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May 26, 2011 11:02 AM

Food-related sayings

While growing up, my mother had two sayings that will stick with me forever (and that I still use):

1. Whenever she had something to eat that was rather insubstantial, she would always say, "That wasn't enough to fill a tooth with." Classic!

2. If someone was just standing around doing nothing or had a certain shifty look about them, she would say, "What are you doing? Posing for animal crackers?" This one just floors me. I love it.

What about you? Did/does your family have any favorite sayings that have to do with food or are somewhat food related?

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  1. my mother usually hit me with "you better finish your plate...there are children starving in china that would kill for that....

    and my dad usually used he/they/it has more of (insert whatever) than carter has liver pills....

    1. Though I was fairly slender growing up, my father now and then would give me a little slap on the rear, and say, "Must be jelly, 'cause jam don't shake like that!"

      1. I use food analogies all the time...

        As a maker of jewelry, I have never had a man give me a piece of jewelry. Two offered to buy me a stone so I could make my own ring.

        "Would you buy Thomas Keller a bag of groceries and tell him to make his own dinner?" I would respond... "Chef's like to eat out too..."

        They didn't understand and I still don't have bling from a guy.

        1. My German-born mother was a good cook but like most kids I had food dislikes (that I later outgrew). If I complained about something on my plate, her retort was "Fress dreck!". The literal translation is "eat dirt", but it is more insulting because while "essen" (as in delicatessen) is used for people, "fressen" is used for animals.

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          1. My dad is a real character he makes things up all the time.

            He told my brother that my mom was so sweet that she was actually made of sugar cookie dough.

            He used to blurt out ha ha ha Corn on the Cob!

            When cooking bacon before throwing the strips in the pan he was say "Take it Naked Bacon".

            He used to tease us that it was called veal-crow instead of velcro the soft fuzzy side was made out of veal and the scratchy side was made out of crow.

            My friends mom used to see "Oh cheese balls!" isn't of darn it.

            and every one knows the jokes...

            Who's the best? Chicken Breast
            Do you know why? Chicken Thigh

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            1. re: Sandwich_Sister

              dont forget
              "winner,winner,chicken dinner"

              1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                Two of my mother's swear word substitutions were "Son of a biscuit!" or "Fudge!" I find myself saying the first one on occasion. It's strangely satisfying to say.

                1. re: onceadaylily

                  Oh, HEY, oadl, you just reminded me of one. I had a friend whose mom was anti-epithet, and the most she'd say was, "Cheese and crackers got all muddy." If you say it fast, you'll get it.

                  1. re: mamachef

                    HA! That is hilarious. I'll have to share that one with my mom.

                    I'm probably going to be walking around the house and saying that all day.

                  2. re: onceadaylily

                    My mom's was "son of a sea cook" (whatever that meant). Dad was a big "fudge" person

                    1. re: gaffk

                      Perhaps "son of a sea cook" instead of you know what was a salute to Arsenic and Old Lace the film where they changed the line at the end from something along the lines of "I'm a bastard".

                      1. re: melpy

                        You know melpy, you may be right. Mom did love both the stage and screen versions.

                        Boy, you learn something new every day.

                  3. re: Sandwich_Sister

                    "GOD, What did you eat?" You know what that comment is for.

                    1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                      I don't think your friend's mom meant "darn it" when she said cheeseballs. :) Not if she put the emphasis on cheese.