Dirty Little Secrets

Hillary of Chew on That tagged me in a meme last week, the question being “What five foods are you ashamed to love?” I’m a little embarrassed that it has taken me this long to answer, but better late than never, I suppose. Time to reveal my dirty little food secrets to all of you!

feeding my addiction

1. Packaged ramen noodles. I don’t eat them often, and I don’t keep them around the house because if I did I would probably be hospitalized of an MSG overdose. There’s just something about them that is completely irresistible! My favorite is the Sapporo Ichiban miso flavor variety, but I’ll eat any kind.

2. French fries with stuff. Cheese fries? Yes, please. Chili-cheese fries? Even better. Disco fries? Oh yes. Poutine? Sign me up. Again, I don’t indulge often, but when I do, I’m in heaven.

3. Chipotle. It’s the only fast food I allow myself to eat, but I pretty much have to have it once a week. True story: I usually pre-order online so I can bypass the ridiculous lines at the one near my office, but today their website was down, and I was so desperate for my chicken fajita burrito that I actually went and waited. And it was so worth it.

4. Cream of chicken soup on bread. I blame my maternal grandmother for this one, as well as my Aunt Barbara. It’s just what it sounds like – Campbell’s cream of chicken soup, heated and spooned over slices of soft (usually white) bread, then eaten with a fork. It’s total comfort food that even a kid can prepare. I haven’t had it in ages, but my mouth is watering as I type this… I might need to work on a less, uh, shameful version.

5. Canned soup casseroles. You know those recipes that start with a can of this and a can of that and a pile of cheese and some frozen vegetables? I adore them. I think it’s hard-wired in my Midwestern genes or something – when a bubbling baking dish of unrecognizable vegetables blanketed in a creamy, cheesy sauce is set in front of me, I’m powerless to resist.

As Hillary said, it’s tough to truly be ashamed of any of these dishes – I indulge in them so rarely, and I firmly believe there is room in a healthy diet for all sorts of things. It’s all about variety and moderation, right?

Now for the tagging bit: ann, Terry B, claudia, amy, anita – wanna play?

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13 thoughts on “Dirty Little Secrets

  1. Hehe! I love stuff on fries too! Have you ever had Irish Nachos? If you haven’t, YOU MUST. They’re heavenly…fries covered with cheese, jalapenos, black olives, tomatoes, and served with sour cream, salsa, and guac! Delicious! Thanks for keeping up the meme.

  2. I love this question! Jennifer, I just realized that we’re both from Detroit so I’m sure you understand my addiction to coney islands.

  3. Wow, I’ve expected that you know an instant ramen like Sapporo-Ichiban. I loved instant ramens when I was kid. I hardly eat it now though. I feel kinda nostalgic. There are lots of instant ramens you wouldn’t imaged in Japan. Well, I prefer eating ramen in a ramen restaurant.

  4. You mean I have to narrow the list to five?! Heh…

    Just give me a few days. You’ll see the horror show when I’m back in town. 🙂

  5. Jennifer Hess says:

    Hillary – those Irish Nachos sound AWESOME! The chili cheese fries at BLT burger here in NYC are similar, waffle fries topped with beef and bean chili, cheese, corn, jalapenos, and sour cream. They’re sooooooo goood!

    Cee – I am a massive dork for Coneys! I can’t tell you how happy it made me that they put a National in the Northwest terminal at DTW – though it’s not the same as going down to Lafayette Coney. 😀

    Anita – take your time!

    hikalu – I love getting ramen in restaurants (in fact, there is a new one our Japanese neighbor recommended highly that I’m anxious to try), but I love the packaged ramen. 🙂

    Karon – I have not, but my cousin made this dish that was topped with moistened Stove Top stuffing mix… which, predictably, I LOVED. 😀

    Amy – I can’t wait!

  6. oh hell yeah! I had totally missed that I’d been tagged!! Yippe! I love embarassing myself for the entire interweb to see 😉
    I love stuff on fries too. There was a place in Philly when I was in college that would deep fry jalapenos and onions with the fries and then smother them in cheese and gravy. DELICIOUS.

  7. well, my personal food choices are never anywhere near as poetic as yours are, but I laughed when I read this, because I just had Sapporo Ichiban ramen noodles last night–the miso paste flavor!!!! I usually go for the 15 cent varieties (that’s midwest price, not NYC price, ha ha) and decided to splurge this time for the 59 cent version–and wondered the whole time if it would be that much better . . .

    I am happy to report that it WAS definitely worth the extra 26 cents–different texture of noodles, and I really liked the miso paste flavor . . . but what is funny to me is that it was SO good that I pulled out my camera and took pictures so that I could blog about it (and I’m not normally a food blogger!) great minds think alike!

  8. Jennifer Hess says:

    ann – yay! I can’t wait to see your list! Those fries sound awesome. 🙂

    Lorraine – I swear those things are totally addictive. I want some now!

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