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Please don't be afraid to post the strangest and most bizarre food combinations ever. I'm notorious for these and I know I can't be alone!!

For instance...I have NO idea where it came from but since I love the salty/sweet combo more than life sometimes, I love chicken ramen seasoning w/sugar. Such a guilty pleasure. So weird, I know.

I also love Ovaltine on vanilla ice cream and honey mustard in tuna salad.

I have problems.

What are your guiltiest food combos or snacks??

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  1. Nutella and thick-cut orange marmalade on toast

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    1. re: hal2010

      THAT sounds awesome. Like one of those chocolate oranges.

    2. Graham crackers, stuffed in a mug and covered with cold milk. I eat the sludge with a spoon, and it's so comforting and easy. (Blushes with shame.)

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      1. re: MickiYam

        I do this with cookies. It is called a mushy (mooshy?). Best with Oreos or chips ahoy or a combo of both.

        1. re: MickiYam

          You would have loved the graham cracker ice cream I had at a restaurant last month.

            1. re: Cheese Boy

              Oh yuummmm. I'll definitely be looking for this.

            2. re: MickiYam

              I crush up graham crackers and add them to vanilla pudding. We also do cereal mush - grind it up and add milk to make a pasty creation.

              No shame there!!!!

                1. re: Cheese Boy

                  In Central PA, grapenut ice cream is a popular flavor.

                  1. re: melpy

                    I grew up in Central PA (Altoona) and never heard of it! Maybe it's even more regional...

                    1. re: punkin712

                      Franklin and Cumberland counties maybe?

                  2. re: Cheese Boy

                    OMG, my mom used to make Grape-Nut custard 60+ years ago. I loved it then, hadn't thought about it in years. I'll have to make some soon, I eat Grape-Nuts for breakfast often.

                2. When in China, I like pouring a glass of water and seeing which one of my fellow expat friends would like a taste.

                  Though since I'm not in that part of the world much anymore, more thought is required.

                  1. Take a big Medjool date (I like the jumbo ones from nutsonline) and slice down one side. Remove the pit. Take a big chunk of salted butter and stuff it in the date -- the butter should be large enough to overhang the date. Mmmm. It's butter caramel heaven.

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                    1. re: amoule

                      I do that but with almond butter.... But that's not as weird!

                    2. Along the lines of Ovaltine on vanilla ice cream, I like plain malted milk powder on chocolate ice cream. Not particularly weird, but an oldtime treat that's mostly been forgotten nowadays. Malt shops used to call it a Dusty Miller.

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                      1. re: eclecticsynergy

                        That sounds awesome. Nobody else I know appreciates the gritty texture.

                        1. re: eclecticsynergy

                          In Jersey, that was called a Dusty Road. My dad came up
                          with a variation - coffee ice cream (family favorite), chocolate
                          syrup and the malted milk powder. Guess that was a "Muddy

                          1. re: ferventfoodie

                            Vanilla ice cream with a spoonful of instant coffee granules on top.

                            1. re: Antilope

                              That sounds delicious to me. Or vanilla ice cream with a shot of espresso poured over.

                          2. re: eclecticsynergy

                            When I was a kid I liked the malted milk powder right out of the jar. Haven't had it in years. Think I might get some

                              1. re: therealdoctorlew

                                I love sardines but always have a hard time deciding how to eat them.

                                1. re: MissMoxie911

                                  the only way I've seen them eaten is on toast.

                                    1. re: MissMoxie911

                                      A Moroccan friend empties a tin of sardines onto a plate (they can be packed in olive oil, spicy oil, or a tomato sauce) and covers them with mild onion (such as red onion, Spanish onion or vidalia onion - I've also used scallions). She eats them with some kind of Mediterranean bread.

                                      I've seen people from various Asian countries dump them on a bit of rice, and other vegetables and condiments. Eat.

                                      On toast, a classic.

                                      The delicate small sardines also make a great light meal atop a green salad. Would be great with baby spinach or kale. You can also add some bits of fresh tomato.

                                    2. re: therealdoctorlew

                                      Sardines with sour cream and some sea salt.

                                      1. re: therealdoctorlew

                                        I used to get sardines, cottage cheese, some green onions and a box of Ritz crackers at the market near the graphics joint where I worked. I'd chop up the scallions with my X-Acto knife, mix those and broken-up sardines into a bowl of cottage cheese, and use the crackers as my eating utensil. Great drawing-board food …

                                        Since childhood my favorite sandwich has been liverwurst, swiss cheese and sliced egg on non-balloon white bread, with butter, a smear of mustard and plenty of mayonnaise. Lettuce optional.

                                        1. re: therealdoctorlew

                                          Cottage cheese with cranberry sauce (the non jellied type).

                                        2. I also just realized why I eat a lot of condiments by themselves (ramen seasoning, furikake, worcestershire)...I mean other than a clearly intense love for salt...

                                          I don't need food to be filling, but I need it to take a while to eat. That's why I love artichokes, popcorn etc

                                          Anywhoo...I love furikake by itself. Makes me happy.

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                                              1. re: MissMoxie911

                                                I do solo furikake all the time...dump some into the palm of my hands and into my mouth it goes...

                                              2. Vanilla wafer & PB sandwiches(have a beverage handy)!

                                                1. Ovaltine powder added to a whole wheat bread recipe adds a nice malt flavor to the loaf. Use 1 or 2 Tablespoons to a 1 1/2 or 2 lb loaf. Use the original flavor Ovaltine, not the chocolate flavor.

                                                  1. Polenta / grits covered with Hormel beanless chili.

                                                    1. Thai peanut sauce on white rice, spaghetti pasta or pot stickers.

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                                                      1. re: Antilope

                                                        Oh man. I eat peanut sauce with a spoon. I could put it on an old boot.

                                                        1. re: MissMoxie911

                                                          At an International Festival in Nashville the Thai and Korean booths were next to each other. I got some battered deep-fried veges from the Koreans and chicken skewers with peanut sauce from the Thais … and the hands-down winner was the fried vegetables with the peanut sauce! I told the Koreans about it, but they just looked miffed.

                                                          1. re: MissMoxie911

                                                            "Oh man. I eat peanut sauce with a spoon. I could put it on an old boot."

                                                            Me too! In fact, the last time we were at a Thai restaurant, I did eat the remainder with a spoon, my husband was horrified.

                                                            Back when I would have leftover rice, I would freeze it for lunch and top it with peanut sauce.

                                                            1. re: cleobeach

                                                              Peanut sauce on a nuked sweet potato. Perfect combo.

                                                          2. re: Antilope

                                                            Peanut butter and pesto sandwich.

                                                            Tastes like Thai food.

                                                            1. re: melpy

                                                              Peanut butter, hot sauce and sardine sandwich.

                                                          3. PB & J sandwich with chili. I swear - try it!

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                                                            1. re: MplsM ary

                                                              Chili like meat or like peppers or spice?

                                                              1. re: MissMoxie911

                                                                Veggie chili, filled with beans and chilies galore.

                                                                1. re: MplsM ary

                                                                  Iiiiiinteresting. Sweet&salty is totally my jam but I'm not sure about that one!

                                                                  1. re: MissMoxie911

                                                                    The combo was introduced to me by my Algebra teacher when I was in 8th grade. I thought it sounded disgusting, but I've been hooked since I tried it. the jam/jelly has to be sweet - cherry is good - berry varieties don't seem to work as well.

                                                            2. Take a teaspoon of freshly ground coffee, put it in your mouth and then drink a shot of Tequila without swallowing the coffee grounds. (After which, you spit out the coffee grounds.) Definitely not first date fare, but a fun experience.

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                                                              1. I was a latchkey kid, and often my after school snack would be a French's Yellow Mustard sandwich. (That's white bread covered with as much French's Yellow Mustard as the bread can possibly hold). If there was no bread in the house, I would just eat the French's mustard straight-up. My nasty older brother, OTH, would eat slabs of liverwurst drenched in ketchup. Then he'd chase me around the house, catch me and blow his liverwurst breath in my face. I still can't stand the sight of liverwurst!

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                                                                1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                  When I was a kid, my brother would make mustard and butter sandwiches.

                                                                  1. re: Tripeler

                                                                    Gross! I had a cousin who would eat peanut putter and mayonnaise on crackers.

                                                                    1. re: MissMoxie911

                                                                      I would eat an American cheese, peanut butter (chunky) and Miracle Whip sandwiches as a kid.

                                                                      1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                        I used to eat pb and miracle whip sandwiches all the time growing up. I remember being too embarrassed to admit it was miracle whip, so when other kids would ask what I was eating, I'd say pb w/ marshmallow fluff. I haven't had one of those sandwiches in years so I wonder if I'd still like it . . . maybe I'll pick up a jar of miracle whip and give it a go.

                                                                        1. re: HeyImBack

                                                                          We used Miracle Whip instead of mayo. I remember going to a friend's house, and her mom made a mayo and cheese sandwich. It tasted so different from my version of "mayo" and cheese!!

                                                                          Same with buying a deli roast beef sub with mayo. Didn't taste like my "mayo"!

                                                                          1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                            same here - my mom always made cheese sandwiches w/ sliced Kraft singles and miracle whip. Turkey sandwiches, too, now that I think of it. It wasn't till I moved out on my own that I realized miracle whip wasn't really "mayo"!

                                                                            1. re: HeyImBack

                                                                              I still prefer some things with Miracle Whip. Turkey is definitely one of them. Cold meat loaf is the other one!!

                                                                              When I do tuna salad, I usually do 1/2 MW and 1/2 mayo.

                                                                        2. re: jbsiegel

                                                                          My best friend growing up would have peanut butter and cheese. It was sharp cheddar chunk cheese. Those were delicious sandwiches.

                                                                      2. re: Tripeler

                                                                        I have a friend whose mother used to send her to school with a plain ketchup sandwich. Every day. The other kids were so mean about it that eventually the nuns started letting her eat in a separate room alone.

                                                                        1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                          I did too. My friend used to come in with mustard sandwiches too as well as ketchup sandwiches. No one made fun of her though. She was the smartest kid in the class. So much for good nutrition.

                                                                        2. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                          My college roommate would make a sandwich with cheapo white bread and mustard and called it a "wish sandwich" - as in i wish i had something for a sandwich.... Ha! She insisted it was "a Maine thing" but i dunno about that...

                                                                          1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                            That sounds like the old "potatoes and point" - you point to where the meat should be.

                                                                          2. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                            I used to drink Wishbone Italian salad dressing on a teaspoon.

                                                                            Or I would make ramen (noodles only ,no seasoning) and add the dressing and parm cheese.

                                                                            Once I used a brie flavored laughing cow and pesto and melted that into my ramen (noodles only).

                                                                            1. re: melpy

                                                                              My older brother drank my mom's homemade Italian vinaigrette by the bowl when we were kids. Literally. "No lettuce for me tonight please, just the dressing."

                                                                              The ramen thing makes total sense, though it's never occurred to me to use instant ramen noodles as a base for "Italian" themed dishes. The 19 year old me is kicking current me for not thinking of just adding cheese and pesto!

                                                                              1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                In the dorm we had an electric kettle, after boiling we would let the ramen soak and then drain the water in the bathroom. We had a fridge so the cheese and pesto were easy to keep.

                                                                          3. A bowl of hot mashed potatoes (good instant OK), with a sunny side up fried egg on top, seasoned with salt and pepper and a pat of butter. Break the soft egg yolk of the fried egg, let the yellow egg yolk flow over the mashed potatoes and enjoy.

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                                                                            1. re: Antilope

                                                                              That actually sounds good Antilope - I would try it!

                                                                              1. re: Antilope

                                                                                Hmm that sounds good. I also like Campbell's vegetable soup over mashed potatoes.

                                                                                1. re: Antilope

                                                                                  One of my favorite dishes when I'm sick.

                                                                                  1. re: Antilope

                                                                                    That sounds so good. I can't believe I never thought to put an egg on it. I know what I am having for dinner now!

                                                                                  2. Liverwurst with strawberry or grape jam on white toast.
                                                                                    Thinly sliced onion with salt and pepper on pumpernickel bread.

                                                                                    1. Peanut butter and bologna sandwich.

                                                                                      Summer sausage and strawberry jam sandwich.

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                                                                                      1. re: Cheez62

                                                                                        Oh man. Never tried the peanut butter and bologna (my mom always hated bologna so I never ate it) but I know sausage and fig jam is great so id loove to try that one.

                                                                                      2. A breakfast burger. A reheated hamburger patty between two pieces of buttered toast (butter sides in - white bread) with strawberry jam on one side of the burger and ketchup on the other side.

                                                                                        1. Cinnamon and sugar on buttered spaghetti noodles. Cottage cheese mixed with tuna.

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                                                                                          1. re: Muddirtt

                                                                                            The tuna and cottage cheese doesn't sound bad. I do tuna with either ketchup or salsa.

                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                I used to love American cheese slices on white or challah with both mustard and mayo. Migh still enjoy it, if I ever felt like trying it!

                                                                                                Love sliced hard boiled eggs on bread/bagel/ whatever spread with plain cream cheese.

                                                                                                My mom used to smash strawberries into milk and call it Pinky.

                                                                                                Sister loved to eat cookies between two slices of bread. Hudrox cookies were her favorite.

                                                                                                My other sister liked warm homemade pasta sauce on her salad as dressing.

                                                                                          2. Peanut butter and dill pickle sandwich.

                                                                                            Peanut butter and kim chee sandwich.

                                                                                            (peanut butter must be crunchy)

                                                                                            Cottage cheese, ketchup, sweet relish. Mix together. Dip Ritz crackers into the nasty looking mess.

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                                                                                            1. re: kcshigekawa

                                                                                              My late Granny was inordinately fond of a sandwich of Smuckers Goober Grape (PB and J swirled together in the jar) and baloney. Which, love her and miss her thought I do, I have never tried.

                                                                                              1. re: kcshigekawa

                                                                                                Ive been eating peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches all my life, but in spite of 3 years in Seoul I never thought of peanut butter and kim chee. Guess I know whats for lunch tomorrow. Woo Hoo!

                                                                                              2. I add a shot of hot sauce to my hot chocolate (I also add cocoa to chili)

                                                                                                1. After a cook out, I would always look forward to the left over potato salad and baked beans. They go on a sandwich individually or combo. Yummmmm! I also love peanut butter and bacon sandwiches or peanut butter on a hamburger.

                                                                                                  1. Curried butternut squash soup as a dipping sauce for any Asian dumplings.

                                                                                                    Maple syrup drizzled on corned beef hash.

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                                                                                                    1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                      I once useds a creamy carrot soup that was cold as a dipping sauce for falafel. It was great.

                                                                                                      1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                        Yes yes yes. Maple syrup or honey or brown sugar always go on my meat depending on the type. Smoked sausage with a drizzle of honey is soo good.

                                                                                                      2. I'm not sure if this is strictly a local thing, but I used to love raw beef sandwiches at the end of an oyster roast. After consuming massive quantities of every form of oyster imaginable, there would be a huge mound of raw ground beef brought out. A big slab of that on fresh rye bread with raw onions, mustard and s&p was almost as good as the oysters themselves.

                                                                                                        Alas, it disappeared with all the hullabaloo about e-coli. So sad.

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                                                                                                        1. re: Christina D

                                                                                                          That sounds insane and awesome! Time to bring it back.

                                                                                                          1. re: Christina D

                                                                                                            I don't know where "local" is for you Christina, but raw beef sandwiches have long been a thing in our family. I recall family gatherings, like after Christmas, with family in Wisconsin. "Cannibal sandwiches", as they were called - raw ground beef, spread open-faced on a slice of rye, with thin sliced raw onions and plenty of salt & pepper. No mustard, but otherwise the same idea. We still do this. I will buy a lean sirloin, trim and grind it myself. We just had this on New Year's Eve.

                                                                                                            1. re: Cheez62

                                                                                                              Cheez...I'm in Maryland, grew up around the Baltimore beltway.

                                                                                                              Grinding yourself sounds like a great idea. I'll have to give it a try!

                                                                                                              1. re: Christina D

                                                                                                                I bought a grinder from Amazon, and freshly-ground beef is so incredibly better than the store-bought stuff, I will never go back. It's the STX INTERNATIONAL STX-3000, and I love, love, love it!

                                                                                                              2. re: Cheez62

                                                                                                                "raw ground beef, spread open-faced on a slice of rye, with thin sliced raw onions and plenty of salt & pepper. No mustard"

                                                                                                                My German father ate this regularly. I never developed a taste for it.

                                                                                                                1. re: cleobeach

                                                                                                                  I believe Mrs. Rombauer (of St. Louis, which is quite German in its old food traditions) spoke of this, too. I doubt if the Lacledes and Choteaus would recognize steak tartare - after their time in the 18th C when they founded the city.

                                                                                                            2. Your ramen seasoning reminds me of something I once had in college. During a band practice (or maybe a late night jam session) someone popped popcorn and added melted butter and the seasoning from a shrimp ramen packet. We were all very hungry for some odd reason :) so it tasted great. Now I'm not sure I would try that again.

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                                                                                                              1. re: 4X4

                                                                                                                Mmmm I'll be trying that. Maybe not shrimp though.

                                                                                                                1. re: MissMoxie911

                                                                                                                  Yes, not shrimp, but that sounds awesome. Probably not too far off from sprinkling with seasoned salt.

                                                                                                              2. PB&J on a vanilla wafer. Ginger snaps work too. Actually as an adult I prefer the snaps.

                                                                                                                1. this isn't really weird to say but i love eating a handful of cheerios mixed with some kettle chips, sweet, salty, crunchy, awesome!

                                                                                                                  1. I like browned, dry eggs especially egg whites - give me an egg white frittata with brown eggs on the sides and bottom and I'm in heaven.

                                                                                                                    1. Pineapple and anchovy pizza, has to be very thin cracker-like crust though!

                                                                                                                      1. This came from when I was a kid, white rice, with canned corn and Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce. I'm a total snob for Lea & Perrins too.. No other will do!! I will go without!!

                                                                                                                        1. Chinese BBQ Pork Bun Flavored Pizza
                                                                                                                          One of my family members challenged me to make a pizza with Chinese takeout flavorings. This makes a saucy, crunchy pizza that has the flavor of a Chinese BBQ Pork Bun. It turned out really good and now I have to make it frequently for my family.
                                                                                                                          Chinese BBQ Pork Bun Flavored Pizza

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Antilope

                                                                                                                            Steamed bao with pizza filling is a popular variation in Japan.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                              And come to think of it, I used to know a resturaunt in Chinatown that made stir fried rice cakes (the noodle, not the dry things) with Italian sausage. Tastes a lot like a gooey pepperoni pizza (they used very spicy sausage).

                                                                                                                          2. warm elbow macaroni with mayonnaise and parmesan cheese.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                              Our macaroni salad has no veg, just mayo, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar and sugar. I often make this with my elbow noodles or I do butter and parm. Never thought of combining though.

                                                                                                                            2. Mix a little mayonnaise into cottage cheese. A teaspoon of Hellman's works for me.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: KathleenElizabeth

                                                                                                                                With just a few drops of soy sauce. You would be surprised at the faint meaty flavour.

                                                                                                                              2. open a can of campbell's bean with bacon soup and a can of campbell's tomato soup.

                                                                                                                                take a spoon of the bean soup (yes, straight out of the can) and dip it into the tomato soup (out of the can)

                                                                                                                                what can I say?

                                                                                                                                1. Breath mints and cranberry juice.

                                                                                                                                  1. ok who smokes pot!? this thread is to much lol

                                                                                                                                    1. my grandfather would split open a fresh (not smoked), raw kielbasa link and spread the meat onto dark rye bread.

                                                                                                                                      1. I make tuna and cheese omelets. Prepared tuna, with mayo. Then I eat it with ketchup. It totally works for me and I have no idea why.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                                                                          I make them without the mayo and eat with ketchup. Total yum!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                            I guess when I think about it, ketchup is just a type of tomato sauce, right?

                                                                                                                                            I am a tuna fiend.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                                                                            Not weird at all. Tuna is great in eggs and ketchup is good on top :)

                                                                                                                                          3. Followers of this thread might enjoy recipes "invented" by IBM's Watson:


                                                                                                                                            1. ketchup on prepared instant mashed potatoes
                                                                                                                                              standing at the fridge and squeezing yellow mustard onto slices of american cheese and eating "as is"

                                                                                                                                              and when I was a kid, I adored sprinkling chili powder and garlic salt on mac and cheese from the blue box

                                                                                                                                              1. A tablespoon or so of creamy peanut butter in a bowl of Campbell's tomato soup. Mmmmm.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: UTgal

                                                                                                                                                  I don't care how many different tomato soups I try, I still love Campbells the best. Probably the salt. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                2. Mines is probably Campbells's cream of mushroom soup, eaten undiluted. I usually warm it up, but straight out of the can will do too.

                                                                                                                                                  I also like the cheap packaged ramen eaten dry. Open the top of the package, remove the flavour packed and sprinkle it in, shake, and eat.

                                                                                                                                                  A slightly weird one that I've only seen in my family is waffles with real maple syrup and sharp cheddar cheese. It's delicious, but no-one else seems to have heard of it. My mother says it was a cheap meal with protein when she was a kid (I guess in southern Ontario 60 years ago good cheddar and maple syrup were affordable, while meat was more expensive).

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

                                                                                                                                                    Love Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup undiluted (hot) on a cheeseburger. Not on the cheeseburger itself, and not dipped into the soup, but I must add one spoonful of hot soup on each bite of burger as I go. Also like to dip my fries in it.

                                                                                                                                                  2. McDonald's french fries in their plain sundaes or yogurt cones.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Korean kimchi as a condiment in a hot fresh grilled burger. Totally rocks !

                                                                                                                                                      1. I got hooked on tunafish sandwiches with alfalfa sprouts and sunflower seeds. A sandwich shop near where I worked sold them. Delish!

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: RosePearl

                                                                                                                                                          I bought sunflower seeds last week and didn't know what to do with them. I tossed them into tuna, delicious!

                                                                                                                                                        2. saltines with guldens mustard.
                                                                                                                                                          burrito of tuna, onion, mayo, jack or Colby cheese and chunky salsa.
                                                                                                                                                          can of le seur peas with mayo, lemon juice, colby cheese, onion, salt and and pepper

                                                                                                                                                          I go now to hang my head in shame.

                                                                                                                                                          1. Salad mixed with a steaming hot baked potato. And I also love day old salad.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Matzah, cream cheese, peanut butter, dark chocolate.