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emglow101 Dec 18, 2013 09:02 PM

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.

  1. NanaMoussecurry Dec 31, 2013 11:37 AM

    Cod cakes and Sailor Jerry's

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      Redstickchef Dec 31, 2013 11:30 AM

      Stollen, because I only make it once a year. Everyone gets a loaf, but do not ask me once you have finished yours for a piece of mine because it ain't happening. Also cheese fries with the works, because this is generally a cheat meal for me so it happens once in a blue moon. I will eat the whole thing by myself and am not ok with sharing.

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        3sheets Dec 29, 2013 06:04 PM

        This is the great thing about being single - I don't have to share.

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          HillJ Dec 29, 2013 07:14 PM

          You don't share with friends, other single people? Really?

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            3sheets Dec 29, 2013 07:25 PM

            Depends on how well I know the person. They would have to be extremely close to me emotionally. One of my pet peeves is when people take food off my plate.

            Now that I am single, I don't have to worry about what someone else wants for dinner. I can make grilled cheese and tomato soup at 2am if I wanted. There is so much freedom when you don't have to cook for someone else.

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              HillJ Dec 29, 2013 07:32 PM

              Ah, okay you're going in a diff direction that I was thinking. While I'm not single I have a great many single friends and colleagues. Sometimes if we go to a restaurant together and can't decide which item on the menu appeals to us, we order both and share. Now we're not eating off each other's plate, we cut the portion and take the piece/share we want to our own plate OR share a snack, something easy. But heck, if I'm up at 2am and want soup doesn't matter if someone else is about the house or not. I'm able to enjoy a meal for one without flack. There's freedom in being an independent married gal too :)

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                cleobeach Dec 30, 2013 04:12 PM

                In college, our group of friends were so close that we thought nothing of eating off of each other's plates. My husband remembers me doing the same to him when we dating and thought it was odd at the time.

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                  HillJ Dec 30, 2013 04:20 PM

                  If it's mutual, it's not odd.

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                    cleobeach Dec 31, 2013 11:43 AM

                    He thinks it is completely normal now.

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            James Cristinian Dec 27, 2013 07:07 PM

            I'm not sharing the Texas Gulf seafood I catch when you repeatedly refuse to join me in 4 am departures, 4 plus hour Houston-Galveston round trips with ferry ride, sharks and jellyfish, small problem, stingrays, big problem. Then you want me to give you a 3 pound speckled trout worth about 30 bucks even IF you could buy one at retail, plus reel cleaning, ice chest cleaning, lure cleaning. Not happening. You are a fishing buddy and I had a better day, come on over.

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              hill food Dec 29, 2013 03:24 AM

              I'm almost always up for a boat ride. I'm sorta dog-like that way.

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                James Cristinian Dec 29, 2013 09:57 AM

                The OP also mentioned sharing drinks. So we're out fishing Matagorda Bay on a boat. Friend Tom, actual name, wants a sip of my beer. Get out! You're not getting a sip and giving it back to me, I've got an 18 pack, now 17 in the cooler, help yourself. No, I just want a sip. So I give Friend Tom the used beer and crack open a fresh one. The fishing, just ok that day, not the slam dunk hammer 'em that Matagorda can be.

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                  hill food Dec 29, 2013 02:25 PM

                  well see, I haven't asked for a sip off anyone's beer since I was 12.

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              vttp926 Dec 27, 2013 06:04 PM

              Pretty much anything I buy mainly because the food I do buy usually no one ever eats. I don't mind if they eat it but if they eat the last of it then they need to buy me some more.

              1. meatn3 Dec 24, 2013 05:21 PM

                Brownie corners!

                One year my ex and I invited a friend to join us at a vacation rental beach house. The friend brought his youngish girlfriend.

                Each morning I would awake and get a pan of brownies going while enjoying my coffee. Once the brownies were cooling I'd take a walk on the beach. I would come back to a pan of brownies missing all 4 corners! The only one in the house was the girlfriend...it was the only food she didn't think was "weird" the entire week.

                This prompted the purchase of of a brownie edge pan once I was home! Now I live lone so all the corners are usually mine. :-)

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                  nothingswrong Dec 25, 2013 12:58 AM

                  Lol, whenever I make pans of brownies or bars to give to friends, I steal the corners. I figure no one will notice that they're missing when the brownies are already sliced and piled on a platter. Evil me.

                  Those brownie edge pans are the best! I gave one to my mother yeeeaaars ago and it's the only kitchen gift I've seen her make regular use of. She won't make brownies any other way.

                  Yesterday I made a batch of brownies in a mini muffin tin. They were perfect. Even higher edge-to-center ratio, and I could shovel them in my mouth at high speed. I ate half the pan before they cooled.

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                    James Cristinian Dec 27, 2013 07:29 PM

                    The wifeacita and I are perfect, she likes the corners and I like the centers. We went to a mall SE Texas meat market that served brownies and she asked to buy a corner, and they wouldn't sell one until all the centers were sold. There were more centers than we cared to buy so the poor girl went begging.

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                      CanadaGirl Dec 28, 2013 07:54 AM

                      I realize that most people prefer the edges, but I am really baffled my this. I will NEVER pick the edge piece if there is a centre available. And I will sometimes not bother with the edge on a piece of brownie, which I am sure many of you will find blasphemous!

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                        James Cristinian Dec 28, 2013 09:16 AM

                        Not me, the wife. I'm with you.

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                          cleobeach Dec 28, 2013 01:58 PM

                          I am a center girl. When I make them at home, I cut around the edges and discard them.

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                            nothingswrong Dec 29, 2013 03:43 PM

                            Gah! Blasphemy!

                            I only liked centers growing up, then somewhere in adulthood did a complete 180. I get liking the centers, but I can't believe you'd discard the edges!

                            Send them my way. They're even good a few days later :)

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                      EllenMM Dec 29, 2013 05:00 PM

                      I make a simple, dense chocolate cake - a family recipe. My DH "trims" the edges and looks at me, wide-eyed, stating that he's thoughtfully willing to eat the hard parts that no one wants. Hah! Yesterday, I put a sign on the cake: "NO TRIMMING EDGES!!!!".

                      Later, last night, I was craving a little piece and the cake pan was empty. "Where's my cake?"

                      "Oh, I cut it up and froze it so I wouldn't eat it all."

                      No way to win in this house.

                    3. greygarious Dec 24, 2013 02:28 PM

                      I often freeze a portion of this or that to give to a friend who has a hectic work life that precludes cooking meals that take a lot of time. One of my favorite things is stir-fried roasted eggplant, my loose interpretation of a Deborah Madison dish.
                      I've given it to my friend on a couple of occasions, but since there was no feedback, I assume it didn't go over all that well.
                      So I no longer share that one - more for me! Especially nice since the vegetables lose so much volume in cooking that I am always dissapointed in the small yield.

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                        jpc8015 Dec 24, 2013 02:04 PM

                        Courvoisier

                        1. Tripeler Dec 22, 2013 08:24 PM

                          Chocolate covered raisins
                          Dry Italian salami

                          1. team_cake Dec 22, 2013 10:59 AM

                            I usually bake my own breads and sweets, but imported German gingerbread (especially with jam and covered in chocolate) is usually only in store around the holiday season. SO, who likes gingerbread and molasses cookies, often asks for one from my hoard even though he doesn't think they are nearly as good as my homemade ones. I admit I tend to hide them because they are not only my fave cookie, but they are nostalgic treats in my book--cousins in Germany would send us big boxes of gifts every so often growing up, and holiday time meant marzipan, chocolate covered marble cakes, and variations of these gingerbread/jam/chocolate cookies. I have no shame (maybe a little) in my seasonal cookie stash when SO gets my homemade baked goods on a regular basis. These are my special treat!

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                              CanadaGirl Dec 22, 2013 12:26 PM

                              I get that. I'm never happy to share my favourites when I know the person eating it doesn't also love it. It's not that I don't want him (usually my husband) to enjoy it with me, it's just that he doesn't. It seems like wasted joy to me!

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                              Hopefulone Dec 22, 2013 07:56 AM

                              Thin Mints Girl Scout cookies

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                                noodlepoodle Dec 20, 2013 02:16 PM

                                I got tired or baking cookies on a Saturday only to come home from work on Monday with the thought of having a couple for dessert to find the cookie tin empty. I had to institute the "last cookie" rule and luckily the people in my house are complying. Some times you just have to spell out a plan instead of complaining.

                                Also, crispy roasted turkey and chicken wings are mine alone. Mine..mine...mine.

                                1. mariacarmen Dec 20, 2013 11:23 AM

                                  the crispy fat on any piece of meat, and all crispy skin. it's all MINE. luckily the BF knows this.

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                                    Bryan Pepperseed Dec 20, 2013 05:00 AM

                                    My primal instinct is to do it with any form of lobster and with eggrolls but I'm usually pretty good at suppressing the urge.
                                    However, sharing my artichoke hearts never happens.

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                                      artichokeenvy Dec 27, 2013 04:08 AM

                                      Gotta agree with you on the lobster and artichokes!

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                                      kitchengardengal Dec 20, 2013 12:49 AM

                                      I only have to hide things to keep DH from gorging on them in the middle of the night.
                                      I have to keep moving the Nutella jar. He finally gave up mini marshmallows. A friend gave us Christmas cookies with some chocolate truffles at the bottom of the boxes day before yesterday, and his chocolate truffles are already gone. But he carefully replaced the cookies on top. We have a jumbo size jar of peanut butter because he spoons it out in the middle of the night.
                                      DH only eats these things when I'm sleeping, or if I'm at work. I think it's some psychological thing.

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                                        Crockett67 Dec 20, 2013 05:07 AM

                                        Exactly!!! So frustrating. I was given a really nice bottle of bourbon as a gift, my SO only left me a shot as of last night. It may already be gone. Or any snacks around the house even things he 'doesn't like.' Gone!

                                        I leave him leftovers for meals while I'm at work, like real nice meals. He rather eat the little trail mix bags I make for when my blood sugar drops and I Need food at that very moment.

                                        But then he will turn around and does something so sweet, like up-date/clean/fix my computer while I'm asleep or detail the car while I'm away, and I have to forgive him.

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                                          kitchengardengal Dec 20, 2013 12:25 PM

                                          I'd say someone owes you a bottle of bourbon.

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                                            Crockett67 Dec 20, 2013 12:29 PM

                                            Thank you! Yes!

                                      2. Cherylptw Dec 19, 2013 11:42 PM

                                        Junior's Cheesecake, Red Rock ginger ale and real Jamaican beef patties, which I can't get here

                                        Really good hand dipped chocolate covered peanuts, I hide from the fiancé; he on the other hand, doesn't hide his but I don't feel guilty....

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                                          Ttrockwood Dec 19, 2013 07:09 PM

                                          Anything i schlepped halfway around the world..... That basalmic from italy, the anise tea, the addictive olives stuffed with marcona almonds- minemineminemine!

                                          Also, my mom's fudge. I just can't get it the same! Maybe after i have made as much as she has i will have the magic touch. I bring some back from my trip home- she makes me a batch the day before i leave- and that is all mine.
                                          And then i wait for it again until the next year...

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                                            nothingswrong Dec 20, 2013 10:00 AM

                                            That's really sweet of your mother.

                                            Once my siblings started leaving for college (I was the only one who stayed local), my mother would bake them entire batches of their favorite desserts, then pack and Fed-ex them overnight.

                                            It killed me to be over at her house and see/smell those things. She wouldn't so much as let me have a nibble off the corner.

                                            Raspberry-crumb-shortbread bars for my older brother.
                                            Caramel-walnut-ganache brownies for my sister.
                                            Various cookies and rice krispies treats for my younger brother.

                                          2. Njchicaa Dec 19, 2013 06:36 PM

                                            Kerrygold butter, Trader Joe's Unripened Brie, and Sky Coconut Vodka.

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                                              suzigirl Dec 19, 2013 06:50 PM

                                              My bf is a margarine guy so my room temp Kerrygold goes untouched. And your vodka is safe. I am alergic to coconut. The Brie however.....where did it go? Are you sure you didn't eat it?

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                                                Njchicaa Dec 19, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                I hoard and covet that cheese. I would buy a cheese locker for it if I could.

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                                                  suzigirl Dec 19, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                  I have an Il De France Brie bleu to sample. Mmm

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                                              kcshigekawa Dec 19, 2013 03:23 PM

                                              I'm not sure if it's selfish, or just self-protection...if I know I'm going to want something for lunch the next day, I have to pack it up and hide it in the produce drawer. Spousal unit has massive midnight snacks on occasion

                                              For example, tonight we're having stir-fried beef & veg, probably served with kimchi on the side. If I want any kimchi for lunch tomorrow, I'll have to pull out a portion and hide it. I've seen the spousal unit eat half a quart jar at one sitting...

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                                                suzigirl Dec 19, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                My bf could go toe to toe with your kimchi eater.

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                                                  kcshigekawa Dec 19, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                  Pickles at 50 paces!

                                                  :-D

                                                  Should we take bets?

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                                                    suzigirl Dec 19, 2013 04:20 PM

                                                    Yes to the bets! Picklepalooza.

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                                                suzigirl Dec 19, 2013 03:11 PM

                                                Pickled anything. My bf can put down a jar of pickled anything in one sitting. If i want more than one I need to hide them behind the eggs.

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                                                  wincountrygirl Dec 19, 2013 02:59 PM

                                                  Rainbow cookies with the marzipan between the cake and the chocolate. All mine!

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                                                    CanadaGirl Dec 19, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                    Créme brûlée. It's mine. All of it. Especially the brûlée part. I will stab you with a fork if you get too close ;)

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                                                      jarona Dec 19, 2013 01:48 PM

                                                      Veal Kidneys.

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                                                        gourmanda Dec 19, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                        The last piece of rum cake. DH absolutely Hoover's sweets...if I want my cake, I have to hide it (or, "not disclose its location"). :)

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                                                          kseiverd Dec 19, 2013 12:53 PM

                                                          Got a bit skewered for this kinda topic on another board a while ago, but I have tough skin!!

                                                          Not a big sweets person, but I'm self-ish with "good" chocolates and cookies. IF I had kids... I wouldn't feel the least bit guilty keeping the good stuff for me & giving kids 2nd, even 3rd string stuff. I'd get the Godiva and kids would get Hershey. I'd get the P-farm Milanos and kids would get store-brand cookies.

                                                          I think it's GREAT when kids try new foods, BUT!?! If at a backyard get-together and say there are shrimp on the grill, along side hotdogs and burgers. If kids get a few shrimp, that's fine, BUT IMNSHO a 5 yo would be just as happy with a hotdog, and shouldn't be gorging on the "grown-up" food.

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                                                            viperlush Dec 19, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                            I am truly thankful that my parents let me eat what I wanted and encouraged us to try new things. Caviar, oysters, good chocolate, etc were all shared. My mom still talks about "that stupid woman" who refused to serve me a smoked fish at breakfast because I was a child and " wouldn't enjoy it". Chowhounds have to start at some age and I'd rather see a 5 yr old gorging on shrimp than a hotdog. And I wouldn't serve a child something I wouldn't eat myself. At thanksgiving I was happy to see my 2 yr old cousin gobbling the artisan chocolate cover cranberries that we brought instead of the Hershey's kisses.

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                                                              CanadaGirl Dec 19, 2013 02:53 PM

                                                              Not going to skewer you for it, but my oldest son would be apoplectic if he had to forgo the shrimp. - he would be seriously less happy with the hotdog or burger. And has been like since since he was a toddler. :)

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                                                                suzigirl Dec 19, 2013 03:08 PM

                                                                As someone who grew up in your style home, its a great way to raise resentful kids. I know. So do my sister and brother.

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                                                                  cleobeach Dec 19, 2013 04:09 PM

                                                                  I never understood why some people think kids deserve less "good" food than adults.

                                                                  Many times we have had servers tell us that our son wouldn't eat something and would push us to order him chicken fingers or whatever. This NEVER went over well.

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                                                                  DuchessNukem Dec 19, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                  I kinda get this, about kids. Most kids aren't very discriminating as to chocolates and won't spend time to savor a special, subtle, expensive variant.

                                                                  Same for the shrimp: most kids are fine with basics like hot dog/hamburg and it's reasonable to plan the spendier shrimp mostly for adults.

                                                                  I think that CHers and their kids may not fit the general mold.

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                                                                    16crab Dec 20, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                    I totally get it. My kids will eat good chocolate, but they are also happy with Hersheys. So the candy bowl has the Hersheys, and the good stuff is kept in the cupboard. If they ask for the good stuff, I let them have it. But I'm not going to throw it at them or anything, if they like the Hersheys just as much. Part of it is cost, and part of it is wanting to make sure there's at least one piece left for when I (the person who pays the bills) wants it!

                                                                    My 8 year old has suddenly taken a liking to onion rings. I get them so rarely, because the hubs and I will often share and he doesn't love them. I don't love sharing them with the kiddo. I do it, because I'm happy he's tried something new, but I am secretly a little sad to see even one ring leave my plate. Will be happy when he decides he wants his own order of rings...right now he's still not ready to commit (or let his fries go).

                                                                3. njmarshall55 Dec 19, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                                  Huy Fong's Chili Garlic paste. I'll bring it wherever I'm going...restaurant, family gathering, friends...but I don't share.

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                                                                    pine time Dec 19, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                    2 kinds of caramels: saffron and Mirabelle plum. I outright lie to Mr. P and tell him they're gone, but I have my private reserve.

                                                                    1. Rilke Dec 19, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                                      My mom's wedding soup at Christmas. We are having our biggest ever crowd this year. The more the merrier, but I WILL have leftovers. There is nothing that compares to that soup.

                                                                      1. ipsedixit Dec 19, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                        The ice cream on the very outer edge of the carton after the carton has been out of the freezer for about 5 minutes or so.

                                                                        It's the perfect layered contrast of melted ice cream, semi-solid ice cream, and ice cream.

                                                                        I just take a spoon and rim the outer edge of the carton and basically spoil the rest for any onlookers.

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                                                                          Marusik Dec 19, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                                          I love that trinity, too!
                                                                          You can get a smaller carton and if you eat it holding in your hands , by the time you finish the 1st layer, the 2nd one is ready, and so forth. All yours, ahhhhh...

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                                                                            KrumTx Dec 19, 2013 03:04 PM

                                                                            That part is the greatest. My favorite is Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Therapy. I do try to leave it on the counter for a bit, but that's so, so hard to do.

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                                                                              ipsedixit Dec 19, 2013 06:16 PM

                                                                              I do try to leave it on the counter for a bit, but that's so, so hard to do.
                                                                              ________________

                                                                              Microwave at "defrost" setting for 20 seconds. Voila. Problem solved.

                                                                          2. Candy Dec 19, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                                            Foie Gras

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                                                                              Sirrith Dec 24, 2013 03:22 AM

                                                                              This.

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                                                                              cleobeach Dec 19, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                              Pecorino Romano cheese. I use a planer on it to get almost transparent slices. Problem is, the males in my life (husband and son) like it too and will gobble up the slices as fast as I produce them. I have decided it is a treat best eaten alone so I don’t get pissy about their gluttony.

                                                                              The OP’s description of his nephew and sister made me laugh. My mother is a terrible chocolate snob and is down right miserly about her stash. She will only share it with people she deems worthy enough to appreciate it. She will actually say things to me like “I have XYZ variety in my purse, don’t tell anyone, I will slip you a piece later.”

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                                                                                Chatsworth Dec 19, 2013 06:09 AM

                                                                                All the stuff my suitcase is filled with when I return from a trip "home" to the UK - Walkers crisps, Thorntons, Cadburys (the real stuff, not the crap put out by Hersheys), Hula Hoops.

                                                                                I'm feeling incredibly proud of myself and virtuous because I let my daughter finish the Smarties last night.

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                                                                                  CanadaGirl Dec 19, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                                  Mmmmmm. Thorntons is a favourite of mine, and I'm not from the UK! Happily, I can easily find it at one of my local grocers.

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                                                                                    Kalivs Dec 19, 2013 11:29 PM

                                                                                    Thornton's & bakewell slices

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                                                                                    Linda VH Dec 19, 2013 05:51 AM

                                                                                    Every year I buy a 2 lb. box of candy. Last year and this it was Candy Basket Dark Chocolate Fleur de Sel Caramels. They are hidden and I will have 1 a day until I'm done!

                                                                                    1. viperlush Dec 19, 2013 05:25 AM

                                                                                      The BF would say all. I like to share his food, but not mine. I've been accused of hiding food, but really I'm just buying it and not disclosing its location. For the most part i am polite to non family except Desserts and good French fries I loath sharing with anyone. If you want some order your own, don't expect to be able go pick off my plate, especially if I'm hungry.

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                                                                                        meatn3 Dec 19, 2013 12:21 PM

                                                                                        LOL!

                                                                                        "but really I'm just buying it and not disclosing its location"

                                                                                        I absolutely love this!

                                                                                      2. hill food Dec 19, 2013 02:28 AM

                                                                                        yes to all of these posts and add crispy spring rolls at favored Thai and Vietnamese restaurants (get your own damn order, these are too much of a pain for this haole to make at home) fresh rolls I can make even if they are badly rolled.

                                                                                        but it's not really selfishness as much as a dog-like possessive-(it's MINE!)-ness snarl.

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                                                                                          kitchengardengal Dec 19, 2013 12:57 AM

                                                                                          The oysters on the back of a freshly roasted chicken.
                                                                                          DH would need to fear for his life if he ate one without waiting for me to offer it.

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                                                                                            nothingswrong Dec 19, 2013 12:39 AM

                                                                                            French fries.

                                                                                            I loathe when friends say "I'm trying to watch my weight, I'll just steal a few of yours." I will either sit as far away as possible from said dieter while eating, or I'll just get another order and shove it at the others. Then I get into my defensive eating pose: elbows on the table, cradling my hot crispy fries into my chest, head down, just shoveling those babies in.

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                                                                                              16crab Dec 20, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                                              My mother-in-law will ask to just 'steal a few' someone else's fries while her hand is already on the plate. Sometimes I want to stab it with a fork. Instead, I make sure one of the kids is sitting with her, because they NEVER eat all of their fries.

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                                                                                                dagoose Dec 28, 2013 07:02 PM

                                                                                                You've seen the "joey doesn't share food" episode of Friends, right?

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                                                                                                  nothingswrong Dec 29, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                                                  No! Does it involve French fries?

                                                                                              2. DuchessNukem Dec 18, 2013 11:24 PM

                                                                                                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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                                                                                                  BeeZee Dec 19, 2013 07:00 AM

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

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                                                                                                    Daisy.G Dec 19, 2013 07:57 PM

                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                  2. e_bone Dec 18, 2013 10:52 PM

                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                      KrumTx Dec 19, 2013 03:06 PM

                                                                                                      "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.

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                                                                                                      autumm Dec 18, 2013 10:02 PM

                                                                                                      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. Chemicalkinetics Dec 18, 2013 09:55 PM

                                                                                                        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. HillJ Dec 18, 2013 09:11 PM

                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                            hill food Dec 19, 2013 02:31 AM

                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                              HillJ Dec 19, 2013 05:31 AM

                                                                                                              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. :)

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                                                                                                                hill food Dec 19, 2013 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                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)

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                                                                                                                  HillJ Dec 19, 2013 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                    hill food Dec 19, 2013 08:38 PM

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

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                                                                                                                      HillJ Dec 19, 2013 08:43 PM

                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                        ohmyyum Dec 20, 2013 12:29 PM

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

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                                                                                                                          HillJ Dec 20, 2013 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                          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 !

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                                                                                                                            ohmyyum Dec 20, 2013 01:25 PM

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

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                                                                                                                              HillJ Dec 20, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                              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 :)

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                                                                                                                        greygarious Dec 20, 2013 03:34 PM

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

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                                                                                                                          HillJ Dec 20, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                          https://www.livingsocial.com/deals/96...

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

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                                                                                                                        DuchessNukem Dec 21, 2013 09:15 PM

                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                          hill food Dec 22, 2013 01:50 AM

                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                            HillJ Dec 22, 2013 05:17 AM

                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                              DuchessNukem Dec 23, 2013 02:35 AM

                                                                                                                              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. :)

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                                                                                                                                HillJ Dec 23, 2013 06:13 AM

                                                                                                                                ah, the power of the smoked fish :)

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                                                                                                                                  HillJ Dec 23, 2013 09:35 AM

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

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                                                                                                                      ErnieD Dec 20, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                      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."

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                                                                                                                      Billy33 Dec 28, 2013 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                        HillJ Dec 28, 2013 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                        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!
                                                                                                                        http://www.acmesmokedfish.com/special...
                                                                                                                        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!

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