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Old 07-29-2013, 05:52 PM   #1
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My wife and her family, lovely as they all are, have one unfathomable quirk... when it comes to food they are swayed by what it is called.

My wife will not eat "squash".... except when I call it zucchini. WTF?

My wife and her father both made a face that said "stop Im going to yak" when I found a recipe for "mushroom and leak bread pudding"

My mother-in-law made the same face when I suggested she use the fish stock for fish soup. "But mah, I made you fish soup last year and you said you loved it!" "Oh, you mean the bouillabaisse you made? That was really good!" My father-in-law by the way enjoyed the fish soup as well... but he refered to it as "seafood chowder".

Is it just them or is this a thing? Can you be swayed not by how a dish looks or smells but by what it is called to eat or not eat it? I'm flummoxed.

By the way, my wife refused to eat my "slathered beef patties" but didnt mind them when rebranded as "salsbury steak".

sigh. It will pass.

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Old 07-29-2013, 06:10 PM   #2
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Seems odd. Though I'll admit when someone makes that kitty litter dessert, it seems a bit off putting

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Old 07-29-2013, 06:15 PM   #3
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I agree that the kitty litter dessert is not appealing.

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Seems odd. Though I'll admit when someone makes that kitty litter dessert, it seems a bit off pudding
Mmm. chocolate!

I'm of the camp that I'd rather not know what it is until after I have tried it.
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I've known people who gag at squid, but love calimari.
Or the opposite from "Funny Girl", "A bit of pate?", causing a worried look till Fanny realizes it is just "chopped liver."

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I try to instill a sense into my children that it does not matter what is on their plate until they have at least taken a real taste to decide if it is palatable to them or not. If given the opportunity, my eldest son would swear that anything containing onions is pure poison. Despite the fact that onion rings are something he consideres to be damned tastey.

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So far I have never gone back on my "I'll try anything once" policy but I think that will change if anyone ever presents me with balut or stink flipper, but I digress.

Some things are really good if you can get past what they are. Some are pretty common like:

sashimi
eggs
snake/turtle/frog (some people have big problems with these)
pork rinds
bologna
hot dogs
traditional tamales
braunschweiger

Some of the better uncommon ones are:

brains
bugs. When fried up they are very crunchy and taste like whatever seasoning you put on them. Thailand has bugs as snacks everywhere, quite tasty!
head cheese
chitlins (depending on the seasoning and how well they were cleaned)
tripe

Either way, I prefer to know what I'm eating before I try it. I do think there is something to be said for the name though. Hash on toast sounds a lot better than sh*t on a shingle.

Oh, I forgot a major one. Caviar. I am convinced that this is a sick joke that rich people play on their guests. They know that people will eat it so that they appear "sophisticated" but I've never met a single person who honestly liked it.

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I love snake,frog,sushi & the like. And braunsweiger with munster cheese & mayo. And I think japanese caviar is better,as it's less salty. And wash it down with Moet & chandon Brute imperial 1962!
But I'm still workin on the bugs & Rocky Mountain Oysters...

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Why is it that I can do rocky mountain oysters no problem but bugs creep me out? lol. But I think its really the NAME of the food that invokes some weird trigger in my wife and co...

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Why is it that I can do rocky mountain oysters no problem but bugs creep me out? lol. But I think its really the NAME of the food that invokes some weird trigger in my wife and co...
Yeah, my bad, I didn't mean to make a hijack attempt, just got me thinking....

So more on topic, here are some that both sides of my family make but have different names for:

Mud Pie = Chocolate Goodie
Worm Dirt = Oreo Crumble
Toast and Gravy = Sh*t on a Shingle
Polpettone = Meatloaf

The recipes are slightly different but they are obviously the same things, just different names. Maybe it's cause I'm a guy, but honestly I would rather have worm dirt than Oreo Crumble cause it's just more fun! **** on a shingle goes a bit far though.

My dad is a Marine and they have some hilarious names for their food. 5 fingers of death were these little canned weenies. Who's up for some 5 fingers of death? ......... No takers????
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