WARNING: Following content may offend food snobs. If you are easily shocked by posts about artificial sweeteners and grocery-store packaged foods, just avert your eyes and move on to posts about truffle oil and fois gras.
So I have items in my fridge and cupboards that I wouldnt necessarily want hounds to see
Im NOT talking about trendily downscale stuff like, say, Yoo-Hoo or Vienna beef hot dogs or loaves of white bread fresh from the bakery
Im talking about the REALLY un-houndly stuff
Here are some of my examples (Premptive note: This is not an invitation to flame my choices Im posting them here because I *know* theyre embarrassing!):
1) Atkins maple syrup product: Terrible consistency, but tastes *OK* (not great). I only use this because sometimes I like to make French toast and not OD on processed sugar
2) Crystal Light: I hate soda of all types, juice has too many carbs and can do a number on my delicate little digestive tract, and water sometimes gets boring. Crystal Light, like Atkins syrup, is not great, but fits the bill
3) Iceberg lettuce: Sometimes I like this out-of-favor food with homemade tacos or Mexican-style (for gringos) dishes. Actually, my Mexican-for-gringos concoctions are probably a separate unhoundly thread unto themselves (And yes, I live in LA. I *KNOW* the difference between the real enchilada and the stuff I whip up at home)
4) This may be the worst: Sugar free Jell-O pudding. Im risking getting banned from Chowhound now But again, its the processed sugar issue Sometimes I like to whip up a quick dessert (just for ME, not company), so I use this packaged abomination along with some Scharffen Berger chocolate or fresh fruit .Not houndly, but hits the spot on a busy weeknight .
OK, folks, 'fess up: What embarrassing items are in YOUR kitchens?