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post #1 of 82
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What are your least favorite foods--foods your groan at when you see on your plate? Here are some of mine:
Pepper--The vegetable, not the spice. I absolutely hate the taste of it. Doesn't matter what variety--red, or green.
Peanuts--I don't care for most nuts, but peanuts are my least favorite.
Ham--I don't HATE it, I've just never really developed a liking for it.
Fried Chciken--I love chicken prepared most other ways, but I've never cared for it fried.
post #2 of 82
Raw onions. Yuck. Put one on my burger, you ruined it. Dont mind them cooked though. Liver. Smells good while its cooking. Hate that taste. Spinach is another one of the few vegetables I can never get a taste for. Unlike you I love all colors of peppers.
post #3 of 82
Brussel Sprouts.... How can ANYBODY eat something that smells like you've boiled a sock that's been worn for a solid MONTH!
post #4 of 82
Provocative theme, Dougie'-

But for the life of me I can't imagine how you can't like ham. I don't know how old you are: maybe you've grown up with supermarket and deli watercured hams - or spiral-cut, maple syrup flavored stuff. They're more like candy than real country, dry-cured hams that are tough as a drill seargeant's boot.

There are some good ones made in Maryland (I grew up there) and of course the Smithfield hams from Virginia. Have you had any experience with something like these hams?

It could change your life. :cool: Try to get a little of these sort of hams to taste. If it works for you, I could suggest a place to get a Missouri country ham. aged for six months or so, that will light up your life.

Mike :bounce:
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post #5 of 82
Calamari - Just really never liked cleaning it, or the smell. Even when it's fresh, just... Ugh. Don't really mind eating it though, it's not that bad.

Pancetta - I LOVE proscuitto... hate Pancetta, unless it's thiny sliced and crisped, don't put it around my food, please.
post #6 of 82
Oatmeal, (makes me actually gag) Spam,(that's a given) sweet potatoes, (especially when some idiot puts marshmallow cream on top), liver, and Limburger cheese. My boyfriend feeds the dog Limburger, although I've warned the dog repeatedly about the hazards of eating it as it creates a smell much worse than dog breath. But the dog isn't very bright, so he eats it. Then boyfreind complains that the dog always goes to trees that have eagle's nests in them because they have dead fish under them that the eagles drop. Dog bites into stinky dead fish and reeks up car and house. Boyfriend blames dog, when in fact he's the stupid one for feeding the dog (and cat) Limburger in the first place. How's the dog supposed to know the difference between a gross, stinky thing he can eat and one he can't.? I told him I'm surprised the dog doesn't wait for him to put the dead fish on a matzo cracker for him.
post #7 of 82

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I like all foods home-cooked and bold-flavored. And why don't you like ham? I'm not a huge fan of deli sliced ham and all that maple syrup ham where I live in Northern California, but there's a place about an hour away from where i live that serves the best ham, with a sweet and spicy glaze and chopped fresh. It's so juicy, hot, and fresh, and not mushy and thin like you get at most deli's. Like the prime rib of pork. Truly unbelievable. It's also good with a Cajun spiced rub, but whatever. *cool* I couldn't imagine what it would be like with no ham. :cry: And bell peppers aren't that bad- just a little too peppery tasting. I use it in meatloaf to give it some moisture, flavor, and color however. But it's awesome grilled, seared, and stirfried, because the sugars come out and it tastes like candy. Still not a big fan of bell peppers? They have tens and thousands of peppers available on the markets nowadays, when my mom was growing up there was only bell pepper and jalapeno. Now we are graced with ancients spices, chile de arbol, serrano, habaneros, and much more. Scared of spice? There are other mild ones, like my favorite- banana peppers. They taste like pickles! :o
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post #8 of 82
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Well, perhaps I've only been exposed to the maple-cured hams, like you said. I must say that I love smoked foods, so a well-smoked ham might be right up my alley!
Sorry, I just can't get into pepper! I do like 1 or 2 chillies in Chinese food, though.
post #9 of 82
The only thing I really detest are brusselsprouts. Most other foods I thoroughly enjoy. I think I get that from my father though. He would eat ANYTHING. My mother called him the garbage disposal.
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post #10 of 82
Turnips. Also Brussel sprouts, and i really want to like them. I love all the other veggies in that family. I try them every once in a while and never like them though.

Tony
post #11 of 82
pretty much anything boiled in tomato - peppers for sure (boiled peppers, unlike roasted or fried, are foul), and also other vegetables. I'm sure many people particularly like stuff boiled in tomato (I'm not talking about a tomato sauce put on top and then baked, i mean boiled).
a subset of this is ratatoiulle (I'm sure i spelled that wrong)
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post #12 of 82
I'm surprised at some of these things. I can honestly offhand only think of a couple of things.
  • Offal (A perfect name) kidneys, liver, etc. Although I can handle Sweetbreads.
  • Strong cheeses
That's all I can think of at the moment!
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post #13 of 82
I've yet to find a food I don't like to be honest.

Now preparing food is a whole different matter. I pray to God I never have to clean another monkfish again. The smell alone will test your fortitude.

Past that...I'll try anything new at least once.
post #14 of 82
For me, it's coffee or anything flavored with coffee. Can't stand the smell of everyone else's coffee, either.

Don't know why, as I like just about everything else that has bitter notes.

Austin: Where is this place that such great ham? I'd like to check it out.
post #15 of 82
Fish and Seafood...boy do I wish I could learn to like it. I can eat tuna fish in tuna casserole, or mixed with mayo & seasonings in tuna salad, and that's the extent of my fish-eating. The Red Lobster commercials have me almost convinced I could eat lobster or shrimp sometimes, but I really can't when it comes right down to it.
Funny there's so many mentions of brussels sprouts, I adore them! It's actually a craving sometimes, try them roasted (very high heat, 'til they're almost black) with olive oil and a little kosher salt, yum!
post #16 of 82
Hometown Buffet. I feel really embarrassed to say it, since its not famous for their ham. But it's really good! It's juicy, hot, thick- just like you would expect ham to be. It's a great place for southern food- me and my family go there all the time, and get the fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, rolls with butter, and Ice tea. They have awesome brownies there too. They occasionally serve up steaks, but I don't know. It's really good southern food if you want to check it out. Kids love it too. They also have awesome breakfast deals. Biscuits with gravy, omelets, more ham, and anything you could possibly want for breakfast. To keep this board on topic, I hate clams, oysters, mussels, burnt pie crust, raw olives (i'm a sucker for olive tapenade) overcooked meat (i like mine rare), mushy cheese, and coffee with sugar and no cream.
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post #17 of 82
Thanks.

The closest one is still "a fer piece" from me, but I'll keep them in mind when I travel. Maybe I'll find myself passing one at a meal time.
post #18 of 82
Olives. I could never really figure out why people decided that these would make good eats. Olive oil I've grown to love, but olives are still pretty disgusting for me. Every once in a while I go to a restaurant that serves pitted olives, I give it a taste and am reminded of why I don't like them... that strange brininess. Maybe if I was born a Greek...

Oddly enough, I enjoy a good deal of other pungent tastes, such as thousand year egg... I've scared away many friends with that food.
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post #19 of 82
Blasphemer! Coffee is a gift from the gods!!! :p

If it weren't for coffee I'd never make it through the day...let alone be able to wake up in the morning without violence swiftly following.

As for everybody saying no to brussel sprouts, they're great if you do em right. Most people/places will blow those things away. If you cook em JUST right with a little butter/salt/pepper they're perfect. I've also shredded em for coleslaw just for giggles.

p.s. I think the only reason people don't like seafood is because of bad experiences with it in the past...that or they are just in a bad location to get truly good seafood (living on the coast rules heh).
post #20 of 82
Bleu Cheese..ugh, the smell makes my stomach do flips..
Lamb..first time I smelled it cooking I passed out..
Don't do fish either, used to cut all the fish for a restaurant I worked for and that really cured my desire to ever eat it again.
post #21 of 82
Least liked food? Brussel sprouts would have to top the list (unless they are pickled and used as a garnish in Bloody Mary's :beer: . Would have to add to my list Swiss chard, lamb and right up there with the Brussel sprouts, I'd have to add lima beans and chittlings.
post #22 of 82
It's really hard for me to think of foods I don't like. Unfortunately, I'm one of those that will eat almost anything. lol I love brussels sprouts.....just steamed and tossed with a bit of butter, is awesome to me. lol

I love most seafood but didn't care for octopus, squid, or crayfish. Maybe it was how they were cooked but YUCK!

Is Hometown Buffet part of the Old Country Buffet restaurants? I am thinking I've seen that name on brochures at Old Country. Sad to say, my family (me, SE, and two kids) up until a few years ago ate every Thanksgiving at Old Country Buffet. Now I cook!!
post #23 of 82
Now crawfish is a staple down here in the south. I couldn't imagine finding somebody who grew up down here going "I can't stand those things!". Would probably get a gasp or two in the right crowd heh.
post #24 of 82
Either its the same thing or very similar.
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post #25 of 82
Ah, the poor and much maligned Brussel Sprout. I love them. One of my favorites actually. I would challenge anybody who claims to hate them to try this preparation and still say they hate them:

For 1 1/2 pounds of sprouts -

Cut them in half through the stem.
Melt a Tbs of butter in a pan and toss in the sprouts for a few minutes.
Add about 1/2 a cup of chichen stock/broth, cover the pan and cook until the sprouts are almost tender. Remove the cover and cook off any liquid that might be left.
In the meantime, chop a small shallot and when the sprouts are ready, move them to one side of the pan. Drop another Tbs of butter in the clear side and saute the shallots for a couple of minutes.
Toss everything together with a handful of pine nuts and a Tbs of chopped, fresh marjoram.
Finish the preparation with about 1/2 cup of cream, S&P.

But, my least favorite food has to be green peppers with okra a close second. I also think the first person to eat a raw oyster must have been seriously hungry.

Jock
post #26 of 82
What are so bad about brussel sprouts anyway?
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post #27 of 82
The fact that most people's experiences are based upon brussel sprouts that had been boiled for hours, into a nasty mush.
post #28 of 82
Some of these posts have cracked me up!!!
I have to jump on the brussel sprout bandwagon- everytime I have tried them, they were bitter. Same goes for okra. Will also pass on the "animal innerds" (any animal)- livers, hearts, intestines, brains..... (hog casings for sausage excluded). And I know I'm weird for this one, but yoghurt. I keep tasting it every year or so, because I know it is good for you- but I just can't get into that "tang" of it. WIll also pass on all the coffees and mochas in the world- (send my share to Blade)- never acquired the taste- now tea is a whole different story!
Austin- I'm in Sacramento, and the last time I went to Hometown (during the summer) the ham didn't look so good, so I didn't even try it. Did I just hit a bad day?

As far as crawdads go- we have them in a local lake- a bunch of us used to scuba dive and collect them. We would hand our bags to our kids on the dock, who would throw the little ones back. We had a coleman stove right there in the parking lot with a stock pot of boiling water and a little pan of melted butter. We wouldn't even be out of our wetsuits before we'd have a plate of craydads (crayfish) and a chunk of sourdough bread on the side! Yum! :smiles:
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post #29 of 82
canned fiddlehead ferns. first tasted way back in a store room class at J&W. sort of tasted like swamp in a can. still remember it clearly. and i can't say as that i've ever wanted to try haggis!
kathee
post #30 of 82
As a Scot, born and bred, what pray tell is wrong with haggis? It's all good wholesome stuff like sheeps heart, liver and kidneys cooked with oatmeal and seasonings and stuffed into a casing from the sheep's stomach. It's boiled and served with mashed turnips. Food of the gods. :chef:

I can remember a time when oxtails were something the butcher practically gave away. Now they are trendy and cost $6 a pound. It is only a matter of time before offal is "discovered".

Jock
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