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15 Foods You Either Loved or Hated Growing Up

Growing up, everyone had drastic opinions about food — maybe all things, if we’re being honest here. As kids, we’d take one bite of a meal and declare it to be the only food worth eating ever again, or we’d sniff something on our plate and knew it to be non-edible slop that had been served to us for reasons beyond our understanding. We weren’t exactly known for our nuanced palates.

But it’s not like kids agreed on what those foods were. We didn’t have nationwide or global meetings deciding which pizza toppings were good or bad. Weirdest of all were the foods that offered no middle ground whatsoever. They were the foods that no one was simply “meh” about. Throughout our childhood, these were foods that we either super absolutely loved or very much absolutely hated. Let’s look at those top contenders of what drove us wild, whether good or bad. Let’s celebrate that divide!

Casserole

A meal that could arguably drum up suspicion from the get-go, casserole has a history of being a thick, creamy jungle of who knows what. However, sometimes it could just be a savory cascade of all your favorite goodies inside a deliciously layered festival of flavor.

Brussels Sprouts

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Well, well, well… look what food’s become the big ticket item in hip gastropubs these days, the food that was steamy, bland nonsense back in the day. This is a food that sincerely, wholly depends on who’s at the kitchen’s helm. It could either be crispy Heaven or boiled Hell.

Meatloaf

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A loaf of meat? Incredible. A loaf of meat? Gross. Yes, this truly drove a wedge between families, as some would consider it a mysterious piece of meat combo that could get you insanely sick or a wonderful combination of all things savory.

Banana Pudding

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A relic leftover from the era when suburbia exploded, this recipe features a crazy amount of cream (just as a lot of things did back then). Not everyone was into that as youths. In fact, some kids hate biting into such floofy nonsense, only to get a bite of a Nilla Wafer, which wasn’t exactly Oreo. But then there were those who adored banana pudding. It was unique! It was carefree sugary mania! It tasted like a season that didn’t exist! In short, it was paradise found.

Mushrooms

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This one definitely carries over into adulthood, with some of the kids who hated mushrooms turning into fungi lovers. Growing up, this could make or break pizza. They could be tolerated or savored in soups. It was sibling against sibling, spouse against spouse; rare was it for an entire household to agree if mushrooms were good.

Goat Cheese

When it comes to tang, goat cheese would basically slap around your tastebuds. You were just trying to enjoy your pizza, sandwich, or what have you, and in came this flavor that was super tangy aggressive and entirely without chill. But for others, it was such a weird, unique flavor you couldn’t help but love it. Goat cheese took otherwise predictable meals and gave them a tangy, cheesy twist. It was always just the right amount too, so it never got to be too wild.

Black Licorice

To you, this was either a lie posing as candy or a very unique sweet treat that not enough folk appreciated. Some argued it was for old people; some argued that most people’s mouths are just broken. It was either a pungent funk or a pleasant surprise. No one will ever agree and we’ll fight about black licorice until we’re all dead.

Anchovies

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These remain insanely divisive, but everything was magnified when we were kids. For the most part, these were too weird to add to anything and even stranger to add little fish to the most sacred of all kid’s meals — pizza. But to those craving salty meat, what delivered like anchovies? Plus, they always came in a bunch, so it felt like a relentlessly giving snack.

Nilla Wafers

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These always seemed like adult cookies, like the kind of sweets people who never lived enjoyed. They’d eat these for some reason, even though ice cream sundaes and every kind of candy bar existed. But, on the other hand, these were still cookies and cookies are chill and can always be dunked in milk and make your day right.

Coconut

Ah yes, the coconut wars of our youth, where it could ruin Halloween or save a birthday cake. If you were anti, you’d take a bite of something and a slow realization would sweep over you as you spit out everything in your mouth. It wasn’t ever sudden. If you were pro, then you licked your lips and would accidentally eat, like, five helpings of anything with coconut. That was like consuming summer and feeling the sunshine course through you.

Blue Cheese

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Sure, the idea of eating moldy cheese outright sounded unappetizing for some (insane even), but for others, blue cheese brought with it a pure, scrumptious, wild tang. There was no taming it and no one who loved it would’ve want to anyway. But the naysayers wouldn’t come near it.

Jell-O

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Not everyone loved the jiggly sensation of whatever alien life form Jell-O counted as. Some found it unnerving at best and just a waste of time and energy otherwise. And yet, the other half of youngins were crazy all about it. Any flavor ruled; all of it was good. Somehow it felt like a health food you could play with?

Cream of Literally Anything Soup

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You’re born with the cream-of-soup gene or you aren’t. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. What may feel like eating soapy sewage to one individual may seem like devouring a warm sweater for your stomach on a cold day. And so on and so on.

Cilantro

This one can be blamed on simple science. According to SciShow, for an estimated 4-14% of the population, cilantro can taste like soap, due to a group of olfactory-receptor genes called OR6A2. It picks up on aldehyde chemicals, which are found in both cilantro and soap. However, to everyone else, cilantro is an amazing addition to anything from tacos to soups to pastas and it should be celebrated accordingly.

Bananas

With strange foods, polarizing opinions seemed inevitable. But a raging debate over bananas never made sense to me, and yet I saw it happen time and time again in my youth. I would watch someone bite into the long, yellow fruit like a monster and laugh about how good it was and then I’d behold a livid other person wanting to watch a world of banana-lovers burn to the ground. One day, there will be a war. Which side will you be on?

 

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Welcome to Your First Hangover Breakfast of 2013

GOOD MORNING SWEETIE! WELCOME TO 2013!!!

Oh, was that too loud?

Sorry, just got a little excited there. How’s this? Better? Good.

Well, here we are. We finally made it, past the bath salt zombies, past the last Twilight movie, past Call Me Maybe and Gangnam Style, to the other side of the 2012-2013, post-Mayan Doomsday divide. So if you spent last night throwing the finger at the absolute shitshow that was 2012, I don’t blame you.

Your memory might be a little spotty, but at least you know it was a good time right?

But now the party’s over and you probably feel more like this:

So, whenever you’re ready to face the New Year (or heck, even the new day), here are a few hangover breakfast recipes to help get you through to January 2.

Coconut Water Chiller

According to TIME Magazine, coconut water can be used in medical emergencies as an alternative to other IV liquids. And I don’t know about you, but that fact, combined with the heavenly elixir’s light and sweet taste, is more than enough reason whip up a nice cool glass of this stuff. Or you know, two or three.

H/T A Passionate Plate

 

Sriracha Bloody Mary

Another liquid, because the thought of solids probably doesn’t sound all that appealing right now. The added sriracha instead of tabasco could also help give you that extra kick to at least try and start your day. And trying has got to count for something.

H/T White on Rice Couple

 

Homemade Gatorade

And the final drink on the list, in case coconut water’s too fruity and Bloody Mary’s are too housewifey and you didn’t have the foresight to grab yourself a bottle of regular Gatorade as chaser.

H/T Katy She Cooks

 

Maple Bacon Donuts

If and when you are ready to have some solid food though, these maple bacon donuts could be perfect for the drunken muncher with a sweet tooth. Because you probably already hate yourself anyway.

H/T How Sweet It Is

 

Sliced Bread Pizza

Pizza for a hangover is amazing, that’s a no-brainer. But sometimes the phone is too far or you just don’t want to wait the 30 minutes it’ll take for your (probably also hungover) pizza truck driver to get there. Luckily there’s such a thing as a microwave and sliced bread, halle-freaking-lujah.

H/T Dil Se

 

Fried Ramen and Eggs

Kind of a layman’s pad thai. Thankfully also super cheap to make, you know, in case you blew all your cash at the bar. Because you did. Just FYI.

H/T UniqueandGood

 

Banana and Nutella Stuffed French Toast

Mushy, gushy and potassium filled, bananas take very little effort to eat and don’t sit nearly as heavily as most other foods do in your stomach the morning after. The Nutella and deep fried bread just happen to be very delicious bonuses.

H/T Just a Taste

 

Spicy Cheesy Beef Tater Tot Hangover Casserole

Last but not least, the cheesy, greasy, potatoey motherlode. Now supposedly all these things are actually really bad for you, especially when you’re nursing a hangover. But for some reason they taste amazing and frankly, if it’s wrong, I for one don’t want to be right.

H/T Fat and Happy

Now, we understand that even though it’s probably 12, 3 or even 6 in the afternoon right now, you’re probably not ready to be up and about. So we’re just gonna leave this list right here. So go ahead, close your eyes, close the curtains, maybe change out of your party dress into your comfy PJs and sleep off the rest of the booze.

Just come on back when you’re ready for some New Year’s breakfast noms, ya hear?

 

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Veggie Egg Casserole

Is there a better sight to wake up to in the morning? We’re looking at onions, garlic, roma tomatoes, chopped spinach, eggs and cheese served up casserole style. Dollop some sour cream and spread some hot sauce around for added love, and that’s the basic gist of this latest Budget Bytes recipe!

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Little Debbie Casserole

Straight from Kyle Hansen’s photostream and a page out of “Teasin’ Diabetics” (just kidding, that’s not a real book as far as I know), we have the the Little Debbie Casserole. A brand usually reserved by my friends and I as a post drunken-night snackapade, Mr. Hansen has actually piled them beautifully into trays and got them ready to be casseroles! We’re looking at a package of Toll House chocolate-filled chocolate chip cookies, one layer of oatmeal cream pies, 1 layer of butterscotch krimpets, one layer of swiss cake rolls/funnybones, one layer of honey buns/zebra cakes, topped with tasty kakes and a package of Reese’s Peanut Butter Morsels sprinkled throughout! (Thx ThisIsWhyYoureHuge)

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"The Hat" Onion Ring, Chili and Fries Casserole

The Hat has always had a special place in my heart. Often frequented by me and my former basketball teammates after a hard game, we’d make it a point to pig out on chili cheese fries, onion rings and burgers. Apparently someone took this to the next level and created a casserole from ingredients available at the chain. Fries line the bottom of the pan, a layer of chili covers those fries and onion rings and cheese make up the top layer. The entire “situation” (ahhh, see what I did there?!) is baked for 15 minutes. Eat on! (PicThx TIWYF)

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Candy Mountain Casserole

The best types of desserts usually come 11 layers deep. This particular casserole jump-off features 11 layers of Pop Tarts, pretzels, chocolate, gingersnaps (say whaaaattt), peanut butter (double say whatttttt), icing and mini jawbreakers to keep this dish rough around the edges. Dessert just got serrrrious, and we didn’t even need bacon to do it! (Thx TIWYF)

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Craving: Tuna Noodle Casserole

I’m usually not a fan of tuna dishes, then again I’m usually not a fan of tuna. But for some strange reason, right now, this tuna noodle casserole sounds and looks absolutely delicious. Egg noodles, chopped celery and onions, thin leak strips, chopped mushrooms, frozen peas, chunks of tuna and top it off with some panko crumbs. Get it! (Thx Kokocooks)