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What's your favorite color of food? Why?

DuffyH May 22, 2013 09:52 AM

I love red food. Bolognese, marinara, pepperoni, salsa roja, red enchilada sauce, red taco sauce.

I crave red sauces for all the foods they top. Pepperoni pizza, pasta, tacos, tortilla strips, wet burritos, enchiladas. I could eat those every day, and have.

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    INDIANRIVERFL Jul 9, 2013 07:09 AM

    Most definitely brown.
    Old Fashioned
    Canadian Club
    Long Island Iced Tea
    Rum and Coke
    Cuba Libre
    Black Seal Rum

    Just to verify, I went to the original post. Food. Never mind.

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      Redstickchef Jul 8, 2013 01:38 PM

      I love green vegetables!! Gimme some asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and spinach any day of the week and I am in heaven!! No joke, my dad constantly makes fun of me for this too.

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        equalibra Jul 8, 2013 09:24 AM

        Definitely green.... Or red.
        Avocado, kale, arugula, cucumber, mint, parsley, celery, cilantro. All are my favorites.
        Green curry
        Salsa verde
        Asparagus soup
        Sautéed Chinese greens
        And I have green juice every morning.

        But..... Couldn't live without tomatoes, chilies, chili sauce, a simple marinara sauce, radishes, raspberries, beets.

        Or white: feta, haloumi, sour cream, yogurt, buttermilk....

        Basically I'm indecisive.

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          MGZ Jul 8, 2013 11:33 PM

          There is a reason that there is a spectrum of colors.

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            equalibra Jul 9, 2013 10:15 AM

            Absolutely. The contrast of colours is part of what makes the most appetizing dishes :)

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          Phoebe Jun 16, 2013 07:27 AM

          There's nothing prettier than the red-orange color a bushel of Maryland blue crabs turn, covered in Old Bay. Nothing quite as tasty, either!!!

          (Lobsters look good in this color too!!!)

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            Chowrin Jun 14, 2013 08:16 PM

            Changes by what I haven't eaten in a while (I binge a lot).
            Since we're just hitting veggie season, it's GREEN. As in, I haven't had tons of greens in a while, and I'm craving the color just as much as the taste.

            Will revert to ORANGE in the winter.

            Have tremendous cravings for red/redbrown beefy dishes (or stirfries!), but am beefed out right now.

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              DuffyH Jun 15, 2013 08:46 AM

              "Changes by what I haven't eaten in a while (I binge a lot)."

              Oh, dear. We're chowhounds. We never, ever binge. We may get a real jones for something from time to time, and eat an entire batch of chocolate chip cookie dough, but that's different. Not that *I* would ever eat an entire batch of cookie dough at one time, I'm just saying.

              Besides, there's no video, so it never happened.

              1. re: DuffyH
                Chowrin Jun 15, 2013 09:10 AM

                Dude! I have relatives with a garden.
                I binge on collard greens and kale, come New Years.

            2. HillJ Jun 14, 2013 07:27 PM

              Duffy, I kept coming back to this thread and reading the comments but not making my own...really had to think long on my favorite color of food..and I finally landed on all shades of ORANGE. From carrot to mango, the citrus family, OJ, cantaloupe, peppers, pumpkin, orange jellies, Halloween candies, Indian snacks, squash, sweet potato...to name a few!

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                DuffyH Jun 14, 2013 07:53 PM

                Hi, HillJ -

                Orange is a great food color. Along with green, it's one of the better colors for adding bits of stuff to make food more, well, colorful, and therefore more appealing.

                It's also right next to red on the food color wheel, so that works for me. :)

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                  HillJ Jun 14, 2013 09:08 PM

                  See, I can be so easily moved to change my choice to green, red, even blue....that really is a hard question to answer!

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                    INDIANRIVERFL Jul 9, 2013 07:05 AM

                    So who will use your favorite color in a poem as the final rhyme?

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                mwhitmore Jun 14, 2013 04:16 PM

                The color of the Maillard Reaction. Because it is the color of savoriness.

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                  suzigirl Jun 14, 2013 07:18 PM

                  The one and only post I have here is about the Maillard Reaction but I described it to fldhkybnva as brown

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                  Pookipichu Jun 14, 2013 11:33 AM

                  Blue! Blueberries, yum! Blue cheese, blue potatoes blue lobsters.

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                    girloftheworld Jun 14, 2013 12:16 PM

                    ohhhh love blue potatoes.. blue lobsters? please tell...

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                      Pookipichu Jun 15, 2013 08:11 AM



                      100% natural and delicious :)

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                    Puffin3 Jun 14, 2013 07:01 AM

                    Any fresh caught seafood except salmon.
                    Especially love Dungeness crab right out of the trap. Remove shell save everything but the 'dead man's hands. Crack the legs/claws then into sauté pan with clarified butter. Low heat lid on. In a few minutes 'nirvana'.
                    Sop up juices with fresh baguette.
                    Cool, not cold 'unoaked' Chardonnay.

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                      linguafood Jun 14, 2013 11:28 AM

                      So.... how does this pertain to the OP's question?

                      Color me confused.

                    2. jrvedivici Jun 13, 2013 10:32 AM

                      Pink !! A juicy pink piece of meat, cooked perfectly medium!

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                        laliz Jun 13, 2013 10:13 AM

                        white. the forbidden food color. rice, pasta, bread, whipped cream, cream cheese, ice cream. Can't (shouldn't) have it so it must be the best, right?

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                        1. re: laliz
                          laliz Jun 13, 2013 02:06 PM

                          Mashed potatoes
                          Baked potatoes
                          potato salad

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                            DuffyH Jun 13, 2013 04:45 PM

                            I go for brown sugar, right off the spoon. No toppings needed. ;)

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                              Wahooty Jun 13, 2013 09:57 PM

                              See?!? BROWN! ;)

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                            Gio Jun 14, 2013 04:56 AM

                            In Italy there are entire meals comprised of only white foods... "Mangiare in Bianco". On fact I've cooked one such: Pesce in Bianco (poached fish), with cauliflower sauteed w garlic, and an Italian potato salad...

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                              girloftheworld Jun 14, 2013 12:18 PM

                              never thought about it..but now that mention it I watched a show once about beverly hills private chefs and one of the women said "noooo white foods! I havent eaten anything white in 15 years"

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                                MGZ Jun 14, 2013 12:25 PM

                                That would suck. No fish. No potatoes. No rice. No aged white cheddar. Etc.

                                If I ever have to remove all foods of any color first, promise me that one of you will shoot me first, OK?

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                                  girloftheworld Jun 14, 2013 12:43 PM

                                  I hope it was BeveryHills hyperbole I get the whole white is evil southbeach i must buy clothes at Justice for girls even though I am 35 thing... but apple flesh? fish? radish? parsnips?

                            2. girloftheworld Jun 12, 2013 04:12 PM

                              I read this and I so wanted to put " Miss North Dakota" or someone in the front of it ... Miss Texas what is your favourite food color and why?
                              Red just like how I like my steaks from my daddys ranch in the fabooolous state of Texas!
                              Actually- I find tropical colors appealing

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                                Wawsanham May 28, 2013 06:01 PM

                                I tend to go red and orange, but really all colors...
                                Once I made a red, black, and white dinner.
                                Red/Pink-Black-White: watermelon, red onion, black olive, goat cheese salad
                                Midnight Black: Squid ink risotto

                                Color-wise it was great, the taste too.

                                1. SevyF May 23, 2013 06:20 PM

                                  White---- White chocolate, white wine, white cheese, mayo, fish, potatoes, marshmallow, milk, yogurt, onions and the list goes on

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                                    Querencia May 23, 2013 02:10 PM

                                    May I please answer this backwards and say the color I absolutely do not eat and will not buy? Blue. I don't mean as in blueberries, I mean as in royal blue drinks in bottles. It looks so totally fake---nothing is that color in nature. Who buys it?

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                                      DuffyH May 24, 2013 03:56 AM

                                      Exactly. No blue food. Doesn't exist in nature. Not even blueberries. What color is the juice? Purple!

                                    2. Karl S May 23, 2013 01:40 PM

                                      IIRC, advertizers rely on shades of orange to stimulate the appetite for food.(If you have kids, considering turning the color off your TV set to reduce the stimulating impact of food commercials, btw - a B&W screen is more obviously artificial to the young mind)

                                      And, not surprisingly, blue is typically the least appetizing color in those terms.

                                      1. Jpan99 May 23, 2013 01:15 PM

                                        I would have to go with brown, mostly for breads and chocolate.

                                        But for veggies it's green; broccoli, zucchini, peas, pea pods, lettuce, asparagus

                                        And for candy it's red; licorice, red dollars, gum drops, jelly beans, Swedish fish, life savers, tootsie pops...yum, love red candies!

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                                          DuffyH May 24, 2013 03:55 AM

                                          < And for candy it's red; licorice...>

                                          Twizzlers or Red Vines?

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                                            Jpan99 May 24, 2013 08:55 AM

                                            I'll eat any but would pick Twizzlers over Red Vines. Actually, my fave used to be Switzers. I think Hershey bought it and remade it but then they tasted exactly like Twizzlers so not sure what the point of that was.

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                                              DuffyH May 24, 2013 11:03 AM

                                              I wonder if it's a regional thing. For many years, Twizzlers weren't available on the west coast, at least in SoCal. I was in the Navy, stationed at the Naval War College in Newport, RI, the first time I tried Twizzlers. I thought then, and still do, that they had a vaguely oily petroleum thing going on. I'm a Red Vines girl. :)

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                                                Jpan99 May 24, 2013 02:24 PM

                                                Definitely regional. I don't think I had a red vine until I was in my 30's. I don't think they were around when I was a kid. Switzer's was the best but when they stopped making them there was really only Twizzlers as an option, as far as I can remember. But there was always non-brand that we would get for penny candy when I was a kid. Liked that too.

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                                                  DuffyH May 25, 2013 11:44 PM

                                                  I like the generic red ropes, not so much the whips. Ropes I'd just bite off a piece. Yum. Whips are too skinny, I'd end up cramming an entire length into my mouth. Part of it would go down my throat, triggering my most-impressive gag reflex. Ah, fun times! :0

                                        2. Wahooty May 23, 2013 08:09 AM

                                          Brown. Brown is the color of braised meat things, smoked meat things, and the color that many other-colored things turn in the process of becoming more tasty. Carmelized onions, fried or roasted potatoes, roasted, grilled, or sauteed veggies, bread. I love rare steak, but need a good brown crust.

                                          Beer. Bourbon. Coffee.

                                          Soy sauce. Fish sauce. Oyster sauce.

                                          Wild mushrooms - morels, porcini, shiitake...

                                          Caramel. Peanut butter. Chocolate.

                                          I need to stop...

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                                          1. re: Wahooty
                                            DuffyH May 24, 2013 03:54 AM

                                            <Brown is the color... that many other-colored things turn in the process of becoming more tasty.>

                                            Brown as a universal color donor, now there's a thought! :)

                                          2. PotatoHouse May 23, 2013 04:05 AM


                                            For my reason, read the Percy Jackson series.

                                            1. ipsedixit May 22, 2013 07:47 PM

                                              I'm with Veggo.


                                              It matches the color of my ties. When I get food on myself, it doesn't show.

                                              1. Veggo May 22, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                Blue. Muffins and cheese.

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                                                  DuffyH May 22, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                  There is no blue food. George Carlin said so. ;)

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                                                    ipsedixit May 22, 2013 07:42 PM


                                                    Where do you get blue muffins?

                                                    Have you seen my avatar lately? I'm getting a little pale.

                                                    Some blue muffins would really hit the spot.

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                                                      fldhkybnva May 23, 2013 07:06 AM

                                                      I thought it was a reference to blueberry?

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                                                        ipsedixit May 23, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                        Unless my eyes fail me, I do not see the word "berry" anywhere in V's post.

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                                                    foodieX2 May 22, 2013 02:41 PM

                                                    Hmm I don't think I have a favorite food color as all of my top foods come in a variety shades-a good grilled steak (brown), Bolognese (brownish red), pesto (green), most cheese (ivory), caramelized onions (mahogany brown), eggs (yellow/white), wine- both yellow (aka white) and red.

                                                    That said on a day to day basis I eat a lot of red and green foods. Today was a spinach omelet for breakfast, raspberries, and plain yogurt for lunch and sweetfire beets for a snack. My husband is making dinner-no idea what yet but assume it will be chicken with some kind of green veggie.

                                                    1. RealMenJulienne May 22, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                      A lot of green things just seem to taste good. Or maybe it's because green is my favorite color, and this is the power of suggestion at work? Anyway let's make a list:

                                                      Tomatillo salsa in the squeeze bottle at the taqueria, El Yucateco Habanero hot sauce, sliced scallions sizzling in a wok of hot oil, chopped herbs like basil, cilantro and thyme, pesto sauce with fettucine, diced lemongrass ready for a marinade, a classically made Caesar salad, blanched sweet peas, Chinese greens stir-fried with ginger and garlic, relish on a Chicago dog, chile verde with simmered pork shoulder, man I could go on and on.

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                                                        pine time May 22, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                        Does black coffee count? :)

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                                                          DuffyH May 22, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                          Why not? I'd include stuff like triple chocolate chip cookies and devil's food cake with it. Flourless chocolate cake, too. Black food!

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                                                            Gio May 23, 2013 04:09 AM

                                                            And... Black radishes! A former student of mine from Russia told me about her black radish salad but I have yet to see them in local markets. I'll have to grow them myself, I guess.


                                                            1. re: Gio
                                                              DuffyH May 23, 2013 04:37 AM

                                                              The Oreo of the veggie world!

                                                              1. re: Gio
                                                                MGZ May 23, 2013 05:05 AM

                                                                Black radishes, soft butter, some coarse sea salt, a coupla slices of good crusty bread, and a knife. Now, that's a fine way to spend an early summer afternoon.

                                                                1. re: MGZ
                                                                  Gio May 23, 2013 08:15 AM

                                                                  MG, do you eat the skin too? I understand the flesh is Very "pungent"...

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                                                                    MGZ May 23, 2013 09:05 AM

                                                                    Yeah, that's the way I was first served 'em by a chef friend, and I never thought to take 'em off. Mrs. Z love's 'em too - she wanted me to add 'em to the garden this year, but I'm trying to do only seeds and couldn't find any locally. She's more than happy to settle for the White Icicles and Cherry Belles that are starting to come along.

                                                                    Next year, maybe . . . ?

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                                                                    CindyJ Jul 9, 2013 05:47 AM

                                                                    I remember my Russian-born grandfather grating black radish (yes, it was peeled first), mixing it with rendered chicken fat and Kosher salt, and spreading it on a slice of pumpernickel bread.

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                                                                      MGZ Jul 9, 2013 07:35 AM

                                                                      I SO wantoo eat that right now!.

                                                            2. Gio May 22, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                              I'm all green, Duffy. But not with envy. With broccoli rabe, Romaine, escarole, frisée, spinach, Swiss chard, endive, bok choy, artichoke, zucchini, avocado... well, you get the picture. Naturally the other colors of food are included in my diet but I think the greens are my favorite.

                                                              (I knew this would make an interesting subject)

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                                                                DuffyH May 22, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                Interesting and eye-opening, Gio. I hadn't realized how many different colors of food I really, really like.

                                                                Even white food is good! Vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, white cheddar, milk.

                                                              2. tcamp May 22, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                                Green. Lettuce, kale, cucumbers, zucchini, herbs. So healthy and delicious (along with that golden olive oil).

                                                                1. pinehurst May 22, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                  That's a really interesting question. I'm going to say yellow for eggs, butter, cheeses, veggies, melon, chicken broths, some curries/sauces, mussels and pale yellow macadamia nuts.

                                                                  1. WhatsEatingYou May 22, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                    I think its Orange, usually orange foods are nutritious and slightly sweet. Love carrots, oranges, papaya, peppers, tomoatos, sweet pototoes, ...meunster cheese :)

                                                                    1. juliejulez May 22, 2013 10:00 AM

                                                                      Another red lover here!

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                                                                        MGZ May 22, 2013 10:05 AM

                                                                        Me too. Steak, burgers, lamb, lobster, shrimp, crab, beets. It's a no brainer.

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                                                                          fldhkybnva May 22, 2013 10:16 AM

                                                                          OK, now that you point out my favorite meats are red I might have to switch to red.

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                                                                            suzigirl May 22, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                            Yes but they are brown when they are cooked. That's just a step away from beige. ;-)

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                                                                              DuffyH May 22, 2013 05:19 PM

                                                                              Brown food, yum. Steaks, brown rice, white rice with soy sauce. Brownies. Dark chocolate. Oh, yeah. Brown is a good food group. :).

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                                                                                fldhkybnva May 22, 2013 06:32 PM

                                                                                Very true, my first thought actually was "uh, steaks aren't red" :)

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                                                                                  MGZ May 23, 2013 02:18 AM

                                                                                  They are on the inside, unless you've cooked 'em too much.

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                                                                                    DuffyH May 23, 2013 04:35 AM

                                                                                    And there's a whole new thread, how much is too much? I like mine med-well.

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                                                                                      PotatoHouse May 23, 2013 04:37 AM

                                                                                      I like mine blood rare.

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                                                                                        MGZ May 23, 2013 05:03 AM

                                                                                        That, my friend, was the point!

                                                                          2. alliegator May 22, 2013 10:00 AM

                                                                            I'm with you on red for all the same reasons!

                                                                            1. fldhkybnva May 22, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                              Great question, I have no idea. I love all things green so that might have to be my answer until I ponder some more.

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                                                                                fldhkybnva May 22, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                                                My 30 seconds later thoughts - my initial thought was the neutral family of beige, white and brown as I love mushrooms, onions and garlic and could eat them 3x a day for the rest of life and not be bored but they are just such drab colors.

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                                                                                  DuffyH May 22, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                  Mushrooms, onions and garlic may be drab in color, but our food would certainly be 'drab' without them. :)

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                                                                                    OhioHound May 22, 2013 12:05 PM

                                                                                    And adding to your list of beige foods: pasta, bread, nuts, peanut butter, and many cheeses!

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                                                                                      fldhkybnva May 22, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                                      Oh, yes duh cheese!

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