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Your household & food term neologisms?

pine time Sep 3, 2013 02:13 PM

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. cayjohan RE: pine time Sep 3, 2013 03:22 PM

    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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      justalex RE: cayjohan Sep 3, 2013 06:05 PM

      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.

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      kcshigekawa RE: pine time Sep 3, 2013 03:44 PM

      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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        cayjohan RE: kcshigekawa Sep 3, 2013 04:03 PM

        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!

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          kcshigekawa RE: cayjohan Sep 3, 2013 04:48 PM

          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?

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            cayjohan RE: kcshigekawa Sep 3, 2013 06:10 PM

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

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              Georgia Strait RE: cayjohan Sep 4, 2013 08:28 PM

              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.

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                melpy RE: Georgia Strait Sep 5, 2013 04:19 AM

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

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        nlgardener RE: pine time Sep 3, 2013 04:12 PM

        Kentucky Cabernet (our shorthand for bourbon)

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          flavrmeistr RE: nlgardener Sep 4, 2013 06:16 PM

          Kentucky Chrome---silver spray paint.

        2. foodieX2 RE: pine time Sep 3, 2013 04:21 PM

          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. monavano RE: pine time Sep 3, 2013 04:23 PM

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

            1. greygarious RE: pine time Sep 3, 2013 04:35 PM

              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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                cayjohan RE: linguafood Sep 3, 2013 06:45 PM

                "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.

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                  greygarious RE: cayjohan Sep 3, 2013 07:15 PM

                  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.

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                    Jeri L RE: cayjohan Sep 4, 2013 08:27 PM

                    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.

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                      patryce RE: Jeri L Sep 30, 2013 11:31 AM

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

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                    kseiverd RE: greygarious Sep 4, 2013 03:02 PM

                    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. emglow101 RE: pine time Sep 3, 2013 04:58 PM

                    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. OliviaPacific RE: pine time Sep 3, 2013 05:04 PM

                      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. alliegator RE: pine time Sep 3, 2013 05:19 PM

                        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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                          foodieX2 RE: alliegator Sep 3, 2013 05:22 PM

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

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                            cayjohan RE: foodieX2 Sep 3, 2013 06:20 PM

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

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                              alliegator RE: cayjohan Sep 3, 2013 06:45 PM

                              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".

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                                cayjohan RE: alliegator Sep 3, 2013 06:50 PM

                                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.)

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                                  alliegator RE: cayjohan Sep 3, 2013 07:49 PM

                                  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

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                                    cayjohan RE: alliegator Sep 4, 2013 08:10 PM

                                    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.

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                            tcamp RE: alliegator Sep 4, 2013 07:51 AM

                            Kitrap - Love it!

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                              alliegator RE: tcamp Sep 4, 2013 09:18 AM

                              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 :)

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                              LA Buckeye Fan RE: alliegator Sep 5, 2013 11:43 AM

                              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.

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                                sunshine842 RE: LA Buckeye Fan Sep 5, 2013 04:28 PM

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

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                                  Kitchen Witch45 RE: LA Buckeye Fan Sep 5, 2013 06:12 PM

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

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                                justalex RE: pine time Sep 3, 2013 05:58 PM

                                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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                                  pinehurst RE: justalex Sep 5, 2013 07:47 AM

                                  We call it Hammy Alabammy! wow.

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                                  Felila RE: pine time Sep 3, 2013 09:48 PM

                                  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.

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                                    cleobeach RE: pine time Sep 4, 2013 05:53 AM

                                    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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                                      flavrmeistr RE: cleobeach Sep 4, 2013 06:19 PM

                                      "Eternity--two people and a ham."

                                      --Dorothy Parker

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                                        rmarisco RE: flavrmeistr Oct 8, 2013 03:55 PM

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

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

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                                          flavrmeistr RE: rmarisco Oct 8, 2013 04:32 PM

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

                                    2. viperlush RE: pine time Sep 4, 2013 08:00 AM

                                      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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                                        pinehurst RE: viperlush Sep 5, 2013 07:57 AM

                                        Love these.

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                                          viperlush RE: viperlush Sep 5, 2013 06:03 PM

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

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                                            WNYamateur RE: viperlush Sep 6, 2013 05:50 AM

                                            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.

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                                              viperlush RE: WNYamateur Sep 6, 2013 06:03 AM

                                              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.

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                                                weezieduzzit RE: WNYamateur Sep 6, 2013 08:56 AM

                                                We call that destroying the evidence.

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                                            charlesbois RE: pine time Sep 4, 2013 09:01 AM

                                            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. melpy RE: pine time Sep 4, 2013 09:19 AM

                                              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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                                                melpy RE: melpy Sep 5, 2013 07:51 AM


                                                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.

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                                                  kattyeyes RE: melpy Sep 5, 2013 08:08 AM

                                                  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. :)

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                                                    James Cristinian RE: kattyeyes Oct 2, 2013 10:34 PM

                                                    Pizza Smut.

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                                                      kattyeyes RE: James Cristinian Oct 8, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                      EEther/EYEther. ;) Both apply.

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                                                    KaimukiMan RE: melpy Oct 9, 2013 03:47 AM

                                                    taco hell and pizza slut

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                                                      Tripeler RE: KaimukiMan Oct 10, 2013 01:55 AM

                                                      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. BiscuitBoy RE: pine time Sep 4, 2013 09:49 AM

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

                                                  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: pine time Sep 4, 2013 09:53 AM

                                                    "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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                                                      pine time RE: goodhealthgourmet Sep 4, 2013 10:19 AM

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

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                                                        cleobeach RE: pine time Sep 4, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                        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.

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                                                          Violatp RE: cleobeach Sep 4, 2013 03:17 PM

                                                          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!

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                                                            sunshine842 RE: Violatp Sep 4, 2013 08:23 PM

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

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                                                              512window RE: sunshine842 Sep 5, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                              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.

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                                                                melpy RE: 512window Sep 5, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                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.

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                                                                  sunshine842 RE: melpy Sep 5, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                  kattyeyes RE: 512window Sep 5, 2013 11:44 AM

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

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                                                          melpy RE: goodhealthgourmet Sep 4, 2013 11:27 AM

                                                          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.

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                                                          Meann RE: pine time Sep 4, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                          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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                                                            cayjohan RE: Meann Sep 4, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                            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.

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                                                              sunshine842 RE: cayjohan Sep 4, 2013 08:24 PM

                                                              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.

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                                                                pine time RE: sunshine842 Sep 5, 2013 07:46 AM

                                                                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.

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                                                                  sunshine842 RE: pine time Sep 5, 2013 04:31 PM

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

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                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: sunshine842 Sep 5, 2013 07:21 PM

                                                                  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. AmyH RE: pine time Sep 4, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                              Old rotten potatoes = au gratin potatoes in our house.

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                                                                kcshigekawa RE: pine time Sep 4, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                                Just thought of another one: "dork chops"

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                                                                  flavrmeistr RE: kcshigekawa Sep 5, 2013 05:34 PM

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

                                                                2. kattyeyes RE: pine time Sep 4, 2013 07:15 PM

                                                                  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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                                                                    pine time RE: kattyeyes Sep 5, 2013 07:47 AM

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

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                                                                      kattyeyes RE: pine time Sep 5, 2013 08:05 AM

                                                                      HA HA HA!

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                                                                      truman RE: kattyeyes Sep 5, 2013 09:32 AM

                                                                      +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.

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                                                                        flavrmeistr RE: truman Sep 5, 2013 05:30 PM

                                                                        Parm-in-a-can? "Ajax".

                                                                      2. re: kattyeyes
                                                                        melpy RE: kattyeyes Sep 5, 2013 11:45 AM

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

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                                                                          kattyeyes RE: melpy Sep 5, 2013 11:52 AM

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

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                                                                          kattyeyes RE: kattyeyes Sep 8, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                          I forgot an important abbreviation!
                                                                          CCCs: chocolate chip cookies

                                                                        3. EM23 RE: pine time Sep 4, 2013 07:46 PM

                                                                          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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                                                                            kattyeyes RE: EM23 Sep 4, 2013 08:05 PM

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

                                                                            I call leftover pizza crusts "bones."

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                                                                              cayjohan RE: kattyeyes Sep 4, 2013 08:21 PM

                                                                              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.

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                                                                                kattyeyes RE: cayjohan Sep 4, 2013 08:29 PM

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

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                                                                                  cayjohan RE: kattyeyes Sep 4, 2013 08:45 PM

                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                    pine time RE: cayjohan Sep 5, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                                                    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")

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                                                                                      cayjohan RE: pine time Sep 5, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                      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...;-)

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                                                                                EM23 RE: kattyeyes Sep 4, 2013 08:43 PM

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

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                                                                                  flavrmeistr RE: kattyeyes Sep 5, 2013 12:13 AM

                                                                                  We call them "rinds".

                                                                                2. re: EM23
                                                                                  sunshine842 RE: EM23 Sep 4, 2013 08:26 PM

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

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                                                                                    EM23 RE: sunshine842 Sep 6, 2013 01:38 PM

                                                                                    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.:)

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                                                                                      sunshine842 RE: EM23 Sep 6, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                        EM23 RE: sunshine842 Sep 6, 2013 06:26 PM

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

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                                                                                    arashall RE: EM23 Oct 10, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                                                    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. kitchengardengal RE: pine time Sep 4, 2013 08:46 PM

                                                                                    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. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: pine time Sep 5, 2013 07:33 AM

                                                                                      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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                                                                                        pine time RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Sep 5, 2013 07:52 AM

                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                          melpy RE: pine time Sep 5, 2013 11:48 AM

                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                            sunshine842 RE: pine time Sep 5, 2013 04:32 PM

                                                                                            oh yes... I despise cereal dust.

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                                                                                              patryce RE: pine time Sep 30, 2013 11:41 AM

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

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                                                                                                KaimukiMan RE: pine time Oct 9, 2013 03:53 AM

                                                                                                without butts and dust how do you make meatloaf?

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                                                                                                  pine time RE: KaimukiMan Oct 9, 2013 10:45 AM

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

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                                                                                                kattyeyes RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Sep 5, 2013 08:06 AM

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

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                                                                                                  sunshine842 RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Sep 5, 2013 04:32 PM

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

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                                                                                                    cayjohan RE: sunshine842 Sep 5, 2013 05:03 PM

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

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                                                                                                      alliegator RE: sunshine842 Sep 6, 2013 09:50 AM

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

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                                                                                                        mwhitmore RE: sunshine842 Sep 6, 2013 09:55 AM

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

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                                                                                                          Jeri L RE: mwhitmore Sep 10, 2013 04:43 PM

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

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                                                                                                          janetofreno RE: sunshine842 Oct 2, 2013 10:43 PM

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

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                                                                                                            INDIANRIVERFL RE: janetofreno Oct 8, 2013 04:00 PM

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

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                                                                                                              flavrmeistr RE: INDIANRIVERFL Oct 8, 2013 04:34 PM

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

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                                                                                                          weezieduzzit RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Sep 5, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                                                          Yep, bread butts in our house, too.

                                                                                                        4. pinehurst RE: pine time Sep 5, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                            susan1353 RE: pine time Sep 5, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                              melpy RE: susan1353 Sep 5, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                patryce RE: susan1353 Sep 30, 2013 11:42 AM

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

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                                                                                                                  alliegator RE: patryce Oct 1, 2013 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                  Dog pill cheese here as well.

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                                                                                                                    girloftheworld RE: alliegator Oct 1, 2013 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                    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...

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                                                                                                                      flavrmeistr RE: girloftheworld Oct 2, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                      stack cheese.

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                                                                                                                  CathyR RE: susan1353 Oct 9, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                  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)

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                                                                                                                  Smorgasbord RE: pine time Sep 5, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                    melpy RE: Smorgasbord Sep 6, 2013 10:05 AM

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

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                                                                                                                      alliegator RE: melpy Sep 6, 2013 12:11 PM

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

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                                                                                                                        melpy RE: alliegator Sep 7, 2013 12:24 PM

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

                                                                                                                  2. AmyH RE: pine time Sep 5, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                    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. weezieduzzit RE: pine time Sep 5, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                        patryce RE: weezieduzzit Sep 30, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                        Sink pig at a friend's house.

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                                                                                                                        Kitchen Witch45 RE: pine time Sep 5, 2013 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: Kitchen Witch45 Sep 5, 2013 07:22 PM

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

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                                                                                                                            cayjohan RE: Kitchen Witch45 Sep 6, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                            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. girloftheworld RE: pine time Sep 5, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                            "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

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                                                                                                                              BuildingMyBento RE: pine time Sep 5, 2013 09:22 PM

                                                                                                                              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. ursy_ten RE: pine time Sep 6, 2013 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                "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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                                                                                                                                  sunshine842 RE: ursy_ten Sep 6, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                    pine time RE: sunshine842 Sep 7, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                    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. JungMann RE: pine time Sep 6, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                    lsmutko RE: pine time Sep 10, 2013 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                    "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!

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                                                                                                                                      kcshigekawa RE: pine time Sep 10, 2013 04:30 PM

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

                                                                                                                                      1. greygarious RE: pine time Sep 10, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                                                                                                        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. susancinsf RE: pine time Oct 2, 2013 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                            girloftheworld RE: susancinsf Oct 2, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                                            that is funnny...

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                                                                                                                                            1. cayjohan RE: pine time Oct 8, 2013 12:48 PM

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

                                                                                                                                              1. LindaWhit RE: pine time Oct 8, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                  cayjohan RE: LindaWhit Oct 8, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                    gingershelley RE: LindaWhit Oct 8, 2013 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                    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:)

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                                                                                                                                                      cayjohan RE: gingershelley Oct 8, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                      "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?

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                                                                                                                                                      flavrmeistr RE: LindaWhit Oct 8, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Ah yes, the Peppermill Slugger.

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                                                                                                                                                      amazinc RE: pine time Oct 8, 2013 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley RE: amazinc Oct 8, 2013 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                        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.....


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                                                                                                                                                          kattyeyes RE: amazinc Oct 8, 2013 03:27 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                        2. arashall RE: pine time Oct 10, 2013 06:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                          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.

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