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Overheard at the Thanksgiving buffet

Thanksgiving is jackp's absolute favorite holiday but this year his 90-year-old stepmother decided that she'd make reservations at a local restaurant for their Thanksgiving buffet, so we acquiesced. After all, the woman is 90 - if she wants to eat at a restaurant, let her eat at a restaurant.

At the beginning of the long string of buffet tables there was a nice set-up of smoked salmon, horseradish and assorted accoutrements. Just after that came a quite decent cheese table. On the first pass at the salmon set-up, jackp heard one Hoosier say to another, "Oh, look! Smoked salmon!" The other diner said, "They didn't cook it."

On a later trek through the cheese offerings, jackp overheard a parent cautioning a young child because some of the cheeses "had mold on 'em."

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  1. this post should come with a warning - i just choked on my dinner! thanks for the laugh :)

    1. Egads! And I thought I was ignorant. I have just moved up to the mensa level of food!

      1. Mmm...is that Hoosier as in "from Indiana" or as in "local synonym for redneck"? Great story.

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        1. re: lemons

          After looking over the context in jillp story and the reference to Hoosier, Hoosiers- can be quite back-wood-sy... Smoking in some barn-yard circles, isn't cooking thus the perception is food is otherwise- raw and can cause salmonella. <wrong BTY<

          Fortunately, I was conceived above 5,280 feet and born in Ohio, so I am at least not a Hoosier in that regards. :-D

          1. re: lemons

            It's Hoosier as in "from Indiana." Of course, the buffet was in Terre Haute, so someone from Illinois might have crossed the Wabash for a visit.

          2. I have seen it written in several locations that Pres. Lyndon Johnson once, after eating a bite of pate, shouled "No one eat the meat; it's spoiled"

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            1. re: steakman55

              That reminds me of the time I brought out a seared Ahi appetizer to a couple who looked like they had walked right out of the 70's (granny glasses and perms). When they called me over and said very sweetly that the fish wasn't cooked, I explained that, that was the way it came, and the gentleman answered "but it said it was seared." So I explained what seared meant, but said I would be happy to cook it more if they liked. They were very happy with it when it came back out well done.

            2. something like that happened with my father in law at a Japanese restaurant. When the waitress came to take his order all he said was "tuna" versus the tuna steak that they had on the menu. I had visions of his being served two pieces of sashimi so I had him change his order. When the waitress asked him how he wanted it cooked he looked at her like she was from Mars. "I want it cooked!" I tried to explain to him how most people eat tuna but he got the nastiest piece of cooked tuna I had ever seen.

              When my in laws said they were meat and potatos people I guess they werent joking!

              1. Cute story, just goes to show you never know who you'll be next to in a buffet line. Watch out for that cheese mold, OUCH!

                1. Pardon me. Not Thanksgiving, but a good story.

                  I was once at a lunch buffet that included California rolls, which I went for.

                  A woman came up to me and begged me not to take the California rolls "It's raw! It's not cooked! We thought it was dessert!" I responded that I knew they what they were and tried to explain that these rolls were imitation crab meat, rather than actual raw shellfish, but this did not deter her. She reached over and touched my arm out of concern and again told me that I was going to consume something that was raw and she felt I needed to be warned.

                  When I spooned wasabi onto my plate, she again intruded on my personal space telling me "That stuff is really hot! I thought it was something sweet, but it nearly burned my mouth off!" I think I just said something like "I'm sorry to hear that," and walked away.

                  1. Reminds me of the first time my mother saw a nice runny Brie cheese for the first time in her life at a reception back in the early '70s. She commented out loud what a pity it was that the cheese had spoiled. I, a snotty teenage proto-foodie, knew what it was and set her straight. Embarrassing for both of us. Sorry, mom!