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Feb 1, 2011 07:06 AM

I'm neurotic about ... (true confessions)

Last night while I was prepping our salad greens for the week, I had to shake my head at how difficult I make things. I had one of those pre-packages of spinach where the contents are supposed to be already washed and sorted. On TV, I see people just grab handfuls of that kind of product and put it on the plate.

HORRORS. Me, I have to go through the package, tear off stems, toss aged or wilty pieces that don't meet my standards, etc. This particular package of spinach was pretty good, but I've had 'salad packs' in which a large percentage of the goods didn't meet my maniacally high standards.

(because of this, I usually buy non-packaged lettuce; if I have to pick over the whole thing anyway, it's really MORE work to sort through the packaged stuff. My store happens to have worse non-packaged spinach and fairly high quality packaged stuff, so there's less of a differential on the spinach.)

Because I'm weird, at least I guarantee that if you have a salad at my house, you won't be getting any rotten or discolored pieces!! Or any pieces not touched by me. :)

And yes, at restaurants I often have a lot of rejects left on my plate after eating a salad. I'm not a jerk about it, I know it's my own problem ... but I'm just darned picky with salads.

What are y'all weird about?

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  1. I'm the same way. I try to order romaine based salads at restaurants rather than mesculun beacuse I find there's always too many wilty or brown pieces. At home, I buy 3-packs of romaine hearts and loose baby spinach and arugula.

    1. I'm with you on the salad thing. Similar issue with trimming chicken and removing silver skin.

      But I have too many other cooking related neurosis to mention. Don't get me started on my hand washing!

      1. I'm neurotic when it comes to how my sandwich is put together. Sometimes I direct people when I get a sandwich. I need the fixings to be in a certain order. It's very rude of me. I should stick to making sandwiches myself.

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        1. re: Eat.Choui

          from Roaseanne season 3, Dan's dream lover orders a BLT sandwich from Roseanne at 7:20

          "Wait, put the mayo on the side. In fact, put everything on the side. I'll put it together myself because you won't get it right."

        2. I have found my people.

          I completely understand. Salad and undesirable wilt-y and/or brown pieces became such an issue for me, I rarely touch a restaurant salad.

          (one particularly ugly salad caused me to pile all the offending greens on another plate and ask the manager if he woud willingly eat that pile? Answer? No. I can't ever go to that restaurant again, I embarassed myself too much.)

          My home salads are beautiful :)

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          1. re: cleobeach

            Y'know, what IS it with restaurant salads? They wouldn't serve moldy bread or stale carbonated drinks, but they'll put discolored, pathetic salads in front of you with impunity!!

            Welcome home. :D

          2. Hi all,

            Not neurotic at all. Nothing wrong with wanting nice food.

            I'm with you, especially with the salad.

            Hate it when the stem end of the tomato hasn't been removed. Seems to me most all of the TV chefs do that. Especially Rachael Ray...