat a can 1-2x a year and I already had one in Feb.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: tatertotsrock

                                                                                                                                Don't worry. I get that craving as well, but I can't say I've acted on it for the last 2-3 years.

                                                                                                                                1. re: tatertotsrock

                                                                                                                                  Once every couple of years (usually when I'm convalescing) I have an overwhelming urge to pound back a Hungry Man TV dinner. Has to have mashed potatoes & gravy plus a sad, strange little dessert. Has to be cooked in a conventional oven according to directions on the box. Has to slow my recovery by at least a day.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: tatertotsrock

                                                                                                                                    Yeah...every so often I get a craving for Manwich Sloppy Joe's (which go superbly with tater tots).

                                                                                                                                    1. re: tatertotsrock

                                                                                                                                      I forgot that item: CBAD ravioli. Once every two-three years! But have to be in the US.

                                                                                                                                    2. Ditto on the poutine.
                                                                                                                                      Thanksgiving sides: Creamed Onions, Green Beans with Garlic and Ham
                                                                                                                                      Pumpkin Pie
                                                                                                                                      Plum Pudding
                                                                                                                                      Almond Macaroons
                                                                                                                                      Lupini (Christmas Eve)
                                                                                                                                      Lobster and Champagne (New Year's)
                                                                                                                                      Corned Beef and Cabbage
                                                                                                                                      Fried dough at the State Fair

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: rcianci

                                                                                                                                        Stove Top Stuffing
                                                                                                                                        Peanut Butter Cups
                                                                                                                                        Beef Jerkey
                                                                                                                                        Katchup on my fries
                                                                                                                                        Onion Dip (Liptons and sour cream)
                                                                                                                                        Dried beef and/or ham rolled up with cream cheese on the inside

                                                                                                                                        1. re: rcianci

                                                                                                                                          My family's New Years eve ritual was herring (German tradition -- supposedly guarantees the necessities for the coming year), caviar and champagne (my mother's innovation, intended to guarantee luxuries too), all slammed down at the stroke of midnight.

                                                                                                                                          I actually look forward to the caviar and champagne, but the herring always goes back into the fridge for months and is eventually thrown out.

                                                                                                                                        2. Fried Chicken. I can eat a dozen pieces at a sitting but then I am so disgusted with myself that I can't do it again for another year.

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                                                                                                                                          1. Scrapple
                                                                                                                                            Cochon de Lait

                                                                                                                                            1. Yes! - to eggnog and the Easter creme egg.

                                                                                                                                              Also, a Shamrock shake from McDonald's at St. Paddy's - actually, about two slugs from the shake... they're totally repulsive, but...

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Rabbit

                                                                                                                                                Agreed on the shamrock shake, but I would change that to one period per year- because while that was in season, I would be at Mickey D's much more than only once - more like every day during the season.

                                                                                                                                                I was disappointed last year though, it seemed they discontinued the shamrock shake, I hope they bring back this year.

                                                                                                                                              2. I think eating ONE Circus Peanut during the Halloween festivities does it for me. Same for marshmallow Peeps. Ugh. I'm from Wisconsin, and oddly enough, I can only eat maybe three brats per summer and I'm quite satiated, thank you. Oh, and my husband is Norwegian, and lutefisk is right up there with "maybe once a year if no crackers are available."

                                                                                                                                                1. Fish 'n' brewis, seal flipper pie and molasses tea, rabbit pie and cod's tongues with scruncheons-but it is more like once every five years...then it is such a powerful craving, I have to go home.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LJS

                                                                                                                                                    Jesus, where the hell do you live?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ccferg

                                                                                                                                                      My guess is Heart's Content. Maybe Heart's Delight. Both just a stone's throw from Dildo. And South Dildo.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ccferg

                                                                                                                                                        Hell has nothing to do with where I live-I am from the land of Heart's Content, Pleasantville, Paradise, Heaven's Door, Conception Bay, Little Heart's Ease, and yes, I admit it, Little Dildo and South Dildo...the one-and-only Newfoundland and Labrador. And a fine place for food, it is, too!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LJS

                                                                                                                                                          I'm sorry if I sounded flip -- just very curious. And after reading the following entry, I'm desperate to get my hands on those scruncheons. Are they anything like pork rinds?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ccferg

                                                                                                                                                            CCferg: Scruncheons are to pork rinds as Kraft Dinner is to Noodles Alfredo...yes, there is cheese and there is pasta present but beyond that all resemblance ends...I will check out my "recipes from Aunt Gert" at home tonight and post here when I get the chance.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: LJS

                                                                                                                                                        I had "scruncheons" for the first time last year...one of my clients came down from Newfoundland and we got to talking about yummy pork products...he brought it to me in a bag with "from where I'm from, pork is a spice"...wow, hate to admit it, but it was disgustingly-delicious...could probably only eat this once every 4 years...a good Leap Year craving...oh, very good with beer.

                                                                                                                                                      3. A Big Mac and large fry. Afterwards I feel guilty for the fat and calories that I can't get myself to have another for about a year!

                                                                                                                                                        1. Breakfast at Murphys Hotel in Murphys CA. Two eggs over very easy, country fried steak and hash browns, crispy and golden and buttery soft in the middle. Tabasco sauce and a side of biscuits and cream gravy. Tomato juice with lemon.
                                                                                                                                                          Time to go.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: chef chicklet

                                                                                                                                                            Oh, come on, I could eat that every day of the week if I didn't have to worry about obesity.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ccferg

                                                                                                                                                              yeah, I think the operative word is "crave"...

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: chef chicklet

                                                                                                                                                              that meal has all of my favorite breakfast foods. nice. i would sub tabasco for ketchup though, just on the hash browns.

                                                                                                                                                            3. Instead of turkey for Thanksgiving, a few years back I started expirementing with cooking prime rib with horseradish and whatever comfort food I'm in the mood for (garlic mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, grilled veggies, fruit cobblers with ice cream etc. Each year I refine my recipe and cooking technique

                                                                                                                                                              1. oh yeah the italian x-mas eve fish feast includes salt cod
                                                                                                                                                                salt cod for those who don't know is cod fish that has been salted and dried to the point that it is so stiff and hard if you hit some one with it you would do jail time for assault w a deadly weapon
                                                                                                                                                                you soak it in water for 2-3 days changing the water 2-3 times a day until it re hydrates then you make salads, fish cakes, casseroles etc...... with it one a year, to eat it is your self punishment for all your sins from the yr before lol

                                                                                                                                                                1. Perhaps a little more than once a year, but not much -- a big bag of barbecued pork rinds AKA chicharrones. I mean, crispy dried fat? It's a cross-cultural delight!

                                                                                                                                                                  These things are not much higher on the food chain than one of my dogs' favorite treats -- Baa-Baa-Ques (dried sheep lungs).

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Well as a New Englander I would have to say the traditional Clambake with all the fixins'
                                                                                                                                                                    Lobster, Steamers, Corn on the Cob, Red Potatoes, sometimes even some Chorizo in the pot, Watermelon, and a nice frozen Strawberry Daiquiri floating on the Chinese Scorpion Bowl. Woo Hoo !!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. OK, assuming we rule out all seasonal foods because we're conditioned to crave them at a certain time, my list would be:

                                                                                                                                                                      a Cadbury Flake cone
                                                                                                                                                                      veggie sloppy joes
                                                                                                                                                                      some kind of cheesecake
                                                                                                                                                                      veggie baked ziti

                                                                                                                                                                      1. There's this spectacular ground lamb, spicy tomato sauce, and matzoh pie that I make every Pesach -- it's a wicked hit with guests, and while labor intensive, it's actually pretty simple to make. If placed in front of me, I would eat it anytime, anyplace. But if I'm in charge of making it, I can only fathom it once a year. It's become such a tradition for seders, it feels a little like cheating to have it any other time.

                                                                                                                                                                        Also: Lithuanian bacon buns. I want them all the time, but I probably should only have them once a year at most. I'm currently rocking the once-every-five-years model. But only because in the northeast, if I want them, I've gotta make them myself (not so when I was in Chicago).

                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, and: poppy seed hamentaschen cookies, once a year at Purim. I'm not even remotely observant, but if I don't get the poppy seed hamtaschen, I feel bereft.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. A Wendy's cheeseburger with a side of chili for dipping the burger into.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. There is nothing better than Fenway Franks and Cracker Jacks in October !!

                                                                                                                                                                              I crave it every year in October but it doesn't always happen.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Concord grapes while watching football games: double-seasonal.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. plum pudding.
                                                                                                                                                                                  and hard sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. my mom's brisket for the jewish high holidays. and since they're coming up in a couple of weeks, i'm craving it right now!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. HMMMMM Thanksgiving + Disneyland= Smoke Turkey legs!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. perhaps my stomach and digestive tract are growing old along with my brain, but I'll get a craving for Everett and Jones "Q" in Oakland, eat a giant link and rib combo plate with their hot sauce and not be able to go back the full (designated) year

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Homemade lentil soup with chorizo, potatoes, carrots, celery...YUM!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. This is more of a once every couple of years thing, but I regret it EVERY time. Here's the scene: I am up North visiting family inSouthern IN. In the absence of any real entertainment me and my former college crew decide to spend the evening drinking at the karaoke biker bar, the local irish pub, and finally the riverboat casino as they have the latest last call on Tues. at 3am. We are all pretty sopped and suddenly starving at 3:30. What do we do? Two large deep dish meat lovers pizzas from Pizza Hut. Absolutely the BEST tasting food after an evening of cheap swill, but boy are you sick from the grease for the next couple of days! Just had this experience last week and am in no hurry for '09.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Peeps - I eat one and microwave the rest to watch them "dance"
                                                                                                                                                                                              Menudo - perfect hangover cure
                                                                                                                                                                                              Pork rinds with Tapatio sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                              Mochi "snowman" and manju on New Years Day

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I just came up with another one. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Spirals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                It happens every damn year. I'm so convinced it's going to be awesome. After about 5 bites I get bored with it. Then I try to spice it up (cayenne, maybe some REAL cheese, breadcrumbs?). Nope, nothing works, it is perma-boring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I've got about 8 months to go before my next fix!