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What was the worst food you HAD to eat as a kid?

Smileelisa Apr 10, 2008 01:41 AM

Mine was mom's chicken noodle soup. After she made the soup, she didn't bother to remove the skin and bones. She also refused us crackers because she didn't like them. I still gag thinking about it and to this day refuse to eat chicken noodle soup. I make it for my husband but I don't touch it! (and mine doesnt have stuff floating in it)

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    Maggiethecat Jul 16, 2013 03:20 PM

    The worst things I was forced to eat were stuff I was allergic to. As an adult, I found out I have quite a number of allergies to raw fruits and vegetables. They are relatively mild allergies and give me a hayfever-like reaction; itchy ears, nose, throat, itchy watery eyes, sneezing. I did not know how to properly explain this as a kid and when I told my mom that certain foods like bananas made me feel sick, she brushed it off as me being over-dramatic and picky and made me eat them anyway.

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      mastercooker Jul 16, 2013 03:00 PM

      Boiled spinach my mom made them extremely slimey

      1. Atomic76 May 26, 2013 07:51 PM

        Not really intended as "food" per se, but I had to drink several large barium milk shakes one time at the doctors office so they could run some tests and x-rays on me. God that stuff was hideous - I can still recall the taste of it 30+ years later. It was a chalky, metallic fake "orange" flavored "milk shake".

        1. C. Hamster May 26, 2013 04:32 PM

          Head cheese

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            HillJ May 26, 2013 04:38 PM

            Finally, a comrade!

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            emu48 May 5, 2013 01:55 PM

            Mom's lamb shanks. She loved them and made us eat them regularly. Not until I grew up and tasted osso bucco did I realize shanks could be wonderful. Mom never quite understood that shanks need to be braised for, like, hours. She served them all gristly and disgusting. I used every trick in the book to avoid eating them: hacking off the meat and slipping it to the dog, hiding it under the rug, wadding it up in a paper napkin and putting it in my pocket. It was the stuff of nightmares.

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              Cheez62 May 5, 2013 01:38 PM

              I can't think of a single thing. I've read many of the responses, and I saw some of the expected answers - Brussels sprouts, liver, spinach, etc. Brussels sprouts are my favorite vegetable, and I like them prepared many ways. I enjoy liver, whether beef, chicken, pork. Plain old canned spinach is pretty boring, but edible, and I do like it better other ways. I was never forced to eat black jelly beans, which are the only "food" that I can really say that I can't stand.
              When subjects such as this come up, I am always amazed at the number of people who talk of lengthy delays in eating the "forced" food, only to finally down it after it has gone cold and nasty. If there is something on my plate that I don't like as well as something else, it is always the thing I will eat first, not last. Why prolong it, and why make it the last taste your mouth will know from that meal? Often, when trying to get someone, especially a child, to try a new food - and no, not forcing them - I will say "just try it, you have an entire plate of (whatever they are eating that they DO like) to wash it down if you don't like it"!

              1. C. Hamster May 4, 2013 05:34 PM

                Head cheese.

                My mother called it "veal loaf."

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                  buttertart May 18, 2013 05:07 PM

                  Clever woman.

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                  patgal56 May 2, 2013 07:29 PM

                  Miracle Whip- I still gag just thinking about it.

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                    cantbeatgoodfood May 2, 2013 08:27 PM

                    when my family had miracle whip it didnt smell nearly as bad as that foul smelling helmanns,remember as a child my family forced me to eat both,both came up before going into my stomach,but helmanns i thought was way worse in smell and taste,grossed me out watching some family members take spoonfuls of both,i couldn't stand the sight or smell had to go out of the house to breathe.

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                    acssss Apr 29, 2013 04:48 PM

                    I think it's hilarious that there are over 750 postings on this subject... is it a record?
                    1. How food is so important in our lives
                    2. How we suffered as children at the dinner table
                    3. Why do parents make kids eat things they don't like?
                    4. Is my son on this site under an alias that I don't know about?

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                      Morganna Apr 30, 2013 06:40 AM

                      You're probly being facetious but... :)

                      "3. Why do parents make kids eat things they don't like?"

                      A lot of parents don't have any real choice. In our case, when my parents were first starting out and up until I was at least 10 or so, we didn't have much money and Daddy was out of work a fair amount. We ate what they could afford to buy and cook within the constraints of what was available in the midwest supermarket in the 1970s and their limited time due to working two full time jobs (one each, not one working two jobs :) )

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                        dr. pepper Apr 30, 2013 07:00 AM

                        I think many of our parents were brought up in or heard enough tales of the depression that they had a respect for ANYTHING put on the table. Some items they made because "they were good for you". (I despised, and still do, liver - then found out years later my folks did too. Why did we have it so often? It was good for you.) Many of us were fortunate to come from ethnic households where there was a rich tradition of good food - but not all of us (like me). A lot of our parents were ignorant and unenlightened cooks. I looked through my mom's recipe box after she passed away and it was chock full of shared recipes that called for a can of this, a can of that. They didn't have CHOW or Epicurious at their fingertips, nor Safeways, Trader Joe's and the like that are stocked with nice fresh veggies and varied ethnic goodies year round. Fresh fish? Had to catch it yourself.

                        I never saw the sense in making my kids eat something they didn't like. And making yourself eat stuff you didn't like, like my parents and liver, is the height of masochistic absurdity. You get to know your kids' likes and dislikes, and it's very easy to have healthy and easy alternatives. And in time, they'll come around and as adults enjoy a lot of things they didn't earlier in life.

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                          thinkbliss Apr 30, 2013 08:13 AM

                          My mom didn't have much money but she always managed to make good food with what little she had. She did manage to give us healthy items because they were good for us but she never shoved anything down our throats that we didn't like.

                          Even the stuff I hated, like okra and cauliflower, other people loved hers better than others. It's the ability to understand food and as you said, dr. pepper knowing your kids likes and dislikes. My friends kids hate her cooking but they're too young to express it, and we're all too chicken to tell her that her cooking is atrocious.

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                            acssss Apr 30, 2013 04:50 PM

                            You are right - it has absolutely nothing to do with money.
                            A good cook can make a delicious meal out of anything!

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                              Morganna May 3, 2013 06:55 AM

                              *sigh* Yeah, it often DOES have to do with money. People aren't born knowing how to cook. What if your mother doesn't cook very well. Where are you going to learn how to cook if you start working when you're 16 and you have to work two jobs to make ends meet?

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                        cleobeach Apr 30, 2013 10:52 AM

                        3. Why do parents make kids eat things they don't like?

                        Being "force feed" is a childhood trama in my family. It is absurd how much food we (cousins and I) were forced to eat. I am talking about a huge dinner plate piled high with cups of mashed potatoes, huge slices of beef hanging off the edge of the plate and so on.

                        Believe me, I have questioned all guilty parties about this subject many, many times.

                        Based on my "research", the answers to #3 are -

                        1. Depression era grandparents and a war refugee parent.

                        There was never enough food, ever. Add to that the extreme caloric needs that came from the physical demands of working a farm/running from advancing armies and these people could not comprehend anyone NOT wanting to eat the food placed in front of them.

                        2. Control issues. My mother admits that her life was out of control when I was a child. Therefore, the only thing she could control was me and what I eat, did, when I went to bed, etc. Sad but true.

                        3. Health concerns. If a single serving of fresh veggies was good for a child, 5 servings must be better, right?

                        The irony of all this is my family was fanatical about not "wasting food" yet a child vomitting or becoming overweight was a far worse waste of food.

                        To my family's credit, all of the "food forcers" saw the error of their ways later in life. Most have past away and my mother knows that any forced food will not be tolerated.

                        I am all for exposing children to a broad range of foods but in healthy way.

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                          acssss Apr 30, 2013 04:46 PM

                          cleobeach - good research and sounds just about right.
                          In our family we HAD to finish what was on our plates (there are hungry kids in... blah blah blah) - if we did not, we would wake up in the morning and have to eat it for breakfast - cold!
                          Try eating brussel sprouts from the night before with crusty cheese sauce of them. ugh
                          I had nightmares for years :)
                          When I had kids of my own, I made things in small dishes - like tapas - on a lazy-susan in the middle of the table - that way everyone could take what they wanted.

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                        tidbitt Apr 28, 2013 03:34 PM

                        Smoked kielbasa: coarse ground pork interspersed with fat globules in a tough casing. Ugh!

                        Also, something called city-chicken. I think it was fatty, chewy pork chunks on a skewer, breaded, pan-fried, then baked in the oven. Double ugh!

                        I could only manage a couple bites before total revulsion set in. I think it was a texture thing.

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                          dr. pepper Apr 29, 2013 06:23 AM

                          OK - salmon pea wiggle. It was made from canned salmon, canned peas, some kind of liquid (cream of mushroom soup? Unadorned bechamel? Although that sounds way too fancy for my Mom.) It was served on a bed of saltines and looked like a pile of dog vomit. I carefully ate the 4 little dry triangles of cracker from the corners, then I was doomed.

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                            suzigirl Apr 29, 2013 10:30 AM

                            My mom made that with tuna and served it on toast. I feel your pain

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                          OhioHound Apr 28, 2013 03:22 PM

                          I loved everything but mashed potatoes as a kid. Luckily I wasn't forced to eat them :)
                          My how times change!

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                            sisterfunkhaus Apr 28, 2013 03:15 PM

                            Ham and asparagus casserole. My mom used Oscar Mayer ham slices, canned asparagus, and Minute rice. I think it had some kind of canned cream soup (which I confess that I use in a couple of recipes that I grew fond of in my early married days.) It was covered in cheese, or it may have had Cheese Whiz.
                            Anyway, It was revolting. I have a mind to make a really good one to show my mom how it should be made.

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                              NotLucky Apr 28, 2013 01:45 PM

                              Peas, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, green beans from a can, some veggie so horrible I've blocked it from my memory banks, and the all time worst happened once but never again. I had a slice of roast beef with a vein in it that was cut partially through. I could SEE inside the vein but was forced to cut around it and eat what was left. Got a horrible stomach ache. I have never touched roast beef since.

                              1. masha bousha Apr 27, 2013 06:45 AM

                                Swedish meatballs. barf.

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                                  eateatate Apr 26, 2013 12:26 PM

                                  A concoction of chinese herbal medicine for breakfast. basically a super bitter and pungent with sticks and stuff that looked like dirt. It didn't help me grow taller like my mom claimed. Not really food, but pretty awful.

                                  Also root beer float day in 2nd grade was pretty horrible. Root beer tastes disgusting to me.

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                                    thinkbliss Apr 23, 2013 04:38 PM

                                    My aunt made some crazy Spam/Manwich concoction and put it on Wonderbread buns. The grease oozed straight through the bread. There was nary a vegetable in site also. It was so gross I think I cried when she tried to make me eat it.

                                    1. RetiredChef Apr 22, 2013 07:40 AM

                                      I never HAD to eat anything but one of the meals I remember the most form my childhood was on a sleepover at a friend's house. Dinner consisted of a salad, iceberg lettuce with a big dollop of miracle whip on it and the entree was Kraft macaroni and cheese with hotdogs (first time I ever ate miracle whip or macaroni and cheese out of a box AND for an entree. It was quite fascinating to see what the average American family ate.

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                                        moreace01 Apr 21, 2013 06:02 PM

                                        salmon loaf. jeez, mom...

                                        ETA: I posted before reading the thread. I am somewhat glad that I am not the only one who had to suffer through the salmon loaf. *Shudder* I do wonder a bit where this recipe came from.

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                                          pine time May 5, 2013 02:13 PM

                                          Was your Mom's salmon loaf like my Mom's: canned salmon, including the slimy skin and bones. Inedible, IMHO. I tried to feed it to the cat, who liked to hide out under the table. Even the cat wouldn't eat it. No wonder I still don't like salmon (even the "real" kind).

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                                          Mexcuk Apr 21, 2013 08:38 AM

                                          Oh the memories! My mom was and is an excellent cook, we loved her cooking, hers being a short rotation of tried and true recipes. I loved her liver and onions, soft onions and chewy meat.
                                          But, out of six kids I was the picky eater, and although her chicken soup was great I just would not eat the zucchini in it. It was usually over cooked, now I know that. Or the zucchini and pork she used to make, now a favorite of mine, not overcooked as well. One time she made me sit in front of a slice, just a slice, of uneaten zucchini and I just sat there, for like three hours. My sister saw me there and said something like : you're still here?. And ate the thing, cold, ugh, hate cold food. My mom didn't know this until two or three years ago, that was 20 years ago.
                                          Thanks for the memories. My kid is a particular eater, not picky since she'll eat almost anything but the thing she won't eat I just don't make her, the rule is, although, you have to try it, if you don't like it, don't eat it. No fuss, no fight.
                                          Thanks again.

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                                            venushakti Apr 18, 2013 06:45 PM

                                            Chicken roll sandwiches.

                                            Slimy, mealy, artificial pressed chicken meat. I know we were broke as hell, but chicken roll earns a spot in my personal hell. The little clear gelatinous bits in the meat?!

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                                              cantbeatgoodfood Apr 18, 2013 06:58 PM

                                              Oh yeah,remember that as well,never touched the stuff.my wife just mentioned chicken roll recently.

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                                              cantbeatgoodfood Apr 18, 2013 03:15 PM

                                              Beet Salad,[beets-raw onion,oil+vinegar],over 40 years and still dont miss it,Liver & onions,creamed corn,deep fried spam lol,oh there was so much....

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                                                cantbeatgoodfood Apr 18, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                Not sure if they sell this stuff still,but in the deli in the 1960's+1970's they sold boiled ham,i dont see it anymore in delis,i found it horroble and i love ham,this was wet,slimy and i didnt care for the taste,i opted for the beeter types of deli ham,even the cheaper less bought hormel chopped ham,also my mom would make baked macaroni,mullers wide egg noodles,with layers of deli american cheese and ragu spaghetti sauce,to this day,egg noodles,and ragu sauce has Not crossed these lips,I Hated it,Not a Ragu fan...

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                                                  suzigirl Apr 18, 2013 01:35 PM

                                                  My mom's cooking. Love you mom :-)

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                                                    cleobeach Apr 16, 2013 05:56 AM

                                                    There are many bad food memories associated with school lunches. This is unbelievable in this day and age but there were lunch ladies in the caf that would make sure you finished your school lunch. There was a lot of families qualified for free/reduced lunches and those old ladies made sure nothing went to waste. If you didn't clear your tray, you had to sit in the caf while everyone else went to recess.

                                                    The worst lunch was hamburger pea gravy. It was a slop of cooked ground beef (boiled, not browned) and peas swimming in a clear-ish sauce (probably water and beef fat) served over white bread. No salt, no pepper. The bread turned into a white glob of starch. The memory still makes me gag 35 years later.

                                                    1. WhatsEatingYou Apr 16, 2013 05:54 AM

                                                      I grew up on health food, for lunch I would get packed natural peanut butter on wheat bread, no jelly because my mom was under the impression that I didn't like it, it was so dry! Although now I eat and enjoy it all the time. Aside from that, its junk food I have an aversion to, I remember snacks for our after school girl scout meetings would be brought in by a different kid each time. It was always something horribly artificial, the worst was hostess cupcakes and hawaiian punch, so gross!

                                                      1. Lillipop Apr 16, 2013 02:43 AM

                                                        Venison steaks.....abalone steaks.....wild caught salmon.....freshly killed chickens that were then fried......beef liver and onions.Disgusting stuff for kids.

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                                                          sanb4542 Apr 12, 2013 11:53 AM

                                                          Salvadorean Curtido and escabeche. Till this day when I smell it makes me gag a little.

                                                          1. Keith Gilabert May 20, 2012 09:19 PM

                                                            As a kid I force fed. The worst food I have ever eaten is tripe. Tripe is stomach lining. It is chewy and gross!

                                                            I've been trying to block these memories from my childhood!!

                                                            Take care,

                                                            Keith Gilabert

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                                                              Bada Bing Apr 27, 2013 03:35 PM

                                                              I'm curious what form you had it in? I've had it in Pho and in Menudo and liked it a lot. Even though the idea of it is not delightful, it isn't necessarily chewy. ("Gross" is more a psychology matter, I suppose.)

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                                                                racer x May 21, 2013 08:18 PM

                                                                Tripe is one of the vilest tasting and smelling foods, no matter how I've had it prepared. I thank my parents for not liking it and not serving it in our house when I was a kid!

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                                                              Womenwhowine May 6, 2012 09:32 PM

                                                              My worst childhood memories of food revolve around my Polish grandmother who would make Borscht for my father whenever we would visit her in Flint, MI. from California and I would have to eat it too, as it was what she served for dinner. I was only six years old and can't say that I have ever eaten another beet in my adult life.

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                                                                cantbeatgoodfood May 6, 2012 09:52 PM

                                                                Yeah ,seems alot of people wont eat beets,myself, NEVER!!another polish dish i wont ever eat is a dish an ex girlfriend made for the holidays,boiled kielbasa cut up with hard boiled eggs,i had to get out of there quick AUGH!!!!

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                                                                cantbeatgoodfood Apr 25, 2012 01:32 PM

                                                                Eggs,of any kind,to me the sight or gross smell causes me to heave & vomit!!,Mayonaise ,same applies,Liver,spam,tuna fish,brussel sprouts,raviolis meat or cheese,really any thick macaroni product,yogurt,cream cheese,swiss cheese,cannot drink a sip of milk,any meat breaded,cheap hot dogs,or meat hot dogs,any beets,lima beans,creamed corn,worchester sauce,no seafoods,anything out of the water.

                                                                1. applgrl Mar 31, 2012 02:56 PM

                                                                  Canned cream corn.


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                                                                    Sally LaRhette Mar 16, 2012 08:01 PM

                                                                    Tripe, Tripe and more Tripe...sometimes pickled. very gagging.

                                                                    1. njmarshall55 Feb 21, 2012 03:11 PM

                                                                      Growing up, mayonnaise made me gag. Now I use it sparingly. Guess our tastes DO change with time.

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                                                                        mtngirlnv Feb 21, 2012 03:47 PM

                                                                        Can only eat mayo once a year. Yep, the day after Thanksgiving, with leftover sliced breast on toasted sourdough. But just the one sandwich. Never liked it, and never understood it.

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                                                                          PeteSeattle Feb 22, 2012 01:16 PM

                                                                          NJmarshall55, you should make your own mayo. I use a lime instead of lemon, take the zest of the lime, add powdered mustard and a little salt, an egg yolk and plain salad oil. My mayo is chock-full of flavor. But you don't want to let your own mayo get old or bad. It has raw egg yolk in it. (But it's wonderful)

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                                                                            Caroline1 Mar 17, 2012 06:43 PM

                                                                            You can buy eggs that are pasturized in the shell but NOT cooked. They work exactly like any fresh egg, but it's guaranteed they are salmonella free. I use them for things like mayonnaise and making my own scratch Caesar's salad.

                                                                        2. PHREDDY Feb 20, 2012 10:59 AM

                                                                          As a child , there was not a food that was placed in front of me that I would not try. My grandparents were Eastern European, migrated here in the late 1890's so much of what I was exposed to was inexpensive protiens, and seasonal fruits and vegetables.....How about stewed prunes in apricots? Beef heart, spleen, lung, brains....Well I would taste it...that was my deal.....but then because I could stomach it, my brother and sister made me take a spoonful of theirs so that they could comply with the "policy". Why did I eat it?....because I feared for my life! (not really, but it sure did appear that way)....So what is the upshot......my sister who is Dr. and has taken many professional level cooking clases, loves Sweetbreads, my brother will make chopped liver for me everytime I visit him from a receipe he found while visiting the town in the Ukraine that my grandmother came from.....I think back...as a child my parents idea of food, was sustenance, family and a time for us as individuals to communicate what we did that day....It was not about whether or not we liked the food, it was all we had....did I love it? not really...Was it good for me? no way...Would eat all of thoses things if I could sit at that table again?.........OF COURSE I WOULD , AND MAKE A CLEAN PLATE TOO!

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                                                                            Puffin3 Feb 11, 2012 06:53 AM

                                                                            Boiled beef kidneys with boiled turnips.

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                                                                              PeteSeattle Feb 11, 2012 01:48 PM

                                                                              I ate shark once. Since sharks don't have kidneys, all their flesh tastes like urine. So do beef kidneys.

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                                                                              PenskeFan Feb 10, 2012 07:00 AM

                                                                              Kapusta! Blech. just could not get used to it.. It is basically saurkraut but seems even more sour, and with slimy mushrooms in it. (I now love mushrooms, so long as they are sauteed or browned , but as a kid I didn't like them much)

                                                                              I miss many of the foods I had to eat and the other Polish delicacies, but Kapusta I will gladly do without.
                                                                              I dont mind kraut on a Reuben sandwich, it tastes good there. But keep your Kapusta to yourself.

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                                                                                johnb Feb 12, 2012 12:48 PM

                                                                                I had a Polish friend in grad school whose family made kapusta. We could eat bowl after bowl of that stuff until we exploded. So good! With sliced rye bread, buttered.

                                                                                I got the recipe from them once, very long and detailed, but never made it myself. But I often think about it. Actually I have a gallon jar of saurkraut in the pantry that I need to use -- maybe I'll find a recipe and try it. Thanks for the memory.

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                                                                                  PenskeFan Feb 13, 2012 08:10 AM

                                                                                  Blech lol! Enjoy :)

                                                                                  Maybe my family made it wrong lol. I just could never abide by it.

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                                                                                trvler Feb 3, 2012 10:27 AM

                                                                                Liver--need I say more??

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                                                                                  The Professor Feb 3, 2012 03:52 PM

                                                                                  Funny though... I felt the same way about the stuff when I was a kid.
                                                                                  Then in my early 20's I finally actually tasted it, and found that I love it.

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                                                                                    dr. pepper Feb 9, 2012 06:02 PM

                                                                                    The worst: my older brother and Dad caught trout by the dozens but we never had them fresh. They were wrapped in foil and relegated to the freezer in the old rounded-corner fridge in the basement. When it came time for fish dinner, Mom would pull the oldest, freezer-burned relics from decades past and "poach them in wine", which meant boiling them for hours in cheap, bad sherry from the endless jug that lived under the kitchen sink like an evil troll under a bridge. They soaked it up like dry sponges. She added seasoned salt for the gourmet touch. Mom and Dad are long gone, and I miss them sorely. I love almost all fish and wine now, but still have problems with trout and sherry.

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                                                                                      racer x Feb 9, 2012 09:06 PM

                                                                                      I love this thread for the laughs. Thanks, Dr. Pepper.

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                                                                                        dr. pepper Feb 16, 2012 08:52 AM

                                                                                        My pleasure, racer. Mom's "chicken in wine" was chicken pieces baked in a few cups of the same gruesome sherry. The house would fill with the aroma of bad, oxidized wine. One summer home from college my brother and his pregnant wife lived there as well. Whenever the chicken was cooking, my sister-in-law took it as long as she could, then went into the backyard and puked heroically and retreated to the relative safety of the upstairs bedroom for the night.

                                                                                        We finally figured out one reason why my mother was such a bad chef. My kids had given her a cat after my Dad passed away, and one day my wife and I and Mom and Tiger took a road trip up to Maine to visit friends. Halfway there the cat shit in his car carrier. It was horrid. Gasping, my wife and I rolled down the windows. Cars in other lanes were swerving off the road. Mom looked around, perplexed, and asked what was up. She smelled nothing! We got off the highway and hosed down the carrier, reassuring Tiger that it was not his fault. Later, we tested Mom's sniffer with a variety of pungent, though less objectionable, odors. Nothing. No sense of smell, no interest in food.

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                                                                                          racer x Feb 22, 2012 12:15 PM

                                                                                          That's a very sad story. Had your mother always been unable to smell? Or did she lose her sense of smell?

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                                                                                  kireland Jan 23, 2012 01:24 PM

                                                                                  I'm a pretty good eater and I think I always have been. I have really early memories of going over to friend's houses and hoping their Moms' would feed me something!! As a child there were things I couldn't stand though (and I think most have been mentioned here). Number 1 on the list was boiled potatoes! Something about the dryness, and the way the skin cracked was awful to me and no amount of butter or salt could help it. I still won't eat boiled potatoes on their own.

                                                                                  Many people have mentioned liver and the funny thing is that I've never had it! My Mom and Dad loved it, but Mom wouldn't cook it with us kids in the house (I guess we complained too much and took the pleasure out of it for them). She'd wait until we they had a night to themselves and cook it - I could remember smelling it when we got home though!

                                                                                  I didn't have to eat peas as a child either - apparenlty I had choked on one once and my mom thought it was because my esophagus was too small so I was never subjected to them. I love fresh peas now.

                                                                                  My Dad & sister loved fish and all things seafood and I hated it! I can remember going out to restaurants and having to stand a menu up between my plate and theirs so I wouldn't see the shells/scales/bones and so forth, which for some reason made me sick! When I was in my 20's I went on a trip to Mexico with some friends and we took a day trip to an island where the only thing they served at lunch was fish. A lot of tequila and screaming got me though a lunch of shrimp with the heads on! Now I love anything from the water (with the exception of sea urchin) and I wish my Dad was still alive so we could enjoy some oysters together!

                                                                                  Lots of things I wouldn't share with my Dad though - even if he were still alive! He used to eat some really strange things - penaut better and Spanish onion sandwiches, tartar sauce on pancakes at breakfast! My sister and I thought he did it to get a rise out of us!

                                                                                  My sister was a much pickier eater than I was though - and I think there are some things I didn't like just because she did! To this day I can't stand Dr. Pepper or Cream Soda, her two favourite drinks!

                                                                                  Good memories!

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                                                                                    Regnes Feb 3, 2012 05:25 PM

                                                                                    I was never forced to eat anything I didn't like, but then again I wasn't an incredibly picky eater, only if somebody made seafood I would always be a bit upset since it meant no entree for me, I wouldn't even eat shrimp back then.

                                                                                    There isn't a lot of culinary talent in my immediate family, so I've had to endure a lot of crappy dishes in order to be polite. I also have a rather refined palette, so I had to learn to cook for myself if I wanted to enjoy something good every now and then.

                                                                                    My Mom was always great at baked goods though.

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                                                                                    ChefVito Jan 22, 2012 10:39 PM

                                                                                    Blood Sausage... for sure! Never again!

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                                                                                      CountryGrown Jan 22, 2012 10:25 PM

                                                                                      Liver every Wednesday. My Mom said it was for the iron in it and she made you sit at the table until you ate every scrap. uggh. I never made it for my kids. I did cook it a few times and can cook it very well for those who like it. But I hate to touch it. The texture of it. I get my iron from cantelope skins juiced thank you so much for juicers.

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                                                                                        kubasd Feb 8, 2012 08:52 PM

                                                                                        I just did a bunch of searches and couldn't find ANYTHING about cantaloupe skins having iron... In fact, everything said NOT to eat the skins. Where did you get your information? I'm curious :)

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                                                                                          PeteSeattle Feb 9, 2012 11:07 AM

                                                                                          Horses won't eat cantaloupe skins. Is someone confusing them with watermelon rinds?

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                                                                                            kubasd Feb 11, 2012 07:48 PM

                                                                                            Yeah, I've got no idea.... I would rather get my iron somewhere else and not risk salmonella poisoning....

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                                                                                        danany Sep 26, 2011 09:43 PM

                                                                                        Seabrook Farms creamed spinach. I don't know what it was about this brand, but it always made me gag. My parents stopped forcing me to eat it when I couldn't hold it in one time. I swore I hated creamed spinach and never again would it pass my lips.

                                                                                        15 years later, when the surly waiter at Peter Luger's in Williamsburg refused to leave the table until I tasted THEIR creamed spinach....well, I understood how good it could actually be.

                                                                                        1. PotatoHouse Sep 26, 2011 04:42 AM

                                                                                          Broccoli. 'Nuff said.

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                                                                                            Christina D Sep 24, 2011 09:27 PM

                                                                                            I read through this entire thread and did not see the bane of my young existence...Minute Rice! Dear gracious I hated that stuff. It was like white cardboard put through the chipper/shredder. I had no idea that I actually liked rice until I grew up and made it myself (Jasmine, of course, not Minute).

                                                                                            Lima beans and sour beef are tied for second place. Blech.

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                                                                                            1. re: Christina D
                                                                                              Antilope Sep 24, 2011 11:16 PM

                                                                                              If the government won't let Miracle Whip be called mayonnaise, why do they allow Minute Rice to be called rice? ;-)

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                                                                                                The Professor Jan 23, 2012 04:19 PM

                                                                                                Minute Rice IS rice...it's been cooked, then dehydrated. Nothing else changed, added, or taken away. I don't use it, although the Brown Rice version isn't bad and is a bit of a timesaver.
                                                                                                Miracle Whip is a sugary mess that has little resemblance to real mayonnaise. It has ruined sandwiches for decades.
                                                                                                It is evil. ;-)

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                                                                                              traveleryvette Sep 24, 2011 07:58 PM

                                                                                              yellow wax beans
                                                                                              something called toad in the hole which ground beef &gravy over mashed potatoes
                                                                                              crock pot vegetable soup that was mostly cabbage and barley = no flavor &t i always found the bay leaf in my bowl

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                                                                                                pamelak52 Aug 17, 2011 12:16 PM

                                                                                                Bittermelon. My mom would slice it, stuff it with spices, tie it back together and then cook it in a skillet. She told us it was alligator tail. So, so, so revolting. My MIL occasionally cooks it and told me once, "oh it's not that bitter today, I drained the liquid..." My husband told me to not fall for that trap - it's always bitter. I am pretty sure I would eat ANY other food listed here than my mom's bittermelon. (Sorry, mom. Great cook, bad vegetable.)

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                                                                                                  whiteasianchef Sep 1, 2011 06:11 PM

                                                                                                  My mom was a damn good cook but I did always have to eat my veggies/beans/fruit. I like most veggies and fruits but the worst to me was Lima Beans. She would try to spruce them up but they just never got any better.

                                                                                                  I also hated w/ a passion deer meat, it was extremely gamey and dry. I did not grow up w/ a lot of money so when my moms friend had some extra deer meat left in his freezer, she was up for taking it. I don't mind deer meat now but it is not something that I would go out of my way to eat.

                                                                                                  1. re: pamelak52
                                                                                                    PeteSeattle Jan 23, 2012 11:57 AM

                                                                                                    Bittermelon should only ever eaten in small portions. It's not actually edible. Seriously. Like horseradish and nutmeg, it's actually poisonous if you try to eat too much of it. But in small doses it has a lot of vitamins and such.
                                                                                                    Alligator tail is WONDERFUL, however! Like breast of chicken with some actual flavor to it.

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                                                                                                    ansluasi Jul 29, 2011 07:44 PM

                                                                                                    It's a toss up: my mother's french fries or her grilled chicken. The french fries are oven fries made by cutting potatoes into strips and applying a miniscule amount of oil, then baking on a cookie tray. She never cooks them hot enough or long enough. They come out very white and kind of slimy and bend when you pick them up. Not good. Her grilled chicken consists of a skinless whole chicken breast boiled until it is white throughout then charred on the outside on the grill. The only flavoring is salt. Unfortunately french fries and grilled chicken go together in her menu planning and this makes for one tough dinner to get through.
                                                                                                    Oh, but I forgot cube steak dinner, where you boil the life out of a poor cube steak in beef bouillion broth, then serve it over dry toast with the bouillion broth and plain boiled potatoes. Ditto for hamburger supper cooked the same way. Served with boiled peas. Oh those were bad. There is no way that those will ever enter into my cooking repertoire. No wonder I loved the nights when we had Banquet pot pies or Hungry Man dinners.
                                                                                                    Thank God for rotisserie chickens, those are mostly what my mother serves when I visit now (although for some bizarre reason she still insists on grilling them until they are dried out and their skin burnt after getting them from the store). I love going home to visit but the food is rough.

                                                                                                    LOL, this topic makes me laugh, since I wonder what thing I cook will be on my 3 year old daughter's hate list when she is grown :)

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                                                                                                      flourgirl Feb 8, 2012 10:15 AM

                                                                                                      Hoo boy, that was tough to read. ;) I wonder what will be on my son's list - but I really try very hard to make stuff that we all like to eat. And I don't make my son eat anything he really doesn't like. There's no point to it. There's so much good stuff he will eat, and happily, that I feel no compulsion to force him to eat anything.

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                                                                                                      Axlsgoddess Jul 22, 2011 12:29 PM

                                                                                                      Lima bean soup with that repulsive ham bone. I detested this and would not be allowed to leave until it was gone. I thiqnkq Lima beans are repulsive and slimey and coupled with that boiled ham hock, downright retch inducing!

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                                                                                                        racer x Jul 26, 2011 04:37 AM

                                                                                                        Agree about the lima beans.
                                                                                                        But the ham hock is like bacon -- it can do no wrong!
                                                                                                        (Hmm, was it at least smoked? If it wasn't smoked, maybe that's what the problem was.)

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                                                                                                        001mum Jul 13, 2011 09:53 AM

                                                                                                        all the horribly overcooked vegetables
                                                                                                        a few years agi i discovered organic carrots and love them!(only took me 40 years to finally eat carrots)
                                                                                                        biggest memory is broiled tomatoes cut in half with breadcrumbs on the top
                                                                                                        Hate hot tomatoes

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                                                                                                          basildip Jul 12, 2011 12:48 PM

                                                                                                          Gordon's Frozen Fish Sticks. I think they were made with halibut. So, I grew up thinking halibut
                                                                                                          was the nastiest of all fish. As an adult, fortunately I learned what a delight fresh halibut really
                                                                                                          can be.

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                                                                                                            racer x Jul 10, 2011 01:11 PM

                                                                                                            Leftover macaroni & cheese.
                                                                                                            Leftover spaghetti with congealed tomato sauce.

                                                                                                            I complained upthread about scrambled eggs, peas, and lima beans, respectively, but those weren't served that often. Leftover mac & cheese and leftover spaghetti were served at least once a week, sometimes twice.

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                                                                                                              PeteSeattle Jul 11, 2011 10:19 AM

                                                                                                              Hmm, leftover spaghetti is often better than when it's just been cooked! I wonder what the problem was? Do you have any ideas?

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                                                                                                                racer x Jul 26, 2011 04:38 AM

                                                                                                                "Hmm, leftover spaghetti is often better than when it's just been cooked!"

                                                                                                                Only in Bizarro World.

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                                                                                                                  DoobieWah Jul 26, 2011 05:06 AM

                                                                                                                  Sorry Speed Racer's older brother, (Racer X's true identity), but I agree with Pete. Tomato sauce will definitely meld its flavors better after an evening the fridge.

                                                                                                                  I think the question was, "Why was the sauce congealed? Didn't she reheat it? ".

                                                                                                                  Please feel free to correct me if I misinterpreted Pete.

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                                                                                                                    racer x Jul 26, 2011 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                    I think it had something to do with the starch from the pasta, and not adding enough water. Basically they (the parents) would just warm up the pasta/tomato sauce mix in a sauce pan, adding minimal if any water. If they'd made fresh pasta and simply heated up the leftover sauce, then it would have been a different story.

                                                                                                                    (I wonder if anyone else recognized where the name Racer X came from. When I first registered on chowhound, I wasn't planning to necessarily stick around, so I chose the first random silly name that came to me, thinking it wouldn't matter.)

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                                                                                                                      PeteSeattle Jul 26, 2011 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                      Oh yeah! I remember that kind of pasta! True, the sauce has more flavor, but by the next day, if it's been reheated you have to eat around pasta pieces that are about as appetizing as the twigs they now resemble!

                                                                                                                      But when there's enough sauce on the pasta to adequately cover it in the fridge, it's actually a whole lot better!

                                                                                                                      There's an actual fritatta that's made of leftover spaghetti with tomato sauce. I don't think I've tried that, but when I was younger and hungrier I seem to remember that if you broke an egg over leftover spaghetti and pasta and put the whole thing in a fry pan and frizzled it it would get kinda gummy and slimy.

                                                                                                                      1. re: racer x
                                                                                                                        cosmogrrl Jul 30, 2011 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                        I recognized the name immediately! But Speed Racer was on TV almost everyday when I came home from school. Thanks to the remake, even the kids know who Racer X is. Loved his car!

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                                                                                                                          CountryGrown Jan 22, 2012 10:30 PM

                                                                                                                          I've got to tell you that when I was a little girl I had such a crush on Speed Racer! Thanks for the memory. I didn't get it that they weren't real back then. My brothers used to tease me when I was older about that. It took years to live down.

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                                                                                                                  opentoinput Jun 19, 2011 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                  The worst food that I had to eat was canned creamed corn or canned peas. Which is probably why I gag at the thought of canned vegetables to this day.

                                                                                                                  1. arktos Jun 19, 2011 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                    Soft-boiled egg.. I LOATHED it!! It is a culinary Chernobyl.

                                                                                                                    1. pikawicca Jun 19, 2011 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                      Rereading this old thread on Fathers' Day brings to mind one of my Dad's favorite dinners: leftover (very garlicky) cold sliced lamb with pancakes and maple syrup. That was a hard one to eat without gagging.

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                                                                                                                        montrealeater May 28, 2011 10:20 PM

                                                                                                                        Steak and kidney pie - Mom tried to tell us it was all beef but we knew. The dogs waited under the table for little morsels to be slipped their way. I also remember burying pieces of kidney in various houseplants.

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                                                                                                                          PeteSeattle Jun 19, 2011 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                          Worst meal mom ever cooked, Beef Stew. Made with aged beef, which in this case meant "well-rotted" and cooked in hard water. (Which meant it was so alkaline it was slippery) and seasoned with potassium chloride since she was on a low-sodium diet.
                                                                                                                          One of my little brothers cried for an hour as the rest of us sat embarrassed, while mom Spanked and Argued with him, until he threw up on the table!
                                                                                                                          Mom remembers that as her worst meal ever as well!

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                                                                                                                            yumyum Jul 11, 2011 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                            Makes me wish we had a family dog. My mom made steak and kidney *and mushroom* pie, in an attempt to slip the kidneys past me. She would cut the mushrooms and kidneys in to the same size and shape and even though I was VERY good at picking thru her scam, one or two of the offending bits would always make its way in there.

                                                                                                                            1. re: montrealeater
                                                                                                                              miriamjo Sep 27, 2011 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                              Wish I'd have lived in your house. I love kidney. When I made beef and kidney pie, my husband would eat all the beef (I really don't care much for well done beef) and I would get almost all the kidneys Yeah!

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                                                                                                                              recipelover May 12, 2011 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                              Tied for 1st place: pickled pigs feet and okra

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                                                                                                                                geneva1 Apr 14, 2011 07:49 PM

                                                                                                                                We had a lot of good food growing up, but apparently my mother didn't understand broccoli. She bought frozen chopped broccoli and then cooked it to mush. When referring to what was for dinner, it was never broccoli, but "chopped broccoli". It was almost one word - all run together, just like the broccoli mush on the plate. I actually never thought about NOT eating what was presented, but when I got an apartment in college and started cooking for myself and friends, I discovered FRESH broccoli, properly steamed and DELICIOUS!

                                                                                                                                I also never liked liver (it's a gland, folks - not meat!), but I ate it until I was on my own. Prior to getting married, I warned my liver-loving fiance that I would NEVER cook liver, or allow it to be cooked, in my home. If he wanted liver, it would be eaten in a restaurant! And it has been that way for 36 years.

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                                                                                                                                  LorenM May 11, 2011 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                  The broccoli thing is too bad. I had a great time as a child eating long stalks of broccoli pretending I was a big dinosaur eating trees. What a fun memory!

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                                                                                                                                    link_930 Jun 16, 2011 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                    That is one of the most adorable things I have read in a long time!

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                                                                                                                                  cookiequeen2 Mar 19, 2011 09:03 PM

                                                                                                                                  my mom's homemade meatloaf served with Creole sauce (aka tomato soup based gravy) I can still picture myself around 6 or 7 years old coming in from playing outside in the winter time in Montreal, just ravenous and asking my mom what was for dinner. She replied meatloaf with Creole sauce. I burst into tears just at the thought of having to eat it. Needless to say she was not impressed.

                                                                                                                                  Do not recall if I had any dinner that night at all!

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                                                                                                                                    Vinnie Vidimangi Mar 19, 2011 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                    Beet borscht from a bottle "improved" with raw egg. I refused. There was a big fight. About 7 .

                                                                                                                                    Chopped lung . This was at my cousin's. I forced it down, but one forkful of the stuff, follwed by a slice of soft brown bread as if wadding. @16.

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                                                                                                                                    annasiam Mar 17, 2011 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                    I was personally not forced to eat any foods. The worst thing my mom made was the Stouffer's spinach souffle, yuck! I had to take one bite but not finish it.

                                                                                                                                    My boyfriend's family made something called baloney salad. It was made like ham salad only with ground baloney instead of ham. He had to eat it, cried when it was served, and still shudders when he talks about it. Blech.

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                                                                                                                                      flourgirl Mar 20, 2011 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                      I think I would have cried too...

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                                                                                                                                      kittyangel Mar 14, 2011 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                      Hands down it was liver & onions. My mother didn't scorch it, but it was always tough and chewy. We kids had to eat at least a few bites so we would drown it in A-1 steak sauce. She would make Kraft Mac & Cheese with it, so to this day, while I can't stand the smell of liver, it always make me hungry for a box of Kraft Mac & Cheese. One of the best things about growing up was not having to eat liver! I occasionally make it for my boyfriend (or he cooks it), but cook it so it comes out tender.

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                                                                                                                                        lenorelenore Mar 10, 2011 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                        canned "french" style green beans boiled till they were almost white, topped with margarine. ditto peas and--ackkk--asparagus. Slimy. Sitting at the dark empty kitchen with a glass of by-then-warm milk and couldn't leave the table until i drank it.
                                                                                                                                        My mother's cook book was the "I hate to cook, cookbook." If a my wrist rested on the table (rather than in my lap) pow my father's fist came down on it.
                                                                                                                                        As Dan Savage says, in all sorts of ways, "It gets better."

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                                                                                                                                          flourgirl Mar 11, 2011 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                          It made me sad to read this. I'm glad though, that things are apparently getting better.

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                                                                                                                                          hamboney Mar 7, 2011 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                                          Minute steak is what mom called it. She also made salisbury steak out of it by adding salt, onions and salt, tomato sauce and salt ...did I mention it was sort of salty?!

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                                                                                                                                            cheesecakeking Mar 7, 2011 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                            Liver and lima beans. My dad loved them both and liked them served together. I would eat the bacon off the liver and then take about a year and a half to finish dinner. I still can't abide either of the two vile concoctions.

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                                                                                                                                              Maggie Larkin Mar 7, 2011 05:38 AM

                                                                                                                                              fishsticks! - uggghh

                                                                                                                                              i was also a picky eather & did not enjoy veggies as a child. i would fight everytime with the worse being broc which i know love - sorry mom :)

                                                                                                                                              1. hypomyces Mar 7, 2011 05:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                We had to eat my Aunt's overcooked, dry, tough, beef liver once a week. The horror of it.
                                                                                                                                                I still eat liver, but veal, and always pink inside.

                                                                                                                                                1. rockability Mar 6, 2011 05:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Luckily (and thankfully) I was never forced to eat anything but brussel sprouts were and still are the worst food ever. I've yet to find a recipe to make me change my mind!

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                                                                                                                                                    flourgirl Mar 6, 2011 05:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I think I posted a while ago about my anti-brussels sprouts stance on this thread. They were one of the few things I wouldn't eat as a kid and still intensely disliked as an adult. And I had tried every which way to prepare them to see if my mind would change, and it never did.

                                                                                                                                                    My mom is a pretty good cook - but she didn't do such a hot job with cooked vegetables. So I was suspicious for a long time that my intense dislike was perhaps due more to incorrect preparation than the veggie itself. But no, it turned out, it WAS the veggie - until I tried two different recipes recently.

                                                                                                                                                    One was for a salad of shaved raw brussels sprouts with chopped marcona almonds, chopped hardboiled egg and a citrus dressing that I found in Michael's Chiarello's new book "Bottega". That salad is amazing, I loved it and I will definitely make it again. This was HUGE for me because I couldn't believe how good that salad was and it uses a LOT of brussels sprouts.

                                                                                                                                                    The other method of prep that I just tried was to simply roast them with olive oil and sea salt. I don't know why I never tired this before, because I roast veggies all the time - but I guess it was because I had given up on them before I started roasting a lot. Anyway, someone here on CH recommended this method for people who hate brussels sprouts - and they were so right. They were delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                      rockability Mar 6, 2011 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Roasting them sounds good, since one of the main things I dislike about them is how soggy they seem to be..they even TASTE soggy! But roasting them...I may have to look into this one and the salad does sound awfully good. Thanks for sharing flourgirl..if my opinion changes I'll be sure to let you know!

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                                                                                                                                                        IndyGirl Mar 9, 2011 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I heart roasted brussels sprouts!

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                                                                                                                                                      downtownfoodie Mar 6, 2011 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                      shred them and fry in bacon/duck fat.

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                                                                                                                                                        flourgirl Mar 6, 2011 06:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Yep, this sounds like a winner too. :)

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                                                                                                                                                      noodlepoodle Mar 5, 2011 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I had plenty of great food as a kid. My mother was a pretty good cook and my father liked to make pies, but there were a few things that I could not abide. I was lucky in that they never insisted I eat anything I didn't want to. Dad loved to fry hamburger patties in a skillet and serve that on a plate with mashed potatoes and canned peas. He would top his mash potatoes with the hot grease from the pan. That made me gag and to this day I don't like hamburger without a bun. My mom would make stewed chicken, thicken the broth and add curry powder to season. It took me years to like anything curry but I'm getting there.

                                                                                                                                                      Some of the things I hated:
                                                                                                                                                      Canned fruit cocktail (especially suspended in jello)
                                                                                                                                                      Lima beans
                                                                                                                                                      Tuna and mayo made with canned light tuna in oil. Fishy
                                                                                                                                                      Grape jelly - still can't stand the stuff
                                                                                                                                                      Canned stewed tomatoes as a side dish.
                                                                                                                                                      Overcooked broccoli and cauliflower covered with a cheese sauce

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: noodlepoodle
                                                                                                                                                        flourgirl Mar 6, 2011 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                        My mom used to serve us hamburgers like that - no bun, with mashed potatoes. It just really bugged me that we couldn't have hamburgers on buns like normal people. She used to put chopped sauted onions in them too. They weren't bad - but she would try to tell us they were just like the hamburgers you get out and we knew they weren't. (We almost never went out for burgers, either. My parents seemed to be against that for some reason.)

                                                                                                                                                      2. LorenM Mar 5, 2011 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                        My father made me and my brothers eat oatmeal infested with weevils once. I was pretty traumatized. He also went through a period when he added a ton of cloves to EVERYTHING. Bleah!!

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                                                                                                                                                          Jay F Mar 5, 2011 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                          >My father made me and my brothers eat oatmeal infested with weevils once.


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                                                                                                                                                            LorenM Mar 5, 2011 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                            He didn't believe us that there were bugs in it. Later he admitted he saw them after making us eat it. Also I think I need to mention he ate peanut butter and horseradish sandwiches but didn't make me eat those. I had a strange childhood I guess. Why he went on the clove kick and suddenly stopped one day was never explained- I was just glad it was over!

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                                                                                                                                                              Jay F Mar 5, 2011 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Reading this thread and one about foods your family ate that you didn't know were weird, I realize I was lucky. I never had to eat anything I didn't like. But there wasn't much I didn't like. My brother had only ten foods he'd eat, so I was Mr. Normal when it came to eating.

                                                                                                                                                              We ate the typical American roast on Sunday, leftovers from said roast Monday, "casserole" (made in the pressure cooker) on Tuesday, chili or pasta Wednesday, leftover chili or pasta Thursday, pizza or fish on Friday, steak on Saturday. I liked it all, with the fish, chili, and pasta being my favorites.

                                                                                                                                                              And we had instant mashed potatoes, frozen vegetables, iceburg lettuce wedges with either Catalina or homemade Russian dressing.

                                                                                                                                                              The only weird things were Spam and Velveeta omelets. My mother had no idea how to make an omelet. She'd leave the eggs and spam in the pan without stirring or turning until the heat came up from the bottom and they were almost done. Then she'd put in the Velveeta. Pretty nasty stuff.

                                                                                                                                                              And she drank "coffee," which was equal parts coffee, evaporated milk, and sugar. I avoided coffee until I was 25 as a result.

                                                                                                                                                              And my grandmother, who lived with us, had a gift for dessert making.

                                                                                                                                                              I never HAD to eat anything as a kid. The only thing that ever pissed me off was my father's insistence on buying generic soda instead of Coke.

                                                                                                                                                        2. jubilant cerise Mar 5, 2011 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Mine are mostly all filipino dishes: a stew with okra in it; bitter melon stew (maybe the okra and the bitter melon were the same stew and I hated both vegetables so much I remember them as two different stews? -lol!); some sort of stew with whole raw peanuts in it; and eggplant overcooked by my parents and served completely plain (ick!).

                                                                                                                                                          I did like other foods of my ethnic origin as a kid, just not those first three. I'd be willing to try them again now, just to see if my tastes have changed. I know how to cook eggplant properly now and like it. I tried okra again a while ago - didn't like it but I'm still willing to give it another shot: saw a crunchy baked version and I don't know that I've had authentic gumbo with okra in it.

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                                                                                                                                                            Floridagirl Feb 24, 2011 07:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                            When I was a kid we had to eat everything, otherwise we got it cold until it was gone. My mother was a great cook and my father was an avid hunter and fisherman (I grew up on Long Island) so we had lots of fresh seafood and plenty of game. And I like almost everything. However, when we went clamming, way before pollution, we were expected to eat raw clams while shucking them and I still cannot deal with raw shellfish. They loved boiled tongue, which I find disgusting but I had to eat it. When I got older I explained to my mother that the depression was over and eating tongue was no longer necessary but they loved it anyway.

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                                                                                                                                                                montrealeater Jul 11, 2011 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I LOVE junket! If you're still reading the thread, why does this gross you out? Seriously, junket is on my list of desert island foods and I have a standing order for the pink stuff from a friend in England.

                                                                                                                                                                Any other hounds familiar with this very simple English dessert? I associate with childhood and my mom being nice to me. Ha.

                                                                                                                                                              2. Antilope Feb 22, 2011 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I remember as a child, being served at school green jello with shredded cabbage and carrots in it and red jello full of fruit cocktail. Yuk!

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                                                                                                                                                                  flourgirl Feb 22, 2011 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  "Yuk!" is right.

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                                                                                                                                                                    alliegator Feb 22, 2011 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    cabbage and carrots? whoa...

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                                                                                                                                                                      Antilope Feb 24, 2011 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      It was a way of trying to get the kids to eat vegetables. Didn't work in a lot of cases. The veggie jello was usually hidden in the small carton of milk, that came with the meal, after the milk was consumed.

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                                                                                                                                                                    J.Dish Feb 21, 2011 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Tuna Casserole. The one with the cream of mushroom soup. And peas, and cheddar cheese. Dad didn't even crush potato chips on the top. Not that it would have saved it.

                                                                                                                                                                    I've made tuna casserole from scratch before, but it was still just as awful as what I remembered as a kid. The staff loved it.

                                                                                                                                                                    Tuna melts are high on that list too... I guess I just don't like hot canned tuna

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                                                                                                                                                                      HillJ Feb 21, 2011 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      I guess I just don't like hot canned tuna
                                                                                                                                                                      I don't either...unless it's of the music variety!

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                                                                                                                                                                        flourgirl Feb 21, 2011 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        That's so funny. I too have never understood the appeal of tuna melts. I tried one once too - and I actually gagged, which is not something I do very often. Hot canned tuna is not a good thing.

                                                                                                                                                                        And I really like that band, HillJ - but every single time I hear the name, I swear to god, it brings me back to that sandwich!! Yuck!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                          HillJ Feb 21, 2011 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I'm ruined for life...far too many hot tuna sandwiches from my youth...day camp days. I can't even go near a hot tuna sandwich without thinking about camp. But Hot Tuna concerts bring back tons of great memories!

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                                                                                                                                                                            debbiel Feb 21, 2011 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I also don't get the hot tuna salad thing. Ick. Just ick.

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                                                                                                                                                                        debbiel Feb 20, 2011 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Liver and onions. Supposedly my Dad's version was relatively wonderful but I always hated it. I think it was the texture. And the smell. It must have been cheap, because it seems like we had it about once a week during our lean years. <shiver> Ick.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Caroline1 Feb 21, 2011 06:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Does anyone know any kids who like liver? I sure hated it. So did my brother. And all of my friends. I think it's just not a childhood dish!

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                                                                                                                                                                            HillJ Feb 21, 2011 07:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            I loved it as a kid and found new ways to enjoy it throughout adulthood. I think liver gets a bad rap because its LIVER. I'm not a fan of every organ meat but liver is my exception. And, I learned to enjoy certain pates but I can't stand liverwurst or headcheese. Some "gourmet" chopped liver with loads of garlic and chopped egg is divine. No rhyme or reason to my liver love.

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                                                                                                                                                                              flourgirl Feb 21, 2011 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I love my mom's chopped chicken liver - and loved it even as a kid. But beef liver? No way. I still can't eat it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                HillJ Feb 21, 2011 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Point taken, not all liver is created equal :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                debbiel Feb 21, 2011 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Now liverwurst,or at least the stuff in a tube from the grocery that my dad called liverwurst but was probably oscar meyer and hence not "authentic", I loved. Ate it out of the tube. We called it liverwurst, yet I never associated it with the liver of liver and onions torture.

                                                                                                                                                                                Mmm...liverwurst on white bread with mayo, lettuce, onion. Mmm....

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                                                                                                                                                                                  HillJ Feb 21, 2011 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Funny isn't it. That's what makes the world go round.

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                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Feb 21, 2011 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                My mom prepared calf's liver all the time when I was a kid. Loved it. But then, I also had no qualms eating creamed kidneys, sautéed sweetbreads, and pan-fried brains (all calf, too).

                                                                                                                                                                                Kids often don't like strong flavor, and if your calf's liver (or chicken) is too strong-flavored, you've cooked the shit out of it. If it's done right, it's actually a very mellow flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Caroline1 Mar 5, 2011 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  You've described my mother's method of cooking liver perfectly; "cooked the shit out of it." Hers was dry, mealy, with a horrible flavor made worse with burnt onions. There were some things my mother COULD cook. Liver was NOT one of them! Nevertheless I was forced to eat it. Child abuse! Child abuse!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Mar 6, 2011 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Admittedly, it is very easy to overcook liver. It's so thin and delicated that one really has to pay attention and take it out early when in doubt. If it's med-rare it's perfect, creamy, and wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Caroline1 Mar 6, 2011 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      True. But I was twenty-something before I found that out. Thanks, Mom! '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Passadumkeg Mar 6, 2011 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Mom's mantra, "Never over cook liver." Thanks mom; made me a liver lover for life.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  debbiel Feb 21, 2011 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  My two brothers loved it; my sister tolerated it. I pouted and stomped my feet and generally went a bit hungry those nights. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Caroline1 Mar 5, 2011 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I've gotta share a funny story about the power of liver! When my son was in his late teens and early twenties, he was an elite bike racer. His team was invited to partipate in an international 9 day UCI stage race that toured the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. In that country, for the top teams, the race sponsors provide everything from hotel accomodations to all meals. About day five was an individual time trial. When they came down to breakfast, Mexico was not quite up on carbo loading for athletes and breafast was LIVER! Tons and tons of liver. No toast, no tortillas, no eggs, just platters and platters of liver. My son left the dining room without eating. His teammates were uptset. "You can't race on an empty stomach!" My son is a stubborn guy. He raced on an empty stomach. And WON! By a very comfortable margin, and against racers from all over the world. After the race, the he was interviewed by the media. "What's your secret?" they asked. He shrugged, "I was hungry. REALLY really hungry!" Ahhh, the power of liver!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  IndyGirl Mar 9, 2011 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Liver is one of the reasons I don't eat meat today. That, and a scary raw chicken incident at a Holiday Inn restaurant. I was scarred

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Ntbiv Feb 19, 2011 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  My aunt was from west Texas, which means many things were overbooked,
                                                                                                                                                                                  I remember a beautiful beef roast my mother bought for her. First it was boiled a long time, then roasted until it was like shoe leather. With this came instant mashed potatoes and those horrible canned peas

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                                                                                                                                                                                    williewill Dec 2, 2010 10:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    My mom is an awesome cook so I was never forced to eat anything gross. School was a different story. My high school made the worlds worst pizza. I swear it was steamed. The crust was so soggy that it was almost like hot cereal. Obviously I couldn't pick it up so when I cut into it with my fork water swirled with tomato sauce would run all over my tray. It was insipid beyond belief.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      kaleokahu Dec 2, 2010 09:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I won't read all 585 replies here, but I know I win. The worst is my aunt's Lime Jello Meat Salad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        just_M Dec 2, 2010 09:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Sorry, but a description is required for any and all designations of worst. ;-) Not that I actually want to know!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Dec 3, 2010 05:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Lime Jello Meat Salad
                                                                                                                                                                                          Just those 4 words makes one shudder. And like just_M, a description is needed to win the title, kaleo. Although I think we need be afraid. VERY afraid. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                          (This sounds suspiciously like something that would be at Lilek's Gallery of Regrettable Food site!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                          debbiel Feb 20, 2011 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow. That sounds much much much worse than the lime jello-mayo-green olive-carrot of my childhood.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Sal Vanilla Dec 1, 2010 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I am glad to see I was not the only one forced into liver and onion hell. My mom cooked it a lot and we had to eat it because "we had to try new things and our palate would grow accustomed to it if we persisted". Really, my mom was a sadist. I used to cry mad tears if I walked into the house when the street lights came on and there was the smell of cooking liver. If my mom caught me I had to eat two portions.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Many years later hubby and I owned a restaurant where our customers begged for liver and onions for a lunch special. My husband would do it, but plan ahead so I could schedule not to be there. I would gag wildly if I smelled it. Strangely I love pate and foie gras.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Now for a bit of laughter - I used to hide peas in my panties. Unfortunately I had droopy cotton panties and once in a while peas would escape as I took my plate to the sink. I won't bore you with the details that followed.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Mom, if you are reading this - sorry I outed you. I still hate liver as you know. Also, toss the allspice. You have held on to it since the 60's. Time to let go.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            guilty Mar 31, 2012 12:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            HOW has this post been sitting here for over a year with no questions about peas in the panties?? HOW????????

                                                                                                                                                                                            Sal, you must let me know. How was this done? How old were you? What did you do with the peas that didn't escape? Please, bore me with the details.

                                                                                                                                                                                            To think, all this time I never thought to hide food in there . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. alliegator Nov 29, 2010 01:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I think I need some Maalox just reading all these!
                                                                                                                                                                                            For me it was this godforsaken "salad" of mini marshmallows, mandarin oranges, coconut shreds, sour cream ? and something else... My neighbor, a sweet widow who must have been like 1,000 years old would bring over little bowls of it for my brother and I to eat while she chatted. I always ate my bro's too because he was younger and had a more tender stomach. I pitied him. Horror in an ice cream dish, it was.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              cosmogrrl Dec 1, 2010 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I think that's ambrosia salad. Never had before last Thanksgiving. Absolutely vile. Hoever my BFs Mom had made it. So I had to smile and eat some of it whilst shoveling the rest of it under a lettuce leaf

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                                                                                                                                                                                                flourgirl Feb 20, 2011 07:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Yuck. I thank my lucky stars that I've never had to eat that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                hamboney Mar 5, 2011 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                something else...mom made it w/ pineapple tidbits and maraschino cherries. She also made a jello mold of cherry jello, bing cherries, and sliced green pimento-stuffed olives.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                igorm Nov 12, 2010 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                At lunch, when I was a child, I had to eat a soupspoonfull of castor oil followed by whatever there was for lunch. Whatever it was sure did not taste good and made me dread lunch. I have outgrown this predicament by many years and favor lunch too much.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  DBinNOLA Oct 26, 2010 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  SPAM ! ! ! Cold, fried SPAM while visiting my cousins, their mom was one that insisted you eat what ever SHE put on your plate. The most disgusting thing I have ever tasted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. DoobieWah Oct 25, 2010 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    My father's "Tuna Fish Casserole".

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Near as I can remember, it was a can of tuna fish, elbow macaroni and cream of mushroom soup, with canned biscuits on top and then baked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was disgusting and used to make us cry.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart Oct 25, 2010 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Makes me cry thinking about it. Gack!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        IndyGirl Mar 9, 2011 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think that is disgusting, but everyone else loved this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Christina D Sep 24, 2011 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's so funny...tuna casserole would be my death row meal. It would be me, a pepper grinder and the whole damned pot. I *love* tuna casserole. My mom's was made similar to your dad's, but had tuna, Kraft mac & cheese, canned peas, and cream of mushroom soup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            DoobieWah Sep 26, 2011 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            My father's tuna casserole would be your death row meal only if you wanted to cheat the hangman with a peremptory strike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            You will just have to trust me on this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Babyducks Oct 25, 2010 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cabbage. And my mother would make these salmon croquettes that I hated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            guilty Mar 31, 2012 12:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Another salmon croquette victim here. So vile.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            dscott15 Oct 25, 2010 03:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            We were incredibly poor, and at one point there was nothing, so my mom made us some McDonalds ketchup packet soup with dirt in it. It was enough for us to go to sleep.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Oct 25, 2010 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Did she add the dirt to make it more flavorful, or more substantive? Sorry, I am being serious here (assuming that you are, too).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                coll Oct 25, 2010 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                My brother told me that in Southern Georgia where he now lives, a lot of people eat the dirt, which is mostly clay, to keep their stomachs settled. They even sell bags of it in his local grocery store, he sent me a picture.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood Oct 25, 2010 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Whoa. Clay. The more you know.... (cue rainbow)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart Oct 25, 2010 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's been a practice for a loong time. It's called "pica" - eating of non-food substances for whatever reason. (My mother used to eat laundry starch when she was a kid sometimes, laundry starch was just starch then, but it was still a bit odd of her.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood Oct 25, 2010 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That would make pica the opposite of picky, at least in my book.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              firstlady Oct 13, 2010 09:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fish sticks. All stick; no fish. Also, the frozen pizza with the tiny pepperoni cubes and the rock hard crust. Very sad when I saw that coming to the table.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                tnsquire Sep 6, 2010 11:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                as a kid my grand mother used to make soft boiled eggs for breakfast with a slice of egg bread no salt or pepper so when any of the grand kids sent the night thats what we had to eat .and we olny had coffee to drink with one cube of sugar no milk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                i can never eat soft eggs of any kind and that was over 40 years ago

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gentlyferal Sep 6, 2010 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The fat on chops and steaks. We could usually get away with leaving a little bit of it, but if Dad saw a long strip of fat on my plate, he'd order me to eat it. He was under the impression it was good for us. Greasy, slimy, nauseating - I could just barely choke it down if I swathed every bite with whatever other foods were left on my plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And then there was the cholesterol scare, but that happened after I was grown and married and gone away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And now we know that beef fat has a similar composition to olive oil; if I'd known that ca. 1965, I could have offered to eat some vinaigrette instead...but the issue was more than nutrition, he was also annoyed by the waste of "good food," I think.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Masonville Sep 5, 2010 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OMG, there were many--mostly at school and at aunt's houses--my mother was a terrific cook. The worst I can recall sounds like a cartoon. Food at my Catholic school first grade (after that I went home for lunch) was utterly wretched. Possibly the worst was the "mashed potatoes", some kind of ultra-thick wallpaper paste. One day i just couldn't do it. Sister Mary Whatever patiently explained to me that I couldn't leave the lunch room until I ate my "mashed potatoes", and if I didn't eat them soon, I'd be late for Whatever. Silly Sister, she left me alone, I mashed the "mashed potatoes" into one of my shoes, and walked out. A certain kind of deceit is a necessary part of growing up. Who knows, maybe Sister Mary Whatever was checking me out for Innovation. I passed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood Sep 6, 2010 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, you would've been well-prepared to do 'the mashed potato" - if a dancing class had called for it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mothrpoet Sep 5, 2010 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Salmon patties made from canned salmon. It was cheap, I guess, but the canned salmon always had bones in it...gag. I can't to this day face a can of salmon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pitterpatter Aug 22, 2010 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When I was eight years old, we lived in Gainesville, Florida, and forty-five years later still remember the apple sauce that was dyed kelly green, and the plain hominy, both on the same tray. Can't remember what else was on that tray, and who would? That dyed applesauce is certainly the worst of my childhood food memories.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          coll Aug 23, 2010 01:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Was it St Patricks Day?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Most memorably bad single experience was some soup I had at a military hospital maybe around 1970, when I was about 7 and recovering from a childhood surgery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Eating was in itself a challenge (because my surgery had involved my cleft lip). But if I were now trying to recreate the gruel itself, I couldn't do better than this: flavor a cup of warm corn oil with some stale paprika and call it day!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bada Bing May 3, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now that this thread is revived, I'm struck at no "poor you" responses to my hospitalized child anecdote. But, then I see there are close to 800 responses to this topic: seems we all have our food traumas from childhood...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. ZenSojourner Aug 21, 2010 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Liver. Beef liver. Not chicken livers, those were a "delicacy" reserved for adults.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Great bloody hunks of dead cow flesh dredged in flour and fried in Crisco, LIVER.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now part of my revulsion undoubtedly came from the fact that I was cooking this stuff so I knew what it looked like before it was cooked. And back then, you didn't get nice genteel slices of beef liver packaged in crisp, clean white Styrofoam trays with that stuff on the bottom discretely soaking up any stray blood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No, you went to the butcher (grocery stores had Real Butchers back then) and you got a great bloody purplish wet oozing hunk of flesh swimming in blood that had to be carefully wrapped and rewrapped so it didn't ooze all over everything else in the grocery bag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Then you had to take this slimy slippery mass of rubbery used-to-be-part-of-an-innocent-living-creature, clean it (which sometimes involved cutting away some unidentifiable but somehow horrible anyway membranes and various ducts and things), and slice the slippery tricky thing into nice even slices with a whacking great knife and your tiny little six year old hands.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Then you had to dredge the horrible stuff (still oozing blood like it's a live thing) in flour, getting a gluey mess of flour and blood all the way up past your knuckles which seemed like it couldn't be scraped off with a paint scraper and made your hands look like something from a cheap dimestore comic book about Mummies, and finally you had to fry the evil oozing mass in a hot cast iron skillet full of Crisco.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As if this wasn't enough, after you'd pushed the now grayish-brown, congealing, cold mass around on your plate for an hour, trying to avoid eating it, your mother would flip over into Crazy Mode, start screaming about what an evil awful horrible child you are who is trying to kill her with your selfish obstinance, and refuse to allow you to leave the table until.





                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The fact that as soon as you put a forkful in your mouth and somehow manage to swallow it, you have to run for the bathroom to throw it back up does not faze her in the slightest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So you go through the process of forcing a forkful down, throwing it right back up, rinse mouth, repeat, until there is, indeed, no liver left on your plate (it's all in the sewage system now, along with about a gallon of bile and most of the rest of your dinner) and you are finally allowed to retreat from the table and are sent STRAIGHT TO BED, young lady, and you think about what you've done! Well actually you have to do the dishes first and maybe some laundry, and THEN go straight to bed, young lady, to think about what you've done!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is essentially the same as being tortured and then sent to bed with no dinner (since you can't selectively throw up ONLY the liver, you've thrown up the entire meal).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To this day I cannot tolerate the sight or smell of liver. You cannot cook it in any way so as to disguise it. I once came across a piece of liver in a Malaysian dish that was so hot (spicy hot) I very nearly couldn't feel my tongue, and had to run for the bathroom because of the immediate gag reflex it caused. I was over 30 before I could tolerate - just TOLERATE, mind you, not actually like or enjoy - mushrooms in any way, shape or form because the very texture reminded me of liver. I still will not eat them given any choice at all and have no compunctions whatsoever about refusing to allow them to be put in food I am ordering at a restaurant or picking them out of/ off of some dish that has managed to appear on my plate with mushrooms in it, in public or not. I don't care. I won't eat them given the choice. When I say "tolerate", what I mean is that if I do accidentally get hold of one of these in my mouth, I no longer automatically gag and throw up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Liver, however, has never reached that kind of detente with me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Needless to say I never never never never NEVER forced my son to eat anything, something he actually took me to fault for the other day, believe it or not. Nonetheless I have no regrets in that department.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4Snisl Apr 30, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm so sorry you had to experience something like that, but also wanted to extend a compliment for how vivid your writing is. (Years after your posting, of course!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Glad your son has not been subjected to what you had to endure....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. SanityRemoved May 24, 2010 08:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              While there were many good tasting things served during my childhood there were numerous foods that to this day I find akin to torture. The standard catch phrases imposed on baby boomers were there: "clean your plate", "starving children" "children going hungry" etc., but my father's favorite line was "it tastes like candy, eat it". Now this phrase applied to cherry tomatoes, Limburger cheese, Sap sago cheese, liver, lima beans and head cheese. Luckily I managed to get out of eating head cheese because we were at a friends house and the friend wasn't about to waste head cheese on a kid that didn't want it. To this day I still have not seen That Darn Cat, which I did not get to see at the drive-in because I did not finish my peas in time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart May 25, 2010 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ah, the psychological cruelties dealt out in the name of proper childraising techniques. "It tastes like candy" is a particularly pernicious example.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DomesticDizziness Apr 29, 2010 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BOLOGNA! (aaaagh...the memories....make it stop!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  guygirl94 Apr 23, 2010 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My mom's brisket - dry, stringy. No amount of ketchup, barbeque sauce, or horseradish sauce could help me choke that down. It's no wonder that I'm now a vegetarian.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    beethoven Apr 21, 2010 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Huh. I was adventurous: loved squid, clams, tongue, liver, kimchee, saurkraut, gorgonzola. No problem with things stinky and strong and savory. Loved lima beans and spinach, artichokes, kale, broccoli. Truly not a picky eater.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What I couldn't eat was orange mushy vegetables (sweet potato/yams, butternut squash) -- it was the texture, they just caught and wouldn't go down. And swiss chard, stewed tomatoes, and Miracle Whip tasted sweet, which just didn't fit at dinner - sweet was for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And you know what? I'm STILL mad at my parents for making me sit at the table for hours until I finally gagged (literally) down the cold remains. Why didn't they get that it was an innate reaction, not an attitude problem?.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bushwickgirl Apr 29, 2010 07:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Far as I can tell, it was the "there are staving children in China" syndrome, very prevalent parental whine in the 50's and 60's, the major excuse for parents to get the kids to eat the most God-awful stuff or just clean their plates in general.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cosmogrrl May 1, 2010 02:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My Grandmother always spoke about the starving children in Armenia. Of course she had been a nurse in WWi so it was applicable; to her at least. She didn't have kids until she was 40, long past starving Armenian children times (I think)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pasuga Apr 20, 2010 08:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hi - I think this topic could take a second incarnation, 500+ entrees and two years is a lot to scroll through.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I never had to eat anything growing up. My folks were about persuasion rather than forcing... the only rule was that we had to taste one bite - and that meant one pea, one tiny shred of carrot or spinach and if we didn't like it, we were allowed to spit it out. If we spit it out they'd wait a couple months before asking us to try again. I was about four before I could eat spaghetti sauce (I just got the noodles with butter, 8 when I discovered the delight of parmesan on top) and seven when I could finally enjoy salad dressing (got the veggies with a tiny bit of lemon juice and salt before that.) The result of this is that my brothers and I all eat almost everything - the only tastes I really can't stand are licorice and Miracle Whip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The worst thing I ever HAD to eat (in order to be polite) were tuna fish sandwiches made with Miracle Whip that our next-door neighbor made for me and her little girls. And one of my grandmothers liked to roast the hell out of a chunk of beef and then serve gristle sandwiches from the leftovers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Midlife Apr 20, 2010 11:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Funny............................ my wife can't stand Miracle Whip but I like it. We both LOVE licorice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I must have consumed 1,000 tuna sandwiches through my high school years. I don't think Miracle whip was around that long ago. I still really like tuna salad. But, then....................I'll eat pretty much anything that isn't nailed down.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          flourgirl Apr 29, 2010 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Actually, Miracle Whip has been around since 1933. My 78 yr old mother can still remember HER mother using it - and how thankful she was when my grandmother switched over to Hellman's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          flourgirl Apr 29, 2010 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OMG! This is SO weird!!! I was JUST having a conversation with my mom about having to choke down tuna salad sandwiches made with miracle whip at my husband's Aunt's house just to be polite. SOOOOO disgusting!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No way I'm going to read this whole topic to see if mine has been covered...........

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cow's tongue!!!! The idea of it #1. Then the texture of it!!! Maybe tied for #! was seeing that thing in the pot the first time....... or any time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Funny, but so many years later I like it in a deli sandwich. Don't usually go out of my way to order it, and prefer pastrami or corned beef.................. but will occasionally indulge.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            flourgirl Apr 29, 2010 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My mom used to serve us tongue now and then - but she NEVER cooked it - she bought it already cooked and sliced. Even as a fairly young kid, I knew exactly what it was and thought the idea of it was disgusting - (I could even still see some of the "bumps" on the edges of the slices) but at the same time I liked the taste of it and I ate it willingly. It was a very weird experience. And then for some mysterious reason it disappeared forever from the rotation, never to be seen again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            guilty Apr 20, 2010 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1: steak. grey, tough, disgusting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2: Triaminic. Not a food, but I was still forced to ingest it. I would pretend NOT to be sick so I didn't have to take the stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              HarryFromMarydelDE Apr 9, 2010 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Black-eyed peas. My dad loved them, and planted enough in the garden one year that we filled an enormous mason jug with them. My mom would make them for him on special occasions, and everyone would have to eat some. No matter how many times I ate them I always hated them, in fact I hated them more the more times I had them. I will say that I think everyone in the family (other than my dad) had the same opinion since my mom would make them as infrequently as possible. By the time I was thirteen (we filled it when I was around five) the jar was only about half empty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bushwickgirl Apr 9, 2010 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If nothing else favorable, your post speaks to the longevity of the black eyed pea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Growing up in New Englad, I never knew anything about black eyed peas as a child, never had them until I was well into my twenties, didn't actually cook them for the first time until 1990 and eat them quite happily and regularly now. Maybe we should have switched families.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. EV_Eats Apr 8, 2010 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My father insisted on adding bacon or some other pork product into pretty much every dish. Unfortunately this obsession continues & I fully expect to find the Thanksgiving turkey wrapped in pancetta this year...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bushwickgirl Apr 8, 2010 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nothing wrong with bacon or other porky products, but your post reminds me of the bacon-wrapped whole roasted turkey avatar Chowhound proudly flashed on the board pages throughout the holiday season and refused to remove after the holidays were over. It was cute at first but after two months posters were referring to it as Turkadillo or Armaturkey or something like that, to indicate that it looked like a turkey-armadillo cross Paleolithic leftover. Funny. Hopefully your Thanksgiving turkey won't have that look.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Apr 8, 2010 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ROFL! I just posted on buttertart's comment about the Turkeydillo below!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EV_Eats Apr 8, 2010 10:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I totally agree Bushwickgirl. I love pork & pork products, but in moderation though! Luckily there was no ground pork in my oatmeal! My Mom had to draw the line somewhere!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart Apr 8, 2010 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hope he didn't see the America's Test Kitchen (or was it Cook's Country) show with the turkey roasted with salt pork arranged on the breast....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Apr 8, 2010 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Or the godawful-looking turkey with bacon strips that used to always show as a "holiday turkey" around Christmastime.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The first comment that says it looks like a roly-poly bug is spot on! LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart Apr 8, 2010 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nasty, just nasty. I don't care how moist the salt pork makes the turkey, I don't want it on mine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bushwickgirl Apr 8, 2010 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That bacon-wrapped Chow turkey is obviously unforgettable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Apr 8, 2010 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm afraid it's burned into my brain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And my comment on the recipe still stands - one of the major reasons for roast turkey is crispy turkey skin. Not crispy bacon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bushwickgirl Apr 8, 2010 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Let's hope it's not resurrected next holidy season <groan.>

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pikawicca Apr 8, 2010 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But a turkey wrapped in caul fat is sublime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Sandwich_Sister Apr 8, 2010 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I hated mustard as a kid and so my brother decided one day while I was taking a nap with my mouth wide open on the couch he would squirt mustard in my mouth. Funny that I didn't wake up, it was a mess all in my hair and everywhere. It's surprising that now that I am older I love mustard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          but the actually food for me was Hominy and my mom used to make me try it every time she served it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Perilagu Khan Apr 8, 2010 07:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My mom's sweet n' sour pork. God I dreaded that treacly stuff, and she made it frequently. That said, she was a wonderful cook, and I still make many of the dishes she made when I was a li'l spark back in the 70s. But that sweet n' sour...man, the less said the better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              racer x Apr 7, 2010 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is a tough question.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The candidates would have to be

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - scrambled eggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - green peas (alone, or in previously frozen "mixed vegetables," which included peas, lima beans, corn kernels, and carrot bits)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - lima beans

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (And there was that one baby-sitter who didn't know that you were supposed to add water to Campbell's chicken noodle soup. She could never understand why I would refuse to eat more than a spoonful of the thick and extremely salty goop.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. jmckee Apr 1, 2010 05:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anything cooked by my dad's mother. An impossbly un-gifted cook.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  firemyars Mar 9, 2010 11:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Easy. Canned spinach. I still love popeye, but not at dinnertime. Milk. Those are the only two things I had to eat, thankfully. I hate milk, and still won't drink it, but it was child cruelty being forced to eat canned spinach. It's revolting still.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dratlover Apr 22, 2012 07:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My brother and I were only served canned spinach once. After watching Tom Hatten and his Popeye show for several years, we just had to have some of that canned spinach so we could be strong like Popeye. Thank God she didn't force us to eat it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Sly72 Mar 3, 2010 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sauerkrout (sp.), Beets, Creamed Corn, Yams, Any kind of meat on the bone... Still to this day!!! No Fried Chicken for me EVER!!!! Little did I know then...Fried Spam and Fried Bologna were always treats back then..... YUCK!!!! We all lucked out with the Liver issue, Mom and Dad have always been disgusted by the innards of anything.... And Thank God, no Pets were ever consumed!!!! THAT'S JUST WRONG!!!!!! : ( : ( : (

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Full tummy Mar 6, 2010 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, if they've been disgusted by the innards of anything, they'd do well to avoid spam and bologna, hahaha!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. woodleyparkhound Mar 1, 2010 06:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My mom was a very good cook and never served me anything that was truly gross, unlike others who posted here! She did serve me several things that I just hated at the time though: peas, lima beans, liver, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber and "soup beans". I still don't like these things, but I can tolerate peas, limas and soup beans if I have to.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jenni49 Feb 28, 2010 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Creamed codfish on toast, every Friday in our Catholic household. To make it worse, lima beans or brussel sprouts as a side. I will never serve any of them in my kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gryphonskeeper Feb 28, 2010 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Were your parents Damien Thorn and Regan MacNeil?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Professor Feb 28, 2010 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't think I could live without brussels sprouts...I love them roasted, probably my favorite vegetable.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They are so sweet and delectable, I could never figure out why there is so much hate for them...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tatamagouche Apr 1, 2010 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love sprouts too, but sweet? I don't think of them as sweet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Professor Apr 1, 2010 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I suppose it depends partly on how you cook them, and partly on your taste buds' perception. Assuming they are fresh (or at least flash frozen after harvest) I definitely find them pleasantly sweet no matter how they're cooked. But the roasting of Brussels Sprouts and the resulting caramelization definitely brings out some extra sweetness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tatamagouche Apr 8, 2010 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, I guess you're right that, roasted, they can have a touch of sweetness. Fair enough!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            at24 Feb 27, 2010 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I hated when she made stuffed peppers, liver and white rice and meatloaf. Wasn't made to eat food. My mom gave up I think and I survived on Banquet frozen chicken in a box.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Marsonda Feb 26, 2010 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Butter beans, hated them. My mom would cook them a couple times a year. She cooked the beans with ham and cooked and cooked and cooked. The butter beans would be mushy. Lima beans I didn't care for either, but I don't mind them in vegetable soup. Mom made great ham & pinto beans and ham & northern beans though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Marsonda Feb 26, 2010 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I grew up in the 1950's & 1960's. My mom was a good cook as was my grandma. The worse dinner my mom prepared was pork backbones and sauerkraut. Yuck! Mom boiled the backbones and then mixed them with sauerkraut and continued cooking. There was barely any meat on the bones and though I like sauerkraut and wieners, I didn't like the backbones and sauerkraut. Thankfully, she only made them about once a year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also, my mom fixed calf liver. She fried the liver with onions and them smothered it in gravy she made from the liver with flour and water. It was gross. My dad wouldn't eat it, so she always prepared hamburger patties and smothered onions for him and my siblings. Since I had a problem with anemia every so often I had to eat a small piece of liver then could have a hamburger pattie. To this day I don't like liver.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My mom and dad loved okra and tomatoes. A mixture of boiled okra, with tomatoes, onions, green pepper. When okra is boiled it becomes slimey. My dad was from Louisiana so he enjoyed this type of food with cornbread. Also, mustard greens, collard greens, etc. I don't like that stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Morganna Feb 27, 2010 05:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm having liver right now! I'm prepping for going to give blood later today and having some liver for breakfast seems to boost me plenty high so I can do so successfully. I've had chronic anemia most of my adult life, so I get cravings for liver. I never understood it because it was one dish my mother utterly destroyed. She LOVED it burnt, and so she'd always scorch it! BLEAH. So when I started getting cravings, I thought I was crazy, but then I found out about sage and BACON. :) That combined with not overcooking the liver makes ALL the difference. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Feb 27, 2010 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Calf's liver medium rare with bacon and sage (or caramelized onions and apples served over mashed potatoes) is one of the most delicious things in the world. Overcooked liver... one of the least '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. micheniche Feb 9, 2010 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sharkfin's soup during Chinese New Year. I had to eat it all because it was really expensive and also, that's my mom first attempt on it. So I basically had to be respectful and finish it off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  An hour later, I vomitted in the shopping centre's parking lot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Querencia Feb 7, 2010 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Canned grapefruit juice. I had to sit at the table until either I drank it or hell froze, whichever came first. I still can't stand the nasty sour stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Glencora Feb 27, 2010 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, since this thread is going to keep showing up on "my posts" until hell freezes, I might as well add that I, too, had to drink horrid canned grapefruit juice at snack time in nursery school. No going to the park, until I finished the glass. The entire school sat at long tables waiting for me to drink the stuff. I honestly don't remember if we got to the park that day. I just remember feeling that the whole world hated me. I was 3.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. bucksguy14 Feb 6, 2010 06:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Positively, absolutely it was succotash! To this day, I hate lima beans.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        commander77 Jan 24, 2010 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My grandma made her famous (according to her) Weenies and noodles. It consisted of hot dogs cooked in a ketchup based sauce that was too sweet served over a variety of noodles, or sometimes rice. It was supposedly my uncle's favorite so we had it quite a bit when we ate with them. Years later my uncle told me he always hated that dish. Sadly, my least favorite meals were ones she cooked. She wasn't a very good cook, but there was a lot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jorogo Jan 31, 2010 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OMG, just found this site! Read about, agreed with -- and guffawed through -- everyone's Meals From Hell . . . but I don't believe I saw any mention of mine . . . beef brains! Oh, you've not lived until you've seen a pot of beef brains boiling in an uncovered pot on the stove. Betcha' can't guess how they're served. Ready? Well, first, of course, the brains need to be thoroughly cooked (although I don't know how this is confirmed, because I was never around to find out or cared to ask). Drain, then mash. (Again, if salt or another seasoning was added at this point, I'm clueless. See above.) When cooled, or still a tad warm, they're ready for eating! Spread a saltine cracker with *yellow* mustard (!!), sprinkle with chopped onion, add a dollop of brains . . . and enjoy!!! My born-and-bred Jewish Mom would make these for my Dad (ditto) as an appetizer (an oxymoron, ya' think?).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Babyducks Feb 1, 2010 05:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As a kid, cabbage and liver (not together). I like cabbage now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Feb 1, 2010 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've only ever had calf's brains, and my mom sautéed them after lightly dusting them in flour, s&p in lots of butter. They were crispy on the outside and the texture of scrambled eggs on the inside -- comparable to sweetbreads, but with less of a bite. Squeeze of lemon was all you needed. Absolutely delicious. But I was not fond of how the raw product looked.... kinda like brains '-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jorogo Feb 3, 2010 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mea culpa, I think it *was* calves brains that Mom made! Still, brains are brains are brains. Maybe your Mom should give her recipe to my Mom. Hmm, maybe not.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tiffeecanoe Feb 5, 2010 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gerookte paling (Dutch smoked eel) with bread... hated it as a kid, but we'd have it for lunch on the weekends or in the summer several times a month because my Oma loved it. It was a texture thing. It was at about 16 that I started really enjoying it! I special order it now and keep it on hand in the freezer! It's so expensive, but I love it now! NEVER thought that would happen!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My dad made this dish with ground beef and canned mushroom gravy over boiled potatoes that he LOVED... blech.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tinka82 Mar 12, 2010 12:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This must have been a generational thing too. My Grandparents were Great Depression era. Whenever my spoiled brat self decided I wouldn't eat something Granny had made, I got to hear about the scrambled brain sandwiches he lived on as a kid. Eeeewww!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My mom wasn't that crazy with the odd parts of the cow, but did occassionally serve liver. She never forced it on us. The worst thing she did force on us was goat's milk. She and my little sister were allergic to cow's milk, so the whole family got to drink that stuff. Mom and Granny both would insist you couldn't taste the difference. Au contrare! Sure as hell can! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. chef chicklet Jan 15, 2010 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Potatoes in their "jackets". These were smallish red or white potatoes with their skins oiled up. I at the time hated them and all potatoes for that matter, but these were at the top. I however today, love potaotes, but I woudl cringe when I'd ask what's for dinner and mother answered with "blah blah, and potatoes in their jackets."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. FLFoodieGrl Jan 14, 2010 08:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The worst thing I ever, well, almost ate has a bit of a "story" attached. I grew up in a small town that still had 5 & 10¢ stores. Every year just before Easter, the window display was full of baby chicks that were dyed every color of the rainbow...blue, lime green, yellow, orange, purple and my favorite color...pink. Every year I begged for one of those pink fuzzy chicks and, FINALLY, I got one for Easter. I took care of it, fed it, made a cage for it, but I was a "city" girl and the chick finally grew too big to keep. It went to live with Aunt Molly and Uncle Ben on their huge farm and I was happy that it had a large country home. One day, during dinner, I noticed the scrawniest roast chicken on the table with tiny little drumsticks and I had a sinking feeling. Now, I'm no vegetarian and I love roast chicken, but my "chickdar" was going off pretty strong, so I point-blank asked my parents if it was MY chicken. When they said "Yes" I told them they were cruel to do that do a child and feed them their pet, ran from the table and refused to eat anything for dinner. That, friends, was the WORST thing I was ever served (but really didn't eat) in my whole life.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  James Cristinian Jan 24, 2010 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Similiar story. I grew up in a large city with a 5 & 10 store that sold colored chikcs. We raised them until they were too large, (or our parents got tired of them), and we'd take them to the edge of town to some less well off folks where they could "have a good home."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    coll Jan 24, 2010 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We did that too. Six for a dollar, not colored: one drowned because my sister took the two duck chicks (no way to tell) and put them in the bathtub because they were ducks. Then the other duck thought it was a chicken and ran around behind the others like a maniac. Neighbors complained to the authorities so we had no choice. Imagine now, with PETA and whatnot, every big store sold them at Easter back then.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gryphonskeeper Jan 31, 2010 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ok, that is incredibly cruel. That would have turned me into a Vegan for sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      guilty Apr 20, 2010 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OK, that pet chicken story is horrible. I'm sorry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Riatta Jan 7, 2010 05:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Macaroni casserole with macaroni, canned chinese mixed vegetables, spam and cream of mushroom soup. Really watery because of the vegetable giving up a lot of liquid when it cooked. Ga-ross!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gryphonskeeper Jan 7, 2010 05:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I just got the single worst visual ever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bushwickgirl Jan 14, 2010 03:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jeez, that sounds God-awful, like the worst ever. I guess you could pick out the Spam, though. I'm sorry you were subjected to that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            meatn3 Apr 20, 2010 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If we are having a contest, I vote for this as the winner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is a really unappealing mix...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My sympathies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sueatmo Jan 5, 2010 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The 2 worst things I ever ate as a child were canned hominy and mashed summer squash. Hominy has no tase and I never liked it, but at least it was inoffensive. Mashed squash looks like throwup. Its texture is not pleasing. It has no flavor. I talked about this in front of my kids, and when they were served this at Grandmas they refused to eat it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              aynrandgirl Jan 4, 2010 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Liver and brussels sprouts, naturally.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cabbage and rice casseroles. My mother loved them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bacon fat spread: refrigerated rendered fat used as a spread on sandwiches.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Jan 4, 2010 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mmmmm. liverwurst. delicious. Dito for the liver & sprouts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  aynrandgirl Jan 5, 2010 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I thought rumors of people who like liver were urban legend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Jan 5, 2010 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You've lead a very protected life so far, then.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Morganna Jan 6, 2010 04:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love liver and liverwurst. :) Though I never learned it from my parents. :) My mother used to scorch the liver and onions (she, apparently, like it that way, to me, it was utterly disgusting and inedible). I never realized how much I liked it until I cooked it myself and DIDN'T scorch it. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Jan 6, 2010 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Done well (not well-done haha), liver is one of the delicacies in life. Calf, goose, duck, chicken, lamb.... bring it on. Seared to a crisp on the outside, and soft, pink & creamy on the inside. With apples & onions for calf, dark berry compote for poultry. Good eats.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Full tummy Jan 6, 2010 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hahahaha, liver AND brussels sprouts!!! Two real winners on the same plate together. Wow!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chuchelo Jan 1, 2010 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My mom's rice pudding. Actually, my three brothers and I showed amazing solidarity in the face of this. All of us refused it and were left sitting alone in the dining room until we ate it or we were sent to bed. The following morning, it was served as breakfast. Then we found it in our lunch.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I still gag at the sight of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Florida Hound Apr 26, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rice pudding story.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hate the stuff, but was more or less forced to eat it for Christmas Eve as a kid, with a charming Scandinavian tradition that there was an almond hidden in the mush and that person got a little Christmas present. I think there was something else hidden in the pudding, and if you got that (a raisin or something?) you had to do the dishes. Hated the rice pudding, but have wonderful memories of the overall tradition as it contributed to fun Christmas Eves.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When we first got married, I told my wife all about the wonderful Christmas Eve tradition, but somehow did not communicate that the center-attraction, the rice pudding, was awfulllllllll! My wife only assumed that it was one of my favorites.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      One of my favorite desserts is tapioca. MMMM. One day, my wife presented me with a bowl of... tapioca after one of our early newlywed meals. Oh boy, oh boy- the taste buds can't wait. Whoh-Thought I would gag to death! I could hardly gasp out the question, "Yuck! What is this??" (Tried not to be too harsh at this point in the relationship) Wife said- "Its your favorite! Its rice pudding!" To which I replied, "Rice pudding? I hate rice pudding! I thought it was tapioca!" So we had to back-track on that Christmas memories story to let my beloved know that the rice pudding was a necessary evil to the rest of the charm of the season. Haven't had rice pudding since, but she and I have had many moments of laughter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Loved chuchelo's post from start to finish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      marneybrown Dec 31, 2009 10:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My aunt had her own farm and made spaghetti one night which was my absolute favorite food on the planet. Well she didn't have any beef in the house so she "improvised" and used liver instead. Because they were poor, and we were guests visiting, we were forced to eat it. We still talk about how disgusting it was to this day and my mother has apologized for making us eat something so revolting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart Jan 1, 2010 06:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh no, that really takes the cake.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          raidar Jan 1, 2010 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So was it diced/ground up? I just can't even imagine this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Professor Jan 5, 2010 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I once had "spaghetti a la Caruso" in a NYC restaurant...spaghetti in red sauce with chicken livers...and it was absolutely delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            parliament Dec 31, 2009 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The worst thing I remember eating as a kid was Chef Boyardee ravioli. Back when I was a kid, probably around seven or eight, they had kid-appealing Chef Boyardee commercials that would come on Nickelodeon. So I begged Mom to get a can of it at the grocery store. She fixed it for me one day for dinner, and I bit into it. It was seriously disgusting. The texture was revolting, the meat inside of the ravioli smelled and tasted old and horrible, like it had been sitting out for days rotting. After eating the first one, I felt like I was going to ralph. Mom made me sit there until I was done eating. I got about 30% through before she turned her back and I dumped it into the garbage can. And then I ran to the bathroom, where I stayed for close to a half-hour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Perilagu Khan Dec 27, 2009 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My mom's sweet and sour pork. She was a heck of a cook, but her SaSP was overloaded with pineapple. Nasty stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                boagman Dec 27, 2009 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Now, see, to this day, I absolutely love my mom's SaSP. When she's making it, the smell of the vinegar is SO STINKING STRONG, and while it does have pineapple in it, it's in correct ratio with the rest of the veggies and pork in the dish. Smelling that dish cooking is just a little preview of heaven to me. There are other great smells, too, but that one is just so very distinctive. I'm sorry you grew up not liking it...have you since had versions of it that you approve of?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. BabsW Dec 27, 2009 04:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cube steak. *shudder*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A gray hunk of gristly grossness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  boagman Dec 27, 2009 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cube steak I could handle...I didn't necessarily *like* it, but it was certainly edible. I'll say this, though: ours was never grey. Brown? Yes...the color that beef should be when cooked, with a little red worked in there. It is most definitely a lousy cut of beef, but it was never a Hill To Die On for me. I fully agree about the gristle, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Florida Hound Dec 4, 2009 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My mother made an extremely gross cooked spinach in a white sauce. I guess my father liked it, but the kids in the house fell into the stereotype that kids are supposed to hate spinach. The Popeye cartoons of my era did not impress. As an adult, I discovered fresh spinach leaves in salads and occasionally put fresh spinach leaves in a sandwich to veggie-up what ever meat is the main deal. I wish Mom had served just raw, unmutilated spinach.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bushwickgirl Dec 4, 2009 08:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Growing up in the '50s and '60s, my parents always had a garden and grew spinach. For some reason we never ate it raw; it was most often cooked to death, or frozen (my mom was big on freezing things) and then cooked to death some more. Not until the '70s did I even consider eating raw spinach and of course, I still do today.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Now I make creamed spinach (from fresh) with reduced heavy cream, a little shallot, a bit of nutmeg and butter. A far cry from the creamed spinach of mom's kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sarah Ann Bowden Dec 4, 2009 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My mom wanted to try a new recipe and so she made squash soup - with chicken flavoring! YUK!!! I have never had an appetite for her liver and onions, either. My dad, on the other hand, has a tendency to ruin chili by making sure that it is not spicy but really, really sweet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      elvirabarker Dec 2, 2009 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When I was 4, my mom put a lot of work into making kidney stew. I can still remember the strong smell of urine in it. ugh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. horseshoe Dec 2, 2009 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pickled beets, cooked cabbage, brussel sprouts, still hate them. Things i used to hate but love now are: mushrooms, oysters, broccoli..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Aramek Dec 2, 2009 05:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The only thing I hated when younger was Hard Boiled eggs. Something about the smell just made me queasy. Thankfully that has passed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Jetgirly Dec 1, 2009 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My mom's cauliflower-cheese soup is really, really gross. I can't really describe it... Well, she never sweats the onions long enough and they're always really crunchy. Then, the oil never emulsifies (or too much is used, more likely), and there's a filmy layer of oil across the top of the bowl (okay, I just typed "bowel" and that isn't actually far off). It's just gross, and I speak as an avowed soup lover who will eat almost anything in soup form. She's been really good about not cooking it when I come to visit (and of course I always offer to cook when I'm there!)... but the memories still haunt me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. bushwickgirl Dec 1, 2009 04:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Big hate: I went to parochial school at a convent in ME in the fifties, where the French-Canadian nuns did all the cooking. We were served yellow split pea soup, which I thought was the most vile smelling and tasting stuff ever to cross my 6-year-old palate. I remember thinking that is wasn't really even food. Unfortunately, the nuns made us finish everything on our plates before we could go out for recess. Boy, did I suffer for Christ. I like it now, though.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Big fear: fish bones, had nightmares about choking on them when I was a kid and we had fish every Friday. More torture by organized religion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gryphonskeeper Dec 1, 2009 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bushwacked, One of the nuns in my Catholic School choked on a fish bone once, We were given tuna sandwiches after that for the remainder of Lent.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bushwickgirl Dec 1, 2009 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ha, I had no such luck.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If it was bad or scary, I was going to have to eat it, in the name of Christ.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Made me the ethical hedonist I am today.;-))

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    coll Dec 1, 2009 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    She should have lit a candle for Saint Blaise. Wasn't there a holy day when they blessed your throat so you wouldn't choke on a fish bone. If I remember, it was right before Lent began......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bushwickgirl Dec 1, 2009 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, it was Saint Blaise, with the crossed holy candles. I seem to remember my Mom telling me it was to ward off sore throats, so you see, I just couldn't win.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        coll Dec 2, 2009 01:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The legend is that they were taking St Blaise away somewhere, probably to torture him or something, and a boy was choking on a fish bone and he made the sign of the cross and the boy miraculously recovered. Must be a repressed memory for you!! I know I always had a fear of choking on fish bones too, and I guarantee it was the nuns trying to scare us into being holy. I mean, how many people actually choke on fish bones and die?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bushwickgirl Dec 2, 2009 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, if there are any, I don't know them, probably because they're dead.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Seriously, it's a highly unlikely way to die, IMO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mkir Nov 29, 2009 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Canned peas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I always knew when my parents were going out that night because my mom would always fix the same dinner for us -- boiled hot dogs, canned peas, and cottage cheese. Or, if we were particularly unlucky, canned lima beans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gack. None of those items ever graced my plate once I left home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dr. pepper Nov 30, 2009 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ditto with the liver and lima beans.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I detested frozen brussel sprouts and would wash them down whole with milk - it was like swallowing golf balls.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mom also made "salmon pea wiggle", a Vermont specialty: canned salmon with canned peas and some sort of sauce (canned no doubt) to goo it all together. It was served on a bed of saltines. I would carefully cut and eat the four little triangles on the corners which didn't have the wiggle on it, after which I was in for a long night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    boagman Nov 23, 2009 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Veal parmesan. My mom, who is an excellent cook, could not fathom (along with my father) that I actually couldn't eat this abomination. After throwing up while eating it on multiple, sequential occasions, they *finally* relented and didn't make me eat that atrocity any more. In fact, my abhorrence for it got it eliminated from the dinner selections altogether.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't mean to paint my parents in any kind of cruel light: we did have a "no-thank-you serving" rule at the table which was very helpful in making me into the foodie I am today, but to this day, with cultured dairy products, they're not forced on me. Ever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      crazybaker Nov 27, 2009 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lima beans was the 'YUCK' food for me. Luckily our kitchen table had a narrow ledge on the inside bottom of it. I used to line up my lima beans on that ledge when nobody was looking. I'm not sure whatever happened to all thos lima beans. Maybe they just dried up and turned to dust! Yes, I still hate lima beans!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Another disgusting thing was the mashed pumpkin that my grandmother served one Thanksgiving. All my cousins and I thought it was rutabaga, which we love, so we all took huge helpings of it. The first taste told us it was NOT rutabaga. Grandma told us that if we wanted dessert, we had to clean our plates! That pumpkin had fallen off the back of a truck and my unmarried aunt picked it up off the road and brought it home. Grandma decided to make it part of the Thanksgiving dinner. It was DISGUSTING!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        szeglin Nov 29, 2009 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have a relative who enjoys eating lima beans doused in ketchup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          coll Nov 29, 2009 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Everything tastes better with ketchup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            miriamjo Jan 6, 2010 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, really. My Grandfather would make ketchup on white bread for us as an afternoon snack. YUK!! To this day I rarely use the stuff. I learned to like all sorts of offal, liver (especially lamb which is so much better than beef), kidneys, black pudding and haggis. We had the one taste rule at our house. You had to take a taste before you could claim you didn't like something, and it wasn't just the first time it was served (in case your taste had changed). I'm glad that was the case as there are few foods I won't eat. I don't do canned veggies except tomatoes and beans (not the green kind). My mom was a good cook who baked her own beans, Boston style, made her own brown bread etc. Living in RI we had lots of clams, crabs, scallops and the like. Loved it all, lucky me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. hala Nov 23, 2009 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      my dad's scrambled eggs. He cooked them in lard and put in equal amounts of eggs , fat and dates. They were disgustingly sweet and fatty. My mother never allowed him to make that dish, so, he only cooked it when she was not there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        puddin head Nov 22, 2009 08:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My father's second wife's mother lived with us when I was 5-8 years old. She was a HORRIBLE cook. We weren't allowed to snack between meals, and then had to eat horrid plates of yuck for dinner. It was almost out of a Grimm's fairy tale.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So, to this day I cannot STAND anything called "pork." When I read descriptions of pork dishes the appeal is completely lost on me. I have tried occasionally to give it another chance, but the damage is done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Incidentally, I do enjoy bacon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SonyBob Nov 22, 2009 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That would be a toss up between Mom's mashed turnips and Grandmother's aspic. Mom bought the biggest turnips she could get and then boiled and mashed them. They were horribly bitter and no amount of butter or pepper would keep me from gagging. My grandmother, bless her heart, thought aspic was a really special thing to fix when I and my very young family would visit over Christmas break. It was tasteless and reminded everyone of cold snot. She would serve it with such pride and anticipation, we just HAD to eat it approvingly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. szeglin Nov 22, 2009 06:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chicken a la King. I never liked it. Probably never will.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. boyzoma Nov 17, 2009 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have to agree with many posters. Liver and Onions. I would get physically sick to my stomach at the smell of the liver. To this day, I still cannot touch that one! I can't believe there are so many others here that feel the same. It gives me validation!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet Nov 17, 2009 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Once, when I was in LA on business, a friend invited me to her house for dinner. She was serving liver and onions. It was the only time in my life that I just couldn't eat what my host was serving. I confessed my aversion, and she was very understanding. What would possess you to make this for company??!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sam Fujisaka Nov 18, 2009 01:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well. I'd make liver and onions for an informal dinner and for guests with adult food tastes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Nov 18, 2009 04:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sam, that's a pretty unfair statement. Just because someone doesn't like liver doesn't mean their tastes are adult; they just don't like the taste of liver.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If an adult only ate Chef Boyardee Spaghettios and frozen pizza and chicken fingers, *then* perhaps their tastes aren't adult. But to say that those of us who don't like liver do not have "adult food tastes" is, at the least, demeaning to those of us who don't like liver.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sam Fujisaka Nov 18, 2009 05:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, you're right; and I apologise. On the other hand, I was responding to roxlet's indignation when s/he asked, "What would possess you to make this for company??!!". That tone made me indignant. Plus, I grew up in a time before packaged foods and tastes, a time when liver & onions were served in restaurants!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Nov 18, 2009 05:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fair enough - I figured that's what you were responding to. But then again, being one of those who detests the taste of liver (at least the liver I've tried four times or so in various meals, whether at home or out) I have to agree with roxlet's query! LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JungMann Nov 18, 2009 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm not terribly old, but it does make me *feel* old to reminisce when I used to be able to get liver and onions at any old restaurant. I can still hear the creakiness of the faux-leather banquettes and the wonderfully rich scent of onions fried with bacon. Now the only times I ever see liver and onions are when they are a special at some upmarket New American boite.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            latindancer Nov 18, 2009 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love liver and onions. Calves liver is my favorite choice but either way is fine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Years ago it was considered one of those delicious delicacies and I'm not sure when/why they began taking it off menus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This thread is convincing me I must make it more often.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              coll Nov 18, 2009 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Most restaurants get beef liver frozen in 4 oz portions, for the rare (older) clientele that requests it. It's not going to win any taste contests, since it's cut so thin, so I predict its popularity will continue to wane.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I grew up eating it by force, and my Mom made only us girls eat it for the iron, the boys got hamburgers those nights. Unfair! I do love chicken liver in almost any form though, and I once had the most delicious beef liver at a German restaurant, served Sauerbraten style. That, I'd eat again. But as far as serving it to company, only if it was my mother, or a friend of mine who's in his 80s and orders it in restaurants when it's on the menu, only to be disappointed everytime when it comes out well done.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                latindancer Nov 18, 2009 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "....for the rare (older) clientele that requests it".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've been told that I began loving it as soon as I could chew meat. I remember eating it at a diner next to the hospital I worked at when it was their special. I couldn't wait for it to be on the menu again. It was delicious. Of course it was during the '70's and it's apparent, from reading this thread, that this dish is no longer popular. Each generation, if what you say is true about 'older' people being the only ones who ask for it, apparently has their favorite dishes....so I wonder what this generation's popular/acceptable dish is....perhaps anything quick on 'on the go'? Something to be eaten in one hand while being able to text in the other?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I, like you, love chicken livers also.....chopped chicken liver in my case.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  coll Nov 18, 2009 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sadly, the younger generation seems to be pushing the trend towards fast food items. Making french fries into a meal. Breaded chicken fingers with ranch dressing. Burgers, but not juicy fresh ones, just skinny little patties with lots of condiments. Of course, this is extremely general, but if McDonalds etc sells it, every other food place has to sell something similar. Including the schools, which is part of the problem. Predictable food trumps exotic for most.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Professor Nov 18, 2009 08:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sad...very sad.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Prefab, processed food is winning the day (not in my house, though).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sam Fujisaka Nov 19, 2009 02:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All of you are implicitly but more politely backing my tbhoughtless comment above about liver & onions being a perfectly acceptable dish for people with adult tastes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pikawicca Nov 19, 2009 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Calves liver and chicken livers, both served with mashed potatoes and cream gravy, are still served (Gott sei dank!) in diners throughout the Midwest. That said, most folks I know won't touch them. I think they must have been exposed to poorly cooked/over cooked versions in their youth. How else to explain their rejection of these delicious dishes?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Smileelisa Dec 7, 2009 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree professor. My husband loves processed food to my utter disgust. He chooses store bought mac and cheese, cookies, bread, etc I love to cook and bake and everybody who comes over wants to move in, they complain their wives don't bake and tell my hubby how lucky he is. When I make him his *stove top* he is the only 1 who eats it. Guess it is a matter of taste. He grew up on processed foods and doesn't know any better. I am slowly changing his way of eating. Just the cost alone of the processed food is enough to keep me away from it. Plus the fact it isn't good for you. My niece who lives with us is 17 and she grew up on processed food and cannot believe I make food from scratch! She hasn't refused to eat any of it yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Morganna Nov 19, 2009 03:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You can get liver and onions off the standard menu at the Wayside Restaurant in Berlin, Vermont. :) They also have tripe. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pikawicca Nov 19, 2009 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Whoa...tripe in Vermont? Where did that come from?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Nov 19, 2009 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Calf's liver with apples & onions along with mashed potatoes is one of the "official" dishes of Berlin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I eat it all: liver, kidney, brains, sweetbreads... GOOOOOOOD eats!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pikawicca Nov 19, 2009 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry, I will part company on kidney, which smells (surprise!) like urine. The rest are good, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Nov 19, 2009 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Never smelled or tasted like urine to me, and I have a pretty sensitive nose. I've only had calf's kidneys, so perhaps pork or beef are stronger smelling -- calf's liver is much milder in flavor than beef or pork liver, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And if they're in a creamy mustard sauce with dill over rice... delish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gentlyferal Sep 6, 2010 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've tried and tried to enjoy liver -- in fact this thread is inspiring me to try yet again -- but I've always found it pasty and squishy when it wasn't cooked to death. And then there's the whole bitterness issue.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The one time my mother (recovering from a stroke, and with no limitations on her diet because the doctor wanted her to regain weight) craved a batter-fried brain sandwich, like she used to have in Chicago, it was such a production number. First we had to find the brains. Then Grandma had to reinvent the recipe from Mom's description. Then she cooked them - for everybody. Mom was very happy, but I thought, "Bland and squishy, yet not nauseating. Well, I don't ever need to eat this again."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sweetbreads, though - one of my fondest childhood memories is the annual family trip to Reno NV, where we would dine at Eugene's, one of those 1960's kinda-French Middle-western-posh restaurants. I always, ALWAYS ordered the sweetbreads in some kind of ravishing brown gravy that had red wine or sherry in it (I think). Tender, succulent ... I've been craving them for about a week now. To me, they're reminiscent of chicken "oysters" - the succulent bits on the back of a chicken, just where the "waist" should be. I believe I was still in elementary school when I discovered them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    puddin head Nov 22, 2009 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have a distinct memory of sitting with my father at a tavern. It was dark, with those faux-stained glass tiffany style lamps above the booths. I was about 4 years old, it was in the 1970's. I was drinking a Shirley Temple, and my father was eating a plate of liver and onions. I detest liver, even then I remember watching him eat with a bit of digust. But I did love Shirley Temples.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet Apr 6, 2010 01:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I consider myself to have adult food tastes, but I think that liver and onions is not a meal for company, particularly since many people do have an aversion to it. I am not the only one as evidenced by many of the negative reactions to liver as a dish on this thread. When I invite someone for dinner, I try to find out if my guest has any food allergies and I will often mention the main part of the menu to make sure that there isn't a problem. It's called being a good host or hostess, and has nothing to do with whether your tastes are "adult." I resent your remark.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Dagney Nov 16, 2009 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Canned green beans. I have a DISTINCT memory of actually vomiting them up at the dinner table when I was 5. And peas. No. Not ever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            However, I love that weird green bean casserole.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              chowmel Nov 14, 2009 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fried pickled tripe, blood sausage are the two that really stickout. We only HAD to eat them the first time. After that - they were just for my dad. For me it was also routinely mashed potatos. I'd have to sit at the table until I ate them. Stubborn girl that I was I'd last for hours. Then I ate them hard and cold. That showed them I guess !! :>

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pikawicca Nov 15, 2009 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "Pickled" tripe? Tripe on its own wasn't gross enough? Gack! But, pardon me, you didn't like mashed potatoes? Mashed spuds (properly prepared) is just about the most perfect food known to man.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CouplesCooking Nov 14, 2009 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Without a doubt it was ONE lima bean,.....still don't eat them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gryphonskeeper Nov 15, 2009 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lima beans is the ONLY veggie I won't eat

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lyn Jan 24, 2010 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yup. lima beans. I eat many different , even extreme ( in pop culture words) food items. But Lima beans is where I draw the line. my parents said we had to try everything before we said we would not eat it. They paid for that in gack at the table. tongue, pig ear, blood saugae, innards, bring them on. Lima bean? I will crumble every time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Florida Hound Nov 11, 2010 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I posted elsewhere on the thread re: horrid creamed spinach. But, Lyn, you touched a still-raw nerve or raw taste bud mentioning "lima beans." I had left them far in the past and never looked back. But back in the day of eating at Mom and Dad's table, the periodic challenge of the lima beans was an event. I think I would silently wait out the ordeal and sometimes get sent to bed without my supper. I think one time when Mom tried, "Well, you can just sit here all night until you finish them," I sat there all night.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And then, as others have posted, there was liver. My father loved it. I must have been adopted.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Florida Hound

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ZenSojourner Nov 11, 2010 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "And then, as others have posted, there was liver. My father loved it. I must have been adopted."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LOL! I'm right there with you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. The Professor Nov 14, 2009 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Interesting how individual taste is. The chicken soup described by the original poster is the same chicken soup my family made when I was a kid, which I loved, and which I still make the same way to this day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As far as food I had to eat as a kid, there are a number of things that I professed to hate back then (MILK was one of them..the only way my mom could get me to drink it at all was to put it in coffee); but I gradually grew to love many foods I had an aversion to (mostly during my college years...the "munchies" served a powerful purpose in retraining my palate concerning foods I formerly may have considered unappealing. LOL!).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just proves that in the end, people's food aversions can be pretty silly. Half the time, the real hurdle is just tasting something for the first time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pikawicca Nov 14, 2009 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Did you ever come to like milk? I have had a lifelong loathing for the stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Professor Nov 14, 2009 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I can drink it now, yes. It wasn't until my freshman year in college (40 years ago) that I would even consider it. As I mentioned, it took a little prodding from a temporary 'sensory enhanced' state..LOL...but man oh man, with not much else in the fridge, that first glass tasted SO good. After I finished the quart container, the bowl of chopped liver (another former 'no-way' food) was the next course.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          pikawicca Nov 15, 2009 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, I thought I was a hungry student, but I was never desperate enough to drink milk. More power to you, prof.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            c oliver Nov 15, 2009 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And Mother fussed at me because I love milk so much that I wanted to drink it just because I was thirsty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Nov 15, 2009 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I used to drink TONS of milk as a teenager. I remember getting yelled at by the guy who ran the stable I was riding/working at, telling me that calves triple in size within weeks, and that milk was a food, not a drink.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I had no problem downing a couple of big glasses every morning, even liked it for quenching the thirst after a night of boozing...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I still absolutely must have a glass of milk with breakfast, but nowadays it's skim, of course.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                c oliver Nov 15, 2009 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not gonna fit in those britches if you get too fat :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gryphonskeeper Nov 15, 2009 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mental note..... pour water on cereal from now on....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    EWSflash May 11, 2011 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm not a milk drinker, but when I was pregnant I would have a big glass of skim milk with a lot of skim milk powder added. I'd invented that when I was an anorexic 20-year-old, sometmes as the only thing I 'ate' all day, but I'd developed a taste for it and drank it every day during my pregnancy, in addition to eating like a thresher. I had a very healthy 10.25 lb baby boy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It just occurred to me to say Thank God I don't have anybody around to tell me what to eat any more!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. roxlet Nov 13, 2009 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My mother made escarole soup, which I think must have been delicious, but since I had an aversion to most vegetables at that time, I thought it was disgusting. She would cook the escarole in the pressure cooker, and the smell of the escarole cooking was very similar to the smell of artichokes, which I adored. So I would come into the house all happy thinking that dinner would be a snap, but as soon as I realized the truth of the matter, I knew it would be another dinner that would stretch on interminably as my parents and I waged a war of wills. I'd do homework sitting at the dinner table with the bowl of escarole soup in front of me. Finally, it would be time for a bath and bed, and the war was over for the night, probably to resume the next night over steak pizziola, which was always made with a gristly, tough meat that I would wage war against. There were so many instances of things I wouldn't eat that I would love to have right now!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            magfitz Nov 13, 2009 05:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            my parents were pretty good about not making us eat many things that we just did not like (i hated macaroni & cheese while my siblings loved it. they would get it as a side but i was excused from eating it). the only thing i remember being forced to eat was cubed steak. AAARRRGGGH! i would gag at the mention of it. i would chew and chew and just could not break it down enough to swallow it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            one thing i do remember was that my father used to refer to hot dogs as 'tube steak'. i would always have to have him repeat and enunciate his announcement of what was for dinner because i would often find myself looking forward to hot dogs only to have 'cubed steak' served. what a let down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            oh, his term for leftovers was 'magapani stew'. not sure of the spelling of that as i had never seen it written and haven't heard the term anywhere else.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sam Fujisaka Nov 13, 2009 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You don't mean, "mulligatawny stew"?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gryphonskeeper Nov 13, 2009 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I looked up that recipe Sam, and it sounds wonderful!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  magfitz Nov 16, 2009 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  nope. i've had mulligatawny. kind of an indian chicken soup, no? this was just a term that they used for leftovers. magipani (or something that sounded like that) stew

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Full tummy Nov 13, 2009 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tube steak!!! Cute!!! Where did he get that from? Was it sarcastic?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There's a restaurant here in Ontario called the "Goofy Newfie", where they serve "Newfie steak" (The owners are from Newfoundland.) The "steak" is really fried bologna, hahaha.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gryphonskeeper Nov 13, 2009 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LOL.... I had that once.... only once. EEK..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pikawicca Nov 13, 2009 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Tube steak" was a pretty common name for a hot dog when I was a kid. I always thought it was lame.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Full tummy Nov 13, 2009 07:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hahaha, that's funny. I did an Internet search, and the term goes way back to the 1930s!! Apparently, there's even an entry in the Oxford English Dictionary for "tube steak"...


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          c oliver Nov 13, 2009 08:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Me too. I'm 62; how old are you?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pikawicca Nov 14, 2009 12:20 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart Nov 16, 2009 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Tube steak" was one of my dad's witticisms when I was a kid (London, Ont., 1960s). I always thought it, like some of his others (not all as polite), were WWII army lingo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            latindancer Nov 16, 2009 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well it's also one of my favorite ZZ Top songs...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Tube Steak Boogie"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart Nov 17, 2009 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My dad must have consulted on the lyrics, "Here's to the girl who lives on the hill..." was one of his favorite toasts, in company or just muttered to himself.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                latindancer Nov 17, 2009 10:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Maybe your dad knew my dad :).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. CajunJacques Nov 12, 2009 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It would be white beans on rice, well, white beans period. When I ate the white beans at that time it was on rice. I ate a spoon full and felt sick to the gills at the taste and smell of the beans. My mom told me to eat it all or I would not go to see a movie with them that night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It felt like an eternity to finish the bowl. To this day, I do not eat white beans.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CookieWeasel Nov 12, 2009 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The worst food I had to eat routinely was summer squash, and yes, I was MADE to eat it, every last bite. I HATED it! I had a bathrobe with big pockets and sometimes I would wear it to the dinner table and slip some squash into the pockets. Then I'd take a bathroom break and flush the evil vegetable down the john. I have no idea why I found the taste so repugnant. Nowadays, summer squash is one of my favorite things!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Full tummy Nov 12, 2009 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hahaha, did your parents ever figure out the bathrobe trick?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tastes can change, and I don't believe it has anything to do with something being forced on you, though it's good to taste a little bit now and again, to see if it's something you can acclimate to. That's how I learned to like olives, and anchovies, and probably many other things.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FrankD Nov 12, 2009 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We hated brussel sprouts; they were always over-boiled and smelly. And of course, no child was allowed to leave the table without cleaning their plate ("Think of all those starving children in China!". "Well, let me mail it to them" turned out, after a swift cuff to the back of the head and an extra helping of sprouts laid on the plate, to be an ineffective response).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              One night I was sitting there with my brother and sister, moaning over the sprouts, while my parents, who were done, had adjourned to the living room nearby. Suddenly, my sister jumped up, announced she had to go to the bathroom, grabbed her plate, and disappeared. When she came back with an empty plate, she sat down for a minute, announced "I'm done", and showed the plate to my parents. "OK" they said, and she left. My little brother and I looked at each other, and burst into helpless laughter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                vorpal Nov 19, 2009 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Isn't it funny how that works out? When I was a kid, I loathed buckwheat pancakes, broccoli, and glazed carrots. Over the last few years after not eating them since childhood, out of the blue, I've developed wild cravings for all three of those things and now absolutely enjoy them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  EWSflash May 11, 2011 08:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LOL- my mom used to make sourdough buckwheat pancakes as a treat- I didn't realize how much I hated them until she had some friends over after I was an adult- and half of the people got that look on their faces that said 'Sweet Jesus how do I get this sh!t out of my mouth?' I haven't made anything with either sourdough or buckwheat since I was an adult.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Auriana Nov 12, 2009 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My mom was a horrible cook, but she knew it and didn't make us eat much that we didn't want to. However, she had a gross habit of putting chopped-up hot dogs in Kraft mac & cheese. I always ate around the hot dog chunks, but the mac & cheese got stained with hot dog juice and just tasted rank. She thought it made the pasta healthier by adding protein. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Full tummy Nov 12, 2009 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh my goodness, healthy (?), did she never read the ingredient list on the hot dog package??? Funny thing is that was many children's dream dinner... KD with hot dogs...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Auriana Nov 13, 2009 09:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My well-intentioned mom has only recently started reading ingredient lists...due to my prodding.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mattwarner Nov 22, 2009 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Forget kids - I'm pushing 30, cook dinner from scratch every night, and I'd gladly sneak M&C with hotdogs for dinner tomorrow! (You know, if nobody would ever know of my secret, shameful proclivities...) :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        vorpal Dec 5, 2009 05:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have to agree... KD (Kraft Dinner, which is what we call boxed mac & cheese up here in Canada) + hot dogs is a delicious combination! Even better is KD mixed with pan-fried ground beef, cooked up with some garlic and salt and pepper. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I didn't enjoy that kind of stuff when I was a kid (I was a dreadfully picky child, and I must have been such a pain in the keester), so I may as well enjoy it now!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Dec 5, 2009 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I like to add chicken breast, red peppers, and mushrooms. And hot sauce, of course. Voilá: dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kubasd Nov 14, 2009 12:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      haha my boyfriend loves kraft mac and cheese with sliced hot dogs in it. As a matter of fact, during football season he eats it every sunday morning before the games. To me it's nasty, but he'd eat it 4-5 times a week if i made it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        just_M Nov 14, 2009 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My husband and son love this too, but the kicker is they use Doritos to scoop it up with. Honestly its disgustingly good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Full tummy Nov 9, 2009 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For me, there is no one worst food. I pretty much remember not liking most of the food we had in the house, aside from apples, oranges, bananas, fish sticks and microwave chicken legs, skin removed, with chicken seasoning salt (quite possibly my most favourite main course), green peas, peanut butter and whole wheat bread. My dad was a single parent with little money and a 100% commitment to efficiency and eating healthy. So, nothing was ever fried. We never had butter, margarine, sugar, maple syrup, bacon, ham, cold cuts, cheese, herbs, potatoes, pasta. They weren't even in the house!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What we did have were a lot of pressure cooked plain beef heart and kidneys. Cod and beef liver were steamed, as were all vegetables, including gritty spinach (my dad didn't know how to wash spinach and didn't seem to mind the grit), parsnips. Pork hocks were cooked in the slow cooker so the fat and skin became gelatinous and slimy (at that time, my dad didn't realize that the white slime was fat, so he made me eat it!). And a wedge of iceberg lettuce with salt on the side -- we didn't have salad dressing, vinegar, mayonnaise, or any condiment to dress it, or anything, with. Nothing had a sauce, there was no deglazing, reducing. Gravy was a bad word.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And I had to eat it all, whatever was put on my plate. Alas, there was no family pet to pass it to... my dad was like some sort of surveillance system, so trips to the washroom, discrete napkin wraps were impossible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I survived, though, as did the rest of us, hahaha.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        vorpal Nov 19, 2009 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My parents were extremely vigilant, too, and were essentially the worst preparers of vegetables that the world has seen (everything was frightfully overboiled and mere minutes from unidentifiable mush). I had to eat the vegetable they cooked at every meal, and there were very, very few that I liked. The strategy that I used was to put one bite in my mouth, begin gagging uncontrollably (given how disgusting they were, it wasn't much of a stretch), and then run over to the garbage as fast as I could and make wretching noises while spitting it out. That usually ended the torture session quite well :-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Full tummy Nov 27, 2009 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, poor you!!! I don't recall delivering a believable and convincing gag fit, alas. I guess a flair for the dramatics would have been advantageous in such a situation, hahaha.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            vorpal Dec 5, 2009 05:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            *grins* I think my performances during dinner may well be responsible for piquing my continued interest in acting and the theatre!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Full tummy Dec 27, 2009 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hahahaha! Didn't have a bent for acting then, and I don't have it now, alas!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          EWSflash May 11, 2011 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow. That's alternative.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jensunnyside Nov 9, 2009 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My mom never made us eat anything we didn't like. One year my sister and I spent christmas at my dad's with the grandparents and my grandmother made the worse veggie soup. I ate everything but the gross canned green beans. My grandparents forced me to sit there and eat the green beans and my dad didn't have the balls to step in and tell them I didn't have to. I was bitter about that for years. It ruined my relationship with my grandparents for me. My children will never have to eat anything they don't want to.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Nov 9, 2009 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How do they know they don't want to eat something if they don't at least try it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kubasd Nov 9, 2009 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              thank you linda. That is definitely my pet peeve. If they refuse to try stuff as kids, and are allowed to get away with it, what are their eating habits going to be like as adults? Even if their tastes expand, they are stil missing out on years of nutritious eating that they might just love.... If only they'd tried it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Full tummy Nov 9, 2009 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Now, that is true. But some parents take it to the extreme. My dad believed that one could learn to like anything, so anytime he discovered something my sister or I didn't like, he gave it to us more!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  vorpal Nov 12, 2009 01:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hear, hear. Despite the fact that I loathed cauliflower, my dad forced me to eat a few pieces every time it was made, which was at least once a week. He was convinced that I would develop a taste for it. Fifteen years later, I still hate cauliflower and find it revolting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Morganna Nov 12, 2009 04:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is not uncommon with cruciferous veggies. How do you feel about broccoli and brussel sprouts?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vorpal Nov 12, 2009 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I like broccoli now, but hated it as a kid. Brussels sprouts are still a huge no-no with me... probably the vegetable I hate the most!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood Nov 12, 2009 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      have you had it deep-fried, or roasted until soft and brown and caramelized? it's a whole 'nother animal...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        c oliver Nov 12, 2009 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fried is to-die-for. And I make faux-mashed potatoes with it also.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gryphonskeeper Nov 12, 2009 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I do that too!!!! With butter and garlic!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          vorpal Nov 12, 2009 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No, and when you talk about it in those terms (especially the second), you've made my imagination perk up. I'd be delighted to give it another go if served it like that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Full tummy Nov 12, 2009 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I, too, hated cauliflower as a child and don't like it so much now, though I have adjusted to broccoli somewhat. Much prefer "Chinese broccoli" though. What I enjoy, as linguafood said, is breaking the cauliflower into florets, putting them in the baking pan and sprinkling with olive oil. You can put onions in too, or other veggies if desired. Then roast at 400F or so, for about 30 minutes (not sure of exact times as I do it by sight) until the cauliflower looks a little toasted, but not burnt!!! You might want to turn them once or twice for more even browning. I also like to sprinkle cumin seeds on them before roasting, to serve as a side with Indian dishes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              vorpal Nov 14, 2009 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Agreed. I like broccoli to a degree now (I won't eat a huge amount of it, but a few pieces is nice)... I do love Chinese broccoli (gai lan), though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the recipe idea. I'm going to give that a try! *grins* it has to be better than my mom's uber-boiled cauliflower mess.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Full tummy Nov 14, 2009 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Let us know what you think. The cauliflower shouldn't be crisp, but it shouldn't be mush either.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Nov 12, 2009 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              When I get a falafel sandwich, I always ask for the deep-fried cauliflower to be added along with the various salads. It is sooooo good, and really tastes very different from raw or steamed (which I like, too, but not as much).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Once I found out you can achieve the same results by roasting it with olive oil.... yowzah.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Morganna Nov 10, 2009 04:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That was the rule in our house. We weren't allowed to refuse to even try something, but if we tried it and genuinely didn't like it, then we weren't made to eat it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DoobieWah Oct 26, 2010 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's how I raised my son.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I didn't insist that he like everything, or even eat everything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But I did insist that he try everything, and even as a small child he had a terrific palate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We were at an elementary school academic competition of some sort one Saturday and everyone was supposed to bring something to eat. One of the parents asked my son if she could get him anything, and at the ripe old age of eight, he asked for some smoked gouda. (Needless to say they only had Kraft American singles, and some Monterrey Jack. He turned those down, though.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Turns out her husband was a caterer, and he actually hired my son for some gigs later on when he was a teenager.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (I was so proud!) <sniff>

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EWSflash May 11, 2011 08:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My son, when he was around six, told his auntie that he'd eaten rattlesnake. She saidf "Oh- what did it taste like?" thinking the joke was on, only Andy said "Calamari". A favorite Andy story with me :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. amanda3571 Nov 8, 2009 05:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hamburgers. I didn't like them back then and still don't today. My parents used to make us sit at the table until we were done with dinner. I spent hours at that table on hamburger nights forcing bites down with a glass of milk. Blech.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      redearth Feb 27, 2010 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow. You must be in the minority on this one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sidwich Nov 7, 2009 11:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My nursery school *made* us eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a snack. I guess they were afraid of grumpy, low-blood sugar kids in the afternoon, but to me, peanut butter and jelly was something entirely foreign and apparently I objected really loudly to having to eat it. My family was not so far removed from the Old Country, and I thought this sticky sweet mess was awful, and I was not going to eat it under any circumstances. (Obviously, this was quite some time ago, because I can't believe any place would be serving peanut butter at all considering the peanut allergy issue).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was expelled from nursery school not long afterwards, and my parents enrolled me in a school that was much more lenient about their afternoon snack policies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gryphonskeeper Nov 8, 2009 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        you know, I thought I was the only person on earth who hated PB&J I can't eat that super sweet glop.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Nov 8, 2009 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          definitely not the only person on earth. that sandwich is practically unheard of in germany. i'm not crazy about peanut butter as a bread topping, and to add some jelly to it... ugh. i can only handle peanut butter in reese's (or homemade) pb cups, or in savory dishes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            vorpal Nov 12, 2009 01:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You're both not alone. I hated peanut butter as a kid, and I'm still not a big fan of it now. I like peanut butter cookies and other baked goods with peanut butter, but a PB sandwich is something I'll never do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gryphonskeeper Nov 12, 2009 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thank goodness, I was feeling like a freak.. I would not eat it in school and everyone else loved it. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cuccubear Nov 13, 2009 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not to be contrary, but PB is something I eat just about everyday, and have since I was but a wee lad. Breakfast to me smells like melted PB on toast. And, PB+J is a staple lunch. Funny thing how one persons favorite is some else's last resort. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gryphonskeeper Nov 13, 2009 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  its ok cuccubear! My husband LOVES PB sandwiches. I buy him the chunky variety at the deli all the time. I do like Peanut butter noodles though :) I just hate it with jelly it seems way too sweet. I never liked sweets, even as a child. My aunt called me strange because I never ate anything sweet, she told my mother I would grow up to be an old matron. Shows what she knew.. LOL I am married with 3 kids! Oddly both boys love PB&J, daughter hates it like me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EWSflash May 11, 2011 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              nope, horrible combo imo

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                IndyGirl May 12, 2011 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I hate it too--way too sweet, but also the gummy texture. EW

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              latindancer Nov 7, 2009 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ovaltine and a salad every day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Had to...no choice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I plugged my nose with the ovaltine and learned to make my own salad dressing that I liked for the salad whose contents were picked from my mother's garden.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                breakfastfan Nov 7, 2009 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hot Dog casserole. Boil potatoes, slice hotdogs into the water you boiled them in, throw in a few sliced onions. Dinner. OMG, dad loved it with ketchup, but I went hungry those nights. I realize now money was tight, and they were doing their best, but never, ever again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  daveowld Mar 18, 2009 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank god I had a dog! Once a week my mother made this gray colored meatloaf. I couldn't touch the stuff. Of course my parents insisted that you must "clean your plate" before leaving the table. One time I sat for what felt like hours. I finally put three chairs together so I could lay down.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In desparation I finally came up with a ruse. Once my parents left the table I would put the meatloaf in my pocket. The dog (an Airedale) would be attracted due to the smell of the meatloaf in my pocket and would follow me around. Once out of sight I gave the meatloaf to the dog which was "wolfed down instantly". I don't think this really fooled my parents. I think they just gave up in exasperation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I ate spinach, okra and tomatoes, black eyed peas, even grits, (I was raised in SE Texas) with no problem but I could not touch that awful meatloaf!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Athena Nov 7, 2009 03:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We weren't Catholic, but we had to have fish on Fridays anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Slimy canned spinach.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Evaporated milk on cornflakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wheatena/Cream of Wheat


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    All grisly childhood memories.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Potrezebie Mar 17, 2009 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    St. Johns Bread (Bukshoo, in Yiddish). My rabbi gave me some to try in Hebrew School. I wanted to convert then and there!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Whosyerkitty Mar 17, 2009 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was never made to eat anything. Not at school, home or summer camp. I don't believe in making anybody eat anything they don't like so I don't with my own kid. I think it's cruel and a power thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MoxieBoy Mar 18, 2009 07:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But when my girls say they don't like something without trying, funny thing...a few months later they tell me they tried it on their own and actually liked it. It's not a powerplay to expose my daughters to new foods...it's to get them experieced in something new. Nature just takes its merry course many times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But my wife hates peanut butter and coffee, and I love them (not together, of course). Not only won't she try them, but she wants me in a separate room when I have them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Drink Moxie! For those who are at all particular! (another item that you either love or hate...described as carbonated Robitussin. But to those who took their first swig, we're addicted for life. (Diet version for me!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Passadumkeg Nov 7, 2009 02:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What do you leave your kid's tastes up to? What is sold on the ads on Sat. morning TV. Peer influence?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gryphonskeeper Nov 7, 2009 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am with you on this one. My parents NEVER allowed to me choose what I wanted to eat as a kid. Heck we were not even allowed to order our own food until we PAID for it at a restaurant. I am very glad for that, it taught me to enjoy a lot of foods I would never have eaten otherwise. Plus, when you let your kids choose, they will only live on chicken tenders and mac and cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              piccola Nov 8, 2009 06:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm sure there's a happy medium between forcing your kids to eat what you choose and caving to their every whim. I agree that kids need to try new foods, even when they don't want to - just like they have to read literature in school when they'd rather read Twilight. But if they try and don't like it, let it go. And for god's sake, give them some say on their meals, unless you want to set them up for a binge the minute they leave home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                latindancer Nov 8, 2009 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "And for god's sake, give them some say on their meals, unless you want to set them up for a binge the minute they leave home."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm a member of a large family. We sat down at the table for breakfast and dinner....lunch was packed by my mother. She packed the same thing for each of us. None of us has an eating disorder, problems with binging, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I continue, to this day, to eat 3 meals a day with no snacking in between.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I ate what was put in front of me while growing up. As a child I thought that was natural and normal. The children in this country have far too many choices when it comes to food,, watch way too much television and are current about every fast food joint and junk food item out there and, ironically, are some of the most overweight children in the world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My mother would have laughed in our faces if we decided we wanted a 'say' on our meals. She cooked healthy, creative meals and we benefited greatly for it and there was no binging....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gryphonskeeper Nov 8, 2009 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I too had that type of childhood Latin. There was no "snacking" and we were never allowed to eat without asking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Peg Dec 2, 2009 02:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I thought it was only me! As a child (to 18) I NEVER ate food without being given it - raiding the fridge wasn't even considered an option. I was raised in a rural part of the UK (ie not even in a village) (by a US mom from Yonkers NY) - there were no food options other than what I was given. I have no food 'issues' now, other than obsession with yumminess - which I developed the moment I left home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EWSflash May 11, 2011 07:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                +1 both of you

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MattInNJ Mar 17, 2009 06:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lima beans!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Budget Palate Mar 16, 2009 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Funny I was just posting on an Alice Waters-related thread and thinking of the contrast between kids growing and eating their own food as part of a school program, and the horrific and bizarre foodstuffs of my own elementary school cafeteria...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              dberg1313 Mar 16, 2009 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fried eggplant! Salmon loaf (like meatloaf, only with canned salmon), served with white sauce. Thinking of it gives me dry heaves. My mother was a good cook but with 8 kids, she brooked no nonsense. She served it up--take it or leave it--but NOTHING ELSE until the next meal. I also hated creamed lima beans. Oh, and her liver and onions? Tender, yummy, and served with bacon.

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