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Dec 18, 2013 09:02 PM

Any foods you are selfish with ?

Might as well include drinks here also. I made some chocolate truffles for my nephew last weekend. This was for a early Christmas dinner. I thought he might contribute a couple for the dessert after I made more than a dozen for him. .But no, he only dealt out one, to my sister who hides her chocolate.I thought it was funny how seriuos he was. I could care less about chocolate. I guess he get's it from his mom. Food and drinks you are selfish with? No,I'm not giving you a beer.

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  1. Smoked white fish. When I buy a whole smoked white fish and spend about 20 mins cleaning it of bones and bits, I tend to keep the reward to myself. I make half into a spread and half I keep slightly broken up into shards of delicious smokey flavor to enjoy over a green salad. Random I know but it's the first thing that came to mind.

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    1. re: HillJ

      HillJ I have been known to stash smoked salmon and pickled herring (I wish I could get smoked whitefish that doesn't require shipping) in odd corners of the fridge and binge for a few days after all in the house have gone to sleep. it's mine. same goes for prosciutto.

      I'll gladly put these out as a shared platter for a gathering, but on any old Tuesday, not a chance.

      1. re: hill food

        I suppose the reason I'm not apologetic about my smoked white fish binge is because good white fish let alone excellent smoked white fish is getting harder to find. :)

        1. re: HillJ

          it IS hard to find, even if they used that vacu-packaging I'd still probably crumble and buy it. in the past I have bribed friends visiting NYC to bring some back from Russ and Daughters (Zabar's will do in a pinch)

          1. re: hill food

            The last two visits to Costco I was able to nab an entire whole smoked fish vacu pkg like you say for $10.95. I bought two. Froze one and made smoked white fish spread and flaked for lunch with the other.

            1. re: HillJ

              hmm I may need to get a Costco membership. none nearby, but they're encountered maybe 6 times a year...

              1. re: hill food

                Compared to say a truly authentic Jewish deli (which is becoming harder and harder to find) and maybe a small piece sold at certain times of the year in a large grocery prepared food section, the entire whole fish is such a bargain, I can't pass it up. The same Costco sells smoked white fish salad already prepared for $8.95 for a small tub.

                1. re: HillJ

                  I will have to look for this at Costco! And please share your recipe for the spread!

                  1. re: ohmyyum

                    happy holidays ohmy!
                    After I've picked over the smoked white fish really well and removed the bones (I use the feel and pull approach) I add the flaked fish to the food processor. To 2 packed cups of the cleaned fish I add, 1 teaspoon of grated white horseradish (the jarred stuff), one small white onion, one whole clove or garlic, 1 tablespoon of mayo, 1 tablespoon of heavy cream, a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. I whip until smooth and chill for one hour before enjoying with crackers (usually rye or garlic matzo). keeps for about a week...never lasts that long !

                    1. re: HillJ

                      Happy holidays J!
                      That sounds divine! But I fear I am too lazy to fuss with deboning...

                      1. re: ohmyyum

                        Don't let the bones stop ya. If you filet the fish correctly you won't be left with many to double back and look for. I find cleaning a fish relaxing. Go figure :)

                2. re: hill food

                  The other day I posted (on Chains) a link to a special deal now being offerred on new memberships.

                  1. re: greygarious


                    How about we post the living social deal here so hill food can find it easily.

                3. re: HillJ

                  Damn you HillJ. I sent the husband to Costco today (I was at work) and he reported couldn't find this. And there you are all flaunting that you've got a package freezer-stashed.

                  1. re: DuchessNukem

                    DN - surely between us we can track HJ's location down, hopefully the family will be out of the house so there's no emotional trauma.

                    but then I suppose in the long run there are far better ways (and less damaging for all involved) for obtaining this.

                    Duchess - did he ask? while I WILL wander a store for an hour, eventually I give up on my male ego and ask.

                    1. re: DuchessNukem

                      Really? The whole smoked white fish is in the large refrigeration cases by the olives, cheese, smoked salmon. packaged foods. Ask a Mgr. As of two days ago, they still have the product.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        Lol hill, & hill, he reports that he did ask (but Costco is a madhouse on weekends). I'm gonna have a go myself Mon or Tues. I'm just actually in awe that y'all have such mind control that you can insert a craving for something into my skull all these miles away. :)

                        1. re: DuchessNukem

                          ah, the power of the smoked fish :)

                          1. re: HillJ

                            or should I have said, "the lure"...

              2. re: hill food

                Love the proscuitto. When my brother was in college, he came home for a visit. My mom was at work or otherwise out and he told her when she got home that he was so happy with the ham she had bought-"it said proskweeto or something". He ate a full pound.

                I get really aggressive with my bacon. I sometimes like a slice for a spinach salad or green beans or something and my husband will annihilate it. I have said, once or twice, "bacon? You say you smell it? I can't possibly imagine what you might be referring to."

              3. re: HillJ

                Okay, time for some smoked-fish boasting from here in New Zealand. Here you can get fresh (as oppose to tinned) smoked white fish everywhere. Supermarkets have it, fish shops often smoke their own and there's always a smoked fish stall at any of the local farmers' markets. Smoked fish roe is yummy too.

                1. re: Billy33

                  I've never had tinned smoked white fish, Billy33. The smoked white fish I bought from Costco is a whole fish, smoked and wrapped for cold storage. Right now I have (3) precious whole fish in my freezer. I kept going back!
                  I've gotten very good at deboning & cleaning proud to say.

                  I can only imagine how wonderful a NZ smoked fish is! Anything worth noting on the brine used before smoking?

                  I have never had the roe. Would probably enjoy it!

              4. I don't have a good answer. To be honest, any good tasty food which I consider to be "low in supply". For example, recently I bought two bottles of Bovril from Canada through eBay. I haven't had Bovril for years since I was a little kid. I just had some yesterday, and the taste really bought back a lot of memory.

                So trust me, I am very selfish of these two small bottles at this very moment.

                1. Some wines aging hopefully gracefully.

                  I have to remind Mr Autumn that if it's in the beer fridge, it's considered fair game, and if his (Really wonderful awesome yet budget challenged)brother drinks the last Hopslam, chain breaker, whatever, probably shouldn't have had it in there. Not that we don't mind sharing, we just don't want to share
                  "The last one!"

                  1. Oysters. I will split an order with you. Evenly. I will not allow us to order "some" and "pass them around". Someone will grab one more than they should and I will have to throw them out of their chair in a rage.

                    At home I have to count every plate for balance. It's ridiculous and wrong. I can't help it. There just aren't enough of them.

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                    1. re: e_bone

                      "throw them out of their chair in a rage."

                      Love it!

                      The only instance I can think of is when we got french fries in a restaurant as kids. My brother, sister and I would immediately size up the others' portions. I believe tears were shed at times when our parents would tell us to knock it off.

                    2. I serve out the pizza when we bring in, and for years I thought I was fooling the husband by stealing the bigger slice. Eventually he let on that he knew all along. I had a 5-6 second wash of regret for being such a greedyguts then moved on.

                      I still nab the bigger slice.

                      And more importantly, chicken and turkey skin. Stolen in the guise of worrying over his cholesterol.

                      (ETA: olives also. I count them out and, as e_bone's oysters, the odds need to be equal or to favor me.)

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                      1. re: DuchessNukem

                        I don't take the bigger slice, but I sure do make sure to take the slice with the most cheese.

                        1. re: DuchessNukem

                          I also serve up the pizza at my house, because I'm nice like that. But somehow an awfully high proportion of olives seem to fall off the Gentleman Companion's slices on the way to the plate. I thoughtfully eat them for him, to save him the trouble of putting them back on the slice.