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Your heritage and your cooking...

I'm Irish from Kentucky, and I was raised mainly on "meat-and-three". I cook Mexican, Italian, Indian and Thai food mainly, and have recently taken on Falafel and Ethiopian food. I do some American/Irish/British things, but when I do, I try to go a little farther than what I was raised on. I am a vegetarian now, though, and that has lead me to a lot of different foods. I do go back to my childhood favorites occasionally, but there's so much out there, that I like going as far away as I can, before coming back.

Mar 10, 2010
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Comfort Food

For me it is either cheese enchiladas with Tex/Mex style chili gravy with black or(but more often than not),pinto beans,rice and my hot sauce, or a huge bowl of chili . Black bean soup or something Indian can happen as well. Saag Paneer or Malai Kofta are my newest favorites to fix.

Mar 10, 2010
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What are the foods you grew up with?

Mine is like yours and TonyO's, only my mom had a few back surgeries, so that meant dad cooked, or fend for yourself. Dad could grill meat, but that was it. After a few days of that I caught mom up, and no longer sedated, but in a "permissive" state of mind, and a asked if I could make some chili, or spaghetti, or anything really. I was tired of burnt, dry, buttery chicken breasts, and burnt, dry, A-1 soaked steaks. It is the unseasoned Roast Beef that I blame mostly for my vegetarianism. I do miss Banana Pudding. Nilla wafers, the boil-kind of JellO pudding and fresh bananas. It is good, trust me. The waiting day was horrible. It's always better on the second day. Here in Kentucky we had something similar to Catalina (which I like as well), but it was a local restaurant's (Jim's Spaghetti House, in Huntington West Virginia) locally traded, and changed-a-million times, recipe that everyone just called "red" dressing. God, that stuff was so SWEET. Like candy on lettuce.

Mar 10, 2010
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Spaghetti with ketchup - does anyone else eat this?

I've only seen that happen on "My Name Is Earl", and I'm from Kentucky.

Mar 10, 2010
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Heinz® "new" Ketchup packet

It's so simple, I'm amazed it hasn't been thought of before. I'm still not gonna touch the stuff.

Mar 10, 2010
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How do YOU use Sriracha sauce?

It goes on all of my Asian foods, surely. I also made potato/scallion/sriracha wontons with a mango/soy/habanero dipping sauce, that was, as strange as it sounds, wonderful. That's about it, for me though.

Mar 10, 2010
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What are you a stubborn purist about?

Scotch. You can't mix it with anything.

Mar 10, 2010
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Have you ever "trained" yourself to eat something?

Cilantro was one of mine. I first tasted a little too much, because I had just been assigned to make Pico. I didn't hate it, but it was strange. I can't imagine how I could live without it. I've tried to like celery, but I just can't. I'll cook with it, but it has to come out. I've even tried liquifying it, to see if that will help. I think we're just not meant to be. I did have to work myself up to the hot sauces. I'm addicted to spicy so much that I make my own hot sauces now. I guess you could say I trained for that. With everything else, there's just been that moment where I was like "why didn't I always love this?!? What was wrong with me yesterday?"

Mar 10, 2010
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You don't like that?!

What about Absinthe?

Mar 10, 2010
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You don't like that?!

I gotcha.

Mar 10, 2010
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You don't like that?!

Miracle Whip isn't food, though. I can't imagine not liking Indian food. Sorry, not giving you a hard time, I just wanted to say. I'm also with you the sodas. Sweet, bubbly, weird syrup...yum.

Mar 10, 2010
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You don't like that?!

Celery,
Sour cream,
Beets-the red kind. I don't know, or care how it's done.
Milk,
anything ranch=gross.
Sweets, and finally eggs. Animals. I don't eat them. That's it. I'm good after that.

Mar 09, 2010
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Most disgusting taste (of normal foodstuffs)

The smell of cabbage boiling hurts me. I hate sour cream almost as much as celery.

Mar 09, 2010
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What's The One Thing You Can't Eat, even for money.

I'm vegetarian, but there is nothing that could make me eat celery. It's poison.

Mar 09, 2010
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What was the worst food you HAD to eat as a kid?

Easy. Canned spinach. I still love popeye, but not at dinnertime. Milk. Those are the only two things I had to eat, thankfully. I hate milk, and still won't drink it, but it was child cruelty being forced to eat canned spinach. It's revolting still.

Mar 09, 2010
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Family foods I thought was normal

WOW, sugared lettuce. My grandmother used to do that. I haven't thought about that in years. I love apples with camembert. I guess the strangest thing I can throw in, is rice"cereal". My Aunt would make plain white rice, and then put it in a bowl with sugar and milk. I've never seen or heard anyone else do that. I ate it once, maybe. Sugar and milk. I was, like 6.

Mar 09, 2010
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Do you have a favorite I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know favorite dish?

I seriously love Mahatma's black beans and rice. I can make all kinds of different variations on it, but sometimes I just have to have it out of that little black bag. It goes only with Yucatan Sunshine hot sauce.

Mar 09, 2010
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Do you ever like the crappy better than the excellent?

I watched Dave Lieberman make Mayo,and at the end of the segment, he pulled out Hellman's. I loved it.

Mar 09, 2010
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Do you ever like the crappy better than the excellent?

I joined because of this thread, and you just hit mine. The CB pizza kit. I learned how to cook because of that specific box. I hate to say it, but sometimes the Kraft Spaghetti gets taken home(about once every two years). I can't imagine a burrito being better than from a small stand, or truck. My personal fave is Cactus, in Hollywood. Guilty, but hey.

Mar 09, 2010
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