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jhopp217 Jan 14, 2011 08:25 AM

Does anyone have any foods that are traditionally hot that they prefer cold?

Recently the pizza scene in Westchester, NY is pretty bad. I find that I actually prefer it cold these days. The pizza has gotten so oily, so thin and flimsy that at leats when it's cold it holds its shape.

I'm actually not a big fan of mac and cheese, but I find, when eating the cheaper varieties, I prefer it cold. Seems to taste a little cheesier and less soupy this way.

While this item is traditionally served both ways, I only like roast beef cold. Can't stand it warm.

Not that I have this often, but I also prefer vegetarian lasagna cold.

I guess these aren't that strange really. Does anyone have any cold preferences?

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    Mousette5 Jan 21, 2011 09:56 AM

    My dad's best friend's wife died from cancer of the esophagus (sorry for the spelling) and the doctors said eating and drinking stuff piping hot over the years contributed to it....It damaged the lining of her "E".....Since then, I eat and drink everything luke warm....Nothing l ike a cold chicken or tuna casserole, though....jhopper217 is right. Sometimes it is too soupy and runny when hot. Cooling always thickens things up. I guess Dad does always know best.....

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      Mousette5 Jan 21, 2011 09:50 AM

      For years, I could not understand why my father waited til the food was cold til he came to the table. He loved (and still does), cold mashed potato on toast for breaky, cold chili with his eggs, cold stew, etc. No leftover was ever heated; he just chows down on it cold. Cold
      chicken is a given for everyone. Cold meatloaf , roast pork sandwiches or even cold leftover fish are simply deelish, even for me......I do draw the line at cold oatmeal and eggs, though....

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        Cachetes Jan 17, 2011 10:31 AM

        Any leftover pork or chicken. The smell that comes from reheating them makes me gag, so I just go with cold.

        1. LoBrauHouseFrau Jan 16, 2011 08:09 AM

          Pepperoni pizza
          Fried chicken, BBQ chicken
          Lo Mein
          Egg rolls

          Apple pie is good cold, but I would much rather have it hot with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. :)

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            jamieeats Jan 15, 2011 09:41 AM

            unless it's something that should be served piping hot (soup, coffee, tea, etc), i prefer almost everything else cold. i love cold pasta and sauce, lasagna, and ravioli, and prefer my sandwiches cold as well. after toasting my english muffin and spreading it with peanut butter, jelly, and cream cheese, i let it sit (together) for a while so all the insides mash together. sounds gross, but i love it!

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            1. re: jamieeats
              jamieeats Jan 15, 2011 09:43 AM

              i also love to freeze yogurts and bananas! i also am known to eat frozen veggies or frozen french fries right out of the bag.

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              jbsiegel Jan 15, 2011 08:57 AM

              Love cold cooked cauliflower and broccoli! Also cold roasted brussels sprouts... Cold grilled onions are pretty good too!

              Definitely frozen chocolate chip cookies. Also, I prefer cake out of the fridge instead of room temperature (unless I'm having it with ice cream in which case it needs to be warmed in the microwave first).

              1. onceadaylily Jan 15, 2011 08:25 AM

                Cold egg rolls make an outstanding breakfast.

                Pies, all pies, really, but my favorite is a peach with a buttermilk custardy sort of layer.

                Some vegetables, namely peas and green beans.

                Frittatas. I've found that I enjoy the cold leftover slice more than I did the one served warm from the pan.

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                  Miss Needle Jan 15, 2011 09:47 AM


                  Kind of makes sense as I think tortilla espanol tastes so much better at room temperature than straight out of the pan. I really don't know why (as I'm with GHG on this one where cold blunts the flavors).

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                    debbiel Jan 17, 2011 07:58 AM

                    Isn't tortilla espanol traditionally served room temperature or cold? I tend to prefer it a room temperature. Same for frittatas.

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                      Miss Needle Jan 17, 2011 08:13 AM

                      Indeed. But I've read recipes where they say you can serve it warm, but it's preferable at room temperature.

                      While we're on the frittata, tortilla espanola topic, I also think quiche is better at room temperature.

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                        jhopp217 Jan 18, 2011 05:18 AM

                        I agree. Too hot seems to cause it to lose flavor.

                2. Jay F Jan 14, 2011 07:40 PM


                  1. pinkprimp Jan 14, 2011 06:08 PM

                    -chocolate chip cookies (enjoyable fresh out of the oven, but I find them even more enjoyable frozen...must be the extra crunch!)
                    -pies and crumbles
                    -chow mein
                    -lasagne (it's fun pulling apart the solid cheese from the other layers...in the privacy of my own home)

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                    1. re: pinkprimp
                      otps Jan 14, 2011 07:06 PM

                      Meat loaf

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                        jhopp217 Jan 17, 2011 06:08 AM

                        While meatloaf just out of the oven is one of lifes great pleasures, there is something to be said for a cold meatloaf sandwich!

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                          MandalayVA Jan 17, 2011 09:28 AM

                          Another vote for the loaf. I have been known to make meat loaf just so I could have it cold the next day (and make the husband sandwiches).

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                            Perilagu Khan Jan 17, 2011 10:34 AM

                            The Khantessa has been known to do the same thing.

                    2. cayjohan Jan 14, 2011 03:07 PM

                      I really prefer a hot dog cold. No condiments, just a quality dog, cold on a warm length of baguette. The cold sausage against the warm bread is just wonderful.

                      1. goodhealthgourmet Jan 14, 2011 02:44 PM

                        cold mutes flavor, so it's rare that i like to eat a solid food cold...i even let frozen yogurt & gelato melt slightly before eating.

                        i can honestly think of only one exception, and it's from my gluten-eating days when i could still indulge in conventional pie...specifically leftover apple pie. let it sit in the fridge at least overnight so that all the wonderful goo from the filling has a chance to seep into the bottom crust and turn it into a dense, chewy layer of sweet apple-y deliciousness. remove pie from fridge, scrape off any excess filling, and go to town on the cold, gooey crust :)

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                          ipsedixit Jan 14, 2011 02:47 PM

                          i can honestly think of only one exception, and it's from my gluten-eating days when i could still indulge in conventional pie...specifically leftover apple pie. let it sit in the fridge at least overnight so that all the wonderful goo from the filling has a chance to seep into the bottom crust and turn it into a dense, chewy layer of sweet apple-y deliciousness. remove pie from fridge, scrape off any excess filling, and go to town on the cold, gooey crust :)


                          This is exactly why I like cold apple pie.

                          When I was younger and much more rambunctious, I used to spear a slice of chilled apple on a shish kebob stick and eat it like it was an "apple pie popsicle".

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                            im_nomad Jan 14, 2011 05:46 PM

                            I have been known to micro a bowl of ice cream for a short while to soften it before eating.

                          2. ipsedixit Jan 14, 2011 02:21 PM

                            I should also mention that I like most condiments chilled, esp. ketchup and mustard.

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                              gaffk Jan 14, 2011 02:27 PM

                              Do other people eat condiments warm?

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                                goodhealthgourmet Jan 14, 2011 02:30 PM

                                ever use mustard or ketchup at a restaurant that's been sitting on the table?

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                                  Mousette5 Jan 21, 2011 10:01 AM

                                  No.........At home all condiments are used cold, directly out of the fridge.....I never use restaurant ketchup......All they do is take it into the kitchen and fill them up with no name ketchup and return them to the table in Heinz bottles....I used to work in a restaurant and we used to get out ketchup in giant no name cans and refill the bottles.....We had to wash the bottles completely when they were empty but some places, like Swiss Chalet, simply refill the bottles when they get half empty. Gross!!!!

                                2. re: gaffk
                                  ipsedixit Jan 14, 2011 02:31 PM

                                  Sure, you think McDonald's refrigerates it's ketchup packets?

                                  Or those bottles that sit on table tops are definitely lukewarm, even with the retaurant A/C blasted at full throttle -- too many grubby warm hands have handled them.

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                                    gaffk Jan 14, 2011 02:41 PM

                                    Yeah, I haven't eaten at a McD's since I was a kid. And I don't use those ketchups sitting on the table (or those packets in the work caf). And even though I am from Philly, never use those big jars of mustard on my pretzels.

                                    But silly me, I thought those shelves in my refrigerator door were made for ketchup, mustards, horseradish, etc.

                                  2. re: gaffk
                                    fryerlover Jan 14, 2011 04:47 PM

                                    We keep condiments in the fridge after opening and eat them cold.

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                                      gaffk Jan 14, 2011 04:54 PM


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                                        fryerlover Jan 17, 2011 10:26 AM

                                        And I may be wrong, although don't most of them say "refrigerate after opening"?

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                                  ediblover Jan 14, 2011 02:17 PM

                                  Gravy. It's a bit sick if I think too much about it, but I like a lot of heavy sauces cold, since the fat congeals a bit and it's really thick and creamy. For that reason I'll eat a lot of sauce based dishes, like curry, cold.

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                                    chef chicklet Jan 22, 2011 10:17 PM

                                    If I've made a biscuits and gravy and have some leftover, I love to dip a spoon into it, the same for clam chowder, really good flavors.

                                  2. im_nomad Jan 14, 2011 02:10 PM

                                    Not "hot" but I have a strange fondness for keeping potato chips and such things in the fridge.

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                                      ipsedixit Jan 14, 2011 02:20 PM

                                      Now, that is interesting. Ever try the freezer?

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                                        im_nomad Jan 14, 2011 05:49 PM

                                        No, but I would probably find that too cold.

                                    2. bagelman01 Jan 14, 2011 02:09 PM

                                      i prefer boiled shrimp or lobster chilled.

                                      I'll only eat fried chicken cold.

                                      I prefer roast turkey cold to hot, but will eat it hot.

                                      I don't like pickled tongue heated, I want it cold or room temp.

                                      Hot corned beef makes the bread soggy, so if I'm having a sandwich I prefer it cold, it hot with cabbage and a fork and knife, i'm fine.

                                      I don't like pies or pudding hot.

                                      1. viperlush Jan 14, 2011 01:51 PM

                                        Fried chicken. I like it cold the net day with a hunk of cheddar and a sliced apple.

                                        When I still ate it, I also liked my beef rare and preferred it cold.

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                                          Shann Jan 14, 2011 10:58 AM

                                          Eggplant parm. When its hot it tends to just kind of melt away. When it's room temperature or cooler, it has some texture. But the cheese isn't as good.

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                                            yfunk3 Jan 14, 2011 09:38 AM

                                            Fruit pies. Or anything with fruit. I just do not like hot fruit.

                                            Cold cuts. Sure, sometimes a toasted sandwich is great with cheese or as a dinner some lazy nights, but I prefer most of them at least room temperature.

                                            Can't really think of much else off the top of my head...Am generally a fan of eating cooked foods warm.

                                            1. buttertart Jan 14, 2011 09:17 AM

                                              Roast pork. With lots of salt. Best sandwich meat of all.

                                              1. mamachef Jan 14, 2011 09:17 AM

                                                Cold, rare steak will do it better for me than any sizzling chunk of protien I've ever eaten. Even better thin-sliced and served on salad. I also really like cold, baked potatoes with butter and salt.

                                                1. ipsedixit Jan 14, 2011 09:04 AM

                                                  Apple Pie


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                                                    jhopp217 Jan 14, 2011 10:44 AM

                                                    I actually prefer all pies cold...but apple pie was a good call. The cold apple chunks are just heaven.

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                                                      ipsedixit Jan 14, 2011 01:45 PM

                                                      Now that I think about it, I like just about all cream and meringue based pies better cold.

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                                                      maxevan Jan 23, 2011 05:18 AM

                                                      2nd on the lasagna. I love it!

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                                                      Whinerdiner Jan 14, 2011 08:51 AM

                                                      I love cold steak, just ripping it apart with your fingers.
                                                      I love it when you take leftovers home from a restaurant and have them cold, right out of the container, for breakfast the next day.

                                                      1. mucho gordo Jan 14, 2011 08:42 AM

                                                        I can't take food so hot that my mouth blisters and too cold doesn't work either. I'm happy with room temperature.

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                                                          givemecarbs Jan 23, 2011 01:59 AM

                                                          My mom liked room temp too. For food and drink. As for me I like my fried chicken room temp and also I think piping hot pizza is practically tasteless compared to when it cools down some. Meat loaf seems to have a stronger flavor cold in a sandwich but I still prefer it hot. Way back when taco bell had tostadas and actually put grated cheese on them (long time ago!) I liked the tostadas room temp better than warm.

                                                        2. kosherfoodies Jan 14, 2011 08:38 AM

                                                          my husband loves cold chicken! he will eat it hot too, but prefers refrigerated leftovers.

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                                                            jhopp217 Jan 14, 2011 10:42 AM

                                                            I love cold chicken with russian dressing

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                                                              gator28 Jan 14, 2011 01:53 PM

                                                              I love cold fried chicken.

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