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Candy Jul 7, 2009 01:36 PM

Do any of you suddenly find yourself wanting a particular food and just can't stop eating it. I think I had a fish sandwich every day last week. I, the one who truly disdains salmon ate a portion on Sat. PM much to the consternation of many of my friends i was dining with. Sunday ws Vietnamese night and while I made Andrea Nguyen's corn dumplings, I made Corienne Trang's shrimp on sugar cane and some of Bobby Chin's caramel and ginger chicken wings...they may be a second favorite wing recipe here. Skate wing with brown butter and capers last night and i have a cedar plank soaking to grill some wild Copper River salmon on tonight. Maybe I will be takg a tuna sandwich with me for lunch tomorrow? I know it will end as suddenly as it started. It just took me by surprise.

No I am not pregnant. I'm 60 so I'd better not be!

CKG

  1. free sample addict aka Tracy L Aug 6, 2009 09:58 PM

    i have always been a binger, as a child it was hot dogs and as a teenager ice cream soda. As an adult I still have my binges. I have been on a diet and have been able to keep my cravings in check except for pizza. I had the occasion to eat it three times last week so I indulged. Before my diet I'd have pizza once every 3 months! Last fall I made a brie appetizer that I liked so much I made it for 3-4 consecutive weekends. I was going all around town for good deals on rounds of brie. Also, there are some restaurants that I can visit a couple times a week.

    1. cuccubear Aug 5, 2009 12:18 PM

      My recent craving binge is for roasted vegetables of any variety. I want them for every dinner, every lunch, every day. I can’t get enough of them, and am so happy that my “compost miracle” acorn squash plant is bearing. I roasted the first one Sunday and it was so good I want more!

      I don’t often crave sweets, except for ice cold vanilla coke -- augghhgg (Homer Simpson gurgling noise).

      1. auburnselkie Jul 22, 2009 04:55 PM

        Now that the good tomatoes are here I've been craving what I call, for lack of a better name, Mozzarella Loaf with Tomato Vinaigrette. You take a loaf of French bread, slice it up, put slices of mozzarella between the slices of bread and put the loaf back together, bake it until the cheese is melty (while basting with anchovy-thyme butter), and then serve the warm, gooey slices topped with cool diced tomatoes in herby vinaigrette. Oh goodness, I may have to do that this weekend.

        On the other hand, what I'm not craving, but I can't stop making, is ice cream. A couple nights ago I made a roasted banana ice cream (from Perfect Scoop, of course) with chopped lightly salted roasted peanuts and a dark chocolate fudge ribbon. Luckily, it's my husband who craves ice cream so we're both happy!

        1. foxy fairy Jul 21, 2009 09:17 AM

          Really enjoying this thread, Candy!

          I tend to crave savory.

          Most often:
          *Salt and vinegar chips and a really great Italian grinder (that's a sub for you non-Rhode Islanders).
          *Slow-cooked yumminess involving protein, usually chicken -- I satisfy this one by cooking in my Le Creuset (picking up lots of ideas and tips here at chow and from Cookbook of the Month)
          *Cheese (lately Fontina, sometimes Brie) and crackers, or a heavenly dip and crrrr-unchy baguette (including two dips I found here-- chefchicklet's hot garlicky artichoke dip and Michael Field's hot mushroom dip)
          *Breakfast sandwiches, greasy, involving sausage or bacon, mayo, tomato, cheese (no egg for me)
          *Ravioli or tortellini with a cool filling (mushroom or artichoke and cheese of course) in velvety creamy pink sauce
          *Sesame noodles
          *creamy curry, Indian style

          Whenever I crave one of the above, I prepare it, unless I'm really feeling low-energy, in which case the craving will disappear, or insist that I energize and get myself to the kitchen. I try not to buy prepared food any more and I don't eat in restaurants unless someone is treating :)

          Then, the memory aspect:
          As JungMan said above: "I'll go months and sometimes years without eating something before its resurfaced memory makes me crave it and eat it for a week."

          I don't go that long (months/years), but I always crave dishes that carry specialness in my memory. My mom's classics top that list, but certain ones I will not recreate myself because it's just not the same unless she prepares it :) I do make my mom's scalloped potatoes, her broccoli salad, her blue cheese and black olive dip -- I need to make these every couple of months, more frequently for the potatoes. I will not even consider fancy-schmancy scalloped potato recipes (with truffle oil or whatever to make them "gourmet") b/c I only want these the way my mom has always made them, and honestly they are perfect as is.

          Also I long for certain treats that I have discovered while traveling, like Pambazos -- these fabulous little chicken sandwiches that I discovered in Jalapa, Mexico. I found a local Mexican place that has these, but I don't indulge too often.

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            laliz Jul 21, 2009 04:54 PM

            blue cheese and black olive dip??????

          2. operagirl Jul 20, 2009 05:07 PM

            really good sourdough bread
            eggs over easy or poached
            chocolate in any form
            sushi (hamachi and hotate nigiri especially)
            red meat (usually cube steak, sirloin, or lean hamburger)
            greek yogurt with fruit and granola

            1. pikiliz Jul 20, 2009 03:33 PM

              to be quite honest you people you know who you are shape and mold my menu every day. I shop every day except for proteins and make what YOU PEOPLE talk about UUUHHHHH you guys are great thank you for my daily menu

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                six dower Jul 20, 2009 03:21 PM

                Hushpuppies.....I research menus of cities that I will be traveling for work, searching for the damn things! I need to make them at home but I am afraid I will start something that perhaps I can not stop!!!
                Grilled vegetable salads. At least this one is healthy....
                By the way, I watch the FN show "Best Thing I Ever Ate" and then I become obsessed with trying to recreate the recipes. I think I need a hobby......LOL!

                1. NellyNel Jul 20, 2009 01:24 PM

                  To be honest I get cravings ALL THE TIME
                  mostly after reading through CHOWHOUND!!
                  Most of the time I ignore the cravings, and try really hard to eat healthy ,,,but today after reading about pastrami on CH - i HAD to have a pastrami sandwich, andas I was ordering one i saw a Thai restaurant across the strret and something in my head said "you hAVE to have pad Thai noodles with your pastrami sandwich"!!
                  and so I went and ordered them as well.
                  I don't know what came over me but I ate it all!

                  I guess sometimes you gotta give in to those urges!

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                    dagwood Jul 20, 2009 01:44 PM

                    Ha! That reminds me of the time my friend ordered cheese soup with a side of pancakes in a restaurant for lunch.

                    Of course, she was pregnant at the time.....;)

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                      NellyNel Jul 21, 2009 06:23 AM

                      Gosh - I hope I'm not!
                      but then what is my excuse ??

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                        Boccone Dolce Aug 6, 2009 05:16 PM

                        Gaaah that reminds me of this time I was traveling cross country and we stopped in Rawlins, WY- there were not many places to pick from, so we opted for the place closest to the hotel since we were starving. I saw this pot of soup- figured it was potato-cheddar and poured a huge scoop into a mug (odd, there were no bowls) and sat down to a big cup of steaming nacho cheese sauce. BLAH!!!!!
                        We laughed about it for a VERY long time. Especially because I almost finished it before I realized what it was.

                    2. bermudagourmetgoddess Jul 20, 2009 12:57 PM

                      Being I have severe Anemia I crave red meat all the time. I could really it 3 times a day and not blink an eye. The perfect NY Strip cut at least 1 inch thick, a little salt and pepper and the sizzle when it hits the grill getting a nice char to the outside and nice and rare. Too bad I am having FISH tonight! I know I cannot eat it every day, but I really want to.

                      I also crave a really good chicken wing, I mean really good. I just love the crispiness of the wing matched with a tangy hot sauce then cooled by the smooth flavor of the blue cheese. I also crave other chicken wing flavors, but always go back the original.

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                      1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess
                        Candy Jul 22, 2009 06:41 AM

                        Bobby Chin's recipe in his book Wild Wild East (Vietnamese food) has fabulous chicken wings in caramel sauce. Hmmm maybe on Sunday. They are so good!

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                          bermudagourmetgoddess Jul 22, 2009 06:49 AM

                          Will have to check it out!

                          Another thing I have gotten hooked on is something a "hound" turned me on to, COWBOY CANDY - Jalapenos sauteed in sugar and water mixture, reduced for about 5 minutes and poured over brie or cream cheese, I can eat an entire plate

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                            dagwood Jul 22, 2009 04:43 PM

                            Wow. I have never heard of that but it sounds amazing! I'll have to make some for the hubs soon....he'd flip for those!

                      2. chef chicklet Jul 20, 2009 09:35 AM

                        Cravings are so weird, so strong and powerful I'll cook the strangest things at most odd times.

                        Yes I no longer could stand it. It was 107 yesterday, 106 the day before these past few days miserable. I looked at my hubby last night and said "oh I don't want you grilling in this heat, relax." heh heh...

                        What do I do in this horrid heat? I fry chicken! Mashed potatoes and a super super great milk gravy. Man was it good! Oh but did we pay. We were both so miserable. oh well.

                        Of course I fried it in the cast iron fry pan, and I remember reading here that someone uses a rack to keep it crunchy. It works!!! Great fried chicken, nothing nothing like it.

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                          Cebca Jul 13, 2009 10:26 AM

                          Lately I've been craving Udon noodles. Had some for lunch on Saturday. Have been trying to hold them off otherwise, but anytime I try to plan a meal, all I want is Udon. But I'm in a weird living/cooking situation right now where I'm trying not to buy groceries (especially carbs/grains) and I can't really justify the expense of precooked/from a restaurant (Saturday was someone else's treat) so instead I just live with the cravings . . . I've also been craving poached eggs recently, which is not unusual for me, and I have the feeling tonight I may crack and have Udon noodles with a poached egg on top . . . maybe some chopped scallions, sauteed bok choy mixed up in there?

                          I've also recently gone through periods of pizza cravings, deli turkey meat is one that happens pretty often (I'm trying to stay away from fillers so this one is a constant battle), and then of course sweet carbs are a constant but that one I give into all the time, in moderation.

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                            Cebca Jul 13, 2009 01:11 PM

                            OH, and, how could I possibly forget, my current apricot binge, and cherries, to a lesser extent. I have been buying boxes of apricots and cherries, usually on alternating days, for the past week, and finishing them off before leaving work - this translates to 9 apricots a day, or a pound of cherries. MMMMMmmmmmm, summatime.

                          2. Boccone Dolce Jul 12, 2009 12:53 PM

                            Sushi...
                            Sushi...
                            (sigh)
                            If I can't get it within a few hours of the craving I turn into a MISERABLE, hateful whiner that turns her nose up at everything else offered. I want to control it, but it's hopeless. I figured I would recognize the behavior and suck it up-grow up-get over it. Nope.
                            Good thing the man I married REALLY loves me and takes care of these wild-thing episodes.

                            1. chef chicklet Jul 12, 2009 10:24 AM

                              Yes incredible cravings that remind me of my pregancy days when I crave clam chowder and would drive to Spengers in Berkeley. Thankfully my doctor was in Bereley and this made my visits somewhat eventful.

                              Sushi is one that we will hop in the car and drive to a sushi place. Love good sushi.
                              Shrimp, spicy shrimp, like Camarones Ala Diabla is another I can eat constantly.
                              And fish sandwiches. I did eat one every single day while on vacation in Florida, and was 5 lbs lighter. Funny. lots of fish cravings too.

                              Once in a blue moon I will crave my spahetti and meatballs, slow cooking style.

                              1. mickie44 Jul 11, 2009 06:04 PM

                                Crave cheese, the stinkier the better. I find when I give into my crave, I gain weight so I'm off cheese. So sad. Is being thin worth not eating cheese? Results not in yet.

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                                  Candy Jul 12, 2009 01:57 AM

                                  Work harder. I carry and lift bunches of stuff daily .Also traverse a couple of flights of stairs and ladders while doing so. I can eat what i want and if i am 2-3 lbs over it is gone quickly. Some tines I just have ice cream for lunch or gelato for lunch what,I want is my guide, it is not what you eat, but how you burn ti off.No magic diet or pills, to be trim.

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                                    HillJ Jul 12, 2009 07:38 AM

                                    Agreed. I bike, run, swim, skip lunch to eat the foods I crave. When my metab. started to show signs of slowing, I up'd the cardio and got some workout advice JUST to eat the foods I love. :)

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                                      mickie44 Jul 12, 2009 08:19 AM

                                      Good advice. I walk everywhere ($22 for gas last month for a road trip was a splurge) but maybe at my advanced age my metabolism needs something further. And I probably should consider a small portion of cheese instead of the supersize portion I crave. Candy, what exactly do you do on those stairs and ladders? Not trying to detour this crave post but maybe it's a solution to all cravings.

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                                        Candy Jul 12, 2009 04:04 PM

                                        i am a floor/sales manager in a cooking and gourmet foods shop. We have tall shelves and frequently are climbing ladders to get mdse. down or put it away. The stores office is on the lower level as is the janitorial area. So up and down stairs and ladders. Then the hike to the bank with deposits etc. I don't get much sitting down time at all unless I am working on the shop's newsletter. Usually I do that from home. Hmmmm what am I going to write about for August? We are almost half way through July and I have to have ready to post by 7/30. I'm not ready to talk about back to school. It seems like graduation was just a few weeks ago.

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                                          mickie44 Jul 12, 2009 08:33 PM

                                          I'll write your newsletter if you'll do the stairs and ladders for me.

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                                            Candy Jul 13, 2009 10:10 AM

                                            Deal!

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                                        pesto Jul 12, 2009 08:55 AM

                                        If I don't exercise (strength and cardio), I get fat! In order to eat what I love, I try to eat healthy most of the time (usually during the week) and slurge at other times. I find that when I skip meals, I tend to gain weight. Small, frequent meals are my norm so that I can dig into that fried chicken on occasion.

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                                          HillJ Jul 12, 2009 09:13 AM

                                          pesto, I get sluggish and my energy level suffers. Eating lighter & leaner gives me more energy. Working it off allows me to eat what I crave & even binge at parties! But-it's a lifelong commitment from this point forward. So I hear ya!

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                                            pesto Jul 12, 2009 09:17 AM

                                            Glad to know I'm not alone. I live to eat.

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                                            foxy fairy Jul 21, 2009 08:59 AM

                                            YES! Pesto -- this is so true for me too -- I am active with lots of tapas-style meals. I just told a friend the other day that I am doing the many mini-meals and happily maintaining the same weight I had in high school! But then, I tried the mini-meal approach when working a really stressful job and it didn't work for me -- at that time, though, I had a dizzying social life with dinners out, drinks, late night snackfests, etc. So you know what the trick really has been, too? Now, I cook pretty much everything I eat, and I rarely get take-out, and eat in a restaurant MAYBE once every two months. The giant portions in restaurants seriously baffle me at this point -- I know that's been said again and again, but now that I am not in that dining-out trance, it strikes me every time.

                                            Also -- I used to eat when stressed (like 99% of women??) and now I actually make it a point to be relaxed and to eat slowly and savor every bite.

                                            When I have a craving, I go for it, every time. I find that when I honor what my body wants, I end up satiated and pleased, not desperate for more. Interesting.

                                    2. HillJ Jul 11, 2009 04:41 PM

                                      In no particular order, I crave
                                      fresh spring rolls
                                      sweet rice with mango
                                      jasmine tea
                                      grilled fish, any kind of fish will do
                                      pumpkin flan
                                      cucumber and beet salad

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                                        pesto Jul 11, 2009 05:45 PM

                                        Gosh, I am amazed and jealous. While I would love to eat any of the above, I crave:
                                        gnocchi
                                        mac and cheese
                                        juicy hamburger with crisp, piping hot fries
                                        roast beef sub with mayo and everything else
                                        banana split
                                        delicious coal oven pizza

                                        I can go on...........

                                      2. Candy Jul 10, 2009 02:37 PM

                                        And tonight's fish is fresh grouper. I managed to get by with no fish yesterday but will make up for it tonight. I wonder when this will end?

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                                          Will Owen Jul 10, 2009 05:57 PM

                                          After your next cholesterol report, maybe it won't!

                                          If we stick with a basic regimen of fish and salad for supper most nights, it definitely shows up in our weekly weigh-ins and periodic blood checks. It also means that I can have one of those half-pound patty melts a few times a year...

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                                            Candy Jul 10, 2009 06:35 PM

                                            Actually Will, Since leaving Real Estate, my cholesterol levels plummeted as did my blood pressure. I am lower than average in both. For the past few years my MD was prescribing Rx's for migraines and meds for cholesterol, I turned out to be one of those rare cases who could not take them. They caused excruciating pain in my leg pain I still take Diovan though BP is also very low, barely 100/59.My MD is young ( not yet 40) he takes Diovan too, says it is a good vein vitamin. I'm healthy, slender, and eat what ever I tmay catch up wih me some day but hauling stock, climbing ladders and all of that stuff kind of works off waht ever I eat. There is even real lard in my fridge.
                                            CKG

                                            1. re: Candy
                                              Candy Jul 12, 2009 04:07 PM

                                              I think the fish binge has been broken...I'm frying chicken and making biscuits and slaw tonight.

                                        2. invinotheresverde Jul 10, 2009 11:24 AM

                                          Spinach
                                          Edamame
                                          Papri chaat and Indian food in general
                                          White Russians (definitely not my standard drink of choice)

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                                            umbushi plum Jul 10, 2009 11:10 PM

                                            ha- me too spinach edamame indian food, ahh but not the white russian, i'm only young.

                                          2. NellyNel Jul 10, 2009 11:15 AM

                                            At this particular moment I - I am craving fried zucchini blossems!!!
                                            I saw a post about them a minute ago, and now I am longing for some!!

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                                              laliz Jul 10, 2009 10:52 AM

                                              ^ thats what I was thinking. my cravings are for bbq beef ribs, that sort of thing, protein to be sure, but highly carbed protein

                                              1. FoodFuser Jul 9, 2009 02:51 PM

                                                Interesting to see all these fish cravings. I am compadre.

                                                It must be our recent cognizance of the benefits of those omegas. Or it may be that we webbed fingered rascals just have a deep atavistic evolutionary craving for fish.

                                                At home, the craving is satisfied with canned sardines if it must occur within the next few minutes. This does not exclude a following of a fine piece of freshly cooked fish.

                                                During the day, when surrounded by McDonaldites, I take refuge in the fact that my daypack/briefcase contains a 3 ounce retort foil pack of chunk light tuna, with a pair of chopsticks for extraction. While public sardine ingestion leads to social exclusion, it seems that tuna is within acceptable limits. This is for deep-craving backup only: the carried tuna may go weeks without being eaten.

                                                But it is reassuringly there.

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                                                  pesto Jul 9, 2009 06:47 PM

                                                  That explains why I don't have fish cravings. I take fish oil supplements, so I am not deficient!!! Don't get me wrong, I love fish and eat it a couple of times a week. I wish I had fish or nut cravings. My cravings always involve carbs. I have never met a carb that I didn't adore.

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                                                    Candy Jul 11, 2009 07:00 AM

                                                    I take fish oil supplements too, so that can't be the root of my current issue.

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                                                      pesto Jul 11, 2009 04:03 PM

                                                      Candy, if you do get to the bottom of this, please let me know. If you could get people to crave fish, you can be the next weight loss/health sensation! Enjoy.

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                                                        Candy Jul 12, 2009 01:38 AM

                                                        Well I am not over weight and one does need to consider the amount of mercury in fish. Who knows what it will be next week. home fried chicken tomorrow? I am not afraid of frying or lard. South Central Indiana is a tough place to get truly fresh fish. It is gettine easier though if you buy fro independents and not chains

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                                                          pesto Jul 12, 2009 05:15 AM

                                                          I am so fortunate to be on the east coast (Boston area) where fresh fish is widely available. It is not unusual for me to get a call from a friend or neighbor telling me they have freshly caught stripers or blues or flounder.

                                                          Last night, after I posted, I had a craving for spare ribs from our local Chinese restaurant. I fulfilled that need and my yearning seems to be sated.

                                                          So funny how our brains work.

                                                2. Sam Fujisaka Jul 9, 2009 09:04 AM

                                                  I just got back from DC last night. Now I've just gotten some fish out of the freezer!

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                                                    pesto Jul 9, 2009 08:53 AM

                                                    Gnocchi! When I get this craving, I will make several batches and freeze them. I can eat them day after day...with pesto, with brown butter, with bolognese. (Need to ramp up my cardio when this craving hits.)

                                                    I haven't had them for weeks, but now it's all I can think of.

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                                                      dcdavis Jul 20, 2009 01:43 PM

                                                      Do you have a recipe you can share?

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                                                        pesto Jul 21, 2009 11:15 AM

                                                        Yes, I do...for which item?

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                                                      gordeaux Jul 9, 2009 08:33 AM

                                                      I had a major fish craving ALL of last week as well. I still have it because I only had one really good portion. In the last seven days I've had fish sticks - van de camps brand - horrible. Grilled salmon - the only thing that was good becaue I made it at home - grilled lake superior whitefish, grilled LS lake trout, and fried lake trout. The whitefish and lake trout were at an all you can eat joint in the U.P. of michigan, and it was mildly overcooked - so that didn't control my craving at all. I might have to find some for dinner tonight. Not sure what the craving really represents - it must be some mineral or compound or something, but it's like I NEED fish all of the sudden, and I'm ESPECIALLY interested in lake trout or whitefish.

                                                      Sushi doesn't count for me - since I crave it all the time.

                                                      1. JungMann Jul 9, 2009 07:18 AM

                                                        I find myself entertaining cravings quite often as I am constantly restricting my diet and my current living/work situation affords me precious little time to cook the things I want. So I'll go months and sometimes years without eating something before its resurfaced memory makes me crave it and eat it for a week.

                                                        This week has been my mother's macaroni salad and my father's tandoori chicken. I haven't had the former in at least a year, and I haven't eaten homemade tandoori since somewhere around 2003 or 2004. I made both and they have warmed a certain spot in my soul, giving me comfort and nourishment. My mother's macaroni salad in particular, which is why I'm making another large batch for next week.

                                                        1. Will Owen Jul 8, 2009 02:28 PM

                                                          Fish is such an easy thing for me to crave, almost always ocean fish. Mrs. O and I both adore skate, and if we're in one of the Asian markets (where it's a third the price of Fish King when they have it) and see some we'll usually drop whatever dinner plans we had and go for it. Unlike Candy we do love salmon, but it has to be wild, and we've also become very fond of the rockfish they're selling around here as "red snapper". Mahi-mahi and cod are high on the list, too. However, this is really sort of off-topic, because we eat it so often we don't have much chance of developing any real craving...

                                                          Our cravings, when they occur, are rarely shared. I'll have days when I keep tasting a nice drippy hamburger, and will wake up doing so on successive mornings until a good opportunity presents itself to go get one. Fish and chips (which is a very different category from that fish craving) is another one that can build into a small obsession, as is any kind of cooked fresh sausage. Mrs. O has a special place in her soul for hot dogs, which she can suppress quite well until she has an excuse not to, like for instance being at a state or county fair. Then she'll probably go all the way and get a corn dog. I in the meantime will be saving myself for the Italian sausage with peppers and onions...

                                                          1. southernitalian Jul 8, 2009 01:51 PM

                                                            Sushi is high on the list of things I crave. So is pho. Also, Godiva Pumpkin Truffles. When I was pregnant, I can't tell you how many times I would get a very specific craving, go to the store to shop for ingredients, prepare the meal and then gag at the sight/smell of it and make my husband eat it (outside).

                                                            1. Candy Jul 8, 2009 01:18 PM

                                                              Fish again for lunch today. Definitely not tonight!

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                                                                NellyNel Jul 8, 2009 01:34 PM

                                                                LOL

                                                              2. Paula76 Jul 8, 2009 03:31 AM

                                                                It's nuts and dried fruit for me...if I didn't censor myself, I'd eat them non-stop with less than pleasant consequences for my stomach as experience has taught me...There was a time, when I was a student, when I would eat a whole box of raisins (400 grams) for dinner...not clever! I try to limit my consumption now to a few nuts a day and somer figs, dates and raisins on weekends but I still crave them all the time.

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                                                                  mjhals Jul 22, 2009 12:13 PM

                                                                  I'm the same way with dried fruit! I'd say it's my #1 craving. Just found dried strawberries at my local store and having gone through the entire bag in two days am now planning on majorly stocking up. In my case I am certain it's due to my extreme sweet tooth, in fact the dried fruit craving is preferrable to my equally bad jelly belly craving. Just swapped one for the other, probably about the same amount of sugar in both, but at least there may be some nutrients hidden in a dried pineapple.

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                                                                  fourunder Jul 7, 2009 02:46 PM

                                                                  Popeye's Fried Chicken......Monday and Tuesday Dark Meat special (20 pieces) with two Apple Pies for $15.99......or for any of their other Chicken specials when available.

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                                                                    Sal Vanilla Jul 7, 2009 02:06 PM

                                                                    I am that way with nuts. I get so bad that I eat them frozen straight from the freezer. My usual target: Almonds. But a couple years ago my mom was coming for Christmas and I bought a giant jar of macadamias and a beautiful box of almond bark. Guess who ate every last piece of candy and licked the container free of macadamia and salt bits? Gulp. Yep. Me. I could not fit into my dress I wanted to wear on Christmas day for family photos.

                                                                    That skate sounds so good. I wish I could get it here. Maybe I will do it with a calamari steak.

                                                                    1. ms. clicquot Jul 7, 2009 01:58 PM

                                                                      I occasionally get major cravings for tart apples, of all things. I'll have two or three a day for a week or so because they seem so refreshing and appealing. Then I won't eat them again for months. Weird.

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                                                                        umbushi plum Jul 10, 2009 11:04 PM

                                                                        i went through a period of eating 6 tart granny smith apples a day- during a particularly hot aussie summer. very soothing :)

                                                                      2. NellyNel Jul 7, 2009 01:52 PM

                                                                        Funny Candy because this happens to me to - with fish -
                                                                        For 2 weeks straight I craved and ate fish every weeknight. I never get fancy - I always simply grill it with nothing but a squeeze of lemon (unless it's tuna - I do get fancy with tuna!)
                                                                        hmmmmm now I'm craving...you guessed it!

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                                                                          tatamagouche Jul 7, 2009 02:25 PM

                                                                          I'm that way with raw fish far more than cooked—will crave and gorge on sushi for days straight, then lose the craving for a couple of months, then it'll come back.

                                                                          I think we're all females—wonder if that's at all relevant? Like a need for Omega 3s or something?

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                                                                            amyvc Jul 7, 2009 05:42 PM

                                                                            I also get sushi cravings, though DH does as well. However, DH and I eat mainly sushi rolls, with cooked and raw fish. For me, it's about the combination of the seaweed, sticky rice and fish that makes me crave it. Darn...we ordered in from a new and less-than-stellar place recently. Now I'm gonna have to order it from the go-to place soon!

                                                                            Cooked fish I like but never crave.

                                                                            I crave all sweet, bready baked items. Most recent has been chewy yet crisy oatmeal cookies. Just made a batch....yum

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                                                                              pinkprimp Jul 8, 2009 06:47 AM

                                                                              Right there with you on the oatmeal cookies (mine have raisins, coconut and crystallized ginger too!). For the past three weeks, I've had batches of the cookie dough in my refrigerator, just waiting for the craving to hit so that I can pop some into the oven. Fresh, warm cookies...mmm!

                                                                              I've also had crazy cravings for egg tarts, steamed eggs and custards.

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                                                                                chicgail Jul 12, 2009 08:57 AM

                                                                                I know what you mean about sushi cravings. think they put crack in the rice.

                                                                              2. re: tatamagouche
                                                                                NellyNel Jul 8, 2009 06:42 AM

                                                                                Actually I crave sushi too!
                                                                                All the time!
                                                                                I love it and could eat it every day.

                                                                                I could live happily on sushi and pasta if I had to.

                                                                                One thing I DON'T crave is chocolate. Once in a blue moon I will fancy a little, but I never crave it the way some women (and men) do!

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                                                                                  dagwood Jul 8, 2009 07:18 AM

                                                                                  This is too funny. I crave sushi too! When I was pregnant sushi was the hardest thing for me to give up. Harder even than wine and coffee.

                                                                                  And I don't crave chocolate at all. Once in a very very very great while I will have a small craving, but then I just need a small piece of high-quality dark chocolate and I'm all set.

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                                                                                    NellyNel Jul 8, 2009 01:34 PM

                                                                                    "then I just need a small piece of high-quality dark chocolate and I'm all set."

                                                                                    lol - totally ditto on that!

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                                                                                      umbushi plum Jul 10, 2009 11:06 PM

                                                                                      yeah i never ever crave chocolate or anything sweet-fatty etc don't know why but i always want something healthy and filling if i crave anything- actually probably not a bad thing

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                                                                                      spellweaver16 Jul 23, 2009 11:01 PM

                                                                                      I don't crave chocolate, either! Caramel, on the other hand...

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