I was popping a tray of cheesy toast (that’s simply bread toasted under the broiler, topped with cheese and then broiled again until the cheese is bubbly and brown in bits) under the broiler and was thinking how everyone has weird food loves that you wouldn’t serve to anyone but yourself and any family who shares your odd culinary bent. This also got me to thinking about the vast quantities of junk food I’ve consumed over the years. I spent some time mulling it over and wondered if I could get other people to divulge their weird food loves. Let’s be honest. We foodies might not really want to admit to liking some of these things for fear of being laughed at by the foodie community at large. I, personally, have zero problem making a fool of myself as it is something I have put a great deal of effort into doing over the years. So I’ll kick it off…
I have a strange love for anything involving cheese or (gasp) cheese products; cheesy toast, soft OR hard pretzels with either real cheese or cheese whiz, refried bean and pasteurized cheese dip, toasted cheese rounds on top of my dinner salads, etc… There were more times than I could count in high school and college that I made a meal out of salsa con queso and Snyder’s Sourdough Pretzels.
Some of my other non-refined food loves? Andy Capp’s Hot Fries, deep fried mozzarella sticks, deep fried mushrooms, well- anything non-offal or reproductive organ that’s deep fried, Funyons, Snickers bars, Dr. Pepper (Why, oh why did you have to put HFCS in, good Dr.? You’re just not the same anymore), Vernor’s Ginger Ale (my Dad might argue that Vernor’s IS refined), Snyder Kettle Cooked Jalapeno Potato Chips, and Chili Cheese Fritos, just to name a few.
I wouldn’t normally shout it from the rooftops that I’m fond of pasteurized cheese product and everything deep fried (is there ANY nutritional value in that stuff???) any more than I’d normally announce that I’m crazy about American Idol **mostly for the sake of following along on ‘Vote For the Worst’, but what’s a little pride for amusement’s sake?
So, just between you and me, what are some of your non-foodie food loves? I won’t judge (out loud.)