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Thread: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

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    Janet Wilder Guest

    Default Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

    Why is it that most of the recipes for vegetables either have canned
    soup, sauces, or other stuff on the veggies? Why don't Americans like
    regular vegetables? I can see a bit of salt and a little butter, but
    what is the obsession with masking the flavor or vegetables?

    I grew up with broccoli or cauliflower steamed in the pressure cooker.
    Nothing on it except maybe a little salt at the table. Squash was baked,
    scooped and served. Maybe some veggies were mixed together, like
    ratatouille or lima beans and tomatoes, but we never had sauces on our
    veggies and we never, ever had canned soup on them! Was my home so unique?
    --
    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

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    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

    On Nov 23, 2:31*pm, Janet Wilder <kelliepoo...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > Why is it that most of the recipes for vegetables either have canned
    > soup, sauces, or other stuff on the veggies? *Why don't Americans like
    > regular vegetables? *I can see a bit of salt and a little butter, but
    > what is the obsession with masking the flavor or vegetables?
    >
    > I grew up with broccoli or cauliflower steamed in the pressure cooker.
    > Nothing on it except maybe a little salt at the table. Squash was baked,
    > scooped and served. Maybe some veggies were mixed together, like
    > ratatouille *or lima beans and tomatoes, but we never had sauces on our
    > veggies and we never, ever had canned soup on them! *Was my home so unique?
    > --
    > Janet Wilder
    > Way-the-heck-south Texas
    > Spelling doesn't count. *Cooking does.


    I wager most Americans do like veggies cooked like you think is
    correct. The ones with sauces and soups are just different ways to
    serve them, and in my experience (midwest), usually only for special
    occasions.

    I grew up (on a farm) with everything cooked and served with a little
    salt and pepper and butter, at the eater's choice. My mom would make
    scalloped corn once in a while, but that is with milk, eggs and
    cracker crumbs ... no "sauce" and no soup.

    N.

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    Chemo the Clown Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

    On Nov 23, 12:40*pm, Nancy2 <nancy-doo...@uiowa.edu> wrote:
    > On Nov 23, 2:31*pm, Janet Wilder <kelliepoo...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >
    > > Why is it that most of the recipes for vegetables either have canned
    > > soup, sauces, or other stuff on the veggies? *Why don't Americans like
    > > regular vegetables? *I can see a bit of salt and a little butter, but
    > > what is the obsession with masking the flavor or vegetables?

    >
    > > I grew up with broccoli or cauliflower steamed in the pressure cooker.
    > > Nothing on it except maybe a little salt at the table. Squash was baked,
    > > scooped and served. Maybe some veggies were mixed together, like
    > > ratatouille *or lima beans and tomatoes, but we never had sauces on our
    > > veggies and we never, ever had canned soup on them! *Was my home so unique?
    > > --
    > > Janet Wilder
    > > Way-the-heck-south Texas
    > > Spelling doesn't count. *Cooking does.

    >
    > I wager most Americans do like veggies cooked like you think is
    > correct. *The ones with sauces and soups are just different ways to
    > serve them, and in my experience (midwest), usually only for special
    > occasions.
    >
    > I grew up (on a farm) with everything cooked and served with a little
    > salt and pepper and butter, at the eater's choice. *My mom would make
    > scalloped corn once in a while, but that is with milk, eggs and
    > cracker crumbs ... no "sauce" and no soup.
    >
    > N.


    We love veggies! Raw and cooked. We eat all sorts and not just a
    couple of kinds.

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    Kent Brockman Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?


    On 23-Nov-2010, Janet Wilder <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Why don't Americans like
    > regular vegetables?


    Fear of a persistent vegetatvie state?
    --
    Kent Brockman, multi-award winning anchor

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    ravenlynne Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

    On 11/23/2010 3:31 PM, Janet Wilder wrote:
    > Why is it that most of the recipes for vegetables either have canned
    > soup, sauces, or other stuff on the veggies? Why don't Americans like
    > regular vegetables? I can see a bit of salt and a little butter, but
    > what is the obsession with masking the flavor or vegetables?
    >
    > I grew up with broccoli or cauliflower steamed in the pressure cooker.
    > Nothing on it except maybe a little salt at the table. Squash was baked,
    > scooped and served. Maybe some veggies were mixed together, like
    > ratatouille or lima beans and tomatoes, but we never had sauces on our
    > veggies and we never, ever had canned soup on them! Was my home so unique?


    I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm just now getting to like them. I
    was raised by my grandmother who boiled everything almost to whiteness.
    Horrible stuff, veggies were. Broccoli isn't meant to be yellow mush.


    --
    Currently reading: The Chalice by Phil Rickman and The Walking Dead vol 3

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    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

    On Nov 23, 12:31*pm, Janet Wilder <kelliepoo...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > Why is it that most of the recipes for vegetables either have canned
    > soup, sauces, or other stuff on the veggies? *Why don't Americans like
    > regular vegetables? *I can see a bit of salt and a little butter, but
    > what is the obsession with masking the flavor or vegetables?
    >
    > I grew up with broccoli or cauliflower steamed in the pressure cooker.
    > Nothing on it except maybe a little salt at the table. Squash was baked,
    > scooped and served. Maybe some veggies were mixed together, like
    > ratatouille *or lima beans and tomatoes, but we never had sauces on our
    > veggies and we never, ever had canned soup on them! *Was my home so unique?
    > --
    > Janet Wilder
    > Way-the-heck-south Texas
    > Spelling doesn't count. *Cooking does.


    I grew up eating vegetables we grew ourselves. Nothing better than
    fresh right out of the garden. We also canned for the winter. I
    think the casseroles served at Holidays are special dishes, not your
    everyday foods. Made all 'fancy' for the holidays.


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    Cindy Hamilton Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

    On Nov 23, 3:31*pm, Janet Wilder <kelliepoo...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > Why is it that most of the recipes for vegetables either have canned
    > soup, sauces, or other stuff on the veggies? *Why don't Americans like
    > regular vegetables? *I can see a bit of salt and a little butter, but
    > what is the obsession with masking the flavor or vegetables?
    >
    > I grew up with broccoli or cauliflower steamed in the pressure cooker.
    > Nothing on it except maybe a little salt at the table. Squash was baked,
    > scooped and served. Maybe some veggies were mixed together, like
    > ratatouille *or lima beans and tomatoes, but we never had sauces on our
    > veggies and we never, ever had canned soup on them! *Was my home so unique?


    Veggies cooked simply and lightly buttered and salted are often
    served on American tables. (Ok, on dishes on American table.)

    But it's not a "recipe" and there's no reason to talk about it here.
    It'd be like posting a recipe for a glass of water.

    Cindy Hamilton

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    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?



    "Janet Wilder" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:4cec24ac$0$23853$c3e8da3$[email protected] eb.com...
    > Why is it that most of the recipes for vegetables either have canned soup,
    > sauces, or other stuff on the veggies? Why don't Americans like regular
    > vegetables? I can see a bit of salt and a little butter, but what is the
    > obsession with masking the flavor or vegetables?
    >
    > I grew up with broccoli or cauliflower steamed in the pressure cooker.
    > Nothing on it except maybe a little salt at the table. Squash was baked,
    > scooped and served. Maybe some veggies were mixed together, like
    > ratatouille or lima beans and tomatoes, but we never had sauces on our
    > veggies and we never, ever had canned soup on them! Was my home so
    > unique?


    Well I am not American but we eat as you describe. I steam most of our
    veggies and we dress them with a little salt, a little butter, but
    definitely no canned soup!!!

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    https://www.shop.helpforheroes.org.uk/


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    Miche Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

    In article <4cec24ac$0$23853$c3e8da3$[email protected] om>,
    Janet Wilder <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Why is it that most of the recipes for vegetables either have canned
    > soup, sauces, or other stuff on the veggies? Why don't Americans like
    > regular vegetables? I can see a bit of salt and a little butter, but
    > what is the obsession with masking the flavor or vegetables?


    Because they've been told from infanthood that they shouldn't like
    vegetables, so they don't.

    Miche

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    Electricians do it in three phases

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    Goomba Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

    Janet Wilder wrote:

    > I grew up with broccoli or cauliflower steamed in the pressure cooker.
    > Nothing on it except maybe a little salt at the table. Squash was baked,
    > scooped and served. Maybe some veggies were mixed together, like
    > ratatouille or lima beans and tomatoes, but we never had sauces on our
    > veggies and we never, ever had canned soup on them! Was my home so unique?


    I think there is a vast middle ground between the plain vegetables that
    you grew up with and "cream of anything" soup coated vegetables.


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    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?


    > Veggies cooked simply and lightly buttered and salted are often
    > served on American tables. *(Ok, on dishes on American table.)
    >
    > But it's not a "recipe" and there's no reason to talk about it here.
    > It'd be like posting a recipe for a glass of water.
    >
    > Cindy Hamilton


    Uh, Cindy, this isn't the "recipe" group (which appears to have died)
    - it's the cooking group -

    N.

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

    On Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:31:46 -0600, Janet Wilder wrote:

    > Why is it that most of the recipes for vegetables either have canned
    > soup, sauces, or other stuff on the veggies?


    Because simple cooked vegetables do not need recipes.

    Recipe for Steamed Broccoli:

    Put fresh broccoli florettes in steamer.
    Steam until desires tenderness.

    Doesn't make for much of a recipe. A recipe like that would get
    laughed at here.

    -sw

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

    On Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:31:46 -0600, Janet Wilder
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Why is it that most of the recipes for vegetables either have canned
    > soup, sauces, or other stuff on the veggies? Why don't Americans like
    > regular vegetables? I can see a bit of salt and a little butter, but
    > what is the obsession with masking the flavor or vegetables?
    >
    > I grew up with broccoli or cauliflower steamed in the pressure cooker.
    > Nothing on it except maybe a little salt at the table. Squash was baked,
    > scooped and served. Maybe some veggies were mixed together, like
    > ratatouille or lima beans and tomatoes, but we never had sauces on our
    > veggies and we never, ever had canned soup on them! Was my home so unique?


    No. Vegetables were served plain at my house too. I like roasting
    them these days. When I was a kid, only acorn squash was cooked in
    the oven.

    --

    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

    On Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:31:46 -0600, Janet Wilder
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Why is it that most of the recipes for vegetables either have canned
    >soup, sauces, or other stuff on the veggies? Why don't Americans like
    >regular vegetables? I can see a bit of salt and a little butter, but
    >what is the obsession with masking the flavor or vegetables?
    >
    >I grew up with broccoli or cauliflower steamed in the pressure cooker.
    >Nothing on it except maybe a little salt at the table. Squash was baked,
    >scooped and served. Maybe some veggies were mixed together, like
    >ratatouille or lima beans and tomatoes, but we never had sauces on our
    >veggies and we never, ever had canned soup on them! Was my home so unique?


    I've always eaten veggies of all sorts, and a lot of raw veggies... I
    eat veggies every day, several times every day. However I don't
    remember the last time I've eaten canned soup.

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    Michel Boucher Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

    Janet Wilder <[email protected]> wrote in news:4cec24ac$0$23853
    $c3e8da3$[email protected]:

    > Why is it that most of the recipes for vegetables either have canned
    > soup, sauces, or other stuff on the veggies?


    Meat fetishism?

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    When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag
    and carrying a cross.

    Sinclair Lewis

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnrYMafCzeE

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

    On Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:31:46 -0600, Janet Wilder wrote:

    > I grew up with broccoli or cauliflower steamed in the pressure cooker.


    I would say that in itself is "hating" vegetables :-)
    Is a presssure cooker really necessary?

    -sw

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    Ema Nymton Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

    On 11/23/2010 2:31 PM, Janet Wilder wrote:
    > Why is it that most of the recipes for vegetables either have canned
    > soup, sauces, or other stuff on the veggies? Why don't Americans like
    > regular vegetables? I can see a bit of salt and a little butter, but
    > what is the obsession with masking the flavor or vegetables?


    Some people disguise vegetables so their children will eat it, just
    cover it in cheese and they will love it. When I was a child, we had a
    garden. We liked vegetables, probably because we always had them. My
    mother would often season vegetables with bacon fat or butter, sometimes
    crema. One of my favorite seasonings for baked potatoes or broccoli is
    salt, pepper and lemon juice.

    Becca

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    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

    Sqwertz wrote:
    > On Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:31:46 -0600, Janet Wilder wrote:
    >
    >> Why is it that most of the recipes for vegetables either have canned
    >> soup, sauces, or other stuff on the veggies?

    >
    > Because simple cooked vegetables do not need recipes.
    >
    > Recipe for Steamed Broccoli:
    >
    > Put fresh broccoli florettes in steamer.
    > Steam until desires tenderness.
    >
    > Doesn't make for much of a recipe. A recipe like that would get
    > laughed at here.


    Agreed. I eat lots of vegetables that are raw or not overcooked,
    and pretty plain. But if I was to post a vegetable recipe, it would
    be something more elaborate. I don't think Americans dislike
    vegetables, in general.

    nancy

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    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

    On 23/11/2010 4:37 PM, Ophelia wrote:

    > Well I am not American but we eat as you describe. I steam most of our
    > veggies and we dress them with a little salt, a little butter, but
    > definitely no canned soup!!!


    Same here. We usually boil, bake or steam or fry vegetables. I may dress
    them up a little. for instance, when we did a butternut squash the other
    day we added some ginger, cinnamon and curry powder. No processed foods
    used with veggies here.



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    David Harmon Guest

    Default Re: Why Don't Americans Like Vegetables?

    On Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:31:46 -0600 in rec.food.cooking, Janet Wilder
    <[email protected]> wrote,
    >Why is it that most of the recipes for vegetables either have canned
    >soup, sauces, or other stuff on the veggies?


    Because otherwise, you don't need a recipe.




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