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2012 Confessions

It's 2012! Happy New Year!

To start the year off properly, I need to relieve my guilt ridden conscience and admit...

1) I'm not a member, but I use the Yelp app and like it.

2) I watch Diners, Drive-in and Dives and enjoy Guy's sense of humor and the places he highlights.

I feel better now. :-)

Have a Happy 2012!

Anyone else want to make a confession?

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  1. I ate a teaspoon of this the other day:

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    1. re: TrishUntrapped

      Ohhhh, I'm sooo jealous. Have been looking for this (locally) for 2 months.

      1. re: pine time

        In my not-so-humble opinion it's disgusting -- not worth searching for. Save your money and buy a jar of Nutella instead :-)

        1. re: davis_sq_pro

          But isn't Nutella hazelnuts? That--and black walnuts--are the only nuts I can't stand.

          1. re: pine time

            Yes, Nutella is Hazelnuts. Biscoff Spread is ground cookies, no nuts. In my opinion it is rather decadent and delicious. Would be awesome on crepes.

            1. re: TrishUntrapped

              trader joes makes their own version of this.

              why not just combine nutella with biscoff spread and have a sugar induced coma/orgy!!!

              1. re: TrishUntrapped

                Ground cookies? Wow. Is there enough fat/binding to hold it together or do they have to add something? And where is this magical stuff from? And how is one supposed to eat it? I mean, I can't imagine cookies on toast or crackers. Completely fascinated by this product, probably wouldn't want to eat it, but fascinated.

                1. re: LulusMom

                  If you grind butter cookies in the food processor and add a little oil you can get a puree that is soft at room temperature. AKA liquid sable.

                  1. re: LulusMom

                    Biscoff Spread info and the story behind it:


                    A PDF that includes ingredients:


                    A new Biscoff Spread is out - Crunch. Haven't seen it yet.


                    This is how I would describe Biscoff Spread - It looks like peanut butter, so at first you think it will taste that way. But it has no nuts in it. What it does taste like to me is brown sugary caramel. It is awesome on crepes with sliced bananas, almost tastes like Bananas Foster.

                    After I ate my teaspoonful I gave the rest of the jar away to a co-worker. I liked it too much and it was too tempting for me.

              2. re: davis_sq_pro

                1. I think Nutella's waaaaaaaaaaay over rated.
                2. Ground Biscoff's make great crusts for pies.
                3. My husband&I are obsessed with beets.
                4. The CPI-rep link didn't work for me reg:A Bourdain.
                5. I guess I need to get to Costco for Stacy's Pita chips.
                6. I hate fennel&tarragon but love Black licorice.
                7. I secretly hide dark chocolate Snickers around the house.
                8. We have "rerun" dinners much more than my husband realizes.
                9. I recently went to a bargain store just because they carry a little of everything so I bought a bag of no name cheese puff things wanting to treat myself for doing so well on my diet then realized in the event of shopping through the store I'd finished the whole bag, all by myself. < shameful

                1. re: iL Divo

                  Il Divo,

                  Beets! What can I say?

                  Back when I was a youngster, my mom did beets, but they were from a can, or a jar. They tasted horrible, but I had to eat them.

                  Fast forward a few decades. I attended a culinary event, and Chef Thomas Keller (French Laundry and Per Se, though not then), was the guest chef. As we were seated, Chef Keller told the assembled that the feature would be BEETS! "Oh shoot!!!! Why have I traveled 2000 miles, for BEETS?" Well, I checked my attitude, and sat back. Who knew that REAL beets could taste so good?

                  Going back a few years before, we joined a "communal garden," and beets were the big item - almost every month. Luckily, my neighbor's dogs loved beets, so most went over he fence. The dogs loved 'em.

                  After my "catharsis," I now seek out beets, so long as they do not come from a can, or a jar.

                  As one ages, they should learn. I know that I did.

                  Go BEETS!


                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                    +1- we have a little community garden at work, somebody planted a lot of beets over the winter, and I've been reaping the benefits, after asking permission from the grounds crew supervisor and garden volunteer, of course. I rinse them off, cut off the greens (oh my, what good salad greens, or cooked- either way), wrap them two at a time in foil and roast them, slide off the skins, and oh my gosh, there's nothing better than that.

                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                      oh listen Hunt, I wish I could grow them.
                      I have no idea how and where I live is hard on many plants/flowers/vegetables.
                      I buy them from farmers' markets or the regular supermarkets if they have them, or stands in Ventura.

              3. re: TrishUntrapped

                ONLY a teaspoon? You should be sainted.

              4. In 2011 I:

                Made a Rachael Ray Recipe that went over well.

                Finally confessed to myself and stopped trying to force myself to like sweet potato fries.

                Way over tipped a server who was horrible but based it on the fact that that person looked as if they were having a really bad day.

                Made Christina Tosi's Compost Cookie and no they didn't blow me away like I was hoping.

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                1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                  <Finally confessed to myself and stopped trying to force myself to like sweet potato fries.>

                  Good for you. It's nice reaching the point where you can stop trying to force yourself to like something. This summer I accepted that I don't like grilled veggies.

                  1. re: viperlush

                    hehehehe , nice. I do like grilled veggies but I know what you mean.

                    My friends and my husband love sweet potato fries. and then they say, "wow, not going to eat those?"

                    I recently came out to my husband so he'd stop making them when we did homemade burgers.

                    1. re: viperlush

                      I love this. I finally decided I am done trying to like beets. And pistachios. I don't like them and I'm not eating them anymore.

                        1. re: LulusMom

                          Welcome to my world -- when we were kids, we were each allowed to have ONE thing that we wouldn't eat under any circumstances, and mine was beets.

                          I'll eat them now to be polite, but inside my head I'm jumping up and down, waving my arms, and screaming Icky, Icky, Icky!

                          I don't have any guilt about it, either -- I'm an adult and I'll eat literally any other vegetable without so much as a curled lip. Obviously, there are some I like more than others, but beets are the only ones that will stay on the plate if I can do it discretely.

                          1. re: sunshine842

                            It isn't even that I dislike them, but does *every* restaurant need to have a beet salad or a beet component to at least one entree? Enough already - there ARE other vegetables.

                            1. re: LulusMom

                              I love beets. I'm one of the people who eat the beet offerings in restaurants. They're one of the few vegetables I really like.

                              If you want to take a veg off menus, how about broccoli? Or cauliflower, brussels sprouts, or any dish with cabbage. Long live beets in the public imagination.

                              1. re: Jay F

                                I'll take your brussels sprouts if you'll take my beets.

                                1. re: sunshine842

                                  Deal. Except I never have Brussels sprouts.

                                  1. re: Jay F

                                    Restaurants don't obsess about brussels sprouts.

                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                      I think I've seen Brussels sprouts more than beets lately, actually. They seem to be everywhere. I love both tho, so I'm fine with both trends.

                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                        Actually, I beg to differ. They're EVERYWHERE...the very latest rage. In Pennsyltucky, anyhow.

                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                          best Brussels sprouts I've ever had were not obsessed over -- they were a side dish at a restaurant in Zurich, Switzerland -- I tried them because they'd come with the meal and WOW. Braised simply in butter, garlic, and walnuts until crisp-tender...up until that point, I was not a big fan, but it changed how I looked at them.

                                          Sometimes the difference is having something prepared well -- it's that "OHHHH so THAT's what they're supposed to taste like!"

                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                            i roast them, and now everyone in the family loves them. We don't want them more than once a week, but we love them.

                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                              My boys still aren't big fans -- so sometimes I make them for myself, or have them for lunch. And sometimes, they just have to deal. ;)

                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                I roast, then braise. How do you get them tender enough with just roasting? (Or maybe it's a preference thing and I like them on the soft side.)

                                                I find it difficult to understand how people managed to ruin this vegetable for so long. It's so simple and so delicious, in my opinion.

                                                1. re: davis_sq_pro

                                                  they *froze* them -- which makes them bitter and acrid and vile. The Jolly Green Giant doesn't do brussels sprouts any favors at all!

                                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                                    Wasn't the usual preparation to boil the hell out of them until they turned gray and flabby (not to mention bringing out all of the nice sulfuric notes)? Ughhh...

                                                    1. re: davis_sq_pro

                                                      Yep -- and I'm guessing most of us grew up with the gag combination -- frozen sprouts boiled til they're dead, then a little more just to make sure.

                                                      No wonder we all hated Brussels sprouts when we were kids.

                                                      I was shocked out of my mind a few years ago when we did a Thanksgiving lesson for the 1st graders where I was volunteering (public school) -- one little girl begged me to make Brussels sprouts -- so I made them with the butter and garlic -- and those kids ate every. single. one. The adults never had a chance!

                                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                                        Too funny! On a similar note, a friend of ours recently brought her daughter over to play with mine, and I cooked them some broccoli as a side for their lunch.

                                                        Our friend told me not to bother. "She can't stand broccoli."

                                                        Imagine the surprise when her daughter ate every bit. Turns out, she *loves* the stuff -- if it's pan-roasted with a bit of butter and salt. I have a theory that a lot of kids hate veggies merely because adults insist upon serving them nasty unseasoned preparations that they themselves wouldn't bother with. Kids have tastebuds, too!

                                                        1. re: davis_sq_pro

                                                          totally agree -- how many people think they hate fish because they've only ever had Mrs. Paul's or their mom cooked the bejeebers out of a slab of frozen cod every Friday?

                                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                                            We have our chance to make Brussel sprouts work for the next generation! I cook them whenever we get them from the farm. I do them with either butter, bacon and walnuts or butter, almonds and balsamic. My 7 year old boy absolutely loves them. So do I, for that matter...

                                                      2. re: davis_sq_pro

                                                        I cut them in half (length-wise) and toss in olive oil. Then roast at a very high temp. They get nice and crispy on the outside, and melty on the inside.

                                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                                          Interesting. That's pretty much exactly how I roast them prior to braising. They never seem to properly soften up until I give 'em something to drink.

                                                          (Which is fine, since they always end up tasting great. I braise them in a bit of chicken stock flavored with soy, mirin, and sriracha, reduce it at the end so it becomes a glaze, and finish with a sprinkle of black sesame seeds. Yum.)

                                                  2. re: LulusMom

                                                    Oh, LLM, you should have been on the phone last night with me while I was talking to a friend, going over restaurant menus for when he visits here in a couple of weeks. Practically every restaurant had at least one entree with Brussels sprouts. There were a few with beets, too, but it was overwhelmingly balanced in favor of sprouts. I thought of you and told my friend about our conversation.

                                                    1. re: Jay F

                                                      Maybe we need to change towns, Jay F. Whats the weather like where you are?? ; )

                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                        It's Pittsburgh. Cold. Gray. More cold.

                                                        1. re: Jay F

                                                          Yeah, I'll go ahead and keep the beets, sorry. Mid-60s here in Chapel Hill, NC today.

                                                          I remember getting a pizza just outside of P-burgh once. I was a vegetarian at the time, and asked for a plain pizza. It was brought with pepperoni. When I mentioned that I'd asked for plain, the waitress looked at me as if I was crazy (and I may well be) and said "pepperoni is plain." Shurely shome mishtake?

                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                            Shurely it ish. I've never heard of that before.

                                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                                              There is a place in Springfield, Massachusetts called Red Rose, that serves all pizzas with pepperoni and peppers. You can add "extra" toppings if you like, but that's the base pie. So apparently this isn't just a random occurrence -- although I can certainly see how it would be vexing for a vegetarian!

                                                2. re: Jay F

                                                  Yeah, add beets and take away broccoli. Broccoli is everywhere, and it isn't always prepared all that well either.

                                                    1. re: Jay F

                                                      Oh, I like broccoli just fine. But I can make it so much better than most restaurants do. And it is boring to see it as the only veggie side, unless you like peas or corn, assailable. (I try to eat low carb, and I don't generally like cooked English peas anyway.)

                                            2. re: LulusMom

                                              guess the beet thing hasn't made it this far west. when they show up on the CPK (california pizza kitchen) menu then i will know it's a fad. I was the only kid out of a total of 10 cousins who liked beets. How can anything that bright be anything but good? I know, to a lot of people they taste like dirt. So sad.

                                              1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                It isn't that I dislike beets, I'm just sick to death of them in every single salad, and at least one entree.

                                          2. re: viperlush

                                            And I accepted that quinoa is just not my bag.

                                            1. re: Savour

                                              Welcome to my world. I can't stand the stuff. Blech.

                                                1. re: Savour

                                                  Quinoa and Couscous - can't do it.

                                            2. I eat peanut butter out of a jar ... with my finger (sometimes 2 of them).

                                              Cool Whip with Sara Lee Pound Cake is great morning food.

                                              Entenmann's plain donuts go really well with Vietnamese coffee

                                              I have weird fantasies of watching Bourdain and Rachel Ray go at it in the UFC Octagon.

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                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                <I have weird fantasies of watching Bourdain and Rachel Ray go at it in the UFC Octagon>

                                                Or Celebrity Deathmatch

                                                1. re: viperlush

                                                  Or the Playboy Mansion hot tub

                                                  (sorry, but it's true)

                                                  1. re: 2roadsdiverge

                                                    AHHHH.....MY EYES!....MY EYES!...TURN IT OFF! TURN IT OFF!

                                                    1. re: jmckee

                                                      rachel ray was on maxim...i wonder if bourdain will follow. stay tuned....

                                                        1. re: pamf

                                                          You should warn people how disturbing that image is. I will now never be able to unsee that.

                                                          1. re: gaffk

                                                            Whaddaya mean? That just made my week! WOOF!

                                                          2. re: pamf

                                                            Now Bourdain has some inkling of what it's like to be Ron Jeremy.

                                                            1. re: pamf

                                                              I KNEW it was going to be the bone picture!!

                                                              1. re: pamf

                                                                Bourdain's was the most shocking, but overall those were fantastic portraits. I really appreciate that link, pamf.
                                                                Also, I wonder where Tony got the all-over tan.

                                                                  1. re: pamf

                                                                    pamf, thank you kindly for melting my brain yet more today. That is one of the more vividly disturbing images I've ever seen, and I ain't no punk!!

                                                            2. re: viperlush

                                                              I have a crush on Rachel Ray. There, I said it. It's out in the open. I will now head over to the closest bridge and jump off.

                                                          3. I rarely eat ice cream, but had macadamia nut ice cream pie, Foster's Freeze soft serve, and a "loaded" ice cream sundae all in one day on my birthday (1/13).

                                                            I had pancakes (while on vacation in Monterey, CA) on back to back days this past weekend.


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                                                            1. I like DD & D and Guy Fieri.

                                                              Occasionally I'll make a recipe with Cream of Mushroom Soup.

                                                              Taco Bell is my hangover food.

                                                              I like to dine out and don't think I can make "that" (whatever it happens to be) better at home.

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                                                              1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                "I like to dine out and don't think I can make "that" (whatever it happens to be) better at home."

                                                                yesssssssss....i love to cook and do it the majority of nights, but i LOVE to go out and no, i don't think i can do almost anything better.

                                                                i eat mayo out of the jar with a spoon.
                                                                i eat liverwurst out of the tube with my finger. (no one else eats it.)

                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                  I too love the finger liverwurst pop, and I dip mine mine in mustard, and nobody else eats it either.

                                                              2. I live on a boat and only averaged eating my catch about once a month.

                                                                Tostino's pizza bakes perfectly in a cast iron pan with lid. All others burn and are raw at the same time. I have no oven.

                                                                I still think Diane Kennedy and Julia Child rule. Communicators and teachers, not entertainers.

                                                                1. Ok, here goes:
                                                                  1. I just don't like burgers. No fancy meat, toppings, bread will help. They are not my thing, and I need to say it out loud!
                                                                  2. I subscribe to Food Network Magazine.
                                                                  3. I eat these about once a week for lunch, and they are de-friggin'-licious:

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                                                                  1. re: alliegator

                                                                    This reminds me that I love tostino pizza bites, I learned I love them from pot smoking younger brother back years and years ago, now he doesn't smoke pot but we still love these.

                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                      I really like their pork eggrolls, they're better than any I can buy where I live. I've seen the potstickers, I'm going to try them!

                                                                      1. re: jacquelyncoffey

                                                                        I enjoy them too. With Tabasco sweet chili dipping sauce.

                                                                    2. I've eaten Kraft macaroni and cheese, kicked up with a can of sliced mushrooms and a can of Vienna sausage. And I would do it again.

                                                                      I've never smoked weed. I have consumed a sack of a dozen sliders from White Castle in one siting.

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                                                                      1. re: FoodPopulist

                                                                        I'm sorry, your last two sentences just don't jive.

                                                                        1. re: FoodPopulist

                                                                          Are you.....under 10? Or over 90?
                                                                          Just kiddin', FP. :)

                                                                        2. I make pigs in blankets to bring to work for snackies, and friends' houses. I love the lil squealers. And they get eaten down to the last hot dog bone every time. :)

                                                                          1. I broke my no-sugar streak today. I am sad (probably a sugar crash). I know healthwise I won't instantly turn into Paula Dean.. but I want to eventually be someone who does not consume refined-sugar.

                                                                            1. Man Vs. Food is must see tv in our house, our 6yo son loves "the eating guy"

                                                                              My husband sent me to the store to buy every last book of twinkies

                                                                              1. I exercise restraint against Coca Cola. Just seeing the label make my pupils dilate.

                                                                                1. I like, regularly buy and consume Uncle Ben's "country" chicken flavored rice, which we call the "chickeny rice" in my household. And I give it to my toddler when I have some too. THERE.

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                                                                                  1. The only canned tomato soup that I like is Campbell's.

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                                                                                    1. re: pine time

                                                                                      There's a newish neighborhood bar that's close to work, and has started serving sandwiches, so we went there one day for lunch. My dining companion ordered a cup of tomato soup, so I did too.

                                                                                      As we were waiting for it to come out, I confessed that as a child I ate Campbell's, and have never been able to get over the resulting conviction that tomato soup should be sweet, so I usually don't like it.

                                                                                      Finally the soup came out, and darned if it wasn't Campbell's!

                                                                                    2. I like Spaghetti-O's. I realize that they taste awful (I know, I can taste the awful too) but they also taste like childhood.

                                                                                      Even though I love getting a produce box, I have no idea what to do with radishes and dandelion greens.

                                                                                      My coffee grinder got left behind when I moved cross country. Now I use pre-ground coffee. From Starbucks. In a drip coffee pot. And I don't even use cold filtered water.That was really hard to say, especially since I live near amazing independent coffee roasters (I've even toured their roastery) and I have a perfectly functional french press in my cabinet.

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                                                                                      1. re: caseyjo

                                                                                        <<<I have no idea what to do with radishes.>>>

                                                                                        I make a salad of mushrooms, sliced radishes, and celery with a mustard & cream vinaigrette.

                                                                                        1. re: caseyjo

                                                                                          Slivered radishes are a good garnish for soft tacos.

                                                                                          1. re: caseyjo

                                                                                            I found out that pickled radishes are AWESOME, and you can just do a quick pickling of them in the fridge for like an hour. So good.

                                                                                            1. re: caseyjo

                                                                                              Radishes dipped in Sriracha sauce !!! My everyday love.

                                                                                              1. re: caseyjo

                                                                                                slice radishes paper thin and layer on top of a good layer of butter (and don't do it with margarine, okay?) on fresh white bread. Sounds weird, tastes fabulous.

                                                                                                1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                  Or, kind of similar to that, is something I read about here and do often-mash up some avocado with a little lemon juice, smear it on slices of baguette, sprinkle on smoked salt, then top with thinly sliced radishes. It's a little easier to eat with the radishes under the avocado, but not as pretty, so I might to that if I'm making it for myself.

                                                                                                2. re: caseyjo

                                                                                                  The black radishes and the watermelon radishes keep great company with potatoes (and rutabegas and turnips and parsnips) to make a better hash.

                                                                                                  Braise them with butter and rasberry vinegar.

                                                                                                  1. re: caseyjo

                                                                                                    Try braising radishes in beef broth with a bit of sugar (James Peterson recipe, I believe).

                                                                                                  2. I drink water from my tap every day. I refuse to buy water. There, I said it.

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                                                                                                    1. re: mcel215

                                                                                                      Spoken as a person who either has no taste buds or gets good tap water.

                                                                                                      The tap water where I live is TRULY AWFUL. News stories awful. I even have a filter in my shower head. We have to R.O. our water to make it potable.

                                                                                                      1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                        Strange thing about tap water. NYC apparently has the best.

                                                                                                        I grew up in Philadelphia, and tap water was great. Then I went to rural Ohio for grad school (with an apt mate from Pittsburgh, who also drank tap water). That rural water was brown and totally undrinkable. We were shocked. And we filtered our water.

                                                                                                        Went back to Philly and drank tap water again.

                                                                                                        1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                          Yeah, I'm not a snob about it. If we had good tap water I would gladly drink it.

                                                                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                            In my area, the difference in municipal water systems is amazing.

                                                                                                            For years I worked in a town that pumped their drinking water from the river, I always drank the tap water. Then I moved to a neighboring town that pumped its water from wells and it tastes absolutely awful and the chrolination level is so high, I can smell it when I turn on the tap. We buy drinking water for our house and office and I wish we didn't need to do so.

                                                                                                            Well water quality can be hit or miss too. Some people have great water, others have horrible water. Some have sulfur so bad, it is noticable as soon as you walk in the house.

                                                                                                            1. re: cleobeach

                                                                                                              True! And one particularly icky phenom that I've seen is tap water that smells like rotten garlic when ice cubes are made from it.

                                                                                                          2. re: gaffk

                                                                                                            Gaffk, the only 2 cities to sue the EPA to avoid installing a new filter system for their water are NYC and Portland, OR.

                                                                                                            So yeah, I like my water but I don't like the old pipes it has to go through. I have to let it run *before* I put it through my Brita.

                                                                                                          3. re: sandylc

                                                                                                            My local tap water is awful. I drink it anyway. Eventually, it stops bother you.

                                                                                                          4. re: mcel215

                                                                                                            The tap water where I live in Connecticut is great, from wells! When I travel, I fill up my own bottles, never pre-bottled. That said, I have yet to drink good tap water in Rhode Island. Not in homes, not in restaurants. It's on my avoid list.

                                                                                                            1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                                                                                              I lived in Southern NH for 20 years and had great well water.

                                                                                                              Now I live just outside of Boston and my water comes from the City, it's still taste great, Trish. I guess I have been lucky. I also wonder where and how clean, safe, bottled water really is?
                                                                                                              There was a local news segment on about 10 years ago, trying to find the Poland Springs Plant. And there was some controversy. :)

                                                                                                              1. re: mcel215

                                                                                                                The book Bottlemania is very interesting and the author makes a very strong case against the bottle water industry. The description of Poland Springs and the impact on the water tables surrounding the wells is shocking.

                                                                                                                1. re: cleobeach

                                                                                                                  Thank you, I am going to look for the book. I worked for a chain pharmacy for years and we all joked about "where the water" really came from. I knew I couldn't be the only skeptic regarding this subject. :)


                                                                                                            2. re: mcel215

                                                                                                              I refuse to buy bottled water as well. We don't even have any for emergencies, though my SO is always getting on me about it.

                                                                                                              1. re: mcel215

                                                                                                                we do this. i used to only drink Fiji water water. Now we refrigerate our tap water. it's totally fine.

                                                                                                                1. re: mcel215

                                                                                                                  I used to, it was very good. Then they built an open trench fro the Colorado River and blend it with the groundwater, which wasn't NEARLY as bad as pure CAP water (which rotted out old galvanized pipes all over town) but we now keep water store water for drinking purposes. The blended tap water is a little mineralish, but not horrible if they haven't been overchlorinating it recently, but they do that a lot.

                                                                                                                2. I love cheetoes. Sometimes I eat them for breakfast at work.

                                                                                                                  While I prefer homemade mac n cheese any day, I find the Kraft mac n cheese oddly comforting.

                                                                                                                  My 10-year-old daughter likes more vegetables than I do.

                                                                                                                  1. I just ate 3 cupcakes for dinner.

                                                                                                                    At least they were homemade.
                                                                                                                    Simple chocolate cupcakes, with real, thick vanilla buttercream frosting.

                                                                                                                    1. I tell my boyfriend off for putting chilli sauce on everything I cook for him, but I keep a bottle of ketchup in my drawer at work.

                                                                                                                      I haven't cleaned my oven in a year.

                                                                                                                      I've recently discovered pickled walnuts, to be eaten in a toasted sandwich with stilton, and I giggle to myself every time I make one because I think they look like pickled poo.

                                                                                                                      1. I eat Maldon's Sea Salt straight up, right out of the box. It goes great with my favorite cocktail, vodka and seltzer on the rocks.

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                                                                                                                          1. I think truffles (the fungal ones, not the chocolate ones) taste nasty. I tried a few different dishes made with them, thinking maybe I'd never had them done right. I finally concluded that I just don't like them.

                                                                                                                            Oh, and add me to the Triple-D fan list.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: MsMaryMc

                                                                                                                              Oh, truffles are not good! And I had an otherwise beautiful dish once that was ruined by a nasty drizzle of white truffle oil!

                                                                                                                              1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                For the record, both truffle oil and truffle salt are made with artificial flavor at least 99.9% of the time (often in addition to actual truffle). Unless the restaurant makes their own oil, chances are you're not tasting the actual truffle.

                                                                                                                                Not that I'm saying you'd like it.

                                                                                                                              2. re: MsMaryMc

                                                                                                                                I completely concur. I've had to leave restaurants because of the smell. My family knows not to order them when out with me. And the places that like to ruin fries w/truffle oil? Blah.

                                                                                                                                1. re: MsMaryMc

                                                                                                                                  I also don't understand the appeal of truffles. I have had truffle dishes are good restaurants and I just don't care for them. The smell turns me off.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: cleobeach

                                                                                                                                    well, to me they're extremely sexy-smelling. The smell turns me on. There, I said it. I have never said or written that before.

                                                                                                                                    I will trade anybody my sriracha for their truffles.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                        I love the smell of truffles and you're right it is a very sexy smell. It's deep and earthy and I can never get enough of it!

                                                                                                                                  2. I would eat Lay's potato chips every day if I didn't know better! I try to keep it to 2-3 times a year.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                      Sandy, ME TOO! The full fat, full salt variety. Bring em on.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: noodlepoodle

                                                                                                                                        Oh, yeah....none of those chemical-laden "healthier" (ha!) ones for me. Give me the ones that have potatoes, fat, and salt in them.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                          That's my guilty pleasure right now, I admit it - Lay's Sour Cream and Onion - a small bowlful when I get home late from work - just enough to get me through cooking supper.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: nsstampqueen

                                                                                                                                            You all are too good!

                                                                                                                                            I can easily polish off a full bag Lay's sour cream and onion.

                                                                                                                                            Also, I use Lay's potato chips for a cheesy potato casserole that's made with cream of chicken soup and processed hash browns. People rave about the recipe and often request a copy.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: nsstampqueen

                                                                                                                                              How do you eat only a small handful of potato chips? This does not compute for me. I am in awe of your restraint.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: nsstampqueen

                                                                                                                                                Food of the gods. What I wouldn't do to have the metabolism of a ten year old.

                                                                                                                                            2. I keep a jar of marshmallow fluff hidden behind the dish-washing soap.

                                                                                                                                              I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but 2 - 3 times a year it hits with a vengeance. To satisfy it quickly with ingredients on hand I:

                                                                                                                                              Lightly toast a slice of bread. Coat it with marshmallow fluff. Cover the marshmallow with sliced bananas. Drizzle bananas with honey. Place under the broiler until banana starts to color and the marshmallow is just starting to turn golden brown. Eat in the closet where no one can see...try not to moan out loud.

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                                                                                                                                              1. i bought a foreman grill with some of my christmas money. not only did i buy it, but i have been using it and enjoying it. woe is me.

                                                                                                                                                1. I don't pre-rinse my chicken before baking it, or any other meat for that matter.

                                                                                                                                                  I do wash my hands after handling it though, lol!


                                                                                                                                                  1. Fritos dipped in sour cream and sprinkled with shredded cheddar cheese is the reason why I couldn't eat much chili at dinner last night.

                                                                                                                                                    1. 1. I am a subscriber of Food Network Magazine....and I like reading it.
                                                                                                                                                      2. I have a collection of cookbooks that I love to read for fun, but rarely cook from.
                                                                                                                                                      3. I use boxed cake mix. There, I said it.
                                                                                                                                                      4. I keep trying to like pork belly, but I really, really hate it.
                                                                                                                                                      5. I am a reasonably good cook, but rarely find the energy to cook for myself....thus the massive collection of lean cuisines, eggo blueberry waffles, and frozen taquitos in my freezer!

                                                                                                                                                      1. Even though I live 1 mile from the supermarket (about 5 minutes) I have polished off an entire package of Pepperidge Farms Milano cookies by myself on the drive home.

                                                                                                                                                        1. I use boxed cake mix!!!!!!!! YES I admit it!!! People don't seem to notice so does that make it OK???

                                                                                                                                                          BUT for the real infraction (dun dun dun!!) I just found boxes of cake/brownie mix in my pantry who's expiration date was 2007!! **face palm** GAH!

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jenscats5

                                                                                                                                                            jenscat5, I use boxed cake mix too, and you know, LOL I don't think you would notice anything about the expired ones. They all taste expired.

                                                                                                                                                          2. I ate easy cheese on ritz crackers for lunch. (both American and cheddar variety) and yes, I had beautiful brie in the fridge but the heart wants what it wants

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                Cheese in a can; you squirt it's deliciousness all over a cracker, top with another cracker, squeeze both crackers together, lick the cheese that shoots out the side, then munch away on your flat cracker sandwich. It's so gross, but so good. I will tell you the first ingredient is cheese, the rest is .....

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                                                                                                                  Actually, there isn't any cheese in it. The first ingredient is milk :>(

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                    "Pasteurized processed cheese food" -- you have to have food for the cheese?

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: sunangelmb

                                                                                                                                                                    Not in this lifetime. Not for me. But thanks for being brave and answering. You have inspired me to be equally honest. I ate a box of generic store brand ice cream sandwiches last week. They have to be at least as bad as your cheese, as they're made with water from the Newark River.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MsMaryMc

                                                                                                                                                                      Eating it as we speak, in front of the TV, while watching Triple-D. It doesn't get much trashier! :-) :-) :-)

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: southernitalian

                                                                                                                                                                      oh, that's so awful it doubles back on itself and becomes genius.

                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: sunangelmb

                                                                                                                                                                      Yes! I love this from childhood. Sometimes....lol....I'll take a piece of pepperoni and squeeze easy cheese on it and squish it into a "tiny taco!" Ah, good kid food..and adult food sometimes. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: woelkaru

                                                                                                                                                                        This is the best thing to do with EZ Cheese (though I haven't done it in years now) ... tiny toast + swirl of EZ Cheese + pimento stuffed green olive = processed food heaven

                                                                                                                                                                    4. I hate kale.

                                                                                                                                                                      I hate fennel.

                                                                                                                                                                      I will never try huitlacoche no matter how hard you try to sell me on it.

                                                                                                                                                                      I don't care how good you say your haggis is, count me out.

                                                                                                                                                                      You can also keep your 1,000 year old eggs.


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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: khintx

                                                                                                                                                                          I will try most things once, and I liked huitlacoche. Not sure my stomach did though ...

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: foiegras

                                                                                                                                                                            Tried huitlachoche once on a HUGE tostada (at a bowling alley of all places). It was so delicious, I refused to share with anyone else at the table. I $hit black for a week . . . .

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Sometimes, I make a "salad",of canned Le Seur peas, Best Foods mayo, onion, s&p and a squeeze of lemon juice. Sometimes, I grate a little Colby cheese into it. I'm so ashamed. But I feel better for the confession.
                                                                                                                                                                          But you people that consume Nutella, you are just disgusting.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: RosePearl

                                                                                                                                                                            My mother used to make something like this. I think she added walnuts to it too. In that it reminds me of "special" meals at home, it brings back fond memories.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. I LOOOOVE Stacy's Pita Chips, the Simply Naked ones. I went to buy some, got into a little bit of a frenzy when I couldn't find it and went to about 6 supemarkets to look for it and for some reason, THEY'RE NOT THERE. I've never looked so hard for 1 product before I swear. I sound nuts.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: youngnsassy

                                                                                                                                                                              I'm also addicted, but especially for the giant bag at CostCo--the chips are thicker than grocery store ones, so more crunch per bite.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. I made the recipe that was my childhood special. Orange thing, sweet, with crushed vanilla wafers.

                                                                                                                                                                              First I used condensed milk and it was a disaster, then I decipered my Mother's hand writing and saw "sw" so tried it with sweetened condensed milk. This time it looked right, but the taste was too sweet and bland.

                                                                                                                                                                              I probably will never make it again and that's sad.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Here's a big confession: I don't particularly like a big olive oil. I've had plenty of "good" ones. I do cook and make vinaigrettes with it, but when it comes to replacing the butter on my bread, or drizzling over my finished dishes, the flavor is intrusive and not terribly tasty to me. No, my oil has not been rancid; I just don't care a lot for the taste.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm with you on that. I don't actually like olives either, which probably has something to do with it. But I DO like a lemon infused cold pressed olive oil, which I use to make mayonaisse at times. It comes out so lush and lemony and I love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. At a family Easter meal yesterday, I ate jello with fruit, AND "ambrosia." After eating ham from Wal-Mart. I am going to Hell.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rockandroller1

                                                                                                                                                                                    There's probasbly a handcart waiting with your name on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: rockandroller1

                                                                                                                                                                                      its ok, you only ate it.... thats only a few decades in purgatory. now if you had cooked it....

                                                                                                                                                                                      i managed to absent mindedly eat a whole box of wheat thins that were supposed to go on the cheese plate before thanksgiving dinner. think of all those extra calories i saved those other people from eating. a good deed, no?

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                                                        some horrible person at work brought in a box of BBQ Smoked Wheat Thins yesterday because she didn't want them tempting her, and i ate at least a quarter of the box. they were REALLY GOOD.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                          never even heard of those, now i want to try them. you are an evil person mariacarmen.... (kidding of course)

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                                                          Uh-oh! Do you still bear the scars?

                                                                                                                                                                                          I once ate a loaf of home-made bread, that was intended for later. That was a bad moment in my life, but I managed to survive.


                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                            the worst was the day a potluck picnic was cancelled because of a very last minute rainstorm. went home with the 16 piece bucket of chicken and watched a movie on TV. and by the end of the movie found myself reaching into an empty container... all 16 pieces gone... da menehune must have snuck in and stolen half of them while i was focused on the movie.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                                                              oh, I hate those days -- because now not only do you not feel well because you ate. the.whole.thing, but you're choking on the guilt, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                Guilt? What guilt? It WAS the Menehune, who are the rest of the bucket!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                That's my story, and I am sticking to it.


                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                                                                Obviously, an Hawaiian sea-gull must have swooped down on that bucket, and taken ALL of the chicken. Heck, I have seen that happen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I relate similar to my lovely, young wife, when I tell her that in AZ, the wine has all evaporated, and I must pour more... [Grin]



                                                                                                                                                                                                PS - though you might not have seen her standing, my wife is rather "short of stature," and many maintain that she is the "Queen of the Menehune." I sort of agree.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now Mr. Hunt, you know very well we don't have seagulls in Hawaii. Per the above...it was the menehune... like you said, thats my story and I'm sticking to it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  (menehune are sometimes referred to as "Hawaiian Leprechauns", although are more likely legend-ized stories about the peoples who inhabited the islands before the wave of people now known as Hawaiians arrived probably sometime in the 12th-14th century.)

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: rockandroller1

                                                                                                                                                                                            At least you know you'll be Greeted when you get there.

                                                                                                                                                                                          3. I'm terrible about using up leftover herbs I've purchased, and I like Easy Mac.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Fennel is disgusting to me. I even tried roasting it the way Ina Garten suggests for people who don't like fennel. It still tasted like a big pile of licorice, which I also dislike.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I like Kings Hawaiian Rolls split open and dragged across the top of a softened butter stick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would say that's gilding the lily PERFECTLY!

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I love Diners, Drive Ins & Dives

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I put ketchup on my hot dog

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I hate ice cream

                                                                                                                                                                                                  There I said it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ctfoodguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do you put mustard on your hamburger as well?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ctfoodguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Whats wrong with ketchup on a hot dog? Now, ketchup on a hot wiener is a sin, but I always thought a hot dog was fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: schoenfelderp

                                                                                                                                                                                                          What's the difference between a hot dog and a "hot wiener"? I use wiener and hot dog interchangeably.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Dave,

                                                                                                                                                                                                        You have me on every count.


                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Once in a while, I forgo all my chowhounding ways, and just want a grilled cheese made with kraft slices, and a big bowl of Campbell's chicken noodle soup for lunch. It hits the spot a couple times a year, preferably with a 'Friends' re-run on the tube.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          There, I said it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mine's cream of tomato (made with milk, natch) -- but yep, I'm with you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            And bread-and-butter pickles on the grilled cheese (which is made with Wonderbread, thank you)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cheese sandwiches, I often do, but always go to Boar's Head, or Cowgirl Creamery, and seldom (ever?) to Kraft slices.


                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                c'mon back down here to the other side of the tracks, Bill...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sunshine842



                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PS - I take my cheese fairly seriously, and know that you do too. When was the last time that you had a Kraft's Single (imitation processed cheese-food product)?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It wasn't Kraft, because Kraft doesn't sell here - but about 2 weeks ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Uh-oh. Not Kraft, eh? I thought that they had a trademark on "orange cheese," but must be wrong.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nope, the stuff in my fridge is made by La Vache Qui Rit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Almost sounds edible in French! hehe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lucky Stores in California used to have a particularly bad version, and I believe Safeway did too... but not as sure about that. it would not melt, and had about as much real cheese flavor as low end cheese crisps - i.e. faux Cheetos. I never understood the not melting part as it had a very waxy/parifiny texture... and if you tried to burn it it just sort of curled up and smoked. Yeah, don't ask.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BillHunt: imitation processed cheese:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hubby&I plus son + his best friend did a Playa Flamingo vacation a few years ago (Costa Rica). the house we rented needed food in it so went shopping. bought a ton of stuff plus we'd shipped necessary items for when we arrived.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bought a few kinds of cheese for sandwiches etc. and realized every package I'd bought wasn't real cheese. so every time I made grilled cheese sandwiches they commented :
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "looks like we're having **like** cheese sandwiches for lunch".
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        it doesn't melt or have any flavor. who knew it was so dang awful but certainly cost same or more as regular real cheese does here :~(
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        live and learn...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        they still use the tern 'like cheese' BTW and we always have a good giggle...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sidebar: the hubster just woke up and told me it read "like cheese" on the label.......hahahahaha I'd forgotten that ;))))

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reminds me of my sister's study abroad experience in Costa Rica, where she stayed with a host family for the full experience. There were some very good local Costa Rican foods, and, due to a quirk in customs laws, imported German chocolate was dirt cheap. But the Costa Ricans apparently don't really do cheese much other than 'tico cheese' which is kind of a niche product sort of deal. And then one day my sister came home from class and her affluent and cultured host family was all raving at this amazing American product they'd found in the international aisle of the local hypermarket and how it was the most amazing cheese they've ever tasted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And it turned out the miracle product they were raving about was a jar of Cheez Wiz.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, "real, imitation, processed cheese food-like product," abounds around the globe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have never developed a taste for such, sort of like Cheeze Whiz, or whatever it's called. Some claim that it works for some "sort of Mexican" dishes, but I remain unconvinced.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now, maybe one day, I will embrace Miracle Whip as real, French mayonnaise? Or maybe not... [Grin]


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was reading a food industry magazine once a few years back, and caught an ad the was very bright with a salad with cheese shreds on top, and then I read the promo line- "Colorful Shreds give the appearance of cheese to your salad bar!" I never did find out what they were made out of, since it was before the internet was so handy and available

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "Colorful Shreds give the appearance of cheese to your salad bar!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                wow, marketing at it's finest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i do remember when i worked at an ice rink in Berkeley California we used to keep gallon tins of nacho cheese sauce in the large storage room out by the rink... it was probably 40 degrees out there on a warm day. No matter the temperature that 'processed pasteurized cheese like product' never failed to come pouring out of that can like it was coming out of a fondue pot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                or as I call it, "pseudo-cheese"- as much as I detest the weird fake cheese stuff, I'm not a food snob. As proof, I admit:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I just finished my 3rd box(so far) of Girl Scouts Thin Mints

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bill, I am good with anouncing to the world a toasted cheese made with Cowgirl creamery, or many of the fine cheeses in my cheese drawer (yes, I have one... that should say something) - it is the confession to purchasing and eating the Kraft process product that had me declaring it as a confession:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and I have to reach past the AOC Brie de Meaux to get to the orange singles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm so with you, gingershelley.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              orange singles! i used to, as a child, mind you, keep them in their wraps, slip them under my shirt against my belly, and let my body heat soften them up before peeling off the plastic and eating them up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              there. how's that for a confession?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh no! Not another one. I think that what I am experiencing is a scene from the "Body Snatchers... " I am surrounded, and must fight off sleep.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Heresy! [Grin]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just never did warm to "orange cheese," especially if it had the word "Kraft" on the label.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  However, there ARE many great cheeses, that I have not warmed to either, but that is fodder for another thread on "really, really stinky cheeses."


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh my. That IS a confession. Even as a child, I could not abide with those. All of my peers lapped up "American cheese," and I would decline, and raid my mother's stash of "aged Swiss."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My mom would always tell me, "you won't like that," as she would take the bleus away from me. I would sneak behind her back and cut off some Stilton, or Gorgonzola. I was also always sneaking cheeses into the shopping cart at the A&P. Guess that I was a "sneaky child."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Give me the option of a cheese-course, and few desserts on the globe can compete. Give me a fully-stocked cheese trolley and and a fromagier, who knows their cheeses, and I am in heaven. Like my wine, I just love cheese, though have to admit that I know less about the latter. Still, I love learning.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I just ate a whole box of macaroni and cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At least it was Annie's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I feel a little funny.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: violin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Now you are talking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In this area, we have been known to enjoy Kraft (see replies above), but with some major additions, or changes, and the cheese is most often geared elsewhere, but that is just OUR tastes. To us, cheese is so very important.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I did put freshly grated Parmesan on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I feel a little better now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: violin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great! At least I am not flying solo here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you for the validation of the human palate. I needed that.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: violin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I ate a Kraft one one day last week, I was home sick and feeling some self pity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. I can't tell good coffee from mediocre coffee. I can tell really crap coffee, but it really has to be crap.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ricepad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sometimes I like really CRAP coffee. It seems to clean or clear my tastebuds. And it makes me feel like I am a hardcore-grit monster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As my girfriend Madeleine once famously said when we were in some god-forsaken dinner one year way back for a greasy breakfast, "If you think of this coffee not as coffee but a dark hot beverage, it really isn't so bad!". Now quoted whenever needed in greasy diners across the country:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That very well reminds me of "The Two" by Philip Levine. You might recite it when you propose or if you're not at that point, you could always use it on a Birthday card or anniversary card. Or you could just ignore this since so few people love or respect or adore poetry. But at least from that comment, it reminds me of "The Two" (which I do have memorized).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Had to go look up "The Two"--what a lovely poem; thank you. I'm impressed that you have it memorized, though I'm not sure I agree that it would be appropriate for a card or proposal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I still hate carrots and peas, and will only consume broccoli if it's well hidden behind cheese sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm addicted to Dairy Queen soft serve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I crave Olive Garden food about twice a year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I eat most of my in-home meals sitting on the couch instead of the perfectly lovely dining table.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: beachmouse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "I crave Olive Garden food about twice a year."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For me, it might be "once per millennium," and I have not had my "fix" for THIS millennium. Maybe next year?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          at least OG always has the soup/salad/breadsticks special running...it's usually at least okay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If I say that Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits are really tasty, do I have to admit I've eaten there?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MsMaryMc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              no, I'm sure someone must have brought you some.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Grin!!!! Took the words right out of my mouth.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: MsMaryMc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I used to go to Red Lobster JUST for the Cheddar Bay biscuits -- although I'd usually order something like a salad or fried shrimp to mask my true purpose. Then I discovered this recipe:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4 cups Bisquick
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 1/3 cups water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4 oz shredded cheddar cheese

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mix together and spoon onto cookie sheet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bake at 375 for 10-12 min

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Brush with topping

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 cup melted butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/8 tsp each garlic powder, onion powder, salt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 tsp dried parsley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pinch ground black pepper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Makes PERFECT Cheddar Bay biscuits in about 15 minutes. Now I never have to go back to Red Lobster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: 2roadsdiverge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I make something similar from scratch. I do a scratch biscuit and add fresh garlic, chopped green onions, sharp cheddar, a bit of fresh parsley, and pinches of cayenne and mustard powder. All IN the dough.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: 2roadsdiverge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My mom asked them at Red Lobster how they made the biscuits, and they told her they used the recipe on the back of the Bisquick box plus cheese and garlic powder :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have only been twice, and once was shortly after that location opened, so I am anything BUT an expert. Maybe I am just missing something, and probably should shut up and sit down - I might learn something useful.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: beachmouse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have tried to replicate an Olive Garden soup at home ;) And rather well, if I do say so myself :) Cooked the beans from scratch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Instead of eating the lovely high quality, 70% Easter bunny my husband lovingly chose for me for Easter, I ate nearly a whole box of Cadbury's favourites and then went out and bought myself a bag of Malteasers and ate those over the week. For some reason I just felt like crappy chocolate and I enjoyed it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My bunny looks so lonely in the fridge.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TheHuntress

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    his days are numbered no doubt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i found a tin of jack daniels chocolates one year in august that had been a christmas gift. they didn't last very long once rediscovered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hey, think of chocolate-aged Bourbon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Actually, not that long ago, we had a 25 year old Pappy Van Winkle, and it had major chocolate notes, but Julian Van Winkle said that was from the toast of the barrels? Not sure if I believed him, and especially after your story.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I don't 'do' diets but I'm trying the Dukan diet for a month.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not to lose weight of course, but to sort out some digestive issues that medical science has given up on.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So far I have lost 8lb in 10 days and have quadrupled my food expenditure. (I usually eat vegetarian, I'm now eating fish twice a day). But the digestive issues HAVE disappeared.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Next stop is liver failure - this is one seriously unhealthy diet!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Peg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that very issue is appearing the French press on a nearly daily basis -- much to the chagrin of the millions of French people who've been worshipping Dukan for a couple of years now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Doesn't help that he was recently disciplined by the French medical authority for his (completely ridiculous) statements about models and anorexia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I can't believe how people don't realise how bad the diet is for you - I'm only risking it because I've recently had a battery of medical tests that show my liver and kidneys are healthy so I reckon they can take a bit of stress. Before I tried this 'regime' I scanned the net and found some pretty misguided blogs - one person proudly said they'd not eaten vegetables for 6 weeks. Then their blog entries stopped. I can only hope they're not on dialysis now, or worse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anyway, I'm now slowly reintroducing carbs to see at what point my original symptoms show up - that'll be somewhere between my old diet (pulses and wholegrains at every meal) and Dukan (no pulses or grains at all).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Peg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          but in France, there is an entire aisle of every pharmacy dedicated to regimes and produits a mincer -- weight-loss remedies -- and the television shopping channels run non-stop with any manner of things guaranteed to help you lose weight. It's a secret obsession here -- just this morning, I saw an infomercial dedicated to massaging a cream on your tummy every morning to trim down and lost weight. (really? good luck with that...) Haven't watched the one about bee venom (yes, venom - like bee stings) long enough to figure out what it's all about.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's a little surprising that a reasonably intelligent population buys into such crap, and that the otherwise *very* protective healthcare industry hasn't stepped in. (We can't even buy aspirin over the counter - we have to ask the pharmacist to fetch the box for us, so he/she can make sure it matches our medical history -- unless it's your regular pharmacist, you'll be peppered with questions and dire warnings...at which point you need the damned aspirin worse than when you walked in)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Peg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Duken Diet? Is that like the one that I am on, the Dunkin' Diet... ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hope not, as I think that I have gained 5 lbs., since I started it.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Only if you're dunkin' boiled shrimp into fat-free yogurt with a chaser of oat bran.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Peg


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My "Dunkin' Diet" features deep-fried lard, so maybe it's the same thing?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. I enjoy finer dining and gourmet ingredients but...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I like diet coke (I'll drink it with my meal in place of wine)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I use an ass load of splenda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I like classico jarred sauces and boxed ronzoni pasta

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Rodzilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          so when do you confess to the bad stuff?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ummm I accidentally hit report rather than reply.... I hope it doesn't delete it, cuz I was replying solely to say "like" whoops :-/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Rodzilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I will NEVER drink any soft-drink, in place of my wine. Even at breakfast, I can find a wonderful little "breakfast Chardonnay." Maybe that is just me?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              yeaahh.... I think it' just you. I can manage a bloody Mary or a Mimosa (a Buck's Fizz, for the non-Yanks in the crowd) in the morning, but that's about all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We went to a tasting a few weeks ago that started at 10 am - that was hard enough.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ah... memories. when i lived in korea I ended up with a couple of korean house mates over the years, one of them took a real liking to wine... especially whites. he had a very early start time at work, and one saturday morning i came in especially late from friday night to find him sitting down to a big breakfast of hot dogs, kim chee, rice, and a large tumbler of chardonnay. as i was listing about 20 degrees to the starboard at that moment it didn't seem an appropriate time to discuss the pros and cons of wine as a breakfast beverage. I simply sat down at the table and he very happily dished up and poured breakfast for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'll stick with kimchee and eggs. It is a winning combination. Ok and spinach mixed in. Hot dogs and rice would taint the excellence of hot-spicy kimchee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i hear about kimchee a lot.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    what am I missing I wonder?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Strange cabbage mixed with fish guts, salt, and hot peppers. It is then placed in a jar and buried for a couple of weeks or longer to rot. Recommend hazmat suit and gas mask when opening the jar for the first time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Apallingly addicting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I much prefer the cucumber version! Although prepared the same way, find it less... rotten.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          for the most part kim chee is only 'aged' in the winter. it is pickled vegetables, most often using won-bok cabbage. In fact i think, someone will correct me I'm sure, only cabbage is true kim chee, collectively it is referred to as ban-chan. In the US we tend to call all ban-chan kim chee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Korean companies give their employees a special bonus in the fall so they can afford to buy the supplies they need to make kimchee to last through the winter. The cabbage is salted and allowed to wilt, the water poured off, then the kochujang - chili pepper paste - is layered between the leaves. The prepared cabbage is put into a clay pot, and if you live someplace with a yard, is often buried to keep a more stable temperature. If you live in the city in an apartment you put the pots out on the balcony (a balcony for this purpose is required in all multi family housing) where the pickling and low temperatures keep it good till the spring crop of cabbage. During spring, summer and fall, kimchee is made weekly or daily depending on the family and how much kimchee they eat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The chili pepper paste is made of dried ground red chili, fish oil, minced garlic, and other 'secret family recipe' flavors that may include brine shrimp, carrots, onion, sesame oil, sesame seeds, sesame leaves, more salt, turnip, msg, etc. Some people even buy pre-mixed kochujang from the market. Something a Korean grandmother or auntie will and bemoan greatly - igoe, igoe, igoe (alas, alas, alas).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And yes, it becomes addicting. Indian and young's satire aside...it will taste fermented in some cases, it should never taste rotten.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I suspect my employer might object if I started indulging in "breakfast Chardonnay."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: foiegras

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, I think my students (& admins) would notice if I had "breakfast Chardonnay".. I'll leave wine to people with jobs outside of education. :) (Although I think the idea of filling a honeydew with riesling sounds like a good part of summer brunch.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Coming late to this one, but better late than never:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I hate coffee and most wine. Too bitter.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love frozen pizza, and have been known to eat an entire one in a single sitting. Yes, I know how to make my own and it's very tasty, but sometimes, I just want a frozen one.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I use canned items, including veggies and soups, fairly regularly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The amount of candy I eat, as an adult, well, let's just say it's embarrassing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Well, since I feel like my internal clock is about 5 months behind, I figure now is a good time to confess:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Despite growing up in the US, I don't believe I have ever eaten Kraft singles or Kraft mac & "cheese." And I think you people who do are gross ; )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - If I could get away with it health-wise, I would probably eat dessert foods all day. And barbecue potato chips. And french fries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - While I enjoy a glass or two of good wine, I prefer using it for my own sangria (w/organic fruit and mild sweetening, but still).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - I will also happily watch Guy Fieri.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Chowhound is my procrastination tool of choice. You guys are great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: guilty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "I don't believe I have ever eaten Kraft singles or Kraft mac & "cheese." "

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Me, either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. -The amount of half and half I go through for my morning coffeeS is obscene.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Long John Silvers 4EVER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -I started crying when Sonic discontinued their Jalapeno Poppers (but they're back!!!!!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -I HATE fruit juice (ANY, but esp. cranberry!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I do not like Macaroni and Cheese or Hot dogs. My mom used to make them all of the time so I have a huge aversion to them now.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love mustard, especially honey-dijon and use it at almost every dinner meal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I do not like eating store-bought cake and therefore have been making my own birthday cakes for at least five years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Missed this thread until now, but I really dislike most tasting menus and I've hit many of the major ones, like TFL. It's not the time sitting, since I enjoy a few glasses of the bubbly, some apps before ordering dinner and gabbing with my friends- we can easily do 3 or 4 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It just seems so precious to me and no matter how "divine", harkens back to high school banquets when we all got the same food. The "to go" treats, so festively wrapped- does nothing for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: BubblyOne

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here's my theory on tasting menus, and on communal tables--which seem like related phenomena to me:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The way I've heard a lot of people exult and wax poetic about putting themselves in the hands of the Great Chef, sitting where and with whom they're told, and eating whatever is put before them...well, sometimes it just starts to sound kind of kinky to me. It's a lot like how I've heard people describe their extreme Dom/sub relationships: you give over all control, and sublime ecstasy ensues. Whatever. I'm happy it makes them happy, but it just doesn't appeal to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MsMaryMc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But don't you sit at a table and eat what is put before you when you eat with family or friends?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Somehow I'm not seeing the connection between a tasting menu and being smacked with leather in the name of sex.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I sit with down with family and friends, and occasionally, with friends of theirs that they like enough to want to bring along. I choose to sit with these folks. That's not exactly the same as sitting with a communal table, with whatever strangers have also made a reservation. My family and friends will generally know something about who they're cooking for, and will make things we like, or at least avoid things we don't (unless there's plenty more to eat without it). And, I'm not from a tribe of bleeding-edge foodies--my family and friends just don't often serve raw meats and fish, offal, and other odd bits that a lot of people (me included) don't care for, but that very often turn up as central features on tasting menus.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And this might be enough to get this post censored on this board...but you are confused about Dom/sub relationships. You are thinking of the S/M part of the whole BDSM equation--that's where getting smacked with leather and suchlike comes in. Dom/sub is not about pain, it's about submission and giving over power and control. They sometimes go together, but they can be quite distinct and separate. While I have had a few meals where I wondered if the chef was intentionally inflicting pain on their customers, that's not what I was talking about here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: MsMaryMc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It isn't about control for me. It is about variety. I can never make up my mind, and would rather eat a bunch of small plates than risk ordering one entree. I may love it (I love most things), but I'll always wish i had tried the ___ instead. Sure, the ___ is a reason to go back, but there are so many restaurants and so little time, and I might never get back to Le Bec Fin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: 2roadsdiverge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, I'm with you on the variety thing. I love making a meal off small plates and happy hour munchies. I just like to be the one who picks them out, rather than taking whatever the chef decided to serve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: MsMaryMc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      THIS. *THIS* is what I'm talking about. Read this review and tell me you wouldn't have to have some sub tendencies to love a restaurant like this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Why I Won’t Miss Elemental

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. O.K., here goes. I'll brace myself for a firestorm from the crowd.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I. Do. Not. Understand. Most. Sushi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There, I've said it. I am not unsophisticated about food, although there are some here who are more worldly and knowledgeable than I. I do like to try new things and I'm a moderately adventuresome cook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have tasted sushi in good restaurants and even had some that was just fine. I am simply not blown away by it and am not interested, especially when there are so many other great things to eat! It's a lot of very white rice, for one thing. Also, being a former (yay!) colitis sufferer, I am still leary of the raw fish which makes such a frequent appearance in sushi. The old parasite thing scares me!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    All right, come and get me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that's okay -- if you have tried it with an open mind and don't like it -- that's cool. We all have our likes and dislikes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And it's double okay as long as you don't think I'm crazy or weird or stupid because I *do* like it (or at least keep it to yourself if you do!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OK, it's a deal! I'll put "crazy, weird, and stupid" on my "do not type" list!!! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Would you please see that all the other posters get a copy! :D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have grown to like sushi, but I do have to admit that I am not very discerning. Unless the fish is off, most of the sushi I had at Morimoto in New York tasted about the same as at the Sushi King in Kansas City (except the otoro, which was amazing and isn't even available in KC).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What I don't get is the insane amount of training and expertise that Japanese sushi chefs apparently require.I saw a documentary where one chef said that he had been doing his job for 40 years and still thinks he has a lot to learn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So my point is, I guess I don't really "understand" sushi either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: 2roadsdiverge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, I once saw on some show about a guy who had been training to cook the rice for five years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: 2roadsdiverge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I guess sushi chef must be a lot more complicated than my job ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: 2roadsdiverge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A friend of mine introduced me to sushi at the Japanese joint around the corner from my office in the northern suburbs of Cincinnati some time back. I loved it. After a couple of years, since I almost never ate it anywhere else, I thought to myself that maybe I don't like sushi -- maybe I only like what that place sells as sushi, that maybe they're not very good at it. Another friend, who has lived in Japan at various times, reassured me: It's the real deal, and I like the right stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I watch Food Network shows and do not find them proof that the network is trying to destroy civilization as we know it, or even murder good cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I just thought of another one: I really don't like chimichurri. In fact, I really don't like parsley in just about any form.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like tabbouleh just fine, except for the parsley part.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Big spoonfuls of Nutella .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Putting mayo on hot dogs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Iceberg lettuce-and-mayo-only sandwiches.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hating most cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am pretentious enough to feel like most food shows are beneath my cooking skill level.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: CallAnyVegetable

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I kind of feel like hot dogs should be a confession all on their own ;) I recently ate them topped with brown sugar and bacon baked beans, yellow mustard, and onion on wheat buns ... quite delicious, if nutrionally marginal (but hey, I guess that's what confession is all about).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I can eat sweetened condensed milk straight from the can with a spoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Secretly I crave old-fashioned "ambrosia" - that hideous combo of canned mandarin orange slices, whipped cream, walnuts, and sweetened shredded coconut.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And sometimes I'll have cereal with half and half, instead of milk.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: DC in DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love making recipes that call for sweetened condensed milk so I can split the milk fairly between the recipe and my mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm so glad somebody else does too! :) There is nothing else like it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Super, super late to this thread, but if anyone else out there missed in it January like I did:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      --I love a great homemade mac and cheese, but there are times when only Velveeta Shells & Cheese will do

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      --D, D & D is regularly watched and enjoyed in our house too

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      --I can't stand fennel, but have a soft spot in my heart for the red plastic-wrapped anise candies that resided in my grandparents' house when I was growing up

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: DC in DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and "Watergate Salad", also known as green fluff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cool Whip, canned pineapple chunks, and pistachio pudding.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OMG. Every summer family gathering of my youth. I will now crave pistachio powder/pineapple/cool whip glop for one or two, maybe three weeks. Until I cave in and make it, eat a bit too much of it, and probably regret it. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: debbiel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          you can put the pistachio powder into vanilla yogurt -- it at least makes it marginally less "dirty"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ooh...now it's "gourmet"! Thanks, sunshine. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The "green salad" in my family involves lime jello and pulverized pear ... quite good, a guilty pleasure. Then there's the pink one, with cherries and pecans ... one of these is a must at holiday gatherings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I frigging love McDonald's double Quarter Pounder.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My local supermarket (Farm Fresh, related to Albertson's) carries a store brand of frozen pizza that is mind-blowing. Super-thin crust, spicy sauce and pepperoni ... and even when it's not on sale a pie is five bucks. Culinary Circle, check their website.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I can also eat the crap out of Pepperidge Farms cakes. PF makes red velvet cake now. I destroyed a whole one by myself on my last birthday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ditto for Trader Joe's strawberry shortcake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I can mainline Whole Paycheck's orange cream soda.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Amazingly I have not developed diabetes yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. In my ongoing effort to be organized, I purchased a new freezer which came with slidy-baskets & bins on the door. In cleaning out the old freezer (which was manual defrost) I came upon many things that had gotten lost in the back & was frozen to the shelves. Many items were freezer burnt & had to be thrown out. I threw out a HUGE bag of food....so shameful & wasteful!!!!!! Unbelievable....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. This thread about taco seasonings (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/860668) leads to another confession.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've tried many different recipes and chili powders and come to the conclusion that I prefer to use packaged mix for making taco filling. My current favorite is McCormick's where I use 1.5 lbs of ground beef per package.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. The place where I live screwed up and never gave me my Christmas package from a friend... I went to pick up another package and they said--oops--here, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, my friend always sends the best fudge, home-made caramels, and anise cookies (I am a black licorice addict)... and I confess (except for the fudge which smelled pretty bad):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I still ate the caramels and anise cookies. 6 months late. I know I am pathetic.