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2014-01-14 12:03:28 PM  
Vegetables are great, I love lots of different vegetables. I also love meats. And seafood. Don't get me going on fried chicken. Mmm. In short, I love food because of its diversity. I can go where I'm craving. Sure I crave ice cream. Then i have some and the craving goes away. Then i crave my pan seared broccoli. (yes, this is not only possible, but if you tasted my pan seared broccoli you would crave it too)

Sometimes I crave a good steak on the grill. Other times I want skirt steak on a salad with boston lettuce, grilled onions, blue cheese and sweet and spicy pecans. And a bottle of wine.

One of the greatest gifts my parents gave me was a love of the food rainbow. About the only things that don't interest me are foods that are poorly prepared or made with godawful ingredients. In short, the food my mother in law makes.
 
2014-01-14 12:04:57 PM  
I like kale.

(and most other veg), but I always blanch my veggies, as I think that it loosens up the flavours without killing the crunch factor (and conversely saves the good stuff from getting boiled out),

/during harvest time, instead of chips, I snack on a bowl of crunchy, buttered broccoli, sprinkled with flake-salt
//with a bowl of baby plum tomatoes, it's bliss
 
2014-01-14 12:05:50 PM  

baconbeard: Things I used to enjoy but now hate with a passion:

1. Prosciutto
2. Sriracha
3. Kale

/screw you, "foodies"


that's the most hipster thing I've read evar.
 
2014-01-14 12:05:55 PM  
I

The Southern Logic Company: Collards > Kale


That's only because no one has simmer kale in hamhocks for 45 minutes.
 
2014-01-14 12:06:00 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: This is the dawning of the age of A-kale-ious.


/Ha!  The lyrics are stuck in your head now, aren't they?  My work here is done.


Coincidentally it was already stuck in my head after it popped up on shuffle this morning during my drive,  but I'll give you partial credit.
 
2014-01-14 12:07:09 PM  

baconbeard: hubiestubert: sigdiamond2000: baconbeard: Things I used to enjoy but now hate with a passion:

1. Prosciutto
2. Sriracha
3. Kale

/screw you, "foodies"

It makes sense to let people you hate completely inform your life choices.

Truly it is tragic when hipsters have to deal with the mainstream taking their stuff...

Of come on. Do you not agree that the three examples above have been done to death ad nauseam? There's "popular", and then there's stupid.


stupid is stopping liking sriracha because: popular That's just pathetic, son.
 
2014-01-14 12:09:21 PM  

baconbeard: Things I used to enjoy but now hate with a passion:

1. Prosciutto
2. Sriracha
3. Kale

/screw you, "foodies"


forums.watchuseek.com

/DON'T
 
2014-01-14 12:13:01 PM  

uttertosh: baconbeard: hubiestubert: sigdiamond2000: baconbeard: Things I used to enjoy but now hate with a passion:

1. Prosciutto
2. Sriracha
3. Kale

/screw you, "foodies"

It makes sense to let people you hate completely inform your life choices.

Truly it is tragic when hipsters have to deal with the mainstream taking their stuff...

Of come on. Do you not agree that the three examples above have been done to death ad nauseam? There's "popular", and then there's stupid.

stupid is stopping liking sriracha because: popular That's just pathetic, son.


Hops in beer is the best example I can think of where something good and decent--the hopping of beer--was turned into sheer evil. I'm waiting to find a bottle of ale that resembles a kelp bed due to all the hops flowers in it. I know it's out there. And I will spin my head and puke pea soup when it shows up.

Or maybe higher and higher ABV in ales

/if you like hops, that's great. but I'm pretty sure the entire craft beer industry is headed towards a large backlash
/people been saying that for years...
 
2014-01-14 12:14:20 PM  

uttertosh: I like kale.

(and most other veg), but I always blanch my veggies, as I think that it loosens up the flavours without killing the crunch factor (and conversely saves the good stuff from getting boiled out),

/during harvest time, instead of chips, I snack on a bowl of crunchy, buttered broccoli, sprinkled with flake-salt
//with a bowl of baby plum tomatoes, it's bliss


Once you add the butter and salt, is munching on broccoli much different than a potato, healthwise?
 
2014-01-14 12:14:43 PM  

PunkTiger: What the hell is wrong with kale? Granted, the only way I've ever had it was the main ingredient in good ol' Portuguese Kale soup. If you have a thing against kale, then use collard greens -- they're similar enough not to matter much.

/...in the soup, anyway.


The problem people have with kale has less to do with kale itself and more to do with the fact that there are literally kale evangelists who will not shut the fark up about it.

I think it tastes okay, but I'll admit to having a negative gut reaction to it because every time I see kale, I think of assholes with EAT MORE KALE bumper stickers (and shirts, and wrists bands, and probably farking tattoos for all I know).
 
2014-01-14 12:15:13 PM  
I have brother-in-law who became a "pure food" vegetable-terian years ago.  He's been insufferable in a kitchen or restaurant, ever since.  (He also quit drinking at the same time, which may have compounded the problem.)
 
2014-01-14 12:17:14 PM  
The guy who catered my daughter's Bat Mitzvah makes a kale salad fit for the gods. It's so simple but so tasty.

Cranberry Kale Salad with Almond Slivers
Ingredients
1 bunch kale
¾ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 ½ cup dried cranberries
1 cup sliced toasted almonds
¼ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup olive oil
1 garlic clove chopped very fine
pepper to taste
salt to taste

Method
Wash the kale under running water to remove impurities
Dry the kale by shaking the leaves over a sink
Remove the stems from the kale leaves
Lay the kale leaves one on top of the other and chop them into small pieces
Add the kale to a large bowl
Add the remaining ingredients one at a time and toss together with a pair of tongs
Allow the salad to rest for ½ hour in the refrigerator before serving
 
2014-01-14 12:18:14 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I The Southern Logic Company: Collards > Kale

That's only because no one has simmer kale in hamhocks for 45 minutes.


Who simmers in hamhocks anymore?  Bacon ends and pieces + bourbon + apple cider vinegar, add a little flambé, dump in the collards and mix together.  Done in 15 mins

/who eats raw vegetables anyway?
 
2014-01-14 12:20:35 PM  

Pentaxian: The guy who catered my daughter's Bat Mitzvah makes a kale salad fit for the gods. It's so simple but so tasty.

Cranberry Kale Salad with Almond Slivers
Ingredients
1 bunch kale
¾ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 ½ cup dried cranberries
1 cup sliced toasted almonds
¼ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup olive oil
1 garlic clove chopped very fine
pepper to taste
salt to taste

Method
Wash the kale under running water to remove impurities
Dry the kale by shaking the leaves over a sink
Remove the stems from the kale leaves
Lay the kale leaves one on top of the other and chop them into small pieces
Add the kale to a large bowl
Add the remaining ingredients one at a time and toss together with a pair of tongs
Allow the salad to rest for ½ hour in the refrigerator before serving


That has got to be the most condescending recipe I have ever read.
 
2014-01-14 12:21:44 PM  
wait... are you telling me that consuming an enormous amount of one thing may be unhealthy, even though it is healthy in normal quantities?
 
2014-01-14 12:25:34 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

/agrees with headline
//kind of obscure
 
2014-01-14 12:25:46 PM  

Donnchadha: Pentaxian: The guy who catered my daughter's Bat Mitzvah makes a kale salad fit for the gods. It's so simple but so tasty.

Cranberry Kale Salad with Almond Slivers
Ingredients
1 bunch kale
¾ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 ½ cup dried cranberries
1 cup sliced toasted almonds
¼ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup olive oil
1 garlic clove chopped very fine
pepper to taste
salt to taste

Method
Wash the kale under running water to remove impurities
Dry the kale by shaking the leaves over a sink
Remove the stems from the kale leaves
Lay the kale leaves one on top of the other and chop them into small pieces
Add the kale to a large bowl
Add the remaining ingredients one at a time and toss together with a pair of tongs
Allow the salad to rest for ½ hour in the refrigerator before serving

That has got to be the most condescending recipe I have ever read.


I know.  I made this at home and I felt so disrespected that I spent over an hour yelling at the salad.

I was screaming "who do you think you are, salad?  You think you're better than me, salad?"
 
2014-01-14 12:26:58 PM  
I juice.  I juice kale.  I do it about 3-4 times a week and I'll usually have some manner of greens at least once a day.
I also eat whole grains like barley, quinoa, oats, and rice about once per day.
I eat legumes like chick peas, lentils, mung beans, lima beans, kidney beans a few times a week.
I drink green tea, and probiotics.
I eat lean meats, fish, and poultry in moderation.
I eat fruit and vegetables at every meal.
I use nuts, oils, and dairy as accents and not features of meals.
I never allow myself to be hungry and I do not want.

Then once a week I order an entire goddamn pizza and I eat the shiat out of it while swilling as much beer as humanly possible and watching football.   I follow it up with ice cream and cookies and if I'm really lucky a blowjob from my wife.   Sunday is a good day people.  It helps me cope with the horrific mediocrity of the the other six days.
 
2014-01-14 12:28:31 PM  

IN THE GRIM DARKNESS OF THE FAR FUTURE THERE IS ONLY KALE


static3.wikia.nocookie.net

 
2014-01-14 12:29:52 PM  

hubiestubert: sigdiamond2000: baconbeard: Things I used to enjoy but now hate with a passion:

1. Prosciutto
2. Sriracha
3. Kale

/screw you, "foodies"

It makes sense to let people you hate completely inform your life choices.

Truly it is tragic when hipsters have to deal with the mainstream taking their stuff...


Kale is over!

3.bp.blogspot.com


/But seriously; two cups of greens, almond milk, some dates, frozen berries and half a banana.
 
2014-01-14 12:31:44 PM  

Prevailing Wind: I juice.  I juice kale.  I do it about 3-4 times a week and I'll usually have some manner of greens at least once a day.
I also eat whole grains like barley, quinoa, oats, and rice about once per day.
I eat legumes like chick peas, lentils, mung beans, lima beans, kidney beans a few times a week.
I drink green tea, and probiotics.
I eat lean meats, fish, and poultry in moderation.
I eat fruit and vegetables at every meal.
I use nuts, oils, and dairy as accents and not features of meals.
I never allow myself to be hungry and I do not want.

Then once a week I order an entire goddamn pizza and I eat the shiat out of it while swilling as much beer as humanly possible and watching football.   I follow it up with ice cream and cookies and if I'm really lucky a blowjob from my wife.   Sunday is a good day people.  It helps me cope with the horrific mediocrity of the the other six days.


www.lynnkindlercoaching.com
 
2014-01-14 12:31:54 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: Hops in beer is the best example I can think of where something good and decent--the hopping of beer--was turned into sheer evil. I'm waiting to find a bottle of ale that resembles a kelp bed due to all the hops flowers in it. I know it's out there. And I will spin my head and puke pea soup when it shows up.

Or maybe higher and higher ABV in ales

/if you like hops, that's great. but I'm pretty sure the entire craft beer industry is headed towards a large backlash
/people been saying that for years...


I agree that they've gotten out of control with the hopping. A much, much dumber trend is brewing beer and adding weird shiat like moon dust or whale or whatever the fark. That just plain stupid.
 
2014-01-14 12:31:59 PM  

uttertosh: baconbeard: hubiestubert: sigdiamond2000: baconbeard: Things I used to enjoy but now hate with a passion:

1. Prosciutto
2. Sriracha
3. Kale

/screw you, "foodies"

It makes sense to let people you hate completely inform your life choices.

Truly it is tragic when hipsters have to deal with the mainstream taking their stuff...

Of come on. Do you not agree that the three examples above have been done to death ad nauseam? There's "popular", and then there's stupid.

stupid is stopping liking sriracha because: popular That's just pathetic, son.


You know I'm right.
 
2014-01-14 12:32:49 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I know. I made this at home and I felt so disrespected that I spent over an hour yelling at the salad.

I was screaming "who do you think you are, salad? You think you're better than me, salad?"


Exactly. Salads are usually hilarious and awesome to be around:

i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-14 12:34:01 PM  
Thanks for posting subby. I'll be adding a brazil nut to my weekday breakfast smoothie (strawberries+muesli+milk+protein powder+kale cubes+dates).

Luckily I don't have it EVERY day, just during weekdays. Weekends are the property of french toast and sausage gravy.
 
2014-01-14 12:35:15 PM  

stampylives: wait... are you telling me that consuming an enormous amount of one thing may be unhealthy, even though it is healthy in normal quantities?


I always say humans evolved to eat all sorts of shait, not one kind of shait.
 
2014-01-14 12:36:01 PM  
I find it weird that kale is expensive. I associate it with the cheap veggie shiat my elementary school and preschool dolloped out.
 
2014-01-14 12:36:45 PM  
This is the proper way to eat kale that my family has been eating since before I was born and way before kale became the "it" vegetable.

www.kohlpinkel.de
 
2014-01-14 12:36:49 PM  

Pocket Ninja: mushrooms


Not a vegetable.
 
2014-01-14 12:38:03 PM  

uttertosh: baconbeard: hubiestubert: sigdiamond2000: baconbeard: Things I used to enjoy but now hate with a passion:

1. Prosciutto
2. Sriracha
3. Kale

/screw you, "foodies"

It makes sense to let people you hate completely inform your life choices.

Truly it is tragic when hipsters have to deal with the mainstream taking their stuff...

Of come on. Do you not agree that the three examples above have been done to death ad nauseam? There's "popular", and then there's stupid.

stupid is stopping liking sriracha because: popular That's just pathetic, son.


I like Sriracha but I always have time to point out that we've passed Peak Sriracha and the trend needs to stop. Like bacon flavored everything, it's an internet meme that is played out.
 
2014-01-14 12:38:25 PM  
"Crazy momma, where ya been so long"I love Cale.
 
2014-01-14 12:38:59 PM  
Hey watch this, I'm just about to convert all of you like Mohammed at the Mountain of freakin Hira:

1 - Chop up a bunch of kale
2 - Fry three slices of chopped bacon until crisp
3 - Sautee that goddamn kale in the bacon

media.tumblr.com
 
2014-01-14 12:39:23 PM  

Fano: uttertosh: baconbeard: hubiestubert: sigdiamond2000: baconbeard: Things I used to enjoy but now hate with a passion:

1. Prosciutto
2. Sriracha
3. Kale

/screw you, "foodies"

It makes sense to let people you hate completely inform your life choices.

Truly it is tragic when hipsters have to deal with the mainstream taking their stuff...

Of come on. Do you not agree that the three examples above have been done to death ad nauseam? There's "popular", and then there's stupid.

stupid is stopping liking sriracha because: popular That's just pathetic, son.

I like Sriracha but I always have time to point out that we've passed Peak Sriracha and the trend needs to stop. Like bacon flavored everything, it's an internet meme that is played out.


Trend or not, it tastes good and will continue to be my go-to for lots of dishes.
 
2014-01-14 12:41:30 PM  

baconbeard: hubiestubert: sigdiamond2000: baconbeard: Things I used to enjoy but now hate with a passion:

1. Prosciutto
2. Sriracha
3. Kale

/screw you, "foodies"

It makes sense to let people you hate completely inform your life choices.

Truly it is tragic when hipsters have to deal with the mainstream taking their stuff...

Of come on. Do you not agree that the three examples above have been done to death ad nauseam? There's "popular", and then there's stupid.


Prosciutto is not stupid. You're stupid.
 
2014-01-14 12:42:00 PM  

uttertosh: baconbeard: Things I used to enjoy but now hate with a passion:

1. Prosciutto
2. Sriracha
3. Kale

/screw you, "foodies"

that's the most hipster thing I've read evar.


I'm convinced that the people who complain about not being able to enjoy the foods that other people are talking about feel compelled to eat said food every time they see it mentioned.
 
2014-01-14 12:42:31 PM  

Pentaxian: The guy who catered my daughter's Bat Mitzvah makes a kale salad fit for the gods. It's so simple but so tasty.


I'm gonna make that.
 
2014-01-14 12:42:38 PM  

CapeFearCadaver: Mangoose: Sorry but most vegetables just don't taste that good in the grande scheme of cuisine.

Your taste buds are weird. Just... really farking weird.


Nah. Humans are wired to find things like fats, salts, and sugars more rewarding -- all the stuff that veggies tend to be lacking in. I don't doubt some people genuinely get off on veggies, in and of themselves. (Though in my experience, there's usually some sort of philosophical component at work.)

But, for the other 95% of the human race, it's about the preparation. And the preparation almost always involves adding some sort of fat, salt, or sugar.
 
2014-01-14 12:42:47 PM  

sweetmelissa31: Kale, which I juiced every morning, tops the list

The problem is juicing things I guess.. you have to use a ton of vegetables to get any juice. And you get rid of the fibrous parts in the process.



Are they REALLY juicing kale?!  Or are they throwing a cup of water into a vitamix (or some other multi-hp cellular eviscerator), adding some protein powder, kale and frozen strawberries and making a green smoothie?  I'm gonna assume they're using imprecise language.

I can't imagine actually juicing kale.

/I can imagine juicing watermelons, because it's a great way of dealing with the seeds, should you be stuck with 3 seeded watermelons
//Looking at you, CSA share!
 
2014-01-14 12:46:24 PM  

sweetmelissa31: The problem is juicing things I guess.. you have to use a ton of vegetables to get any juice. And you get rid of the fibrous parts in the process.


I don't understand juicing because of that - why discard the solids?

My morning smoothie from the blender:
Some kind of fruit or vegetable juice
Yogurt
Banana
Kale
Blueberries
Plus whatever carrots or beats or spinach or whatever I feel like throwing in

Takes less than 1 minute to prepare.
 
2014-01-14 12:47:58 PM  

Pocket Ninja: okra


www.simplyrecipes.com

Food of the Gods, baby.
 
2014-01-14 12:47:59 PM  
I buy a giant bag of kale every few weeks, it's the only size they sell locally.  I almost always open the bag, I eat a few servings once in a while. So, basically, I end up putting most of it in the compost pile, it will make excellent compost for the tasty vegetables I'll grow later.  I don't dislike it, but I don't like it either.
 
2014-01-14 12:48:16 PM  

satanorsanta: This is the proper way to eat kale that my family has been eating since before I was born and way before kale became the "it" vegetable.

[www.kohlpinkel.de image 416x292]


YES!
 
2014-01-14 12:50:15 PM  

baconbeard: Things I used to enjoy but now hate with a passion:

1. Prosciutto
2. Sriracha
3. Kale

/screw you, "foodies"


I'm kinda off bacon, if you can believe it.  Didn't even know it was possible.
 
2014-01-14 12:54:22 PM  
We'll I'm safe.  Kale sucks.
 
2014-01-14 12:54:56 PM  

scubamage: Thanks for posting subby. I'll be adding a brazil nut to my weekday breakfast smoothie (strawberries+muesli+milk+protein powder+kale cubes+dates).

Luckily I don't have it EVERY day, just during weekdays. Weekends are the property of french toast and sausage gravy.


You ever tried to open one of those farkers?   I only add a brazil nut on the weekend, when I have time.
 
2014-01-14 12:55:09 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: I'm convinced that the people who complain about not being able to enjoy the foods that other people are talking about feel compelled to eat said food every time they see it mentioned.


Mmm mmmmm.....that was the best kale, ham and sriracha sandwich....... wait, what?
 
2014-01-14 12:57:30 PM  

baconbeard: hubiestubert: sigdiamond2000: baconbeard: Things I used to enjoy but now hate with a passion:

1. Prosciutto
2. Sriracha
3. Kale

/screw you, "foodies"

It makes sense to let people you hate completely inform your life choices.

Truly it is tragic when hipsters have to deal with the mainstream taking their stuff...

Of come on. Do you not agree that the three examples above have been done to death ad nauseam? There's "popular", and then there's stupid.


...and then there's the folks who consider other folks' choices ruining their own. The common factor isn't "foodies" it's your own smug sense of smugness...

Mind you, I'm a chef, so I am fully aware of folks hopping on a bandwagon, and running it down to ground, but in the end, you have to do your own thing, and hope that the public is with you. You forge ahead, you do your own food to the best of your ability, and you look to set trends as opposed to following them. That means being aware of what's going on in the industry, but to avoid others' pitfalls.

"Foodies" haven't ruined anything. They've springboarded some mediocre chefs to a spotlight, and in fairness, the industry has mined folks fairly well, and used them poorly, but they're not the problem. The industry itself has issues, and part of that has to do with distributors, part of that has to do with the suppliers, part of that has to do with the competition, and part of that has to do with the embrasure of the idiocy that has turned the Food Network into a casting call for chefs more interested in fame and their own brand, than the food that they produce. "Foodies" aren't to blame, but for damn sure you can level some of that acid towards marketing folks, and suits who promulgate this idea that the industry is about star chefs, as opposed to the team effort of talented folks with a passion. It has elevated a business model over the art, and while restaurants should have folks with some business acumen at the head, in the end, restaurants are a melding of business and art, which are not always good bed partners.

Trends be damned. Trends are what folks follow. You can follow, or you can blaze your own trails. Let everyone else catch up, and make some cash in the meantime.
 
2014-01-14 01:00:33 PM  
Unpasteurized sauerkraut is where it's at!
 
2014-01-14 01:01:16 PM  
I think there are two real issues here:

1) The vilification of iodized salt mean that most of us are not getting enough dietary iodine to help out thyroid do their job.

2) The encomiums for raw food overlook the fact that some food really should be cooked for optimal digestion.

The article even says that cooked kale is not an issue the way raw kale is. And kale holds up beautifully in soups, quiches, and tarts. It works a lot better than spinach or other greens which melt into a fabric-like mushiness.
 
2014-01-14 01:01:25 PM  

Bumblefark: Nah. Humans are wired to find things like fats, salts, and sugars more rewarding -- all the stuff that veggies tend to be lacking in. I don't doubt some people genuinely get off on veggies, in and of themselves. (Though in my experience, there's usually some sort of philosophical component at work.)

But, for the other 95% of the human race, it's about the preparation. And the preparation almost always involves adding some sort of fat, salt, or sugar.


About once a week I crave a monster salad with a little oil & vinegar (there's your fat). Baby spinach with tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers, olives, scallions, peppers, cucumbers, finely sliced celery, brocolli, and cauliflower. Toss it in a small tub and give me a damn fork.

/craving wings n beer for dinner
 
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