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Jun 1, 2014 09:48 PM

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: 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.

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                  1. 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.