Food Fight

The other night on Twitter Kelly mentioned that she’d never tried chicken fried steak because she didn’t think she’d like it. But lo and behold, she finally tried it – and loved it.


She went on to confess that she doesn’t like grits, and all I could do was sit slack-jawed on my couch and try to make sense of it all. I mean, it’s fine that Kelly doesn’t like grits, but I have to say that her distaste for grits has forced me to re-evaluate the very foundation of our friendship. I’m certain that we can survive this grits-related revelation, but we may need to see a counselor or at the very least a life coach to move past it.

I’m totally kidding, of course.


(And please realize that the watered-down, unsalted, cheese-less concoction that most restaurants try to pass off as grits hardly qualifies. Really good grits need a little chicken stock and salt and butter and cheddar cheese. Maybe even some cream cheese.)

Anyway, Kelly’s tweet got me thinking about the foods that I always feel like I’m supposed to like more than I do. I’m good on most of the traditional Southern stuff, but there are other American favorites that leave me a little on the “meh” side.

For example.

Cherry pie – Blech cherries yuck terrible awful cherries blech.

Coconut anything – The irony here is that I like to make coconut cake (my daddy LOVES coconut, so the coconut cake is almost always for him). However, I do not enjoy the coconut at all. Something about the texture gives me the heebie-jeebies.

Enchiladas – I’m not a huge fan of corn tortillas. And when you combine corn tortillas with a red sauce, you have a terribly underwhelming combination (in my very irrelevant opinion).

Spaghetti – I don’t get it. Noodles and tomato sauce / meat sauce. Leaves me underwhelmed.

Pizza – The homemade version seems like a whole lot of trouble for the end result – and the kind that you order always reminds me of college.

Any sort of Alfredo sauce – Rich and heavy and way too much.

Okay. So maybe what I’m establishing here is that I really don’t care for Italian food and then three other things.

All righty. What about you? What traditional food favorites make you think, “Hey. Does anybody have some crackers?”

I hope beyond all hope that nobody says fried chicken.

That just might turn my whole world upside down.

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  1. I’ve never had grits. I just cannot bring myself to try them when I’ve had an opportunity…but it’s mostly been in those restaurant type situations or at church camp. Ew. If you offered me some I’d give them a shot. :)

    Chilli is the thing I don’t get. Everyone’s always wanting it when it’s cold but gag. I’d rather just be hungry which is saying something.

  2. Lori Cundiff says:

    I fully understand the coconut “texture” issue. Have you ever tried frozen coconut? It’s right by the CoolWhip in my grocery, and the texture is so very very different than that bagged stringy stuff! Next time you make your Daddy a cake, try it!! You might come around!

  3. Oatmeal cookies. Just can’t get on board.

  4. I’m with you on the coconut.

    Annnnnd confession…I might have just pre-ordered your book for my mama (and me) for Christmas. I hope the Amazon print-out will tide her over til June. Can you tell we’re a little excited?? By the way, the cover is a.dor.a.ble! XOXO!

  5. Well I have a weird “meat problem”. I dont mean weird meat, like alligator, I mean I have a problem with meat and I think it’s probably weird. You see, growing up my mom bought terribly cheap cuts of meat. IE; Carl Budding lunchmeat, which I detest. So I’d take the lunchmeat out of the sandwich, just eat the butter/bread and I’d take the lunchmeat home and hide it under my bed…between the mattresses to be exact. (Uh, yeah, I know. You dont even want to know how it was discovered) Anyhow, I CANNOT eat chicken on the bone anymore, I could barely choke it down when I was little because of course we had to eat every scrap (ack). And hamburger…ugh. The hamburger she bought had chopped up bones in it, I swear.
    Neadless to say I’m very picky today and only but skinless bonless chicken and hamburger from the meat case.
    Feel better?

    • We are, quite possibly, twins separated at birth! Ditto to everything you wrote except I only eat hamburger butchered from my parents’ cattle and according to my mother’s very strict specifications.

    • liza lee grace says:

      I can’t stand eating meat on the bone. It makes feel like I should be in one of those nature documentaries…you know, like when lions are gathered around the kill ripping the poor animal apart? Yeah, that’s the image I get. Every. Time.

      • Oh thank you, heavenly Lord!! I’m not the only one out there that just can’t seem to stomach eating any kind of meat on the bone! It really just grosses me out to no end!! And it wasn’t until I became an adult that I found out that my mother, grandmother, aunt and uncle all share this common thing!! Crazy!! I know!!

    • I’m not sure I could be any happier right now – I seriously thought I was the only person on the planet who hated meat on the bone! I won’t eat it, cook it, look at it, etc. etc.

      Freaks unite! lol

  6. Cherry pie–yuck. Coconut–vomit. Enchiladas–meh. Spaghetti–meh. Alfredo–me like. Pizza–have you had GOOD pizza? They probably don’t really make it in the South. ;)

  7. p.s. I don’t really love ice cream.

  8. I probably feel that way about tuna-noodle casserole. In my head it tends to seem better than when I actually make it. Also, I think I remember that you like it, BooMama, but I just cannot get into Velveeta.

  9. Anything that comes from the sea. I tried very hard when we lived in Alaska but it still tastes fishy no matter what. And I’m with Kellie- Velveeta is disgusting…I grew up mere miles from a cheese factory in Wisconsin, so it’s the real deal or nothing…they even have chocolate cheese.

    • I am from Wisconsin and I only bought Velveeta as an ingredient for a recipe a couple years ago and I spent a dern long time looking around the refrigerated dairy case for the Velveeta and finally asked where it was. And it was on a shelf!?!?! What kind of “cheese” is on an unrefrigerated shelf!?! :-O lol.

    • I don’t know if it works for seafood v. freshwater fish, but we always get rid of the fishy taste by cutting that pearly gray stuff (gets rid of the “dirty” flavor) off the fish when fileting it, and also soak it in a bowl of milk in the fridge overnight. Just rinse it in water the next morning and cook it up or store it in the freezer for another day! Something about the milk pulls the fishy flavor out, and it turns from yuck to yum!

  10. First, I have to preface my comment with the fact that I LOVE FOOD – like all kinds. I am the type of person who purposely tries new things at restaurants because oh, I just love everything. But then…..there are a few things:
    I do not like grits. I loathe them. And even though I am a northern girl, I grew up with an amazing Southern grandmother who could probably have made a fly swatter taste good, and I still hated grits – even hers. I even RE-tried them as an adult. I was in a hole-in-the-wall breakfast place in Alabama highly recommended by a local man that is a business associate of my husband’s. Since everything else in said establishment was pretty much TO DIE FOR, I decided to order grits. And once again, I was all “blah.”
    I also LOATHE tamales. They are like yuck wrapped up in more yuck.
    I also cannot STAND sweet potatoes or any variation thereof, specifically the sweet potato casserole that has marshmallows on it. Oh dear…it sends me into fits of yuck.

  11. Um…chicken fried steak. Really. I’m not from the South, but many places outside the South serve it, and we also lived in Dallas for 3 years. My husband loves it. I don’t get it. It’s tough, breaded meat. Breaded meat? Yuck.
    Olives — cannot stand. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I craved them on pizza one night and my husband looked at me as though I had suddenly been replaced in entirety with another human being, sitting on his couch.
    And I’m with the poster above — tamales. I try and try and try — I try different kinds all to no avail. Gross.

  12. I think it’s kind of funny that some restaurants really are serving, in essence, “grits,” but they fancy it up with the term, “polenta.”


  13. I, like you, do not like coconut. That texture is just omg disgusting. Ugh. I will, however, eat/drink coconut flavored things…like a piƱa colada(virgin) or the blue coconut drink at the sonic.

    • Did you know that if you get a blue coconut drink and have them mix in pineapple it’s actually very close to tasting like a pina colada? Really good but also really sweet overkill.

  14. I don’t like ribs, it’s a texture and mess issue. I know, it drives my husband crazy! I’d much rather have a well cooked brisket (Saltlick’s my favorite) anyday.

  15. Mayonaise based salads- potato salad, macaroni salad etc., Deviled eggs are truly the devil. Hard boiled eggs (gross!!!) and mayo. Yuck. Sometimes I will eat chicken or tuna salad bit only if it is at a nice restaurant because it usually isn’t too mayonaisy.

    • Yes! I am with you! I finally started to like mayo on a very light basis. I adore chicken salad but all other “salads” are disgusting. I will make tuna salad for myself once in a blue moon, but I don’t trust it anywhere else. I’ve never understood why people started making deviled eggs…I think it’s weird, and I’m from the South.
      Sophie, I understand the chicken fried steak avoidance. I just don’t think I would like, and I don’t see a reason that I should eat something that looks that gross.
      Another one: sloppy joes. I ate them as kids but never again.

    • Oh yes! I cannot STAND mayonnaise (although it’s a really fun word to say!). As a kid, I was forced to eat potato and macaroni salads at BBQs and every single time I would want to gag. Being an adult is so nice when I can simply pass by that junk for something that doesn’t make me want to puke. Even the smell of mayo grosses me out!

    • GREAT potato salad recipe with NO mayo! :) Cut red potatoes into large pieces and boil, then dress with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, real bacon pieces, and chives – pretty much anything you’d put on a baked potato. Do it while it’s still warm so the cheese melts, but you can serve this cold or hot. D-Lish!!! I don’t hate mayo, but i don’t like mayo based potato salad, so this is a great alternative for me! :)

  16. Godiva chocolate. Just give me a big ol’ bag of Hershey Kisses – the originals – NOT the Hugs, cherry flavored, mint flavored, etc…………….. I do love me some grits! I’m looking forward to a nice hot bowl of grits tomorrow morning at Cracker Barrel!

    • I totally agree with you on the chocolate! I’ve always said I must have “low brow” taste in chocolate. You can keep the expensive stuff — just give me some Hershey’s!

  17. Chocolate Icecream. It tastes like dirt to me

  18. Cheryl Stanley says:

    Velveeta… yuck.

  19. Eggs – in any form. It’s a texture thing. No quiches or flan either because of the high egg to anything edible ratio.

    Can’t do chicken on the bone either. BLECH!

  20. I love coconut, love cherry pie–make yummy ones myself. I make bolognese sauce for spaghetti that won a contest. I have never had chicken fried steak & even though I’m a northern girl, I LOVE grits! My husband would eat them twice a day!
    I detest sushi & think its disgusting! I also think liver is completely vile. I guess I have some strong food feelings! :-D

    • Cannot stand sushi. I have tried it, and there are a bajillion sushi places in Southern California, so it’s a shame because I’m always that friend… the one who doesn’t want to eat at a sushi joint!

  21. It is totally unAmerican of me but I do NOT like apple pie. I like apples and I like other pies but apples or pears just shouldn’t be that mealy mushy texture. And I just have to believe you haven’t had good pizza. :)

  22. Chocolate & Apple Pie. I’m truly un-american.

  23. Get ready to take my southern card….gravy. I do not like gravy. Whew! There, I said it!

  24. The texture of coconut is truly revolting.

    I’m not a big fan of pie in general. I’d prefer cake any day.

    Orange juice. Not a fan at all. Especially for breakfast … the thought of drinking it in the morning makes me shudder.

    Olives. No no no.

    Most big-brand candy containing caramel. I love a good homemade caramel sauce, but the kind that’s in Rolo or similar candy creations sort of ruins the chocolate for me.

    Jello salad. First of all? Not a salad. Second of all, I’m only so-so on Jello to begin with, so when you start layering it with other things or sticking fruit or vegetables in with it? Nope.

    I’ve never tried grits, or been in any situation where they’ve been served, but I imagine that I’d enjoy them – particularly the way you describe.

  25. 1. Coconut = sawdust. NASTY!
    2. We adore Italian food (my husband is part Italian) but we would never dream of eating plain ol’ spaghetti. Agreed with you there too.
    3. Alfredo sauce = nasty.
    4. Velveeta.
    5. Dough/batter. I like my baked goods cooked.
    6. Ball park food. Vomit.
    7. Oysters.
    8. Red velvet cake. (And I am southern! But please, it’s mildly chocolate with red food coloring. What’s to like? Give me deeply rich chocolate.)

  26. What is with all the coconut hate here? I looooooooooove coconut. (Oddly enough, though…I didn’t really like it much until I was an adult, but I never “hated” it.)

    1. Oatmeal. I’ve tried. Goodness knows, I’ve tried. It’s a texture thing.
    2. Avocados, and therefore guacamole. GROSS.
    3. Seafood in a casserole or pasta dish or on a salad. I love fish when it is fried (yes, I’m Southern) or even grilled/broiled, but I do NOT like dishes like a shrimp alfredo or a crabmeat lasagna, or a salad with blackened shrimp on top. I just like my seafood…separate, I guess.

    • Are you my twin?

      1. Oatmeal. I don’t mind it in cookies, but I cannot eat plain oatmeal. I try every few years hoping I can, because it’s so good for you, but nope. My gag reflex kicks in.

      2. Avocados. Also a texture thing (although once it’s mushed up and spices are added in, I do love guac, but I live in Southern California where we have some GOOOOD guac!)
      3. This. THIS. I love seafood on its own (although shrimp freak me out, to be honest), but when it’s mixed in with other stuff? No thank you!

    • Amy, if you like grits but don’t like oatmeal, try steel cut oatmeal – the texture is more like grits than regular oatmeal. Just a suggestion ; )

  27. Agree on the coconut/cherry dislike!
    Can not eat olives/oatmeal/any cooked fruit pie
    Merry Christmas to you and your family Boomama!

  28. BooMama how do you not like pizza?? I’m shaking my head at the wonder of it.

    Don’t like apple or cherry pie. (4th of July is rough on me)
    Shrimp makes me want to vomit.

    But, my Mama makes the BEST fried chicken you ever did taste!

  29. these comments are cracking me up! I like most foods, except for beets (any non-pickled ones), cooked carrots and especially mushrooms (weird texture and taste like dirt).

  30. I taught my born and bred in Michigan husband to enjoy grits by giving him Shrimp and cheese grits. Now he’ll eat them without cheese, too.

    I can’t do olives, pickles, beets, scallops, raw oysters and most of all-no potato salad for me. My potatoes must be warm when I eat them. Also, if you told me no ice cream ever again, I could handle it just fine.

  31. Only three thing make my hair stand on end…. Lasagna, meatloaf, and chicken liver. My other tortured me with those three dishes growing up and I. Still. Hate. Them.

  32. I think the worst food I have ever tried, was my granny’s Waldorf salad. Gag! We would conceal it in napkins and flush it down the toilet. Sooo gross. I do not like tamales, red velvet cake, sweet potato fries, and flan. Cheesecake is up near the top of the list too. Yuck. I don’t like gravy or goulash…ick! I don’t know if I have had grits prepared correctly, but it seems like if you have to drown it in butter and cheese for it to taste good….

    • Tina, one of the beautiful things about grits is that they will absorb the flavor of just about anything! You can flavor them with taco seasoning & use them for vegetarian tacos, even.

  33. I dislike anything fruit based. Cobblers, pies, cakes, salad, if it has fruit in it, I don’t like it. However, I like most fruit by themselves. Weird. I also dislike coconut, and corn tortillas are disgusting. I really dislike anything minty. I can only tolerate very mild breath mints and I’m really picky about toothpaste. I do not want any dessert with mint in it and the York Peppermint Patty sounds revolting. Also, just say no to beans.

  34. Karen Ward says:

    Food fetishes!! Let me start with coconut – if it’s wrapped in chocolate, I’ll eat it. Otherwise, yuck. Any kind of cooked green – who eats boiled grass? Cooked spinach is acceptable only in dip. Grits must have cheese in them. Alfredo sauce? No, thank you – not after two friends of mine got food poisoning from it. No raw oysters (this is a graphic description but it’s just snot on a shell) or beets. I’ve never had liver because my mother refused to serve it to us when we were growing up because she hated it. I don’t think I’ve missed out on anything there. Most anything else I will at least try one time.

  35. I am thinking you need to try a good pizza! ;)
    I agree on spaghetti, though. I really don’t know how in the world Olive Garden charges $10 a plate for it and people order it! I do love good Italian though, at non-chain restaurants.
    I don’t hate too much food, but oysters tops the list. My first job was at a seafood restaurant and the big bucket of those slimy things was so nasty looking!
    I also don’t love cucumber or English peas. Yuck.

  36. Oh, I’m with you on the cherry pie and Alfredo sauce. But coconut? And enchiladas? Sophie, Sophie, Sophie. Next time you go to visit Melanie in San Antonio, please go to La Fogata and get a cheese enchilada. They are yummy. And if you have a Sprinkles cupcake store near you, try their coconut cupcake. Bliss.

  37. Nelson's Mama says:

    -Grits are way overrated for this southern girl.
    -I don’t care for chicken fried steak either, but LOVE fried tenderloin :)
    -Spaghetti is my favorite – has been since childhood.
    -Ice cream hurts my teeth…
    -Love a good old-fashioned coconut pie!

  38. I’m originally from Florida, married a fella from South Carolina. Early on in our marriage he was so proud to finally take me for my first experience with the Beacon Drive In in Spartanburg (google it; it was on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives — one of those kind of places). I don’t like french fries and I don’t usually like places that serve a pound of them with every plate. I silently fretted over what to order, not wanting to burst my hubby’s bubble about his beloved Beacon Drive In. Finally saw something on the menu that I thought I could tolerate: a steak sandwich. I anticipated it being a philly-cheesesteak, Quizno’s kind of thing. Nope. When they handed me the plate and I dug through the mountain of fries and onion rings a-plenty, there was my CHICKEN FRIED STEAK sandwich. I should have known better. I didn’t really like chicken fried steak before that, and I think putting it on a sandwich sealed the deal for me for ever. Just. can’t. do. it. My other weirdness is that I will choose vanilla over chocolate any day. But I’m with you on the coconut and anything that’s made with coconut oil and any health & beauty product that even smells like coconut. Ugh.

  39. Goodness. Can you put some of your favorite foods tomorrow? I’m curious if there will be a theme.

    My list is short.
    1. Coconut – unless it’s a snack size Almond Joy. I’ll eat it.
    2. Pinto Beans and cornbread. I’m a disgrace to my family.
    3. Anything with cheese and sugar together (e.g. cheesecake, cream cheese icing)

  40. I grew up in MO and now live in KS. Not exactly the South, but I love grits – any kind, any way. I’m glad they migrated north, for sure.

    My yuck food: Mustard. No thanks. I can cook with Grey Poupon as long as it’s just a “spice”, not a main flavor ingrediant. That’s it!

    Aren’t we an interesting group? Is there anything we can all agree on?

  41. Alright. I guess it’s left to me. Sophie, please sit down.

    I don’t like fried chicken.

    I’M SORRY!! I want to like it. I do. I have issues with meat that is reminding me it came from an animal. I don’t like to chew fat (I’m like a surgeon with a steak, cutting tiny bits of fat out). I don’t like skin. I hate bones. I don’t want to gnaw on a piece of meat. I need ribs to fall off the bone, because I’m not picking up a bone to chew the meat off. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts were created for someone like me. I want to pretend meat just shows up at the grocery store. Like a box of Ritz. The best fried chicken in the world can’t get past my meat issues.

    Also, I have texture issues with beans (pinto, kidney, baked, etc). They’re pasty. Oh, and I don’t like fruit with meat (pineapple covered ham, etc). But I’m guessing you stopped reading after I said I didn’t like fried chicken.

    • I don’t like fried chicken either. I’m not even a huge fan of chicken strips. My husband, however, loves it. I comfort myself with knowing that if a place sells fried chicken, they probably sell macaroni and cheese, and I love that!

    • I could have written this!!! Everything! From cutting my steak like a surgeon… to anything with bones…. to BEANS….. GAG! You’re my twin!!

      • Late to the party but thought I was the only person in the world that does not like fried chicken…shudder.
        I do like beans though. So maybe i am a half-sister to the rest of you?

  42. My only experience with grits for years was the Crackle Barrel version. I can’t find any other polite way oh saying UGH. YUCK. I didn’t not understand the fascination southern people have with what was very bland and blah. But, I had cheese grits at a restaurant outside of Washington DC in the spring and let me tell you, they were a delight. They were served with shrimp and I wanted to lick the plate.

  43. I am always in the minority with this opinion, but CHEESE! It always tastes like a glorified sock.

    • I can totally relate! I detest cheese unless it is mozzarella and is melted on something tomatoey (it can’t be cold and “rubbery” like on a cold sandwich or in a salad, must be hot and melted). We are definitely in the minority on the cheese dislike thing. Almost everyone else a seems to love it!

  44. Born & raised in the DEEP SOUTH. Hate grits — might as well eat wallpaper paste. Don’t even want to be in the same house where cabbage was cooked. It STINKS!! Don’t like coconut. I make a coconut cake for my hubby at Christmas. I’m told it is fabulous, but I never taste it.

  45. This is too funny! Why? Because one, I’ve never tried grits. Seriously, never have because they have never looked delicious. And no, I can’t do shrimp and grits because I might die from the shrimp. (Yes, I’m southern and can’t do the seafood thing.) Here are some of mine that can’t think about without gagging…
    *coconut anything – right with you there
    *alfredo sauce – yep… you spoke the truth
    *ham – I feel like I just keep on chewing
    *oatmeal – wait I think I just threw up in my mouth
    *raisin anything – I keep thinking of Si and him eating the poop instead of the muscedines, that face would be my face if I ate raisins!
    I’m sure there are many more, but I’ll leave it to those. Happy Tuesday Sophie!

  46. I am not a big grits fan either. I also can’t stand cold cheese. Melt it and it’s heaven, but cold, blech! Loving this post Sophie!

  47. Only one thing on my list: Green Bean Casserole. Not only do I not like green beans, covering them up in mushroom soup and fried onions doesn’t help. *shudder*

  48. With the exception of the cherry pie and pizza, I think we might be the same person. I don’t really like mashed potatoes, though–unless they are DOCTORED UP with some serious cheese and garlic. Or macaroni and cheese–unless it’s Kraft. Which goes against all sorts of southern rules. I feel like a traitor.

  49. Two words… Blackberry Grits! They serve them at Another Broken Egg in Mountain Brook.

    Beyond wonderful!

  50. Amen! Cherry pie–cherry anything–is nasty. Congealed salads get me, as I don’t like my food to have sound effects. Ginger flavored stuff, not so much. And if I so much as see a Vienna sausage or slice of bologna, I come undone. And if I happen to smell it, watch out.

  51. I love COCONUT and spahetti AND I am a firm believer in the fact that there is no bad pizza only less-good pizza!

    But for me…

    Hot dogs – never again
    Mashed potatoes – meh
    Ice Cream – take it or leave it
    Any kind of fruit pie – I don’t like cooked fruit- seriously – I would take a yummy fresh apple over apple pie

    We are funny aren’t we! Glad God made us all so different – more coconut cake for me!!!

  52. All of these comments left me laughing!

    I hate cinnamon. Cinnamon in cookies, cinnamon in pie, cinnamon in carrot cake, a darn cinnamon bun, cinnamon air fresheners (I’m talking to you, mother-in-law). No cinnamon. No way. I get all yuck just thinking about a cinnamon stick.

    And no meat on a bone, please. Each time we go to some sort of outdoor festival, my husband and kids all gnaw off one of those huge turkey legs and I can’t even bear to watch it. No thank you.

  53. I am a lover of all good food. But there are some things that just don’t fit in the “good” category. I HATE and detest plain white milk!!!!!!! Ick, blech, pueeeeeeeee. But I LOVE buttermilk! I know. Just shoot me now. GARLIC!!! Gag. And it’s in almost every recipe I have. Also included in the icky, blech list are butter beans, cabbage, marinara or red sauce of any kind, brussel sprouts, shrimp, meatloaf, mushrooms, and COLD banana pudding. (Warm banana pudding is one of my favorite desserts.) Chocolate is “ok” but if I have a choice, I’ll choose vanilla every time.

  54. Coconut reminds me of clipped toenails. I just cannot stomach the texture AT ALL! Although I love anything “flavored” coconut….

  55. I’m not an egg salad fan. Blah.
    Spam. Nope.
    Pickled eggs. No way.
    I can’t look at Vienna Sausage or the clear jelly stuff in the can.

    But I LERVE me some grits.

  56. Sophie, after reading all these comments I know why I look like I do! I pretty much like everything discussed!! Some more than others, of course!!

    • bilottashii says:

      Thanks Judy, I was starting to feel a little wierd with all of my fav’s being gagged on here!

  57. Tomatoes – disgusting
    Beets – please see above
    Smoked Can Oysters – my husband’s favorite and they are certainly of the devil…the smell…!
    Country Ham
    Canned Crab Meat as there is always tiny little bones
    Green Bean Casserole with those crunch onions – too many textures going on
    Cantaloupe – don’t like the way it feels in my mouth

    Also any food I feel was cooked in a kitchen that is not regularly cleaned with Bleach. Bleach..nothing else.

  58. I will probably get my born-in-Alabama-southern-to-the-core-card yanked for this one, but I really don’t like pimiento cheese. I have tried really hard to like it. My grandmother apparently made the “best” pimiento cheese, but I never liked it. Of course, because I am born-in-Alabama-southern-to-the-core, I ate every sandwich she made me and thanked her for it, but I just don’t care for it one little bit!

    • Child, you have got a mighty AMEN from me on this one. This Georgia Peach has gagged down more pimiento cheese sandwiches than she cares to think about.

  59. Too funny….I love everything (except bananas) normally, like everything. Yet sitting here at 10 weeks pregnant with twins, I had to skip to the bottom of the comments as just reading about food makes me want to get back to the bathroom. I’m hoping, as my Grandmama always said, that this too shall pass!

  60. I forgot one…giblet gravy and red eye gravy. Just keep my gravy brown and giblet free.

  61. I sympathize with Ms Kelly on the grits. This Georgia girl cannot do Teh Grits either. It’s a texture issue. I don’t eat oatmeal for the very same reason. It’s like vomit in my mouth and I cannot swallow it.

    Here’s another heresy for a Southerner… I don’t like cornbread. I can eat it, but I’d rather not. Also, and please sit down…sweet tea. I drink iced tea by the gallon, but I prefer mine unsweetened, with plenty of lemon. Living in CA for 20 years has an effect on you, I”m just sayin’.

    I am in total agreement with you on Alfredo anything, though I like other Italian food just fine.

    I do not like hot dogs AT ALL, and I absolutely do not do seafood. I love fish, but no sea insects for me, thank you very much.

    Oh and one more thing that my husband thinks is so bizarre…I love love love hamburgers, but I cannot abide hamburger meat in anything else. If a recipe calls for ground beef, you can bet Memaw’s 1950s era Betty Crocker cookbook that I’ll use Italian sausage instead.

    • Forgot about pie. Hate pie. I hate cooked fruit period, plus I really just don’t like pi crust one iota. Blech.

      And I love fresh coconut, but hate it in any kind of baked goods or cooking, except for coconut milk in Thai soup, which is heavenly and you don’t get that squeaky teeth problem.

  62. Never ate grits as a child but I love them now. Thry can even be instant and I’m all over them… Especially if they have some heavy cream to make them creamy! Mmmm!

    I never met and enchilada (with red sauce or corn tortilla) that I liked.
    No liver of any kind, No debrise (which is all the parts of the cow that no one except for ppl wayyyy down south Louisiana eat)
    I don’t eat Popeyes because I got sick there once. (Yes it was that bad)
    I don’t eat Kraft singles (or other cheese like it) unless its a grilled cheese sandwich.
    NO BOLOGNA!!!!! ::gagging::

    And that’s all I can think of because I’m definitely not picky.

    I’ve eaten alligator, shark, raw sushi, raccoon, nutria rat ( it’s a voracious veggie eater nit a scavenger), boar… Etc. definitely adventurous except for the few things I’ve listed..

  63. I’m with you on the cherry pie and the coconut, but your rejection of all those other wonderful carbohydrates has me doubting our friendship. :)

    But I love, love, love grits too (made the right way). I do, however, just really detest raspberries, or anything raspberry-flavored. Can’t stand any type of bean (lima, pinto, refried, baked, or otherwise). Also, I *can* eat light-colored lunch meat (especially turkey), but I have to take a deep breath, because it looks too much like human flesh to me, and just EWWWWWW!!

  64. I always prided myself on liking just about everything, till I started reading these comments and realizing how much there is not to like! Though I’ll go to my grave with Velveeta in my fridge (maybe because of velveeta in my fridge,) I concur that coconut is gross. Sweet potatoes and pumpkin I can totally do without. Not a fan of canned peas. I’ve had requests for my homemade banana pudding from five states away, but I’ve never tasted a bite of it because pudding. No. Yogurt. No.
    And Sophie, when you get old like me you’re going to love pizza because anything that reminds you of college will be good!

  65. I am southern and I don’t like fried chicken. Sorry!! haha I actually didn’t eat any chicken until I got married because I thought all of it was nasty. Now I will eat boneless skinless breasts. No dark meat! I have meat issues :-) I also can’t do fish or any seafood.

  66. 1) coffee – don’t even like the smell
    2) cheese except I recently discovered that parmesan and mozzarella are bearable in recipes
    3) any sort of pie/cobbler with too much goo (see #4)
    4) anything jello-like

  67. Joy Allmond says:

    I agree on the first two items. On the last four items: WHAT?

    And… sorry to be THAT person. But, if I never had fried chicken ever again in my life, I would be okay. Shoot, if I never had MEAT again in my life, I would be ok.

    Shunned by Sophie

  68. I don’t do coconut for the very same texture thing.

    It’s also why I don’t like grits. I can’t get past the I feel like I’m eating dirt equation. And listen, I can eat anything with cream cheese or cheese with the best of them, but I can’t do the dirt thing.

    Other weird texture foods include, but are not limited to: fluff salads (you know the ones with marshmellow, and fruits and jello), peas, anything with cinnamon on it, aka no sopapillas (is that how you spell it?) or cinnamon rolls for me, and meatloaf.

  69. JustBetty says:

    As long suspected — you *are* my mother’s child.
    Have emailed a copy of today’s post to my siblings. We’re staging an intervention at Christmas so she will ‘fess up.

    Welcome to the family…. Sis?

  70. Crust. On anything. I do not eat pizza crust, pie crust, bread crust. However, on the pizza front, you haven’t had pizza til you’ve had Chicago-style pizza. In Chicago. Not “Chicago-style” from some other location. It’s almost all cheese! Loads and loads of delicious cheese. If you’re ever in Chicago, the best pizza comes from Giordano’s. Multiple locations all over the city.

  71. This entire post ~ and THE COMMENTS ~ made me cry laughing. I love grits and fried chicken, but I can barely even type the word “mayonnaise”. Shudder. Gag. Beyond yuck. And if I’m eating with someone who is having mayonnaise {eww} and I see it as they chew ~ or heaven forbid it pools on their lip ~ that meal is totally over for me. Even if I was enjoying my grandmother’s fried chicken.

    • **oops. Double posted. Which means I have to see the word “mayonnaise” like four times too many.

  72. This post ~ and THE COMMENTS ~ have me crying-laughing. I love grits and fried chicken, but can barely type the word “mayonnaise”. Shudder. Gag. Beyond yuck. In fact, if I am eating with someone who is having mayonnaise {eww}, and I can see it as they chew, or heaven forbid, it pools on their lip {double EWWW}, I am done with that meal. Even if it was a meal of my grandmother’s fried chicken and grits.

    In related news, I think I’ll do extra well on my diet today! : )

  73. I totally agree with you about cherry pie (I am not wasting good calories on something so nasty), coconut–it is the texture and flavor that gets me, and Alfredo sauce–I just simply do not like it. Red Velvet Cake is another dessert I do not enjoy; all of that red color is revolting to me. I have a bread problem, too. I always remove the crust from sandwich bread (and my parents always told me there are many hungry people who would be happy to have my crust) and I cannot stand a waffle with syrup.

  74. I love all things in red sauce, but I wouldn’t touch a raw tomato with a ten foot pole. Go figure!

    I really don’t eat anything with seeds in it. No pickles, tomatoes, strawberries, I just can’t do it.

    I like things cooked not raw. I am of the opinion that green beans should never crunch.

    And I still have never tried any chinese food that I would want to ever eat again.

  75. German chocolate cake-because it in no way tastes like chocolate. To call something chocolate that doesn’t taste like chocolate is the most grievous of sins.

    Not a fan of coconut, raw nuts, seafood or turkey. Don’t understand the thrill of Cincinnati chili at Skyline Restaurants in Ohio. Or anything coffee flavored.

    And I’m with you on the corn tortilla thing. I’d probably eat a toasted paper towel before a corn tortilla.

  76. I love almost every veggie but green peas are just mush in my mouth. They really do make me gag…also a cup of milk…I don’t think I could get it down even if I had to.

    I am not a big fan of the oreo or really any store bought cookie either. I love a homemade cookie, but not cookies out of a package.

    Raspberry anything is also yucky to me but I love strawberry anything.

    And applesauce…yuck! I don’t care if it is homemade or out of a jar…it is disgusting to me.

  77. Pork rinds. Just… nasty. And anchovies. I don’t mind the yolk of a hard boiled egg, but the texture of the egg white is spine-chilling. It’s not so bad if it’s a deviled egg. And I hate Russell Stover chocolates with the strawberry-ish nougat filling. Gross.

  78. This post was great and the comments were hysterical. I loved reading through them! I married a Norwegian who has taught me to love all sorts of white colored food made from potatoes… and most of them are only good because of what is put on them, i.e. butter and sugar… I refer to some of his foods as “carriers” as they carry into your body stuff. Anyway, for me, I really can’t get into Mexican/southwest food. No matter what it is called on the menu, it all comes looking the same and tasting the same. Enchilada, burrito… you name it and it tastes the same to me. I weaken from time to time and go with hubby (yes, he likes it!) thinking “surely, I can find something I like” and usually leave thinking “okay, I do NOT need to do this again..”

  79. I totally agree with you about the coconut.

    But the other things??? Those are some of my very favorites! I love anything Mexican or Italian, and spaghetti, pizza, and enchiladas are at the top of the list.

    I do NOT like seafood of any kind. Just the smell makes me nauseous.

    I don’t want any kind of nuts in anything either. I like to eat peanuts on their own but not in anything… except a Snickers. :)

  80. Raisins.

  81. It is not a food, but I feel very Un-southern because I cannot stand iced tea. It makes me shudder. I am 57 and have tried everyone’s – even ChickFilA’s. Cannot swallow without making a face. Water is now a fashionable option, but growing up at every church dinner, meals in others’ homes, the table was set with tea already waiting for you.
    As far as Southern food: collards or turnip greens. I cannot even tolerate the smell.
    Several foods I love raw, but once cooked the texture/taste kills me: figs, apples and raisins.
    I love Almond Joys and Mounds, but coconut cookies or cakes are disgusting.
    If ever you come to Atlanta try pizza at Mellow Mushroom or my very favorite, Fellini’s!
    Fun post!

  82. BANANAS and anything banana flavored or with banana in it’s vicinity…..bread, pie, pudding, smoothies, popsicles, etc. I once accidentally ate a bite of banana cake at a business lunch after being told it was spice cake. I SPIT IT OUT into my napkin in front of people that I wanted to respect me because I could not force it down my throat.

    The provision of a loving and merciful God is the only way I was able to feed bananas to my three babies. If that’s not motherly love, I don’t know what is.

  83. Kimberly/OKC says:

    Wow, you hit the jackpot of comments on today’s post. I loved every one!! Can’t resist sharing my list: Mushrooms taste like dirt, so do field peas. Coconut tastes like short thick hairs on my tongue. I am shuddering as I type. Shrimp? Bugs of the sea.

    Tho they aren’t my fav either, try frying the corn tortillas in oil first but not till they are crispy (obvi) and THEN dipping in red sauce before making into an enchilada. Keeps that mushiness at bay.

    My deepest food love…gravy. Any kind. Charleston’s serves a chipotle gravy on their garlic mashed taters that is to die for. I will spend 14-16 hours on my turkey gravy at holiday time. Whoever said, “Food is not love” deserves only pity because there is love in food. OH YES THERE IS!!

  84. I’m reading these comments and thinking there is not much I do not like. I can love pretty much anything! There is 1 thing though. Pesto. GRODY, grody pesto. I’m Italian too, but G-R-O-D-Y.

  85. Kimberly/OKC says:

    Wow, jackpot for comments! Read and loved every one! Can’t resist sharing my list…mushrooms taste like dirt, so do field peas. Coconut tastes like short thick hairs on my tongue. I shudder as I type. Shrimp? Bugs of the sea.

    Tho they aren’t my fav either, try frying corn tortillas in oil, not till crispy (obvi) before dipping in red sauce and making enchiladas. Keeps the mushy factor away.

    My deepest food love is gravy. Any kind. Charleston’s serves a chipotle gravy on their garlic mashed taters that is to die for. I spend 14-16 hours on my turkey gravy at holidays. Whoever said “Food is not love” deserves only pity and more pity because food can be love! OH YES IT CAN!!

  86. Hot dogs – gag
    Bologna – gag
    Mayonnaise – gag, gag, gag
    Sour cream – gag
    Fish (except for some types of shellfish) – gag
    Cheese – gag
    Any dessert made with cream cheese – gag

  87. BamaCarol says:

    Ugh to bananas. The smell even makes me sick to my stomach!

    And you need to try Tortuga’s pizza on hiway 150 in Hoover. The Best Pizza Ever!

    Love chocolate but not chocolate ice cream or pudding. Love cherries but not fake cherry-tasting anything – that is just nasty.

    And I cannot abide ribs. Too much work for not enough meat and don’t like the taste either. Just yuck!

  88. It’s posts like this that are examples of why your blog is still SO GOOD after so many years! You always think of new, funny things to write about.

    I’m a New Yorker, so for many years I thought chicken fried steak was just a funny thing people say. I didn’t realize it was a real kind of food. And I’ve still never had it. Once I was traveling in Georgia and had grits for the first time (I was in my early 20’s) and I was stunned by how delicious they are. Why don’t we eat them up here?

  89. I love all foods, with the exception of bread pudding. Truly a lovely southern desert but who in their right mind wants to eat wet bread…. Even with bourbon sauce. Born and raised in Kentucky where a little Makers Mark can perk up anything except …. Bread pudding yuck!

  90. Should not read a post about food when I am trying to get to bed because now I am hungry!!!
    I am not a fan of macaroni and cheese. What is the big deal there?
    Or potato salad.
    Hate cilantro.
    And I agree about corn tortillas and tamales. Blech!!
    Used to like shrimp but puke… Haven’t liked it since childbirth.
    Tired of pizza! Not an Alfredo fan, either.

    Your cherry pie comment made me laugh out loud :)

  91. The grossest foods in the world are hard-boiled eggs and beets. So I hate anything that reminds me of hard-boiled eggs. Any kind of cold egg product is gross. Custard, egg nog, flan, creme brulee – disgusting. It’s eating slime. Slime does not get better just because you put sugar in it. It’s still slime.

  92. You don’t like pizza? I am in total shock! You obviously have not had a 2 Guys and a Pizza Place pizza. Oh yeah, they’re just in my city. Hmm, wonder if they’ll deliver so that you can change your mind about my all time favorite food.

    I’m not a white rice fan. I find it bland and boring. I have to have it swimming in something. My hubby, however, can eat mountains of it. I also am not a seafood fan.

  93. While I totally agree with your assessment of homemade pizza, I also have to agree with the other commenters that you must not have ever had good pizza. Little Caesar’s and the like don’t cut it.
    If you’re in New York, give it a try.
    In Chicago, you must try deep-dish. I strongly believe you’ll change your mind after experiencing deep dish goodness:)

  94. I don’t like:
    –Turkey (yuck!)
    –Hamburger in any form
    –Gravy in any form (and I’m from the South)
    –lots of other stuff from my native South!

  95. I’m givin’ you an “Amen, Sister!” to not liking cherries. Yuck! I also don’t like watermelon. I wish I did … it looks delicious and I keep thinking one of these days I’m going to love it but I never do.

  96. Hey Boomama! Someone mentioned you on another forum, I came on over and now I’m curious where in Mississippi you’re from. I’m from the Coast. I plan on reading through your posts (I love your writing so far!) and probably will stumble across the answer but I wanted to ask now because I’m super curious.

  97. I hate:
    –TOMATOES–they literally make me want to vomit if/when I cut them for my husband for a salad
    –TUNA (i.e. warm tuna casserole)–so.very.disgusting
    –any kind of PLAIN ICE CREAM (especially vanilla)….I am 40 years old and my mother asks me at least once a week when I visit if I want vanilla ice cream…I guess she can’t figure out how I was birthed from her vanilla ice cream lovin’ womb
    –RAISINS–which is so very ironic because my husband LOVES THEM….his whole family puts them in brownies…I literally can’t think of anything more REPULSIVE

    BooMama, you must be missing the Italian gene. I could LITERALLY eat spaghetti, lasagna and pizza on a daily basis:) Which is also ironic given my hatred of tomatoes! LOL!

  98. Meatloaf. I shudder just thinking about it.

    Our older son begged me to make meatloaf earlier this year, so I searched and searched for a recipe that I thought might be edible. I settled on one, bought all the stuff, and went to work. Hours later, I pulled the thing out of the oven and took a bite. All I could think of was the episode from Friends when Rachel makes the trifle (with meat) and Ross says, “This tastes like feet.”

    Never. Again.


  99. Come to Houston, Sophie, and let me make you some Enchiladas Verdes in flour not corn tortillas.Will change your mind about enchiladas!

    It seems everyone I know loves mint chocolate chip ice cream, and I don’t. I also don’t drink coffee. I come from a coffee drinking family but I never learned to like it.

    I can take or leave coconut and Alfredo sauce, but I love cherry pie and good spaghetti. And good pizza. So you have Mellow Mushroom in B’ham?

  100. Judy in MI says:

    1. Pumpkin pie. I can’t get past how it resembles cooked baby poop in a crust. And the consistency? Disgusting.
    2. Apples. How un-American, I know. I don’t like them although I DO like them in the apple pie that I make….only the one that I make though.
    3. Apple cider – see above. It looks like something you’d see in a nursing home…smells like it too.
    4. Egg salad sandwich. I think my issues with food are all smell related – this stuff on bread stinks something terrible. I can eat a deviled egg if I was starving, but on bread? No.
    5. Any salad that has fruit and mayo in it. WHY???
    6. Cranberries….especially the kind served at Thanksgiving. I’ve tried. I can’t like them.