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Is There Any Commonplace Dish You've Never Eaten?

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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.

  1. 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!

    48 Replies
    1. re: cgarner

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

        1. re: gator28

          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.

        2. re: cgarner

          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.

          1. re: cgarner

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

            1. re: cgarner

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

              1. re: thirtyeyes

                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.

                1. re: sueatmo

                  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.

                  1. re: mcf

                    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.

                    1. re: sueatmo

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

                    2. re: mcf

                      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.

                      1. re: Jeri L

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

                          1. re: sueatmo

                            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!!)

                            1. re: jbsiegel

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

                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

                                  1. re: sueatmo

                                    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.

                              1. re: jbsiegel

                                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.

                    3. re: cgarner

                      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.

                      1. re: shygirl

                        Never had a 'mater off the vine either.

                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                          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.

                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                            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

                            1. re: mattstolz

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

                              1. re: mattstolz

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

                            2. re: shygirl

                              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.

                              1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                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.

                                1. re: huiray

                                  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.

                                  1. re: raisingirl

                                    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.

                                    1. re: FoodPopulist

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

                                      1. re: raisingirl

                                        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.

                                        1. re: huiray

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

                                          and not everybody travels....

                                          1. re: RUK

                                            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.

                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                              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?"

                                              1. re: ttoommyy

                                                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.

                                                1. re: huiray

                                                  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.

                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                    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?

                                                    1. re: huiray

                                                      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.

                                                  2. re: huiray

                                                    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.

                                                    1. re: ttoommyy

                                                      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.

                                                      1. re: mcf

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

                                                        1. re: ttoommyy

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

                                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                2. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                  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?

                                                3. re: RUK

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

                                      2. re: cgarner

                                        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.

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

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

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                                          1. re: Janet from Richmond

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

                                            1. re: cgarner

                                              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).

                                              1. re: Janet from Richmond

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

                                                1. re: mattstolz

                                                  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.

                                                  1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                    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.

                                                    1. re: Isolda

                                                      I love eggs, and I love the yolks.

                                                2. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                  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.

                                                  1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                    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.

                                                    1. re: shygirl

                                                      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.

                                                3. re: Janet from Richmond

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

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

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

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                                                  1. re: Bob W

                                                    so your aversion to PB is a texture thing?

                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                      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

                                                      1. re: Bob W

                                                        you came around on ketchup but not pb?

                                                        sad day indeed.

                                                        1. re: mattstolz

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

                                                    2. re: Bob W

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

                                                      1. re: Bob W

                                                        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.

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

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                                                        1. re: Brianne920

                                                          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.

                                                          1. re: Terrieltr

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

                                                          2. re: Brianne920

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

                                                            1. re: gaffk

                                                              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.

                                                            2. re: Brianne920

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

                                                              1. re: thirtyeyes

                                                                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.

                                                                1. re: Brianne920

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

                                                                    1. re: shygirl

                                                                      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.)

                                                                      1. re: gaffk

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

                                                                        1. re: gaffk

                                                                          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.

                                                                          1. re: shygirl

                                                                            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.

                                                                            1. re: gaffk

                                                                              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.

                                                                               
                                                                              1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                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 ;)

                                                                                1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                  haha this might be my favorite post in this thread.

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

                                                                                  1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                    I've always been a fan of visual aids!

                                                                                    1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                      Must be a man, then. ;-)

                                                                              2. re: shygirl

                                                                                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.

                                                                      2. re: Brianne920

                                                                        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.

                                                                        1. re: al b. darned

                                                                          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!

                                                                          1. re: Brianne920

                                                                            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

                                                                            1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                              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.

                                                                              1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                                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...)

                                                                        2. 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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                                                                          1. re: rockandroller1

                                                                            ROFL - that's exactly what oysters are like!

                                                                            But I think crab is far superior to lobster.

                                                                            1. re: shygirl

                                                                              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.

                                                                              1. re: Bob W

                                                                                LOL I really do learn something new everyday!

                                                                              2. re: shygirl

                                                                                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)

                                                                              3. re: rockandroller1

                                                                                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!

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

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                                                                                1. re: mira_r

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

                                                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                                                    1. re: kubasd

                                                                                      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.

                                                                                      1. re: Steve Green

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                        1. re: Steve Green

                                                                                          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

                                                                                          1. re: cgarner

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

                                                                                            1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                              1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                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.

                                                                                          2. re: Steve Green

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

                                                                                      2. re: mira_r

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                        1. re: viperlush

                                                                                          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.

                                                                                        2. re: mira_r

                                                                                          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.

                                                                                        3. 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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                                                                                          1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                            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.

                                                                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                              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

                                                                                              1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                                                              2. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                                                                1. re: huiray

                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                              3. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                1. re: melpy

                                                                                                  Chef Boyardee is like a God to me.

                                                                                              4. 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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                                                                                                1. re: Wawsanham

                                                                                                  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?

                                                                                                  1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                    1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                    2. re: Wawsanham

                                                                                                      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...

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

                                                                                                      1. 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."

                                                                                                          1. re: Kelli2006

                                                                                                            Me, neither...never thought of it!

                                                                                                            1. re: Kelli2006

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

                                                                                                              1. re: Kelli2006

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

                                                                                                                  1. re: Kelli2006

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

                                                                                                                    1. re: Kelli2006

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Jeri L

                                                                                                                        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?

                                                                                                                        1. re: sueatmo

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

                                                                                                                          1. re: sueatmo

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

                                                                                                                            1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                              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..

                                                                                                                              1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                        2. re: Kelli2006

                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Blush

                                                                                                                            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.....

                                                                                                                            1. re: Blush

                                                                                                                              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.

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

                                                                                                                            1. 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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                                                                                                                              1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                              2. 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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                                                                                                                                1. re: kubasd

                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                2. 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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                                                                                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

                                                                                                                                      What she said.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                      2. 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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                                                                                                                                        1. re: julesrules4food

                                                                                                                                          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?

                                                                                                                                          1. re: susancinsf

                                                                                                                                            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!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: julesrules4food

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

                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                              1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                                                                                                It looks like Elvis is in that strawberry...

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

                                                                                                                                          1. 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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                                                                                                                                            1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: thirtyeyes

                                                                                                                                                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)

                                                                                                                                                1. re: cgarner

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

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cgarner

                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                              2. 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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                                                                                                                                                1. re: mchutch

                                                                                                                                                  spc is grossly sweet - you are not missing anything!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mchutch

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

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

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mchutch

                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Isolda

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

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Isolda

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

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mattstolz

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

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                I concur. Love some cinnamon rolls.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                          3. 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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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gaffk

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

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                Slim chance of good guacamole in Philly.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                  theres good guac anywhere you can get a nice avocado!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gaffk

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

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ttoommyy

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

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                            pulchritudinous

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

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gaffk

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

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kubasd

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

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gaffk

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                      Soylently not what I had in mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: John E.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The latest 21st century snack food...

                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                  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!!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: shygirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mattstolz

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

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mcf

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

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                            more avocado for us! amirite mcf??

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mattstolz

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

                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: gaffk

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

                                                                                                                                                                                  and thats saying something, because onions and garlic are delicious

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Veggo

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

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mattstolz

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

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                          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... )

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                            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 ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: shygirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: mattstolz

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gaffk

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gaffk

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Terrieltr

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I do that in the store before buying them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just kidding. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the reminder to wash all my veg :P

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Terrieltr

                                                                                                                                                                                                          lol

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Terrieltr

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ah. That makes a bit more sense.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: IndyGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: gaffk

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

                                                                                                                                                                                      3. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: luckyfatima

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

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sueatmo

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bbqboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                    As opposed to hurl dumplings?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bbqboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mattstolz

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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).

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: thirtyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Cady

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Veggo

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Maximilien

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          No fried chicken and tamales--bloody hell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I've never had:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sardines
                                                                                                                                                                                                            SPAM
                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jbsiegel

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jbsiegel

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jbsiegel

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: jbsiegel

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jbsiegel

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: eclecticsynergy

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Groan heard 'round the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What a maroon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Love it. Thanks, guys.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: drongo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mattstolz

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ttoommyy

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: mattstolz

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. re: drongo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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 :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: drongo

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sueatmo

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sueatmo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sueatmo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't understand the revulsion toward peanut butter, which is a perfectly fine food, unless you must eat very low fat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ~~~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mattstolz

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sueatmo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: OckhamsFolly

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: OckhamsFolly

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Things I've never tasted:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sushi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tripe

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: noodlepoodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've never had any of those either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: noodlepoodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mcf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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 ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't eat noodle dishes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mcf

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: thirtyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: firni

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Any particular reason for not sampling subs/heroes?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: firni

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: emmekin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Had beets once. That was enough for me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jbsiegel

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. 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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Manwich

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Eggs over easy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Veal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    egg drop soup

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chicken livers/gizzards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    olive loaf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pimento cheese

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Firegoat

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bell pepper says, "Oh, nooooo!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Terrieltr

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alexander112

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thankfully, I wouldn't call that substance commonplace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Bob W

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mcf

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mcf

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mcf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: al b. darned

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ttoommyy

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: mcf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But then wouldn't veal = beef?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: CanadaGirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: julesrules4food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: julesrules4food

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2) they really might put crushed bugs in fig newtons. a specific type of beetle is a key component in red food coloring. (weird how it doesnt get the same outcry as mcdonalds using a a chemical also used in yoga mats in their buns though)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          yup. that applies to all packaged/manufactured food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Bob W

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Bob W

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sueatmo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Bob W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Spam's hugely popular in Hawaii.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sasha1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sasha1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: FoodPopulist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: brookelynn8686

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            luckily, their deliciousness outweighs their cuteness!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: brookelynn8686

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: FoodPopulist

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: brookelynn8686

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also never had SPAM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And also never had:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Big Mac
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Whopper ... or anything from Burger King
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pepperoni Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Traditional southern barbeque
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Caviar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oysters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Foie Gras
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: taos

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: taos

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mattstolz

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mcf

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Perilagu Khan

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Because mayonnaise is tops on my very short "will not eat" list, I have never had common picnic foods such as:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Macaroni salad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      potato salad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      coleslaw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: iluvcookies

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        because some people dont make very good hamburgers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: iluvcookies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: iluvcookies

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: huiray

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mcf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mattstolz

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. re: mcf

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: shygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What is a prairie oyster?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: mcf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ttoommyy

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  easy solution to get over this:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dip it in chocolate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mattstolz

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: huiray

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: huiray

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  From food lovers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sueatmo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: shygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Bob W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They still tour! Play locally pretty regularly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: shygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sueatmo

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sueatmo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sueatmo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: shygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. 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.