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Your household & food term neologisms?

Do you and yours have a private language for various food items, cooking techniques, etc? Not private like spelling in front of toddlers or trying to stymie guests, but just shortcuts you've developed over time?

A few from the Pine Household (just 2 of us, but together for a gazillion years, so we're a little warped):
1. thistle: Mr.'s request for me to add ground flax seeds to his b'fast cereal bowl
2. pretend food: his term for all my various low-fat/low-cal concoctions when I'm dieting
3. off it: turn off the *(@ heat from the skillet
4. basement bars: tried the local bakery's oatmeal bars, which were musty.
5. incinerated: my interpretation of how he wants his meat cooked
6. HTH: hotter than hell; his description of my Mom's chili. Now anything over the top spicy.
7. over-bowled: his unhelpful opinion that I use too many bowls, hence the dishwasher runneth over with them. How else does one cook?
8. fiction: his assessment of my cookbook collection, since I hardly reference them
9. garbageize: awful recipe--toss it
10. bdgullas: rasgullas for his birthday dessert, since he doesn't like cake.

Those are just the quickest that come to mind. We recently had a houseguest who didn't know what we were talking about at times. Yours?

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  1. I love those! Great topic! We're a household that willy-nilly makes up its own words (since, um, aren't all words made up anyhow?), and we do so with gusto. Off the top of my head, I can think of these that are food/cooking related:

    1. Being "abaconed." This is being awakened too early on a weekend morning by my husband who likes nothing better than to get up early on a Sunday and make quiche (not a horrible problem to have by any stretch, really), and rousing everyone with the aroma of bacon winding its way up the staircase and grabbing sleepers by the nose like in one of the old Bugs Bunny cartoons. It seems that none in our household could ever sleep through the aroma of frying bacon. A not uncommon Saturday night request: "Don't abacon me too early; I want to sleep in."

    2. You know that big appliance that keeps things cold in your kitchen? Ours is a "fidge" from fidge-a-yay-toe, the only way my R- and L-challenged son could pronounce the word in his early years. We eat "cyam" chowder for the same reason.

    3. Any particularly delicious/involved meal is called "kid bait," as our progeny have an uncanny knack for stopping by when we've decided on something out of the ordinary.

    4. "Billified" food: my father's name is William, and he is averse to just about anything with flavor. Woe to the cook who uses seasonings other than salt and pepper, and whatever it is had better be cooked to mush. We use The Billification Factor to judge menus with regard to guests: "Say, honey...how much do we need to Billify this when guests XYZ are over?"

    There are more that I can't think of; can't wait to see this particular lexicon evolve!

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    1. re: cayjohan

      Love the "Billified"! We use the term, that's a "Becky" for any scary looking potluck food. My SIL's a dear woman, but I can post this as never in a million years would she read Chowhound. Let's just say she's food adverse.

    2. A couple that come to mind...

      -- Hamboogies -- those ground beef patties you grill and serve with sesame seed buns.

      -- Wallaces -- those green things stuffed with pimiento that go into martinis (that one came from my sister when she was very little)

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      1. re: kcshigekawa

        kc, I am stealing your Wallaces for the next time I need an olive euphemism! We have an olive-loving cat, and the term is just too cute to not appropriate with the cuteness of an olive-chasing cat. Oops...Wallace-chasing cat. Thank you!

        1. re: cayjohan

          You are very welcome to it!

          So I gotta know....does the cat have a preference in olives? Pimiento stuffed vs. garlic stuffed? Green v. black? Greek spicy vs. Kalamata?

          1. re: kcshigekawa

            Pimento-stuffed Spanish olives, absolutely, no doubt. Oil-cured black, say, don't get as much as a whisker twitch.

            1. re: cayjohan

              geez, i'd like an olive-licking cat too - he for sure likes pate - not so PC but that's what it says on the feline food tins - pate (as opposed to chunks I guess)

              our cats also like melons - antelope (it's the orange melon - add a C)

              and here we are speaking of cats on c-hound ----- when will cbs learn.

              1. re: Georgia Strait

                Pâte can be PC if not foie gras. Haven't heard anyone get huffy about chicken livers :)

      2. Kentucky Cabernet (our shorthand for bourbon)

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        1. re: nlgardener

          Kentucky Chrome---silver spray paint.

        2. None of ours are the least bit original

          we eat "roast beast" for most christmas dinners

          Sausages are often called snausages

          There are lots of cutsie names we used when our son was small but those have been mostly retired.

          1. Tipometer- that dial that oscillates back and forth as you dine out.

            1. fooderator - my childhood name for the refrigerator. I recall that the "Kelvinator" decal was near the bottom of the door, and I was an early reader.

              de-snot - to remove the seeds and gel from a tomato.

              splurchase - buy something unusual or fancy that is not on the grocery list.

              bagalanche - when the brown paper bags crammed between the fooderator and the wall tumble out.

              pre-rinse - let the pets lick the plates before washing. I do not use a dishwasher.

              dumplicate - mince leftovers to turn them into dumpling filling.

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              1. re: linguafood

                "Bagalanche" is a term I have not heard before, but describes precisely the situation in my kitchen's cleaning closet. Brown paper bags spill out on me regularly.

                1. re: cayjohan

                  I thought of it as a corollary to "magalanche": I am a retired mail carrier. Attached to a route's mail-sorting case (like a U-shaped hutch atop a desk) is a tall vertical tub where "flats" - magazines, catalogs, newspapers, and large envelopes - await sorting. Odd-sized as they are, they frequently topple, which I started calling a magalanche. Another carrier called it an avazine.

                  1. re: cayjohan

                    Less painful than the "lidalanche" when the pot lids on top of the rack come crashing down on me, because the one I want is always on the bottom.

                    1. re: Jeri L

                      My husband will call a tipping pile of clutter a crapalanche.

                  2. re: greygarious

                    LOVE "pre-rinse"!! My still beautiful Aunt Peggy was totally appalled when we put dinner plates on floor to let doof "pre-rinse". They were going into the DISHWASHER, so thought nothing of it. After one meal, Dad took "pre-rinsed" plates and just put them back in kitchen cabinet... the DID come back out and get washed, by his sister stomped off!! No lasting family problem, and we thought it was really funny!

                  3. For recipes that do not work.Wich I call recipe sabotage. The word is Sa-bowed.Not sure how to spell it."Freakin recipe sabowed me."

                    1. Great topic - Love reading everyone's answers. Here are some from around here:

                      Death Coffee: When I wake up first and make coffee strong enough that his retina rattle.

                      Pond Sludge: Affectionate nickname for my green smoothies.

                      Olivia'd It: Made something some phenomenally spicy (mostly on purpose) that I don't have to share.

                      1. Great topic!
                        Since English is spoken from about 6-11 in my house (dinner hour), I'll just include those.
                        'Sup? - Where's the food, why the delay? 'Sup from wassup, but in reference to supper.
                        Tie (Thai) it up - If a sauce or stir fry is missing something, it can often all be brought together with a splash of fish sauce. "It's a bit wonky, but I can tie it up".
                        Kitrap - Kitchen crap. Things purchased at Sur La Table or other such places, that nobody knows how to use but me. Ex: "Yo, does this kitrap go in the dishwasher, or do you want to wash it?".
                        Vitamin V - Vodka. A deep tradition in my family to take the edge off after the day's end.

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                        1. re: alliegator

                          LOL, my husband calls vodka Vitamin V!!! GMTA.

                          1. re: foodieX2

                            We announce "V&O" at frequent intervals. I'm also stealing alliegator's "Vitamin V."
                            ETA, yours too, foodieX2

                            1. re: cayjohan

                              You can use it should one person in the house seems grumpy. Like "uh oh, someone has a case of the grumps, _____ must be deficient in Vitamin V".

                              1. re: alliegator

                                I have used this suggestion in the past few minutes. And it worked. Go, Vitamin V! (We're menu-planning right now, again, and vitamin V is helping. A lot.)

                                1. re: cayjohan

                                  It worked a week ago when I was all teary and panicked that my broken foot wouldn't heal in time for a trip. The man came home, decided I was clearly deficient, so I ingested the proper supplement and calmly sat, got to clickin' and backed my trip up a few weeks. Magic.
                                  I'm about to start dinner and will up my vitamins now :D

                                  1. re: alliegator

                                    Just thought of another booze-related term: my husband just called from the kitchen "Do you need to be re-Isaaced?" Meaning: do you need your cocktail refreshed? Isaac? Well, Isaac the Bartender from "The Love Boat," of course. Each of us accuses the other of starting that one, since neither of us wants to completely 'fess up to our youthful television tastes.

                            1. re: tcamp

                              It's a great catch all for microplanes, citrus squeezers, the mandoline, I could go on...
                              Once you use the word, you'll never stop :)

                            2. re: alliegator

                              Vodka is Birthday water (to rehydrate now that you are older)
                              Feel bigger soup (previously named "feel better soup" because we ate it when we were sick) Lots of dumplings.

                              The cebolla shuffle (when your onion breath is dancing in my face)

                              Burrito therapy...the taco bell breakfast after a night of copious amounts of alcohol.
                              Cat meat tacos...see above explanation, but from Jack in the box.
                              Cat cough...a mix of anything seemingly unrelated. (e.g. stuffed peppers with a side of tuna salad) From "what the cat coughed up." My grandmother was a Cat Cough expert.

                              1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                                I have a friend who calls Champagne "falling-down water"

                                1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                                  I love Burrito Therapy! When I lived in Arizona though, we always referred to Jack In The Box as "Jack In The Crack."

                              2. Curiously, a lot of mine revolve around ham. My grandma always called it hamus alabamus. As a child, I'd ask her to make some 'scalped' ham and potatoes with the leftovers. One of my son's first words was ham only he'd repeat it over and over and over when he wanted some more. "Hem, hem, hem, hem, hem. He sounded like a little motor running on overdrive. :) Lastly, my late father was carving the ham one Easter when he asked if anyone wanted part of the hind. We all burst out laughing including him when he realized he meant to say rind. To this day we always ask, who want's some hind?

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                                1. From a college roommate: cheese greasies for quesadillas. I still like to make cheese greasies.

                                  I cut the tortilla in half, put cheese and salsa in the center, and fold the two edges of the tortilla semicircle inwards. Makes a neat triangular packet, which is yummy fried in a little olive oil till it is crisp on the outside. Can fit six of these in my cast-iron frying pan.

                                  1. JTs - gin and tonics. The JT stands for James Taylor because we used to listen to James Taylor while drinking G & Ts.

                                    Ham Sweet Ham - all ham is referred to as Ham Sweet Ham. Years back, we were gifted via mail a spiral cut ham that had Ham Sweet Ham screaming at us from the printing on the box. For some reason, it struck me as funny and the term stuck.

                                    Dish conservation - my husband's compulsion to use the smallest dish/bowl possible, resulting in food overflowing on to the counters or fridge.

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                                    1. re: cleobeach

                                      "Eternity--two people and a ham."

                                      --Dorothy Parker

                                      1. re: flavrmeistr

                                        heard this before: loved it then, love it now.

                                        is this a 6 word memoir??? cause i can get an excellent visual on this...

                                        1. re: rmarisco

                                          I think it was just an observation. She was deadly, that one.

                                    2. Chocolate milk= milk with Baileys or Kahlua
                                      To "Ginny it"= To put a lot of mayo on a sandwich. Usually used in the negative. " Please don't Ginny my sandwich" or "Eww, you Ginnied it".
                                      Naner= banana

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                                        1. re: viperlush

                                          Thought of another.
                                          To QC or QA a dish = Taste a dish

                                          1. re: viperlush

                                            During the Christmas cookie-baking rush, we always QA the cookies, but only if there's a broken one.

                                            There's always a broken one - eventually.

                                            1. re: WNYamateur

                                              Yup, it is a must to QC/QA cookies. Broken ones, misshaped, too brown, not brown enough, etc. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.

                                              1. re: WNYamateur

                                                We call that destroying the evidence.

                                          2. I think a lot of mine stem from childhood, as they are a little baby-talkish
                                            Breks or brekkies for breakfast
                                            Opie-meal for oatmeal (my mom still calls it this)
                                            Banooners for bananas

                                            My niece called Popsicles ice-poppa sticks, and still does
                                            To this day we still call raisins keevies, as my uncle did when he was little
                                            My husband's family calls pancakes schminkels
                                            My college roommate and I called water E&J because we'd fill up an old brandy bottle at the drinking fountain

                                            1. Something that was not as good as you remembered it being is known as a "Michie Tavern" because we were jonesin' to go there and then it was pretty terrible the next time.

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                                              1. re: melpy


                                                Taco Smell and Pizza Slut for the ubiquitous restaurants. Usually because we don't really want to eat there but once in a blue moon it happens.

                                                A "goddamn awesome" is a drink the party goers invented one NYE. Half Patron Cafe XO half Bailey's over ice.

                                                1. re: melpy

                                                  We used to refer to McDonalds as McGaggers, but I still eat there, so it didn't really stop me (some of the stuff I actually crave). Pizza Slut, I flatly refuse. UGH.

                                                  And that does sound goddamn awesome, I must agree. :)

                                                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                      Let's see, there has been McBarnyard's Golden Starches, Colonel Bucket's Chicken Blaspheme, Soggy Diner and Skankey's Pizza nicknames floating around my high school hallways in the past.

                                                2. mo - microwave oven
                                                  kweeze - food processor
                                                  cutelettas - chicken cutlet
                                                  wawa - glass of water
                                                  case a beer - quesadilla
                                                  moash - mushade, mushy
                                                  schvee - saute

                                                  1. "Mannies" for bananas and "geppies" for spaghetti because Sis & I couldn't pronounce them when we were kids. "Mikoo" instead of milk, "keppich" for ketchup and "choclick" for chocolate are also from our childhood.

                                                    Hamburgers are now "hangaburgers" thanks to one of my nieces.

                                                    Mallowmars are my uncle's favorites, so his kids/my cousins dubbed them "daddy cookies" and it stuck with all of us.

                                                    But the most unusual one is something I said when I was a toddler. My mother was trying unsuccessfully to open a jar and I told her to "mizz it with the palace." It took her a while to figure out what the heck I was talking about, but she eventually discovered that I was telling her to use one of those rubber pads that help you grip the lid to twist it. We have no idea where I came up with such bizarre wording, but to this day if anyone has difficulty opening a jar someone always says "mizz it with the palace." Yeah, we're a strange bunch.

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                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                      Your "daddy cookies" reminded me of another one:
                                                      "straw cookies" are Triscuits. Seems about right.

                                                      1. re: pine time

                                                        Thought of another -

                                                        Sticks - sunflower seeds. Our son loved sunflower seeds and when he was a new talker, he would ask for "sticks" no idea why.

                                                        1. re: cleobeach

                                                          I know a well, a young lady now!, who when she was still learning to speak - if there was something she wanted but couldn't place the word, she just called it "fish."

                                                          Basically, for awhile there, half her vocabulary was fish but she was talking about everything!

                                                          1. re: Violatp

                                                            one of my offspring called all animal-based protein "chicken", lending credence to the assertion that "it tastes like chicken".

                                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                                              One of my offspring called all drinks in cans "beer". We never knew why because we rarely drank beer.

                                                              I think only my family knows what Mickey Mouse Soup is - it's what you make when you swirl your ice cream into mush.

                                                              1. re: 512window

                                                                Reminded me of a mushy! Pronounced mooshy, this is cookies saturated in milk and eaten with a spoon like soup. Best with Oreos or chips ahoy or a combination of the two.

                                                                1. re: melpy

                                                                  did you know a standard coffee cup holds exactly 6 oreos with enough clearance to hold enough milk to turn them all into porridge?

                                                                  Yeah, learned that one during a few too many all-night study sessions.

                                                                2. re: 512window

                                                                  Oh, that's handy! Overheard on the playground: "My mom and dad took us on a picnic and we all had beer!"

                                                        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                          We call this specific style of sliced Italian bread, Grandma bread bread because she would buy it and bring it to our house. Many if the places that carry it have closed but Arturo bread sold in Wolcott, CT is pretty close. Love it fresh and crisp with a slather of I can't believe it's not butter.

                                                        3. Tuna goo: I do most of the cooking, but DH has a couple of dishes he can throw into the mix when I just can't face making dinner. Tuna goo is my favorite. No peas, no potato chips, just lots of seafood, shrimp, clams etc.

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                                                          1. re: Meann

                                                            Your tuna goo reminds me of my cousins' family's Tomato Slop. Tomato Slop is their term for the ubiquitous-in-this-region casserole (hotdish, to the natives) of ground beef, macaroni and canned tomatoes. No sly diss on their mom's cooking inherent in the term, either; it's just what they call the dish. My family calls it "Uncle Son Hotdish," btw, for my uncle, always called "Son" by my grandfather and by extension everyone else, who loved this dish with a passion.

                                                            1. re: cayjohan

                                                              both of these are called "sludge" at my house -- a little protein (usually a can of tuna), a little veg (typically a can of peas), binder (usually a can of cream o'crap soup) -- and a dash of whatever leftovers are around, tossed with cooked pasta.

                                                              Not fancy, but usually tasty and comforting.

                                                              1. re: sunshine842

                                                                Sludge, for me, was during another weight loss era when I had the powdered Slim Fast drinks for lunch. I worked then at a hospital, so when I shook my carton of milk (or worse yet, water) with the powder, sludge for lunch.

                                                                1. re: pine time

                                                                  and if you don't rinse your glass out, you'll have to chisel that sludge out with a jackhammer....

                                                                2. re: sunshine842

                                                                  Sludge for us is the final product of a bowl of yogurt with random things throw in and mixed together to form an unindentifiable mass of food.

                                                            2. Old rotten potatoes = au gratin potatoes in our house.

                                                              1. Just thought of another one: "dork chops"

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                                                                1. re: kcshigekawa

                                                                  Lunch time beer, on the job. Code name: "Can o' pork chops".

                                                                2. beer crisper: shared fridge space for beer and veggies

                                                                  CLINQUE: onomatopoeic, the sound of cheers!

                                                                  fork cookies: You know those peanut butter cookies crisscrossed with a fork? There ya go, courtesy of my uncle Ralph.

                                                                  sauce: In my family, this always means tomato sauce, with or without meat. Vodka sauce is vodka sauce. Bolognese is Bolognese. But if I say, "I'm gonna make a pot of sauce," please don't ask "What kind?" SAUCE. It's just sauce. :)

                                                                  sprinkle cheese: Romano here, but I grew up calling it "sprinkle cheese" and sometimes still do.

                                                                  sugar bears: other people like me who have a sweet tooth

                                                                  trasherole: any of those down-homey casseroles, perhaps even topped with Tater Tots. Green beans with mushroom soup topped with Durkee onions? Trasherole. It's still a trasherole if you make your own soup instead of cracking a can of Campbell's 'cause it's a fun word to say.

                                                                  trashtastic: adjective to describe something deliciously trashy; Velveeta dip, e.g.--equal parts melted Velveeta and your favorite jarred salsa

                                                                  whippy cream: take a guess, often accompanied by the hand gesture indicating a swirl

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                                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                    Mr. P's Indian relatives call ketchup "sauce." I had no idea what they meant. They'd be really lost at your house!

                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                      +1 to sprinkle cheese. Used to be the Kraft sawdust in the green can... good times. Though my 3yo now refers to it as "snow cheese" because it looks like snow on his pasta.

                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                        Sauce in my family is the same. Spaghetti/tomato sauce.

                                                                        1. re: melpy

                                                                          And I bet that's 'cause you're Italian, too. :)

                                                                        2. re: kattyeyes

                                                                          I forgot an important abbreviation!
                                                                          CCCs: chocolate chip cookies

                                                                        3. My dog has allergies that flare occasionally, and when he starts rubbing his ears on the couch, my legs, etc., I ask him, using my best stoner impression, “Do you wanna do drugs, Dude?” and that sends him flying to the kitchen to wait for a peanut butter encased Benadryl. He loves his Skippy drugs.
                                                                          A few from my childhood:
                                                                          My aunt would write “Puppy’s biscuits” on the grocery list whenever we were running low on Social Tea biscuits, which she and our dog would snack on when they were having their tea together.
                                                                          My mom called the pizza crusts that I left, “the bird’s dinner.” If my dad was there when we had pizza (he worked a late shift), he would grab “the bird’s dinner” to snack on and my mom would always say that the poor birds had to go hungry because of my dad.
                                                                          “We’re having pusscetti and smellyballs,” - my brother’s favorite way to gross me out before a dinner of spaghetti and meatballs.

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                                                                          1. re: EM23

                                                                            I love how our animal family members know EXACTLY what we're talking about. How fun!

                                                                            I call leftover pizza crusts "bones."

                                                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                              The cheese drawer in our refrigerator is referred to as "The Magic Box" for our cat Harry's fierce love of cheese and his ability to hear that drawer opening from anywhere in the house.

                                                                              A recent addition of my husband's to the lexicon refers to cat Harry's latest affection for fetching a little new potato from the pantry basket, batting it down the basement stairs, fetching and repeating ad infinitum. Yep, potatoes are now called "Harry Balls" around here, and as often as possible. Such a comedian, my guy.

                                                                              1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                I think both your cat and your man are funny. And I like your new avatar, too!

                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                  That's my Harry in the avatar; he's a riot. He personally supervises everything that happens in this house. I'll add in the spirit of this thread, we also call the cat Haricot Bear for his big black bearishness (versus any inherent beanishness ).

                                                                                  The man's a riot, too, but tends to run these things into the ground. On another thread I mentioned his propensity to illustrate our grocery lists instead of, you know, using words like mere mortals. And those illustrations are frequently well over the off-color line. Do you know how gleefully he now puts potatoes on the shopping list? Let your imagination take a stroll through that. Yep, it's a laugh a minute around here! If any guest ever stopped to take a peek at the grocery list on the refrigerator, they'd be wondering a little about us.

                                                                                  1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                    I wrote on some other thread about a book I saw: random grocery lists, found abandoned in carts or the parking lot. Your hubs list additions might be cause for a whole new book edition! (One of my favorites from that book: "chocolate; wine; tampons")

                                                                                    1. re: pine time

                                                                                      I remember that list! To your favorite, I'd add our list item of cat pâté, cuz, really nothing says une femme d'un certain âge (sp?) like chocolate, wine, tampons and cat food, no? (Oui-oui, I am that femme...)

                                                                                      I would looooove to assemble a book out of the hub's list art, but it would be decidedly NC-17. Which is funny, since the level of humor around here hovers near the 13-year-old boy mark, missing the target market...;-)

                                                                              2. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                Heh! Now who gets the "bones"? Paws up from my black spotty hound to your black kitty cat:)

                                                                                1. re: EM23

                                                                                  do we share a dog? Ours does that, too, with the peanut butter. Poor guys with their itchy skin.

                                                                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                    He’s never been a drooler except when the Skippy jar is open. In the time that it takes me to open the jar, take a spoonful, add the pill and walk back over to him there will be a little puddle at his feet.
                                                                                    Sunshine – have you tried giving your dog olive oil? I put a splash in my pup’s dinner and he has no problem with itchy skin, it’s just his ears that bother him due to allergies…that, or he’s playing me for a fool with the Skippy.:)

                                                                                    1. re: EM23

                                                                                      the olive oil helped his skin, but not his waistline!

                                                                                      No, this is a skin infection (pyoderma) that is apparently extremely common in labradors in the warmer months.

                                                                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                        Aw, poor pup. Sounds like he has lucked out with a loving owner, though.

                                                                                  2. re: EM23

                                                                                    We have pizza butts, thanks to a friend in college who would never eat them. If it's a good crust, I think the pizza butts are the best part.

                                                                                  3. Our dear friend has many food allergies, so we always refer to the 'Scotty Friendly' dishes that we prepare, regardless of whether it's gluten free, egg free, chocolate or PB free, etc.

                                                                                    1. Ha!! This thread is great!!

                                                                                      weppertowel- a wet paper towel used when eating something messy

                                                                                      'nana milk- a banana and glass of milk pulverized together with the immersion blender (variation: chocolate 'nana milk)

                                                                                      slop- basically any clean-out-the-fridge, veggie heavy one bowl meal (lentil slop, polenta slop, quinoa slop)... usually with a fried egg on top

                                                                                      butt- end of the bread, always given to my husband (variation: double butt sandwich, given in his lunch bag on days when he's annoyed me)

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                                                                                      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                                        Your "butt" (well, not YOURS, but the bread) reminded me: "Dust" is the last bit of cereal in the bag. The Mr. will eat dust; I don't.

                                                                                        1. re: pine time

                                                                                          Your dust reminded me of "dirt". My dad's family takes out the "dirt" (garbage) and goes to the "show" (movies). The latter isn't really food or even kitch related.

                                                                                            1. re: pine time

                                                                                              Mr here also eats cereal dust, preferably on top of non-dust cereal. He likes bread butt (heels) sandwiches too.

                                                                                              1. re: pine time

                                                                                                without butts and dust how do you make meatloaf?

                                                                                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                  "HF" of course! That's horse food, which Quaker crazyily labels as "oatmeal."

                                                                                              2. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                                                HA! Someone in my world is always after the ass of the bread. :)

                                                                                                1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                                                  Your slop? My "garbage soup" -- clean out the fridge, and what doesn't go in the garbage, goes in the soup.

                                                                                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                    It's our what-not soup. Same idea.

                                                                                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                      Depending on the type of leftovers, I also do a garbage pizza.

                                                                                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                        Potage Garbage (use a French accent and it rhymes). Also known as Crème Frigidaire.

                                                                                                        1. re: mwhitmore

                                                                                                          I think I'll steal that one. I usually make Clean Out the Crisper Drawer Curry instead of soup, though.

                                                                                                        2. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                          When its time to finish a bunch of leftovers, my husband will say "Let's eat the refrigerator tonight." !

                                                                                                          1. re: janetofreno

                                                                                                            Thanks to a friend from Dania, we called it "Musgo". As in every leftover musgo out of the fridge.

                                                                                                            1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                                                              I'm in Dania right now. They tore down the old Dania Hotel! Sad.

                                                                                                        3. L.O's: left overs

                                                                                                          Guido'd: a code for restaurant food that is pricey but serves meager portions. After the now-gone "Guido Le Gourmet" in Quebec City, where my H got a chocolate cake dessert the size of Hershey Kiss with a small, lovely tuile in it. As in the whisper "I got Guido's on my sirloin")

                                                                                                          Lurg: Any vile food.

                                                                                                          1. Door cheese. My then three-year-old asked me to buy door cheese and I had no idea what she was talking about until she opened up the refrigerator and pulled plastic-wrapped-cheese-slices from the door (kept there so her little hands could reach them). It's been door cheese every since.

                                                                                                            Oh, and I introduced the same child to all sorts of Drake's snack cakes (Yodels, Ring Dings, Devil Dogs) at about the same age. She then asked, in her very loudest voice, in the middle of the supermarket, if she could have one of those dog sandwiches. Yup, dog sandwiches forever more.

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                                                                                                            1. re: susan1353

                                                                                                              Reminds me of going to the store with my father and getting to open and sample the American cheese and the "tally bread". Hot Italian bread right out of the oven, pieces torn off and munched through the store.

                                                                                                              1. re: susan1353

                                                                                                                That's dog cheese in our house, since the neighbors fed their dogs meds in the Kraft slices.

                                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                    paper cheese here... I think because it is wrapped in paper ..maybe because it looked like little pieces of paper to me as a kid...

                                                                                                                1. re: susan1353

                                                                                                                  Ah Door cheese! Reminds me of my daughter. As a tot, she told me she only liked American cheese and "Giant" cheese. Scratched my head. What could she mean? AHA! I asked "do you mean Muenster cheese?" (to a little kid, Giant=Monster=Muenster)

                                                                                                                2. I'm sure I'll think of many others, but what first came to mind is my SO's way of referring to "Chowhound" or "Chowhounders"- by miming a fake bugle and making an enormously loud tooting sound as if summoning a huge army of troops, e.g. "what do the [toodle-dee-doo] say about restaurant X?" or "if you want to know about topic Y, just post on [toodle-dee-doo!!!]"

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Smorgasbord

                                                                                                                    cHers are "your awful Friends" or "those people" because I apparently spend too much time here.

                                                                                                                    1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                      Jeezus, that's a bit rough, haha! 'Hounds are "recipe friends" in my house.

                                                                                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                        I think someone also insulted a friend of outs for not bing able to cook.

                                                                                                                  2. Mustgos: a meal made entirely of leftovers to clean out the fridge.

                                                                                                                    Sprinkle stuff: Penzey's Brady street cheese sprinkle, which had to be on the kids' vegetables or they wouldn't eat them (they've grown out of that now).

                                                                                                                    1. OhBoy= cheap wine. When my sister was little she got ahold of my Grandfather's tumbler of jug wine on ice and exclaimed "Oh Boy!" after taking a swig.

                                                                                                                      Electric Pig= garbage disposal

                                                                                                                      Boks= Chicken (pronounced like box.) When the cats were little we trained them to come running to the kitchen when you made chicken noises (bok-bok-bok... ) or by yelling "want some boks?" They have no idea what "chicken" means.

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                                                                                                                      1. 1. Stinky Feet Cheese: When my husband and I first started living together he knew NOTHING about decent food (he's learned a whole lot in the last 18 years!); I got a call one afternoon at work asking me what type of cheese was in our refrigerator that smelled like stinky feet. (It was a really nice piece of Parmigiano-Reggiano!) To this day it will always be referred to as "stinky feet cheese".

                                                                                                                        2. John Burgers: my husband's perfectly seasoned juicy grilled burgers (on my homemade buns of course)

                                                                                                                        3. Green Stuff: you know, that pistachio pudding based dessert that shows up at some family picnics every time...

                                                                                                                        4. Blannas: my brother couldn't pronounce bananas when he was first learning to talk, so for our family, blannas they will always be

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                                                                                                                        1. re: Kitchen Witch45

                                                                                                                          When I was younger, my neighbors loved their "stinky cheese pasta," spaghetti loaded up with butter and a heap of parmesan cheese.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Kitchen Witch45

                                                                                                                            In re Stinky Feet Cheese: we call the smellier cheeses Belly Button Cheese. Will make no sense to those with outies; me, I've got an innie so "in" I think it's attached to my spine. The term has morphed into variations, like "Button Cave Aged."

                                                                                                                            Gäh, this thread is so much fun, but it's making me realize what vulgarians we are around here. Happy, well-fed vulgarians.

                                                                                                                          2. "little round thingies" Filet mignon ( a friend of mine went home and told her mom she had the best thing to eat it was these little round thingies her mom called my mom to ask what her daughter kept begging for)

                                                                                                                            Slapdashers-scrambled eggs sealed intoast to eat in the car on the way to school

                                                                                                                            couch picnic- forgoing the dining table and eating on the couch off of apptizer trays and watching a movie

                                                                                                                            tickcapacity- eating so much you are going to burst like a tick

                                                                                                                            pizzabones- crusts of pizza fed to dogs

                                                                                                                            nightnight tea- half tea half milk

                                                                                                                            product patties- anything from chicken to beef that tastes like it came from seald plastic bags over salted and processed

                                                                                                                            1. Has anyone ever heard of "schibbles" used to describe the leftovers in the sink strainer? The only time I ever heard it was at an ex-gf's house in Connecticut.

                                                                                                                              My non-local boss in China didn't really like anything to eat, so basically "something edible" was McDonald's. The only place that uses less grease than other (Chinese) restaurants...


                                                                                                                              1. "some fine beverage" - started off as a somewhat ironic term for cheap wine, in leaner times, but has been extended to include any kind of alcoholic offering.

                                                                                                                                Perderders, from this image which kind of stuck: http://dobrador.com/ermahgerd-mershed...
                                                                                                                                ... somehow, this has replaced "Taters, precious" (from one of the Lord of the Rings movies... the first one, I think?


                                                                                                                                Plus Oticots, and onninges (my daughter's way of saying apricots / oranges when she was tiny)

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                                                                                                                                1. re: ursy_ten

                                                                                                                                  I heard a couple of contractors today working on remodeling the local drugstore talking about going to get a cold can of....(hesitate...look around) shutyermouth (they hadn't seen me just behind a display)

                                                                                                                                  They were very sheepish until I just grinned and asked if they had TWO.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                    At a hospital where I once worked, a newly-immigrated nurse's aide was called to HR about her odd after-lunch behavior. Many, many questions later, it turned out that she was smashed: her "Mom pop" that she routinely drank a couple of (which, natch, was her Mom's favorite drink) was Bartyle & James wine coolers (yeah, that long ago).
                                                                                                                                    I guess she changed her lunchtime drink after that chat.

                                                                                                                                2. I tend to avoid unnecessary abbreviations like EVOO in my daily speech. As someone whose speech is admittedly clipped, they strike my ear as somewhat cutesy.

                                                                                                                                  My old roommate, however, was an enthusiastic abbreviator. And he was so innocently excited by the prospect of having a South Asian roommate with whom he could cook that I had to overlook it when he asked me to hand him EVOO or pep(per). I could even ignore it when he started asking for turm(eric) and hing, since I suppose abbreviating asafoetida was bound to be problematic. But I finally had to draw the line when he started abbreviating cumin.

                                                                                                                                  1. "Boogers" = giblets, thanks to an older cousin when we were kids.

                                                                                                                                    So Thanksgiving at that half of the family always featured gravy with boogers or gravy, no boogers.

                                                                                                                                    My husband's family called the little crumbly things left at the bottom of a bag of chips "Schnittles." And so they remain.

                                                                                                                                    My version of dan dan noodles is referred to as either porky noodles or stan stan noodles in deference to my Polack/Ukraine/Slovak roots. Especially since I sub my dad's homemade pickles and things for the Chinese preserved vegetables. It's fusion!

                                                                                                                                    1. "Loudmouth soup" for any one of a number of fermented or distilled vegetable juices...

                                                                                                                                      1. I would like to propose a Home Cooking thread-inspired CH-related neologism for hounds who read threads they know they'll wish they hadn't: "nutting".

                                                                                                                                        1. In my family we are now in the third generation that uses the term "Popsicle Debt" to refer to any time one kid is offered something not offered to all, and/or where there is a perception that the goodies in the family aren't distributed equally.

                                                                                                                                          A termed coined by my father, obviously because one of my sisters must have at some point complained loudly that I got a popsicle and she didn't... :-)

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                                                                                                                                            1. The current thread on euphemistic food names reminded me of another: pork rinds are referred to in our house as "fried wallet."

                                                                                                                                              1. I still use Rich Hall's "flen" - that black crusty dried up stuff on the edge of the ketchup bottle - which tends to harden and prevent easy opening.

                                                                                                                                                "Stupidmarket" - any supermarket except Wegman's, with whom I'm in total market love.

                                                                                                                                                Pepperclub - the big-ass pepper grinder that waiters bring up to you in restaurants to ask if you want some freshly ground pepper - before you've usually had a chance to taste the food. I want to pepperclub the waiters sometimes.

                                                                                                                                                And like foodiex2, I still say "snausages".

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                  Loved Rich Hall's sniglets! Not about food (or only peripherally: food in teeth), I guess, but we still use the terms "gleemules" and "gleemites" to refer to toothpaste dispensation and dried-toothpaste blobs in the sink, respectively.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                    My favorite Rich Hall-ism is still....

                                                                                                                                                    'succubeebish"; the jellied stuff between a canned ham and the can. Will never forget that one - burned into my brain from the book of 'sniglets' that used to reside on the back of the toilet in the guest bathroom at my parents old house for, uh, when reading was needed while there:)

                                                                                                                                                    In my house, this refers to "never buy a ham that would have succubeebish", as in, no processed ham-in-a-can allowed:)

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                      "Succubeebish!" I cannot unsee that! Sticky, sticky, sticky.

                                                                                                                                                      My husband has a peculiar love for canned hams and hauls one home every now and then for his various man-hashes. I can't wait to unleash the succubeebish term on him next time!

                                                                                                                                                      Aside: bathroom books can be amazing resources, no?

                                                                                                                                                    2. To any of you who remember the Perrier water package with three bottles (sometime in the 70's-80's) that were so well
                                                                                                                                                      sealed in some kind of NASA plastic that it practically took a
                                                                                                                                                      chain saw to get into....since then, when anything difficult to open comes into this house, we say "Gadfrey!! The Perrier Man strikes again."

                                                                                                                                                      Also, we use "refrigerator cleanout" for a meal of leftovers.

                                                                                                                                                      My all-time favorite is stolen from an acquaintance. Ordering a burger, hot dog or most anything else... w. e. o. i .
                                                                                                                                                      (with everything on it).

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: amazinc

                                                                                                                                                        Any plastic wrapped package that takes a chainsaw or exacto knife to get into at my house is reffered to as
                                                                                                                                                        That package was LD'd' - as in Larry David in (one of many) infamous "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episodes.....


                                                                                                                                                        1. re: amazinc

                                                                                                                                                          My grandparents had a grinder shop--with everything on it was "all the way" at the Silver Lane Deli.

                                                                                                                                                        2. We have little green rollers, thanks to a childhood friend who wanted to establish what kind of peas were being served with dinner. He didn't like black-eyed, but little green rollers were good.