Thursday, March 02, 2006

Moo Moo Buckaroo

Do you like milk?

I cannot figure out if I like milk or not. I have a sort of love/ hate relationship with milk. I am like a fickle lover when it comes to milk. It confuses me. It saddens me.

There are times when I CRAVE a cold glass of milk. When I make a pan of brownies or chocolate chip cookies---or warm chocolate cake. A glass of cold milk always sounds perfect with those things. There is even a cake called Tres Leches cake that is crazy delicious. Tres Leches literally means Three Milks. The cake is soaked in 3 different kinds of milk, you keep it in the fridge, serve it cold and it is to die for.

Then there are times when the thought of milk makes me sick to my stomach. Milk with a meal ( a non breakfast type meal) seems so disgusting to me. Warm milk---forget it. It reminds me of how the milk was when it came out of the cow's teet--all warm and body temperature and warm and gross and warm-BLECH!

I was raised to think that milk was the ultimate food. It is considered by some to be so healthy and good for us. I have since learned that cows are shot up with all sorts of hormones, antibiotics and other various weird potions and pills. I am sure some of that bovine drug therapy is not good for us humans. My mother never made me drink milk like some moms do, however one time (she must have been off her meds) she made me drink a small carton of chocolate milk that had gone bad and was warm. My mother is slightly mean when she decides to be. Needless to say, I still have issues with chocolate milk--but a chocolate milk shake does not bother me at all. I know in my rational mind that a chocolate milk shake is just frozen chocolate milk.

See why this confuses me so?

Another thing that really bothers me is milk type products that are not refrigerated in the grocery store. There are certain puddings that are just on a shelf by the cheese whiz. These things are DAIRY PRODUCTS. What in tarnation do they add to these things that make them OK to keep for months at room temperature? I am getting nauseated just thinking about these things.

I am all for the Dairy Farmers of America. I grew up in the midst of many dairys. I am all for milk in general, but I just cannot understand my milk neurosis.

Maybe becasue I was not breast fed? Maybe I have a self fulfilling prophecy about osteoporosis? What do you think?


Blogger Annieytown said...

I also was not breast fed.
I blame that and the fact my mum SMOKED the entire time I was in her belly for all my faults. Bad math skills=no breast milk.
etc etc

10:12 AM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...


Wow I am not good at math either. I never thought to blame that on not being breast fed. I wonder if Ombligo was breast fed? If not--then I just might be your NEW best friend!


2:22 PM  
Blogger Yesrie said...

I was bottle-fed too, but I've always liked milk--the real stuff (4%) :-) I hate skim milk, though, and that goes for 1% and 2% too. (If I want water, I'll DRINK water.) It even gives me the whammies when people put ice in milk!

And then we get to milk's important role in my coffee. 2% or lower just clouds it, colors it an ashy taupe and lowers the temperature to tepid. No creaminess, no steam, no comfort: just fugly cold black coffee. :-pP

"What in tarnation do they add to these things that make them OK to keep for months at room temperature?" LOL, no idea. I wrestled with this problem in England: I’ll try to glue-stick the "creamer" top from breakfast this morning into this journal, but I don’t know whether it will work on foil. First it cracked me up--I expected "Half & Half," but the British, with typical candor, call it "Half Fat"! Then I read the fine print... "long life skim milk with non milk fat." Ieeeuuuu! I hesitate to speculate. I used it, though, and it was yummy :-9

7:04 AM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

Hello Yez,

4% milk? I must say I have never been lucky enough to try 4% milk--unless 4% milk is whole milk and I am just clueless. My grandmother who is 91 years old tells of the glory of the milk that they got straight from the cow after they churned off the cream to make butter. I would assume it is the same. She grew up in rural Oklahoma on a farm.

I cannot stand skim milk either. It looks so blue and transparent. I LOVE a thick cream in my coffee. You are right about regular milk in coffee--very ashy, fugly concoction.

When I was in the UK, I remember the half fat stuff! Tee hee. I do not think I was brave enough to try it though. After I found out what blood pudding was, I did not try much else in the UK.

On cereal I usually have 2%.

Hope your daughter is enjoying her time in France.

Have a beautiful day Yez!

7:52 AM  
Blogger Yesrie said...

LOL! I'm sorry, "4%" does look cryptic and snobby! I thought I was the only one who didn't know whole milk is 4% fat. After hearing 1% and 2% for years, I finally looked at the whole milk label :>

I'm with you on the blood pudding {{shudder}}.

9:31 AM  
Blogger TessaJ said...

I was bottle fed.

I can drink milk; I go through phases with it. But I do love a good latte (not much of a coffee drinking otherwise) and of course all cheese is fine. I'd rather get my calcium from cheese than milk!

11:35 AM  
Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

I do not ever drink milk. Not even milk shakes. The only products I like with milk are cheese.

By the way, I posted another picture on my blog of the beloved Astro. Today, I was missing him, so I thought I would give him a tribute.

xoxox to Forrest and Nikki!

6:32 PM  
Blogger melanie said...

For those keeping score at home, I:

* was bottle fed
* suck at math
* love to shop
* can't remember ever drinking an entire glass of cold milk, but do like hot chocolate made with milk.
* Only started drinking coffee with cream and sugar a few months ago. It's the poor man's fancy schmancy coffee drink.
* Get my dairy from cheese, ice cream, and yogurt.

Remember when Paul McCartney and his wife started that campaign against milk that said children who drink it are fat and pimpley? That always sticks with me. If I had children, they would not drink it either. String cheese, pudding, or Go-gurt for them. LOL!

12:08 PM  
Blogger katiedid said...

Soy milk drinker here :) I was so glad to abandon milk drinking. I just can't stand the texture. It's so... milky. And pus-y. (I spelled that out initially with an "s" instead of that dash. Uh, let's just say that did NOT read quite right. So please forgive my made up word "pus-y".) Putting milk in my mouth feels like sipping at pus to me.

My husband does drink cow milk though, but he chooses one that is organic, so it's thankfully not such a hormonal beverage as the regular milk. Well, that and we can buy it in the little cartons, which? We don't even finish those up without having to throw some of it out before it spoils.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Jonniker said...

I have the same feelings about milk, none of which I can explain. I've NO idea if I was breast-fed, and I'm afraid to ask, lest the visual come to mind.

And I have NO dairy/cow/thingy aversions, because my first job was on one, and I love cows. But milk? I can't explain it.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

Hi Tessa,

I agree....I love cheese. When I am low carbing, cheese becomes my best friend. So much calcium, but SO much fat!

4:33 AM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...


Thankst for checking the label. We must have both been absent that day in Milk Education class-HA.

Do you know the difference betwixt half & half and heavy whipping cream?

4:34 AM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

*Hi Barb,

I love the picture! What is your favorite cheese?


I am right in line with you the bottles, math and shopping! I like hot chocolate too--as you witnessed yesterday--I am pretty sure they used water though instead of milk--which if I think about it hard enough--that grosses me out too. Watery chocolate--YIKES!

4:37 AM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...


I have always wondered about SILK. Does it taste like milk? Does it taste good on cereal? Can you cook with it?
The pus-y (rofl) image of milk will forever be rooted in my brain now!
Marilu henner loates milk and says it contributes to children's behavior and their allergies. Maybe she is not busy being Madonna's muse (HA) she is really onto something with the milk.

Very interesting . You worked on a dairy? I wonder if tons of people feel the way we do about milk?
ROFL About the breast fed visual, but I would want to know. I think it is interesting. Like Annie, I am going to start blaming EVERYTHING on the fact that my first months my only nourishment was some poor European formula that probably did not provide all the nutrients a baby needs. That is my story and I am sticking to it!

Have a great day!

4:47 AM  
Blogger Yesrie said...

"Do you know the difference betwixt half & half and heavy whipping cream?"

Don't hold me to it :> but I think heavy whipping cream is what rises to the top of a nonhomogenized milk - all the fatty content :-) Half & half, I think, is when they let it separate, then homogenize a mixture of the milk and the cream. Jonna? Oh, dairy maid! Am I close?

2:34 PM  
Blogger jennipah said...

i wasn't breast fed either, but - not to toot my own horn - i am quite good at math! (i am, however, asian. i am also, i realize, adding fuel to a stereotype here.)

i like milk in my coffee, with a bowl of cereal, or with something chocolate-related. i never want to just pour myself a glass to chug it down.

but my beautiful mom has MILKy skin. it's gorgeous and softer than any baby i know. in that instance, i do want milk. i hope i inherit those genes.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Sand said...


I was NOT breast fed either and I suck at math!

I only drink milk with coffee, usually skim milk but I do like half and half or cream mixed in on occasion.

Growing up I drank a lot of milk because I heard it made you taller. There were times where I'd finish a gallon of milk in a week!

It didn't work! I'm 5' 5"...and a half!

10:13 AM  
Blogger katiedid said...

Honestly? Nothing that they sell as a cow milk substitutes well in taste. Almond milk is really nice for certain things, like cereal, because it's quite sweet. Soy milk has a slight bitter edge to it, but overall I like the texture of it the best - but it's not a milky pus-y texture. Kind of watery? And rice milk... ugh. It jus tastes gross to me, watery and thin and sweetish and rice. Bleh. I'd take the Silk over anything else - try the regular vanilla one, that's my fave. You can't really cook some things with any of these because of either taste, or because for baking they all lack the specific type of suger that milk has that you chemically need for dishes to turn out right. I tend to experiment with them to find my own way around that when I want to make something.

10:43 PM  

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