What "weird" foods do Chowhounds eat in the kitchen when nobody's looking? Surprisingly, delicious fats usually reserved for cooking are a popular indulgence. biondanonima's secret snack is butter—straight from a spoon. "My husband found this equally fascinating and repulsive when we first started living together, but to me it's no different than eating a very rich triple creme cheese, or a spoonful of crème fraîche, etc.," she says. Jzone has a similar penchant: a spoonful of good extra-virgin olive oil. "I love a great evoo from almost anywhere in the Mediterranean and will sip some straight up with a pinch of grey salt or fleur de sel," Jzone says. "Currently really enjoying a Palestinian evoo." Finally, mutti likes pure duck fat smeared on French bread.
mamachef admits to loving cantaloupe and honeydew melon dipped in blue cheese dressing. "Try it before you shudder," she advises. gingershelley agrees that this is a match made in heaven—especially if prosciutto and black pepper are involved. Jpan99's special treat is a wedge of extra-sharp cheddar cheese spread with Bonne Maman raspberry or strawberry jam. "And sometimes, [I] place the jam and cheese on a mini pretzel twist!" says Jpan99.
But jhopp217 has the ultimate sweet, salty, rich, spicy I-can't-believe-I'm-admitting-this concoction: "I actually made a peanut butter, maple syrup and Sriracha sandwich fairly recently." Perhaps not so different from this peanut butter and jelly sandwich made with fresh jalapeños!
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