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Most disgusting taste (of normal foodstuffs)

Peg Mar 13, 2008 02:02 PM

The taste of cooked root vegetables (carrots, turnips etc) makes me retch. (raw is yummy).
The very smell of honey is repulsive to me, let alone the taste which is indescribably disgusting.
I'm wondering whether this is because they taste different to me than to others, or because my brain (taste receptor thingies?) just don't like the taste?
(These are 'dislikes' I have not grown out of - as opposed to childhood dislikes like sweet peppers and wine).

What do YOU find repulsive that others seem to enjoy?

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  1. Miss Needle RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 03:12 PM

    I know it's irrational, but cucmber pickles -- everything about it -- the looks, the smell, the taste. Recently I was looking at a painting that really disturbed me but couldn't figure out why. DH said it was probably because it looked like pickles. He was right. It did look like pickles and that was the reason why I subconsciously hated the painting. That post about the pickle popsicle grossed me out as well. I hated it as a kid and hate it now. I've outgrown a lot of things. Was the pickiest kid (couldn't eat egg yolks, celery, onions, etc.) But now I'm fine with most everything (excluding things like durian). However, I still can't get over the pickle thing. So no chicago hot dogs for me. Always order burgers and cubans sans pickles. My sister (the Buddhist) would probably say I had bad karma with pickles in a former life.

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    1. re: Miss Needle
      cgfan RE: Miss Needle Mar 13, 2008 10:42 PM

      Irrational, perhaps, but not unique. Here's a video clip of someone who is absolutely terrified at pickles - by it's very nature, of course, it does feature plenty of pickles, so be forewarned. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjxOt2...

      When your post went beyond taste and smell and talked about the looks, or even depictions of things similar to pickles, it immediately brought to mind this case.

      1. re: cgfan
        Miss Needle RE: cgfan Mar 13, 2008 11:47 PM

        Wow! And I thought I had issues with pickles. I mean, there's a pickle shop in NYC that I refuse to go into. But I don't go into hysterics like she does.

        btw, thanks for the warning. : )

        1. re: cgfan
          chileheadmike RE: cgfan Mar 16, 2008 03:57 PM

          I feel the same way about Applebees

          1. re: chileheadmike
            mrsjenpeters RE: chileheadmike Mar 17, 2008 12:28 PM

            omg hahaha... i'm with you on that... applebees/chilis/tgifridays/longhorns.... all evoke the same sort of uncomfortable itchy skin revulsion in me. if i ever have the displeasure of going there (as happens on business trips where my tastes are outnumbered), i never fail to look around in wonder at how everyone seems to be happily chowing down on food which, to me, was cut from the same block of over salted over cooked BLAH, some part of which is invariably fried on the same flatop as everything else, thereby making the pasta taste eerily like the burger like the fish like the salad.

            1. re: mrsjenpeters
              alkapal RE: mrsjenpeters Mar 17, 2008 01:04 PM

              at least applebee's has a good salad bar, and chili's decent ribs.

              1. re: alkapal
                mrsjenpeters RE: alkapal Mar 18, 2008 09:49 AM

                my problems with the salad bar are deeply rooted in fears of the unhygienic. and being that i just spent the past 8+ years in the south, and my husband grew up in texas, i can't abide by chili's ribs. but i admit i am an insufferable snob. :) to each his own.

                1. re: mrsjenpeters
                  alkapal RE: mrsjenpeters Mar 19, 2008 01:55 AM

                  i live in dc area, but hail from the south. here in dc one is hard put to find easy access to great ribs. great ribs chili's are not, but they will do in a pinch.

                  ps, i try to not blow my nose at the salad bar....

                  1. re: mrsjenpeters
                    KevinB RE: mrsjenpeters Mar 21, 2008 09:45 PM

                    In the 70's, I worked at a Toronto restaurant (now defunct) that featured a salad bar. They had a crazy IMHO policy of not allowing the staff to eat during their shifts. Since most of the busboys and prep kids were teenagers still in high school, they had to rush over after school, and go to work for six or seven hours without any food.

                    This encouraged the staff to cheat. We had pre-sliced cheesecake and black forest in a large walk-in refrigerator. Bus boys would go in there, and grab a slice of cake, and try to wolf it down. The problem was when anyone opened the door, they couldn't tell if it was a manager, a waiter, or another busser. So they would ditch the half-eaten plates into the large garbage pails that they stored the salad dressings in. We had four styles - a Ceaser, a kind of garlicky ranch, Italian, and French. They couldn't ditch the plates in the Italian, as it was fairly clear. When the other staff found out about this, we had a secret meeting where we voted, and created what we referred to as "The Treaty of the French" - the French dressing was to be left alone. Whenever customers asked us for a recommendation, the universal reply was "I always have the French".

                    So I completely understand your fears of unhygienic salad bars!

                    1. re: KevinB
                      alkapal RE: KevinB May 28, 2008 06:14 AM

                      kevin, funny story! did any customers comment on the weird flavor of the caesar or ranch (dump-ee) dressing?

                      1. re: alkapal
                        susabella RE: alkapal May 28, 2008 07:36 AM

                        I worked in a restaurant in Bethesda where the chocolate mousse was stored in large pails in the walk-in, (along with all the pails of dressings!!). Waiters would go in with spoons and eat out of the pail. (and anything else they could get their hands on).

                        1. re: susabella
                          alkapal RE: susabella Jun 5, 2008 05:49 AM

                          wow! whatever happened? did mgmt. catch on, participate, fail to deal? was it a waiters' conspiracy of silence? yuk! talk about double dipping.....

        2. k
          Kelli2006 RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 03:31 PM

          I hate coconut and canned peas.

          1. dani_k RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 03:38 PM

            liver. fig newtons. and i can only handle so much raw-meat/fish texture and in only certain ways.

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            1. re: dani_k
              hyde RE: dani_k Mar 13, 2008 03:55 PM

              i had an epiphany lately when an in-law suggested i change a fish order to a different order and i realized, " im 50 years old, i dont like fish, i have never liked fish, i dont need to eat it any more...", enforced catholic friday consumption as a kid? for a long time, a reminder you were too poor to eat anything else? who knows, as a boston resident i grew up in fish heaven, people espousing the delicate nature of cod and potatoes vs. finnan haddie with baked beans. its all the bloody same and its all fertilizer. we have fished out the oceans, and its too expensive too boot. good riddance. IM FREE

              1. re: hyde
                mariannas RE: hyde Mar 13, 2008 05:52 PM

                It's fish for me too. When I was little my parents had a hard time finding things for me to eat because I was very sick and barely ate anything. Basically I survived on fish sticks and cheerios. I still like my cheerios, but almost any seafood product makes me ill just thinking about it.

                My SO loves sushi and I *finally* let him take me to a well known sushi restaurant in our city. I figured if anyone can teach me that fish is fantastic, this is the place.

                Not the case. I ate some sushi rolls (tuna and tempura shrimp) and even tried a halibut cheek. I was feeling pretty proud of myself, but all the rest of the evening I somehow felt...tainted. I couldn't get rid of the feeling until I literally had to rid myself of the offending product from my body (I'm sorry for the visual). I swear, I could taste and smell it for over a day and got ill just thinking about chewing it.


                1. re: mariannas
                  BethC RE: mariannas Mar 13, 2008 07:47 PM

                  Oh, my, I thought I was the only one who doesn't like (most) fish! It's a smell/texture thing for me.

                  I spent part of last summer teaching in Denmark... not a good place to be a fish-hater. I lied and told people I was allergic. It was easier to deal with their sympathy than the conversion attempts ("but you'll love this... really!").

                  1. re: BethC
                    Catskillgirl RE: BethC Mar 14, 2008 03:51 PM

                    Oh, thank heavens I found this thread. I've always felt so ashamed of my loathing of fish! the only way I can eat it is when it is battered, then deepfried and smothered in tartar sauce. Preferably on a roll with cheese.

                    Otherwise - not for me. Lone exception is tuna - but I mean the solid white stuff in a can, not a tuna steak!

                    I thought I was alone in my fish-hating. BIG sigh of relief!

                    1. re: Catskillgirl
                      miss_bennet RE: Catskillgirl Mar 14, 2008 11:14 PM

                      Those of you who hate fish... Have you tried fresh fish, as in caught that day? You know, catch lake trout, clean it, cook it and the enjoy?

                      1. re: miss_bennet
                        tatertotsrock RE: miss_bennet Mar 15, 2008 09:29 AM

                        I don't think trout should be used as an great example of fish and it's flavor.
                        I LOVE fish, yet I find trout to be my least favorite fish, flavor-wise. For some salmon, I feel the same way. ANy yes, I have had it caught fresh and we've eaten it within 2 hours.

                        1. re: tatertotsrock
                          EWSflash RE: tatertotsrock Dec 6, 2009 03:21 PM

                          Especially trout form a lake that's stocked by hatcheries. I caught several one day (so proud of myself) and they tasted like Purina Dog Chow smells especially if you pour the dog chow into the mud first. I suspect that until shortly before mine were caught they were raised on Purina Trout Chow- really and truly.

                        2. re: miss_bennet
                          jodymaryk RE: miss_bennet Jun 3, 2008 07:52 PM

                          How about caught and eaten within 3-4 hrs? My wife loves fish and we go to mexico every year. I fish and she eats! I usually catch bonita and Spanish mackerel and sometimes Mahi or tuna, lots of sailfish,( I try to let go all that I think will live) I just cant do fish!

                        3. re: Catskillgirl
                          Phoenix56 RE: Catskillgirl Apr 9, 2010 05:36 AM

                          I'm another fish hater...I feel almost ashamed as everybody, my family in particular LOVES fish. It tastes metallic to me. I've tried it many ways..no tuna either..though the last couple of weeks I've thought about a tuna casserole....seafood is different to me..I don't have a problem with it..but fish...blech !! Take a piece of paper, wad it up, put it in your mouth and chew (did this when I was bored in grade school) Hey whats that taste? FISH!!!

                          1. re: Phoenix56
                            tatamagouche RE: Phoenix56 Apr 11, 2010 12:01 PM

                            I totally disagree that trout can't be used as a great example. Trout can be wonderful, especially broiled or smoked! Not liking it is one thing; insisting that it's objectively bad is another.

                            1. re: tatamagouche
                              weewah RE: tatamagouche Jan 3, 2011 11:56 AM

                              Trout is the only fish I DON'T like. Ugh, brown and murky. It just tastes strong in a bad bad way. And that is fresh caught. Frzen would make me sick.

                  2. re: dani_k
                    HSBSteveM RE: dani_k Mar 13, 2008 06:11 PM

                    I second the fig newtons

                    1. re: dani_k
                      TexasToast RE: dani_k Mar 14, 2008 12:39 AM

                      TT doesn't do liver or any other internal organs, like tounge, kidney, heart, lungs, and some external ones like ear, cheeks, eyes, and tripe (whatever tripe is).


                      1. re: TexasToast
                        Barbarella RE: TexasToast Mar 14, 2008 06:34 AM

                        I agree, would not feed that stuff to a dog. Besides, the sodium content would be enough for a month!!

                        1. re: TexasToast
                          thenurse RE: TexasToast Mar 14, 2008 12:10 PM

                          Tripe is spleen - internal.

                          1. re: thenurse
                            OCEllen RE: thenurse Mar 14, 2008 12:21 PM

                            I thought it was stomach lining of one of a cow's three stomachs?

                            1. re: OCEllen
                              jhopp217 RE: OCEllen Mar 14, 2008 02:50 PM

                              Tripe is the lining of the stomach, coming from three of the four chambers of the stomach.

                              1. re: jhopp217
                                OCEllen RE: jhopp217 Mar 14, 2008 03:07 PM

                                Thanks! I don't believe spleen is edible at all. And tripe I have cooked and eaten...seems to be bland and takes on whatever one flavors it with!

                                1. re: OCEllen
                                  Panini Guy RE: OCEllen Mar 14, 2008 08:14 PM

                                  Spleen is perfectly edible. Have a vastedda at Ferdinando's in Red Hook, Brooklyn. It's spleen and fluffy fresh ricotta on a soft roll.

                                  Note that saying it's edible is not the same as saying it's delicious... I couldn't finish mine.

                                  Tripe is good in menudo.

                                  1. re: Panini Guy
                                    Hunicsz RE: Panini Guy Mar 15, 2008 12:07 AM

                                    2nd what PG said. Yes, spleen is edible. And yes, it's certainly not for everyone. Tripe, however, in all its myriad forms.... yuuummmm

                                    1. re: Hunicsz
                                      Passadumkeg RE: Hunicsz Mar 15, 2008 03:34 AM

                                      Menudo, yum! (but their music sucks!)

                                      1. re: Passadumkeg
                                        FoodieKat RE: Passadumkeg Mar 15, 2008 12:18 PM

                                        Forced myself to eat menudo (otherwise I'd have starved) as a kid. Always hated the smell and the taste. And my mom and grandma used to eat it with pig's feet too. Eeeew. Gross!
                                        Agree that Menudo the band sucks though. ;-)

                                        Then again, they used to eat lengua (tongue) and some of my relatives ate sesos (brains) too, and it always made me feel sick just thinking of it.

                                        1. re: FoodieKat
                                          Passadumkeg RE: FoodieKat Mar 15, 2008 02:47 PM

                                          I hated pig's feet as a kid too and now I crave. lengua tacos, yum. All the ethnic foods I HATED as as a kid I want now that I can get it. Head cheese. Human nature or subliminal desires? Chicharones?

                                          1. re: Passadumkeg
                                            FoodieKat RE: Passadumkeg Mar 16, 2008 12:28 AM

                                            Oh, I used to love chicharones! Especially with hot sauce. Still couldn't pay me to eat lengua, sesos or any other body part of a cow, pig or chicken now though. ;-)

                                            1. re: FoodieKat
                                              Hunicsz RE: FoodieKat Mar 17, 2008 09:46 PM

                                              Maybe reconsider lengua. Especially braised, it becomes deliciously soft and stringy (in a good way) with the most amazingly beefy flavor. And in many preparations it no longer resembles tongue at all. Of course, maybe you have childhood memories of a whole tongue simmering on the stove that may be unsurmountable. We all have those things. However, if you're at all inclined, maybe try again.

                                              1. re: Hunicsz
                                                alkapal RE: Hunicsz Mar 18, 2008 04:33 AM

                                                it's the taste buds that get me!

                                                1. re: alkapal
                                                  linguafood RE: alkapal Mar 18, 2008 07:52 AM

                                                  I always thought the top layer of the tongue was removed = no taste buds. I lurv tongue sliced in madeira sauce. Like the most tender beef stew ever.

                                                  1. re: alkapal
                                                    Sam Fujisaka RE: alkapal Mar 18, 2008 08:50 AM

                                                    One skins the tongue after cooking. Maybe you're not had tongue prepared well.

                                                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                      alkapal RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 18, 2008 08:57 AM

                                                      well, it sure LOOKED like taste buds. and i would not be surprised it it had not been "prepared well."

                                                      1. re: alkapal
                                                        FoodieKat RE: alkapal Mar 20, 2008 12:24 PM

                                                        Ha. Sorry, but all of this discussion about 'taste buds' has made me even more convinced that I will never try lengua.

                                                        1. re: alkapal
                                                          foiegras RE: alkapal Dec 19, 2009 12:50 PM

                                                          Even with the skin removed, you can see 'evidence' of the tastebuds on that side of the tongue.

                                                          I loved my mother's tongue (should I say the tongue of beef prepared by my mother??), but have never had the Mexican preparation ... I'll have to try it.

                                                        2. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                          grayelf RE: Sam Fujisaka Jun 5, 2008 10:37 PM

                                                          "One skins the tongue after cooking"

                                                          Yep. Dad used to skin it at the table. A big cow tongue lolling on the cutting board. Which he would then turn inside out. Can't eat tongue. Nope. Nohow.

                                                          1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                            pikawicca RE: Sam Fujisaka Apr 10, 2010 08:09 PM

                                                            Sorry, my friend, but I've had tongue prepared very well: in England, at a Baron's house party. (How snooty does that sound?) Sinking my teeth into something that looked like meat, only to be met by "squish," was off-putting, to say the least. But for you, Sam, I'll give it another try.

                                                            1. re: pikawicca
                                                              linguafood RE: pikawicca Apr 11, 2010 10:05 AM

                                                              Sounds like the cook forgot to peel off the top layer. Tongue's not supposd to go "squish" when bitten into (unless we're talking your own tongue here). It is one of the most tender meats out there, like it's been braised for decades...

                                                          2. re: alkapal
                                                            mimolette RE: alkapal Oct 21, 2010 02:32 PM

                                                            I know this is an old post but I read it just now. Do you ever think maybe the tastebuds find your taste rather unlikable as well? Just kidding! Sorry couldn't help it.

                                                            1. re: mimolette
                                                              alkapal RE: mimolette Oct 23, 2010 05:53 AM

                                                              two and a half years, mimolette. really?

                                                              but, when you're bursting with wit, why hold back?!

                                                              nah...just kidding.

                                              2. re: Panini Guy
                                                EWSflash RE: Panini Guy Dec 6, 2009 03:23 PM

                                                I truly doubt i'll ever make it myself, but I do love a big bowl of menudo- white, please, with lemon, cilantro, and scallion. Fortunately there are many Mexican restaurants and groceries here that make really good menudo, so I won't have to.

                                      2. re: TexasToast
                                        sisterfunkhaus RE: TexasToast Jan 3, 2010 07:31 PM

                                        These are about the only foods I don't enjoy or won't eat. I've tried and give up. They are pretty yucky.

                                        1. re: TexasToast
                                          Phoenix56 RE: TexasToast Apr 9, 2010 05:37 AM

                                          Ugggh...me either...Johnny Carson once said, liver tastes like "fried mud"..I have to agree!

                                          1. re: TexasToast
                                            Phoenix56 RE: TexasToast Apr 9, 2010 05:41 AM

                                            Tripe is stomach...excuse me puke....you've seen it in the store..its white and full of holes...kind of like very loose weave cheesecloth..oh my god...and liver? Johnny Carson once said.."Liver tastes like fried mud"...I have to agree...

                                          2. re: dani_k
                                            tatertotsrock RE: dani_k Mar 14, 2008 07:52 PM

                                            The taste of fig newtons isn't half as bad as the texture...eeeew, it makes me think that it would be the same as if I was eating a cricket-newton...the crunch is so "bug" like....eeek!

                                            1. re: tatertotsrock
                                              alkapal RE: tatertotsrock Mar 15, 2008 01:28 AM

                                              the crunch reminds me of poppy seed strudel filling. i like poppy seed kaiser rolls, though.

                                              fig newtons are ok. whatever happened to apricot newtons?

                                              1. re: alkapal
                                                tatertotsrock RE: alkapal Mar 15, 2008 09:32 AM

                                                I've never even known that poppy seed strudel existed...I would think they'd have the same texture...kinda creepy, eh?
                                                I loved apricot newtons but not the apple newtons...the apple newtons reminded me of bad air freshner.

                                                1. re: tatertotsrock
                                                  alkapal RE: tatertotsrock Mar 15, 2008 11:51 AM

                                                  poppy seed strudel filling is fig newton crunch on steroids.

                                                  crickety-crunchy goodness! ;-D (Not....)

                                                  that reminds me of the old monty python sketch about chocolate covered crunchy frogs. made my dad laugh and my mom go eugh!

                                                  1. re: alkapal
                                                    FoodieKat RE: alkapal Mar 15, 2008 12:22 PM

                                                    Poppy seed kuchen is food of the gods! I had this in Germany and it was sooooo good. I love poppyseeds though, so I guess it's an 'acquired taste' if you don't like 'em.

                                                    1. re: FoodieKat
                                                      Catskillgirl RE: FoodieKat Mar 15, 2008 12:43 PM

                                                      Oh yes, we make a poppy seed cake (in strip form) at my bakery, and it is divine. I love poppy seeds in any form - a toasted poppy bagel with butter is among my all-time favorite breakfasts.

                                                      1. re: Catskillgirl
                                                        alkapal RE: Catskillgirl Mar 15, 2008 12:48 PM

                                                        poppy seeds on a bagel, or in cakes is one thing --- but the strudel filling is overwhelming.

                                                        1. re: alkapal
                                                          Catskillgirl RE: alkapal Mar 15, 2008 12:58 PM

                                                          Yes, that looks very similar to the one we make. Just pastry dough instead of strudel (although we do make apple strudel on occasion). Yummy poppy seeds!

                                                          1. re: Catskillgirl
                                                            alkapal RE: Catskillgirl Mar 15, 2008 01:42 PM

                                                            catskillgirl, did you grow up eating that strudel? i think that makes a difference in how many poppy seeds at a time one can love! what is the poppy seed connection to strudel? are poppies grown there (where strudel is from)? hmm, now onto research about poppy seeds as food in geographic regions! more work....THANKS A LOT!!!!! ;-)

                                                            a beginning: http://www.foodreference.com/html/fpo...

                                                            1. re: alkapal
                                                              Catskillgirl RE: alkapal Mar 15, 2008 01:49 PM

                                                              Nope! I lived in NYC for many years, only started working at bakery and eating everything we produce *G* last year. I have always enjoyed the occasional poppy bagel or hard roll, but that was my poppy experience. So I'm an "adult onset" poppy freak.

                                                        2. re: Catskillgirl
                                                          FoodieKat RE: Catskillgirl Mar 16, 2008 12:33 AM

                                                          Me too. I love lemon and almond poppyseed muffins too, and fresh kaiser rolls with poppy seeds. Good stuff!

                                                          1. re: FoodieKat
                                                            alkapal RE: FoodieKat Mar 16, 2008 04:16 AM

                                                            i love almond poppy seed too; so here is a recipe that looks good:

                                                            1. re: alkapal
                                                              FoodieKat RE: alkapal Mar 20, 2008 12:29 PM

                                                              This recipe looks great. And I can finally use the rest of that buttermilk I bought for my red velvet cupcake recipe. Thanks alkapal!

                                                              1. re: FoodieKat
                                                                alkapal RE: FoodieKat Mar 20, 2008 07:12 PM

                                                                foodiekat, most welcome. let us know your success, please!

                                            2. nofunlatte RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 03:50 PM

                                              Watermelons and canteloupe. I cannot understand how people speak so rapturously about these. I find them vile.

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                                              1. re: nofunlatte
                                                Miss Needle RE: nofunlatte Mar 13, 2008 03:54 PM

                                                I don't find them vile, but I don't necessarily seek them out (except I like refreshing watermelon on a hot, hot day). I find it interesting that you hate both of them because I find that they both share a similar component. I can't quite put it in words, but to me it seems that there's an aromatic component to them (kind of like menthol) in my mouth whenever I eat them.

                                                1. re: Miss Needle
                                                  nofunlatte RE: Miss Needle Mar 13, 2008 04:03 PM

                                                  Intellectually, I understand the "watermelon on a hot day" appeal, but only intellectually. I wonder if it's genetic--my father can't stand these either.

                                                  Miss Needle, if we are ever at the same picnic on the same hot day, I'll let you have my watermelon. Just let me have your cold beer :)

                                                  1. re: nofunlatte
                                                    Miss Needle RE: nofunlatte Mar 13, 2008 04:09 PM

                                                    No problem. I'm not the biggest fan of beer. Perfect! : )

                                                  2. re: Miss Needle
                                                    danna RE: Miss Needle May 8, 2008 07:52 AM

                                                    Interesting. I LOVE both watermelon and canteloupe, but they have weird reactions with me. Up until about my 30's, watermelon made my voice hoarse and canteloupe would make my lips swell a bit. These reactions have gone away (btw, it never stopped me from eating either) but still I cannot eat either and then exercise hard. They will come back up undigested.(sorry)

                                                    So...i wonder if your body is protecting you from an allergic reaction or difficulty of digestion.

                                                    I myself find blue cheese unspeakable.

                                                    1. re: danna
                                                      Phoenix56 RE: danna Apr 9, 2010 05:43 AM

                                                      I have to agree...seriously...when did we decide moldy food was a delicacy? Blue cheese....ugg, and I worked in a cheese shop for 10 years!

                                                      1. re: Phoenix56
                                                        Passadumkeg RE: Phoenix56 Apr 10, 2010 04:59 PM

                                                        About a thousand years ago. Are you a Valley Girl?

                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg
                                                          EWSflash RE: Passadumkeg Mar 30, 2011 07:01 PM

                                                          Dude I love you for saying that

                                                        2. re: Phoenix56
                                                          thew RE: Phoenix56 Jun 4, 2010 05:01 AM

                                                          all cheese is spoiled milk

                                                        3. re: danna
                                                          chef chicklet RE: danna Apr 9, 2010 04:17 PM

                                                          me an cantelope and some other melons too, I try so hard to like them, but I get the gag reflex almost every single time. I so want to love it, and I envy people that eat it. The other is mango, sometimes the same thing. Not when its mixed into a smoothie, its the flesh and the smell when it hits my nose....eek!

                                                          1. re: chef chicklet
                                                            Emme RE: chef chicklet Apr 9, 2010 08:22 PM

                                                            mango and papaya taste like dirt to me!

                                                            1. re: Emme
                                                              linguafood RE: Emme Apr 10, 2010 08:59 AM

                                                              if that is so, i'd like to try that sweet, juicy tangy dirt you've been eating. alphonso mangoes are the epitome of what a fruit should taste like.

                                                              1. re: Emme
                                                                Manybears RE: Emme Oct 29, 2010 10:47 AM

                                                                Papaya tastes like eggs and pepper to me, I don't understand why. I can still eat it but I don't enjoy it.

                                                                1. re: Manybears
                                                                  weewah RE: Manybears Jan 3, 2011 12:01 PM

                                                                  Papaya seeds are dried and ground to use as a filler in ground pepper in India, because of their peppery flavor. An unethical practice, but it is done.

                                                                  1. re: weewah
                                                                    Manybears RE: weewah Jan 4, 2011 05:56 AM

                                                                    Wow! Good tidbit of information-- thank you!

                                                                    1. re: weewah
                                                                      EWSflash RE: weewah Mar 30, 2011 07:17 PM

                                                                      I think if they're going to use a filler it should be papaya seeds. I think they're really tasty.

                                                                  2. re: Emme
                                                                    chicgail RE: Emme Jul 11, 2011 07:41 PM

                                                                    I adore mango, but papaya tastes/smells like dirty feet.

                                                            2. re: nofunlatte
                                                              TexasToast RE: nofunlatte Mar 14, 2008 12:38 AM

                                                              Watermelons I can sometimes handle, but any type of melon, canatoupe (not really a melon I'm told), honeydew, gala, etc, I can't stand.


                                                              1. re: nofunlatte
                                                                odkaty RE: nofunlatte Mar 14, 2008 06:21 AM

                                                                Melons of any sort cause me to gag. My husband has the same reaction, if he can even get the offending item past his lips. Unfortunately his melon gag reflex extends to all gourds - and I salivate over the prospect of winter gourds.

                                                                1. re: nofunlatte
                                                                  jmckee RE: nofunlatte Mar 14, 2008 10:51 AM

                                                                  My mother used to say she craved two things the entire time she was pregnant with me: watermelon and sauerkraut.

                                                                  And I cannot abide the sight, smell, feel, or taste of either one.

                                                                  1. re: nofunlatte
                                                                    gordeaux RE: nofunlatte Mar 14, 2008 01:12 PM

                                                                    Sounds like a genetic disposition. no big deal. a lot of people have a gene that makes cilantro taste like soap.

                                                                    For me? I gag just THINKING about Miracle whip. I LOVE mayo though. Miracle Whip is an abomination. It's a just a vile, sugary, glob of goop if you ask me. I will never understand how people think adding sugar to sandwiches is a good thing. And how can people make something like tuna salad with the stuff? Fish covered in sugar? EWWWWWW!

                                                                    1. re: gordeaux
                                                                      madgreek RE: gordeaux Mar 15, 2008 11:08 AM

                                                                      "Miracle Whip is an abomination."


                                                                      1. re: madgreek
                                                                        FoodieKat RE: madgreek Mar 15, 2008 11:58 AM

                                                                        Agreed. I hate Miracle Whip. It is a betrayal to Hellmann's, the god of commercially-produced mayonaise. ;-)

                                                                        1. re: FoodieKat
                                                                          OCEllen RE: FoodieKat Mar 15, 2008 12:16 PM

                                                                          Yes! YUCK!

                                                                          1. re: OCEllen
                                                                            FoodieKat RE: OCEllen Mar 15, 2008 12:28 PM

                                                                            What is it about Miracle Whip? I think it's the same thing that creeps me out about mincemeat, Diet Dr Pepper Chocolate cherry soda and Miracle Whip. You think it's going to taste one way, and then BAM! It hits you with that nasty aftertaste.

                                                                            1. re: FoodieKat
                                                                              mrsbuffer RE: FoodieKat Mar 16, 2008 07:06 AM

                                                                              Yes yes yes! Can I add to my list? I cannot abide Miracle Whip, Dr. Pepper, root beer, cream soda or mincemeat, raw clams, oysters, calamari or sushi. Had a bad experience with sushi and the wasabi when I was in college and some lovely person told me it was guacamole...

                                                                              However, Thanksgiving is not complete without Crosse and Blackwell Plum Pudding with hard sauce (butter, confectioner's sugar and vanilla. Go figure...

                                                                              1. re: mrsbuffer
                                                                                FoodieKat RE: mrsbuffer Mar 20, 2008 12:37 PM

                                                                                Yikes! Bet that was a shock to the senses. I hate cream soda too, but I do love both root beer and sushi. Especially the wasabi on the side, but definitely wouldn't be able to stand it in guacamole-sized portions. I used to hate the idea of eating raw oysters too, until I had them with cilantro (sorry, I know some people here hate the stuff) and chiles. That was an unexpectedly pleasant surprise. Just like with nigiri sushi and sashimi though, you have to be sure the fish is very fresh.

                                                                                1. re: mrsbuffer
                                                                                  Smileelisa RE: mrsbuffer Apr 23, 2008 10:49 AM

                                                                                  Are we related Mrsbuffer? I hate all those things too. I think that things I like would be a shorter list than things I don't.

                                                                                  1. re: mrsbuffer
                                                                                    sisterfunkhaus RE: mrsbuffer Jan 3, 2010 07:34 PM

                                                                                    My grandmother took some wasabi off of a buffet once and ate it thinking it was guac. She at a huge spoonful. It was actually sad but in the end quite funny. The story gets told a lot in my family.

                                                                                    1. re: sisterfunkhaus
                                                                                      weewah RE: sisterfunkhaus Jan 3, 2011 12:04 PM

                                                                                      Was she in Branson? I saw a woman do that once! Or actually, EVERYONE saw her AFTER she did it! It must've been awful : 0

                                                                                      1. re: weewah
                                                                                        hill food RE: weewah Jan 3, 2011 03:50 PM

                                                                                        she must have been used to really over-processed guac to make that visual mistake.

                                                                                        1. re: hill food
                                                                                          tatamagouche RE: hill food Jan 5, 2011 12:43 PM

                                                                                          I have to admit I fell in love with Jackass when watching Steve-O snort wasabi.

                                                                                          1. re: tatamagouche
                                                                                            hill food RE: tatamagouche Jan 5, 2011 08:10 PM

                                                                                            (secret shame - LOVE Jackass, blew 10 precious dollars when unemployed on seeing that nonsense, no regrets)

                                                                                            and having had wasabi salmon roe maki I can sorta sympathize.

                                                                              2. re: FoodieKat
                                                                                KitchenCo RE: FoodieKat Mar 15, 2008 09:56 PM

                                                                                Miracle Whip was responsible for my erroneous belief that I hated mayonnaise that lasted into my twenties.

                                                                                When I finally realized they are completely different things...I was doubly furious with Miracle Whip. Mayonnaise rocks! Damn you, Miracle Whip.

                                                                                1. re: KitchenCo
                                                                                  FoodieKat RE: KitchenCo Mar 16, 2008 12:36 AM

                                                                                  You said it! It seemed like every summer picnic growing up included some kind of salad made with Miracle Whip. It was just wrooong!

                                                                                  1. re: FoodieKat
                                                                                    hill food RE: FoodieKat Mar 20, 2008 10:40 AM

                                                                                    products like Miracle Whip became popular for a couple of reasons
                                                                                    1: Mayo, even store bought was highly unstable and went rancid very fast.
                                                                                    2. eggs were fairly expensive in the Depression and then rationed in WWII.
                                                                                    3. refrigeration wasn't as widespread and reliable until post-war, but by then the habits were formed.

                                                                                    1. re: hill food
                                                                                      alkapal RE: hill food Mar 20, 2008 11:44 AM

                                                                                      how does miracle whip differ on those points?

                                                                                      i just thought miracle whip was like mayo with extra sugar and added mustard.

                                                                                      and recently we had a thread on whether hellman's/best foods mayo had to be refrigerated, and the consensus was "no" -- not to ensure food safety. maybe for flavor or aesthetics. but refrigeration is not required. (I always have, never even thinking i would not...)

                                                                                      1. re: alkapal
                                                                                        southernitalian RE: alkapal Mar 20, 2008 12:01 PM

                                                                                        I like mayo (Hellman's) and MW. I like to dip Cape Cod potato chips in MW! But most of the time I use mayo. BTW - I think fat free mayo is disgusting. We could start a separate thread on which zero-calorie and/or fat free foods are best/worst. Diet Coke rocks and is so much better than regular Coke, which hurts my teeth.

                                                                                        1. re: southernitalian
                                                                                          alkapal RE: southernitalian Mar 20, 2008 07:14 PM

                                                                                          i'm liking the coke zero, but it is not as fizzy!!!

                                                                                        2. re: alkapal
                                                                                          hill food RE: alkapal Mar 20, 2008 12:37 PM

                                                                                          if I'm not mistaken Miracle Whip is oil based (like butter vs. margarine)

                                                                                          I do like MW in some things like a straight up school cafeteria style tuna salad

                                                                                          god leave mayo out in my mom's house...go ahead take your chances.

                                                                                          1. re: hill food
                                                                                            Phoenix56 RE: hill food Apr 9, 2010 06:54 AM

                                                                                            I like Miracle Whip on ham and Mayo (Hellmans) on turkey or anything else. Tuna, chicken salad etc..Miracle Whip is better..I went for years being a pretencius snob ( even to my parents) proclaiming I would NEVER eat anything buy Mayo....one does grow up...

                                                                                          2. re: alkapal
                                                                                            EWSflash RE: alkapal Dec 6, 2009 03:30 PM

                                                                                            Egad, if I knew somebody wasn't refrigerating their mayo after opening I'd not eat a thing there. I understand that it's been vilified unfairly and damnded for the company it's forced to keep, but still- no way would I knowingly eat long-stored room temp mayo, homemade, Best Foods, or any other.

                                                                                            1. re: EWSflash
                                                                                              Phoenix56 RE: EWSflash Apr 9, 2010 06:54 AM


                                                                                    2. re: FoodieKat
                                                                                      jmckee RE: FoodieKat Mar 17, 2008 10:43 AM

                                                                                      Except the God in question is actually Duke's mayonnaise :-)

                                                                                      1. re: FoodieKat
                                                                                        Phoenix56 RE: FoodieKat Apr 9, 2010 05:46 AM

                                                                                        I've read a lot and the only difference I can find is Miracle Whip has more lemon juice and is cooked. Mayo has less and of course the true versions use raw egg yolks....I don't think commercial brands could do this..I called Kraft foods about it and they would not give me definitive answer...

                                                                                        1. re: Phoenix56
                                                                                          EWSflash RE: Phoenix56 Mar 30, 2011 07:21 PM

                                                                                          MW has way more sugar than Best Foods mayo. It's disgusting to me but I can see why it would appeal to some people.

                                                                                      2. re: madgreek
                                                                                        fromagina RE: madgreek Mar 20, 2008 09:29 AM

                                                                                        Miracle Whip is down there with lungs, spleen, most franchise food, fake whipping cream, boxed cake mixes, and margarine.. uck uck.

                                                                                        1. re: fromagina
                                                                                          Sam Fujisaka RE: fromagina Mar 20, 2008 09:22 PM

                                                                                          Bofe--smoked lung--in Colombia is really good. What do you have against lung?

                                                                                          1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                                                            Panini Guy RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 21, 2008 10:25 AM

                                                                                            Have to say I've never had lung. But that's mostly because I was told by a chef from Brooklyn that the NYC health dept. banned serving it awhile back for health reasons that I don't recall (he mentioned this is why the Red Hook vasteddas use spleen today - they used to use lung). So I've stayed away because of that.

                                                                                            So what's it close to in taste/texture?

                                                                                            1. re: Panini Guy
                                                                                              Sam Fujisaka RE: Panini Guy Mar 21, 2008 01:04 PM

                                                                                              Chewy/slightly rubbery, good rich flavor--more like meat than organ. Good thinly sliced and done either adobo or curry.

                                                                                              1. re: Panini Guy
                                                                                                EWSflash RE: Panini Guy Dec 6, 2009 03:33 PM

                                                                                                I realize I'm horning in here, but I photographed too many surgeries and autopsies in my time to want to have anything to do with the smell or taste of nearly any organ meat. I love chicken gizzards, though, never had to photograph a diseased one of those!

                                                                                            2. re: fromagina
                                                                                              Passadumkeg RE: fromagina Mar 21, 2008 02:48 AM

                                                                                              Lungemost in Norway, just like hamburger, almost.

                                                                                            3. re: madgreek
                                                                                              dwilde RE: madgreek May 5, 2008 06:40 PM

                                                                                              eeeewwww Miracle Whip --- would rather starve to death than eat something with MW on it...

                                                                                            4. re: gordeaux
                                                                                              CookieWeasel RE: gordeaux Dec 6, 2009 03:30 PM

                                                                                              I am SO with you on the Miracle Whip. That stuff is downright revolting. My RM loves it though so it's always in our fridge. Euuwww....

                                                                                            5. re: nofunlatte
                                                                                              FoodieKat RE: nofunlatte Mar 15, 2008 12:25 PM

                                                                                              Thought I was the only one who hates watermelon! Always have. I do like canteloupe though. Love the idea of refreshing fruits on a hot day, but watermelon just doesn't do it for me. I'd much rather have a lemon Italian ice.

                                                                                              1. re: FoodieKat
                                                                                                jhopp217 RE: FoodieKat Mar 15, 2008 10:50 PM

                                                                                                FoodieKat, it's funny, as a kid I loved Watermelon, but hated Cantelope nd Honeydew. Now I find them all so refreshing, but in totolly different ways.

                                                                                                I remember growing up in brooklyn eating Itlain ices from a cart with sahved ice and that delicious syrup. Heaven!

                                                                                              2. re: nofunlatte
                                                                                                revsharkie RE: nofunlatte Mar 22, 2008 05:58 PM

                                                                                                I love a good cantaloupe, when they're in season and nice and soft and mushy, with salt. But I cannot abide watermelon. It's mostly the texture, I think, and the seeds. My husband loves watermelon, and always has one in the fridge in the summer, and inevitably tries to get me to "just try a bite--oh, come on, you'll like it!" No, I won't.

                                                                                                1. re: nofunlatte
                                                                                                  Smileelisa RE: nofunlatte Apr 23, 2008 10:43 AM

                                                                                                  Ewwww on the cantelope and honeydew. I can handle watermelon but that is it.

                                                                                                  1. re: nofunlatte
                                                                                                    Alica RE: nofunlatte Oct 24, 2010 06:49 AM

                                                                                                    I am so happy to find someone else who hates watermelon!

                                                                                                  2. tatertotsrock RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 03:56 PM

                                                                                                    Canteloupe, Honeydew, Eggplant, Reb Bell Peppers, especially roasted...uggg.

                                                                                                    Blech!!!! I think these things are like ear wax or something...nasty.
                                                                                                    I'll eat/try anything...give me a pig's ass and I'll be happy to try it, I am no squeemish, I jsut can't stand those melons or peppers...I have no idea why. They just taste rancid/acrid.

                                                                                                    1. b
                                                                                                      burlgurl RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 04:09 PM

                                                                                                      bacon...can't stand it or the smell!

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                                                                                                      1. re: burlgurl
                                                                                                        miss_bennet RE: burlgurl Mar 13, 2008 04:58 PM

                                                                                                        OHMIGOD! I thought I was alone in the world! I've never met anyone else who hates bacon! I keep trying it, but I just don't like it!

                                                                                                        1. re: miss_bennet
                                                                                                          jhopp217 RE: miss_bennet Mar 14, 2008 03:36 AM

                                                                                                          You're both crazy! Unless you have a religious obligation not to eat it, how can you not like bacon. I never in a million years thought I would see one person, let alone two people who didn't like bacon.

                                                                                                          1. re: jhopp217
                                                                                                            odkaty RE: jhopp217 Mar 14, 2008 06:21 AM

                                                                                                            three people :D

                                                                                                            Just the smell makes me nauseous.

                                                                                                            1. re: jhopp217
                                                                                                              alkapal RE: jhopp217 Mar 15, 2008 01:31 AM

                                                                                                              look at it this way: more bacon for you and me!

                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                dwilde RE: alkapal May 5, 2008 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                Bacon is my favorite food group!

                                                                                                            2. re: miss_bennet
                                                                                                              smartie RE: miss_bennet Mar 14, 2008 05:04 AM

                                                                                                              can't stand the smell of bacon, it makes me feel sick

                                                                                                          2. Snackish RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 04:10 PM

                                                                                                            Ripe bananas. Hard boiled eggs. Ugh.

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                                                                                                            1. re: Snackish
                                                                                                              emerilcantcook RE: Snackish Mar 13, 2008 08:54 PM

                                                                                                              Ripe bananas for me too. I prefer my bananas when they have the consistency of a potato, I know I have no taste ha ha. If there is a little brown freckle, I will start getting a fermented taste. I could eat it if there is nothing to eat at home; but usually it goes into banana bread or something that would hide the smell and texture.

                                                                                                              Eggs. Undercooked egg whites are one of the other (very few) things that I will refuse to eat; but it is more of a texture than a taste thing. Undercooked yolks on the other hand are perhaps the most delicious thing ever.

                                                                                                              1. re: emerilcantcook
                                                                                                                dani_k RE: emerilcantcook Mar 13, 2008 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                undercooked egg whites! ugh! cooking scrambles and omelettes can be a problem for me because i cannot cannot cannot handle raw egg whites so trying to get the eggs done but not overcooked is a challenge.

                                                                                                                1. re: emerilcantcook
                                                                                                                  abs294 RE: emerilcantcook Mar 14, 2008 08:21 PM

                                                                                                                  I hate ripe bananas! They have to be green and pre-ripe for me to eat them. I think you have taste!

                                                                                                                  I can't deal with any sort of fake lemon taste. I had some awful medicine that tasted like that as a kid and ever since, if I get a whiff or taste of it, the gag reflex kicks in and I have to remove myself from the situation.

                                                                                                                  1. re: abs294
                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet RE: abs294 Mar 15, 2008 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                    i'm okay with just-ripe bananas, but i can't stand them when they're overripe or mushy.

                                                                                                                    btw, abs294, i have the same problem with fake orange flavoring - reminds me of baby aspirin. i gag just thinking about it.

                                                                                                                    1. re: abs294
                                                                                                                      Snackish RE: abs294 Mar 23, 2008 08:57 PM

                                                                                                                      Ripe bananas - eeech. They make me gag every time.

                                                                                                                    2. re: emerilcantcook
                                                                                                                      Phoenix56 RE: emerilcantcook Apr 9, 2010 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                      I have a hard time with as The Cone Heads say..Raw Chicken Embryos.........oh, I'm going to pass out.........

                                                                                                                    3. re: Snackish
                                                                                                                      Catskillgirl RE: Snackish Mar 14, 2008 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                      Hard boiled eggs scare me. Oh, they are awful. Their only use is for coloring at Eastertime! They do make lovely decorations. But eating them??? Nope. Not gonna happen! For me it's very much a smell and texture antipathy. The rubbery glop of the white, and the chalky dryness of the yolk, along with that smell... ugh.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Catskillgirl
                                                                                                                        cassis RE: Catskillgirl Mar 15, 2008 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                        Wow! amazing that there are other people who hate hard boiled eggs and ripe bananas. Ripe bananas smell like nail polish remover. But I like them when they still have a bit of green on the tips, and eggs other ways are fine. I never eat processed food with artificial ingredients and MSG makes me break out in a cold sweat.

                                                                                                                        I like liver, tripe a few bites, and I LOVE (looking for a pattern here) artichokes, spinach, licorice, yogourt, rioja, sauerkraut and miso--I spread it on toast. These things have something in common, but WHAT IS IT?

                                                                                                                        1. re: cassis
                                                                                                                          tatertotsrock RE: cassis Mar 15, 2008 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                          "nail polish remover"
                                                                                                                          Holy cow! I've never quite put my finger on that smell, and I think that's pretty close.
                                                                                                                          I am a ripe-banana dis-like-er....yuk! Smelly, smushy, and pukey.

                                                                                                                          1. re: cassis
                                                                                                                            Catskillgirl RE: cassis Mar 15, 2008 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                            Hmmm. Hate liver, never tried tripe, love artichokes and spinach and licorice and yogurt, intensely dislike sauerkraut, love miso.. I don't know what the common thread is.

                                                                                                                            1. re: cassis
                                                                                                                              southernitalian RE: cassis Mar 20, 2008 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                              Umm....except for licorice they're all delicious? Can't believe no one on this entire thread has mentioned the most vile taste of all: BASIL! Disgusting soapy rotten food ruiner.

                                                                                                                              1. re: southernitalian
                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: southernitalian Mar 20, 2008 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                Whoa. Your name is southernitalian and you HATE basil? Talk about a disconnect... :-D

                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                                  southernitalian RE: linguafood Mar 20, 2008 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                                  I know it lingua. It's a problem. I can take it in small doses but if it's the main ingredient, like pesto, I'm out. It just doesn't taste like something people should eat.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: southernitalian
                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: southernitalian Mar 20, 2008 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                    Ha. I used to feel that way about cilantro (let's not get into that, there's been a million&1 threads about that). Soapy. But if you like Thai or Mexican food, it is inevitable. Slowly 'got over it', and now genuinely enjoy it. Although, a cilantro pesto would be pushing my limits, too ----

                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                                      hill food RE: linguafood Mar 20, 2008 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                      "Although, a cilantro pesto would be pushing my limits, too ----"

                                                                                                                                      and jam the blade on your food processor as well (voice of experience/cilantro lover)

                                                                                                                              2. re: cassis
                                                                                                                                foiegras RE: cassis Dec 19, 2009 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                Are they all bitter? I too love artichokes, but hate licorice and miso. Spinach and yogurt are fine.

                                                                                                                                1. re: cassis
                                                                                                                                  silkenpaw RE: cassis Oct 9, 2010 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                  Add me to the ripe banana and hard-boiled egg hating crowd. I also dislike licorice, tripe and tofu (the last 2 are a texture more than a flavor issue).

                                                                                                                                2. re: Catskillgirl
                                                                                                                                  Phoenix56 RE: Catskillgirl Apr 9, 2010 05:51 AM


                                                                                                                                3. re: Snackish
                                                                                                                                  Pampatz RE: Snackish Mar 16, 2008 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                  Oh, you hit my big two. I got sick on both as a child and can't stand the smell of either as an adult. DH loves both, unfortunately.
                                                                                                                                  My other ughs are olives,organ meats, rare anything, crunchy "cooked" veggies and brussel sprouts.

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                                                                                                                                  almccasland RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                  I always get strange looks when I say I can't stand chicken, ranch dressing or mayonnaise (or miracle whip). And no, I won't even eat it mixed into things such as tuna salad, egg salad, etc. It's not a texture thing because I love sour cream, yogurt, and other foods of similar texture. It has a peculiar smell to me and tastes just like the smell. Also, I like tomatoes in every form (raw, soup, juice, etc.) except for ketchup. I think it's something about it being sugary...sugar and tomatoes don't go well to me. Other than that, I would eat just about anything.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: almccasland
                                                                                                                                    foodhypnosis RE: almccasland Mar 13, 2008 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                    I can't stand ranch dressing either - It smells like vomit to me and tastes the same (I do love mayo and micracle whip though!) Any ranch flavored thing, like cool ranch doritos just seems vile to me. Only other thing I can think of is Uni - tried it once and found it very bitter and acrid and haven't tried it since.

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                                                                                                                                      poptart RE: foodhypnosis Mar 13, 2008 08:47 PM

                                                                                                                                      I agree on the ranch dressing. GROSS!
                                                                                                                                      Add to that Thousand Island, tartar sauce and miracle whip. I do like Hellman's mayo, and canola mayo. The miracle whip just turns me off.
                                                                                                                                      Also can't stand ripe bananas, sweet pickle relish, raw green bell peppers,
                                                                                                                                      And I never ever liked cow's milk.
                                                                                                                                      Those jello "salads" with stuff in it...GAG! Carrot and raisin salad with miracle whip is one of the most disgusting things I have ever tasted.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: poptart
                                                                                                                                        foodhypnosis RE: poptart Mar 15, 2008 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                        Seems most people who like (love) mayonaisse HATE Miracle Whip. Not many people like them both equally! I keep 'em both in the fridge seem to have very specific preferences - turkey gets mayo, ham gets miracle whip, add swiss to the ham and it has to be brown mustard, while cheese with the turkey would get honey mustard...
                                                                                                                                        Just remembered how much I dislike that white frosting that's on bakery cakes - the kind I think made from crisco. Always looked good and then I'd bite into it and blegh. Almost never eat cake because of that frosting.
                                                                                                                                        And reading further down the page - I agree on Fluff - nasty stuff.
                                                                                                                                        And somehow cooked cherries make me queasy - I can eat a pound of fresh cherries in a sitting, but put them in a pie - or worse a black forest cake - or even worse a chocolate covered cherry -and i can't stomach it. Slimy.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: foodhypnosis
                                                                                                                                          morrigan RE: foodhypnosis Mar 15, 2008 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                          Crisco? That's what's in that stuff? God that's revolting...and it's kinda' gritty too...


                                                                                                                                          1. re: morrigan
                                                                                                                                            goodhealthgourmet RE: morrigan Mar 16, 2008 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                                            actually, the grittiness in frosting is usually undissolved sugar.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: foodhypnosis
                                                                                                                                            Phoenix56 RE: foodhypnosis Apr 9, 2010 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                            FOODHYPNOSIS- I am exactly the opposite...cherry pie? Yum!! Fresh cheries? No thanks...

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Phoenix56
                                                                                                                                              EWSflash RE: Phoenix56 Mar 30, 2011 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                              OY! Okay, more for me. I will trade you cherry pie for fresh cherries.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: foodhypnosis
                                                                                                                                              JasFoodie RE: foodhypnosis Jul 8, 2011 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                              I'm the same way with cherry. LOVE fresh cherries and will sit there eating them till I make myself sick. But cherry flavored anything, not a chance in hell. It's not just the cooked cherries themselves but even anything cherry flavored. I all but gagged on some cherry flavored tums or rolaids my roommate handed me once.

                                                                                                                                              I also can't stand plain yellow mustard. I'll barely tolerate it if it's the only option but just barely, and only if I don't have anything else to add to the sandwich at all.

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                                                                                                                                                hill food RE: JasFoodie Jul 9, 2011 02:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                agreed, candied, syruped, whatever cherries - no thanks. as a duck glaze maybe.

                                                                                                                                            3. re: poptart
                                                                                                                                              FoodieKat RE: poptart Mar 16, 2008 12:42 AM

                                                                                                                                              Oh I completely forgot about jello salad. Another 'wonderful' invention which always appeared at picnics when I was a kid. I always thought the stuff was just vile. Plain jello, fine. But why ruin it with pieces of canned fruit and Cool Whip? Nasty.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: poptart
                                                                                                                                                JasFoodie RE: poptart Jul 8, 2011 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                The first time I was served carrot and raisin salad I just looked at it horrified and wanted to ask 'you're kidding me right?' It was served buffet style at a dinner for about 50 international students where we all shuffed through the line and had volunteers glop a serving of each item onto our plates for us. I noticed after dinner was over that almost everyone still had a mound of orange goop on their plate.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: foodhypnosis
                                                                                                                                                Smileelisa RE: foodhypnosis Apr 23, 2008 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                I agree with you on the ranch dressing. it is vile tasting.

                                                                                                                                              3. re: almccasland
                                                                                                                                                cimui RE: almccasland Mar 13, 2008 09:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                I'm with you on the ranch dressing. I'm not sure it smells like vomit to me, but the smell does make me queasy. And I, too, love yogurt, sour cream, etc... Did you eat the Kraft brand when you were a kid?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: almccasland
                                                                                                                                                  hotteacher1976 RE: almccasland Mar 13, 2008 10:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I hate the smell and taste of mayo; however, I can eat it when mixed with salads of some kind. Crazy I know.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: almccasland
                                                                                                                                                    tatertotsrock RE: almccasland Mar 14, 2008 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Ranch dressing smells like kindergarten vomit...YUK!

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                                                                                                                                                      corgette RE: tatertotsrock Mar 14, 2008 08:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                      "Kindergarten vomit" evokes the taste and smell of ranch dressing like no other phrase I've come across. Nicely done.

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                                                                                                                                                      mrsjenpeters RE: almccasland Mar 17, 2008 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                      can't stand ketchup either. disgusting. i much prefer my fries with mayo, which i love!

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                                                                                                                                                        EWSflash RE: mrsjenpeters Dec 6, 2009 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I like A-1 steak sauce on my fries. Not on a good steak, though.

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                                                                                                                                                          southernitalian RE: EWSflash Dec 28, 2009 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I'd like A-1 steak sauce on a flip flop.

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                                                                                                                                                            hill food RE: southernitalian Jun 3, 2010 09:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                            see I hate flip flops and just on principal (and for their sonic value)

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                                                                                                                                                              Passadumkeg RE: hill food Jun 4, 2010 02:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I had to explain to a friend in Oslo, a Jimmy Buffet fan, what "stepped on a pop top, blew out a flip flop" means and why he couldn't find Margaritaville on a map; it's located between the ears.

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                                                                                                                                                                alkapal RE: hill food Jun 4, 2010 02:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                i go nuts getting stuck following flip-floppin' folks in the grocery aisles -- and it's esp. maddening when the person semi-shuffles. i have to move to another section of the store.

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                                                                                                                                                                  southernitalian RE: alkapal Jul 1, 2010 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Oh alka, you'd have a tough time at the grocery store behind me. My manager said to me the other day, "Why are all your shoes so audible?". I wear "fancy" flip flops to work!

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                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: southernitalian Sep 1, 2010 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    you are correct madam! i would have to move to a different place in the store -- or kill you -- but i think it is better to move, huh?

                                                                                                                                                                    (and not to be nosy, but don't you think it could affect your career growth to have audible shoes -- esp.with a manager commenting on it!).

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                                                                                                                                                                      hill food RE: alkapal Oct 21, 2010 10:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      the sound of flip-flops freaks me and makes me nervous (sorry)

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                                                                                                                                                                        Jay F RE: alkapal Mar 1, 2011 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I hate footwear you can hear. Flipflops are pretty bad, but thick heels on an uncarpeted floor are much worse. I agree with you on "affect your career growth," Alkapal. A footnoise-producing employee automatically gets points off when compared to s/he who wears sneakers.

                                                                                                                                                                        And gum clickers are another group of people who have no right to live. And bracelet bangers.

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                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: Jay F Mar 1, 2011 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          so much hate, so little time '-P

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                                                                                                                                                                            thew RE: linguafood Mar 2, 2011 03:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            seriously. makes one wonder how one deals with actual problems

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                                                                                                                                                                  alliegator RE: southernitalian Mar 3, 2011 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Dear friends,
                                                                                                                                                                  I am a flip-flopper. Not in a restaurant or any place decent, but still... I am. Please accept my apologies.

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                                                                                                                                                                    hill food RE: alliegator Mar 3, 2011 11:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    allie despite what I posted I really don't hate them on principal. I just get nervous when followed closely by anyone in loud footwear (SF's Financial District with type A's stomping up Montgomery in spikes, art school with creative types in stacked creative shoes shuffling along because it's the only way to not fall over.)

                                                                                                                                                                    so if you're at the next table I really don't care what you're wearing. or if even nothting, my only reaction to that would be "who the hell leaves the house in a city without anything on? have they heard of broken glass?" but I wouldn't say it out loud. just don't closely follow me around.

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                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal RE: alliegator Mar 4, 2011 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      alliegator's confession made me think: why isn't there a "flip-floppers anonymous"?
                                                                                                                                                                      of course i knew the answer immediately. they can't be anonymous.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Passadumkeg RE: alkapal Mar 4, 2011 05:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Name that Tune: "Stepped on a pop -top, blew out a flip-flop." I had to explicate this to an Oslovian.

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                                                                                                                                                                          thew RE: Passadumkeg Mar 4, 2011 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          let me have a margarita and consider it

                                                                                                                                                            2. ms. clicquot RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                              The common foods I disliked as a kid (and still do, unfortunately) were: plain milk (to drink), watermelon and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Lunches at my friends' houses were often a nightmare! I was always polite and ate everything but it was an effort to force myself.

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                                                                                                                                                                jhopp217 RE: ms. clicquot Mar 14, 2008 03:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I"m joking so don't get offended. Milk, Watermelon, and Peanut Butter - are you sure you just didn't hate being a kid?

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                                                                                                                                                                  ms. clicquot RE: jhopp217 Mar 14, 2008 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I know, it's so weird! I was the only person I knew that didn't like those things. Although for the record, I do like peanut butter and I love jam, just not the two together! (Actually, I don't care for any 'peanut butter & ___' sandwiches, such as pb & bananas or pb & Fluff)

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                                                                                                                                                                    jhopp217 RE: ms. clicquot Mar 14, 2008 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    I'm with you on that one Ms.C I hate peanut butter and jelly. I do love peanut butter with bananas and raisins though, and honestly, I don't like raisins that much. PB & Fluff is nasty!

                                                                                                                                                                    When I was growing up, my father, who loves PB, bought the natural kid, so we had to stir the oils up into it. Much different taste than the store bought kind, a much more peanut-y taste. Some were good some were bad.

                                                                                                                                                                    Another great combination is peanut and apple butter.

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                                                                                                                                                                      fara RE: jhopp217 Mar 14, 2008 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      i also hate pb&j sandwiches, and remember forcing them down in some instances because people assume that all children love them.
                                                                                                                                                                      peanut butter cookies are another one,so maybe it has something to do with pb and intense sugar.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Phoenix56 RE: fara Apr 9, 2010 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Reply to Fara...I love peanut butter....but I won't even buy it beacuse I'll devour a jar in 2 sittings!! Bot jelly on top? For gods sake WHY?

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                                                                                                                                                                      FoodieKat RE: ms. clicquot Mar 16, 2008 12:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      I love pb & j, but don't care at all for 'the Fluff'. It's just sickly sweet. Why on earth would you want to eat it with something that's already sweet?

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                                                                                                                                                                        fromagina RE: FoodieKat Mar 20, 2008 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        That marshmallow "fluff" reminds me of another "gag me".. those big Easter egg-shaped candies with a sugary shell and some kind of sickly sweet fluff inside.. makes my teeth hurt just thinking about them!
                                                                                                                                                                        I don't like the sweetened hydrogenated "creamy" peanut butter.. it tastes like candy, not food. Real freshly ground peanut butter (as from that grinder in Whole Foods) is Food of the Gods. Bacon and Peanut butter sandwich with red onions.. heaven!

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                                                                                                                                                                          miss_bennet RE: fromagina Mar 20, 2008 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I wrote about those eggs on the "most digustign candy" board. (Shudder)

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                                                                                                                                                                            mrsjenpeters RE: fromagina Mar 20, 2008 10:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            i never understood bacon and peanut butter sandwiches... but now that you put red onion in there... i think i can hang with that. got my lunch plans for saturday now, thanks! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                              fromagina RE: mrsjenpeters Mar 20, 2008 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              A nice little trick is to grill the peanut butter a few moments.. warm peanut butter is very good! A few slices of avocado do absolutely NO harm to this sandwich. For those of us who DON'T find peanut butter a disgusting food, I'm beginning to believe that it is a much under-utilized food!

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                                                                                                                                                                        HarryFromMarydelDE RE: jhopp217 Apr 9, 2010 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm not sure if it's true, but a food show I saw said that peanut butter was originally considered one of those foods that only adults could like and that no child would eat even if forced. Also, it always contained other things like for example you would buy a jar of peanut butter with bits of bacon in it. Then somebody came up with the idea of selling plain peanut butter, and everybody thought they were crazy because no one ate plain peanut butter. And they were right, no one bought it. Then they decided to market it to children, and everybody thought they were extra crazy, because not only did no one eat plain peanut butter, but everyone knew you couldn't get a kid to touch peanut butter. Only this time they were wrong, plain peanut butter was so popular with kids that it outsold the old peanut butter-with-stuff in it so much that eventually plain became just about the only way to buy it. It turned out kids didn't hate peanut butter, they hate the meats and pickles and other stuff that were in it.

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                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal RE: HarryFromMarydelDE Jun 4, 2010 02:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          see this: http://inventors.about.com/library/in...

                                                                                                                                                                          also read about a truly genius american hero, george washington carver.

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                                                                                                                                                                            EWSflash RE: alkapal Mar 30, 2011 07:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            He was The Man.

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                                                                                                                                                                        nofunlatte RE: ms. clicquot Mar 14, 2008 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Funny--I disliked milk as a kid (not too crazy about it now), still despise watermelon, but peanut butter, which I hated as a little kid, has grown on me (figuratively and literally--low-calorie it ain't!) My brother and sister would eat peanut butter sandwiches, but I prefered cheese (didn't like the PB). By teendom, though, I'd eat it. And now I think it's food of the gods (the natural kind, that is!)

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                                                                                                                                                                          jhopp217 RE: nofunlatte Mar 14, 2008 02:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          My favorite sandwich as a kid was Tomato and Provolone with mayo. I had that pakced for me almost every day for lunch. On the other days it was usually PB with banana and/or raisins. As A kid i hated Ham and Cheese more than anything. To this day Ham is not my favorite.

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                                                                                                                                                                          monalisawoman RE: ms. clicquot Mar 14, 2008 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Hey, i was the same way about Peanut Butter until i turned 30! Then 2 things happened:
                                                                                                                                                                          1) it suddenly dawned on me that the sesame noodles i loved so much were made with peanut butter.
                                                                                                                                                                          2) Someone brought a chocolate peanut butter pie into the office & i devoured it.
                                                                                                                                                                          Weird, but true.

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                                                                                                                                                                          six dower RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Hard boiled yolks, lima beans, raw celery and carrots, beets, fruitcake, pork rinds, custard, cottage cheese, rice pudding, refried beans...just to name a few.

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                                                                                                                                                                            TexasToast RE: six dower Mar 14, 2008 12:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Cottage cheese looks like, well, I can't say on this board, but it's just not right.


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                                                                                                                                                                              jmckee RE: TexasToast Mar 14, 2008 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I like it -- well, I'll eat it. But an old girlfriend hated it; when she heard me say that's what I'd brought for lunch, she exclaimed, "Lumpy milk? You eat LUMPY MILK?"

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                                                                                                                                                                                Phoenix56 RE: jmckee Apr 9, 2010 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                JMCKEE I love it! Its something about the curds (cheese) and the coldness of the liquid...I like large curds the best..how about you?

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                                                                                                                                                                                  jmckee RE: Phoenix56 Jun 30, 2010 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I like the smaller curds. I always add a dash of hot sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                            miss_bennet RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Cooked eggs - scrambled, poached, hard boiled, fried... Sometimes I'll try to eat eggs benedict, but I just hate egg. No amount of salt or hollandaise or ketchup can make me like them. On Christmas morning, I had eggs benedict without the egg and it was delicious. I don't like bacon, either. I think the common eggs, bacon and dry toast (I was allergic to milk so couldn't have buttered toast) turned me off breakfast for the rest of my life.

                                                                                                                                                                            I just don't understand the egg thing. I thnk they're horrid. Even some ice creams are unpalatable to me because they have too much egg in them. Creme brulee? Yuck. I have to stop talking about eggs now before I make myself ill.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Miss Needle RE: miss_bennet Mar 13, 2008 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              When you say cooked eggs, are you implying that you like them raw? Can you have them in a cake or cookie?

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                                                                                                                                                                                miss_bennet RE: Miss Needle Mar 13, 2008 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I'm never eaten them raw except in salad dressing. When they're mixed into cakes, salad dressings and other things, I'm ok UNLESS I CAN TASTE THEM. (That's right, the taste of eggs scares me.) I've definitely bought things (cakes, ice creams) and said that they taste eggy but most other people think I'm crazy.

                                                                                                                                                                                Oddly, though, I love angel food cake and hard meringues. Do those taste eggy? Maybe I should try scrambled egg whites... No. Probably not.

                                                                                                                                                                                And I was just thinking... I had quail's eggs once in "across the bridge noodles" while in China. They were put into hot borth raw, and they were absolutely delicious. So maybe it's just chicken eggs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Miss Needle RE: miss_bennet Mar 13, 2008 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  You may have a problem with just the yolks. My sister and I both weren't crazy about the yolks as kids (probably not to the same extent as you hate them). We would only eat the hard-boiled whites. When we put an egg in our ramen and noodles dishes, it was only the egg whites. Never a fan of eggnog. But we loved our ice cream and loved eating Korean sushi rolls with egg omelette in them. If the yolks were mixed with other stuff, we were able to eat them.

                                                                                                                                                                                  As a person who freaks out at the sight of pickles, I understand your pain.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    miss_bennet RE: Miss Needle Mar 13, 2008 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry, but that makes me laugh! I'm not quite at the point that ia freak out at the sight of them. In fact, I can't truly imagine freaking out at the sight of any food readily available in Canada.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Now all I can picture is a woman panicking at a painting that vaguely resembles pickles..I'm sorry to laugh at your pain...It's just a little funny! Sorry!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      karykat RE: Miss Needle Oct 25, 2009 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Like someone else further upstream on this thread, I can't stand hard boiled eggs, and that includes the whites.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Also don't like fried eggs, both yolk and white.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I do like omelettes, souffles, scrambled eggs if there's tomato and things in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                      But not hardboiled eggs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      atheorist RE: miss_bennet Mar 15, 2008 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Right with you on the eggs, miss bennet. Except hard meringue which I find not worth eating but not repulsive. I adore pancakes, cakes, waffles, etc. as long as they do not taste eggy. One egg per cup of flour is enough.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Plain milk is undrinkable yet it seems fine when soaked up by cereal.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Liver: disgusting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Phoenix56 RE: miss_bennet Apr 9, 2010 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    miss_bennet...Eggs are tricky...runny yolks eeewww, liquid chicken! Omelettes are better, but if you want eggs in your diet try a nice quiche...you won't know its eggs!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal RE: Phoenix56 Jun 4, 2010 02:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      miss phoenix, you sure have lots of food "hates."

                                                                                                                                                                                  3. mrsbuffer RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Refried beans - whenever mrbuffer and I go to Taco Bell (it's a craving, nothing more) he KNOWS to order my nachos bel grande without the vile things that look and smell like turds.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Corned beef and cabbage
                                                                                                                                                                                    Bleu cheese tastes like soap
                                                                                                                                                                                    Bread and butter pickles
                                                                                                                                                                                    split pea soup
                                                                                                                                                                                    giblet gravy

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                                                                                                                                                                                      jhopp217 RE: mrsbuffer Mar 14, 2008 03:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      MrsBuffer, I love your list. I love gravy, I love bread and butter pickles, I love bleu cheese probably more than any other cheese, but I will agree with you on the corned beef and cabbage and split pea soup.

                                                                                                                                                                                      But here's why I am responding. One drunken day, years ago, we took our leftovers from a mexican restaurant home with us. On the rirde home, we saw an ice cream shop, that said "we will make any flavor." So we asked the two fine ladies in the back if they would make refriend bean ice cream. They said they would but we had to promise to eat it, because they said cleaning the machine would be tough and they weren't going through the trouble for nothing. In the machine it went and out it came. Out into four cones for the four idiots standing in front of them. It's amazing what you'll eat after spending the day drinking margaritas, and other tropical drinks. So probably the craziest thing I've ever eaten was refried bean ice cream. And Mrsbuffer - it tastes as good as it sounds!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        irishnyc RE: mrsbuffer Mar 14, 2008 05:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree with mrsbuffer on the corned beef and cabbage and the b&b pickles. Last weekend we went to a St. Patrick's day party and as soon as we walked in the smell of corned beef and cabbage was overwhelming. I couldn't wait to leave.

                                                                                                                                                                                        When a friend of mine was pregnant with her first, she craved bread and butter pickles, despite her hatred of them. One day she went grocery shopping, bought a jar, and had to pull over to eat some pickles. She ended up eating the entire jar in her car before she got home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          KevinB RE: irishnyc Mar 22, 2008 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm not surprised this happened. My mother told me that during her 3rd trimester on all three kids, she craved sweet pickles and ice cream. I wonder if this is a subconscious need for certain nutrients, like acetic acid and full fats to help complete the baby's development. Still, pickles and ice cream sounds like a pretty weird combo!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          gordeaux RE: mrsbuffer Mar 14, 2008 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          LOL! If bleu cheese tastes like your soap, I could probably save money by eating your soap.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I LOVE a good bleu!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Veggo RE: gordeaux Mar 14, 2008 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            And the Maytag variety is not for the laundry!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Phoenix56 RE: gordeaux Apr 9, 2010 06:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              gordeaux....I worked in a cheese shop for 10 years..I know the mold on blue cheese is a cultivated mold, but it didn't start out that way..a little shepard boy left his lunch in a cave and when he came back some time later (the story goes) he found it molded ate it and liked it. If such is the case once a month I could send you some lovely things from my fridge with mold. Bon Appetite!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              southernitalian RE: mrsbuffer Mar 20, 2008 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow Mrs. Buffer, you're the un-southernitalian. I'm indifferent to the gravy and corned beef and cabbage, but blue cheese is definitely my desert island food, and I eat B&B pickles all the time, right out of the jar. I also love split pea soup, with or without ham.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                KevinB RE: southernitalian Mar 22, 2008 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                One of my favourite sandwiches is just bread, butter, and B&B pickles. Of course, I also often add a piece of ham or turkey, but the plain sandwich is just fine. And a favourite snack is an apple, cheddar cheese, and B&B pickles. I really enjoy the contrasts in texture and taste when you slice off a piece of cheddar, put a B&B on it, and then munch away - sweet, salty, crunchy, yielding, and melting all at once. Yum!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Uncle Ira RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Coconut... Just can’t stand it. It’s the texture... I’m not wild about the taste either, but I can live with it. If a dish is made with coconut milk, it won’t bother me too much, but... THAT TEXTURE! ! ! There’s just something about the way the stuff feels in my mouth and against my teeth... It’s like fingernails on a blackboard for me. It doesn’t matter if it’s a curry or a Mounds Bar. I’m giving myself the creeps just writing about it....

                                                                                                                                                                                              Uncle Ira

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                                                                                                                                                                                                miss_bennet RE: Uncle Ira Mar 13, 2008 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh man! I didn't even go into textures I can't stand! That should be a whole other thread!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: Uncle Ira Mar 13, 2008 09:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  i'm so there with you - it's the first thing that came to mind when i saw this thread. eating dessicated coconut is like chewing on straw that was soaked in sour milk & left out to dry...or something equally vile. just thinking about the way it squeaks between your teeth when you chew it makes me shudder. i still don't understand why people insist on ruining carrot cake by adding that stuff to it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  on the positive side, i was never tempted to eat girl scout samoa cookies :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Sam Fujisaka RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Marmite, vegemite, Hittites, Luddites.... (kidding about the last two).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    wontonfm RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    cucumbers. i hate the smell. i hate the taste. i hate the texture.


                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Veggo RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I balk at blood sausages and marshmallows. But for you to be intolerant of honey is sad. What does it leave one to look forward to, the land of Milk and Sauerkraut?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Peg RE: Veggo Mar 13, 2008 11:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        ...mmmmmm.... sauerkraut.. YUM!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          FoodieKat RE: Peg Mar 16, 2008 12:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yum indeed! I make my own sauerkraut too. Love it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Passadumkeg RE: FoodieKat Mar 16, 2008 04:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            We grow the cabbages and make the kraut (kapusta) almost 20 gal! I grew up making it w/ grand parents , parents & aunts & uncles. My rite of passage was when I was invited to the cellar to grate 350 lbs. of cabbage on a mandolin and drink beer w/ the men at about 16.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            With a son teaching in Korea, I've learned to make kim chee too. Now that's an aquired taste!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Blush RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I can't stand cucumbers, though I love pickles.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fish--actually anything that used to reside underwater.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Any sort of melon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. maria lorraine RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          My story: I've traveled all over the world and seriously sampled cuisines. Tasted lots and lots of things. Grew up in a very adventurous food-eating family. I established likes and only a few dislikes, but that's all. No food really bothered me terribly. Or so I thought.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          One day I go to visit my parents in our family house -- this was about fifteen years ago -- and my mother was making this Alsatian pork and fried apples dish. I smelled the cooking and was immediately nauseated, to the point I was quickly going to vomit. I said to my parents, I'm so sorry -- I know I just got here -- but the smell of those fried apples is so bad I'm going to be sick -- I have to leave. My mother says, But you love apples. My father was silent -- I guess dumbfounded all this time -- looked at me and said, My father, your grandfather, loved all foods, but the ONLY thing he COULD NOT STAND was the smell of fried apples -- it made him sick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow. I realized then there has to be some sort of genetic hard-wiring that can cause us to be revolted by certain smells and tastes. This isn't general dislike -- in the sense of I've tried this food and I don't care for it. This is the body being revolted by something.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Has anyone found this same wacky thing -- that other members of your family are revolted by the same foodstuff as you are? (BTW, thanks for listening.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Leucadian RE: maria lorraine Mar 13, 2008 10:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is a remarkable thread. It gives me an appreciation for the depth of dislike of those who really can't stand certain foods. There was a similar discussion about cilantro as being a 'hard-wired' nauseous taste for some people (I was told that Indonesians generally dislike it as a 'dirty' taste). Fortunately I don't have any such aversions, but from now on I'll be more tolerant of those who do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Phoenix56 RE: maria lorraine Apr 9, 2010 06:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              maria lorraine...My whole family loves fish and I'm the only one who can't abide it..seafood is fine..but not fish..It even looks good to me..but one whiff, one taste, and I'm done for! I think it is genetic hard wiring....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              I wouldn't go so far as to say I find it "disgusting," but I'm slowly approaching 40 and I still have serious problems with grapefruit. It's nothing but pure, undiluted bitterness to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                foiegras RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 19, 2009 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Are you a supertaster, and have you ever tried Ruby Red grapefruit? I remember being amazed as a child that anyone could actually drink grapefruit juice!! Instant ack!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  silkenpaw RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Oct 9, 2010 07:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Second on the grapefruit. Never tasted one that wasn't bitter to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    weewah RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 3, 2011 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Someone else hates grapefruit!!! Oh I hate it, so bitter that I could never keep from choking on it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When I was a kid I used to regularly stay w/ a family whose mom served grapefruit juice, or grapefruit mixed w/ Tang every day at breakfast. Never just plain Tang. We were not allowed to decline this drink (I'm sure she thought she was giving us our vitamins).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was an ordeal for me my whole childhood.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tatamagouche RE: weewah Jan 5, 2011 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Interesting. There's definitely bitterness in the pith, but the pulp is for me delicious; even when I was little I preferred grapefruit to all other citrus. (Then I met pomelos.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    moh RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 08:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hate green onions. As a Korean, this is very difficult, because they put it in everything. I am not a fussy person, and there are many things I eat. But when I feel a green onion in my mouth, I have to spit it out or swallow it whole. It is a combination of the taste and mouthfeel. My mother is about to disown me. I have tried, but I just can't get past green onions...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sam Fujisaka RE: moh Mar 13, 2008 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      moh, mgod, I'm mshocked!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        moh RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 13, 2008 08:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes. You should be shocked. My mother thinks I'm an alien...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Miss Needle RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 13, 2008 09:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, I'm with Sam on this one. Do you pick all the scallions out of your banchan (like the spinach or soy bean sprouts?) I used to do that as a kid.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            moh RE: Miss Needle Mar 13, 2008 10:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I still pick out the green onions to this day. Chopsticks are such a perfect tool for this! I am a very patient person, and very thorough. I rarely miss any.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But a breakthrough has occurred. I don't mind some green onion in Pa jon. I am hoping this will lead to increased tolerance. I'm working on it! I'm still trying!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Blueicus RE: moh Mar 14, 2008 06:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have a number of relatives (Chinese) who also don't like green onions... so we've ended up asking them to remove it from the dish... or my dad and I get first dibs and we eat the green onions. Mmmm... I love green onions. For me it's raw mushrooms. Think it developed one day when I was waiting for some people and I was a bit peckish. So I dug into a bunch of raw enokis and just ate them. From that time forward eating raw mushrooms (especially just by themselves) makes me almost want to gag.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dani_k RE: moh Mar 13, 2008 09:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          my husband hates them too! its unfortunate because i love them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          he also has trouble with raw tomatoes, cukes, and green bell peppers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          strangely enough, his fave salad is greek salad!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood RE: dani_k Mar 16, 2008 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            wow. that doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            greek salad: tomatoes, cukes, green bell peppers (yes, and feta, red onion, lemon and olive oil). strange '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cimui RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What a fascinating thread to read! There were foods that I didn't even realize I vaguely disliked until I read these posts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm also not very into coconut milk or coconut flavoring (definitely not genetic, there; my mother, who grew up on a tropical island, loves the stuff).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I hated egg yolks when I was a kid (I like them now).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And one thing no one else has mentioned: I really don't like pineapple. I see people go nuts for it and I like the way it smells ripe, but the tongue numbing astringency makes it completely inedible to me. I guess I've generalized the discomfort it to a general dislike of the flavor, even in non-astringent canned stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On the other hand, I really do kinda like durian, so go figure. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            KevinB RE: cimui Mar 21, 2008 10:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm amazed that no one else has mentioned durian. I think it's the most vile thing in the world. My wife loves it, but I have to leave the room when she eats it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kelli2006 RE: KevinB Mar 22, 2008 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My daughter and I also love Durian, but I have to beg a green grocer to order it for me. She spent the month of January in Laos and Thailand on a college interim, and she was the only person of the group who would eat it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. meatn3 RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 09:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Milk to drink (fine with it cooked in things), peanut butter (but plain roasted peanuts & an occasional reeces cup I like) and peas. As an adult I have grown to like eggs, strawberries & bananas - which all repulsed me when I was young.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. hotteacher1976 RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 10:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I cannot stand the smell nor the taste of white milk (if I drink it it must have some kind of syrup in it - chocolate or strawberry).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also, I can't eat pineapple. I'll drink the juice, but that's about it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                miss_bennet RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 10:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oooh! Water! Plain, still, average tap water! Drives me nuts! I hate drinking it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But that's because it doesn't have a flavour to be repulsed by, and thus I am repulsed by the lack of flavour.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Melanie RE: miss_bennet Mar 14, 2008 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I hate water too! Granted on a hot day, I am willing to chug an ice cold water. other than that, I need my liquids to be flavored. I know, it's awful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    miss_bennet RE: Melanie Mar 14, 2008 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's also why I hate mashed potatoes! They're just so bland and usually mealy. (I don't know how to write the sound that emanates the digust I make when thinking of mashed potatoes.) And it doesn't matter if they're instant, homemade, fine dining "roasted garlic mashed"...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm fine with other potato preps, though. But that's cause they're usually falvoured wih something.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jhopp217 RE: miss_bennet Mar 14, 2008 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This thread scares me. First someone says they don't like Bacon and now this. What is the world coming to?>

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        miss_bennet RE: jhopp217 Mar 14, 2008 11:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's me! I don't like bacon OR mashed potatoes! What do you LIKE about mashed potatoes? Or do you just like gravy?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jhopp217 RE: miss_bennet Mar 15, 2008 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mashed potatoes - I love the velvety texture. I love the the fact that you can add stuff like garlic, herbs, butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon, etc and it becomes something totally different. It's truly a blank canvas. I love potatoes any way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And it's funny you mention the gravy - unless it's KFC's gravy (has a little kick to it) I freak out when gravy touches my mashed potatoes

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            miss_bennet RE: jhopp217 Mar 15, 2008 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            See, you didn't mention anything about the TASTE of mashed potatoes that makes them good, except perhaps that they're a blank canvas i.e. flavourless. I mean, if you add butter, garlic, herbs, cheese etc then the potatoes taste like those things. That's essentially my problem with mashed potatoes. They're nothing alone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Then again, I've tried making roasted garlic, herb, cheese and even caramalized onion mashed potatoes, and I still don't like them. I just want to eat the cheese, roasted garlic etc. without the potato. The potato means that I have to eat so much more just to get the (good) flavour.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jhopp217 RE: miss_bennet Mar 15, 2008 10:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I thought I said I love potatoes any way. My favorite food probably, aside from a good steak!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: miss_bennet Mar 16, 2008 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Really good potatoes DO have a flavor -- buttery, sometimes a little flowery... all you have to add in my book is butter and salt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                New potatoes with drawn butter, maybe some parsley and a pinch of salt is one of the best things in the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've been reading this thread and I have yet to think of a food that truly repulses me. But I'm only half way through '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  miss_bennet RE: linguafood Mar 16, 2008 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had a bad dairy allergy as a child, and I wasn't allowed butter. And I never used salt. That was one of my childhood dislikes. So I just ate smashed, white potatoes. And hated them. Now, I love boiled new potatoes with butter and salt. And even then, the potatoes are merely a vehicle for the delicious combination of melted butter and salt. But mashed potatoes are still boring to me. They are flavorless, therefore "empty" calories.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    foiegras RE: miss_bennet Dec 19, 2009 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not flavorless to me ... every potato has a flavor, some better than others (my preference is for yellow and purple potatoes--yellow banana fingerlings have the best flavor of all).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I also can test every variety of water I've ever had ... presumably I'm tasting the minerals, etc. I once saw an article where a sommelier tasted bottled waters and wrote them up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's not the potatoes or water--it's your sense of taste that has nothing to say about them ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      weewah RE: foiegras Jan 3, 2011 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Right : ) I love Yukon Gold's the best. And I am w/ you on water too.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have a well at home and am not on city water. I do not know how people who have to drink that chlorine reeking nightmare can stand it. I carry well water with me in bottles to town when I go, and can't drink water in a restaurant unless it is well masked w/ lemon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FoodieKat RE: miss_bennet Mar 15, 2008 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OMG, say it ain't so. Mashed potatoes and gravy are my favorite comfort foods.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chef chicklet RE: FoodieKat Mar 16, 2008 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            oh and mine too. or when I'm sick, mmm.. well not REAL sick. Maybe a light case of the cocktail flu sick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              hill food RE: chef chicklet Mar 20, 2008 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have only heard a handful of people mention "I feel a touch of the cocktail flu" love it, but sounds a bit fey coming from a guy (and def. doesn't garner much sympathy from work)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              many ordinary things repulse in that condition...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Catskillgirl RE: hill food Mar 22, 2008 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Umm, if that's the new parlance for a hangover, I could never eat anything other than pizza rolls. For some reason they settled my stomach. Pepperoni flavor, of course. *G*

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Passadumkeg RE: Catskillgirl Mar 23, 2008 03:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Saffire and the Uppity Blues Women have a song about it: "Cold Pizza & Warm Beer; the Morning After..."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sailrox RE: miss_bennet May 5, 2008 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Me too! I can't stand the taste of water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Or blood sausage. Or hard-boiled eggs. Or cottage cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dwilde RE: sailrox May 5, 2008 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blood sausage is revolting. My dad had me try some when I was in HS and I couldn't get the taste out of my mouth for 3 days - completely nauseating. And I'll eat almost anything else - except Miracle Whip, Hot Dogs, and Bologna.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chowdawggy RE: miss_bennet Jan 17, 2010 08:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          water here in western Arkansas DEFINITELY has a flavor . . . all the chemicals that are put into it to "purify" it. Back in the 50's, our town had some of the best-tasting water I ever knew . . . I was finicky about water even then; on vacations, I'd never taste water until Daddy had tasted it and pronounced it to taste like "home".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Needless to say, as our small town grew and started putting more and more chemicals into the water supply, I drank less and less of it. Now I go months at a time without drinking ANY plain water. I just tell people "it rusts my pipes".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: chowdawggy Mar 29, 2010 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The tapwater in my parents' hometown of San Angelo, Texas is positively disgusting: the hardest water I have ever seen, with so much dissolved calcium that a glass drawn from the tap looks milky white. You do eventually get used to it, but...blech.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tap water here in Boston is delicious, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EWSflash RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Mar 30, 2011 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm told by my son's orthodontist that Texas water contains a ton of fluoride. What he said was that fluoride stains, and Texans have brown teeth but you could hit them with a bat in the mouth and their teeth wouldn't break.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No idea if he was bringin' it or not. I know that the water here is naturally fluoridated but now we're on a mix of groundwater and imported and the fluoride level has plummeted.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Phoenix56 RE: miss_bennet Apr 9, 2010 06:11 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. JiyoHappy RE: Peg Mar 13, 2008 11:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love yogurt, raw cucumbers and carrots . But I ***** up when these three are combined into a "raita'. If the raita has raw onions..that is even worse

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              miss_bennet RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 12:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I keep thinking of more!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Canned baby corn and sometimes bamboo. They smell like urine to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FoodieKat RE: miss_bennet Mar 15, 2008 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lol, what brand are you buying?!?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  miss_bennet RE: FoodieKat Mar 15, 2008 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't even buy them. But I've gotten them in Asian food, and I think they're unpalatable. Extremely good panaeng can redeem bamboo, but baby corn? Yuck.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jhopp217 RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 03:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to this day I dislike cooked carrots

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jhopp217 RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 03:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm trying hard to think of things I just can't eat. I don't like ccoked carrots, but I can eat them. I have a problem with walnuts, but that's because they make my tongue split. Don't ask! I'm drawing a blank on things I just can't eat. One thing I really can't stand is cherries. I just hate the taste and they d make me gag a little, but can't think of anything if a gun was put to my head, it would cause me trauma to eat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dishes I hate that people think I'm strange
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Corned Beef and Cabbage - hate the smell of cooked cabbage.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pot Roast - I love tender beef, but hate Pot Roast, go figure.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Squid or Octopus that whole - tentacles and all - texture issue.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Portabella mushrooms - too soggy for me, but I have had them ways I've liked.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yogurt - never liked it. Why eat something that tastes like nothing?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love shellfish - but not a big fan of oyster.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Squash - it's a textrue issue.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Liver - I guess that's common.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I actually only started eating Pork recently (aside from bacon and sausage). Honeydew Melons and cantelope are another thing I only recently started appreciating. Swordfish is something for some reason I hated, but the last two times I tried it, I really liked it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nliedel RE: jhopp217 Mar 14, 2008 05:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fish. I try to like it, but I don't. I want to like it. I love food and I'm ashamed that I don't like fish. It's silly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FoodieKat RE: jhopp217 Mar 15, 2008 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I hate raw walnuts too. So bland and kind of greasy-tasting to me. Yuck! I don't mind chopped walnuts in things though - like chocolate chip cookies. But plain walnuts? Gross!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jayaymeye RE: FoodieKat Jun 2, 2008 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Raw walnuts taste like dirt to me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Phoenix56 RE: jayaymeye Apr 9, 2010 06:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wALNUTS i LOVE!!! i LOVE THIS STRING!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Gio RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 05:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Amazing what some food can do to some people. I never met a food I didn't like in some form, so far at least, although I'm not in a terrible hurry to run out and try fish eyes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        moh RE: Gio Mar 14, 2008 08:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You know, fish eyes aren't bad. They don't taste like much, there are no strong flavours. And the texture, well it's kind of like eating the soft bones you sometimes find in canned salmon and sardines. It's more the concept that is the problem. But give them a try if you happen to see them (no pun intended)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Phoenix56 RE: moh Apr 9, 2010 06:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Passed out in a coma..............

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Eric in NJ RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The one thing I have hated the taste of all my life is Tomato Juice. I love tomatos in every way, raw,stewed,sauced,ketchup sun-dried whatever. But as juice Yech!! Goes for V8 too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sean RE: Eric in NJ Mar 14, 2008 06:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just cannot develop a taste for beets, shrimp, lobster, mussels, oysters or 99% of seafood. However, I love clams and Fish and Chip's...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, I hate cashews, canned veggiies other than kidney, white or garbonzo beans. I cannot stand cinnamin or nutmeg. I despise ham. I was born without a sweet tooth...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            poptart RE: Eric in NJ Mar 14, 2008 07:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And along those lines..I also love tomatoes (including straight tomato juice with lemon and salt in it. However, Campbell's tomato soup makes me gag. Something about the sweetness of it...even the smell makes me sick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Eric in NJ RE: poptart Mar 14, 2008 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And Campbell's tomato soup is comfort food for me..weird isn't it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Eric in NJ RE: Eric in NJ Mar 14, 2008 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I left out Skate, a definite texture thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                meatn3 RE: Eric in NJ Mar 15, 2008 12:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh! Yes, I do not care for skate at all. The texture is the problem. If it were made into a mousse I'd probably be fine with it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Eric in NJ RE: Eric in NJ Mar 16, 2008 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I should add Okra and Mangos...Slime factor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. goodhealthgourmet RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i love how reading these threads always reminds us of things we wouldn't have listed right away:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                v-8 juice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                raw oysters [though i'll gladly eat them cooked]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. lanersg RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mushrooms and Cilantro. Blech!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    abs294 RE: lanersg Mar 14, 2008 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hate mushrooms. I won't eat them and I pick them out of everything. I think it's a taste and texture thing - they're rubbery little blobs. Ugh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BostonCookieMonster RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bananas. I don't care if they're ripe or not, they completely gross me out--the smell, the taste, the texture, [shudder]. I like green plantains in the form of mofongo, tostones, etc., but NO BANANAS. Nor sweet ripe plantains either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am also one of the army of cilantro-haters. But a thousand times worse than cilantro is cumin, even in the teeniest quantity. Tastes like armpit. Ugh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And peppers, any color, raw or cooked, as a vegetable (that is, hot peppers as a source of spiciness are fine). This is particularly irksome because they're colorful and pretty, so people scatter them all through their food willy-nilly as if they're a harmless decoration, and they dominate the taste of the whole dish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cauliflower is vile, and people who feel that it can substitute for mashed potatoes are surely smoking crack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also, I hate beer. Though I'll cook with it happily.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reene902 RE: BostonCookieMonster Mar 14, 2008 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ditto on the cilantro. I think it tastes like soap. and I have always said that cumin smells like BO. I am SO glad i'm not the only one!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On another note, I won't eat ground meat. I can't get past the texture.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BostonCookieMonster RE: Reene902 Mar 14, 2008 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You'd think the "soap" taste would cancel out the "BO" taste, but sadly, no ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blush RE: BostonCookieMonster Mar 14, 2008 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LOL! That's the funniest thing I've read all day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal RE: Blush Mar 15, 2008 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            quite funny, indeed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (i was wondering how an armpit tastes.....so sad i will have to put that inquiry at the end of a very long line of things to try.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              chowdawggy RE: alkapal Jan 17, 2010 08:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              it all depends on what flavor antiperspirant has been used on the armpit

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Phoenix56 RE: alkapal Apr 9, 2010 06:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Speaking of disgusting....how about "Escargot?" Let me dig something out of the yard, add some garlic..and tell you its not a bug!..Its a delicacy!..Yes it has the texture of an eraser.....I say its a delicacy because I'm wierd..so just go with it...OMG..we can be talked into anything!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal RE: Phoenix56 Jun 4, 2010 02:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  are you for real? you sound like a stand-up comic. i mean eggs are "liquid chickem"....mold from your fridge.....eraser-textured bugs.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    EWSflash RE: Phoenix56 Mar 30, 2011 07:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You really hate food, don't you? It's okay, you have the right.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mkmccp RE: Reene902 May 28, 2008 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I completely agree with the cumin/b.o. thing. Can't stand it in large applications, but a VERY subtle cumin taste I can handle. Forget anything "cumin dusted"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jhopp217 RE: BostonCookieMonster Mar 14, 2008 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cilantro is one of the cleanest most resfreshing smells and tastes there is in the culinary world. How can you not like cilantro?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I know many people who hate cumin. I put it in almost everything I can. I think it adds the most wondeful flavor to everything. A little cumin and tumeric in a burger, and you've created and entirely new meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't like cauliflower when it's whle, but creamed, as a substitue for mashed potatoes is decent. There is no sbstitute for real mashed potatoes though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Beer - oooooh! How can you be from Boston and not love a pint. You may be the only person from Boston that doesn't!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BostonCookieMonster RE: jhopp217 Mar 14, 2008 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jhopp, I'm afraid I cannot eat at your house! I live in fear of people who put cumin into everything to make it "tastier." But I would be happy to join you at a cozy pub where I can drink cider while you drink beer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  livetocook RE: BostonCookieMonster Mar 14, 2008 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was thinking how I couldn't eat at yours becuase everything you listed I eat throughout the week...LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (AND i was thinking hmmmm califlower to replace mashed potatoes...great idea!!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal RE: jhopp217 Mar 15, 2008 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  slow roast cauliflower rubbed with olive oil and kosher salt --- it is a whole new animal!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dwilde RE: BostonCookieMonster May 5, 2008 06:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  'Cauliflower is vile, and people who feel that it can substitute for mashed potatoes are surely smoking crack.' That is funny and true.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. jmckee RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Black licorice. Ick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CDouglas RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love refried beans unless I am the one who opens the can - whoa, who did that? Others:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lima beans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Black-eyed peas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Squash of any variety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sweet pickles/relish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Carrot cake

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jhopp217 RE: CDouglas Mar 14, 2008 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Your refired beans thing is hilarious. Opening a can, you think you've bought Alpo by mistake. I'm somehwat the same way with Gifelte fish. I lvoe it with a little horseradish, but if I have to see that jelly it comes in, I lose my appetite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tofu is pretty nasty also, no matter how it's prepared, but it's basically bland, not vile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't like sicky sweet things, but not liking Carrot Cake? It's delicious if it's made fresh

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cookiehound RE: jhopp217 Mar 14, 2008 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gefilte Fish! That makes me laugh! I married into a Jewish family and every Passover....gack. However, I have learned to love that little oval patty as long as it comes from a Jewish deli and NOT from a jar, which looks like a high school science experiment. I also despise cottage cheese. Texture problems, I have no problem cooking with it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jhopp217 RE: cookiehound Mar 14, 2008 07:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cookiehound, your hs science experimetn comment made me spit my coffee onto my keyboard! Great one!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maybe I'm naive, but what do you cook that has cottage cheese in it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cookiehound RE: jhopp217 Mar 14, 2008 08:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Noodle Kugel! So wonderful, quick and easy. Good for breakfast or brunch. If you would like a recipe I would be happy to comply, jhopp217. This is a savory kugel, not a sweet one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            CDouglas RE: cookiehound Mar 16, 2008 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I would have added gefilte fish if I had ever screwed up the courage to have tried it. It could definitely share shelf space with various other embalmed goodies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I will give you that and raise you Charoset. Truly a "one and nevermore" culinary delight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hill food RE: jhopp217 Mar 20, 2008 10:55 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            agreed, Gefilte has to be home/hand made

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            no tofu fan here, but we came up with what we call tofu tots, cube, toss in cornstarch (will give the surface a nice crunch) and pan-fry in veg. oil with a dash of preferred flavor. serve like tater tots or toss in peanut sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. litchick RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Beets. They taste like dirt. And green peppers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sean RE: litchick Mar 14, 2008 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dirt is EXACTLY how I describe the taste of beets...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              corgette RE: Sean Mar 14, 2008 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I used to retch at beet for that same reason. I now find a small amount of roasted beet with soome goat cheese to be really tasty. That kind of change is pretty amazing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dwilde RE: Sean May 5, 2008 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love roasted beets (esp w/goat cheese in a salad) -- I guess they do taste like dirt - I just prefer to think of them as EARTHY.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  weewah RE: dwilde Jan 3, 2011 12:37 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They're good sweet-pickled too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. OCEllen RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anything with even the hint of the taste or smell of mint makes me gag. And it is sort of a ubiquitous flavoring. Even my chart at the dentist's office has 'no mint' on it in big red letters!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foiegras RE: OCEllen Dec 19, 2009 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And my chart has 'no orange flavor' ... hate it!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. thenurse RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Egg yolks - can't stand them, even cooked (although mixed in like scrambled eggs is fine).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UNripe bananas. Any hint of green and I'm gagging. There HAS to be a few spots on 'em.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cor RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Milk to drink
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cottage Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bleu Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mushrooms (texture)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sushi (I just dont get it)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jhopp217 RE: cor Mar 14, 2008 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You had me at "Mango." But the rest of your list is like a list of my favorites. Milk, take it or leave it, Cilantro - the greates smell and fresh flavor. Cottage Cheese - i love it. Bleu Cheese - my favorite cheese. Pickles, any variety, I love em all. Mushrooms - hated them until about 3 years ago. Now I like them alot. Sushi - I'm going to go out on a limb and guess you haven't had sashimi grade tuna right off a boat. You'd change your mind. it's like the best filet mignon you've ever had, uncooked. Watermelon - is there a better summer dessert?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. marmite RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cream cheese, cream cheese, cream cheese, cream cheese. Even typing it/ thinking about it makes me gag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. ElsieB RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I know I am a tiny minority but how can meat taste or smell good? Hot seared body parts from unhappy and probably unhealthy creatures. Grosses me out beyond disgusting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        marmite RE: ElsieB Mar 14, 2008 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm with you, ElsieB...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FoodieKat RE: ElsieB Mar 14, 2008 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't like red meat. Never really have. Don't eat poultry either.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fara RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -green peppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -carrots cooked by themselves, (in soup is ok)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -pb& very sweet things like cookies or jam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -chopped celery in a mayo-based salad like tuna or chicken, why destroy the texture with these foreign objects?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -bbq spare ribs, or anything from the grill.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -smoked turkey or smoked ham cold cuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -plain sliced jarlsberg on a sandwhich, though I like all kinds of other strong swiss cheeses like gruyere

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            smartie RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            can't bear peanut butter but I like peanuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            can't stand salt and vinegar crisps (chips), in fact all flavoured crisps and chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I find blueberries taste of plastic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FoodieKat RE: smartie Mar 14, 2008 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              With you on the salt and vinegar crisps. Hate the way they smell and taste. I like almost every other kind of crisp/chip though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also hate mincemeat in anything - pies, baked apples, anything at all. Blech! It takes like it has vinegar in it. Just wrong.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hate the look of, taste of, and consistency of both custard and creamed corn. Also hate french cut canned green beans, because of all the years I was forced to eat the nasty things. Love fresh green beans though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, and I also hate lima beans. And black licorice. But I don't mind anise flavour, and like Ouzo (with lemonade though). And I stopped eating red meat or poultry 15 years ago and never looked back. I hate the taste of beef, makes me feel sick, to be honest.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                smartie RE: FoodieKat Mar 14, 2008 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foodie cat I also hate mincemeat, eww it's just too sweet and cloying.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FoodieKat RE: smartie Mar 15, 2008 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think that's the thing about mincemeat for me, smartie. You think it should just be sweet, but then it hits you with a really NASTY sour aftertaste. I don't mind most dried fruits, especially raisins, and I love most spices. And I'm weird - I actually like fruitcake, especially if it's got cherries in it. But it's something about mincemeat. I just can't handle it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              corgette RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fantasic question. I have liked or loved almost everything people have mentioned as vile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The only foodstuff I have ever eaten that still causes a gag-induced fit is bleu cheese. Everytime. It tastes like soap and earwax to me. The smell alone make me feel queazy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have done a complete 180 on cilantro though to where it once induced a throat-closing gag response, I now crave it, and the crisp smell as I chop it makes me feel springtime-like joy. So that's interesting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jhopp217 RE: corgette Mar 14, 2008 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Corqette I cannot resist. As bleu cheese is one my favorite things in the world I have to ask... where and when did you taste ear wax?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  corgette RE: jhopp217 Mar 14, 2008 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I knew my comment would bring both these points.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1) The Undying Love for Bleu Cheese. I really like that so many people LOVE bleu cheese, to such a passionate extent. I feel like that sort of passion legitimizes the strong taste and the sort of instinctive love/hate reaction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2) My Vile Analogy. I used to wear earplugs almost daily when I first moved to NY for grad school, and also tend to bite my nails when stressed, which I often am, so the unfortunate collison of those two worlds was inevitable, providing a most unpleasant taste experience. On the upswing, it trained me out of biting my nails REAL fast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gross, I know, but it also seems to evoke the vile ickiness I feel when I eat bleu cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FoodieKat RE: corgette Mar 15, 2008 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I used to feel that way about bleu cheese (except for the dressing, which strangely I've always loved). I hated it until I tried blue stilton. For some reason, that totally turned me on to it. I love bleu cheese now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      corgette RE: FoodieKat Mar 15, 2008 10:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I do feel like there's something I'm missing about it that may one day click. I do love lots of different powerful cheeses, so every few years, I give some bleu another go, and find it just isn't my thing. But I do believe tastes change, so I keep giving it another shot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's how I came to adore lobster, and get a good taste for beets lately too. It's kind of a game, "what do I no longer find revolting?" Good times.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FoodieKat RE: corgette Mar 16, 2008 01:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That is very true. Ha, and I like your way of putting it. What can I no longer find revolting? There are a lot of things I hated as a child that I now love. I guess once I got over the 'ick' factor I discovered there are some great foods out there. It's a gradual process though. Baby steps!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Phoenix56 RE: FoodieKat Apr 9, 2010 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FoodieKat...I f you have to have bleu cheese...Stilton is the one without a doubt..it has a sirt of musty taste, but try it with pears...not bad!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jhopp217 RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Borscht - how the heck could I forget Borscht. Probably one of the worst tastes I've ever had in my mouth

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Passadumkeg RE: jhopp217 Mar 14, 2008 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Borscht is pantheistic manna from heaven, you heathen infidel! Repent before the Judeo Christian Slavic Gods punish you w/ a second bris! (Oh mighty mystic, moderators, please let this slide. It is called humor.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Organic Garden Borscht Man

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jhopp217 RE: Passadumkeg Mar 14, 2008 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sadly I had a second bris. Apparently the first doc wasn't a moil and two weeks later it was utter tur-moil! Sorry! But the second one was the truth

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Passadumkeg RE: jhopp217 Mar 15, 2008 03:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      God works in mysterious ways, you know.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FoodieKat RE: jhopp217 Mar 15, 2008 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I tried borscht once. Awful stuff. How the heck do they get it that bizarre magenta color too (maybe it was just the restaurant I ate it at :-0)?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      miss_bennet RE: FoodieKat Mar 15, 2008 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's BEET borsch(t). And that's how they get the colour. But borsch is really like spaghetti. Every time you make it, it's different. And from person to person, it's different. I don't think anyone discount borsch because of a bad beet borsch experience. Ideally, it's just a fantastic vegetable soup. See if you can find it without beets. It's totally different and amazing. Then again, if you don't like cabbage, don't even bother.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Passadumkeg RE: miss_bennet Mar 15, 2008 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The magenta is from sour cream. Great cold summer borscht is called holodnik. Better than gaspacho!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FoodieKat RE: miss_bennet Mar 16, 2008 01:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love cabbage, and beets too, so I'd definitely be willing to give it another try. Maybe it was just the restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hill food RE: FoodieKat Oct 24, 2010 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've swung Borscht off into a pot of jalapenos and cilantro and made it into an aspic. with a dollop of sour cream and roe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Passadumkeg RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pop Tarts are Orc food, not fit for humans! Twinkies too! Na nu, Na Nu!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Leucadian RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Can you imagine going to a dinner party with this crew, or worse, catering that dinner? It can't all be genetic, given the admittedly few examples of gag-to-crave changes. Fortunately, no one appears to have all these aversions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Challenge: come up with the dish (or a menu) that would gross out the maximum number of guests. My favorite fish head curry with cilantro might be a good candidate (fish, cumin, identifiable bosy parts, cilantro). Bon apetit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Passadumkeg RE: Leucadian Mar 14, 2008 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Live Korean baby octopus, dog, Norwegian whale steaks, Jap. whale bergers, Bolivian iguana, llama steaks, guinea pig, Rocky Mountain Oysters and yes, hot dogs!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But the very worst of all............... sucessive weeks of c-rations in the Vietnamease jungle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            corgette RE: Leucadian Mar 14, 2008 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This "please everyone" theory of catering is why so many weddings I've been to have been so...bland.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Between my beloved's odd aversions, and my sisters' nitpickiness, I can't even imagine trying to please two families' worth of picky eaters, which is why eloping sounds better every day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. raytamsgv RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shrimp. I will eat just about any other type of seafood, but I just can't stand shrimp.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weewah RE: raytamsgv Jan 3, 2011 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shrimp. You mean what is called in some circles "The Cockroach of The Sea"?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Passadumkeg RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SPAM, in the jungle of Viet Nam.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I ain't no wienie, I'm a man,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Give me cans of limas and ham,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brek. of beans and dogs,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              creamed chicken in the can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But, oh God!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Never again give me Spam instead of ham.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I used to leave cans of spam for the V C
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In the hope they'd eat them and be gone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Think about it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There is precious little I will not eat and enjoy of real food.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              God Bless us and forgive our silly weaknesses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There but for fortune go you or I....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gio RE: Passadumkeg Mar 14, 2008 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh dear - poor boy. But I can't tell you how happy I am that you're with us!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had Spam just once. Simply because I wanted to know what all the shouting was about. It was very salty, and had no discernable taste to me. "Never give me Spam instead of ham."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Passadumkeg RE: Gio Mar 16, 2008 04:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You know it's true and I never really thought about it. Pre-Viet Nam I was a fussy eater, no doubt about. After Nam I guess I associated new foods with being alive and I still can't get enough. Forty years ago, on Thanksgiving, I was wrapped in my poncho in monsoon rains, on patrol in North Viet Nam, eating cold creamed chicken from a a C-rat. can and I swore that if I got out of there I'd never whine about food again. What new foods will I find in Costa Rica next month? Can't wait.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    KevinB RE: Passadumkeg Mar 22, 2008 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My advice is try out the local restaurants, but also visit the local groceries; they have versions of sauces and vegetables we just don't get in North America. I remember buying some soup cubes with a hot flavour that made a terrific difference to our regular sauces.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Waldorf Salad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Raisins (especially all bloated from being cooked in things)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Beef Tongue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Black Berries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sea Urchin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hawaiian Punch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hazelnut Coffee

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jcattles RE: Peg Mar 14, 2008 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just can't bring myself to eat raw oysters. I want to but as soon as they get near my mouth I gag. Being land-locked most of my life, I'm trying to taste different fish, but haven't found any I really like.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cooked carrots are nasty, beets, sweet pickles, miracle whip (unless it's in mac salad), raw meat-again I try, but i just cant seem to swallow it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I always considered myself very open to trying anything, (because that's what real food lovers do-yeah right!), but you know as I get older, I realize it's ok if I don't like or don't want to try something. I can still be a "foodie" w/o all the "gourmet" foods!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jcattles RE: jcattles Mar 14, 2008 08:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh and animal organs. Just can't do it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      hsk RE: jcattles Mar 14, 2008 10:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "I just can't bring myself to eat raw oysters. I want to but as soon as they get near my mouth I gag."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maybe you should try them again. I have a very good friend who was just like you but hadn't tried them in 20 years, we went for dinner with another friend who also loves oysters (like me!) and we convinced her to try one. After several more she actually quite liked them. Try little ones (we had Beausoleils from New Brunswick), they're a lot easier for neophytes to handle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: hsk Mar 16, 2008 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yea, same here. Oysters used to make me gag before I could get them down. Fast forward to the year 2007, where I was at a seafood buffet with plenty of oysters. Thinking what the hey I plunged right in, and now I *really* like them... just had half a dozen of Blue Points in Bawlmer and they were delicious. Humongous and delicious. But I can totally understand how people who hate them could call them snot. It's both an acquired taste and texture thing, me thinks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am not fond of bamboo shoots. I will not eat them on the occasion that I go out for Chinese food. I can't even describe the flavor, but I don't like it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cauliflower I like (it is best deep-fried in a pita w/garlic sauce), but my mom used to nuke whole heads of it, and it stunk up the apartment like nothing else. It smells like sewage, but I'll eat it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I absolutely loathe potato dumplings. They taste like nothing, really, and the texture is fetid. You take a bit, and it immediately velcroes itself to the roof of your mouth, like glue. Dis. Gus. Ting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. madgreek RE: Peg Mar 15, 2008 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ginger. When used as an ingredient in anything, I usually just omit it. I've found it just doesn't really add anything to the recipe. Oddly enough, though, I will eat pickled ginger as a palate cleanser when eating sushi. Go figure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Emme RE: madgreek Mar 16, 2008 01:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        so interesting... ginger tastes like soap to me, and i can identify it, even hints, in any dish, so eating it during sushi time is just horrific to me... the first time i ate it was the first time i had sushi w/ my friend and her mom as a kid--my friend said i had to eat it to cleanse my palate, and i literally thought they had coated some normal food/root w/ soap... apparently, that's just the taste of ginger (and subsequently blue sweettarts :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. roxhills RE: Peg Mar 15, 2008 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have a few but raw Cilantro tastes like aluminum to me. Ick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal RE: roxhills Mar 15, 2008 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          that made chills go up my spine. thinking of biting on aluminum! eek!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. misohungrychewlow RE: Peg Mar 15, 2008 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mayonnaise! Hate it, it's terrible! Why spoil the taste of meat or fresh vegetables with something so vile? Somehow, though, a freshly made garlic aoili is pretty good -- go figure ... don't like beets but baby beets can be tasty. Certain things in tiny doses are good but awful in larger amounts, like cloves, blue cheeses, and then there's ... feta!!! This stuff is just terrrible but these days people are just heaping it on, and it's worse than dirty feet, or stale, stinking sweaty nylons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. morrigan RE: Peg Mar 15, 2008 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Uni. As in raw sea urchin. I can't believe I'm only the second person on the board to mention this one. You put uni sushi in your mouth, chew...it sort of explodes and coats your tastebuds like less sticky peanut butter...no taste yet... Then you take a breath...still nothing...then you exhale... And suddenly it hits you...my mouth tastes like the smell of raw sewage... That "hmmmm...there must be a water filtration plant nearby" smell...and it's in your mouth. And then the taste just lasts and lasts...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pure evil if you ask me...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (The texture of soft tofu is pretty repulsive too.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weewah RE: morrigan Jan 3, 2011 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              HATE UNI.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's the only sushi ingredient I don't like and I REALLY don't like it. Nasty nasty stuff. And it looks like hell too, though that's never stopped me eating anything. I love raw oysters, steak tartare, raw egg yolk, whatever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hill food RE: weewah Jan 3, 2011 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                my first experience with Uni left me that way, but then I tried it again years later and actually loved it. texture is still a little odd, but the first time was nigiri and after that (at a much better place) a maki, and now I can do the nigiri. although granted that could turn into an expensive experiment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. pikawicca RE: Peg Mar 15, 2008 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kidney -- who wants to eat something that smells like urine?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tongue -- the slithery texture is quite gross.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                weewah RE: pikawicca Jan 3, 2011 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oooh, I like tongue - such a fine texture - but have never tasted kidney. They smell like urine, really? No thanks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I dislike liver. All liver. I don't care how much bacon you wrap around it or teriyaki you soak it in. That flavor comes through.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Emme RE: Peg Mar 16, 2008 01:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have a fair list...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bell Peppers!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Potatoes (White)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Blue, Feta, Goat Cheeses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nuts (all except pistachios and caramelized cashews)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't eat red meats or game, so I'm not faced w/ the issue of organ meats...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jhopp217 RE: Emme Mar 16, 2008 03:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm guessing from your list that texture is a big issue for you. acadoes and Bananas have some mush issues, but how can you resist guacamole?. Oranges and bell peppers at times can be more work than people are willing to put forth. Ginger - even I'm up in the air on this one. Strawberries - if not fresh can be terrible, but I can't think of anything better than fresh strawberries. Potato - my favorite food probably, so I'll leave it alone Salmon - i hate the smell an I'm not crazy about the taste. To me tastes like metal, but I love Lox - go figure. Blue Cheese & Goat Cheese - my two favorites. Nuts I'm with you on, although I do like them, I can do without them. No red meat? The honeymoon is over!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Athena RE: jhopp217 Mar 16, 2008 04:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Undercooked omelettes - I had one in Paris that put me off eggs for six years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Aspic and jelllied meat stuff in general

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Borscht, noodle kugel, gelfite fish – can't do it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Emme RE: jhopp217 Mar 16, 2008 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not texture at all... I love most textures, but it's taste... the taste of bananas, avocadoes (guacamole), etc. All on my list are taste issues. I even forgot mangoes and papayas, which taste like dirt to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Passadumkeg RE: Peg Mar 16, 2008 04:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beer. As a teen, I knew that drinking beer was supposed to be cool and adult, but I couldn't get past the smell, much less the taste. Then my buddies took me out and I got wasted. After that I liked beer. Is there a lesson in this? The power of peer pressure?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      KevinB RE: Passadumkeg Mar 21, 2008 10:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was ten at our summer cottage, and my dad had left half a beer on the picnic table. It was about 90 degrees that day, and it had been sitting there for at least half an hour. I decided to try a drink, and the taste of the hot, sour beer has remained with me for 40 years. I like red wine, brandy, and bourbon, but I can never stomach beer. I don't even like fish fried in beer batter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      smartie RE: Peg Mar 16, 2008 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I wonder if some of these dislikes are actually slight allergies so the body tells us not to eat these foods. I know that all melons and most nuts make my throat itch but I also do not like them. Some years back I had an allergy test on my arm and the doc found I was allergic to these things (only slightly). He said it was common for people with pollen allergies to also to be allergic to certain fruits and nuts - plums fall into this category too and I cannot eat them raw.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mlgb RE: smartie Mar 16, 2008 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maybe. I know I don't like the flavor of really strong blue cheeses and I have allergies to a lot of molds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Most of the other things I don't like are more about texture than flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GoalieJeff RE: Peg Mar 16, 2008 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Olives.Green or black , doesn't matter , but black ones are somehow worse than the horror of the little green things . My mouth rejects them like one reflexively gags on bad chemicals . Flavor-( to me ) Oily , similar to bad tequila , but with a horrid chemical burn , like turpentine or gasoline ( yes , I've tasted it , don't ask ) with powdered burnt hair and rotten dry wood powder mixed in . Perhaps a back flavor of bad fish taste , I really haven't gotten farther than that , around that time I have to spit them out and let the flavor and the numbness in my mouth fade . It's sad really , they smell interesting and this obviously rules out a good number of dishes I think I would enjoy . Other than that , I'm not fond of blue cheese. Not nearly as strong as the olive thing , I get blue cheese and what it brings flavorwise , I don't care for it . Not crazy about strongly fishy things ( think mackerel liver ) , but its not as bad as blue cheese . Theres lots of other things I'd prefer not to eat , but none of them qualify as disgusting so thats my list . And , sorry , not liking water !?! Thats weird .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tatertotsrock RE: GoalieJeff Mar 16, 2008 01:40 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Olives.Green or black , doesn't matter , but black ones are somehow worse than the horror of the little green things . My mouth rejects them like one reflexively gags on bad chemicals . Flavor-( to me ) Oily , similar to bad tequila , but with a horrid chemical burn , like turpentine or gasoline ( yes , I've tasted it , don't ask ) with powdered burnt hair and rotten dry wood powder mixed in . Perhaps a back flavor of bad fish taste "

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That is the best description ever for the way I feel about the way olives taste...nothing is worse than when you bite into a artsy-fartsy panini and get that unexpected "flavor" because they didn't mention the "delightful house made tepanade"...when I mention that you don't care for olives, they look at me like I'm a loon...ugg...the flavor just can't be avoided when they suggest "just scrape it off, there's not much in there" I want to kill 'em.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyway, "the turpentine or gasoline" description is dead on and it's actually how I describe most of the sh!tty tequilas being poured now a days...eeek!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BostonCookieMonster RE: tatertotsrock Mar 17, 2008 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ooh, I forgot about that one. Yeah, that is just the way I feel about olives--turpentine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There are a lot of things on other people's lists that I'm not fond of--beets, raisins, that gross Crisco-based frosting on cheap bakery cakes. But I am capable of eating them. Olives, cumin, cauliflower, bananas--no, not one bite. Honestly, I have a lot of trouble believing it's even physically possible to feel that way about WATER.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I do also find both commercial mayo and Miracle Whip pretty revolting, but homemade mayonnaise is a completely different food. I still wouldn't seek it out, much less make it myself, but I don't mind eating it if served.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The gross "pretty" frosting makes me more angry than physically repulsed, I think. It's cake! Its whole purpose in life is to taste good! Why do people not get this!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GoalieJeff RE: BostonCookieMonster Mar 18, 2008 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Blue Dye #3 . Found in toxically repulsive Blue Raspberry anything , and many Slushie type frozen drinks . Tastes like dried ground lime pith mixed with chalk and a little Portland cement ( again , don't ask ) . Bitter as all get out , and gives me a headache like brain freeze , except it doesn't go away for two or three hours . Yuck . Beware the fake blue drinks . Also found in cake frosting , where it tastes absolutely the worst . Blue frosting , yeah , if a cement factory took a poo , it would taste like blue frosting . Don't get me going on Ace of Cakes . Dead on , cakes should taste good , not look fancy . Whats next ? We already have Mickey Mouse pancakes and Hello Kitty toasters . How about NFL logo burger shapers ? NASCAR hams ? Arrgh ! Sorry . Hellmans doesn't bother me too much . It is what it is . Homemade is better , it'll do otherwise . Never actually intentionally tried Miracle Whip . Cumin , sorry , love it . Put it on my popcorn . Cauliflower , eh . It tastes of nothing , stinky air maybe , It doesn't bother me . Bananas , they are distinctive . But I really like them . I don't get the beet thing , to me , fresh beets taste just like fresh sweet corn . And some of us sickos like that dirt of the earth taste .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hill food RE: GoalieJeff Mar 20, 2008 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                love the descriptive text. not too surprising your analogy of olives to turpentine, given that most commercial ones are cured in lye.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                it's probably too late but if you care, an artisanal olive is way different from what you'll find most places. (my thing is cucumber - can't stand to even smell it, SO uses English seedless which doesn't cause the gastro problems, but the damage has been done)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hello Kitty? next time you're in a city with a Sanrio store check out the entire array of appliances.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Catskillgirl RE: hill food Mar 22, 2008 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You hate cucumbers? I'm aghast. They are the single thing I look most forward to about summertime - fresh home-grown cucumbers. I adore them, and eat at least one whole one a day in season. They taste so fresh and when they're home-grown, they do have a wonderful flavor that the store-bought waxy ones lack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I couldn't live in a world without cucumbers. Love pickles too, but cucumbers make my salads and sandwiches worth eating!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bat Guano RE: GoalieJeff Mar 21, 2008 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Blue dye - you're right! I had a bottle of some BLUE gatorade-type thing at a race last year and had a terrible headache that lasted for hours. Well into the next day, actually.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                KevinB RE: tatertotsrock Mar 21, 2008 10:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Turpentine taste - that perfectly describes retsina to me. We tried a bottle once in a Greek restaurant, and no one could finish a single glass.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  corgette RE: KevinB Mar 22, 2008 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh no! I've had some fantastic retisna that, while unconventional, was crisp and refreshing. But then again, I also really like the distilled liquour (from the Netherlands?) that tastes like essence of pine in a great, stomach-warming way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. watercress RE: Peg Mar 16, 2008 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Artificial butter flavor. Yuck.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vetter RE: watercress Mar 16, 2008 08:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Green peppers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Black licorice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rutabagas, Turnips and Beets all tasty like sicky sweet dirt.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Baby corn.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Water chestnuts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fig Newtons (I'm so glad I'm not alone!!!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ripe bananas (it's the smell).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Some particularly ripe cantaloupes smell turpentiney to me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Plain chicken (teriyakied, korma'd, etc are edible)-- there is just something about chicken that usually makes me take a shower after I eat it. That horrid chicken fat smell.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Catskillgirl RE: Vetter Mar 22, 2008 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "there is just something about chicken that usually makes me take a shower after I eat it." ???? This is one of the funniest quotes I've read today. But I totally disagree - love chicken any way at all, as long as it's cooked!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    KevinB RE: Catskillgirl Mar 22, 2008 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just curious - have you ever tried chicken fat ripple ice cream?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Catskillgirl RE: KevinB Mar 23, 2008 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh no. No no no no. Some things are just wrong.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal RE: KevinB May 28, 2008 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        is that "chicken fat ripple ice cream" made with ripple? ;-D
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        this will make you laugh: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ripple_(...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Eric in NJ RE: Vetter Mar 22, 2008 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LOL I wouldn't go that far with chicken but I did get sick on it once about 40 years ago and I still walk around it and give it a good look and smell before I eat it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      weewah RE: watercress Jan 3, 2011 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Artificial butter flavor. Yuck."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I KNOW!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And whatever they put in the microwave popcorn bag smells like vomit. There is no microwave popcorn allowed in my house. Cannot understand how people overlook that smell.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hill food RE: weewah Jan 3, 2011 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        well like it or hate it, you just can't overlook it. microwave popcorn was outright banned in one office I worked in, as either way it just distracted people from their work.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SiksElement RE: Peg Mar 17, 2008 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      raw oysters. less of a taste thing, more of a texture thing

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        dorilou RE: Peg Mar 17, 2008 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        does anyone else get the "soap" taste from mango?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        whenever I read people saying they taste soap when they eat cilantro, I wonder if anyone else but me gets that from mango.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Other than mango, baby corn tastes just like dirt, I can't deal with the taste or texture of avocado, and bread and butter pickles go against everything a pickle should taste like.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          phofiend RE: dorilou Mar 18, 2008 07:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To me, mango and papaya taste of turpentine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. sebetti RE: Peg Mar 19, 2008 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Scrambled eggs do something weird to the interior of my mouth. I want to scrap the whole interior surface of my cheeks and my tongue as well after I eat them. I also don't care for omelets but the reaction isn't as bad. Strangely, I love poached, fried, and hard-boiled eggs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          After all of these years, I still just don't like green beans very much...or at all. I can tolerate some recipes but just boil them up? Oh. So. Nasty. (I might be able to legitimately blame my parents for this - forcing a child to eat things and making them stay at the table until they do isn't really a good idea.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And about ten years ago I had a beer epiphany. I really don't like it and I never have. There was a reason I always wanted it ice-cold - no flavor!

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