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What dish challenges you to not 'yuck another's yum'?

tcamp Nov 15, 2013 11:48 AM

I've been mulling this over for several hours, ever since I read the "what is a salad" thread and heard of Snickers Salad....I'm biting my tongue....

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    ferret Nov 15, 2013 11:57 AM

    Dishes like that are off-putting at first sight but tend to exist for a reason, usually because they touch on some sense of memory of familiarity or are simply guilty pleasures. We have friends from Texas who are otherwise worldly in their tastes but insist on serving their Velveeta and Rotel "queso" dip. I scoffed at first but it's pretty darn good for what it is.

    I don't question a lot of stuff that is outside my comfort zone at first glance - okay maybe a squirrel or raccoon stew.

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      drongo Nov 16, 2013 02:41 PM

      I don't know about raccoon, but squirrel is good. I wonder what ferret stew is like???

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        ferret Nov 18, 2013 06:43 AM

        Lots of gristle.

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      HillJ Nov 15, 2013 12:00 PM

      Ha! I'd never heard of Snickers Salad and I've since convinced myself it's a deliberate play on words anyway. Fun read though.

      For me the yuck to yum is one food and one food only:
      headcheese. I know people love the stuff. I grew up with family eating it. I just can't enjoy it.

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      1. re: HillJ
        Siegal Nov 18, 2013 02:18 PM

        I hated it too until I found a German sausage place where the owner actually Makes it there himself. It is awesome

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          HillJ Nov 18, 2013 02:42 PM

          It's the gelatinous nature of headcheese that turns me off. How is the level with your German brand?

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            Siegal Nov 18, 2013 02:44 PM

            Pretty gelatinous. I don't think head cheese is for you if you are anti-gelatinousness. Haha

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              HillJ Nov 18, 2013 02:45 PM

              Yep, the only food I won't give a 2nd chance....anymore.

      2. c oliver Nov 15, 2013 12:14 PM

        Is well done steak a dish? If so, then well done steak.

        1. pinehurst Nov 15, 2013 12:34 PM

          Those crockpot meatballs in grape jelly and ketchup.
          I hear nothing, I see nothing, and I SAY NOTHING!

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            ferret Nov 15, 2013 01:59 PM

            I have a friend who made these for me once and they were fantastic. It wasn't ketchup, I believe it was chili sauce. I stand solidly behind this (at least her version).

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              Bkeats Nov 18, 2013 05:56 AM

              drongo wants to know if you have ever turned yourself into stew

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            chileheadmike Nov 15, 2013 12:45 PM

            I dearly love Mrs CHM. I do not however love her boneless, skinless chicken breast covered in Pace Picante sauce and cooked in a crock pot for 10 hours.


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              fldhkybnva Nov 15, 2013 08:11 PM

              I had a nice chuckle, thanks for that

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                drongo Nov 16, 2013 02:46 PM

                I think my "worst ten" home-cooked meals I've ever had were all cooked in a crock pot. I suspect the common feature of all was that they contained cruciferous vegetables (cabbages etc) which produce sulfurous flavors/smells when overcooked.

              2. cayjohan Nov 15, 2013 01:27 PM

                My husband's preferred snack: whatever bread-y, cracker-y base slathered with a half-inch or more of peanut butter. I like peanuts. I like peanut butter. But the thickness of the PB goo just doesn't ever work for me. My Hub is a sharing kind of guy, and I try not to yuck his yum when he's being generous: "hey, honey...wanna bite?" But I generally just say "Thanks, I'm not hungry."

                My tongue has bite marks all over with the evening PB snacks.

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                  kseiverd Nov 15, 2013 02:20 PM

                  Anything oysters and most things liver!?!

                  Have tried to like oysters,,, oyster stew, fried, grilled, even RAW... just not happening for me. Don't know how describe it other than a possibly metallic flavor that just doesn't work for me??

                  When I was a kid, my grandmother stepped in to keep our boat afloat when my mother died REALLY young of a brain tumor. I was about 8 and have brother and sister who were about 5 and 2 1/2. Dad was less than 30!! Nana was a great cook BUT occasionally like to have LIVER!?! We grew up in an age where you did NOT say you weren't eating what was being served... BUT Dad hated it, too. When we had to endure liver for dinner, we knew we only hadda take 1-2 bites more than he did.

                  I DO like liver pate.

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                    INDIANRIVERFL Nov 15, 2013 02:27 PM

                    "Everybody just loves how I do these heirloom beets. Don't be bashful, take some more. You won't be sorry."

                    Oh yes I will.

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                      c oliver Nov 15, 2013 02:29 PM

                      HA! That's what I used to hear regarding the above liver!

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                        sedimental Nov 15, 2013 06:45 PM

                        My favorite!

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                        sr44 Nov 15, 2013 08:12 PM


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                          StevieLeeSip Nov 16, 2013 04:14 AM

                          I'm probably alone on this but... Bleu Cheese! Can't stand it. But so many people love it!

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                            thimes Nov 16, 2013 04:22 AM

                            chitterlings - can't stand them at all, have tried them several times, everyone claims "oh but my aunt (etc) makes the best", no, they are all gross

                            Liver - any kind, can't stand the taste at all

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                              Cherylptw Nov 19, 2013 02:36 PM

                              Growing up, I HATED the smell of chitterling - chitlins as we call it, until I ate my first forkful now I love them, but I don't eat everyone's chitlins. Not everyone cleans them like they should be cleaned.....

                            2. linguafood Nov 16, 2013 09:05 AM

                              There are roughly 10,000 threads covering this topic.

                              Just sayin'.

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                                HillJ Nov 16, 2013 09:10 AM

                                And yet my reply to it differs every time!
                                Except..the part about headcheese

                              2. melpy Nov 16, 2013 11:54 AM

                                Anything with canned tuna in a sauce. Tuna noodle casserole. Tuna and waffle etc.

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                                  thimes Nov 16, 2013 11:57 AM

                                  Tuna and waffle? Do people eat that?

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                                    melpy Nov 18, 2013 03:13 AM

                                    Apparently. A friend of mine was just making it. I think it is supposed to be similar to the PA Dutch chicken and waffle which is like gravy not fried.

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                                    Bada Bing Nov 18, 2013 04:43 PM

                                    The show Cheers once had Norm tell of enjoying the "Surf 'n' Turf" special at a restaurant: tunafish with beef gravy.

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                                    Kalivs Nov 16, 2013 01:57 PM

                                    Porridge...warm milk & slimy oats. Yuck!

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                                      noodlepoodle Nov 16, 2013 02:17 PM

                                      Grilled chicken breasts or steak cooked till they're juiceless.
                                      We have good friends who grill like this and love their hot dogs black. After a few times of silently choking on these foods, they finally got the hint and ask us how we'd like our meat cooked.

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                                        c oliver Nov 16, 2013 02:38 PM

                                        We have neighbors like that. They finally starting asking US to cook the meat at their gatherings :) They'll grill chicken legs (I can see their deck from my living room) for 45 minutes.

                                      2. mcel215 Nov 16, 2013 03:05 PM

                                        I have a few, along with the above named liver, chitlins, eel and beets.

                                        My yucks, even though I don't say a word when someone makes them on Holidays.

                                        Ambrosia (really?)
                                        Green bean casserole
                                        Sweet potato casserole with the mini marshmallows on top

                                        Any roast/meat that taste like sawdust from being cooked to death.


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                                          jbsiegel Nov 18, 2013 05:21 PM

                                          I was going to post ambrosia as well...just can't go there!

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                                            NaeShelle Nov 19, 2013 10:02 AM

                                            ESPECIALLY when sour cream is added to the mix. "You can't even taste it!" Yes. Yes I can. And I wish I hadn't.

                                          2. malarkey Nov 17, 2013 07:30 AM

                                            Big Red Cake.

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                                              salsailsa Nov 18, 2013 02:57 AM

                                              Not a flat out "yuck" but more less an" it's not all that", my husband's broccoli casserole. I love that he has some things that he will cook but it's another one of those soup casseroles. Every time we have a traditional family meal, he automatically says " I can make my broccoli casserole" and the continues to rave about it for a few minutes. I just bite my tongue. I eat it because I love him and it makes him happy.

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                                                Jerseygirl111 Nov 18, 2013 02:23 PM

                                                You are a kind and thoughtful wife.

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                                                  salsailsa Nov 18, 2013 03:26 PM


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                                                laliz Nov 18, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                what comes to mind immediately is when I read people planning on having cornbread stuffing for thanksgiving ~~ and worse yet, cornbread stuffing with oysters.

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                                                  NaeShelle Nov 19, 2013 10:05 AM

                                                  I find that I feel the same way about dressing that isn't cornbread-based.

                                                  Admittedly, dressing and stuffing are two different things, but, I once made the mistake of tasting white-bread dressing and that is one place I don't think I'll be going back to.

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                                                  TheMikeLove Nov 18, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                  Anything with olives. Envision a man gagging for twenty minutes, in a restaurant, in Paris, because neither of us knew any French.

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                                                    amishangst Nov 18, 2013 06:43 PM

                                                    Red Velvet Cake.

                                                    I recoil when people tell me it's their favorite. I don't understand why one would ruin perfectly good buttermilk or chocolate cake with with that much food dye. I have yet to have a piece that has wowed me and I love cake. We are a cake family - cake is very important to us. But I generally find red velvet flavorless (or with some bitter undertones). Give me some cream cheese frosting on a carrot cake or any other cake with flavor and I'm happy. Red Velvet just seems like more gimmick than well-made cakey goodness.

                                                    It's the only flavor of cake/cupcake I refuse to make. I don't like the karmic implications of putting that much red dye #40 out into the world.

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                                                      EWSflash Nov 18, 2013 07:16 PM

                                                      I agree.

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                                                      beevod Nov 20, 2013 10:01 AM

                                                      Boiled robin.

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                                                        Siegal Nov 21, 2013 06:11 AM

                                                        Anything made with "cream of" something soup. Yucky

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                                                          TroyTempest Nov 21, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                          took the words right out of my mouth

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                                                            Siegal Nov 21, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                            I was going to buy one of the popular amish cooking books but a few people reviewed them mentioning the cream of whatever soup. Now off the list of books.
                                                            I generally am not a fan of "component cooking" although I like to use Lipton onion soup mix in things (I think I saw that yucked on another thread once)

                                                          2. SaraAshley Nov 21, 2013 08:04 AM

                                                            Parmesan crusted chicken made with mayo. Good god. I know a lot of people like this, but my Mom made it for my brother's Birthday last week and I couldn't gag it down. It probably doesn't help that I'm not the biggest mayo fan, but I do enjoy some things that contain mayo. This I just could not eat, though.

                                                            1. RealMenJulienne Nov 21, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                              When people put soy sauce on white rice.

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                                                                chefathome Nov 21, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                I so understand!

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                                                                acssss Nov 21, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                What a great thread heading - very tactful!
                                                                For me, I guess anything with mayo, butter/margarine, cheese, chicken skin, chicken fat, crisco, whipped cream, anything overly sweet.
                                                                I never "get" people who put butter on corn, cheese over vegetables or sugar/whipped cream over strawberries. Those things are perfectly delicious on their own :-)

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                                                                  Siegal Nov 21, 2013 11:11 AM

                                                                  OMG i love most of those things! Haha. Everyone is different

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                                                                    acssss Nov 21, 2013 11:38 AM

                                                                    Tell me about it! We get invited out a lot to friends' homes and it is very uncomfortable (not to mention rude) to start taking off the cheese with your fork or butter with your napkin (we just say it's our allergies). Although those who know us well, already make a special plate before they add on all the other stuff.

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