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In our affluent culture most ofusexpect ot have dessert after every meal. In other  lands; dessert is a '"rare  treat" What do you think?  Do you haveto havedessert fter most/all meals
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ISDESSERT A LUXURY or AN ABSOLUTE" MUST HAVE"?

posted at 2/18/2011 7:03 PM EST
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In our affluent culture most ofusexpect ot have dessert after every meal.
In other  lands; dessert is a '"rare  treat"
What do you think?
 Do you haveto havedessert fter most/all meals?
If YES, why & what?
If NO; why not?

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posted at 2/18/2011 7:19 PM EST
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 I agree w/ most of the answers;
Dessert tells me that the meal is over!
We always had dessert after meals when I was a kid
& we expect it!
Sometimes we save dessert to enjoy as a snack later.
I love to bake; Cookies & cakes are great for dessert, sharing ( a sweet" )time together after meals is  arealpleasure
Fresh fruit also makes a nice dessert
 SPECIAL desserts; likeTIRAMISU; eclairs; mousse cups & "TONS" of cookies
are always acceptable for dessert.
Huby the original" COOKIE MONSTER" (w/o cookies; 
HE'S A MONSTER!Wink
 is dessert a luxury Or an absolute 'MUST HAVE"
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In our affluent culture most ofusexpect ot have dessert after every meal. In other  lands; dessert is a '"rare  treat" What do you think?  Do you have to have dessertA fter mostif not ALL meals? If YES, why & what? If NO; why not?
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posted at 2/18/2011 10:14 PM EST
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It varies.  Sometimes we will have fresh fruite afterwards or a few cookies with our tea.  Sometimes we feel like having something and sometimes we don't.  If we don't, we will just have our tea.  We always have something in the house in the event we want something, whether I bake or if it is store bought.  Sometimes I freeze cookies or cake I have baked in small packages.  If I don't have fresh fruit, I always keep the fruit in jars from the grocery store in the fridge.

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posted at 2/18/2011 11:50 PM EST
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I usually have something baked in our home, I quess it's something that I picked up from my Mom.  There ALWAYS was either a cake, pie, cookies, fruit...something for after dinner.  Of couse, you had to eat your meal before you could have dessert!  lol lol

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posted at 2/19/2011 12:02 AM EST
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It depends on the occasion

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posted at 2/19/2011 7:06 AM EST
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I usually eat my meal and am too full to want more at that time.  But I like a snack before bedtime - later in the evening.

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posted at 2/19/2011 7:55 AM EST
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Dessert isn't a "must have" however we tend to like a little sweetness about an hour after supper!!!

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posted at 2/19/2011 8:01 AM EST
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My family and I LOVE desserts, especially when it is something I have baked.  However, with my recent diagnosis of diabetes type 2, it has become less frequent Frown.  As for fresh fruit, it is usually incorporated into the meal rather than as a dessert.  Yum!

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posted at 2/19/2011 9:58 AM EST
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we are trying to watch our weight, so usually skip dessert. Normally we love dessert and yes, must have after the meal.

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posted at 2/19/2011 10:04 AM EST
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I am to full after eating dinner for dessert so I skip eating dessert is a thing I do mid evening sometimes but not every day.

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posted at 2/19/2011 10:36 AM EST
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You don't always have to have dessert.  But, when you do, it doesn't have to be anything fancy.  My mother used to make what she called a throw together cake (just a plain cake, and she didn't "measure" all of the ingredients, she knew by eye if she had enough shortening on the spoon, she'd just throw everything into the bowl and mix it).  She also made cookies.  Then there were the jars of fruit in the basement from our trips to the orchards and I'd then help her with the canning.  But, we didn't have dessert every day.  And, sometimes the meal doesn't call for anything more.  Sometimes the dessert was a part of the meal (like pancakes and waffles).  With my sister, she doesn't have dessert with dinner, but they will have a snack later before going to bed. 

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posted at 2/19/2011 12:40 PM EST
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I love dessert, but sort of avoid it now. I was diagnosed as prediabetic  last year, but with diet and exercise I have gotten my numbers back to normal.  However I can't let down, so I generally pass on dessert.  My Husband always likes something sweet.  Usually ice cream is his preference.  Occasionally I will make something special, then both of us will have some.  One of his favorites is apple crisp.  We have an apple tree in our yard, and I usually make apple crisp in foil pans, carefully wrapped in heavy duty foil and frozen.  I do like to have 1 cookie after lunch, but then I hop on my stationary bike and pedal for 1/2 hour.

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posted at 2/19/2011 1:41 PM EST
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My family and I LOVE desserts, especially when it is something I have baked.  However, with my recent diagnosis of diabetes type 2, it has become less frequent .  As for fresh fruit, it is usually incorporated into the meal rather than as a dessert.  Yum!
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Erica...

Sorry to hear that, I hope you are doing okay and feeling better!  

Good luck to you!

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posted at 2/20/2011 8:09 AM EST
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In Response to Re: ISDESSERT A LUXURY or AN ABSOLUTE" MUST HAVE"? : Erica... Sorry to hear that, I hope you are doing okay and feeling better!   Good luck to you!
Posted by Susan K


Thanks, Susan - I'm doing okay, and my blood sugar is pretty much under control.  I don't eat quite as well as I should though, and then I get mad at myself when it spikes up high!!!  The worst of it is neuropathy, which is causing my legs and feet to be numb and tingly with nerve pain added into the mix. No fun!

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posted at 2/21/2011 7:05 AM EST
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My kids would like to have dessert every day and are always looking for something sweet after meals.  Some times I will let them have one, but not usually.  They will have snacks later in the evening.

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posted at 2/21/2011 8:21 AM EST
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Usually we only have dessert when we eat out and not always then.

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posted at 4/4/2011 8:50 AM EDT
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We sometimes have dessert when we eat out - once and a while when we eat at home.

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posted at 4/4/2011 9:33 AM EDT
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We grew up with dessert.  My mother liked to bake (all from scratch) and taught us at a really young age.  I think I made my first cake (again, from scratch) when I was 8.  At pie baking time, there was no such thing as baking one pie.  She couldn't make less than 3.  Since I love to bake we usually have dessert.  When I bake cookies I always put some in the freezer.
On days I don't work, we have "elevenses" (British custom) in the late morning, consisting of tea and cookies or scones.  I also just about always bake from scratch.  There's an occasional recipe that starts with a cake mix, but rarely.  At this time of year (Lent) we don't do dessert except on Sunday.

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posted at 4/4/2011 10:44 AM EDT
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I think desserts are simply an unnecessary luxury.  Don't I sound opinionated?  I wish I lived that way Embarassed

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posted at 4/4/2011 11:34 AM EDT
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I like dessert but it's not a must have thing...as i can only have sugar free desserts anyway...but I love cake and pillsbury makes sugar free cake mixes...they are awesome!!!
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