What Are You EATING?!?

In 1988’s wonderfully 80s-ish teen movie License to Drive, Carol Kane plays a pregnant mom of teenagers who horrifies her family by dishing out a volleyball-sized mountain of mashed potatoes and drizzling it in ketchup. “Don’t look at me like that. For your information, this is exactly what I ate when I was pregnant with all of you, and you all turned out OK.”

Pregnant or not, many of us have weird food quirks that we keep hidden from the general population. Not being prone to hide my weirdness from all of you, and curious about your peculiar tastes, I have compiled a list of odd dishes for your amusement, both my own and those of others. Bon appetit!

Chocolate Pudding & Marshmallow Bagel Sandwiches (Andy) – These are amazing! Toast a bagel, any style that would pair well with something sweet. I used white or strawberry ones, but probably most would work except maybe a rye bagel. Split and toast it. Smear chocolate pudding on both halves and sprinkle one half with mini marshmallows. Put the other half on top to make a sandwich and enjoy. ***Note that the pudding and marshmallows tend to ooze out the sides.

Straight Whipped Cream or Icing (Andy) – Yep, just grab the can or a spoon and go to town. (Have I mentioned my terrible sweet tooth lately? Mmmmm….yeah.)

Corn Dog with Mustard/Mayo Blend (Jenny) – Pretty straightforward. She says the mustard and mayo must be blended into a pale yellow color for it to taste right.

French Fries with Mayo (sister Lisa) – Lisa picked this up in Europe. Across the pond, they don’t really do ketchup. (or ice in their drinks, or a host of other American traditions) For french fries, the preferred condiment is mayonnaise. She liked it so much that she still asks for mayo with her fries sometimes. It’s actually not bad.

Anything Dipped in Yogurt or Applesauce (Brenden) – Yogurt and applesauce are good foods, yes? Brenden decided they are so marvelous that he wants to use them as dipping sauces for other foods such as toast, bagels, apples, bananas, and waffles. Sometimes we allow this because we’re happy he’s eating. We tend to throw the flag on combinations that are just plain wrong, such as chicken.

Anything Dipped in Ranch (Jonathan) – Little brothers tend to pay attention to what big brothers do, and vice versa. In our case, I think Brenden picked up Jonathan’s fondness of ranch dressing, which he calls dip-dip. (Dip-dip can also be a verb, I think) Jonathan views carrots as a delivery vehicle for dip-dip, along with his fingers, utensils, and pretty much anything else that’s on his plate. There’s a reason we don’t give it to him very often.

Anything Dipped in BBQ Sauce (niece Reagan) – See above, replace the sauce

Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches (Dad) – Two piece of bread, peanut butter, and slices of banana.

What weird stuff do you eat?