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Foods We Loved as Kids, Maybe Not as Adults

Processed cheese (Tasty when I was five, but now, give me the real stuff!)

Synthetic "juice" drinks (Nectar of the gods when I was teensy, but now i'm a grown-@$$ woman and I'd rather have a flavorful blend of tea)

Processed peanut butter (Jif, Skippy, Peter Pan) -- Heaven to my four-year-old self, but the natural kind is much more appealing to my now-grown-up taste buds

packaged snack cakes (Ring-Dings, Twinkies and the like) -- a delicacy when I was in pigtails, sickeningly sweet, fatty-tasting goop now.

Fig Newtons, however, are another story. Those little fruit-and-cake delights are a dessert fit for emperors!

Hangover Helper: Vegan Frito Pie

This sounds like a dish fit for an emperor! OK, my mouth is watering all over my keyboard

10 'Just Add X' Foods That Taste Better On Their Own

I know this is a joke, but I do crush up a vegetable bouillon cube and sprinkle it on popcorn as a seasoning. Crazy tasty. My mother agrees too

Dinner Tonight: Portobello Mushroom 'Burgers'

That sounds delectable! I make something similar (including an avocado sauce) all the time and it's fit for a Roman emperor!

@sarah -- avocado has protein.

Dear Restaurants: I am so sick of seeing ******* on your menus!

" Southwestern Chicken Roasted Corn Black Bean Cajun Tex Mex Cheese Chipotle Jalapeno Avocado Cilantro Egg Rolls are not egg rolls at all, and probably shouldn't even be considered food"

I'm a vegetarian (ovo-lacto), but take the chicken out of that dish, and in my opinion, you'd have an appetizer fit for a Roman emperor.

I would like to see potato skins available without bacon, and made with real Cheddar cheese instead of that plasticlike processed stuff.

Egg in Toast: What Do You Call It?

Egg in a nest. I'm not really an egg fan (except if I mix them into something) but I have made this dish for my mother.

The Pillsbury Bake-Off makes me sad...

Also, I might add, how is a breadstick-based pizza different from the classic dish where you make a pizza using a toasted English muffin as the base or crust? THAT is a favorite dish of mine, and it doesn't have to be "kiddie food." I never use jar sauce for these pizzas. I make my own quick -- and crazy-tasty -- sauce by blending sun dried tomatoes, a dab of oil, some herb seasoning blend, a squirt of honey and maybe a tiny bit of fig jam if I have any on hand, and a splash of vegetable broth in my food processor till smooth. I then spread this mixture on two toasted English muffin halves, top with cheese, add garnishes if I wish (olives, artichoke hearts, roasted peppers) place the assembled pizzas in my toaster oven till the cheese melts, and voila! A "quick-n-easy" pizza fit for a Roman emperor!

So, how is pizza with breadsticks as the crust really any different?

What foods are uniquely '80s'?

Oh, and goat cheese. Can't forget that.

Dear Restaurants: I am so sick of seeing ******* on your menus!

Ditto on the packaged veggie burger (Gardenburger, Boca Burger, and the like.) As a vegetarian for 20-plus years, I would like to see a vegetarian main dish on menus that isn't a soybean patty that's made by a company and could be found in my grocer's freezer. One would think that a CHEF can create an appealing, tasty dish that just doesn't happen to include meat, poultry, fish, or shellfish. Bravo for the portobello mushroom trend (and would happily wolf down a plate of portobello sliders) Also, I would love to see more meat-free appetizer choices that aren't deep-fried greasies in the shape of a ball or a stick.

The Pillsbury Bake-Off makes me sad...

To be fair, a lot of those recipes do sound tasty AND, remember, the target market of these products is the Busy Parent or the Working Adult, and people in those groups are usually too time-pushed to make a pie crust or pizza base from scratch. These aren't the pioneer/Laura Ingalls Wilder days, folks.

Top Ten Worst Halloween 'Candies'

I disagree about a lot of the candy items mentioned here.
I, for one, LOVE the fun-sized (or mini, if you prefer) candies. It's a tiny bit of something insanely tasty, enough to give pleasure without causing tummy pains. When I was a young'un and I went trick-or-treating, one house gave out mini Clark bars. Yum-o-delish! I polished those off first.
I think the chewy peanut butter kisses taste absolutely divine.
Candy corn, I think is plenty of tasty, as are the candy pumpkins made of candy-corn base. Think little dollops of hardened cake-frosting.
As for apples and raisins, those I didn't mind in the least.

However, some items, I do agree about.
Toothbrushes -- a boring reminder
Religious pamphlets -- disappointing and WEIRD to boot.
Packages of "normal" food -- oh, for crying in Manhattan, what kid wants to receive a can of baked beans or a box of oat bran in his little plastic jack-o-lantern.
One time I received cough drops -- and not the Ludens or Pine Bros or Smith Bros or F&Fs, which are tasty and could pass as hard candy (as can the Ricolas). These were nasty little green pellets that were -- and tasted like -- MEDICATION. Like I said, for crying in Manhattan! For crying in Manhattan, Chicago, and San Francisco

Oh well. At least I didn't get a ROCK

Top Ten Uniquely '80s Foods

"my roommate bought a box of fruit roll-ups last week, for the life of me i have no idea why she would eat those things as a semi-grownup!"

Ummmm. . . .because she thinks they're tasty? :-)

What foods are uniquely '80s'?

As a former 80s teen, I can make a whole grocery list of treats, goodies, delicacies and delights that first appeared on the food scene or rose to popularity in the 80s.

Diet coke
cherry coke
cherry 7-Up
Snapple beverages
fruit snacks
microwave popcorn
Capri Sun pouched beverages
juice boxes
Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
sun-dried tomatoes
pasta salad
Nerds candy
Bonkers candy
Blue raspberry flavored items (including Berry Blue Kool-Aid which looked like Windex but was very tasty stuff!)
Frozen yogurt (the sweet, ice-creamy type, not the more acidy stuff you get at places like Pinkberry in today's times)
"Gourmet" jellybeans (like the Jelly Belly brand, made popular by then-head-honcho Reagan)
Stuffed baked potatoes
Fried potato skins
Mozzarella sticks

Dang it, now I have an urge to put on a miniskirt and some flavored lip gloss and munch on some fruit snacks and sip a Capri Sun beverage while listening to "Let's Dance" by David Bowie!

Adults and baby food?

I mix baby-food bananas with Fage Greek Yogurt and add some Splenda and sometimes cinnamon. Pretty tasty!

Substitute for Hated Sour Cream

Greek Yogurt is an excellent choice. The 2% is rich and tasty if you want to splurge, so who needs the full-fat? :-)

Do You Always Eat Breakfast for Breakfast?

Eat Breakfast for Breakfast! Does that sound like a David Bowie lyric or what? (Small Jean Genie eats breakfast for breakfast)
Some foods I eat upon waking up are traditional breakfast foods, but sometimes I'd have a grilled cheese or mac-n-cheese. I like yogurt and fruit for breakfast, which is good any-time-of-day food

Freaky Frozen Food Habits?

@lambowner --- Frozen Dr. pepper! Like a Slurpee!
Yes, frozen cheesecake tastes absolutely divine!

Freaky Frozen Food Habits?

Fruits are very tasty when frozen. Like Nature's Italian ice! Refreshingly sweet and frosty. I loved to snack on frozen strawberries when I was a little girl and a teen. Still do.
Other items that are yummy frozen are many candies, such as York Peppermint Patties. Mmmmmm. And yes, Thin Mint cookies


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