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Do you get obsessed with certain foods?

Does anyone else go through food "phases" where they eat the same thing every day, look for/make different version of it, and eat practically nothing else for weeks or months? For example this fall I think I ate a sweet potato almost every single day for breakfast. I even traipsed around Vancouver looking for harder to find varieties like the purple yams. Then after about 3 months that subsided, although I still eat them a few times a week. Or for the past month I've eaten tinned salmon for pretty much every weekday dinner. I normally don't eat butter on my toast but for a month I've been having buttered toast every morning, I just suddenly HAD to have it, until one morning I woke up and didn't feel like eating butter again. Stuff like that. It's almost like fixating on certain foods for no apparent reason.
Anyone else get like this? People are surprised when they find out what a ritualistic/habitual eater I am because they know i love to cook. But I also love routine, which I'm guessing is a big part of it.
(I feel like this makes me sound like a total nutjob; but I swear I'm not! Only slightly neurotic, for the most part.)

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  1. Not quite on a daily level, but I hadn't eaten chinese food for over twenty years (long dumb boring story) when I switched depts at work and they would send out for Chinese on payday so I started going along with it; Now I'm going to dim sum nearly every weekend and will take a long lunch multiple times a week just to eat something Asian, and it's usually Chinese. I've gone from revulsion to obsession. Go figure.

    In my defense, I'm a captive audience most of the time to a hospital cafeteria that used to be good and has really gotten bad in its attempt to healthy up. Meanwhile at the grill you can get plain Or seasoned fries OR tater tots- so healthy. Thank God they amped up their salad bar to a decent level, it was horrible before, now it's got some good stuff- at $.35 per ounce, so one has to be careful, but ho wah

    1. I am *exactly* like this. Either it extends into cooking, or cooking is an extension of this "phasey" eating. I like to make something enough times that I feel I know what I'm doing. Small variations from day to day can unhinge me for a couple of hours.

      In the summer of 2009, I started to make 1-2-3-4 cake if not every day, then three times a week. I wouldn't even frost it. It was all about learning to make the cake. I tried it with whole eggs, I tried it with separated eggs. Twice I forgot to put the eggs in at all (for some reason, this only happened when I made a single layer--maybe I only made single layers when I was already in a hurry.)

      Until a couple of weeks ago, I was perfecting the grilled cheese sandwich. I hit it wrong as many times as right, even when I made a mark on one of the burner knobs. Sometimes I'd burn it, sometimes it would take forever to come up to speed. It made me wonder if there weren't something wrong with my stovetop.

      I thought I was going to spend a lot of time braising this winter, but I've mostly only made stracotto and beans. I braised a couple of whole chickens, only to find out that once I'm done with the white meat, chicken grosses me out. I've always had an issue with touching cold, greasy meat, but I've also always loved making stock (very simple, a la Barbara Kafka in SOUP), from which I would then making soup. I've hardly ever owned pre-made soup in my life.

      I suspect this sudden aversion to chicken isn't really what you're talking about. Unless, of course, it's just another facet -- the flip side, if you will -- of food obsession. But I've never had shifting food *hatreds*. The things I don't eat, I never ate.

      I'm in kind of a holding pattern now. Grilled cheese has come and gone. I've been eating St. Andre, bread, and sometimes Bonne Maman raspberry or cherry preserves. But this isn't typical.

      I went through a big fish phase in the summer and fall of 2010, which seems to have abated. Or is it coming back? I've been going to "All The Sushi You Can Eat for $21.99" at the Penn Avenue Fish Company (Pittsburgh, Strip District) every Wednesday for a couple of weeks now. I think it's the best place in town to buy fish, and their sushi is very, very good. I"d say sushi might be my current food obsession, but I don't think I could ever eat sushi every day.

      I bought some salmon last time I was there, which I made with a sweet and sour marinade this week. I cooked up some onions in EVOO, then reduced a lot of red wine vinegar in it. Then I mixed in some dried, sweetened (cane sugar) cranberries. I roasted the salmon, then let it marinate in this mixture in the fridge for the day. Delicious if you like cold salmon. I have a lot of leftover cranberries, so I thought about trying this with a different fish, sole, maybe snapper.

      It sounds as if I'm in a fish phase, doesn't it? I guess it's better than eating cake every day.

      1. I eat edamame every day when the urge hits me. I love to keep fresh pineapple in the house too.

        1. Broccoli. Can't get enough of the stuff, been like this for close to a decade now. Daily, sometimes 2x a day.

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              That's not an obsession.

              It's a genetic need. Sort of like oxygen.

            2. re: ipsedixit

              Do you think it makes you healthier? I *wish* I liked broccoli and kale enough to eat them. (Please, no "you haven't tried it my way" responses. I have tried both of them many ways.)

              1. re: Jay F

                I just like how they taste.

                I steam them lightly, and as goodhealthgourmet hinted at above, I eat them with mustard, usu. the spicy deli brown kind.

                And, no, I don't expect people to generally like broccoli the way I do.

                I also obsess over cabbage, Chinese broccoli (gai lan), and Chinese green cabbage. Go figure.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I've also been on a cabbage kick - it's been almost a month now. I'll usually finish a *giant* head in about 2 days...or less. I blanch it in salted water, then dip into a sauce comprised of various combinations of oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, mirin, sriracha, chili garlic hot sauce. It is an indulgence i look forward to going home to in the evenings...lol

                  1. re: pinkprimp

                    That sounds yummy, I love cabbage in Asian dishes, celery too. Can you elaborate on your sauces mixture?

                    1. re: JEN10

                      i really do just taste-and-mix those various sauces as i go...i change the ratios depending on the particular flavour i crave. i'm thinking of adding a melted nut butter to my sauce tonight...mmmmm...

                      1. re: pinkprimp

                        Funny, but I like to steam my cabbage and drizzle with a bit of "dressing" made from rice wine vinegar, diced garlic, and sugar.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          If I can get out tomorrow I will be picking me up some cabbage. Thank you for the good and delicious ideas.

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  I have a similar obsession with rapini. I could eat it for breakfast - actually, I do! I prep it by simply sauteing it up with evoo (maybe some chx stock and garlic) and keep it in my fridge for whenever. I've nuked to for breakfast and eat it with grated cheese.

                  1. re: monavano

                    Me too!

                    Rapini is what I meant up above when I said "Chinese green cabbage"

                    1. re: monavano

                      I am 50+ years old and JUST discovered rapini this year!! All that rapini I missed out on... can't get enough of the stuff. Tossed it in EVOO and garlic and roasted it...YUM! Also garlic scapes, too bad they're only here for a short time.

                  2. Wonton noodle soup. It's definitely an obsession and if I can order it I always will. I have made my own a few times from scratch a few times, but it's just not the same.

                    1. i'm the same way, i go through craving phases where i have to have a specific food or flavor all the time. i'm back on a curry kick - curry powder/paste or garam masala in something at least once a day.

                      1. For the last month and a half, I have been on a wheatberry kick. Cold salads with lots of veggies, funky cheeses, and olive oil/citrus dressing..."Risotto"...add it to my oatmeal..put in yogurt, along with fresh fruit. Also, my son cannot get enough wilted spinach; I have been eating it cooked or raw...doesn't
                        matter, but a lot lately. Lastly, I am going through about a pound of honey every week and a half...mmmm.

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                        1. re: VeggieHead

                          Mine is spinach also. I've always chalked it up to my body telling me I'm extra low on iron.

                          1. re: invinotheresverde

                            Interestingly, I do love spinach, but I really crave several varieties of seaweed like wakame, nori and kombu. I wonder if it is because I need whatever they offer. But I am certain I crave it because I just love the flavor.

                            1. re: Tripeler

                              I actually dislike spinach for the most part, but eat it when I "need" to. If I cover it up with lots of olive oil and garlic, it becomes less offensive, although less like spinach, too. ;)

                              1. re: Tripeler

                                @Tripeler, seaweed is the richest natural source of iodine there is. if you don't use iodized salt or eat a lot of yogurt, egg yolks or crustaceans, that may be what your body is asking for.

                            2. yes. i have short runs, like i make lasagna once...liked it so much, i make it again the next week. after a 2nd or 3rd go at it, i usually get tired...not because i dont like it anymore, but because things like this take time to make.

                              but, i have long spells....and it's usually snack like items...or items that i can purchase and not have to make, i went on a honey bunches of oats binge for a few months. i got sick (and fat) from it, so i moved on. then i went on a weird challah run....tried every darn challah in town. got sick (and fat) from that too. then i went on a sourdough bread run....got tired of that.

                              right now, it's cheese. not good for the figure. luckily i hit a cheese i dont like (blue)...the taste doesnt do it for me and it looks like that's getting me off that wagon.

                              1. I'm like that w breakfast only. For years I'll have exactly the same thing and then for no apparant reason will switch to something else and stick w that for a few years. Today, its cottage cheese and fresh fruit salad w nuts. Wouldn't THINK of eating anything else right now. :)

                                1. Yes definitely! I've had so many phases over the years

                                  When I was a teenager, For a year..I literally ate sultana bran and wheeties every day for almost every meal. Thankfully, my phases arnt as intense as they used to be! I had a strawberry phase, strawberries sprinkled with sugar for breakfast. Then an oatmeal phase, vegemite on toast everynight before bed phase, putting jam or cocopowder in yogurt and then freezing it to make ice cream.

                                  I could go on..I've eaten yogurt everyday, twice a day for atleast the past 3 years. I love it

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                                  1. re: dinnerwithfox

                                    I'm on a chilli kick at the moment. New breakfast is an omelete with chilli, mushrooms and parsley. Which I have with mixed lettuce (the good kind of mixed lettuces) or spinach..mmm.

                                    and summer brings my favourite fruits. So fruit salad! Peachs, nectarines, grapes, watermelon, rockmelon and apples (if the apples are good). Sometimes frozen blueberries, but I'd rather buy fresh. This reminds me of how sad I am about the decline of fruit quality, I havent been able to find a GOOD fuji apple in years or the big juicey peachs my mum used to buy when I was a kid.

                                    I just remembered my smoothie phase! that was an epic few months. A couple of years ago, before the blender broke, I made these huge mixed fruit smoothies. Thick like icecream, I'd have to eat them with a spoon!

                                    1. re: dinnerwithfox

                                      another one of mine...i was having smoothies every single day for about 6 months. at least one smoothie every day. fresh fruit/frozen fruit/yogurt/OJ. every day. i also broke the blender and sort of stopped...now i just do fruit and yogurt.

                                  2. It's been cold and icy and snowy where I live right now, and I've been experimenting a lot with baked brie. Thank goodness I have people I can share it with. The favorite so far is a mushroom brie baked in puff pastry with sauteed mushrooms and a little garlic and onion. I don't make it every day, but I often have a little bit of leftover baked brie cold for breakfast. I'm good to go for a few hours after that, keeps away hunger and chills.
                                    Several years ago I got addicted to caraway seeds. A supermarket bakery used to sell seeded rye with a ton of seeds on it. So many that there would be a couple of teaspoons of caraway seeds left in the empty bag. I ate the bread a few times a week. First I bought one loaf, then I was buying two per trip. Loved it. Then once when I was eating the leftover seeds I realized that it was really just the caraway seeds I craved. I liked the smell, and the crunchy sound they made when I ate them.
                                    I started off buying little jars of caraway seeds, one or two a trip to the grocery store, but that got expensive so I bought bags of seeds from bakeries that would sell to me, and a local bulk spice shop. I was in the spice shop so often that the owner joked that at Christmas my favorite gift from Santa would be a stocking filled with caraway seeds. I had to agree as my eyes lit up at the thought of it.
                                    In the final stages of my addiction I was driving an hour to a mill that would sell me a ten pound box of caraway seeds. I would put them into all the little bottles I had saved from the beginning stage, and always carry a jar in my purse. I had to put stickers on the jars or pick very used looking ones because I was afraid one of the supermarket cashiers would see the jar in my purse and think I stole it.
                                    I tried looking up caraway seeds and even asking herb vendors about them to try to find out if there was any significance at all to my cravings. I've gotten the caraway seed monkey off my back and been free for several years but it was kind of fun following a passion that way. I'm still wondering if my body was trying to tell me something. I did used to love salt sticks as a child, maybe the taste just brought back feelings of happiness.

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                                    1. That is funny - I am absolutely like that. :) A couple weeks ago I was hooked on chili colorado. In the past it's been nachos, banh mi, dungeness crab (expensive addiction!), reuben sandwiches, carnitas tacos and when I was recovering from rotator cuff surgery all I wanted to eat was thinly sliced manchego cheese on crostini. Sometimes it extends to beverages as well. I just passed a phase where I craved this Korean aloe drink and was drinking it every day.

                                      1. yes! i thought my mother and i were the only ones that did this...for my entire childhood the only ice cream i would have is chocolate with gummy bears! i have moved on from that one though...

                                        right now i'm in a kick of greek yogurt with fiber one cereal mixed in for breakfast, along with an english muffin with cream cheese, peanut butter, and blackberry jam, and an apple. lunch is a turkey sandwich and a salad, and some grapes in the afternoon.

                                        i'll alternate my dinners and other snacks, but i am SUCH a creature of habit that it's almost embarrassing. it does help with grocery bills though, since i do buy the same foods each week.

                                        1. I very well may have to turn in my CH card by admitting this, but there was a time when I think I ate Campbell's tomato soup daily.
                                          Now, my obsession is eating homemade chicken soup(s)- wonton/egg drop/tom yum and a farina dumpling chicken. I put on a pot and eat it all day!

                                          1. Oh, yes. It starts one of two ways. The first is with a thought, a dish pops into my head, and I think, 'that would be really good tonight'. And it stays there, in the forefront of my mind, even after I've eaten it, so I make it again, and again. The second is when I make something randomly, and it just satisfies me so completely that I can't stop wanting *more*.

                                            I am currently having a large spinach salad every night for dinner (this is week two of this), with boiled eggs, sunflower seeds, and sun-dried tomatoes. The boyfriend has a small salad along with whatever dinner I've made for him, but I don't think I've had more than a taste of anything I've made in more than a week. But last night, I wasn't as into the salad as much as usual, so I think a new craving this way comes.

                                            In the recent past: hard boiled eggs dipped in soy sauce, spicy peanut noodles, canned sardines on crackers with mustard, fish sandwiches (with cheese, tartar, and hot sauce), chocolate pudding, and coffee ice cream. Chips and salsa are another one, one that always comes back, as are a craving for avocados (I cut them in half and eat them with a spoon), and refried black beans over rice and topped with a fried egg (I still make these once a week). And last summer I went through a red beans and rice phase that made me a bit . . . let's say, curvier.

                                            Lately, I've been thinking about cream pies. Coconut, specifically.

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                                            1. re: onceadaylily

                                              >>>>I am currently having a large spinach salad every night for dinner (this is week two of this)<<<<

                                              Be very careful. I started eating spinach like that after hearing it mentioned as a "superfood," a concept I'd not previously heard of. I woke up one morning and could not put any weight on my right foot, it hurt so much. I went to the ER. I had gout in my right big toe. Spinach apparently creates uric acid. One of the most painful things I've ever endured.

                                              1. re: Jay F

                                                Thanks for the warning, Jay. I hadn't thought of spinach as something that could wind up in the too-much-of-a-good-thing category. I think of gout, and I immediately picture Henry VIII with gravy dripping down his chin, not eating a salad.

                                                  1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                    Geez. No wonder Popeye walked so oddly, gout and kidney stones.

                                                  2. re: Jay F

                                                    excess oxalate and uric acid formation from foods like spinach usually only occurs in people with a genetic predisposition. anyone else with a well-balanced diet and sufficient hydration isn't likely to develop kidney stones or gout from eating a lot of spinach.

                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                      My father had gout once. He was in the hospital for several days. I went to the ER, they sent me home, and I was better in a day or two.

                                                1. I am currently completely an utterly obsessed with those little red Thai chilis. I eat them on almost everything; I've discovered that holding a pepper over my plate and cutting it really thinly with a pair of kitchen shears is the easiest way to spread the love. They go with everything. Steamed rice? check!! Broccoli? check!! Salad? check!! Spaghettit Bolognese? yep!!

                                                  At least it's a healty obsession :)

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                                                  1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                    Canada Girl,are those Thai chilis very very hot? I once had some tiny chili in a Chinese dish I once had in a restaurant, and I thought a flame had suddenly flared in my mouth. I like spice and some heat, but I've been afraid of little chilis ever since.

                                                    1. re: noodlepoodle

                                                      Sorry to take so long to answer!! They are SUPER hot. But they still have a great flavour that makes soany foods taste fabulous.

                                                  2. In addition to very dark chocolate which is a fact of life, not an obsession, since I have always wanted it for like the last 50 years?
                                                    lately I have been obsessed with wheat berries, barley and bulgur. and raw kale salad with olives, reggiano and sherry vinaigrette, and also with blood oranges, but they have disappeared from the market. some fruit will replace them in my world.
                                                    I am very happy with these obsessions because until recently I had been obsessed with sugar or chips.

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                                                    1. re: magiesmom

                                                      As stated previously, I too, have been on a wheat berry kick for the last two months or so. They have gone into everything from yogurt to risotto.

                                                    2. Fresh roasted NM green chiles and dried red ones. I eat them every day in one form or another.

                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/706320

                                                      1. I was late to discover Greek yogurt, mostly avoided it because of the price.....BUT, I tried it, was instantly hooked, and now that I can easily make my own for a much more digestible cost....I use it every day, in every way i can. It gets mixed with honey and nuts as a dip for our toast (my kids love this one!) and I sub it for sour cream in some recipes, marinate chicken breasts in it, add it to my bread recipes, the list goes on and on.

                                                        1. I'm like this too. I love grilled cheese normally but there was a month where I HAD to have one every single day.

                                                          For the past three weeks I have been eating cottage cheese non-stop. And a few years ago I didn't even like cottage cheese!

                                                          1. My problem is that I cross over from obsessed to full-on overdose, and then I have killed that food for myself for a while. For years I had cottage cheese with some kind of fruit for breakfast every morning...one day, I couldn't look at cottage cheese, and I haven't had it since!

                                                            1. Beer! Fifty years and counting!

                                                              1. on a chick pea kick

                                                                fried chickpeas in olive oil cumin, chili powder and garlic salt......on top of greek yogurt..
                                                                best
                                                                snack
                                                                ever!

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                                                                1. re: missmar79

                                                                  Oh that's another one of mine, except it was roasted chick peas. Mmmm...

                                                                  1. re: Fromageball

                                                                    Roasted chickpeas . . . I discovered them last summer. I liked them crunchy, but discovered that slightly undercooked, so that they had a dry sort of chewiness in the middle, was much more gratifying to me.

                                                                    1. re: Fromageball

                                                                      yum roasted

                                                                      but it probably takes more time, right?

                                                                  2. Wow, what memories this brings up!

                                                                    When I was little I liked peanut butter and jam (not jelly) sandwiches. Then I didn’t, until I turned 17 or so and couldn’t stop eating them. That was my first real obsession with food. I would make peanut butter and jam sandwiches for lunch and dinner and a bedtime snack – I couldn’t get enough. When I was pregnant with my daughter I couldn’t get enough lobster (does a pregnancy craving count), and we live way far away from the ocean (hubby probably just about died over the expense of that one)!

                                                                    I went through a phase with food where sometimes when I was cooking something I would get a whiff of it and all of a sudden I couldn’t eat whatever it was, thank goodness that straightened itself out!

                                                                    The last year or so I have been obsessed with Mexican food. I eat it in restaurants every chance I get, I make it at home at least three times a week. I buy cookbooks, magazines, download stuff off the internet, always searching for that next great dish or a way to use up whatever I have leftover from the last meal.

                                                                    My daughter, grand-daughter, sister and I have been going out to Dim Sum almost every weekend. We could go anywhere, but always seem to be craving Har Gow, Shui Mai, Sticky Rice, etc. Ok now I know what I want for dinner, and I can’t have it, ahhh!!! Mexican again I guess, lol.

                                                                    1. Hello... I recently experienced hawaiian-style 'shave ice' for the first time. At first, I went with all the bells-and-whistles condiments, only to discover that what I really crave daily now is the plain shaved-ice (basically, it's a huge mound of man-made fine-grained snow in a cup) with a bit of syrup drizzled on top (lemon or lime, my favorite). I fantasize daily about whether or not I can stop by the only shave ice kiosk I am aware of in the San Fernando Valley (the Valley, in Los Angeles), and willingly pay $3.50 for a large cup of what amounts to chewy frozen water. I like biting into the snow/shave ice and 'compacting' it in my mouth with my tongue until the interior heat of my pie hole turns it into a chewy slush. If i could negotiate it in terms of safe driving/dexterity, I'd purchase two of them at a time, one to eat in the car and one to save and re-freeze at home, but in truth I need a third hand. When I can't get the real thing, I go to 7-11 and buy a $1.00 slurpee and freeze it into a sort-of semi-homemade granita, as my reward for not spending $3.50 on a real shave ice. And in times of dire and unrepentant need, I will substitute chopped-up popsicles for the same purpose... Now, after a bit of online investigating, I have come to determine that I am basically a sophisticated ice chewer with a condition known as pica, often the result of being anemic and craving iron and minerals. Some folks with pica chew clay or dirt (good lord !!) and some chew ice and snow. That's me, the shave ice chewer. Fortunately, socially acceptible, if not a bit eccentric...

                                                                      1. For several years I've made popcorn and usually have that at least two bowls every single day. Lived off it in college, still love it. Even on weekends. In the past year I've gone through a grilled cheese phase where I had that almost every day, and a cold peanut noodle phase where I had that every day for lunch for several months. Another phase that lasted for about 2 months was having a salad every day with mixed veggies, orzo pasta, feta, sunflower seeds, and mediterranean vinagrette(whole foods' brand). I've also gone through soup phases where I make giant pots of veggie/minestrone soups and eat them for days, then make another pot(my roommate at the time's bf commented on how much I must love soup :)). I've been having oatmeal with cinnamon/sugar every day for the past several months; before that it was PB toast with a bit of raw sugar sprinkled on. Right now if I am just at home for dinner on my own it's usually some form of red lentils.

                                                                        I also usually have a couple of songs that I like at the moment that i play over and over and over. One time I had to drive for 5 hours and listened to 2 songs the whole time.

                                                                        At the same time I will try almost anything and I like most music.

                                                                        I am neurotic and I am ok with that.

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                                                                        1. re: Fromageball

                                                                          minus the cold peanut noodle phase, i've experienced obsession cycles with those foods too! (also went through an oatmeal, raisin, cinnamon, honey and KRAFT SINGLES melted in phase...)

                                                                        2. Re: the butter thing...I'm actually like that with eggs, only a bit crazier. I go through phases where eggs totally gross me out(by themselves...I can eat them in things). There have been times when I made myself a nice plate of eggs for breakfast and had to give it away or to the dog because all of a sudden I was grossed out by them. The phase usually lasts for a few months and then all of a sudden there I am, craving eggs again.

                                                                          1. This is terribly reassuring! People just don't understand how I'm on my 5th chili recipe this season, with about 100 more to try. I've been eating chili for either lunch or dinner every day all winter.

                                                                            One I've had in the past was Reuben sandwiches, for three weeks straight, every night. Or taco salads.

                                                                            Sometimes I have to have peanut butter on toast every single evening.

                                                                            What on earth does this say about us?

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                                                                            1. re: Parrotgal

                                                                              "What on earth does this say about us?"

                                                                              That we are very fortunate. There aren't very many places in the world where one can pick their type of crazy and run with it.

                                                                              I make chili every other week, even in the summer. ;)

                                                                              1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                There aren't very many places in the world where one can pick their type of crazy and run with it.
                                                                                ~~~~~~~~~~
                                                                                LOL! very true. though sometimes the crazy picks us :)

                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                  It sure is good to know that there are so many run with crazy! For lunch, I just finished off my third batch of hummus for the week...pitas, broccoli, and carrots. Good thing I have a stock pile of chickpeas in the cupboard at home.

                                                                                  1. re: VeggieHead

                                                                                    Hummus! I had an obsessive stage with hummus. I'd put it on sandwiches, in salads, mix it with tomato sauce (tasted pretty good acutally haha), on toast, eat it with a spoon. I went totally mad on it, now I cant even look at it!

                                                                                  2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                    Oh, agreed. The Greeks should have allotted been a muse for cooks. Astronomy could easily have been bumped.

                                                                              2. Absolutely. My NEW obsession is Fennel. I cannot stand anise, nor can I tolerate licorice. However, while in Wegman's a couple of weeks ago, I tasted some roasted fennel and fell in love wiith it. I've been roasting fennel for two weeks straight now -- it is my new favorite veg.
                                                                                My other obsession is macaron. Making them. I cannot stop. My family loves my macaron. I love my macaron. My French fiance loves my macaron better than many a macaron baker here in the States. I love the pistachio cream filling I devised for my pistachio macaron!
                                                                                During Christmastime, I become obsessed with Martha Stewart Eggnog. Only during Christmas--never any other time of the year. I also eat oatmeal every WEEK day for breakfast. I eat yoghurt on the weekends. This has been going on for years.

                                                                                1. Oh man, I thought I was the only one.
                                                                                  Lately, I've been in this phase where all I want to eat is a salad with french style dressing.
                                                                                  A year or two ago I was on a baked potato kick, I would eat sometimes 3-4 a day, it got to the point where I couldn't even look at them.
                                                                                  I remember this one time where I could eat a whole Sara Lee frozen cheesecake in one sitting and would do so for about a month or two. I recently bought one and I couldn't even eat two slices.
                                                                                  Went through another phase that all I wanted was an orange soda float, can't even look at them anymore now.
                                                                                  I hate these phases I go through, because it always gets to the point that the food ends up grossing me out. Now I won't even eat Ghiradelli Chocolate w/ Caramel! :(

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                                                                                  1. re: yupatr

                                                                                    I remember my phase of dark chocolate, 90%, 85%, 70%, truffles, filled dark chocolate and etc. I cant even look at it now, I ate it far to frequently and now the thought of it makes me feel sick. Totally ruined dark chocolate for myself :(

                                                                                  2. I remember one month when I had a small baked potato, small steak, and peas every day. Right now I am eating spinach salad every day. It has chopped hard boiled egg, sliced mushrooms, bacon, and is dressed with my homemade dressing that is heavy on the curry and soy sauce.

                                                                                    1. I eat the same thing for breakfast everyday for months at a time, usually changing things up at the turn of seasons. Right now it's toasted whole grain bread with peanut butter and sliced banana, mostly because I wanted something warm during the cold months. When the weather warms up in a few months, I'll probably switch to cold cereal with soy milk and fruit.

                                                                                      I'm single w/o roommates, so I'm cooking for one most of the time. I usually cook a couple of full size dishes on Sunday afternoon and portion out for lunch and dinner through the week, so I eat the same thing every day, M-F. I have what I call "craving arcs" where I want a certain flavor profile over and over again for several weeks. Usually this means a few weeks of dinners from the same culture/cuisine, then I move on.

                                                                                      I also have a few flavors that I love, and more or less crave all the time - orange, lemon, and cinnamon are the biggest ones.

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                                                                                      1. re: mpjmph

                                                                                        I quit drinking alcohol, no longer a boozer, now I am a gummy bear addict. I found these really tasty ones at the Sunflower Farmers Market here in Boulder. Everyone I share them with just loves thier flavors. They went on sale and I purchased about 10lbs, I was eating so many I was getting a stomach ache. Now I try and limit my consumption.

                                                                                      2. Yes, but usually mine aren't prepared dishes, they're produce. Like I ate probably five apples in my entire adult life up until last fall, when I suddenly had to have one every day for several months. Right now it's citrus. I've had either an orange or a grapefruit with my lunch almost everyday since I came home from vacation the first week in January. Fortunately it's citrus season right now. For a while I was also eating an entire small head's worth of kale chips with smoked black salt 4-5 days a week, but lately the ones at the cheap veggie market have been mangy and I can't afford to keep going at that clip for $2.99 at the regular grocery store.

                                                                                        1. I registered just to reply. I thought i was alone in my weirdness, it's nice to find kindred spirits.

                                                                                          Throught the years I've had many "phases", most lasting around half a year, some much longer. I guess i have two kinds of obsessions.

                                                                                          1 To keep trying different recopies for a single dish until it is PERFECT, For example, I make an absolutely devine dish that doesn't have a name yet. It's quite simple but depends on perfect components. I cook some wholewheat spagetti, fry it up with some belgian raw sausage ( with garlic and some spices ) and then add eggs ( I found out the eggs from my neighbor are the best, his chickens walk around in the forest ) and black pepper and some msg. Getting just the right kind of spagetti and the perfect sausage to add to it took me a few years and literally hundreds of experiments. This dish is basically all i ever cook, if i only cook for myself. If i cook for family and friends I make all kinds of dishes :-)

                                                                                          I have also found the ultimate yoghurt/fruit combo, so far : turkish yoghurt with strawberry jam and "janami" apples, chopped into little bits. Heaven, I tell you. I have literally tried every kind of yoghurt with every type of apple and every kind of jam i could get my hands on and this is it.

                                                                                          2 One kind of food i eat multiple times daily for a few months at a time. The last 5 months I have eaten mozzarella. A LOT of mozzarella. I am eating some right now, in fact. I simply cannot get enough of it. It's such a strong urge i'm suspecting there might be some kind of biochemical imbalance in my brain causing these cravings.

                                                                                          Other examples of things I have eaten almost exclusively for months at a time : walnuts, grapefruits, cornflakes with coco powder, buttered toast ( oh yes me, too ) smoked salmon ( expensive habit, that one ) canned tuna, hazelnuts, golden berries, brie cheese.

                                                                                          That last one is not recommended to eat in large quantities. The farts where incredible, amazing, epic...apocalyptic. They even caused ME to run away in disgust !

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                                                                                          1. re: Joerii

                                                                                            Oh my god. I forgot mango's. I will die a happy man if i could only eat mango's for the rest of my life, only mango's. Fresh, sweet, juicy mango's. hmmmmmmmm

                                                                                            1. re: Joerii

                                                                                              Joe, welcome to Chowhound!
                                                                                              I'm a New Mexican chile addict. I'm about to eat a corned beef and green chile sandwich, green chile quesadillas for supper, last night a green chile cheeseburger. I go through 90 lbs, just 2 of us, of green chile each year. A major reason why I moved back to NM from Maine.
                                                                                              Dried red chile is up there too.

                                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                Dried red chile ? You mean those little ones ? Wow, those are to much for me. I like spicy but actual pain is not my cup of tea.

                                                                                                The green ones though, yes, very nice. Have you tried BBQing them yet ?

                                                                                            2. I go through a phase every now and again. Stop in my place for a meal right about now, and you will probably get crisped prosciutto on something. I'm not sure what, exactly, but I'll find a way to work it in :)

                                                                                              1. Am in the midst of a Frito Pie fixation, never ate one in my life before.

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                                                                                                1. re: ryback

                                                                                                  I had my first Frito Pie in 1971; it cost a quarter. They are commonly sold at high school sporting events in New Mexico.

                                                                                                2. I am actually obsessed with finding Tajin Chili Salt in New York.. I had it on a Paleta (Cucumber lime ice pop) on the Highline and I want to eat it with cantaloupe, mango etc. Does anyone know where I can purchase it, preferably in Manhattan....

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                                                                                                  1. re: gestalt768

                                                                                                    Tajin! I found it last Saturday in a Mexican grocery on 10 th ave. Between 47th and 49th on the west side of the street, is a tiny store. They have wonderful tacos in the back- huitlacoche and nopales. I had been searching for months for Tajin. Good luck and stock up. I did!

                                                                                                  2. Yes,seasonal,border line binging is big with me.Fresh baked bread,garden tomatoes - baby pickled fruits and vegetables - first 7-10 days of root crops,purple potatoes,gold beets,carrots
                                                                                                    Tempura battered vegetables,3 or 4 times a week for 6 weeks
                                                                                                    not much of a sweet tooth,but sometimes only a certain candy bar will do for a month

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                                                                                                    1. re: lcool

                                                                                                      Wow. 3 or 4 times a week for 6 weeks is a lot of pickled veg and fruit :)

                                                                                                      OH NO !! I am out of mozzarella. What to do ?The shops are closed and i really need some.

                                                                                                      1. re: Joerii

                                                                                                        That level of pickles is the spouse,I'm the tempura