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Are You a Tidy Terry or a Filthy Fran?

I'm a plate neatnik. I want all of my courses to be separated by a good centimeter of green space. No juice from the pinto beans infiltrating into the mashed taters, no green beans miscegenating with the corn. I like my vittles to be pure and unadulterated. No mess and no muss.

The Khantessa, on the other hand, is a gustatory Goth. A bread-breaking barbarian. Why she's been known to make a well in her mashed pertatas and fill it with peas! Frankly, it makes me break out in a cold sweat.

So what about yous guys? Does your plate of food look like something in the Louvre or the MoMA?

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    1. I like my plates to look nice when I serve them but I have no issue with my food touching or mingling.

      While I don't mix my peas with my mashed potatoes I like to eat them together and will often fork a little potato and peas together for single bite. I dip my turkey in the gravy, will scoop stuffing with cranberry sauce, dip my bacon or toast in my egg yolk, etc etc,

      1. Ha Ha! I honestly thought this thread was about kitchen tidiness. I don't make plates, I leave everything in the kitchen and everyone serves themselves.

        I'll go with a Tidy Terry aka Louvre. DS is as well, more than me. SO will pile it all on until it's a mishmash of food.

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        1. re: JerryMe

          So did I, and was trying to decide whether to divulge my messy tendencies. Whew.

          I try not to pile stuff on top of stuff, and once it's on my plate I tend to eat one dish at a time, but not always.

          BTW, I don't like gravy on mashed potatoes, I like a little volcano crater full of butter in it to gently mix in. Or maybe dip into from the outside part if I can do it without drawing attention. Which puts me in circus freak category, probably.

          1. re: EWSflash

            Not at all EWSflash - I don't like gravy period.

        2. It depends....if the mixing alters the taste (sweet seeping unwantedly into savory, or liquid making crunchy into mushy), I say "separate but equal". I love me my beets, but I don't want my beets running into my liver n onions. Sometimes, I even eat in order (all my collard greens, all my meat, all my salad). On the other hand, I'm not super fastidious about my egg yolk running into my bacon or anything like that because the egg's been cooking the in bacon drippings, so they're all in the family.

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          1. re: pinehurst

            I eat in order. Only one item on my plate at a time. Drives my husband nuts.

            1. Peas in the tater well is OK. Ketchup in the tater well? Keep the pre-nup handy.

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              1. re: Veggo

                Are you sure you're not the Daddy on the other thread talkin' bout the Kid Who Came to Dinner and Put Sriracha in his taters?

                1. re: pinehurst

                  Let's plaaay #2 and we'll talk it over. I enjoy Donald Ross courses!

                  1. re: Veggo

                    Lord knows, so do I but they don't enjoy me....or they enjoy me too much and mock me. Next time I'm headed for NC I'll tell ya!

                    And I'll have them hide the ketchup!