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I'll never eat that! 
Jul. 25, 2014 8:36 pm 
Updated: Jul. 31, 2014 11:19 am
How often have I said that, over the years?  About a gazillion, probably... I was a really picky eater as a kid/young adult!  It all began innocently enough, when I bought my first pepper mill, and I decided that I do indeed like black pepper - IF is coursely ground.

I guess it was before that, even, that I began cooking with onions (which I'd always hated!)  Now I'll confess that if a recipe calls for a "whole onion, chopped" I'll cut that in about half, but once again, I'm becoming more adventuous!  Add sauerkraut to the list...  Mom used to cook it when I was  young, and I'd always leave the house!  Talk about "stinky feet" odor!  Now, I serve it with pork chops, sausages, on homemade Reuben sandwichs, and the like.  And, we'd best add yougurt to that list...  I picked up a small tub last grocery trip - it was FREE so I couldn't resist.  Today I tried it... half way through, I stopped devouring it and put what was left back in the frige for later - it didn't make it to dinner time!  I'm still not crazy about tomatoes, except for grape tom's, cut in half, and salted with coarse kosher salt!  They're more like eating candy, than a fruit!

Last weekend, we went out for dinner with some friends (a rare occasion for sure!)  I was too chicken to order anyting "spicey" from the menu, so went "safe" instead, regretting that I'd not tried Kung Pao Chicken, which I've wanted to try for many years!  So tonight I dared go to yet another place I've never been...  I delved into red pepper flakes, using a recipe I found in one of my cookbooks.  I was timid at first, when I added half the amout of flakes to my chicken and sauce, biting my tongue before daring a taste test...  Into the mix went the other half of what was called for.  Still not sure, when I sat down to eat, I'd set the pepper flakes beside my plate, and I'll be darned if I didn't sprinkle a little more on the plate after eating a few bites!  Whatever is happening to my taste buds?  I'm buying hot pepper sauce more than once a year, rather than every 5 years!  It's surprisingly good on scrambled eggs, btw!  To many, that may sound odd, but then many are grossed out by ketchup on scrambled eggs...  Ok, I'm guilty of that to, at times, but if I'm with friends, I ask before grabbing the bottle! 

I've heard many times over the years that tastes change as we age... I must be 120 yrs older now, than I was a 20 yrs old!  A whole world of new culinary delights are opening before me, daily it seems, as I'm daring to try this, that, and the other!  When it comes to adding "heat" to meals, I'll always be timid at first, but I am finding that "mild" has become boring, "medium" is great, and once in a very great while I might just try "hot," but I'm not quite sure I'm there just yet!  I am still gunshy of eggplant, however!  Not that I don't like the flavor, I've even prepared Eggplant Parmesan in the past, but I happen to be one of the many who begins to "tingle" with the first bite, to the last...  I've heard of folk having severe allergic reactions, so I choose not to eat it, rather than push my luck.  I will continue trying it from time to time, just to see if that unwanted sensation still manifests... or could I be "over" that reaction?  As I told Denise today, I just don't see the sense in buying an eggplant, for a simple taste! 

As I can't thnk of additional "I won't ever eat..." foods, I'll call this done, and wish you all goodnight!  Happy (crazy) cooking!
Jul. 25, 2014 8:48 pm
Hey, Stevie! I used to be that way too! Mayo, mustard, green beans (but my mamma made me eat those! "No dessert unless you eat your green beans!")! I think we all do that! My friend's brother had mustard on a corn dog a few years back, and I was so disgusted! "Your taste buds will change." That was what he said, but I never, and I never will, let him know that he was right! Good night! ~bakergirl :)
Jul. 25, 2014 9:24 pm
Hey Steve, I have always given hot food a go and many times over the years I've decidedly not liked it. Yet I continue to eat hot food and now most of the time I just love it. I made a File Gumbo last week and when I left to go back to work I took half of it with me. When I got here, I immediately added a teaspoon of Cayenne pepper to it. Heaven!
Jul. 26, 2014 3:32 am
Good morning Stevie, hope your keeping well. I don't really like spicy food but my husband does. He puts hot sauce on a lot of his food. I keep saying i will try it, but i haven't yet. Maybe i will try it on my scrambled eggs this morning. Have a wonderful day!!!!
Jul. 26, 2014 4:42 am
Hello Stevie. I see you are stepping out of your comfort zone. I did that, when my kids took me to a sushi place. I do like sushi now. I grew up with spicy food. So adding salsa to eggs is a go for me. My mom made a lot of green chili and Mexican food. Although, I do have to admit my brothers can eat hotter food than me. If the sweat isn't pouring off their brow it isn't hot enough for them.
Jul. 26, 2014 11:36 am
bakegirl, corn dogs are bad enough on their own, lol!! Be well!
Jul. 26, 2014 11:45 am
Rae, Never hurts to try something new, and can always add more spice when wanted! Be well!
Jul. 26, 2014 11:53 am
manella, let me know how those eggs turned out! Just a few drops at first... Hot sauce does have a distinct flavor. Wonder why I've never put (mild) green chilis in scrambled eggs? Not to self:... Be well!
Jul. 26, 2014 11:58 am
Lela, I grew up on American mid-west/English BLAND cooking! Pepper was an oddity! I have SO stepped out of my (very old) comfort zone these past 20yrs or so - overall! Simply one step at a time... What's next? Be well!
Jul. 26, 2014 12:57 pm
Hey Stevie, i tried the hot sauce on my eggs this morning, must say i thought it was pretty good. Didn't use a lot, just a few drops. Take care!!
Jul. 26, 2014 3:37 pm
manella, it was Lela who told me that the more "hot" stuff you eat, the more you can handle. Seems you've taken that first (timid and rightly so) step. Maybe one day, you'll be able to eat same as your hubby! Be well!
Jul. 26, 2014 4:18 pm
Hi Stevie! I grew up eating "WASP" food. New England boiled dinners, roasts, veggies in cream sauces, etc. Salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. But anytime I went out I would try something I never had before and never disliked anything except lima beans (which I still can't swallow) I credit our multi-cultural neighborhood My friends were Polish, German, Italian, Jewish and we ate at one anothers homes. I still don't care for too hot, I want to taste something besides heat. I have found as I get older I find many things too sweet for my tastes.
Jul. 26, 2014 11:31 pm
BigShotsMom, I am totally with you regarding lima beans! Had I been more open minded when I lived in England, I might have tried curries and such, but the odor as "we" went to visit Aunt Flo was just too overpowering, there being many from India and Pakistan in the area... I did, however, prepare a curry during my "around the world in 80 days" series, and did enjoy it! I envy you your diversity growing up! Be well!
Jul. 30, 2014 7:43 am
Love this post! I remember going to sit-down Pizza Huts (pretty much the only restaurant in my small home town at the time) and they always had jars of red pepper flakes next to the Parmesan shakers and us kids would DARE eachother to try them! I did once, and swore I would never touch them again! Now, I can't eat pizza without red pepper flakes on top...AND I don't make hot chocolate at home without turning it into a Mexican Hot Chocolate and adding red pepper flakes...I love them! Good for you for trying new things! My best friend is a trained chef and when we go to restaurants she always has a knack for picking out the strangest thing on the menu, I always try it and it's always delicious!
Jul. 30, 2014 11:36 am
Abbey, thanks for the comment! Never heard of red pepper flakes in hot chocolate... we've many Hispanic neighbors in our area - I'd best give it a try! Be well!
Jul. 30, 2014 4:49 pm
It is delicious. They add heat, but in a good way. Start out with just a few and add more based on your preference! :)
Jul. 31, 2014 11:19 am
Hi Stevie! I'm new to the site, but love to explore options of flavor on this site. I used to hate scrambled eggs, but now I put spicy shrimp cocktail sauce them! I don't eat Ketchup - but the tangyness of cocktail sauce does the trick for me. LOL
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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