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Perilagu Khan Feb 3, 2012 09:15 AM

I've never had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Never tried oysters in any shape or form.

Never eaten Brussels sprouts, peaches, strawberries and cherries.

Never tried pate de foie gras or caviar.

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    cgarner Feb 3, 2012 09:49 AM

    I've never had a tuna noodle casserole
    Once I had a bite of a tuna melt sandwich and nearly tossed my cookies on the spot, from that point on, I came to the immediate realization that I cannot stomach warm, canned tuna in any form

    You're missing out on peaches, strawberries and cherries, Perilagu Khan!

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      gator28 Feb 3, 2012 09:59 AM

      I've never had tuna noodle casserole either! And I have no desire, really! It sounds disgusting.

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        melpy Feb 3, 2012 03:30 PM

        Ditto

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          gaffk Feb 3, 2012 04:14 PM

          Agreed. Never had and will never have a tuna noodle casserole (I do, however, feed tuna to my cats).

          And agreed, PK is missing out on peaches . . . especially locally grown from a farmer's market.

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          Bob W Feb 3, 2012 11:39 AM

          The beloved cook at my summer camp in Maine, in what I think was an ill-fated attempt to use up some stuff in the kitchen, tried serving tuna casserole once. He was almost lynched.

          This was 35 years ago, and you can still get a laugh when you mention Frank's tuna casserole.

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            rHairing Feb 3, 2012 06:28 PM

            I like a good tuna melt but the idea of the noodle casserole turns my stomach.

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              thirtyeyes Feb 3, 2012 08:01 PM

              Like most things tuna noodle casserole can by yummy if done properly with melted cheese, mushrooms, and bread crumbs.

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                sueatmo Feb 4, 2012 06:35 AM

                Correct. It is no different from any cheap comfort food. It is all about method. Even if you don't like the nutritional profile, done right, it can be filling and good. That's what the dish is--American peasant food.

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                  mcf Feb 4, 2012 07:03 AM

                  When I was a kid, I wouild have killed for the tuna noodle casseroles they ate at my friend's houses. We always had protein centered meals, salads, veggies... first thing I think I made for myself when I got out of the house... I would never eat it now, but those casseroles and foil TV dinners with the compartments looked like heaven to me then.

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                    sueatmo Feb 4, 2012 12:52 PM

                    I think I've made tuna noodle casserole, but it would have been so long ago, I can't remember. I know I've tasted tuna noodle casserole, and I remember thinking it wasn't bad.

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                      mcf Feb 4, 2012 01:00 PM

                      I used to inhale it. Made up for lost childhood hot dishes.

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                      Jeri L Feb 4, 2012 06:55 PM

                      Me too! I remember going to a friend's house for dinner: Hamburger Helper Potato Stroganoff, with frozen peas added. I was so impressed! We just got dumb old roasts and vegetables and homemade bread and stuff.

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                        sueatmo Feb 4, 2012 06:59 PM

                        Your poor mother was trying to cook good nutritious food for you, and you would have rather had Hamburger Helper instead! ;-D

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                          mcf Feb 5, 2012 06:26 AM

                          Damn right, LOL!

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                            jbsiegel Feb 5, 2012 11:18 AM

                            Oh, there's another one. Never had Hamburger Helper. (But lots of those TV dinners with the compartments - eaten on metal folding TV tables - lots of fond memories there!!)

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                              sueatmo Feb 5, 2012 02:51 PM

                              I've never used Hamburger Helper, and I don't think my mom did either. I can't remember when that product came out.

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                                goodhealthgourmet Feb 5, 2012 05:26 PM

                                1971.

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                                  sueatmo Feb 5, 2012 06:10 PM

                                  This would have been something that I saw advertised early in my marriage. I don't remember ever actually buying it.

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                                    jmcarthur8 Feb 6, 2012 03:06 PM

                                    I have always cooked a good dinner every night, and a couple times my ex wanted Hamburger Helper, raving about how much he loved it, so I made it for him. He still raved about it, so I bought 6 boxes of different flavors and served them to him every night that week.
                                    He never asked for Hamburger Helper again.

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                                melpy Feb 7, 2012 08:58 AM

                                Had It once at a friend's house for lunch leftover. This same friend introduced me to kraft Mac and cheese which I would beg for.

                                SO loves HH and it is one of the only meals he makes. It's been a year or two but he will make the beef pasta flavor and add extra beef and more noodles plus chili powder and seasoning salt. My mother never made it once though.

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                      shygirl Feb 5, 2012 11:17 AM

                      Lucky you, never to have had tuna noodle casserole! Like you, I cannot abide heated, tinned tuna.

                      And there is nothing like the flavour of perfectly ripe peaches, strawberries, and cherries....unless it's REAL tomatoes, picked whilst still warm from the sun. Sigh. Cravings happening here.

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                        Perilagu Khan Feb 5, 2012 11:34 AM

                        Never had a 'mater off the vine either.

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                          sueatmo Feb 5, 2012 02:53 PM

                          Well, they are wonderful, but hard to come by unless you know someone who raises them in his/her backyard, or you raise them yourself.

                          Even the tomatoes you buy in farmers' markets aren't the same, although they are better than supermarket tomatoes almost always.

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                            mattstolz Feb 5, 2012 05:28 PM

                            this is probably the post in this thread that i feel the most sympathy for.

                            there is absolutely NOTHING better than a mater fresh off the vine

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                              jmcarthur8 Feb 6, 2012 07:23 AM

                              +1
                              With Duke's, on good white bread, over the kitchen sink.

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                                jeanmarieok Feb 6, 2012 07:42 AM

                                +2

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                                ChrisOC Feb 6, 2012 08:06 AM

                                Especially when you are a kid and the mater is pilfered!

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                              eclecticsynergy Feb 6, 2012 01:20 PM

                              Agreed, there is nothing to compare with a fresh tomato, still warm from the sun!

                              And I feel somewhat sorry for Perilagu Khan, who's never felt juices dripping down the chin from a perfectly ripe sweet peach. One of the greatest G-rated sloppy experiences that life has to offer...

                              It's hard to imagine how someone could reach adulthood without ever tasting strawberries. Or cherries. As with other fruits, underripe ones are pretty ho-hum, but fresh ripe ones are just out of this world. Unless it's a case of having avoided them deliberately for one reason or another, I strongly recommend giving 'em a try this year- get some fresh strawberries from a farmer's market this June and you won't be sorry. Better yet, go to an organic farm out in the country and pick them yourself! Fresh-picked is always the best fruit experience.

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                                huiray Feb 6, 2012 02:19 PM

                                To be fair, and at least before very recent times, if you grew up in a country NOT located in the parts of the Western World/USA/UK/etc that specifically grew and savored strawberries - you were quite unlikely to have tasted fresh whole strawberries. Strawberry jam & preserves, perhaps, especially if your family had some financial means. Or if you had the privileged upbringing (and fortune) to visit some farm in the misty (and suitably cool) highlands or area of some country where strawberries were grown as a specialty crop for (e.g.) the expatriate population, especially in former British Colonial countries.

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                                  raisingirl Feb 6, 2012 07:27 PM

                                  I just wanted to say thank you for saying this. I am a fervent believer in the idea of good food for all, but am sometimes disturbed at the way people sometimes talk about food as though there is one universal (generally Western and first world) experience and way of going about things, and not taking into accounts issues like classism and ethnocentricity.

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                                    FoodPopulist Feb 6, 2012 08:04 PM

                                    Speaking of ethnocentrism, I wonder how many people on this board have had cassava, one of the world's most important staple foods, in a form other than tapioca.

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                                      RUK Feb 7, 2012 05:37 AM

                                      Cassava/Manihot chips and Pacu steaks - Fish and Chips in Brazil! :-) Yum!

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                                        mcf Feb 7, 2012 08:18 AM

                                        Chips!

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                                        huiray Feb 6, 2012 08:10 PM

                                        You're welcome.

                                        Yes, it sometimes is disturbing how folks on Chowhound talk about stuff as if the U.S. of A. constitutes the entire universe.

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                                          RUK Feb 7, 2012 05:41 AM

                                          Doesn't one tend to see things through the lens of one's country of origin?

                                          and not everybody travels....

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                                            Perilagu Khan Feb 7, 2012 06:27 AM

                                            Exactly. And I think it's safe to say a good 90% of posters on this site are Americans. It's not *gasp!* "ethnocentrism" or "classism" or any other silly ism, it's experience and pragmatism.

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                                              ttoommyy Feb 7, 2012 07:06 AM

                                              Exactly PK. Well said. We have to start from a "common place" or there would be no use in a discussion on the topic you started:

                                              "Is There Any COMMONPLACE Dish You've Never Eaten?"

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                                                huiray Feb 7, 2012 07:30 AM

                                                Then it might have been useful for the OP to have mentioned in his initial post that he was thinking of the USA specifically or whatever sphere of the world he had in mind. After all, this thread is appearing in the General Chowhounding Topics board, which is supposed to be open for discussions from around the globe and by folks from any place. Isn't CH supposed to be a global forum, even if most of the participants happen to be from the USA?

                                                The contretemps about strawberries, for example, as reflected in the language used in the posts is indicative of the assumption that this fruit is altogether a common fresh fruit freely available to all denizens of the entire world whoever they may be and whatever their circumstances. That is simply not so.

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                                                  Perilagu Khan Feb 7, 2012 08:46 AM

                                                  It is a given that the frame of reference here is the US. If I were on a food site where 90% of the posters were Chinese and a poster started a thread such as this where everybody referred to foods common in China, I don't think I'd whine.

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                                                    huiray Feb 7, 2012 09:16 AM

                                                    Yet it is a global forum.

                                                    I made an observation about the assumptions of the posters here regarding the universality of strawberries and pointed out that it would not have been freely available in all parts of the world, and later remarked about the USA/Western-centric responses on a global forum. Other posters also agreed with me. Elsewhere here in this thread there has been discussion about non-universality of peanut butter by another poster. Your attitude suggests that even mentioning such things are not allowed. I would hardly qualify my responses as "whining" but you're entitled to your opinion.

                                                    As for that other food site you speculated about, would that be a China-specific forum or a global forum?

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                                                      Perilagu Khan Feb 7, 2012 09:55 AM

                                                      Of course it's a global forum. What are the administrators going to do? Block all IPs that don't originate in the US? But functionally, by virtue of where 90% of the posters call home, this is an American forum with American frames of reference. So-called Western/USA-centric responses are to be expected. But perhaps we should affix an automatic caveat to all our posts stating, "I understand my response reflects a Western bias springing from living in the U.S. and is not intended to slight the cultural practices, preferences and beliefs on the non-Western world." Perhaps this would salve your dainty sensibilities.

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                                                    ttoommyy Feb 7, 2012 01:11 PM

                                                    I apologize, but when I post here I assume most people are in the US since there are boards for other parts of the world. I also assume that someone living in say, Croatia for example, who does not speak or write English as a first or even second language is not visiting this forum. If I am stupid and close-minded for thinking so, so be it.

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                                                      mcf Feb 7, 2012 02:18 PM

                                                      If there are boards for other countries, shouldn't that alert us to the fact that the CH population is international and that folks from many places might be posting and reading on the topical boards? I've seen many from around the world participating on topic boards.

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                                                        ttoommyy Feb 7, 2012 02:19 PM

                                                        I guess. I never looked at it that way. Call me egocentric. I can take it. :)

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                                                          Perilagu Khan Feb 7, 2012 03:03 PM

                                                          Ethnocentric. ETHNOcentric. Get with the program and learn all those isms you use to oppress The Other. ;)

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                                                            Passadumkeg Feb 8, 2012 07:54 AM

                                                            Even here on Trafalmadore, we have special foods, but still I often crave meat loaf and mashed potatoes.
                                                            So it goes!

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                                                  John E. Feb 7, 2012 10:42 AM

                                                  You are correct. I was going to post that I have never eaten lutefisk but I thought someone would reply that it is not commonplace. Well, In much of Minnesota between Thanksgiving and Christmas lutefisk is ubiquitous. The family of one of my SILs even cooks it in their home every Christmas. Most people I know eat it at the church suppers. I wonder how I have managed to avoid it all these years?

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                                                  mcf Feb 7, 2012 08:18 AM

                                                  Not just country, but family, community, schooling, etc... environment and experience.

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                                        Emme Feb 5, 2012 05:12 PM

                                        Me neither on the Tuna Noodle Casserole. I don't mind tuna, but the thought of tinned tuna... in a cream sauce... over noodles... I'm not hungry thanks.

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                                      4. caseyjo Feb 3, 2012 10:14 AM

                                        I didn't try a peanut butter and jelly sandwich until college. I was underwhelmed.

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                                          Janet from Richmond Feb 3, 2012 10:30 AM

                                          Tuna noodle casserole
                                          Egg salad
                                          Deviled eggs
                                          Eggs Benedict (see a theme emerging <g>)

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                                            cgarner Feb 3, 2012 10:40 AM

                                            @Janet, are you allergic to eggs, or just have an aversion to them?

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                                              Janet from Richmond Feb 4, 2012 04:36 AM

                                              An aversion....a real aversion. ::::shudder::::: The only way I can eat eggs are if the white and yolk head out into the world as one, thoroughly cooked and there's a lot of cheese and meat or veggies involved (quiche, frittata, breakfast casseroles).

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                                                mattstolz Feb 4, 2012 06:50 AM

                                                is it the yolk or the white that bothers you? what about egg beaters?

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                                                  Janet from Richmond Feb 4, 2012 10:40 AM

                                                  The white. Also I have never had a runny yolk but they don't gross me out like the inside of a boiled or Deviled egg does. The thoughts of an egg white omelet...yuk.

                                                  I have never had egg beaters. Or a reason to try them.

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                                                    Isolda Feb 6, 2012 01:17 PM

                                                    Until very recently (like, in the past two years, and I'm almost 49), I couldn't eat eggs either, unless they were seriously well-beaten, with chalazas removed beforehand, and cooked to death.For some reason I've come to enjoy fried eggs (minus the chalaza, 'cause that's just icky) with slightly underdone yolks. I don't have them often (usually with bibimbap). And I totally agree that the yolk is by far the most edible part.

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                                                      sueatmo Feb 6, 2012 04:42 PM

                                                      I love eggs, and I love the yolks.

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                                                  beachmouse Feb 4, 2012 04:33 PM

                                                  I'm with you on the egg aversion/revulsion and carry that on to quiche, friatta, and the like as well. With me, part of it is the smell of cooking/just cooked eggs that's a huge turnoff.

                                                  It takes hiding them in a custard or meringue before I start to find eggs acceptable.

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                                                    shygirl Feb 5, 2012 11:21 AM

                                                    I've never had a fried egg in my life, nor soft-boiled, nor poached.....I'll eat a hard-boiled one occasionally, and can manage the rare bite of scrambled eggs; otherwise, they'd better be well-buried in other things. Ever read Nigel Slater's book, "Toast"? The poor guy has a worse egg phobia than I do.

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                                                      melpy Feb 7, 2012 09:13 AM

                                                      Never had soft boiled. Only had hard boiled in egg or pasta salad but I don't like it.
                                                      Used to only eat scrambled or omelet. I prefer wetter rather than dry or brown eggs. I branched into fried and poached but eggs can skive me out like none other depending on the day.

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                                                  Perilagu Khan Feb 3, 2012 11:04 AM

                                                  I'm with you, Janet. The only way I like eggs is scrambled or in challa.

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                                                4. Bob W Feb 3, 2012 11:37 AM

                                                  PB&J. I find peanut butter to be disgusting.

                                                  I like Reese's, roasted peanuts, and peanut soup.

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                                                    goodhealthgourmet Feb 3, 2012 03:22 PM

                                                    so your aversion to PB is a texture thing?

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                                                      Bob W Feb 5, 2012 07:48 PM

                                                      Texture, smell, taste...I revile it!

                                                      When I was a kid I hated mustard as much, and was forced to eat cold cuts with inferior condiments like catchup and mayo. Fortunately I came around on that. 8>D

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                                                        mattstolz Feb 5, 2012 09:38 PM

                                                        you came around on ketchup but not pb?

                                                        sad day indeed.

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                                                          Bob W Feb 6, 2012 06:42 AM

                                                          Came around on how inferior ketchup is! Have tried PB from time to time but cannot even swallow it.

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                                                      melpy Feb 3, 2012 03:31 PM

                                                      Lol, I like peanut butter, though not in dessert, so I hate reeses.

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                                                        eclecticsynergy Feb 6, 2012 01:27 PM

                                                        Bob, you might consider trying fresh almond butter or cashew butter. Whole different thing. I quit buying peanut butter some time ago but other freshly made nut butters are far superior, and can be substituted anywhere one might use peanut butter. Better flavor, better for you, and they do NOT have the texture of spackling paste.

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                                                      2. Brianne920 Feb 3, 2012 11:40 AM

                                                        I have never had salmon or bologna (baloney?)--hell if I know.

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                                                          Terrieltr Feb 3, 2012 01:22 PM

                                                          My perpetual response to baloney has always been "Oh, hell, no." I can't explain it entirely. I think it's the uniform color and texture.

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                                                            Brianne920 Feb 3, 2012 02:59 PM

                                                            Same! And I don't like the smell. To each their own, though....I suppose :)

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                                                            gaffk Feb 3, 2012 04:14 PM

                                                            Never had salmon? How does one avoid this ubiquitous fish?

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                                                              Brianne920 Feb 4, 2012 08:57 AM

                                                              I am really not sure! I've had all kinds of white fish, tuna, swordfish, etc. and liked them decently, and I really love shellfish, but something about it always freaked me out--I could completely be missing something big! It just never appealed to me enough to order it, and my family never ate it when I was young.

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                                                              thirtyeyes Feb 3, 2012 08:02 PM

                                                              Fried bologna and eggs can be very tasty, kind of like fried spam and eggs.

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                                                                Brianne920 Feb 4, 2012 08:58 AM

                                                                I've never had SPAM, either----and, let's be serious, I'm from PA and I eat scrapple. I'm not scared of the ingredients in it, it's just never appealed to me. I should try it on purpose soon.

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                                                                  gaffk Feb 4, 2012 03:34 PM

                                                                  Agreed. I love scrapple (also from PA), but have never thought to try SPAM.

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                                                                    shygirl Feb 5, 2012 11:22 AM

                                                                    What is scrapple?

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                                                                      gaffk Feb 5, 2012 07:55 PM

                                                                      Seriously shy (kicking Veggo & PK under the table), it's a product common in PA that's made of the scraps of the pig left over after butchering, cornmeal and spices. Typically, it's known as all parts of the pig but the oink. When people from non-scrapple areas of the country hear about it, they are generally repulsed. But those of us who grew up on it think it's delicious. (Hence the analogy to Spam.)

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                                                                        John E. Feb 5, 2012 09:06 PM

                                                                        Except that Spam is not made out of the parts that make up scrapple. Spam is spiced ham and pork shoulder.

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                                                                          shygirl Feb 5, 2012 09:49 PM

                                                                          A bit like headcheese? It does ick me out, but I don't know why, since I like liver & sweetbreads. I'm in favour of utilising every part of the critters who give their lives for us; I just haven't got up the nerve yet to try it all. At least "scrapple" sounds okay - the word itself, I mean - whereas "headcheese" just sounds revolting.

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                                                                            gaffk Feb 6, 2012 12:20 PM

                                                                            I'm with you on headcheese. I may have eaten it without knowing it (I'm like that with cheese), but the name does unreasonably skeeve me out.

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                                                                              ttoommyy Feb 6, 2012 02:16 PM

                                                                              Headcheese is not cheese, gaffk. It is a terrine made with flesh from the head of a calf or pig (sometimes a sheep or cow), and often set in aspic.

                                                                              I love it myself. But I can see why people would not. Here's a pic.

                                                                               
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                                                                                gaffk Feb 6, 2012 04:12 PM

                                                                                OK, I've never eaten that.

                                                                                Thanks tt, I learn something new every day. Headcheese is one of those things I've heard of but never sought out.

                                                                                Having said that, I was at a local (SE PA) festival this summer where they demonstrated 19th century scrapple making. The entire pig's head was in the pot--teeth, eyes and all. Still I eat scrapple; so if confronted with headcheese, I'm sure I'd at least taste it (but still not seek it out ;)

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                                                                                  mattstolz Feb 6, 2012 05:02 PM

                                                                                  haha this might be my favorite post in this thread.

                                                                                  -"headcheese is gross!"
                                                                                  -"yeah it looks disgusting"
                                                                                  -"heres a pic of it for you!"

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                                                                                    ttoommyy Feb 6, 2012 05:10 PM

                                                                                    I've always been a fan of visual aids!

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                                                                                      mcf Feb 6, 2012 05:29 PM

                                                                                      Must be a man, then. ;-)

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                                                                                ttoommyy Feb 6, 2012 02:19 PM

                                                                                Spam is not at all like headcheese. It is much more ground up and does not contain a lot of gelatinous material within; just on the outside which is easily rinsed away.

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                                                                        al b. darned Feb 4, 2012 09:05 PM

                                                                        To me, bologna is just an oversized hot dog, tho i prefer it cold. Just like hot dogs, some bologna is better than others. This one of my secret vices: Bologna on white bread with brown mustard. To make it "extra special" I put ripple chips inside, too. Grilled bologna and cheese is pretty good, too.

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                                                                          Brianne920 Feb 5, 2012 06:29 AM

                                                                          Ha, I can respect that. As I've admitted before on Chowhound, though, I dislike mustard, and hot dogs, and........gulp.........cheese. Pretty much got my face eaten for that one. I like chips enough, though!

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                                                                            Janet from Richmond Feb 5, 2012 07:25 AM

                                                                            We have a friend who does not like cheese either. I didn't realize how much cheese I consume and cook with until I'm having him over and want to serve an appetizer other than hummus ;-)

                                                                            Signed,
                                                                            Janet, Cheesewhore

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                                                                              shygirl Feb 5, 2012 12:33 PM

                                                                              Cheesewhore - hahahaha That's ME! So, of course, it turns out that I'm lactose-intolerant. I get around it by trying, TRYING to stick to the aged hard cheeses, but it's so hard when I have access to a huge variety of the most fantastic cheeses.

                                                                              I was very touched to learn from my mother that her father was a cheese fanatic way back in the 1900's when pretty much the only cheese anyone ever saw was cheddar or Velveeta. It was he who got me to eat blue cheese, shortly before he died. (I was a teenager.) I so wish he were alive today to join me in trying all the amazing cheeses available now.

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                                                                                huiray Feb 5, 2012 01:45 PM

                                                                                I guess I would be another one who might be reluctant to accept an invitation from you for a meal at your place, then, if everything was cheeses and cheese-heavy stuff. ;-)
                                                                                (I'll eat it, though...)

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                                                                        2. rockandroller1 Feb 3, 2012 11:52 AM

                                                                          I've never had oysters, but I don't consider them very commonplace for where I live. I've been offered them but they hold zero appeal, looks like slurping down big nuggets of snot, and I am not a shellfish/seafood lover by any means so I just skip right by those. I've also never had crab, just smells and looks disgusting to me. I've tried lobster twice and hated it, I can't imagine crab being much different.

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                                                                            shygirl Feb 5, 2012 12:34 PM

                                                                            ROFL - that's exactly what oysters are like!

                                                                            But I think crab is far superior to lobster.

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                                                                              Bob W Feb 5, 2012 07:52 PM

                                                                              LOL FWIW, loogies are sometimes referred to as oysters, as in, "He hocked up an oyster."

                                                                              Oysters were one of the things I would never eat as a kid. Now I love them.

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                                                                                shygirl Feb 5, 2012 09:51 PM

                                                                                LOL I really do learn something new everyday!

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                                                                                emeats Feb 6, 2012 11:00 AM

                                                                                I'm now come to the realization that I'm allergic to shellfish, but in my experience crab was much tastier than lobster (and is much easier to get your hands on - barring you don't live in Maine or Nova Scotia)

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                                                                                eclecticsynergy Feb 6, 2012 01:36 PM

                                                                                Couple of odd trivia:

                                                                                In colonial times lobsters were considered an insect of the sea, a nuisance catch, and fishermen used to throw them away. There was a law on the books in Boston that prohibited making one's servants eat them more than twice a week.

                                                                                First Lady Dolly Madison became well known for serving ice cream at White House socials., so much so that her name has been associated with the stuff ever since, long before it was used as a commercial brand name. But one thing that many folks don't know is that her most beloved flavor of ice cream was... OYSTER!

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                                                                                mira_r Feb 3, 2012 01:14 PM

                                                                                Is a tamale a commonplace dish? I've never had one. I've also never had green bean casserole.

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                                                                                  Perilagu Khan Feb 3, 2012 01:42 PM

                                                                                  I've had dozens of opportunities to eat green bean casserole and managed to decline every one of them.

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                                                                                    kubasd Feb 4, 2012 07:03 AM

                                                                                    No green bean casserole here either. My family never served it growing up, and I just don't really WANT to try it.

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                                                                                      Steve Green Feb 4, 2012 04:59 PM

                                                                                      Although I'm in late-middle-age, I managed to avoid green bean casserole until a couple of years ago. It was a lot nastier than expected.

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                                                                                        jmcarthur8 Feb 6, 2012 07:28 AM

                                                                                        Agreed. DH insisted on making it for Thanksgiving about 5 years ago, and that was when I had my first and final bite of green bean casserole. Not good. I can live another 50+ years without it.

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                                                                                          cgarner Feb 6, 2012 09:39 AM

                                                                                          I managed to live thirty years before having the green bean casserole inflicted on me by my husband and his 'children' for Thanksgiving
                                                                                          (we HAVE to have Green Bean Casserole with dinner, it's THANKSGIVING!)
                                                                                          ugh, it's pretty terrible

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                                                                                            mattstolz Feb 6, 2012 09:44 AM

                                                                                            i take it this wasnt a fresh green bean casserole yall are referring to? because those are pretty delicious!

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                                                                                              jmcarthur8 Feb 6, 2012 10:05 AM

                                                                                              No, no, mattstolz. We are referring to the quintessential canned concoction that is a tradition in many American households.
                                                                                              Entirely a different animal than one made with fresh beans and non-condensed sauces, real ingredients....
                                                                                              Pretty much like the difference between a delicious homemade stuffing, and Stovetop. No comparison.

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                                                                                                John E. Feb 6, 2012 10:52 AM

                                                                                                The problem I have with the green bean casserole (among other things) is that I don't think it has ever been hot by the time I got to it. I don't want to eat it lukewarm. At least that's the excuse I use.

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                                                                                            Isolda Feb 6, 2012 01:19 PM

                                                                                            Really? How could it possibly have been nastier than expected? ;)

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                                                                                        viperlush Feb 3, 2012 03:08 PM

                                                                                        Same here. Don't know why I haven't had a tamale. They look appealing. And like PK, I've had the opportunity to eat gbc but declined because it doesn't look appealing.

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                                                                                          eclecticsynergy Feb 6, 2012 01:42 PM

                                                                                          Like green beans, tamales are available in an inferior canned version. I don't mind 'em myself, but they are a full order of magnitude less enjoyable than good fresh made ones.

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                                                                                          gaffk Feb 3, 2012 04:19 PM

                                                                                          Funny green bean casserole story. I thankfully was raised in a non-casserole family. Had seen ads/recipes for green bean casserole, but had never actually seen one.

                                                                                          This past T'Giving was at my sister's home, and all attendees (except, of course, BIL) were from Sis's side of the family. She had a green bean casserole! When mom asked about it, she said it was "tradition." Mom & I exchanged dumbfounded glances, but were polite enough to wait until the ride home to ask: "Who the hell's tradition is that? Not ours."

                                                                                          Fortunately, I hosted Christmas, and the tradition of green beans almondine was restored.

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                                                                                        3. ttoommyy Feb 3, 2012 01:31 PM

                                                                                          Not a commonplace dish, but a commonplace food product would be any kind of canned pasta like Chef Boyardee or Spaghettios. Not once.

                                                                                          You know, I was going to start answering with rutabaga (not so commonplace but it was all I could come up with) when I figured that in 51 years of life I'm sure I've had it at some point. If not consciously, at least as an ingredient in something at some point in my life. I've eaten from tasting menus full of dishes I have no recollection of and I'm sure there was some form of rutabaga in there somewhere along the line. Heck, if it's not something very exotic I'm sure I've had a lot of things in my 51 years that I just don't remember.

                                                                                          Are you sure you've never had a cherry or strawberry in some type of dessert PK? Absolutely positive?

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                                                                                            Perilagu Khan Feb 3, 2012 01:43 PM

                                                                                            Quite sure, ttoommyy. I'm a bit of a fructiphobe. Textural thing, particularly with peaches and strawberries. I might be willing to try a cherry if somebody put a hawgleg to my temple.

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                                                                                              ttoommyy Feb 3, 2012 01:47 PM

                                                                                              What about as a child before you could feed yourself? In baby food form? I'm stretching here, I know, but to say you have never had something as commonplace as a peach, strawberry or cherry is blowing my mind. lol

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                                                                                                Perilagu Khan Feb 3, 2012 02:47 PM

                                                                                                I think we can safely exclude baby food from this conversation. I mean, who can say what the hell they chuffed when they were one.

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                                                                                                  ttoommyy Feb 3, 2012 03:28 PM

                                                                                                  Ok. That's fair...i guess. Just never say never. :)

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                                                                                                huiray Feb 5, 2012 01:48 PM

                                                                                                You're a chilihead, I believe. You DO know that chilies are the FRUITS of a particular group of plants, right? :-)

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                                                                                                  Perilagu Khan Feb 5, 2012 02:50 PM

                                                                                                  I am indeed aware of that fact. I also eat apples. Notice I said I am a "bit" of a fructiphobe, not that fructiphobia is the core tenet of my religion.

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                                                                                                melpy Feb 7, 2012 09:27 AM

                                                                                                Vividly remember being served spagheti-os at vacation bible camp and trying a taste and then refusing to eat them. I don't think I've had a canned pasta since. I didn't have jarred sauce that I was aware of until college. Nor did I have a lasagna made with cottage cheese until then either.

                                                                                                I also refused a hot dog at camp because they had no relish. As a kid it was dog with relish or no dog.

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                                                                                                  Perilagu Khan Feb 7, 2012 09:57 AM

                                                                                                  Chef Boyardee is like a God to me.

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                                                                                                Wawsanham Feb 3, 2012 01:31 PM

                                                                                                I've never had a banh mi sandwich, sriracha sauce, green bean casserole--those are the ones I can think of--and I really only know what they are by reading food boards--they don't exist where I live. I also never had a bagel until about the age of 20, but that statement show that I've had one.

                                                                                                Things I've had but almost never eat (as in once every 3-5 years): bagels, hamburgers, loaded potato skins, fried bacon (I prefer boiled or stewed), tacos, burritos, enchiladas, cereal in cold milk.

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                                                                                                  ttoommyy Feb 3, 2012 01:32 PM

                                                                                                  I don't think I've had a loaded potato skin since the 1980s when they were popular! lol

                                                                                                  Is a banh mi sandwich really all that commonplace?

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                                                                                                    Wawsanham Feb 3, 2012 01:52 PM

                                                                                                    On visits to the US a few years ago, I didn't run across them--but, I wasn't looking for them (hadn't heard of them yet at that point). Now my main input is food boards and TV--and judging by that you'd think banh mis were common.

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                                                                                                      thirtyeyes Feb 3, 2012 08:06 PM

                                                                                                      banh mi are very common in big cities on the coasts. You can't swing a dead cat in San Jose, CA without hitting a banh mi (or Pho) shop. In Eugene, OR, I would kill to get a decent sandwich. I have to drive 2 hours to Portland for decent Vietnamese.

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                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Feb 3, 2012 03:39 PM

                                                                                                      you're in Chile, right? if you have any markets that stock even the bare essentials for Southeast Asian cooking you should be able to find sriracha. granted, it's sort of an American concoction, but it's typically stocked along with Thai, Vietnamese & Korean ingredients. i'm told that even Wal-Mart sells it now, and i know they own a majority stake in D&S...

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                                                                                                    3. MandalayVA Feb 3, 2012 01:34 PM

                                                                                                      Oysters. See "looks like snot" below. I only ate sardines for the first time last year.

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                                                                                                      1. Seeker19104 Feb 3, 2012 01:49 PM

                                                                                                        I usually avoid pork. Not a religious thing, I just like pigs.

                                                                                                        So I've never had a bacon cheeseburger or spaghetti alla carbonara or any of those things on an Italian menu that say "pancetta."

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                                                                                                          Kelli2006 Feb 3, 2012 01:52 PM

                                                                                                          Ive never had a BigMac.

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                                                                                                            Brianne920 Feb 3, 2012 03:09 PM

                                                                                                            Me, neither...never thought of it!

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                                                                                                              mchutch Feb 3, 2012 04:10 PM

                                                                                                              Me too. I've never had a Big Mac.

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                                                                                                                gaffk Feb 3, 2012 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                I've always been suspicious of foods with "special sauce," so I've never been tempted.

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                                                                                                                  IndyGirl Feb 3, 2012 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                  me either!

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                                                                                                                    Janet from Richmond Feb 4, 2012 04:37 AM

                                                                                                                    Same here....or an Egg McMuffin (see my post on eggs above). I like the little breakfast burrito though.

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                                                                                                                      Jeri L Feb 4, 2012 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                      I've had one. Two college friends marched me down to McD's when they found out I'd never had one. You haven't missed much.

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                                                                                                                        sueatmo Feb 5, 2012 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                        I had a BigMac recently. It was a carb splurge for me at a new McDonalds in our area. Maybe its just me, but didn't they used to taste better than they do now?

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                                                                                                                          Perilagu Khan Feb 5, 2012 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                          They've probably been significantly de-fatted and desalinated under pressure from above. And I don't mean God.

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                                                                                                                            huiray Feb 5, 2012 03:03 PM

                                                                                                                            Yes, they *did* taste much better years ago. Their Fish-O-Filet is still sort-of decent...

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                                                                                                                              eclecticsynergy Feb 6, 2012 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                              For fastfood fish, the Wendy's one is worth trying. Better, I think, than Filet-O or BK's BigFish.

                                                                                                                              Here around Albany we're lucky enough to have a few old-school fish fry places left- a local chain called Ted's. That's where I go when I get the fried fish craving.

                                                                                                                              There was another fish fry right here in Albany that I used to frequent, but it was sold ten years ago and now is just awful. The last time I visited they served me the worst french fries I have ever had, bar none- tasted like they'd been fried in plastic and toxic waste. When I commented to the manager I was told, "That's just the way they are- nothing wrong with 'em." I doubt he had tasted any in a while. That was my final visit to this particular establishment..

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                                                                                                                                huiray Feb 6, 2012 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                Whoops, yes, it's "Filet-O-Fish". :-)

                                                                                                                                Hmm, I've never had the Wendy's fish or the Burger King fish. I should try them soon.

                                                                                                                                Too bad about the "fish-fry" place fiasco.

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                                                                                                                          Blush Feb 6, 2012 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                          I've never had a BigMac or a Whopper or any of those sandwiches. I know I've had a plain hamburger from both McD's and Burger King as a kid but not the "fancied up" versions. I've also never had anything from Taco Bell.

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                                                                                                                            huiray Feb 6, 2012 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                            No? It might be an idea to try them, even if just once, so you know what they are and have a frame of reference for future discussions about "Fast Food" etc etc.....

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                                                                                                                              Emme Feb 6, 2012 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                              Totally forgot about Taco Bell and Del Taco... never eaten there. (unless a soda counts ;) when my high school bf would stop for a taco)
                                                                                                                              Never had BigMac or Whopper or the like either... I stopped eating red meat and pork very early on, and before that on the rare random occasion I ate McDonald's, I was a McNugget kid... preferably the plain biscuit at breakfast.

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                                                                                                                            kimm99 Feb 3, 2012 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                            French onion soup - not sure why just never had it.
                                                                                                                            Tuna in any form from a can. I can't get past the smell.

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                                                                                                                              CanadaGirl Feb 3, 2012 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                              Grits. Not so common where I live, but still. I've also never had green bean casserole or sweet potatoes topped with marshmallow, but they're not common where I live either.

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                                                                                                                                melpy Feb 7, 2012 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                Ditto the sweet potatoes and mashmellow combination. Didn't really eat sweet potatoes until college. Had them mashed once before that and hated it. I was probably a fairly picky eater as a kid.

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                                                                                                                                I was reading this post, thinking "What the heck could I post???" when it hit me. Corned beef hash. Canned to high end with all the variations in between. It's never even piqued my interest.

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                                                                                                                                  shygirl Feb 5, 2012 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                  It's funny - I went through a corned beef hash phase many years ago. Loved it. Had it a bunch of times, then just stopped. Not sure why, but just not interested in it since then.

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                                                                                                                                2. goodhealthgourmet Feb 3, 2012 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                  i racked my brains and came up with Honeybaked ham and corn dogs.

                                                                                                                                  and i've never eaten foie and never will, but i don't think it's really "commonplace."

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                                                                                                                                    calliope_nh Feb 4, 2012 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                    I've never had a corn dog either. The only place I see them is at the agricultural fairs they have all over NH. Always much more tempted by things like onion &pepper sausages, fried dough ( which I didn't ever have until my mid-thirties, and fair fries.

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                                                                                                                                      eclecticsynergy Feb 6, 2012 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                      Or funnel cakes, mmmm

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                                                                                                                                      Emme Feb 5, 2012 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                      and i've never eaten foie and never will, but i don't think it's really "commonplace."
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                                                                                                                                      What she said.

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                                                                                                                                        melpy Feb 7, 2012 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                        No corn dog until I was 22 at Hershey park. Friend got one let me taste and I had to buy my own. Fair food for my family was usually popcorn, fried dough with tomato sauce, funnel cake with powdered sugar, sausage and peppers and soft serve. My dad's family sold novelties at fairs and one year had a Connecticut style lobster roll stand.

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                                                                                                                                        julesrules4food Feb 3, 2012 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                        I'm sure my list would be super long if I could think of everything I've never eaten but if I haven't eaten it I won't think of it.
                                                                                                                                        But from reading posts here's what I can think of:
                                                                                                                                        Green Bean Casserole
                                                                                                                                        Tuna Noodle Casserole
                                                                                                                                        Strawberries
                                                                                                                                        Mac N Cheese

                                                                                                                                        The first two I've never been offered, fortunately my mom never made casseroles.
                                                                                                                                        Strawberries look disgusting!
                                                                                                                                        Mac n cheese, never got offered it either til I got married, he loved it right out of the Kraft box and now my son does too. Fortunately I got rid of the first, the 2nd is 21 and makes it himself, when I'm not home so I don't have to smell it.

                                                                                                                                        For those who won't eat oysters, you don't know what you're missing! Especially fried oysters.

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                                                                                                                                          susancinsf Feb 4, 2012 06:55 AM

                                                                                                                                          have you thought about trying strawberries in a daquiri? Not sure why they looked disgusting, but liquid form would seem to take care of whatever it is...or for that matter, what about strawberry ice cream?

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                                                                                                                                            julesrules4food Feb 4, 2012 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                            It's the pits/seeds on the outside of the strawberry that look disgusting. I'm not a daquiri drinkier but I used to love frozen strawberry margaritas in my drinking days. Brunch at a mexican restaurant with multiple fsms was the only way I knew how to get through a Sunday. Guess you can tell what I was doing on Saturday night? Way too many pitchers of beer with a straw or smith and kerns.
                                                                                                                                            And strawberry ice cream, no way! I was brought up that the only 2 ice creams worth eating revolved around chocolate or coffee!

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                                                                                                                                              eclecticsynergy Feb 6, 2012 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                              Here's one strawberry that doesn't like us much, either!

                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                deet13 Feb 7, 2012 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                It looks like Elvis is in that strawberry...

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                                                                                                                                          I've never had a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder or any McD burger, even when I worked in one during college, briefly.

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                                                                                                                                          1. jmcarthur8 Feb 3, 2012 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                            I have eaten every one of the foods mentioned but one...and I even like most of them! Yes, even tuna casserole (but only if I make it myself).

                                                                                                                                            I have never had sweet potato casserole with marshmallows. Not that I wouldn't try it. I just haven't been anywhere it's been served, and much as I love sweet potatoes, and much as I love marshmallows, I am sure I wouldn't love them together, so I'm not going to make it myself.

                                                                                                                                            Some, I have only tasted. I don't recall ever having a corn dog of my own. Sometime in the last few years I had an opportunity to have a Twinkie of my own, and I couldn't down the whole thing. The first few bites were enough.

                                                                                                                                            This will take some serious thinking. There are plenty of gourmet or international dishes I've never tried, but commonplace ones....? I'll try anything you put in front of me.

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                                                                                                                                              thirtyeyes Feb 3, 2012 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                              Funny. That was the only thing I haven't tried also, and I would love to, sounds yummy but not too many sweet potato casseroles with marshmallows on your typical restaurant menu. I need to get invited to a cheesy pot luck at a VFW hall or something.

                                                                                                                                              I don't understand people who say they will not try something, especially things with "normal" ingredients. I mean, I understand not wanting to eat bugs or even sea urchin gonads (even though uni is one of the best things I've ever put in my mouth), but tuna casserole? Green beans? Crazy.

                                                                                                                                              Oh, I've always wanted real truffles, but I don't have the bank for that yet.

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                                                                                                                                                cgarner Feb 6, 2012 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                thirtyeyes, most of us have only said we'd never eaten these things, not that we wouldn't try them. if I ever found myself in a circumstance to be having dinner with friends/family and a tuna noodle casserole was what was served for dinner, I'd surely be polite, and take a small serving, and give it a bite
                                                                                                                                                (and then wash the bite down with whatever I had in front of me to drink, because I still can't imagine that my aversion to hot canned tuna has changed much since I first tasted a tuna melt)

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                                                                                                                                                  Perilagu Khan Feb 6, 2012 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I'd feign a swoon and repair to the couch.

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                                                                                                                                                    thirtyeyes Feb 8, 2012 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I can respect someone who is willing to try, but I recall several people upstream saying they would NEVER eat xxx. Was I wrong? I get foie gras if they're making a moral objection but personally I'm willing to overlook a little duck abuse because the taste of foie is amazing.

                                                                                                                                                    I'm kind of a goat, I'll eat anything. So far, the only thing I'm still working on liking is natto, my Dad gobbles it down but I have trouble with it unless there is a lot of rice involved.

                                                                                                                                                    The funny thing about tuna is I like canned tuna, tuna melts, and cold tuna sandwiches but I hate eating cooked fresh tuna. I always think somebody messed up what could have been great sashimi.

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                                                                                                                                                mchutch Feb 3, 2012 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                I've never had sweet potato casserole with marshmallows either. The thought of it makes me uneasy. I think I just have an aversion to most casseroles in general.

                                                                                                                                                I've never eaten a cinnamon roll either. The gooey, sickeningly sweet smell and look of it just does not appeal to me.

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                                                                                                                                                  IndyGirl Feb 3, 2012 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                  spc is grossly sweet - you are not missing anything!

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                                                                                                                                                    mattstolz Feb 3, 2012 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                    agree with indygirl on SPC.... savory sweet potatoes are so much better!

                                                                                                                                                    but cinnamon rolls... youre definitely missing out on that one.

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                                                                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Cinnamon rolls are glorious.

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                                                                                                                                                      Isolda Feb 6, 2012 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                      You're not missing much with the cinnamon rolls either. Whenever I smell that ghastly smell at the Cinnabon store at the mall, I want to turn around and shop somewhere else.

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                                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Feb 6, 2012 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                        i'm all for a *good* yeasty cinnamon roll, but something about the smell of Cinnabon is nauseating to me.

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                                                                                                                                                          Terrieltr Feb 7, 2012 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                          A local bakery makes a KILLER cinnamon roll. Wonderfully bready and flavorful.

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                                                                                                                                                            thirtyeyes Feb 8, 2012 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                            I'm the other way around, Cinnabon smells great to me, but I'm always disappointed with the taste.

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                                                                                                                                                            mattstolz Feb 6, 2012 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                            if cinnabon is your idea of a really good cinnamon roll, i understand why youd think theyre not missin much with them

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                                                                                                                                                              Perilagu Khan Feb 7, 2012 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Even a bad cinnamon roll is a good cinnamon roll in my book.

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                                                                                                                                                                Dax Feb 8, 2012 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I concur. Love some cinnamon rolls.

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                                                                                                                                                                sasha1 Feb 7, 2012 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I love cinnamon rolls, and am frequently trolling for good versions. So every couple of years I go back to Cinnabon cause the smell is appealing, to me anyway. Always dissapointed. It is beyond sweet, making my teeth ache. And the rolls are so large that no matter what, my centers are always raw. Not just a little. Raw.

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                                                                                                                                                          3. gaffk Feb 3, 2012 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                            The only "commonplace" dish I can think of that has not yet been mentioned is any kind of pot pie. Just never grew up with them and, as an adult, never looked appealing.

                                                                                                                                                            Oh, and avacado. Green, mushy fruit just seems wrong.

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                                                                                                                                                              Perilagu Khan Feb 3, 2012 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Dear, directly you sample a good guacamole you'll be a-changin' your ways. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                gaffk Feb 3, 2012 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Slim chance of good guacamole in Philly.

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                                                                                                                                                                  mattstolz Feb 3, 2012 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  theres good guac anywhere you can get a nice avocado!

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                                                                                                                                                                    ttoommyy Feb 3, 2012 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Buy a nice, ripe avocado, mash it up with some fresh lime juice and salt and you will have good guacamole!

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                                                                                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 06:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Add some garlic--either fresh or powdered--and some jalapeno/serrano, and you're absolutely on the money.

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                                                                                                                                                                        gaffk Feb 4, 2012 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Maybe I'll try it this year. Maybe for the big game tomorrow--looks like I have all the ingredients except the avocado.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I predict you'll like it. That said, I can fully understand the aversion to mashed up avocado. It is not exactly the most pulchritudinous of substances. Took me a long time before I worked up the nerve to try it.

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                                                                                                                                                                            gaffk Feb 4, 2012 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            pulchritudinous

                                                                                                                                                                            I don't think I've seen that word since I studied for my SATs.

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                                                                                                                                                                              kubasd Feb 4, 2012 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I like using it, it just rolls off your tongue :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Kinda like guac. Particularly if you don't like it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  gaffk Feb 4, 2012 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  zactly. I see that color and texture and . . . just imagine it rolling.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 06:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I read your post and see a Steve McQueen sci-fi flick from about 1961.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      gaffk Feb 5, 2012 08:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Soylently not what I had in mind.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        John E. Feb 5, 2012 09:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Soylent Green...Charlton Heston...1973...

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                                                                                                                                                                                          gaffk Feb 6, 2012 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Ooops, sci-fi/futuristic is, obviously, not my strong point.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            eclecticsynergy Feb 6, 2012 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            The latest 21st century snack food...

                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                  shygirl Feb 5, 2012 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't like avocado unless it IS mashed up with loads and loads of fresh lime juice and eaten with something very crispy. Otherwise, that texture.......! You think peaches are bad!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Perilagu Khan Feb 5, 2012 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, there's no way in HELL I'd haw into a big, nasty hunk o' avocado. Only in guac.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      mattstolz Feb 5, 2012 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      thats when its best! step 1: scoop out of shell. step 2: place directly into mouth

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                                                                                                                                                                                        mcf Feb 5, 2012 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Yum, I eat it out of the skin, with a spoon, after salting and a squeeze of lemon or lime.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Perilagu Khan Feb 5, 2012 07:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Y'alls grisly eating habits are gonna drive me to drankin'.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            mattstolz Feb 5, 2012 09:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            more avocado for us! amirite mcf??

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                                                                                                                                                                                              mcf Feb 6, 2012 06:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Yup, but not that there's any kind of shortage. And no waterlogged Florida ones, nuther.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  mattstolz Feb 4, 2012 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  then you are only missing the most delicious part of the entire dip.

                                                                                                                                                                                  and thats saying something, because onions and garlic are delicious

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Veggo Feb 4, 2012 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    You can't always buy avocados sufficiently ripened for immediate use -"para hoy" - often you have to begin checking the bins days in advance. Tomorrow, Superbowl day, Americans will eat 9 million pounds of guac.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      gaffk Feb 4, 2012 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm not sure I'd even know how to pick a ripe avocado, come to think of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        mattstolz Feb 4, 2012 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        easiest strategy for a beginner:

                                                                                                                                                                                        flip off the remaining part of the stem and take a look at the little bit of flesh you can see. if its bright/dark green, you're good to go.

                                                                                                                                                                                        you can also go by feel. a very firm avocado is not yet ready. it should have a little give, but not be squishy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          kubasd Feb 4, 2012 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          yeah, I just go by feel. That being said, you're not going to find one that's ready to go pretty often.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    ttoommyy Feb 4, 2012 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm a purist. Lime juice and salt only.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      A true avocado-lover are you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        gaffk Feb 4, 2012 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        As a newbie, I'll add fresh garlic and jalapenos; they make any dish better in my world.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          mattstolz Feb 4, 2012 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          wouldnt suggest the jalapeno really... it might blow the dip outta the water. i personally add some diced red onion, garlic, small diced tomato, cilantro, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. mash with a fork or potato masher (leaving some chunk in the 'cados still) and adjust from there. but the fresh jalapeno might be overpowering (which i realize sounds funny since i just listed like 10 ingredients in mine... )

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                                                                                                                                                                                            gaffk Feb 4, 2012 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, I'm one of those cilantro haters--just can't tolerate it. But garlic and jalapenos? Bring it on. Also love red onions. Guess I'll have to experiment if I can get past the mushy green thing ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                              mattstolz Feb 4, 2012 06:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              thats part of why i like to leave it a little chunky. i feel like if i can see a little of what im actually eating, instead of just green paste, i feel a little better about it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                shygirl Feb 5, 2012 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Have you tried cilantro more than once? I hated it the first couple of times and fell in love with it the third time. Now it's a staple in my kitchen. I know others who've felt the same way. Definitely an acquired taste.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  gaffk Feb 5, 2012 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, unfortunately I have had many dishes with it. That's how I know I am cilantro intolerant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Jalapenos are so wimped down these days that she needn't worry. Besides, she's from Philly. She can handle anything.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  gaffk Feb 5, 2012 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I may be wimping out myself in my old age. I made nachos last week and decided to leave the seeds in the jalapenos. Damn, they were some fresh jalapenos.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Perilagu Khan Feb 6, 2012 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Occasionally you'll strike a throwback jalapeno that has a bit o' moxie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Terrieltr Feb 6, 2012 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The trick is to check before you put them in the food. I usually touch the tip of my tongue to the stem piece.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        ttoommyy Feb 6, 2012 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        "I usually touch the tip of my tongue to the stem piece."

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I do that in the store before buying them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just kidding. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          emeats Feb 6, 2012 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the reminder to wash all my veg :P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Perilagu Khan Feb 6, 2012 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm afraid the stem will tell you nothing about the heat of the pepper itself.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was referring to the stem-end slice of chili. Personally, I don't use that piece in cooking, so it makes for a good test piece.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Perilagu Khan Feb 7, 2012 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ah. That makes a bit more sense.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      IndyGirl Feb 3, 2012 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm not sure i've ever had pot pie either! I'm veg so that is part of it, but my mom never made them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        melpy Feb 7, 2012 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I think I've only had the PA Dutch pot pie not the crust veg meat type. Would be interested in trying so make one though. Next time I get a whole chicken in my meat CSA.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Isolda Feb 6, 2012 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Puree a ripe avocado with some lime juice and little condensed milk. Delicious dessert in an instant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      3. luckyfatima Feb 3, 2012 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I have never had chicken and dumplings but I have always wanted to make it and try it because it sounds really good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Perilagu Khan Feb 3, 2012 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          It is, Aunt Fatima. It is!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Janet from Richmond Feb 4, 2012 04:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes it is!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            eclecticsynergy Feb 6, 2012 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Chicken & dumplings is, IMO, one of the truly great comfort foods. Up there near the head of the list.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Perilagu Khan Feb 6, 2012 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Yep. Nothing's better on a chilly autumn evening. Then again, I love them so much that I've been known to whomp up a big pot in the middle of July.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                sueatmo Feb 6, 2012 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh yes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  bbqboy Feb 6, 2012 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  At least we can all agree on something!
                                                                                                                                                                                                  But they have to be drop dumplings.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Perilagu Khan Feb 7, 2012 06:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    As opposed to hurl dumplings?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      bbqboy Feb 7, 2012 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I believe further Southeast then my point of origin, the dumplings are rolled and cut in rectangles.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ours were just hunks O' dough dropped in the almost finished chicken & broth.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Perilagu Khan Feb 7, 2012 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        That tallies with my experience. Here in west Texas we roll out a sheet of dough, maybe 1/3 inch thick and slice dumplings into rectangles roughly two by three.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            2. mattstolz Feb 3, 2012 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              i find it really hard to believe that AT SOME POINT in your childhood, if you lived in the good ole US of A, that you didnt have at least a bite of PBJ, whether it was at a school function or a field trip, or something.

                                                                                                                                                                                              ive never had veal (at least not isolated... im sure ive had it as a mix in a meatball), skirt steak, or ribeye. ive also never had a turnip or parsnip. a little more vogue (and probably a little less common) ive never had truffle, foie, or pork belly (besides bacon).

                                                                                                                                                                                              it should be noted that this is mostly just do to a non-adventurous eating family... i am definitely of the camp that i will try anything once... and then at least once more if i didnt like it, just to make sure it wasnt a fluke.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Perilagu Khan Feb 3, 2012 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I love peanut butter and I love grape jelly, but the twain have never met on a shingle on my plate. Go figger.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  DebbyDoesDessert Feb 3, 2012 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't really mind a PB&J sandwich, but I really prefer just peanut butter or maybe with banana slices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can't really think of any really commonplace food I haven't eaten at least as a child (not necessarily by choice).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    thirtyeyes Feb 3, 2012 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Peanut butter with grape jelly is one of God's greatest creations when you add a tall, cold glass of milk. I'm going to make one right now. PB and guava jelly is also spectacular.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 06:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mrs. Khan raves about lingonberry jelly. Even though most fruit scares me, I'm tempted to try this stuff because the color of it is so beautiful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    gaffk Feb 3, 2012 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    You are missing some great meat adventures with no veal, skirt or ribeye.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    And parsnips and turnips are some solid soup bases for endless eastern winters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      mattstolz Feb 3, 2012 06:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      thats what ive heard on the meats. at this point i normally just end up picking something else on the menu, but just because it sounds more interesting to me. it is pretty rare for me to order a steak at a resto, because I just can never justify paying 30+ bucks for a piece of meat several times larger than i actually need in a sitting, that i can make at home just as well for 1/3 the price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      a for soup bases for eastern winters... here in eastern SOUTH FLORIDA we dont really get those...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        gaffk Feb 7, 2012 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yep, some foods just need a northeastern winter. I visited my niece in Clearwater in January and we picked fresh oranges . . . in January. (My car was totalled while I was away thanks to an ice storm.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Will Owen Feb 3, 2012 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Only untasted things I can think of that one can actually buy in a store are kohlrabi and celery root. Oh, and Jerusalem artichokes. No aversion, just never got around to it. Only food aversion I have is to sweet custard - lots of bread pudding when I was a kid, yuck p'tooey - but I'm getting over that. Haven't had foie gras yet, but my darling youngest niece (who IS an animal lover, and in vet school) recently gave me some she smuggled in from France. Guess I am really and truly an omnivore; so many of the dissed dishes here are big faves, except for the pathetic green bean casserole. What a sad waste of green beans!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cady Feb 5, 2012 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      We grow Jerusalem artichokes - hard NOT to grow them, once you start, as the multiply like crazy - and I love them. The texture is excellent. But they do cause a bit of...intestinal distress, if you eat enough of them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        mcf Feb 5, 2012 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        It doesn't take much, we discovered around here. Like the taste, will not ever eat them again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      I suppose I have eaten everything common. I would like to try abalone. I would pass on balut.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      PK, no brussels sprouts? My choux de Bruxelles with duck fat are roasting at this moment.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 06:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah, man, I've never even been tempted to try them, although I'm sure yours are the creme de la sprout.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Veggo Feb 4, 2012 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I learned about roasting them right here. My newest CH epiphany. My youthful memory of sprouts was a boiled mush of phlegm balls that could be sucked through a straw. These roasted petit babas are a symphony. PK, reconsider, maybe?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Veggo, I imagine if you put one of your specially roasted sprouts in front of me, and I had a nice Viognier close to hand, I'd take a stab at it. Now that's one helluva concession from me! You should be proud.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Veggo Feb 4, 2012 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm trying to think of a mild subordinate side dish that would allow the gentle rhapsody of a petit choux and a Viognier to really shine through. Perhaps a spit roasted suckling pig?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                goodhealthgourmet Feb 4, 2012 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                i'm with you on the pig (or pork in any form with brussels sprouts), but Viognier wouldn't be my grape of choice - too floral. JMHO, but i personally think the minerals and stone fruit in a classic Alsatian riesling make for a better pairing with the veg and the pork.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A Franco-German wine, a form of cabbage, and pork of just about any sort would seem a natural triumvirate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet Feb 5, 2012 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    indeed it is, which is why i suggested it as an alternative to your Viognier. and as a true lover of brussels sprouts, i encourage you to give them a try. at worst, you hate 'em. at best, we get to welcome you to the club!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maximilien Feb 3, 2012 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't think I ever had fried chicken, or southern US "soul" food for that matter, except maybe mac'n'cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't think I ever had Tamale either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Other than that, i think I've been lucky to be in contact, either locally or while traveling, to a lot of different food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just burst into tears for your poor, deprived palate. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          No fried chicken and tamales--bloody hell.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            melpy Feb 7, 2012 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Came to the realization this weekend that fried chicken on the bone os completely overhyped. Ordered it at a fine dining establishment and SO said it was the best he ever had and everyone there was getting it and the servers were gushing about how good it was. Decided that if that is the best, then i'm not really a fan. Surprising I like a nice chicken cutlet fried with some tasty season bread crumbs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              mattstolz Feb 7, 2012 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              i dont think it is actually possible to get the best piece of fried chicken in a fine dining establishment. theres got to be some kind of rule that the best fried chicken absolutely is made by someone's grandma in a cast iron pan thats been passed down for generations with a recipe thats been in the family just as long

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Perilagu Khan Feb 7, 2012 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's certainly been my experience. Best fried chicken, by a furlong, I've ever eaten, was the stuff my grandma prepared in her old, black cast-iron pan. She was born about 1902 in a wide spot called Bokchetah, Oklahoma, and was a purty fair country cook. I miss her, and I'll absolutely never forget that fried chicken.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            jbsiegel Feb 3, 2012 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've never had:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sardines
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oysters
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Blue fish
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pea Soup (it's a visual thing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Duck (maybe not commonplace)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brie Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cranberry Juice
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Taco Bell
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sardines

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              gaffk Feb 3, 2012 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm with you on Spam and Taco Bell--easy to avoid. But cranberry juice? Really? Must be a regional thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                mcf Feb 3, 2012 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow, you're really making sure to stay away from those sardines! ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  IndyGirl Feb 3, 2012 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Never had spam!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet Feb 3, 2012 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i actually jumped back on to add Spam to my list :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kubasd Feb 4, 2012 07:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      oh yeah, I haven't had spam either! That one, though.... it's the gel in the can around the "meat" that gets to me....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 07:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pea soup is a frightening thing. Mrs. Khan loves the stuff, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        eclecticsynergy Feb 7, 2012 12:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have had both redfish and bluefish. Never had the chance to try onefish or twofish though...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jmcarthur8 Feb 7, 2012 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OMG. Thanks for the laugh!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Grinning stupidly at my computer at work makes the day so nice....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            John E. Feb 7, 2012 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You reminded me of an incident at sea that occurred a few years ago. It seems that a couple of cargo ships in the Pacific collided. One of the ships had a load of blue paint and the other ship a load of red paint. Both ships went down and both crews were marooned.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kubasd Feb 7, 2012 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              hahaha

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gaffk Feb 7, 2012 05:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Groan heard 'round the world.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jmcarthur8 Feb 8, 2012 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What a maroon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Love it. Thanks, guys.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              S’mores
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mattstolz Feb 3, 2012 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i discovered a few weeks ago that toast with peanut butter, decent chocolate, and toasted marshmallows is actually a thousand times better than a s'more. i would suggest trying this and skipping the smores altogether

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 07:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'll take charge of the s'mores y'all skip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ttoommyy Feb 4, 2012 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bingo! I've never had a s'more! And i think i've only had about 2 or 3 rice krispie treats. Don't like 'em.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RC treats are surprisingly bland, but I like the texture.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Isolda Feb 6, 2012 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It helps if you add a tsp of vanilla and a pinch of salt. Then they're delicious, if somewhat beige from the vanilla.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bob W Feb 6, 2012 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can have my smores too. Or as we called them in RI thanks to our heinous accents, samoahs. For years I thought that smores were something else entirely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They are way too sweet for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      eclecticsynergy Feb 6, 2012 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Matt, you've gotta try buttered toast with toasted marshmallows and Nutella!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      brookelynn8686 Feb 4, 2012 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OH my heart aches for you never partaking of the white trash delicious-ness that is a S'more!!! The gooey chocolate, the sticky marshmallow that gets all over your fingers, and then the dirt and soot from the campfire that inevitably gets stuck to said marshmallow goo..... It's heaven :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mattstolz Feb 4, 2012 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i would also like to point out that the new Natures Valley chocolate granola thins make excellent graham cracker replacements in smores as well

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sueatmo Feb 3, 2012 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've had almost every commonplace thing that others have itemized as never having had.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Most of the "commonplace" things I've never had would be of the more exotic or expensive things. I've never eaten a complete lobster, or part of a complete lobster--I've only ever had a tail or two. I've never eaten caviar. I've never eaten baba ganoush. Like another poster, I have never tasted Jerusalem artichokes, and I've never eaten a properly prepared regular artichoke, either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Up until this week I had never tasted almond milk. I've still never tasted soy milk, which has become quite commonplace. I've never tasted octopus or squid, which I really, really don't want to taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not sure why all the hate toward casseroles and peanut butter. These are real American foods, humble though they may be.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Feb 3, 2012 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not sure why all the hate toward casseroles and peanut butter. These are real American foods, humble though they may be.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          because personal taste varies. why should everyone be expected to love the same foods, or embrace something just because it's "American?" and at $5+ a jar these days, PB isn't such a "humble" food ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sueatmo Feb 4, 2012 06:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't spend $5 a jar for peanut butter. People don't have to love the stuff, but why all the hate? We don't express hatred for the humble foods of other cultures. Why would we hate our own? Or, why would anyone disdain humble American food, when surely they don't disdain their own culture's humble food?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Agreed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                goodhealthgourmet Feb 4, 2012 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                well, i was being a little cheeky with that last comment (hence, the smiley face), and *you* may not pay $5/jar, but as of October 31st PB prices are up 20-40% as a result of the peanut shortage. a lot of stores & companies are offering deals & specials if you time it right, but that's the average retail price these days...or at least it is here in the metro NYC area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                anyway, i just don't see why dislike of peanut butter qualifies as disdain. people are entitled to their opinions and tastes, i don't get why you feel the need to judge them for it. am i "disdainful" because i can't stand the odor or texture of that all-American lunchtime staple Oscar Mayer bologna? nope. i just don't like it. so what's the big deal?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and FYI, some of the Hounds in this thread who said they don't like/won't eat PB, tuna casserole, and green bean casserole *are* American, so your last sentence doesn't really hold water.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sueatmo Feb 4, 2012 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was trying to cover those CHounders who are not American. But I do sense a lot of disdain among some of the early commenters on this thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't like Spam--at all--but I don't feel disdain, and I don't understand the revulsion toward peanut butter, which is a perfectly fine food, unless you must eat very low fat. I like almond butter too, and sunflower butter, but peanut butter is more affordable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet Feb 4, 2012 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't understand the revulsion toward peanut butter, which is a perfectly fine food, unless you must eat very low fat.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    some people don't like the texture. just because they're turned off by it doesn't mean they're looking down their noses at you & me for eating it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ETA: mind you, i'm not saying i agree with the kinds of posts that exclaim "ew, that's GROSS!" i personally think it would be nice if those Hounds displayed a bit more tact and respect. but [fortunately] we haven't seen childish outbursts like that from the majority of naysayers who simply don't like or have no desire to try a particular food/dish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bob W Feb 5, 2012 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would expect more childish outbursts, since a lot of this goes back to childhood. 8>D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't look down on peanut butter eaters, it's just not for me. When most kids at camp got PB&Js on trip day, I got salami or bologna. Yum yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mattstolz Feb 4, 2012 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    on a slightly different stream, the rising pb cost has officially given me a reason to switch to almond butter. and i dont know if i will be going back. because now i'm hooked. Moms like mine may choose JIF, but I choose Barneys!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Feb 5, 2012 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Barney Butter isn't for me with the added sugar & oil (i know you like Skippy Natural, which is a similar formulation). i prefer mine with nothing but almonds & a little salt, and at $4.99/pop TJ's is still the best deal for me aside from the giant jars of Maranatha at Costco. is Barney really any less expensive than PB?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mattstolz Feb 5, 2012 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        if i had a TJs closer than an hour and a half away, it would prob be my choice too. and no, barneys isnt cheaper than PB, but now that the gap is less, i have less trouble justifying the jump to myself haha

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sueatmo Feb 5, 2012 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blue Diamond makes divine almond butter. Or they did. It is no longer at my grocer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            goodhealthgourmet Feb 5, 2012 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i just checked their site, and i hate to tell you this but there's no longer a product listing for almond butter...they must have discontinued it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sueatmo Feb 5, 2012 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Too bad. I bought it once, and couldn't stay out of it. It was like eating fudge. (There were a few extra carbs in it.) I didn't buy again. It was expensive, and I couldn't stay out of it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mattstolz Feb 5, 2012 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i actually saw it at one of the groceries around here recently. will have to go back and see if i can find it again. i'll report back on success/failure/taste

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  eclecticsynergy Feb 6, 2012 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love almond butter, and usually get mine fresh from a local healthfood co-op. Consider trying cashew butter, too- it's out of this world.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mcf Feb 4, 2012 08:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Personal taste?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. OckhamsFolly Feb 3, 2012 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's tricky to remember things I haven't had, and a lot of the things people are listing were things I had no idea were common. I don't think I have ever once even seen green bean casserole being served, much less eaten any. My mother hated casseroles because her mother made them often and poorly, so I've not had a lot of them. Beef Stroganoff? I can't remember ever eating it, but it just seems like I must have had it. Maybe not crab, because I know I hate lobster, but I can't remember if I don't like crab, so probably I wrote it off as similar to lobster. Tricky question, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mattstolz Feb 3, 2012 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    re: crab
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    if you like sushi rolls, theres a good chance youve had it, or at least krab

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The US is a large country with a great deal of regional variation. What is commonplace in Maine may be unheard of in Arizona.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      noodlepoodle Feb 3, 2012 08:16 PM

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sushi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tripe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm leaving sushi open for the future, but the other two I have no interest in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sueatmo Feb 4, 2012 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've never had any of those either.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mcf Feb 4, 2012 07:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've never had brains or tripe, either. I used to eat a lot of sushi, but sugared rice is totally off the menu for me now. Still love good sashimi.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            huiray Feb 5, 2012 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I went through a fair bit of pigs' brains in double-steamed soups with certain herbs/dried roots in my youth. I miss it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Regarding tripe: You've never had the full complement of stuff in a bowl of phở ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mcf Feb 5, 2012 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't eat noodle dishes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                thirtyeyes Feb 8, 2012 10:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No noodles? You must have a tough time in Italian and Asian restaurants.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mcf Feb 9, 2012 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Actually, I don't. I eat everything but the starch. Both cuisines have ample selections of veggies (Italian restaurants always offer veggies sauteed with olive oil and garlic as a sub), seafood, poultry and meat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          firni Feb 3, 2012 08:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Never had a PB&J sandwich - the specimen than kids brought to school looked so unappetizing after spending half a day in bookbag that I didn't want one. Never had beef stroganoff, and most kinds of deli food (hero sandwiches, italian subs, egg salad, corned beef etc). Also have never had strawberry shortcake, grits, halal cart (in NY, that makes me weird!), oyster, clams, mussel, squid...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, I've somehow managed to spend nearly 30 years on this earth without ever having tried that Magic Shell product in stores.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 07:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Any particular reason for not sampling subs/heroes?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sueatmo Feb 4, 2012 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No strawberry shortcake? You must make yourself one this spring.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. ipsedixit Feb 3, 2012 09:20 PM

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                emmekin Feb 3, 2012 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Never had beets. In any form. Dunno why, think I was offered borsht once...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jbsiegel Feb 4, 2012 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Had beets once. That was enough for me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beet a hasty retreat?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mattstolz Feb 4, 2012 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      they are AWESOME roasted with goat cheese crumbled over the top.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sardines (but I bought a can. soon to be remedied)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anchovies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Clam Chowder (either kind)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tamale

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bell Pepper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tuna steak

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A Whopper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A Big Mac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A Filet o' Fish

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Eggs over easy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Veal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    egg drop soup

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chicken livers/gizzards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    olive loaf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pimento cheese

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      susancinsf Feb 4, 2012 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      actually, you'd be much better off making your first taste of sardines fresh grilled ones. Of course, availability depends on where you are. Not that tough to find here on the west coast...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Never tried Bell pepper? That's about as crazy as me never having a PBJ or a cherry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Firegoat Feb 4, 2012 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've had it in my mouth but promptly spit it right back out. So I don't think I can say I ate it. At least I could chew and swallow Durian.... bell peppers... not so much.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Heh heh. Was this a parboiled and unadorned Bell? Is so, I can understand your reaction. But a bit of raw, diced Bell pepper does wonders for many a salad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Terrieltr Feb 6, 2012 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Green peppers? I can't stand them. Nasty things that contaminate everything they come in contact with. I can deal with red or yellow peppers as part of a larger dish, but they're not my favorite.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                eclecticsynergy Feb 6, 2012 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bell pepper says, "Oh, nooooo!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Terrieltr Feb 6, 2012 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've never had clam chowder either. But that's because I tried a clam once and hated it. I would love to love shellfish, but I don't even like shrimp.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Perilagu Khan Feb 6, 2012 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How was said clam repaired? I had Clams Casino once and was mighty underwhelmed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Terrieltr Feb 7, 2012 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I honestly don't remember. I was maybe six. I should probably revisit clams, but every time I try shellfish -- most recently mussels -- I come away going "Nope, still don't like them."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters Feb 4, 2012 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Responding to the thread title, no, I don't think so. I reckon if it's commonplace I'm almost certain to have come across it sometime in the last 61 years. Can't think of anything I'm missing out on.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alexander112 Feb 4, 2012 11:27 AM

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thankfully, I wouldn't call that substance commonplace.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Firegoat Feb 4, 2012 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Especially in a political year!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll be here all week. Please tip your waitress.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kubasd Feb 4, 2012 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      like!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bob W Feb 5, 2012 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not anymore, fortunately. Family legend has it that my nana bought brains regularly as a substitute for scrambled eggs. Yeech!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Perilagu Khan Feb 6, 2012 06:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One of my neighbors grew up in Paris and says that her mere prepared b----s on a fairly regular basis.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I still find it hard to believe that some of the things mentioned here have truly never been eaten by the people mentioning them, because I think some of them are just far too commonplace to be avoided. maybe the poster doesnt REMEMBER it, but i find it hard to believe that several of these foods could have been truly avoided to this point, especially since some of them are just childhood staples

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mcf Feb 4, 2012 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have no trouble believing it. Different homes, different staples. I grew up in a home with meat delivery from a custom butcher, milk delivery, even ham came from the butcher, not a supermarket. No soda, candy, cakes, donuts, Spam or stuff like that in evidence never, except when having company. We ate three courses for dinner, all of us always sat down together, and nothing prepared or pre packaged (like frozen entrees or sides or boxed mac and cheese) was ever on the table. Even pizza or Chinese food were rare treats. I never had beef liver in my life, except once when an acquaintance gave me a taste... I'll never eat it again, but I grew up loving steak, roast chicken, chicken and calves liver, pot roast, beef stew, blow fish tails and flounder caught by my dad... My family never once in my life ever went to a fast food place, though my sister took me to a local place called Wetson's where I got my first ever thick shake when I was 8 or so... HEAVEN! The only things that ever appeared that were convenience foods were Spatini for seasoning spaghetti sauce, Rice a Roni as a side dish after my mother went back to work.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mattstolz Feb 4, 2012 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      your childhood sounds kinda like my dream food-lifestyle. as long as nut butters are included in that non-pre-packaged diet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mcf Feb 5, 2012 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's the way I eat now, though with an emphasis on clean, grass fed meats and dairy, organics, wild caught fish, etc... and no starches with meals at my house. The problem with growing up that way was that my parents were on a very tight budget, and my mother, who grew up rich, would only buy high end meats, etc. Often left the table fed, but not quite satisfied. The more I've come to care about food quality, the more I make a point of cooking and going out to eat or doing takeout less.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mattstolz Feb 5, 2012 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          yeah the custom meats and delivery everything doesnt exactly scream cheap foods!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            eclecticsynergy Feb 6, 2012 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "yeah the custom meats and delivery everything doesnt exactly scream cheap foods!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Used to be the way of things, in a bygone era. Milk fresh from the dairy on the doorstep. Butcher and greengrocer trucks delivering to the neighborhood. Bread and rolls fresh from the bakery, only hours old. By today's standards it sounds like extravagant luxury, doesn't it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ttoommyy Feb 6, 2012 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Everything old is new again...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mcf Feb 6, 2012 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We had the old wooden milk box from our back porch in the basement with shoe shine stuff in it, and an insulated aluminum one took it's place on the back steps. Cream under the pleated paper cap... mmmm.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  al b. darned Feb 8, 2012 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My house (and lots of other older homes in my area) has a "milk door" beside the door on the back porch. It is about a foot square at floor level and opened onto the back porch. The milk man slid the milk in and the resident didn't have to go out into the snow to retrieve the it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Perilagu Khan Feb 8, 2012 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In my hometown the milkman often had access to the house and actually put the milk in the customer's icebox.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ttoommyy Feb 8, 2012 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Which is why the paternity of many children has been attributed to the milkman!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Perilagu Khan Feb 8, 2012 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That. And lots of bored housewives watching As the World Turns.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        John E. Feb 8, 2012 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When I was a kid, the milkman just put the regular order of milk into the refrigerator if someone wasn't home too. I was in high school when we started to milk and other dairy products in the grocery store. Sadly, the price of fuel is what stopped home delivery..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            huiray Feb 5, 2012 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wouldn't calves liver and beef liver technically be the same thing, and the taste would vary - *or not* - depending on where one got it, the age of the livestock when it was slaughtered and what the livestock was fed?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CanadaGirl Feb 5, 2012 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But then wouldn't veal = beef?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                huiray Feb 5, 2012 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Essentially, yes. It *is* the same animal. Just merely at different ages.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  thirtyeyes Feb 8, 2012 10:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just like Inada, Hamachi, and Buri sushi/sashimi. All versions of Amberjack or Yellowtail at different ages though Hamachi is starting to mean young farmed Yellowtail.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mcf Feb 5, 2012 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The first bite of beef liver gave me case of the squicks... it was crunchy and firm in a way that chicken and calves liver are not. I'm pretty sure an Italian restaurant served me cubes of beef liver instead of the calves liver I ordered... I left it on the plate. Bleah.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ttoommyy Feb 5, 2012 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I agree about things like strawberries, etc. I'm sure if one has lived to at least 20 years of age that a strawberry must have been an ingredient in something they've eaten. If the posters who say this really mean a whole strawberry that they consciously ate, that is different. Still, I have to believe them in the end because why would someone lie about this?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                julesrules4food Feb 5, 2012 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tt you're right, I meant a whole strawberry when I said I'd never had one. I've had them in frozen strawberry margaritas and strawberry jelly in a jelly donut or pbj. But if I see it and it looks like a strawberry NO WAY! I think it goes back to being a kid and my dad telling us that the "fig" part in a fig newton was crushed up worms and that spaghetti was worms. He loved to tease us and it sure was simple. I was probably in my 30's before I ate spaghetti and I'm Italian. Always ate ziti or rigatoni instead. And I eat fig newtons now but at my last job the girl next to me saw me eating them and told me she read that they put crushed flies in them. And she was serious! Fortunately I was old enough not to fall for her crap.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Perilagu Khan Feb 5, 2012 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's funny how the most absurd food-related images and associations get impressed upon our minds. And once there, it's hard to erase them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mattstolz Feb 5, 2012 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1) i would argue that if it took you that long to eat spaghetti, you might NOT be italian after all

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      julesrules4food Feb 5, 2012 07:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No I'm Italian with a Jewish mother who always gave in to her children. She'd make spaghetti for her and my dad and ziti or something else for me and my sister. We used to have contests to see who could get the most zitis on our fork and into our mouths.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        eclecticsynergy Feb 6, 2012 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bugs are hard to exclude/hard to avoid. The FDA has standards which state, for instance, that chocolate should not contain more than a certain number of insect legs per ounce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Feb 6, 2012 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          yup. that applies to all packaged/manufactured food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bob W Feb 5, 2012 08:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've never had SPAM because I grew up in a kosher house, and since I left home I've had no reason or need to buy it. But I would certainly try it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan Feb 6, 2012 06:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tried it once a few years ago and just didn't like it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sueatmo Feb 6, 2012 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, if you did try it it wouldn't kill you. Its just so salty and fatty. But plenty of people like it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bob W Feb 6, 2012 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There's a Hawaiian food truck here in DC called Hula Girl that has something called SPAM Musubi which is basically SPAM sushi and is beloved in Hawaii so I am going to give it a shot. At least then I can cross SPAM off my list. 8>D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            eclecticsynergy Feb 6, 2012 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Spam's hugely popular in Hawaii.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              thirtyeyes Feb 8, 2012 10:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ya, but you wouldn't want to develop the taste the way they did in Hawaii. It was because of WWII and a lack of fresh meat. My Dad loves it. Cold rice, two eggs over easy and fried Spam and maybe some gooey, slimy natto. The breakfast of champions in Hawaii.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sasha1 Feb 4, 2012 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm thinking of a college professor - probably mid 30s - who had never had either rice or bananas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mattstolz Feb 4, 2012 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bananas are another one of those things i think would be hard to avoid. theyre so common at breakfast places, or faster food places that want to be able to say they offer some sort of fresh fruit, as well as kid parties, sporting events, concession stands, etc that have some sort of fruit. they just seem so hard to avoid at least TRYING at some point! (want to make sure im clear that i am not accusing anyone of being dishonest, just expressing my surprise!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sasha1 Feb 5, 2012 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was surprised too, since I'm a pretty open eater. She didn't have a good reason for those. She said white rice reminded her of maggots. Nice...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Isolda Feb 6, 2012 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Those associations are enough to put some people off trying a food. For years I avoided dates because one of my brothers (surprisingly, not the most evil brother) told me they were just dessicated cockroaches. I finally got over my irrational aversion and found out they were delicious, as good as candy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FoodPopulist Feb 4, 2012 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I wouldn't call them commonplace, but I have never had borscht, duck confit, or olive oil cake.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          brookelynn8686 Feb 4, 2012 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have had a cake with olive oil in it, I don't know if that would necessarily be considered the same thing, and that was quite by accident. I have never had any of those other items as well. To be honest, I can't eat cold soups, nor could I ever eat an animal I think is cute. Sadly, duck falls into the "cute" category in my book.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mattstolz Feb 4, 2012 06:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            luckily, their deliciousness outweighs their cuteness!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              brookelynn8686 Feb 4, 2012 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              hehe. Let's just say it's a good thing I wasn't raised on a farm. I would have named all of the animals around.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                eclecticsynergy Feb 6, 2012 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When my Dad was a kid, he was given a pet goose as an Easter present. The goose was named "Christmas Dinner" so there would be no misunderstanding about her eventual fate...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I wouldn't call them commonplace either! Heck, I've never even heard of olive oil cake.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FoodPopulist Feb 4, 2012 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've seen it pop up on several cooking shows.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've never had ratatouille, vichyssoise, or eggs benedict either.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ttoommyy Feb 5, 2012 06:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Is vychyssoise commonplace??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have never had SPAM, and I intend on being able to say that even as I lay on my deathbed. I eat plenty of other processed foods (shamefully, and in hiding, of course....hehe) but for some reason, SPAM super grosses me out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am from Utah, and the big running joke here is the "green jello with shredded carrots" and I have never had anything like that ever. My hat is off to whoever has, because the sound of that makes my stomach churn. I really don't know whose idea that ever was to mix carrots and jello together. hmmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm also a graduate student, and much to my classmate's dismay, I have never had a Cup of Noodles, either. Such a staple college food, yet I prefer the eggs and toast or macaroni and cheese route, myself. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also never had SPAM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And also never had:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Big Mac
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Whopper ... or anything from Burger King
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pepperoni Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Traditional southern barbeque
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Caviar
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ham and cheese sandwich

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              None of these are for religious or cultural or ethical reasons. It's either because they're not appealing (fast food, ham and cheese) or I haven't yet had a chance (foie gras, caviar)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hmmm. So how do you explain the pepperoni pizza lacuna? Doesn't appeal to you?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mattstolz Feb 4, 2012 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i would argue that a lot less people have REALLY had a good example of traditional southern bbq than THINK that they have.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    brookelynn8686 Feb 4, 2012 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Speaking of the south, I have never had a better gyro in my life than I had in this tiny little place while visiting my brother is Jackson, Mississippi. Wish I could remember the name. Thinking of it now is almost enough to make me book a flight back to Jackson!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan Feb 5, 2012 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't think I've ever had Southern cue. Texas cue and Kansas City cue, but not Southern.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mcf Feb 5, 2012 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There isn't one unique southern type of bbq, it varies by area.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Perilagu Khan Feb 5, 2012 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes. Memphis is different from Alabama, which is different from eastern Carolina, which is different from western Carolina.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          eclecticsynergy Feb 6, 2012 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A fun little song about regional BBQ variants across the South:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://rhettandlink.com/videos/index....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I feel left out. I can't think of anything that was "commonplace" anywhere I've lived that I haven't tried at least once. I've also tried almost everything mentioned so far, even some that aren't so commonplace.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Because mayonnaise is tops on my very short "will not eat" list, I have never had common picnic foods such as:
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      potato salad
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have, however, had vinegar-based coleslaw and found it heavenly, especially on the pulled pork sandwich that it accompanied.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, never a Big Mac, Whopper, frites with garlic mayo and most crabcakes, unless I make them myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'll eat pretty much anything, so long as it isn't covered in mayo. Why oh why do people put this on hamburgers???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And yes, I have tried mayo, Hellman's, and no, don't like it at all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mattstolz Feb 5, 2012 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        <Why oh why do people put this on hamburgers???>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        because some people dont make very good hamburgers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          John E. Feb 5, 2012 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just noticed your post, and we have similar taste. I cannot stand even the thought of eating mayonnaise. The world would be a better place had it never been invented. I too have never eaten a Big Mac. The odor of mayo is enough to turn my stomach. I'm not a fan of mustard either, but to the extent of mayo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jbsiegel Feb 5, 2012 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NOTHING better than a burger with mayo, ketchup, raw onion and lettuce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mcf Feb 5, 2012 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love both mayo and ketchup on a burger. Whoppers are the only fast food burger I ever ate, many years ago, and that's how I top my burgers at home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. bbqboy Feb 5, 2012 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What a weird thread. I guess I'm more normal than I thought. Does caviar count?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Feb 5, 2012 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              what's weird about it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                huiray Feb 5, 2012 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's odd, the number of such common and nohing-nasty-tasting-about-them foodstuffs that so many CHers (a.k.a. Foodies) seem to have either never tasted or have a strong aversion to. It *is* sort of weird.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I went through the entire thread, and I've tasted/eaten everything that has been mentioned on the thread except balut and lutfisk, both of which wouldn't exactly be that common anyway. Additionally, BBQ is ho-hum to me and I'm not sure if I've eaten all varieties of it (probably not, probably can't tell and not sure I particularly care for now). Nothing else seems to strike me as unworthy or nasty food, to me. Repeat, to me. That subthread about how folks would never touch tuna casserole, to name just one such subthread, is just...odd...to me. :::Shrug::: My personal opinion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eh, no accounting for taste. :-P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Perilagu Khan Feb 5, 2012 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So the thread elucidates weirdness, but is not conceptually weird.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mattstolz Feb 5, 2012 05:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i think the main weird thing about it is that, in my opinion, its hard to call yourself a true lover of food if you are not at least willing to TRY something. sure, i listed a couple foods in my original post, but they have not been consciously avoided, it has always just been a lack of opportunity or a fact of something else i wanted to try as well being available instead

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mcf Feb 5, 2012 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No, it's not hard at all. Loving food and avoiding turnoffs are not incompatible. There's more to the experience of food than how it tastes. I don't plan to eat bugs, ever, for instance. I'm still a foodie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mattstolz Feb 5, 2012 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        but (just playing devils advocate here) in that case, how do you know that youre not missing out on what could possibly be the most delicious thing youve ever eaten if ya dont try them?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Perilagu Khan Feb 5, 2012 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The remote possibility of a gastronomic epiphany does not counterbalance the extremely likelihood that I'm going to throw up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mcf Feb 6, 2012 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That, too. Though only sockeye salmon makes me feel like gagging.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mcf Feb 6, 2012 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Let's say I miss out on a thing or two... doesn't mean I'm not a food lover, it just means I have personal standards. There are a lot of foods I don't eat for health reasons, some folks avoid foods for religious reasons, some for ethical reasons. So what?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            shygirl Feb 5, 2012 11:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd eat bugs before I'd eat, say, prairie oysters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              John E. Feb 6, 2012 06:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What is a prairie oyster?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Perilagu Khan Feb 6, 2012 06:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Deep-fried calf testes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  John E. Feb 6, 2012 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Actually, I knew that but I grew up on the prairie in farm country and they were always referred to as Rocky Mountain Oysters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ttoommyy Feb 6, 2012 06:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Loving food and avoiding turnoffs are not incompatible."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But loving food and avoiding something as simple as a strawberry or mayo? I've never had any texture issues so I guess that may be why I can't fathom so many self-proclaimed foodies avoiding so many commonplace foods. It's one thing to have never tasted octopus...but a strawberry? An egg? Mayo? Oh well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Personally I hate the word "foodie" and will never use it to describe myself, but it seems to be used so much on this board that I guess I fall into that category. That said, I love to try all kinds of food. I've had horse in Italy and absolutely love it. Would I have thought so just sitting in my living room at home and thinking about eating horse? Probably not. But given the chance to try it I readily did so and found it delicious. So when someone says they never tried eating a strawberry but that they are a "foodie" and post here on CH regularly to discuss food, I just find it mind boggling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Of course I m not denying anyone their food aversions at all. Each one of us knows our stomachs and minds very well. I am just saying how difficult it is for me to understand this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Perilagu Khan Feb 6, 2012 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't like the look o' strawberries. Nope, don't like it one bit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mattstolz Feb 6, 2012 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  easy solution to get over this:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dip it in chocolate

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A spoonful of chocolate helps the strawberry go down--Merry Poppins tune, I bleeve.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Isolda Feb 6, 2012 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My 15 year old son doesn't like the way they look either. He's convinced he sees them microscopically, and the little hairs (or whatever they are) are just tiny bugs waving their feelers at him. Yeah, we're all crazy in this house.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      thirtyeyes Feb 8, 2012 10:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You don't like the taste of strawberries, okay. You don't like the look of strawberries, huh? I mean it's your life and I can respect that, but it's like hearing someone say they do not like a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mcf Feb 5, 2012 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's not just taste... a lot of folks have texture and food appearance aversions.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sueatmo Feb 5, 2012 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree. How is tuna casserole nasty or totally unappealing? So much hate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  From food lovers!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    shygirl Feb 5, 2012 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sueatmo: Do you love any and all food, be it canned, processed, whatever? I like squid and octopus and liver and beets and any number of the things mentioned by other posters, but hot tinned tuna and hot cottage cheese are not among my preferences. I keep trying certain things that really repulse me, such as oysters and haggis, thinking I might someday understand their appeal, but no such luck so far. More for others to enjoy. I even tried - and liked! - sweetbreads recently. Who knew?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bob W Feb 5, 2012 08:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I can certainly see the aversion to warm canned tuna. I will eat dishes that include it, but I certainly don't crave it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hot cottage cheese! Now there's an interesting thought. I need to mull that over. I could eat cottage cheese every day, and love egg noodles with cottage cheese (a childhood favorite), but the cc is added at the last minute so it's still cool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Interestingly Hot Tuna was the name of a band back in the day. Since you're a shy girl, I won't get into the derivation of the name. 8<D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        eclecticsynergy Feb 7, 2012 12:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        re: hot cottage cheese

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love cottage cheese with noodles, mushrooms. a little sour cream & paprika. Comfort food, Hungarian style. I often mix with the ricotta when I make lasagna. It's great mixed into hot tomato soup. And on a baked potato.- less fat & more protein than sour cream. Worth trying it broiled on toast with cinnamon or jam, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There's a thread with an amazing variety of cottage cheese suggestions:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/336491

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PS: I wonder what Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady are up to these days? Ought to look 'em up...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mcf Feb 7, 2012 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They still tour! Play locally pretty regularly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sueatmo Feb 6, 2012 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think we all are allowed to like and dislike things. But it is surprising to hear people who are into food say nasty things about commonplace foods (strawberries?) or common dishes eaten by common folk (tuna noodle casserole?). To me a lot of the comments are very elitist or smack of food phobias. How can someone be food phobic and purport to love food?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Now the truth is, I don't care for green bean casserole, or tuna noodle casserole, but if I was presented with this in someone's home, I'd probably taste it, or even eat a couple of bites to be polite, and It wouldn't kill me or taint my taste buds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There are a few foods which turn me off: mashed cooked summer squash, octopus, tofu, and probably a few others. But I don't revile them or call them nasty. Plenty of other people eat and enjoy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Perilagu Khan Feb 6, 2012 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Okay, I FIND octopus to be nasty. Is that kosher--so to speak.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sueatmo Feb 6, 2012 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I wouldn't know about being literally or metaphorically kosher. It seems to me the octopus I had was like chewing rubber bands? Its been a long time, and my memory is faint, but I came off that experience not liking octopus.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mcf Feb 6, 2012 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It can turn out that way if improperly cooked. I haven't masted it, so I just order it out. Charcoal grilled octopus and calamari are so good, and very tender.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                thirtyeyes Feb 8, 2012 11:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There are a lot of very nice Spanish dishes with octopus including grilled and then covered in a spicy tomato sauce. If it is like chewing rubber bands, then it was not made properly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            thirtyeyes Feb 8, 2012 11:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Same with Calamari which is also great as sushi but then you have to call it Ika. I guess most of you would be grossed out by Hotaur Ika which is a small firefly squid that is eaten whole and raw. Yummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have been told I make excellent potato salad but I've never tasted it. I use my mother's recipe. She made me taste potato salad once when I was 7 years old when we were on a red-eye flight from Anchorage to MInneapolis. The worst part about it was that one of my older brothers did not have to suffer this indignity because he was asleep. I have never eaten tuna salad, egg salad, or ham salad. Nor will I in the future.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      shygirl Feb 5, 2012 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Apart from my mother's absolutely amazing potato salad, I rarely touch the stuff. It is almost always horrible, and I felt the same about those other salads you mentioned, until I tried making my own (not tuna salad, though!). After grilling my mother, and watching her very carefully as she made her potato salad, I realised that the crucial detail, for me, is the ratio of mayo involved in these mixtures. I loathe mayo beyond all reason, but have learnt that, if I can't actually see or taste it, the salad is fine. Same with eggs, which are in mayo, so I think that has always been the main factor. If there is just enough to bind the ingredients together, and loads of other things (I love cilantro in ham or chicken salad), it works. I've tried substituting other things, such as sour cream, for the mayo, but it just doesn't give the right result.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        John E. Feb 5, 2012 06:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's easier for me to just not eat mayo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Feb 5, 2012 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        @John E & shygirl, i have 3 words for you: German potato salad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Perilagu Khan Feb 5, 2012 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'd add three more: vinegar, mustard, bacon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            shygirl Feb 5, 2012 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, I do like German potato salad very much, but it's in a category of its own, I think.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cady Feb 5, 2012 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yogurt. I've had it in tzatziki, but never from those little containers, plain or with fruit, nor have I ever eaten frozen yogurt. The thought grosses me out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have some recipes I want to try that require plain yogurt, so there may be more in my future, but you'll still never catch me with one of those fruity yogurt cup thingies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Terrieltr Feb 6, 2012 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've had yogurt with fruit. I was never a big fruit eater and was introduced to things like raita and tzatsiki at a fairly early age. I could never wrap my head around the idea that yogurt could be sweet. Oddly, I don't mind frozen yogurt. Apparently, once you freeze it, it no longer counts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            shygirl Feb 5, 2012 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perilagu Khan: How about haggis? ;) Not exactly commonplace, but then neither are foie gras or caviar - in my world, anyway.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I suspect foie gras and caviar are somewhat more common in the US than haggis. I mean, you'll find caviar in any large grocery store, and probably pate too. I've yet to see Campbell's Chunky Haggis.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                shygirl Feb 5, 2012 03:05 PM

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now that this thread is 230-responses strong and growing, I have one observation: There are a lot of parents out there who are single handedly responsible for screwing up their kids' eating habits. All I can say is wow!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Userfriend Feb 6, 2012 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I can definitely relate to what you wrote about parents screwing up their kids' eating habits. That's what happened to me. My father was the pickiest eater of all time. He would not allow my mom to even cook lots of different foods in the house. The ONLY vegetables we ever had were canned. BLECH! And it was accepted behavior in our house to not want to taste something unfamiliar or try anything new. When I left home and ventured out into the world I was seriously handicapped. Other people were eating and heartily enjoying all kinds of foods, and there I would sit with my same limited meals that I had eaten all my life. I have gotten much better over the years. I eat a LOT more things than I ever used to, but there are still some things I will never be able to put in my mouth.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sueatmo Feb 6, 2012 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I always thought that the parents were the biggest influence on kid's eating habits. And some kids decide not to eat as a power struggle. I've run into this in my own generation. Lots of my peers are very unadventurous eaters, at least among the folks I know. But I thought surely the next gen were doing better that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If everyone around you is eating something and it isn't gross, like bugs or excrement, but is a legitimate food stuff, why not try it? Finding out that you don't like something after tasting is not a tragedy, but part of your life experience. Finding out that you do like something after tasting can be a revelation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Perilagu Khan Feb 7, 2012 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Why limit myself?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Because I know enough about myself that I don't have to put certain things in my mouth to know I'd find them revolting. And I don't particularly relish the sensation of my gorge rising.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow. In addition to what you listed in your OP, you also included - in subsequent posts - tuna casserole, green bean casserole, eggs, scrapple, off-the-vine tomatoes... as stuff you have not/will not eat. I must say I am somewhat surprised! But - to each his or her own.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spam -- tho it's not commonplace really where I am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oysters -- just can't; had the opportunity... can't - I love seafood, but not a fan of clams (i tolerate them, or work around them in their chowder) or mussels or oysters... pretty sure i haven't had mussels either
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And as I replied to a couple of posts above, tuna noodle casserole and foie gras.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But MY big one that will probably surprise most -- Coleslaw. It has never appealed to me, ever. Raw cabbage, mayo, sugar... oy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. GraceW Feb 5, 2012 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    People are probably going to roll over and pass out over this.....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BUT I HAVE NEVER HAD A BURGER (with meat),

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When I was little I would have only chicken strips or nuggets; then when I was a teenager I would never eat red meat either... then I was a vegan in college.. now I am a veg. So I have never had a burger. Oh well. When I tell people, usually they say--yah it shows.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mcf Feb 6, 2012 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have a niece who's never eaten a burger... or most vegetables. Serious texture issues. As an adult, she's begun eating some chicken.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Harmy Feb 5, 2012 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Eh, until a few months ago, I'd never had cream cheese on a bagel. Plenty of bagels, but no cream cheese. I don't intend on repeating the experience.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kubasd Feb 6, 2012 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is kinda funny to me, since I now live in a house of people who have never had a bagel with cream cheese. Growing up, we NEVER had bagels WITHOUT cream cheese. If we were out of cream cheese, we didn't eat bagels. Simple as that. When I moved here about 5 years ago, I was surprised to see that they had bagels in the bread drawer, but NO cream cheese! I told them I'd pick up some cream cheese on the way home from work, and the conversation went like this: "Why? We don't need any." I was confused. "Soooo.... what do you put on your bagels?" "Butter." Um... what???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Perilagu Khan Feb 6, 2012 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I can dig it. A bagel sans cream cheese just doesn't seem right.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        schmoopy Feb 5, 2012 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This topic brings to mind a classmate of my son who recently posted on facebook that she had just eaten the first orange of her life. She's 22 and we live in Southern California!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          John E. Feb 5, 2012 09:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I believe the situation you wrote about says a lot more about the parents of that 22 year old than it does about her. As I write this, I'm in Arizona and there are probably about 6 big boxes of oranges and 10 boxes of grapefruit in the driveway. (My father leads a crew of retirees that picks citrus from the yards of elderly people and then donate much of the fruit to food shelves).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perilagu Khan Feb 6, 2012 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've eaten them, but I'm not wild about them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sasha1 Feb 7, 2012 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm going to try to avoid going all hob-nobby on you, but being a fruit and veg lover, I haven't let a bad version of something turn me off to it. And once you have a really good version of something, it is a revelation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You will not find me buying oranges at the grocery store. They've been bad, bad, and more bad. Even at the farmer's market, some are ok, some are less good. But every so often, you find a farmer with the right methods, a good patch of soil, a favorable climate, and some dynamite seeds, and it is eye opening. Those are the vendors you go back to. Five years later, I'm still dreaming of the oranges I used to get from a guy at the Santa Monica FM. Unbelievable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just a couple of years ago, I bought some insane grapes from the FM after always having bought them at the grocer from Chile. What a difference!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think part of the reason is that I love the sweet-tart balance in fruit, and more and more fruit is being bred now to be entirely sweet, no acid, according to the changing likes of the populace... or something.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                John E. Feb 7, 2012 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not trying to be a smartass here, but citrus fruit is never grown from seeds. They graft the fruit bearing stock onto hardy rootstock. All citrus trees are grafted. That helps with navel oranges since they don't have seeds. All navel oranges are cloned from the same tree that was a mutant in the Brazilian rainforest a hundred years ago. (The details might be wrong there, but the gist of the story is correct).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kubasd Feb 7, 2012 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Did not know that! One learns something new every day! :) Pretty cool, I never thought about them not having seeds...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Firegoat Feb 7, 2012 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    but if they don't have a mommy, how do they have navels?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kubasd Feb 7, 2012 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lol!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sasha1 Feb 7, 2012 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ok fine. Whatever is the stock from whence they begin. In any case, my orange of the gods was a valencia, not a navel. I've never come across a navel orange that has as much flavor. And these valencias did have seeds as I recall.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      John E. Feb 7, 2012 10:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Navels in the grocery store sure do seem to be mostly too tart and not sweet. I have lived in MInnesota and Wisconsin all my life and until my parents bought a winter home in Arizona I only knew about grocery citrus. If the navels are left on the tree long enough they too are sweet. The valencias make the best juice. I wish the juice oranges were sold in the stores in MInnesota. My father used to bring home a couple dozen boxes of citrus home each spring. Alas, now he does not drive back and forth and we are left without the boxes and boxes of oranges, grapefruit, and lemons. It is still pretty difficult for me to actually pay for citrus in the store these days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (A side note, my father had a book on citrus at the winter home that told me more than I needed to know. He had a lime tree in his yard that never produced any limes. One year a cold snap appeared to kill off the tree as limes are more susceptible to frost than other citrus. A few years later the youngest grandson found a butt-ugly lemon growing on the lime tree. It seems the lime tree froze off but grew back from the root-stock which was from a lemon tree. That tree is now loaded with the ugliest, lumpiest, bumpiest fruit you've ever seen. Too bad he didn't dig up the non-producing lime tree and plant a Meyer lemon tree like I suggested about 6 years ago).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sasha1 Feb 8, 2012 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We used to slice up our valencias and eat them. We couldn't peel them. And I never tasted a navel orance as tasty as those valencias.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also an aside, a friend in SoCal has (used to have?) what we called a 5-Alive tree in her yard. Grafted in such a way that it produced oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit. Weird!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kubasd Feb 8, 2012 08:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I would LOVE to have one of those trees!! I go through sooo much citrus! Plus I absolutely love grapefruit AND its juice :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            John E. Feb 8, 2012 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My father leads a crew of retirees/snowbirds in Arizona who twice per week go out picking oranges and grapefruit from peoples' yards. These homeowners sometimes have as many as 40 grapefruit trees because their homes are built on former citrus groves. Many of the homeowners are elderly themselves and have no use for all the fruit and the mess that goes along with it. These 25 old guys pick the fruit and clean up the yard and keep the fruit. Much of it goes to the food shelves but even they can take only so much. They usually pick about 6 pickup loads of fruit a week, about 70% is grapefruit. If you are in Mesa, you can have as many boxes of grapefruit as you can handle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          EWSflash Feb 8, 2012 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I live in orange country and I don't care for navels either, because they're sweet and insipid and have no character, I agree wholeheartedly that valencias have a much richer flavor. You don't have to peel them, cut them into wedges and bite the orange out from the inside. I eat grapefruit like that, too- no