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Dessert: A confession ...

PaulF | Jul 27, 2006 10:39 PM

The (now closed) thread one what foods we don't like that everyone else does got me thinking.

And I started thinking that I don't consider "dessert" chow.

Which is not the same thing as saying I don't like dessert or don't have a sweet tooth sometimes. I like chocalate and I like pie -- I like cake and cookies.

But I would never choose a restaurant because of their desserts, never try a new restaurant because of their dessert reputation.

I've never tried a bakery cupcake and have no interest in the fad. I don't know what red velvet is -- at least I don't think I do.

Left to my own devices, I really never order dessert. Sometimes the wife will want something and I'll take a bite.

I'd rather have more dinner than dinner and dessert if I "have room."

Not sure why this is. My dad, when I was a kid, had limited interest in dessert. He'd head back to the kitchen for leftovers, before he'd snack on dessert. Even today he'll eat a little ice cream after dinner, but he doesn't all the time.

At home, if there are cookies in the house, I might eat a few while watching tv or reading, but I hardly ever buy them when I'm shopping. (An exception: I went through an Uncle Eddie's Vegan Cookie phase and ate them by the bagful.) The most likely time for me to want dessert is after eating something spicy during the meal.

But the frequency of my desiring sweets is not as much the issue (the craving comes and goes) so much as I don't care too much about the quality of the sweets I eat. Store bought chocalate chip cookies suit me fine. And it's not as if I can't tell the difference -- I know when I'm eating a quality baked good, for example -- it's just not a big deal to me.

Not sure if I'm asking a question, making a statment or seeing if anyone else feels like I do. Just wanted to get if off my chest.

And I guess I'm curious to know if there are others who love great chow, but who are really not at all particular when it comes to desserts, others who equate chow with "food" and not "snacks."

(That last remark is telling to me, as I wrote it without thinking. From somewhere inside me, I consider desserts "a snack" and everything else "food" with all the positives and negatives attached to those comments. Thanks for listening.)

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