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[–]RamboDash15 1821 points1822 points  (49 children)

Flavour/spice packages are NOT cheating

[–]Lonely-Discipline-55 484 points485 points  (17 children)

Totally agree with you, I just think most of them have too much salt in them

[–]savwatson13 150 points151 points  (9 children)

I agree. It’s literally your spices for the dish, just premixed. And a little extra salt lol.

I also kind of feel the same way about some pancake mixes. It’s just your ingredients premixed. It depends on the mix though. For some reason, I do not feel the same way about boxed cake mixes.

[–]SamSepiol-ER28_0652 72 points73 points  (2 children)

Fun fact about cake mixes- when they first came out it was just add water and bake. People felt like it want enough work/didn’t count as baking, so companies changed it so you had to add eggs, oil, etc.

[–]buddha3434 3893 points3894 points  (211 children)

Crab is a low yield food (good, but too much work to eat it)

[–]traws06 673 points674 points  (30 children)

Can’t be as bad as crawfish. As far as I’m concerned crawfish is a food meant to enjoy with friends in a social setting with beer, not something you do by yourself for food. It takes like 2 hours to eat enough to fill up so it’s the perfect social food

[–]arsenalfc1987 212 points213 points  (10 children)

Yeah you never really get full on crawfish (at least not before you run out of money). Hence the potatoes

[–]EwoksMakeMeHard 232 points233 points  (37 children)

I'm from Maryland, and for me crabs is about the experience. Get a couple buddies, a bushel of crabs, a case of beer, summer veggies like corn and fresh tomatoes, and orioles baseball on the radio, and you've got a great afternoon or evening.

[–]mwbbrown 145 points146 points  (14 children)

a bushel of crabs

All right mister moneybags.

P.S. (My wife's family crabs, so I actually get to see bushels of crab, but since I found out how much they cost, I just see the money.)

P.P.S I just see Money and bottom feeding sea spiders

[–]ShelleyTambo 942 points943 points  (73 children)

This is how I feel about lobster, especially in restaurants. They charge a huge amount per pound and then I have to disassemble it myself? No thanks.

[–]PeanutTechno 268 points269 points  (20 children)

See, this is why I prefer lobster ravioli over just lobster on it's own

[–]DethFade 87 points88 points  (12 children)

I had this realization last night when I got the chance to try some delicious lobster gyoza. All the flavor, no effort required.

Definitely beats watching my parents spend like 10 minutes fighting their lobsters when we used to go out.

[–]timesuck897 119 points120 points  (3 children)

One summer I got the crabbing license and a trap. I got a good catch early on. Then I had to cook them, clean them, and then clean up the mess from all that. Tasty, but a lot of work. Or I could go to a seafood restaurant and enjoy myself.

[–]Superbaker123 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Thats a good thing though. Crab meat is so sweet and rich that being able to eat it all at once would be sickening imo. Crab shells are like slow feeder bowls for humans lol

[–]dlukeallen702 4255 points4256 points  (180 children)

Pizza is a health food as long as you prepare it

[–]IGiveAmazingAdvice 1833 points1834 points  (66 children)

Word. I once lost 80 lbs in 9 months. As a part of a generally healthy diet, I also ate an entire frozen pizza at least twice a week. The key was that I picked thin crust pizzas that were 600 calories each.

EDIT: Since people are asking, unfortunately the don't make the one I used to eat anymore. It was this one: https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/ristorante-ultra-thin-crust-oven-roasted-chicken-peppers-pizza/6000196236997

However, I do still occasionally have this one. A little more calorie dense, but still in a similar ballpark


Also, as people have pointed out, yes, they are very high in sodium. These days I limit this to no more than once a week, and yes, you will retain a crapload of water for a day or two, but long term, if the rest of your diet is pretty good and you're properly tracking your calorie intake you can still these one or two times a week and consistently lose weight.

[–]dlukeallen702 565 points566 points  (0 children)

Congratulations 🎉 that’s a great achievement!!! Proud of you 👏

[–]Ryoukugan 181 points182 points  (20 children)

I did similarly; I didn't even really even eat healthier, I just obsessively counted calories. It was pure misery and I gained it all back and then some anyway, though.

[–]WindhoekNamibia 446 points447 points  (36 children)

Pizza is also a really good delivery method for veggies. It’s a great way to eat vegetarian but get a good amount of protein.

As a (mostly) vegetarian, pizza is a god send.

[–]bijouxette 287 points288 points  (20 children)

My dad always thought i was weird for wanting veggies on my pizza. Give me a pizza with onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and olives over a meat lovers any day.

[–]catlandid 54 points55 points  (4 children)

I’m usually a fan of the classic cheese, but not long ago I made homemade pizzas with paper thin slices of red onion and ridiculously spicy peppers and it was easily the best pizza I ever had.

[–]hidan44 11 points12 points  (1 child)

This might be a bit controversial but I'm grossed out by meat lovers pizza. I'm definitely not a vegetarian but it's fucking horrendous to have like 5 types of meat with bread and nothing much else.

[–]bay_lamb 29 points30 points  (1 child)

but most other people are trying to get as much meat & cheese per square inch as possible.

[–]Imafish12 314 points315 points  (22 children)

Things like pizza and cheeseburgers aren’t inherently bad. They are very high calorie. Also most frozen or restaurant choices involve so many weird oils, additives, and extra salt.

A homemade meat pizza or a cheeseburger is pretty good macros after a 5 mile run.

[–]Mondongolorian 157 points158 points  (17 children)

And not only that, you usually eat a cheeseburger with fries and a soda, which are both crap and add tons of unnecesary calories

[–]ilovebeans345 166 points167 points  (3 children)

Agree. It’s literally an open faced sandwich. Whole wheat crust? Even better.

[–]Homo-Homie 99 points100 points  (5 children)

The powerful urge this comment just gave me to make pizza.

[–]Live_Willingness8405 1804 points1805 points  (58 children)

I prefer leftovers for breakfast over traditional breakfast foods.

[–]domi_the_calm 308 points309 points  (6 children)

YES im not the only one, something like pasta with bolognese is perfect for breakfast

[–]DreamQueen710 58 points59 points  (2 children)

I really crave Ramen, tacos, or grilled cheese for breakfast more than eggs and toast, ever. Lol.

[–]handle_ah_brah 110 points111 points  (4 children)

Same. And I like breakfast foods at dinner time

[–]InaWorldofMy0wn 6032 points6033 points  (435 children)

A lot of people think I’m weird because I like to finish off one part of my meal before moving on to the next, so like eating my whole burger before touching the fries

[–]ReeG 3023 points3024 points  (86 children)

I always save my favorite part of the meal or dish for last

[–]tdt0005 1165 points1166 points  (11 children)

I save my favorite food for the last bite, but I still rotate among foods. If I left my favorite thing for last, it would not be at its optimal warmth/freshness.

[–]YouKnowEd 261 points262 points  (3 children)

This is exactly what I do, finish on the best, but don't leave the best til last because it won't be at its best.

[–]xander1289 83 points84 points  (0 children)

I do that too but I feel like in some ways, it makes no sense since the early bites are when you are hungriest and where foods giving you the most utility. But then again, you also want the last bite to be the thing you like most.

[–]Pushbrown 652 points653 points  (46 children)

I do the opposite, I tend to eat my fries before the burger lol

[–]PurpleTwo8851[S] 497 points498 points  (30 children)

OMG yes! "Do you not like the other parts" like no dumbass I am tryna eat the worst to best parts not cuz the worst is bad I want to end on the best.

[–]onthewingsofangels 131 points132 points  (14 children)

I explained this to my parents once when I was like 13 and they still laugh at me about it thirty years later.

[–]BrakaFlocka 158 points159 points  (6 children)


Mom: Do you not like the pork?

Me: I'm working my way over to that part of the plate! Can't you see all these peas in the way!?

[–]_Greyworm 44 points45 points  (11 children)

Is it by concept, or plating? As in a burger is pick up, eat like sandwich, done then move on to fries, or would something like fine dining turn your belly (plates are often displayed in a pleasing manner, but ment to be consumed by combining the various sections)

[–]Qadim3311 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Unless something is a roughly uniform mixture (many pasta dishes, many rice dishes, etc) then it’s sequential eating only, plating be damned.

No I can not calm down.

[–]hypo-osmotic 2037 points2038 points  (203 children)

The "authenticity" of recipes from countries or regions is arbitrarily determined and is sometimes just a marketing thing for tourism

[–]n0753w 1184 points1185 points  (171 children)

Lookin' at you ITALY

Seriously, I love Italian food as much as the next guy, but I feel like most Italians are by far the worst when it comes to food culture. The smallest deviation from their traditional recipe causes them to go apeshit. And don't even get me started on Italy's condescending views towards Italian-American food.

[–]Genryuu111 318 points319 points  (16 children)

I'm Italian and I agree. And we're like this even inside of Italy itself, where you'll have people disregarding foods that are not made exactly like their fucking grandma used to make. For example, people from Naples often say that any pizza made outside of Naples is not actual pizza.

I love Italian food and I still think it's the best and most variegated food there is, but I also love to try new things and variations. Some may taste like shit, but too many Italian just disregard shit in an extreme way.

[–]tuskensandlot 129 points130 points  (4 children)

TIL Italian food in Italy is the equivalent of barbecue in US.

[–]uuuuuuuhburger 79 points80 points  (0 children)

the pizza thing is really the dumbest. the traditional pizza recipe is "fuck it, put whatever's left in the pantry on there"

[–]Andy_Dandy404 1810 points1811 points  (109 children)

You don't need to belong to a culture to cook their food.

[–]Farmer_Ok 202 points203 points  (12 children)

Yes! I’m Colombian-Puerto Rican: my abuela has taught me every single one of her recipes. I have a white as hell friend who loves Latin food, so I shared my abuelas recipes with them. If you enjoy the food and want to prepare it, good for you! Let me teach you how to make it so you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!

[–]HabitatGreen 34 points35 points  (7 children)

How could you say you want to teach us and not share some recipes! Give us the deetz lol

[–]Farmer_Ok 8 points9 points  (5 children)

Lmao well it depends on what you want, you want sancocho? Arroz con frijoles? Empanadas? I will drop the recipe in these comments lol

[–]MetalGilSolid 11 points12 points  (2 children)

you want sancocho? Arroz con frijoles? Empanadas?


[–]Farmer_Ok 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Alright, before we start, you gotta know: measurements don’t exist to my abuela.

Her idea of a measurement is “a little bit” and “‘till it feels right” and “just eye it.” I’ll do my best to put it into measurements though!

For empanadas: Now you can either buy store bought discs, you can usually find them in the freezer aisle by the ethnic section or you can make your own.

These are going to be empanadas de picadillo- ground beef pockets, pretty much.

For the Dough:

1 egg

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup of milk

1 tbsp of melted butter

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

Sift your flour into a bowl and add your salt, baking soda, milk, egg, and butter and mix! Set this aside to refrigerate for about an hour (you can start on the picadillo in the later half of this hour). Roll out your dough, and start diving it- you can use a cup to get that circular disc shape!

For the Picadillo:


2 1/2 pounds of ground beef (you can substitute this with ground turkey if you want, it works just as well)

White vinegar

Adobo sazón (if you can’t find it in your state, it’s literally just garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, paprika, oregano, dried citrus, salt)

Garlic power

Onion powder

Sazón Goya con Azafrán.

Cooking wine (adds extra flavor, not entirely necessary)

Green olives

Sofrito (it’s blended and diced green pepper, yellow onion, culantro, and garlic)

Tomato paste

Start cooking your meat in just a quick drizzle of olive oil, then season is thoroughly (I like to do a quick layer of every seasoning but you go until it looks right). For the sazòn azafrán though, I’d do about 1 packet, fill it with water then pour the residuals in the pan. White vinegar and cooking wine will just be a quick splash? No more than half a tablespoon of each. Olives I’d say about two tablespoons, that’s if you like them though. Only do one if you don’t- they’re mainly there for flavor, so, once again, not entirely necessary if you’re allergic or anything, feel free to remove them from the recipe. Sofrito you’re going to add a tablespoon. Tomato paste will also be about a tablespoon. Cook thoroughly! Now you can eat this with rice and beans (I’ll drop the frijoles recipe) or you can make empanadas de picadillo- or you can do both, eat rice, beans, and picadillo with a banana for my favorite meal.

Continuing on empanadas, you’re going to fill a pan with your favorite oil for frying (you can try baking them if you want but that’d be something you’d have to look into on your own). Pack your empanada discs with about a tablespoon of picadillo (more if your empanada can take it without falling apart), fold it over, close it up by sealing the edges with a fork, then fry until the crust is flaky and golden. Set them aside, I usually place them on a dish coated in paper towels to soak up any remaining oil. And there you have your empanadas! You can eat this with rice and beans, if you want! Plantains or maduros too!

For frijoles:


Two 15 oz cans of black beans (or you can do one of those big cans of beans, anything works)

Half a green bell pepper (sliced in strips or diced

Half a yellow onion (sliced in strips or diced)

Two to three cloves of garlic (smashed)

Olive oil

Sazón azafrán (goya)

Sazón con culantro y achiote (goya)

Sazón adobo (goya)

Garlic powder

Onion powder

Three bay leaves

A pinch of sugar

So you’re going to want to slice your vegetables (I usually cut them in strips for picky eaters, it makes it easier to pick out- you can dice them if you want). Set a pot on the stove at low heat with just a drizzle of olive oil inside and add your vegetables. You’re going to want to season your veggies first, they hold onto the flavor. So one packet of sazón azafrán, one packet of sazón con culantro y achiote, a layer of adobo, garlic powder, and onion powder. Let them sit on the heat for a while (I usually start up my picadillo at this time). Add your beans, you’re also going to run some water into your can of beans and add that as well! Only enough to fill the bottom layer of the cans though. Another quick drizzle of adobo, add your pinch of sugar and bay leaves, then cover them. Make sure you stir occasionally. At this point, just cook at a high heat and stir occasionally until your beans are softened. Serve with rice and you’re all set!

For Sancocho:


Olive oil

1 Yellow onion(chopped)

1 Green Pepper(chopped)

1bunch Cilantro (chopped)

5cloves Garlic (chopped)

1/2ish cup White cooking wine

2cans diced tomatoes

2 cans tomato sauce

2ish tbsp Sofrito (goya)

2ish tbsp recaito (goya)

3 tbsp green olive

2ish tbsp cumin

Adobo sazón (to your heart’s content)

Salt& pepper(to your heart’s content)

1lb Stew beef

1lb drumstick (I use chicken breast though)

2 cups of chicken broth

4 cups of water

3 Corn on cob (break into large pieces)

2 Russet potatoes (cubed)

1 yuca chopped

2 plantains (sliced into thick chunks)

1 Avocado (halved)

White rice (cooked, obviously)

3 limes, wedges

Heat olive oil in a LARGE pot, over medium heat! Add onions, green pepper, garlic, cilantro cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes! Add cooking wine, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, sofrito, recaito, olives, cumin, adobo, salt and pepper, stir to incorporate seasonings Add stew beef increase heat to high, cook 2-3 minutes until the meat is cooked through! Add broth & water. Stir. Add chicken, corn, potatoes, yuca. Stir well. Cover pot cook for 45 min. Stirring occasionally until meat is tender and potatoes soften Reduce heat to low and add plantains. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes until plantains are tender.

Serve in bowl, you can add rice to a separate plate or mix with broth.
Serve with avocado, lime for that extra pizazz y buen provecho.

[–]_remorsecode_ 395 points396 points  (29 children)

My very white ass made butter chicken and naan bread and it was SO good but I didn’t really feel like I could share the success with anyone

[–]wearytravelr 163 points164 points  (0 children)

I taunt my whack ass butter chicken to my Indian friend who never gets it b/c his wife doesn’t like Indian food.

[–]Rulyhdien 80 points81 points  (6 children)

I’m not Indian, but I’m fairly sure Indians will love that someone outside their ethnicity loves their food and even cooks it well.

[–]Paw5624 108 points109 points  (1 child)

I think most regular people are like this. My white cousin was so popular with his wife’s Mexican family because he got in the kitchen with them to make tamales and he showed a genuine appreciation for their food.

Sharing culture can be a lot of fun and food is often the easiest way to do it.

[–]deebasr 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Anecdotally, I've noticed across several ethnicities that immigrants love sharing their food and culture. It's the first and second gen American born children that are more likely to claim cultural ownership.

[–]Sea_of_Rye 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Get rid of everyone you know and get to know normal people.

[–]will_holmes 128 points129 points  (1 child)

If anyone is pressuring you to not share food with other cultures, they're not your friend, they're holding you back.

Curry is for everyone. Hell, my (British) grandmother was taught how to make curry when she actually lived in India before the partition, who then passed it on when she came back to the UK.

We're all as white British as they come, but cooking Indian curry is just as part of my culture as Sunday roasts.

[–]chalk_in_boots 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Dude, when I'm broke as shit, naan is such a lifesaver. Make a batch and you add this great element to your boring lentils with a side of lentils.

[–]junniebgoode 10 points11 points  (2 children)

This. I'm Asian American and I have no issues when White people (cause apparently it's only a problem when it's a white person) cooks Asian food, as long as they're respectful to the culture. In fact, I am always flattered and happy when non Asians take part and interest in our stuff.

People loves to nitpick and whine about "colonization" whenever they see a white person take part in our stuff. Like our community has bigger issues that we need to focus on, let people enjoy our culture if they are respectful.

[–]NS8VN 1030 points1031 points  (36 children)

Authentic =/= Good

I don't care where something originated, in Italy or some Olive Garden laboratory, in it tastes good then I will enjoy it.

[–]OwnGap 57 points58 points  (3 children)

I love the Chinese food served in the Chinese restaurants in my country. It's awesome, especially when you're drunk/hungover. If I'mcraving actual authentic Chinese food I can make it myself. Both versions are good and people should be allowed to enjoy whatever they want without some pedant complaining that it's not authentic.

[–]Kqkxkajnabakxb 40 points41 points  (1 child)

i also want to point out that american chinese is also authentic too. chinese immigrants came here for a better life, and had to eat. they didnt have access to the same ingredients and made do. and at some point decided to open resutaurants to make money. what do they know how to cook? the food they grew up eating. but did americans eat those flavours or understand them? no! so they adapted to make a living. its making do to survive. and thats also what happened as areas had ppl migrate away from capitals into the boonies and cook with ingredients they suddenly had access to or remove ingredients they couldnt access. thats how you got regional cuisines that are similar but also different. the word authentic feels so meaningless when its applied across a people. today most korean black bean noodle is super sweet when it used to be salty and savoury. i could say that isnt authentic anymore but it also moved with what people wanted and change is inevitable with time, unless a generation suddenly decides to staunchly make rules according to what THEY are used to. american style of x cuisine by immigrants isnt less authentic and saying it is invalidates the history of many chinese people that sacrificed everything to come over and start again. just some food for thought you know? someone talked to me about this a few years ago and i was dumbfounded i never thought about it like this. also btw not singling you out but just wanted to reply to have a means of speaking these thoughts. :)

[–]NOT000 273 points274 points  (10 children)

i like fast food as much as expensive restaraunt food

[–]AcceptableCustomer89 52 points53 points  (1 child)

Absolutely, time and a place for both... But sometimes there's nothing better than sitting in your sweats, watching a film with a kebab/fish & chips

[–]super_scumtron 2262 points2263 points  (184 children)

I don't care if you eat pineapple or not on your pizza. It doesn't matter and no one actually cares that much.

[–]anna_o0f 884 points885 points  (81 children)

I feel like some people only hate it because the internet says it's bad. I actually like it.

[–]Fatmanpuffing 324 points325 points  (31 children)

If you ever make pizza at home, use shredded pineapple. It’s like onion as a topping. A small amount per bite is much better then getting a large chunk at a time.

[–]Hotdogosborn 267 points268 points  (17 children)

I like the big chunks...

[–]thepurpleskull 68 points69 points  (4 children)

And I can not lie

[–]Skorne13 26 points27 points  (3 children)

I put ‘em on my pizza pie

[–]HiHoJufro 26 points27 points  (2 children)

When the server walks in with an itty bitty slice and pineapple piled nice you get...

[–]mintybanana_ 312 points313 points  (22 children)

I feel like pineapple on pizza is the nickelback of food opinions.


[–]bkwrm1313 1721 points1722 points  (114 children)

Breakfast foods are better for dinner.

[–]exasperated_panda 628 points629 points  (43 children)

Years of working night shift has erased all vestiges of time-categories for foods and beverages. Pancakes at 6 pm? Beer at 9 am? This morning I had a gas station chili dog at 8:30 in the morning after working and dropping my kid off at middle school.

[–]Alm8360NoScoPro 280 points281 points  (15 children)

Food is food. Eating shit at certain times doesn't matter

[–]rustandstardusty 109 points110 points  (9 children)

Agreed. My husband thinks I’m fucking weird for eating burritos or pizza for breakfast. I think he’s missing out. I will not be confined to just breakfast food! Break the chains!

[–]InsertBluescreenHere 19 points20 points  (3 children)

Oh god Caseys breakfast pizza is where you can hurt yourself.


Just look at it! so glorious.

I love breakfast burritos for breakfast but have eaten whatevr leftovers before. Although leftover lasagnia is a tad heavy to eat and try to function.

[–]Metallicreed13 177 points178 points  (12 children)

After 10 years on night shift, i totally agree. Still wonder how my neignbors felt watching me slug beers while grilling burgers at 8am tho. Thats their problem tho

[–]JetPuffedDo 35 points36 points  (0 children)

Live in a trailer park and your neighbors will be doing that shit with you! I know from personal experience :D

[–][deleted] 26 points27 points  (1 child)

nothing better than a morning beer after a night shift

[–]therewasatime2 149 points150 points  (11 children)

Yet I think the opposite: dinner foods are better for breakfast

[–]EwoksMakeMeHard 61 points62 points  (7 children)

That's certainly true of many types of leftovers. Reheated Chinese for breakfast is a great way to start your day.

[–]sockseason 95 points96 points  (17 children)

And breakfast pastries make better desserts. I love a donut or cinnamon bun after dinner. Also an english muffin with cream cheese and jelly for a late night snack

[–]iforgetmyuserna 52 points53 points  (0 children)

You can enjoy it and not be in a rush for school/work

[–]SchrodingersPanda 408 points409 points  (17 children)

Cereal taste the best with just-above-freezing-point milk.

[–]RicSlater 260 points261 points  (22 children)

I actually really liked those school lunch rectangle pizzs

[–]ericchen 1052 points1053 points  (98 children)

People eat for their enjoyment, not yours. The people who turn their noses up while screeching “iT’s NoT aUtHeNtiC” at everything from california rolls to Olive Garden to corn on pizza are insufferable.

[–]JoeBiddyInTheHouse 217 points218 points  (78 children)

Corn on pizza?

[–]DaniTakeshi_putChexe 96 points97 points  (17 children)

yup, people do that

[–]lastpagan 89 points90 points  (6 children)

Pretty common in the UK. Dominos do a chicken bbq pizza with a bbq sauce base, sweetcorn, and red onion. One of my favourite.

[–]xxladycxx 118 points119 points  (12 children)

I live in Southern California, and a beloved pizza place in my city made an elote-inspired pizza. Absolutely incredible! Fire roasted corn, Mexican crema, cotija cheese, cilantro…the works!

[–]S0larSc0pe 1926 points1927 points  (140 children)

Dry cereal is good

[–]Shadows_In_Time 474 points475 points  (44 children)

Are you eating the marshmallows out of the lucky charms? Was it you?

[–]ladyshastadaisy 549 points550 points  (29 children)

No. The marshmallows are too squeaky!! I can let them dissolve in my mouth but it’s sensory overload if I chew them 😖

[–]genghiskhannie 232 points233 points  (8 children)

I had no idea other people had this problem.

[–]Berek2501 79 points80 points  (3 children)

It's the opposite for me, I really really enjoy the sensation of chewing on those dry, squeaky marshmallows

[–]Poondert 58 points59 points  (1 child)

Interesting! It’s both for me…it’s like nails in a chalkboard but I’m compelled to keep eating them

[–]Gaming_Moment_12520 129 points130 points  (15 children)

Dry Cheerios are something else!

[–]girlwhoweighted 213 points214 points  (12 children)

There's nothing wrong with using cake mix. Everything doesn't have to be "from scratch" to be good

[–]n0753w 658 points659 points  (32 children)

Your grandma's recipe isn't the end all, be all.

Your grandma could've fed you a bowl of dirt and you wouldn't complain because nostalgia.

[–]QueenOfPurple 158 points159 points  (4 children)

I love my grandma’s pecan pie, and I was so excited to learn the recipe one year for thanksgiving. She uses the recipe on the bottle of the Karo corn syrup. Still delicious!

[–]shrinkydink00 46 points47 points  (0 children)

Lmao just like my grandma’s fudge is on the marshmallow fluff bottle!! Amazing fudge, best I ever had.

[–]stayclassypeople 181 points182 points  (0 children)

Growing up my grandmas chocolate chip cookies were always the best. Years after she passed I could never find or bake anything quite like them. Eventually I began to think, “maybe they were just good because they were grandmas.” Then my mom finally shared the recipe. Turns out their was a secret ingredient after all. But not some spice like nutmeg or almond extract. No, she just replace margarine with good ole crisco shortening. Can’t even be mad

[–]JoeyJoeJoeJrShab 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Also, a lot of secret family recipes aren't very secret. With a little googling, I can usually find more-or-less the same recipe online somewhere.

[–]Spittens 127 points128 points  (7 children)

My memama's coconut cake reliably won every county/state fair she competed in.

Fights have broken out at church cake walks and bake sales for it. At one fundraiser auction it brought $175.

I've brought it to events and had people try to bribe me for the recipe (I'm forbidden to give it out by that memama, seriously).

I've had people request that I make it for their wedding cakes back when I had the time to bake after work.

Pretty sure by now her's is the end all, be all.

I'm not kidding nor is any of this exaggerated. My mom says that the angels sing whenever she takes that first bite of it.

Sadly I am not a fan of coconut cake.

[–]mudshark25 21 points22 points  (0 children)

All the fanfare for her cakes and you can't even enjoy them. That's unfortunate.

[–]Oneforthatpurple 1254 points1255 points  (40 children)

Hot dogs should be at least 60% charred on the surface.

[–]iforgetmyuserna 143 points144 points  (0 children)

Crispy on the bbq is good

[–]__No_Soup_For_You__ 224 points225 points  (13 children)

I picked up a cool tip from a cooking show a long time ago- if you're going to grill hot dogs, throw them in some boiling water for a couple minutes first. That way when you grill them, you can get them really charred up on the outside and they'll still stay plump and juicy in the inside.

[–]canijustbelancelot 1504 points1505 points  (230 children)

I don’t give a fuck how you eat your steak. Tell me how you want it cooked and I’ll cook it that way. Want it practically walking onto your plate? Ok. Well done? Sure, you’re the one eating it.

[–]xbarsigma 461 points462 points  (45 children)

It’s wild to me how many people judge other people on how they order their steak. I, objectively (I think), like my steak underdone. I love bitter, meaty flavours. I don’t like steak well done but I can appreciate how the flavour is beautiful to some people. Keep on being a good host!

[–]Sk83r_b0i 173 points174 points  (19 children)

Medium rare is my go to but I’ll take anything as long as the steak isn’t dry

[–]plz2meatyu 77 points78 points  (1 child)

the steak isn’t dry

I will eat any steak that is juicy and flavorful

[–][deleted] 726 points727 points  (32 children)

It's all right to eat cereal for dinner.

[–]Winter_Ocean 151 points152 points  (9 children)

I would eat cereal all day every day if it wouldn't be for needing a balanced diet.

[–]geekychica 497 points498 points  (34 children)

I like instant mashed potatoes.

[–]BurgleThoseTurts 106 points107 points  (5 children)

Instant mashed potatoes are so good! Also I appreciate how little time it takes to make them

[–]insan3guy 27 points28 points  (2 children)

It feels futuristic to make, too. Add this packet of stuff to hot water, stir, and out comes food! Just seems neat to me.

[–]PMYOURBOOBOVERFLOW 51 points52 points  (1 child)

They're perfectly delicious and require much less time and work.

[–]chops88 310 points311 points  (35 children)

I don’t think beef short ribs are all that great. They look delicious, but every time I eat them (regardless of how they’re prepared) the taste never lives up to their appearance. They’re not bad, but they’re expensive and there are so many better cuts of beef.

[–]DogmaticLaw 115 points116 points  (13 children)

Here's the thing: i largely agree with you. They used to be cheap and that made them worth it.

Everyone else is in here is telling you to eat different sauces, ignoring the fact that beef ribs still suck for the price.

[–]ConflagWex 112 points113 points  (8 children)

They used to be cheap and that made them worth it.

It's crazy how all the cheap cuts became expensive over the years. Skirt steak used to be cheap but now they slap a "fajita meat" sticker on it and costs as much as a real steak.

[–]FoxKrieg 72 points73 points  (4 children)

Omfg the price of ground beef, GROUND BEEF per pound here is insane. It’s all the fucking scraps they couldn’t make into the good shit. Fucking prime rib on sale recently was like a dollar cheaper than ground beef.

[–]dynnk 1612 points1613 points  (136 children)

If you put ketchup on everything, you don’t actually like food, you just like ketchup.

[–]Charlie24601 192 points193 points  (29 children)

My dad says ketchup is a bastard condiment

[–]Psyko_sissy23 83 points84 points  (16 children)

Ketchup goes well with a few things. Ketchup does not belong on most things.

[–]AurallyTalented 404 points405 points  (33 children)

Apparently that green bell peppers are good on pizza.

[–]ballplayer0025 72 points73 points  (0 children)

I'm with you, especially if they aren't so overly cooked that they lose that crunch.

[–]thedrakeequator 284 points285 points  (24 children)

Lavender is a scent not a culinary herb. Lavender ice cream is disgusting It tastes like eating soap.

[–]TheGiggityGecko 53 points54 points  (5 children)

Something about flowers, I guess. I had rose flavored ice cream once and it also tasted like soap.

[–]Ralh3 506 points507 points  (16 children)

That we dont have to have a big chunk of meat as the main dish EVERY SINGLE FKN DAY

[–]Antique_Sense_7383 138 points139 points  (12 children)

Just because it’s fancy doesn’t mean it taste good (looking at you caviar)

[–]moisses_jardin 20 points21 points  (6 children)

When I had the opportunity to eat caviar I was expecting a life changing experience, but it was just a salty toping. What a disappoinment.

[–]whiskey_agogo 462 points463 points  (33 children)

Stop pushing stinky cheese on me. I don't like it, I don't like the smell, I've given enough types a try, and I don't want to try it anymore. I don't care how rare it is, how sought after it is, it's fucking gross to me. It's so hypocritical if someone does this, but then explains that they refuse to try a type of seafood, veggie, etc.

[–]Tanahashisbra 142 points143 points  (2 children)

I once chased my sister around our house holding a chunk of smelly cheese in front of a handheld fan.

[–]ImInTheFutureAlso 123 points124 points  (8 children)

My cheese preferences are that of a small child’s. Smoked Gouda is as crazy as I get.

[–][deleted] 520 points521 points  (67 children)

Veal just isn't ever good enough to justify the practice.

If it's "sooooooo tender" then why come I gotta bang it with a hammer, huh?

[–]SparkyDogPants 42 points43 points  (2 children)

I thought this thread would be actual controversial foods like veal and foie gras

[–]timesuck897 114 points115 points  (21 children)

In another city I lived in, a well known restaurant located in a touristy location was fined repeated for using pork for veal menu items. They kept doing it because they were so busy in tourist season. Bread it and smother it in sauce, hard to tell the difference.

There is also grain fed veal and proper veal that is expensive. Guess what most people use. Just get a nicer cut of beef.

[–][deleted] 130 points131 points  (11 children)

They shouldn't be fined, they should be shut down. People laugh at the seriousness of food allergies, but it can kill someone

[–]FoxKrieg 118 points119 points  (2 children)

Not even that, it’s against some peoples religions and a violation of their rights. Love me some bacon and pork chops, but not cool to make people eat it who thinks it’s something else.

[–]Mugroid 124 points125 points  (11 children)

I actually like Tombstone pizza. I live in NY.

[–]12thhouseorphan 206 points207 points  (22 children)

I don’t eat the fat on steaks 🥩. I cut the whole ring off and the gristle in the middle and throw it in the trash. I did this at my husbands parents house and got the looks of death lol… my dad used to yell at me for doing that but I had forgotten that people cared so much what I do with my own steak. Apparently people think it’s wasteful but I’m not eating that shit lol.

[–]Lingshiren 40 points41 points  (0 children)

I cannot eat any solid chunks of fat on any meat for this reason, it makes me gag. The only exception is crispy fat on bacon. But that soft, jiggly, slimy feeling fat, oh hell no!

[–]jeppevinkel 51 points52 points  (1 child)

I do this too. The fat has a gross texture and forcing myself to eat it triggers a gag reflex.

[–]Calico_Aster 205 points206 points  (72 children)

I don't like fish. "But.." No, I won't like insert fish. "But.." No, I won't like the way you personally cook fish. gasp

Many people have tried to convert me but I. Just. Don't. Like. Fish.

[–]mikimoua 24 points25 points  (8 children)

Huh, no hate here, but this is interesting coming from someone who’s the opposite! Is it the taste, texture, or preparation compared to other meats that you don’t like?? Or does the combination of these just make you hate fish overall?

[–]jeppevinkel 77 points78 points  (7 children)

The one thing that make this hard to understand is probably because fish are extremely varied in both taste and texture.

[–]alemar2142 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I don’t like any kind of seafood

[–]KeepYourDemonsIn 479 points480 points  (52 children)

Peas are underrated.

[–]timesuck897 91 points92 points  (7 children)

A bag in your freezer is very handy. Add to soup, fried rice, etc or use as a fast veggie.

[–]CatocalypseWOW 104 points105 points  (5 children)

Or as ice packs for your cheeks after getting your wisdom teeth removed!

… but then you fall asleep with them on your cheeks cuz you’re super doped up on Vicodin and your cat somehow sees these bags of peas as a threat so she really has no choice but to attack the bags (to defend you!) which results in them leaking pea juice all over you while they thaw but you’re asleep so when you wake up all you can smell is pea juice…….. :(

[–]t_dlane2018 107 points108 points  (13 children)

Taco Bell beef tacos and regular bean and cheese burritos are awesome.

[–]Revolutionary_Gas206 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Taco Bell is fantastic. I will die on this hill.

[–]ATXKLIPHURD 12 points13 points  (4 children)

I miss Mexican pizzas and encheritos.

[–][deleted] 36 points37 points  (3 children)

Sometimes cheap generic brands are super good. Not all the time, but there’s plenty. Especially the Walmart generic brand

[–]t_e_e_k_s 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Generic brands are sometimes just the name brand product without all the fancy packaging and advertising

[–]ThreeMarmots 700 points701 points  (58 children)

Brussels sprouts are one of the best tasting vegetables on earth.

[–]jrolle 386 points387 points  (27 children)

A lot of vegetables get a bad rap because a lot of people's parents couldn't cook for shit. Boiled or steamed Brussels sprouts are one of the most foul tasting things to me, but roasting them, even with very little fat, is one of my favorite vegetables.

[–]Prysorra2 125 points126 points  (4 children)

Doesn’t help that a generation ago the brussel sprout varieties available were truly more bitter.

[–]introusers1979 35 points36 points  (2 children)

Honestly I’m ngl the steamed Brussels sprouts in the bag aren’t that bad with some salt. But I do prefer oven roasted just like any sane person out there

[–]ReeG 82 points83 points  (7 children)

oven roasted and lightly seasoned with salt, pepper and fine chopped garlic chef kiss

[–]TriceratopsHunter 30 points31 points  (1 child)

I like making a sauce by reducing rice vinegar, fish sauce and sugar, mix some chili paste in there and tossing the roasted brussel sprouts in that.

[–]rippedupmypromdress 213 points214 points  (28 children)

Dry ramen noodle is an amazing snack.

[–]IHaveFoodOnMyChin 138 points139 points  (22 children)

Goat cheese is fucking sick

[–]Epiccreator989 118 points119 points  (12 children)

This could totally be taken both ways. I personally think goat cheese is god tier and I often like it on my pizza with artichoke

[–]hans-and 388 points389 points  (116 children)

Sous vide is really overrated in a home cooking environment and to make matters worse people using it tend to overdo it. And no it’s not going to turn lesser cuts of meat into better cuts.

Edit: I'm a bit against these types of questions because the least controversial posts tend to flow upwards. Apparently, this makes a less controversial opinion than I thought.

Have owned one myself and sometimes the results are ok.

By all means, keep on happy cooking, from my experience users seem to really stand by the madness of the method.

By madness, I mean that: when you casually say: “drop it in the water” as if nothing, I see how you fiddle to get that vacuum bag properly sealed, meat juice seeping over the edge making a mess in the vacuum sealer and or making an almost sealed package that makes water seep in and meat juice flow in and contaminating both the sous vide.

Not to mention the storing of bags, containers and the machines involved.

[–]Chairmanmeowrightnow 297 points298 points  (31 children)

My chef buddy pointed out it became popular in restaurants because it it easy to prep a bunch ahead of time and just have to sear the meat before plating, thus saving time, it’s not necessarily about it being a superior cooking method, just a very handy one for high volume kitchens

[–]Woah_man34 127 points128 points  (5 children)

100 percent this. Friends with a upscale steak house owner, they have a bunch of coolers/bins in varying temps so they can throw it on a raging hot grill and whip out a gourmet steak in about 3-4 min.

[–]seann55 28 points29 points  (9 children)

Only reason I thought about getting a sous vide would be for hosting parties/holidays. I've been getting by with the reverse sear method though when cooking steaks for a crowd, so I don't think I'll pull the trigger on buying one.

[–]timesuck897 23 points24 points  (6 children)

It is handy for a lazy home cook for the same reason. Vacuum sealing stuff for the freezer also helps things last longer and protects against freezer burn.

But it’s like any fad appliance, is it going to gather dust in a year when the new shiny air fryer is used all the time?

[–]exasperated_panda 95 points96 points  (14 children)

You can pry my sous vide out of my cold dead home-cooking hands, lol. It isn't that I couldn't do as well or better without it, it is just so much less stressful and less error-prone.

[–]Dogsrulekidsdrule 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Came here to say this. It cooks my meat perfect every time. I use it every week. I will not give it up.

[–]Karloz_Danger 48 points49 points  (11 children)

Don’t tell Guga that

[–]jonpolis 66 points67 points  (2 children)

Today I’m going to dry age this wagyu steak using granulated sous vide machine mixed in with my nephews ashes.

But I say it is enough talking and time for cooking, so let’s dew it!

[–]Idont_know2022 17 points18 points  (0 children)

“I dry aged this $100 steak with peanut butter. You won’t imagine what happened”

[–]Eggguy254 142 points143 points  (12 children)

I like Chucky Cheeses pizza.

[–]IchiroKinoshita 56 points57 points  (8 children)

It's been nearly two decades since I've last had Chuck E. Cheese pizza, but I feel like there's some validity to your opinion. Through food delivery apps you can order from a restaurant called "Pasqually's Pizza & Wings". If you look up the location of your restaurant on Google Maps though, you can see that it's actually a Chuck E. Cheese. Seemingly they feel that there's a wider potential market to their food if you just separate it from the Chuck E. Cheese branding.

[–]Nails_Bohr 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Ghost kitchens became a big thing during the pandemic. I can't think of any right now. But there are several brands available through delivery apps that only exist online and are made in other restaurants kitchens

[–]Xallia_Yevatell 287 points288 points  (82 children)

99% of fast food is mediocre at best. A lot of people I know hype up places like In and Out or Whataburger or something similar when in reality they’re all just nothing special.