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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.”


Omegatron 9 years, 3 months ago

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

Drew_Carey 9 years, 3 months 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.

jonas_opines 9 years, 3 months 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.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 3 months ago

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

trinity 9 years, 3 months 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.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 3 months ago

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

mom_of_three 9 years, 3 months 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.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 3 months 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.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 3 months ago

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

coolmom 9 years, 3 months 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.

viewfromahill 9 years, 3 months ago

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

kmat 9 years, 3 months 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.

mom_of_three 9 years, 3 months 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.

Maddy Griffin 9 years, 3 months 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.

mom_of_three 9 years, 3 months ago

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

ms_canada 9 years, 3 months 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..

George_Braziller 9 years, 3 months 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.

mom_of_three 9 years, 3 months ago

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

mom_of_three 9 years, 3 months 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.

mom_of_three 9 years, 3 months 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.

dajudge 9 years, 3 months 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.

trinity 9 years, 3 months 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! :)

Romans832 9 years, 3 months 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!)

George_Braziller 9 years, 3 months 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.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 3 months ago

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

staff04 9 years, 3 months 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 of the best starters I've ever had!

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 3 months 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.

SpeedRacer 9 years, 3 months 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.

George_Braziller 9 years, 3 months 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.

speed05 9 years, 3 months 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.

oui 9 years, 3 months 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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