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Worse McDonald's Item (No McD bashing, please)

Anything with iceberg lettuce. I don't know what they do, but it's like eating rubbery cardboard. I had a sweet chili wrap and the lettuce was slimy and tough. The sweet chili sauce was overpowering. Blech.

I hate their grilled chicken sandwiches. I keep hoping that the meat will taste good, but it never does. I now just stick to a 1/4 pounder or have a McDouble.

Aug 05, 2013
senorahb in Chains

Least favorite cheeses?

I find Colby very bland, but I don't hate it.

I love Swiss cheese, but I can't eat much of it without having an allergic reaction. The stronger the Swiss, the worse it is. Apparently there's an enzyme specific to Swiss cheese? It's the same reaction I have to walnuts.

I don't like Limburger. It just tastes like gym socks on steroids.

Other than that...I'll eat just about any type of cheese. Pasteurized processed, hard, soft, blue veined, curds, etc. Now I'm off to cut a hunk of extra sharp white cheddar.

Aug 05, 2013
senorahb in Cheese

Least favorite cheeses?

I agree with you on this - at least supermarket brie. I can eat it if I cut off every speck of rind because the taste is a bit much for me; this seems like a waste, though. My sister-in-law baked a supermarket brie wheel in puff pastry with raspberry preserves. It was actually pretty irresistible. Other than that...meh.

Aug 05, 2013
senorahb in Cheese

Penny Candy - What Are/Were Your Favorites?

I have Caramel Creams in my cupboard right now. Yum! I am also a fan of the Cow Tales. Have you had the chocolate version? I was really surprised at how tasty they were. I also not-so-secretly love the Caramel Apple Cow Tales...

Aug 05, 2013
senorahb in General Topics

Penny Candy - What Are/Were Your Favorites?

I love a good, stale Swedish Fish. Delicious!

Aug 05, 2013
senorahb in General Topics

Penny Candy - What Are/Were Your Favorites?

I loved and still love Bit o' Honey.

Another fan of Ice Cubes here.

I probably ate my weight in Trolli Sour Apple and Peach rings when I worked at a soda fountain.

Fireballs are still delicious, but I feel that way about every jawbreaker I've ever tried. I loved those huge gummie sharks.

Blow Pops and Tootsie Pops are still ridiculously tempting to me.

I miss the Jolly Rancher bars. Peach was my favorite flavor, followed by watermelon and green apple. Fire was pretty good too.

I still love gumballs. The gum is worthless, but there's something so satisfying about crunching through the candy shell.

Oh and those strawberry hard candies with the liquid/chewy filling. I also still love those.

Aug 05, 2013
senorahb in General Topics

Penny Candy - What Are/Were Your Favorites?

My parents were too! I remember when I was a kid, the big fear was drugs in those little candy dots. I lived in fear of someone lacing my candy with LSD.

We also weren't allowed to eat any homemade treats or fresh fruit that we got when trick-or-treating (who would want to eat an apple anyway?!). Evil people were putting razor blades in them, don't you know?

Aug 05, 2013
senorahb in General Topics

Battling "condimentia"

I bought OXO baby food containers for taking condiments with me to work. I no longer need to pack lunch, but they're perfect for odds and ends. They're nice because the all click into the little tray, which keeps them from sliding all over the refrigerator.

http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Blocks-Free...

Aug 05, 2013
senorahb in General Topics

Whatdya Put Hot Sauce On?

I eat Valentina, Tapatio or Cholula on popcorn. Green Tabasco is also really tasty on popcorn.

I like hot sauce on my eggs, in soups and stews (especially anything bean-based), and really pretty much everything else. I don't put very much on, though, because I have become an enormous baby about heat level. I'm trying to build back up my tolerance.

Aug 05, 2013
senorahb in General Topics

Ice Cream, What Flavors are Your Favorite and Worst?

I had a similar experience with their mint chocolate chip. It was gritty and seemed simultaneously overpowered with mint and totally bland. The chocolate chunks were waxy, to boot. All in all, a very disappointing experience. I suspect I got a bad batch, though, because I've mostly heard good things.

Aug 03, 2013
senorahb in General Topics

What is your dirty little food secret?

Oh man, that layer of graham cracker flavor is so awesome. There's nothing quite like it, is there?

Aug 03, 2013
senorahb in General Topics

What is your dirty little food secret?

I haven't, but I'm kind of intrigued... What kinds?

Aug 03, 2013
senorahb in General Topics

What is your dirty little food secret?

I could eat hot pepper jelly and cream cheese straight. That stuff is unbelievably delicious.

Aug 02, 2013
senorahb in General Topics
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What is your dirty little food secret?

Oh wow. That sounds delicious too. I love graham crackers.

Aug 02, 2013
senorahb in General Topics

What is your dirty little food secret?

Graham cracker mash: Crush up graham crackers, pour enough milk to moisten everything, stir up, eat the gloppy mess. YUM.

Aug 02, 2013
senorahb in General Topics

Don't Yum on My Yuck ™

I LOVE olives, but that sounds vile.

Aug 02, 2013
senorahb in General Topics

Don't Yum on My Yuck ™

Same but cheap pasta in Spain. I mean, COME ON!

Aug 02, 2013
senorahb in General Topics

Don't Yum on My Yuck ™

Mate. My whole family drinks it and I cannot tolerate the bitterness. I have tried about every brand under the sun (my dad is constantly experimenting). I've drunk it hot, cold, with milk, with lemon, with sugar, with agave, with artificial sweetener. I've tried blends with citrus infusion and I've tried the bagged versions. I just can't take how unbearably bitter it is.

I also hate canned peas. They taste like mushy, salty, metallic yuck.

Aug 02, 2013
senorahb in General Topics

What recipe are you lusting after but have never found the "exact" one?

I was so repulsed when my sister-in-law told me she had made this. And then I ate it. And then I couldn't stop eating it. And now I'm going to spend the rest of the night thinking about grape salad.

Jul 18, 2013
senorahb in Home Cooking
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poll- where do you get your recipes?

I do a little bit of a variety of things. I like a lot of the recipes from America's Test Kitchen. I also have Mark Bittman's 'How to Cook Everything' and use it frequently. I use some of my parents' and MIL's old standards (although my MIL's are ONLY because my husband likes them--her cooking is...less than stellar). I have gleaned a few good recipes from bloggers. I also riff on other recipes based on what I have on hand. I've been experimenting a lot more lately with different flavor combinations.

Jul 18, 2013
senorahb in Home Cooking

Favorite Vintage and Off-Beat Soda Pops

I love Fanta Limon and Cuatro (Chilean grapefruit soda). I also had a grapefruit soda in Argentina that was made with fresh juice, including pulp. I wish I could remember what it was called, because it was delicious.

Jul 16, 2013
senorahb in General Topics

Your First Exposure to the Exotic

Despite living most of my life in a middle-of-nowhere mining town in Nevada, I grew up eating Laotian food (my parents had dear friends who were refugees) and Italian food (my dad lived their for several years). My parents also fiddled around with Chinese food, making dumplings and such, as well as Mexican food. I have a pretty clear memory of making tamales with some friends. I really don't remember my first exposures to those cuisines, though.

I do however, have a very vivid memory of the first time I ate Indian food. For some reason, my parents and I were in Las Vegas (probably one of my dad's mining conferences). We went out to eat late one evening to this tiny little Indian restaurant WAY off the Strip. I was in my middle teens at the time, but I remember it feeling so magical to be in this quiet little restaurant, with strange music and aromas wafting through the air. I know for sure that we had lamb vindaloo, garlic naan, and basmati rice. Oh, and I think tandoori chicken (because we could see the tandoor through a little window in the restaurant). I've eaten a lot of Indian food in the 20+ years since then, but none of it has stuck in my memory like that particular meal.

Jul 16, 2013
senorahb in General Topics

Ice Cream, What Flavors are Your Favorite and Worst?

I HATE butter pecan ice cream. I bought it for years expecting to get praline pecans (duh). The pecans are always soggy and they are in chunks big enough to make my mouth itch. Blech.

I love coffee ice cream, anything with Graeter's chocolate chips in it, and really delicious chunky strawberry ice cream (none of this BS with food coloring). I've also been known to do terrible things for rocky road or tin roof sundae. Anyone remember GooGoo Cluster ice cream? I'm not sure if it's still made.

Truthfully, there aren't a lot of ice creams I loathe, with the exception of butter pecan.

Jul 16, 2013
senorahb in General Topics

Deal-Breakers in Salads

Radicchio. I cannot tolerate the bitterness. If I can pick it out, I'll eat the salad.

In a fruit salad, I won't touch it if it has bananas in it. I will occasionally eat a fruit salad with apples or pairs, but not if they've gone brown or mushy. Blech.

Jul 16, 2013
senorahb in General Topics