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Do you have any food "rituals"?

Do you eat certain foods in a certain way or in a certain order?

Do you have specific "rituals" surrounding your food?

I get up in the morning and put on a pot of coffee and drink it when making the breakfast and lunches for the day.

When I eat fresh bread and butter, I scoop out the insdie and only eat the crust with a thick slab of butter.

I am sure there is more....

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  1. Well, my baked potato ritual has always been to cut a series of lattice marks into it so that the butter can melt evenly throughout.....and then mash the daylights out of it after any other garnishes have been added, preferably on a separate side plate.

    Can't stand potato chunks, and never thought twice about it until someone ridiculed me for it years ago.....but I still happily do it!

    1. When I eat Bugles (which is pretty rare), I always first put them on my fingertips so it looks like I have claws.

      I always eat (Maryland Blue) crabs this way: 1) Remove legs and eat any meat sticking out from them. 2) Remove claws and eat meat from them (after cracking with mallet) 3) Remove top, clear out lungs and stuff and pick out the lump meat.

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      1. re: 4X4

        Ditto on the crabs but I get the legs really clean except for te back two.

        1. re: 4X4

          My post-crab ritual is a pbj sandwich with strawberry jam.

        2. I have a very, very specific approach to pho consumption.

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          1. When I make barbecue, I split all the logs before I start drinking beer. It's actually a ritual my wife started/insited upon as she is terrified about the idea of me taking up the ax once I've had a taste. And, since you can't make barbecue properly without splitting logs or drinking beer, we settled upon the aforementioned agreement. Good thing is, I still gots all my toes!

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            1. re: MGZ

              I also have to slice the inside of my baked potato into a lattice!

            2. If I'm having a bacon sandwich it has to be ketchup and a cup of tea-absolutely no coffee.
              If it's a sausage sandwich it's brown sauce and I am prepared to have it with coffee.

              1. I have a special at-home coffee mug and a special travel coffee mug. If I don't use my special mugs, the day does not start off right.

                Sandwiches must be cut along both diagonals, making four triangles.

                One must be humane in the slaughter of animal crackers by biting the head off first.

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                1. re: Tara57

                  I've got an amber Fostoria glass that my parents got as part of a wedding present in 1965. I always use that glass for cornbread and milk, a crazy concoction taught to me by my daddy long ago.

                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                    Khan, that's awesome. My parents had those too (married in '67).

                    Great image!

                    1. re: pinehurst

                      Thanks, piney. Now that mom and dad are gone, that humble glass is a sentimental talisman.

                    1. re: Tara57

                      One must be humane in the slaughter of animal crackers by biting the head off first.
                      ~~~~~~~~~~~

                      Absolutely. It's the responsible thing to do.

                      Oreos - I'm a splitter. I open the cookie and eat the cream first, then the chocolate cookie - WITHOUT dunking.

                      If the meal has mashed potatoes and peas as side dishes, there must be some mashed left on the plate to gather up the last few peas. If not, I have to get another spoonful of potatoes.

                      Hard pretzels - the little nubs at the bottom of the pretzel from "tying the knot" before baking must be eaten first, then all of the lower left or right hand side of the pretzel. The "X" part gets eaten last. And I let the larger pieces sit in my mouth until they're not as crunchy.

                      I'm sure there are more, but those are what I can remember off the top of my head.

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        Oreo are eaten soaked in milk with a spoon all mashed up like soup. Ditto for Chips Ahoy. Can also combine the two.

                        1. re: melpy

                          Gaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!! :::::running away from melpy's cookie mush!:::::: :-)

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            It actually has a name: a mushy . I think the original purpose was to make the dessert last longer and to avoid messy hands from small children tryin to dunk cookies.

                        2. re: LindaWhit

                          No peas in the potatoes! That would be like lumpy mashed potatoes, and that I can not handle :)

                          1. re: calliope_nh

                            For the bunny, it's the body first...save the poor thing's head and ears til the end!

                        3. if the grill is going, i'm drinking beer

                          1. I don't know if I have any, but if we are having baked potato's my wife has to eat the potato first and finish it before getting into the meat etc. Drives me nuts, especially if we are eating out with others.

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                            1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                              Sounds like my brother. He eats one thing at a time. Once at a restaurant he got steak. He ate everything else first, then complained that the steak was cold! yeeee!

                              Oh and I do the lattice thing with my baked potato too- can't abide having the butter run down the outside- especially when the skin doesn't look appealing enough to eat!

                              1. re: janmcbaker

                                My husband tends towards the same thing - not always, but frequently he will eat one item until its gone and then move on to the next, and so on. Luckily, he is not a very temperature sensitive person, and is not really bothered by eating food that has gone a bit cold.

                            2. I tend to eat the items on my plate in order of how much I like it. I always leave my favourite item til last.

                              When I have toast I add the butter and give it a short zap back under the grill. Butter has to be totally melted in.

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                              1. re: Musie

                                Eat anything that tastes bad first and save te best for last or eat everything so it comes out evenly.

                                1. re: melpy

                                  Why eat something that tastes bad at all?

                                  1. re: melpy

                                    PSSST, I'll let you in on a secret: you're an adult now, you don't have to eat anything that tastes bad to you!

                                    1. re: thegforceny

                                      I don't like to waste food. If I can eat it without gagging then we eat it. Plus something's we eat to be healthy. I would much rather eat my pasta over my salad in most cases. So salad is eaten first.

                                  2. re: Musie

                                    No no no...the other way around. I always save my fav for last. (Reminds me of the story my dad always told me. As a child, he always ate the cake first and then the frosting...until the time that he was too full to finish the frosting!)

                                    1. re: jbsiegel

                                      You've reminded me of mine. I angle for a piece of cake from the middle of a sheet to minimize the frosting. If I can't do that, I remove excess frosting to the side of my plate, and usually eat only about half, depending on how sweet it is.

                                      1. re: foiegras

                                        I'm the reverse...bring me the edge! I eat out the cake from under the frosting and save all that yummy frosting for the last!

                                    2. re: Musie

                                      Oh, wow, yes. This is how I really prefer to eat-saving my favorites til last. And it's not even that I'm eating something I hate, but usually there will be a pecking order. Not always what you might think-roasted Brussels sprouts will always be in in the top-notch spot. I don't do this in restaurants though, because I know people find it peculiar. My family is already well aware that I'm peculiar, so I feel free to indulge myself.

                                      1. re: ErnieD

                                        Oh heck...I do it in restaurants. To be honest, I'd never consider eating a bite of this and then a bite of that. Definitely one at a time! I figure that if I want to enjoy my meal my way (within reason, of course), then I darned well will!

                                      1. When I'm drinking hand crafted 'ritas from my favorite 'rita glass with salted rim (sea salt, agave nectar) I get exactly 12 good sips, so I rotate the glass 30 degrees clockwise between sips so I get all of the nice saltiness.

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                                        1. re: Veggo

                                          That's my method as well. No salt left behind, I call it.

                                          1. re: Veggo

                                            I don't like salt, so I'd take one sip and continue sipping from the same spot til the drink is gone.

                                            1. re: pdxgastro

                                              Generally you can order no salt. FYI

                                            2. re: Veggo

                                              The salt sweet combo is what a 'rita is all about. I operate in the same fashion. Sip, spin,sip spin.

                                            3. I'm a potato chip sorter.

                                              1. Whenever I have grilled cheese at home, I have it on my "Mommy plate". I have one plate from her Correlle set and NO ONE else is allowed to use it. My Mom died in 1994 and that plate brings back childhood in many ways.

                                                I do the lattice thing with potatoes also.

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                                                1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                  My friend eats M&Ms by dumping them out and grouping them by color. Then she eats the ones that are most plentiful until she comes to the lowest denominator. Then she rotates the colors so that they are eaten equally. Does that make sense?

                                                  1. re: lilmomma

                                                    It makes sense, but it's still nuts! :)

                                                    1. re: lilmomma

                                                      omg... that's exactly what I do with M&Ms, Skittles, etc. I don't eat them often, but when I do...

                                                      1. re: lilmomma

                                                        Lol...count me in on that ritual too!

                                                        1. re: lilmomma

                                                          This reminds me of how I eat Reese's Pieces. Because I have no ability to stop eating them through will power, I have a ritual where I will pour a small handful out, and then I have to eat them in twos, paired by color. If I eat them down and there is an 'orphan' left in my hand, I pour a few more into my hand and go through the same process. I keep doing it until my hand comes up empty. It's like Concentration with candy.

                                                          1. re: lilmomma

                                                            I do that with mixed nuts or other snack mixes too!

                                                            1. re: lilmomma

                                                              yeah, i do that...and i save my favorite colors until last...green and blue

                                                              1. re: woelkaru

                                                                Don't you know that the brown ones taste best? Those are the "all chocolate" ones (as opposed to the "lemon chocolate" or "orange chocolate" or "lime chocolate" ones LOL)!

                                                              2. re: lilmomma

                                                                I totally do the same thing!! It's my OCD with small round things :-)

                                                                1. re: lilmomma

                                                                  If I'm not eating them in the dark, I sort M&Ms by color, and eat the colors I don't like (orange, yellow, brown) first, then go to the blue, red, and green. I haven't eaten them in years, thought.

                                                              3. When I was little and eating Hoodsie cups (don't know if they were nationwide? Literally half cups of ice cream which were half chocolate, half vanilla.) I would eat the (less favored by me) chocolate first, and then the vanilla.

                                                                I do a similar thing with bacon and eggs. I love bacon so much that I save it for last.

                                                                I know. I'm weird. Sigh.

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                                                                1. re: pinehurst

                                                                  Most of us are pretty dam' looney when you get right down to it, so you're not alone. :)

                                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                    LOL! A fitting summation of this thread.

                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                      Burst out laughing and hand clapping, scared the livin' hell out of my cats, thank you PH!!!!!

                                                                      1. re: KSlink

                                                                        Please pass along my apologies to the afrighted kitties. And give 'em a kitty snack compliments o' old P. Khan.

                                                                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                          Consider it done...and sorry 'bout the PH which should have been PK! :)

                                                                      2. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                        The great thing about crazy is there are SO many different kinds! We all have our own brand!

                                                                        I am also an M&M color sorter

                                                                        and a potato chip sorter- small pieces get eaten first (or put in the sandwich that accompanies them, depending on the sandwich), followed by big /full chips, followed by the best- the folded chip

                                                                        also, MUST eat the crust part of toast or sandwiches 1st, saving the inside, "good part" for last

                                                                        and- peas or kernel corn must be eaten with mashed potatoes. I put some potatoes on my fork, and use it to glue the peas or corn to the fork, which sometimes also picks up a bite of meatloaf, (or whatever) for the perfect bite

                                                                        ETA: carbonated drinks MUST be served in glass, NEVER plastic, if they are dispensed from their original container ( I can drink Coke from the plastic single-serve bottle, but don't pour it in a plastic cup!)

                                                                        obviously, I am several types of crazy

                                                                        1. re: JenJeninCT

                                                                          Except when sharing chips. Then the folded ones must be eaten first, before anyone else gets them!

                                                                          I have a joke with a friend that without our meaningless rituals, the structure of our entire day would fall apart and we'd be useless messes.

                                                                          1. re: Cachetes

                                                                            I agree about the 'dubs' (doubled over potato chips). Gotta eat them before anyone else does. Plus they're the best for dipping.

                                                                            1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                              Hmmmm. I sense a possible goldmine here.

                                                                                1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                  I think you've got a new business! Just have to figure out how to ensure all of the chips stay folded in the fryolator. :-)

                                                                                    1. re: Cachetes

                                                                                      Even better, figure out how to have two folded together so that they are inseparable but not completely fused together either.

                                                                              1. re: Cachetes

                                                                                I think that I need to get together with some of you 'folded chip' lovers.

                                                                                I hate them. I avoid them at all costs, and if I have to eat them, I will break them until they are single thickness pieces.

                                                                                Reminds me of when I was in high school, McDonalds still had the white and dark chicken nuggets instead of just white meat ones. I loved the dark ones, and my best friend only liked the white ones. We'd split a pack, and everyone was happy.

                                                                          2. re: pinehurst

                                                                            I miss Hoodsie cups. We don't have that brand outside of NEw England.

                                                                            1. re: pinehurst

                                                                              I do it the other way around, so that the eggs cut down the saltiness of the bacon slices.

                                                                            2. My God, I thought I invented that baked potato lattice-slicing thing! Have you all been secretly videotaping me?

                                                                              I have hot beverage cup rituals: my morning rooibos tea should be served (by Mr. travelmad478) in the red Native American mug. My evening chamomile tea should be served (also by Mr. travelmad478) in the blue iris flower mug that I bought at the campus bookstore when I was a freshman in college. How I have not broken that thing in 27 years is a real mystery, and makes the ritual that much more important!

                                                                              1. Cottage cheese is eaten with a fork.
                                                                                Applesauce is eaten with salt and pepper. Unless it is a hot homemade with cinnamon variety.
                                                                                Until recently the only cereal that I would eat with sliced bananas were Rice Krispies.

                                                                                I'm sure there are others.

                                                                                1. What a fun thread! I like my hot drinks in plastic mugs/cups. Tea,( herbal or black) in a cheap plastic picnic mug and coffee in my 'good' melamine cup. I thinks it's cause I don't like the feel of cold ceramic on my bottom lip?!?!

                                                                                  1. I wittle (sp) my cookies down by eating around the edges, then eating the center.

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                                                                                    1. re: letsindulge

                                                                                      Yes, my favorites to do that with were Salerno Mint Cream cookies. Oh, what I wouldn't give for a box of those!
                                                                                      Once in a blue moon, I'll have some Frango Mint or Fanny Mae Mint Meltaway candies, and those get the nibble-off-the-coating treatment, then 3 or 4 bites to finish the innards.

                                                                                      My late father-in-law loved to watch me do that. He had never seen anyone take so much time and effort to eat a cookie.

                                                                                      1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                        Unlike my husband who gobbles 4 - 5 cookies in large bites, i like to savor my 1 or 2. :)

                                                                                        1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                          I do that with Lindt raspberry squares. I nibble the chocolate from around the edges, then (this part doesn't always work) break the flat part of chocolate off and eat that so 'm left wit a little bowlful of raspberry sauce, which I pop in my mouth. Mmm

                                                                                        2. re: letsindulge

                                                                                          I do that but with Reese's peanut butter cups. I'll eat the thick chocolate edge before the peanut butter centre.

                                                                                          1. re: Carole_beaudry

                                                                                            I'm the same way with peanut butter cups - I greatly prefer the peanut butter to the chocolate, so I eat the chocolate first to get it out of the way.

                                                                                            This is also why I prefer the seasonal peanut butter cups to the regular ones. Better peanut butter to chocolate ratio. I still have a stash of peanut butter eggs from Easter that I am working through.

                                                                                            1. re: Carole_beaudry

                                                                                              Same here. The smaller nibbles, the better.

                                                                                            2. re: letsindulge

                                                                                              I eat most everything around the edges first and then the middle. The middle is usually the best part - the gooiest for bread / cookies / cake, the moistest for meat, etc. My husband always makes fun of me for eating my hamburgers around the edges first and then the middle.

                                                                                              I'm a closet bread "squisher" as well - eat off the crust and then squish the center.

                                                                                              1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                Uck! I hate smashed bread unless it's a sandwich pie. Gives me the willies, the texture.

                                                                                            3. If I cook or order a "plate" of food, I always taste the veggies first, the meat last. (If I have ordered meat.)

                                                                                              i must have a hot drink after supper. I've gradually changed from regular tea, to green tea, to decaf green tea, and now I find I must find an herbal drink with no caffeine at all, or it interrupts going to sleep. (I hate getting old.) But I don't want to give up my hot drink in the evening, except for in summer.)

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                                                                                              1. re: sueatmo

                                                                                                I do that too.... veggies followed by carb followed by meat (the rare occaisions I get it). But ALWAYS veggies first.

                                                                                                1. re: kubasd

                                                                                                  Whenever I eat a meal that combines things on a plate, e.g., your normal protein/carb/veg dinner, I like to get a bit of each element in each mouthful. What's the point of coordinating three things that go together well if you're going to eat each thing separately?

                                                                                                  1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                    Because eating them together muddles the flavours of course! I am most definitely NOT a combiner :)

                                                                                                    1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                      I like to combine. When I was little I would mash together in a heap my meatloaf, mash and corn. Add some ketchup to the meatloaf mmmmmmm. My mother finally said it was rude and looked like dog food. Now I mix on my fork.

                                                                                                  2. re: sueatmo

                                                                                                    Ooh! ooh! Me too (hot drink after supper).

                                                                                                  3. Fun thread! Here a few of mine...

                                                                                                    I pull my morning muffin apart into little bite-size pieces, then eat with hands.

                                                                                                    I must have kettle jalapeno chips if I'm eating a tuna sandwich, and chips must be inserted into the sandwich.

                                                                                                    If I'm eating a salad, I eat a majority of the greens first, saving all of the "toppings" for last.

                                                                                                    French fries - a side of ranch is mandatory. I never put ranch dressing on anything else but fries.

                                                                                                    I can only apples (or any other stone fruit) cut up. Biting into an apple makes me cringe!

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                                                                                                    1. re: gator28

                                                                                                      I am the same with stone fruit. I started the habit when I had braces and now I just can't bite into fruit anymore.

                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                        My BF feels like one of his fromt teeth is wea or something, so eats cut-up apples. But if we're on the go, walking or something (this is gross), I take bites and hand them to him. I try not to do this if people are watching. LOL

                                                                                                          1. re: juster

                                                                                                            Is that gross? Not in my book! I do that often with my DH and my BFF.

                                                                                                      2. Not so much eating but I do for cooking.
                                                                                                        All other household chores must be complete before so I can relax. Then, I set up mise en place, cut any meat, wash cutting boards and hands, pour a drink, and enjoy the process!

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                                                                                                        1. Letting my freak flag fly. I can only eat cottage cheese with fixin's like green olives or fruit.
                                                                                                          I have to suck the pimento out of olives.
                                                                                                          I must have maple syrup to dip breakfast meats into
                                                                                                          I have to have toast for fried eggs and after all the runny yolk is gone I eat the rest on the toast. It is a ritual. And i have to have grits with fried eggs and scrambled with hash browns
                                                                                                          Must have spinach and taters with steak
                                                                                                          I have to eat with a treat on my plate to share with the kitties. If they don't like the protein I have then I have sliced ham and turkey on hand for them. Sometimes roast beef. :-)
                                                                                                          When no one is around I like mashed potatoes with ketchup and grilled pb and cheese ( not together)
                                                                                                          Okay. That's enough of my dark side for now.

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                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                            +1 on the pimento sucking. My husband can't even be in the room, he finds it so weird.

                                                                                                            1. re: MrsCris

                                                                                                              Lucky for me my boyfriend also sucks the pimentos. He has some food freaks that I look past too. Ain't love grand?

                                                                                                              1. re: MrsCris

                                                                                                                Another one on the pimento-sucking team. Although it's just not the same as the old days with real pimento strips. Much better flavor. That said, the little jellied pimento strips common now have an odd appeal all their own.

                                                                                                                I'm happy that when I encounter olives somewhere outside of my pimento-slurping, any-ol'-supermarket-Spanish-olive-private-world, they're generally of a somewhat tonier variety and I'm spared having to control my uncivilized pimento manners. It's hard enough with those almond stuffed olives. Or blue cheese. <grin>

                                                                                                                I am just now realizing my stuffed olive deconstruction started as a child. My home fridge had rather pedestrian bologna as the cold cut of choice, but my grandmother's had (joy of joys!) Olive Loaf. The ritual was a slice of olive loaf on a small plate. Select, remove and eat one by one the olive slices with no pimento center, beginning with any that were not intact O's. Then, repeat with the more desirable pimento-centered slices, generally moving from smallest to largest, removing and eating the pimento before the olive ring. Behold, a lacy square bologna doily. Roll up and eat. In my defense, I was maybe 5 years old. But it apparently and unfortunately stuck! That olive loaf did set me on a lifelong love affair with olives, despite eroding my manners.

                                                                                                                1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                  Oh boy. I forgot the joys of taking the olives out of the olive loaf. Now I want some. Darn it. I'm going to gain weight if I keep behind a chowhound. :-)

                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                    Right? I just put olive loaf on my grocery list. A truly under-appreciated member of the cold cut family. I fully intend to be uncivilized in my olive loaf eating!

                                                                                                                    And don't worry about gaining weight. Proper olive loaf deconstruction is long, meticulous work, no? It'd take forever to over-indulge. ;)

                                                                                                                    1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                      So is pickle and pimento loaf. So unloved but i think it is wonderful. And it is quite an undertaking Deconstructing the loaf but so worth it.

                                                                                                                2. re: MrsCris

                                                                                                                  When I was little, I loved green olives, but not the pimentos, so my dad would suck them out for me and give me the olive. (As I type this, it sounds really weird to me)...such devotion. Now I regularly buy jars of the olives and the only time I ever eat them is straight out of the jar, usually with my 8 year old daughter sharing them with me (and yes, she eats them whole!).

                                                                                                                  Great thread!!! I am going to keep an eye on my eating habits.....

                                                                                                                  1. re: saintp

                                                                                                                    +1 but my dad hated the pimentos too, so he would dig them out with a toothpick. My mom would get soooo angry at us for doing that! She made us save the pimentos and then she'd put them in her deviled eggs.

                                                                                                                    1. re: punkin712

                                                                                                                      Did you and your Dad eat the deviled eggs?

                                                                                                              2. I eat ketchup with practically EVERYTHING!

                                                                                                                1. When I was younger, I did not like the crust on my toast. I was never allowed to cut it off though, so I always forced myself to eat it first. I would hold the toast at the very bottom, the smallest grip of crust I could grab while still maintaining enough structure so the toast wouldn't collapse on me. I would then start eating all the crust around the bread, leaving me with a perfect crustless bit of toast, save for the last bite which had the crust where I held the bread.

                                                                                                                  While I enjoy crust just fine now, I still often eat my toast this way in the morning, when nobody is looking :P

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                                                                                                                  1. re: TeRReT

                                                                                                                    I sometimes save the pizza crusts from my dawg. I call 'em pizza bones.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                      Mr. tm478 does the same thing and calls them the same thing, but since the dog died five years ago, now I get to eat them :-)

                                                                                                                      1. re: travelmad478

                                                                                                                        I guess now you're top dawg at the table. ;)

                                                                                                                  2. PB&J sandwiches always cut in half at 90 degrees. All others usually cut on the diagonal.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

                                                                                                                      ALL sandwiches cut at 90 degrees (not diagonal).

                                                                                                                      1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

                                                                                                                        Grilled cheese always cut at 90 degrees and eaten with a side of kethcup. I eat around the edges and then enjoy the cheesy middle.

                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                          +1, especially to the mandatory ketchup side for grilled cheese.
                                                                                                                          In the cafeteria when I was little, I always had to specially request the ketchup bottle on grilled cheese day. My friends, the teachers, the parent aides all thought this was crazy... But to me, it was all I knew!

                                                                                                                          1. re: OhioHound

                                                                                                                            Yea, most people have never heard of it but in our house you couldn't have grilled cheese without ketchup.

                                                                                                                      2. When I eat anything requiring a knife and fork, I don't like hitting the plate with the knife because it dulls the edge. So I'll cut almost all the way through the pork chop or whatever, flip it, and finish the cut on ther other side. I imagine this is pretty annoying to watch so I only do it when eating alone.

                                                                                                                        1. This has to be about the best thread EVER, so much fun and laughter reading about all the stuff I thought that only I ever did....I'm not alone. WHEEEEE!!!!!

                                                                                                                          And by the way--cutting lattice marks into your baked potato only makes sense, don't let anyone try to tell you otherwise! :)

                                                                                                                          1. Ditto on eating least favorite thing first, saving the best for last UNLESS it will be cold by then:).

                                                                                                                            Cookies/ brownies/ donuts/ cakes are eaten the next day (or the day after) after baking/ purchasing. I like to crumble them and eat with fork/ spoon.

                                                                                                                            Apples/ pears are eaten to the core with only a few bits of enedible left.

                                                                                                                            My true rituals are all about pairing food with drinks. I will not have pizza or italian food in general without wine (Ok, maybe, very rarely. And pizza is OK with Pepsi). I will not have nachos (or any other tex-mex) without Margarita. I will not have sushi without sake. As a result, since I cannot be drinking every day, the above foods are avoided entirely during the work week.

                                                                                                                            Beer is paired with sandwich or snacks, never anything else.

                                                                                                                            Donuts are always eaten with coffee.

                                                                                                                            Chocolate sweets are never eaten with coffee, only tea.

                                                                                                                            Sweets in general must be had with some kind of hot beverage (usually, tea).

                                                                                                                            Haha, yeah, I am a freak:)

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                                                                                                                            1. re: Marusik

                                                                                                                              My wife does the same thing with apples and pears. And frankly, it frightens the hell outta me.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                Haha, why?
                                                                                                                                Actually, I used to feel scared a bit, when I was a kid eating "untreated" fruit in Russia - you could easily bite into a worm nest. I know we all want organic and stuff, but what a relief it is, people, to eat cherries, apples, rasberries, and strawberries without thinking of getting some protein on the side!

                                                                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                  I do that with apples and pears...and my weirdo dog watches me the whole time...then she eats the rest. She also thinks carrots and cat shit are the best things on earth, but she avoids eating her dog food, until she's starving. I took an excellent picture of her for dog-shaming.com today.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jackie007

                                                                                                                                    My pooch wolfed down a kat kopralite a while back and got a nasty case of the trots.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                      I've got a patterdale/poodle mix that I'm pretty sure is completely constructed of cast iron internally. I've seen her eat things that would take down dogs six times her size.

                                                                                                                                2. re: Marusik

                                                                                                                                  Oh yum...crumble those baked goods and stick some ice cream on top!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                    Well, the idea is get them a bit stale, so they are a bit crunchy and not melt-in-your mouth:)

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Marusik

                                                                                                                                      Oh...guess the ice cream would ruin that, wouldn't it? For me, it's all about mush!

                                                                                                                                      1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                        No mush for me! I actually avoid food that doesn't require chewing - creamy soups, smoothies, etc.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: Marusik

                                                                                                                                    holy cow, I keep finding more ways to be crazy.

                                                                                                                                    With sweets, MILK is the only acceptable beverage

                                                                                                                                    With fried seafood, root beer (I will also drink RB with pizza, but it's not a requirement)

                                                                                                                                  3. When I eat tubular pasta (ziti, penne), I insert the tines of my fork through the tubes. Keeps them from falling off the fork.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: iluvcookies

                                                                                                                                      I do the same with Kraft Dinner. Takes two weeks to eat one serving.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                        Kraft Dinner requires a large spoon and must be consumed quickly, while piping hot :)

                                                                                                                                    2. Okay. I remembered another. I split peanuts in my mouth and eat the "hinge" first. And i put a small palmfull of sunnflower seeds in my mouth and split them and squirl them away in my cheek until I have them all cracked and eat them all at once. I a admit it, I'm odd. :-)

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: Marusik

                                                                                                                                          i know its a little unusual but its something I must do.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                            It can't be that unusual because now there are three of us "hinge firsters." But this is the first time I've heard of anyone else doing it, and I never used "hinge" or any other word for that little knob.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: MrsBridges

                                                                                                                                              Add me to the list of hinge firsters.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: MrsBridges

                                                                                                                                                I am so glad to see the list growing. If it weren't for this post I don't think I would have admitted it out loud. I love it

                                                                                                                                        2. For the entire duration a loaf of bread is in my house - from start to finish, I have to inspect every single slice that I intend to use to ensure there is no sign of mold or spoilage on it. All it took was that ONE time when I was living at home, the folks' Wonderbread in the cabinet lingered a little too long and I failed to notice to have that nightmarish bite from a sandwich seared into my brain forever. Never.Again.

                                                                                                                                          When I eat a hamburger or anything else on that most common type of bun - I will build it / have it delivered if eating out right-side-up but after the first bite, from that point on I keep it upside down because the top bun always seems to contain everything better than the top bun.

                                                                                                                                          1. No one mentioned mallomars (it's almost their season here in NE). I press my thumb into the top, breaking through the chocolate, then pick off alternate wedges from the center. After that, I eat the edges, but start with the ones abutting the empty, white marshmallow-y spaces. It looks a little like a checkerboard when I'm done. It takes so long, that I only eat one or two at a time, which is better for my forever diet.

                                                                                                                                            1. Fried eggs - I eat the white first, cutting closer and closer to the yolk. then I pick up the yolk on a fork without breaking it and put it all in my mouth at once (it has to be runny).

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Peg

                                                                                                                                                Ha ha! I do this with a hard boiled egg. It turns out (can't BELIEVE I'm confessing to this), that if you take your bottom teeth and sort of scrape the outer layer of white off, you can create a smaller hard boiled egg (with the inner layer of white still covering the yolk). From there, you chomp into it!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Peg

                                                                                                                                                  Ooh! I forgot about fried eggs! My late stepfather used to gaze in ... I don't know, surprise? Disgust? Astonishment? ... at how I ate my fried eggs. Whites cut off as you do, Peg. But then the yolks are lifted and each is put atop a toasted and butter English muffin half. And *then* broken so the yoke runs into the nooks and crannies on both halves. THEN I eat the English muffin half with the egg. YUM!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                    Linda - that sounds fantastic!
                                                                                                                                                    I shall be eating my eggs that way next time!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Peg

                                                                                                                                                      My stepfather will look down upon you shaking his head, Peg. And at me for telling you about it. :-) And HIS way to eat fried eggs was to break the yolk in the pan so they half-cooked. I told him it was sacrilege to waste that lovely, runny yolk.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                      that is exactly what I do, too. When eating eggs benedict, I remove the ham and cut it into bite sized pieces on the side, break the yolk into the english muffin, and assemble my perfect bites from there

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                        That is exactly what I do as well!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Peg

                                                                                                                                                          I eat the white first, then I dip my toast into the runny yolk. Then, the use the last bit of toast to soak up the escaped runny yolk, put the bit of hardened yolk that's always left on top of that and breakfast is over.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jackie007

                                                                                                                                                            Oh wow...runny yolks. I know that they are revered by most but I just can't get into it. I can't eat them, I can't watch people eat them...I have no idea why as I love scrambled eggs but I guess it's the texture or something. Perhaps one day I will see the light :)

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                              I'll eat any kind of eggs as long as they're scrambled. And like you, I don't even like to watch others eat runny yolks, etc.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                Any kind like any animal? Or are you being funny meaning you only eat scrambled?

                                                                                                                                                          2. I always save a portion of meat and bread on my plate for last and make a little sandwich to finish my meal. At home it might be as much as half the serving whereas at a nice restaurant it would more likely be a just one bite.

                                                                                                                                                            Also, if I'm having dessert, I like to have a bite of bread to eat after the sweet. It is funny sometimes how hard it is to make a waiter leave behind a crust of bread when they are clearing the table.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kengk

                                                                                                                                                              I also like to have bread as the last thing I eat. I tend to grab it when the waiter comes to take away the bread basket or plate!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kengk

                                                                                                                                                                i also like the mini sandwich, it doesn't have to be at the end but it has to happen during the meal.

                                                                                                                                                              2. Anal as I am, and because corn on the cob always has an even number of rows of kernels, I always count the rows before I begin eating and then decide whether to go 3-4-3-4, or some other plan.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                  "Anal as I am, and because corn on the cob always has an even number of rows of kernels, I always count the rows before I begin eating and then decide whether to go 3-4-3-4, or some other plan."

                                                                                                                                                                  For the win.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                    The last bite belongs to the dog. If the gristly bit of the steak is discovered early in the meal, it is pushed to the side of the plate and reserved as the aforementioned last bite.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                      I had a border collie who would hold the corn cob at each end in his paws, and nibble back and forth across the cob. He'd clean up that cob in a very organized manner, then finish off the bits that landed on the patio.
                                                                                                                                                                      His name was Bonzo Dog Band. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                          Aw, mine is a border collie as well. 3 parts border collie to 1 part doberman (yep, we did the doggie DNA test), but he has never eaten corn. People food and purloined cat food, mostly. Although his personal food ritual is taking his daily glucosamine in a lump of braunschweiger. (I'll bet I spelled both of those wrong...)

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                            Now that's what I call a true corn dawg.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                                                                                              Ha! I had a Border Collie that did that, too. He was OCD as hell. Loved that bastard.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                                I'll have to check out the even number of rows on an ear of corn!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. When eating a Stella Doro Swiss Fudge cookie I nibble off the crust surrounding the fudge. Then I turn it over and nibble off as much of the crust as I can from under the fudge. Then I enjoy the nearly crust-free fudge.

                                                                                                                                                                                When eating food that comes in small, uniform pieces (M&Ms, Quaker Oat Squares cereal, for example) I eat two at a time, simultaneously crushing them on opposite sides with my molars.

                                                                                                                                                                                Does anyone else try to isolate chocolate chunks or nuts in cookies?

                                                                                                                                                                                1. All of the french fries, every last one, must be finished before the burger or steak or any other food in the meal is touched.
                                                                                                                                                                                  (I think the origin for this was to avoid having to eat cold fries. But it's become a ritual that's long past that point.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: racer x

                                                                                                                                                                                    But then isn't the burger or steak or other food in the cold realm?

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                      No. The other items hold their heat much better than fries do.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Plus, I eat pretty fast.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: racer x

                                                                                                                                                                                        Ahh. Should have figured that from your CH handle. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Layer cake is eaten cake first, leaving the frosting and frosting soaked cake for last. I didn't even realize I did it until college when a friend started staring in fascination and said, "I've never seen someone eat cake as religiously as you do!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jeri L

                                                                                                                                                                                      +1 on saving the best part of the cake- the frosting, for last, but for me, cake is just something to go with ice cream- and I must have a bite or 2 of ice cream left after the last cake/ice cream bite

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JenJeninCT

                                                                                                                                                                                        That is what is known as a "palate cleanser"! ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Jeri L

                                                                                                                                                                                        I hate frosting. I spend up to 10 minutes scraping off as much as possible and getting it as far away from my cake as possible. Even a speck is too much and I can't start eating the cake until it's removed.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'll share my cake with you ANY day!!! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                            Indeed! Everyone love when there is cake around and I'm in the room. I gladly offer my frosting to the first bidder.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                            I thought I was the only person on the face of this earth who hates frosting! Yay, kindred soul :D I also scrape frosting off cupcakes... and I sometimes scrape "creme" filling from sandwich cookies too, if I feel particularly aggressive that day.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sukekiyo

                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, very little creme filling ever enters my mouth. I usually untwist oreos and scrape off 3/4 of the filling. I have never met another person who hates frosting, I feel less alone in the world :)

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sukekiyo

                                                                                                                                                                                                I wonder if you frosting haters have just never experienced good frosting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                There is A LOT of bad frosting out there, and it seems to be getting worse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: racer x

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I also hate almost all frosting and scrape it off cake. There is, as you say, good frosting, but it is (a) extraordinarily rare, and (b) only good because the fat content is so astoundingly high that eating more than a teaspoon of it would lead me to gain five pounds immediately after eating it. So I still eat only a tiny amount and scrape off the rest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: racer x

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I know that cooked frosting can be delicious, and never gives that gritty-to-the-tooth feel that the cornstarch in powdered sugar gives to a standard buttercream frosting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Some of the boiled frostings have a mouthfeel like whipped cream or marshmallow cream. I can just eat those with a spoon. Forget the cake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: racer x

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've definitely had great frosting before, and I even concede that it's pretty remarkable when done right... just not my cup of tea. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't hate frosting (and I mean good frosting, not supermarket grade crisco & confectioners), but I don't find it necessary. And I prefer my cake a bit dry. It goes so well the next day with iced tea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. another M&M sorter here

                                                                                                                                                                                                  SoftShell crabs eaten one leg at a time with my fingers,then the body,in halves with a knife and fork.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  An ice cream sandwich is squeezed,licked from the edge until just cookie remains,then the cookie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  A dipped,covered ice cream bar,the entire coating is eaten,then the ice cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lcool

                                                                                                                                                                                                    +1 on that ice cream sandwich!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll do you one better on the chocolate covered bar...if it's a Dove bar (or something else with a nice thick coating), I actually pull the coating off, put it on a plate, and save it for the end!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I thought of another. I chew the salt off pretzels

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Morning coffee, of course!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      When I am stressed out, I snack on straight salsa picante. I think it is because I somehow knew there was more magnesium in salsa picante and stress saps your magnesium levels.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can't think of the others right now. Fun thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Peanut M&Ms- bite them in half and eat the peanut first. Extreme annoyance when there isn't a peanut.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pizza- I love the dough bubbles on the crust. I rip them off and eat them first.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mayonnaise- must be spread evenly to all edges of the bread, then scraped off leaving a thin layer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hazelnuts- crack a nut, eat the nut. No mass cracking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cepelinas- (Lithuanian meat-filled, potato dumpling) Slice down the center, insert pat of butter, top with spoonfull of sour cream, sprinkle with sauteed bacon and onions. Then, eat with all components in each bite.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Vidute

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now I'm wondering where the nearest Lithuanian restaurant could be found.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jeri L

                                                                                                                                                                                                            There aren't that many Lithuanian restaurants in the US, actually, it would be easier to finda needle in a haystack. But there are a few in NY, IL, MA and a church in CA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            NY The Avenue Restaurant Bar & Grill in Glendale, N.Y. LIthuanian brunch the last Sunday of the month between noon and 4.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            IL Mabenka Restaurant 7844 S. Cicero Ave., Burbank
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Grand Duke's Restaurant 6312 S. Harlem Ave., Summit

                                                                                                                                                                                                            MA Lithuanian Kitchen 368 W. Broadway, Boston, MA Inside of the South Boston Lithuanian Club

                                                                                                                                                                                                            CA St. Casimir's 2718 St. George St., Los Angeles Saturdays around noon after Lithuanian School and Sundays after the 10:30 am mass. They also host a yearly Lithuanian festival.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I have never bitten directly into an apple before. And I've only ever eaten one that was cut into exactly twelve slices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, my parents were much too lenient.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Hot vegetables are eaten first before anything else. If salad has been served with the main, it is last to be eaten.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I do the same - hot vegetables always first! 1) I hate luke warm or cold vegetables which were meant to be eaten hot 2) I'm a serious carnivore and love to save the meat for last

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Candy corn eating by colored layer, Mike & Ikes sucked of the candy coating until the clear gelatenous middle is exposed, then chewed and Haribo gummi seperated by color and arranged in a symmetical even pattern (any odd men out get eaten first in an R rated gummi bear smush up), with the heads bitten off first.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              In the privacy of my own home, steak & potatoes must be eaten in a bite concurrently as the potatoes is the perfect vessel for the medium rare juices that would otherwise just get swallowed down fast while chewing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: epicura

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, that's how candy corn is eaten! It's just about that time of year, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I regret to mention, I am also a baked potato latticer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm also one of the foodies that must make sure every item is savored for it's individual properties, one savory bite at a time. I actually take things one step further; if we're cooking at home and a side dish is going to have runoff (butter, sauce, cream) it gets its own bowl, to avoid mixing with everything else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                When eating prime rib au jus, one of my favorite meals at a restaurant, I always take the first piece i cut off and let it sit in the cup o' juice, to steep and get ridiculously salty and moist for the last bite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Some people can't eat an Arby's frosty without dipping fries. I take it one step further and dunk chicken nuggets. A perfect combination of hot, cold, sweet, and salty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Building a burger-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When I build my burger, I like to stack it from the bottom up: bottom bun, mayo, lettuce, tomato, beef patty, cheese, onion, ketchup, top bun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now, I get into arguments with my buddy because he like to have the patty resting right on the bottom bun and places all the lettuce and tomato on top of the patty. He says "It's closer to your tongue, so you can taste the meat."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But then your meat juices run through the bun and it gets all soggy! But I digress.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Whatever! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Been loving this thread!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Now that I think about it, I'm not sure where I **don't** have food "rituals." I don't think there's anything I eat that I don't always eat the "same" way.... I guess that's a commentary on my personality? :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. What I can't figure out is why so many of us have the SAME rituals!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I've read most of these responses while nodding and silently saying "of course, is there any other way?" You HAVE to sort m+ms and any other small candy too, of course. Lattice baked potato is the only way. But these are just my jumping off point. I have learned to tame myself while in public (it's amazing how much you can censor yourself just to avoid stares and nonstop questions), but in private, or among loved ones, well, there's almost no food I don't have weird ritual with.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There are 2 key principles at play for me:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I hate when the food is all gone, so I like to extend the eating process and make food last longer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. The last bite has to be the best bite and really the first bite should be the worst bite, so everything needs to be deconstructed and ranked accordingly. This does not just mean, I like my mashed potato more than the peas, so save that for last. I use this for individual things and break them down as far as I can. If I could get this stuff to the atomic level, I'm sure I would. As is, it often means peeling coating off of candy, eating the cake and leaving the frosting for last, eating the greens from the salad and then the toppings (sorted and ranked and eaten appropriately).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The best example I can give is pizza. Here's how it goes:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Peel off any burnt bits on the crust, eat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Eat the remainder of the crust
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Flip the pizza upside down, peel the dough from the cheese, eat the dough
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Lick off any excess sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Flip cheese back over, peel off any toppings, eat toppings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        6. Eat the remaining cheese, starting with any areas that are thin or where the cheese isn't as plentiful, ending with a single bite of thick, salty, oily cheese

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And that's just the beginning...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That is so wrong on so many levels.... firstly, the burnt bits are the best bits - and leaving the cheese till last means it will be congealed and no longer gooey.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But I see nothing wrong with the overall structure of your process.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Peg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've definitely had to come to terms with the temperature issue and the cheese congealing, but even not gooey, the cheese stands alone : )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hyacinthgirl wins the thread, hands down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Life is too short.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: racer x

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree, and look forward to reading more of her rituals--this is all highly entertaining!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: KSlink

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My husband spent a good 5 minutes rolling his eyes at me last night as I ate the edges of chocolate off of my mini kit kat, then the bottom layer or chocolate, then the top layer of chocolate and finally, the unadulterated wafer. I mean, they call them "fun size" so.... have fun with it, right? : )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Triscuits. They have a concave and convex side. The convex side is saltier. I always eat them with that side down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I love this! I used to think I was strange for eating my sandwiches layer by layer! I also sort out any trail mix or snack mix of any kind and eat all the nuts, then candies, and then raisins.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. New ritual developed this past weekend in my search to find a solution to malt vinegar induced soggy fries - assemble a group of fries (I don't like to eat just 1 at a time for some reason, it's always a bundle of 3 or 4), quick and hefty dip in ketchup, dunk in malt vinegar...enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Way back in my lowercase days, I worked making French fries on the Boardwalk. As people would have to take their fries from the window with little cups of whatever condiments they enjoyed, I often noticed folks who would make a layered ketchup/malt vinegar combo* that provided the same effect you have developed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    *Little white paper cup, hearty squirt of ketchup, and top it off with vinegar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ooh thanks, perhaps I will try that. +1 to Boardwalk Fries. I am a french fry junky and embarrassingly could probably finish off the equivalent of that large order at Five Guys

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have yet to come across an order of fries that I could not finish!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There's a new pizza place that opened near my home that makes fries the "boardwalk" way (it's owned by the family I used to work for - still doing it). I am looking forward to going in for a bucket and bring along a six pack. The only thing I ever thought missing from the experience in the past was that, here in Jersey, you couldn't drink beer on the boards or the beach, and the fries weren't quite as good when you got them home. I think I may now have a chance at the perfect combination . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            <--- JEALOUS! I think a bucket of fries might just fit into my very hungry belly. I feel I might be the only person who can put down this many fries but they are seriously addicting. Although I do get very sad when they start to get cold and soggy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Way back in my lowercase days"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ~~~~~~~

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I giggled at this phrasing. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              we can re-live those lowercase days. go retro!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Anyone else also ritualistically eat fries in bunches? Any insistent single fry eaters out there?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              One at a time! I also ALWAYS try to find the ones with the crispy ends...those are the absolute best!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In bunches? Are you mad?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Each fry is to be savored individually.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If they're McDonald's or BK's or Wendy's shoestring fries and I'm driving in the car while eating them? Yes, I go with about 3 at a time. Whatever my fingers close around when reaching into the box.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Dinner by candle light, every night, even if it's pizza; romantic music too. Oh yes, a glass of wine as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Well i dont think so for now, but if i have any in future will let you know....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Well, no one has claimed this yet--does no one know how to properly eat a donut to make a wish? Only works for donuts with holes (not Boston Creams or jellies): eat all around the hole, decide on your wish, then bite into the hole.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I blow over glass bottles when I finish drinking them. Yes, in bars, too. DONE.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Fortune cookies - break in half, eat half #1, read fortune eat half #2

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The fortune is only true if you eat some of the cookie! We play the "in bed" game always.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh yes, the "in bed" game is big in my house. Also I used to have a ritual that I only ate half but then somewhere along the line it changed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Coffee every morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Greek yogurt with honeycomb & slivered ginger at some point in the day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The rest is up for grabs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I like to end a meal with a little bit of chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I like my salad tossed with vinaigrette dressing under my spaghetti and then on top of that meat or marinara sauce. Strange but true. I like the tangy greens slightly warm together with the sauce and pasta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I love this...I have several
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ~When I have any type of sandwich I have to have it cut along the diagonal - and spread apart, then potato chips are put on the plate in the middle so I can ensure enough for every bite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ~Green Peas - can only be eaten if there is Kraft mac n Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ~I do not like food to touch until I am putting in my mouth - aforementioned peas and mac, have to be on opposite side of plate until that bite taken, mashed potatoes have a HUGE lake and dam made so that gravy doesn't touch anything else
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ~colored candies - sorted by color and any odd # out ones have to be eaten quickly in as few bites as possible - others 2 by 2 by color
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ~I do not like "crunchy' - underdone potatoes, so I won't eat steak fries - have to mash baked or boiled potatoes, and I will only eat mashed potato potato salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As you can see there are several - and that has not even scratched the surface

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: keli175

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am in agreement with the food touching. It can't touch on the plate but can touch on the utensil. Most of my meals involve 2 or 3 dishes to prevent the pre-bite touchage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  YES!!! Thanksgiving or Christmas - always have 2 or 3 plates so that things don't touch. Someone asked me at a work potluck if I was 5....LOL maybe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: keli175

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What are you afraid would happen if your foods touched?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't know - but I won't eat Stew or mixed veggies or a myriad of other things - I literally gag when I bring a spoon of stew to my mouth.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When I was little - a boy told me stew would make you sick - I guess it stuck with me........Parents trying to enforce food rules - I once missed 4 meals becuase I refused to eat the stew they put out each time. LOL hardheaded child -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: keli175

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Every time I hear one of those "you're gonna sit there 'til you eat that" stories, I feel so lucky. Nothing like that ever happened in my home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Very lucky it happened one time - they underestimated my stubborness.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        After that it was you have to taste it - which is pretty normal I think

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lucky you. No kid in my house was safe from that treatment. My dad went so far as to buy a cooler when we were on a road vacation. I wanted pancakes for breakfast and when i got them they were huge and i couldn't finish them. For the next three meals every time everyone else ate he pulled out those cold syrupy pancakes. And when i said I was hunggry he pulled over and got out those pancakes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Do you ever make plans for when your father is old and decrepit and you're in charge of feeding him?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Rubbing hands with small twisted laugh) Who me? I would never....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: keli175

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'll eat things that are supposed to touch (like stew), but things that are individual had better not cross that border into each other!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: keli175

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is so funny. You're able to eat sandwiches (!) but not stews or mixed vegetables?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Uh I don't know...the boogy man? I'm not afraid of anything I just dont like it. I don't cause a fuss in a restaurant or if someone else plates the food, but when I make my own plate the foods don't touch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I canNOT eat a grilled these without a side of mustard to dip the sandwich in. Once, in NY, I had to buy a small bottle of French's because the deli didn't have any mustard packets. And it has to be yellow mustard.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also, when I have a plate of french fries in front of me, I touch all of them. I guess I'm looking for the perfect fry. I end up eating them all, so it shouldn't matter, but it does. I pick up, examine, then put it down unless it meets my specific requirements. I can't really explain what they are. The right cut, the right amount of grease, the size. I don't know. I'm weird like that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm a grilled cheese and mustard person as well but don't have to have it but if at home it's always a side of ketchup and mustard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah, I know ketchup and tomato soup are supposed to go with it...but no. Yellow mustard or else I can't even have one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I do mustard too, but brown or dijon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. This might be my favourite thread on the internet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Glad I'm not the only one! Most people think it's OCD, but it really does make my food more enjoyable!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - M&Ms: Sorter of course. eaten in order until they are even and then all in order the brown, red, orange yellow, green. blue. and of course crack the shells off bit by bit before biting down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Chex mix: Eaten worst to best. pretzels. bread sticks, broken chex , wheat chex, white chex (save the ones with more seasoning till the end), bagel chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Fries: Always two at a time unless they are waffle or curly fries.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Kit kats: First the chocolate around the sides and then the layers one by one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Gummy worms: Colour by colour, evenly distributed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Baked potatoes: Scoop all the flesh out and add cheese and butter and mash into a perfectly smooth half sphere
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Pints of ice cream: Must be eaten completely smoothly so it looks like a new pint after each session. Sometimes big toppings make little holes so i either have to keep eating or mash it around a bit so it fills in the gap
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Grapefruit: Peel like an orange and peel the membranes off one by one so i can just eat the flesh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Zebra cakes: Smash it in the bag before opening so the white coating separates from the cake and then i eat all the coating first bit by bit and then the cake at the end.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Sandwiches: Crust first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Slices of french bread: Eat soft insides first, then flatten the crust to eat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Pizza: Pick & eat toppings first, order of least to best, then just eat the plain cheese pizza that's left
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Single serving saltines (like you get at salad bars): Smash them into a fine sand and dump the salty crumbs in my mouth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Drinks: Always have to either let all the ice melt or crunch on the ice until i get a refill with fresh ice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have a husband who constantly calls me out on these things and likes to sabotage.. I ate a bite of a kitkat bar once and it tasted so strange. I've always considered these things as being meticulous, but Rituals is a much better way of thinking of it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I seldom drink milk, but when I do, it must be either skim or chocolate and served over crushed ice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I eat meals in "courses". I did not realize until someone pointed it out to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cheeseburgers. If there is nothing (condimentia etc) on one half of the bun, that half is removed and not eaten AND a cheeseburger is always always eaten cheese side down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't eat pizza crust. Just the toppings.