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I Just Don't Like It! 
Feb. 24, 2012 11:37 am 
Updated: Mar. 26, 2012 6:15 pm
Lots of us here have lamented about picky eaters (me too, if anyone has heard me talk about my brother!), some admit to being picky eaters themselves, and many have said that they just won't stand for picky eaters and insist that what they make gets eaten.

But don't we all have a little bit of picky-eater in us? We all have our likes and dislikes, that even for reasonably adventurous-eating adults can sometimes go into the "picky" column.

Here are some food-related things I just don't like, in no particular order:

- Pickles in stuff. I will eat pickles on their own right out of the jar, but I do NOT want a pickle in or on anything else I eat. No pickles in tuna salad, egg salad, on a burger... nowhere. It makes the whole thing taste of nothing but pickle!

- Bacon in some stuff. Don't get me wrong, I love bacon. I like it on a sandwich, or on a pizza. I of course like it on its own in a little pile next to some eggs or pancakes. But I hate bacon in pasta. I don't like bacon in soup (wet bacon. gross). I really don't like "bacon wrapping" things, no matter what it is. I don't really have a good reason for it, I just don't. Especially when it's bacon wrapped vegetables. I'm not sure it counts as healthy if you wrap a slab of salty fat around it :)

- Beef that is really red so that it's almost mooing at me. Actually I don't even really like pink beef, unless it's very very faint. It's not so much the taste of rarer beef that I don't like, but the grossness of it. I don't like a steak bleeding all over my plate, soaking my baked potato or whatever else in red juices.

- Similar to the above, I don't usually like sauces or juices or oils etc. running in to other things on my plate. Gravy poured over meat that runs onto mashed potatoes is ok, usually sauce (from a stir fry or something) that runs onto rice is ok... but usually I hate this. Last night I had on my plate a piece of breaded chicken and a small pile of green beans that were dressed with a little olive oil and balsamic. Well my chicken ended up sitting in a pool of the oil and vinegar, so got a little soggy and all I could taste was the vinaigrette, not the seasoning I put in the chicken breading. Hate that!

- Ketchup on eggs. It's just weird.

- Too much mayo or dressing. Salad does not need to be drowning in dressing. One can of tuna doesn't need like 1/2 cup mayo to make tuna salad. Why is it when I ask for "Just a tiny little bit of mustard" on my ham sandwich I end up with more mustard than ham? No food places that I go to around my workplace seem to have the same definition of "just a little bit" that I do, since my food is always being completely doused in mustard, mayo, dressing, etc. Not to mention when I ask for "just a little bit" of fries on the side and end up with what looks like 5 pounds of potatoes on my plate. I mean, I like fries but no one needs that many! If I have them in front of me, I'll eat them. Even if I had the willpower to throw them out (and I do usually throw some out as I just get too full to keep eating even if I wanted to), it feels like such a pointless waste.

- The idea of eating lamb. I can't say I don't like the lamb itself since I've never tried it. But I have absolutely no interest in trying it.

- Carrot cake. Now there's nothing in carrot cake that I find revolting. I would eat it if I was lost in the woods, hadn't had anything to eat for a few days and one dropped out of the sky. But to CHOOSE to eat it for dessert? Heck no. It's really just a fancy muffin with icing (I don't like carrot muffins, either). If I'm going to have dessert, it's not going to have veggies in it, even if there's sugar in there with them. I like the cream cheese frosting though.

- Pumpkin in non-dessert foods. Yuck.

- Zucchini, other squash, eggplant - nope, don't like them. I know they're good for me but I've never liked them. I don't even want to eat zucchini disguised in a quick bread, even with chocolate!

- Sweet potatoes. I have tried to like these, I really have. I like regular potatoes too much that I just can't stand these imposters! Every time I hear or read an "easy diet tip - simply use sweet potatoes instead of potatoes!" I am annoyed. Because they are not the same. Not even close. Same goes for mashing cauliflower instead of potatoes when you want "mashed potatoes". I have nothing against cauliflower, I'm sure it makes a fine dish. But if it's mashed potatoes I want, it's certainly not going to cut it for me.

- The smell of ground beef cooking. It's almost repulsive sometimes but I like the cooked product, so I suffer through the cooking of it...

- Recipes that call for using like eight different pots/pans/plates/whatever for making one meal. I know I can just not make these, and that's what I do, but come on, who wants to wash that many dishes! I feel like I spend half my evening cleaning up the kitchen as it is.

- Plums that aren't dark red inside. Especially when I picked them out of a bin labelled "red plums". The lighter coloured flesh ones are *ok* I guess... but I like the red ones!

That's all I can think of for now, but I know there's lots more. What are some of yours?
Feb. 24, 2012 11:48 am
I'm with you. I can't stand a lot of mayo in tuna/chicken salad. Ick! I hate runny eggs. My eggs have to be rock hard and scrambled well. This just grosses me out. I love squash, but have never really liked zucchini. I think cuz it has a mushy center whenever I have tried it cooked. Forget about oysters... Oh, and no ketchup on eggs for me either...
Feb. 24, 2012 11:52 am
I'm one of the strange ones because there are very few foods that I don't like, and that's why I'm always struggling with my weight. Obviously, some I like more than others, but I can't think of one that I absolutely wouldn't eat. Never had much fish growing up in Ohio (except Mrs. Paul's Fish Sticks served with catsup), but I've learned to enjoy mild-flavored fish. Now, sardines, although I've never had them might be one that I'd really have to gag down. Have a friend who won't eat mashed potatoes and gravy or red spaghetti sauce, but she loves sardines. Go figure. We all do have some strange eating habits.
Feb. 24, 2012 11:53 am
Oh Alex I have some food things that gross me out beyond words. For instance anything on the bone that I have to watch others eat. I can't watch people suck the meat off of a chicken wing or rib bone and then put that same bone back in their mouths after taking a good gander at it. lol
Feb. 24, 2012 11:54 am
I do not like cinnamon in savory dishes, the durian fruit or organ meats. That is all I can think of at the moment.
Feb. 24, 2012 11:57 am
Totally with you on the eggs/ketchup thing. Ew. My grandmother used to eat them like that all the time and now I just can't stand to even look at it. If I have hash browns on my plate, which I love to have ketchup on, they simply cannot touch my eggs. If they do, I can't eat it. I know - "ye of the Firecrackers" (as xraybarb would say it, lol) who absolutely loves weird food combinations can't fathom eating ketchup and eggs. :D
Feb. 24, 2012 12:02 pm
Alex, I know what you mean about ground beef having a bad smell when cooking. I will not buy beef from some stores because of that smell. However, I don't have that smell when I bought a side of beef from a local rancher here in Colorado. It makes me wonder what makes that smell in some store's ground beef?
Feb. 24, 2012 12:05 pm
Great blog topic Alex! I can relate to most of your 'beefs' above :) I don't like my beef mooing either, and I hate, hate, HATE zucchini! and seafood other than fish does not cross the threshold of my yap :)
Feb. 24, 2012 12:22 pm
There aren't too many things I don't like but the idea of passing off cauliflower as mashed potatoes is just wrong. Maybe it's my Irish heritage. I can't stand coconut. It's like hair in your mouth! Like too much mustard, I can't stand that so many things are made so sweet. I mean you can always add more sugar but you can't take it out, right? My refrigerator broke so I couldn't keep cream in the house. So one morning, BEFORE COFFEE, I went to Dunkin Donuts to get coffee. They put the cream and sugar in for you so I asked for one teaspoon of sugar. The Asst. Manager started quizzing me, "Do you want one sugar because one sugar here is three spoonfuls of sugar....." On and on he went. Well by the time I leave my house I usually have at least 2 cups of coffee so don't start quizzing me before my first cup and to me one teaspoon of sugar means one teaspoon of sugar. At that point I realized they had sugar packets by the door so I told him to just skip the sugar and I did it myself. I didn't really even want a full teaspoon. But all of those premixed, formula drinks are always way too sweet for me. And that smell in your ground beef is likely ammonia that's used to keep it pink.
Feb. 24, 2012 12:26 pm
I totally agree with you on the pickles, bacon and the smell of hamburger. Pickles do not need to be on or in anything! And what is with this bacon fad?? And the pumpkin, you're right, it is weird in non dessert foods. I HATE green olives. The smell makes me naseous (sp). Great blog!
Feb. 24, 2012 12:36 pm
Well I pretty much like everything you don't...lol. Except on my eggs it is hot sauce, and only if they are scrambled. And everything is better with bacon, although I do agree it is amazing how many almost healthy recipes call for bacon or sausage and blow the healthy right out the window. I do agree with the overuse of mayo and mustard in recipes or on sandwiches. And any meat sitting in a pool of blood is totally gross...but my DH would not agree on that one. I guess my picky thing is tuna fish, I love it cold but hate it heated up. I love seafood, but not tuna casseroles or anything with cooked canned tuna fish. My son has a friend that I have to put each one of her food items on a separate plate so they don't touch each other. Now I think that is weird.
Feb. 24, 2012 12:56 pm
I'm with Lutz, I find almost everything on your list to be enticing. Even the sauces running amok on my plate. I usually design a plate so that co-mingling is cool, great blog Alex. Ps, ketchup on eggs is sometimes a delight!
Feb. 24, 2012 1:09 pm
LOL Alex! You always make me crack up! I love your sense of humor and straight forward attitude. :) I can relate with many of your "I just don't like it" food(s). The juice/sauce/etc...of one dish running into another... YUCK! And...I'm so tired of hearing my hubby tell me "It all goes to the same place anyway." That's fine. But I don't have to mix it all together before it gets there. He actually brought home a set of plastic neon plates with separators for each component of the meal, as a joke. I love them and use them (so does my daughter... I guess my food dislikes have rubbed off on her). The bloody meat on my plate. NO WAY! Ewe... can't even think about it. (Of course DH loves rare meat...Daughter does not :) Mayo/Salad Dressing thing... Mayo is great, in moderation. Salad Dressing (Miracle Whip).. What is that stuff? It tastes fake to me and just ruins whatever you put it in/use it on. A couple of things that I just can't be around.... Black Licorice taste or even a remote smell (anise, anisette, fennel, etc...) - one of my absolute turn-offs of all time. I can't stand it in baked goods, savory, nothing! "Processed Cheese Food". Huh? I know many people just love the stuff but I have a really hard time with plastic cheese (Velveeta). But the worst for me (right now anyway) is an undercooked egg. I love "dippy eggs" (what we call them), but can not handle any kind of egg with an undercooked white. That part of the egg MUST be well done. Maybe this last one has something to do with the recent change over to fresh eggs only from our chickens? I don't know... That's a few of my "just don't like it" foods. Great blog! I can't wait to read all the other comments. Have a great weekend!
Feb. 24, 2012 1:20 pm
Oysters on the half shell, gag! Liver or other organ meats, eww! Uncooked egg white wiggling around on a fried egg, cringe. I'm sure there are others, LOL!
Feb. 24, 2012 1:23 pm
abapplez, you beat me to it on the egg white thing, but I couldn't agree more, so gross!
Feb. 24, 2012 1:25 pm
Great blog Alex! I could agree with about 50% of what you said. I used to hate zucchini and squash but a friend of mine just made a dish for me with those veggies in it and I LOVED it so I guess I'm willing to try them again. I really don't mind the smell of ground beef cooking but when it comes to cooking fish....yuck! Another thing....I get squeamish over the texture of foods. Thats why I don't like mushrooms or sushi....its not really the taste but the slimy texture in my mouth. Makes me want to gag every time! I really can't eat my eggs any other way but scrambled OH and fried with lots of hot sauce! I had actually never heard of someone putting ketchup on eggs until I read your blog. No thank you! Also I LOVE tomatoes, anything tomato, however I do not like a warm slice of tomato on my burgers. Its just gross...maybe because its warm and doesn't seem as fresh IDK but I never get tomatoes on my burgers or sandwiches unless its a BLT or cold sandwich. HA! I LOVE pickles but by themselves. And I have to disagree on the bacon. Love it with anything....even chocolate but I do NOT claim my veggie dish a healthy side if bacon is involved. Now you really got me thinking......HA!
Feb. 24, 2012 1:27 pm
I don't like pickles in or on anything either. I like my egg whites cooked nice and firm. Not really a fan of cauliflower. I'm sure there are others, but that's all I can think of right off. Now, go back 20 years and I could have named a dozen things I liked and everything else I hated -I used to be picky. I used to be really thin, too. Hmmm.... wish I was picky again! LOL
Feb. 24, 2012 1:29 pm
Here's a strange one - frosted sugar cookies make me heave. I'll eat sugar cookies as long as they aren't too lemony but ones with hard frosting on them - eww. I'm not a ketchup fan at all so I certainly don't want it on eggs but I have to have hot sauce. Although that is a recent development.
Feb. 24, 2012 1:36 pm
Alright, I"ll admit to being picky, hate eggs,unless I' used them as an ingredient in something, no peas for me,don't like gravy either, despise beans any kind pinto,chick, navy YUCK!!not a big fan of things like sweet potatoes zucchini, squash guess that's enough about me, sliding over into the picky column, OH look who else is here :))))
Feb. 24, 2012 1:37 pm
Great blog Alex. Ketchup on eggs....who ever started that. Mashed cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes....get real. I do absolutely love carrot cake. Not much I really don't eat, but I feel like I am a plain food cook, when I see what some of you all cook.
Feb. 24, 2012 2:41 pm
Malt balls and Candy Corn gag me but my absolute most despised candies are Circus Peanuts. Just typing Circus Peanuts makes me ewe yuck get drench mouth.
Feb. 24, 2012 3:37 pm
Oh Alex - Beef must be rare, I have learned to eat scrambled eggs the American way, scrambled hard but prefer them scrambled soft. (No ketchup comes near my plate - So I am with you there.) Cauliflower is great as long as I know it is cauliflower. I like my food not only touching and running into each other - I plan it that way. One bite usually consists of a little of this and a little of that - like layering on my fork. So what don't I like - CHOCOLATE. I don't understand the love of chocolate. OK - I am weird.
Feb. 24, 2012 3:37 pm
Oh and carrot cake is my one and only favorite dessert.
Feb. 24, 2012 4:09 pm
Whew, just read all the comments! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and especially thanks to those who agreed with me :P for those who didn't agree with my dislikes, I guess we can still be friends :) except for you Baking Nana, not if you don't like chocolate! just kidding of course :)
Feb. 24, 2012 4:13 pm
A few of your dislikes that caught my eye and I agree with - meat off a bone! I can't believe I forgot that in my list. Chicken especially. I can eat the flat chicken wings (NOT drumstick kind) but chicken breasts, I NEVER buy bone in and I hate eating it if someone else buys and cooks it. I know, it's cheaper. But I'd rather spend the money for boneless skinless. The undercooked egg whites, completely agree! Gross! For scrambled eggs, I'd rather have them leaning towards overcooked and rubbery rather than risk them being underdone. I have a great distaste of black licorice too... and the processed cheese food? Well I think I would like it ok but I've actually never cooked with it. It caught my eye at the grocery store recently and I was about to pick it up to try it out when I saw the price. $9.99 for 1 lb. Wtf, that's a good deal more expensive than the REAL cheese. At the price, I think I am ok with not trying it.
Feb. 24, 2012 4:18 pm
Oh yeah, and the liver and organ meats, that goes without saying, lol.
Feb. 24, 2012 4:37 pm
Oh Alex, didn't anyone tell you that likes and dislikes make the OTHER person a picky eater, never ourselves? LOL I am with you on the pickles, mayo, mustard, organ meats and ketsup. The rest are all things I happily eat.
Feb. 24, 2012 5:34 pm
Hi Alex, loved your dislikes. I can agree with alot of them but mostly the meat off the bone and Miracle Whip....nasty!! I had to laugh with the ketchup on eggs, it is one of my all times faves but I have heard it is a midwest thing (from Minnesota). You would probably not like another thing some of us do with dry scrambled eggs, put them on toast with butter and grape jelly. I finally after 8 years got my husband to try it and he grudgingly admitted that is was really good. Haven't made that in awhile, I know what I am having for breakfast tomorrow.
Feb. 24, 2012 5:43 pm
GOOD blog!! I have a lot of dislikes and some people on the buzz have tried to make an issue of that. I don't really understand why, I'd say there's something every single one of us doesn't enjoy. I don't like roast or brisket or stew in any shape or form. I don't like barbeque unless it's pulled pork or *maybe* sausage. I don't like most forms of chocolate, especially M&M's or brownies or chocolate chip cookies or cake. I won't eat peas or cooked carrots, no matter how much you dress them up or how small they are chopped up. Don't like Coke. Don't like cheese on cold sandwiches. I won't eat chicken thighs...yuck. There's probably more, but that's enough. Oh, and oddly enough, I love ketchup on eggs!
Feb. 24, 2012 9:37 pm
You are so funny, Alex! When it comes to food, I am the least picky person I know. However I HATE hot dogs and bologna. And I HATE! HATE! ring bologna which is a giant gross mutant hot dog made of bologna. I can't stand cilantro, saffron or truffles. I don't like milk chocolate but I love dark chocolate, lamb, squash, sweet potatos, eggplant and carrot cake. I am very picky about my beverages, though. I hate wine and beer (except in food) coffee, smoothies, slushies, fruit juice(I love vegetable juices) bottled water (I have well water that I love)I hate all regular soda (I like diet rootbeer and caffeine free diet coke with lots of ice) I like Irish whiskeys, bourbon, rum, vodka and champagne. I don't like tequila or gin. I like skim milk only if it is icy cold, almond milk and iced tea (but not hot tea.)
Feb. 25, 2012 4:46 am
Alex, I guess we all have our like and dislikes. Everyone has tastes buds are different. I like the things you don't like. I have to agree with 2 things; 1)I do not like juices running all over the plate and into my veggies. 2)I also like crisp bacon. I've tried bacon wrapped around potatoes, franks, and other meats. It's not crisp, it turns out chewy and tough. I am picky how I want my food cooked. My MIL thought she was a good cook and I could not eat some of her food. My aunt always made me eat what's on my plate. I could not leave the table til I ate all my food. She was not a good cook either. There are some veggies I will not eat; rootabagga(sp), collard greens, califlower. I love all the others. Some meats I will not eat. I'm more of chicken, hamb, veal, fish, and roast beef person. Loved your blog!
Feb. 25, 2012 5:05 am
Hi Alex, I don't like the sauce to run into my other food and I rarely clean the plate but it grosses me out when DH manages to get his saucy plate to look like he licked it! Ick! When I was pregnant I would gag at the site of mushrooms, sausage and chicken on the bone. Double Ick!
Feb. 25, 2012 5:08 am
I love this blog but I have a questio. Why on earth does anyone think any type of sea food belongs in any type of pasta? From a tuna noodle casserole to however up the scale you want to take it, the thought of the two types of food together makes me gag. Now, either on their own? Bring it on!
Feb. 25, 2012 7:31 am
beets and cooked oatmeal. I've tried to like them cuz they're good for you. Blech!
Feb. 25, 2012 10:57 am
Hey Alex, I always used to think my oldest son was a picky eater... because he would never eat any food that touched other food on his plate! When I would tell him It all ends up in the same place in his stomache... he simply replied..." I like each food on it's own merit... if I didn't care about your cooking I'd be ok with casserols every night!" Well then... Not picky .... just loves Mom's cooking!
Feb. 25, 2012 11:02 am
I'm a little late on this, but am the "picky eater". I can not stand anything with liquids flowing into my other food. when out, I will order such "runny foods" in separate plates. My neice eats her steak barely browned on the outside and I refuse to sit across from her and look at it. if I have to, such as a restaurant, I make her put her menu up between us! My dad used to put ketsup in his gravy. my mother used to tell me that "it all went to the same place anyway!"
Feb. 25, 2012 11:04 am
oops, sorry terry tripp, I did not see your post. no offense to you about all food ending up in the stomach. like, your son, I will eat casseroles..guess because the ingredients are made to be cooked together!
Feb. 25, 2012 1:27 pm
Bell peppers. I can't stand the smell, the taste or the taste of food that has been cooked using bell peppers. I refuse to eat anything prepared with raw onion. finely chopped and cooked is fine but potato salad, egg salad, chicken salad...etc. with raw onion in it blech! That fake chicken stuff that is in most fast food nuggets and canned chicken yucky! looks,like smells, like and taste like pet food.
Feb. 25, 2012 1:51 pm
Lots of different likes and dislikes here! Thanks for all the comments girls and guys :) I don't like 'fake chicken' either except I loooove McNuggets. I just eat them and try hard not to think about what may or may not be in them! Allie, I had to laugh about the plate looking like it was licked clean! My plate occasionally looks like that, because, I must confess, occasionally I DO lick it! Not in public or at the table with others of course, but if I'm alone and I ate something with a particularly delicious sauce... I will lick it up! At the table with others I will do the more respectable thing and mop up the sauce with bread :) Just ONE sauce at a time though, if two liquids ran into each other and made a mutant sauce, no.
Feb. 25, 2012 1:53 pm
I think luv2cook nailed it with what I don't like about bacon-wrapping other foods, the bacon just doesn't cook how I like it. Another related bacon thing I forgot, I don't really like fried bacon. I'll eat it but I much prefer it microwaved!
Feb. 25, 2012 5:51 pm
Fantstic blog Alex, i hate parsnips the texture and the taste just (shiver) i have to have ketchup on eggs because i hate them they have to be cooked beyond dead i will also put salsa on them (things you won't do for grandkids) also the liver organ meat ,cilantro can you say soap....and i have a hard time with yogourt (long story)
Feb. 26, 2012 7:32 am
too funny - I on the other hand, cannot stand pumpkin in desserts i.e. pumpkin pie... do not care for it at all...
Feb. 26, 2012 10:24 am
Fun blog, Alex! I love sweet potatoes basically any and all ways, and I love mashed cauliflower, but I totally agree on the rare beef. I cannot eat bloody beef. And I buy ground beef only from my local natural foods store...know exactly what you mean on the smell, and that is one of the reasons I buy from there only. I hate licorice/anise anything...it completely nauseates me. And celery...BLEH! Oh, and black olives. Otherwise, I'm pretty good...as long as my eggs do not have runny yolks! : )
Feb. 26, 2012 10:41 am
Ah yogurt. I have a 'thing' about yogurt too. But for me it's just because I about ate my weight in it in a short amount of time and then I never wanted to see it again. When I had gum surgery a little over a year ago, the antibiotics gave me terrible heartburn and the pharmacist instructed me to eat about 1/2 cup yogurt with every pill to ease the heartburn. Four pills a day for 14 days, I was realllly sick of yogurt. It took me a long time to eat it again and even now I can only eat a bit of it and not too often!
Feb. 26, 2012 2:16 pm
Liver in any shape or form sends me into convulsions. I've fallen for the "just wait until you try it the way I cook it; you'll love it" line one too many times. Sweet potatoes and grapefruit are disgusting! Licorice, does anyone like the taste of it? Blech! I don't consider myself picky but if I don't like something I REALLY don't like it lol. I've enjoyed reading the main post and all comments.
Feb. 26, 2012 2:45 pm
If you are determined not to like something, its a hard sell to get you to admit you might be incorrect. DW has some issues with different foods, notablt ketchup...33 years of marriage, and the next time I see her even try it will be the first time. Oh well, it leaves some stuff for the rest of us, who have learned to enjot it. Personally, boneless, skinless chicken is just a total waste of a valid animal's parts. If you are going to raise and kill a live animal, its your job to "use" all of its parts...
Feb. 26, 2012 3:17 pm
Wow! Are you serious? I thought I was reading my 8 year old nieces blog. But, I'm with ya on the organ meats, I won't eat liver (the organ that filters out the bad stuff in blood).
Feb. 26, 2012 5:59 pm
I dont eat foods with the words "toe" or "choke" in them! Meaning of course tofu and artichoke! Call me weird. But hey!
Feb. 26, 2012 8:02 pm
Hey, Alex! I am with you on mashed cauliflower. I do like carrot cake...don't love it and would never make one to have here, but will eat it somewhere else. Can not stand any beans that are NOT green. I would so like to love eating navy, pinto, kidney, etc. but the texture is like eating peas or lima beans. They all taste like what squished dog poo looks like when I try to chew any of them. A bean burger can send me to the bathroom just thinking about it. UGH to cilantro, too. Can NOT eat dark poultry meat, either. Eewwww! And wiggly bacon makes my stomach hurt just looking at it. I always ask for mayo, mustard, and salad dressings "on the side" so I can put on what I want. Won't eat Miracle Whip (nothing miraculous about it) or processed cheese food, either. Also will not eat shrimp or lobster or mahi-mahi or sushi...OMG I can't even be in a room when someone eats sushi!!! Wonder why I have a weight problem w/ all my dislikes..... oh, wait. I LOVE chocolate. 'nuff said....
Feb. 26, 2012 8:49 pm
Lets give Alex a chance to compse her thoughts and respond to some of this. Its not the outburst, its the response...
Feb. 27, 2012 4:23 am
I've been responding here and there, still reading comments :)
Feb. 27, 2012 7:16 am
I don't like cukes, unless pickled or in sushi. I'd eat anything in sushi; don't even have to know what it is. But cukes make everything in a salad taste like cucumber. I also dislike mayo, except in potato salad. Why would ANYONE put mayo (or "special sauce") on a hamburger? Ketchup is too sweet for most things, in my opinion - sauce for kids. Chips need vinegar, scrambled eggs need pepper sauce of some variety, many other foods benefit from dijon mustard. Oh yes, hate the yellow tasteless stuff passed off as mustard, French's et al. Keep your lobster, I'll eat bloody steak.
Feb. 27, 2012 7:22 am
I agree on tofu. That's not food. For people, anyway. Mice might eat it though I'm not sure. Crows would eat it if I nailed a big piece to a tree, but they'd eat anything.
Feb. 27, 2012 8:23 am
Absolutely LOVE sauteed fresh mushrooms, but CANNED??? EWWWW!!!! Nothing worse than going to a restaurant to enjoy a great steak and having them smother it with canned 'shrooms!!
Feb. 27, 2012 9:32 am
ah cucumbers is one veggie I love! Maybe even my favourite :) Canned mushrooms I don't go for either. I'm not necessarily put off by canned things (will eat canned corn, for example) but mushrooms in a can just seems so weird.
Feb. 27, 2012 11:04 am
Hi Alex! I have to disagree with you on the carrot cake, i love it. A few of my I Just Dont Like things are, eggs i cant stand them no matter how they are cooked, milk i do not like, sweeet potato pie is just plain nasty. I agree with the organ thing makes me want to puke thinking about it. Never tried sushi or sardines and have no desire to! And call me weird but i do not like watermelon.
Feb. 27, 2012 11:13 am
please get a life can't you find anything else to do with your life then to complain about what you like and dont like?
Feb. 27, 2012 11:54 am
I sure can find other things to do, but seeing as we're on a food site, I thought the topic of food likes and dislikes might be a good one. Sorry if you don't agree, there are other blogs on other topics to read here.
Feb. 27, 2012 2:13 pm
Hate cardamom. The other stuff I don't like is weird (like I wouldn't want to try snake but I can do eel in sushi). I used to not like pickles in/on anything except tuna and potato salad and german rouladen but I'm starting to like them on stuff as I get older. Made rouladen for a friend who didn't like dill pickles (didn't know that) and he said that was the best pickle he'd ever had - loves rouladen now. Doesn't always work that way for sure though! I can do once over easy eggs but nope to sunny side up - blek! Great blog - gave me a smile this afternoon so thank you :D
Feb. 27, 2012 2:43 pm
Great blog!!! Super interesting, thanks for posting it :) My number 1 food dislike, and I hate to say it as they are healthy and I have tried and tried and TRIED to like them, is OLIVES!!! Honestly, I have tried black, green, fresh, and canned olives dozens of times but just can't stand them. I eaten them without knowing (either the odd one in a prepared salad, or minced in a dip) and by the second chew realised they were in the dish and had to find a napkin ASAP. I'm also not a huge fan of baklava- I have a huge sweet tooth but will pass this one up on a dessert tray every time.
Feb. 27, 2012 2:57 pm
Great topic Alex! I don't consider myself a picky eater, but when I really stopped to think about it, there are quite a few things that really turn me off (some weird): Fennel, chewing gum, chocolate milk, tilapia, oysters, capers, and carboard-like fresh tomatoes. Yuck!!
Feb. 27, 2012 3:34 pm
The saying "please get a life" is especially annoying when it comes from someone who not only *read* the blog that offended her so, but took the time to make a comment. *rolls eyes*
Feb. 27, 2012 3:56 pm
Well, I have to say I like pretty much everything on your "I just don't like it" list! The only part we agree on is the cauliflower masquerading as mashed potatoes and the smell of ground beef cooking...although I do have to say I hate the end result even more than the smell of the cooking meat. I'm not a ground beef type of person, so I just use ground turkey instead. I'll eat ground beef once in awhile, but I never buy it to use at home. My main "I just don't like it" things are anything maple or coconut flavored or scented. Can't stand them. Can't even stand to be near someone who's eating them (or who has used coconut or maple scented lotion, soap, etc). Another one is those little white stringy things in eggs. I pick them out. I don't care if I'm using two dozen eggs in a recipe, I will stand there and pick out every single one of those nasty little umbilical cord-looking things.
Feb. 27, 2012 4:21 pm
I usually tell people that I care so much for them that they can have my share of the things I don't like such as: mushrooms, in any form...i just have never liked them mayonaise, never on a sandwich or burger, and if i can substitute it for something else in a recipe, i will, or else i'll use a very limited amount. and the same with mustard. no miracle whip for me either. salads do not need to be swimming in dressing either, i typically order dressing on the side and use a fraction of what they bring sushi, i've no intereste in eating raw fish; it must be cooked. and the seaweed it's wrapped-in just grosses me out, it smells like canned cat food to me. runny eggs can turn my stomach just seeing them. eggs must be scrambled and not runny, or part of a recipe where they're just incorporated into it such as cookies, or cakes, etc. menudo, balut, pigs feet, chicken feet, organ meats, and things along these lines are definitely a no thank you there's more but these are the first things that come to mind
Feb. 27, 2012 4:24 pm
Cool blog Alex. I agree about cooking hamburger- I thought I was the only one! And about rare meats- ew! I can not fathom eating a scrambled egg without ketchup! That is just wrong! I hate seafood, except tuna. I despise cinnamon (although oddly, I like cinnamon candies like red hots and hot tamales.) I will NOT allow cinnamon rolls to be baked in my home- I will run screaming down the street. I love fresh apples (especially with sharp cheddar cheese!), but baked apples- oh HECK NO!!! Apple pie has got the be the worst thing ever invented. Ever. Period!
Feb. 27, 2012 4:34 pm
It's so odd. There are so many things here listed that I would be able to eat. I might not relish them, but I could certainly consume them as food. I'm willing to try anything, but I've always failed on liver. Can't do it, the smell and the texture just make me ill. Used to literally puke at the taste of orange squash, but I can choke it down now. Hated mushrooms, but now love them. I'd prefer not to eat kalamata olives, but love the other kinds. As always, YMMV.
Feb. 27, 2012 6:04 pm
Still reading all the comments, I like seeing all the different dislikes! Lots of similar ones popping up, but also different ones. Gosh Puck, not liking cinnamon rolls is almost right up there with not liking chocolate, in my book! :P Keri, those egg stringies creep me out too and I try to get them out but sometimes I have to shut my eyes and just not think about it..
Aimee Cutter 
Feb. 28, 2012 9:22 am
I am so on board with you Alex. I am constantly condemed for the fact that I eat my meat well-done. "You are ruining that steak..." I'm sorry but if that is the way in which I enjoy my meat then how am I ruining it. Maybe you wouldn't like it that way but your not the one eating off my plate! I honestly think I am a heck of a lot less picky then most of my friends. I will eat anything put in front of me with the exception of bell peppers, seafood, bannanas (allergic) and organs. The only reason these dont make the cut is because I have had them and do not like them. I have friends however that wont just becuase of how something looks. Those are the people I would call picky!
Feb. 28, 2012 9:30 am
I've been thinking about my own definition of "picky" since I don't *really* consider myself picky but as we see here there are lots of things I don't like or ways I don't like them! I think one reason I don't consider myself picky whereas some other really adventurous eaters might consider me picky is because I've dealt with a lot of people more picky than me! I think that "being picky", where it's crossed the line past just personal likes and dislikes that everyone has, is when you have more dislikes and food rules when you do things that you'll eat. Or when you're a person who eats NO veggies. I will admit that some of my preferences (the ones that are more like hating bone in meat, hating sauces running together, not liking salad served on my dinner plate) *may* be starting to dance on the fine "picky" line, BUT there are plenty of other things I do like, am willing to try, am more laid back about. Plus I never make it a big isssue. If I'm at your house and you serve me a bone in chicken breast with sauces melding on the plate, well I'm going to eat it. I'm not going to refuse it or whine about it or sit there sulking, which is what the eaters I call picky that I've had in my life would do.
Feb. 28, 2012 12:29 pm
I only have a few dislikes...okra...it is just slimy and gross. Scallops, clams, and catfish. Other than that I am open to try anything and rarely hate any of it. Oh and licorice...blah!
Feb. 28, 2012 1:33 pm
Lol! We're all different - half the stuff you posted are some of my personal faves! Lol! I like my steaks nasty-rare - especially when I can mash all those delicious red, bloody juices into my baked potato! Drool!!
Feb. 28, 2012 1:38 pm
I agree with the mayo. Whenever I order a sandwhich out and I say lite mayo it is still loaded with mayo. The bun and everything in between shouldn't be sliding from the mayo, yuck! So, I now do all mayo and dressings on the side no matter if it is a sandwich or salad. I can add what I like. I do the same with sour cream and butter. I like to be able to taste the other ingredients. I also have to agree about those dishes that require washing a giant sinkful of dishes. I don't want to wash a large pot, 2 small pots, and a saute pan. Does it really take that many dishes?
Mary D 
Feb. 28, 2012 2:13 pm
I agree about the red or pink beef. When we eat out and they ask how I want it, I just say cremated.
Feb. 28, 2012 2:26 pm
I have a problem with bonless, skinless chicken breast. I know there are many that I grew up with on the whole chicken. I love a chicken thigh or back with the bone/skin in/on the chicken. And yes I like to eat right down to the bone... Sorry, old habits never die. But in my old age I know that I have to slow down on those old habits so I try to go lots of vegetables so Alex I would suggest that you take your lunch every day and forget about "fast foods". If I had my druthers I would put gravy on everything and I can make a mean gravy. I like to mingle them all together, nothing better than gravy on a biscuit but then i"m from Savannah and we make gravy with everything. Alex, glad to see you are doing well on your own. Keep it up girl..
Feb. 28, 2012 4:55 pm
raw onions in any recipe and under cooked onions and onions cut in too big of pieces. They need to be subtle or that's all I can taste and the crunch of onion in a cooked dish just gives me shivers. Cabbage and noodles in the same dish yuck.
Feb. 28, 2012 5:02 pm
I've always hated the smell of cooking ground beef too (especially when I was pregnant). But I did find that a teeny tiny sprinkle of cloves took away that 'bloody' taste and smell. Though I know some people hate cloves. Can't stand ketchup on my eggs, either, or, for some reason, cheese and eggs together (except parmesan). I won't eat any type of fish, or green peppers, though I do cook them for my family. And I can't stand frying pancakes in oil. For some reason, it smells (and tastes) fishy to me. Maybe because my Mom always used margarine. Fortunately, nobody here likes organ meats. Even the dog won't touch it.
Feb. 28, 2012 5:19 pm
lol @ Mary D, "cremated" - I like that! Thanks for chiming in everyone, all your comments are making me realize there definitely are more things I'm a bit picky about :)
Feb. 28, 2012 7:02 pm
Too funny, Alex. I like to say that I am not picky, but I know that is not true. My husband is the really picky one, though. He does not like to try new foods and does not like veggies. Sooo funny, we were on vacation and eating out at a kind of fancy restaurant and his entree came with some fancy veggies, including grilled squash. He was just eating it up and said, "These funny potatoes are good." Still makes me laugh, what he will eat when he doesn't know what it is. Great blog!!
Feb. 28, 2012 9:07 pm
I despise bottled italian dressing on my pasta salad. That's for lettuce not macaroni. As always, great blog Alex! Hey, your grandma is italian, right? Does she make eggplant parmigiana? That's a dish that I can devour hot, cold, anytime. Love it!
Feb. 28, 2012 10:41 pm
Hi Alex, Great topic... We all have different taste buds:) I'm with ya on the juices from other foods melding together. I went and bought plates that have dividers so my foods don't touch each other, works like a charm! I have to have hot sauce on my scrambled eggs. Organ meats=Yuck!! I also have to have my meat well done. I loved Mary D's comment cremated haha. I refuse to eat Miracle Whip. I too thought I was the only one having that smell when cooking ground beef! It grosses me out so much so that I quit cooking with it and use ground turkey. I have enjoyed reading everyone's comments.
Feb. 29, 2012 1:18 am
A few things popped up that I agree with like rare meat, organ meats and some others, but the one that jumped out at me is those weird white wiggly things on egg yolks. I will pick them out from anything I make, whether it's scrambled eggs or a cake. They really are disgusting. When I eat something that I didn't make which contains eggs, well I just try not to think about it. LOL
Feb. 29, 2012 4:01 am
Wow, seems like i'm not picky at all... There is only one thing that I can't stand - liver.
Feb. 29, 2012 5:01 am
Jaynie, I've never seen my Nonna make any kind of parmigiana. She makes a breaded eggplant thing (I'm not sure how exactly, I never pay too much attention since I don't like eggplant) but not with sauce and cheese. She doesn't make alfredo or white sauce either. I said once that I was making alfredo and she gagged, lol
Feb. 29, 2012 5:02 am
Oh and I don't eat Miracle Whip either. When I said dressing I meant like ranch or caesar, etc. I had Miracle Whip a couple times at relatives' house when I was little and wondered why the mayonnaise was rotten.
Feb. 29, 2012 6:27 am
Judy, I dated a guy like that for awhile, but even worse. He liked NO veggies except potatoes (which culinarly/nutritionally doesn't really count as "veggie") and maybe lettuce and tomato but only on the occasional sandwich, no salad. He was a picky eater to the extreme, because, no only did he only like a very small amount of foods, but only certain preparations of them. He loved pizza... but only frozen Delissio or cheap takeout pizza. Not from a nice Italian restaurant and NEVER homeade. Spaghetti was ok, but only with sauce from a jar. Meatballs were okay, but balled meat only, no seasoning. Let's just say, I stuck to making him cookies (but all recipes had to be pre-approved by him, god help me if I suggested a recipe with nuts or raisins or something!), never cooked him dinner.
Feb. 29, 2012 8:40 am
I like salsa on eggs, but not ketchup. I'm with you on the lamb, and also add veal to that. When I go to an Italian restaurant, if I order meatballs or meat sauce, I always ask if the menu doesn't say. Not wild about eggplant but love zucchinni! But not mushy zukes. Zukes sauteed with onions, green peppers, and corn, with a little pepper jack tossed over at the end.
Feb. 29, 2012 8:49 am
Two times in about twelve years has my fiance not eaten a dish I made. Once when we were having lunch, I put a dish of crab salad on the table that I had in the fridge. (It wasn't our main dish.) It had cabbage and he thought it was cole slaw. He actually scraped it off his plate. Never said a word, mind you. Then the other day we were having a lunch of tomato soup and sandwiches. I made tuna salad, toasted, with sliced Granny Smith apples and a slice of Swiss cheese. I had to go back to the kitchen for something and when I returned, half of his sandwich was on my plate. He thought it was grilled cheese. I wonder if I told him in advance what he was eating if that would have made any difference? At first he said he doesn't like zucchini or fish. Now he eats zukes (usually in a dish, not as a main or side) and he is trying to like fish for health reasons, but everytime I mention 'we could have salmon'...he thinks of something else!
Feb. 29, 2012 9:01 am
I think picky eaters are those who #1 never try new foods, and, #2 only lke a small number of foods.
Feb. 29, 2012 11:37 am
Neat blog. I don't think you're picky, we all have likes and dislikes, some more than others! I do not like red meat and don't cook with it (I remember that gross smell of ground beef cooking, ugh, ground turkey does not smell like that!), but when we go out to eat and my husband orders steak, my stomach turns when I see him cut in and red spills out onto his plate. I too, don't like sauces where they don't belong; they may wind up in the same place, but I want to dictate how it tastes before it gets there! I don't like eggs unless they are cooked into something (mmm, brownies), liver grosses me out (c'mon, it's a filter for the body! Filters = yuck), and I don't know why but I don't like shrimp. I also have texture problems with cottage cheese, tapioca, rice pudding, and bread pudding.
Feb. 29, 2012 5:25 pm
Alex, I love your blog! I had to see what you were talking about when I saw the title. One dislike I have, and I haven't seen anyone else put mention it, is mixing sweet with anything else. For example butter AND jelly on toast? AUGH! And no butter with syrup on my pancakes, either. Trail mix is a no-no if there is salt on the raisins, and I really don't care for m&m's mixed in, either. A number of the others I can relate to, but most of them I can at least try, but the mixing of the sweets with savory, etc., is just not right. :-)
Karen T in Minnesota 
Feb. 29, 2012 7:45 pm
My problem is anything round (orbital) that pops when I bite into it. The list would include, but not be limited to: peas (Ugh!), pearl tapioca (Double Ugh!), grapes, raspberries (each little ball), cherry or grape tomatoes, cherries, blueberries and not-quite-round kidney beans. Get the idea? I like blueberries if I spend the time to cut every berry in half, and then add them to muffins or pancakes. But I cannot tolerate them raw. All the other round things listed above are foods I wouldn't like if they were flat and didn't pop, except for tomatoes. Tomatoes, especially the fresh home-grown ones, (peeled and blended or diced very tiny) are an absolute necessity in my spaghetti sauce and salsa and on my very special home-made Gluten-Free Pizza. Actually, since I've had to be on a Gluten-Free diet, I don't eat any foods that I don't like a lot or absolutely love. This is a matter of choice and it just makes sense to me. Another problem for me is anything SWEET and/or FRUITY in or on meat, fish or poultry. Soaking it in a sweet marinade is even more revolting to me. Lucky I can't have BBQ sauce because it contains Gluten; otherwise I'd have to admit I can't stand it because it's sweet and doesn't even belong on a plate with meat. Fruit on Pizza!? Lemon Chicken!? Apples or Raisins in Turkey Stuffing!? Pineapple on Ham!? Cranberry Sauce on Turkey!? Forget about it!!! Keep the Fruit and Sugar away from my Meat, Fish or Poultry entree! Save it for dessert. Thanks for allowing me to vent. I feel much better now.
Mar. 1, 2012 3:48 am
Have just found this site and really like it. I live in England so the metric conversion is highly useful. My dislikes - beetroot in any way makes me gag!! Also don't like oysters (they can kill you) or mussels or winkles. Love prawns (shrimp?) though so it's not all seafood. In fact my motto is see food and eat it. Love to allxx.
Mar. 1, 2012 4:25 am
I mostly agree about the mixing fruit and sweet with meat, etc. except I DO like hawaiian pizza! Only if the pizaz sauce compliments the pineapple though... there's one takeout place near me where I love the hawaiian pizza, but I'm not big on it at other places. Judy, I don't think I'd eat your pie either :) I like raisins and walnuts, but in apple pie? hmm I dunno about that!
Mar. 1, 2012 4:25 am
"see food and eat it" is usually my motto too! unfortunately
Mar. 1, 2012 5:32 am
Good job Alex! Look at all the fun conversations you sparked. Loved your response to the lonely critic who suggested you find something to do with your life. Gotta wonder about some people,eh? You took the high road and good for you.
Mar. 1, 2012 7:07 am
Any fruits on a salad is a no no. Oranges and raspberries on lettuce?!?!....OMG gag me! Add chicken to that mix and I may pass out!
Mar. 1, 2012 12:26 pm
I've had a great time reading these comments! My "I just don't like it" list would include: 1. Olives, any color or style. Even just a minute trace of it ruins a dish IMO. 2. Pimento - see olives. UGH 3. Sliced raw tomatoes. Like the type you'd use on a sandwich -- no way. I do like plum (roma) tomatoes diced up in salad, or sliced and grilled. I like salsa and bruschetta. But the big "summer tomato" everyone raves about every year... ugh. 4. Organ meat (I've never eaten it but the thought is revolting. I know it's purely psychological, but there it is). 5. Raw vegetables congealed in a Jello mold. My Gawd... whoever thought of that nasty little dish? 6. Raw meat OR seafood. Just ewww. I don't care if it's trendy or not, just EWWWW. 7. Eggs, unless it's an omlet. Occasionally a "dry" scrambled is okay. NO KETCHUP!! 8. Keilbasa/polish sausage combined with sauce. I DO like it, esp. grilled. But you'll see recipes where it's sliced into "coins" and mixed with an orange sauce or pasta or something. **gag** This was not meant to be sauced IMO. 9. Canned cocktail weinies. Too much like #8! 10. Lima beans. Disgusting.
Mar. 1, 2012 12:35 pm
I have a friend who is super picky.... she "says" she hates ranch dressing! She came to my house and I had made buffalo chicken dip with ranch~Before she came I threw in some blue cheese. She asked what was in it and I named everything except the ranch. She couldn't stop eating it! Hmmmmmm? lol I am the same way with venison and quail...If I don't know I can eat, so just don't tell me!!!! :)
Mar. 1, 2012 4:07 pm
I hate ketchup, mayonnaise, canned tuna, olives (but not olive oil), artichokes, boiled eggs, egg salad, potato salad, fennel, pumpkin pie, I hate fish because of the smell, sweet pickles, brussels sprouts, goat cheese, macaroni salad ... Yah, I guess I'm kinda picky :-)
Mar. 1, 2012 4:14 pm
Oh Alex, This is so much fun and a great blog. I'm with you on rare beef, bacon,and pickles. I seem to have a real thing with foods or spices that I consider to be "sweet" or "savory". Don't EVER put cinnamon or nutmeg in my chili, N0 pumpkin in a meat dish, and keep the sweet potato fries to yourself! I can't eat peanut butter with anything sweet - not with jelly or chocolate or in cookies. I do love PB on toast or crackers. Here's the weirdest foodie dislike of mine - I hate the taste of turkey. I really, really do hate the taste. I like chicken but turkey makes me retch. I've roasted a bunch of them over the years but we always have ham or a roast at Thanksgiving, too. I also detest the taste of wild meat. I've had four different people fix, what they call the "proper" way, venison. (Sound of uncontrollable retching accompanied that sentence.) For my taste buds, there is no way to fix wild game except to throw it in the trash - I don't even want it going down my disposal! I have gotten a big kick out of reading everyone's personal food dislikes. Thanks for the good read.
Mar. 1, 2012 4:59 pm
Macaroni salad is another one I can be picky about! I don't dislike it outright, but I hate that "classic" mac salad, I guess. Not sure how to describe the taste I mean. But like KFC mac salad, it's really... strong. Don't like that. I'll eat it with a nice more subtle dressing though (even just mayo though that's a bit boring). I also tend to eat around the veggies in mac salad (and potato salad), even though they're veggies I like. I just don't like the crunch with the soft noodles, I think.
Mar. 1, 2012 4:59 pm
Thanks again everyone for reading and all the comments! Looks like complaining about what we don't like is a popular topic ;)
Mar. 1, 2012 8:14 pm
Oh, raisins in ANYTHING! Like them plain! lol Yep, we like to complain! :) Oh and chocolate and fruit~ even strawberries! OK~ I am done for now!
Mar. 2, 2012 5:16 am
I like ketchup on my eggs! Oh, and when the white is a little runny, sluuuuurrrrpppp! YUM! I know I stand alone here, but happy to be unique! LOL!
Mar. 2, 2012 5:44 am
Oh Karen you've probably just made a lot of people gag! lol. I'm happy I didn't read that while eating my eggs :P
Mar. 2, 2012 3:28 pm
Celery. The world's worst vegetable (unless cooked in soup). Organ meat - including all seafood prepared with guts inside. The dorian fruit... Almost forgot about that one (thanks commenter). Other than that, I will eat it. I don't LOVE everything but am pretty tolerant and grateful for it. Being a picky eater makes life more complicated. Sorry so much makes you unhappy!
Mar. 2, 2012 4:00 pm
But there's plenty I love (too much really, especially every dessert or sweet except the carrot cake!) and most of my dislikes are easy enough to avoid :)
Mar. 2, 2012 6:32 pm
Ok. I've been following this blog for a whiles and finally have the time to respond. I don't like ant seafood, I have tried and tried to like it in various forms and I just don't. For me, It's a texture thing more than anything else. Meat on the bone, forget it unless it is buffalo wings. With those I use a fork and pick off the top parts so I don't see the bone and the gross little vein. For some reason I'm not a fan of boneless wings, go figure... Olives, I really want to like them but just don't. Cilantro no way! I actually read salsa bottles and buy the ones with no cilantro or the one I can find with cilantro at the very end of the list of ingredients. Rare beef just grosses me out. Meat juices running into other things is Ok if it's mashed potatoes but I should never touch the veggies. Undercooked eggs like, "sunny side up", yuck! Mayo is Ok, not too much and it has to quality mayo no generics or Kraft. Has to be Hellman's or there other kind. Undercooked bacon... Just can't go there. My bacon has to be well done, not burnt, just cooked really well. Bacon in salads or other cooked dished such as potato salad or mashed potatoes is just wrong. The bacon is soggy and looses it's crisp. Sausage... Yuck yuck yuck, unless it is breakfast sausage cooked well done. Bananas, not in any form, Bread, plain, and flavored candies etc. just plain hate them. Organ meat foret that , won't even go there! Stovetop stuffing! It tastes terrible! I love bread stuffing, homemade but stovetop I'd just wrong in my book. My husband loves the stuff from his childhood, I've tried it a few time even doctored it up with real sautéed onions and celery and it just doesn't work for me. I bet there are a bunch more of my food quirks but that's all I can think of right now. Oh, I love ketchup with my scrambled eggs! Thanks for yet another great blog, Alex. Love your apartment by the way!
Mar. 2, 2012 7:22 pm
I've never tried Ketchup on eggs, so I can't say if I for sure don't like it, but I will guess I don't! My list is pretty short...meatloaf(any flavor), milk, canned peas, and sour cream. There isn't a thing you can do to meatloaf to make me like it. I haven't had milk since I was 7 and drank a bad glass(didn't like it before that)...I can hardly pour it for my daughter. Canned Peas- the only veggie my hubby's family eats is the only veggie I won't eat! And sour cream- I can eat it in a dip, but would never dream of using it as a topping! Fun blog Alex!
Mar. 5, 2012 6:56 pm
I feel the same way about cooking ground beef. The smell makes me so sick I can't even eat after it's cooked. I figured out a trick that works for me, though. I sprinkle a little bit of Cachere's Cajun seasoning in it - not enough to mess with the recipe I'm using, but just enough to change the way it smells while cooking. Or maybe it does alter the recipe a bit, but I love Cachere's so much I don't notice.
Mar. 5, 2012 9:11 pm
This is an interesting topic. I love, Love almost raw steak - just toss it on the grill and when it stops moo'ing, it's done! Okay, my hates are well done roast beef & steak - why bother? it tastes like shoe leather and is soooo tough & dry. I don't like ketchup (I buy a bottle every year and throw out what's left of the prior year's bottle - usually almost full), don't care for Mayo or Salad Dressing except for a small amount of mayo on egg, tuna or potato salad. Love any kind of pasta except macaroni salad - too bland. Not big on really sweet stuff and don't like my food to be sweet - sweet is for dessert, not dinner. Don't care for Carrot Cake but I will eat it I just wouldn't order it or make it. I'm not a big dessert eater - mostly they are too sweet. I love liver, Lamb, I've even eaten Kangaroo - tasted like filet mignon, really! I'll try anything once then I decide. Can't think of any veggie I don't like - except maybe turnups?? Love most kinds of fish or seafood. Guess I'm not too picky. Really irritates me when I'm making dinner and people say "I don't like that" when they've never even tried it - that really gets to me. Just like a 2 year old. My cousin does that so I get her to taste stuff then she says - wow - that's good. See? I told you so! I do agree with you on the chicken bones, though. I can eat anything but the drumsticks and the drumette part of the wings. I think it's the gristle and the veins and all that stuff. Once I get gristle in my mouth I'm done - through - kaput. Grosses me out.
Mar. 6, 2012 4:42 am
Thoroughly agree about the gristle! I don't like fatty cuts of meat either, especially when it gets covered up with a sauce or something and I can't see the fat to eat around it. Then it ends up in my mouth. gag
Mar. 6, 2012 5:18 am
Generations....My husband and I liked almost anything.Exceptions were yellow squash and beets. In our twenties we discovered pickled beets and squash smothered with a little butter and onions and they became favorites. I must admit raw seafood and really rare steak were not my favorite things.Our children were not picky, didn't like liver, but loved their veggies and most anything. My grandchildren preferred anything with tomato sauce, pizza, spaghetti, hamburgers,etc., but still ate balanced meals. I have a great grandchild who eats only fast food and will NOT touch a vegetable under any circumstances and would live on chicken McNuggets if given the chance. What's going on here? Alex, I love your blog, I've read every comment and enjoyed the unusual subject.
Mar. 6, 2012 1:24 pm
although I agree with you on a few of these items, I cannot imagine anyone not liking carrot cake. But, that's ok. I cannot stomach the smell of vegetable beef soup. It smells like unwashed dirty old men. Aren't we all a bit wierd? Ever try to imagine what caused the 'likes' and 'dislikes' that we have?
Mar. 6, 2012 2:18 pm
Great topic! I have a few no pass through this lips items but snails, liver, and gross fatty gristly things in my chorizo puts me over the top. My hubby has so many it makes me laugh and get angry at the same time. With him it is texture and touching. Never mind he is gluten free so cooking for him is always a challenge. But, on the carrot cake thing...the icing is the best part anyways!
Mar. 6, 2012 3:21 pm
I like my steaks med. but hamburger has to be cooked well done. Eggs I want the yolk runny but the whites cooked. If I have to eat hard eggs bring my some mayo and bread because the only way I eat them is as a sandwich or smothered with good New Mexico Chile con Carne. I love baked Sweet Potatoes with some real butter but forget them if they are candied. Now to me that is gross. Liver and Onions I find nasty but a friend of mine fix her liver like steak fingers and I will eat that & like it. I don't like tofu, black beans, egg drop soup, snails, rock mountain oysters, I only like carrot cake that has pineapple and walnuts in it with a good cream cheese frosting. Over spiced food is very gross to me. And if they don't fry the bacon before putting it in a dish I wouldn't eat it. To me that slimy uncooked looking thing just made that dish uneatable to me. Overcooked turnups passed of as mash potatoes is nasty too. I like them cooked but still crispy. I don't like Chorizo, it's nothing like the sausage I was raised on. Fruit in my lettuce salad is a big NO NO! But I like to eat cottage cheese with my pears. Jello of any kind I don't care for. I stay way from some food and spices because I have allergies to them so If someone ask what in it like I do some times it not to offend but stop a trip to the hospital. Like Bananas make my throat close up.
Mar. 6, 2012 3:58 pm
I don't like chorizo at all either. I made a soup with it once assuming I would like it. I couldn't choke it down, it was just nasty tasting.
Mar. 6, 2012 3:58 pm
"It smells like unwashed dirty old men" - lol Jann! that's quite the description!
Mar. 6, 2012 10:28 pm
It's not so much that you're picky. There are so many varieties of foods and types of foods within each food group that it seems we were meant to choose which pleases our palates. My definition of picky is someone who eats almost nothing but junk food. The variety of good wholesome food out there is endless. Show me a person that likes "everything?" Now they would be few and far between. Besides, our taste buds change all the time. I find over time that I like and dislike foods quite regularly. However, I do enjoy trying different things all the time. But like this blogger, I will not eat lamb, or things that taste gamey. I still can't seem to develop a taste for sweet potatoes but do try them now and then. I say for all you food lovers out there, "never quit trying different things and happy cooking". CHEERS!
Mar. 22, 2012 11:09 am
Remembered these: hate sand in seafood and eggshells in eggs or other food. And grisle in meat. Stomach turns thinking about it.
Mar. 26, 2012 6:15 pm
Alex - I'm going to return everytime I remember what I don't like. Ketchup on eggs . . . Even on someone elses eggs, makes me sick. Yuck!
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I'm mostly a baker but I like cooking too - now that I've moved out on my own, I am starting with the challenge of cooking for one with little freezer space to make stuff ahead or freeze leftovers. Wish me luck!
My favorite things to cook
For baking, definitely love cookies and brownies/bar cookies, have gotten into doing pies more recently. Have dabbled in some cake decorating, but it's not my forte. For cooking, pastas, stir frys, chicken!
My favorite family cooking traditions
The only 'tradition' I can think of is helping my grandmother with her cannoli shells at Christmas. My job is rolling the dough around the cannoli tubes. This past year I also helped with the cream filling :)
My cooking tragedies
No big tragedies, really. One semi-recent incident with chocolate oatmeal muffins coming out of the oven looking like and tasting like hockey pucks (still can't figure out why!) Also have had a few buttercream fails, buttercream is my nemesis.
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