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Nov 12, 2010 06:11 AM

What do you miss and why haven't you had it?

What is the one dish (only one) you love that you haven't had in years? And why?

I was going to say escargot, which I hadn't had in about five years, but I had it recently. So my dish is going to be moussaka. My mother used to make this probably five or six times during the winter and when she passed away six years ago I never had it again. There's a new Greek place near me that has it and I think I might have to go and break the streak!

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  1. Oh, I think you should go try it out. Moussaka sounds delicious; so good when it's well-done. For me, I haven't had the pig's Lardo on Levain from Eccolo in years - for obvious reasons. It's brain-meltingly good stuff, but the equivalent of stuffing a cube of European butter inside a Twinkie, battering it and deep-frying it. Sigh. Those were the days before I had to trip on my cholesterol count.

    1. I miss the double enchiladas (extra hot, extra sauce, no onions) from a gas station turned taco joint in my hometown. Haven't had them in ages because I'm only home once or twice a year and usually around Christmas... plus I try to avoid eating meat at restaurants...

      Oh man, my mouth is watering! :)

      1. I miss fried squirrel. My granny was a hillbilly and lifelong hunter and she used to get squirrel for me. That meat is like the darkest turkey meat, very rich, and it has a twisty grain that makes it's texture rather unique. And it's so flavorful. Pan fried, then baked in a covered roasting pan for a couple hours on a rack. So good, w/ mashed taters and the gravy and a side of greens.

        I miss the street shwarma's & broasted chicken I grew up on in Saudi Arabia. I make the accompanying garlic sauce that the Saudi's use, and slather it on everything!

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        1. re: weewah

          2nd squirrel, but braised w/onions and a rich gravy. (Don't hunt.)

        2. I miss my mother's stuffed flank steak in burgundy sauce. And now that I've decided to make it again after years and years, I can't find a single flank steak anywhere!
          It had a bread stuffing, was rolled and tied, and baked in a creamy wine sauce.
          Guess I could do it with another cut of beef, but that stringiness of the flank steak was part of the charm.

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          1. re: jmcarthur8

            While I'm not a huge fan of flank steak, that does sound pretty good. Why can't you find it? No butchers in your area? In the supermarkets near me it's everywhere.

            1. re: jmcarthur8

              That recipe would be good with a whole skirt steak, rolled sort of like a helix or damascus barrel.

              1. re: Veggo

                jhopp, I'm in a little town in the deep South, and flank steaks disappeared from the grocery stores in the past few years. I've been looking! Maybe if I go into Atlanta to Whole Foods I can find one. My favorite butcher moved to another town, but I should see if there are any others nearby.

                Veggo, thanks - I had considered skirt steak, but wasn't sure if it would be close enough. It wouldn't be a problem to do a twisty roll like that as long as I have to tie it anyway.

            2. I miss allot of canned or packaged crappy food that I used to really enjoy.

              As I got older, I stopped eating that kind of thing in favor of "real" good fresh food. I forsaked it all. cooked al my meals and ate at the best of restaurants. I became a bit of a food snob.

              But then, as I got even older, I started to get odd cravings..
              Underwood Deviled Ham was a childhood were Slim Jims, and frozen egg-rolls...frozen pigs in blankets, Spaghetttio's (with franks)...recently, even though I know they were gross even then, I feel like canned raviloi...
              All these things...

              Here's my problem:
              Nutritional Lables!

              Every time I pick up that can of Deviled Ham - I read the fat content etc., and I just can't seem to make the purchase!. I just can't do it!
              The same for all the other fat-licious foods mentioned above.

              I have no problem being unhealthy here and there, but I hate to waste those calories on food that I know isnt really "good"!
              And if I did'nt see how bad it actually is, I would happlily indulge.

              Every so often, I have decided to break down and try one of my nostalgic favorites. the last time, I bought Spaghettio's w/ franks...and BOY what a dissappointment! Yuck!

              But I know that Deviled ham will still be good!

              One thing I never stopped eating - is Kraft mac and cheese.....awful, unhealthy....but delicious!! (IMO)