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

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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  1. 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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    1. re: ferret

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

    2. 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

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

        1. re: Siegal

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

          1. re: HillJ

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

            1. re: Siegal

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

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

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

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          1. re: pinehurst

            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).

            1. re: ferret

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

          2. 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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              1. re: chileheadmike

                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. 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.

                1. 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.

                  1. "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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                    1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

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

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

                          1. 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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                            1. re: thimes

                              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. There are roughly 10,000 threads covering this topic.

                              Just sayin'.

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                              1. re: linguafood

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

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

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                                1. re: melpy

                                  Tuna and waffle? Do people eat that?

                                  1. re: thimes

                                    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.

                                  2. re: melpy

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

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

                                    1. 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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                                      1. re: noodlepoodle

                                        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. 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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                                        1. re: mcel215

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

                                          1. re: mcel215

                                            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.

                                            1. 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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                                              1. 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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                                                1. re: laliz

                                                  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.

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

                                                  1. 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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                                                      1. Anything made with "cream of" something soup. Yucky

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                                                        1. re: Siegal

                                                          took the words right out of my mouth

                                                          1. re: Siegal

                                                            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. 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. When people put soy sauce on white rice.

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                                                              1. 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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                                                                1. re: acssss

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

                                                                  1. re: Siegal

                                                                    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.