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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Amirya » Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:17 pm

How about tastes you don't like?

I don't drink coffee. Or beer more than once every quarter, and even then, it's usually half a bottle. Turkey, unless it's the turkey legs from the local Renaissance Festival, and even those are losing their appeal due to the extreme saltiness. White meat in general. Squash. Mushrooms, unless they're shitake. Eggs that aren't prepared as hard boiled or scrambled (don't even get me started on sunny side up). Coca-Cola (but Pepsi is fine). Diet sodas of any brand.
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby bldavis » Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:10 pm

Amirya wrote:How about tastes you don't like?

I don't drink coffee. Or beer more than once every quarter, and even then, it's usually half a bottle. Turkey, unless it's the turkey legs from the local Renaissance Festival, and even those are losing their appeal due to the extreme saltiness. White meat in general. Squash. Mushrooms, unless they're shitake. Eggs that aren't prepared as hard boiled or scrambled (don't even get me started on sunny side up). Coca-Cola (but Pepsi is fine). Diet sodas of any brand.

no wonder we get along

i dont drink coffee, only drink coke when im sick (it settles my stomach)and NEVER diet, id rather drink water
if im given a choice, i will choose red meat over white, ie lamb or beef over pork and poultry

that said, i do like dark meat of turkey/chicken, the leg and thigh
and no body else in my family does :twisted:

i eat very few vegtables, mostly just corn and green beans
i cannot stand peas at all in any form

eggs...have to be hard boiled, over medium or scrambled

oh and alcohol? i havnet touched a drop in over 4 yrs and dont plan on starting again
i used to drink a Kahlua-chocolate-peanut butter milkshake after a really long day working in the factory, and i was in a helluva relationship, about a yr before i got divorced.

so pretty much, if its dealing with raw eggs (cept in cookie dough) or a vegetable, chances are i wont touch it
meat on the other hand, med-rare (hamburgers included)
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Fridmarr » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:35 pm

Shoju wrote:Scrapple.

I saw it on Dirty jobs a couple of weeks ago, and asked my parents (both born and raised in the country) if they had every heard of it. My dad raved about it, and said like hot dogs, just don't ask what is in it. I said I knew what was in it, and that I wanted to try it.

So, my dad went to an Amishman ~30 minutes north of here, and purchased a 5 pound loaf. Oh Man... This stuff is AMAZING. First, we took some of the Scrapple and made Scrapple Hash, Hash Browns, Over Easy Eggs, and white gravy. That was killer. This weekend, while over working on his garage, he made me a Scrapple Sandwich.

Rye Bread - Scrapple (thick slice) - Swiss Cheese - Lettuce - onion - Mayonaise - And a dash of Worcestershire sauce (added during frying). It was quite possibly the best sandwich I have had in a V.E.R.Y. Long time.

We call it pon haus (not sure on the spelling), but I never cared for it much. It smelled like a wonderful sausage when we prepared it at a butchering, but the taste and texture were just meh for me. I think that some of the preparations you describe sound quite good though. I may have to try that the next time I'm back in PA.

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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Arnock » Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:50 pm

Barbacoa is quite tasty
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Gracerath » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:57 am

I have certain acquired tastes that also depend on the time of day and what meal it is. I like onions and peppers. However, I cannot have onions or peppers as part of an ingredient for my breakfast. Sometimes when I go out to eat, people have these fully loaded omelets and it really just turns my stomach. I like mellow savory flavors.

I've recently found a fondness for diet root beer but I don't like any other diet sodas. My mom used to drink diet mtn. dew while we were growing up and I thought it was probably the worst tasting liquid in existence.

I've been wanting to try one of those Turducken things for ages and I finally found one in the store and cooked it. I've only had duck once so I wasn't really able to pick it out of all the other poultry flavors but the stuffing had tons of green peppers in it and it just overpowered everything. I was pretty disappointed. The meat part tasted pretty standard but I fear that I just got one that wasn't ideal.

What are your takes on oysters? Like them raw? Cooked? Remind you of snot and you can't even look at one? I don't eat them often but I've never had one raw and cooked they were fairly tasty.

I HATE the taste of rosemary. I'm sorry, but pine needles have no place on my food.
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Shoju » Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:48 am

The big thing that I have heard when talking to people around here about scrapple is that the preparation is the key like several have said. My dad said that he would only buy scrapple from Neuswanger's (an Amish Butcher shop) because they knew how to prepare it right.

When you fry it, like the wiki said, you want to make sure that the outside ends up crispy/crunchy a little. Sort of like a breading.


As far as things I don't eat/drink.
  • Coffee - Diet Mt. Dew is my coffee.
  • Saurkraut - I eat it with some things, but it has to be mild. I hate the really pungent stuff
  • Tomato - I will eat tomato sauce and ketchup, but you will not find me eating tomato sliced, diced, on sandwiches, in salads, in Spanish Rice (I pick out the tomato)
  • Bologna - I love deli meats, but I don't care for bologna.
  • Peas - It is a texture thing.
[*] This isn't something that I "wont" eat, but I would take a well prepared pork chop over a nice steak any day of the week. When the Chop is juicy, well cooked, with the fat still on the chop (I cut it off before I eat it) the flavor is AMAZING.
[*]Steak Sauce. Pass me Worcestershire Sauce please and thanks. If a piece of meat needs steak sauce to taste good, or a lot of W. Sauce, it isn't a good piece of meat to begin with.
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Euphoria » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:06 am

Gracerath wrote:What are your takes on oysters? Like them raw? Cooked? Remind you of snot and you can't even look at one? I don't eat them often but I've never had one raw and cooked they were fairly tasty.


Raw, on the half shell, by the dozen, and with a squirt of hot sauce.
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby bldavis » Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:56 am

Shoju wrote:The big thing that I have heard when talking to people around here about scrapple is that the preparation is the key like several have said. My dad said that he would only buy scrapple from Neuswanger's (an Amish Butcher shop) because they knew how to prepare it right.

When you fry it, like the wiki said, you want to make sure that the outside ends up crispy/crunchy a little. Sort of like a breading.


As far as things I don't eat/drink.
  • Coffee - Diet Mt. Dew is my coffee.
  • Saurkraut - I eat it with some things, but it has to be mild. I hate the really pungent stuff
  • Tomato - I will eat tomato sauce and ketchup, but you will not find me eating tomato sliced, diced, on sandwiches, in salads, in Spanish Rice (I pick out the tomato)
  • Bologna - I love deli meats, but I don't care for bologna.
  • Peas - It is a texture thing.
[*] This isn't something that I "wont" eat, but I would take a well prepared pork chop over a nice steak any day of the week. When the Chop is juicy, well cooked, with the fat still on the chop (I cut it off before I eat it) the flavor is AMAZING.
[*]Steak Sauce. Pass me Worcestershire Sauce please and thanks. If a piece of meat needs steak sauce to taste good, or a lot of W. Sauce, it isn't a good piece of meat to begin with.


coffee- pepsi for me
saurkraut - heh not at all
tomato - sause and ketchup, and if diced in tacos or in glaucamole, but that is it, i hate it just sliced or on sandwiches
bologna - depending on then brand, i dont mind it
peas - see previous comment

and steak sauce, i agree, but if it does need it, A1, A1 sweet and spicy, or A1 hearty, or.... Cooky's Grillin sauce, its a sauce made by the ppl who run the drive thru where i get my coffee er pepsi
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Aurelie » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:21 pm

Uni shooters are for sure an acquired taste, mainly due to the fact you have to swallow solid matter in a shot. I almost threw up on a friend the first time I tried one but I've come to find them to be delicious.
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Skye1013 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:32 am

Shoju wrote:[*]Steak Sauce. Pass me Worcestershire Sauce please and thanks. If a piece of meat needs steak sauce to taste good, or a lot of W. Sauce, it isn't a good piece of meat to begin with.

We used to grill our own hamburgers before our grill broke (the glass imploded... it was weird.) Anywho, my sister and I would have fun smothering the patties with W. Sauce. It was awesome!

Things I won't eat:
Vegetables (very few exceptions being Green Beans/Peas/Broccoli with cheese. I've gotten a little better about steamed, sliced carrots.)
Raw fish/Sushi
Raw meat (most uncooked meat I've had was medium, and that's pushing it a little)
Shellfish (crabs/lobsters/crawfish/not sure if oysters/clams falls under this, but I don't touch those either.)

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not 100% averse to all vegetables. In a good salsa/guacamole, I devour onions/tomatoes/peppers. But if I can distinguish the individual textures/flavors... I won't eat it without removing the offending textures/flavors.
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Shoju » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:23 am

Skye1013 wrote:Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not 100% averse to all vegetables. In a good salsa/guacamole, I devour onions/tomatoes/peppers. But if I can distinguish the individual textures/flavors... I won't eat it without removing the offending textures/flavors.


I felt very similar to this until I went to a local steak house who serves grilled vegetable skewers. Their normal skewer is green pepper, onion, squash, zuchinni.

The first time I tried it, I was hooked. grilled Vegetables are where it is at for me. Sugar Snap Peas if you can get them steamed and crisp. Asparagus if it is nice and crisp with a good hollandaise sauce is also absolutely fantastic (even though your urine will smell downright awful afterwards.)
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Fivelives » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:40 am

Tomatoes are fruits, not veggies :p

I don't get how people can dislike vegetables. I'm the biggest carnivore I know, but I still LOVE me some veggies.
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Skye1013 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:58 pm

Fivelives wrote:Tomatoes are fruits, not veggies :p

I don't get how people can dislike vegetables. I'm the biggest carnivore I know, but I still LOVE me some veggies.

I realize this, but they still fall under the same dislike for me, and therefore get lumped together with "veggies." ;)
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Gracerath » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:23 am

When you fry it, like the wiki said, you want to make sure that the outside ends up crispy/crunchy a little. Sort of like a breading


That is how I like spam! I like to fry it up nice and crisp and then a little mayo and bbq sauce.

I'll eat just about any vegetable out there by itself though as stated before, I can't eat some if they are in my breakfast. Tempura battered veggies are my favorite though I'm sure you could tempura batter some shoe leather and it would still taste good.

My sister doesn't like tomatoes either. I love them. Nothing like a plain tomato sandwich with a little salt and mayo on toasted bread. Sometimes I jazz it up with a slice of avacado. Man, I think I just figured out what I'm going to eat for dinner this weekend. So. Good.
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby katraya » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:16 am

Fivelives wrote:
I don't get how people can dislike vegetables. I'm the biggest carnivore I know, but I still LOVE me some veggies.


I think a lot of people never had veggies cooked properly. If all you have ever had is canned/boiled/frozen stuff it's kind of understandable. I know several people who hated brussel sprouts but were converted when I made them.

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