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What is your dirty little food secret?

Firegoat Jun 25, 2013 07:14 AM

So you are an adventurous eater with a refined palate. Your friends know you as a great cook. Perhaps you always try and dine at the newest places. Maybe your friends call you a "foodie."

So what is your little, dirty food secret? Not trying to yuck on anyone's yum here, but is there something you like to eat that your friends or family would consider, "Ew weird!" or "Ew gross!" or "Ew I can't believe you eat that."
I've already outed one of my transgressions. Cheese Whiz. The kind that comes in the glass jar only. Yes, I make my own cheese. I love eating all sorts of different cheeses and seek out new ones all the time. I have cheese shipped across the country to me. But when I'm down, sick or tired... it is the ultimate comfort food to me. Spread on a Ritz cracker if possible.
So what's your secret?

  1. Antilope Feb 2, 2014 09:34 PM

    Okay, tonight, during the Superbowl, I didn't want to cut into another homemade French bread baguette to dip in the spinach dip. So I dipped some Trader Joes pot stickers in the spinach dip. Not bad. ;-).

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      fishymd Feb 2, 2014 01:45 PM

      Baloney and cheese sandwich on white bread with full fat mayonnaise and then a handful of potato chips squished down on the inside of the sandwich...I think this was the cause of my last stent!

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      1. re: fishymd
        MamasCooking Feb 2, 2014 09:30 PM

        LOL fishy:)

        1. re: fishymd
          pine time Feb 3, 2014 07:27 AM

          Love the Classic potato chips squished in. However, sometime try Fritos--delicious and trashy!

          1. re: pine time
            MamasCooking Feb 3, 2014 09:17 PM

            You had to say the F word didn't you:) Fritos are another of my filthy shameful food secrets. Last year I discovered the Frito Chili Pie recipe and went crazy with it for a week:) Very fun stuff!

            1. re: MamasCooking
              DuffyH Feb 3, 2014 09:28 PM

              How funny you should mention that. Earlier tonight on another thread I mentioned the fake nachos we had for dinner during the game last night. They're similar to Frito Chili Pie.

              Hormel Hot chili, heated and poured over tortilla chips, then topped with shredded cheddar. SO GOOD!

              The chili may be with or without beans, as you prefer. But it must be Hormel Hot, nothing else tastes quite the same.

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          Purzhia Feb 2, 2014 10:39 AM

          grilled Kraft cheese sandwiches, with ketchup for dipping
          vanilla ice cream drizzled with maple syrup
          cream cheese mixed with finely chopped olives on saltines

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          1. re: Purzhia
            DuffyH Feb 2, 2014 05:48 PM

            We put the olive/cream cheese (and it's got to be green olives) on our bagels.

            1. re: DuffyH
              debbiel Feb 2, 2014 06:02 PM

              Yes, it does have to be green olives. Sure, we do a small dish of it with black olives for my sister who retains her childhood "ick" related to green olives, but we all know that is a ridiculous dish. Now, green olives and cream cheese--on celery sticks, saltines, melba toast, rye bread, bagels, scooped up from the tupperware container with one's finger--that's just heaven.

              1. re: debbiel
                DuffyH Feb 2, 2014 06:09 PM

                <that's just heaven.>

                Amen, sister. Amen! :)

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                  cheesecake17 Feb 3, 2014 07:04 PM

                  I used to have rye (seeded) with cc and green olives for lunch.

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                    DuffyH Feb 3, 2014 07:30 PM

                    I would SO eat that. I think rye would be a perfect match for this gourmet spread. :)

                    I'm also thinking Wheat Thins.

                2. re: DuffyH
                  mariars Feb 21, 2014 09:50 PM

                  Try green olives, green onion, and pickled jalepenos(sweet brine if you can) all chopped mixed in cream cheese, or cottage cheese. The cottage cheese is amazing on cucumber slices!

                3. re: Purzhia
                  Teague Feb 17, 2014 12:21 AM

                  I like my Kraft singles grilled cheese sandwiches dipped in a mix of mustard and finely chopped onion.

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                  daislander Feb 2, 2014 01:12 AM

                  maple butter. eaten with a tiny sugar spoon from the jar. putting it on something you lose some of the flavour and texture. its boiled down condensed maple syrup not actual butter.

                  1. ennuisans Feb 2, 2014 12:32 AM

                    Kraft sandwich spread. I regret nothing.

                    1. breadchick Feb 1, 2014 05:37 PM

                      Lemon curd. It's lemon meringue pie without the crust, and meringue. By the spoonful direct from the jar. I know I can make my own, but this little jar is a quick fix.

                      Our local market has Dickenson's, so that's the brand I buy. I'm sure there's others out there.

                      I will find them.

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                        DuffyH Feb 1, 2014 09:30 PM

                        There's something oddly satisfying about consuming an entire jar of something meant to be measured by the teaspoon or tablespoon.

                        What? You don't eat the entire jar at once? Never mind. :)

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                          daislander Feb 2, 2014 01:09 AM

                          I have half a jar of the stuff my mom made me left. You just reminded me hmm.. The way I look at it is, its better eaten with a spoon because you actually saving your self calories by not eating the pie crust!

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                            breadchick Feb 2, 2014 04:48 AM

                            Good point. I will mention that to my husband when he looks at me while shaking his head. I don't even close the fridge - just grab a spoonful and I'm out!

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                              DuffyH Feb 2, 2014 05:47 AM

                              A single spoonful? I admire your restraint, bc. :)

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                                breadchick Feb 2, 2014 06:27 AM

                                I don't want to double-dip! :)

                                1. re: breadchick
                                  DuffyH Feb 2, 2014 07:41 AM

                                  That's why I'd eat the whole jar. :)

                        2. MamasCooking Feb 1, 2014 12:59 PM

                          I have cut myself completely off and do not purchase anymore: Chocolate Chex cereal......Cocoa Puffs...Fruit Loops.

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                          1. re: MamasCooking
                            jbsiegel Feb 1, 2014 05:25 PM

                            Ha ha...right there with you - Reese's Puffs!

                            1. re: jbsiegel
                              DuffyH Feb 1, 2014 05:36 PM

                              Trix. But I make it a point to always have them handy, for those kiddy cereal emergencies, when you've got to have a kid's cereal right now.

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                                BuildingMyBento Feb 1, 2014 08:40 PM

                                What's an adult cereal, weedies?

                                1. re: BuildingMyBento
                                  DuffyH Feb 1, 2014 09:26 PM

                                  Weedies, M-m-mmm

                                  I wash them down with a chocolate chip pizza. Serves 1.


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                                    Gastronomos Feb 2, 2014 04:16 AM

                                    I had two bowls for breakfast. One of them was cereal.

                              2. re: MamasCooking
                                EWSflash Feb 1, 2014 08:14 PM

                                Sometimes I'll but the single serving size of Froot Loops at the cafeteria at work, because that way I get my fix and I don't end up eating a whole big box. I'd do the same with Chocoloate Chex if they had it there.

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                                sisterfunkhaus Jan 12, 2014 04:57 PM

                                I used to bake frozen onion rings, stack them, and put a well of hot Cheez Whiz in the center. It was so good. I think open faced spaghetti on toast with a slice of American cheese melted on top is my biggest transgression.

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                                1. re: sisterfunkhaus
                                  DuffyH Jan 12, 2014 05:10 PM

                                  < I think open faced spaghetti on toast with a slice of American cheese melted on top is my biggest transgression. >

                                  Nah. I'm pretty sure it's the onion ring/Whiz combo. ;)

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                                  BuildingMyBento Aug 28, 2013 05:37 PM

                                  When I lived in Shenzhen, China a few years ago, I discovered Skippy made a peanut butter & chocolate combo.

                                  Every now and then I'd eat a jar in one sitting.

                                  How I don't need a forklift to move around these days is beyond me.


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                                    Nanzi Aug 21, 2013 09:55 AM

                                    Blue Cheese Spaghetti Alfredo, my ultimate comfort food.

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                                      fldhkybnva Aug 21, 2013 10:13 AM

                                      I love this and make it often, I don't consider it "dirty." :) It's pure delicious!

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                                        sandylc Aug 21, 2013 11:24 AM

                                        I truly detest bleu cheese. That said, your dish sounds like something that would really trip the trigger for bleu cheese lovers.

                                        Bleu cheese is a really polarizing food, isn't it?

                                        1. re: sandylc
                                          DuffyH Aug 21, 2013 02:49 PM


                                          +1. Normally I don't like to yuck all over someone's yum, but simply thinking of bleu cheese causes my nose to wrinkle in an unattractive way.

                                          Oh, who am I kidding? I yuck on an almost daily basis. :)

                                          1. re: DuffyH
                                            Phoebe Aug 23, 2013 01:06 PM

                                            I truly hated blue cheese all of my life. (Many, many decades!) Hated the smell of it and its moldy appearance. Now, I can't get enough of it. I'm currently working on a long list of blues to try. Go figure? There may be hope for the both of you yet!

                                            I totally agree that it's a love/hate thing... there's no in between!

                                          2. re: sandylc
                                            John E. Aug 23, 2013 07:35 AM

                                            A little bleu seems to go a long way.

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                                              girloftheworld Aug 23, 2013 07:10 PM

                                              I made blue cheese popcorn the other night for a party and this woman grabed and handful and made the sound like a cat with a hair ball and said "Ewww I thought this was pop corn"

                                              1. re: girloftheworld
                                                sandylc Aug 23, 2013 07:48 PM

                                                Rude of her, but I can't think WHAT I would do if I grabbed a handful of yummy popcorn and tasted MOLD instead of corny goodness!

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                                                  linguafood Aug 24, 2013 11:14 AM


                                            2. trolley Aug 5, 2013 07:17 PM

                                              Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches.

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                                                pine time Aug 6, 2013 08:50 AM

                                                Have you tried the 'limited time' Snickerdoodle ones? Addictive. I bought a stash for the freezer.

                                              2. eclecticsynergy Aug 4, 2013 06:11 PM

                                                +! for me on several items from upthread:

                                                canned hash, fried up nice and crusty
                                                frozen fish sticks- gotta have 'em once a year or so
                                                canned pear halves with shredded Cheddar
                                                Stouffer's frozen mac & cheese (usually with smoked paprika or Frank's hot sauce & bacon)
                                                good old fashioned tuna noodle casserole, THE classic comfort food for my inner child

                                                A couple variants on things already mentioned:
                                                Triscuits with cream cheese... AND LOX
                                                Nutella, of course... I use pretzel sticks as a utensil

                                                And few of my own indulgences:

                                                Canned peach halves filled with cottage cheese and topped with mango chutney.

                                                Monte Cristo dogs: good all beef hot dogs on French toast with strawberry jam

                                                My take on a Fluffernutter, made with cashew butter or almond butter (on twelve-grain bread so I can pretend it's healthy)

                                                White rice with peas, brown butter and Maggi

                                                Pepperoni pizza dipped in bleu cheese dressing

                                                A simplified version of the classic Chex Mix: no nuts or pretzels, just Chex with melted butter, Worcestershire & garlic salt

                                                I love to brown the oats in a pan before making oatmeal- I HAVE to try that idea of browning Cheerios in butter!

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                                                  Firegoat Aug 5, 2013 05:01 AM

                                                  I am intrigued by the Monte Cristo dog idea...

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                                                    Purzhia Feb 2, 2014 10:33 AM

                                                    +1 on the canned hash, but I also love making it from scratch with leftover corned beef or brisket, onion, potato, and veg

                                                  2. globocity Aug 4, 2013 06:02 PM

                                                    Velveeta Mac 'n Cheese with Tabasco buffalo sauce.

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                                                      tamerlanenj Aug 4, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                      Taylor Ham! Taylor Ham! Taylor Ham!

                                                      Gotta cut a slit so it looks like pac man then cook it until it gets nice and black.

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                                                        MGZ Aug 6, 2013 09:10 AM

                                                        Ain't nothin' dirty about pork roll. And, there's certainly no reason to keep it a secret - shout it from the mountaintop!

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                                                        Georgia Strait Aug 3, 2013 08:12 PM

                                                        cottage cheese used as a dip for the lime-flavoured tortilla chips - it's really good!

                                                        another vote for saltines w/ butter (and sometimes jam on top of that


                                                        good cheap white bread with peanut butter (and either jelly or banana)

                                                        grilled cheese with butter to make it crispy

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                                                        1. re: Georgia Strait
                                                          DuffyH Aug 4, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                          Cottage cheese and lime chips sounds do-able. :)

                                                          I make grilled cheese in my carbon steel pans with butter. Somehow those pans make the crust shatteringly crisp and delicate.

                                                        2. roxlet Aug 2, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                          Cream cheese and Triscuits.

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                                                            buttertart Aug 2, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                            We only eat Triscuits at my mother-in-law's because they are like catnip to both of us.

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                                                              suzigirl Aug 2, 2013 03:59 PM

                                                              And a bit of hot pepper jelly for me. I just ate those a few days ago. Wonderful. I just made chive and basil cc last night. I know what my snack is tomorrow.

                                                              1. re: suzigirl
                                                                senorahb Aug 2, 2013 06:59 PM

                                                                I could eat hot pepper jelly and cream cheese straight. That stuff is unbelievably delicious.

                                                              2. re: roxlet
                                                                jbsiegel Aug 2, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                                I like pretzels dipped in cream cheese.

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                                                                  DuffyH Aug 2, 2013 06:39 PM

                                                                  I like them dipped in dark chocolate ice cream.

                                                                  1. re: DuffyH
                                                                    MGZ Aug 5, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                                    Any kind of ice cream works for me.

                                                                  2. re: jbsiegel
                                                                    pine time Aug 3, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                    Pretzels dipped in Biscoff spread.

                                                                    1. re: jbsiegel
                                                                      John E. Aug 5, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                      Pretzels dipped in sour cream.

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                                                                        suzigirl Aug 5, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                        Pretzels dipped in peanut butter or nutella or cream cheese or pepper jelly or...

                                                                      2. re: jbsiegel
                                                                        The Professor Aug 20, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                                        I like pretzel rods wrapped in a thin slice of genoa salami

                                                                      3. re: roxlet
                                                                        sandylc Aug 3, 2013 08:34 PM

                                                                        Triscuits with Colby cheese melted on them in the microwave.

                                                                        1. re: roxlet
                                                                          DuffyH Aug 3, 2013 08:40 PM

                                                                          Cream cheese with chives, and Wheat Thins.

                                                                        2. alliegator Aug 2, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                                          Today's dirty little food secret is that I had Taco Bell for lunch. It was horrendous.

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                                                                            buttertart Aug 2, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                            Misery loves company dept, I had a cheese slice at Sbarro's, ditto.

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                                                                              alliegator Aug 2, 2013 04:08 PM

                                                                              Sorry to hear about your noon meal dining experience :(

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                                                                                buttertart Aug 2, 2013 04:09 PM

                                                                                It followed a mandatory pre-employment drug test, so it wasn't much solace :(

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                                                                                  alliegator Aug 2, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                                                  I know that feeling. After my last physical exam I blundered into an Arby's.

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                                                                                    buttertart Aug 2, 2013 04:13 PM

                                                                                    One loses control of oneself.

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                                                                                      alliegator Aug 5, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                                      The doctor's lips might be saying "everything looks fine" but all I hear is "I prescribe a large dose of something nasty and it needs to contain a lot of orange cheese product".

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                                                                                    Isolda Aug 3, 2013 12:23 PM

                                                                                    That's funny. I ate a bunch of Bugles after my life insurance physical. I must be a rebel.

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                                                                                  mariacarmen Aug 5, 2013 10:53 PM

                                                                                  audible gasp!

                                                                                3. re: alliegator
                                                                                  DuffyH Aug 2, 2013 06:38 PM

                                                                                  I had a TB taco today, too. But I went all healthy and authentic with the Fresco soft taco. Then made them add cheese. I've got standards!!

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                                                                                    xiaobao12 Aug 5, 2013 09:36 PM


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                                                                                    senorahb Aug 2, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                                                    Graham cracker mash: Crush up graham crackers, pour enough milk to moisten everything, stir up, eat the gloppy mess. YUM.

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                                                                                    1. re: senorahb
                                                                                      jbsiegel Aug 2, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                                                      I've done the same thing except mixed the grahams with a mixture of vanilla pudding and peanut butter. I broke the grahams into pieces (rather than into crumbs). I was a hero in my house for this one!!

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                                                                                        senorahb Aug 2, 2013 06:57 PM

                                                                                        Oh wow. That sounds delicious too. I love graham crackers.

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                                                                                        wellbaked Aug 3, 2013 01:31 AM

                                                                                        Ever had reg. crackers in milk ?

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                                                                                          senorahb Aug 3, 2013 04:10 PM

                                                                                          I haven't, but I'm kind of intrigued... What kinds?

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                                                                                            DuffyH Aug 3, 2013 08:39 PM

                                                                                            Here I go, yucking on your yum. I have an ironclad rule that bready things (crackers, donuts, brownies, cookies) must never be dunked in liquid. The end result is a mushy bready thing and liquid with what feels like a 2-year-olds backwash in it.

                                                                                            That said, I love them separately together. :)

                                                                                            Ever had milk with vanilla and sugar mixed in? Yum!

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                                                                                              cayjohan Aug 3, 2013 09:14 PM

                                                                                              Well here: I'll yum your yuck in return, and it'll all cancel out, right? <wink> See, I'm one of those who loved, loved, loved milk-toast. Crisp cinnamon-sugar rusks with hot milk poured over and butter floated on top? I'm not a real comfort food person, but I'd cop to that one. We had a bakery in my small hometown that specialized in those rusks (even naming their own toasts after the town), and milk-toast was part of everyone's breakfast rotation when I was growing up. I can see, though, that the texture is definitely not for everyone. And yes, I am a dunker, too. I blame it on milk-toast. ;-)

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                                                                                                DuffyH Aug 4, 2013 09:45 AM

                                                                                                I like that! Everything works out nice and even. :)

                                                                                            2. re: wellbaked
                                                                                              pine time Aug 5, 2013 09:14 AM

                                                                                              Even better: crackers (or best yet, day old biscuits) in buttermilk. Almost as good as peanuts in an icy cold bottle (must be a bottle) of Coke.

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                                                                                                jujuthomas Aug 21, 2013 05:49 AM

                                                                                                one of my grandfather's bedtime snacks was a half stack of crushed saltines with milk. I never got into it, but my sister ate it with him. :)

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                                                                                                  sandylc Aug 21, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                                                                  A couple of the previous generations really loved their milk and their saltines. My mother still doesn't understand why I don't drink milk or buy saltines.

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                                                                                                cayjohan Aug 3, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                                                                My all-time favorite after-school snack as a kid: those crushed graham crackers and milk tossed into the blender and drunk as a shake. Back then, the straws we purchased were made of paper, and the pulpy flavor of the straw contributed to the enjoyment. Post-snack, one was left with a graham cracker flavored layer of grease on the roof of the mouth. Mmm, mmm.

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                                                                                                  senorahb Aug 3, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                                                                  Oh man, that layer of graham cracker flavor is so awesome. There's nothing quite like it, is there?

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                                                                                                    cayjohan Aug 3, 2013 09:21 PM

                                                                                                    One of my all time favorites, hands-down. My constitution has turned on me in the past year, and gluten is now outlawed. Graham crackers are one of the things I miss most. I found a GF brand that fills the void in many ways, but texturally would be weird in a cracker smoothie, and at a ridiculous price such that I wouldn't want to be so profligate. But, ooooohh...graham crackers and milk. Nothing quite like it, is right.

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                                                                                                    Pwmfan Aug 3, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                                                                    Just saw paper straws ( At TJ Maxx or Marshalls - can't remember which) for $4 a small package.

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                                                                                                      Firegoat Aug 3, 2013 09:58 PM

                                                                                                      Mario Batali's restaurant is now only doing straws on request -- and paper straws at that to try to cut down on the plastic waste.

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                                                                                                  ErnieD Jul 29, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                  I have a couple. I usually eat quite healthy, but...

                                                                                                  My stepson makes a dip of cottage cheese, mayo, and garlic salt. Must be eaten with Ruffles potatoes chips (NOT LAYS! this was heavily stressed). I always got him the stuff for it when he asked and had a little because it was his grandma's recipe and reminded him of her while he was living with us in another state. It really grows on you in a strange way and now I like it.

                                                                                                  Pickles. I just don't buy them often because if there is a jar in the fridge, I will eat one/some every time I go downstairs.

                                                                                                  When I am feeling bad, Kraft mac and cheese with a side of Le Seur peas, which get nuked and mixed with some butter and S&P.

                                                                                                  The absolute worst one is movie theater popcorn. I can make it myself and it's better and 1/20 the price, but once or twice a year I have to have it. It's on my mind because last night we decided, while hanging out in our jammies at 6:45, to go to a 7:30 movie. We totally ate popcorn for dinner, and I'm not even a little sorry.

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                                                                                                    DuffyH Jul 29, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                                                                    We like to hit matinees and get a big bucket of popcorn for lunch. It's totally worth it.

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                                                                                                    andee1956 Jul 27, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                                                                    Hormel corned beef hash
                                                                                                    Saltines or graham crackers with butter
                                                                                                    Peanut butter on cheap white bread with green olives
                                                                                                    mixture of tarter sauce and ketchup on fish
                                                                                                    Chicken in a Biskit crackers with pimento cheese spread

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                                                                                                      jujuthomas Jul 29, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                                      mixture of tartar sauce and ketchup... that's what I grew up eating as "Thousand Island" dressing! LOL

                                                                                                    2. RetiredChef Jul 25, 2013 11:55 AM

                                                                                                      Mayonnaise and jelly sandwiches - so wrong, yet so good.
                                                                                                      Pesto on crackers - pesto is my crack.

                                                                                                      1. babette feasts Jul 24, 2013 08:09 PM

                                                                                                        Not something I eat, but the condition of my kitchen. At work, my area of the kitchen is always neat and shiny and I get irate if any of the cooks leave clutter or a mess or don't do a share of dishes and put them away. At home... well the floor is a bit "chunky style", I haven't mopped since that day last summer when I broke a pitcher making iced tea and HAD to mop, and I tend to wait to do the dishes until I'm either out of spoons or the bowls in the sink are piled too high to use the faucet without breaking something.

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                                                                                                          mariacarmen Jul 24, 2013 08:37 PM

                                                                                                          you really haven't mopped since last summer? no way... i thought i was bad.... not judging, in awe!

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                                                                                                            babette feasts Jul 24, 2013 08:58 PM

                                                                                                            Seriously. I vacuum. Occasionally.

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                                                                                                              pine time Jul 25, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                                              Or get a dog...

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                                                                                                                DuffyH Jul 25, 2013 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                My son named his labrador retriever Hoover. He vacuums and mops at the same time.

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                                                                                                                DuffyH Jul 25, 2013 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                A couple of months ago I broke down and bought a stick vac. Best thing for the kitchen floor, ever. Well, besides my gel pro mat. I've got a good size kitchen and can vacuum the whole thing in about 1 minute. Plus 30 seconds to get the vac from the back bedroom.


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                                                                                                                  pine time Jul 26, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                  Duffy--I just got 2 Gel Pro mats, and I'm not yet sold on 'em. They do seem to save my aching and aging back & knees, but the various bits of solid stuff and liquid drips need constant wipes. Any tips, or am I just a slob?

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                                                                                                                    Firegoat Jul 26, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                    You need a "Cooking Corgi." They keep you company in the kitchen and clean up all sorts of spills on the floor.

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                                                                                                                      sandylc Aug 3, 2013 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                      Our dog has been gone for a while. Once in a while we shout, "dropped one, Basil!" just to honor him. I miss the cartoon-like scrambling of legs that we used to hear in response.

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                                                                                                                        John E. Aug 5, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                        I read your post without the reference point of Firegoat's post. I thought you were commenting on your dog doing his duty in the yard.

                                                                                                                    2. re: pine time
                                                                                                                      DuffyH Jul 26, 2013 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                      pine time, I'll answer your last question first. Yes, but so am I.

                                                                                                                      My biggest tip is to buy kitchen mats in black or brown. I've had my brown one for years and while it has a few white salt stains, it's otherwise looking great. I wipe it down about once a week, but mostly nothing shows.

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                                                                                                                        pine time Jul 29, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                        Maybe I did at least something right--they're both brown. Swept the solid bits off today.

                                                                                                              3. re: babette feasts
                                                                                                                NanaMoussecurry Jul 25, 2013 07:48 PM

                                                                                                                Your honesty is refreshing. Like a bucket full of Mr Net would be on my kitchen floor.

                                                                                                              4. k
                                                                                                                KellyD123 Jul 24, 2013 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                Frozen beer battered fish fillets. Can't get enough of them! Or any frozen, processed seafood actually...

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                                                                                                                  girloftheworld Jul 24, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                  my sister use to frozen fish sticks stillllllll frozen

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                                                                                                                    DuffyH Jul 24, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                    Breaded for me. Gorton's Garlic & Herb, hello dinner! It's especially yummy with Tater Tots. :)

                                                                                                                    1. re: KellyD123
                                                                                                                      NanaMoussecurry Jul 24, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                      I love the flat burger-shaped ones made with who-knows-what sold in generic boxes! With one-part mayo/one part relish fake tartar sauce.

                                                                                                                      1. re: KellyD123
                                                                                                                        pine time Jul 25, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                        I'll fess up: the thread about the guest who refused salmon for dinner ("Rude Guest?") reminded me what a fish guest nightmare I'd be. Only fish I like is something akin to LJS--as tasteless as possible. Only reason I'll eat fish is for the breading and as a tartar sauce vehicle. I'll resign my CH account now...

                                                                                                                        1. re: pine time
                                                                                                                          Firegoat Jul 26, 2013 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                          I'm right there with you pine time. I try to make myself like it. I order it at nice places. But I still just don't care for it. Shellfish, shrimp, scallops, lobsters are all fine. But a fillet of fish for some reason just has no appeal for me. That being said I can get through eating it and would do so if it were made for me as a guest.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Firegoat
                                                                                                                            pine time Jul 26, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                            On that same "rude guest" thread, I did say that once a friend served boiled potatoes and salmon for dinner. I cut chunks of each, speared it, and swallowed without chewing. No way would I inconvenience a friend who went to the trouble of making dinner for me. If she were to ask before hand, I'd 'fess up to my fish aversion, but certainly not while sitting at her table.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Firegoat
                                                                                                                              DuffyH Jul 26, 2013 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                              I'll eat fish, and frankly enjoy a crusted fillet of halibut or other mild fish, but shellfish are beyond my understanding.

                                                                                                                              1. re: DuffyH
                                                                                                                                hyde Aug 2, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                As a life long New Englander approaching 60, I have come to this conclusion:

                                                                                                                                Fish basically sucks.

                                                                                                                                For me it seems like its all been cut from one big fish and is essentially all the same. except for bluefish which is even worse.
                                                                                                                                People will rhapsodize about it for hours, trying to convince you that you will enjoy it the way THEY cook it.

                                                                                                                                Do not believe them.

                                                                                                                                Also, as a person of this age remembering that huge pieces of fresh cod were sometimes thrown in to your order for free because at 40 cents a pound it was tough to move, seeing halibut at three times the price of decent beef is astonishing.

                                                                                                                                I dont want to re-mortgage my house for dinner.

                                                                                                                                At last, we have fished out the ocean, destroyed what was a subsistence career for thousands in the New England area , and probably changed the state of the ocean.

                                                                                                                                Leave them in the water. Wont miss them.

                                                                                                                                1. re: hyde
                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Aug 2, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                  Wow, all fish? I'm not going to yuck on your yum but that's quite the statement.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                                                                                                    roxlet Aug 2, 2013 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                    Or yum on his yuck!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet
                                                                                                                                      hyde Aug 3, 2013 07:49 PM

                                                                                                                                      You can say what you like.
                                                                                                                                      Its expensive,
                                                                                                                                      it makes the house smell awful,
                                                                                                                                      it dosent reheat well,
                                                                                                                                      PLEASE dont bring it to work and heat it people will lynch you
                                                                                                                                      Its brutal environmentally,
                                                                                                                                      Im 58 years old and i have been eating it all my life because, from parents to in-laws to friends to chefs, they told me I would like it,
                                                                                                                                      I dont.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: hyde
                                                                                                                                        sandylc Aug 3, 2013 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                        While I have had good fish that I have enjoyed upon occasion, fish is not the gastronomical delight that many make it out to be.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: hyde
                                                                                                                                          MamasCooking Feb 1, 2014 11:33 PM

                                                                                                                                          Have you been eating it all along because it is *good for you*? To me fish and shellfish are an acquired taste just like game meats because of their strong sometimes rank flavor profile. If you don't like it don't eat it. No need to be force fed any food you consider inedible:(

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                                                                                                                                            linguafood Feb 2, 2014 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                            If you've had fish and shellfish that was "rank", it was spoiled.

                                                                                                                                            Nobody in their right mind would eat that.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: hyde
                                                                                                                                      EWSflash Feb 1, 2014 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                      wow. You've certainly arrived at your opinion honestly, but what i wouldn't give to have your opportunities to try it.

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                                                                                                                              bettec Jul 18, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                              My husband eats ketchup and plain Ruffles and now I love them too. The ketchup has to be cold. He also makes rotisserie chicken and ketchup sandwiches. I haven't gotten around to being able to stomach that one yet...

                                                                                                                              An actual secret, that I would even try to hide from my hubby, is fake crab. I'll eat a whole package of store-brand flakes for dinner. Cold, and no sauce! Delish.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: bettec
                                                                                                                                alliegator Jul 18, 2013 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                The fake crab thing is so funny! I personally don't like it, but that's just me. My husband doesn't like real crab. When I make crab fried rice, I have to do 2 batches. Do his, wipe out the wok, and then mine.

                                                                                                                                1. re: bettec
                                                                                                                                  Firegoat Jul 20, 2013 06:01 AM

                                                                                                                                  I have been know to do the ketchup on potato chips before. It's been a while... but definitely have chowed down on that!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Firegoat
                                                                                                                                    DuffyH Jul 20, 2013 06:24 AM

                                                                                                                                    I've never eaten ketchup on chips before, but I have subbed it for tomatoes in Mexican rice, and no one was the wiser.

                                                                                                                                    It was a desperation move, don't judge! :)

                                                                                                                                  2. re: bettec
                                                                                                                                    pine time Jul 25, 2013 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                    Ohhhh, the ketchup reminds me. Relatives in India swear that pizza (Pizza Hut was relatively new there a few years back, and lines were out the door) REQUIRES ketchup ("sauce"). I never got hooked, thank the good Lord.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: pine time
                                                                                                                                      DuffyH Jul 25, 2013 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                      pine time, that's a good story. Ketchup has sved my butt more than once. This from a girl who insists on San Marzano tomatoes for marinara sauce; anything else is an affront to my dignity. I once made the Dude drive to 3 different stores for a can of this ambrosia, all the while listening to him grumble "It's only spaghetti, you crazy woman."

                                                                                                                                      Lucky me, I've got 4 grandsons and can claim the ketchup is there for their burgers and hot dogs. The Dude lives in ignorance. ;)

                                                                                                                                  3. NanaMoussecurry Jul 16, 2013 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                    A last one is a sandwich with two slices of shitty bread, lots of Hellman's, lettuce/alfalfa and nothing else, preferably folded in two before stuffing in piehole,

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                                                                                                                                      buttertart Jul 17, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                      Terrific screen name ;-) It sings!

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                                                                                                                                        fara Jul 18, 2013 12:39 PM

                                                                                                                                        i love this too, but don't skimp on the bread- sliced white bread, doesn't matter if it's toasted. white pita works well too

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                                                                                                                                        jjbourgeois Jul 16, 2013 06:39 AM

                                                                                                                                        Some bad habits I had when I was younger:

                                                                                                                                        Nacho Velveeta (Not sure if they still make it) melted over Doritos. Big super artificial cheese taste that was great with beer.

                                                                                                                                        Canned Frosting: Insert spoon, eat, repeat.

                                                                                                                                        Slim Jims (pretty much all that needs to be said)

                                                                                                                                        Salted Macintosh apples.

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                                                                                                                                          Phoebe Jul 16, 2013 10:01 AM

                                                                                                                                          I had totally forgotten about Slim Jims!!! (I'd still rather eat those, than a can of SPAM!!!)

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                                                                                                                                            Firegoat Jul 16, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                                            Agreed on that!

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                                                                                                                                              DuffyH Jul 16, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                              Can't stand jerky in any form, but did love Spam as kid, especially when sliced and fried. Yum.

                                                                                                                                              I recently tried Spam fried rice, which is (according to my bro who lives there) very popular in Hawaii. It was awful! Don't know why I listened to him. This is the same guy who turns up his nose at anything from Taco Bell while scarfing down Big Macs.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Firegoat
                                                                                                                                                Phoebe Aug 3, 2013 10:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                To me, SPAM always looked like the Alpo in a can my first dog ate many years ago. (Didn't smell much better either!!!) That is until he started to refuse it, and wouldn't eat anything but the chicken thighs my mom cooked for him every night. Lucky dog!

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                                                                                                                                            mastercooker Jul 15, 2013 09:40 PM

                                                                                                                                            okay, my cousin is going to kill me for this but it's
                                                                                                                                            Hot Pockets

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: mastercooker
                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Jul 16, 2013 06:20 AM

                                                                                                                                              Hot Pockets, Lean Pockets - my mom could not rip them out of my hands when I was a kid. The best part about this thread is I'm realizing I loved many things which I guess I Just stopped eating. I fear what would happen if I "tried" them again but now I have Hot Pockets on my shopping list.

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                                                                                                                                                UTgal Feb 3, 2014 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                Lean Pockets....how I love them so. My dh is on night shift so some nights for me it's a delicious Lean Pocket for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                Or McDonalds, which I try to keep to once every few months.

                                                                                                                                                Taco Bell

                                                                                                                                                Bologna sandwiches on white bread (like someone already mentioned)

                                                                                                                                              2. DuffyH Jul 15, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                When I'm stocking up on my fave guilty pleasures, Spaghettios w/meatballs, Hamburger Helper, Velveeta and such, I go out of my way to make sure I have all kinds of 'Hound-ish items in my cart to balance them out. I kind of hope the cashier and other shoppers in my line will think the junk food's for my grandsons.

                                                                                                                                                Once I bought some eggplant, and I hate eggplant! I am soooo ashamed.

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                                                                                                                                                  equalibra Aug 4, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                  This made me laugh so much! I dont like eggplant either. I hate going to the store and only buying unhealthy things. I'm often too embarrassed to even buy junky stuff (except chips I will always buy chips). Good idea balancing it out.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: DuffyH
                                                                                                                                                    pine time Aug 5, 2013 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I have a 100% trashy recipe for Velveeta fudge that's 100% delicious. I swear, it's the only time I ever buy Velveeta!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pine time
                                                                                                                                                      Firegoat Aug 5, 2013 10:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I've heard about this Velveeta fudge. Even read a recipe for it. I just can't wrap my head around what it tastes like.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Firegoat
                                                                                                                                                        pine time Aug 5, 2013 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Somehow the Velveeta taste just fades away, but it adds a creaminess. Tastes like soft, gooey fudge.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: pine time
                                                                                                                                                        DuffyH Aug 5, 2013 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Velveeta fudge? I'm in!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: DuffyH
                                                                                                                                                          pine time Aug 6, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Here 'tis. Fair warning: your CH credentials may get revoked.

                                                                                                                                                          Cheese Fudge

                                                                                                                                                          1/2 lb butter
                                                                                                                                                          1/2 lb Velveeta, cut into small chunks
                                                                                                                                                          Melt both in top of double boiler.

                                                                                                                                                          Mix in:
                                                                                                                                                          2 lbs confectioner's sugar, sifted
                                                                                                                                                          1/2 c cocoa
                                                                                                                                                          Stir blended sugar & cocoa into melted mix.

                                                                                                                                                          1/2 tsp vanilla
                                                                                                                                                          Chopped nuts, optional, to taste

                                                                                                                                                          Pour (it's really too thick to "pour") into buttered pan. Refrigerate. Score pieces.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pine time
                                                                                                                                                            grayelf Aug 24, 2013 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I'd like to score some pieces of that fudge ;-) but I dassn't make it myself or I' sure I'd eat the whole pan. Fudge is another DLFS for me....

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                                                                                                                                                      hyde Jul 14, 2013 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Heat oven to 450-475 with roasting pan inside
                                                                                                                                                      Full order tater tots into hot pan, cook 25-30 minutes, quite brown very crispy
                                                                                                                                                      While tater tots cook heat can of Dawn Fresh Musroom steak sauce until very hot
                                                                                                                                                      Cut monterey jack or jalepeno jack into small cubes

                                                                                                                                                      Tater tots into bowl, cover with plenty of hot gravy, top with cubes of cheese and let sit for a few minutes until cheese is all melty.

                                                                                                                                                      Redneck Poutine.

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                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Jul 14, 2013 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                        That sounds disturbingly delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                          INDIANRIVERFL Jul 15, 2013 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I have had poutine far worse than that.

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                                                                                                                                                            hyde Jul 15, 2013 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                            oh, me too!

                                                                                                                                                            I had one with a chicken heart/ liver sauce and fresh cheese curds that i thought my heart might just give up and stop working while i was eating it. But thought the thread was about stuff we make for ourselves in dark of night.

                                                                                                                                                            In terms of bad foodstuffs i still dream about nothing beats the fried chicken skin po' boy, washed down with a couple of Dixie beers i had in a shack, beside a river in Louisiana more than 30 years ago. Talk about magical.

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: hyde
                                                                                                                                                          Firegoat Jul 15, 2013 06:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Tater tots are some sort of magical food stuff. Is there anyone who doesn't secretly love hot crispy tater tots?

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                                                                                                                                                            girloftheworld Jul 15, 2013 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                            tater tots go with evvvverything. Once made a "tater tot salad" leftover tounge, red onion, bacon,, maytag ,tatertots hit under the broiler

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                                                                                                                                                              DuffyH Jul 15, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Love the Tots, hate the casserole.

                                                                                                                                                              My fave fast food breakfast is a big ol' honking order or two of BK hash browns (flat tater tots) with a cheeseburger, plain. The two go together so well!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Firegoat
                                                                                                                                                                John E. Jul 16, 2013 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I always liked Tator Tot Hotdish, but plain tots out of the oven with ketchup? I have always preferred frozen french fries to tater tots.

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                                                                                                                                                              RosePearl Jul 14, 2013 04:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I confess to consuming velveeta, condensed milk and Tostitos salsa, as a dip for tortilla chips. I like.

                                                                                                                                                              I am so ashamed. Give me more.

                                                                                                                                                              1. DuffyH Jul 13, 2013 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Thought of another - Del Taco's bun taco. It's not on the menu, but if you ask, they'll make one. I'm here to tell you that you haven't lived until you've had a bun taco.

                                                                                                                                                                1. DuffyH Jul 13, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Dark red kidney beans. Pour into bowl, cover and nuke for 2 minutes. Crack some black pepper over it. Heaven, especially when you get down to just that peppery red sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                  Chili nachos. Heat a can of Hormel hot chili w/beans, spoon over chips, top with shredded cheddar, stick it under the broiler until cheese starts to melt. This is one of our favorite too lazy dinners.

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                                                                                                                                                                    BlueGoo Jul 13, 2013 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    My mother's recipe for pot roast: cheap cut of beef (e.g., blade), half a bottle of cheap red wine, 1 packet of no name onion soup mix. 350 degree oven for about 2 hours. The beef is meltingly tender and the drippings (thickened with good old Bisto) make awesome gravy. My food snob friends rave about it. Shhhhh!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                      DuffyH Jul 13, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I found essentially that same recipe for a slow cooker online. You're right, it's about the best pot roast in the entire world. And the gravy is so good my cats glare at me because I don't let them lick the plate... it's MINE!

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                                                                                                                                                                        INDIANRIVERFL Jul 14, 2013 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Methodist. Mom used water.

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                                                                                                                                                                          pine time Jul 14, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Southern Baptist. We used a heavy cup of strong black coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pine time
                                                                                                                                                                            DuffyH Jul 14, 2013 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Raised Catholic, now Atheist. Always wine.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Agiyosi Jul 13, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Totino's pepperoni personal pizzas. The ingredients list looks like what you'd need to make a replicant from "Blade Runner," but man those things are tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Iam42n8 Jul 13, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Canned Hormel corned beef hash with canned sweet peas mixed in. Tragic, but I can't help myself.

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                                                                                                                                                                          peterzachos Jul 10, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Ok, ok I'll admit to one more:

                                                                                                                                                                          Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry Shells. By themselves. Baked up golden, put on a plate, and then just peel the layers apart one by one and eat them. Buttery paradise. Finish one (and 400 calories of carbs and fat) and then go bake another. Or two or three. Maybe four.

                                                                                                                                                                          How is it that I'm not 800 pounds?

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                                                                                                                                                                            peterzachos Jul 10, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I pan-fry cheerios. No joke. 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter, dump them right in... get the maillard reaction going on those puppies. Constant turning over medium heat until they're browned. The result is a nutty, buttery crunchy snack, almost like a trail mix, that I could pick at all day if my insatiable drive for butter didn't compel me to shovel them into my mouth with reckless abandon.

                                                                                                                                                                            p.s. (salted butter is essential.)

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                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Jul 10, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, now that's a yummy dirty food secret! How'd you come up with that?

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                                                                                                                                                                                peterzachos Jul 10, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I am not kidding you: General Mills printed this "recipe" on the back of their Cheerios box sometime around 1980. I remember it distinctly; i was six years old. They called it "Hot Buttered Cheerios." It became a staple then, and has been so ever since. GM will DENY IT UP AND DOWN, but that's where I saw it. Granted, I was in Alabama, so maybe it was a regional thing. Not sure how it would have played out in Beverly Hills. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Jul 10, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow, they should add that one back as I imagine it was a big hit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                John E. Jul 10, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Did you post this about your sauteed Cheerios on another thread recently? I read this somewhere not too long ago and tried it. I wish I had not it was pretty good. I have added Cheerios when making Chex Mix years ago so it's basically the same thing, minus the Worcestershire sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  peterzachos Jul 10, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I can't rightly remember if it was here on Chow.. but I've definitely mentioned it online before, so who knows? I'm delighted, and a little surprised, that others besides me actually know about this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Phoebe Jul 13, 2013 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    John E... I originally posted waaaayyy up on this thread about my love for buttered cheerios. This was a fave back in the late 60's when I was just a kid. Didn't have my sauteing skills yet. Just melted butter on cold Cheerios. I don't think I've EVER eaten Cheerios with milk. Yikes!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Phoebe
                                                                                                                                                                                      EWSflash Aug 3, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Have you ever considered sauteeing them in butter with a little bit of worcestershire?

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Phoebe Aug 3, 2013 10:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        EW.... I have, but still prefer my childhood memory taste more. When you start adding worcestershire or other spices it starts tasting like Chex mix. Which I really like... just not the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Another part of this "dirty little secret" I didn't share earlier .... My best friend and I would sit in a dark closet, eating these buttered Cheerios out of a small paper sandwich bag. Why? I have no clue. It was our special ritual.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Phoebe
                                                                                                                                                                                          EWSflash Feb 1, 2014 08:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          That's such a great visual, thanks for sharing that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Pwmfan Jul 11, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    This sounds SO good! I will devour almost anything sauteed in butter but have not, until reading these posts, thought of breakfast cereal as a candidate. I think I will attempt a pan fried Chex mix for dinner tonight!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Phoebe Jul 13, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Pwmfan... I've tried it with Chex before. Tasty, but not as good as using plain Cheerios. Also, salted butter is a must. (I 'd like to try this using Honey Nut Cheerios some time, for that sweet n' salty thing.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                    HillsofBeverly Jul 10, 2013 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Salt and vinegar potato chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Blue cheese dip/dressing topped with Sriracha. Eat the cheese lumpy parts with chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Grocery store french onion dip (though Oberweis onion dip is superlative).

                                                                                                                                                                                    Mom's cheeseball from the 70s/80s, a Kraft recipe. Mash cream cheese, shredded "cheddar," pimentos, onion, Worcstershire (sp) sauce. I could eat this at every meal, and did when I made two for Xmas 2012. Mmmm, breakfast cheeseball.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. rmarisco Jul 10, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      i'm totally out with this but just to clarify again.. kettle chips buffalo bleu chips are the work of the devil

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                                                                                                                                                                                        sauterc Jul 10, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Saltines with butter.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Canned pears with shredded cheddar.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Peanut butter sandwich with sliced tomato.
                                                                                                                                                                                        McDonalds french fries dipped in their vanilla shake.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          MGZ Jul 10, 2013 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          "McDonalds french fries dipped in their vanilla shake."

                                                                                                                                                                                          Fantastic! I've gotta try that one day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            peterzachos Jul 10, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            AAAHH.. saltines with butter! YES. YES. F** YES.

                                                                                                                                                                                            This little secret is the silly pleasure that actually, finally, made me appreciate excellent imported european butters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart Jul 10, 2013 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I love them too, had some this am!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Pwmfan Jul 11, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                This is what was for breakfast this morning (although with fresh local butter, not European). I fondly remember the days when the free sample in the dairy building at our state fair consisted of a saltine topped with a pat of butter. You can keep your deep fried Twinkies!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  John E. Jul 11, 2013 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The dairy building at our state fair has 200 pound blocks of butter carved into busts of the dairy queen and dairy princesses. At the end of the fair, each of those girls get to take their bust home. I have heard that many of the families buy and extra chest freezer to store the head.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    gemini0660 Jul 11, 2013 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    whatever would one do with a frozen one-week-old head of butter???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      John E. Jul 12, 2013 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      They are refrigerated the entire time. In fact, the artist and the girl are both in the big walk-in with big windows when the block of butter is carved.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've heard that some are used for community sweet corn feeds, but I don't know for sure what someone does with all that butter. I would think that even wrapped in plastic, it would pick up odors while in the freezer if not used fairly soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  EWSflash Jul 13, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  the first summer my son was old enough to stay home by himself while we were at work, I noticed that he had eaten two whole tubes of saltines and a quarter-pound of butter one day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    DuffyH Jul 13, 2013 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've done that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      INDIANRIVERFL Jul 14, 2013 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Showed great restraint IMHO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        EWSflash Aug 3, 2013 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        He's now 24, six foot four and lean, muscular and wiry. And he's learned how to eat properly (thank you, God). Sometimes he goes for a horrendous gut bomb, but I notice he balances it with veggie stir-fries and salad. The kid is amazing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                jlhinwa Jul 10, 2013 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh my gosh, I love this thread. So much inspiration for future snacks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                A few of my DLFS:

                                                                                                                                                                                                I love crunchy Cheetoes and pretty much always have them on hand. They are best when followed by a Coke chaser. I eat them at work more often than at home and at least once a week leave an orange cheeto fingerprint on someone's paperwork. (Hard to keep it a secret that way.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                Another uncooked ramen noodle eater here. Love them best that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I have come to appreciate how fine a Rice Krispy treat can be. I try to convince myself they aren't so trashy by varying the recipe....Nutella, pecans and chocolate, or browned butter and chocolate chips...etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Cottage cheese, salsa, and French cut green beans for a "healthy" taste sensation. I came up with this years ago when doing Weight Watchers. Croutons or chow mein noodles added for crunch make it divine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Trashy Hawaiian open faced sandwiches. These are such a hit with our friends that I was asked to make a huge quantity for a wedding reception. Oyyyy. Cream cheese, drained crushed pineapple (canned, of course) and Spam. Add cayenne pepper for a little zip and mix. Spread on top of bread, sprinkle with cheddar cheese, and broil in the oven. I like to use the little loaves of dense, almost-crustless, thinly-sliced rye bread to class it up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Jul 10, 2013 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you like Cheetos and spicy food I'd stay away from the Jalapeno Cheddar and Flamin' Hot...they are crack!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The uncooked ramen noodles are a top 5 childhood favorite and now I just feel like I need to buy some Ramen noodles for the first time in decades just to relive my old routine of a lick of uncooked noodles, dabbed in the seasoning and pure enjoyment of crunchy, salty goodness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    jlhinwa Jul 10, 2013 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love those things but sadly, they don't love me. I used to be able to eat as much heat as I could stand with impunity, but sadly those days are gone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I will share my ramen stash with you....another thing I usually have on hand. For salads, of course. Yeah, right.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    pine time Jul 10, 2013 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    For a Rice Krispie treat variation: use Cheerios (if you want to healthify it, use the multi-grain ones) and add about 3/4 c of super crunchy peanut butter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      jlhinwa Jul 10, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great idea, will have to try that! With browned butter and some chocolate bits....yummmmm. I seriously would like to just cancel my day and stay home and try some of this stuff!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      jaqzdad Jul 10, 2013 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      How do you handle the spam? Do you mix it all together or do you top that on the cheese?!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        jlhinwa Jul 10, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mix it in. It crumbles easily and mixes quite well. I've also made this using deli ham, chopped well, but it just isn't as trashy. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        DuffyH Jul 13, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        OMG! I LOVE that you wrote "Spam" and "class it up" in the same paragraph. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Firegoat Jul 14, 2013 03:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This thread makes me laugh every time!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        tam555 Jul 10, 2013 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ketchup on pasta
                                                                                                                                                                                                        /hides in shame

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Caroline1 Jul 9, 2013 11:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Green (jalapeno) Tobasco Sauce! Makes everything better. If you don't believe me, try it on graham crackers! A little cream cheese increases the yum. '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            MGZ Jul 9, 2013 11:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I take bagels, cut them into strips, top to bottom, and toast. I put supermarket Krab salad on 'em and douse liberally with Green Tobasco. I've even involved Swiss cheese with this concoction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Man, confessin' to that is like tellin' your wife about the time you were in the backseat with the cheerleader.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Jul 9, 2013 11:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              You cut them into STRIPS? Doesn't that make 'em more of a pain to eat?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                MGZ Jul 10, 2013 05:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I guess I shoulda said they were cut into bagel slices, about an eighth of an inch thick. Sorta like chips. It maximizes surface area for the "spread".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Jul 9, 2013 11:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                it's really not.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                EWSflash Feb 1, 2014 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's the only Tabasco i like.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Siegal Jul 9, 2013 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lipton onion soup mix stirred into sour cream with plain lays!! It's so bad but so good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart Jul 10, 2013 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ripples. Not plain.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DuffyH Jul 13, 2013 07:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That dip's got a name. It's California Dip. The recipe used to be on the back of the box. IMO, it's the only onion dip worth eating. The others are pale imitations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So mix up some California Dip and hold your head high! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. The Professor Jul 9, 2013 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The two things I sometimes take abuse for:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1) I like my red wine well chilled.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2) I hate my beer icy cold and over carbonated. 50°F is the preferred temperature, and I always pour vigorously into a glass to let out half of the co2...sometimes I even stir it to hasten the release.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      themamacurd Jul 9, 2013 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You guys are all so funny! Whoever said Jack in the Box tacos "make my shit smell bad" I really lol'd!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      McDonald's sausage burritos with their "hot" picante sauce. Yum :D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Querencia Jul 9, 2013 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I put this on Home Cooking and got some snotty comments that it belonged with Dirty Secrets, so here it is. 10 Minute BBQ: Chop an onion and maybe a pepper, saute' lightly in a tablespoon of oil, add 1 cup ketchup and 1 cup water, 4 tablespoons brown sugar and 2 tablespoons vinegar (or adjust to taste). Simmer briefly. Add 1 lb boiled ham from the deli---if they can't chip-chop it have it sliced thin then take a knife and cut through it a few times to make strippy pieces. Simmer a few minutes. Eat on hamburger buns. It won't kill you, really.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Jul 9, 2013 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, c'mon. One comment and it wasn't even snotty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And I kinda agree this is a good place for it '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jujuthomas Jul 9, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think I've had that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              INDIANRIVERFL Jul 9, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pittsburgh. Isaly's chipped ham sandwich. With proprietary sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MonMauler Jul 10, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yep, I grew up with Ham Barbecues. My mom got the chip-chopped ham from Isaly's, bought a jar of their sauce, and simmered the ham in the sauce. Served 'em on burger buns. A slice of American cheese was optional. I always added it. They were delicious. She said they weren't as good as those from the original store, but still good. They were delicious at the Isaly's deli she took us to after they changed ownership, as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The brand survives after several changes in ownership, so it is still possible to get Isaly's chip-chopped ham and the sauce at area grocers. Also, there are a few deli's around here named I. Shall. Always. Love. You. Sweetie. Which descends from the original brand, the name a reference to an old Isaly's advertising slogan. The one I go to still has these, and they are as good as I remember them. In fact, most of the food is pretty good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Firegoat Jul 10, 2013 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think I've had this too a long time ago. You've just provoked a very old food memory. Now I want some.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ricepad Jul 9, 2013 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sorry you thought my comment was snotty - it certainly wasn't intended to be. I would definitely try this concoction, but it really does sound like a DLFS.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. RealMenJulienne Jul 9, 2013 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              None of these are secrets, and I don't consider them dirty:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - Totino's Party Pizzas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - Tung-I instant ramen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - 7-11 chili cheese dogs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - Generic frozen chicken nuggets on the styrofoam tray
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - Pizza Hut pan pizza with the glorious grease-soaked crust
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - Many foods ending in '-ito' (Fritos, Cheetos, frozen taquitos, etc)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                JerryMe Jul 13, 2013 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                M'kay - Totino's rocks! Especially the plain pepperoni!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. fldhkybnva Jul 9, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not my dirty little food secret, but I'll reveal my mother's - as a kid she loved to eat raw bacon and canned frosting right out of the can.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Firegoat Jul 10, 2013 03:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can't even begin to imagine the texture of cold raw bacon in my mouth.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    girloftheworld Jul 10, 2013 05:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    weird- that exactly how imagin french kissing

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Firegoat Jul 10, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well technically, there have been guys I've kissed that that would be a pretty good description. But that's another story for another day......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Jul 10, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's exactly like that. Less smoky, perhaps.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Jul 10, 2013 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Me neither, I've never even pondered trying it, but apparently she used to love it. I've never witnessed it so perhaps she grew out of it...:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Firegoat Jul 10, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I tried chocolate-covered bacon on a stick once at the State Fair. I was so excited imagining hot bacon with delicious chocolate.... nope. It was cold. Chilled in fact. Chilled bacon, even cooked, is not a good thing for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Terrieltr Jul 10, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hopefully not at the same time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          HillsofBeverly Jul 10, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My Mom swears that her favorite food for several years of her 1940s childhood was Crisco, spooned from the can. She apparently wouldn't eat much else. Yet it didn't kill her....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jlhinwa Jul 10, 2013 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh my gosh...can't believe anyone else did that. I ate it by the spoon for a while. I did it the first time on a dare, then for the shock value afterwards, not because I really liked it. But it wasn't awful, either.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gemini0660 Jul 10, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i think i just threw up a little in my mouth! :-/ This reminds me of those people who eat laundry starch or dry wall...so odd, to me, but, medically speaking, it seems they are suffering from mineral deficiencies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mudcat Jul 13, 2013 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Back in '56 I worked at a Ranger Station in Northwestern Montana, the breakfast bacon was cooked until the fat started to clear and put on the chow line. It was limp but warm and quite flavorful. Still prepare if the same way when the mood strikes me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. breadchick Jul 8, 2013 07:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Two things actually: my mother loved using those canned frostings, especially the cream cheese ones. Well, you know where this is going. I can have a serious affair with a few spoonfuls of that "crap."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also, she made (we were fairly poor growing up - widow with five daughters) a combination of cooked macaroni, lots of butter, ground pepper and cream. Mix it well and serve in cereal bowls. Especially good with an episode of Lassie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That gave us strength when Timmy was stuck in the well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              happybaker Jul 8, 2013 09:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LOVE the Lassie reference. And Timmie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To this day, one of my fav things is hot buttered rice, with salt and pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's it, and that's enough!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MGZ Jul 8, 2013 10:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hot buttered rice is one of those things that could've made it OK to be stuck with Gilligan on the Island.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And, breadchick, you SO put that one through the uprights.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DuffyH Jul 13, 2013 07:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                breadchick, that pasta dish sounds pretty tasty. I'd try it, for sure. But then, I hit "recommend" on bunches of posts on this thread, so that tells you where my palate is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mom's end-of-the-month paycheck stretcher was mac n' canned tomatoes. I do believe that dinner is why I refuse to eat anything with chunks of cooked tomatoes in it. Seriously, I must puree any kind of canned tomato.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LOVE the frosting!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gemini0660 Jul 8, 2013 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BTW. I have to say this is my favorite topic EVER!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MGZ Jul 9, 2013 10:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If they ever shut down this Site, this thread has got to be one of the first to be preserved.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just reread it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Top to bottom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It is simply a fantastic conversation. Kinda like sittin' on the porch after dinner with old friends.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DuffyH Jul 14, 2013 05:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I find it somehow quite comforting to know that 'Hounds, for all their food savvy, still embrace the flat-out deliciousness of crappy processed junk. I've always lived in fear that someone would find out what's in my pantry and make me turn in my Chowhound decoder ring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This thread could inspire a fun-to-watch Food Network show, don't you think?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MGZ Jul 14, 2013 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "This thread could inspire a fun-to-watch Food Network show, don't you think?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What makes this funny is that there is no "celebrity host". The Food Network is so formulaic that they'd kill the concept. It would be funny to do the whole thing with user submitted videos, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Imagine the guy in the Lone Ranger mask showin' off how he makes barbecued, pork roll chili in the middle of the night so the Mrs. doesn't have to see it? Cut to the next night when the same guy is standing in a poorly lit kitchen, eatin' a bowl of the stuff covered in jalapenos and onions - still wearin' the mask and eatin' with a serving spoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Or, the lady hidin' her shame, sittin' under a sheet, hand reaches out, you see on a plate a "sandwich" consisting of three slices per side of Craft, orange singles, as the bread, and some Lebanon bologna in the middle. Maybe a jar of mayo next to it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyway, the hand pulls the monstrosity under the cover. "Mmmm, baby, yeah, that's the way Momma likes it!" The hand slips back out and shows the "sandwich" with a GIANT bite outta the corner. A big sigh follows.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (I could go so on and on with this one . . . )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Jul 14, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am just curious... does your mind ever sleep? ;-p And btw, how did you get the video of me and the sandwich? And to clarify, it was Miracle Whip for the record

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DuffyH Jul 14, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My motto is simple. If you don't have videotape, it never happened. Even if you do, it was someone else, I was never there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Jul 14, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Words to live by.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MGZ Jul 15, 2013 02:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Since you're so kind, I'll give you one more "shamefully submitted" video.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Starts with a microwave running. It then cuts to a shadowy profile of a guy pulling a tray of those little, supermarket "pigs in a blanket" outta the oven. They're perfectly browned and sizzlin', He dumps the treats on a plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Next, you see his oven mittened hand wrapped around the jar he took out of the microwave. He pours its contents over the piggies and it becomes clear that it's Cheese Whiz.* The pour is heavy, too heavy probably, but slow and careful. The entire plate is eventually covered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A hand picks up a fork. "Ahhh, just like Granmy used to make . . . ."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And, suzi, by the way, the Miracle Whip idea was genius. We may have to reshoot that segment,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            *A nod to the OP for havin' been the one to strike the steel and flint for this thread,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Jul 15, 2013 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At least i listened to my mom when she said if I was to do anything shameful on video to leave my face out of it. Have ya run across the video of my brother making a wonder bread, Miracle Whip, mustard, peanutbutter and bologna sandwich with a dill pickle chased with a yoohoo?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MGZ Jul 15, 2013 07:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have not seen your brother's piece on YouTube yet, but I promise to look for it so long as I don't have to take a bite of the sandwich. I'm a stinky old 'hound. I've licked plates, gnawed bones, and eaten off the floor, but I'm not sure I could down that concoction. I am, however, impressed with the overall creativity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As to not havin' your face in a shameful video, is Kim Kardashian the "exception that proves the rule"?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Jul 17, 2013 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  'Exception that proves the rule". I'll have to mull on that and get back to you after I take a mental mouth wash to rid me of the memories of my beloved bro eating that sandwich as children

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    EWSflash Aug 3, 2013 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh come on, mgz- you're too good for that? Please explain why- your previous post didn't lend any insight as to why you're too good, since you said you would rather eat out of a dumpster. Really?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't like the sandwich, either, but I've never been in the position of starving.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MGZ Aug 3, 2013 09:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You appear to have read something I didn't write. I suggest you reread this subset of posts more carefully and with our voices and spirits in mind. Realize that, (a) suzi's laughing at her brother's concoction as it sounds more like a dare than a lunch and (b) nobody's starving.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Aug 4, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sadly, not a dare, just a gross eater. And i agree, no one HERE is starving.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alliegator Jul 17, 2013 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There could be a host! Doesn't Aarti Party need a job? Hell, I'd watch this show.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Jul 17, 2013 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Me too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EWSflash Aug 3, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And yet you refrain from sharing your guilty pleasure- I get it, uh huh...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DuffyH Aug 3, 2013 08:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What? What? Refrain? Me? Nah, you can't mean me. I'm all over this thread. I revel in my addiction to childish food. In my pantry right this minute are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Velveeta - the box in the fridge is almost 2/3rds gone, can't run out. What if there's a mac n' cheese emergency?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Spaghettios with Meatballs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hormel Hot Chili with Beans (for chili nachos, soooo good)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chef Boy-Ar-Dee Mini Ravioli
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Campbells Chunky Steak and Potato soup - who needs beef stew when those cute kids give us this goodness?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 assorted boxes HH (leftover from Publix sale)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5 boxes Pasta Roni (from same sale)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And to top it off, there's a big Costco bag of pepperoni Pizza Rolls in the freezer. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But I did use my very own homemade burger buns and homemade ranch dressing for tonight's burgers and salads. I do these things to assuage my guilt. Then I ruin it by breading and pan-frying lovely halibut filets. I'm sick, but happy. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Aug 4, 2013 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You happen to be one of my favorite posters here. Embrace that twelve year old palate. I embrace mine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DuffyH Aug 4, 2013 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks, suzigirl. That's awfully kind of you. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I still like to use Red Vines as drinking straws. Especially with Coke and 7-Up. And I feel like a kid every time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Aug 4, 2013 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Awww, c'mon. Redvines? You lost me. Twizzlers! Twizzlers and Pepsi. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Firegoat Aug 4, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sometimes I like to drink my pop through the twizzlers if I get the kind with the hollow spot up the middle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Aug 4, 2013 10:32 AM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Firegoat Aug 4, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The feed store has some weird flavors of knock off brand Twizzlers. I bought watermelon once and my friend was all "Oh gross." I left them in the cab of the truck with the friend while I ran into another store. There was one left.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Aug 4, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No bogarting the knock off twizzlers. There was a produce/ citrus shipping store in my area that had several flavors. I was hooked on the peach. My bf knows how much I love them. He gets me a two pound bag every year on my birthday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Firegoat Aug 4, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No kidding! I was peeved! It was a damn big bag too! Now I'm thinking about stopping by Orschelin's today to see if they have some.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EWSflash Feb 1, 2014 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Firegoat, that really cracks me up- you win!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DuffyH Aug 4, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Twizzlers? Yuck to your yum. I think they have a weird taste, like they're made with some kind of petroleum product.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pepsi's good. Really, I'll drink most any cola. Except Tab.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I do love using food as a straw. Mom used to have a set of ball things that turned soda into a float. They had straws coming out the top and bottom, and twisted apart at the equator, sized just right for one scoop of ice cream. It worked much better than adding the ice cream to the soda.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Aug 4, 2013 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I bet you wish you had that straw still. I want one

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DuffyH Aug 4, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For sure. It was a total treat when we got to drink those floats. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Phoebe Aug 4, 2013 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Duffy - I still have mine. The top is red, the bottom is white & it splits in the middle. We used to do a version of an orange creamsicle. Orange Crush pop (No such thing as soda waaaay back then!) and vanilla ice cream. The one I have dates back to the early 60's. It really was a special treat!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DuffyH Aug 5, 2013 06:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Color me jealous ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gemini0660 Jul 8, 2013 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am laughing so hard...this thread clearly show we are kidding ourselves into believing we are true 'Foodies'!!! ROFL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JerryMe Jul 13, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    True, True! The Peanut Butter Captain Crunch upthread made me laugh so hard!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have so many, many dirty little food secrets that I can't even go there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EWSflash Aug 3, 2013 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Okay, so share some, JerryMe!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DuffyH Jul 13, 2013 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Too true, gemini. On another recent thread, someone ruffled a few feathers with a post that seemed, at first glance, to impugn the cooking "seriousness" of people who don't do something a certain way, or perhaps it was about using a certain piece of equipment. Anyway, I was a bit taken aback by the remark, but thankfully refrained from posting when I recalled the box of Velveeta that is ALWAYS in my fridge or pantry. How serious is Velveeta, really? LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Firegoat Jul 14, 2013 03:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LOL there are certain things in life that the only "serious" way to deal with them is by unleashing a box of the cabinet cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jujuthomas Jul 8, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i like cold canned baked beans.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Phoebe Jul 13, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Me too.... Love the little cans of Van Camp's Beanee Weenees. I just discovered the little wieners are actually chicken.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          INDIANRIVERFL Jul 14, 2013 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chickens have wieners?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Phoebe Jul 14, 2013 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd make the obvious joke about chickens, hens, and c**ks..... but we won't go there! ;~O

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DuffyH Jul 14, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think we just did. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jujuthomas Jul 17, 2013 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Phoebe, thank goodness I'm not alone! LOL. Oh, and I love beanie weenies! but I usually make my own these days - upscale ya know with "good" hot dogs and bush's baked beans! heehee!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DuffyH Jul 17, 2013 08:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's how I do it, too, juju! Got to class things up a bit. Try sliced dogs in canned chili sometime. Yum. Don't waste good homemade chili, it's not the same. I prefer Hormel Hot Chili, but whichever brand you choose, canned is the way to go.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Phoebe Aug 3, 2013 10:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No way juju... I'm a purist when it comes to BW. (Usually straight from the can.) I'll doctor up my other beans, but always leave my Weenies alone!!! ;~)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              debbiel Aug 1, 2013 10:52 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Darth_Tater Jul 1, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A sandwich: bread, lettuce, Miracle Whip, american cheese, lunch meat (preferably bologna, old fashioned loaf or dutch loaf) and . . . . peanut butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BUT, never ever do the peanut butter and mayo touch . . . that'd be GROSS!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mudcat Jul 19, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That sandwich is still a hands down winner since the '30s and further back perhaps. If you wanted variety you just changed the cold cut. I usually preferred Cotto salami and still enjoy it and prefer it to any fast food burgers or whatever is available nowadays if I have a choice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. John E. Jun 30, 2013 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My father has been staying with us for a while as he recovers from knee replacement surgery. He also had some dental work done so I made him some steel cut oats earler in the week. So today I fried some cottage bacon and in the fat (not much there, so I added some butter) I fried up the leftover steel cut oats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My question is, do the oats lose their heart-healthy status when they are fried in pork fat and butter and eaten with agave syrup poured on top?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PotatoHouse Jun 30, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "My question is, do the oats lose their heart-healthy status when they are fried in pork fat and butter and eaten with agave syrup poured on top?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Absolutely not! Don't you remember Wilford Brimly? "It's the right thing to do and a tasty way to do it!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UeakKhaleese Jun 30, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Since I got braces, all I want to eat is french fries dipped in a Peanut Butter shake (homemade with lots of PB).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Firegoat Jun 30, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Apparently my new little dirty food secret is putting French dressing and bacon bits on cottage cheese at a breakfast buffet. As was pointed out to me this morning by my BF who really has no room to point fingers when it comes to eating.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gemini0660 Jul 8, 2013 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trying not to be judgey, but ewwwww...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      salsailsa Jun 30, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My lows are "hits" of whipping cream from the can.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I will also whip up fresh whipping cream and eat a whole bowl full.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        KaimukiMan Jul 1, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        are you trying to imply that there are people who don't?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gemini0660 Jul 8, 2013 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LOL, you have GOT to realize most of us take 'hits' of whipped cream from the can when confronted by the devil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SuccotashImpact Jun 29, 2013 10:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I will cook eggs to the point that the edges are really crispy, fry a few slices of meat (usually ham but anything goes) until their edges are crispy, put them in a toasted bagel (to be honest, any kind will work, everything, raisin, etc) or sliced bread, and add an excess of toppings like mayo, ketchup, and hot sauce. Used to add cheese some time ago but I can't eat that anymore but it was really, really good with melted cheddar. I'll have this maybe a handful of times a year. Can never let anyone see me eating this monstrosity. Also like to eat wheat crackers with blackberry jam for a shot of sugary fruit. And a spoonful of peanut butter for a midnight snack. Thank goodness I live alone without people judging me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Teague Jun 29, 2013 10:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've been living alone for almost 10 years, I think it frees you up to eat eccentric things :D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The other people, so judgmental.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Teague Jun 29, 2013 09:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So many.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love, LOVE chili cheese fritos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Triscuit/sharp chedder 2% singles sandwiches. You fold the processed cheese into quarters, one quarter per two crackers. Put a good drop of louisiana hot sauce on the cheese, sandwich between two crackers. ohh, yummy sodium.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Powdered mashed potatoes, made with milk and extra butter in the microwave. For dinner. All by itself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cooked oatmeal (cooked in milk) with lots of fish sauce and cheese, and hot tomato salsa. I know it's wrong but it feels so right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maruchan ramen, chicken and mushroom flavor, with a hunk of cheese in the bottom of the bowl and vlasic hot pepper rings on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rotel/velveeta eaten with a spoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Second the cold Chef Boyardee beef ravioli out of the can. With a fork, to avoid the extraneous tomato sauce. Also for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cracker Jack. I'm so glad this stuff comes in smallish packages.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Box wine with ice and water - hey, it was good enough for Julius Caesar (well, his didn't come from a box, but they trucked ice down from the Alps or so I've read).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            /covers face

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              girloftheworld Jun 30, 2013 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Cooked oatmeal (cooked in milk) with lots of fish sauce and cheese, and hot tomato salsa. I know it's wrong but it feels so right."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              how did you even come up with this? be honest..was there herbal insperation behind this?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gemini0660 Jul 8, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This confuses even me! :-/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Jul 9, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have you tried the Honey BBQ Fritos Twists? Delicious! I also love Rotel and Velveeta dip but it gives me serious belly aches, but that has never stopped me if it's around I dig in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. MGZ Jun 29, 2013 04:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Firegoat, I'll admit that I have posted this basic formula up here before, but my belly isn't been right for a bit of time now and I didn't feel like searchin' for it.. You can imagine what it's like for one-a those mangy 'hounds who paw through your trash to not wanna eat? It's like havin' to watch Ansel Adams go blind over a coupla days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Leavin' my current woes aside, here goes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You saute some finely minced onions in butter until soft. You add in some minced garlic only 'til you can smell it and turn off the heat. You then add in a pound of crab - shit you picked is best, but even the cheap canned stuff will do.*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When that's just warm enough, you stir it together with about a jar of Cheese Whiz, and a couple darts of hot sauce. Tobasco is the old school classic, but try what you have on hand. Ground, dried chiles would work too (I once used habanero powder)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                While you are puttin' this Bayville, trailer park abomination together, you should be toasting a bunch of English Muffins. The crab cheese mixture gets spread on top of those halves. They go into a hot oven until the Whiz bubbles and starts to brown.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I submit this White Trash, Jersey Cocktail Party App to you from one Cheese Whiz aficionado to another. Someday, when I'm feelin' better, remind me to wax about "ham and whiz" subs. Gross as can be . . . . and equally fantastic!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                *Even "Krab" can work with this. In fact, that might make it a little more "infield at the Daytona 500", for fun.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jerseygirl111 Jun 29, 2013 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Geez MGZ, I probably pass you in the Bayville Shop Rite every week! Stand next to you at the deli and shit. Crazy.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MGZ Jun 30, 2013 03:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I live a bit Northeast of there. But, . . . I have a feelin' though that if you see me in the supermarket you'll know me right away. I'm gonna be that guy tellin' the kid behind the deli counter that he wants his turkey slices thick, "Set it to seventeen." Or charmin' the lady at the meat counter to cut me a two rib section of that beef that's on sale.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Otherwise, you'll find me in a bar sometime. Drinkin' with the Mrs. I'll likely have a tequila and a beer in front of me. She might too. The things that'll probly give us away is that she's a pretty little thing and I look like a linebacker who didn't shower after the game - peppered with scabs and scars.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When you come into the bar, your friend will say, "Oh my God, she could do so much better than him."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Later, however, you'll both agree, "Yeah, I kinda get it." Remember though, that's the vodka talkin'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nevertheless, try my old school crabby patties. They're pretty good. Just make sure that you add a scoop of mayo durin' the mixin stage and let 'em heat until they bubble and brown a bit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Firegoat Jun 30, 2013 06:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Okay, if I ever lose my mind an audition for Hell's Kitchen, Top Chef or Masterchef.... this will be my audition signature dish!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And I would eat this. Cheez Whiz and Crab (or Krab)? What could go wrong?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MGZ Jun 30, 2013 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hell, that would be cool. Just promise to futz with it, call 'em Crab-Z-Patties and, remember, like I said, the dish is meant to be more Daytona Infield than the Grandstands at Augusta . . .. Right field bleachers in foul terrotory, not two rows up from the dugout or behind the plate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Firegoat Jun 30, 2013 06:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I will clearly need some sort of Mayo dipping sauce.... Scratch that. Miracle Whip dipping sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    deputygeorgie Jun 28, 2013 10:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hamburger Helper Stroganoff. Even I know it's bad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Firegoat Jun 29, 2013 03:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When I was in undergrad my roomie and I ate LOTs of Hamburger Helper Lasagna .... with parmesan cheese from the green can and ketchup! That and the Jiffy Blueberry muffins from the little blue box with a bottle of squeeze margarine. I haven't done either in a long time, but they are starting to sound tempting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jerseygirl111 Jun 29, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Squeeze liquid Margarine! Growing up, nothing else would suffice on pancakes, especially blueberry pancakes. Thanks for bringing back childhood memories.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DuffyH Jul 15, 2013 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm addicted to Mrs. Butterworth's syrup. It's just so darn buttery! I keep a bottle of real maple syrup on hand for cooking, and on the off chance that we need to cook breakfast for guests. How twisted is that?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jerseygirl111 Jul 25, 2013 08:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nothing but the best artificial for my family!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Firegoat Jul 26, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Growing up my mom always served Mrs. Butterworth's syrup. They say that the first pizza you grow up with as a kid is the pizza you tend to like as an adult. That may be true for syrup. When I lived in Oklahoma I bought Griffin's syrup because it was made locally. I don't normally buy syrup now but I'd probably grab Mrs. Butterworth's by reflex.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DuffyH Jul 26, 2013 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think that's true for a lot of foods. I'll pass on a hot dog if it's not Oscar Mayer, and despite enjoying many baked mac n' cheese variations, my all-time favorite is made on the stovetop with Velveeta and milk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My son has the same house rules. And that's how traditions are made. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Firegoat Jul 26, 2013 10:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My rule along those lines is to buy Welch's grape jelly. No other brand tastes quite right or has the right consistency.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It only matters with grape jelly, because that's the only flavor I liked to eat as a kid.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jerseygirl111 Jul 26, 2013 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hmm. I grew up eating Aunt Jemima's but out on my own started buying Mrs. Butterworth's, now we buy whatever storebrand is made with Splenda. I do buy real MS for baking but it's too sweet to use otherwise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    EWSflash Aug 3, 2013 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I grew up with Appian Way pizza in a box that they at some point included a pizza p. I loved it when we had it as a kid but my tastes have moved on, although now that I think about it, I have no idea what I'd think. I doubt they're still being made.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jeri L Jun 29, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I went to a friend's house for dinner when I was in grade school. Her mom served HH Potato Stroganoff with frozen peas mixed in. I thought it was wonderful. We never had stuff like that at home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DuffyH Jul 15, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, but it's goooood.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  deputygeorgie Jul 19, 2013 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We never had it growing up either. An ex boyfriend had never had 'real' stroganoff until we dated. He said it was gross and preferred hamburger helper.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DuffyH Jul 19, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I do prefer the flavor of from-scratch stroganoff. But it's expensive and can be a pain to make, so I often say the hell with it and open the box. So cheap, so easy, so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And yes, I picked up some HH today at the grocery; it was on sale, along with Pasta Roni. We're addicted to Parmesan Pasta Roni, one of the greatest side dishes ever invented.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Firegoat Jul 19, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Those little pasta ronis make a fast tasty side!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EWSflash Aug 3, 2013 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I recommended because I was so blown away by exbf- people like that there's no salvation for.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  citykid426 Jun 28, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I buy my own container of Nutella and stick my index finger into the jar and scoop it out little by little....I do not like to use a spoon, I don't know why. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lesliej Jun 28, 2013 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When my Mrs. Richardson's butterscotch caramel topping is about 3/4 gone I heat the jar in the microwave and scoop my ice-cream into it...not "Ew weird", I suppose, but "resourceful" since I'm not dirtying a bowl (and it's actually easier to eat it out of that jar!).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 Jun 28, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ritz crackers topped with a slice of hardboiled egg and a dollop of Russian dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "chicken ina bisket" crackers right out the box

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      dehydrated potato flakes. Makes the most unbelievable crust for fish

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Firegoat Jun 28, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mmm Chicken ina Bisket crackers! I saw some of those in the store the other day. They reminded me of my grandmother. She always had those when we came to visit! Nothing tastes quite like them (including chickens and biscuits)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Phoebe Jun 29, 2013 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I grew up eating Chicken in a Bisket crackers as a small child. (Cheez-its too!) First introduced in 1964. Vegemite, bacon, nacho, barbecue, crispy potato, and salt & vinegar are some of the flavors sold in Australia. I'll stick to the chicken.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Gastronomos Jun 28, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I eat my peas with honey;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've done it all my life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It makes the peas taste funny,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But it keeps them on the knife.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MGZ Jun 28, 2013 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nicely done, Gastro. RIP, Fuser.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EWSflash Aug 3, 2013 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm almost afraid to ask- what happened to Food Fuser?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MGZ Aug 3, 2013 09:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              He passed near the end of last year: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/883140

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EWSflash Feb 1, 2014 08:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks, MGZ, I appreciate it. Sad news indeed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gastronomos Feb 2, 2014 04:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              thanks. it hits me every now and again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MGZ Feb 2, 2014 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I went to the market to pick up a coupla last minute items just after I read your and EWS's posts. I somehow wound up grabbed a pack of Pillsbury cresent rollls for shits and giggles. I may just wrap a piece or two around some cheese and throw 'em into the hot oil to make the Dough Boy smile!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hauckpdx Jun 27, 2013 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Smoked oysters in oil. I eat them straight from the tin with a toothpick while I watch bad, late-night t.v.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm also guilty of liking a few of the hungry man frozen dinners....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alwayshungrygal Jun 28, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love those smoked oysters on a Triscuit. Haven't had that in years...I stopped that when I was on WW, too many guilty calories.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EWSflash Aug 3, 2013 05:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love smoked oysters and eat them the same way!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fara Jun 27, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As someone else posted, alternating very healthy days with days of more or less junk food keeps things interesting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Some junk I get into: recently I've been stocking up on crackers and cookies and dried seaweed snack from a korean grocer. the best whole wheat type cookie with a chocolate film on top, dd likes them for breakfast.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I can't keep chips in the house or will just eat them without stop. Lately we've been having Shake Shack once a week- tonight I got the cheese fries. I too love american cheesey sauce. Because it's summer I'm not thinking so much about grilled cheese, but hit the dead of winter not much more comforting than american cheese on buttered white bread fried until golden on both sides. cut at a diagonal and served with hot chocolate made from melted bittersweet chocolate and shirred whole milk.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oops, it wasnt' supposed to go this direction...my preference is not for the junkiest of junk but if put in front of me I cannot** resist Fritos or Cheetos or nacho cheese dip. or ranch dressing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sometime in the south restaurant served ranch dressing with french fries, along wtih the fried entree. Dangerous. Goes well with pizza as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  itsmejessica Jun 27, 2013 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I try not to buy chips as I know they are my weakness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ItalGreyHound Jun 28, 2013 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My husband must, *must* have a side of ranch to dip fries in. Doesn't matter the restaurant. Never thought of it being a Southern thing, but maybe that's why!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alwayshungrygal Jun 28, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I can't eat sweet potato fries without ranch dressing. Never, ever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ErnieD Jul 29, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not trying to dissuade you from what works for you, but if you like spicy stuff chipotle ketchup is amazing with sweet potato fries. I hardly ever eat ketchup so it's almost a guilty pleasure in itself!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      itsmejessica Jun 27, 2013 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Salt and vinegar chips with store bought french onion dip and a bottle of cheap white wine with lots of ice. Or doritos and that bean dip in those little cans and of course cheap wine. I can't help it I love chips and dip and why waste good wine on it the cheap stuff works. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jbsiegel Jun 28, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No...S&V chips definitely call for well-chilled champagne!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gemini0660 Jul 8, 2013 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think the running theme here is Cheap Wine, just sayin'... ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            INDIANRIVERFL Jul 9, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lucky Duck Riesling/Rivaner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EWSflash Jul 13, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My mother was a wine snob, she would only drink Carlo Rossi Chablis- don't try to slip her any of that Carlo Rossi Rhine crap.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sometimes i'll buy a gallon and keep it in the fridge so I don't have to put ice in it. I'm shocked at how much the price has gone up, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hetook Jun 27, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EEAASY Cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. mudcat Jun 27, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I treat myself to a SPAM and Miracle Whip sandwich with white bread once a year around the 4th of July.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Jun 27, 2013 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It is obviously on your mind. Tick tock...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. juliejulez Jun 27, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh god I'm a crap food junky. I can't keep any of this in the house so it's usually reserved for road trips when I grab it at gas stations. Some also makes appearances at SO's family get togethers. Here's a few I can think of right now:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Popeyes Chicken

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ding Dongs and HoHos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mustard Gardetto's Pretzels

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rice Krispy Treats, the pre-made kind in the wrapper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hot & Spicy Cheeze-Its

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Beef Jerky/Beef Sticks of any kind, including Slim Jims (can I get a "hell yes" Alliegator?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pizza Hut with Pan Crust, Pepperoni only.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And, the ultimate, Easy Cheese. On any kind of cracker, or, if I'm alone, just squeezed onto my finger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If I'm "cooking" at home one of my favorites is ditalini pasta, with fat free Kraft mayo, and seasoned salt. That's it. I don't eat this much these days but it used to be a weekly staple.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Firegoat Jun 27, 2013 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh hell yes to the beef jerky (and slim jims) Of course I can make my own and have.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My road trip food.... serious my ex would pack my car/truck with this when I was heading out on a trip. Jack O' Links Beef Jerky and David's sunflower seeds. I can really mess up the interior of a vehicle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    girloftheworld Jun 27, 2013 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    this is a whole 'nother food genre..."car food" - That would be Jacks Beef jerky, TGIF chips, vanilla wafers,AWcream soda...and those cheese and crackers with the red plastic spreaders

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ohmyyum Jun 27, 2013 03:45 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Girloftheworld, we'd be dangerous together.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pwmfan Jul 5, 2013 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I enjoy a ripe Delice De Bourgogne on a fresh baguette with the best of them but sometimes only a Handisnack will do (the cracker version only - the breadstick version doesn't work for me).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          girloftheworld Jul 6, 2013 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of course .. you must have that artifical butter salty cracker!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alliegator Jun 27, 2013 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hellz yeah---woot woot!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alwayshungrygal Jun 27, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Those Gardettos Mustard Pretzels are addictive! We've got some small bags in our office and I keep averting my eyes as I walk past them. An open bag is quickly an empty bag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. al b. darned Jun 26, 2013 11:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      128 replies and no Fluffernutters? As it was her birthday, I introduced DW to this childhood staple just yesterday, albeit with sunflower butter instead of peanut butter, as she has a peanut allergy. On white bread of course. She suggested we make it a birthday tradition. I'll bet this jar of Fluff will keep till next year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Every couple of weeks I have groceries delivered. The last time he accidentally included package of Kraft Singles. I used them to make cheeseburgers. We both enjoyed them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To fully utilize the white bread and the Kraft Singles, I also have some bologna. No yellow mustard in the house, so Grey Poupon will have to do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Salted PB on celery is a favorite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Taking apart two Oreos and making a double-stuff Oreo. Better yet, taking apart two Double Stuff Oreos and making a fourple stuff Oreo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The list goes on and on....and if I run out of ideas I can refer back to this thread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        amyatkendall Jun 26, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is a childhood family food secret: take a jar of peanut butter, mix in maple syrup and then smear it on white bread (or just eat it straight).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, I love corn dogs - the kind that come in a huge frozen box. The Schwanns delivery ones are good, too. I can eat about 8 corn dogs in a row.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, not a food, but I love those TGI Friday's drink mixers - the orange creamsicle, mudslide, etc. I normally drink healthy red wine but when I'm alone it's the syrupy drinks and corn dogs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ohmyyum Jun 26, 2013 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love PB&Co Mighty Maple so that sounds awesome!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Jun 26, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I do too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alwayshungrygal Jun 27, 2013 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love the Friday's Mudslide! I'm even guilty of bringing it to a BBQ (well, it was a last minute thing). I think I've got some in the freezer....must defrost it tonight, perfect for the heat wave coming on!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EWSflash Jul 13, 2013 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh you don't have to defrost it, it's good in its frozen state!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chefpaulo Jun 26, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gloppies: A recipe my brother learned at Lafayette College.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Triscuit with a 1/4-inch chunk of your favorite cheese and a slice of pickled jalapeno. Microwave just until the cheese starts to bubble so it doesn't run all over. Chase with a brewski.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. KaimukiMan Jun 26, 2013 02:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              finally, chow i can relate to. naw, i like the 'good stuff' too, but it's nice to see this side of fellow chowhounds. I've seen a lot that I'm anxious to try. A few of my peccadilloes as follows:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Macaroni salad with warm gravy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Spam, preferably grilled or pan fried (but spam tempura or a battered deep fried spam musubi is good too. I could come up with a list of spam recipes)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Burgers or chicken pan fried topped with sauteed mushrooms and onions smothered in 'browned' campbell's cream of mushroom soup served on a bed of rice or pasta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Durkee's or French's deep fried onions right out of the can. buy one can for the green bean casserole, one can to eat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and (gasp) raw ground beef on rye bread with a little butter and salt, just the way grandma liked it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gastronomos Jun 26, 2013 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Spam musubi on Maui... but only in Maui :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                French's deep fried onions are better than pot chips...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood Jun 27, 2013 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pot chips? Now there's a food I could groove to....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gastronomos Jun 28, 2013 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood, what part of the world are you residing in at this point in time? I'm here on Long Island, NY. Just curious :-)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ...kinda like kale chips....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gastronomos Jun 28, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        then you are in a good place for chips... :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alliegator Jun 28, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A damn good place...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood Jun 28, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't eat potato chips unless at poker games. Like tonight. But mostly, I leave them to our guests.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gemini0660 Jul 8, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LOL, he clearly meant 'better than POTATO chips' NOT pot chips...OMG, I'm still laughing!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pwmfan Jun 27, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am not as selective as you; I will devour Span musubi on any beach on any of the Hawaiian islands

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gastronomos Jun 28, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OK, the Big Island, many years back... was where I was first introduced. My appreciation for it came on Maui though...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But I guess you're right... any beach will do...:-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ricepad Jun 28, 2013 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Altho I would PREFER to eat musubi on the beach, I'll eat 'em anywhere. Kinda like green eggs & ham. On a boat, with a goat, in car, at a bar...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pwmfan Jun 28, 2013 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I would like to agree with you but can attest to the fact that something is missing when consumed at a Christmas party in MN with with the wind howling and thesnow swirling outside. Wonder what that could be?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gastronomos Jun 28, 2013 06:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the counterargument:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Personally, I strive to give my guests whatever they're looking for. If a guest has a request and I have the means to meet it on hand, so be it. If I don't believe in a particular spirit, beer etc, it won't be in the bar in the first place- so it's not an issue. To me, that is hospitality. That is a lack of pretension that makes me love the Midwest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Paprikaboy Jun 26, 2013 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Had it for lunch today.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Filet o fish, stacked with bbq sauce coated chicken nuggets.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can only fit 4 in so have to have 2 as a starter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        AdamD Jun 26, 2013 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Domino's pizza, dipped in ranch dressing or the habanero sauce

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jerseygirl111 Jun 26, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Slurpees. Too much sugar, sooo bad for me, but on a sweltering summer day, a syrupy Coke Slurpee makes me swoon.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jpan99 Jun 26, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love Coke slurpees too but it leaves a disgusting film on my tongue. Does that happen to you?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Jun 26, 2013 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That is why I like only the fruit slurpees

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jerseygirl111 Jun 27, 2013 11:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Really? I can't say I ever noticed a film so I'll have to say I guess not.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                amyatkendall Jun 27, 2013 06:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love them too! I get the sugar-free cherry lime ones but I still feel guilty - all of that dye and artificial sweetener but so delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Firegoat Jun 27, 2013 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Is Sonic open yet? Sometimes there is just an itch only a Slurpee or a Slushee can scratch. I would also like to state here officially that I am offended that Dairy Queen changed the name of the Mister Misty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jerseygirl111 Jun 27, 2013 11:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    One of our local 7-11's (there are 3 very close to us) now has Sugar free Sprite Slurpees with Splenda. I have never seen SF Cherry Lime, DH would love those.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll never forget the time we were in 7-11 one sweltering Saturday and my DH was carrying the cardboard tray with three Slurpees to the register. A man with his two kids, no older than six walked past and the boy yelled excitedly, "Dad, what is that? Can we get those?" And the Dad responded, "Too much sugar, too much sugar!" My husband was so ashamed. But we laughed at it much later whilst enjoying our icy cool Slurps.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MGZ Jun 28, 2013 12:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OK. Since you mentioned Slurpees, I'm gonna step into the box.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When we go to the movies, I stop at the store and buy a half pint of Cuervo and stick it in my pocket.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When we get to the movie, I buy a large Slurpee. Somethin' fruity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We sit down. I take a big pull of the frozen drink and replace it with the tequila,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Me and Mrs. Z then proceed to share it as we watch the film.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Popcorn optional.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ItalGreyHound Jun 28, 2013 07:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We have done that with Absolut before. Great way to enjoy a movie (popcorn not optional for me :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Similarly, in college, that was one of our favorite things to do for football tailgates while still underage - run by Sonic, get huge Cherry Limeades, and replace a good portion of the drink with some vodka/rum/whatever was handy. We thought we were so slick...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        juliejulez Jun 28, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I got away with drinking in a lot of places I shouldn't in college by adding vodka to lemon lime slurpees.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Firegoat Jun 28, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I worked a summer or two at a tiny little drive up ice cream place in a very small town when I was maybe 15 or 16 years old. The senior guys at the high school would come by and ask for a big drinking cup with lid straw and about the amount of vanilla ice cream in the bottom of it that you'd put in a small cone. Then they'd promptly go out to the parking lot and fill it up with beer to make a beer float.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            girloftheworld Jun 28, 2013 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that sounds reallllllly gross.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TroyTempest Jun 28, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Alamo Draft House has a Guiness Milkshake. It is really pretty good. I'd bet these guys weren't using guiness, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                girloftheworld Jun 28, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                guiness has that smell though.. you know like it would taste like those orange and black wrapped halloween candy? When I have used guiness to cook with it adds that ... thick malty taste..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MGZ Jun 28, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "[Y]ou know those orange and black wrapped halloween candy? When I have used guiness to cook with it has that ...taste"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can see that . . . . actually, I can kinda taste it. Well put, Kid.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tripeler Jun 28, 2013 07:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Most dark beers, both bitter or roasty, go quite well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    grayelf Jul 16, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have a recipe for choc ice cream with Guinness that is so insanely delicious I would trample tiny humans to get a scoop. And I hate Guinness and don't love chocolate on their own.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        grayelf Jul 20, 2013 12:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Avec plaisir! I thought I'd better google before I posted because I got the recipe from another Hound and couldn't remember where it originated. Sure enough, it's dear David Leibovitz: http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-review-david-lebovitzs-45655

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The brilliant modification said CH has made it to freeze it in these Ikea ice pop makers http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/search/?que... (these are fabulous, dirt cheap and make a trip to Ikea worthwhile) rather than in an ice cream maker. Absolute heaven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pwmfan Jun 28, 2013 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm fond of all kinds of junk, but that beer float sounds really bad. Did you ever taste one? What was it like?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Firegoat Jun 28, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Of course I tasted one! And yeah, they weren't using Guiness. If I recall correctly the popular beer at that time and location with the guys would have been Coors, Coors Light or Budweiser. It tasted absolutely vile. To be fair, at that age I thought all beer of all types that I got a sip or two of tasted vile. It took me a while to acquire the taste for it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have not tried it since.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gastronomos Jun 28, 2013 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    West of the Mississippi...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Firegoat Jun 28, 2013 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Naturally! Back in the day when I was going to school in the big city of Minneapolis .....Kansas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MGZ Jun 29, 2013 02:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Beerfloats rule. Flying Dog's Raging Bitch IPA is the best one I've tried it with, but I'm willin' to keep doin' the research.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alliegator Jun 28, 2013 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Uh, I do this currently...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For example, why would a place open up a food truck food court and not allow alcohol? I don't know, but they do, and it bugs me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    juliejulez Jun 29, 2013 08:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Uh yeah, that's dumb. It's also dumb how much more alcohol costs at sports venues. You can get a plain lemonade for like $4 and flask it up! I would do the slurpee thing again too, except I haven't found lemon lime slurpees in too many places anymore. It's not the same w/ cherry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TroyTempest Jul 8, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not just alcohol, a bottle of water at a college football game is about $5, IIRC.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jerseygirl111 Jun 28, 2013 10:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "When we get to the movie, I buy a large Slurpee. Somethin' fruity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We sit down. I take a big pull of the frozen drink and replace it with the tequila,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Me and Mrs. Z then proceed to share it as we watch the film."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So awesome! But of course you take a cab home after the show.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gemini0660 Jul 8, 2013 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    way to harsh a buzz. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pedalfaster Jun 26, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mine isn't so much weird or gross, but might be seen as not-quite-adult. Sometimes I like to skip cooking from scratch and all the healthy stuff entirely and just go straight for pre-packaged dessert yumminess. Today I had shortbread cookies for lunch (the commercial pre-made kind, in the familiar plaid box). Salad schmalad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh and I see a thunderstorm brewing, so I may break out the cheap grocery-store white wine and drink it--with ice cubes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I blame everything on barometric pressure. I'll return to salmon salad and mineral water tomorrow ...although tomorrow could turn out to be an Ice-cream-for-breakfast kinda day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gemini0660 Jul 8, 2013 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  All so familiar with your dilemma. We are a healthy eating, cook-at-home couple...but when my spouse travels on business, all bets are off! It gets especially bad when I'm off from work...for instance, today's consumption started off as usual, 2 cups of coffee and a banana for breakfast...followed by a mid-morning snack of 3 'Alouette Italian Herb Cheese Cubes' spread upon Triscuit Thin Crisps...followed by a late lunch of 'TJ's Tater Tots' w/ ketchup...followed by an amuse bouche of 'Hannah Tzatziki' & pretzel sticks...closed out by cocktail hour. But the upside is there are no witnesses! LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    INDIANRIVERFL Jul 9, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The banana gave you away. You were thinking about healthy. 1 demerit. 8-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gemini0660 Jul 9, 2013 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Curses, foiled again!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. alliegator Jun 26, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Here's mine from just a half hour ago. This was my lunch:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    happybaker Jun 26, 2013 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It would be even better if you had gotten it from the 99 cents store...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jbsiegel Jun 26, 2013 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Why does everything sound so good?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gfr1111 Jun 26, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      White Castle hamburgers. I consider them a Midwest treasure. I have them every time I go back to the Chicago area. My Florida girlfriend thinks I'm nuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Taco Bell Supreme Tacos with salsa. It's not Mexican food, but it's a food category all of its own. Call it "Americanized pseudo-Mex."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chef Boy-R-Dee lasagne spread out in a pan with sauteed chopped onions and extra garlic, covered with Kraft "green box" parmesan cheese. Then baked at 275 degrees for thirty minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jif Crunchy peanut butter on a spoon. Repeat as needed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        INDIANRIVERFL Jun 26, 2013 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have to hang my head in shame. Demote me to just a chow. At the 90 responses point, 17 are in my too lazy to cook rotation. Thankfully, some gave multiple answers, so I may not be as awful as I think I am.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Doesn't everybody eat peanut butter with a spoon. Aftering mashing it in a box of Cheerios?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          laliz Jun 26, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          nobody has better "secrets" than CHers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Canned corn. Put in fridge, chill in can.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Open can. Drink liquid. eat corn.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Process can also be used with green beans or wax beans.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tzurriz Jun 26, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, I love frozen corn, off the cob. I eat half of it before it even gets reheated, and then have to struggle to share what is left with the family.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've been known to microwave some frozen corn, add mayo, butter, and parmesan cheese, and call it lunch (for myself only!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              happybaker Jun 26, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cold canned green beans! I forgot about that!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Have to be the french cut.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Firegoat Jun 27, 2013 03:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agreed on the French cut. I don't know why. They just taste better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NanaMoussecurry Jul 10, 2013 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I eat canned creamed corn from the jar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 Jul 13, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What jar? Or do you mean straight from the can?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NanaMoussecurry Jul 14, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    duh, I meant can, of course.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  EWSflash Jul 13, 2013 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Corn, absolutely. beans not for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Gastronomos Jun 26, 2013 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gravy. on everything. gotta love the sauce!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Firegoat Jun 26, 2013 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you ever come to Oklahoma i wlll happily fly down and meet you at Murphy's in Bartlesville.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gastronomos Jun 26, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      looking forward to taking you up on that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        girloftheworld Jun 26, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OMG- my Mom grew up eating at Murphys! ( closed on Mondays) the hot hambugers... my Aunt makes the orange dressing that they all use to put on their fries...I barely remember the candy drawer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Firegoat Jun 26, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think I regret starting this thread. So many idea. So little time and tastebuds

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tzurriz Jun 26, 2013 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wasabi peas. Seriously. I eat them until I am near to crying from the burn, and then just have to have one more. It's sad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, Tostitos brand tortilla chips and Chi-Chi's original (not fiesta) medium salsa. Get out of my way, I'll kill the bag and the jar in one sitting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ohmyyum Jun 26, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I eat salt and vinegar chips until I start getting little bumps on my tongue and cuts to the corners of my mouth. And then go back for more.