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Jul 4, 2010 08:05 AM

Shameful Food Secrets

We all have one, and you know it's the truth, even if you're a die-hard arugula-eating food freak like me. My shameful food secret is: I LOVE macaroni and cheese made with Velveeta. I would choose it over a decadent four-cheese pasta any day, and I can eat the whole pan myself.
So; what's YOUR dirty/shameful food secret? What do you eat when nobody's looking?

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  1. I love that corn bake that's made with canned creamed corn, jiffy corn bread mix, sour cream, butter. Whenever I've made it people scrape the dish for the very last bits. And I don't want to tell them what's in it.

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    1. re: karykat

      Oh, I LOVE this one - adding a can of diced mild green chiles is a great variation. And I have a keyphrase for when I don't want to admit what I've put in food - "Oh, this? I just threw it together with some stuff I had around", but that only works if you've made something with pudding mix or onion soup mix, not if you've "thrown together" a napoleon or poached baby shrimp or something,,,, : )

      1. re: mamachef

        I'm going to remember that line! Think it will come in handy.

      2. re: karykat

        That's corn pudding. I made it for the first time last Thanksgiving, and knew I was in trouble after the first bite. Even worse, I used Paula Deen's recipe. It was like fried corn-flavored butter, and I *loved* it.

        1. re: onceadaylily

          Had it for Thanksgiving this year and everyone loved it (including me)

          1. re: nvcook

            This year I added a healthy shake of cayenne to the batter, and the boyfriend loved it. I think next year I might try finely minced peppers of some kind, or a bit of adobo.

        2. re: karykat

          I also love potato chips in tuna sandwiches (preferably made with toast) and always Lays chips... and I can't get it here in Boston, but I would go way out of my way for one of the pork roll sandwiches I grew up eating in NJ. Usually on squishy white rolls with a little melted cheese.

          1. re: karykat

            ditto on the corn pudding thing with jiffy corn bread mix!

          2. Totino's pizza rolls and bologna (carmelized in a skillet) with white bread and a smear of mayo.

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            1. re: groover808

              I had a fried bologna sandwich once with carmelized red onions and pepper jack cheese, and I will say right now, in front of God and everyone, that it was

              1. re: groover808

                those Totino's pizza rolls are like food crack. I don't buy them regularly but I always make an excuse when we have poker games. :)

                1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                  Yes, they're my guilty pleasure. I nuke em in the microwave to get them hot and then toast them in the toaster oven so they get crispy. And yes, like crack, so hard to give I've heard.

                  1. re: groover808

                    I make my Mum buy them every time I come to visit as I can't get them in Canada!!!

                  2. re: Sandwich_Sister

                    I have been in love with pizza rolls since I was a kid. I try to avoid buying them because I can't handle the portion control...may have been known to sneak a few off the plate before sharing with my husband.

                2. Mamachef, We keep Velveeta Shells and Cheese in the pantry all the time. It is quick and easy and delicious.

                  I put potato chips inside my sandwiches. That is my shame.

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                  1. re: Sensuous

                    Wow, now that people are responding I'm realizing that I have many, many food shame secrets that I hadn't even realized, because I love putting potato chips, pref. ruffled, on a great tunafish salad sandwich.

                    1. re: mamachef

                      I've been putting potato chips on my tuna fish sandwiches for over 50 years. To me, it's a perfect pairing.

                      1. re: grampart

                        Potato chips on tuna salad sandwich, me too. And hold the jelly, I like peanut butter and potato chip sandwiches.

                        1. re: Island

                          yep. pb, strawberry jam, and rippled chips LOVE!

                          1. re: C70

                            I do potato chips in peanut butter and (grape) jelly sandwiches. Pringles are my first choice. Cheetos are my second.

                            1. re: Firegoat

                              Cheetos, how exotic! :>) I'll have to give that a try. No jam though. That's for when I'm desperate for something sweet and the only thing around is vanilla ice cream. It's white trash ice cream topping.

                              1. re: Island

                                I prefer the "crunchy" cheetos as opposed to the fluffy ones. They hold up their crunchiness longer amidst the jelly.

                      2. re: mamachef

                        Tim's Wasabi potato chips are awesome on a tuna sandwich.

                      3. re: Sensuous

                        Shhhhh.... me too and I was so thrilled when the grocery outlet had a huge box with several portions inside. yea! But don't have any bloodwork done if you ate earlier in the week.

                      4. Once a year I make the Italian Love Cake from all recipes, even though the boyfriend doesn't like it, and I've made no plans to take the cake to a function. Once a year, I make a sheet cake (with ricotta and egg filling, covered with a pudding and whipped cream topping) and I eat it all over the course of the next week. Sometimes for breakfast.

                        It usually happen in July, when I start craving cold desserts. (After I typed that, I glanced down at my thighs, contemplatively).

                            1. re: toomuchfat

                              And getting a bit on the gushy true confessions side. IMNSHO.