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Food porn as man bait

I was on a social media site and saw a picture of a pizza posted by a young woman who was looking for a long term relationship. The caption said something like " if you were my boyfriend I would make this for you and save you money too." That pizza looked so good I wanted to date her! For all you men out there and women who know men is there a food/dish out there that would say "come hither"? I have been told I make really good spaghetti carbonara, but that isn't too photogenic.

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  1. I do all the cooking in my relationship so I had to stop and think about this one for a minute. I'd have to go freudian and say the things my mom used to make.

    Grilled cheese & Tomato Soup
    Tuna Melt

    I don't think I'd want anything over the top. Men want comfort. A girl that will fry up some mushroom soup sandwiches while you're watching the game is a keeper.

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    1. re: piano boy

      Curious... what are "mushroom soup sandwiches" anyway?

      1. re: Tripeler

        That was a new one on me, too. Unfortunately, Google has the answer: http://www.cookwithcampbells.ca/en-ca... I know we are not supposed to yuck another's yum, but wish I could unsee that recipe.

        1. re: greygarious

          how drunk does one have to be to consider that as food?

          We'll make it chorus of yucks.

          1. re: sunshine842

            Haha I'll admit they aren't pretty. I think my mom made them because they were cheap and filling.

            I haven't had one in years. I wonder what my girlfriend's reaction would be if she tried one. This might end up on youtube.

          2. re: greygarious

            Hmmmmm. I'm just going to say that one gets an A+ for creativity with sandwich fillings.... And you can have my share.

            1. re: Ttrockwood

              I'm scared to click on the link!

            2. re: greygarious

              I do not eat mushroom soup from a can, do my best to stay away from processed foods and rarely use salt. This does not sound very appealing, however something inside me REALLY wants to try this.

              1. re: greygarious

                How can you make canned cream of mushroom soup even grosser? Just add garlic powder and margarine!
                I also love the illustration of a someone chopping carrots with the greens still on.
                I can see how this would be total comfort food for someone. I on the other hand am not allowed to make anything involving mushrooms and cream for my husband because of my MIL's abuse of Campbell's in many a recipe.

                1. re: greygarious

                  I love that the recipe specifies margarine (rather than butter, oil, etc).

                  Makes it perfect!

                  I'm so proud to live in New Jersey (home of Campbell's Soup company)

                2. re: Tripeler

                  My mom had an antique sandwich press which she then gave to me - very similar to this


                  You hold it over the stove to make a toasted filled sandwich. The standard is cream of mushroom soup, undiluted, or cheese spread and chopped green olives. I'm not a big fan of the "dump processed foods together" school of cooking, nor were my parents, but these are still pure comfort food for me.

                  1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

                    we had one of those! only filling that ever went in it was ham and cheese. yum.

                3. I thought all that was needed is a beer and a bag of chips! Or if it's a special occasion, bacon.

                  1. do you really want a partner who's only interested in what you can put on the table and saving money?

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                    1. re: sunshine842

                      I don't think "only" is what she means. But cooking from scratch for your spouse, at least in my relationship, is an expression of my love for him. And he loves the fact that he can name almost any dish on earth and I will try my best.

                      1. re: Siegal

                        oh, I cook 5 days out of 7 for my spouse.

                        But our relationship didn't begin on, nor has it ever been, based on my cooking. He finds it a nice bonus, but cooking isn't enough to base a relationship on.

                        1. re: sunshine842

                          No, but I think many would find a dating profile where a man says he likes to cook romantic dinners at home attractive and reasonable. So I can't really fault a woman for using the same marketing techniques.

                          1. re: julesrules

                            but that's not what she said.

                            She said she would make it for him and save money, too.

                            That's not a romantic evening cooking at home -- that's "make me a sandwich"

                      2. re: sunshine842

                        @Sunshine The young woman was college aged, so I would assume another thrifty guy who appreciates food might be interested in her. As for my own tactic, it would not include mention of budget. I would probably use something more enticing.

                          1. re: scubadoo97

                            my life story would indicate otherwise.

                        1. For my boyfriend, it's bacon. Or pork. Or steak. Cheese melted on anything is not far behind.

                          1. How does the old joke go? "Turn up naked. Bring beer."

                            I consider myself a fairly decent cook. The men in my life seem to agree. But I don't think I've ever lured one with food before dating them, and it certainly hasn't kept them in the relationship, although I do get calls from time to time asking for the recipe of something I'd made them in the past.

                            Maybe I should refocus my energy on making a decent pizza and the rest will take care of itself.

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                            1. re: ultimatepotato

                              I've never lured one in with my cooking, But i have dated a guy who's idea of cooking was opening a can of tuna, as well as one who had never made bread before or homemade pasta and really got into it. It was a fun thing to do together and enjoy. So if I were out shopping for a guy, one that is open to cooking would be a more fun pick I think, all other things being equal.

                            2. I'd be more interested in what she looked like......It's easy to make a beautiful pizza.

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                              1. re: beevod

                                Beauty fades, Stupid last forever as does the ability to cook a great meal. I choose cooking over looks everyday.

                                1. re: beevod

                                  @beevod:She was a total cutey. I don't know her, but if I did I'd tell her to pose with pizza.

                                  1. re: beevod

                                    See the added benefit of the pizza shot is that she'd eliminate guys who superficially care about what she looks like.

                                  2. Most of my friends are guys and I love spoiling them with meals, which they love and they tell me they wish they could find a chick, like me, and they all tease me and say I would be the perfect gal if I was 3 ft tall, with a flat head and owned a liquor store. .hee hee hee

                                    Guys. .gotta love their sick sense of humor!

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                                    1. I had been dating my wife for about a month or two when she made me spaghetti carbonara for the first time. That was the moment I knew that I would marry that woman.

                                      1. "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach" is an old saying that I remember hearing from my grandmother.

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                                        1. re: Sherri

                                          I heard a surly old aunt tell my cousin that the secret to a happy marriage was keeping his stomach full and his b*lls empty.

                                          1. re: jpc8015

                                            So he won't spend all his time outside playing basketball with the guys?

                                            1. re: Firegoat

                                              I could explain it in detail if needed. :-)

                                              1. re: jpc8015

                                                You can never find those needle attachments for the air compressor when you want them?

                                        2. I bated the wifeacita with king crab legs, and later reeled her in with camarones al ajillo, chilorio, and cochinita pibil, and arguably the finest premium margaritas in Houston, repeat, repeat....


                                          1. I often post pictures from my blog on my social media site, and an old boyfriend has come sniffing around my food pics more than once with a sense of wistful regret. Bwa-ha-ha!

                                            1. She was Norwegian and kept cans of sardines and pickled herring in her dresser drawer. That was A + to me.

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                                              1. re: emglow101

                                                Does she have a brother? I would love to meet a guy with herring in his drawers.

                                                1. re: emglow101

                                                  a "Norwegian (who) kept cans of sardines and pickled herring in her dresser drawer"

                                                  I am SO swiping that line. it is too sweet.

                                                  1. re: hill food

                                                    I don't want to sound like a prude, but I draw the line at canned sardines in the bedroom. It's about having standards.

                                                    1. re: emu48

                                                      You prefer grilled? I would, too.

                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                        oh yes...grilled sardines.

                                                        (no, they taste NOTHING like tinned sardines.)

                                                2. Food is not the main thing, but it might clinch the deal.

                                                  1. For my SO, casseroles haha! He loves him a good casserole. Not exactly pretty for photos though.

                                                    I do know that when we first got together, he had a Super Bowl party so I could meet all his friends. He was uber impressed that I cooked food for the party. It was just ground beef/venison (he had both in his freezer) tacos, but his mom told me later that he called her after I left to tell her all about it. I guess most of the girls he dated in the past couldn't cook anything so that was a big plus for me in his eyes.

                                                    1. I looked for...and found a woman with a "motor" as opposed to so many of the motorless witless wonder air heads around today. As a bonus, she wasn't a bad looking girl, with a great body, that has learned to cook. ~ If you're looking for a man and all you got to offer is a bowl of spaghetti and meat balls...you are in a heap of trouble. ~~ As a man, if you have all of the above and can make a damn good sandwich after sex you get bonus points! :)

                                                      1. Hold the meatballs folks, I have been around the block and know the way to a man's heart is not through food. My objective is that the picture would be part of an array of photos of myself.

                                                        1. Is this whole thread not a little sexist? If some woman made me "comfort food" consisting of gloppy cans of cream of this or another I'd toss her out!

                                                          I don't really care if it is sexist, btw.

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                                                          1. re: rudeboy

                                                            works both ways boy-o: granted it was a poorly chosen name for a thread.

                                                            the idea of 'bait' is sort of sad no matter who is luring or being lured.

                                                            1. re: hill food

                                                              that's kinda my thing.

                                                              Most of my friends have been male, from childhood onward. As such, I have at least a working knowledge of guy-think (god knows, I don't claim to be an expert....my husband can still leave me wondering what the hell just happened)

                                                              This photo and caption bears a watermark that most men can read: it says "DESPERATE" and acts quiet well as a deterrent.

                                                                  1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                    Somehow I think Spencer Pratt had a hand in this.

                                                                    1. re: greygarious

                                                                      HA HA HA HA!!! You would be the last person I could imagine who would bring Spencer into this, but that is dead-on!

                                                                      ETA: I'd bet a tidy sum Heidi can't cook to save her poor "enhanced" soul. Maybe drinking tequila is more important. :)

                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                        They only entered my mind because they were on a chat show recently to flog their appearance on some reality show or other - maybe the celebrity wife-swap one. If that's it, and I were her, I'd try to make the swap permanent!

                                                                    2. re: scubadoo97

                                                                      Hahah... I've seen that quite frequently -- two lemon halves slid under the skin. For a great example, see http://playingwithfireandsmoke.blogsp...

                                                                1. Well, I've never cooked a meal to seduce a woman......


                                                                  1. Thank you for your replies. After I checked the responses at lunch I had a nice conversation with a very good male friend. He is quite a hound himself and his wife is always bragging about what a great cook he is. I asked him what he thought of the idea and he suggested two pictures and to tie the pictures in with the narrative about myself.

                                                                    Lastly, I did not mean for this topic to be sexist and apologize if it offended anyone. I was being facetious and was unaware I came across that way. I love to have fun both in and out of the kitchen. My intentions are the opposite of what a few people assumed they were.

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                                                                    1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                                                                      Oh man, I didn't mean to start anything....I don't get offended about much. I guess y'all couldn't see my tongue in my cheek.

                                                                      1. re: rudeboy

                                                                        tongues in cheeks, more main bait

                                                                      2. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                                                                        You didn't offend me Tracy - but yes, I think the whole thread is sexist both with men and women. Unfortunately I don't think some people are joking.

                                                                        1. re: Jeanne

                                                                          I have viewed this thread as a blank canvas upon which to post jokes or attempts at them. But the underlying question is quite valid, and I admire Tracy for bringing it up.

                                                                          1. re: Tripeler

                                                                            I agree - and it is appropriate to bring up sexism in both forms? It is really not appropriate. Or is it?

                                                                            1. re: rudeboy

                                                                              Yeah, this is NAF so I think almost anything is appropriate.

                                                                          2. re: Jeanne

                                                                            @Jeanne that is what the flags are for, if an apology is not sufficient then use the flags.

                                                                        2. If it were just food, then Martha would have lots of boytoys. Proper Come Hither:

                                                                          WITH clothes, nothing left to perception

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                                                                          1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                                                            The first one was wife material. This one is mistress.

                                                                            1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                                                              Who says Martha doesn't?!

                                                                              Heck, some guys have wives who are aesthetically challenged AND don't cook, either. What a double bummer that must be.


                                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                So, true.....sad, but true. I let a good girl go for a prettier one once, and have regretted it since. The first one love to cook, kiss, have fun, etc. The second one turned into a pain, and didn't really know how to kiss or cook.

                                                                                  1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                                                    "kiss" is a euphemism for a lot of things EFGM!

                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                  If she puts on her skull print wellies, I'd help her with the, um, trimming

                                                                                2. I'd like to make this abundantly clear the questions not "should" I post pictures because I already plan to. The question is WHICH foods would be good to add to the array.

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                                                                                  1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                                                                                    Isn't the answer obvious?


                                                                                    Have you ever given it any thought to what kind of people this is going to attract. Also, how old are you?

                                                                                    1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                                                      Interesting idea. It might attract people who have a passion for food. I am in my 50's, but I am not sure why you asked. The good thing about online profiles is that you can change things up if it doesn't work.

                                                                                    2. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                                                                                      I think it would be an interesting way to sort out the type of guy you'd want to date. Hamburgers vs banh mi? Bud light vs craft beer? Chicken wings vs coq au vin?

                                                                                      1. re: chowser

                                                                                        While food interests are important, I've always thought that if I were able to ask only one question in order to weed out prospects, it would be "If there were no practical considerations like cost, or availability of parts and service, what car would you want to own?"

                                                                                        1. re: greygarious

                                                                                          Now I'm not a car person so I wouldn't be able to answer that, but I guess that in itself says something. I told my son he could quickly weed out girls by asking them to do parkour.

                                                                                          1. re: chowser

                                                                                            ah, your boy likes his ladies black-and-blue

                                                                                            1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                                                                              it wasn't the boy's idea. hmmmm

                                                                                              1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                                                                                LOL, because I do it and aerial silks I have quite the collection of bruises. I just think you avoid the high maintenance girls when you pick that as a first date.;-) OTOH, girls who order only green salads, dressing on the side? Girls who say they were sooo bad yesterday because they had a bite of cake?

                                                                                            2. re: greygarious

                                                                                              What is your car choice then? Now I'm curious.

                                                                                            3. re: chowser

                                                                                              This would make a good thread topic.

                                                                                          2. My husband says he knew he would marry me when I made him linguine with clams for the first time when we were "just friends" 5 or 6 years ago. That dish was included in our wedding vows. I think I sealed the deal with the roasted chicken a few weeks later.

                                                                                            He's a pretty good cook as well, but I enjoy making dinner and usually have more time. He still requests the linguine with clams anytime I ask him what he wants me to make to celebrate something, which I don't mind because it is THE easiest dish ever.

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                                                                                            1. re: CarmenR

                                                                                              That's sweet - and timely: I just made linguini with clams two nights ago.

                                                                                            2. I'd like to see some food porn.

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                                                                                              1. re: jpc8015

                                                                                                here you go, some fruitcake - all laid out for ya

                                                                                                1. re: jpc8015

                                                                                                  Chicken, fish and some bone marrow (different days, obv.)

                                                                                                    1. re: jpc8015

                                                                                                      Gosh, you two make it look so easy! ;)

                                                                                                  1. Let's move on from this topic folks. Obviously this was a huge mistake on my part. I regret having brought it up in the first place and I only seem to make things worse. I have asked the mods to close this topic as well.

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                                                                                                    1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                                                                                                      I think everyone here needs to lighten up a bit. What if this thread had been "Food Porn for Significant Other/Partner Bait"? Would that have made everyone less hurt? I didn't read this as sexist at all- my husband cooks as much as I do, and cooked as many meals when we were dating as I did.

                                                                                                      1. re: CarmenR

                                                                                                        This is how I viewed it, too. It wasn't about a woman snagging a guy but more about how you'd appeal to the inner foodie. FWIW, a long time ago, my sister and I were looking on match.com for her and a picture of a guy on a beach and trying to open a can of tuna with a rock or some non-can opener caught me eye w/ the caption like, "My gourmet cooking on a camping trip without a can opener," It was funny and not sexist.

                                                                                                      2. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                                                                                                        Some people go out and search for things to be offended about. Don't be sorry.

                                                                                                        1. re: jpc8015

                                                                                                          I agree, Tracy, and found your post to be refreshingly honest and interesting. You're just the messenger, but quite a good one.