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I Love Food

Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:03 pm

I do. I have a profound love for food that goes beyond the realm of human emotion, and into that of the very foundations of primitive ape-man. Food is happiness.

I am not a glutton, nor am I a skinny rail. I'm pretty lean dude. I have weaknesses: brownies, for example. A good batch of moist, piping hot brownies is absolutely poison for me. I would rob and steal for brownies. They are my drug. I love BBQ chicken, suculant meat and delicious spices. Chili, rice, waffles, french toast, stews, baked bread, spaghetti lasagna...my god, it's all just so delicious.

What I want to know from you is what is your weakness food, your most unusual custom meal, and what is your most embarrassing snack. For example:

Weakness food, obviously brownies, for reasons stated above.

Most unusual custom meal: I love to make toast w/ peanut butter, cut it into trangles/halves, and dip it into hot cocoa. The perfect winter breakfast if you ask me.

Most embarassing snack: One time I was so hungry yet so lazy I had a hot dog that had been sitting out on my desk for probably 5 hours. The bun long since petrofied was no longer an option, but the dog seemed somewhat edible. As it was cold, I used kleenex to wipe off the leftover condiments and in order to warm it up, I rolled it between my hands for about twenty minutes until it felt at least luke warm. Then using the remaining ketchup on the plate that hadn't hardened, I had a disgusting and depressing meal of a single old hotdog dipped into gross ketchup.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:22 pm

I love food too! My sister calls me a skinny fat person - that is, if I looked like I deserve to look, given my habits and complete dis-interest in exercise....I would be nothing close to skinny. Food, to me, is just one of the greastest highlights in life!

Weakness: I love to go out to eat on the weekends or get carry-out/delivery. There is just nothing better than not having to make or clean up after your food, especially when the food you ate was totally perfectly yummy! However, it costs so much more money to eat out or get take out than it does to make it yourself. Lately I've been making sure I have those brekkie items available, like bacon or sausage, eggs, hashbrowns, toast or english muffins, cheese, grits and also sandwhich making goodies, like cucumbers, onions, pickles, mayo, mustard, deli meat, sliced cheese, lettuce and, most importantly day-old yummy subway making bread! If it's around we will just do that rather than eat out and what's left over gets eaten during the week here and there, trust me.

Most unusual custom meal: Take a fruit pie and make it ala mode with chocolate, rather than vanilla, ice cream. Cherry or raspberry is the best..by far! Have tried peach and strawberry, pretty good. I don't endorse apple though.

Embarassing snack: I don't know, I'm not easily embarrassed. I guess, my kids' Halloween candy?
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:35 pm

I love to eat and I love to cook. Sometimes I don't even have a specific meal in mind. I just throw a bunch of stuff in the pan until it starts to smell good.


Weakness... there are a few meals that I can just NOT stop eating. If I have meatloaf and mashed potatoes or biscuits and gravy, I'll eat until I make myself sick. I also can't give up spicy food (I love jalapenos and hot sausage) even though it does unpleasant and painful things to my digestive system (that's the nicest way I could think to put it).


Most unusual? My most unusual foods might seem pretty normal if you don't ask what's in it. I put all kinds of weird things in my food. For example, if my spaghetti sauce is too sweet, I might add something sour to even it up... mustard maybe. I frequently put a little cinnamon in my chili. Most of my family knows better than to ask what's in my meatballs.

It's not really unusual but it looks weird... about once a week I make green eggs and ham for my girls. We tried purple eggs and ham (purple is my oldest daughter's favorite color) but it turned out kind of pinkish-beige looking. Tasted the same but was WAY to nasty looking to eat.


Embarassing? Can't think of anything. I eat the hell out of my kids' Halloween candy. If I could resist it myself, I'd probably just throw most of it out anyway. I don't let them have candy often and I'd like to be rid of the Halloween candy soon.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:54 pm

God me too, it's something that I actively look forward to on the weekends because I try to maintain *somewhat* of a healthy diet Monday thru Friday. I love anything and everything spicy, but my vice these days are Lamb Curry, extra spicy. I don't know if any of you are fond of indian food, but sweet Jesus I can't get enough of it. Same goes with mexican food, enchiladas, tacos, nachos. Bar food, wings, burgers. Anything with grease lol.

My weakness food, as of right now (apparently I go through shifts), it's warm blueberry pie with cold vanilla ice cream on top. God damnit I'm hungry now.
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Re: I Love Food

Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:08 am

You guys sound like future Fat Club members.
It's kind of weird that only a few of my friends are overweight- but when we get together we eat and drink unhealthy amounts. Good times.


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Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:10 am

There ain't no "FUTURE" about it. I'm a fat boy already. Have been for a long time.
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Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:21 am

gaba wrote:There ain't no "FUTURE" about it. I'm a fat boy already. Have been for a long time.
Just so were clear- I really do have a group of friends that when we get together we call it a "Fat Club" weekend (or whatever event). This is a page off of the old website. Last weekend it was the Fat Club Halloween party- Next up a very special Fat Club Christmas.

It's a cool group of diverse people I've grown up with; we get together and eat, drink play video games. Go around town and cause minor disturbances (only minor now- were grown up!) Have good conversations throw the occasional party. It's nice.

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Re: I Love Food

Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:09 am

This time of year I like making a big batch of chili. I've had a receipe for years and usually add a little something new to it from time to time.
Lasagne is another favorite of mine to bake and I've wiped out a serving for 12 by myself over a Sat & Sunday. Not something I'm all that proud of but it's darn good and not cheap to make either.
Chocolate chip cookies are a real weakness of mine. I can pick up the cookie dough at the grocery store and then bake em in the oven. 4-5 hours later I've wiped out all of them.
Nothing better than a football weekend of beer, whiskey (no coke straight shots) and
good eats. Not to mention firing up the Weber and throwing on a good portehouse steak too. Oh and I love to get hammered and wipe out a large bag of M&M's !!
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Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:22 am

We had something similar to that in college pagan. We called it a "no pride weekend." It wasn't about eating but it did occasionally involve the odd fatty.
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Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:18 am

gaba wrote:We had something similar to that in college pagan. We called it a "no pride weekend." It wasn't about eating but it did occasionally involve the odd fatty.
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Re: I Love Food

Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:52 am

I love it all!!!!!

I'm very open to trying anything. We usually go out for Mexican (not taco bell) once a week. Order Chinese frequently (roast pork lo mien). I’m a huge pasta fan, spaghetti, lasagna, stuffed shells, and mustachollie.

Where I snobby is BBQ. I do A LOT of cooking on my grills and I’m very big on making my own rubs and sauces. The other BIG factor is what type of wood and what cooking method you use. Anyways, obviously that’s not that bad, what’s bad is my absolute need to eat and drink constantly while cooking said food. I may grill some sausage as an appetizer, fry some pickles, bear bread and dip, etc.

As for weird/embarrassing – The closest I come to that is not what I eat (Totino’s Combination Pizza Rolls) but what I like one them …Maulls BBQ Sauce.
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Re: I Love Food

Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:00 am

Oh man, of the 3 vices that everyman is said to have at least one of : booze, food & women, mine is absolutely, without doubt food. I don't crave booze, and am to ugly for it to be women.

Just the thought of anything from a bakery and my stomach starts growling, mouth watering, etc.......real Pavlov dog stuff.

Other food that gets me pizza, PB&J, chili, baked potato soup from Tony Roma's.....I could go on and on.
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Re: I Love Food

Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:02 am

I find there is no charge of weirdness for putting BBQ sauce on non-traditional BBQ sauce items. I worship at the bounty of Sweet Baby Rays (along with home-made bbqs and country bobs), and have abandoned ketchup as the primary dipping sauce for fries and other similar fare.
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Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:10 am

UrlachersOranjKleats wrote: I worship at the bounty of Sweet Baby Rays
Amen! If I'm using a pre-bottled sauce (on anything but pizza roles, smoked sausage, or Italian sausage) it has to be Sweet Baby Rays.

Actually I have a good friend who owns/runs a Smokehouse and catering business and he uses it (Sweet Baby Rays) exclusively.
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Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:23 am

BBQ sauce (especially the spicy sauce from Rib Crib) goes on ANYTHING. Meat of course... fries and onion rings (forget ketchup altogether)... it's good on veggies too (especially green beans).

Speaking of green beans... they are my absolute favorite vegetable, if not favorite food period. Canned or frozen doesn't matter because neither holds a candle to garden fresh. When I was a kid, I'd mow all my grandmothers' yards. All three (including my great-grandmother) paid in food. My Mom's mother would make spaghetti for me. My Mom's grandmother would pay me in zucchini bread (it doesn't sound nearly as awesome as it was). My Dad's Mom... she had the big garden. She made the best fried chicken in the world (I've never had better anywhere) but I would mow her lawn and accept nothing but green beans in payment. Bags of them if the timing was right, but jars most of the time.

To this day, anytime someone wants a favor from me, they know that no matter how unpleasant the task, I can be bribed with food. Anyone that could figure out how to make my great-grandmother's zucchini bread would own me. Everyone's tried, the recipe is pretty much public in my family and the church I grew up in, but no one seems to be able to get it right. My wife's best friend did it perfect once, but can't figure out how it happened. She hasn't been able to duplicate the feat.
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Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:50 pm

Hey gaba-

Speaking of food, do they still have the Mexican Villa chain in Springfield?

That place was the friggin' bomb when I lived there. One burrito, about $4 or $5, and I'd be stuffed for the rest of the day. Damn I miss that place!
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Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:18 pm

food eh?

I have a few recipes to share ... an easy and tasty one is quick donuts

buy a tin of biscuits (NOT the flaky biscuits ... the flaky do not work well for this ... just a basic biscuit) ... Pillsbury's country style work well ... you also need peanut butter, double fudge cake frosting and some vegetable oil

separate the biscuits and lay them flat on a cutting board ... use a sturdy shot glass to make the donut holes in the middle of each ... set the holes aside

pour about 1/3 cup vegetable oil in a skillet and heat to medium ... sacrifice one of the holes to check to see if it's ready ... the dough should sizzle immediately ... once the oil is ready, put your biscuit/donuts in it ... fry, turning once, and place them on paper towels to drain and cool

after about 2-3 minutes, you should be able to top without your topping melting ... spread a nice layer of peanut butter, and top with the double fudge cake icing ... joila - Home Made Reese's Donuts ... devour with milk and/or some good vanilla ice cream
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Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:05 pm

makaur wrote:Hey gaba-

Speaking of food, do they still have the Mexican Villa chain in Springfield?

That place was the friggin' bomb when I lived there. One burrito, about $4 or $5, and I'd be stuffed for the rest of the day. Damn I miss that place!
Yeah, there's like 10 of 'em now. Probably my favorite place to eat. Best salsa in the world. The prices have gone up a bit, but it's still cheaper than the competition and a lot better... and it's just trashy enough that I feel comfortable.

(What I mean by that is the place feels "lived in." They don't just shut down and remodel every time the paint fades a bit. Hell, some mexican places hire people to artificially age their restaurant so it looks like Mexican Villa looks naturally.)
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Re: I Love Food

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gaba wrote:
makaur wrote:Hey gaba-

Speaking of food, do they still have the Mexican Villa chain in Springfield?

That place was the friggin' bomb when I lived there. One burrito, about $4 or $5, and I'd be stuffed for the rest of the day. Damn I miss that place!
Yeah, there's like 10 of 'em now. Probably my favorite place to eat. Best salsa in the world. The prices have gone up a bit, but it's still cheaper than the competition and a lot better... and it's just trashy enough that I feel comfortable.

(What I mean by that is the place feels "lived in." They don't just shut down and remodel every time the paint fades a bit. Hell, some mexican places hire people to artificially age their restaurant so it looks like Mexican Villa looks naturally.)

I might complain a lot about Springfield (not so much here but I do complain a lot) but between Mexican Villa and the cashew chicken on every corner, I don't think I could live anywhere else.
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Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:56 pm

Damn. I'm freaking starving now!! Thanks! Now I guess I have to cook. Meatloaf sounds like a good idea Gaba. Not that I'll be eating the meatloaf - mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and a Morning Star griller. But the hubby will be happy with the meatloaf!

I agree that bbq sauce is a much better dip for fries than ketchup. I like to dip my fries from Burger King in their buffalo sauce - for some sick reason I like their chicken fries too. Weird since I'm a vegetarian.
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Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:35 pm

Oh and mashed potatoes. I fucking love mashed potatoes.
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Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:42 pm

I've always had trouble with meatloaf. I just CAN NOT get it to stick together. Then I found this recipe. It's quick and easy, but you still get to get your hands dirty. (That's the fun part, isn't it.) Works great.
2 lb. lean ground beef
1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken
1 cup water
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce, divided

HEAT oven to 375°F. Mix all ingredients except 1/4 cup sauce.
SHAPE into oval loaf in 13x9-inch baking dish; top with remaining sauce.
BAKE 1 hour or until cooked through (160ºF).

http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/recipes/ea ... 57841.aspx
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Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:44 pm

gaba wrote:I've always had trouble with meatloaf. I just CAN NOT get it to stick together. Then I found this recipe. It's quick and easy, but you still get to get your hands dirty. (That's the fun part, isn't it.) Works great.
2 lb. lean ground beef
1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken
1 cup water
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce, divided

HEAT oven to 375°F. Mix all ingredients except 1/4 cup sauce.
SHAPE into oval loaf in 13x9-inch baking dish; top with remaining sauce.
BAKE 1 hour or until cooked through (160ºF).

http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/recipes/ea ... 57841.aspx

Add a big helping of mashed potatoes and some green beans and I'm a happy dude. (Real potatoes. It's worth the effort.)
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gaba wrote:I might complain a lot about Springfield (not so much here but I do complain a lot) but between Mexican Villa and the cashew chicken on every corner, I don't think I could live anywhere else.
A friend of mine from high school, well his family at least, owns a place on Battlefield Road. I know I know....there's several on that street, which one? To be honest, it's been almost 10 years since I was last in Sprinfield so I couldn't tell you for sure, but I'm positive that it's on Battlefield in between Glenstone and Campbell streets (closer to Campbell). Anyway, a bunch of us used to go there after school or late on Friday nights. We always ate all we wanted for like $2 or $3, depending on how fast or slow they were that day.

Of course, Mexican Villa was the other hang out. That and the Taco Bell on Sunshine close to Parkview. No one really liked going to that Taco Bell....it's just that since it was close to school, that's where everyone would go.

I do not miss living in Springfield, MO, but I couldn't agree with you more. If you're a fan of cashew chicken or cheap Mexican Villa....Springfield is the shizzle!
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Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:09 pm

Silk Road is closed. It was a very sad day for me. There's a million places to get cashew chicken, but only a couple really good buffets. Silk Road was my favorite.
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Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:08 pm

Interesting Gaba. My meatloaf is off the back of Lipton Onion Soup mix. I don't use stuffing, I use cracker crumbs. I don't use BBQ sauce I use ketchup...although, I'll have to ask my hubby if he wants me to try that! The eggs and the water is the same. I think it's the eggs that are supposed to make it stick together. Also, obviously, I use the onion mix. All I know is it smells great and I am THIS close to tasting it. ;)

Also, I know, I'm weird but I love boxed mashed potatoes! To me, it is definately NOT worth the extra trouble. Green beans (fresh) are great but MAN I love the mixture of corn (I am hooked on Green Giant Shoepeg canned corn with a ton of butter and salt) and mashed potatoes and brown gravy. As a working mom though, I am ALL about easy.
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Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:33 pm

Tasty Green Beans
Pan fry your green beans in garlic, butter and add soy sauce.

It will be your new fav.

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Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:42 am

Sounds awesome pagan. This thread has made me so hungry I'm gonna have to make some meatloaf and mashed potatoes tonight. I'll give those green beans a try.
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Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:15 am

Pagan wrote:Tasty Green Beans
Pan fry your green beans in garlic, butter and add soy sauce.

It will be your new fav.

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I do this myself ... but I use a Wok and sesame oil to fry them in ... very yummy
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Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:35 pm

Does anyone have an awesome recipe for mashed potatoes that taste better than the ones at, say, Friday's? Mine always turn out shitty :frustrated:
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