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Friday, March 17, 2006

Junk food junkeeeeee

I love food. Love it. Chloe and I just spent a week together eating our way through NYC and VT, from garlic nan and prawn vindaloo to steak and perfect crisp green beans. I have my favorite restaurants and my favorite dishes to cook. I love baking bread, and there's nothing like my hubby's chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven.

But then there are my secret loves - we can't meet out in the open, for fear that no one will understand our passion. We must steal our time together. Yes, that's right, I'm talking about junk food. My husband travels quite a bit for work, and there are foods that I will only eat when he is away, because I think it grosses him out that I actually ingest these things. And I won't serve them to Max either, because I don't want these chemicals getting into his body. How sad is that?

So here are my top 3 secret food loves:

3. Mac 'n cheese. Now I appreciate the homemade kind, and I will eat a couple of hearty helpings if you serve it to me. But I don't CRAVE it the way I crave a good gloopy bowl of orange kraft cheese over those little curved bits of pastaliciousness. Mmm mmm mmmmmm. This is one that I admit I tried to introduce Max to, but he'll have nothing to do with the stuff. Huh. Figures.

2. Frozen pizza. I'm not talking fancy stuff either - good old Tony's brand, the flat kind, none of that gourmet rising crust crap. This one is my mom's fault. Whenever my parents went out for an evening and left us with a sitter, they always got us a frozen pizza as a special dinner treat. So now when hubby leaves me at home (okay, I don't need a sitter...) I'll still treat myself.

1. Chef Boyardee Mini Raviolis. I know, I'm kind of grossed out just confessing it, but I can't deny my love.

But I have SOME standards. I had a boyfriend once who had a secret love of E-Z-Cheeze, that cheese in a spray can. I couldn't watch him eat it, even the idea of it disgusted me. Hey, I'm not saying it's logical, I'm just telling the truth.

So what's your secret food? Share your nasty secrets...


  • Oh boy, this is a FUN post.

    OK, here are some personal faves:

    1) Olive sandwiches (I consumed A LOT of these while prego with #1). They consist of toasted bread, lots of chopped up green olives, mustard and mayo - that's it.

    2) Mashed potatos. I know, its not really a junk food but it sho ain't good for you. Mmmmmmmm.

    3) Cheap chocolate. If I had my way I'd only snack on Godiva but sometimes a good pack of M&M's hits the spot. My favorite is the really cheap choco bunnies at Easter time - can't get enough of those.

    4) Almost ANYTHING from Taco Bell. Considering that I didn't eat anything from Taco Bell until I was a sophmore in college, I've had some making up to do and have discovered that I LOVE Taco Bell. Especially the Nachos Bell Grande and Supreme Chalupas.

    5) Coke. COKE COKE COKE.

    I'll be back with more later. I used to love Pepperidge Farm Goldfish...but then I have kids and they kind of ruined it for me. :)
    posted by Blogger chloe at 3/17/2006 01:27:00 PM  

  • Oh, I have another one that I'm snacking on right now this VERY minute:

    Ritz crackers chased with Pepsi (couldn't find any Coke in my fridge).

    Sweet and salty - mmmmmmm.
    posted by Blogger chloe at 3/17/2006 01:35:00 PM  

  • The last two weeks of my pregnancy my husband was away on business and i think i went through 4 or so pints of Baskin Robbins ice cream. Favorite is Jamoca Almond Fudge. I still sneak ice cream, mostly to avoid the "your sure you need that" comment. (only given out of love!)
    I also really love a good mini bag of crunchy cheetos. You know if they turn your fingers orange, your insides are sure to get messed up.
    posted by Blogger ksl at 3/17/2006 03:07:00 PM  

  • Great post! Is this like SSB "secret single behavior" that Carrie describes in "Sex in the City" when she gets caught eating ritz crackers with jelly?...uhhhh...I watch edited reruns on the WB sometimes.

    Here are mine:

    1. Top Ramen and Cup O' Noodle (after draining out the broth). So yummy. So much sodium.

    2. Graham crackers and milk...like you're eating a bowl of cereal. I think I gained most of my pregnancy weight from this.

    3. I love to drink coke using a red licorice as a straw and then it the straw. Weird and gross...I know.
    posted by Blogger Jen at 3/17/2006 03:12:00 PM  

  • Oh, goodie!
    1. EZ cheese in the spray can! I know, I know totally gross. Blame it on my grandma. She also is responsible for my love of Velveeta grilled cheese sandwiches. Even writing that creeps me out, but it's the truth.

    2. SOOO with you on the flat, cheap frozen pizzas. Yum!

    3. Mexican food- it doesn't have to be good, it can be Taco Bell or frozen or any other variation, but I will always take it!

    4. This is my mom's fault, and she is showing it to my kids, even though I have kept it in the closet: a bannana cut up with sugar sprinkled on it. Comfort food from childhood!

    I love food! I can't wait to eat again!
    posted by Blogger Tracy M at 3/17/2006 04:06:00 PM  

  • Ok I vote that we have pregnancy cravings as a different post b/c those are so totally random and never to be visited again. For the NON-pregnancy food:
    I love chocolate...eat some form of it every day. During Easter it is the Cadbury mini eggs....oh yeah.
    posted by Blogger Kage at 3/17/2006 04:59:00 PM  

  • At 38 weeks, I should NOT be reading this. I just craved every single thing written by you guys. I just spent hours making a St. Patricks Day feast (corn beef, cabbage, potatoes, Irish soda bread and an oatmeal cake w/berry compote) but now I feel like driving to Taco Bell while eating chocolate, and drinking a coke out of a licorice straw.
    Marian: have you tried easy mac? SO good and much quicker. Had it for lunch today.
    SODIUM - yum. Had Top Ramen for lunch yesterday. Is my child going to be alright?
    Oddly enough, I haven't craved chocolate my entire pregnancy. Don't get me wrong - I would never turn it down, but what I am really craving is SUGAR. So pixi stix and Fun dips have been my life for the past few months.
    When my husband goes out of town or to a work dinner - it's cold cereal baby. I can live on cold cereal. I love it. All of it. From Lucky charms and fruity pebbles to Cheerios and Smart Start. It drives my hubby nuts that I can eat a bowl of cereal anytime all the time.
    Last but not least - we need to give a shout out to CHEETOS. Mmmmmmmmm....
    Now I'm off to celebrate St. Patty's, but unfortunately, not with a Chalupa chased by Limeade.
    GREAT post!!
    posted by Blogger Melissa at 3/17/2006 05:31:00 PM  

  • Oh Marian, a subject so close to my heart. I wouldn't call myself a junk food junkee. I prefer to say I have a great appreciation for ALL kinds of food. I am no food snob -- white trash trailer park food to Park Ave cuisine--bring it on.

    How could you dis on the E-Z cheese. LOVE that stuff. Make little wheat thin sandwiches. Yum. I reserve that little treat for the yearly family campout though.

    Chloe - Love Taco Bell. I am actually eating a nacho supreme as I am typing this (now there is cheese product on the keyboard - whoops).

    Jen - I love plain cooked top ramen noodles with butter, salt and pepper. So bad for you (that's why they're so good!)

    Here's the white trash kicker though - Peanut Butter and Honey sandwich dipped in a big bowl of Bean and Bacon soup. Don't knock it till you try it. I ate a ton of this stuff when I first married my DH. It was a tradition in his family and it was cheap.

    I also love all foods you can get at the Carnival (which earned me the nickname "Carni-girl" at my last job)--Churros, funnel cakes, carmel apples, corn dogs (if you are every around a Corndog Factory try the Shish-ka-dog. It is a cheesy, hot doggy, deepfried dream).

    Lastly, I love pancakes rolled around sausage--sort of a breakfast pig-in-a-blanket. Dip that little guy in syrup and you are good to go.
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 3/17/2006 05:54:00 PM  

  • Carrie-

    Oh, how could I forget the street fair food! THANK YOU. There is NOTHING like a good street fair corndog - the best thing ever. I only get them on the boardwalk (Santa Cruz/Wildwood, etc) or at a street fair.

    Also, Red Baron frozen pizza - the little ones that you just pop in the microwave. My secret love...
    posted by Blogger chloe at 3/17/2006 08:50:00 PM  

  • Okay, first of all, I have seen you ingest two of the three things at my house, cuz of course they are always there... most of you have met the queen of junk food, but if you haven't hi... you all have nothing on me. My breakfast will consist of a half a roll of cookie dough and a dr. pepper. If not that, then donuts and a dr. pepper. Lunch, anything from taco bell will do, or just Doritos and bonbell cheese and a dr pepper. Dinner, depends on if it is just me or if I have to feed my husband... but if it is me, a bowl of Crunch Berries or cocoa pebbles will do. Then some brownie mix or cake batter to top it off, if you think I am kidding, just talk to my DH. He is amazed I haven't died of worms yet... he he.
    posted by Blogger Zinone at 3/17/2006 09:31:00 PM  

  • Wow.
    • Haagen daas chocolate walnut brownie ice cream;
    • Ruffles original potato chips - the amount of salt in these will basically burn your tongue off!
    • Chopped olive sandwiches - I have to agree, but only with chopped black olives from a can with mayo. This is probably the grossest thing I've ever eaten (but not regularly), and so it's definitely one of those things I never let on about.
    • Pop Tarts - frosted
    • Those little powdered sugar Hostess Donuts.
    • Sweet Pork-n-Beans from a can. So gross, but good!
    posted by Anonymous meems at 3/18/2006 01:26:00 AM  

  • Z- How you can ingest the food that you do and survive is absolutely beyond me. Zinone is one beautiful lady, but I'm wondering how the insides are holding up!

    No one can hold a candle to this woman's junk food appetite. I love it!
    posted by Blogger chloe at 3/18/2006 04:43:00 PM  

  • Chloe...uh...how about the OUTISIDE....this woman should NOT be the poster child for changing eating habits b/c she has not a dimple on her body...
    posted by Blogger Kage at 3/19/2006 05:05:00 AM  

  • Aaaaaaaak! As much as I love you all--some of these entries are disgusting!! Ok, my major weaknesses are the aforementioned powdered donuts. I CANNOT and wll not ever say no to one (or 10). I also LOVE Nutella--that yummy chocolate hazelnut spread. I eat it on a banana usually so I feel healthy. But come on. There are 11 grams of fat per tablespoon--and you can bet I'm eating more than one. (p.s. get it at costco--it's way expensive at the regular stores! then you have lots more to eat too!)
    posted by Blogger Katie at 3/19/2006 12:36:00 PM  

  • Okay, this list may get long, but it's about time I admit my problem:
    -Taco Del Mar burritos
    -Lime tortilla chips w/sour cream AND salsa
    -Pizza Rolls
    -Jalapeno poppers (cream cheese, not cheddar)
    -Kraft Thick and Creamy Mac and Cheese
    -Cotton Candy
    -Frozen bananas dipped in chocolate
    -Cheetos(twists or flamin hot)
    -Pad Thai from my favorite place
    -Pho made by my friend V
    -McDonalds fries with sweet and sour sauce. Yes, I did see "Supersize Me". I even own it.
    -Dried Mangoes from Costco.
    -Nature Valley sweet and salty peanut bars.

    Here's the kicker though, my kids wouldn't know junk food if it bit them in the head. They think: bagels are donuts, cream cheese is frosting, granola bars are candy bars, crackers are cookies, yogurt is pudding. They are gonna feel really gypped when they figure it out.
    posted by Blogger Mo Mommy at 3/19/2006 06:49:00 PM  

  • WAIT! I have a few more to add:

    Um, hello? KRISPY KREMES????? Just the regular kind, hot out o'the oven. Mmmmmm - sinfully delicious. I could eat 4 in a sitting, no prob.

    Tasty Kakes. These are known only to East Coasters, and they're hard to find in NYC (although I found a deli on the corner of 6th Ave and 23rd across from the Citibank branch and would go there to stock up). They are manufactured in PA and I grew up on them (literally - we had them for breakfast sometimes. But that's another post altogether).

    Pringles. Need I say more? As if you could only eat a few out of the can...silly...

    Ben & Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk. Mmmmmmm...

    A quarter pounder with cheese at McD's. Sometimes they really hit the spot.

    I'm eating a Ghiradelli Chocolate Mint filled square as I write this. Those are yummy too...
    posted by Blogger chloe at 3/20/2006 11:51:00 AM  

  • OK, there is some serious grossness going on out there. I had never dreamed that such a thing as a "chopped-olive sandwich", using green or black olives, existed. Now I think I will have nightmares about it.

    But I do love the frozen, flat pizzas (got to love the fake food).
    Almond Roca - I could eat it all day long. And brownies for breakfast is my favorite morning food.

    Jamocha shake from Arby's - yummo. Ask them to put a little chocolate syrup in there...droooool....

    I am definitely more of a "sugar" person than a "salt" person. I can consume a surprising amount of cookies, but top ramen does not appeal to me.
    posted by Blogger The Wiz at 3/20/2006 01:23:00 PM  

  • Wow, you people are SICK ;-) But thank you for reminding me about fast food (Taco bell and a good McD burger and salty fries... mmmmm) and COKE - how could I forget the devil juice?

    Jen - no need to hide your "Sex in the City" viewing from me. It's true, at least for me my junk food habit is totally an SSB.

    Carrie - okay, the PB&honey sandwich in the soup is beyond weird. But I'm with you on the carnival food. Especially fried dough or a good sausage and peppers. Mmmmmm.

    momommy - I love that you hide your addiction so well from your kids. I attempt the same with Max in some categories, but in others I had to give up after we lived with my parents for 4 months - grammie totally ruined him!

    And zinone, you are my hero. :-) I have to admit though that since Max has started to slow down a bit (it's all relative here folks...) I've had to start watching what I eat a little bit more. Not chasing crazy boy = not burnin' the calories like I used to. So I wish I had your constitution and your bod!
    posted by Blogger marian at 3/20/2006 04:40:00 PM  

  • Ice Cream, Ice Cream, Ice Cream! I don't even buy ice cream anymore because I swear I could eat an entire gallon in a day! YIKES! In-N-Out Burger; McDonald's milkshakes; sour patch kids or any sour candy... yummy. Really I will not discriminate against any sort of dessert whatsoever! And at easter time who can resist the Cadbury Cream Egg! Delicious!
    posted by Blogger Beth at 3/23/2006 01:42:00 PM  

  • Oh Beth, I'm so glad there is someone else out there who LOVES the Cadberry Cream Eggs as much as me. They really are kind of sickening in a wonderful way - mmmmmmmm.

    And thank you for mentioning In & Out - how could I forget!
    posted by Blogger chloe at 3/24/2006 11:52:00 AM  

  • Mini Cadbury eggs are great!! I love the regular ones but got a little ill eating a whole one. Now you can buy the little ones in packs of 12 and eat one or two at a time. Perfection!!
    And Peeps, but only if you open the package and let them get chewy
    posted by Blogger Mo Mommy at 3/25/2006 12:20:00 AM  

  • Chocolate. I just bought a bag of mini milkyway bars and a huge bag of spring m&ms and about 4 cadberry cream eggs. On the first day of spring (March 20) I made up little spring baskets for the kids--I do all the egg decorating, hunting, candy stuff to celebrate spring and do more spiritual stuff for easter. Anyway I gave them each a cadberry egg, maybe a handfull of m&ms and two mini milkyway bars. I then proceded to eat the entire two bags of remaining candy myself in about 3 days. I had both chocolate cream eggs and regret that I gave the other two to the kids. I should have just kept them for myself.
    posted by Blogger Brandolyn at 3/25/2006 03:07:00 PM  

  • Brandolyn,
    It's nice to know that our "earth mother" has selfish moments as well as moments of no self control. Love it.
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 3/25/2006 03:11:00 PM  

  • I HAVE to have at least one cadburry egg each season. They usually arrive at our local drug store around Valentines Day, and I always impulse buy and eat one. So yummy.
    posted by Blogger Kage at 3/25/2006 04:15:00 PM  

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