Guilty Pleasures

One of my guilty pleasures involves clothes. More specifically wedding dresses. I just like to look at them. I spend far too much time on the TV watching people choose the perfect dress. I don’t know for sure when I developed this obsession, but I imagine it was in my childhood when I was given bride doll in a pretty dress. She was at least eighteen inches high, and I thought she was just beautiful. Why do I feel guilty about this? Because I could be writing, editing, or cleaning my house. Do I intend to change my ways? Uh, no.

I also like fast food. I feel guilty even thinking about it, but whenever I can justify it I’m headed to Burger King, Wendy’s, or Bojangles. My husband does much better. He tries to avoid fast food when he can, but if I want it, he’ll eat it with me. Sigh. Another thing to feel guilty about. I’m ruining the poor man’s diet.

However, my obsession with fast food is nothing compared to my obsession with pork rinds. Yep, you read that right. You can even see me holding my favorite brand in the picture. They’re barbecued which makes them better. This is odd too. For the majority of my life, pork rinds did not pass my lips. I considered them to be the lowest form of snack. Well, all of that changed one fall evening when my husband came home from the grocery store with a bag of them. “Try this,” he said.

I have no idea why I did it, but I tried it. Not too bad. I tried a second, then a third and fourth. I was hooked. They were absolutely delicious. My dog Rascal wanted one, and he liked it as much as I did. It’s funny about Rascal though. No matter how much he begged I’d never give him more than two or three because he had a sensitive stomach. Well, one night I decided I’d give them to him as long as he’d eat them. The two of us almost finished off a bag, but the last time I offered him one, he turned his head and refused it. As far as I know he never touched another pork rind in his life.

Readers, we all have guilty pleasures. Do tell us about yours.

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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8 Responses to Guilty Pleasures

  1. I have given them up, as I have pretty much given up all ‘red meat’ and products, but they are good! Pork rinds had a big boost when then Pres.Bush(Sr) served them on his campaign trail with salsa…real Texas food, I suppose. They also took off with the low-carb/no-carb diets. I saw an interview with the head of one pork rind company at the time. He said he would never have believed that pork rinds would be considered ‘health food’!
    My (diabetic) niece’s doctor set her onto them, even to use them crushed as breading for meat. I have tried it…not bad at all. My brother, also a diabetic, is totally hooked on the hot ‘n spicy and barbeque ones. They are always in the boxes I take to him with supplies.


  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    This is probably because of where I live, but I’ve never tried pork rinds, and I’m not sure I’d know what they were if someone served them. I looked online and they do have them at the big grocery stores nearby, so maybe someday I’ll get brave and try them. As for wedding dresses, I’ll occasionally indulge in an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” or “Curvy Brides’ Boutique” so I understand the fascination. Fast food is convenient, but I can’t say I crave it. Having an in-house cook who got home three hours before me, I was spoiled on home cooking. I do love eating out, though I do it a lot less these days.

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    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      Go ahead and try the pork rinds. You may be like me and turn out to enjoy them. If I had a husband who could cook I imagine I’d eat less fast foo. That man is a keeper.

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    I’ve eaten pork rinds — mostly as a kid — but can’t say that I ever truly developed a taste for them. So, I guess you could say they’d be a “last resort” snack for me.
    Love your anecdote about the dog who’d had enough and just stopped… cold turkey.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    It really was funny to see him turn that head.

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  5. kathleenbee says:

    I’ve also never tried pork rinds. I’ve seen them a few times, but I’ve always imagined them to be quite greasy. I suppose chips are greasy too. I may just give them a try. I have a similar obsession for wedding dresses and am subscribed to and watch almost all the “Say Yes to the Dress” videos on YouTube. There’s something about someone choosing their favorite dress. “Say Yes to the Dress” inspired my very first published novel, “Wedding Gown Girl.” My protagonist worked at a bridal boutique.


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