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Don't Yum on My Yuck ™

Bkeats Jul 26, 2013 08:08 AM

The phrase Don't Yum on My Yuck ™ has recently been created by NonnieMuss (unless other CHers can provide links proving earlier authorship). I think its a brilliant phrase. So I know there have been many threads about things that you don't like that most or at least lots of other people do like. I want to change this to a slightly different question. I know what I like and don't like. Pretty sure everyone else does too. So what is there that you don't like that others are always trying to convince you that you should eat it and like it? That you have not had it prepared properly. For me its the standard brisket/pot roast that's been cooked until its falling apart. To my taste, falling apart braised meat means its overcooked and dry. No amount of gravy or sauce can hide the fact the meat is desiccated. Fork tender I get. But falling apart meat? Not for me. If that's the meal I'm presented with when I'm invited over for a holiday meal, sure I will eat it. But bleech. Please stop telling me that your grandmother's recipe will change my mind. Don't yum on my yuck.

ETA - Just don't give NonnieMuss any guff about the TM thing. Its meant as a joke. Please refer to MGZ's rules about interpretation. Any complaints about usage should be directed to my attorneys - Dewey, Cheatem & Howe.

  1. Gastronomos Jul 26, 2013 08:14 AM

    For me it's the omelet. Overcooked dry browned crusty and nasty. YUCK!
    A good fluffy omelet, YES! A nice creamy omelet, YES! But everyone wants to show me how much they enjoy that awful tasting dry crusty brown cardboard...
    "Don't yum on my yuck."

    18 Replies
    1. re: Gastronomos
      HillJ Jul 26, 2013 08:21 AM

      Wait a minute, G...after days of open faced sandwich debate that's not on your list?!!

      1. re: HillJ
        Gastronomos Jul 26, 2013 08:53 AM

        HillJ, LOL! It ain't the open face(d) sandwich, it was the Reuben Sandwich served open face(d) , we discussed over days, and anything else that isn't on the Open Face(d) menu column and somehow surprisingly served "open face(d)" and so wet that it cannot be eaten as a sandwich described on the menu.
        I actually DO enjoy an open face(d) roast beef or turkey with lots of gravy every now and again. I order it from the "Open Face(d)" part of the menu. It is listed and described as what comes to the table.
        Unlike the Reuben Sandwich and especially the omelet.

        Omelets are often described on the menu as being "large", "fluffy", etc. and what comes to the table is a flat dry crusty piece of brown cardboard.

        These places are really trying to either "yuck my yum" or "yum my yuck". I'll more often just pass on the indigestion and eat at home... :-)

        "Don't yum on my yuck."

        1. re: Gastronomos
          HillJ Jul 26, 2013 09:09 AM

          Still confused by it all but LOL, LOL!

          1. re: HillJ
            Gastronomos Jul 26, 2013 09:19 AM

            Yes. It IS a laughing matter, for sure. And just for giggles I Googled Images of "Reuben Sandwich" :



            1. re: Gastronomos
              HillJ Jul 26, 2013 09:21 AM


              Ha! And I'll counter with open faced...just for giggles. Bread tops left off or slightly off to the side :)

              1. re: HillJ
                Gastronomos Jul 26, 2013 09:28 AM

                Open Face(d) Roast Beef:

                1. re: Gastronomos
                  HillJ Jul 26, 2013 11:39 AM

                  I'm afraid I'll have to pass on that version. Not a fan.

                  1. re: HillJ
                    Gastronomos Jul 26, 2013 12:31 PM

                    So is it only open face(d) Reubens you seek?

                    1. re: Gastronomos
                      HillJ Jul 26, 2013 01:36 PM

                      A day after Thanksgiving hot turkey with all the fixin's open is delicious.

                      1. re: HillJ
                        Gastronomos Jul 26, 2013 06:32 PM

                        at the diner?

                        1. re: Gastronomos
                          HillJ Jul 26, 2013 08:27 PM

                          Yes, diners usually call the entree a Thanksgiving feast sandwich or something like that. Two slices of bread, sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, bread stuffing, cranberry sauce and sometimes creamed spinach stacked and served open.

                          1. re: HillJ
                            Gastronomos Jul 27, 2013 05:22 AM

                            you clearly love your New Jersey diners! and there ain't nothing wrong with that. anomalies exist everywhere, and a sandwich served in any way other than how listed or described on a menu is the least of which.

                            1. re: Gastronomos
                              jrvedivici Jul 27, 2013 06:48 AM

                              What the heck is going on with you and HillJ? Is there some kind of open face "high" I'm not aware of? Holy Cow!

                              Girls Gone Open Face Wild!


                              Chows Gone Topless !

                              1. re: jrvedivici
                                Gastronomos Jul 27, 2013 02:29 PM

                                It's a Chowhound discussion found here:


                                Please feel free to join in !

                              2. re: Gastronomos
                                HillJ Jul 27, 2013 07:24 AM

                                Not only in Jersey but yes I really like diners.

        2. re: Gastronomos
          Linda VH Jul 27, 2013 06:54 AM

          I feel your pain. My DH loves a well done omelet - he will ask them to "scorch" it so guess who ends up with the same every once in a while - yuck!

          1. re: Linda VH
            ChristinaMason Jul 28, 2013 08:10 AM


            1. re: Linda VH
              KaimukiMan Jul 28, 2013 11:03 AM

              I feel your pain. I assume an overdone egg is as yucky to you as a properly cooked egg is to me. Next time you are in Honolulu your DH and I will have to go have breakfast someplace. I'm not gonna yum your yuck, but I'll share your DH's yum.

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            HillJ Jul 26, 2013 08:18 AM

            Vodka sauce, spinach in a can, dried basil, head cheese off the top of my head. And I doubt I will ever change my mind about these food stuffs no matter what others believe.

            As for the thread you were inspired to create this topic from,, check your US Trademark office. Pending trademarks once researched & approved also includes the right to contest words used in a similar order that may confuse the public's perception. Since holding a Trademark is serious business, Don't Yum on my Yuck..might actually be contested.

            Currently, two active trademarks exist for enterprises using Don't Yuck My Yum.

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            1. re: HillJ
              NonnieMuss Jul 26, 2013 08:26 AM

              I added the "TM" as a joke, and in a previous thread credited "Don't Yuck on My Yum" as its inspiration. It may even be possible that someone use the phrase before me, but not that I can remember. Please don't sue me.

              1. re: NonnieMuss
                HillJ Jul 26, 2013 08:29 AM

                Having fun with ya.. Don't yuck my yum!

              2. re: HillJ
                mpjmph Jul 26, 2013 11:34 AM

                Hate canned spinach, but I loved the scene in Feasting on Asphalt when they gave the French camera man(?) canned spinach just to see how he reacted.

                1. re: mpjmph
                  HillJ Jul 26, 2013 11:38 AM

                  Too funny, mpj! Sorry I missed that.

                2. re: HillJ
                  ospreycove Jul 26, 2013 11:44 AM

                  Good Head cheese is always an excellent find! Real Head Cheese, made from hog's head meat feet, tongue, heart etc. is getting scarce; I guess it is not PC to worship at the alter of Offal.

                  1. re: ospreycove
                    HillJ Jul 26, 2013 11:48 AM

                    don't yum my yuck ospreyc. :)
                    I don't worship at the alter of anyone's taste preferences but my own.

                    If you enjoy head cheese-good for you!

                3. Veggo Jul 26, 2013 08:25 AM

                  Don't stuff the balut box. No voter fraud please!

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                  1. re: Veggo
                    JMF Jul 26, 2013 08:40 AM

                    You have a box of balut? 17, 19, or 21 days? I've never tried balut, it's one of those things that sort of put me off, so don't Yum on my Yuck. ;-)>

                  2. NonnieMuss Jul 26, 2013 08:27 AM

                    Fish. All fish. All seafood. I want nothing more in this life than to like fish, but it all just tastes...fishy. Shrimp, lobster, McDonald's Filet-O-Fish, etc. etc. etc. I keep trying different dishes, thinking I'll stumble upon one that I just love, but nope. Hell nope.

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                    1. re: NonnieMuss
                      Bkeats Jul 26, 2013 08:46 AM

                      Well have you tried having having your line caught fish pulled freshly out of the water, humanely euthanized with pleasant dreams, gutted with a silver blade, rinsed in mountain spring water, stuffed with dewy herbs plucked under a full moon from a spring meadow and baked in a hand beaten copper pan served by seven vestal virgins? Still tastes fishy. ;)

                      1. re: Bkeats
                        hill food Jul 30, 2013 09:17 PM

                        I'm confused, how else would one prepare it? (well, baking isn't required but all the other stuff I always thought mandatory)

                        1. re: Bkeats
                          NonnieMuss Aug 1, 2013 12:57 PM

                          I will request that next time a host asks for any allergies/preferences.

                      2. JMF Jul 26, 2013 08:46 AM

                        Ketchup on eggs. It doesn't matter what way the eggs are cooked. It doesn't matter what brand of ketchup. The smell makes me gag, and the taste is atrocious. There is just no way I will ever eat that combo again, or even stay in the same place where someone else s and I can see or smell it. I will leave the premises if I have to. So don't even try to say how good it is, because there is no way in hell I'm going to agree.

                        (Interestingly enough, I like English style fried/sauteed tomatoes with my eggs and bacon / sausage.)

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                        1. re: JMF
                          tcamp Jul 26, 2013 09:04 AM

                          I'd like to broaden that to "ketchup on anything."

                          1. re: tcamp
                            JMF Jul 26, 2013 11:27 AM

                            I use ketchup on burgers and fries, Heinz only. But nothing else, although I sometimes use it as an ingredient when I am out of tomato concentrate.

                            1. re: JMF
                              Kontxesi Aug 1, 2013 05:59 AM

                              Burgers and fries, Heinz only. Sounds about right. I'll use it in a barbecue sauce, too, if I don't have anything else on hand.

                              I get the squinty-eyed face when my SO gets it out to eat chicken. I just want to say, "I'm sorry, is it DRY?"

                            2. re: tcamp
                              girloftheworld Jul 28, 2013 11:52 AM

                              ketchup is vile

                              1. re: tcamp
                                BuildingMyBento Aug 1, 2013 03:43 AM

                                I dig it with fries, otherwise ketchup evokes bad memories of cheap pasta in Japan.


                                1. re: BuildingMyBento
                                  Kontxesi Aug 1, 2013 05:59 AM

                                  JE. SUS. CHRIST. Ketchup on pasta? o.O

                                  1. re: BuildingMyBento
                                    senorahb Aug 2, 2013 02:48 PM

                                    Same but cheap pasta in Spain. I mean, COME ON!

                              2. tcamp Jul 26, 2013 09:04 AM

                                Crab cakes. I'm in the mid-Atlantic and have tasted many. I've had what others say are "good ones." I like crabs steamed and in other preparations.

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                                1. re: tcamp
                                  hill food Jul 30, 2013 09:20 PM

                                  crab is indeed best served in its simplest attire. but a little dressing up every now and then is OK if it makes the shellfish feels pretty.

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                                  beevod Jul 26, 2013 09:08 AM

                                  I'd slap anyone who used that phrase within my zip code.

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                                  1. re: beevod
                                    jrvedivici Jul 26, 2013 09:11 AM

                                    With a wet noodle I hope. I would hate to see us resort to violence.

                                  2. cowboyardee Jul 26, 2013 09:23 AM

                                    Jul 2011

                                    sept 2011

                                    FWIW, I disagree with both principles (bans on yum yucking and yuck yumming), and refuse to abide by either on CH. They're not bad guidelines for a dinner party though.

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                                    1. re: cowboyardee
                                      Veggo Jul 26, 2013 09:27 AM

                                      I concur. Similarly, at a dinner party, I won't ever tell a man that I like his wife. Or that I don't like his wife.

                                      1. re: Veggo
                                        Will Owen Jul 26, 2013 12:34 PM

                                        Very useful distinction here between normal good manners and discussion-forum manners. If we're at dinner or even simply having a casual conversation, you can tell me that you adore Miracle Whip or that you despise tuna-noodle casserole, and while I might say politely that my tastes differ I'm not going to push for more details or offer any argument. However, this is a forum for discussing food, which necessarily includes arguing about it, though politely and in the spirit of inquiry. You know, "What exactly is it about Miracle Whip that you like?" as opposed to, "Miracle Whip? What family of slavering morons raised YOU?"

                                        Okay, we can THINK the latter, but I think the CH rules of engagement preclude voicing it …

                                        1. re: Veggo
                                          hill food Jul 30, 2013 09:21 PM

                                          Veggo - that's a Monty Python sketch (or 3)

                                        2. re: cowboyardee
                                          wasny Jul 27, 2013 06:42 PM

                                          Thanks for providing that first link. I'm sure my daughter (she's nine years old now) wouldn't want to give up any claim she may have on this intellectual property.

                                        3. KaimukiMan Jul 26, 2013 07:55 PM

                                          i can't guarantee it, but i think i've seen it elsewhere - as i used it earlier today but had not seen nonniemuss' posting and I know I'm not clever enough to have come up with it on my own.

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                                          1. re: KaimukiMan
                                            NonnieMuss Jul 28, 2013 09:48 AM

                                            I'm not claiming authorship. I may have heard/read it somewhere and forgot. I once woke up thinking I'd written a song - actually scribbled the lyrics down and everything - only to hear it on the radio later that week. It was a terrible song, too, and I don't remember ever hearing it before, but it made its way into my brain.

                                            1. re: NonnieMuss
                                              hill food Jul 30, 2013 09:23 PM

                                              sad when that happens.

                                              I've been trying to grassroots introduce 'catchphrases' just to see if they come back around. only happened once.

                                          2. greygarious Jul 26, 2013 09:02 PM

                                            I am not sure how far back the original, "Don't yuck someone's yum", adage goes, but I first became aware of it in this Chowhound thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6578...

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                                            1. re: greygarious
                                              KaimukiMan Jul 27, 2013 10:07 PM

                                              but this is the opposite - not "don't yuck on my yum" but "don't yum on my yuck"

                                              1. re: KaimukiMan
                                                greygarious Jul 28, 2013 09:24 AM

                                                I realize that. I posted to demonstrate that the concept of this converse adage has been around for some time.

                                                Either way, as long as the opinion is not delivered in an adversarial tone, I think such disagreements have value. They provide benchmarks for evaluating another person's recommendations and palate. If someone tells me s/he hates onions, I know
                                                I won't enjoy the homemade lasagna I've been invited to share. So I can either beg off, or have a bite of something before I go to the dinner, then politely push a small helping around the plate and hope it's not too obvious.

                                            2. ipsedixit Jul 27, 2013 01:38 PM

                                              Eating food because it tastes good even if it's not "organic, local, socially/environmentally correct, etc."

                                              If what I eat leaves a carbon footprint that can squash a level 5 Kaiju like a roach on the sidewalk then so be it.

                                              1. iluvcookies Jul 27, 2013 08:38 PM

                                                Ranch dressing. I was at a casual party a few weeks ago and several people were telling me how amazingly delicious the pizza with ranch dressing was, and how I should try it, it's great! Ummm, no. Thanks but no.
                                                I've tried ranch dressing and think it's repulsive. But I keep that opinion to myself in social situations.

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                                                1. re: iluvcookies
                                                  BuildingMyBento Aug 1, 2013 03:46 AM

                                                  I used to be able to eat it, and maybe still can with a cobb salad, but an ex-girlfriend dipped pepperoni pizza in it. I shook my noggin then and now.

                                                  1. re: iluvcookies
                                                    Kontxesi Aug 1, 2013 06:02 AM

                                                    My SO has a love for pizza and ranch. He tried to get me to try it the first few times, but has learned to just let it be.

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                                                    ErnieD Jul 27, 2013 10:25 PM

                                                    It's eggplant for me. It's really the only common ingredient I don't like. I haven't found myself crazy about headcheese and liver is a bit prep-specific for me, but you don't have those served to you involuntarily a whole lot-you have to kind of seek them out. But eggplant-some people are so evangelical and I just don't like it, and I've tried it at least 25-30 times. It doesn't make me gag, and if you cook it for me I'll eat a few bites and push some around on my plate, but I'm not really enjoying it.

                                                    I also love when people come up with completely convoluted recipes, which is exactly what I do when I get it in my CSA bag. Well, yes, if you shred it and then chop into further miniscule pieces, and then mix it in a 1:10 ratio with sausage, and add some pasta and marinara and top it with tons of parmesan cheese, it's acceptable to me. You've basically removed most of the things (flavor, texture, and color) that make it eggplant. I still don't like it, it's just disguised until it is edible but probably not especially enjoyable. It's not something I lose sleep over but I don't see why it's such a necessity to convert people. There is literally not another commonly available American vegetable I don't like, and there are none at the Asian market I've tried either that I wouldn't eat (bitter melon was a little of an uphill struggle, and I haven't found durian yet,) but really! Can't I have this one little thing;)!

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                                                    1. re: ErnieD
                                                      HillJ Jul 28, 2013 08:04 AM

                                                      You'd think so but my grandfather loved head cheese. He'd visit us in NJ from NY and stop at the deli on the way. I grew up watching members of the family devour head cheese. I tried it once. First and last time.

                                                      Liver, prepared many diff ways never turned me off. My yuck list is very short in the scheme of things. Head cheese is def. on the list.

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                                                      pippimac Jul 28, 2013 04:58 AM

                                                      I don't like soft drinks except for the occasional mouthful .
                                                      A slug of very cold fizzy can be yum; more than that is...yuck.

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                                                      1. re: pippimac
                                                        HillJ Jul 28, 2013 08:05 AM

                                                        Fizzy drinks don't like me. The bubbles give me the hiccups. So I try to avoid them. So, not quite a yuck but an avoid.

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                                                        Violatp Jul 28, 2013 07:59 AM

                                                        Brussel sprouts. I don't care if they're "caramelized" or cooked with bacon (I'll just pick out the bacon) or shredded or deep fried or anything. All I taste is bitter.

                                                        I've eaten them when served, (well, a little), made some appropriate sounds of appreciation, then pushed the remainder around on my plate.

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                                                        1. re: Violatp
                                                          Kontxesi Aug 1, 2013 06:03 AM

                                                          Do you also not like cabbage? I'm just curious. When I've made Brussels sprouts, I have a hard time eating them. They just taste like raw cabbage but MORE so, no matter how I prepare them.

                                                          I do like cabbage, though. As long as it's cooked.

                                                          1. re: Kontxesi
                                                            Violatp Aug 1, 2013 06:22 AM

                                                            Actually, I love cabbage, believe it or not! I love slaws, love it shredded on fish tacos, love sauerkraut, love it cooked down with bacon and onion, in pierogi, stuffed cabbage...

                                                            To my palate, cabbage tastes nothing like brussels. There's an intense bitterness there for me that just isn't in cabbage.

                                                            Slaw and fish tacos are the only ways, though, that I've eaten raw cabbage. Maybe if I just tried nibbling a leaf, it wouldn't be so great. Hmmm.

                                                            1. re: Violatp
                                                              girloftheworld Aug 1, 2013 06:29 AM

                                                              I hate brussle sprouts too.. like cabbage...my dad hates cabbaage.. The first time we ate at Uchiko the chef sent over thier famous brussel sprouts as a" gift"" I will say they reallllllllly were delicious.....

                                                              1. re: girloftheworld
                                                                jrvedivici Aug 1, 2013 06:35 AM

                                                                Try roasting brussels sprouts as opposed to the normal boiling or steaming of them. I roast them in the oven on a baking sheet, some salt and pepper and olive oil drizzled on top, then drizzle a little reduced balsamic over them once out of the oven, I think you will be surprised at the different flavor and texture they take on.

                                                                That's how I make them for my consumption. Often I will have guest's and I will finely chop the sprouts and toss them in the balsamic reduction, making more of a salad out of them. Same flavors just different presentation, 90% of the time my guests can't identify what they are eating.

                                                                1. re: jrvedivici
                                                                  Violatp Aug 1, 2013 06:37 AM

                                                                  HAHAHA - you're trying to yum our yucks!

                                                                  1. re: Violatp
                                                                    jrvedivici Aug 1, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                                    Ahhhhh but you have to admit, you liked it didn't you! (my attempt not the brussel sprouts!!)

                                                                    1. re: jrvedivici
                                                                      Violatp Aug 1, 2013 08:33 AM

                                                                      :-) Yes, you gave me a giggle. Still not gonna eat the sprouts, though. :-)

                                                        2. Firegoat Jul 28, 2013 08:14 AM

                                                          Olives. Any olive. I've been drug to olive bars and forced to eat all tries because I must have just been having "bad" olives. Nope. Don't like olives at all. Same for any color, shape form of Bell Pepper no matter what you do with them.

                                                          Ironically, I like capers.

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                                                          1. re: Firegoat
                                                            girloftheworld Jul 28, 2013 11:55 AM

                                                            I choaked down olive gelato the otherday at "work"

                                                            1. re: girloftheworld
                                                              BuildingMyBento Aug 1, 2013 03:47 AM

                                                              Olive or olive oil?

                                                              1. re: girloftheworld
                                                                senorahb Aug 2, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                I LOVE olives, but that sounds vile.

                                                                1. re: girloftheworld
                                                                  Veggo Aug 2, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                                  Aren't there child labor laws in Texas?

                                                                  1. re: Veggo
                                                                    girloftheworld Aug 2, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                                    lol that is why "work" is in parenthes I am staging this summer. It doest fall into the same catagory... My paretns had to sign a hold no blame paper and I had to have my food handlers ( which I already had)..

                                                                2. re: Firegoat
                                                                  Kelli2006 Jul 28, 2013 01:55 PM

                                                                  @Firegoat. I'm with you. I've tried olives from Whole Food's olive bar and both Greek and Italian markets but I just don't like them. I love olive oil, but there is something about the taste of brined olives that I do not enjoy.

                                                                  I'm a chili head but bell peppers are boring. I usually swap out bell peppers in recipes with either Anaheims or Poblanos.

                                                                  I also love capers.

                                                                  1. re: Kelli2006
                                                                    Firegoat Jul 28, 2013 02:05 PM

                                                                    Same with you. I love olive oil as well.

                                                                  2. re: Firegoat
                                                                    fldhkybnva Jul 30, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                                    I'm with you on the olives. I love the marinated mushrooms on the Whole Foods Mediterranean bar but if an olive gets in my container of mushrooms it's all over!

                                                                    1. re: Firegoat
                                                                      grayelf Aug 1, 2013 11:35 AM

                                                                      Yes, fie on bell peppers in any form!

                                                                      1. re: grayelf
                                                                        NonnieMuss Aug 1, 2013 12:55 PM

                                                                        I will fie on the green ones. I like the others okay, but will not attempt to yum on you about it. The green ones ruin everything.

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                                                                          grayelf Aug 1, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                          Just thought of one instance where I can handle the red ones: roasted, peeled and pureed into a red pepper feta dip, heavy on the feta.

                                                                          I spent my childhood picking green bell peppers out of things (a sad habit I know but it continues to this day). And woe betide me when mum would make her otherwise excellent stuffed peppers. When she realized I really hated them and wasn't just being annoying for effect, she started baking me a separate ceramic dish with just the stuffing in it. Thanks, Mum.

                                                                          1. re: grayelf
                                                                            dmjordan Aug 1, 2013 09:28 PM

                                                                            I used to feel the same way about green peppers as you do. Then after 45 years of strong dislike I started liking them. I wish I could remember what dish turned me around. Now if I could just like cilantro and olives...

                                                                            1. re: grayelf
                                                                              NonnieMuss Aug 2, 2013 05:37 AM

                                                                              My husband and I get half-and-half pizzas, and when he gets green peppers on his half, they always migrate over to my side and ruin two perfectly good pieces. Picking them out only removes the criminal from the scene - there's still plenty of evidence left behind.

                                                                              1. re: NonnieMuss
                                                                                grayelf Aug 3, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                                I feel you on the trespassing-za-green-pepper fandango. I would pick them out but could still taste their fantasm -- another version of ghost peppers, perhaps? Still hate the taste but I think it may be the texture that grims me out the most. Which is strange because I can and do eat other peppers al dente, including jalapenos.

                                                                                1. re: grayelf
                                                                                  Firegoat Aug 3, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                                  Green peppers and olives destroy everything they touch.

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                                                                        jacquelyncoffey Jul 28, 2013 10:16 AM

                                                                        Cincinnati Chili. I have tried it 4 times, at 4 different venues, 2 of the "original" chili parlors, and 2 fast food chains. It all tastes the same to me, and I have not found anything to like about it. It's just one of those things that I think you like or you don't. Please stop telling me I should try it here or there, or this way or that.

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                                                                        1. re: jacquelyncoffey
                                                                          hill food Aug 1, 2013 08:56 PM

                                                                          jacquelyn - I don't hate it either, I just don't like it. and I have tried it from the Mississippi to the Potomac.

                                                                          it sounds good on paper.

                                                                          1. re: hill food
                                                                            jacquelyncoffey Aug 2, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                                            It DOES sound good on paper, I think it would be a lot better if it wasn't cooked for 6+ hours, as so many of the chili places claim is done. Longer is not always better. The texture to me is too runny, and has an overcooked flavor. No way ground beef needs to cook that long. I think it has the potential to be a very good meat sauce in a patstitsio or other greek dish. The watery pasta and cheese don't help the chili at all - in my opinion.

                                                                            1. re: jacquelyncoffey
                                                                              Gastronomos Aug 2, 2013 12:11 PM

                                                                              I agree that the main issue is the watery pasta.

                                                                              I will add that some believe that chili served "Cincinnati style"
                                                                              was first made and served by a Greek who, in Greek culinary culture, saw it very odd to serve meat sauce (chili) in a bowl and just eat it with a spoon.
                                                                              Pasta (spaghetti) is a natural and typical serving option for meat sauce.

                                                                              Spaghetti and meat sauce is found throughout Greece and is part of a baked pasta dish called "pastitsio".

                                                                              Since it ain't a certain part of Italy, "al dente" doesn't exist and "watery pasta" is popular in some regions and among some Greek home cooks.

                                                                        2. KaimukiMan Jul 28, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                          Pâté. Use all the diacritical marks you want, its minced liver and liver just doesn't do it for me. Yes, its smooth and creamy, but so is silicone sealant. It just sticks in my craw and I can't get the bitter spoiled meat flavor out of my mouth for hours. It ruins everything I eat afterwards. And yes, I've had some very good pâté. Good enough that even I could tell it was good, the texture was sublime, the infusion of various subtle ingredients was perfection. It still tasted like liver, and thats a definite yuck.

                                                                          1. juliejulez Jul 28, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                                            That phrase is used in the classes I volunteer with for Cooking Matters, which is cooking classes sponsored by Share Our Strength :)

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                                                                              HillJ Jul 28, 2013 01:47 PM


                                                                              Sure do.

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                                                                                NonnieMuss Jul 29, 2013 07:42 AM

                                                                                Again, that's the original phrase, Don't Yuck on my Yum. I'm not claiming genius, originality, or anything else. I would hardly write a song called A Little Lamb, Mary Had, and pass it off as an original idea. Just a phrase of turn, if you will.

                                                                                Actually can see Yoda singing "A Little Lamb, Mary Had' to his little Yodalings.

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                                                                                  Bkeats Jul 29, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                                                  I respectfully disagree. You had great original insight. Yes its derivative, but its damn clever.

                                                                                  "A Little Lamb, Mary Had'

                                                                                  Makes me wonder whether Mary had chops or leg o'. LOL.

                                                                                  Maybe we can set Don't Yum on my Yuck to music.

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                                                                                    HillJ Jul 29, 2013 08:41 AM

                                                                                    now that would be copyright not TM, yes? LOL...

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                                                                                    HillJ Jul 29, 2013 08:41 AM

                                                                                    Morning NM, I was replying to juliej's comment, not your "new phrase" I thought you & I already had a chuckle over it anyway.

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                                                                                      NonnieMuss Jul 29, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                                      Sorry to sound defensive. I can't remember who I chuckle with and who I feel is unfairly persecuting me. The world seems to fall into one of those two categories.

                                                                                      (Note: That was a joke too. If I can ever invent the sarcasm font, I will be rich beyond my wildest dreams.)

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                                                                                        HillJ Jul 29, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                        I hear ya!

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                                                                                NicoleFriedman Jul 28, 2013 10:20 PM

                                                                                Cheese. I hate it in all forms. Yes I know there are soft, medium, and hard, mild, stinky and moldy... I hate it all. My friends find it funny but many on CH seem to think that I need to keep trying... No, I don't:)

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                                                                                  girloftheworld Jul 28, 2013 10:26 PM

                                                                                  interesting.. my mom has a friend who also hates cheese.. it just makes her gag( she tells me she is allergic to alllllll cheese) I tell her she just hates all cheese so quit being dramatic. because she loves yogart, cream in her coffee, whipped cream on her icecream, and hot coco made with milk... but nooooooo cheese ever not even cheese cake.

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                                                                                    jrvedivici Jul 29, 2013 04:10 AM

                                                                                    When I was a child I was afraid of Munster's.

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                                                                                      girloftheworld Jul 29, 2013 04:19 PM

                                                                                      was that because of The Munster Family or because you thought it was from monsters?

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                                                                                        Veggo Jul 29, 2013 04:27 PM

                                                                                        Interestingly, Fred Gwynn who played Herman Munster went to Groton and Harvard. I'm well acquainted with his daughter from when we lived in Playa del Carmen.

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                                                                                          girloftheworld Jul 29, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                                          Harvard ---that is interesting...I knew he was a childrens book illustrator and played Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway but didnt know that he was a Harvard graduate. Did his daughter go into acting as well?

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                                                                                            Veggo Jul 29, 2013 07:07 PM

                                                                                            She acted up. Sometimes well, sometimes not.

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                                                                                              girloftheworld Jul 29, 2013 07:38 PM

                                                                                              "She acted up"

                                                                                              well dont we all? ;)

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                                                                                          jrvedivici Jul 29, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                                                          It's simply because I have a sense of humor equivalent to your age divided in half. Posting that made me laugh and I hope it did the same for someone else.

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                                                                                            Bkeats Jul 30, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                                            Munsters under the bed?

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                                                                                              jrvedivici Jul 30, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                                              Great, thanks now tonight a night light will have to stay on. Dam you chowhound !!!

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                                                                                        ipsedixit Jul 29, 2013 09:38 AM

                                                                                        Yeah, me too.

                                                                                        Cheese, as well as butter.

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                                                                                        Steve Jul 29, 2013 04:36 AM

                                                                                        "I know what I like and don't like. Pretty sure everyone else does too"

                                                                                        It's a moving target. Always has been, always will be.

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                                                                                          laliz Jul 30, 2013 02:08 PM

                                                                                          Goat Cheese
                                                                                          Feta Cheese

                                                                                          1. hill food Jul 30, 2013 09:31 PM

                                                                                            at LEAST most of ya'll have given the 'yuck' food a good fighting chance. some just hear the name or look and refuse. now THAT is wussy behavior. trying something multiple times is rock-solid dislike that can not be argued.

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                                                                                              al b. darned Jul 31, 2013 03:13 PM

                                                                                              See my reply below.

                                                                                            2. al b. darned Jul 31, 2013 03:16 PM

                                                                                              Wow! Almost 90 replies that no one has mentioned The Ultimate Yuck. The one "food" item that, no matter how you prepare it, it's still yucky:


                                                                                              'Nuff said.

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                                                                                                hill food Jul 31, 2013 06:40 PM

                                                                                                I like SPAM, but as it's so universally disliked outside of Polynesia (or its cousin known as Scrapple on the East Coast) that I'd never serve it to others.

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                                                                                                  BuildingMyBento Aug 1, 2013 03:48 AM

                                                                                                  Okinawa can deal

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                                                                                                    JMF Aug 1, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                                                                    SPAM and Scrapple are nowhere near related!

                                                                                                    One is a mechanical and artificial commercial blend of grease and supposed meats that is only palatable to those brought up with it out of necessity.

                                                                                                    The other is an artisanal, rustic, hand made, wonderfully spiced art form in edible shape that uses the unwanted but tasty parts of the animal so nothing goes to waste. ;-)>

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                                                                                                      hill food Aug 1, 2013 08:59 PM

                                                                                                      yeah? so one is non-elitist sloppy. but you're right we have forgotten to appreciate fine craftwork anymore. (smirk)

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                                                                                                        Gastronomos Aug 2, 2013 05:29 AM

                                                                                                        JMF, I'm on Long Island, where do I get this "artisanal, rustic, hand made, wonderfully spiced art form in edible shape" you so poetically describe?

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                                                                                                          JMF Aug 2, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                                                          To be honest, I haven't found good Scrapple since the last time I was in Amish country or down South.

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                                                                                                            suzigirl Aug 2, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                                                            And the stuff I get is from Ohio and I am in the south. Funny

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                                                                                                          Veggo Aug 2, 2013 06:32 AM

                                                                                                          Which is which?

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                                                                                                            INDIANRIVERFL Aug 2, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                                                            The closer my head cheese looks like Spam, the more likely people are going to try it. Let alone eat it.

                                                                                                            And scrapple is a cheap variation on souse. Has that ground corn filler if memory serves me.

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                                                                                                        Firegoat Aug 1, 2013 06:45 AM

                                                                                                        I don't care for SPAM, but I can choke it down. I didn't list it because it isn't something that comes up in daily life very often. Having a strong olive aversion does come up quite a bit.

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                                                                                                          globocity Aug 1, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                                                                          Oh I think we all have our own "ultimate yuck"! Mine is scrapple. The mere thought of it turns my stomach.

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                                                                                                          Kontxesi Aug 1, 2013 05:56 AM

                                                                                                          CATFISH. I made the mistake last night of thinking "Oh, this recipe looks great! Maybe I can make this thing edible...." NO.

                                                                                                          Unfortunately, I fell in love with catfisherman, so they roll into my freezer pretty steadily and he keeps telling me that I'll love it when he fixes it.... Ugh.

                                                                                                          Also, beets. I'll still try them when someone says they have a killer prep, but I'm always underwhelmed.

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                                                                                                            girloftheworld Aug 1, 2013 06:12 AM

                                                                                                            agree..andpeople say "buttrythiiiis catfish it is farm raised.

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                                                                                                              JMF Aug 1, 2013 07:45 PM

                                                                                                              Catfish tastes like mud. Farm raised too. I had to live on catfish for awhile in grad school due to circumstances. (Along with snapping turtles, and wild game.) I will never knowingly or willingly eat catfish again.

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                                                                                                                girloftheworld Aug 1, 2013 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                I hate catfish too.. kind for the same reason.. when my mom left my bio dad..the boys in the appartment across from us would bring over their "gettins" and my mom would show them how to cook it... that is how I first tasted rabbit and venison and duck and quail...when one of them got married we made him a cookbook with a camo cover with all the recipes so he could cook his new wife dinner...
                                                                                                                I still love venison and rabbit and quail

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                                                                                                                  Kontxesi Aug 2, 2013 04:45 AM

                                                                                                                  I hear that a lot, but I don't think that's what bothers me about them. They are just overwhelmingly fishy to me. Maybe the fishiness is somehow enhanced by the muddiness and that makes it overpowering?

                                                                                                                  All I know is that catfish is one of the few things I can never finish when it's on my plate. If I get a serving of beets and I dislike them, I can at least get them down. A few bites of the catfish fillet and it ends of on someone else's plate.

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                                                                                                                  dmjordan Aug 1, 2013 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                  I keep trying beets. They are so pretty but they always taste a little like I think dirt would.

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                                                                                                                    hill food Aug 1, 2013 10:28 PM

                                                                                                                    borscht is good - but anything else and I rue the day beets were deemed edible.

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                                                                                                                    Sharuf Aug 2, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                    I grew up eating wild catfish, caught on the sloughs on our farm. Guys who liked to come down to our pasture to fish would bring them by from time to time. Mom would clean them and peel off the skin and let them set overnight in salty water. Then she would pan fry them (they were not large). I liked them a lot. The slight hint of muddiness was not objectionable - it was just part of the flavor.

                                                                                                                    For years, farm-raised catfish were one of the commonest and cheapest fish in the seafood sections. Now I don't see them anymore. Maybe the various hurricanes put an end to the fish farming industry on the Mississippi?

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                                                                                                                    INDIANRIVERFL Aug 1, 2013 07:06 AM

                                                                                                                    I am sooooo happy the craze for roasted root vegetables has passed. Because of all the times they, They, THEY, all said that I would love these heirloom, baby, or sauced rendition of beets.

                                                                                                                    Waiters would leave them in the medley when expressly told not to include them. "These heirlooms have never disappointed anybody." I am the first?

                                                                                                                    "I know you don't like beets, but these Golden beets are poached in honey wine and finished under the broiler." Just what I was looking for. Raw in the middle and burnt on the outside. And nothing overcomes the taste of beets.

                                                                                                                    "Come on over. We have the grill going." She knows I hate beets. If I had been warned, I would have brought some parsnips or rutabaga. "I just know you will like one of these." Beets three way on the grill. In foil with onions, slabs of a huge fibrous beet basted with BBQ sauce, Black beets with tops, that had been in a water ginger bath for a week. I liked the greens. Then again, I have never had a greens with enough pot likker that I didn't like. All three roots resulted in the same involuntary gag response.

                                                                                                                    I do love German pickled beets. But then there hasn't been a pickle preparation that I haven't enjoyed. From bran mash in Japan to fermented kraut in Germany. Even crispy fried pickles.

                                                                                                                    Please don't waste room on my plate for another try at beets.

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                                                                                                                      Gastronomos Aug 1, 2013 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                      Beet Greens are by far one of my favorites! :-)

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                                                                                                                        Sharuf Aug 2, 2013 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                        I buy bunches of beets for the greens, and regard the beets themselves as a bonus.

                                                                                                                        One of the luckiest things that happened to me at our local supermarket was this: The lady ahead of me asked the checker to remove the tops from the bunches of beets she was buying. He did and set them aside. Then when he was ringing up my groceries, I asked him what he was going to do with those greens. "Give them to you", he said and he did.

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                                                                                                                          Gastronomos Aug 2, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                          Bless your heart! You are very fortunate. I have seen more than once a person in the vegetable market rip the greens off and bag the beet roots. The greens end up in a garbage bin in the aisle...temporarily...:-)

                                                                                                                    2. suzigirl Aug 2, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                      For me it is a texture thing more often but still all yukky
                                                                                                                      Winter squash except spaghetti squash
                                                                                                                      Whipped cream
                                                                                                                      Water chestnuts
                                                                                                                      Bamboo shoots
                                                                                                                      Bean sprouts

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                                                                                                                        senorahb Aug 2, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                        Mate. My whole family drinks it and I cannot tolerate the bitterness. I have tried about every brand under the sun (my dad is constantly experimenting). I've drunk it hot, cold, with milk, with lemon, with sugar, with agave, with artificial sweetener. I've tried blends with citrus infusion and I've tried the bagged versions. I just can't take how unbearably bitter it is.

                                                                                                                        I also hate canned peas. They taste like mushy, salty, metallic yuck.

                                                                                                                        1. Emme Aug 2, 2013 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                          Guacamole (Avocados) don't like the latter; don't like the former... i've tried them. many times. many people's rendition that "is different from everyone else's."

                                                                                                                          Bananas and anything banana flavored or inclusive. It's weird how my palate finds it even when it's not intuitively, obviously or otherwise incorporated. A friend made something for me raving how I'd love it. i ate it, chewed, and said, "did you put bananas in here?" "oh just a little for...(whatever). you taste them? no one ever knows or guesses that. they're the secret!" ...awesome. but thanks for trying :)

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