questionswhat is your favorite indulgent food?

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I go with the cheap stuff that'll kill me before I turn 50, ie, bacon wrapped, deep-fried hotdogs. The name pretty much tells you everything you need to know about it.

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@captainsuperdawg: Now that you say that, I should have included this in the question:

"...or a food that is soooo bad for you, you dare not eat it more than once a year."

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last year was Four Loko. worst idea ever.

This year, it's along the lines of making the guys from EpicmealTime cringe with my friends.

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Pastries. Any and all that I can fit into my moosh... Oh, man, I love pastries.

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A trip to Fogo de Chao, with endless skewers of perfectly spit-fired meat, delivered to my table with the flip of a coaster. If you have not been, go. Even their salad bar is unworldly. At a minimum of $50 per person, this is a once-per-year kind of meal.

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Ice cream from Jeni's. We have to have it shipped, which makes it fairly exorbitant, but it's the best ice cream ever. Six pints, give or take $100 with shipping costs.

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Seafoam candy. Puffed up corn syrup and sugar coated in chocolate? Count me in!

And only something I can really find once a year anyway, if the humidity is too high all the candy gets ruined and mushy and gross.

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@magic cave: I'll match that with ice cream from Penn State's Berkey Creamery. Absolutely the finest mouth feel I have ever had from an ice cream, especially the peach. Worth every darn calorie and carb.

10 half gallons for $57.50 + $86.13 shipping via FedEx 2nd Day Air, including the coolers and dry ice for a total of $143.63. Works out to a little less than $14.40 per half gallon.

Yes, the shipping is steep. However, considering how marvelous the ice cream is, the fact that it arrives in 2 days to my doorstep (heck, that trip is a HARD 14+ hours for me to drive), it's well worth it. And when the cost is divided up between 3 families, not quite as damaging.

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Besides ice cream which is a once in a year thing, if that, my go-to comfort foods would be any form of fried potatoes. French fries, latkes, tatertots, OR tostones (double-fried green plantains) with mojo dipping sauce. My hips say "come to me, sit a spell."

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Good old fashioned Ruffles potato chips and ranch dip. Deadly. I dare not buy a package of those chips, they'll be gone within 24 hours.

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Chocolate (dark) and lobster (not chocolate-covered)

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Some of this stuff seems crazy indulgent to me. Generally, my biggest indulgence is really whatever my family makes for the annual Christmas Eve party. All kinds of pasta, different types of dip (I <3 chicken wing dip), and usually lots of meatballs and cookies.

Also, though I don't often drink wine very often, I'll have a few glasses if one of my aunts brings the right kinds. I'm pretty picky on my wines.

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I've been dieting a long time, so pretty much any kind of bread is an indulgence. My first course at any holiday meal is warm buttered bread. On those rare occasions when I get to share holidays with family, they just give me a biscuit or roll right out of the oven before the meal is even served because it makes me very happy. I could skip the rest of the meal as long as I get my bread and butter.

But if I were to be planning a last meal that I wouldn't have to exercise off, it would consist of three courses:

"Appetizer": Wavy Lays, El Pinto Green Chile Sauce and Daisy Sour Cream with Diet Pepsi (hate corn syrup)

Entree: Thai Green Curry Coconut Chicken with extra coconut milk over a mountain of jasmine steamed rice with Mighty Leaf Tea's hot Green Tea Tropical.

Dessert: Tough one as I really favor almost any homemade dessert (cane sugar) over any commercial one (corn syrup). Peach bread pudding with brandy sauce maybe. Or a plate of top grade white and very dark chocolate.

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@lavikinga: My ultimate comfort food (as opposed to indulgence) is potato pancakes like my grandmother made when I was growing up. I used to know how to make them but lost the knack, and now that she is gone I can't get it right. You just can't go home again.

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Elephant Ears at the Fair. Luckily they only come once a year.

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@bogie21: Ohhhhh, LOVE those. There's that deep-fried smell that comes from the Elephant Ear booth. At ours it is the same booth that does funnel cakes. Last Fall I got 1 of each, ate it all :)

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@moondrake: Hand grate raw potatoes and a small white onion, the finer, the better.
Squeeze out most of the liquid from the vegetables.
Add a bit of flour, salt & pepper and a beaten egg to the potatoes and onion, mixing lightly until most of the lumps are gone.
Ladle out in spoonfuls into a cast iron frying pan with about a half inch of hot oil (peanut if you have it).
Fry until golden brown. Drain pancakes on paper towels and serve with applesauce or sour cream. I like mine with sour cream mixed with a bit of horseradish, salt & pepper. My mom would get lazy and some times peel and cube the potatoes and throw them into the blender. She'd drain them in a paper towel lined colander and then proceed with the recipe. I miss those!

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@lavikinga: Can I come to dinner at your house?

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@magic cave: Only if you are in the mood for Cuban Masitas de puerco fritas and tostones and a tossed salad. Not exactly low calorie dinner for the troops tonight. Tomorrow is grilled chicken & vegetables and a salad. Come on over.

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@lavikinga: My grandmother always used leftover chunky mashed potatoes (so already cooked). And no egg. I think I am just not using enough flour. I gave up fried foods (except for the occasional french fry or onion ring indulgence) twenty years ago and have just lost the knack for it. Your Cuban dinner sounds great, except I've never much liked tostones. Now, Jamaican style sweet fried plantains I just can't ever get enough of.

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@moondrake: ah, you like the maduros! They're like candy if you fry them just right. Now I know what you're talking about! My Gran used to make those. The secret was using enough flour on the outside and a non-stick pan AND letting them sizzle for a long time before flipping so they didn't fall apart.

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@lavikinga: Well, DANG! I didn't get back to my email or here in time! I hope it was a yummy as it sounds. Perhaps another time.