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I love to eat. I’m good at it too! I can eat with the best of them! But as much as I love to eat, I don’t have a particularly adventurous palate. I’m a self-admitted meat and potatoes man. I’ll argue with anyone that the potato is, in fact not only a vegetable, but the best vegetable! You can keep your greens – I don’t want ’em!
But once in awhile I try to ease out of my comfort zone and try something new. It happened before with escargots. It happened with goat cheese.
It’s finally beginning to feel like summer, and I’ve decided to try spicing things up a little. I haven’t really tried anything completely brand new, but I’m preparing meals differently than I’m used to. Here’s a sample of what I’m talking about. Oh, and the pictures aren’t actually ones that I took. I spent so much time preparing the meals that I didn’t think until afterwards that I should have taken pictures. So these are from the websites that the recipes came from.
I’m not much of a fish eater. I enjoy halibut when I can afford it. I’ve tried to introduce salmon into my diet, without much success. I generally enjoy it, but it’s still not something that I naturally think of buying. I almost have to force myself to go into that section of the grocery store, and then I have to force myself to cook it. More than once I’ve thrown out uncooked salmon because my good intentions failed to extend to when I got home.
This one turned out quite well, despite not being fully cooked. I should have left it on the grill for another minute or two. Still, it was tasty!
Here’s where things start to get interesting. Spinach? Salad? Stephen? Really? I discovered awhile ago that I don’t mind baby spinach. It doesn’t really taste like anything. I use it as the base of most of my salads. Throw some fresh strawberries and blueberries on there… a little red onion… and some honey roasted almonds (rather than the pecans it called for) and I’m good to go. The fun part was making the dressing. I’ve never made dressing before. Unfortunately my balsamic vinegar was dark, not light, so it didn’t have the same bright yellow look as in the picture. But judging from the faces of those who tried it, it didn’t matter. I’d say it was a hit. Oh! I almost forgot… there was one thing in the salad that was brand new for me. Blue Cheese! I’ve always resisted trying blue cheese. The idea of eating moldy cheese wasn’t something that appealed to me. Then again, neither was goat cheese, and turns out I was wrong about that! The verdict? There’s nothing subtle about blue cheese. You definitely know when you’ve got a piece of it in your mouth. But all in all, I thought it worked.
A great meal needs to be topped off with something sweet. I’ve seen grilled pineapple in pictures and always thought that it was something I’d like to try. This recipe calls for marinating the pineapple slices in brown sugar and cinnamon before grilling them! Who doesn’t like brown sugar and cinnamon? I loved hearing “Is there cinnamon on this?! I can smell it. It smells awesome!”
Guess what? It tasted even better!
Anyone else out there trying new foods? I’d love to see some suggestions in the comments!