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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:57 PM
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Poll question: Cilantro. Yes or yuck?
I've read that how you taste cilantro depends on your genetic makeup.
To me it tastes like too much chlorine in a swimming pool when you get the water up your nose.

Not completely nauseating, but unpleasant.
:-(

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:58 PM
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1. What would pico de gallo be without cilantro?
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:43 PM
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22. hello!
:hi:
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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 04:16 PM
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40. And a hello to you too!
:hi:
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DevonRex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 11:10 AM
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51. Edible?
:evilgrin:
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:11 PM
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2. We grow our own - PERFECT for salsa and coriander seeds out the wazoo are a bonus!
Last season my wife made a shitload of salsa entirely from ingredients we grew. The cilantro was critical to the mixture.

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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:20 PM
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7. Considering MY post -- "out the wazoo" might be a LEETLE too much inforamation, tyvm. n/t
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:26 PM
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11. But accurate. We bought ONE plant several years ago - kept it in a small pot.
Enough seeds escaped that it took over a good part of the side of the garage. We harvest most of the leaves and seeds each year but enough seeds escape to keep it coming back each year. And don't even get me started on the banana mint.

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chollybocker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:14 PM
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3. Blech. Tastes like lawn clippings.
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 07:15 PM by chollybocker
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Love Bug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 12:28 PM
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62. Yes it does.
x(
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:14 PM
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4. Only in small doses.
I feel the same way about cumin, too. Meh.
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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:18 PM
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5. It was an acquired taste for me after I moved to Tucson...
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...and when I use it, it's with a very light hand -- but it definitely
sparks up Mexican foods of all kinds.
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And I agree... whats "pico de ballo" without it:
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Mixture: (for removing genital odors and halitosis) Boil 2 quarts of water
and add 3 teaspoons of dry Cilantro seed, reducing heat to simmer for 1
hours or until volume is reduced by half. Add 2 teaspoons orange zest and
one pitted date, finely diced. Continue to simmer for an additional 15
minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of both dried Cilantro and
fresh parsley, finely chopped. A few drops of mint may be added. For gargle,
use cup of cooled mixture. Filter, seal and refrigerate. Use the warm
concoction for removing odors from genitalia. May also be helpful to soak
cotton and apply to toothache.

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http://www.herbco.com/p-302-cilantro-domestic-cs.aspx
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I don't recommend recycling those mixtures.
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You folks teach me the coolest stuff.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:18 PM
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6. I could bathe in the stuff
Yum Yum!
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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:20 PM
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8. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! n/t
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Dr. Strange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:29 PM
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15. And take pictures of you bathing in it.
And post them here.
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 10:15 AM
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30. I could too.
Because it tastes like soap to me.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 11:08 AM
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38. Me too! Love it!
:9
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:22 PM
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9. Yes!!
The people bearing the cilantro = soap gene are to be pitied even more than those (like Republican Stepdad) with the asparagus = pee smells like a skunk attack gene.
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 10:16 AM
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31. My pee smells when I eat asparagus
but I don't mind that smell.
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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:25 PM
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10. once in a while
I like it but once I've had some I don't need any more for a couple of weeks.

I've had it coming back in the garden every year from seeds, I think it's already started this year.
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:41 PM
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12. I grow some every year, just in case I need it for a recipe.
Funny, I've never needed it for a recipe. :shrug:

I really don't care for it.
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:57 PM
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13. Nice post, Bobby Flay!
:P

He puts that in everything.
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distantearlywarning Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:24 PM
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14. I love it!
I could eat it in nearly everything.

I feel bad for the people who think it tastes like soap. If you have the genes that make it not taste like soap, it tastes absolutely delicious.
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:33 PM
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16. Cilantro is gold, baby. Pure gold.
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Demoiselle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:34 PM
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17. I hate it fresh...like it dried (Coriander). Weird, huh?
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 09:35 PM by Demoiselle
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era veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 10:21 AM
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33. I love it fresh, dry it's useless for Mexican cuisine, IMO
Celebrating herbal diversity.
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Demoiselle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 10:33 AM
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35. You're right....
A little bit of fresh cilantro in Mexican food is fine with me...Guacamole and that whole crowd. Coriander works with a whole different world.
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antigone382 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 09:05 PM
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42. well...coriander is the seeds. cilantro is the leaves.
The leaves don't really have much flavor dried. Coriander is kinda citrusy, in my opinion.

I love both, in huge amounts.
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Demoiselle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 11:05 AM
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43. I didn't know that! Thanks.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:52 PM
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18. Yuck. Period.
I guess I have the wrong genes, but oh boy.

More of it for the rest of you!

I can taste even the tiniest bit in anything...


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Phentex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 08:34 AM
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48. It's known to taste like soap for many people...
I didn't realize this until we talked about it in the Cooking & Baking forum a long time ago. I can take it in small doses but it tastes like soap to me! I was glad when the fad died down a little.
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:18 PM
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19. one of the great culinary discoveries I made after moving to Texas
I love the stuff
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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:35 PM
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20. Cilantro garnished my Moraccan Eggplant tonight.
Too much information?

Very fresh and tasty cilantro.

Essential to Mexican food, as well.
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:42 PM
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21. yes, absolutely!
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 10:45 PM by shanti
gotta have it, especially in salsa. soap, maybe, but i love it anyway.
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:53 PM
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23. It tastes like soap to me
You can have it
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Sisaruus Donating Member (703 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 05:54 PM
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56. Me, too.
Yuck.
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 12:39 AM
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24. It is an essential ingredient.
TexMex would taste like dogfood without it.
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Arkansas Granny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 09:03 AM
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25. A little goes a long way. I can handle a bit of cilantro in a dish, but
too much and it tastes like soap.
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av8rdave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 09:06 AM
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26. I am going to try growing my own. I LOVE it
It's a critical part of my homemade salsa.

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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 09:35 AM
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28. excellent in salsa, peco. but hubby starting garden again this year. i think he has tried
it.

if i remember, will ask him to try again this year.

he has spearment and another that keeps coming back. grows crazy. he puts in his sun tea and is delicious.
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av8rdave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 10:13 AM
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29. Spearmint is awesome
As I recall, it grows like a weed. I might even be able to do it.

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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 10:31 AM
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34. he has spearmint and another one. i like the other in the tea better. but ya....
it goes. he has it seperated pretty well. first thing up this spring to go into the first hot tea.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 09:33 AM
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27. i love cilantro. i love the taste, LOVE the smell. hubby introduced it to me
Edited on Fri Apr-15-11 09:33 AM by seabeyond
and when in fridge, will put it in all kinds of stuff.

one of my favorites.

my father doesnt like it at all. surprised the shit out of me, cause i thought my new discovery of it would impress all.

oh... and saw genetic makeup... where is info on that. curious.
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 10:19 AM
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32. I don't mind a tiny bit
but when I lived in Taiwan, the street vendors put handfuls on top of this one kind of soup. Totally ruined it for me.
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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 10:51 AM
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36. I grow that too!
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 11:04 AM
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37. LOVE cilantro.
nt

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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 12:42 PM
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39. NOT on the Cilantro bus.
Not on the hummus train either.

Hate refried beans with the fury of a thousand suns. Hey, let's eat something that looks like it just poured out of your ass on a bad day! NOMS!

Pure mayonnaise is gross.

Ricotta, feta, cottage and bleu cheese - Big Fat NO on that quartet.

Can't eat lima or wax beans without gagging.

Canned green peas and beans suck.

Deviled eggs - nope.

No olives either. Like the oil, hate the fruit.

I can eat espresso beans. Can't drink coffee. Hate the smell, the taste, the urinary aftertaste, the smell of the spills, the clean-up, the nasty color and smell it turns when people put cream and sugar in it . . .

Whenever someone makes a casserole, I feel like throwing it against a wall and cooking them a real meal. Casseroles literally make me sick, especially green bean casseroles.

Yeah, I think that about covers it . . .
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stevenleser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 05:14 PM
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41. To me, it tastes like rotting lawn mixed with habanera pepper sauce
Its completely unpleasant.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 12:36 AM
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44. LOL, a friend was just telling me today how much she HATES cilantro!
she said fresh cilantro smells horrible and made her feel sick!

I love the stuff.
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 05:13 AM
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45. Love it! Moroccan couscous! Tex-Mex fajitas! Thai food!
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6000eliot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 05:53 AM
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46. It might as well be dog shit.
I read somewhere that fish a cilantro are two tastes that we are genetically predisposed not to like, and I can't stand either one.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 06:11 AM
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47. If I'm reading a recipe and it calls for cilantro, I stop right there...
x(
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 09:45 AM
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49. If the recipe looks good otherwise, I just leave it out.
I have made various recipes both with and without cilantro, or with less than is called for. In most cases, it doesn't affect the recipe if the cilantro is missing, or there is less of it. They usually call for too much to suit my taste, so I automatically cut back the amount I use. If I don't have any around, and am not planning to go to the grocery store, I cut it out altogether. The odd thing is, I prefer salsa that has a fair amount of cilantro in it over salsa without it. Weird.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 12:37 PM
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53. Well, that's it. It usually calls for so much of it
That I figured the recipe wouldn't work without it. I've wondered if there's anything you can substitute, like parsley or something, but since I'm not sure, I don't use the recipe. :(
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DevonRex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 11:07 AM
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50. Gag. Tastes like soap made from rancid lard.
I used to be ok with a little bit in salsa but even that is too much now.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 12:35 PM
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52. we put it in everything.
literally, everything but dessert
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laconicsax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 04:03 PM
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54. Cilantro can kiss you better than your husband.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN0X7hHNpuk

El perro, el perro es mi corazon
El gato, el gato no es bueno
Cilantro es cantante, Cilantro es muy famoso
Cilantro es el hombre con el queso del diablo
El perro, el perro nunca sin razon
El gato, el gato es obsceno
Cilantro es amante, Cilantro es carioso,
Cilantro el te da besos mejor que su esposo
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Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-18-11 08:18 AM
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57. Cilantro is the man with the devil's cheese.
(Words to live by.)
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 04:09 PM
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55. Sets off my heartburn like nothing else.
But I do like the taste with charo beans.
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-18-11 11:22 AM
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58. Learning to love it for detoxing.
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-18-11 11:32 AM
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59. Love it when used in the right proportion.
It can ruin a dish when even slightly overused, IMO.
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-18-11 11:41 AM
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60. You couldn't have Bnh m without it
My first impression of my first Bnh m was that among the many different flavors, textures (and temperatures) of that tiny little sandwich, the cilantro really was the cherry on top of the sundae. I was surprised that the cilantro flavor rose above everything else, without overpowering it.

Also, I like to make the home-made version of El Pollo Loco's avocado salsa, which can't be made without cilantro.

I'm Italian...I don't think genetics has anything to do with it. There are some ethnic foods (and ingredients primarily used outside of Italian cooking or American "comfort foods") that I like, and others I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole.

:toast:
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 11:18 AM
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61. and life without banh mi is just sad.
:) really, i dont even think i can ever go back to live in india, as there is no banh mi
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