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Strangest (indulged) craving so far......

mamachef Nov 10, 2011 05:01 AM

So, I have a real thing for blue cheese; cheese proper, cheese dressing, cheese in and on things. The creamy, yummy tang and just the total deliciousness of it all. Early in the week or maybe late last week, I bought a jar of Marie's "Super blue cheese dressing" (w/ 30% more cheese!!) and have been eating salads, especially beet salads and sliced cucumbers with it, everyday. So last night, elevenish or so, I get a craving for more...just a titch. Like, one little bite would do it. I ended up eating the last 1/4 cup via iced-tea spoon (only thing that would reach the bottom of the jar) PLAIN. I even gross myself out as I write this, but it was sooooo gooood and soooo satisfying, I can't even tell you. Now, I've done some strange things with and to food, but this one took the cake (or the cheese, as it were) and I just felt the need to confess my cheesy little "sin." Anyone else ever do anything like this? I think the next weirdest was taking a slug of vinegar straight from the bottle, but the dressing thing even freaked me out.

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  1. BobB RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 07:04 AM

    Ego te absolvo. Say two Hail Julias and perform an act of nutrition and your soul shall be cleansed.

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      mamachef RE: BobB Nov 10, 2011 07:14 AM

      Can my act of nutrition involve French Press Coffee and a Vietnamese bakery cruller? If so, ablutions have been performed and emends made. :) We needen't mention the cigarettes, which I believe would ablate the whole thing.

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        arashall RE: BobB Nov 10, 2011 07:19 AM

        LOL! Too funny!

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          FoodFuser RE: BobB Nov 10, 2011 11:49 AM

          BobB, henceforth we shall know thee as "FoodFatherConfesser".
          But please take good care with the swing of your scepter.

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          beevod RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 07:24 AM

          Consider going t to a confessional booth with a hot plate.

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            laliz RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 08:33 AM

            I've added crumbled blue cheese to Bob's Big Boy Blue Cheese Dressing and ate it from the bottom of the jar.

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              mamachef RE: laliz Nov 10, 2011 08:44 AM

              laliz, you have no idea how much better that makes me feel. :) Thanks for the confession!

            2. Beach Chick RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 08:48 AM

              LOL..You are so beloved on this board Mamachef!

              I'm a blue cheese addict too and when I buy Marie's 'super blue cheese dressing'...what I do is dollop it over trail mix with lots of sunflower seeds and golden raisins..drizzle some aged balsamic too...

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                mamachef RE: Beach Chick Nov 10, 2011 09:44 AM

                OMG, thank you. I now have a new way to commit more sinful behavior. (Not that I actually like to equate food with "sin" which is a concept I don't buy anyhoo), but I cannot begin to tell you how good this sounds to me. And thanks for the love!

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                  Beach Chick RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 11:33 AM

                  It's really good mama!

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                  goodhealthgourmet RE: Beach Chick Nov 10, 2011 10:51 AM

                  BC, toss some broccoli florets in there and you can almost call it a salad! i'd suggest bacon too, but i know yours would have to be the soy-based impostor ;)

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                    mamachef RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 10, 2011 10:53 AM

                    I was actually thinking, that would be an awesome combo. served over some slightly bitter greens. Love the broccoli idea, it's like that great salad with the raisins and balsamic.

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                      Beach Chick RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 10, 2011 11:32 AM

                      Hey ghg!
                      I love throwing some broccoli florets with a handful of golden raisins and sunflower seeds and a HUGE tablespoon of blue cheese dressing..fry up some turkey bacon is a great idea too.
                      It does qualify as a salad..
                      ; )

                  2. pinehurst RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 08:58 AM

                    Mamachef, you're too cool!
                    I've done many weird things. I have poured myself a shot glass of good maple syrup, and had it, straight up. I also once cooked and ate a whole (small, but yeah, entire) container of chicken livers.

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                      mamachef RE: pinehurst Nov 10, 2011 09:50 AM

                      pinehurst, if you could handle even a shotglass of maple syrup en plein, my virtual hat is off to you as cooler (and stronger-stomached) than me. Aside: we had a friend staying w/ us once who had a drinkin' problem, and he found a pint bottle of (hometapped) Vt. syrup that we'd stored in a bourbon bottle. Guess what was gone in the morning? And guess who was awfully, awfully sick all the livelong day? (Served 'im right. I wanted to make a gateau de sirop with that stuff, and I was awfully awfully mad, considering there was a full cabinet of actual liquor if only he'd looked a little harder.) I figure he must have had quite the load on already not to have noticed what was actually going down his throat. Ha!
                      Re: the chicken livers? I do that one ALL THE TIME. I mean, like weekly. Nothing better, is there? And sooooooo much good old iron in there! Not to mention the cholesterol from the scrambled eggs and caramelized onions that I must have with them.....and the HFCS from the ketchup......: )

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                        FoodFuser RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 12:04 PM

                        Looks like we need a new thread from you in Home Cooking,
                        perhaps a bit confessional,
                        on best way prepare our weekly pound-pack of livers.

                        I mean.... What would life be
                        without crumbled bleu cheese,
                        mayo-based dressing,
                        and love of the livers?

                        Not to forget
                        the broccoli florets.

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                          FoodFuser RE: FoodFuser Nov 11, 2011 08:39 PM

                          I have cranked up a thread
                          where I hope mamachef will participate
                          with her love of 'dem livers.

                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8172...

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                            mamachef RE: FoodFuser Nov 13, 2011 08:51 PM

                            I read your request
                            to discourse about livers
                            my delight in complying
                            it gave me the shivers. :P
                            Are you KIDDING? You start a thread about chicken livers and all their rosy-pink umame delicious wonderfulness and expect I WOULDN'T be all over it?
                            Yum. I had a plateful, sauteed, on Friday morning.

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                              FoodFuser RE: mamachef Nov 13, 2011 10:29 PM

                              Mayhaps Friday be best day for frying.
                              With nod to our literature
                              and Crusoe
                              and man Friday

                              I would imagine that those guys on sole island
                              sought to their chickens
                              on Frydays,.

                              With special attention
                              to them delivered livers
                              that they groveled in doublet.

                              Thus we give not
                              to today's plastic tublet
                              that remains every
                              beast carrier of lvers

                    2. tcamp RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 09:53 AM

                      I don't see anything odd about that at all. Just recently, my son prepared a snack for himself that consisted of a small bowl of croutons doused with Marie's Blue cheese dressing.

                      I have never slugged vinegar from a jar but I do enjoy a slug of cider vinegar in a glass of ice water over ice periodically.

                      My strangest cravings typically involve tinned or smoked fish combined with various things. For instance, canned sardines taste really good in a lightly fried corn tortilla with salted peppers (Bittman recipe) and a bit of crema.

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                        mamachef RE: tcamp Nov 10, 2011 10:00 AM

                        I can get behind every bit of that, tcamp. Especially your kiddo's brilliant snack. Wish I'd have thought of that, 'cause the croutons were available!! Oh, and the vinegar water? I remember reading somewhere (I think it was Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Farmer Boy") that vinegared water was routinely brought out to field hands as it was thirst quenching, more so than plain water or any other sweetened beverage.

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                          kattyeyes RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 10:39 AM

                          Not so thirst quenching when you're expecting plain water, however! ;P

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                            pinehurst RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 02:19 PM

                            YES! YES! Right on w/ Farmer Boy! And *heavily* nutmeg-ed eggnog!. I'm rolling on the floor with joy reading these.

                          2. re: tcamp
                            kattyeyes RE: tcamp Nov 10, 2011 10:39 AM

                            <<but I do enjoy a slug of cider vinegar in a glass of ice water over ice periodically.>>
                            When I was a teenager, we were told to put vinegar in the dog's water (anti-flea, I think). We had those nice glass OJ bottles back then and we kept it in the fridge. My cousin came home one very hot day and started to chug the bottle, only realizing midway that it wasn't plain water. He spit it out all over the back porch!

                            Strangest? I made magic cookie bars with bacon in them based on suggestions from a thread here on CH. AND THEY WERE GOOD. Not to mention, this is a fun thread:

                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5952...

                            Beyond that, I've confessed previously to licking jelly out of those little individual cups as served in diners (yum!) and drinking creamer shots. AHM NOM NOM NOM!

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                              mamachef RE: kattyeyes Nov 10, 2011 10:47 AM

                              Now you've gone and done it, girlfriend. I have been known to take a few straight swigs of half and half or even full manufacturing cream myself. Huzzah! And an AHM NOM NOM NOM to you too!

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                                tcamp RE: kattyeyes Nov 10, 2011 12:19 PM

                                Well, I am flea-free to the best of my knowledge (despite canines in the house) so maybe it works!

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                                  kattyeyes RE: tcamp Nov 10, 2011 01:08 PM

                                  HA HA HA! ;)

                                2. re: kattyeyes
                                  kubasd23 RE: kattyeyes Nov 10, 2011 04:41 PM

                                  I've been known to drink those little creamer shots mixed with a packet of sugar... so good!!!

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                                    kattyeyes RE: kubasd23 Nov 10, 2011 05:11 PM

                                    A sisterhood is forming. I'm convinced there are more of us than will admit to it, is all. ;)

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                                      kubasd23 RE: kattyeyes Nov 10, 2011 05:49 PM

                                      yes, we connecticut women are just bold enough to admit it!!

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                                        NellyNel RE: kubasd23 Nov 11, 2011 09:12 AM

                                        My hand is raised...

                                      2. re: kattyeyes
                                        FoodFuser RE: kattyeyes Nov 11, 2011 12:28 AM

                                        Hey, now!

                                        Let's don't encumber
                                        nor even engender
                                        that shots from the creamer
                                        are matter of gender.

                                        Not sisterhood, brotherhood,
                                        But perhaps: Creamerhood?

                                        1. re: FoodFuser
                                          kattyeyes RE: FoodFuser Nov 11, 2011 05:10 AM

                                          You do creamers, too?
                                          There's room for you!
                                          The more the merrier in Club MOO!

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                                            FoodFuser RE: kattyeyes Nov 11, 2011 12:36 PM

                                            Weekly I meet with other men at McD's
                                            for a leisurely breakfast and good coffee.

                                            I suffice sausaged biscuit.
                                            It is more jocularity, good conversation.

                                            But along with good coffee
                                            also comes creamers
                                            tumbled in bin as if they didn't matter...
                                            but they do.

                                            So discretely I peel foil from plastic
                                            to gaze upon wonders of cream be within.
                                            Them be my shooters of creamers.

                                            I avoid Mea Culpa
                                            and need for absolution
                                            by gathering the frags of the plastic
                                            for my weekly recycling.

                                            Does this give me entry to Moo Club?

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                                              kattyeyes RE: FoodFuser Nov 11, 2011 12:51 PM

                                              AbsoMOOtely!

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                                                FoodFuser RE: kattyeyes Nov 11, 2011 01:19 PM

                                                It is good be bewrapped
                                                in the blanket
                                                of fellows
                                                who also shoot creamers.

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                                                  invinotheresverde RE: FoodFuser Nov 14, 2011 03:21 PM

                                                  I did it as a child. Am I still allowed entry?

                                                  1. re: invinotheresverde
                                                    kattyeyes RE: invinotheresverde Nov 14, 2011 03:22 PM

                                                    Please join us. You know you'd still like one! ;P

                                    2. re: kattyeyes
                                      mamachef RE: kattyeyes Nov 14, 2011 09:27 AM

                                      katty: is the vinegar supposed to work for cats as well, do you know? ((miss ya)).
                                      Marci

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                                        kattyeyes RE: mamachef Nov 14, 2011 11:02 AM

                                        I do not know this thing! I wonder if a cat would even deign to drink such a concoction (this kat would NOT!)! Miss you, too. Hope we catch up on the other playground soon. :)

                                    3. re: tcamp
                                      goodhealthgourmet RE: tcamp Nov 10, 2011 10:53 AM

                                      that cider vinegar "drink" is my bedtime hangover prevention beverage of choice. hydration & liver detoxification in one!

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                                        mamachef RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 10, 2011 10:56 AM

                                        Didn't there used to be a product (balanced mineral vinegar or somesuch) marketed for expressly those reasons? Like way back in the good old Adele Davis days?

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                                          Isolda RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 10, 2011 11:00 AM

                                          Wait, is there evidence that actually works for detoxing the liver? We're moving, I'm highly stressed and have been consuming just a tad more wine than usual with dinner....

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                                            goodhealthgourmet RE: Isolda Nov 10, 2011 12:20 PM

                                            depends whom you ask ;) it's high in malic acid, which helps break down liver toxins. plus it contains a little potassium which usually needs to be replenished when you're dehydrated (you can also add a pinch of salt to replenish your sodium).

                                            i've been known to get an epic hangover from one (yes one!) measly drink, so i'll take all the help i can get, and this does seem to ease my misery a bit.

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                                              shanagain RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 11, 2011 04:06 PM

                                              GHG, you've gone and blown my mind. Who knew? GHG, of course. I'm convinced that you do, after all, have a bit of nutritive information for ev-reeee-thing.

                                              You need your own "like" button or something.

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                                                goodhealthgourmet RE: shanagain Nov 11, 2011 05:21 PM

                                                LOL! you're so sweet. though i suspect there are some posters here who would like it if i had my own "Dislike" button at times.

                                                anyway, i take great pleasure in sharing all this knowledge i have crammed into my brain with my fellow Hounds...and it's even better when some of you actually find it useful ;)

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                                                  shanagain RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 11, 2011 05:25 PM

                                                  I hesitate to admit that this particular bit of information might come in handy.

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                                                    mariacarmen RE: shanagain Nov 11, 2011 08:33 PM

                                                    this is my takeaway from this entire thread.

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                                        Isolda RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 10:58 AM

                                        You just had a bit of savory blue cheese pudding, that's all.

                                        I'm not a fan of blue cheese dressing, but I have been known to spread Marie's Chipotle Ranch (known here as Chipotle Crack) directly on chips, crackers and the occasional celery stick. And I did once consume some fig molasses directly out of the bottle with a straw. No, no one else wanted any and I'd lost the cork.

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                                          mamachef RE: Isolda Nov 10, 2011 11:06 AM

                                          Isolda, now I have a name for it that makes it more than acceptable.
                                          (Phone rings)
                                          Me: Hello?
                                          Whomever: Hey, whatcha doing?
                                          Me: Oh, just having a snack of savory blue cheese pudding. It's soooo goood.
                                          Whomever: Hey, that does sounds good. What's in it?
                                          Me: buzzclickstatic you're breaking up, sorry, gotta go.
                                          :)

                                        2. NellyNel RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 11:22 AM

                                          Wow - this is confession time!

                                          Eating blue cheese dressing with a spoon is one of the more normal things I have done!

                                          Pretzels crushed into a bowl of oil and vinegar..
                                          Dipping Oreo's into the tub of sour cream..
                                          Making pesto, only to spread it on salt-less saltines.
                                          Pouring Peanut Butter CapN Crunch right into the Nutella jar...
                                          Heating things like canned soup or frozen dinners to the point where the liquid is all gone, and I am left with semi burned crunchy , really tasty bits of food...

                                          Yeah, I better stop now.

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                                            mamachef RE: NellyNel Nov 10, 2011 11:25 AM

                                            This just gets better and better. I think we may have a winnah!

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                                              NellyNel RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 11:32 AM

                                              I accept!

                                              (bowing, graciously)

                                          2. sunshine842 RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 11:53 AM

                                            If anybody on this board has earned the right to a few quirks, it's you.

                                            Enjoy.

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                                              mamachef RE: sunshine842 Nov 10, 2011 12:03 PM

                                              Girl, I tell myself the very same thing everytime I eat a still-frozen Sara Lee poundcake (okay, half of one) with no utensils, sitting in the corner and twirling my hair. :)

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                                                sunshine842 RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 12:26 PM

                                                what's weird about *that*?

                                                :P

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                                                  mamachef RE: sunshine842 Nov 10, 2011 01:49 PM

                                                  Well, it means different things to different people. For my mom, it's the hair-twirling. For my cats, it's watching me sit in the corner. And for myself, it's the "no utensils" thing, because I'm a bit of a stickler for using utensils unless it's asparagus, fried chicken or french fries or tacos (and maybe a few other things.) which appalls me when anyone else does it, but for me, when I'm depressed, I give myself to break the rules, even unto the point of standing up and eating over the sink, which is NOT ALLOWED unless I'm trying to reduce, in which case the food eaten standing has zero calories and is therefore permissible. :)

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                                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 12:42 PM

                                                  honey, after everything you've endured you should be slathering that pound cake with PB or Nutella and dunking it directly into a jar of salted caramel sauce!

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                                                    mamachef RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 10, 2011 01:46 PM

                                                    I want it w/ Nutella and HOT FUDGE with sea salt. Oh yes ma'am. Thanks for being such a bitchin' good influence! Love you so much.
                                                    Marci

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                                                      goodhealthgourmet RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 03:59 PM

                                                      ya know, my post originally read "salted caramel or fudge sauce" - no idea what happened there. of COURSE you get fudge with it...you can even have sliced banana on it too if you'd like.

                                                      p.s. i'll gladly support ALL of your indulgences except those cigarettes, missy.

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                                                        mamachef RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 10, 2011 11:04 PM

                                                        <hanging head in shame while furtively attempting to lick away the remnants of fudge sauce around my mouth and combing through my hair with my fingers to get those cake crumbs out of there. And yes, I want the bananas too, and some chopped nuts.

                                              2. FoodFuser RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 12:33 PM

                                                I once had a brush with bruschetta
                                                that really, in retrospect, sorta scared me.

                                                I'd broiled the bread
                                                with garlic and olive oil,
                                                and then mashed together anchovies and sardines,
                                                then mixed them with mayo, topped them with cheese
                                                popped them back in the broiler.

                                                They for sure beat the hell outa open-faced tuna-melt
                                                and rang with a chorus only angels could sing.

                                                My retrospect guilt resides in the fact
                                                that in my choice of sardines
                                                I didn't use King Oscar bi-layered brislings.

                                                But then, if had I done that
                                                I'd have collapsed in such ecstasy
                                                that I wouldn't be here now.

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                                                  mamachef RE: FoodFuser Nov 10, 2011 01:45 PM

                                                  The best. But now you know better and ONLY use the King Oscar brislings, right?
                                                  Hugs, my friend. I'm sure you've kept up and know that things got pretty nutso around these here parts (not that 'quakes in OK aren't equally nutso) but I missed your b-day and your cakey. Now that things have settled down some, you'll get a suprise in the mail one day soon.
                                                  Marci

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                                                    FoodFuser RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 02:34 PM

                                                    As to the 'deens: I eat about four cans a week, and am very content with low-rung types, so I stock up my larder with many varieties, ranging from fish steaks to brislings, and pluck a can according to desires of the day. I am sure the recyclers think of me as "Mr. Stinky".

                                                    As to the cake: that is of your own schedule. And I will only expect the half of one, now that we know of propensities with Sara Lee Poundcakes, and scarfing your half without benefits of utensils. All that I'd ask is that you take a sharp knife, and shave my half smooth, to remove all those bite-marks and claw-marks.

                                                    Glad that you're back, Mamachef.

                                                2. viperlush RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 01:19 PM

                                                  I love stale marshmallows. When I was a kid (middle school? high school?) I use to mash them up into little balls and then store them under my bed on the slats. And would check on them and wait until they reached the proper hardness before eating. In college my BF's mom realized that I liked stale marshmallows so she stopped throwing away the stale ones and left them for me. Looking back, probably the oddest I did around that age was pour glasses of iced tea and leave them next to my bed for days. I Drank them up until mold formed. Don't know why I did that.

                                                  And I wouldn't necessarily call it strange, but sometimes I crave and indulge in sardines on saltines.

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                                                    mamachef RE: viperlush Nov 10, 2011 01:51 PM

                                                    Look up, viperlush......you and FoodFuser have something in common, and he included a mighty nice recipe!!

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                                                      dratlover RE: viperlush Nov 11, 2011 03:28 PM

                                                      Oh viperlush, thank you for reminding me of favorite guilty pleasures. The little teeny tiny ones packed in oil smashed on a saltine...divine.

                                                    2. Chemicalkinetics RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 01:31 PM

                                                      I have never done what you have spoken of. However, I think your craving is coming from the cold weather. I have noticed that I increase my craving for fatty foods during winter and lose it during summer. High calories foods like ice cream, pizza, cheese, chips....etc. All bad foods. Recently, I have been cutting and eating brie cheese straight. A little bit at a time, a little bit at time.... until I realized that I ate a lot.

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                                                        mamachef RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 10, 2011 01:43 PM

                                                        Well, you may just be right, Chemicalkinetics. I do also tend to crave higher-calorie/protein foods when the weather chills up. But the brie thing? To me, not strange at all; especially the "little bit at a time" part until it's.......gawwwwwwn. By the way, I have a recipe for a creamy brie salad dressing if you'd care to have it....prettttttty decadent, but still not as "whoa" as what I now consider my creamy blue cheese savory pudding - or which is what I intend to call it from this moment forward - 'cause my kids may disown me (ha!) if they get the skinny that I sit in bed eating blue cheese dressing right outta the jar.

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                                                          Chemicalkinetics RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 01:48 PM

                                                          mamachef,

                                                          "By the way, I have a recipe for a creamy brie salad dressing if you'd care to have it....prettttttty decadent" Sure, that sound really great. You should post your recipe under the "Home Cooking" to share the recipe. This way, you can share the recipe with more people. :) I am looking foward to your recipe (I hope it is not too difficult to do).

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                                                            mamachef RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 14, 2011 09:29 AM

                                                            Will do directly; it's pretty delicious stuff, especially over arugula or some other bitter-ish green. Little too heavy for microgreens though.

                                                        2. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                                          goodhealthgourmet RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 10, 2011 04:00 PM

                                                          A little bit at a time, a little bit at time.... until I realized that I ate a lot.
                                                          ~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                                          ha! PERFECT description of my "jar of nut butter and a spoon" habit.

                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                            Chemicalkinetics RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 10, 2011 05:57 PM

                                                            I haven't done that to my almond butter, but I have done it to my peanut butter. :)

                                                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                                              goodhealthgourmet RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 10, 2011 06:56 PM

                                                              i've done it with almond butter...and i buy the giant 26-oz jars at Costco :)

                                                            2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                              sunshine842 RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 11, 2011 12:25 AM

                                                              The ultimate example of "crack in a jar" is Biscoff spread (speculoos spread).

                                                              I don't buy it often, because the minute I peel that white-paper lid, it's gone.

                                                              1. re: sunshine842
                                                                mamachef RE: sunshine842 Nov 11, 2011 06:35 AM

                                                                Haha, sunshine842. You're not eating it with a teaspoon then, if it's gone that fast: sounds more like a shovel. I knew you were my kinda gal.

                                                                1. re: mamachef
                                                                  sunshine842 RE: mamachef Nov 11, 2011 06:40 AM

                                                                  fingers, spoon, knife...whatever's handy! (of course there's usually a scuffle in the kitchen between me and the kiddo....)

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                                                                    goodhealthgourmet RE: sunshine842 Nov 11, 2011 08:08 AM

                                                                    sadly i never learned about Biscoff until after i had to go gluten free...

                                                          2. chef chicklet RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 04:34 PM

                                                            nothing wrong with that, now add some either red globe or nice green grapes (they must be very cold) with it - and you'll experience one of my quirks. Oh or those really soft and sweet prunes, with blue cheese, mmmm heaven.

                                                            1. kubasd23 RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 04:54 PM

                                                              Yesterday I had been going over my menu for thanksgiving, and I got a wicked craving for stuffing. I didn't feel much like cooking (very very rare for me!!) So I went to the store and bought a box of stovetop cornbread stuffing. I doctored it with some rubbed sage, garlic powder, red chile flakes, and parmesan cheese, and then proceeded to eat the whole box. Yes, the whole box. At one time. And mamachef, I've been known to dip my pizza in the same dressing, it is quite the tasty combination!

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                                                                Chemicalkinetics RE: kubasd23 Nov 10, 2011 04:59 PM

                                                                buffalo wing pizza dips in ranch dressing -- normal. :)

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                                                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: kubasd23 Nov 10, 2011 05:08 PM

                                                                  And mamachef, I've been known to dip my pizza in the same dressing, it is quite the tasty combination!
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                                                                  ever try dipping it in ranch dressing? when i was in college in Atlanta we used to order delivery from a pizza chain called Gumby's. the"Pokey Stix" (get it? Gumby & Pokey?) came with marinara & ranch for dipping, and we'd always order tons of extra sauces and sometimes dip the pizza in them as well. and of course we'd occasionally *mix* the ranch & marinara and then dip the Pokey Stix in that bizarre concoction.

                                                                  i just looked up Gumby's online - the chain still exists, though the Atlanta location appears to be gone. and their description of those Pokey Stix - "Hand tossed pizza dough covered with butter and fresh garlic and smothered with mozzarella cheese." - makes them sound better than they were...hence the excessive dipping ;)

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                                                                    kubasd23 RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 10, 2011 05:53 PM

                                                                    I've done the ranch dressing, and the mixture with the marinara too, both quite tasty!! I like to think that using blue cheese makes it somewhat more acceptable... Ya know, classy-like!! ha I also always save some of the toppings, or some of the cheese, and "stuff" the crust with it. It saves a subpar crust from being tossed out.

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                                                                      celiackitcat RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 13, 2011 08:46 PM

                                                                      This mention of Gumby's made me look it up online to see if it's near me now. I loved it when I was still at Michigan State. So cheap and the pokey stix were almost always a free add on for some deal or another. Unfortunately I can't have it anymore due to being diagnosed with Celiac but I wish I could show this treat to my Arizona friends.

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                                                                    jlhinwa RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 05:13 PM

                                                                    Oh my gosh, so many fabulous ideas here! It never occurred to me to get my blue cheese craving fix from dressing...mixing it with croutons sounds absolutely perfect. I also am eager to try the Cap'n Crunch and Nutella combo. Only thing is, I will have to hide it from the rest of my family!

                                                                    I love crunchy cheetoes with tomato soup. Not in soup because that makes them too soggy, but dipped in soup. Also stale black licorice with buttermilk.

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                                                                      goodhealthgourmet RE: jlhinwa Nov 10, 2011 05:35 PM

                                                                      the licorice + buttermilk i can't really get my head around, but the Cheetos dipped in soup make perfect sense. did you ever have the super-crunchy Planters Cheez Balls? i used to float them in tomato soup like croutons :)

                                                                      and if you're a fan of sweet + salty combinations, try dunking pretzels in Nutella. one of the best snacks EVER.

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                                                                        jlhinwa RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 10, 2011 10:18 PM

                                                                        I think the only person I know who understands the licorice (must be black) and buttermilk thing is the guy who introduced me to it--my dad. We are a split family--my mom and brother hate it. If you don't care for buttermilk, there is no point in going further, but it does have that nice sweet/salty combo going.

                                                                        Nice idea about the cheez balls in soup! I am going to try that! And even better, the pretzels in Nutella sounds TDF. My daughter would be all over that as well. In fact, I think we have both necessary items in the pantry right now....

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                                                                          mamachef RE: jlhinwa Nov 11, 2011 06:36 AM

                                                                          I'm going to do the cheez balls thing too......earlier this year I made mini gougeres as soup croutons, and this sounds very much alike!!

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                                                                        gembellina RE: jlhinwa Nov 11, 2011 01:20 AM

                                                                        Hilarious that you're taking ideas from this!

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                                                                          NellyNel RE: jlhinwa Nov 11, 2011 07:33 AM

                                                                          Oh - that reminds me - years ago, I worked at a pretty good Italian place in Brooklyn.
                                                                          The best thing abut this place was that they got the absolute best Italian bread I have ever had brought in.
                                                                          Huge loaves, they were,Really brown and crusty on the bottom..with perfect fluffy textured, tasty bread on the inside...plenty of nice well done sesame seeds.
                                                                          The bread and salad were kept in a tiny store room - tiny!
                                                                          And all the wait staff would cram into the room eating the bread and salad...I started a trend dipping the bread into the Italian dressing, or the blue cheese dresssing...or a combo of the two - which was definitely my favorite!
                                                                          We would all be in there with bread and dressing all over our faces and crumbs all down our aprons..
                                                                          It was so good, I can still remember exactly how it tasted...
                                                                          Even though I still have that habit, it will never be quite the same experience as it was at that restaurant... **sigh**

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                                                                          jbsiegel RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 05:15 PM

                                                                          Salsa straight out of the jar...

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                                                                            ErnieD RE: jbsiegel Nov 10, 2011 07:48 PM

                                                                            Gawd, I pull this one all the time. I justify as being relatively healthy. I also have to sample the hot sauce straight out of the bottle, every time I use it.

                                                                            My latest one is, I have a lemony hummus dressing from Fresh and Easy (which, I may also note, is 10 days expired) that I'm totally obsessed with. I've been dealing with mounds of dark CSA greens that I prefer cooked, so no salad, but I still require the dressing so I've been drizzling it onto Ritz crackers as a before-bed snack when I let the dog out for her final patrol of the yard.

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                                                                              NellyNel RE: ErnieD Nov 11, 2011 07:41 AM

                                                                              Oh, I do the hot sauce out of the bottle thing too...and Gravy Master.

                                                                              ..Love me a shot of Gravy Master!

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                                                                            jamieeats RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 05:54 PM

                                                                            ask me every week, and i am sure i will come back with something different! lately it's been green beans and ketchup (or celery and ketchup if i want something cold). or a spoonful of cream cheese, topped with jelly. teddy grahams dipped in applesauce...rice cakes dipped in salsa is another one!

                                                                            i do the same thing with drinks too. one week its hard cider with spiced rum, then i'll randomly decide to mix skinny girl margarita with green tea. i don't know how i come up with the combinations. but maybe i should put down my glass of wine before embarrassing myself any further...

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                                                                              jlhinwa RE: jamieeats Nov 10, 2011 10:19 PM

                                                                              If you like green beans and ketchup, try green beans and salsa...one of my old faves! To make it extra weird, I add in cottage cheese.

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                                                                                jbsiegel RE: jlhinwa Nov 11, 2011 04:54 AM

                                                                                Carrots and salsa too. Shrimp dipped in salsa instead of cocktail sauce.

                                                                            2. DuchessNukem RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 11:06 PM

                                                                              Lol. Lovely thread. I like to dip sliced cheddar into bottled Italian dressing. Green olives on the side are a bonus. You know to stop eating when your ankles have doubled in size from the sodium.

                                                                              And for mamachef and the blue-cheezers, I present: blue cheese flan recipes! (Just claim you're eating the raw batter.)

                                                                              http://www.steak-enthusiast.com/2009/...

                                                                              http://www.ihavenet.com/recipes/Blue-...

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                                                                                mamachef RE: DuchessNukem Nov 10, 2011 11:20 PM

                                                                                For those recipes, my dear, you are more than a Duchess; you are a Goddess. I am SO making this.

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                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: mamachef Nov 11, 2011 08:12 AM

                                                                                  ahem.

                                                                                  http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Blue-Che...

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                                                                                    NellyNel RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 11, 2011 09:30 AM

                                                                                    OMG
                                                                                    that sounds AMAZING

                                                                                    GHG - Have you ever tried it?

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                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet RE: NellyNel Nov 11, 2011 10:12 AM

                                                                                      doesn't it sound fabulous? no, i've never made it, i've just had blue cheese ice cream on the brain since Elizabeth Falkner made it on The Next Iron Chef last week.

                                                                                      my food prep activities have been no more involved than going through the basic motions for the past several months, and i'd need to be far more motivated to make something like that. plus i don't have an ice cream machine...which is probably the good news :)

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                                                                                        NellyNel RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 11, 2011 10:40 AM

                                                                                        Wow -
                                                                                        I don't have an ice cream machine either, but in the past few months I have seen a few recipes that are making me think I need to get one!!
                                                                                        A corn ice cream recipe was the last one....but this sounds even more intriguing a real show stopper !

                                                                                        Gee, I hope you get your cooking enthusiasm back soon..I know I lost mine for a while, but I'm happy to say it's back.
                                                                                        Gotta work out a bit harder, but that's ok...

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                                                                                  NellyNel RE: DuchessNukem Nov 11, 2011 09:29 AM

                                                                                  Wow, those do sound amazing!

                                                                                  I think I would prefer the first, more simple recipe.

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                                                                                  gembellina RE: mamachef Nov 11, 2011 01:22 AM

                                                                                  I've really tried to quash my cravings for jam, marmite, cheese, and ham toast sandwiches. I really have. The boyfriend thinks it's sick and I don't want to put him off. However now that I'm working somewhere with my own office and my own kitchen, there's no-one to see me do it... And I just had one for breakfast, om nom nom!

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                                                                                    tcamp RE: gembellina Nov 11, 2011 06:18 AM

                                                                                    Clearly he is nuts - Marmite rocks. One day my partner walked in to see me stirring a heaping spoon of marmite into a pot of (bland) lentil soup. Not a happy camper.

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                                                                                      mamachef RE: gembellina Nov 11, 2011 06:39 AM

                                                                                      Wait......all together, or separately? Separately, it all sounds quite sane. Together? Not so much. But I still likes ya. And I'm a fine one to talk, considering that one of my favorite, frequently-indulged odd combos is cream of tomato soup made with full-fat milk poured over a scoop of cottage cheese.

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                                                                                        gembellina RE: mamachef Nov 11, 2011 07:51 AM

                                                                                        Well it's like this: ham goes with cheese, cheese goes with marmite, marmite goes with jam (i would argue), therefore they should all go together. No?

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                                                                                          mamachef RE: gembellina Nov 11, 2011 11:53 AM

                                                                                          I love a good simple equation like that, gembellina. None of this silly dickering about. It is what it is, it works for ya, and that, my dear, is good enough for me.

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                                                                                          laliz RE: mamachef Nov 14, 2011 02:00 PM

                                                                                          ooooh that sounds wonderful!!!!!!

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                                                                                        pickychicky1979 RE: mamachef Nov 11, 2011 06:22 AM

                                                                                        I cannot believe I am admitting this but once in a moment of insanity I actually dipped chocolate cake in brown gravy and ate it...something about sweet and salty. I don't think I was pregnant at the time but maybe I should choose to believe I was.

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                                                                                          mamachef RE: pickychicky1979 Nov 11, 2011 06:40 AM

                                                                                          Doesn't sound any stranger than the rest of some of this stuff, pickychicky1979. And if you want us to believe you were preggo, or need some validation, why I'll just go on record saying that I'll believe it for you, if it helps at all. : ) Cheers!
                                                                                          You've heard of Pica, right? It's defined as "an abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat, as in chalk or clay." I had a friend who craved red clay while she was pregnant, so in light of that, I find your craving totally nirmal. :)

                                                                                        2. mamachef RE: mamachef Nov 13, 2011 09:00 PM

                                                                                          Oh hahahahaha. I so needed a good laugh today, needed one so bad you wouldn't believe it. Got my wish, too. Darling daughter called me this evening, the day of a sad anniversary for our family, and after a good long conversation I segued into a long disjointed riff about this thread 'cause we needed to lighten it up. I think I'd gotten to the part where I said, "got a craving for more," and she stopped me in my spiel and said, "Mom, you got a spoon, didn't you?" at which point we both started laughing hysterically. Then to make things even better, she told me that my ex-husband has been eating it (I think her exact words were "piling it," actually) on plain shredded iceberg, which she described as "a salad, but not much of a salad."
                                                                                          Iceberg, teaspoon; big diff, right? Just about the same nutritional content. It just cracked me up that not only did she bust me out almost immediately, but that her dad had been doing almost the same thing. Marie's Super Blue Cheese. The antidote to grief. :)

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                                                                                            laliz RE: mamachef Nov 14, 2011 02:04 PM

                                                                                            on the tomato soup thing: a can of Campbell's Tomato Soup (condensed ~~ actually, straight out of the can) and a separate can of Campbell's Bean with Bacon soup (again, straight out of the can is my reccomendation)

                                                                                            A spoonful of Bean with Bacon dipped into the can of Tomato soup. mmmmmmmmm

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                                                                                              kattyeyes RE: laliz Nov 14, 2011 02:43 PM

                                                                                              While we're confessing, Bean with Bacon was a childhood fave. And Beef Barley. And Spaghettios, 'cause quite honestly, I thought they were a soup, too. God knows it wasn't spaghetti! ;)

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                                                                                                FoodFuser RE: kattyeyes Nov 14, 2011 03:11 PM

                                                                                                My too Bean and Bacon
                                                                                                and also Tomato

                                                                                                Made honest by Momma
                                                                                                By spoon and by milk

                                                                                                In her gentle endeavors
                                                                                                as she stirred upon stovetop.

                                                                                                I'll take memories of Mommas
                                                                                                to be better than soup.

                                                                                          2. FoodFuser RE: mamachef Nov 14, 2011 02:34 PM

                                                                                            In regards to the blessin'
                                                                                            of a good Blue cheese dressin'

                                                                                            There was time many years ago
                                                                                            where I blew past Maries'
                                                                                            in so tiny a bottle

                                                                                            And strode straight the Sam's Club
                                                                                            Where they sold BCD by the full stolid quart.

                                                                                            While no longer so rabid an imbiber
                                                                                            of such copious quantities
                                                                                            there are memories that linger....

                                                                                            Once you've done BCD
                                                                                            you are linked to its lore.

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