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I would love to hear about odd foods you grew up on. Is there something in your grocery basket that others ask you about or cringe at in disgust?

Does it embarrass you, or do you get a secret thrill in defending it almost to the point of bragging?
Edited by Pepper Grind - 6/8/15 at 2:08am
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One of my favorite lifelong snacks and to this day is eating chips and chocolate. One bite of chocolate followed by 4 potato chips. Has something to do with sweet/salty and it's not something I can give up. I've been called weird about it.

I also like to turn my pasticchio upside down on my plate. I like the bechamel the best and the noodles the least so I eat the noodles first and save the bechamel for last. My mother has always hated this about me.

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I also like to turn my pasticchio upside down on my plate. I like the bechamel the best and the noodles the least so I eat the noodles first and save the bechamel for last.

 

I like to mash pasticchio all together!

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I like to mash pasticchio all together!

 

Now that's even more blasphemous!

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I'm gonna preface by saying I'm Cajun and we eat anything, squirrel, turtle, gator, snake, anything 😀 one of my favorites growing up was escargot stuffed with garlic butter breadcrumbs, so deliriously good! My favorite soup was crawfish bisque which kids eat with their hands because of the most incredible crawfish fat flavored stuffing in the heads. Will make your toes curl
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One of my favorite lifelong snacks and to this day is eating chips and chocolate. One bite of chocolate followed by 4 potato chips. Has something to do with sweet/salty and it's not something I can give up. I've been called weird about it.

I also like to turn my pasticchio upside down on my plate. I like the bechamel the best and the noodles the least so I eat the noodles first and save the bechamel for last. My mother has always hated this about me.

I don't know if you have them where you live, but we have chocolate covered chip wavy lays here! Lots of people are fans enough of the sweet/salty combination that they pretty much coat everything in something sweet. I think we have gone too far when we start putting ice cream on anchovies.

Regarding pasta, my family hates that I scrape the sauce off my lasagna and eat the layers separately.
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I like to mash pasticchio all together!

Does that require special tools?
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I'm gonna preface by saying I'm Cajun and we eat anything, squirrel, turtle, gator, snake, anything 😀 one of my favorites growing up was escargot stuffed with garlic butter breadcrumbs, so deliriously good! My favorite soup was crawfish bisque which kids eat with their hands because of the most incredible crawfish fat flavored stuffing in the heads. Will make your toes curl

Brain food! Do you eat the eyeballs too? No witnesses that way... Just sayin'...
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I don't know if you have them where you live, but we have chocolate covered chip wavy lays here! Lots of people are fans enough of the sweet/salty combination that they pretty much coat everything in something sweet. I think we have gone too far when we start putting ice cream on anchovies.

Regarding pasta, my family hates that I scrape the sauce off my lasagna and eat the layers separately.

I've never seen that here but I have had chocolate covered chips before. Oddly enough I don't like them together, I like alternating between the sweet and salty, not all at once.

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I've never seen that here but I have had chocolate covered chips before. Oddly enough I don't like them together, I like alternating between the sweet and salty, not all at once.

I think it's more interesting that you number the chips. Do you add an extra chip when you have a small one?
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Growing up and to this day I ate (almost) any veggy raw but did not always like them cooked:

unusual veggies were: parsnips, asparagus,potatoes, peas, yellow beans, sunchokes, ratabaga, rosehips.

also, I still enjoy eating the stem heart of romaine lettuce and celery.

also enjoy eating wild vine tendrils when hiking.

 

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Growing up and to this day I ate (almost) any veggy raw but did not always like them cooked:
unusual veggies were: parsnips, asparagus,potatoes, peas, yellow beans, sunchokes, ratabaga, rosehips.
also, I still enjoy eating the stem heart of romaine lettuce and celery.
also enjoy eating wild vine tendrils when hiking.

Luc H.

Is a sunchoke similar to an artichoke? Never heard of it...
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Is a sunchoke similar to an artichoke? Never heard of it...


Sunchoke aka Jerusalem artichoke, topinambour...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_artichoke

 

They grow wild in North Eastern America. Easy to grow in a garden.

 

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I think it's more interesting that you number the chips. Do you add an extra chip when you have a small one?

Haha I was just guessing at the number four. It's more or less a few chips. I eat enough chips so that there is no more overlap of sweet and salty on my palette. When all I can taste is salt I go back to a bite of chocolate. I was hoping to avoid explaining just how weird this is but you got me.

Indont eat it often and now it's different than I was a kid when Hershey's sufficed. Now I have more discerning taste in chocolate.

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Sunchoke aka Jerusalem artichoke, topinambour...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_artichoke

They grow wild in North Eastern America. Easy to grow in a garden.

Luc H.

Thanks for the link! I was curious enough that I had a search about it as well.

I'm really happy to see peas on your list too. When the English ones are in season, I'm the first in line. People watch me buy them by the case and say "oh, doing some freezing hey?" So I say "yeah," then hope I don't run into them again two days later when I'm buying more. Truth is I will pop those out of the shells raw until I get sick and go back for more!
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Haha I was just guessing at the number four. It's more or less a few chips. I eat enough chips so that there is no more overlap of sweet and salty on my palette. When all I can taste is salt I go back to a bite of chocolate. I was hoping to avoid explaining just how weird this is but you got me.

Indont eat it often and now it's different than I was a kid when Hershey's sufficed. Now I have more discerning taste in chocolate.

Nah... It would've only been weird if it HAD to be exactly 4 and you nibbled off the sides until they were exactly the same size. OCD eating intrigues me
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I would love to hear about odd foods you grew up on. Is there something in your grocery basket that others ask you about or cringe at in disgust?

Does it embarrass you, or do you get a secret thrill in defending it almost to the point of bragging?


I grew up with a pretty bland menu.  The "strangest" thing was braised ox tails.....  i loved them as a child and still love them now.  Though now i save the bones for stock!

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Brain food! Do you eat the eyeballs too? No witnesses that way... Just sayin'...

Now you've got me thinkin!
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Not exactly odd but my mother's family was Hungarian and I grew up thinking there was something wrong with food that didn't have a heavy dusting of paprika on it. Everything got the treatment, even though the tinned paprika available in grocery stores when I was a kid had virtually no flavor to speak of. I was well into adulthood before I realized that potato salad was not usually a pink food and it took even longer for me to look without suspicion at an un-dusted piece of white-fleshed fish. The paleness just seemed unhealthy to me.

 

Now, I rarely, rarely use paprika except for the smoked, Spanish variety.

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I grew up with a pretty bland menu.  The "strangest" thing was braised ox tails.....  i loved them as a child and still love them now.  Though now i save the bones for stock!
Oh, heck yes! Oxtail used to make me the most amazing soup and were stupidly cheap. It seems as though they have tripled in price. Same thing with pork hocks and turkey necks.
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Not exactly odd but my mother's family was Hungarian and I grew up thinking there was something wrong with food that didn't have a heavy dusting of paprika on it. Everything got the treatment, even though the tinned paprika available in grocery stores when I was a kid had virtually no flavor to speak of. I was well into adulthood before I realized that potato salad was not usually a pink food and it took even longer for me to look without suspicion at an un-dusted piece of white-fleshed fish. The paleness just seemed unhealthy to me.

Now, I rarely, rarely use paprika except for the smoked, Spanish variety.
I come from a similar background where paprika was used in a lot of different things. Once I looked up what it actually was, I didn't see the point anymore as it seems like a waste of money when I have sirracha and dried chili always on hand and those offer more heat.

Tried the sweet variety paprika in a goulash, and found it distracting. It offers a nice garnish topping to shepard's pie and homemade onion soup mix, but aside from that I can omit any version of that seasoning from most recipes.
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I was brought up on chopped liver ( I guess chicken I have no clue though since I didn't buy it :P), and a lot of people seem to find that gross... 



As for odd foods which I still eat, I would say that I have a strange addiction to yellow mustard. Basically I will put it on many things that make a weird combo for others.  At first it was bagels and cream cheese, now i put it on things like tuna fish sandwiches.  I've drank mustard from the bottle too.


I also am an avid lover of hot sauce, and have known to make weird combos with that also..  Again bagel and cream cheese, tuna sandwiches, in soups, all sorts of meals, etc.  Basically if hot-sauce can be added, it will.  I would say my hot-sauce addiction is far worse than that of mustard, and yes I do drink hot sauce from the bottle sometimes... :P.


Basically I equate myself to the "Mayonnaise" lover from "Gintama" called "Hijikata"

If you want to see what I mean, go check it out on youtube, as I'm not too sure if it's okay to link them here or not.

Thanks.


Edited by LasagnaBurrito - 6/9/15 at 5:27am
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Chicken livers are delicious, though I think I would have not liked their richness when I was a child. I put them under the chicken when I roast one and then eat it, soaked in the chicken fat. So delicious.

 

Beef liver is a different thing altogether. We were forced to eat it--only occasionally, thank god--but I would never, ever make it now. I still object to the smell and the flavor still haunts me, and not at all in a good way. Yuck.

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I had to edit because I forgot to add the word "chopped" before "liver" :P.  Idk how I would feel about eating a liver whole.  I guess the livers aren't that big on a chicken?

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Oh, heck yes! Oxtail used to make me the most amazing soup and were stupidly cheap. It seems as though they have tripled in price. Same thing with pork hocks and turkey necks.


lol... the masses have caught on to how good they are!!!  My butcher used to keep them in the back and not in the case becasue it "looked bad and scared people" It was the whole tail and he would cut them up as you ordered them. SO darn cheap!!!  Now ..here... they are almost $8 a pound retail.

post #26 of 106

I'll only eat chicken livers and foie gras.  Beef and lamb livers...shudder.  But boy are chicken livers tasty.  I flour and fry them and drizzle with salt and lemon.  Delicious little snack.

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post #27 of 106
Chicken gizzards, fried green tomatoes and eggplant ( wasn't a fan).

Every now and the they'd do a depression era meal of bread and milk with green onions and radishes. Dip the veggie in salt and take a nibble. They didn't make us join them in that and we didn't.
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Chicken livers are delicious, though I think I would have not liked their richness when I was a child. I put them under the chicken when I roast one and then eat it, soaked in the chicken fat. So delicious.

Beef liver is a different thing altogether. We were forced to eat it--only occasionally, thank god--but I would never, ever make it now. I still object to the smell and the flavor still haunts me, and not at all in a good way. Yuck.
You obviously never had it fried in a ton of butter with bacon and caramelized onions with a bottle of ketchup! Try it that way because liver is very good for you. 👍
post #29 of 106

Split pea soup.....  i loved it and still do. Growing up i didnt know anyone else who liked it.  I still get the eeeeeeewwwww you like split pea soup? lol.

 

YEP...i love it!!!

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I had to edit because I forgot to add the word "chopped" before "liver" :P.  Idk how I would feel about eating a liver whole.  I guess the livers aren't that big on a chicken?
Probably. I'm guessing it would take a lot of guts to eat the equivalent of of cow liver whole when dealing with chickens.
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