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What is your favorite food sound?

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For some people it might be the pop of a champagne cork or the sizzle of bacon, but when I made two batches of apricot jam this morning, I realized just how happy that "ping" makes me.

What is your favorite cooking sound?

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  1. The sound of chicken frying in the pan. Memories from childhood.

    1. That "ping-pop" that the first kernel to pop makes. Why does the ping come first?

      There is the elusive crack that you listen for when roasting green coffee beans.

      Whip cream being dispensed from its container makes a sound like no other.

      1. Something thick bubbling on the stove.

        1. My parrot's favorite food sound is the microwave. She goes beep, beeeeep when she wants a treat. ;-)

          I guess mine is the kitchen timer. That means the food is done. ;-)

          Of course my least favorite food sound is the smoke alarm. 8-\

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          1. re: Antilope

            antilope, that is fabulous: "My parrot's favorite food sound is the microwave. She goes beep, beeeeep when she wants a treat. ;-)" my kitties' fave was the pop top of the can. duh!

            1. re: alkapal

              One of our cats, rest his little kitty soul, could -- I SWEAR -- hear you touch the milk jug. He wouldn't come when the fridge opened, unless you touched that milk jug!

              1. re: jmckee

                the good Lord made some awesome critters!!!

            2. re: Antilope

              I love the gurgling sound of the espresso machine when I'm brewing a cup.

              I hate the sound of the hiss of steam when the stem pops off while I'm frothing the milk.

              Like alkapal's kitties, the real kattyeyes loves to hear the pop-top off a cat food can...or the sound of cold cut packaging rustling when there's a treat in it for her. Antilope, too funny about your parrot. ;)

              1. re: kattyeyes

                The parrot sounds exactly like the microwave. When you forget something in the microwave, it emits a single short beep about once a minute. The also parrot copies that sound also and makes you wonder if you forgot something in the microwave.

                1. re: Antilope

                  a burglar breaks in, and hears a voice in the dark, saying "jesus is watching you." it scares the burglar stiff. he hears it again, gets up some nerve and turns on a light. he sees a parrot. "did you say that?" the burglar asks. "yes," says the parrot, "my name is moses and i'm just warning you that jesus is watching you."

                  "who in the heck names a parrot "moses?" he asks.

                  the parrot replies: "the same people who name a rottweiler "jesus."

                  1. re: alkapal

                    I actually know a dog named Moses. Very poorly behaved pooch, he loves to walk around under the dinner table and steal napkins off of laps. Don't know what his favorite sound is though...

                    My sister-dog knows the sound of the freezer opening and comes running for her ice cube treat.

                    1. re: mpjmph

                      I suspect his favorite sound is that of some portion of your dinner hitting the floor. Our pets are even more sharply attuned to food sounds than we are!

                      1. re: kattyeyes

                        I'm a clumsy cook. The dogs come running whenever I say "dammit"!

                        1. re: alanbarnes

                          I understand completely. When either of us cooks, our Bulldogs act like Dyson vacuums, all around the island. You'd think that we actually dropped something. Other than a few molecules, they never get anything. Still, they are both there, "hoovering" the floor. Do you think that Emeril Lagasse has to cook around two Bulldogs?


                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                            HA HA! Claire Robinson (5 Ingredient Fix) is cooking with one (a Frenchie)! He gets a bite or two, so don't let her guy talk to your bulldogs! ;)

                          2. re: alanbarnes

                            Funny as hell, Alan! Our Lab notices rustling plastic wrap sounds as a reason to perk up. She is my assistant in scrap disposal as I trim leftover steak, chicken, even veggies... I toss - she catches. She lays in the most advantageous spots which are inconvenient for me if I have to get to the sink or fridge. Same when we play pool. Ask Kattyeyes...

                            1. re: Scargod

                              Because of special diets, our "family members" do not get any "people food," other than the molecules that they hoover from the floor. Obviously, Bulldogs have a wonderful imagination.

                              Still, with two sprawled out in our kitchen (looked large, when we bought), things get tight.

                              Now, if the gentleman in Kathyeye's story is a "Bulldog whisperer," then he'd be wecome. These two need all of the "whispering" that they can get.


                              1. re: Scargod

                                My dog is also a freak with the wrappers on food - She knows the difference between chips or popsicles and say frozen veggies. She becomes a different dog when a cellophane bag is being pulled open.

                                I like the sound of the slap of dough in the kitchen aid mixer and the last gurgley gasps of the coffee maker.

                      2. re: Antilope

                        from my childhood, the smoke alarm WAS the kitchen timer!?:-).......

                      3. the tap of my spoon on the paper-thin sugar glaze of creme brulee.

                        1. The tschok-tschok-tschok of the knife on the cutting board as something is being sliced, diced and/or minced

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                          1. re: weezycom

                            MMMM.. I like that too. I never knew how much until my friend was helping me prepare something and chopped straight down. It was very annoying. I sat her down with shelling peas and a glass of wine.

                          2. the sizzle of pad kee mao fresh rice noodles being thrown in the hot wok, getting flipped and tossed around with the spatula, and getting a nice wok char.

                            1. Ola, you are so right about that "ping". I canned some Italian peppers for the first time last year and it seemed like an eternity until I heard that first "ping". When the first & last one made the "ping" it was... well... music to my ears. :)

                              1. The sputter of black mustard seeds in hot oil.

                                The sound of a cleaver smacking the cutting board when the pit master is chopping up rib tips.

                                My new Electrolux Icon oven when it is done pre-heating, or when the timer is done (deedle DEE! deedle DEE!)


                                The shaking of a theater sized box of dots.

                                The sound of anything hitting a properly heated wok.

                                Crustacean shells cracking. Especially Lobster claws, and fried shrimp heads.

                                The sound you hear inside your mouth when eating a good piece of nigiri. Hard to describe, but you know what it is. Conversely, I think Ika is named for the sound it makes when you eat it. Hate that crap.

                                Crunch of a good watermelon.

                                1. Oh, my. I "heard" my favorite sound as soon as I read your post! It's the "slap cut" of the pizza hot out of the oven at Pepe's in New Haven. When you've eaten their pizza, you know what I mean! <smile>

                                  1. the sound of putting steaks on a hot grill. When flipping I purposefully try to put the steaks on another spot so I can hear the searing sound again.

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                                    1. re: rebs

                                      Me too! Nothing better than standing over a hot grill with a cold Scotch in one hand and a prime dry aged steak in the other, and plopping on the grill. If I don't get a sizzle and some smoke, the steak never tastes right.

                                    2. Definitely the ping of jars sealing, so much anticipation builds up until the first one pops then so much satisfaction with the last one. Also the hiss/jiggle sound of the pressure cooker, my newest kitchen toy.

                                      I also have a few sound I hate - cookie sheets warping/settling with temperature changes and water boiling over on the stove.

                                      1. I love the "bloop...........bloop...bloop, bloop" sound of my pasta sauce (gravy!) simmering on the stove!

                                        1. The crackling of the crust of homemade bread right out of the oven.

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                                          1. re: phofiend

                                            phofiend, i can't say that i'm sorry that i have to slather some butter on a hunk of that yeasty goodness!

                                          2. I like the nice, hollow sound when you thump a loaf of bread to test it for doneness. 2'nd favorite sound is ice cubes tinkling in a highball glass ;) adam

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                                            1. re: adamshoe

                                              ". 2'nd favorite sound is ice cubes tinkling in a highball glass ;) adam"

                                              Yeah - Adam - me too!

                                              1. re: adamshoe

                                                ...second only to the rattle of a cocktail shaker shaking a Japanese Slipper!

                                                1. re: adamshoe

                                                  oh yeah, ice in a glass is a great sound.

                                                  my second favorite is the sound of plates being stacked. =P

                                                  i keed, i keed...

                                                  1. Definitely the sizzle of bacon, steak on a hot barbeque and anything going into the deep fryer. And the words "dinner's ready"!

                                                    1. The "meow" of a catfish.

                                                      1. The sound of Jfood's molars coming together as the first bite is chewed.

                                                        1. My favorite food sound is a duet of sounds: The first sound is the click on my rice cooker as it goes from "cook" to "warm" telling me that my rice is ready. That sound is immediately followed by the sound of chopped garlic, ginger and onions hitting a hot wok. YUM!

                                                          1. I love the slurp and clink of my dog licking every morsel of his dinner from his metal bowl.

                                                            I love the kuh-WHOOSH! of coffee percolators.

                                                            I love the pop of a jar when I finally get that darned lid off. :)

                                                            1. *snap* *crackle* and "pop* as in Rice Krispies ...

                                                              1. The short-lived, high-pitched squeal that lobsters emit when plunged into boiling water. They are trying to communicate that they want to be a delicious meal for you.

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                                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                                    Actually, cranberries make a similar sound. Must be saying the same thing.


                                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                                      Veggo, I was going to put the sound of lobsters madly scratching inside the covered pot of boiling water. After working on a lobster boat 2 summers, I hate the brutish beasts alive, but sure do love them cooked.

                                                                    2. The sound of an egg hitting the butter when fried at high temp.

                                                                      The snap of the intestinal casing on a perfect dog/sausage.

                                                                      The hiss of the steel upon the blade when sharpening.

                                                                      Internal mouth sounds:
                                                                      The crunch of a firm fresh thick wedge of iceberg lettuce at 33 degrees. The bleu cheese dressing barely dampens the crunch.

                                                                      The crisp crumbling of a saltine cracker when placed whole in the mouth, with a dollop of peanut butter, to be quickly followed by milk, which gives a quick glissade from crunch to smunch to slurry.

                                                                      Soft and subtle sounds:
                                                                      The puncture noise when the hand can opener penetrates the can of tuna.

                                                                      The crinkling crumble of the shells when you are peeling a dozen perfectly-shelling eggs.

                                                                      The sound of the refrigerator compressor kicking in, to facilitate the marvel of foods preserved by chilling and freezing.

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                                                                      1. re: FoodFuser

                                                                        Oh, come now, dough boy. Your favorite food noise absolutely *MUST* be when we crack your can to release you from inside the crescent rolls. HOO HOOOOOOOO! Is that not sweet freedom, my friend?

                                                                      2. The little "pop," that a cork makes, when I open a bottle of wine.


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                                                                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                          bill, when i saw your name as the latest poster on this thread, and before i read your post, i knew it had to be the "pop of a cork"! ;-).

                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                            Hm-m-m, post did not take.

                                                                            I guess that I am too predictable. I should have said something like the sound of aluminum foil wrapping up leftover turkey.


                                                                            1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                              >>>the sound of aluminum foil wrapping up leftover turkey.<<<<

                                                                              that, dear bill hunt, is very funny!

                                                                              and it's not so much that you are predictable, as it's that you are an aficionado, and we know, love and benefit from your knowledge and enthusiasm. (and while i'm at it, you are a gentleman, always, and -- despite your vast knowledge of wine --are never a snob. i admire you.).


                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                Oh gosh, amid my blushing, I think that the admiration might be misplaced. I am not worthy, and I can attest to that.

                                                                                Still, appreciate any kind words right now - thanks,


                                                                        2. The sound of liquid hitting a hot roasting pan for deglazing. Also, the cloud of delicious steam that billows up.

                                                                          1. what a great question.

                                                                            The little 'poof' of a cranberry bursting in the pot of bubbling cranberry sauce.

                                                                            1. Do we have a thread about food named after their sounds ? Only one I can think of is blueberry grunt. :) ....could probably also start a thread about food sounds sampled in music (like Left Hand Suzuki Method and Hongkongaton, just two off the top of my head , although i'm not so sure the LHSM is a food sound....that's just my interp of it..i've seen other mentions of it being, lets just say, that of paraphernalia)

                                                                              Anyway, back on topic. I'm big on the popcorn sound, the pop of a cork, thick boiling liquids like the grunt above, jams and such. The crack and fizz when you open anything carbonated. The steam escaping from the cappuccino maker. The ping when blueberries picked, hit the bottom of the container. The snap of asparagus. Fries hitting the oil. Pop Rocks !!

                                                                              Annoying food sounds involve other people cracking gum, and mouth smacking :)

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                                                                              1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                The sound of blueberries being picked is a wonderful one, however, recalling "Blueberries for Sal" (a childhood favorite), I must share with you, that blueberries go "kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk" when they hit the bottom of the pail. :)

                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                  Now, when I was a child, growing up in the Deep South, we had several large blackberry "patches." Only sounds that I can recall were from the others (and myself) yelling "ouch," when we got hung up on the blackberry vines. Sorta' like Breir Rabbit in Uncle Remus' "Tales of the Old South."



                                                                              2. Since someone else already brought up a pet's fave sound... I had a mostly terrier heinz 57 pooch growing up, her favorite sound was the ziiip of someone opening a Kraft single wrapper. That "cheese" wasn't good for her both omg she could be asleep one floor up at the other end of the house and be at your feet looking for her share before you got it all the way out of the wrapping. :)

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                                                                                  1. re: maplesugar

                                                                                    I haven't thought about this in years, but our dog, a pekingese, also came flying into the kitchen when someone took a slice of cheese out of the wrapper. And there was always a tupperware container filled with M&M's in the cabinet. My father always took a handful as his dessert. The sound of the M&M's was also a sound that made the dog come running. I have heard that chocolate makes dogs sick...I don't believe it since our dog ate M&M's almost daily and lived to be 18!

                                                                                    Personally I love the sound (on a very hot day) that a nice, very cold can of Diet Coke makes upon opening. And oh how I love that first sip.

                                                                                  2. The sizzle of a New York Strip hitting a perfectly heated grill

                                                                                    Shaking noises from my martini shaker, making an amazing Dirty Martini - Yes, shaken not stirred

                                                                                    Bacon!! I love the sound bacon makes when cooking on stove top

                                                                                    Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with garlic and pancetta – I love the popping sound the leaves make and then add the zing that the garlic and pancetta makes, it like a symphony in the kitchen… OK I have to make tonight!

                                                                                    The sound of freshly caught Tuna being seared in a cast iron skillet

                                                                                    And if really good cheese could make a sound I would love it too!

                                                                                    1. Haven't heard it in years, but my nephew used to hum when he ate ice cream.

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                                                                                      1. re: whatsfordinner

                                                                                        that is the sweetest thing i've heard in a long time. he really loved that ice cream! it made him happy.

                                                                                        1. re: whatsfordinner

                                                                                          I love that! My grandad used to have peanut butter slathered graham crackers for breakfast every day. While he ate them he would no a grunting sort of humming. I loved that noise.

                                                                                          1. I have two. The first is the sound of a nice 1 inch thick rib-eye hitting the hot grill and about a minute later the smell follows. The second is the sound of a ice cold amber-ale opening and about a second later the refreshing liquid going down throat. Both will happen at the same time come Independence Day.

                                                                                            1. Pop of Champagne bottle
                                                                                              biting into crisp apple
                                                                                              Bacon frying
                                                                                              the sound in a diner when the fryer basket is lowered into the hot oil
                                                                                              oatmeal or polenta boiling -- big fat airy bubbles that go puh
                                                                                              when the aioli thickens and slaps the side of the processor bowl
                                                                                              potato chips in my mouth crunching
                                                                                              when the pan is truly hot for searing, and the sound when the food first hits the pan
                                                                                              the sound root beer makes as it's poured into a pilsner glass -- soft glug glug glug
                                                                                              the sound of the foam from a carbonated beverage prickly popping
                                                                                              the sound of a roast in the oven -- the fat crackling
                                                                                              the sound of ice crackling when added to a glass with liquid already in it
                                                                                              the sound the blender makes when everything is finally combined and the vortex forms
                                                                                              the sound of the steel against the knife
                                                                                              deglazing the pan
                                                                                              the ping of the canning jar, yes.
                                                                                              wine glasses clinking
                                                                                              the sound of the salad spinner when the spinning dies down
                                                                                              the sound the cutlery makes when it's put into its slots in the drawer
                                                                                              the sound of the teakettle -- mine has special whirring sound
                                                                                              the ding of the timer

                                                                                              1. I've so enjoyed hearing everyone's favourites!

                                                                                                Mine: the sound of my dog crunching a carrot - she adores them and her joy as she 'craaanch craaaanch's her way through them while wagging her tail makes me happy.

                                                                                                Also, as I walk in the door of the house on a Friday afternoon, the sound of my DH in the kitchen shaking a martini for me.

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                                                                                                1. re: MrsCris

                                                                                                  Our pups enjoy crunching on chips! Pretty much they love anything crunchy

                                                                                                  Oh yes, love the sound of a making martinis! !

                                                                                                  1. re: MrsCris

                                                                                                    Try an ice cube... they roll it around in their mouth. Very entertaining and smile inducing.

                                                                                                    My dog mouths chips for a few seconds before gently half crunching them. Gentle girl!

                                                                                                    1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                      During the dog days of summer, ice cubes are a favourite treat! Also frozen beef ribs - like a meat popsicle for pups!

                                                                                                  2. The crackling sound a perfectly made loaf of French bread makes a few minutes after you take it out of the oven and place it on the cooling rack.

                                                                                                    1. All of my favorite food sounds have been listed already but the greater volume of personal bests shared here has me listening alot harder now. Great thread!

                                                                                                      1. For nostalgia's sake, I'd like to add Sheba's favorite food sound. For this Doberman, the sound of a spoon scraping the bottom of the ice cream bowl (when we were teenagers) would send her running from anywhere in the house as she knew the bowl was just about ready for her to lick. ;)

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                                                                                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                          Katty, this made me laugh. My shiba comes running whenever I scrape a pot clean after cooking. For dishes without too much salt or onion, he's my first round dishwasher.

                                                                                                          I bet your Sheba is licking lots of ice cream bowls, now, in doggie heaven.

                                                                                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                            You know Lucy the Lab. She can tell when I am finishing ice cream (hearing the spoon scraping), and can count to two. If she only gets one bowl or plate to lick, I can assure you she is looking at me with expectations that the other will follow!

                                                                                                            1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                              Bagel, the long haired dachshund, may he rest in peace, used to come running to the kitchen with his eyes still closed from a deep sleep anytime someone peeled an orange or bit into a piece of fruit. He adored any kind of fruit and could smell you peeling a bananna or crunching into an apple.

                                                                                                              Jasper, the WASPy golden retriever, also rest in peace, had a penchant for anything with alcohol. If you left an alcoholic drink on the coffee table, he could figure out how to swill it down. He also adored bowls of coffee ice cream with a splash of Kahlua, a favorite of mine in the summer. He could carry a whole can of beer in his mouth and figured out how to open it with his teeth (kid you not!).

                                                                                                              Taffy, the Sheltie, loves the crunch-crunch of carrots, his diet doggie food treat which we call "cheese" so he thinks he is getting something more fattening and better tasting.

                                                                                                              Elvis, the new puppy, loves the sound the refrigerator door makes when it opens. While he is too new to have sampled from its wares, he stares in wide eyed fascination as we take out seemingly yummy treats for ourselves. Taffy has told him one day we will share, when he is older and his tummy is a little stronger. He longingly anticipates the day he will get some too!

                                                                                                              1. re: Diane in Bexley

                                                                                                                I love these examples. Dogs are truly chowhounds. :)

                                                                                                                Here's another favorite food sound (of mine!)--the crunch of a Munchos potato crisp in my mouth. Yum!

                                                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                  I don't know about dogs - but I have a cat who is a chowhound!

                                                                                                                  (Not pictured in avatar) This boy loves to eat - and it shows! He's a fat one!

                                                                                                                  Some of his stranger favorites are: rigatoni pasta (which he can easily grab from your plate and sneak off with) and (believe it or not -) Saltines!
                                                                                                                  He goes wild for them! I love to listen to him crunch away!!

                                                                                                                  My other cats think there is something exciting to be had - and come running . They are all highly insulted when I present them with a dry cracker!

                                                                                                                  1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                    That is funny--and very un-catlike (Saltines). My girl is a chowhound for shrimp and steak. And we have a little routine in which I ask, "Where are the cookies?" And she will sit in front of the cookie (Greenies) cupboard and open that door with her paw. I kid you not! Sometimes she camps out there to REMIND us she would like MORE. ;) If we don't respond, she gets more insistent and thumps the door. It's pretty comical! So maybe that's truly her favorite sound: the thump of the cupboard when it signals "More greenies for April Katt!" She's trained us well.

                                                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                      That is adorable!
                                                                                                                      (I'm not sure if I've said so - but she sure is gorgeous!!)

                                                                                                                2. re: Diane in Bexley

                                                                                                                  You reminded me of my dobie, Asia, who surprised me the first time I realized she had a taste for alcohol . . . I had left a tall delicate wineglass of wine on a low coffee table while I went to another room - when I returned she was ever so gracefully lapping her long dobie tongue into the glass to drink. Never touched or upset the glass itself . . . I was amazed and couldn't even reprimand her it was so funny.

                                                                                                                  1. re: vday

                                                                                                                    In our first house, the first-floor phone was in the tiny kitchen, and the best place to sit and talk thereon was on the steps to the second floor. I was on the phone one night with a friend, and when I happened to glance down, one of our cats -- Toby, rest his little soul -- was face down in my wineglass lapping away.

                                                                                                                    Once he got a taste, it was important to keep an eye on your glass!

                                                                                                                    1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                      Years ago I had a girlfriend who liked to drink White Russians. She also had a tendency to wander away from her glass, giving my big red tabby an opportunity to appreciate her taste in beverages.

                                                                                                                      Fortunately for all concerned, our paths diverged before the cat contracted cirrhosis. Watching him miss the jump from coffee table to sofa was disturbing. Hilarious, but disturbing.

                                                                                                                3. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                  And I know when I hear "Happy Birthday" a piece of cake is coming my way.

                                                                                                              2. The satisfying beep of the microwave that tells me my Chef Boyardee feast is ready.

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                                                                                                                1. re: MattInNJ

                                                                                                                  The sound of Japanese people slurping noodles.

                                                                                                                2. Favorite food sounds – bacon frying, metal measuring spoons clinking together, Coca-cola being poured over cracking ice cubes, the “ka-ching!” of the toaster, and the gentle snoring of a percolator.

                                                                                                                  Least favorite food sounds – smoke alarm, food processor, and the hum of the microwave.

                                                                                                                  BTW, my Trixie loves the sound of a knife and fork scraping together, because she knows it’s dinner time!

                                                                                                                  1. From 42 years ago in Nam. The sound of a .45 cal bullet impacting a can of Spam.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                      Upon contemplation, the above post sounds rather bizarre. One must understand that through a military SNAFU, our hill top was resupplied with instead of C-rats, only Spam. Eat only Spam, in the jungle heat, for a couple of weeks and you'll want to use it for target practice too.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                        Perfectly understandable. I think there would be a little spaminator in anyone in that situation.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                          my uncle taught me how to use a .45, clearly a versatile device. i had no idea it was a killer spam filter.
                                                                                                                          very cool.

                                                                                                                          1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                            ...designed by steve jobs... ;-)).

                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                              John Browning, the Steve Jobs of the turn of the last century...

                                                                                                                              1. re: alanbarnes

                                                                                                                                Works in the mud, no jamin' and the knock down is more than Bacardi 151; would not be a chowhound here w/out it.

                                                                                                                              2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                oops, my allusion to steve jobs was based on a fantasy about him promoting the .45 as a "spam filter" (so that he could sell one more computer after a customer shot his own spam-laden computer). obviously this was a less than successful joke on my part, since i'm here trying to make it clear. ;-)).

                                                                                                                          1. In New Mexico I knew when our stacked red chile enchiladas were almost ready when we could hear the egg sizzle in the pan to be slid out onto the enchilada as the topping. Yum.

                                                                                                                            1. For some reason, I thought you meant sounds people make while eating food,and that was off-putting. My bad. My fave? The kids or hubby saying something like, "My, that was good."

                                                                                                                              1. Little oysters whispering in my ear, "Eat me! Eat me!"

                                                                                                                                1. My favorite sound is that silence about three minutes into a meal when everyone is really enjoying it.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: jillp

                                                                                                                                    What a great answer!! Ahh...the sound of (satiated) silence; sweet! adam

                                                                                                                                  2. The grating sound of the knife and the bivalve shell of clams and oysters as I shuck them. Reward for my efforts.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                      there's a certain sound when a chicken or a duck in the oven "tells" you that the cooking is in the homestretch (rendered fat hitting the pan). it may sound funny but i seem to rely more on sound and smell to figure out when certain foods are ready.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                        Yes, many chefs/cooks describe hearing when something is done.

                                                                                                                                        Steve, have you noticed that just before the water in the teakettle boils,
                                                                                                                                        the sound quiets way down? Rumble, rumble, quiet, whistle.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: maria lorraine

                                                                                                                                          yeah, there seems to be a pause, almost as if the boiling water was catching its breath before the great explosion of energy that sends the kettle into aural splendor.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                            The bottom of the pan is hotter than the water. The water starts to boil at this interface. Steam in the form of bubbles start to rise through the cooler water.. However before they reach the surface they cool and turn back to water. This bubble collapse makes the noise. More bubbles, more noise. Then we reach the point where the bubbles just make the surface and the noise level decreases dramatically. However the steam is still condensing in the air and at the water-air boundary. Eventually we reach a point where much of the steam is no longer condensing and is pushed by air / vapour pressurise through the whistle.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                                              great explanation! you have a gift for teaching --- making physics understandable in plain language.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                Yup. Thanks for the boiling physics!. I love hearing the "why."

                                                                                                                                    2. The CRACK of the claw as I dig for hot juicy lobster meat. The crunch of the tail shell before I slide out the meat. The slurping sound as I lick the tomally off my fingers. The sucking sound and I get the little morsels in the little leg joints. Summer is here gang!

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                        I cracked the claw and the claw won... Opps! Wrong thread!

                                                                                                                                      2. I've been loving this list and listening more closely!

                                                                                                                                        Some faves I haven't read yet:
                                                                                                                                        the pop of an egg frying in butter
                                                                                                                                        the pop and zip/zing of opening a pea pod
                                                                                                                                        the crunch of a good toasted almond in my mouth
                                                                                                                                        the plop plop of a can of tomato puree into a pan, even though it comes with splatters!

                                                                                                                                        1. (round two)

                                                                                                                                          The delicate crunch of a well-toasted bagel.
                                                                                                                                          The flatulant burble of a nearly empty ketchup bottle. (Always get people at the table gaping, ha!)
                                                                                                                                          That intermittent period of conversational silence in a dining room, when all you hear is the clink and clank of silverware on plates.

                                                                                                                                          Least favorites –
                                                                                                                                          >the scrape of a fork against teeth, and
                                                                                                                                          >the disruptive crackling of cellophane (especially while watching Harry Potter last night)

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                            "the scrape of a fork against teeth" http://www.gbposters.com/image/image/...

                                                                                                                                          2. The sound mac and cheese makes when you stir it

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: ITry

                                                                                                                                              Ah yes, that burbly wet, sticky sound as the pasta slaps against pasta and the cheese pulls and breaks and sticks again. I do love that sound.

                                                                                                                                            2. http://steamykitchen.com/4502-the-ult...

                                                                                                                                              As of today, my fav cooking sound would be preparing this breakfast goodie AND eating clear down to the fork-hitting-the-plate sound!

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                those are called "alice's breakfast pancakes."

                                                                                                                                                i venture to add, those are "alice b. toklas' breakfast pancakes"!

                                                                                                                                                ps, if your fork hits the plate, i'd hope that it's not because you fell off the chair with a pancakes-induced coronary event.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                  Not, Alice's Restaurant pancakes?
                                                                                                                                                  No coronary event, just the wisdom to share that lovely breakfast with five of my closest bike-riding buddies :)

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                    peloton-eers can eat those extravagant pancakes with impunity, i'd surmise! ;-).

                                                                                                                                              2. The glug when you first start to pour a full bottle of wine. Followed closely by the sound of onions hitting very hot fat in the pan.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Vetter

                                                                                                                                                  I also love the glug glug glug of wine pouring from a bottle. Followed by the quiet swish as you swirl the wine in the glass.

                                                                                                                                                  I also love the sound of thumping a large whole ripe watermelon in the summer, and the crack it makes when you cut it in half and then split it down the middle.

                                                                                                                                                  I love hiding in the kitchen and the sound I make when slurping the pit of a super sweet mango, juices dripping off my fingers and face. Only in the privacy of my own home!

                                                                                                                                                  I love the sound of celery crunching between my teeth.

                                                                                                                                                  A whistling whisk working on an olive oil vinaigrette or home made mayonnaise.

                                                                                                                                                  The slapping sound of a Mexican grandmother making home - made tortillas.

                                                                                                                                                  The sound of a rhythmic knife as my grandmother cut her home made Korean noodles. Sadly, I don't think I'll hear that again. It makes my memory of that sound even sweeter.

                                                                                                                                                  The drip-sizzle-drip-sizzle sound of fat dripping off a spit roasted piece of meat.

                                                                                                                                                  Oh yeah, I love the sound of frying chicken too.

                                                                                                                                                2. Tonight's sound:
                                                                                                                                                  okay, so I'm listening to Johnny Marr & The Healers while making fish tacos for the family. There will be dancing!

                                                                                                                                                  1. Whisking of beaten eggs. And how it sounds if it hits a hot pan....