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Old 08-01-2018, 08:16 PM
 
Location: EPWV
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I'm not going to lick my plate. That pleasure belongs to our dogs. However, if I have a good meal - yummy meatloaf or a great dessert - chocolate cupcake, I think my fork could smudge into the crumbs and that might make it look like the plate was licked clean.
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Old 08-01-2018, 08:19 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I rarely eat cereal anymore, but I'll drink the milk from the bowl every time.

A handful of times over the years I have actually licked a plate when there was some gravy or a sauce that I just couldn't resist finishing off, though it was only when I was at home, alone.

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Old 08-01-2018, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Licking the plate - no. Wiping up with bread, yeah, OK.



Cereal milk - if you don't want to drink it directly from the bowl, you can pour from the bowl into a glass. Or, tip the bowl, use a spoon, when you are down to a few drops, pour from the bowl into your spoon. An interpreter we had in Ukraine did that last with soup. Done as she did it, it seemed entirely lady-like, not out of place in a decent restaurant.


Just my opinion, of course, you don't have to agree.
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Old 08-01-2018, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I've licked a plate at least a couple of times. I'm more inclined to run my finger across the plate and lick that. That's so much more dainty and proper.

I think my second or third plate lick was Coquilles St.-Jacques. A few years ago, I talked with a guy I dated in the early '80s. He said that he really missed my cooking--especially that scallop dish.

My father was a child during the depression, and my mother had to put up with rationing in England during WWII. There's absolutely no way that there was going to be any gravy left on my plate or milk left in my cereal bowl. I was taught how to properly use a napkin and to keep my elbows off of the table, but when it came to cleaning a plate, they didn't criticize how you did it. There wasn't enough left for the dog. That was OK, because he was full of the food we'd managed to get rid of during dinner.
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Old 08-01-2018, 11:26 PM
 
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I don't think I could bring myself to literally lick a plate even in the privacy of my own home. It has ever even occurred to me.
Yeah, I'm surprised by the number of people who say they lick their plates. That's just not something that has ever crossed my mind. Even thinking about it, I can't imagine doing it.
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Old 08-01-2018, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Anything that exists in small enough quantities that it can't be gotten up with a utensil doesn't need to be gotten up, IMO.
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Old 08-02-2018, 12:04 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I'll lick the plate at home, if I feel like it. In public, of course not.

I don't eat cereal these days but when I did, I always drank the milk. My parents discouraged waste.
Yup!!!!! Plus raw cake dough and pudding! (Of course at home, when I am alone - never in public or in company).
When something is delicious, I want it ALL!
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Old 08-02-2018, 01:26 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I don't normally lick a plate or a bowl, but when I have strawberry shortcake, all bets are off.
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Old 08-02-2018, 01:30 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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You guys need a dog, they will take care of what you dropped on the floor to

My dog has been called on a number of times to clean up the floor. But I draw the line when it comes to letting her lick the plates clean.
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Old 08-02-2018, 02:39 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Yeah, I'm surprised by the number of people who say they lick their plates. That's just not something that has ever crossed my mind. Even thinking about it, I can't imagine doing it.
Not even as a very small child? I'm surprised as I have been around a lot of preschoolers who seem to do this naturally, if they haven't been taught not to do it.
I'm more grossed out by the people saying they wouldn't do it but they'd let their dogs do it.
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