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Were you a picky eater as a child?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on March 18, 2009

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“I was not. I loved vegetables, green vegetables were the best.”

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“Yes I was. My mom used to make (beef) tongue, I hated tongue.”

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“I was lucky to eat, I’d eat anything.”

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“Yes, I was and I still am. I don’t like pork chops, I don’t like steak.”

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Original_Me 5 years ago

xbusguy (Anonymous) says… " However, can't fix it myself and eat it…. ." I'm that way w/certain foods, if I make it, I don't care to eat it. But if someone else makes it, I'll eat it. Anyone ever ate fish eyes? Just the mentality of it drove me nuts, about "eating eyes". Until I tried one, they are actually not bad. Foods that are vinegar-y - - - I'm eating it! (Or try it anyways.)

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oui 5 years, 1 month ago

It was nice to see one of our "future chefs" Dennis Barritt. He is actually a GREAT COOK. Have had some of his cooking a long time ago before he was in charge of the county jail food prep to cut down his time being incarcerated. Not to knock him at all, we all make mistakes every day. Dennis is a great guy and if I would bet on anyone - given a positive direction - I would bet on Dennis to be the, a, "BEST CHEF".

You would be lucky to taste his long prepared food - he can cook. I know that firsthand. Dennis should take off the "shades" and do what he is really good at - cooking. He could make something of himself by doing so - as his other ambitions, right or wrong , have led him to not very good circumstances.

Dennis, give it a try. But do it honestly - pay for the stuff that you can wonderfully make - you have a gift for cooking. And, leave the hangers on behind. YOU CAN DO IT!!

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 1 month ago

Pie must be cut into precise triangles with very straight edges..

If the point of the piece is broken off, a new piece must be sliced and defective slice disposed of.

Grandma's chocolate bread pudding must be cut into precise rectangles 2" x 4" x 1" and placed longside down on a plate.

The bread pudding may be covered in milk but not so much that the milk will pool beneath it.

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speed05 5 years, 1 month ago

I have a beef tounge in the freezer right now Just waiting for a good time to fix it.Love crawdads ,liver, beef heart ,beans of any kind ,most any kind of animal or fish or crustacean cooked preferably on an open fire.

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George_Braziller 5 years, 1 month ago

What is your definition of "slave foods"? I'd prefer a plate of broccoli and lima beans over one of ribs. Just make sure there is some cheese on the plate as well.

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SpeedRacer 5 years, 1 month ago

I hated buttermilk with cornbread, grits without sugar, and turnip greens. I f I smelled liver cooking, I wouldn't go inside. I think the neighborhood mothers had a child wrangling pact though.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 1 month ago

With the exception of ribs, I don't eat any "slave foods", nor lima beans. I eventually learned to accept the rest of the menu, and have become a bit of a broccoli fan.

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Defender 5 years, 1 month ago

Got me trinity, it is my one backsliding moment. Free State deserves the business regardless of the idiocy of this town. Plus, it IS the only decent place to eat in Lawrence anyway.

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staff04 5 years, 1 month ago

I wouldn't say I was picky--certainly there were things I didn't like...turnips, mayonaise, liver, fish. As I am older I fancy myself quite an adventurous eater, having at least tried nearly every meat that is legal to eat in the US, many organs, as well as many of the more obscure and treasured vegetables. Recently had a cream of sunchoke soup with shaved black truffle over it...one of the best starters I've ever had!

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commentator_on_the_axe 5 years, 1 month ago

Gravy. Nothing beats it for comfort. Mothers will put a sweater on anyone when "she" is cold. When in fact, if she wanted to protect them and keep them warm, just toss some cracked pepper in that white sauce and give us a cozy-handled spoon. Anything along side is simply a tasty decoration. Nothing wrong with that, no Sir, nothing wrong with that. I believe I'll call the wife and tell her to order some car-side-to-go chicken fried steak and mashed for me to pick up on my way home.

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 1 month ago

As a kid, my Mom woud fry cabbage and onion, and call it Chinese food. Soy sauce makes all the difference.

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George_Braziller 5 years, 1 month ago

I love beef tongue. I even liked it when I was a kid. We ate it because at the time it was inexpensive. Now, if you can even find it, it's pretty expensive.

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couranna1 5 years, 1 month ago

Liver, beef heart, rattlesnake, rabbit stew, deer meat, anchoives Love em turkey burgers, squid, not so much I mean who would want a burger made with turkey CRAZY I like all kinds of vegetables and fruit but no guacomole Sorry spangles

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couranna1 5 years, 1 month ago

Liver, beef heart, rattlesnake, rabbit stew, deer meat, anchoives Love em turkey burgers, squid, not so much

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Romans832 5 years, 1 month ago

Beef tongue? Really, it's not distasteful to me. (It's just the thought of "where it came from" that probably makes it difficult for some to stomach.) If Brenda will eat the brains we used to be served, I'll be glad to eat the beef tongue. (I think they were cow brains, but might have been pork. It's been over 30 years since I've eaten at my parents' table, so I have forgotten some of the details. But I haven't forgotten not liking them!)

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trinity 5 years, 1 month ago

so maybe i'm slow...but what's with thanking the great noodly appendaged one for some mustard thing at the freestate-while on another thread vowing to not spend a dime in lawrence?

love me some pasta-but rarely if ever order it "out" because if it is mushy&icky, it is most definitely overcooked. al dente, al dente! :)

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dajudge 5 years, 1 month ago

I have alway been on a see-food diet. If I see food, I eat it! Liver is good as long as it's not overcooked. Just still pink and moist. Chicken livers are best. Gizzards were'nt my favorite, but after having a pickled turkey gizzard at a bar in Nebraska, I'm now a fan. A slice on a saltine with a little tobasco. Mmmm! and a red beer. don't get any better'n that. Unless there is some mountain oysters sitting around waiting to be et.

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 1 month ago

But of course, eggs; sunny-side-up-runny MUST be placed on top of the pancakes.

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mom_of_three 5 years, 1 month ago

As a baby, I was allergic to so much stuff, which may have led to my pickiness. I don't think I started to out grow it until I was 5 or 6 and still am allergic to some things. I itch and sneeze, and it's worse depending on the time of year.

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mom_of_three 5 years, 1 month ago

my mom used to fix liver because she liked it, and i haven't eaten it since i left home. I used to cover it in ketchup in order to eat it.

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mom_of_three 5 years, 1 month ago

not a big fan of pasta, either..... maybe it's the mushy factor that makes it ick...

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George_Braziller 5 years, 1 month ago

We didn't have a choice. If it was on the table we had to eat it. The only thing I couldn't (and still can't) stand was liver. The last time I had it was for lunch in 1972 when I was in the 4th grade. Mom made it, my dad, sister and I came home for lunch.

Dad got pissed off and went to the cafe but my sister and I didn't have that option. We sat there for an hour and a half trying to choke it down. We finally figured out that if we cut it into small enough pieces you could swallow it whole and didn't have to chew or taste it.

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ms_canada 5 years, 1 month ago

We were never allowed to be picky. Had to eat everything on the plate placed in front of us, sis and I. The trouble was, Mom filled the plate and we had to eat it all. I think that was incredibly stupid. That forces a kid to develope a large appetite. I should have been allowed to choose the size of my portions, don't you think. The only thing that I truly hate is liver.
Since my good man and I have travelled extensively, we have had some great food adventures I have even eaten bbq turtle on a Mexican beach. We both are fond of a lot of different ethnic food, ethiopian being our favourite along with Indian. Love curry. And our children have the same adventurous spirit which is fortunate when we dine out..

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mom_of_three 5 years, 1 month ago

my kids are picky about a few things, and each kid is picky about something different.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 1 month ago

prospector, I left home at 17 partially because of the lack of menu choices too.

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grammaddy 5 years, 1 month ago

Got a few picky eaters in my house and I don't understand. One won't eat meat on a bone, except for BBQ ribs, another won't touch anything green and another needs butter on everything except popcorn. Go figure.

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mom_of_three 5 years, 1 month ago

beans - yuk. never met a bean that i did like. no, i don't like chili either - the only one in my family growing up.

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kmat 5 years, 1 month ago

Crawfish are awesome. They are the tastiest little bottom feeding water bugs you'll ever get the pleasure of eating. Can't go to Nawleans and not eat them. Buy them by the bucket and they just plop them down on the table. No utensils or plates required. Pick, pull, suck, pinch, repeat.

My parents didn't allow us to be picky eaters. Anyone that grew up with parents that lived during the depression learned to eat whatever was put on your plate. We were taught to be thankful for what food we had. During some rough times, it was hard to be thankful for sh*t on a shingle and other wonderful things that were put in front of us, but we always ate it.

As an adult, at least I now get to eat what I want. Mainly veggies.

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prospector 5 years, 1 month ago

No, I never eat picky.

As a child, my menu was very short. Now, it is all good.

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viewfromahill 5 years, 1 month ago

Picky eater? ... as in the single-finger buffet?

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coolmom 5 years, 1 month ago

crawdads would be under the bait heading along with liver and tomatoes, yuck. i have one picky eater in our household. i thought he would grow out of it but at 11 he is going strong with the odd food rules. the other 3 kids and hubby will eat almost anything i found the fake fruit with a bite out of it on the table one day so i do mean anything.

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 1 month ago

I can't keep hummus & humus mentally separated. That's made for some embarassing dining experiences.

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Defender 5 years, 1 month ago

PIcky? Never cared much for raw onions (cooked in any way whatsoever were super good though), not fond of some members of the radish family. However, I ate everything else on my plate and loved it.

Meat and veg, didn't matter, loved it all. Ate squirrel, frog legs, lotsa catfish, bluegill and bass, deer, rabbit, or whatever.

I still love most everything, and I try to have some of every danged thing I can get my taste buds on. The world is my smorgasboard. Man, I even love the sound of that word, smorgasboard.......

Marion, don't let the peas touch the potatoes? You're kidding, right? Man, mix some peas or corn with the mashers and heaven awaits, mmmmmmmm.

And don't forget beans, never met a bean I didn't love. Limas, green, pinto, navy, great northern, kidney, heck even pork and beans!

I actually feel sorry for those whose tastes are narrow. I think it is something in their brains that make them that way, and that to me is so truly sad. I love food so much that I wish everyone could like everything! I even disdain my own dislike for the few things I dislike!

The stuff I am really crazy about is really simple things that can be done up a thousand ways. Take the lowly mustard seed for instance. How many dang tasty types of mustard can you make from this crazy little thing? The possibilities are absolutely endless. Thank God for March Mustard Madness at Free State!

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autie 5 years, 1 month ago

Crawdads (kansas lobster) are good. taste a little like prairie squid.

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Norma Jeane Baker 5 years, 1 month ago

Crawdads? Mud bugs? Bring 'em on! You just have to know how to eat them: Pinch the tail and suck the head!

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The_Original_Bob 5 years, 1 month ago

Autie - He does have racing sunglasses on. They appear to be futuristic.

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 1 month ago

Speaking of "fish bait".... How about crawdads? Down south they call them crayfish, and pretend they are shrimp or something.... to me they are still fish bait. No thanks.

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bobberboy 5 years, 1 month ago

I used to go pick blackberries and eat them.

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autie 5 years, 1 month ago

I don't see any DeLorean parked on the street in any of the pictures..I wonder if dennis can run 88 miles an hour...carrying a time flux capacitor.

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Norma Jeane Baker 5 years, 1 month ago

I wonder what Future Chef's favorite cookbook is? "To Serve Man"?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 1 month ago

Dennis has been alot of things in the past, why not a future chef?

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mom_of_three 5 years, 1 month ago

Yes, I was a picky eater, and I still am. But I have branched out a bit since I was a kid, to the shock of my mother.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years, 1 month ago

"If he is a future chef, shouldn't it be about 1965? "

I assumed a future chef would be from the future coming back to warn us about the future. Perhaps he is here to tell us we need to stockpile livers and learn to look under rocks for slimy things.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 1 month ago

Nope, but the maternal unit was a picky cooker.

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Norma Jeane Baker 5 years, 1 month ago

Mmmm... liver & onions. Fried, hot and fast, in bacon grease.

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autie 5 years, 1 month ago

I will only eat the internal organs of animals after the summer riots are done and all the can goods are exhausted. And my parents used to eat snails..uckk..and I am of French heritage. I luckily must have missed the snail eating gene. Of course, again, after the summer, I may need to learn to love them.

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 1 month ago

autie- Liver and onions are the best. However, can't fix it myself and eat it.... .

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trinity 5 years, 1 month ago

i wasn't necessarily a picky eater, but i had my own style of eating-such as having a small helping of spaghetti with ONLY butter on it before i'd have some with sauce. just weird stuff like that. oh and i'm with you autie on the liver thing-that was the one thing mom would put on the table&i'd just about get sick, refused to eat it. yuk.

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couranna1 5 years, 1 month ago

I was not but my daughters sure are. My oldest when she was little two things was all she ever wanted as far as real food goes pb&j and chicken nuggets. She's much better now

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autie 5 years, 1 month ago

If he is a future chef, shouldn't it be about 1965? Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks. Picky eating? I hated weird stuff like mushrooms and cauliflower...now I love weird stuff like mushrooms and cauliflower. Liver is for fishing. Always has been, always will be.

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 1 month ago

Yes and still am.

Don't let the peas touch the potatoes.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years, 1 month ago

Future Chef? Is the space-time continuum starting to affect the actual respondents to the OTS? 2012 is fast approaching.

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faceit 5 years, 1 month ago

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 1 month ago

Dennis Barrit- future chef.... Watch out Burger King

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jonas_opines 5 years, 1 month ago

Very picky. Hated tomatoes, brocolli, or anything mixed together. I would pick apart my pizza as a little kid and eat everything seperately. Funny thing is that my son does the same thing. Hopefully, he'll branch out when he's older, like I did.

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Norma Jeane Baker 5 years, 1 month ago

With all those starving children in India? How could I be? I was constantly reminded of them.

Seriously, no, I was not a picky eater. My parents exposed me to a wide variety of foods from an early age. As kids, we were eating, and loving, veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, brussel sprouts, Jerusalem artichokes, 'regular' artichokes, etc. Lots of different meat and seafood offerings, and many different ethnic cuisines. It's made me the foodie that I am today.

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Drew_Carey 5 years, 1 month ago

Hey, can I say it too? Nobody likes tongue, nobody! Anyone tries to fnish that is going to get buzzed I'm sure. How about this one. One of those folks are doing their own thing, One of those folks are pulling your leg. One of those folks loves, buses and building, Now it's time to play our game It's time to play our game.

400 pts for the best answer.

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Omegatron 5 years, 1 month ago

At least they're not giving economic advice...

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Donnuts 5 years, 1 month ago

Of course, and I don't just believe any line people try to feed me either.

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