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Hello. My name is PotatoHouse and I am a _______ addict.


It is all summed up by Abby on NCIS;

Abby: " This stuff is more addictive than pistachios!"

Blank stare from Gibbs

Abby: "Seriously! Have you ever tried to eat just one pistachio?"

What is your food addiction?

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  1. Anything salty and crunchy -- nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chips, popcorn, pretzels.

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      1. re: Tara57

        It's ALL about the crunch and texture :-D

      2. French fries. I refuse to buy a fryolator because it would be way to easy to feed that monkey...

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        1. I can resist the urge to splurge on everything but cashews. Resistance is futile.

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          1. re: greygarious

            Oh my husband is with you there..... Love cashews too....

            1. re: greygarious

              I am old enough to remember getting a wax paper container full of hot roasted cashews as a treat at Woolworth's in my hometown in the 60's. You spurred a sweet food memory Grey:)

              1. re: MamasCooking

                I remember Woolworth's. All but gone now around here.

                1. re: MamasCooking

                  I always got pumpkin pie with whipped cream at the counter. Man I miss Woolworth

                  1. re: sunangelmb

                    Well, his heirs are enjoying F.W.W.'s mansion on Indian Creek Island off Miami, an incredible place. Made my grandfather's home there look like a caddy shack!

              2. Chocolate
                Chocolate milk
                Chinese Dim Sum in general

                (hmm.... I will stop.... I just realized that I unintentionally typed four items start with the letter "C")

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                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    <Not just "C", but "CH" >

                    Wow, you are right. I didn't even pay attention. Thanks. This is odd.

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      What about:

                      CHicken (of any kind)

                      ..... startin' to sound like a Sesame Street episode ;-)

                    1. re: chartreauxx

                      :D You are good. It turns out that I also love these two items.

                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        i thought you might... i sure do!... we've crossed paths on several threads before and seem to have similar tastes! i like all of your things except the chocolate ones (which i'm allergic to). :-) lol... but seriously, who could say no to cheese?

                    2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      Have you ever tried chocolate dim sum? No? Where is your imagination? '-)

                        1. re: LotusRapper

                          :) Yes, I should add all four them. I should have Chocolate-Dim Sum-Chip in Chocolate Milk.

                          1. re: LotusRapper

                            WOW! Chocolate dim sum. Thanks! And here I thought I was being a smart ass. What's next? Avocado confit???? In olive oil, of course, with just a tad of toasted sesame oil. Avocado oil would be overkill. Should be a good starter. Chocolate dim sum for dessert... What for a main????

                        2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                          Oh dim sum for sure, for me.

                          With the C, for you
                          curry? challah? cardoons? cat food? clams? ceviche? cabbage? cilantro? carrots? cake? cream? catfish?

                          1. re: EWSflash


                            <curry? challah? cardoons? cat food? clams? ceviche? cabbage? cilantro? carrots? cake? cream? catfish?>

                            While I like many of these foods, I think the only one I am addicted would be "curry". I do love a good Black Forest cake.

                        3. Crunchy, salty chips, pretzels and the like.

                              1. re: cheesecake17

                                Me too. I crave it all day, especially in the winter. I even switched to decaf during the day, and I still crave it.

                                If I drink too much of the real stuff, I get walloping headaches though.

                                1. re: sueatmo

                                  Thank goodness, the caffeine doesn't bother me. I love the smell, the taste, the warmth.

                                  My daughter calls it "mommys juice"

                                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                        my daughter refers to my bottle of vodka at Costco as Mommy's water.

                                        I should be concerned, but I"m not.

                                2. Tortilla chips, cream cheese, and salsa.

                                  Garlic bread.

                                  Corn bread and butter.

                                  Biscuits and butter.

                                  I lose all control.

                                  1. OLIVES!

                                    I literally eat them all the time. All kinds, black green, kalamata... ALL of them.

                                    I will snack on them at my desk in work... while everyone else is eating bagels and doughnuts, I'm eating olives.

                                    Give me a dirty martini and I'm in hog heaven!

                                    I've already advised friends and family that if I die they better put a jar of olives in my casket... or let the hauntings begin!!!

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                                    1. re: JennyCraig1970

                                      YES. Love olives.

                                      When I was in college and had no money half a jar of olives became my dinner a couple times (and breakfast once). Desperate yet delicious.

                                      1. re: JennyCraig1970

                                        Oh my Hubby LOVES olives, he will open about five jars at a time..... In FaceTime pretty sure I have several jars open now.....

                                            1. My food addictions change from season to season.

                                              Right now it seems to be feta cheese.

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                                              1. re: pedalfaster

                                                Cheese is a constant no matter the season :)

                                                Summertime: can't stop eating little grape tomatoes. Some manage to make it into the dish I'm preparing but there are never any leftovers.

                                              2. Cheese
                                                Veggo is a hopeless cheese mouse

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                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                  +1 Veggo
                                                  I recently told my physician my obit would read "death by cheese".....I would die happy eating cheese.

                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                    That makes no sense based on your photo.

                                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                      The photo is little veggo who lives in Mexico. I have had difficulty getting him a letter of transit to Lisbon.

                                                  2. Really great dried fruit... Stuff from Iran and general Mediterranean area like mozafati dates that taste like caramel and melt in your mouth. Or calimyrna figs that have syrup dripping out.

                                                    Also my guilty pleasure is
                                                    sponge toffee, honeycomb or seafoam candy.

                                                    1. -eitos!

                                                      You know, Cheetos, Doritos, Fritos,Tostitos...

                                                      My only salvation is that I dislike most flavors they come in. But if you give me Cool Ranch, Nacho Cheese or plain? 1 bag, 1 serving.

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                                                      1. re: venushakti

                                                        +1 this, Nacho or Ranch Doritos are my kryptonite. Yesterday at the supermarket they were offering little sample cups of salsa with a Ranch Dorito as the dipper and I briefly though about mugging the demo lady for the rest of the bag.

                                                      2. Offal. any kind--kidneys; tongue; heart; liver...............ahhhh
                                                        Anything salty/sweet.

                                                        1. The mini stroopwaffels sold at TJ's. Especially if I am having a coffee; they are sinfully delicious and so small that I could pop them until the bag is empty. Yumm....

                                                          1. I'm afraid I probably have many if I really sit & think about it.....

                                                            My husband thinks I'm weird since he grew up in So Cal, and I in New England, and I CANNOT GET ENOUGH CLAMS. EVER. When a fried clam seafood shack (for 10x the price, lol) opened in LA, I dragged my family along. They just don't get me.....

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                                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                              Me too, only we're in AZ, so the fresh ones are a 4 hr drive to Mexico, which isn't that safe these days, but I might just risk it for those clams- we put them in a bucket of ocean water and change it out several times in the ocean, and they're so smooth and sand-free and so stellar.

                                                              1. re: EWSflash

                                                                Oh yum..... Now I'm craving them. Again.....

                                                            2. Cookie dough--the homemade kind. It makes me so weak. I try each time.. thinking this time: I will not eat some. And then I do.

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                                                              1. re: GraceW

                                                                And popcorn--especially if it is caramel or chocolate covered. But really any kind.

                                                              2. biscuits. my recipe. hot. with honey and extra butter.

                                                                pork. especially bacon.

                                                                chocolate, all day, any day.

                                                                tea. can't give it up: never sure i want to try.

                                                                (would anyone actually say something like "salad" or "green smoothies"? if it's good for you, can it be considered an addiction?)

                                                                1. Pickles. It's awful. If I have them, I get one every single time I'm on the same floor as the fridge. I used to be pretty good about just not buying them, but since we got a Costco membership my husband keeps getting the huge jars. When I tell him not to he gives me a blank look and says "but you love them!"

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                                                                  1. re: ErnieD

                                                                    Yup! I eat the jar and then I want to drink the juice.

                                                                    1. re: ErnieD

                                                                      Yes, I eat the whole jar. I cannot buy them.

                                                                    2. Cold leftover roasted Brussels sprouts.

                                                                      Yes, really.

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                                                                      1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                        LOL. Only if they were roasted with bacon.

                                                                          1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                            Drenched with Sriarcha sauce....the best.

                                                                          2. I have no boundaries with milk. I limit myself to buying one 16 ounce container each week to accompany a meal. I know that if I buy a 1/2 gallon of milk that instead of eating properly I will just hit the *bottle* in lieu of actual food. This is a fairly recent food obsession.

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                                                                            1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                              When I was pregnant, I drank milk like it was going out of style. I was buying 2-3 gallons a week

                                                                              1. re: cheesecake17

                                                                                And your infant did the same after birth ;-)

                                                                                1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                  Yep and at almost 3 she's still a milk gal. Kid loves her dairy!

                                                                            2. Organic baby carrots. I have no idea why, but I just *love* them. Last night I polished off nearly an entire bag. This morning my tummy aches. :(

                                                                              1. chocoholic and porkaholic. Period

                                                                                  1. Figs. Fresh, dried, ice cream, jam , with cheese, with meats. Love em.

                                                                                    1. Donuts (yeast, not cake)

                                                                                      Croissants (esp. double-baked)

                                                                                      Pringles (you're lying if you say you're not)

                                                                                      TJ's peanut butter-filled pretzels

                                                                                      1. Bacon. I've had it four times in 2014 already. My younger brother's the same. Wonder if it's nurture or nature?

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                                                                                        1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                                                          We specifically have limited bacon in 2014, so only have had it two times. If that stricture hadn't been in place, and we hadn't been snowed in for the last 2 days, it would have been 4 times too! My husband can't resist it.

                                                                                          As for me, cookies and nuts are two things I have a hard time stopping eating.

                                                                                          1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                                                            My wife requested I get her the Bacon Wave thingey for Christmas. Sure is handy, no frying, no mess, all bacon goodness:


                                                                                          2. Pretzels and tootsie rolls....especially the vanilla one, or the midgies. The sweet salty causes me to eat one of each in a never ending cycle

                                                                                            1. Eggs.


                                                                                              Good rye bread (fortunately, it's hard to come by, so I don't indulge as much as I'd desire).

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                                                                                              1. re: Karl S

                                                                                                We should get together and binge on milk:) It is my number 1 food addiction.

                                                                                                1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                  Here's what to get: grass-fed creamtop (unhomogenized) milk. That's the good stuff.

                                                                                                  The fats in grass-fed cattle are better for you than grain-fed cattle, especially in the milk.

                                                                                                  Homogenization is convenient, but comes at a cost in quality. It also makes milk somewhat less digestible (I have family members who are pretty lactose intolerant but who tolerate creamtop milk
                                                                                                  significantly better than homogenized milk, and they know other folks like that, though I wouldn't say it's universally so).

                                                                                                  For a long time, creamtop milk was hard to find in my area: we were down to one area dairy that made it, and it was not widely distributed. But, in the past year, other suppliers are coming on line, as it were. Most recently. Organic Valley*, and Whole Foods are carrying it.


                                                                                                  I prefer milk in glass bottle (I will sometimes decant from plastic or cardboard to glass to indulge this preference). Creamtop milk that has been stored upright tends to clog, obviously, unless it's been shaken well. I prefer to buy, shake well, and store in a bottle with a strong cap on its SIDE: it's easier to disperse the cream in that way.

                                                                                                  My current favorite, available hit or miss at my local Whole Foods, is from upstate NY: the whole creamtop milk -


                                                                                                  1. re: Karl S

                                                                                                    Heady stuff for a milk addict like myself!

                                                                                                    1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                      I'm not much of a milk drinker in general, but when I can get raw milk, I can down it by the gallon. If you can find it and aren't concerned about drinking it unpasteurized, it is WELL worth the slight upcharge.

                                                                                                      1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                        I actually found that there wasn't much difference between raw milk and pasteurized cream top milk. I was surprised at this result, btw.

                                                                                              2. Free food. I t doesn't matter if i just ate, if i go into the kitchen at work and there is a doughnut, I'll eat it. It doesn't matter if i'm hungry or not. If i walk into the kitchen and there is leftover pizza BBQ or whatever from some other group's lunch i eat it. Even if it something that i wouldn't buy like a grocery store cake with crappy icing, it doesn't matter.
                                                                                                I wasn't raised poor. I never wanted for food, and i'm not overweight (ok, maybe about 15 lbs.), but if it's free i'm gonna eat it.

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                                                                                                1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                                  This sounds like my husband. In fact I just turned to him and ask, "are you posting on chow hound now?"

                                                                                                  1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                                    I admit, I have a hard time passing up free food too even if I'm not hungry or if it's not something I really want at that moment. It does have to be somewhat tasty, though.

                                                                                                    1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                                      I kind of have to agree, although I've never thought about it consciously before. Going to have to watch myself.

                                                                                                      1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                                        I quit free food long ago. Too many times I would later have paid a handsome price not to have eaten it.

                                                                                                      2. Oh pistachios are good. They're good out of hand. They're good in savory things. They're good in sweet things. They're just a delight. Pistachios gooooood.

                                                                                                        I add to that many of the things mentioned already. Eggs. Not quite Cool Hand Luke caliber, but I could eat a lot of eggs. Pickles, olives. Hard cheeses esp romano. But mostly eggs.

                                                                                                        1. Guacamole.

                                                                                                          Fresh corn tortillas, like they serve at my favorite Mex place -- hot and accompanied by butter and salsa,

                                                                                                              1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                i don't like cooked frozen peas. Either fresh cooked peas or uncooked frozen peas.

                                                                                                                1. re: Kalivs

                                                                                                                  I most prefer a bag of uncooked frozen peas on my anterior cruciate ligament after a skiing mishap.

                                                                                                            1. Gravy

                                                                                                              Any kind

                                                                                                              All kinds


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                                                                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                  and there are endless possibilities !!!

                                                                                                                2. Do drinks count? If so, more than any food it would be coffee and Diet Coke.

                                                                                                                  For actual food....hmmm, I'd probably say carbs (specifically bread and potatoes).

                                                                                                                  1. Licorice. Black jelly beans. I make anise scones. Sambuca. Especially licorice brought as gifts from my extended family in Finland! No doubt about it.

                                                                                                                    Next up in is ginger. As in ginger scones, cookies, bread, ale, etc.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: breadchick

                                                                                                                      Keep an open eye for Xtabentun, a honey-anise liqueur from the Yucatan.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                        Interesting, I'll look for it - thanks.

                                                                                                                    2. Cheese Doodles, the puffy kind. I don't buy them anymore because I cant sleep if I know they are in the house. Also,pistachios. My wife gave me a3# bag for christmas which didn't last long.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: zackly

                                                                                                                        That is hilarious * I can't sleep if I know they are in the house*:)

                                                                                                                        1. re: zackly

                                                                                                                          I would be addicted to pistachios if they were cheaper

                                                                                                                          1. re: zackly

                                                                                                                            I like the crunchy kind. I've been known to wear surgical gloves when I eat them to prevent the unfortunate orange fingers

                                                                                                                          2. Beanfields Bean & Rice chips.

                                                                                                                            1. Just thought of another questionable food addiction...cake. Especially sheet cake with super sweet icing. Although in a pinch, any will do (except chocolate) I don't know what it is about it, but shamefully I have stopped at Walmart and even and grabbed one of their single slices on more then one occasion. I will now turn in my chow card.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                                                                                Nah, I with you on this one. I one time suggested to a local baker to create a "wedding cake of the month club." Basically, a buttercream cake the size of the topper - for those of us that want that fix but nobody is getting married at the moment. He actually considered it.

                                                                                                                                I make this crazy, many layered coconut Easter cake every year, and one year I didn't have it and my many sisters went sugar crazy on me. So apparently Easter is the one time we all let it go and sugar it up.

                                                                                                                                (So much for the fruit salad I brought instead. Thanks, Mom.)

                                                                                                                                1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                                                                                  loved your response...but my mother catered weddings and I detest "cake".

                                                                                                                                  give me savory (salsa, noodles, baked cabbage!) or give me death! LOL!

                                                                                                                                2. Double-baked almond croissants.

                                                                                                                                  1. Yesterday I tried chocolate covered pistachios. Goddamn!
                                                                                                                                    Try having less than a handful.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: globocity

                                                                                                                                      I will only eat pistachios that I have to prize out of their shells. Otherwise, it'd be a dump truck into my belly!

                                                                                                                                    2. dim sum
                                                                                                                                      macaroni and cheese
                                                                                                                                      thai fried rice
                                                                                                                                      thai noodle dishes
                                                                                                                                      tater tots
                                                                                                                                      good crusty baguette with butter or oil
                                                                                                                                      delivery american-style chinese lo mein
                                                                                                                                      bahn mi