I Eat Braunschweiger

I’m gonna eat jelly jelly jelly jelly
jelly jelly jelly jelly beans

I was inspired by this article on “Ten Foods We Love Even Tho They Taste Wrong” (which includes such delicacies as Chef Boyardee Spaghettios and Kraft Mac & Cheese: SCRUM!) to finally, FINALLY sit down and figure out my own . . .

Top Ten Foods I Love Even Tho They Look Wrong
  1. Those “red-hot” potato chips. Oh, yeah. They’re so very red. Your fingers and lips are red for days after eating these. That can’t be right. What makes them red? It’s better not to ask.
  2. Braunschweiger. Even the name looks wrong. Who would eat something called braunschweiger? Is it better to call it by it’s other name, liver sausage? No. Can you imagine being the first person to actually volunteer to eat this stuff? It’s packaged unappetizingly in a tube, grayish in color, slimy in texture . . . OHMYGOD! I want some right now! Yes! For breakfast—on a toasted bagel with some crispy lettuce.
  3. Anything from McDonald’s. Have you ever closely inspected a “hamburger” patty from McD’s? And think about it: does a McD’s hamburger actually taste like a hamburger? No! It tastes like McDonald’s. Which is why I love it so.

Well, that’s my list. Clever readers will discern that there are only three items, but that’s all I could think of. Wait! Here is another list. This one’s easier:

Top Ten Foods I Will Never Eat Because They Sound and Look So Gross
  1. Geoduck. I like how Wikipedia has to clarify that this is an “edible” sea clam, because otherwise? I mean, look at it. Would you eat that? I’m trying to be mature here and not state the obvious, but . . . And the fact that it’s pronounced “Gooey Duck” doesn’t make it any more appealing.
  2. Tongue from Any Animal. I guess the most common of the edible tongues is cow tongue, but tongue is tongue. I have a tongue in my mouth right now. Does that mean I’m going to eat it? No. Tongues are used for eating, not to be eaten.
  3. Balut. Have you ever bitten down on a tender yet crunchy fetal duck’s head? If you answer “no,” you’re probably quite sane.
  4. Fruitcake. As far as I can tell, fruitcake contains everything I hate: dried fruit, raisins, nuts . . . BLEEEURRGH! This is worse than gooey duck or fetus head. Raisins are the devil’s candy. There is nothing worse than biting into what you think is a chocolate chip cookie and discovering that your mouth is suddenly full of raisins.

Oookay. That’s only 4. Why am I having so much trouble with Top Ten lists? They are crucial to getting on the front page of Digg. Hmm. How ’bout this:

Top Ten Weird Food Combinations
  1. I love Campbell’s Bean with Bacon soup, but I can ONLY eat it with a peanut butter sandwich. Discuss.
  2. My favorite potato chip dip? Why, cottage cheese with chives, of course.
  3. My brother’s girlfriend enjoys a heaping helping of CORN with her ice cream.
  4. One time, I put ketchup on popcorn.

Oh, this is going nowhere. I need your help. Please tell me your favorite disgusting foods, your “will NEVER eat this” foods, and weirdo food combos. Together we will make the front page of Digg and be famous. The fruitcake’s on me.


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77 Responses to “I Eat Braunschweiger”

  1. 1 Susan

    Braunschweiger makes me think of my Dad, who would eat pretty much anything. One of his favorites was head cheese, which I think is closely related to braunschweiger. Yuck.

    Susan’s last blog post..Uber Christmas Lights

  2. 2 Brooke

    I love Wendy’s Frosties with french fries. I know it not that weird but it is delisous. Yum Yum Yum!

  3. 3 Kathy

    I saw goeduck on Top Chef once. Once was enough, so I’m not going to look at that picture.

    You are aware braunschweiger looks just like cat food, right? Friskies Salmon Pate to be exact.

    Me? I like tuna fish mixed into plain Dannon yogurt! YUM!

    Kathy’s last blog post..Diva for a Day

  4. 4 Stephanie Barr

    OK, gross. I’ve always thought lasagne (if it’s made right) looks disgusting (my husband’s is gooey with cheesy goodness flowing everywhere, OMG YUM! EVERYONE should have my husband’s scrumptious lasagne! I want some now! I wonder if he’d make it for Christmas…never mind!)

    I don’t get snails, raw oysters (that had to have first been done on a bet), menudo, brains, whole baby octopus, sweetbreads, hog testicles, etc. I have been exposed to many unusual items because my husband watches Iron Chef (the weirdness factor on the original Japanese version is WAY higher, though they had a recent episode: offal – which seemed nothing short of awful) and Dirty Jobs (where they harvested then cooked geoducks). Ooookay, bad as it was to see, I have no interest in eating any of it. The James Herriot books, which often extolled the virtues of Yorkshire cuisine included a number of horrific sounding foods I didn’t covet like steak and kidney pie and boiled bacon.

    As for weird combos, I like to mix grape juice and lemonade and, hmm, wow, *sigh* must slink off torevel in my own dullness now.

    Why didn’t you mention a bacon candy bar? Or haggis? Or jellyfish salad?

    Stephanie Barr’s last blog post..Thursday’s Thievery – Born an Adult (NEW Weekly Feature!)

  5. 5 Daisy the Curly Cat

    Sometimes I lick the whipped cream off the top of stuff. When nobuddy is looking. It is very, very extra delicious. Please do not tell on me.

    Daisy the Curly Cat’s last blog post..Santa’s Little Helpers

  6. 6 Stephanie Barr

    (Oh, and cottage cheese with just a little flavoring is my favorite dip, too. Can mix it with sour cream dip, too)

    Stephanie Barr’s last blog post..Thursday’s Thievery – Born an Adult (NEW Weekly Feature!)

  7. 7 sturdygirl

    I like salt on apples sometimes. To be honest I like salt on anything.

    I eat raw oysters and that’s really kind of gross, but I don’t do it so much anymore because it’s rather dangerous.

    When I was pregnant I learned of a “natural” heartburn cure – milk mixed w/ gingerale. Gross, but works.

  8. 8 Babs - beetle

    Potato chips. Do you mean crisps (in a packet) or chips on a plate?
    I love cheese and chives dip, but prefer cottage cheese with no added flavour. Cottage cheese and pineapple is gross!

    I would never eat any of those things you list – YEUCKK!

    @ Stephanie Barr *steak and kidney pie and boiled bacon*
    They are both very ordinary and tasty dishes. Not at all horrific. The first is just a meat pie and the second is a beautiful chunk of ‘cured’ pork that is boiled (or steamed) then sliced. We have it (along with turkey, beef and roast pork) with our boxing day dinner – cold meat, mashed potatoes and pickles.

    Babs – beetle’s last blog post..A Special Fairy!

  9. 9 Jen

    Liverwurst is what we always called it. Yes it is an icky name and it doesn’t smell all that good but I’m craving one now with mayo, Miracle Whip is even better, and lettuce.

    Geoduck…I won’t even consider trying that one.

    Tongue. My grandfather loved cow tongue, and head cheese. He loved them both so much he assumed everyone else did so he gave a big ass cow tongue to my dad, this was back in 1976 or ’77. It was immediately placed in the extra freezer, way in the back. Dad couldn’t throw out anything not even gross cow tongue which he did not like either. We moved the following year and then my parents moved once more. Two years ago my dad died and we were packing up after selling the house. In the freezer was the cow tongue from 1976.

    I don’t bother with snails or tentacles of any kind. I’ve tried them and they aren’t so bad but they cost way more than the taste suggests. I’d rather have speghettios with peanut butter sandwich to dip it with.

    There were probably a few fruitcakes in that freezer.

    Dad made Fruit Soup every Christmas. It smelled wonderful but looked horrible and kept everyone in the bathroom for days. I make my kids eat it now and they all cry just like my brother and I did.

    When I was pregnant with my son I ate Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch all the time and I mixed it into other foods like mashed potatoes. It’s not something I’d eat now but I had to have it then. Might explain some of his odd personality traits. And he likes to put chocolate syrup on pizza.

    Jen’s last blog post..The Worst/Funniest Christmas Gift

  10. 10 flit

    I saw a picture just this week (in Men’s Health magazine) of a McDonald’s hamburger that has been kept since the mid 1990s and still looks just like one you could go and buy today …. apparently they have a ~few~ preservatives in ‘em or something

    salt on apples (preferably granny smith) is the only way I would ever dream of eating an apple. Hmmm.. how many years has it been since I ate an apple, 20?

    Couldn’t get past the thought of raw oysters, but I do love sushi … I know, makes no sense

    I LOVE fruitcake though – wish people that didn’t would send theirs my way but they don’t and hubby doesn’t get the idea of actually paying money for such a thing

    flit’s last blog post..Waiting

  11. 11 JD

    Susan: Oh, yeah, head cheese. Disgusting (sorry Susan’s dad). I forgot about that. Never tried it, never will.

    Brooke: Yeah, I think that fries/shake combo is a pretty common one, tho I myself have never tried it. I love french fries too much to muck them up with anything other than ketchup or, perhaps, vinegar. OH! Or Ranch dressing.

    Kathy: Believe, me I know what braunschweiger looks like. And I’ll still eat it. But, no, I won’t eat cat food, no matter how fancy the name. Tuna fish and yogurt, eh? That doesn’t sound half bad! And healthier than mayo. Hmmm.

    Stephanie Barr: I’m making ziti for Christmas, and mine is really just lasagna with different noodles. PLUS flowing cheesy goodness. I would never dream of thinking of lasagna as gross-looking. It is beautiful. Nor would I dream of touching any of that stuff you mention (oysters? WHY, GOD?) but I have to agree with Babs, below, that boiled bacon is heavenly. I actually ate a bacon candy bar for this blog, and I was not pleased. Jellyfish salad? My gag reflex!

    Daisy the Curly Cat: Your secret is safe with me. I think stolen whipped cream tastes much better than the whipped cream you might get as a treat on the end of a finger, for example.

    Stephanie Barr: Boy, do I love potato chips and cottage cheese. I’ve got my whole family eating it—well, except Dave, who won’t eat anything creamy.

    sturdygirl: I used to salt my apples as a child (that sounded weird), but it doesn’t appeal to me now. That reminded me that I also used to eat raw potato slices. Thanks for that heartburn tip. I’m not sure I could get that down, but if I ever needed it, I’d be willing to try it.

    Babs – beetle: Yes, crisps, not chips, with cottage cheese. And I agree about the cottage cheese and pineapple combo. A sin against nature! My mom told me she was having a salad of cottage cheese, lettuce, and peaches, and I almost hung up on her. See my comment above re: boiled bacon. Am I invited over for Boxing Day dinner?

    Jen: “big ass cow tongue”—now that’s a phrase you don’t see every day! And I can’t believe you found it still in the freezer, 2 years ago! Well, yes, I can believe it, because who would eat a big ass cow tongue? (besides your grandpa). No, I don’t bother with tentacles either (ha), mostly because they gross me out. That Spaghettios/PB sandwich combo sounds pretty good, actually. GOD, I’m getting hungry! Or I was until I read about Fruit Soup. That’s hilarious, that you make your kids eat it. This comment needs to be a blog post. Steal your comment!

    flit: I know McD’s fries will stay preserved for ages (I’ve found enough under my car seat to be an expert on that). I like sushi, too, but only the rolls. I can’t eat those raw slabs of fish. I know a lot of people actually do like fruitcake, and that if it’s made right, it probably doesn’t deserve its reputation. But I truly hate fruitcake ingredients and so will NEVER eat on.

  12. 12 Broadway Matron

    No’s include everything you named including McDonald’s and braunschweiger only excepting Mac & Cheese made from boxed ingredients. I prefer Trader Joes to Kraft but Kraft works for me too. On the no-no list: There’s also sweetbreads aka pancreas. Tripe aka cows stomach, actually it’s an endless list – when did I become such a picky eater? BTW – one of my husband’s favorite sandwiches is tuna salad and cream cheese – yes, in the same sandwich. I refuse to make this concoction – too gross for words.

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  13. 13 chat blanc

    I won’t eat anchovies or these animal parts–heart, tongue, brain, eyes, testicles, chicken necks, pig’s feet and of course the poop shoot on shrimp (I could go on but you get the idea).

    I like ketchup on my fried eggs and horseradish on my sausage patties. :)

    chat blanc’s last blog post..Dipshit Christmas & Fat New Year

  14. 14 Joe

    My favorite food is peanut butter and tomato sandwiches.

    Most people are disgusted by that.

    Joe’s last blog post..Prizes awarded; Bonus rant

  15. 15 Babs - beetle

    You would be most welcome but you might have to accept this alternative.

    I may post a mouth watering photo of my Boxing day dinner so you to lick the screen ;O)

    Babs – beetle’s last blog post..A Special Fairy!

  16. 16 Stephanie Barr

    You realize, of course, NOW I have to buy potato chips and cottage cheese. Dammit (but Yum!) PLUS, I have contributed nothing worthwhile to steal from this blog.

    But, that’s OK, more will be a’comin’.

    Stephanie Barr’s last blog post..Thursday’s Thievery – Born an Adult (NEW Weekly Feature!)

  17. 17 Lola

    I love braunschweiger sandwiches with lettuce. In fact I wish I had some now for lunch.

    I don’t care for flavored potato chips. I do however sometimes dip them in ketsup. And I sprinkle hot sauce on my microwave popcorn.

    I don’t care for McDonald’s anything. I’m a Burger King person.

    Just looking at the Geoduck makes me want to hurl.

    When I was a kid my Dad always bought Tongue lunchmeat. I ate it without hesitation and thought it was delicious. I don’t think I could stomach even looking at it now.

    I LOVE Fruitcake. I really want to get some for the holiday but it’s so darn expensive. I would love if someone gave me one, but sadly it seems like the people who like it never get them.

    We always octopus for New Year’s ages ago at my grandmothers. Octopus tastes just like erasers, not that I’ve ever tasted erasers.

    What’s really gross is herring. My Dad would always buy some around the holidays. The herring in that whitish sauce. Just the smell of it makes me want to hurl.

  18. 18 Puglette

    I will gladly eat the geoduck clams for you…they are delicious!!!!! They are from my area, pacific nw. mmmmm just like a clam steak. i love oysters that are cooked, i had one so huge once it was almost plate size. yum!!! i love steamed shellfish…mussels, clams

    i love pickled herring, anchovies, liverwurst, mayo on my avocados, broccoli and brussel sprouts.

    tried snails, blucky chewy things

    won’t eat any intestinal or facial parts, or naughty bits.

    i too love mcdonald’s. i have been craving an egg mcmuffin for days now!

    ollie says hi!

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  19. 19 maggie

    For some reason, my mom loved liver and onions and could not stand to cook it. Occasionally she convinced my dad to cook it for her, and whenever we had liver and onions, we had beets too. Somehow I think because of the way the whole thing smelled, I never could bring myself to taste it. My brother gagged loudly when the bowl of beets was put down anywhere near him. Us kids were quickly excused to go eat Captain Crunch in the kitchen.

    The college dining hall had cottage cheese that was an very odd shade of green that I never figured out what was mixed into it, but based on its placement on the bar I assume it was a fruit (down near the jello, not up by the veggies).

    My husbands family has a tradition of oyster stew for breakfast on Christmas day. I called his mom to find out how to make it, so now I make it for him each year. I can’t stand the sight of oysters though, so I always refer to them as phlegm balls.

    maggie’s last blog post..Taking Time to Smell the Gingerbread

  20. 20 HappyCampers

    Is the brunsch-whatever the same thing as Liverworst? ‘Cause I LOVE that! We ate it as kids & although I haven’t had it in quite a while, I bet it’s as tasty as I remember :)

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  21. 21 Regan

    My favorite disguisting foods are probably anything from a fast food resturant. ((I hate McD’s))

    Turducken. I heard of it on Top Chef. The concept of it scares me a little. Its a turkey, which is good. But then they stuff it with a DUCK and stuff the duck with a CHICKEN.
    I’ll also never eat any type of ‘tounge’ either.
    Sweet breads. The first time I ever heard of sweet breads I thought ‘yum, it must be bread, but like pound cake. I would like to try it sometime.’ That was before I found out what it really was. Sweet breads are actually cow intestines. Not so appealing now.

    One of my favorite food combinations is goldfish and chocolate pudding. It sounds weird, but it’s actually really good. The cheesey taste of goldfish isn’t too overwhelming, and the pudding highlights that in a yummy way.

  22. 22 Baron von Rochester

    I’m relieved to know I’m not the only person who thinks that raisins are evil.

    I can’t eat hot parmesan cheese in combination with meat … a lot of fancy restaurants will mix it in with coatings they use for pan-frying fish, or lamb. It makes me sick, literally, and immediately. Even the smell of it at the next table gives me problems. I can do parmesan grated fresh on top of something, but cooked with meat … nonononono.

    Unusual food combinations I enjoy include bleu cheese with nuts and bitter chocolate, vanilla ice cream with strawberries and vinegar, and fresh mint in tuna salad.

    Baron von Rochester’s last blog post..The Heat God, Plus: Buns Buggered

  23. 23 Wayne John

    Alrighty, here it goes.

    Macaroni & Cheese, Tuna and Corn = Stoner Delight
    Rice, Tuna & Corn = We’re out of Mac…
    Cottage Cheese and Brown Gravy = Hot and Cold Slurp, Yum!
    Prime Rib & Ketchup = Pissed off chef
    Ribeye & Ketchup = Pissed off chef
    Sirloin & Ketchup = nothing, no one cares about sirloin
    Eggs & Ketchup = a strong need for a glass of milk and perhaps a tortilla.

    Wayne John’s last blog post..Using UserVoice To Get What You Want

  24. 24 JD

    Broadway Matron: No to McDonald’s? Even their Big & Tasty, which actually does taste like a real hamburger? I like TJ’s mac and cheese too. I don’t consider eschewing tripe and pancreas as being too picky. I think that’s pretty reasonable. And that tuna/cream cheese combo? That sounds kind of good, actually.

    chat blanc: I like ketchup on fried eggs, too! It starts with ketchup on the adjoining hash browns and before you know it, you’re eating JUST eggs with ketchup. Oh, that disgusting “vein” on shrimps. It’s not a vein. I will never eat breaded shrimp because you know they don’t devein those shrimps. They just leave the disgusting poo tube on there, thinking no one cares that they’re eating shrimp poo. GROSS. And, good one! I wish I’d remembered that.

    Joe: Count me among the disgusted. I love tomato and mayo sandwiches. I’m trying to imagine the PB and tomato combo and just can’t. But it’s something I might be willing to try.

    Babs – beetle: Oh, please DO post a photo. That will probably have to do. Maybe we can start a new holiday tradition, and each post photos of our meals? Mine will be . . . ziti with meatballs!

    Stephanie Barr: Yes, now you have to. Your “dammits” will indeed soon be replaced with “yums.” I’m sure you’ve got plenty of steal-worthy comments on other blogs. And if not, just steal someone else’s comment and write a post about it.

    Lola: My MIL has herring in that gross whitish sauce sometimes. It is the worst. I’ve never eaten erasers either, but I don’t care to start in the form of octopi. It’s interesting that you liked tongue as a child. Was it chewy? Do you remember? When it was in your mouth, did you feel like you had a second tongue? Just curious.

    Puglette: Hi, Ollie! How’s my sweetie? WAIT, REALLY???!!! You’ve eaten geoducks? I’m in awe. I guess it helps that you love shellfish, but still. And no facial parts, eh? Me neither. I was horrified to find an entire pig’s head at a nearby ethnic grocer’s. Right there among the other cuts of meat. Eyeballs, bristly snout, and floppy ears. Mmmm. . . Egg McMuffin. I want one now. With ketchup, of course.

    maggie: Oh, you were so lucky that you got to eat Cap’n Crunch instead of the evil beets and liver and onions! My mom rarely made anything so vile (except for the dreaded “porcupine meatballs” and chipped beef on toast), but we were expected to eat it, gagging or no gagging. I wonder what made that cottage cheese green? I would avoid green cottage cheese, I think.

    HappyCampers: I don’t know if it’s the same as liverwurst. It’s also called liver sausage . . . I’ll look it up when I’m not so lazy. This stuff came either in a tube or sliced. It was good.

    Regan: I’ve never had Turducken. To me, it just seems like an extreme meat lover’s experiment gone horribly wrong. I’ll eat duck, turkey, or chicken, but I REALLY don’t need to have them all in the same bite. As for sweetbreads, I would really love to know who came up with that name and how many innocent people were fooled into thinking they were getting poundcake. The Goldfish/chocolate pudding combo does not sound very good to me, but I’ll take your word for it. I like my pudding nice and smooth, with no crunchy bits.

    Baron von Rochester: Raisin haters, unite! That’s a very interesting food quirk. I would think if you couldn’t eat parmesan cheese cooked with meat, you couldn’t eat it at all. Hmmm. Your combos are very interesting. I’ve had strawberries with balsamic vinegar, and that is quite good.

    Wayne John: Oh, I love mac and cheese with tuna. I also used to cut up carrots, celery, and onion and mix it together. I don’t know about corn. Rice, tuna, and corn? Yes. Huh. I just might like cottage cheese and gravy. I don’t like anything on my steak. And now I’m hungry for huevos rancheros, only with ketchup instead of salsa. YUM! Thanks for contributing!

  25. 25 Jeff

    Lovin the braunschweiger here! I have a big ol’ tube of it in my fridge right now and actually had a braunschweiger sammich for lunch the other day. Of course it also has to have mayo and pickles.

    Favorite chips? Pickle chips! Yay!

    Jeff’s last blog post..Uh… how is this my problem again?

  26. 26 absepa

    I have lots and lots of issues with meat and meat products. Braunschweiger? Um, definitely not. I won’t eat any kind of sausage product other than plain old breakfast sausage, and then only in patties, and it has to be cooked really crispy. No dishes that combine more than one kind of meat (like chicken cordon bleu, which is chicken with ham on it), except for turkey club sandwiches (bacon is a universal good). Absolutely no innards of any kind: no liver, tongue, sweetbreads, heart, brains, etc. No wild game meats, or fresh meat killed on someone’s farm. No cute animals, including lambs, ducks, or rabbits. I’m kind of skeptical of most soups and stews, because they could have weird meat products hiding in them. Oddly enough, I loved Vienna Sausages when I was a kid, but I can’t imagine eating them now.

    I also don’t eat seafood at all, except for my husband’s grilled salmon. Thinking about Kathy’s tuna and yogurt combo for too long could probably make me barf.

    As far as weird combos go, I don’t think I have any. I do second Brooke’s vote for Wendy’s Frosty with french fries, tho–it’s totally yummy!

    absepa’s last blog post..Do You Keep Your Blog Secret?

  27. 27 Preston

    Uh, I just did this so if it’s a dupe, delete it. LOL

    Foods I Love but Look Wrong
    1. Scrapple
    2. Pate
    3. Raw Oysters
    4. Beef-A-Roni (Let’s hear it for Chef Boyardee again!)

    Foods I Will Never Eat-Looks/Sounds Gross
    1. Tripe
    2. Chicken Feet
    3. Kidneys
    4. Blood Pudding
    5. Creamed Corn (My mother forced me to eat creamed corn when I was about 7 and I threw up all over the dinner table. I still can’t face it.)

    Strange Food Combinations
    1. Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwiches (Best when the bacon is crisp and hot and the peanut butter starts to melt.)
    2. Peanut Butter and American Cheese Roll ups
    3. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies
    (see a trend?)

    JD, thanks for stopping by my blog and your very kind words. I am pretty sure I’ll stop by before hand, but just in case, have a wonderful Christmas!

    Preston’s last blog post..Have a Very Hateful Christmas – The Joyous Voices of Children Singing

  28. 28 Brynne

    A halved avocado with ketchup, eaten with a spoon. I grew up eating this, so I didn’t know it was weird until I ate one at work and ppl freaked out. You’d think I was eating a kitten with ketchup and a spoon or something, geez.

  29. 29 Regan

    Oh, I don’t put the goldfish IN the pudding. I dip them in, head first, and then eat them.

    Maybe people used to eat poundcake after the cow intestines to wash the gross taste down, and that’s why they’re called sweet breads.

    Who invented turkducken anyway? I could just make up an icefudgekie. It’s ice cream, stuffed with fudge, stuffed with a cookie.

  30. 30 April

    I won’t eat liver. That’s a crime against my taste buds.

    Pretty much anything else though, I’ll try it at least once. My friend got me to try raw oysters when I was visiting him in Seattle earlier this year and while it’s not something I find myself craving, it wasn’t completely horrible. At least now I can say I’ve done that.

    Oh, cottage cheese with peaches, JD, you have NO idea what you’re missing. It is pure awesome.

  31. 31 Stephanie Barr

    My mom actually had this recipe in a cookbook she owned:


    The stuffed camel kinda puts the turducken in perspective. (And, yes, I know it was a joke).

    Stephanie Barr’s last blog post..Ask the Tarot Queen (NEW Friday Feature)

  32. 32 Lola

    I don’t think I’ve seen Tongue lunchmeat at a deli in ages. I recall it looking reddish purple and having what looked like conjealed fat and blood (sounds appetizing doesn’t it?) Yes, it was very chewy. I think the only reason I ate it was to impress my Dad and to gross out my sister. (Nothing like playing the “seefood” game with a mouth full of Tongue!) No one else in our household ate it.

    An ex of mine used to make boxed Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and then pour a ton of ketsup over it. Why go through all the trouble of adding the milk, butter and powdered cheese if you are going to drown it in ketsup? I’m gagging just thinking about it.

    Lola’s last blog post..Blogojevich will fight, fight, fight

  33. 33 Corrina

    I looooove cottage cheese and pickles… together. I won’t even speculate as to what is wrong with me that makes me heart it so.

    I also put Tobasco on my popcorn, but I don’t think that I’m the only one that does that.

    I’m 100% with you on the tongue and fruitcake. ICK.

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  34. 34 John

    Braunschweiger/Liverwurst: the best! Slice of onion, mustard, and on an english muffin! Mmmm. Followed up by cream cheese, lox, and onions on a bagel.

    I grew up with a grandfather that was 1st generation natural/born American…family came from Germany. The only thing that grossed out the family that he loved was Limburger cheese, wrapped in a cheesecloth…and it DID smell like stinky feet, but tasted wonderful!

    Strange, since our sense of taste is much to do with scent. :)

  35. 35 Vivienne

    I love food posts! I do the same thing Daisy does. And someone did tell on me.

    My favorite snack treat are Flamin’ Cheetos and a glass of red wine. I look like Elmo about the face and hands afterward, but it’s delicious all the same.

    Vivienne’s last blog post..Want to Get More Blog Comments? Check the Junk Drawer.

  36. 36 Shelly

    For those with the salty/chocolate combos like french fries and frosties or goldfish and chocolate pudding, you have to try fritos and chocolate ice cream. That’s my favorite!

    I dig fast food burgers, but I’m a Whopper girl, BK rocks!

    Cheese and jelly sandwiches were a favorite as a kid.

    I love raw oysters, enjoy escargot, anchovies are okay.

    It’s been years since I’ve had braunschweiger, but loved it with mustard on a sandwich.

    Shelly’s last blog post..Need Help with the Stupid Factor

  37. 37 JD

    Jeff: Oh, I wish I had a big ol’ tube in my fridge right now. I get the pickles but not the mayo. With a braunie sammie, I have to have something crunchy.

    absepa: You certainly do have some meat issues. I’m not a big fan of sausages or “wursts” (which is why I don’t understand my love for the ‘schweiger), and it’s a big fat “no” to any organ meat. I love seafood, tho I’m terrible at cooking it. I probably eat a tuna sandwich 20 days out of the month. All right, I’m going to Wendy’s today to try the fries/Frosty combo. I’ll report back!

    Preston: Excellent lists! Why couldn’t I remember scrapple! Also Beef-a-Roni (which I love too, along with Spaghettios with cut-up hot dogs). I’ve eaten blood pudding, and it is nas-tay. As for creamed corn, just the thought makes me gag. Good for you, throwing up all over the table! Way to send a message! Peanut butter and bacon . . . now that sounds intriguing. Not so sure about PB and cheese, tho.

    Hey, you have a happy holiday, too! I love your blog and love “stopping by”!

    Brynne: Oh, man. That does sound a bit weird! But it’s really not quite as bad as eating a kitten. I don’t think.

    Regan: Oh, I see. And where can I buy one of your icefudgekies? I’d like 10. Your poundcake/sweetbreads theory is also very interesting and, I’m willing to bet, quite correct.

    April: Ewww! I just don’t think I can ever bring peach/cottage cheese to my lips. It seems so wrong. Cottage cheese is a little like braunschweiger for me: just ever so dodgy. Like I can’t eat it as a substitute for ricotta cheese or in anything sweet. Or as a topping for anything. Good for you, trying oysters so I don’t have to.

    Stephanie Barr: I’ve seen that recipe! Not in a cookbook, but in some other book. I wish it wasn’t a joke. Can you imagine? Of course, it’s wrong to kill and eat a camel. And a lamb.

    Lola: The tongue gag sounds like something I might’ve done with my brother but with something a little more palatable, like . . . oh, say, cookies? As for ketchup on mac and cheese, hmmm. I can ALMOST see it. But not a ton of ketchup. Just a bit for dipping.

    Corrina: I can see cottage cheese and pickles. I need something crunchy with the creamy. I love Tabasco on weird stuff, too. I think I just have a weird craving for something spicy, and if there isn’t anything in the house, Tabasco! On anything!

    John: That’s an interesting point about smell and taste. It’s very hard to get past a horrible smell (like durian) even if you know it tastes good. I’ve never had (or smelled) Limburger cheese, but your braunschweiger, onion, mustard sandwich on an English muffin is driving me crazy! Time to go shovel so I can get to the store!

    Vivienne: HA! Another whipped cream thief! It’s hard to resist, tho. I’ve never paired red-hot snacks with red wine, but it sounds like a winner. Maybe that will be my appetizer for X-mas dinner!

    Shelly: I love Whoppers too. And White Castle and Steak n Shake and Culvers and and and. Cheese and jelly? Hmmm. Don’t think so. But Fritos and chocolate ice cream—that I would be willing to try.

  38. 38 Lin

    I knew I’d marry my husband when I met him because he was the ONLY person I knew who ate liver sausage with pickle sandwiches like me! It was a match made in heaven–well, in sandwich heaven anyway.

    Lin’s last blog post..Death by Snowflake

  39. 39 Singular Girl

    I’m open to eating virtually anything, especially in foreign countries because of the unspoken rule that makes it ok to eat strange delicacies such as fried scorpion or peking duck.

    However, there are two things that I will NEVER eat- olives and mushrooms. Although they are crucial to a veggie diet they disturb the delicacy of my taste buds. Blegh!!!

  40. 40 Juliet

    Anytime I go to a Chinese restaurant I have to get the sugar doughnut/pastry/whatever thing and I dip it in sweet and sour sauce. It’s really good but everyone else finds this disgusting.

    Juliet’s last blog post..At First I Couldn’t Decide If This Was Funny Or Creepy…

  41. 41 Jenny

    I had the biggest cravings for braunschweiger with I was pregnant with my first child. I ate it and ate it. Then suddenly, I was done. The last half of the latest package moldered in the fridge and I haven’t touched the stuff in almost eleven years since!

    Jenny’s last blog post..Sugar Cookie Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

  42. 42 Musing

    I have to stir my peanut butter and jelly together to make a sickly-looking tan/purple-y spread. Does that count as a weird combination?

    Musing’s last blog post..Secret Santa Can Suck It!

  43. 43 Karen, author of "my Funny Dad, Harry"

    One of the goofiest things my dad liked to eat that I would NEVER eat is bread broken up in a bowl of milk, YUCK! I forgot about that until I read this post.

    Karen, author of “my Funny Dad, Harry”’s last blog post..The Nativity Project of 1982 With Help From Harry

  44. 44 JD

    Lin: Sandwich heaven is THE most important kind. I wish you and your husband many happy years of liver sausage love and pickle passion.

    Singular Girl: I hate olives too. But I think I might eat an olive over a fried scorpion. Then again, maybe not.

    Juliet: OHGOD I LOVE that sugar doughnut/pastry thing! I’ve never tried it dipped in ANYthing, because it’s so good in its pure, unadulterated state. Interesting idea, tho.

    Jenny: It does kinda seem like a pregnancy-craving-food rather than a legitimate, I-choose-to-eat-that-food. Also: bonus points for using “moldering”!

    Musing: Yes. Yes, it does. Did you ever eat Goober Jelly? You’d still have to mix it together, but it came in one jar at least.

    Karen, author of “My Funny Dad, Harry”: Ew! Wet bread! That’s not gonna cut it for me, sister! Maybe if you dumped some sugar in it? No, probably not. Did your dad have dental problems? No offense intended. . .

  45. 45 sandy

    We called it Liverwurst and I love it, even though I won’t eat it much now that I learned how much fat is in it. Still love it every once in awhile.

    Sardines, never, never ever eat sardines. Or just as bad, one of my dad’s favorite holiday specials… pickled herring!! YUCK!!!! Can’t even get past the smell.

    Favorite in the whole world and just finished a big bowl of it, Beet soup or Borcht. Yummy!!!

    sandy’s last blog post..Man say’s Sorry as He Robs Woman

  46. 46 Alice

    Thank you for putting my love affair with nasty McDonald’s into words. I hate them. But love them. And their way salty fries. And their flat oniony burgers.


    Alice’s last blog post..SURVIVOR: ICE EDITION

  47. 47 Tiggy

    I like to mix up mayonnaise, ketchup and wasabi paste and smear it all over my dinner. Depending on the ketchup/wasabi ratio, it can make for quite an explosive dip!

    Tiggy’s last blog post..Tiggy’s Twelve Days of Christmas

  48. 48 Tom @ Chinese Zodiac Marriage Combinations

    In the place I seem to be living, they have this concept which has been dragged squealing quite unfortunately (imo) into the realm of reality, called “babi guling”, wherein a perfectly good piglet is slow-roasted over a barbeque after having been been rubbed with turmeric water and stuffed with all sorts of otherwise yummy spices better thrown in a spicy veggie curry…. ok ok, well some people really really like it……

    Tom @ Chinese Zodiac Marriage Combinations’s last blog post..Zodiac Matches for Men Born Under the Pig Sign

  49. 49 Trade Show Guru

    hi JD,
    I’m guessing you have a problem counting to 10 because you eat too much Braunschweiger. ;) I boycott anything liver based (even with little cereal marshmallows on it). As a kid, I was forced to eat liver. It is amazing how much liver a little boy can hide in the inside of his cheeks and then asked to be excused from the dinner table and go outside and spit out… but interestingly enough, I do love (cow) tongue. It has a weird texture, but again growing up, we used to have it cooked in a Spanish sauce and served on rice. Good, tasty stuff.
    ~ Steve, aka the liver-hating, tongue-loving trade show guru

    Trade Show Guru’s last blog post..Top 3 Trade Show Display Design Mistakes

  50. 50 Christa at Giggle On

    Corn and ice cream? SHUT UP! I almost threw up when I read that one.

    I will not eat sauer kraut, ever but I will eat Scrapple, a savory mush of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal and flour, often buckwheat flour. YUM!!!!!

  51. 51 Kelly

    i’m going to have to agree with everything on your second list. but the rest, eew. except mcdonalds. but i’m convinced that it’s only because i’m pregnant. because before my pregnancy i couldn’t even look at a mcdonalds burger. and now that’s all i want to eat! ugh!

    Kelly’s last blog post..Digging for Gold

  52. 52 JD

    sandy: Oh, it is fattening, all right. Combine “liver” and “wurst” and you get fat. I’ve never had sardines either, but I have some in my cabinet. I’m scared. BORSCHT! Never had that either. It doesn’t look all that appealing, but who am I to say? I eat liverwurst!

    Alice: I have a love/hate relationship with McD’s. I think a lot of people do, but are too ashamed to admit it. The first step is admitting you have a problem. But if loving McDonald’s is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Mmmm. And now I want a flat, oniony burger.

    Tiggy: “Explosive” is simply one of many words I’d use to describe that combo. I thought you were going to say that you smear it all over your body. That might be a better option.

    Tom @ Chinese Zodiac Marriage Combinations: Um. Where do you “seem” to be living? That poor piglet. Of course some people claim bacon comes from pigs, but that’s a snot-nosed lie. I once tried to eat some pig at a pig roast, but it tasted weird. I could NEVER eat the dish you describe, mainly because I don’t care for the flavor of curry. Wait! I just Googled it. Do you live in Bali???

    Trade Show Guru: Hey, there’s Mr. Winkie! Yeah, I think I can blame braunschweiger on a lot of things, tho thankfully I haven’t gone completely mad and tried it with cereal marshmallows. Thank you for your thoughts on tongue. Having never tried it, I shouldn’t disparage it, but . . . I will. Because it’s tongue.

    Christa at Giggle On: It’s true! And I had to sit there and watch her eat it with relish (not hot dog relish but, you know, the nontangible kind). Now the way you describe scrapple, it doesn’t sound THAT bad. I thought there were brains and stuff in there. Still, “pork scraps” is pretty vague.

    Kelly: Congratulations!!! That’s going to be one happy baby. He or she will emerge immediately addicted to greasy French fries and terrible hamburgers. Boy, I’m getting hungry again.

  53. 53 shakespeare

    OMG you are soooo funny!

    One of my old favorites was milk with popcorn–not mixed together, but one drunk while the other eaten.

    But then I became vegan, dammit, and no more milk.

    Fabulous blog! If all your entries are this hilarious, no wonder you have so many people checking you out!

    shakespeare’s last blog post..Whoops, did my son really just see someone get stabbed in the shower?

  54. 54 Stephanie Barr

    Whoa, Shakespeare, aren’t you my sister at shakespearemom.today.com? That didn’t look like your stuff if you are.

    If not, my bad.

    Stephanie Barr’s last blog post..Gifts for the Rocket Scientist

  55. 55 shakespeare

    I know, but I’ve never posted here before…it picked that, for some reason. I registered at Commentluv, but nothing is showing up…

  56. 56 Stephanie Barr

    Well, I left a trail so they can find your fine blog on writing.

    Stephanie Barr’s last blog post..Gifts for the Rocket Scientist

  57. 57 Stephanie Barr

    I can also vouch for the weird milk/popcorn combination because I never understood it. My dad did the milk/popcorn thing, too.

    Stephanie Barr’s last blog post..Gifts for the Rocket Scientist

  58. 58 JD

    shakespeare: Thank you so much! And if not for Stephanie Barr’s comments, I would’ve wondered, too, if you were “that” shakespeare, but now I see Comment Luv has helped identify you further. So glad you stopped by, and not just for that weird milk/popcorn contribution, either.

    Stephanie Barr: No, I don’t get it either. I’m not a big milk drinker, but I MUST have it with pancakes. Pizza is also good with milk.

  59. 59 Stephanie Barr

    I, in fact, require milk with (a) anything with syrup, (b) cookies and/or donuts and (c) pasta. I can’t explain the last one, but I don’t eat spaghetti without a big ol’ glass of milk, sometimes two.

    Stephanie Barr’s last blog post..Gifts for the Rocket Scientist

  60. 60 JD

    Stephanie Barr: All of those sound very reasonable. Since I like pizza with milk, I can definitely see pasta with milk. As for donuts and milk . . . isn’t that why milk was invented? (And, no, I don’t dunk.)

  61. 61 mlm

    I recently got a craving for braunschweiger, so I bought some. Then, I made a sandwich with Gulden’s mustard (I don’t even like mustard, but you HAVE to have it on braun..) and Swiss Cheese. Let me tell you, a little braun goes a LONG way. I took about 4 bites and I was done. Then, because I had my gall bladder removed recently and you have to take it easy on fatty foods, I got kinda’ sick. My Mom said, “No wonder, braunschweiger is like ground lard!” AAHHH!

    One of the best combos in the world is Fritos (or regular potato chips) dipped in peanut butter. Also, a grilled peanut butter sandwich is yummy, too! (And you dip it in cream of tomato soup!) YUM! All of my brothers put ketchup on their mac and cheese. Bleagh.

    One good cottage cheese thing I can think of is you take a can of deviled chicken (Armour, I think?) and mix it with cottage cheese to make an instant chicken salad! YUM!

    I can’t eat lima beans and neither can my husband. He said in the Army, they used to call them m***erfu**ers, if you know what I mean. Liver is out, too, along with just about any organ meat. No to brussel sprouts, too, although I’ve never actually eaten them!

  62. 62 JD

    mlm: Ewwww, ground lard? Gross! Oh, and I forgot about lima beans. I hate those too—also wax beans. I do like brussel sprouts: they’re like baby cabbages. Of course, you have to saute them in tons of oil and garlic. That chicken/cottage cheese combo sounds pretty darn good. As for dipping a PB sandwich in tomato soup . . . um, no. But a grilled cheese in tomato soup? Food of the gods.

  63. 63 Natural

    sorry to stink up your blog, but i don’t have a disgusting food that i eat, sorry JD. everything i eat is delicious.

    i’m still here thinking of something disgusting that i eat or have eaten.

    ….i ate spam a few times, i’m sure.

    Natural’s last blog post..You’re So Vain You Probably Think This Post Is About You

  64. 64 JD

    Natural: “Everything I eat is delicious.” That is going to be my new motto. As for Spam: yes, that does indeed qualify as disgusting. I was forced to eat that as a child, and I will NEVER eat it again. So . . . no need to apologize. My blog now smells like Spam. Thanks.

  65. 65 Tom @ Chinese Zodiac Marriage Combinations

    yes I’m living in Bali JD, at least until my cat gets tired of me…. google make it so hard to be inscrutable, and being genuinely interesting seems so convoluted… well at least Google can never take my pretentiousness away– I promise!

    Tom @ Chinese Zodiac Marriage Combinations’s last blog post..Zodiac Matches for Men Born Under the Pig Sign

  66. 66 JD

    Tom @ Chinese Zodiac Marriage Combinations: Google may be able to do a lot of things, but it will NEVER take away your pretentiousness OR your inscrutability, as far as I’m concerned. And I would say just living in Bali makes you genuinely interesting . . . at least to me.

  67. 67 bsilvia

    Yuck: raw oysters, shrimps (scampi), leek soup, green asparagus ragù, pig’s feet, chicken feet, goose (or duck or any) foie gras terrine, tripe, tongue, brain, liver (and other kinds of entrails), aspic jelly, meat jelly, meat pudding…

    But hey: Corn and ice cream? Why not!? :) Once, while PMS, I ate salty potato chips with vanilla ice cream!!!

    And I love dried fruits and nuts! (except walnuts, yuck)


    bsilvia’s last blog post..Happy Holidays!

  68. 68 JD

    bsilvia: All your “yucks” are mine, too. I should’ve mentioned anything “jellied” or in aspic or terrine form. I hate that stuff. Meat jelly is so wrong! As for potato chips and ice cream: I can see that. It’s not so far removed from the french fry-milkshake combo. Mmmm.

  69. 69 Janna


    1. OMG. I’ve never heard of Geoduck before. I clicked on the site and saw the pictures and…. wow. I, uh…. wow.

    2. I love red-hot potato chips.

    3. Agree 100%: Tongues are for tasting things, not for being eaten.

    4. (*still can’t get over the Geoduck*)

    5. My weird food combination is probably this: Macaroni covered in tabasco sauce and then tossed with grated parmesan cheese. There has to be enough tabasco to make the cheese stick, and there has to be enough parmesan to coat every piece of pasta. I’ve loved this ever since I was at least 10 years old.

  70. 70 JD

    Janna: Mmmm. You are full of delicious food ideas. First Diced Pork Chop on Bun and now Tabasco Mac with a Coating of Parmesan. I want some! With some red-hot potato chips on the side, please.

  71. 71 Tyler

    Is spotted dick any good?

  72. 72 JD

    Tyler: I’ve never had it. Maybe that’s an idea for a post . . .

  73. 73 Ron

    I ate Braunschweiger only once in my life, and that was to prove my love for my wife. Never again. It’s just sheer disgustingness.

    Ron’s last blog post..New Jersey Shore Beach Holiday – Apartment Leases and Summertime Villas

  74. 74 JD

    Ron: I have to agree with you, but before this most recent taste test, I really liked it. It’s nice you did it to prove your love. I doubt my husband would do something like that.

  75. 75 Heartburn Cure

    I would definitely have to agree with geoduck. That just looks gross. Also I would never eat braunschweiger again. As far as cow tongue that is good. If you chop it up and make a taco out of it.

    Heartburn Cure’s last blog post..Plant-based Natural Heartburn Cures

  76. 76 old hippie Gemma

    My God, you’re me! I thought I invented brussel sprouts cooked in garlic and oil! Do all of us Pisces people like that? And my fave guilty pleasure is Mc Donalds Fish Sandwiches (swoon)! I hide the wrappers from my husband in the bottom of the garbage,he of the freakin food police. The ONE thing I will never eat even if you threaten me with taking away my chihuahuas, is okra, something they eat alot down here in Banjo-land (NC). It has the exact consistency of snot but everyone seems to ignore this glaring fact.

  77. 77 JD

    old hippie Gemma: HI AGAIN GEMMA! Oh, so you ARE a Pisces. Excellent. Damn, I love those fish sammiches too. I’m so glad I’m not the only one. I take the wrappers out back and throw them in the Dumpster so Dave doesn’t know. I’ve never tried okra and now I never will.


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