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I honestly don't find other peoples' preferences annoying! Well, there was a man, almost 30 years ago- he put ketchup on EVERY bit of food that he was served. But, I simply kicked him to the curb-et finis! It's our own quirks that we must live with!

Really? This only makes sense if you never have guests.

I do believe that you and I live completely different realities! :laugh: Our home is continuously full of guests, even now during my long and very severe illness, and I DO only find my own habits annoying! After all, they are a sign of my being a bit 'different', quirky- you realize, and I prefer to feel more average, plebian, USUAL.

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I have the opposite problem as those of you who eat one thing completely before moving on to the next - I have to eat one bite of each thing in rotation, and it drives me a little nuts if there's not enough of something. I also tend to combine things on my fork into a single bite. I'm trying to get over my desire to save the bets bite for last, because that leads to an uncomfortable tendancy to clean my plate even if I'm stuffed.

I hate sharing food off the same plate if the intention is that both parties will eat half. If I'm sharing something with my BF that I have to split, I employ the "I split, you pick halves" method onto separate plates, because I hate the thought of either of us having an unfair portion. I think this might be because I tend to be a slow eater, combined with wanting an even distribution of components from first bite to last. I feel a little neurotic sometimes when I'm out sharing appetizers with friends. Like, there are three of us, we each get 2 potato skins, so can't we just all take 2 up front so there's no worries?

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When I eat with my hands (ribs, crab, corn on the cob, etc.), I have to wash my hands after I'm finished eating the messy food. It's not enough to wipe my hands on a napkin (or several). And it doesn't matter whether it's at home or in a restaurant - I just can't eat the rest of my non-hands-on food with dirty hands. I think it's because I don't like eating with dirty utensils (that I've dirtied myself, otherwise that would just be common sense). I just don't like feeling stuff on the handle of my fork, spoon, or chopsticks.

I also have to spread my jam/butter/Miracle Whip to every corner of the bread. Why would you want a bite of plain bread?

Also, related to that, when I cover containers with leftovers with saran wrap, I must stretch it tightly so that there are no wrinkles in the wrap.

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OK, I'll admit it, I'm a freak.  I don't know why but ever since I was young I'll eat a meal one item at a time.  I'll put rice on my plate, finish that then on to the vegetable, then the meat.  I have no problem being served with all the food plated but given the chance I'll revert to my "habit".  A relative I hadn't seen for years remarked about this recently at dinner, otherwise I probably wouldn't have thought of it.

Er... how do you eat asian food?

Just like everyone else, I don't mind mixing it all together. :biggrin: I think I do it because there was never a common thread between each item at dinner. It was a matter of slogging through the meal. Baked potato, microwaved vegetable, then chicken, pork or roast beef. Irish American cooking isn't all that exciting, well there was the great "no more stew" uprising of 1969 but that's another story.

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OK, I'll admit it, I'm a freak.  I don't know why but ever since I was young I'll eat a meal one item at a time.  I'll put rice on my plate, finish that then on to the vegetable, then the meat.  I have no problem being served with all the food plated but given the chance I'll revert to my "habit".  A relative I hadn't seen for years remarked about this recently at dinner, otherwise I probably wouldn't have thought of it.

Er... how do you eat asian food?

Just like everyone else, I don't mind mixing it all together. :biggrin: I think I do it because there was never a common thread between each item at dinner. It was a matter of slogging through the meal. Baked potato, microwaved vegetable, then chicken, pork or roast beef. Irish American cooking isn't all that exciting, well there was the great "no more stew" uprising of 1969 but that's another story.

Ok. For some reason I had an image you getting a big plate of rice or bowl or rice and eating all of that and THEN going to eat curry or whatever else there was or vice versa. Most asian food is meant to be eaten with rice so that kinda boggled my mind a bit.

I do have a few food neuroses I would like to confess to. First I do not like my rice to get muddy. That probably needs explaining. An example would be curry stalls in Thailand that generally will give you a plate of rice with curry and whatever slopped on to the rice. To me that means the rice gets too wet and the flavor get mixed up and "muddied". I prefer to eat family style where the curry and other dishes are in the middle of the table and take spoon full of one item at a time. I think the rice is more pristine in a way? I hope this make sense. Strangely I do not have this problem with western food and actually prefer the get a fork full of something and add another item to the end of it. Am I wierd?

The second one I can think of is that I generally like the same thing for lunch for a period of time. I eat a lot of different types of things and even when I have a choice of mulitple items I'm most happy with a simple dish. I just like that dish for lunch again and again (not as in leftover but just the same dish made again). When I was living in Thailand it was common for me to go on a khao mun gai phase or a noodle phase or a somtum phase. Here in the States I can happily (for my mouth prolly not my health) eat McD's filet-o-fish for a week straight. (Luckily this craving doesn't hit very often!) Once I get off my phase I'm pretty anti whatever it was that I was eating for awhile. Anyone else have this problem? Oddly it's only for lunch. I get really really bored if I have the same dinner over and over again.

On a neuroses (maybe?) of someone else. I had an ex-boyfriend who would only eat chicken fried rice no matter which asian restaurant we went to. He would NEVER try anything else. That relationship lasted way too long.... :sad:

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here's a neuroses for you, rather than just an aversion...

It bothers me when I go to a restaurant for breakfast and they serve the pancakes on the same plate as my eggs. While I love dipping my sausage in maple syrup, the thought of syrup on my eggs just grosses me out. I usually have to eat the eggs first to avoid the syrup thing.

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OK, I'll admit it, I'm a freak.  I don't know why but ever since I was young I'll eat a meal one item at a time.  I'll put rice on my plate, finish that then on to the vegetable, then the meat.  I have no problem being served with all the food plated but given the chance I'll revert to my "habit".  A relative I hadn't seen for years remarked about this recently at dinner, otherwise I probably wouldn't have thought of it.

Er... how do you eat asian food?

Just like everyone else, I don't mind mixing it all together. :biggrin: I think I do it because there was never a common thread between each item at dinner. It was a matter of slogging through the meal. Baked potato, microwaved vegetable, then chicken, pork or roast beef. Irish American cooking isn't all that exciting, well there was the great "no more stew" uprising of 1969 but that's another story.

Ok. For some reason I had an image you getting a big plate of rice or bowl or rice and eating all of that and THEN going to eat curry or whatever else there was or vice versa. Most asian food is meant to be eaten with rice so that kinda boggled my mind a bit.

I do have a few food neuroses I would like to confess to. First I do not like my rice to get muddy. That probably needs explaining. An example would be curry stalls in Thailand that generally will give you a plate of rice with curry and whatever slopped on to the rice. To me that means the rice gets too wet and the flavor get mixed up and "muddied". I prefer to eat family style where the curry and other dishes are in the middle of the table and take spoon full of one item at a time. I think the rice is more pristine in a way? I hope this make sense. Strangely I do not have this problem with western food and actually prefer the get a fork full of something and add another item to the end of it. Am I wierd?

Nope. You're perfectly normal, at least in my little world.

I do the same thing. I never ever pour curry, for instance, right onto my rice. I put it on the side of the plate and mix as I eat it.

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ok someone bugged me badly and since it was so long ago I almost forgot!

I was married for about an hour right out of school to this guy would only eat food that had no seasonings other than morton salt and preground pepper...over cooked dried out meat and mushy vegetables..mashed or baked potatoes were the only option for starch (God forbid I cook a pot of rice!) ..margarine no butter...and no going out to eat because he was paranoid of what people did to food... the foods had a specific day too ..chicken breast on Mondays baked, steak on Tuesdays ..it had to be eye of round and cooked until it was tough...Wed pork chops no seasoning broiled until leather ...you get the point ..making dinner was hell for me!!! I never got it right ..but of course his mom did ...(she was a horrific cook)

I was not even allowed to cook my own food because he made such a big deal about how badly "it stinks" if I used garlic or anything else...well "allowed" was not my thing...one day he told me the Thursday hamburger I cooked the snot out of was "too raw" ..so I threw it at his head ..told him to "choke on it" got my keys and left ..for good ...

I am not sure why I married him to begin with ......but I am sure how I could forget him!

my sweet husband of almost 30 years (yikes) is just a dream to cook for ..he adores food and food adventures....

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I read an article about zombie crabs in Wired a few years and ever since then I cannot eat shellfish. It freaked me out so badly I just can't do it. I feel sick at the thought.

Totally crazy on my part.

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ok someone bugged me badly and since it was so long ago I almost forgot!

I was married for about an hour right out of school to this guy would only eat food that had no seasonings other than morton salt and preground pepper...over cooked dried out meat and mushy vegetables..mashed or baked potatoes were the only option for starch (God forbid I cook a pot of rice!) ....

Damn!!! What a twerp! And you lasted a whole hour??

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My father swears that triangular tortilla chips taste better than round trotilla chips. They can be made by the same company, with the same type of cornmeal and with the same best by date. He will still say the trinagular one tastes better-not that he prefers it-but that it tastes better.

Mind you, the man will eat just about anything put in front of him, so he does not refuse to eat the rounds. Maybe not neurotic, but quirky.

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ok someone bugged me badly and since it was so long ago I almost forgot!

I was married for about an hour right out of school to this guy would only eat food that had no seasonings other than morton salt and preground pepper...over cooked dried out meat and mushy vegetables..mashed or baked potatoes were the only option for starch (God forbid I cook a pot of rice!) ....

Damn!!! What a twerp! And you lasted a whole hour??

the sex was good

but with out food what is the point? and after an hour I wanted something to eat

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On a neuroses (maybe?) of someone else. I had an ex-boyfriend who would only eat chicken fried rice no matter which asian restaurant we went to. He would NEVER try anything else. That relationship lasted way too long....  :sad:

i don't know you, do i? :smile:

i do that mainly because there was a period of time when i was 16 and 17 years old where the only chinese food that i could keep down was chicken fried rice- so that's all i get at chinese restaurants, even today. at the time, it may have been an msg thing, but based on what i know about myself now, i think i've narrowed it down to some type of soy allergy- not all soy products, just some soy products.

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I have the opposite problem as those of you who eat one thing completely before moving on to the next - I have to eat one bite of each thing in rotation, and it drives me a little nuts if there's not enough of something.  I also tend to combine things on my fork into a single bite.  I'm trying to get over my desire to save the bets bite for last, because that leads to an uncomfortable tendancy to clean my plate even if I'm stuffed.

I hate sharing food off the same plate if the intention is that both parties will eat half.  If I'm sharing something with my BF that I have to split, I employ the "I split, you pick halves" method onto separate plates, because I hate the thought of either of us having an unfair portion.  I think this might be because I tend to be a slow eater, combined with wanting an even distribution of components from first bite to last.  I feel a little neurotic sometimes when I'm out sharing appetizers with friends.  Like, there are three of us, we each get 2 potato skins, so can't we just all take 2 up front so there's no worries?

Oh my God - could we be twins separated at birth??

In my case it's 'cause I'm a fast eater, though - and I don't want to have to try to slow down to make sure I don't eat more than my share, or even worse, sit around watching other people eat knowing I've already had more than I ought to!

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Ok. For some reason I had an image you getting a big plate of rice or bowl or rice and eating all of that and THEN going to eat curry or whatever else there was or vice versa.  Most asian food is meant to be eaten with rice so that kinda boggled my mind a bit.

I do have a few food neuroses I would like to confess to. First I do not like my rice to get muddy. That probably needs explaining. An example would be curry stalls in Thailand that generally will give you a plate of rice with curry and whatever slopped on to the rice.  To me that means the rice gets too wet and the flavor get mixed up and "muddied". I prefer to eat family style where the curry and other dishes are in the middle of the table and take spoon full of one item at a time. I think the rice is more pristine in a way? I hope this make sense. Strangely I do not have this problem with western food and actually prefer the get a fork full of something and add another item to the end of it. Am I wierd?

The second one I can think of is that I generally like the same thing for lunch for a period of time. I eat a lot of different types of things and even when I have a choice of mulitple items I'm most happy with a simple dish. I just like that dish for lunch again and again (not as in leftover but just the same dish made again). When I was living in Thailand it was common for me to go on a khao mun gai phase or a noodle phase or a somtum phase. Here in the States I can happily (for my mouth prolly not my health) eat McD's filet-o-fish for a week straight. (Luckily this craving doesn't hit very often!) Once I get off my phase I'm pretty anti whatever it was that I was eating for awhile. Anyone else have this problem? Oddly it's only for lunch. I get really really bored if I have the same dinner over and over again.

On a neuroses (maybe?) of someone else. I had an ex-boyfriend who would only eat chicken fried rice no matter which asian restaurant we went to. He would NEVER try anything else. That relationship lasted way too long....  :sad:

American rice bears no resemblance to Asian rice, especially when it's minute rice. You can actually smell and taste the difference. You're not alone on the lunch thing, I ate a Granny Smith Apple for breakfast almost everyday last year, now I can't look at them. Lately it's been a Naval Orange for breakfast.

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I once went two whole years where I would not eat anything but chinese food. Seriously, I can now cook some chinese food!

Now I am in the no food touching camp. The only exception is if it is meant to touch, like pasta with sauce, or all the food touching on a sandwich. Forget gravy! Gravy all over things on a plate and I am barfing. All canned veggies have to be in separate bowls, its just too nasty to have them on the same plate.

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And feedmecOOkies:  Where were YOU all those years that I made zillions of fancy little party sandwiches for folks every weekend?  I coulda used a chef of your particular talents. :biggrin:

Hehe, sorry. :wink:

I remembered something else when reading the word "lopsided" on the Filet-o-Fish thread. I don't like other people making my sandwiches (especially at delis or sandwich shops) because not only are things not spread evenly, but the individual ingredients aren't labeled evenly.

Actually, this would be similar to what JanMcBaker said in response to one of my earlier posts (the one racheld was also referring to). If it was presliced [insert name of sandwich ingredient here], it would be a matter of even distribution. If it's not - particularly if I'm making grilled cheese - I cut whatever it is so that it very neatly covers the whole piece of bread. :biggrin:

Oh, another thing. If I buy a small bag of pretzels, I start digging for broken ones, then, if I have the space, dump the whole damn thing out, and put the whole ones back in the bag. Then, I eat the smallest pieces first, and work up until I get to the whole ones. :rolleyes:

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Leftovers. I can not comprehend people who refuse to eat leftovers. Not only do I love leftovers but I think it's incredibly conceited to turn up (or outright waste) good food that hasn't gotten any worse. (I'm of course talking about things that actually last, like stews and curries, and not things like green salad in a plastic tub)

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This thread is very disturbing.

I blink every time I pass your name on a thread---I won a spelling bee once with its alternative. I often spelled it to myself as a jumprope mantra.

And I DOOOOO have one!! Just like feedmecOOkies, I make fillings fit the bread, breaking just an infinitesimal piece of cheese off a fresh slice, or cutting a little triangle of ham from a whole piece. You don't wanna watch when I'm jigsaw-puzzling cheese onto the top of a casserole!!

DGD gets ten black olives whenever she eats with us. She puts them on her fingers and makes jazz-hands for a moment, then eats them. (And she's grown so, I'm gonna have to buy a bigger SIZE---some of these split as she stuck them on :sad: )

Her baby sister, age three, piped up, "Sissy, your fingers look like tree-frog toes!"

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American rice bears no resemblance to Asian rice, especially when it's minute rice.  You can actually smell and taste the difference.  You're not alone on the lunch thing, I ate a Granny Smith Apple for breakfast almost everyday last year, now I can't look at them.  Lately it's been a Naval Orange for breakfast.

I've actually never had minute rice to my knowledge. I didn't know it smelled different. I'm pretty boring with breakfast. I usually eat cheerios with a banana. I actually don't like most breakfast food for breakfast. For dinner I love pancakes, eggs, and bacon but never in the morning.

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I've actually never had minute rice to my knowledge.

Oh, you would KNOW if you'd had it, trust me on this one.

Minute Rice is to *real* rice what Kool-Aid is to fruit juice. Or what canned peaches are to a fresh one off the tree. A sad, sad, pale imitation of the real thing.

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Food neuroses that drive me nuts:

1. People who believe that a diet of non-fat foods will make them lose weight. I know someone who refuses to consume anything that is not specifically labeled "non-fat", including mayonnaise, bologna, cheese, sour cream, salad dressing, bread, and even refried beans, under the guise that this is an effective weight-loss regimen. It doesn't seem particularly effective and "non-fat" saltines are really annoying!

2. People who eat the same thing, day after day (and not out of necessity). I had a roommate for 2 years while I was in college, and every night for dinner she ate Uncle Ben's rice and baked chicken thighs. For two years. I'm not kidding.

3. People who put mayonnaise on sliced avocado. Sorry, but that's like putting slime on slime to me. I can't even look at the plate.

4. People who "refresh" leftover rice by putting it in a colander and running it under hot tap water. Wasteful, unnecessary and just plain wrong.

Wow, I feel so much better getting this off my chest. Thanks, Fatguy, for starting this thread!

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I've actually never had minute rice to my knowledge.

Oh, you would KNOW if you'd had it, trust me on this one.

Minute Rice is to *real* rice what Kool-Aid is to fruit juice. Or what canned peaches are to a fresh one off the tree. A sad, sad, pale imitation of the real thing.

I recently bought minute rice to clean my coffee grinders and felt very self concious just having it in my cart. Why would anyone eat this stuff?

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I've actually never had minute rice to my knowledge.

Oh, you would KNOW if you'd had it, trust me on this one.

Minute Rice is to *real* rice what Kool-Aid is to fruit juice. Or what canned peaches are to a fresh one off the tree. A sad, sad, pale imitation of the real thing.

I recently bought minute rice to clean my coffee grinders and felt very self concious just having it in my cart. Why would anyone eat this stuff?

:laugh: It was either that or a baked potato. I estimate I consumed over 5,500 baked potatoes before I moved out of the house. It was the way my Irish American mom dealt with my Italian American dad's complaint of too many potatoes at dinner. He eats minute rice to this day, actually prefers it over the real thing. :biggrin:

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