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I know its OK to like McDonald's French fries but we all have OTHER secrets. Amongst mine are French Toast from Norms and the deepest secret of all, red beans and rice from Popeyes. Do other Hounds have secrets too?

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  1. The trifecta of crispy, buttery cracker, moist tender turkey and creamy sharp cheddar...Particularly a treat when I'm....well....

    1. Despite being a carnivore, I was developing a serious thing for Morningstar Farms vegetarian riblets, doctored with a bit of Thai barbecue sauce. But now they have disappeared from Trader Joes. My permanent downfall is orange chicken, of the Panda Express sweet, sticky, spicy variety. I'm so devoted to it I once did a Panda Express phone-in survey to discuss quality and possible improvements. But I'm sure there's other restaurants who do it better. Full House and Sam Woo, downtown, for example, are disgustingly tasty.

      1. I kinda like those Entenmann's plastic-chocolate covered donuts. Also, orange chicken (renamed to "Orange Favoriate [sic] Chicken" when I was a junior in high school) from Big Bowl, across the street from my alma mater, Santa Monica (Samohi). I think it was called that because that's all anybody ever ordered. Goopy, and overly sweet, and dumped on top of mediocre lo mein, but it was great. One place that some people might be ashamed of, but that I am proud to frequent, is Tito's Tacos in Culver City, the only gringo tacos I've ever liked.

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        1. re: David Boyk

          Wow, David, I went to Samohi too, how did I ever miss the Big Bowl, after confessing to orange chicken addiction in the post just below. Perhaps it was way after my time. We used to go to the crepe place across the street, it was great. But that was for a date or something. During school, we went to Toms #5 for chili burgers and Sambo's for pancakes and coffee (so sophisticated to ditch school and have coffee instead). Also the Brandywyne Cafe was kind of a primitive espresso bar as I recall...this was the '70s, I hate to say.

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            Filmfreaketta

            and Stan's Donuts (peanut butter pocket) at Santa Monica Place for lunch for seniors with open campus

            1. re: Filmfreaketta

              wow, we certainly didn't have any Santa Monica Place in my day. That was the "bad end" of the mall where our parents warned us not to go. We went to Winchell's on Lincoln during photography class, but my favorite donuts at the time were Arlene's at Santa Monica and Bundy (red and orange frosting!). Can't believe it's a Starbucks now. But I did love Stan's in my UCLA days. Oh, another embarassing confession: buttermilk twizzles, from the UCLA vending machines, warmed slightly in the microwave. Nirvana!

              1. re: patty

                I live in Texas, but years ago worked at UCLA. There was no better way to start the day than with a buttermilk Twizzler. Are they still made? I'd love to contact the manufacturer and have them shipped frozen to me, but haven't been able to remember the name. Yours is the ONLY post on the internet that mentions these delicacies.

          2. re: David Boyk

            Tito's tacos are the best. Crowded, cheap, greasy... Usually I get an order of cheese enchiladas, an extra order of guacamole and wash it down with a giant root beer. The salsa there is positively institutional.

          3. Chicken breast pieces from Jack in the Box. I like it with their buttermilk ranch sauce.

            spicy jack chicken quesadillas from del taco, no green sauce...

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            1. re: tissue

              jack in the box surprisingly has decent jalapeno poppers. (good for a quick fix)

              1. re: ellen

                i agree on the jalapeno poppers
                i'd also add:

                taco bell bean burritos(extra sauce) with a hard shell taco chaser

                tommy's chili cheeseburgers

                wendy's frosties

            2. this will shock you... instant Top Ramen. yep the kind you get for 25 cents at the supermarket. i sometimes simply crave it. sick, i know ;-)

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              1. re: Rio2002

                I completely understand. I prefer the Maruchan brand myself. It soooo hits the spot when I get that occasional craving for MSG...

                1. re: Sonia

                  In the same vein, instant hot and sour wonton soup. So disgustingly salty and vinegary and good. And not quite as much fat and calories as top ramen, although at that point, who's counting.

                2. re: Rio2002

                  I came here to say this! There are times I crave it so badly I could scream. There's something about the salty, carby goodness.

                  1. re: Rio2002

                    +1 although oddly enough I prefer it uncooked. My mom and I used to grab a bag, break off bits of dry noodles, quick lick, dip in seasoning, eat up.

                    1. re: Rio2002

                      Ramen is good stuff, especially if you tart them up with your favorite things. I add shredded black fungus, dried goji berries, and wakame seaweed. I love the seaweed.

                      1. re: EWSflash

                        I love ramen with shitake, shredded carrots, and wilted bok choy, plus chile garlic sauce.

                        1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                          sitting here trying to figure out what's wrong with that.

                    2. I love Taco Supremes from Taco Bell and Beef n Cheddars from Arby's.

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                      1. re: Jake

                        Doritos Locos tacos from Taco Bell. I can eat 3 of them at one time! That orange-y nacho cheez powder reminds me of my childhood!

                      2. Tina's Bean and Beef frozen burritos (brown wrapper). Stouffer's Mac 'N Cheese.

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                          I just cant say

                          All of you are SICK!!!!..but i get a mad craving for jack in the box tacos once ina while..and entenmenns powdered donuts.

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                          1. re: I just cant say

                            Yes- JITB tacos and onion rings, on-the-way-home-from the-bar necessities.

                          2. nummy...Taco Bell tacos. TGIFriday's jalapeno poppers w/Hidden Valley Ranch dressing, and a "healthier" addiction- Boston Market frozen creamed spinach. All, of course, spiked with Tabasco-my favorite multipurpose sauce.

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                            1. re: local
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                              tokyoastrogirl

                              Sausage Croissant and egg rolls from Jack in The Box....I think there are enough fat grams to feed a grown man for a month in each, but hey......

                              1. re: tokyoastrogirl

                                No contest-JITB provides good cheap fat in myriad forms...their tacos @2/99 are actually better than Taco Bell's if we're considering the fat factor ;-)

                            2. Arby's Giant "Roast Beef" Sandwiches.. I know, I know...

                              oh, okay... this IS anonymous...
                              and the Subway steak and cheese sandwich - but only from the SW across from the car dealers in Thousand Oaks. They don't do the "portion" thing and it's messy but "sorta good" - who me? I'm not from Philly, never been there :) :) :) Anyway, you notice I'm not calling this a cheesesteak.

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                              1. re: no way

                                OH HELL YES- Sorry, caps lock, but I felt like it should stay. I love those things, with some Arby's sauce and that horsey sauce that doubles the calories. My favorite guilty pleasure lunch ever.

                                1. re: EWSflash

                                  Ooooh my--Arby's bacon, beef and cheddar with Arby sauce oozing out of it. Grody heaven!

                              2. Oh sure,

                                Barbeque bean burritos from El Pollo Loco, 7-layer burrito and seasoned rice from Taco Bell. RALPH's house brand mac and cheese dinner for breakfast.

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                                1. re: cattus

                                  Oh how I miss El Pollo Loco.....

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                                  Filmfreaketta

                                  Left over chinese food....cold...for breakfast

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                                  1. re: Filmfreaketta

                                    I have been known to eat leftover wicked hot Thai green curry cold upon waking. So good, my husband thinks I am crazy though.

                                  2. Okay, Chef Boyardee's X-men pasta with sautéed onions. Also made my roommates drool.

                                    Multi-layered jell-o with extra gelatin. Favorite combination is grape, strawberry and lime.

                                    Peanut butter on a spoon, any brand. Used to nibble on plain butter, too.

                                    Coco's oriental chicken salad, which is odd to order when you're - asian.

                                    Eating Twix by the layer.

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                                    1. re: wumanchild

                                      womunchild, you have inspired me to out my parents by describing a couple of their food confessions.

                                      My dad:
                                      Eating spoonfuls of peanut butter with blobs of margarine on top - standing up in front of the refrigerator of course! He also likes to eat mayonaise out of the jar by the spoonful.

                                      And from my mom comes the following which is too much even for me -

                                      stirring a mixture of cheddar cheese, milk and torn-up white bread over a saucepan on a low flame until the whole thing turns warm and goopy. To be eaten at 6 AM in a tattered bathrobe directly out of the pot while horrified family looks on.

                                      1. re: Cattus

                                        Hey, your mom's concoction sounds good.

                                        I used to enjoy warm toast spread with butter, then topped with peanut butter. So disgusting but so good.

                                        1. re: Sonia

                                          When I was very little, my mother would sometimes give my brother and me peanut butter and butter sandwiches. She'd also serve us bananas with milk and sugar for breakfast. I don't eat those exact combinations anymore, but they don't disgust me, either....

                                          1. re: Scooter Pie

                                            I also frequently had peanut butter & butter sandwiches as a kid.....often my mom would pack them to take to drive-in movies!

                                            1. re: dotrat
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                                              too too ashamed

                                              I don't want to be identified on this one. When I was a kid, I had a sandwich that would make Elvis barf ...

                                              Peanut butter, butter, cream cheese and jelly ... on Wonder bread.

                                              There was a method to it, I remember. Butter first, then peanut butter, then cream cheese, then jelly.

                                              1. re: too too ashamed

                                                More peanut butter horror....

                                                my 90 year old grandmother turned me on to this one. It's toast with peanut butter, dried shredded pork (usually eaten with congee), and pickled radishes (wu ling tsai) on toast. to chinese...it sounds like the ultimate food degradation.

                                                recently, i met a peanut butter marketing manager and asked him whether my combo ever came up in their market research. He says I won the prize for .000001% of the population.

                                                1. re: Steph P

                                                  it just occurred to me that I should elaborate. As long as I'm outing my food crimes, I might as well describe *why* I like it. :)

                                                  the dried pork is too dry to eat on its own, but paired with the peanut butter it provides that salty, meaty edge that counterbalances the peanut butter's natural sweetness. But the peanut butter is the core ingredient; it provides fatty/sweet flavors and the rich quality of roasted peanuts. The pickled radish is really only there for more moisture and to add some crunch to the sublime whole. If you like Roscoe's chicken and waffles, you'll like this combo as well -- i think they satisfy the same primal instincts. :)

                                                  - peanut butter (Laura Scudder's Old Fashioned Peanut Butter)
                                                  - dried shredded pork (rou sung, found in 99)
                                                  - pickled radish (wu ling tsai, found in 99)
                                                  - whole wheat bread, toasted

                                            2. re: Scooter Pie

                                              That reminds me of when my younger brother was an infant (I'm about three years older) and so we still had baby food in the house even though I'd been on solid human food for awhile. I still had a thing for Gerber's banana baby food in a jar -- probably until my brother was on solid food. After initially trying to curb me from eating it, I think mom just gave in and figured as long as I saw it as a treat, occasional banana baby food was ok. I have to say as an adult, banana pudding isn't too far from that, except with the addition of vanilla wafers.

                                          2. re: Cattus

                                            HO!ly cow.

                                            I concede! I've always had a strong affection for the taste of fat - pure fat from roasted pork, chicken skin, beef marrow - but your dad's mayonnaise bit buries me in the dust!

                                            You have cool parents.

                                            1. re: Cattus

                                              Sounds like a down and dirty cheese fondue, just needs a little booze.

                                            2. re: wumanchild

                                              I've never had "Chef Boyardee's X-Men Pasta."

                                              I will keep my eyes out for it!

                                            3. Cheetos, a bucket of the Colonel's original recipe, Milky ways, Breyer's Vanilla Bean

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                                              1. I'll have to echo those arby's roast beef sandwiches, any size, no sauce.
                                                And Frank's Red Hot sauce, though sometimes predominant in restaurant dishes where you don't want it to be, comes in handy at home many a time during a week.

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                                                1. re: Cha Hound

                                                  You mentioned the sandwich. I love the sauce. Love the pseudo horsey packets as well, but I would not object to a few paks of the dark sauce in my desk as well... I can suck those down on their own... since we are confessing sins.

                                                  1. re: Cha Hound

                                                    I love the beef and cheddars with horsey sauce. Slurp. I had one yesterday for the first time in a year.

                                                  2. 2 words: Slim & Jim. & you can dip ‘em in stuff: maple syrup, jelly, taco sauce, peanut butter. ….Which leads to #2 on the Grubster’s list ‘o sins: grilled pb&j—slathered in butter & grilled like a cheese sandwich. ….& yes, that is the Grubmeister you see slinking into JITB for a curly grease, er, fries fix.

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                                                    1. re: Mr Grub

                                                      instead of slim jim's (which my teeth can't seem to fight past a certain point) I dip those "old wisconsin" "deli sticks" from the grocery into either one of two peruvian pepper sauces (that a place near me sells): panca or rocoto.

                                                    2. Sometimes I go through a phase of eating Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles cereal. My roommate saw me bring in a box yesterday and couldn't believe it.

                                                      1. Oh man...

                                                        I love - LOVE - those God-awful "Rich Frosted" donuts from Entenmanns, the kind where the "chocolate" falls off... dipped in a tall frosty glass of milk.

                                                        McDonald's Chicken McNuggets. About once every three months, my life turns into a Cathy cartoon and an insistent little voice in my head says, "McNuggets." "No, you may not have McNuggets. Here, have a delicious licuado from Bronco instead." "MCNUGGETS." "No McNuggets! Chickens do not have nuggets. You will eat something chowhound worthy." "mcnuggets." "FINE! HAVE THE MCNUGGETS! SEE IF I CARE, DAMN IT!" "pie."

                                                        Taco Bell Tacos Supreme.

                                                        Chicken cooked in cream of mushroom soup, a la Midwest.

                                                        *hides in shame*

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                                                          Temporarily Anonymous

                                                          Grilled cheese sandwiches with velveeta on white bread.

                                                          Kraft macaroni and cheese with green peas mixed in.

                                                          Toasted bread with almond butter, mayo and bacon.

                                                          Marie Callendar's chicken pot pies in the frozen food section.

                                                          Tommy's chili cheeseburger with chili cheese fries and a soda.

                                                          Filet o' Fish, fries (with extra salt) and a coke at McDonalds.

                                                          'Scuse me while I go workout and make sure I took my vitamins.

                                                          1. Let me tell you one thing. Norms is excellent and their ice cream is the BEST!
                                                            As for your question-Mayonnaise sandwiches with Best Foods (a lot too) on soft white bread with crusts cut off.

                                                            1. I don't think this is such a bad thing but my fiance thinks it's pretty gross... Tomatoes sprinkled with sugar? I love it and had it for dessert last night. Tomato compote, anyone?

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                                                              1. re: Sonia

                                                                I grew up eating tomatoes sprinkled with sugar. what's wrong with that? ;)

                                                                DH thinks my butter, peanut butter and cheese sandwiches are gross... Cheese on PB&J even worse, PB&mayo repulsive. but hey, he eats marmite on his toast so we're even.

                                                                I also love Arby's Roast Beef sanwiches - no cheese or sauce.

                                                                1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                  I used to love Roy Rogers (real meat) with horeradish sauce, yum, or Beefy King in FL. But I'm with your husband on the rest! ;-)

                                                                2. re: Sonia

                                                                  not that far from tomatoes with vinegar, oil, s&p and a little sugar; we used to eat this often in the summer; ingredients placed separately on the salad rather than mixed beforehand.

                                                                3. I just read this entire thread, and I'm not dissin' anyone, but I lost my appetite for lunch.

                                                                  1. Trader Joe's frozen garden veggie enchiladas. I microwave them with two raw eggs on top. Then I mash the whole mess together.

                                                                    1. Trader Joe's frozen garden veggie enchiladas. I microwave them with two raw eggs on top. Then I mash the whole mess together.

                                                                      1. I am struck by the number of items that come up repeatedly. I am guilty of several of them:

                                                                        - Enteman's plastic/chocolate covered donuts.
                                                                        -Kraft Macaroni and cheese, if I am feeling gourmet I may add chipotle hot sauce, but plain is fine too.
                                                                        - Fast food of all varieties. Preferably washed down with a so called "shake."

                                                                        I am a pretty serious hound, but confess to eating all of these and loving them occasionally.

                                                                        A few additions of my own:

                                                                        - Doritos and Yoohoo, a classic taste combo.
                                                                        - Chocolate pop tarts. I actually warm them in the toaster.

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                                                                        1. re: StriperGuy

                                                                          You can put pop tarts in the toaster?

                                                                          1. re: calliope_nh

                                                                            I believe Pop Tarts were originally designed to be heated vertically in a toaster.

                                                                          2. re: StriperGuy

                                                                            Three kinds of poptarts: chocolate fudge, cherry, and brown sugar cinnamon. I miss the Dutch apple variety that disappeared some time ago. I never buy pop tarts, but my mother often buys them as a treat for DD, so that's how I get my fix.

                                                                            Also love Doritos. They are very soothing to eat when I have a migraine, so I call them medicinal Doritos.

                                                                            1. re: MrsBridges

                                                                              How funny--Doritos GIVE me migraines, as do Cheetos :) Thank God there are health food store versions of both that I can snarf down.

                                                                              As for confessions: Roast chicken skin. I used to work in a deli that roasted 10-15 chickens at a time and when they'd come out of the oven all crispy, the skin was fair game. When I make one at home I really do have to restrain myself from just eating the skin for one meal.

                                                                              1. re: dct

                                                                                Haha...I fried a bunch of skin in butter a moth ago. Then two nights ago I used the trimmed fat from the pork chops, rendered it for the oil to cook the chops and make gravy. Then I could stop myself for eating the fried cubes of fat. Last night I had a horrible belly ache. Wondering if it is related or if it is because I ate a whole loaf of ital bread with butter for my after school snack. Must learn some self control. This closet eating is seriously out of hand.

                                                                              2. re: MrsBridges

                                                                                My DH LOVED the Dutch Apple, too. The Apple Cinnamon is a poor substitute, but he will eat most any flavor I buy-usually Frosted Strawberry, or very rarely Brown Sugar Cinnamon or Choc Fudge. I crave them about once a year, and then almost instantly regret eating them. If and when we eat them, it is for dessert or a late dinner. I cannot stand them "raw" , they have to be toasted to the point the frosting starts to caramelize.

                                                                                Cool Ranch Doritos- like the Pop- tarts, it's a once or twice a year craving.

                                                                                Entenmann's Powdered Pop-ems donuts. I don't buy them very often, because I will pick them off 2-3 at a time until they are gone within an alarmingly short time.

                                                                                KFC cole slaw

                                                                                Little Debbie Nutty Bars- see Entenemann's rule above- add a cold glass of milk- Nirvana

                                                                            2. Marie Callenders turkey pot pie & stouffers tuna noodle casserole

                                                                              1. I used to eat (in highschool) a marshmallow, on saltine crackers, with sardines (packed in olive iil). You had to put the sardine on top, and the marshmallow in the middle.

                                                                                I love a good anchovy pizza (thinnest of crusts)

                                                                                Peanut butter, banana, marshmallow fluff and honey on wonder bread

                                                                                Dry oatmeal and white sugar mixed together in a bowl, eaten dry

                                                                                Malt powder! Mmm

                                                                                And as far as fast food goes, Popeye's mashed potatoes and gravy at least once a year, taco bell bean burritos if I am out late drinking, and mcdonald's breakfast burritos if I am in a rush, never more often than once every month or two

                                                                                1. Nutella straight from the jar (11 grams fat per serving, ouch!); leftover pie for breakfast on the days after Thanksgiving and Christmas; cold pizza for breakfast at any random time.

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                                                                                  1. re: Kat

                                                                                    LOL... I eat Maranatha dark chocolate almond butter because I love the fat, hate all that sugar...

                                                                                    My embarrassing guilty pleasure, eaten whenever I don't feel well, is Boston Market dark chicken quarters. It goes against all my food ethics and priorities. And I gotta have it.

                                                                                  2. Chili cheese burritos from Taco Bell.

                                                                                    Golden Grahams cereal.

                                                                                    Strawberry cream cheese fry pies from the Amish market.

                                                                                    Shhh...don't tell anyone.

                                                                                    1. I'm liking this resurrection!! Ok, here goes... sometimes when I'm feeling extra lazy (I mean minimal dishes, uber-minimal effort) I'll microwave my "scrambled eggs." 90 seconds at a time, stirring thoroughly in between, until almost set. I often use jarred sauces (Classico). I have a weakness for Stouffer's Vegetable Lasagna (even though there's almost NO veggies in it, lol) .... with lots of coarsely cracked black pepper.

                                                                                      1. I enjoy many of these tasty offenses already mentioned, but to add to the list: I like to wrap a slice of gooey velveeta around a raw carrot and eat like that. It's weird but so tasty.

                                                                                        1. Burger King and Hardee's French fries . . . . I'm down anytime.

                                                                                          Cheesy Gordita Crunch from Taco Bell, add Red Sauce - one of the best things they ever created.

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                                                                                          1. re: JReichert

                                                                                            I was in my car today and ravenously hungry. I drove by McD's and seriously considered driving through for a large fries. I thought back and resisted. Went for the much healthier Utz cheese puffs;)

                                                                                          2. "Do other Hounds have secrets too?"

                                                                                            Yes. And they're going to remain secret. I have my international street cred to consider.

                                                                                            1. Pork rinds dipped in almond butter.

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                                                                                              1. re: Baskerville

                                                                                                Damn, I love pork rinds and I love almond butter. Never thought of combining them.
                                                                                                Thanks for the tip!

                                                                                              2. So I'm under the weather with a cold. My normal go to is pho but last night, Velveeta shells and cheese with a hotdog. And to say that every once in a blue moon, I have a burrito supreme...God it feels good to confess that!

                                                                                                1. I put hot sauce on just about everything........It's pissing off the wife and worrying me. Have my taste buds become so bored or deteriorated that I need more and more heat just to satisfy them?
                                                                                                  By hot sauce I don't mean the tame stuff like Tabasco but the kind that eats through metal.

                                                                                                  I'm doomed.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Duppie

                                                                                                    It causes an epinephrine rush, so clearly what you need is a 12 step program for your drug of choice. :-)

                                                                                                    1. re: mcf

                                                                                                      Crikey!!.....another 12 step program?

                                                                                                  2. Mac and cheese from the blue box, topped with some white stuff from the green can,and an ice cold glass of coca-cola

                                                                                                    1. I don't understand the question. Why would any food that is liked be kept a secret? Is this done for fear of being judged?

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                                                                                                      1. re: MaxSeven

                                                                                                        Max, it is entirely possible to overthink these things. ;-) In my case, it's admitting to hypocrisy in the face of all I espouse about food sourcing, quality of ingredients, animal cruelty, etc... but that's not as light hearted as saying you'd rather not confess.

                                                                                                        Humor. It's intended to be HUMOROUS.

                                                                                                      2. I enjoy a roast beef sandwich on rye bread with horseradish sauce. The confession part? It has to be Arby's Horsey sauce. I always pocket a few extra packets when I'm there. (I suppose Arby's itself is confession material, but I've been so disappointed the past few times that I generally go to get a carry out for DH and some Horsey sauce for myself.)

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                                                                                                        1. re: MrsBridges

                                                                                                          You might also like Woeber's sauce, then, if you can buy it near you.

                                                                                                          1. re: MrsBridges

                                                                                                            my husband is an Arby's fanatic for whatever reason.
                                                                                                            I used to like Arby's back in the day but lost interest, not him though.
                                                                                                            he's always brought home the horsey sauce as he LOVES it too.
                                                                                                            very cute I must say.

                                                                                                            I never know when buying Baco Tell, especially in multiple #'s, how much of their various sauces to take home to the awaiting mouths. so I grab a few.
                                                                                                            they stack up in the frig of all of us and using them in dried pinto's to make refried beans, is a great way to use them up and not be wasteful.

                                                                                                          2. Butterscotch Krimpets, but only when they are so fresh they don't even make a sound hitting the bottom of the vending machine.

                                                                                                            Also, when I don't feel good...a McD's hamburger. The little one, with the poor rehydrated onions, ketchup, mustard and lonely pickle.

                                                                                                            1. Love that this thread has been bumped!
                                                                                                              Most of my guilty foods have been concocted, gotten at the drive-thru or nuked when I'm trying to put on weight. When I was in the Peace Corps and down to an unhealthy 105 lbs, I remember mixing peanut butter, butter and sugar and eating it out of the bowl.

                                                                                                              Now, as I'm trying to put on weight again, I go for easily digestible protein-packed foods, such as Taco Bell Combo Burrito, Arby's Beef and Cheddar (although the high sugar content can do me in), the occasional poptarts (although I do forget about them because of where I keep them) and one of my breakfast favorites: burrito-size flour tortilla, a strip of sriracha, a sprinkling of cashews, shredded Mexican cheese blend, salsa and sour cream, rolled up and nuked for a minute. Quick and filling.

                                                                                                              ETA: two cheeseburgers, no pickles from McD's every few months

                                                                                                              1. I like the new Domino's pan pizza.

                                                                                                                1. Whenever I travel internationally, I definitely enjoy the local cuisine. But for one meal, I always find the local Pizza Hut. They offer some very eentersting things there in other countries, and they're usually pretty tasty!

                                                                                                                  It really came in handy recently on a trip when my friend got word from home that her grandma had passed, but her parents insisted she finish her trip. The only thing that would pass the poor girl's lips was thin crust, extra cheese. But, Big Al to the rescue--I already had the Pizza Hut site stored and ready to go.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                    I do remember seeing billboards for some rather interesting Pizza combinations in Manila and Hong Kong offered by Pizza Hut.Last year I believe it was a popper crust where the pie consisted of smaller stuffed calzone like pies baked together to make a whole. I didn't try it but was still intrigued.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Duppie

                                                                                                                      Asian ones usually are the best Pizza Huts, Thailand and Malaysia have some seafood pizzas that are fantastic with really nice quality seafood. I did just have the popper crust thing you described in Morocco. The poppers were cream cheese, Italian cheeses, and a not so good Mexican flavor.
                                                                                                                      The Pizza Hut thing for me started because I'm a jetlag wimp. I can not travel for 24 hours and have the energy to blunder out onto the streets for some food. But the Hut is always there to help :)
                                                                                                                      Next time you're intrigued, go for it! I won't tell ;)

                                                                                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                        When I'm in Asia I have a hard enough time stuffing my face with all the indigenous and street foods that to consider a pizza hut seems like I'm wasting valuable capacity and calories yet there's always room for Sisig and Bee cheng hiang pork jerky.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Duppie

                                                                                                                          Argh, you had to mention the jerky----now I want it! And you're right about wasting capacity. Eh, that's what confessions are for :)

                                                                                                                          1. re: Duppie

                                                                                                                            Bee Cheng hiang is awesome! Guessing you've been to Singapore =p

                                                                                                                            1. re: youngnsassy

                                                                                                                              I have. Alas, it's was only too briefly.... :/

                                                                                                                    2. (Hides head in shame and confesses)

                                                                                                                      Del Taco's Classic Grilled chicken Burrito (Thank god the closest one to me is 30 minutes away)
                                                                                                                      My wife's chocolate chip cookies (better than mine)
                                                                                                                      Deep River Zesty Jalapeno Potato Chips
                                                                                                                      Wienerschnitzel chili dog
                                                                                                                      M & M Dark Chocolate Mint

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                                                                                                                      1. Macaroni and a can of tomatoes, heated together with lots of salt and butter. Yummy. Or of course a Big Mac. Nothing fixes a hangover like a big mac.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: BIGeater100

                                                                                                                          Stouffer's mac n cheese with a side of broccoli

                                                                                                                          1. re: GreekChorus

                                                                                                                            When my son was little I would occasionally make him some Stouffer's mac & cheese with a container of frozen spinach in it. He loved it and I would make the same one for myself, later. Good combination.

                                                                                                                        2. I've been known to make half a batch of vanilla bean buttercream just to ice a couple of pieces of cake and then pig out on the rest. Very rare but to me it is so worth it.

                                                                                                                          When I could eat gluten I used to make chocolate chip cookie dough to eat without baking first. ;-)

                                                                                                                          1. Chowhound needs a like button. Do the webmasters have a stranglehold on it? It would eliminate a lot of +1s.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                its been discussed a number of times. the idea is/was that a +1 doesn't engender discussion and is prone to turning this into a social site more than a serious food discussion site.

                                                                                                                              2. Those Jamaican beef patties you get at 7/11...as well as their hotdogs. Now time to dye my hair and grow a beard out.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: plasticanimal

                                                                                                                                    You should try the mini beef tacos if you have a chance, 4 of them for a dollar....hangover dream come true

                                                                                                                                  2. re: takadi

                                                                                                                                    I'm also partial to gas station hotdogs, usually from the Exxon, at 2 for $1.50 or something like that.
                                                                                                                                    Mustard only. I never put the onions on. They look like they have been sitting for days

                                                                                                                                    1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                                                                      LOVE Wawa hot dogs, in fact I might have to swing by today.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                        We don't have wawa down here in TX. I do like COSTCO foot longs as well from time to time.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                                                                        "I never put the onions on. They look like they have been sitting for days"
                                                                                                                                        lol, oh god, it's a good thing I thought twice before putting that in my confession

                                                                                                                                        1. re: takadi

                                                                                                                                          So, takadi, are you saying that you eat the onions?

                                                                                                                                        2. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                                                                          AM/PM is my dealer. There is something about their hot dogs, tacos, burritos and corn dogs that I find delicious. It's the same thing with the taquitos from 7-11. So nasty, yet so tasty.

                                                                                                                                      3. Wawa soft pretzels - usually at the checkout counter in cellophane, always cold and soggy, always delicious!

                                                                                                                                          1. When I was a kid I used to put ketchup on my spaghetti.

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                                                                                                                                            1. Graham crackers spread with peanut butter and Nutella, dipped in cafe au lait (coffee with chicory is best)

                                                                                                                                              Ramen soup and then adding in Kraft singles, grilled onions and garlic

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: buzzardbreath

                                                                                                                                                I love graham crackers spread with peanut butter, it's a great snack.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                  graham crackers spread with cream cheese and strawberry jam, yummmm grew up eating those.

                                                                                                                                                2. re: buzzardbreath

                                                                                                                                                  The Graham crackers sound pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                  Ramen soup with Kraft singles, not so much.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                                                                                    I have done the ramen and kraft singles thing when I was younger. Especially when I had some cooked ground beef to add to it(Cheeseburger Ramen).

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                                                                                      That makes it almost like hamburger helper

                                                                                                                                                3. At drive thru - McDonalds Deep Fried pies, especially the apple, but banana is good too. I don't even bother to pretend any more that I'm eating it for the fruit.

                                                                                                                                                  At the market - yes the processed chocolate-like coated donuts are oddly addicting, but every once in a while nothing satisfies like a hostess sno-ball. I wonder if there is anything in there that even counts as a real food?

                                                                                                                                                  At home - macaroni with mayo. just warm macaroni and mayonnaise. (had a cold once and the cupboard was bare, you make due) it's so oddly satisfying. Carbs and fats with cholesterol thrown in for good measure. I've added fried spam cubes and frozen peas, but its just not the same.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                    What?! You still get deep-fried McD pies over there? And banana ones too? The mainland version (apple only, last I looked) has been baked for years if not decades, and they suck. I still remember burning the roof of my mouth on the fried ones.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Steve Green

                                                                                                                                                      there is always apple. sometimes there is cherry, sometimes banana, occasionally coconut, and once in a while taro. i beleive these are aimed primarily at the asian market, but we get them here as well.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                      Macaroni with mayonnaise is good, but it really needs a shot of McCormicks Salad supreme seasoning! That's the only reason I keep that seasoning around - my daughter LOVES it!

                                                                                                                                                    3. Chipotle chicken/steak blend burrito bowl with rice, black beans, some cheese, corn salsa, red salsa, pico, and lettuce. NO sour cream. AND a side of tortilla chips.

                                                                                                                                                      Also want a mini tub of guac and a couple more of that super salty red salsa sauce.

                                                                                                                                                      And a strong frozen margarita.

                                                                                                                                                      I prefer to eat this at home so I can pass out in the comfort of my own home and not have to explain to ANYONE why I have guac in my hair.

                                                                                                                                                      *walk of shame*

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nikkib99

                                                                                                                                                        Sigh - I am 100% with you on this one. I live abroad, and it is always on my list of US food experiences I need to have before I leave.

                                                                                                                                                        That and one post-midnight trip to the Taco Bell drive-thru....

                                                                                                                                                      2. I do not like pie, but the first time I made a crumble pie without out the help of an adult.. I ate all of the crumb-topping and had to make a second batch of the crumb-bits. Good thing it is entirely butter and flour... and sugar.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Top Ramen - raw, broken off into chunks, quick lick and dip into the seasoning packet. My mom and I would routinely eat a few bags at night watching movies when I was a kid. I haven't had it in a while but I assume I'd still be a huge fan. Also I love to grab a handful of raw macaroni and crunch away.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                            I had a roommate that routinely did this...ate the stuff like popcorn. We were convinced he would develop scurvy at one point

                                                                                                                                                          2. KFC wing meal, original please, with fakea@# mashed potatoes & gravy. Oh, and a small coleslaw. The shame of it all!

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: letsindulge

                                                                                                                                                              Count me in for Popeye's chicken box with mashed potatoes with red eye gravy and a biscuit.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: letsindulge

                                                                                                                                                                KFC is my go to food after having dental work. Those mashed potatoes require no chewing, yet are hot, thus giving me "full and satisfied" feeling that other foods don't.

                                                                                                                                                                And there is nothing like an Original KFC drumstick. It's just so darn greasy and tasty. Since Pioneer Chicken no longer exists, this will have to do.

                                                                                                                                                              2. Fish sticks...with LOTS of homemade tartar sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                Marie Callender chicken pies.

                                                                                                                                                                Burger King Whopper Junior (I think that's what it was called).

                                                                                                                                                                Half an English muffin (gotta be Thomas's) toasted 'til crispy. Butter liberally. Thick spread of peanut butter. Kosher salt. Eat. Repeat as needed.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Red Beans and rice and the "cajun" rice are pretty much crack cocaine

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: takadi

                                                                                                                                                                    Ah, duh! I totally forgot about the gloriousness of the red beans and rice!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Fat back, more technically I guess streak of lean, fried up in a cast iron. I love the crispy skin and the chewy fatty fat. It brings back memories of my childhood and don't think I've had it over a decade, but I think it might be time.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. When getting up to hit the road very early: that damn bacon,egg and cheese biscuit from McD's.
                                                                                                                                                                      At home, it's Wishbone Italian Dressing (I hide it behind the maple syrup) with diced tomatoes over cottage cheese...ate this a lot as a teenager, prior to homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
                                                                                                                                                                      Also, Nutella out of the jar with a spoon...who needs bread or whatever?
                                                                                                                                                                      Will confess to more when I remember more.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. I'm new here, but I'll go ahead and confess. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                        Nacho cheese doritoes
                                                                                                                                                                        Kraft mac 'n cheese (I can eat the big box all by myself)
                                                                                                                                                                        Chef boy R D ravioli
                                                                                                                                                                        Hamburger Helper - double cheeseburger
                                                                                                                                                                        Ramen - chicken flavor
                                                                                                                                                                        And I LOVE the Taco Bell Doritos taco!
                                                                                                                                                                        Pay Day candy bar

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: chloebell

                                                                                                                                                                          my DH loves Chef boy r d beef ravioli - his mother keeps a couple cans in her pantry just for him. :)

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                                            Funny thing is.......a couple of these "loves", my hubby knows nothing about. I eat them when he's out of town on business. LOL!! That way, I can eat w/out guilt. Hubby very rarely is out of town....therefore, I'm not eating this stuff all the time!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: chloebell

                                                                                                                                                                              oh that is funny! :)
                                                                                                                                                                              I used to have a couple dishes I'd cook only when DH was away, but he doesn't travel for work anymore thank goodness!

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: chloebell

                                                                                                                                                                            I can get with all of the above, EXCEPT that Chef Boy-R-Dee stuff. For some reason, it smells like regurgitation to me! UGH!

                                                                                                                                                                          3. - I sometimes prefer hollandaise sauce that comes from a packet (knorr brand) than homemade

                                                                                                                                                                            - I like my pizza not really authentic, with loads of toppings, cheese on top of everything and a thicker crust, but also love a good thin crust neapolitan style pizza

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                              I also prefer my pizza with "too many" toppings. (Not "too many" for me!)

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                Aw, c'mon. Confession is good for the soul. And you know we wouldn't tell anyone ;)

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Cheddar/jalapeno poppers from the fried-food case at Wal-Mart's "deli"; 2-for-.99 tacos from JITB.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Steve Green

                                                                                                                                                                                  I love the JITB tacos. DH and I have gotten in the very bad habit of sharing a set on the way home on Fridays.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. OH! One more! Stouffers (in the red box) creamed chipped beef with toasted english muffins. And tabasco on top. OMGood!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jaz Cooks

                                                                                                                                                                                    Growing up we had the creamed chipped beef on toast with Knorr white sauce at least twice a month. I remember the beef coming in this little glass jar.
                                                                                                                                                                                    I bet i haven't had any in 20 years. Kind of makes me want some.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I still love uncooked meat.....and JITB tacos....

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. We have a family style fried chicken place that serves a salad that is nothing but iceberg and this super sweet vinegar dressing. I love that with lots of salt and pepper. The salty, sweet, and tangy together is fantabulous!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Thought of one more:

                                                                                                                                                                                        Fried Zucchini - ironically it is the only thing I have found that makes ranch dressing taste good.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. OK - I admit I just polished off about 1/4 cup of delicious bacon jam. I just couldn't help it. :/

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Cheap Peppridge farm everything bagels. I know they aren't great bagels, but I am in the middle of nowhere Ohio, and have soy and barley allergies which makes it not so easy to find a good bagel.

                                                                                                                                                                                            It's quick, easy, and delicious with chive and onion cream cheese. Maybe I should just call them bread donuts instead of bagel. Then it doesn't seem so bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Lawry's seasoned salt. Mom rubs it all over chicken breasts and broils them. I use it on pan-roasted chicken thighs.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Also, Spaghetti-O's with Meatballs. I can't even begin to understand why.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: caseyjo

                                                                                                                                                                                                I have plenty..

                                                                                                                                                                                                McDonald's fries dipped in their hot mustard sauce, and more recently their new habenero sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                Bojangles Sausage, Egg & Cheese biscuit
                                                                                                                                                                                                Popeye's chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                                Golden Krust Jamaican Beef Patties
                                                                                                                                                                                                Hot sauce of any kind on a banana
                                                                                                                                                                                                and when I'm in a vending machine situation, a honey bun nuked for 15 seconds
                                                                                                                                                                                                OOoh, and most importantly, especially this week--those French's Fried Onions most commonly used in green bean casserole (!), I LOVE them by themselves..they give me heartburn, but every year I can't help myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: RaleighRocker

                                                                                                                                                                                                  yes, you must buy at least one extra package of the French's Fried Onions when doing the Thanksgiving Shopping. I steadfastly refuse to look at the nutritional information. And if they actually sell those addicting things the rest of the year, I don't want to know about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: RaleighRocker

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Put 'em on a hot dog with sriracha mayo sometime. Junky heaven. Take a pepcid, though.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    And if you absolutely need a healthy part of the meal, mix that rooster mayo up with some pre-shredded coleslaw mix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Dinner last night: linguine,butter, ketchup and a lot of parmigiano reggiano.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I made a big dinner based on a McCormick's pre mixed bag of seasoning and the recipe on the back this weekend. I was feeling lazy. And... it was good. Damn good. And I'll do it again.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.mccormick.com/sitecore/con...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I usually make my own sausage balls but today, I found the frozen ones - I bought 2 bags!!!! Could eat a bag myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last nights snack - Frito's scoops with many squirts of Siracha!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Love Stubbs Chipotle-Lime rub......

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's been less than a year and your link is dead-- can you update?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                            THANK YOU.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            As you can see from here:
                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/902644

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was getting mighty agg-er-vay-teddd [aggravated].

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Glad I happened to just be sitting here at the moment :D

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I really enjoy eatting liver and onions (cooked with bacon of course). I served it to myself with a bit of ketchup and a nice glass of chianti....

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Forgive the silence of the lamb ref - the rest of it is true.. Yum...I am going to hook it up right after thankgiving.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sparky403

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I LOVE liver and onions - all types of liver that I've had so far- no ketchup thank you. DH smoked a turkey last night and was kind enough to put the liver next to it on a bit of foil. it was oh-so-tasty. he was oh-so-grossed out!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. If I'm craving greasy and spicy, Jack in the Box tacos hit the spot. When I'm sick and want something hot and soothing, I will eat cup of noodles LOL. In the last few weeks I've made Nathans mini smoked sausages wrapped with Pillsbury crescent rolls numerous times LOL. Costco only carries the mini sausages during the holiday season so I stock up and pig out. I love orange chicken. I love breakfast at McDonalds.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Before I saw that it was you, rasputina, I thought it was our suzigirl. But welcome to the club, sista!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lol. That does sound alot like me doesn't it? Sadly I have never tasted JITB. None around here which is probably a good thing because the restaurants are plentiful here and i get myself in enough trouble. I have been lurking but haven't posted yet.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Food confessions- I eat fast food about once a week
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just about everything tastes better fried
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like Wendy's fries over mcdonalds (I know, I know, its criminal)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Weekend are reserved for crap food and weekdays are for scratch cooking.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I eat things my bf make even if i don't care for it(who puts cheese on salmon?)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              If i had to pick a last meal it would be green curry, hot and sour soup and crab legs
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love taco bell even if it is crap
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have the palate of a twelve year old

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, I always have liked your style.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                That being said - cheese, on SALMON? WHYYYYYYYYYY?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ack.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                My 12-year old palate needs a cup noodle or something now, just to wash out the imaginary taste/texture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cheese on salmon. He would kill you if he made the sardines on toast. He puts that in the microwave to melt the cheese. He was a bachelor to long. His mom used to make him a hotdog casserole in a tomato sauce. That was dreadful and he loved it and has asked me to try and recreate it. Gee, honey I just can't get it right. You better get some more noodles....lol. You're gonna need em

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I may not even eat today because of you. Won't YOU be sorry then.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry about that. Look on the bright side. You didn't have to see it or smell it. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Definitet know the differnece, but usualy have can of the Chef's ravioli in pantry... childhood memory??

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I love Cool Whip.I love Cocoa Puffs and Fruit Loops..Chicken McNuggets with honey mustard sauce these are all my anti anxiety comfort foods if and when I am having a bad day and just want to be alone with my junky food and let it comfort me. Last but not least I LOVE kids candy.....suckers...lollipops...bubble gum...licorice....ALL of it. I rarely buy or eat it because I will eat all of it without any qualms.I also love sardines with bones in them for me to crunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. french fries with gravy and ketchup. made my DH order me some in a pub in london.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Ramen prepared according to directions then I add -- peanut butter and Chinese Black Vinegar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Blue box Mac and Cheese with the addition of cream of mushroom soup and a can of tuna for easy tuna casserole.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I'm a vinegar-aholic! I love salads and 9/10 dress them with a vinaigrette but I always add extra vinegar which in the comfort of my own home I love to drink at the end when it pools at the bottom like soup. I add extra vinegar for the final slurp with any dish that involves vinegar. Smothered green beans and collard greens get a dose while cooking and then I sprinkle on a good few shakes with each bite and then enjoy the rest at the end. Same with hot sauce, extra on the dish and the rest at the end. My SO thinks I'm insane but I find it quite refreshing and it ensures I get my veggies :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I dip Popeye's fried chicken in mayo before popping into my mouth. Hellman's of course. Always in solitary!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Arby's roast beef, not even as a sandwich - just by itself. I could eat that stuff by the fist-fulls.