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Do you have a favorite I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know favorite dish?

When I make any kind of food -- Asian or not -- for guests, I always make everything from scratch. It's not fair putting the blame on Marie Calendar or the Jolly Green Giant if anything fails. But when I'm alone and want something that is normally a whole lot of work with no pain, no strain, I keep a carton of Ajinomoto "Gourmet Pot Stickers" in the freezer. 12 to a tray, 6 trays to the carton. They do come with a dipping sauce, but I customize mine with a little added fish sauce, Shao Xing wine, shoyu and some regular and chile sesame oils. Simmer until their bottoms are crusty and brown, then enjoy. There are tons of variations, as the mood strikes me.

Do you have something that you save for yourself when you're alone because you don't want the rest of the world to know you can be that lazy? I figure what the rest of the world doesn't know won't hurt them. '-) So tell us about yours and we promise to keep it a secret.

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  1. When I don't want to cook and it's just me and the boyfriend, he gets Trader Joe's mandarin chicken. It's delicious and tastes like the real thing.

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    1. re: CoryKatherine

      Stir fry cubed bell peppers and onions in peanut oil then add baked and glazed TJ's Orange Chicken to it. Spice it up a with a few squirts of sriracha and a tablespoon of Lee Kum Kee Sweet soy sauce. My "Go To" lazy Asian fix.

      1. re: CoryKatherine

        Oh, yes. We eat this more often than I'd really like to admit. It is so good and easy though, hard to beat for convenience foods. with a simple salad and some rice out of the rice cooker.

        My super lazy go-to dinner is nachos. Corn chips, layered twice with extra sharp cheddar in a cereal bowl, microwave 30 secs, serve with guac, sour cream and salsa. Not healthy in the slightest, but perfect after that awful, very bad, no good day :) to be complete, should also be served with a large margarita

      2. Dill pickle sandwich.

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        1. re: melly

          melly, me too! with mayo on white!
          have you ever tried it with peanut butter? (just curious).

          1. re: alkapal

            I love PB and dill pickles! Also PB and onion, or with either dill or onion relish.

            1. re: CeeQueue

              since that post of mine, i tried the pb with dill pickle. neither benefitted from the marriage, in my opinion. but i'm happy if you like it!

              love peanuts, though, and made some microwave peanut brittle while i was down in fla. visiting mom. yum!

              1. re: alkapal

                Too funny...I tried the pickle and mayo sandwich and didn't care for it. Then again, I later had a PB and dill pickle sandwich and wasn't as crazy about it as I used to be (it had been awhile). PB and raw onion, or onion relish, still does it for me, but it needs to have just the right consistency kaiser bun (fluffy but not too airy, if that makes sense -- still a bit dense and chewy).

                1. re: alkapal

                  I think peanut butter is better with sweet pickles. Sweet gherkins, sliced, to be more specific, and a slice of American cheese "food."

                  1. re: alkapal

                    microwave peanut brittle? really? recipe please.

                    1. re: Firegoat

                      i got it online. the trick is to really spread it out once poured out on your baking sheet to cool. http://southernfood.about.com/od/pean...

                      i started with roasted UNsalted peanuts that i wanted to use up (so your peanuts don't have to be raw). pretty darn tasty.

                      it is dead simple to make and fun to eat!

                      1. re: alkapal

                        This looks great, how big a bowl do you use alkapal dearie?

                        1. re: buttertart

                          butter tartlette, my sweet, i used a bowl of about 10" diameter. ;-)).

                          1. re: alkapal

                            While on a peanut butter theme, what I have made in the past while all alone is ridiculously delicious butterscotch/peanut butter/rice krispies basted on top with semi-sweet chocolate and then chilled. And hidden from the kids. Embarrassing because I'm a fine baker, but hey -- life is short and we should eat what's tasty.

                            1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                              I LOVE those! I do a version with the krispie/PB part on the bottom, semi-sweet/powdered sugar in the middle and more of the krispie stuff on the top. Then, when I eat them, I eat off both krispie parts and the chocolate last!

                    2. re: alkapal

                      wow.
                      i'm not pregnant, but after reading this post - I swear -I would kill for a pickle and mayo sandwich. I have never had this or heard of it, but I have got to get some tonight!
                      I need to pick up pickles, mayo and Wonder bread - cause in my mind it HAS to be on Wonder bread!

                      I can't see pickles and PB tho - but I certainly would try it!

                      1. re: NellyNel

                        Dill slices and mayo on store bought white bread is wonderful! So is a sandwich made of nothing but tomato slices with mayo on white bread.

                        1. re: KailuaGirl

                          I love both of these! What's also great are potato dinner rolls with a big pat of butter and dill pickles! I used to eat these a lot at one of the bar/restaurants I worked at, since it was a free snack that you could eat really quickly.

                          1. re: KailuaGirl

                            i've had both of those too!

                            you have to add salt on that tomato, though.

                            1. re: alkapal

                              Yes, definitely salt on the tomato. If you're feeling fancy you can sprinkle it with balsamic vinegar. Now that's a good sandwich!

                              1. re: KailuaGirl

                                oh yeah…balsamic…just a few drops….i like that idea!

                                i make my easy garlicky micro tomatoes using some balsamic… http://www.chow.com/recipes/13591-alk...

                                good tomatoes are the best thing about summer.

                                1. re: alkapal

                                  That looks wonderful! I gave it 5 stars in anticipation of garlicky wonderfulness. :-) I can usually grow good tomatoes year around but this winter has been so rainy that my plants have all drowned. I'm so bummed.

                                  Kind of similar to your tomato dish, I make a tomato salad with red, green and yellow tomato wedges, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and a balsamic reduction and sprinkle with Gorgonzola cheese. Simplicity itself but the flavors and contrasts are so good!

                                2. re: KailuaGirl

                                  Mmm a turkey sandwich with sliced tomato and drizzled with some ranch dressing!

                                  1. re: KailuaGirl

                                    My answer to the basic Tom Sammy is sourdough-mayo-tomato-cracked pepper-SPROUTS!

                          2. re: CeeQueue

                            Dill? *shudder* Sweet!

                            The combination of sliced sweet pickles with creamy peanut butter on a slice of toasted wheat bread, now THAT's my sammich, from way back in childhood.

                            Yeah, I'm weird...so?

                            Rowan

                            1. re: RowanGolightly

                              sorry in the dill camp here. the tang of the crunchy pickle against the sticky peanut butter (I prefer chunky) on some good deli rye...oh so good.

                      2. I tear a whole in the center of a slice of multi-grain bread, drop it into a skillet of heated butter, crack an egg in the center, top it with a slice of good cheese and sprinkle it with chopped red onion. When the bottom of the egg is set and the bottom of the bread browned, I transfer it to the broiler to finish. Sprinkle with a few bacon bits to serve. OMG, it's heaven.

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                        1. re: todao

                          Invite me please

                          1. re: todao

                            That is a delicious thing, invite me too and scratch the "don't tell anybody" aspect.

                            1. re: todao

                              Cool, that's basically Eggs Birmingham aka Eggs in the Basket. I have a variation with cheese and crumbled bacon served over a bed of hash browns. Might as well make it even more fattening. :-D

                            2. Since it's just between us . . . there's a box of Costco frozen vegetable samosas lurking at the back bottom of my freezer. They are so good with apple and jalapeno jam.

                              Keep it a secret, please!

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                              1. re: alwayscooking

                                Apple and jalapeno jam? That sounds good. Elaborate please. :)

                                1. re: Cinnamon

                                  It's from Stonewall Kitchen and oh so good with fried foods.

                                  1. re: alwayscooking

                                    Thanks. I'm going to look for that.

                              2. An old joke amongst people who know me from when I first bought my house and lived alone - Pop Tarts and Wine. I was even given that as a gift once later on!

                                OK, so that was 11 years ago, and I honestly haven't had that as a meal since. My SO would drop over if I were to bring home Pop Tarts these days.

                                1. Try those potstickers with some black vinegar from shan xi or zhen jiang.

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                                  1. re: limster

                                    Interesting! Thanks.

                                  2. Remember that to do Gyoza right, you brown the bottoms but then put in a half cup (or so) of water into the hot pan and put on a loose top, When the water is gone, the gyoza are done - crisp on the bottom and steamed soft on top.

                                    For me, it's mostly leftovers. I always make too much for dinner and munch, guiltily, late at night. But when I either don't have leftovers or have purposely put then up for another meal, I resort to "instant" soups. I keep pre-sliced dried shiitake, prepared wakame (cleaned and cut), my homemade menma (soy/sugared bamboo), whatever tofu and surimi I have (kamaboko, chikuwa, gobo age). I usually have home-made dashi in the fridge, but if not, I use hondashi powder. I have many types of miso plus I have soup bases for tom yum and others. There are always scallions in the veg drawer. Sometimes it's leftover rice and green tea. So using the hot water in the electric hot pot, or nuking the dashi, I can have a nice soup put together in a few minutes - not necessarily something I would have served my mom, but certainly edible.

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                                    1. re: applehome

                                      I tried doing gyoza that way but the bottoms got soggy. Now I do it the opposite. I put in the liquid WITH the oil, steam with the lid on then remove the lid and let them boil dry while the oil browns and crisps the bottoms. Maybe I should try it the right way again? They really did get soggy.

                                      1. re: Caroline1

                                        Mushi yaki - steam searing - is typically done in two or more steps. We had gyoza about every week or so growing up and my mom did the same thing every time. Start with a little oil (usually peanut) in the pan and get it hot before placing the gyoza in, one at a time, lined up with the meat side touching the pan. After 3-4 minutes, once they are browned at the bottom, put in the water and close the loose fitting lid as it sizzles. Once the sizzling dies down, turn the heat down and place a little sesame oil into the pan along the sides (so it trickles down) and put the lid back on, until the water is all gone. Shake the pan and the pieces all come loose (that's the theory). They do stick once in a while, if I had the finishing temp too hot. But too cold, and they are greasy. I know my mom always had it right - probably after she had done it 1000 times in her youth. Me? I'm still working on it, but I get it right most of the time these days.

                                        And I'm with you on buying the ajinomoto gyoza and shumai. I have a couple of different sizes of bamboo steamers and the little one is perfect for about 10 small shumai - just enough for a snack. And I like the Ajinomoto ones better than most. But they are expensive - a lot more than making your own.

                                        1. re: applehome

                                          Have you tried Sam's Club for the Ajinomoto? That's where I get mine, and for five trays in a box, a dozen in each tray, it's a bit less than ten bucks or two dollars a tray. I'd pay someone that to clean up after me when I make them from scratch!

                                          But I would still make them from scratch for company. Which is why I invite people for beef Wellington a lot oftener than I invite them for gyoza! '-)

                                          1. re: Caroline1

                                            That's good to know. I'm already a member of Costco and BJ's, so we've avoided Sam's even though somebody tells us something good about it every now and then. Maybe when my next BJ's membership is up, I'll get one of those guest passes to Sam's and look around - if they have what I otherwise use BJ's for, I'll join them instead.

                                            I mainly keep BJ's around because they have a better selection of the lesser cut sub-primals and pork cuts than Costco. So if I want a whole beef bottom round or a twin-pack of pork butts, I'll get them at BJ's. Even with brisket, Costco only sells the flat, where BJ's sells the whole thing.

                                            My mom used to make beef wellington all the time. That and chicken gallantine. All the 1960's fine dining favorites! And no, I'm not dating you - at least, not in any negative way. I love those dishes. I've made the chicken gallantine more than the wellington - I'm not that good with puff pastry. The last time I made the wellington, I used Dufour puff pastry - I had to take a couple of pieces and roll and stitch them together. With the tenderloin, a pretty expensive dinner, as I remember it. The gallantine is a lot easier - you just have to be able to bone out a whole chicken, leaving the skin and meat intact. A filling of veal and pork, and voila - you get the effect of slicing a loaf with an outer shell - not unlike the wellington. Both were favorites at the Officer's club in Tokyo - where my mom's uncle cooked in the 50's and 60's.

                                            1. re: applehome

                                              I've never tried Costco. I've had friends share what they thought were great prices from them, but I didn't think they were so great. And Sam's club membership is cheaper. Just before Christmas I got a large whole USDA Prime tenderloin at Sam's for a tad under $50.00. Made about 8 steaks and a generous chateaubriand.

                                              I haven't done a gallantine of chicken in years. I used to do them with a harlequin pattern made from egg plant skins. I think it was around the 60s when I gave up on making anything with "veal" in this country because I couldn't get real veal, only what is really baby beef. It's okay for osso bucco, but it ain't veal!

                                              From what I read here and then in food related media, those classics from mid-20th-century may be making a come back. Okay by me! I'm sooooo tired of all that bare plate with the food stacked in the center so high that if you bump it, it leaves a trail of scraps all the way across the table cloth!

                                              Am I a curmudgeon tonight or what? My cable company lost it's signal just as the Academy Awards was getting to best actress, actor, and picture. So much for setting the DVR!

                                              1. re: Caroline1

                                                On the Beef Wellington - I recently served small logs of it at a cocktail party to rave reviews so it's officially back in my repertoire! Perhaps, I'll look into other mid-century dishes to revive (I'm thinking about the aspic thread . . .)

                                              2. re: applehome

                                                I once made Beef Wellington with a whole round steak (rolled up) and used frozen pie crust in stead of peffed dough. Turned out quite nice.
                                                Sam's Club also sells the whole brisket. It's a lerge hunk of meat.

                                            2. re: applehome

                                              I would love to know how to make the dipping sauce. I know it has soy sauce and ginger, but also rice wine vinegar? How does it get that little zing?

                                              1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                                                You have to use some juice from yuzu or lime if you can't get any yuzu. I don't use vinegar for this (the citrus gives it enough acid) but I do use some mirin (sweet rice cooking wine) and some sesame oil. Use the spicy sesame oil if you want some real zing. If you have no mirin, add just a touch of sugar to round it out.

                                            3. re: Caroline1

                                              I do mine the same way. I have tried it the classic way and find, as you have, that the dumpling were soggy. I start with a bit of oil and put in the dumplings and then add the water and put on the lid for a while and leave lid askew.

                                              1. re: Caroline1

                                                I've done it both ways and found it worked either way. You just have to make sure the liquid boils off so you can have those crispy bottoms.

                                            4. I hate to admit, stouffers chipped beef over toast. Yes I make it myself, but I always keep one of those. I also keep a mac a cheese by stouffers, not good but for a quick 11 o clock dinner, it surfices. Better than take out. Also I order chinese maybe 1 a month or once every 2 months, usually when a friend stops by and they want it. I always order another side of house fried rice or some dish for me. I break the container into 2 dishes and freeze. Maybe 3.50 per dinner. Easier than going to get it and easy. Not the best but handy when needed. I have one fried rice in the freezer right now.

                                              Don't laugh at stouffers, it works none the less.

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                                              1. re: kchurchill5

                                                LOVE Stouffer's chipped beef over toast! My hubby couldn't watch me eat it, but a few boxes of it cured my salty cravings while I was pregnant!

                                                1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                                  Another chipped beef lover, thank you. I love it.

                                                  1. re: kchurchill5

                                                    me too! I make it from scratch sometimes with the meat in the little jar but if it was just me, I'd only eat the Stouffers.

                                                2. re: kchurchill5

                                                  stouffers spinach souffle. nuke, then eat the whole thing!

                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                    Thats another, love it too.

                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                      I had that last night, with cubes of Swiss cheese & Tabasco added in at the stirring point.

                                                      1. re: Deedine

                                                        oooh, nice touch!

                                                    2. re: kchurchill5

                                                      Does anyone remember Stouffer's frozen creamed lobster in plastic boiler bags? To die for. I haven't seen it in years. btw, made with good quality sherry....

                                                      1. re: theoreticalphenogroup14

                                                        I do! They also had another shrimp & scallop dish in the same vein that was wonderful.

                                                        1. re: shanagain

                                                          i remember the shrimp-scallop one. not the lobster, though!

                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                            I won't even pretend otherwise - if they made that stuff today I'd stockpile it.

                                                    3. When the husband is away, I eat salmon cakes and cottage cheese. But not at the same meal.

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                                                      1. re: smtucker

                                                        this sounds like itd be a mighty fine meal to me. especially if the cc is stirred with some whole grain mustard

                                                      2. Fried Spam & eggs, but keep it quiet!

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                                                        1. re: cavandre

                                                          Something similar for me -- salami and eggs, with a side of Heinz vegetarian beans.

                                                        2. no

                                                          1. I boil the shiznit out of frozen Brussels sprouts, mash with butter, salt and pepper. It has the consistency of baby food and I love it. =)

                                                            1. Trader Joe is the cop-out cook's friend.

                                                              I'll fry up some of their beef taquitos to get them hot and crisp, heat up a can of their black beans and mash 'em, open a carton of their guacamole and lay some of it on lettuce, surround with some of their cherry tomatoes, and there's dinner.

                                                              Dinner trick #2: shred some cabbage (preferably nappa) and put it in the bottom of a pan. Cole slaw fixin's in a bag (which I haven't tried yet) would probably work well too. Then add a little water and a splash of rice vinegar. Lay on top some of TJ's frozen shu mai. Steam until everything is done.

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                                                              1. re: Sharuf

                                                                I love Trader Joe's when I'm feeling lazy. Almost everything I've ever bought from their frozen section has been incredible. Their frozen dumplings (doesn't matter which kind of filling) are some of my favorites when I don't feel like putting a lot of effort into my meal.

                                                                1. re: Sharuf

                                                                  <Trader Joe's is the cop-out cook's friend>

                                                                  I fee like even when copping out, saying something is from Trader Joe's makes it slightly less of a cop-out for some reason

                                                                2. I open a can of skinless & boneless sardines packed in olive oil and lift them out of the oil into a shallow bowl. Then I slice some red onion so thinly that you can see through it and add that, plus salt, pepper and a squirt of fresh lemon juice. Toss altogether, letting the sardines break up a little. Taste and, if necessary, add some of the oil from the sardine can.
                                                                  Grab a can of seltzer, a handful of saltines, and I'm soooooo happy! (You promised I was alone, right?)

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                                                                  1. re: Deenso

                                                                    Do you eat it alone because you don't want to share?

                                                                    1. re: alwayscooking

                                                                      C'mon, those tins of sardines are really small!

                                                                      No, I eat it alone because it tends to make my husband gag. I always have to remember to put the empty sardine tin and associated trash into a small zip-top bag before throwing it in the trash.

                                                                      1. re: Deenso

                                                                        They are so tasty and healthy too!

                                                                        1. re: Deenso

                                                                          Avocados are surprisingly good with sardines.

                                                                          1. re: Sharuf

                                                                            Thanks for that heads-up! I'll try to remember that the next time I'm shopping 'cause, while there are usually a couple of tins of sardines in the cupboard, I don't usually have a ripe avocado waiting in the wings.

                                                                          2. re: Deenso

                                                                            My husband makes me take the sardine can to the trash RIGHT AWAY!!

                                                                            I make "sardine soup" -- a can of Maine sardines in oil, one potato diced, 1 sm/med onion chopped, enough water to cover, some salt and pepper. Simmer until all potatoes and onions are soft. Dark pump is good with it. Lithuanian comfort food.

                                                                            1. re: Deenso

                                                                              I also can only eat canned fish items when the family is away - in my case, my daughter who can smell an opened can of salmon from anywhere in the house. My mother and I used to eat canned salmon and saltine crackers for lunch, and I still enjoy it a few times a year, but only when alone and then I have to take the trash out right away!

                                                                              As a side note, my dogs also can smell an opened can of salmon from anywhere in the house, so I have to put them outside before I indulge.

                                                                          3. re: Deenso

                                                                            Right now I have 2 15-oz cans of sardines in tomato sauce in my cupboard. They're really good with a squirt of sriracha sauce, or a spoonful of mustard added, then eatne straight out of the can.

                                                                            1. re: DavidA06488

                                                                              OMG- I absolutely love sardines in spicy tomato sauce. When I was a young child, my mother would serve it on top of rice. My guilty pleasure is the crunchy-soft bones in it. Mmmm. This thread is making me so hungry! :D

                                                                              1. re: QueenDairy

                                                                                Anyone else hungry?

                                                                                 
                                                                                1. re: QueenDairy

                                                                                  One of my favorite meals during Lent. We take a can of that saute some onions and put the sardines in that. I either eat it with rice and pickled mustard greens or in a french baguette or Vietnames bread with pickles. Yum!

                                                                          4. Casseroles!! I wish I still let myself eat this, Bisquick Pepperoni Pie. My Mom made it up about 25 years ago and it is so delicious. It's nowhere near the ones they list on the website!. Also, tortilla lasagna! Indulging used to be so much fun!

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                                                                            1. re: Kam7185

                                                                              You can get archives of old bisquick recipes. I have three old small books myself. I sure you could find it. Contact Bisquick. I contacted them for a old ham casserole recipe over 40 years and they found it. just email them. Might be able to find it if she used a bisquick recipe from a box or book or close to it.

                                                                              1. re: kchurchill5

                                                                                Thanks, but she made it up and i can make it with my eyes closed! It's bisquick, milk, coarse chopped gourmet pepperoni, diced green pepper, onion, mushroom, 6 cheese italian blend, and parm reggiano. Everyone I describe it too thinks is sounds so good, albiet lowbrow! Oh well!

                                                                                1. re: Kam7185

                                                                                  I'm the same way too with most dishes I love... same thing.

                                                                                  Sounds good! Definitely enjoy!!

                                                                                  1. re: Kam7185

                                                                                    kam, baked at 350? 45 minutes?

                                                                                  2. re: kchurchill5

                                                                                    bisquick has a website with recipes.. i love to make stew and use the bisquick topping i cant eat it for days. also taco salad

                                                                                    1. re: layla13

                                                                                      Yes! Bisquick dumplings on beef stew or chicken with gravy. My father loved that stuff!

                                                                                  3. re: Kam7185

                                                                                    was it one of those "Impossible" pies? search that title and maybe you'll find the recipe.

                                                                                  4. Stouffer's macaroni and cheese, Canadian old cheddar cheese on saltines, grilled cheese sandwich, quesadillas on flour tortillas with homemade salsa...is there a theme here? Also way too many salted pistachios and some kind of fruit.

                                                                                    1. Was a time when 1 day every other month or so, I would make refritos from 2lbs of soaked pinto beans, cook a pound or so of fresh ground pork or beef and grate about a pound of cheddar then make as many burritos as there was filling for. Baked the burritos until golden and freeze them after cooling.

                                                                                      These days it's heat and eat chimichangas.

                                                                                      1. Tamale pie: can of corn, can of local bean chile, cut up a red onion and some black olives, top with the normal masa for tamales and into the oven. Five to ten minutes prep time. My daughter likes it.

                                                                                        1. Store bought Ramen (the ten for a dollar kind), with the seasoning only. Boil and drain the noodles, stir in the seasoning, eat like pasta. Yummy.

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                                                                                          1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                            I like the chicken seasoning, add low sodium soy, scallions, cooked chicken and some fresh mushrooms. Makes a simple easy dish. I know. Horrible for you but good.

                                                                                            1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                              Cucubear - me too!
                                                                                              Except I don't use the seasoning - I just fry it up in a bit of sesame oil....there was I time I did this every day! It's so delicious and comforting -
                                                                                              I had to stop after it all caught up with me (I gained about 10 pounds!)

                                                                                              Also I used to open a cube of beef bouilion, mix it with vinegar and oil and crush pretzel stix into it...I got this from my mom who used to do it.... packets of good season salad dressing work too! What a treat!

                                                                                              1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                I like it like that too. Drained. Wish their were more vegetarian options with the 10 for a buck brands.

                                                                                                1. re: Alan N

                                                                                                  Mama brand ramen noodles, cabbage, celery, and pork stirfried together! My favorite fast meal, for 20 years I thought it was a healthy meal till I started reading the labels!!!

                                                                                                  1. re: beekeroc

                                                                                                    sounds delicious, though!

                                                                                                2. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                  Mine is Cup Noodles, chicken flavor, with lime juice, cilantro and sriracha. So bad, so good.

                                                                                                  1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                    Mmm - I do Ramen when I'm sick. I like to drop an egg in to poach in the broth.

                                                                                                    1. re: aching

                                                                                                      I add matchstick slices of whatever is in the fridge - deli ham, cucumber, zucchini, char sui, kamaboko.... The list is as long as the contents of the fridge. I like dropping in an egg, too, or swirling it around in the broth. Adding a clove of garlic to the water that you boil the noodles in is pretty good, too. You just have to remember to take it out before you add the other stuff.

                                                                                                    2. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                      I love to use the noodles for other dishes and save the seasoning for another time. <3 Yum!

                                                                                                    3. Mashed potatoes and chopped Spam, mixed together, put into a pie dish and sprinkle with Lawry's Seasoned Salt, bake till crusty on the top and enjoy. Yum!

                                                                                                      I call it "Spam and Taters".

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                                                                                                      1. re: Cookiefiend

                                                                                                        fage greek yogurt with honey!
                                                                                                        it's really the only thing we'll occasionally let ourselves buy prepared at the market, since (1) that stuff's expensive, and i'm jobless!, (2) because of the guilt after reading the omnivore's dilemma and (3) i just like to be complicated like that and make every meal take 3 hours (if i'm ever short on time, i make crepes or oats - but being unemployed time is hardly of the essence anymore!!)

                                                                                                      2. You're talking convenience, right?

                                                                                                        I've fessed up in the past to my opinion that Pizza Rolls are the end-all-be-all of junk food. Also Mary Kitchen canned hash with a sloppy fried egg on top. Mmmm.

                                                                                                        But ultra *lazy* convenience has to be the bag of crinkle cut fries in the freezer (sshhh... only my daughter and I know it's there). Heat toaster oven. Spread fries on pan and insert into oven. Wait for ding (glorious ding!). Blort out some catsup, some mayo, some mustard. Laze on couch and enjoy dipping while flpping through channels.

                                                                                                        I see no reason to start scrubbing potatoes and making a production out of a few fries, when I have crinkle cut goodness 18 minutes away.

                                                                                                        Yep, sometimes lazy. But very happy.

                                                                                                        Cay

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                                                                                                        1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                          Blort. LOL

                                                                                                          1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                            Try the sweet potato fries with 1000 Island Dressing!

                                                                                                          2. Oh lordy, here goes-

                                                                                                            Kraft Mac & cheese- the powdered stuff with the straight pasta. I use a lot less butter than it calls for and eat the whole thing. But not very often.

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                                                                                                            1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                              Ditto, but full butter. Or more. If I eat two boxes I won't do it again for a while. Mmmmmm... Raise your hand if you've eaten a whole box by yourself...

                                                                                                              1. re: toomanypots

                                                                                                                Riase your hand if you've almost eaten two boxes in one sitting!

                                                                                                                1. re: pinkprimp

                                                                                                                  Yes... I've... eaten...two...whole...boxes...in...one...sitting...

                                                                                                                  1. re: pinkprimp

                                                                                                                    Doctored up KMC= add a can of Le Seur petit peas

                                                                                                                    1. re: toomanypots

                                                                                                                      Thank the good Lord i'm not alone! I haven't had two of them @one sitting yet but I've thought about it, you bet.

                                                                                                                      Hey- if I do two boxes, with half the butter, it counts as one, right?!

                                                                                                                      1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                        Please tell me that's not true because I use double the butter for the two boxes -- that would make it four!

                                                                                                                        1. re: pinkprimp

                                                                                                                          double butter Plus some cream and some gruyere cheese!

                                                                                                                        2. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                          Lucky me. I have a Stouffers plant nearby with a factory discount outlet store.

                                                                                                                          1. re: dhmill

                                                                                                                            oh yes, lucky you!

                                                                                                                        3. re: toomanypots

                                                                                                                          Will have to try the peas. My doctored version is a chopped up hot dog and a teaspoon of beer mustard blended in. Heaven.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Ravac

                                                                                                                            I also do the kraft mac and cheese but I add a box of the Margarita Jerk Shrimp. I don't add the butter to the mac and cheese and just dump in all the oil and jerky goodness from the shrimp. I find if after cooking the shrimp in the pan you cut them into bit sized pieces it works great. It's fantastic.

                                                                                                                            1. re: DC Girl

                                                                                                                              Yum, gotta love KD! My two favourite ways - make KD to recipe on box, sprinkle with curry powder and enjoy the whole boxful! Or cut up some hot dogs and boil in separate water (first time I made it in the water with the pasta - YUCK!), add to KD once mixed, and again enjoy the whole boxful!

                                                                                                                              1. re: nsstampqueen

                                                                                                                                Back when I was living alone and learning to cook, I used to fry up an onion and some ground beef and add it to the prepared mac and cheese. Really greasy, but filling and cheap.

                                                                                                                            2. re: Ravac

                                                                                                                              I love to make KMC with chopped ham, black pepper, extra milk, butter, cheddar and cream cheese stirred in. Sinful, yes, I know.

                                                                                                                        4. re: toomanypots

                                                                                                                          Always. Sometimes made as per instructions; sometimes made with sour cream instead of milk and butter; sometimes with grated cheese, salsa, crushed tomatoes or some other such thing added. I like the Extra Sharp and Extra Creamy versions, but often just buy the original 'cause it's cheaper.

                                                                                                                          When I make it with sour cream, I mix up the powder and sour cream ahead of time to get it nice and creamy and just the right consistency. If you try to do this in the pot it doesn't work very well.

                                                                                                                          1. re: toomanypots

                                                                                                                            Hand is raised! Ate a box last night!

                                                                                                                            1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                              KMC with some grated cheddar and topped with canned chili, then more grated cheddar.

                                                                                                                              I'm also all for the Stouffer's creamed chipped beef on toast, but we butter the toast and rip it into small pieces, put it in the bottom of a bowl, then top with the CCB. I can feel my arteries hardening and my mouth watering just thinking about it. I even have some in the freezer...

                                                                                                                              1. re: KailuaGirl

                                                                                                                                I've secretly eaten the Stouffers spinach souffle for dinner several times...

                                                                                                                                1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                                                  stouffer's spinach souffle, i salute you! i love you. i devour you.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                                                    definitely... and considered it"healthy"because it's veggies, right?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                                                      Oh, that's good stuff, and the corn souffle's not bad either. One caveat, though; I don't eat it in private, I eat it in front of G-d and anyone else who's watching.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                        Hah! I love you mamachef! Life's too short. Laugh often, eat like no one's watching. :D :D

                                                                                                                              2. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                "Kraft Mac & cheese- the powdered stuff with the straight pasta."

                                                                                                                                That is exactly what I had for dinner last night!!
                                                                                                                                And yes, i ate the whole box!

                                                                                                                                1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                  KMC with a small can of Bush's baked beans and a hotdog chopped up in there!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                    does anyone else think the shaped ones are better than the normal macaronis? cuz i definitely do.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                      Fully, entirely agreed-I thought I was nuts. I probably still am, since I toss the cheese packet and put tomato sauce on it---but it's harder to get the fun shapes in regular pasta!

                                                                                                                                      1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                        Wow - I never considered that.... i have only ever had the original...
                                                                                                                                        I will have to pick up a box of the shaped!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                          Psychological or not, I think the shaped ones taste better, too.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                            i actually figured out that its because the shaped ones are thicker noodles normally, so they are harder to overcook. they tend to hold their al dente-ness far better than the normal macaronis

                                                                                                                                            1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                              That makes sense, since I seem to like my pasta (in general) a little less cooked than many other people.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                            I love the Spongebob shaped macaroni! They seem more thick and hearty to me. LOL!

                                                                                                                                          3. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                            Me, too. Being alone doesn't make me seek out umeboshi-flavoured llama Brie recipes.

                                                                                                                                            I use less oil, too, but I use olive oil,then the powder, (and salt, cayenne and/or mustard) and then a heaping tablespoon of yogurt.

                                                                                                                                            The dog might get some, but probably not.

                                                                                                                                          4. creamed tuna on toast with frozen peas!

                                                                                                                                            nowdays I make my own white sauce, but it's gotta be frozen peas!

                                                                                                                                            1. I get a tray of surimi, and saute it in lots of butter and Old Bay. Sometimes I go even simpler. I just dump the surimi in a big bowl, sprinkle with Shoyu and eat it with chopsticks. I don't try to pretend it's crab, but it is very sweet and tasty IMO

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: ChrisOC

                                                                                                                                                Hostess Cherry Pies. Cheap, trashy and embarrassing. With a glass of milk. People in my household do not even know, so I mean I do it ALONE. I have to buy one on the way home when I'm sure I'm going to be.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Whosyerkitty

                                                                                                                                                  Haha -- I love this. My parents were health nuts when I was a kid and didn't have junk food or refined sugar of any sort in the house.... but let's say that my dad was a little more flexible about things. When he wanted a junk food fix, we'd go down to the university library to do 'research' (he'd take me to legitimize the endeavor) and we'd make a meal of all the vending machine delectables in the library basement. Hostess cherry pies were the best!!!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cimui

                                                                                                                                                    haha, cimui, your childhood sounds just like mine! i never knew what "juice drink" or wonderbread was til way late in life! but... my dad had a gym/weight room setup down in the basement, and while sneaking around down there one day i found hidden some glass bottles of diet pepsi. to date, i really enjoy a room temperature diet pepsi!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: rabidog

                                                                                                                                                      man. hostess cherry pie, room temperature diet pepsi... maybe throw in some funions for dessert and you've got yourself a well-balanced breakfast. as a ten year old, i'm pretty sure i'd've traded a semi-essential organ for such a meal. ;)

                                                                                                                                                2. re: ChrisOC

                                                                                                                                                  Surimi is a major guilty pleasure of mine. Even worse than sauteing it at home, a local sub shop makes a sandwich with sea legs, cream cheese, bacon and the usual sub vegetables. It sounds vile, but it is a-ma-zing. Surimi is also good in a whole wheat pita with nothing but some crumbled feta. Bake till melty.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ChrisOC

                                                                                                                                                    I have a friend who eats it frozen.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Tandoor Chef frozen indian food, in particular the potato and pea samosas with cilantro chutney and saag paneer. Delightfuly greasy and full of salt, but they really hit the spot when I'm tired and don't want to actually cook. I usually put some basmati in the rice cooker to accompany. I'm also fond of Alexia yukon gold fries cooked crispy and dipped in mayo, so gross and yet okay enough for frozen fries. I have been known to eat both in front of family, however.

                                                                                                                                                    Oh, I thought of something--I make these white chocolate flavored with matcha (powdered green tea) and almond butter patties, sort of like a Reese's cup, only more interesting. I keep those to myself.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Frozen fordhook lima beans, with lots of butter added. That's it. Weird, I know, but I love 'em and I don't want to share!

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BerkshireTsarina

                                                                                                                                                        Count me in the weird category, too! A bag of the frozen fordhook lima beans has been my go to dinner many a time, but plain! I eat the whole bag in one sitting!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: zook

                                                                                                                                                          i see that -- as long as you've got enough butter and salt!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: zook

                                                                                                                                                            Me too!
                                                                                                                                                            been there - done that!!

                                                                                                                                                            Lately though it a can of chick peas instead!

                                                                                                                                                            no butter & salt for me :(

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                              i went through a phase where i loved a can of artichoke hearts (in water) and hearts of palm with white balsamic vinegar and bragg's amino acids... sigh, i miss vinegar and those canned items.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                                oooh, i love artichoke hearts and hearts of palm! you can't eat them now? so sad. ;-(.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                                  That's funny Emme - because lately i have been on a canned hearts of palm kick!
                                                                                                                                                                  I eat 'em straight out of the can - along with some chick peas!
                                                                                                                                                                  I love the weird texture of them!
                                                                                                                                                                  But goodness me at $2.99 a can - they are quite expensive!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                    nelly! go to costco, where you can get the hearts of palm in GLASS jars (Much better, imo). they come in a two large-ish jar pack -- or used to -- for a good price which i cannot recall. but it was a good price, i know ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks Alaka...but I dont have a car ...and no costcos around...I will have to check if my Shoprite carries the HOP in glass jars...
                                                                                                                                                                      I am addicted to the stuff lately!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                        The Goya brand canned hearts of palm is pretty cheap (and good) as far as I remember - definitely available in NY / NJ.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks butter
                                                                                                                                                                          Hey I have never seen Goya Hearts of Palm - I order my groceries from Shoprite online and I just checked - they don't carry Goya HOP.
                                                                                                                                                                          The cheapest is the Shoprite brand - at $2.29...
                                                                                                                                                                          They do have one brand in a jar - but it's a whopping $5.29! Yikes!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                            They have them in Bklyn. You're in NJ, right? Seabras Supermarket in Newark (a few blocks from Newark Penn) has the Goya brand and some Brazilian/other South American brands, cheap. As well as a lot of very interesting South and Central American groceries and other good stuff. How does the Shoprite online ordering work for you? Peapod, right?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                              Hi Butter -
                                                                                                                                                                              I'm sorry I just saw this post -
                                                                                                                                                                              I wasnt ignoring you!!

                                                                                                                                                                              The online shopping was great for a while, then I had a period where everytime I ordered - something went wrong, but then it got much better again.
                                                                                                                                                                              I dont order any meat and very rarely order fruit or veg though.

                                                                                                                                                                              I live in an eclectic area and we have many small shops which have very cool and interesting South and Central American groceries (and lots of AMAZING fast food joints as well)

                                                                                                                                                                              BYW - what do you mean by "peapod" ?sorry I don't get it!!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                "peapod" is the branding for the online shopping/home delivery service by the "giant food " grocery store chain. http://www.peapod.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                  In NJ Shop-Rite is the participating store, I believe.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                    hmm, so peapod is a separate company and contracts with local chains? makes sense.

                                                                                                                                                                                    from their 1997 prospectus on file with SEC:

                                                                                                                                                                                    >>>>Caption: By attracting loyal consumers through its compelling online shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                    system and personalized service, Peapod opens a valuable new sales channel to
                                                                                                                                                                                    its grocery retail partners and constructs a national online network designed
                                                                                                                                                                                    to offer superior interactive media and research services to consumer goods
                                                                                                                                                                                    companies.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Peapod logo.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Computer screen with grocery aisles.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Caption: FOR THE CONSUMER, Peapod provides "Smart Shopping for Busy People"
                                                                                                                                                                                    through a user-friendly, highly functional virtual supermarket and
                                                                                                                                                                                    personalized shopping, delivery or pick-up, and customer services.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Retailer logos, displayed on map of U.S.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Caption: FOR THE RETAILER, Peapod provides its online sales channel, which
                                                                                                                                                                                    is designed to enable the retailer to gain incremental revenues and profits
                                                                                                                                                                                    by capturing an increased share of the grocery purchases of existing
                                                                                                                                                                                    customers and by attracting new loyal customers.<<<<

                                                                                                                                                                                    peapod went private in 2001 -- http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edg...

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                      Back in the late 1990s, they were the delivery contractor for a very local SF Bay Area supermarket chain called Andronico's. They stopped after a few years, I always assumed because people in that particular area weren't willing to pay someone to bring them something they could walk or drive a few blocks to get.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kitchen Imp

                                                                                                                                                                                        I wish we had such a service on O'ahu. I have to do my grocery shopping by taxi.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                        Trader Joe's has 'em in glass jars too.

                                                                                                                                                                        Whole Foods 365 brand also are very good. Pre-cut and soft, not like the ones in the cans that are more rigid and uncut. $1.99 a can.

                                                                                                                                                                        i'm allergic to yeast and all things fermented, so the citric acid in the canned items causes gastric upset... but sometimes, just sometimes, it's worth it. ... then of course, i'm sorry later, but for those few minutes of content chomping, yum...

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                                          nelly, butter tart and emme, if you like hearts of palm, have you ever tried their country cousin, "swamp cabbage"? swamp cabbage is in fact hearts of palm. in s. florida, there is a swamp cabbage festival in labelle, florida in february. the swamp cabbage is fixed with bacon and cooked up in a pot like regular cabbage, chopped up. it is served at the festival alongside some wood fired steaks! yum-mo.

                                                                                                                                                                          anyhoo, here are a couple of swamp cabbage products for your consideration.

                                                                                                                                                                          """""Swamp Cabbage Pickles
                                                                                                                                                                          Although we call it swamp cabbage, it's called heart-of-palm by city folks. The Sabal Palm is the Florida State Tree and this is GRANNY SUMNER'S recipe at it's best. These sweet and tangy cubes have a nip all their own and are great little appetizers.

                                                                                                                                                                          Swamp Cabbage Chow Chow
                                                                                                                                                                          Sabal Palm Hearts, Vidalia Onions, Sweet Peppers, Jalapeno Peppers and a variety of spices make this a sweet relish. It's great on burgers, dogs, and deviled eggs. """" http://www.gatorhammock.com/products.php i have not tried these particular products, but have had other things from this maker (swamp mustard and the rub) -- personally known by my nephew -- down in felda, florida.

                                                                                                                                                                          mmmm, i'd like to try that chow chow on some black eyed peas!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                            They sound great, thanks as always for your tips! Had fresh hearts of palm at Per Se on my birthday this year, to die for.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                              lucky you! i'm planning a trip to costa rice later this year, and CAN'T WAIT to have fresh hearts of palm!!

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: zook

                                                                                                                                                                  Love...Love...Love... Me some Lima Beans smothered with Butter and Salt!!!!! Also, Lima Beans and Ham!!! YUMMY!!!! SHHHHHHHH HHHHHHH.... lol..lol..

                                                                                                                                                                3. re: BerkshireTsarina

                                                                                                                                                                  I love frozen Fordhooks! Cooked a long time with butter, lots!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BerkshireTsarina

                                                                                                                                                                    Whenever I encounter mixed vegetables on my plate, I "sort out" the lima beans and eat them last. They are my favorite! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: QueenDairy

                                                                                                                                                                      I do this, too!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Eggo waffle with a slice of cheddar melted over it. Weird version of a grilled cheese, I know, but I love it.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Simply Asia Mongolian noodles, Ling Ling chicken eggrolls(or dumplings) w/dipping sauce.
                                                                                                                                                                      Break and bake turtle cookies for dessert. Not the healthiest meal, but so damn good!!

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Luvfriedokra

                                                                                                                                                                        I love the simply asia noodles. The mongolian ones are good, but the spicy kung pao ones are better! mmmmm tasty comfort food in 2 minutes, and they are actually a little spicy.... i just wish they were bigger, lol

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Hilarious topic.

                                                                                                                                                                        Something I eat alone and would never in a million years consider inflicting on someone else is my 'fastest ever pizza'. (Avert your eyes now, it's shameful). I slather a piece of white bread or greek pita with ketchup (the heinz organic version, not that that's any excuse), season with oregano, salt, pepper, top generously with cheddar, then blast it under the grill.

                                                                                                                                                                        Also, careful examination of my freezer will often reveal a stash of mini sausage rolls, waaaay in the back....

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: dxs

                                                                                                                                                                          once or twice a year I have a can of the hot rotel (peppers &tomatoes) mixed in with melted velveta and eat the bejeebers out of it with tortilla chips. Don't keep any premade stuff in the house, so i have to sneak this in for a night of debauchery

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sloppyjo

                                                                                                                                                                            Rotel tomatoes! Yes! Those are so good... although I giggled when I read your post because my mom-in-law actually serves what you're describing (albeit made with a "Mexican" Velveeta log, Rotel, plus sauteed onions and peppers) as a dip, with Tortilla scoops for her cocktail parties, and everyone INHALES it. I guess some people's "alone food" is other people's cocktail hors d'oeuvre.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: freelancer77

                                                                                                                                                                              i didn't know velveeta still comes in the mexican log!

                                                                                                                                                                              i made the rotel, velveeta, ground sausage dip for new years day and people loved it indeed.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: dxs

                                                                                                                                                                            Every now and then I get a craving for mini sausage rolls with HP sauce. A1 sauce will do in a pinch, but I can't eat sausage rolls without brown sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                          3. Tamales in a can. Sorry.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: revsharkie

                                                                                                                                                                              When I lived overseas in my youth before Mexican food was an international star, my mother used to send me CARE packages of canned tamales, canned tortillas, and canned enchilada sauce. Every few years I'll be walking through the Mexican food section at the supermarket and all of the canned tamales start singing, "Eat me! Eat me" like a band of crazed mariachis! So I bring a can home with me and we have a party while I strip their fake corn husks from their tiny bodies and feast behind closed doors! '-)

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                                                We used to keep them on hand at our cabin at the lake, just in case someone got hungry in between the swimming and the grilling. My dad and I were about the only ones who ever ate them. But they remind me of summers at the lake.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: revsharkie

                                                                                                                                                                                I loved these as a kid. Mom never fixed Mexican food, so they were the only fix I got. I'd forgotten all about them! Not likely to go out and get some, tough.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: revsharkie

                                                                                                                                                                                  ooo-h, ooo-h, no fair! I was gonna say this! Tamales in a can, or from a jar. I lived in Russia when I was little and we "imported" a lot of American canned food. Tamales in a jar/can, with canned chili. Yeah, baby! And canned chicken a la king. (although I don't eat that anymore. I do have standards.) :)

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: revsharkie

                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh I remember having those as a kid...they are pretty terrible. Shame, shame, someone should haved called CPS on my mom.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets. I count this as "dish" because sometimes they are "breakfast."

                                                                                                                                                                                    Spelled wrong, but they taste oh so right.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: merrymc

                                                                                                                                                                                      I recently introduced my husband to the delicious world of Tasykake. Their products are the only processed food weakness that enters the house.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TampaAurora

                                                                                                                                                                                        Loved those butterscotch krimpets. That was the treat my mom would buy me at the grocery store if I was a good girl while shopping. And the jelly krimpets were good, too!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Furgs

                                                                                                                                                                                          oh, yes... my philly grandpop had a butcher/grocery store that we would always stop at before our 4 hour trip back to upstate NY after visiting my Granmom \:we'd get a pack of tastycakes (jelly) and dip our hands into the pickle barrel...for the trip

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: merrymc

                                                                                                                                                                                        Hhmm, guilty of that one, too. Only discovered them a few years ago on a trip back east.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: merrymc

                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh how I love those Butterscotch Krimpets. And everything else TastyKake (sp?). But I can't have them anymore since they started using Canola/Rapeseed oil (I'm really allergic). They are missed.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. dill pickle wrapped with ham or smoked turkey, then a piece of swiss cheese wrapped around that

                                                                                                                                                                                          no bread, no condiments just pickle, meat and cheese

                                                                                                                                                                                          even the dog looks away.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: chicaraleigh

                                                                                                                                                                                            I serve this as an or'durve only wrap the pickle with cream cheese and then the thin sliced ham around the cheese...slice into circles and people love 'em!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: chicaraleigh

                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm with you on this one - but for me it's a super sour dill pickle and extra old white cheddar. Sometimes I'll melt the cheese on a cracker and slice the pickle up, but usually it's just the pickle and the cheese. It makes my husband gag. I could totally go for one right now.....

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I love this thread. Spagettios with sliced franks and parmesean cheese. Feel free to use the domestic stuff in this recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. White rice with Heinz 57. weird but deelish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Fresh grapefruit sliced into sections and sprinkled with kosher salt...and sometimes a packet of Splenda. gotta love that sour/sweet/salty thing going on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                and don't get me started on Oreos.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: SweetPhyl

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just had White Rice and Heinz57 the other night!!!!! I thought I was the only odd one, for that craving??? TEE HEE HEE.... Seriously, Steak Sauce on most everything... Can only make it better!!! : ) : ) How Strange..... Exactly a year from you posting this.... lol..lol..

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sly72

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, goodness. my mother too eats white rice and ketchup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: SweetPhyl

                                                                                                                                                                                                    oooh...oreos! kimchee and cheese quesadilla, with a whole bag of oreos for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SweetPhyl

                                                                                                                                                                                                      are we talkin USA Oreo's or Canadian? They're different ya know? Our DIL swears, and now so does my husband and girlfriend, they're BY FAR the best there. And don't even get me started on Canadian peanut butter, that stuff's du bom............... :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Tuna Noodle Casserole for me. Would never inflict it on anyone else.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: GSM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh - please feel free to inflict it! :o) Love tuna casserole!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've somehow never had that. Not even as a school lunch. Since you guys love it so much I might be compelled to make some. I'm sure I have all the ingredients in my pantry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: KailuaGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                            You have got to report back on this. Those of us who grew up on it have no way of being objective judges.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: GSM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I can only make this when my husband's not going to be home for dinner - or for a few hours afterward. So it's my consolation meal for having to eat alone when he's working late. And I get to eat the leftovers cold, next day, right out of the casserole. He won't touch the stuff. Too bad for him!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Deenso

                                                                                                                                                                                                            My husband rarely travels, but he's leaving next week. That night, it's tuna casserole for me! Can't wait!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: GSM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was hoping someone else would say that! With canned mushroom soup and crushed potato chips on top. Mmm. My family called it Noodle Goo. Unfortunately I can no longer find the krinkly noodles that make it perfect, but I can come close.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. my nearby family-owned grocery store makes single-serving dinners to take home. i am addicted to their Swedish meatballs with gravy and egg noodles. they taste exactly like something i would have eaten in my elementary school cafeteria, and are thus oddly comforting when DH is on the road.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            usually followed by a pint of B&J, but that has nothing to do with being lazy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Taiwanese instant noodles - there is a drawer in my pantry that is designated for holding the many varieties of instant noodles I keep in stock. I have instant noodles whenever I need something quick and comforting - however, I never add hot water (except when I am in UA flight), I like to cook my instant noodles in boiling water instead and add an egg and some vegetables to the broth - delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Kraft Deluxe Macaroni and Pasturized Processed Cheese Food Product with diced Spam, seasoned with Japanese nanami togarashi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Stouffer's Mac & Cheese - there's a box lurking in my freezer right now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TripChick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stouffer's mac and cheese, and their cheddar potato bake, are my junk food crack!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: TripChick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I vacillate between Stoufffer's and Trader Joe's 4-Cheese. The former is creamier, the latter gooier. Both get doctored up with my home-grown cayenne and a dash of Melinda's XXX Habanero sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I'm actually shocked at how some many CH's are so simple based. Even though they have great creative ideas, they love a crazy boxed food or some bizzar treats. It makes me feel pretty good and feel more at place. We may all have our wierd cravings and obsessions, but we all try hard to take cooking to another level when the time is right. I just got home and used Sooo many short cuts tonight for dinner, but d*mn it was good. And a busy day tomorrow up early again so I planned a nice breakfast for myself (I'll be on the water all day, so food is required). I used horrible honey ham (1 post) on cheap bread with cheeze whiz, my sons I was out of regular cheese. Breakfast, pre made hollandise, pillsbury biscuits and cheap pre cooked bacon (I had a coupon and tried it). But, I love to see that simple wierd dishes can be our favorites. I'm actually cooking (well my friend is cooking) stouffers stuffed green peppers. I truly like them and he is cooking so why not.. I guess I can add that as well to my list of crazy I like meals. I did make a great potato gratain to go with the dish tomorrow night. I did have some nice potatoes to use. I think combining some of what we like and some fresh isn't always a bad thing. May not be great, but it is ok when you have no choice. I think potatoes and cheese are pretty much the only thing in their right now, lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Turkey Reuben

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MattInNJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reubens are a must, turkey or traditional are among my top favorites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MattInNJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fun thing I love to make it get one of the round loves of bread. I just ask my store and they will do Pumpernickle for me. Cut a large piece of the top off then then remove some of the bread from the bottom half. I layer with some slices of good swiss, then some corned beef, a little thousand, then kraut, then cheese, beef, thousand, then kraut, top with some beef, cheese and thousand. Put the top on wrap in foil and bake 30 minutes at 375. It feeds 6-8, a great fun way to serve it. It is really pretty sliced and tastes amazing. Turkey would work just as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One thing I like. I actually like to add some thin onion slices to mine now and then. Not always, but it is really good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kchurchill5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think I need to do a variation of this for my contribution to our holiday dinner. I have used meat alternates for reubens before, I'll do the same here. This is great, thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Hellman's mayo on saltines. Canned tamales. Peanut butter and mashed banana sandwiches. Kettle-cooked barbeque potato chips. Canned boiled peanuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Cold leftover london broil, cut up, and drizzled with a balsamic reduction (that I always have in a swueeze bottle) , too good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. canned sardines with hot sauce, onions and saltines (unsalted tops)... YUM!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: wontonfm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Except for the hot sauce, I'm with you on the sardines, onions and saltines. Fortunately, this is something my husband and I agree on, so it doesn't qualify as an "I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know" favorite in my case.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Deenso

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    oh my i love this thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    my mom was a little militant about food while growing up (ie i loved eggs so she used to count the eggs in the refrigerator before she left the house). we had korean food every night, but what i really craved was the weird casserole-y white food that my friends got to eat every day, topped with saltines or cream of mushroom soups.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    one time when my parents left for the weekend, i immediately went to the grocery store (must have been about 16 at the time) and bought a pound of ground beef, a box of hamburger helper cfheeseburger macaroni mix, and a can of spam. i made fried spam sandwiches and ate the entire container of cheeseburger macaroni. if i ever need a good fix, i reach for the HH. a little shameful, but so, so good. and it reminds me of sneaking around behind my parents backs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: elnora

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I hope your parents read this! LOL! Sneaking is often the most flavorful garnish for any dish!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: elnora

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Food shopping & cooking on the sly while parents were away! :o) I had the same teenage guilty pleasure too! I too did the fried Spam (with eggs!) and worked on doctoring up cans of Chef Boyardee!! (My Italian rooted fam would NEVER let me even go near a can of that stuff! I since outgrew the canned pasta thing, but this idea always held true - you always crave the foods that you're consistently kept away from having in childhood!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Deenso

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My latest kick (as I think I posted below) - is sardines on unsalted saltines...mmmmmm so good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But what I don't fathom is pairing onion with sardines...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To me sardines have such a lovely delicate flavor - I would think onions would completely overpower them....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Why it's as odd to me as ketchup on a hotdog!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Great snack, and sometimes I like it with a thin slice of cheddar, and a small dollop of salsa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mmmm sounds good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            love sardines on saltines. always have eaten them, even as a little Norwegian girl. grandparents always had them as appetizers on their table just to nibble at. Kipper snacks are great also

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My grandparents always had pickled herring and hard tack. I still love the stuff, sometimes pickled herring in sour cream. I haven't thought of that in ages but might go buy some this week. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: KailuaGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pickled herring gets a bad rap. It's delicious if made properly. There's a fab version of it here in SF at Suppenkuche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If they are unsalted, are they still Saltines?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. re: wontonfm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Unsalted Saltines - shoudn't they just be called Ines?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. OK..y'all are going to laugh...but...trader's bool kogi..trader's homemade tortillas...sour cream onions and cheese..my bool kogi burrito! And thanks to the replies, I am craviing what we used to call Johnny Marzetti..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rHairing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Korean-Tex/Mex fusion - brilliant!!! That sounds absolutely delicious! Wish there was a TJ's in Northern Westchester!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rHairing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Drool maybe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: rHairing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ah yes, Johnny Marzetti, aka American Chop Suey. But I don't feel guilty about this 'cause I load mine up with so many jalapeños it's actually healthful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Canned clam chowder with a bowl of white rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Canned corn hash with white rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Every time I'm fluffing up a new batch of white rice, I have to restrain myself from throwing a pat of butter in there with soy sauce and calling it a meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Tuna Helper or Kraft Mac and Cheese. I'm working very hard to not eat processed foods, but I grew up on box/foil packet cheese products and just can't replicate that flavor. Most people wouldn't want to, but sometimes I crave the badness. I do doctor it up with veggies, but I can't leave behind my processed cheese product.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Frozen gyoza and shumai, shameful?? We eat those for breakfast all the time. Millions of Japanese live over a century on ramen and dumplings!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But when no one's around, I'm on the down low with Chef Boy-ar-Dee. Mini-bites and beefaroni, mmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyone remember the song Junk Food Junkie?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Hello! don't post often, but lurk often....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am in the pop tart for dinner camp, or I stop by the cheesecake factory and get a piece of cake to go. So good!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Butter and hot sauce sandwich.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: YAYME

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ever add dill slices?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No Maybe I should add some homemade pickles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: YAYME

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                oh yeah, baby!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Spaghetti with butter and cracked black pepper.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: SissyGreen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'll second the hot buttered spaghetti (or, better still, No Yolks egg noodles), slathered in butter & topped with fresh black pepper. Also avocado on toast with salt sprinkled on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Kitchen Imp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                yes to both! i'll also add some cultured butter to the toast/avocado/salt combo..... tangy, salty, crunchy, creamy deliciousness!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Kitchen Imp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kitchen imp, if you're so inclined, try sprinkling bacon salt on that avocado-on-toast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oooooooh.... I sense an addiction in the making. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And where can I find it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: freelancer77

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bacon salt can be found in the grocery store, or can be ordered online.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (funny that this is related to my avocado recommendation. last night, i had a dream with lovely avocados in it -- they were large and delicious, but cost $5 each! ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: SissyGreen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ditto here. Sometimes I use garlic butter.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thighs, here it comes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SissyGreen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for me, add soy sauce to that and you've got a winner! This is probably the number 1 thing I make for myself when no one else is around! I have lightened it up a bit due to health concerns recently, so it is now whole grain spaghetti noodles, with cholesterol lowering margarine, freshly ground salt and pepper and low sodium soy sauce, YUM!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Three parts peanut butter, one part marshmallow fluff. Mix until the consistency of play-doh. Eat with fingers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PB & J on Ritz crackers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Banana, split lengthwise, slathered with nutella or PB or both.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cooked white rice mixed with gojuchang and soy sauce (and scallions if I'm motivated), picked up in pinches with pieces of toasted nori.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fresh cucumbers cut lengthwise into spears and used to scoop up gojuchang.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Collards sauteed with garlic and a spoonful of brown sugar, add frozen shelled edamame, some water, soy sauce, steam until greens are done and top with a dollop of red fermented tofu. If there's any cooked rice, mix that in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. OK, so I had s'mores for dinner tonight. We went camping earlier in the week and I only had them one night - for dinner, LOL.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tracylee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What'd you have for dessert?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Cinnamon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Boxed wine, LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Betty Crocker instant Garlic Mashed Potatoes with some butter and salt on top. I just love the pure starch taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. My laziness cat is out of the bag. Sometimes guests get the scratch works, sometimes they get a doctored Digiorno pizza and a nice bottle of red. If I had to always do the fancy works and put on a show, I would either resent my guests or sit alone eating my progresso soup and american cheese slices grilled sandwich.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can do wonders with a Digiorno, trust me. My Publix just had buy one get one free for the cheese. I usually keep 1 or 2 for my son in the freezer. Well 3 of the guys I worked with came over for dinner, so ... some peppers onions, ground sausage chorizzo I think, some extra cheese, mushrooms, anchovies, mushrooms, who knows, they were all different. Some grilled romaine on the grill pan, bottled blue cheese and dinner was served. Nothing wrong with a quick dinner to entertain with. Besides I made the guys cut everything up for me. They owed me, I usually do all the work. This time I headed to the jacuzzi and 15 min later when I came back they had everything ready for me :) Now that was a dinner party I enjoyed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I will take a can of hominy (or corn if there is no hominy), drain it, and heat it up. Then I will mix in about two tablespoons each of butter and mayonaise, some crumbly cheese, and sprinkle the top with some type of spicy seasoning blend or something like Penzey's Chicago steak seasoning, One the rare occasions when there is some leftover bacon, I will crumble it up and add that too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As awful as it sounds as I write, that's how good it tastes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love doing that with corn!! (Gotta try it with hominy one of these days!) We're not alone either - it's a popular snack in Mexico & South America! Corn heated sprinkled with lemon, spicy seasoning...called "elote en vasito!" :o)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Was wondering when someone would mention hominy. I like to saute a can of it in butter or olive oil, add a couple of eggs and scramble it around, top with cheese, salt and red pepper. Yum! Mayo, huh? Thanks for the idea!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Furgs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Back at ya, Fergs. I've scrambled up leftover pasta with eggs, but never thought of scrambling hominy; Thank YOU for the idea!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I just saw that today on "Mexican Made Easy" on FN...I thought it looked good

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I do this with leftover corn. It's already been buttered and salted. Then I toss it with Adobo seasoning and mayo. It is delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hominy 1 can, simmered till the water is gone stir in butter, salt & pepper and crispy bacon thrown on top. Yummy I eat the whole can. I even have my special odd little spoon that I eat it with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Deedine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i haven't had hominy in a long time, but i could definitely eat the whole can, as you fixed it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I have a bunch of things that I will admit to that I make for just myself - like poached eggs over arugula salad, open faced grilled cheese and apples, mussels steamed with some Paul Newman Sock A Rooni sauce. But my most embarrassing admission is Gorton's Beer Batter Fish filets with a slice of cheddar on a crusty roll, with tartar sauce. Reminds me of childhood, and is really yummy.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. This is so like the "bless me Chowhounds, for I have sinned" threads. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Okay, I'll 'fess up: onion, ground beef, B&M Bacon & Onion baked beans, ketchup, all cooked in the same pan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            THat reminds me of one of my favorite meals as a kid: my mom made "chili" from ground beef and tomato soup and always served it with mashed potatoes and peas. I always mixed it together and ate it that way. It wasn't until much later I realized I'd basically made Shepherd's Pie. Mashed potatoes, baked beans and bacon mixed together was the traditional side dish for liver and onions - of course it was just my brother and me who mixed them together. I haven't done that in a long time...hmmm...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I look forward to nights when i can just make some mashed potatoes (smashed more likely because i'm too lazy -___-) and throw in some sauerkraut and polish sausage slices, then mix it all together in one bowl and oooooh yummm comfort in a bowl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Spaghetti with butter, ketchup, and parm (better from evil green can). My mom would kill me for posting this. She's still pissed that I told the baby sitter about it when I was 7. She served it with frozen mixed veg and cubes of cheddar - I don't. SO must not be in town when I eat this lest he comes home before I wash the dishes. Kraft mac and cheese with a can of rotell. Only slightly less embarassing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: corneygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yum! Any pasta with ketchup and butter! Over the years I've cut back a bit on the butter and added cream, which I now prefer. Lots of pepper as well, and sometimes sriracha. Parm is always good, though I use it less if I've used the cream.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                corneygirl, thank you for not adding the mixed vegetables and cubed cheddar- just the thought of it almost put me off this ketchupy ambrosia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sccrash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good to know I'm not alone. (And sorry mom)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: corneygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I still make the "Italian Noodles" I created as a preteen (before I learned of the delights of Alfredo) when home alone. Put drained egg noodles back in the warm pot used to boil them; stir in butter to coat the noodles; add garlic salt, pepper, dried oregano, and dried parsley until it smells right; then dump in lots and lots of parm from the evil green can. This was back before fresh herbs were readily available. Now I sometimes use fresh herbs from my garden, but these noodles need the evil green can parm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Too many to list really but one of my favorites is a Totino's pizza with some brussel sprouts on top. And I don't care what anyone says, Totino's will beat the pants off of any other frozen pizza out there any day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What's stranger are the weird dishes that I will go to some length to prepare for myself but aren't suitable for polite company. A sandwich comes to mind... Two slices white toast, fried egg with the yolk broken, fried bologna, slice of american cheese, ketchup, iceberg lettuce, and a sliced Klaussen dill pickle. As for impolite company, I always make a point to shove one of these in their faces. They always balk at the ketchup and pickle but they come around.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SinEater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm pretty sure Michael Symon serves a sandwich very like your description above at his burger bar -- maybe minus the iceberg. He's apparently really into the fried bologna sandwich. So you're in good company...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: freelancer77

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yummmm. You also have to put mayo on one the toast and then put ketchup on top of the egg. Klaussen makes the best dill pickles!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I always bring back a college favorite when I'm along... call it Trailor Trash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pan-fried kielbasa, cut up and placed into a pot of baked beans - served with spicy mustard, hot sauce, and slices of whitebread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not so good for the old GI tract, but soooo good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Packaged mac and cheese mixed with a can of Ranch Style beans.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pasta with any kind of cheese. butter and milk... Especially Kraft with extra American cheese and Parmesan!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Nothing beats white bread fried in bacon grease. Haven't had this in five years or so, so it's about time. Top with sauteed mushrooms and a fried egg. Yum!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh how you tempt me with that one, my heart is sweating!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Ssshhh, don't tell! Spam hash with a poached egg on top. Trader Joe's garlic chicken enchiladas. Amy's frozen dinners. Top Ramen with stir-ins. Thai and Indian frozen dinners. Aaahhh, it feels good to get it off my chest. The only thing I'm NOT going to reveal is how much of the time I really am this lazy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Oatmeal for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hubby would not approve. ha ha.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was never a big fan of oatmeal, but on the same idea: cream of wheat with a big blob of margarine and strawberry jam in the middle. Creamy buttery goodness!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I also lived on cheese and potato chip sandwiches in university. I find if I'm super stressed out and alone, its still the best comfort food I can muster: take cheap white bread from the corner store. Slather with yellow mustard. Slap on a slice or two of process cheese. Add Lays plain or ripple chips. Top with another piece of mustard bread. Squish. Enjoy! (And, if you feel rich, add a little bologna in there for textural contrast!) This gourmet delight is best accompanied with pink cream soda mixed with milk. In the dark. By yourself. No judgement!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: messier

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "I also lived on cheese and potato chip sandwiches in university."....messier

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It is often preached that a balanced diet and good nutrition are critical to high level brain function. Considering what many college/university students eat to balance their overall budgets, it's amazing they can finish a term paper! Fifty or so years ago, I had a friend who survived medical school by sitting down with nutrition books and coming up with his glorious peanut butter and raisins on whole wheat bread sandwich that he ate three times a day for at least five days a week. Someone should write a "cook" book of college diets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reminds me of my husband's friend at the U of Toronto who decided that since beer was made of grain, beer=bread=lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, I love peanut butter and banana on whole wheat raisin toast! Best traveling sandwiches ever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: KayceeK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would! Make it with whole milk, not water, and throw in raisins, nuts, and a scoop each of butter and brown sugar.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, yes, and a side of bacon, extra crispy and crumbled on top of the oatmeal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: KayceeK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    you just hit on my single favorite food. I buy a costco-sized box of quaker oats literally every other week and also have a 1.5quart slow cooker dedicated to overnight steel cut oats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love me some cheesy grits!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I always keep a box of frozen Goya fried plantains on hand. They are so delicious, baked in the oven, dipped into Wegmans' garlic caesar dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Beefaroni, out of the can...cold.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: CeeQueue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When he's out...hmm...well, don't tell...but....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pasta with too much parmesan cheese, spaghetti sauce out of a jar and a can of tuna.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lean Cuisine pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        anything from the little cafe place down the street...especially their eggplant/mozerella/red pepper/arugula and goat cheese sandwich with homemade fries. Bf thinks it's a waste and I could make it myself but I think it's delicious!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I know this is totally gross, but since we're in confessional mode....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Buddig Beef, slathered with cream cheese, with huge segments of onion tucked in when folded in half to make a "sandwich." Wrong, but just soooooo good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i've eaten those beef-cream cheese-onion roll-ups made with green onions as a party appetizer. pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Another one that's good is dried beef slathered with cream cheese mixed with a good bit of horseradish and rolled up, cut in 1" pieces - a specialty of my husband's great-aunt (she of the deviled egg and shrimp casserole, but most of her cooking was wonderful). You need to be somewhere they sell nice big sheets of dried beef, not the little shreds you sometimes get.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              oh that's right, buttertart, we'd need to add some horseradish to the cream cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              hmmm, to riff; maybe a little sour cream, to boot? the green onion provided "vegetal" and "crunch", but i think jicama would be good inside, or chopped water chestnut.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and if people want to be anti-cream-cheese snobs, well...too bad!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The sky's the limit!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, wow, horseradish too! I never thought of that! I make my gross dried beef/cream cheese combos with large chunks of yellow or red onion (mmmm), but I'll bet horseradish would make the whole thing even better/more disgusting to the rest of the world! My husband is very tolerant of my food quirks, but I do try to consume these when no one else is there to witness my shame. Now I have to add horseradish to the shopping list...but no sour cream for me, I'm not a fan of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The horseradish makes it, get the hot one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There's no such thing as mild in my book when it comes to condiments! I love horseradish that makes me cry. Ooooh, I wonder what some wasabi would be like in this combo??!?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Depending on the craving...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pablum with cold milk & sugar... sweet fix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Plain white rice with lots of butter... straight out of the pot... carb fix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cheese cube, wrapped in bacon, deep fried... stress-buster.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Andria

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love the plain rice too...right out of the pot. When I cook rice, I always take a big spoonful for myself before finishing the dish with "whatever" ingredients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I can't call it a day at only one spoon... I reserve a cup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yep, me too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. spaghetti with cold ketchup.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                memories from college that I keep alive once a year...okay twice a year..okay..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Are you British? I have only seen this eaten among college students there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Are you filipino? I have only seen this eaten among people there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Too funny Andria & Sam! Oh I'm a mix breed but the spaghetti w/cold ketcup thing was just a poor grad student living on the kindness of others OR making do. Now, it's just a silly food habit that only the kind folks of CH would relate to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        American solidly from midwest, buttered spaghetti and cold ketcup. SO will never see me eat this, but its like a favorite blanket.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: corneygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Canadian West. I love it too, carby salty treat once every year or more! And always when HE isn't there to gag over it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: beekeroc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Enjoyed my annual spaghetti with cold ketchup today! I partake in honor of Sam I Am!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. make 2 servings of rice in ricecooker with 2 slices of diced spam cooked with it. After rice/spam is ready, sprinkle with a torn up sheet of toasted nori and sesame seeds. Heaven!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      from hawaii?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kubasd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No from CA. A Samoan coworker described a favorite childhood dish to me and I was intriqued....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: dlane

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Delish and I am from Hawai'i. :-) Sometimes for variety I'll use lup cheong or Portuguese suasage. You can also add some black eyed peas or cook a combo of sweet mochi rice, regualar rice, black eyed peas and meat with coconut milk, then roll up in nori sheets. Or sprinkle kaki nori over the whole mess and you're set! So ono!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Hominy sauteed in butter or olive oil. Scramble in a couple of eggs, lots of cheese, and toss with salt and cayenne!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Same as above with any leftover carb...potatoes, pasta, rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Orzo cooked in chicken broth, mix in some scallions and top with parmesan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Shin Cup korean style noodles--spicy! Throw in leftover cubed meat for variety. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tamales from a jar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anything related to tomato-less pasta. Love to carbo load when I'm alone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Refried beans mixed with lots of cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ice cream topped with peanut butter and something chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fat-free chocolate pudding topped with "light" whipped cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frozen steamed chopped spinach topped with butter and parmesan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Furgs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A lot of these things I'm wondering why you're embarrassed to eat in public or with others: orzo, frozen spinach, FF chocolate pudding???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. reliably, i turn to my friends at stouffer's, who ply me with their spinach soufflé. one *used* to have to bake it for nearly an hour! now, i can nuke it for a quick fix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Air popped popcorn with butter, garlic salt and LOTS of fresh ground pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Spoon with peanut butter and honey on it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Blush

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OMG I TOTALLY do the peanut butter and honey on a spoon thing!...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also, I discovered as a teen that a mixture of equal parts creamy peanut butter and maple-flavored syrup (never real) is addictive spread on white bread or, even better, a flour tortilla, rolled up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            *shaaaaaaame*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ramen, Beefaroni, Kraft Mac...when I was a kid I used to love crushing Doritos up into my mac n cheese!! :D You get that great crunchy/creamy juxtaposition going on, and twice the cheesy flavor!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh--also those sort of oval-shaped donuts usually called something like "Dunkin' Sticks", meant to be dunked in coffee I guess...Oh SWEET BABY JESUS I could live on those.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My favorite sandwich, which is just un-weird enough that I WILL eat it in front of my husband, is two slices of bread, one of them spread with strawberry jam, with a fried egg and some shredded cheddar in the middle along with a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper--then you grill the thing in a skillet with butter like you're making a grilled cheese. SOOOOO good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Psyche1226

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Second that on PB and whatever (!) on a rolled up flour tortilla. When I want to make them ahead of time for the kids and don't want them all soupy (which happens with jelly or honey), I'll use chunky PB and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. That's a good one too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Psyche1226

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the pb and maple combo is especially delicious on pancakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                also, your sandwich sounds like a monte cristo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I have a cassarole that I make for myself only-it's too embarrasing since there is a full cup of butter in it!! This is the recipe-I promise, it's delicious!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts put in a shallow baking dish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              top each breast with a slice of swiss cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              crumble up a whole box of garlic croutons, pour over chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              top that with the previously mentioned cup of melted butter (I actually use a little less, since the croutons have oil in them)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              top all that with a can of slightly diluted cream of mushroom soup, smooth out the top, cover with foil, bake @ 375 for seventy five minutes, taking the foil off after an hour. Heart attack city. And, if I'm going to be truly honest, I like the congealed buttery leftovers the next day :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had a bf whose mom would make that, but with a box of Stove Top stuffing instead of croutons...yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. If I'm sick or not feeling well or just plain tired and do not want to cook a meal. Italian sandwich or white bread with Velveeta and make grilled cheese. With a bowl of ramen soup with seasoning and a bit of hot sauce. Or yes a whole box of Kraft Mac and Cheese. Or in the Summer two pieces of lightly toasted bread lot of hellmans mayo and only the ends of a garden grown tomato seeds discarded and lots of S&P on it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LEsherick2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Finally another tomato end fancier, the blossom end is the very best bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LEsherick2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Toasted white bread with Hellmann's on both slices, sliced tomatoes with salt and pepper. Mmmmmmmmmmm. Garden tomatoes are the best, when I can get them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LEsherick2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This summer with the blight we did not get as many crops at all and this the the first year I have even like tomatoes and now I crave them but the sad imitations in the store are pink and don't taste very good. Oh how I cannot wait till spring and the first strawberries and tomatoes. And yes the ends are the best all meat no seed the insides just fall apart if you take out seeds. I leave those for the rest of the family.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LEsherick2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        """the sad imitations in the store are pink and don't taste very good"""

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        for these, i've coined the term "faux-matoes."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LEsherick2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OMG fresh tomatoes! I have to admit that I have gone out to my garden to pick some tomatoes for the kitchen and didn't make it back inside for awhile. There is nothing better than an heirloom type tomato, sun warmed, ripe off the vine, standing in the garden eating it still warm from the sun, juice running down my chin, no salt or pepper, just sun warm ripe tomato! I eat to whole thing. Tops, bottoms and the middle! Seeds juice and all. Now THAT is living!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dhmill

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So yummy, and good for you too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: dhmill

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pure poetry. Summer cannot come fast enough.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: LEsherick2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Toasted white bread, sliced tomato ends (yes, I to discard the seeds). Drizzled with evo, sprinkled salt, pepper & oregano. squish flat & enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Andria

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              but... but.... the seeds are where so much of the flavor is!! I recently heard it termed tomato caviar, and i like that

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kubasd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nope, as far as I'm concerned, the ends (especially the blossom ends) are the best part of the tomato. Andria, I'm with you all the way - toast + tomato = delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to each her own! We should just share a tomato, since my favorite part is your least favorite part! Butt my share with the toast, evoo, salt, and pepper, mmmmm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kubasd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    One of the nicest culinary things a good friend ever did for me was to make me a salad of tomato ends (his own tomatoes). The rest of the guests got the inside slices. My dream salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The annual Saveur 100 issue just came out, only this year, for the first time, all 100 items (foods, recipes, restaurants, people) were chosen from readers' submissions, not editors choices. Item #1 on the list? Fresh tomatoes grated onto slices of toasted baguette!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Excellent! I just got that issue and can't wait to read it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.saveur.com/article/Kitchen...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. i eat alot of ramen not cause its cheap but cause i love it and rarely tell people (i live alone). usually most of the season packet, onion, peppers, egg, garlic, sriracha.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                my brother makes his is prob the most shameful that i will every now and then recreate:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cook noodles, drain, add the entire seasoning packet (this used to be done with the discontinued chili flavor), butter, sour cream, hot sauce (we were a sriracha fam), and shredded cheese (usually the taco blend) - soooo incredibly good...and so incredibly bad for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I am mostly a lurker... but this thread is too great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fluffernutters: Kraft Extra Creamy Peanut Butter and Marshmallow fluff on super soft white bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kraft Spirals made with way less butter and milk that the recipe calls for. I never thought to have 2 boxes until I read this thread!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Angel Hair pasta with mix of spaghetti sauce and hot sauce with tonnes of cheddar cheese - for breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I haven't read through all the posts in quite some time, so don't know if anyone has praised Spam as a dark indulgence. A chef friend was just out in Seattle and visited the Marination Taco Truck, where he consumed, among other things, Spam Sliders. Marination has recently been proclaimed one of the best food trucks in the country. Spam makes it happen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Spam makes it happen."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pikawicca; you are so right. Spam is definitely my family's taboo indulgence. The other night I made my son a Spam sandwich per his request (rendered, then sprinkled with brown sugar and a bit of spicy mustard till caramelized served on white bread) As he happily chows down he says "Mom we should open a shack and call it SPAM IT! serve all things Spam. Well I guess we'd have to move to Hawaii because everyone here pretends not to like it"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fried spam and egg scramble with tons of american cheese melted on top, eaten on top of buttered toast!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Grilled cheese sandwich using single slices.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: BamiaWruz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes! I definitely eat the same thing: grilled cheese sandwiches with Kraft Singles. It's just not the same with real cheese. Also, I always have to cut the sandwiches into quarters, arrange in a ring around the outside of a plate and put a huge pile of ketchup in the middle for dipping.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Other than this, the other most disgusting thing I eat when no one is looking is an entire box of Kraft Dinner (Macaroni and Cheese for all you Americans out there), also usually with ketchup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. cheez whiz with ritz crackers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          or sloppy joes made with ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar and yellow mustard.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i haven't had a sloppy joe in decades. i loved it when they were served at my elementary school in s.w. florida back in the day. i also loved those unbaked cookies made with peanut butter, cocoa and rolled oats. they looked terrible but tasted great. http://traceysculinaryadventures.blog... by the way, this is a nice food blog, this "tracy's culinary adventures."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alternative recipe http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1710,...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. My "I'm sick" or "I'm sad" meal is heated up beef broth, with four pieces of white bread and butter, dipping the bread in the broth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Although it's not my very favorite dish when husband is traveling I'll make myself sauteed calves livers with peppers and onions. Add soy sauce during last minute of cooking, over steamed white rice. Or prepare home-style filipino dishes like pinakbet or karekare.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kemi5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                my mom used to make this for us when I was little, can I come eat at your house next time! Mine never seem to turn out like hers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kemi5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That sounds delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kemi5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, how I love the smell and taste of liver and onions. Creamy, almost buttery texture. When I was a child, my mother would make this for me all of the time. I had a brief moment of mild anemia, and she encouraged me to eat liver with onions, bell peppers, tomatos, and rice. I never objected! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Another favorite is deluxe nachos MY WAY with Campbells canned Cheese Sauce, Stagg's Turkey Ranchero chili, TJ'j layered Fireroasted Salsa & Guacamole dip, and La Costena pickled jalapenos and carrots atop white corn tortilla chips. Holy prepared food overload!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. 1) Challah bread with soft butter AND strawberry or raspberry preserves, a perfect food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2) Challah bread with mayo, salt, sliced seedless cucumbers (I like Kirbies) and sliced tomatoes or grape tomatoes. Has a very fresh taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3) Corn Flakes, milk, and sugar, so comforting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And if you feel like hot food...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4) Jarred tomato sauce witha little sugar and lots of SOUR CREAM, garlic powder, and FRIED rough-chopped ONIONS over angel-hair noodles. Poor-man's stroganoff. You can add browned ground beef. Once you start eating this, you can't stop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great thread, very useful too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I've been known to drain a can of plum tomatoes, add some chopped garlic, red onion, olive oil salt and pepper. Ready in 2 min

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ike04

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I put cold chicken in canned diced tomatoes, spice it up with whatever strikes my fancy, and eat. Leftover rare steak works too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Kraft Spaghetti in the green box. Hard to find. I actually just use the spice packet, add Barilla cooked pasta, hamburger and tomato sauce. So good, especially as a spaghetti sammy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Campbell's "Raviolios." Similar to Spaghettios (which I also enjoy) except, you know, they're ravioli.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't know why, but I love those. I'm a sucker for canned pasta and have been all my life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Either soba noodles or egg fettucini with butter and parmesean. A HUGE bowl of fat + carbs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I have a tendancy to binge and I'm addicted to sweets, so I make sure I don't keep things in the house that will trigger this. If I kept Nutella / peanut butter / marshmallow fluff / maple syrup / hot fudge or chocolate sauce, I would spread one or more of these on bananas till I got sick! I don't trust myself with anything sweet in the house. (I do eat sweets outside the house - just never at home.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As it is, one thing I love to make when I'm alone is pasta - always DeCecco. I do a few preparations, but my current favorite is with olive oil, chopped sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, lots of chopped Italian parsley, the juice and zest of half a lemon, and lots of parmesan and/or romano cheese (the good stuff). I could eat pasta every day for the rest of my life and never tire of it - it's my all-time favorite comfort food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I love Lean Cuisine frozen pizzas, sushi from grocery stores, and Chef Boyardee ravioli (slapped in pan with mushrooms and grated parm). Nothing makes food taste better than a liberal sprinkling of shame

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Ichiban ramen, either original or shrimp flavour.