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Apr 2, 2008 12:10 PM

Red bell peppers and other ingredients that ruin a dish

So I think the popularity of these is because people like to burn them and peel the skin off. i'm not sure how many times i've seen this done on the food network and PBS and if there is anyone who doesn't know how to do this who watches those channels i don't know what to say.

These are also frequently used to bring a splash of color to a dish. BUT here is the problem they don't taste that good. okay for a not so objective opinion, they are incredibly strong and a little goes a long way yet they are so frequently found in "fancy" food and even more so in faux fancy food like Applebee's and TGI Fridays attempts at bringing some class to their bar menus.

Am I alone in feeling like these are far too represented in dishes? Is this really the only way to bring some red into a dish?

Anything you'd like to suggest that can single handedly ruin a dish?

too much fish sauce can make me cringe
mealy tomatoes or soft apples
cooked carrots

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  1. Were we separated at birth? Identical loathings.

    1. Rosemary - I could eat a branch from the pine tree in my front yard and it would taste the same.

      Too much cilantro - I like cilantro, but too much tastes like soap. So I guess you could say that too much soap will ruin a dish. :-)

      There's two... I know there are more, I just gotta think...

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      1. re: Cookiefiend

        The over use of red peppers makes me nuts....try finding a Lean Cusine, or any other low cal frozen meal without them...damn near impossible! I think they add a lot of flavor, (that I hate) and color so they throw them in everything. I also agree with Rosemary, it is like spraying perfume all over my other offenders;
        Green peppers
        Carmalized onions it in small amounts but it can overpower
        Oregano...same feeling as Saffron

        1. re: bubbles4me

          I agree about the rosemary, oregano and I know most people won't agree with me but I LOATHE mushrooms of any kind. I would rather lick a tree

          1. re: Smileelisa

            I'd almost agree but Morels are pretty good.

      2. Sundried tomatoes -- I'll eat them, but I won't necessarily like it

        1. Smoke flavor....mesquite, hickory....never really felt strongly either way until I received a gift package from my sister from a smokehouse in Missouri called included a smoked 1/2 "City Ham" and an assortment of smoked cheeses. After an Xmas ham dinner, followed by scalloped potatos and ham, ham tetrazzini, and finally ham and split pea soup....the family (4 including myself) were ready to stab me to death if any mention was made of ham anything.....more to the point, when we eventually got to the smoked cheeses , save for one exception, we were done with smoke.....the cheeses were virtually indistinguishable from each other save for the annatto used in the colby and the mild cheddar........quite possibly this was a case of to much of a good/particular thing....however my eyes rolled back in my head when I saw a package on our doorstep at Easter from New Braunfels......

          1. Amen!
            Roasted Red Peppers? Keep them away from my food!

            OMG - I HATE cooked carrots too. Love em raw, tho.

            Here's one that will confirm we are twins -
            Cooked raisins. BLECH! Stay away from my oatmeal cookies you little burnt tasting rat droppings! Cooked raisins in ANY baked good ruins it.

            And, my number one thing that ruins everything it comes in contact with:
            Miracle Whip (or any other cheap salad dressing/ imitation mayo product on the market.) It's the most vile substance I can truly think of eating. I LOVE real mayo though.

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            1. re: gordeaux

              Gordeaux, have you noted that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who love mayonnaise and those who love Miracle Whip? Liking one seems to absolutely preclude liking the other. I'm in your court--Miracle Whip is an abomination and mayonnaise, the food of the gods.

              1. re: gfr1111

                I like both, although I only have mayo at home because I throw out too much food as is. Anyway, it depends on where I'm using it. I like miracle whip in devilled eggs, egg salad, tuna salad... Basically it's ok if it's getting mixed.

                I'll eat mayo sandwiches, burgers, use it for dipping fries...

                1. re: miss_bennet

                  I like both as well, but with totally different applications and one is certainly not a substitute for the other.

                  1. re: ArikaDawn

                    I agree - completely different uses - and no, it's not that I like 'sugar coated fish'. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's necessarily bad.

                    1. re: jeanmarieok

                      Tha main flavor of MIracle Whip (to me) is sugar. It is ghastly sweet, and when combined with normally savory items, it just repulses me. Of course, to emphasize this fact, I use hyperbole. I very well do know that other people are allowed to like things that I do not care for, and I probably like plenty of things that others think are gross. But Miracle Sugar Whip in a tuna salad just makes me think of a tuna fish ice cream sundae. WAAAAAY too sugary to throw into a fish dish for me. Also for potato salad. Potatoes, onion, salt, pepper, and SUGAR?? I'll never understand it.

                      Feel free to bash me for liking:
                      Underwood Canned Deviled Chicken with yellow mustard on white bread.
                      Canned sardines with a splash of tabasco sauce.
                      7-11 microwave burritos made out of ground up "parts"
                      Chitlins' (love 'em!)

                      You can enjoy Miracle Sugar Whip to your heart's content, and I don't have a right to say you are less of a person, or that I'm better than you, or that I'm right for not liking it. I certainly hope you don't take any offense. In my opinion, however, the stuff is an absolute abomination, and has no purposeful uses. Although, if I ever accidently swallow something and have to induce vomiting, I could probably save myself an insurance copayment for an emergency room visit just by asking my s/o to run to the corner bodega, and pick up a small jar of Miracle Sugar Whip, and then open it in my general vicinity. That'll probably be enough to get the ol' tummy rumblin.

                      Although I do have a very real disdain for the product, I am using bad humor (if you can even call it that) to gloss it over. I really do not mean to imply that just because I do not like it that it is bad for everyone, although, I honestly do feel that way - lol. Sorry, I have a bad sense of humor, I know.

                  2. re: miss_bennet

                    "I like miracle whip in devilled eggs, egg salad, tuna salad... "

                    So, you like sugar coated tuna fish? EWWWWWW!
                    That sugary glop will never make sense to me in anything.

                2. re: gordeaux

                  I agree with you gordeaux, fake mayo or salad dressing of any kind is horrible. And raisins in any way shape or form are nasty too.