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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 11:52:22 (permalink)
I was at Walmart the other day and I noticed they sold tripe. It looked like a cancer from an elephant. Big white gooey mess. I could not do it.

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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 11:56:00 (permalink)
Sundancer, the texture is a headtrip, to be sure. It's chewy, then soft and mushy (the lining of the stomach I guess). I could not get over the texture, the flavor didn't offend me. Reminded me of sushi, it's the texture that gets me every time.
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 11:56:44 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Sundancer7

I was at Walmart the other day and I noticed they sold tripe. It looked like a cancer from an elephant. Big white gooey mess. I could not do it.

Paul E. Smith
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Nor could I, today. But the tripe in Pepper Pot is very dainty by comparison: just coarse fuzz eith a chewy substratum.
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 11:57:02 (permalink)
I see...I know what tripe is; I'd just never heard of menudo. I guess, all things being equal, "Menudo" was a better name for the singing group than "Tripe" would have been.
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 11:59:53 (permalink)
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Cottage cheese? I won't touch that, nope, never, no way! Rick the New Mexico version of menudo ( and posole) differ a tiny bit from the Mexican versions, but it's worth a shot.

AHA! It's posole I remember from childhood; and I remember liking it. Maybe it was a kinder, gentler tripe than Sundancer saw (& I have seen) at the grocer's?

After years of loathing it, I have come to enjoy cottage cheese. (Maybe I'm a kinder, gentler me? Nah.)We couldn't detect it in the burgers; some dim bulb made the school post their contents on the cafeteria menu.
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 12:17:20 (permalink)
I want to know how the Sundancer knows what cancer from an elephant looks like.
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 12:33:31 (permalink)
I loved the fish tails they served at school (that is what they called em), drenched in ketchup and sided with mac and cheese.

Rick and Phil check ur email, alright?
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 12:36:50 (permalink)
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I want to know how the Sundancer knows what cancer from an elephant looks like.




I looked it up in my Funk and Wagnall
Actually I recall from my veterinarian pathology class in 1960.

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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 12:45:09 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Sundancer7

I was at Walmart the other day and I noticed they sold tripe. It looked like a cancer from an elephant. Big white gooey mess. I could not do it.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

Nor could I, today. But the tripe in Pepper Pot is very dainty by comparison: just coarse fuzz eith a chewy substratum.


This is starting to sound like a botanist's conversation......
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 12:50:24 (permalink)
jmckee: How do you get botany out of a discussion regarding menudo and tripe?

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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 12:57:34 (permalink)
One of my favorite fake food combinations was Franco-American Spaghetti <not Spaghetti-O's..Not EVER!> eaten with boiled Tobin's First Prize Hot Dogs. I didn't mix these together, but eat the hot dogs on buttered soft Wonder bread with the Franco spaghetti as a side. God being a kid was wonderful. If I was to eat that today, my wife who's an ICU nurse would have me carted off to the hospital for a quadruple bypass!!!
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 14:13:46 (permalink)
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buttered soft Wonder bread


talk about your fake food!!
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 14:17:48 (permalink)
Sundancer - OK, ewwww.
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 14:18:15 (permalink)
How about Surimi...injustice to real crabs everywhere!
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 14:27:22 (permalink)
Always had a bizarre attraction to cheese in a can.
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 14:35:43 (permalink)
That fake "Krab" stuff is just awful. *shudder* I am always wary of crab salads etc...at parties and buffets. I just know someone is going to try to spring that stuff on me.!
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 14:37:42 (permalink)
Lonestar if it's red and white like a candycane, it's that fake crab mess...don't do it!
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 14:52:04 (permalink)
Using this definition of fake foods, my favorites would include some (by far not all) brands of instant mashed potatoes and of the rice or noodles mixes. More interesting to me, though, are the school cafeteria foods, which back in my day were not fake foods by any means but were fully from-scratch concoctions. Grade and high school favorites were sloppy joes, a non-spicy version of chili-mac, and great northern beans (which we doused with catsup) with cornbread. Two college cafeterias at which I ate had surprisingly delicious foods of all sorts, remembering particularly some of the salads, soups, and desserts. They served several versions of potato soup and a raw apple cake which I'd put up against those of the best restaurants anywhere. I've seen other but have never seen this particular version of apple cake (dark, moist, just a little spicy, with small chunks of raw apple, and guess what was a thick vanilla flavored white sauce drizzled over it) served anywhere else. Likewise, have never elsewhere seen one of the several versions (and all were good) of potato soup they served. In this particular soup the potatoes were pureed to a pulp and resided, not incorporated into, but were just in (kinda settled to bottom of bowl) a delicious clear but brown colored richly beef flavored broth. The beef broth flavor prevailed over that of the potato; guess it was like a thickened beef broth. So good! The other potato soups, tho delicious, were, like all their other great soups, more traditional. Would surely appreciate recipes for this apple cake or potato soup should this attempt at description ring a bell with anyone who has either recipe, or anything similar. Thanks. Liketoeat
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 14:56:49 (permalink)
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Originally posted by RockyB

buttered soft Wonder bread


talk about your fake food!!


Don't knock the Wonder bread! It is the ONLY bread to have your PBJs on!!

I am not a fan of "fake food" and try to resist at almost all costs. However, Stauffer's creamed chipped beef is not bad and fits when I am having a craving. I once also got a great recipe for stuffed mushroom caps from the back of Stauffer's spinach souffle. Chips Deluxe cookies are a necessity at times. When I was a kid my mom used to buy these little frozen pizzas (about the size of your palm)--I think the brand was Gino's or Geno's. I did love those things. And yeah...any type of pasta that came in the can I loved when I was a kid. But now...I can't imagine how I did it!!

But TV dinners/salsibury steak "products" really gross me out!! And mac and cheese out of a box is sinful!!!!
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 15:00:28 (permalink)
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Glenn- I'm with ya man. THe yeast rolls in my elementary school in rural North Louisiana were as good or better than any rolls I have ever had.


All of the rolls, breads and desserts at my early 70's high school were made from scratch, and they were outstanding. Shortly after I graduated a story was published in the local paper giving some recipes that were used in the schools. I treasure their recipes for butterscotch bars and cornmeal cookies! (Once I ate most of a batch of the cornmeal cookie recipe before it made it to the oven.)

Stoeffer's makes a mean frozen mac 'n cheese. Creamy, with macaroni that is cooked just right. Best of all, I am not tempted to eat enough for four people because the serving is only enough for two. (Don't ask if I can manage to eat only half of the package!)
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 15:20:03 (permalink)
Meowzart - The creamed chipped beef is what I always put in the freezer for when the hubby and kids go down to the country. (Like this weekend! Yay!) I fix it over toast. That, and maybe some bloody mary mix and I wont' have to leave the house all weekend. I might not even get dressed...hmmmm.

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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 15:41:30 (permalink)
Have to add Howard Johnson's frozen macaroni and cheese -- good stuff! I doctor it up with butter and extra cheese, and drink a big glass of milk with it -- this is one girl who won't have osteoporosis when she's an old lady!

And Spaghettios, the kind with franks -- I doctor that up too with good pasta sauce and plenty of parmesan on top -- comfort food when it's been a bad day.
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 15:55:29 (permalink)
While on the subject of menudo (which is very good if you don't eat the rubbery bits) etc. What is caul fat? I see it on cooking shows and it looks exactly like honeycomb tripe.

Elise, who longs for Beefaroni
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 16:23:52 (permalink)
I used to eat Ramen Noodles out of economic necessity, now I eat them because I still think they taste great.
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 16:34:29 (permalink)
Howard, you should try Yakisoba, the japanese buckweat noodles. They sell them dried like ramen, with a seasoning packet. Very tasty.

Elise, caul fat is indeed the stomach fat lining, but of a pig.
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 16:58:03 (permalink)
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Howard, you should try Yakisoba, the japanese buckweat noodles. They sell them dried like ramen, with a seasoning packet. Very tasty.



Thanks, Tex, I guess I'll be heading to the Oriental Market after work.
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 17:27:48 (permalink)
Here's a link for caul fat: http://www.chinesetakeaways.com/Ingredients/Caul%20Fat.htm
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While on the subject of menudo (which is very good if you don't eat the rubbery bits) etc. What is caul fat? I see it on cooking shows and it looks exactly like honeycomb tripe.

Elise, who longs for Beefaroni
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 17:36:54 (permalink)
RickF: Just goes to prove that the processors of porcine leave nothing except the "oink". I guess everything is usuable and that is a good thing as it is not good to waste. This sorta goes along with why chitterlings and tripe is used.

I am just glad that from my personal choices will not include such delectable items.

RickF, you are a wealth of knowledge. You Google search well.

Paul E. Smith
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 18:32:16 (permalink)
U won't regret it Howard, they are especially nice if you carmalize some onions first and stir them in. The finished dish should not be too soupy.

Speaking of swine, I miss the crunchy chicharrones fresh from the cauldron, the kind u have to use a knife to strip some of the fat layer off of. Not like the pork rinds u find in the stores.
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RE: Fake food 2003/08/04 20:16:20 (permalink)
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Originally posted by TexicanaSpeaking of swine, I miss the crunchy chicharrones fresh from the cauldron, the kind u have to use a knife to strip some of the fat layer off of. Not like the pork rinds u find in the stores.


In LA they're called "cracklin's" & can be found at the classier truck stops and some grocery stores & meat markets. If you ever head East let me know and I'll guide you--I'm something of a cracklin' connoisseur!
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