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There's something about pineapple on pizza that sends people over the edge. I suppose this makes me a philistine, but I think it's a delicious combination: I don't understand why people get so up in arms over it. It's not that serious, people! Let others enjoy things! Let them like what they like!

Believe it or not, there are other food debates that are similarly spirited, as we found out once Redditor smackjackass asked the online community, "What other food argument is as heated as pineapple on pizza?"


"In Mexico..."

In Mexico we have the super heated argument about whether or not a quesadilla should have cheese in it. The issue arises from the fact that the name quesadilla implies cheese is in it (quesa being a prefix that comes from queso, which means cheese) but in certain places in Mexico, when you order a quesadilla they would ask you if you want cheese in it (in those places, the quesadilla usually has other food inside, like chicken of beef, the cheese is extra), which comes in contradiction with the name of the dish.

GusdudeTyr

"There are folks..."

How to cook steak.

There are folks who insist that anything other than minimal spice and a quick flip of the pan is sacrilege. There are other folks who have elaborate 24h marinade sessions to get their steak ready for the barbeque and top it with clarified garlic butter. Some people like their steak well done. Some people like barbeque sauce. Some people can't afford an expensive cut, so they end up slow cooking a cheap one (*gasp*). All of these people will find someone online who thinks that they are wrong.

Celesteria

"If you stack..."

If you stack one lasagna on top of another lasagna do you have one big lasagna or two stacked ones?

GetThatSwaggBack

"I have a friend..."

Is cheese a topping on a pizza? I have a friend who argues the literal side that someone has to physically put cheese on the pizza, therefore it is a topping. I argue it is not a topping, that it comes default on the pizza. If I ordered a pizza and asked for no toppings, it would still come with cheese. It gets pretty intense. I'm sure Reddit could settle it once and for all.

juan_carlos21

"Mild or spicy..."

Mild or spicy at Popeye's is practically a proxy war.

jjgp112

"A grilled cheese..."

A grilled cheese with anything besides cheese inside is a melt, and NOT a grilled cheese.

katielikesbeer

"This one got heated..."

Is chili a soup???? This one got heated when I asked my friends.

nitroskylord69

"I'm already getting really mad..."

Raisins do NOT belong in cookies. I don't know if this is heated for others but I definitely will judge an entire bakery on whether they'll put those cockroach look-a-likes in an oatmeal cookie. I'm already getting really mad just thinking about it.

pixel_ate_it

"I don't know about other people..."

I don't know about other people, but I am of the opinion that you should NEVER put onions in your guacamole. To do so is straight up heresy.

LahDeeDah7

"Seriously..."

Steak.

People go insane about steak. And get offended at others not liking steak at their preferred doneness. Up to and easily including supporting chefs giving them bad food for not agreeing.

Like straight up, not joking, not playing around like people do about pineapple, literally saying that a person should get a lower quality of food because they don't agree with how they want that food cooked. And will justify it a hundred ways, saying that by their preferences what they enjoy about the steak is lost with that level of doneness.

Seriously, as long as a person has had a good quality rare steak before, and decided their preference was well done, let them f****** eat the food they pay for.

The internet needs to get over policing other people preferences for food/texture. Trying various things is good, and I could definitely agree that somebody who is only had a well done steak is missing out and really needs to try one made differently. But if they have? Respect their preferences like a functioning adult.

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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

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