Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Guilty pleasures are much on my mind of late. Charming Suitor and I started a Guilty Pleasure Movie Series with some friends of ours, about once or twice a month we have dinner and a movie night. We alternate who gets to choose the movie. The rules are, it has to be a guilty pleasure, not one of those movies in the pantheon of great films...nope, we are talking about those movies that if you are flipping channels and spot it, you have to stop.
Some of the movies we have watched so far include Ghostbusters, Wayne's World, Addicted to Love, Face Off, Lost in America, Airplane, Valley Girl, Modern Romance, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Some really hold up surprisingly well. (Wayne's World) Some REALLY do not. (Valley Girl) But many discussions have been brought up about the idea of the "guilty pleasure". And how much the guilt and pleasure part are intrinsically connected, that the nature of the enjoyment is in direct correlation to how sort of sheepish we would be if people knew about it. It feels almost like getting away with something, stealing a couple of hours for a less than stellar movie that, for whatever reason, holds a special place in your heart.
The same thing happens with food. I love really good food. Top quality. I try very hard to stay away from processed foods full of unpronounceables. I buy meat, poultry and eggs from either a local farmer, or a butcher I trust. Charming Suitor and I mostly make our own lunches, cook dinners about 5 nights a week, and go to decent restaurants or dine at friends homes for the rest. We are lucky that even our last minute take-out options are pretty great nearby restaurants, a small family-owned Italian place, a terrific Japanese/Sushi house, an amazing Filipino soul food place, an organic rotisserie chicken joint, awesome Middle-Eastern, the best Thai food in Chicago. I would say that 98% of what I put in my mouth is made from amazing fresh seasonal ingredients by either myself or skilled chefs.
And the 2%?
Total, unadulterated crap.
Yup. The guilty pleasure foods. The ones that you would never admit to in public. The ones you don't even buy at your regular grocery store, hiding them under the QTips at Walgreens, or at a little convenience store off the beaten path. The ones you remember from college or early childhood, that evoke amazing sense memories, but are generally really bad for you.
I can give you fantastic recipes all year long, recommend delicious restaurants, but just because I am mostly devoted to great quality eats, I am not immune to the guilty pleasure.
Ramen noodles, so full of sodium that it is amazing they don't come with a defibrillator. Mac and Cheese, of either the neon orange Kraft or mushy pallid Stouffer's ilk, each carrying its own very particular type of delight. Speaking of Stouffer's, the spinach souffle still holds a weird little place in my heart. God help me, Buddig sliced turkey...not the actual turkey breast, the blended and reformed turkey PRODUCT. That plastic dip made with velveeta and ro-tel canned tomatoes and green chilies. SPAGHETTIOS for the love of Mike, those stupid squishy O pasta bits floating in that sickly sweet barely-tastes-of-tomatoes sauce. Preferably served with bread and butter for sauce dunking. White bread. (With real butter,TYVM. I may occasionally walk on the dark side, but margarine does not pass these lips.)
I know. It is shameful. These are horrible horrible things that can barely be considered food. They provide way too much carb, fat, salt and chemicals and nearly no actual nutritional value. But for whatever reason, once a year or so, they call to me. Usually when I am in the last month before book deadline and any type of real cooking seems to use too much bandwidth, and I'm in need of not only quick food, but also comfort. I seem to revert right back to college finals eating, minus the Jeana's steak and cheese subs and the Chinese delivery that weirdly came with poofy kaiser style rolls for free, but made you order white rice.
Unlike movies, which we have discovered can be shared with varying levels of enjoyment with friends, guilty pleasure foods sort of have to be eaten alone. You can't ask people over for dinner and serve them this stuff, they would never come back. And unless your significant other shares your particular guilty pleasure foods (CS does not. But I don't get his Popeye's chicken thing either, so we are even) you are stuck.
But there is a certain amount of psychological benefit to naming and claiming your guilty pleasures. To owning them, acknowledging them, and indulging them occasionally in moderation without beating yourself up about it.
So I am declaring this Name Your Pleasure week. And since Ice Cream is a pleasure sometimes guilty (whole pint of Chubby Hubby in one sitting out of the container while watching Real Housewives) and sometimes not (demure little scoop of organic gelato with a single wafer cookie and a sprinkle of fresh berries), I've got two Oxo Good Grips ice cream scoops to give away.
Comment below with your top guilty pleasure foods and movies by 11:59 CST on Tues May 14, and I will pick two of you to win these awesome scoopers.
Only rule? No judging here, Chickens, we all have our stuff. Please keep comments positive and supportive. And if someone names something you love too, let them know so they don't feel so alone.
Yours in (mostly) Good Taste,
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My guilty pleasure food is cupcakes. I LOVE cupcakes. I don't watch many movies (no time with a 3 yr old) so I don't really have a movie guilty pleasure. I could write a whole book on all the food ones I have though :)ReplyDelete
I LOVE Wayne's World! My family and I have taken to saying "no huh-way". So funny.ReplyDelete
My guilty pleasure foods:
- Oreos. No question. Preferably ones with flavored or colored filling. I'm not much of a cook/baker, but I sometimes stress-bake chocolate chip cookies. NO slice and bake dough because the real stuff takes like 10 minutes to mix and tastes so much better. But when I'm stressed or hanging out with my best friend for a trashy movie/TV night? OREOS.
- As a Chicagoan, you will understand this. We live in a city with such good pizza. I'm talking deep dish AND thin-crust. And yet...sometimes I order Pizza Hut. (It's what I grew up with!)
I put peanut or almond butter into vanilla ice-cream. Yep, judge away.ReplyDelete
Potato chips and French onion dip. Oreos. Kraft mac 'n' cheese. Grilled cheese with Velveeta and Campbell's tomato soup. Hostess Cupcakes.ReplyDelete
BARBER'S french onion dip, right?Delete
I'm not really picky on the brand...but my SIL had some a couple of weeks ago that was fla.vor.less. I think it might have been a Meijer store brand.Delete
Although it is awkward to mention in front of my children, Helluva Good Dip really lives up to its name! :)Delete
YES! Have you had the buffalo chicken flavor? O. M. G. Delicious!Delete
Heinz chicken gravy in a can. White bread with butter & honey. Birthday cake ice cream. Chocolate fudge cake (the cheap kind from the grocery store).ReplyDelete
Movie - that is easy: Desperately Seeking Susan.
My top guilty pleasure food is casserole consisting of: jarred Cheez Whiz, frozen broccoli, condensed cream of chicken soup, and minute rice. Topped with Fritos. It is pure delight!ReplyDelete
My favorite guilty pleasure movie is probably the dance movie Center Stage. I still watch every time it airs on Oxygen.
Patrick Swayze in "Roadhouse" -- I have been known to stay up until 3am on a work night just to watch. Food? Pop Tarts. Either unfrosted strawberry or brown sugar cinnamon.ReplyDelete
Guilty Pleasure Movie - Dodgeball. Anytime this movie is on television (and yes, I do own the DVD), I stop everything I am doing to watch it. And I enjoy it every time. And I laugh every time. "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!"ReplyDelete
Guilty Pleasure Food - Beefaroni. Yup. I can't tell you the last time I had it, but when I am mentally overwhelmed, I need beefaroni. It reminds me of when life was simpler - no cell phones or email or constant reminders of things you need to do, places you need to go, people you need to talk to. Where my biggest problem was the color of the jelly shoes I should wear.
I literally just finished eating one of my guilty pleasures...spaghetti-os with meatballs, yikes! Of course now I feel terrible, but oh the deliciousness/ickyness of those things :)ReplyDelete
Two of mine are definitely Ramen noodles and Blue Box Mac n Cheese- they taste like college.ReplyDelete
Also? Tostitos "cheese" dip and tacos from Jack in the Box. They have been 2/$0.99 since my childhood and that was our occasional fast food treat growing up. Luckily, I have yet to see a Jack in the Box in the Chicagoland area so I only eat them once every year or two when visiting the homeland in Texas.
Guilty pleasure movies?
Anything (and Everything) John Hughes (though, he is his own pantheon of greatness!)
Can't Buy me Love
My husband's list include: any and every movie that involves an alien (most often: Independance Day), anything involving a war (bad movies like Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down), and Steel Magnolias... I kid you not.
Kraft Mac N Cheese - I put peas in it to make it "healthy"
Tortino's Pizza Rolls or Party Pizzas
Supermarket "white" cake with "white" frosting
Taco Bell Doritos Tacos
TV dinner meatloaf - Now we are talking some real food shame
Sex and the City I and II
Flight of the Navigator
Summer Magic - I made the mistake of watching it with my husband. He didn't enjoy it to put it mildly.
Canned cranberry sauce. I consider myself a bit of a novice foodie and I have no idea why, but that can-shaped jelly is absolutely amazing. The other biggie Oscar Mayer cheese-dogs. They remind me of summers in the 80's with all the kids in my neighborhood running through the sprinklers then having lunch on towels in the front lawn.ReplyDelete
LOL, I was (ok still am) obsessed with being able to slice the cranberry sauce along the rings left by the can. Unexplainable, but true!Delete
Our family's guilty pleasure food is Velveeta Dip. Our guilty pleasure movies are Mars Attacks (Ack! Ack!), Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Saving Silverman. If I'm by myself, I enjoy Return to Me.ReplyDelete
Fluffernutter sandwiches on Wonder bread. And the PB has to be creamy Peter Pan. And a guilty pleasure movie? Hmmm...The Long Kiss Goodnight with Geena Davis.ReplyDelete
Sixteen Candles, Breakfast CLub, Some Kind of Wonderful and GRILLED BACON & CHEESE & pickle Sandwich (grilled in a pan of butter)ReplyDelete
Totino's party pizzas with the square pepperoni!ReplyDelete
Guilty movie: Boogie Nights, Raising ArizonaReplyDelete
Guilty foods: 4 cheese lasagna Hamburger helper & Hungry Jack mashed potatoes with the "Brown" gravy made from "Brown" gravy powder.
Movies: Big Trouble in Little China, Mama Mia, Breakfast Club and Princess BrideReplyDelete
Food: Bacon and fried eggs over toast -- for dinner!
Chef Boyardee spaghetti in a can. Oh God, how I love it. It's mushy, it's bland, it's full of the worst stuff... but I will eat it cold and directly out of the can if I don't feel like getting a bowl and microwaving it. I'll lick my fingers in joy afterwards, too.ReplyDelete
My guilty pleasure movie... Probably Ringmaster. Do you remember it? It was that Jerry Springer movie. Horrible, stereotypical, and Jerry had a SONG in the middle of it, but I laugh and laugh every time I watch it.
Wow, guilty pleasures. I have many. I too am a sucker for Kraft or Velveeta mac and cheese, along with ramen noodles. I also have a weird love for animals crackers (especially the McDonalds ones) and goldfish crackers. And chicken nuggets of any kind. I have the diet of toddler.ReplyDelete
Such a great topic! White cheddar cheez-its, peanut m&m's, and ruffle potato chips with french onion dip made from the dried soup and sour cream. I feel like nuclear winter after I eat any of them, but while I'm eating them it's pure bliss!ReplyDelete
Movies are Legally Blonde and Short Circuit.
Guilty pleasure movie - Muriel's WeddingReplyDelete
Guilty pleasure food - crunch, salty potato chips
When I lived in Texas I would beg my sister to send me some central Pennsylvania potato chips like Middleswarth or Grandma Utz. Sadly, Gibble Foods closed their doors last month so there will be no more Red Hot chips. :-(
Pretty Woman! Still waiting for Richard Gere to rescue me!!ReplyDelete
Definitely Totino's Pizza Rolls! Kraft Mac n Cheese, Velveeta/Rotel cheese dip, Ruffles with real French onion dip (sour cream and Lipton onion soup mix)!!!
Guilty food? Bologna sandwiches - white bread, yellow mustard...Movie - "Urban Cowboy" esp. when Bud tells Cissy, "I want to apologize clear back to the first time I hit you..."ReplyDelete
Movie guilty pleasure? Definitely Overboard. I can't not watch it when it is on. Food guilty pleasure? Nachos. The more nacho cheese and sour cream, the better. Yum.ReplyDelete
Grease 2 and fried bologna.ReplyDelete
Pretty Woman and Gerber Chicken Sticks. Yes, the baby food. I never outgrew my love for them. Now I get to share them with my toddler daughter :)ReplyDelete
Movies: Witness (Harrison Ford), Say Anything, Object of my Affection (Paul Rudd!), Twilight moviesReplyDelete
Food: Kraft Mac & Cheese, Cambell's Nacho cheese soup with tortilla chips (whole can), deep fried cheese curds
Movie: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jenge, ridiculous Bollywood movie that I adore. Also How to Lose a Guy in Ten days. The perfect guilty food for my movies? Bagel Bites. Yes I do have the palette of a five year old, best followed up by Gushers for dessert. Maybe that's what I should do tonight : )ReplyDelete
Movies: Romancing the Stone, Buckaroo Banzai, Princess Bride, Grease & Grease 2, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Best Little Whorehouse In TexasReplyDelete
Foods: toasted Sara Lee poundcake slathered with Nutella, hot crispy shoestring french fries dipped in a chocolate milkshake, and pork rinds.
I'm sure I'm overlooking something on both fronts, but those were the first things to spring to mind.
Movies: Miss Congeniality, both of them; Practical MagicReplyDelete
Food: frozen egg rolls with the neon orange sweet & sour sauce; ice cream Drumsticks-- the mini ones so you can eat a bunch; popcorn drizzled with a ton of butter and then sprinkled heavily with Kraft grated Parmesan cheese; Cheezits but not the whole grain variety;
movies--Parent Trap, sadly either version will hook me in. I only say sadly because I am so disappointed in Lindsay Lohan these days. Overboard, Center Stage, Girls Just Want to Have FunReplyDelete
Food--cheetos, crazy neon orange artificially flavored Cheetos, although I have recently switched to the all natural version and they are just as good. Velveeta mac and cheese
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Time cop starring jean Claude van damme merely based on best fight scene in kitchen. Jean Claude does the splits across cabinets.ReplyDelete
Guilty food- chilli dogs with that bright colored cheese sauce on top
I can't get enough of While You Were Sleeping. Perfect silly rom-com. Chicago, funny dialogue, best supporting characters ever. Love it! Return to Me is a VERY close second, but I skip the first part now.ReplyDelete
The junkiest of all the guilty pleasures food for me has to be...Chili Cheese Fritos dipped in sour cream. (drools, rushes out door to buy some)
Movie: Sixteen Candles (OK - really it is just watching Jake Ryan. I could skip the rest of the movie.)ReplyDelete
Food: Cool Ranch Doritos
Now - if I am eating Cool Ranch Doritos WHILE watching Sixteen Candles. Sigh......heaven on earth.
There are almost too many guilty pleasure movies for me to choose from! I mean literally too many! If I had to choose one though...I would go with Urban Cowboy..."Are you happy? Hell yeah I'm happy" L-O-V-E!!! My guilty food pleasure would have to be a Oatmeal Pie (large size of course)...YUM! Nothing better!!ReplyDelete
Food - Blue box mac and cheese (with ketchup), Lay's Ripple chips and onion dip, fresh soft JuJubes (but not the black ones) and Wonder Bread and bologna sandwiches (skip the mustard).ReplyDelete
Movies - Overboard, Princess Bride and Mamma Mia. Oh yeah - A Fish Called Wanda - probably my favorite!!!
French Fries dipped in a vanilla or chocolate milkshake... or a nacho cheese chalupa from Taco Bell (hold the iceberg lettuce please)
Practical Magic, The Craft, Sixteen Candles, and now Pitch Perfect.
So many guilty pleasures, so little time! Rolled tacos with everything, Ramen noodles, cheese fries, anything with melting cheese!ReplyDelete
Movies: Die Hard (I can recite almost the whole script), While You Were Sleeping, Bringing Down the House, Zoolander, Dodgeball!
SPAM! Thinly sliced and fried crisp. Movie - "You've Got Mail."ReplyDelete
Guilty Pleasure Food:ReplyDelete
Kraft Cheez-Whiz on toast
I'm from Canada, and I've spent a lot of time in the U.S. and never actually seen it in grocery stores, although American friends say they know what Cheez-Whiz is. To be clear - it's NOT spray cheese, but spreadable processed cheese that comes in a glass jar. Having it melty on hot toast is reminiscent of my late grandfather - when I stayed with my grandparents in the summertime as a kid, he would make it for me, cut the toast into strips, and make some sort of structure out of it. It's still my favourite comfort food, but has never received anything but a scrunched up nose and a look of disgust from anyone I mention it to. So definitely a guilty pleasure.
Guilty Pleasure Movie:
Too many to count. The majority of my favourite movies are considered 'chick flicks', but the basic rule is that if it contains a song-and-dance number, a horrendously unrealistic romance storyline, a natural disaster, a sinking ship, or Julia Robert or Sandra Bullock, I'm probably going to watch it. Again.
Guilty Pleasure Movie(s): Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Say Anything, The Breakfast Club, You've Got Mail, Castaway, Shawshank Redemption, Misery.ReplyDelete
Guilty Foods: Pizza Rolls dipped in Ranch Dressing with Caramel Popcorn for dessert.
Guilty Pleasure foods: Chef Boyardee Ravioli. I eat it maybe once a year and am usually ashamed to admit to anyone that I had it.ReplyDelete
Guilty Pleasure movies: Xanadu and The Pirate Movie. They are the only two that I am kind of shamed to admit my love for.
Donuts. Love me some donuts.ReplyDelete
Too many tasty foods out there. I try very hard to provide a balanced meal of organic and farm raised foods for my family. But if you put a bucket of fried chicken or buffalo wings in front of me, watch out! I also love cheese and french fries. Cheese on my fries is even better. Ooh, dipping my fries in blue cheese is even better than the previous stuff.ReplyDelete
Guilty Pleasure Movies; Labyrinth "Forget about the baby" and War Games "I'd piss on a sparkplug if I thought it would do any good"ReplyDelete
Guilty Pleasure Foods: Mayonnaise sandwiches and Pound Cake topped with strawberries in a pool of half & half.
A tub of mashed potatoes! Yum. Some are kinda sorta real food ... but others are not. Doesn't matter. The creamier, the baconier, the BETTER. OK now I am starving!ReplyDelete
Movie: Any cheesy dance movieReplyDelete
Food: Mac and Cheese w/Hotdogs- not the good ones, the ones that go on sale for $0.79
Guilty pleasure: eggo waffle sandwiches. Think pbj except instead of bread, I use eggos.ReplyDelete
Movie: the proposal, pretty woman or the babysitter's club movie.
Oh my gosh you said mine, mac and cheese, love that stuff! I order it at practically every restaurant I try if I see it on the menu just to see how they do it differently. I've had some really awesome and some really bad ones, but nothing quite matches up to the blue box blues!ReplyDelete
Oh, and for guilty pleasure movie, I'd have to say Drive Me Crazy or The Holiday :)ReplyDelete
my sister-in-law makes an amazing carrot cake and cream cheese frosting. She knows I love the frosting so she gives us a container of it, which I eat with a spoon...ReplyDelete
Oh, guilty pleasures!ReplyDelete
A ham Loretta sandwich & hash browns from Sarkis
Movie (or Whirly Pop) popcorn with "layered" butter
Ruffles Reduced Fat Potato chips (yeah, the reduced fat is kind of negated when you eat the whole bag)
Texas Toast Grlic & Cheese croutons
(I'm definitely a "savory" craver)
Can't Buy Me Love (my first encounter with McDreamy)
Top Gun (before Tom went cray-cray)
Guilty pleasure food:Ramen, kraft mac and cheese, Pringles, velveeta plus salsa, jalepeno poppers(the kind out of a box)ReplyDelete
movies: I will watch Harry Potter movies whenever they are on tv, also Devil Wears Prada, You've Got Mail, Twister (cows! debris!), Practical Magic, While you Were Sleeping, any John Hughes flick, Heathers, Kissing a Fool.
My guilty pleasure foods are Baked Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream, gummy bears, and red velvet cupcakes. But not just any red velvet cupcakes. Magnolia Bakery. Since I no longer live near one, I have the cookbook and have made them quite a few times. And don't get me started on the frosting. Heaven!ReplyDelete
Guilty pleasure movies? Every Harry Potter. Yes, I'm a grown woman, but I own every one, and any time they're on TV, I can't help myself.
pop tarts any flavor, fruit loops, apple jacksReplyDelete
Guilty pleasure movie, I have three; Better Off Dead, Grosse Point Blank and the classic Lake Placid.
Guilty food pleasure - Queso: ground beef, Velveeta, red onion, Rotel (husband won't touch the stuff - silly man). Best thing ever!ReplyDelete
Guilty movie pleasure - Hot Tub Time Machine (husband's: 27 Dresses. I came home one day and he was watching it, kind of weirdly hot).
Movie: time cop, i love the muscles from Brussels, jean Claude doing the splits across kitchen counter gets me every time. Food: 7-11 chili dogsReplyDelete
Don't judge but Fried Chicken -- and Yes Dear Ramen Noodles and Coco Cola.ReplyDelete
Even owning a Custom high end cake shop we have our guilt pleasures.
Guilty movie is ShowgirlsReplyDelete
Guilty Movies - Love Actually, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation & Doc HollywoodReplyDelete
Guilty Foods - Boil Caramel, Rediwip and Nila Wafers. Mashed Potatoes and Creamed Corn.
guilty pleasure foods: spam - in any form. spam musubi, spam fried rice....spam and eggs, alsoReplyDelete
guilty pleasure movies/tv: clueless, pretty woman, grease, 19 kids and counting, my big fat gypsy wedding...
Definitely ANY of the Bring It On movies. I will watch them every single time they are on ABC Family.ReplyDelete
Kraft powdered-cheese-add-butter-and-milk Macaroni and Cheese is my absolute fave guilty pleasure, preferably served with hot dogs.
Guilty pleasure food would be my son's mac & cheese. But I buy the Annie's Organic, so my guilt has been reduced by 25%. I also love his fruit snacks - something about opening up a pack of kid's fruit snacks and wondering what shape you'll pull out next.ReplyDelete
Guilty pleasure movie is Shawshank Redemption. We have seen that movie so many times we know all the lines. Yet when it's on, my remote stops working and I'm stuck on that channel. Even the 'edited for TV' version. You can't beat the scene when the warden throws a rock thru the poster. :-)
Guilty Pleasure Foods:ReplyDelete
Pizza Hut's American Chicken Club Pizza, McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese with a layer of their fries on the sandwich (weird I know, did it for 40 years now), McD's breakfast burritos, and for sweet, Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups chilled in fridge or freezer (I miss when they came in the white box with gold plastic overwrap!)
Guilty Pleasure Movies:
"DIE HARD" (1-4), SCRE4M (Scream 4, ULTIMATE SLASH MOVIE, SHOULD HAVE BEEN "because Sidney won't effin' die!!"), "Romancing the Stone" (I have Mickael Douglas issues!), "Singin' In The Rain", "Serenity" (conclusion of "Firefly" short run sci-fi series), and many more! Tons of tv shows on Netflix too! Also on DVD, "FRIENDS", And "GILMORE GIRLS"! There really is a reference from those two shows for EVERY OCCASION!!
Kraft Mac and Cheese (white cheddar) or Stouffers brand, and Tombstone Cheese Pizza (bland, right? Reminds me of the pizza they served us at kindergarden in Wisconsin... probably WAS the same.)
Movies: Say Anything, Some Kind of Wonderful, Bridget Jones (only the first one), My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Movie: Animal House & Coming to AmericaReplyDelete
Food: Doritos - Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch
I know I'm too late for the contest, but my guiltiest guilty pleasure food is boxed Betty Crocker scalloped potatoes (the au gratin ones will do too). I'm a foodie and a bit of a health nut, but there's something about perfect little slices of dehydrated potato and powdered "cheez" powder with about a gazillion milligrams of sodium (made with milk and real butter) that's just amazing and horrifying at the same time. I could eat a whole box of them for lunch. And I've tried ordering real potatoes au gratin in fancy restaurants...and they're never as good as the boxed crap.ReplyDelete