Try it, You'll Like It!

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Try it, You'll Like It!

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:52 pm UTC

Yesterday evening the paranormal investigation group I'm in had a cookout/meeting at the team leader's house. We had hamburgers, hot dogs (more like brats), and various side dishes people brought in. I made baked macaroni and cheese.

This cookout made two firsts for me when it comes to food: guacamole and brats. I had never had either before, and never wanted to. Something just told me to do it yesterday. And oh, my droogies, they were good. I could never figure out why I never tried them before.

So, what foodstuffs have you tried recently that in the past you didn't want to, out of fear they would taste bad, and realized they weren't so bad after all?
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Re: Try it, You'll Like It!

Postby dubsola » Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:59 am UTC

Stouts and porters - really dark beers
Olives
Pork scratchings

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Re: Try it, You'll Like It!

Postby El Spark » Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:06 pm UTC

Not "lately," really, but I moved from California to Arkansas about 15 years ago, and during that time I've really come across some great foods that I didn't think I'd enjoy.

Specifically,

Fried squash. NOT okra, nothing can make that miserable vegetable taste good. I'm talking about something like a nice yellow squash, sliced into rounds, breaded with a bit of egg and flour, and then fried in a pan with a little oil. Om nom nom. Sweet and salty.

Crawdads. Crayfish. Mud bugs. However you refer to them, they're really good. You boil them along with cajun seasonings, and then break them in half and eat the tails. Some people also eat the brains, but I never liked those. There's a tiny, TINY bit of pure muscle in the claws, too, but it's usually not worth the effort.

And not southern-cooking related, as such, but still something I never tried until I moved here: Pierogis. zomg. Potato filling with cheese in a pasta shell, fried in a pan and served with sour cream and bacon bits. This is a once-a-year food, 'cause it takes that long for your arteries to recover.
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Re: Try it, You'll Like It!

Postby Moo » Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:42 pm UTC

I shudder at the idea of raw proteien (steak goes medium but any other meat and all eggs totally cooked, please) but I tried some of my sister's tuna sashimi the other day, and since some salmon rolls, and both were pretty good. I'm working my way up to ordering my own sushi platter that isn't purely vegetarian, though it'll be a while.

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Re: Try it, You'll Like It!

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:52 am UTC

Moo wrote:I shudder at the idea of raw proteien (steak goes medium but any other meat and all eggs totally cooked, please) but I tried some of my sister's tuna sashimi the other day, and since some salmon rolls, and both were pretty good. I'm working my way up to ordering my own sushi platter that isn't purely vegetarian, though it'll be a while.


I'm the same way with meat. Cut steaks (sirloin, T-bone, flank, etc.) and roasts I'll take medium. Leave a little pink on the inside. Chicken, fish, and processed meats (ground beef) cook 'em well-done. I guess part of it is from all the food scares, and the other part is growing up with a microbiologist for a mom.

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Postby Bakemaster » Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:37 am UTC

The standards for food safety also differ wildly from one meat to another. You can sell much dirtier chicken than you can beef; and you can sell much dirtier pork than you can chicken.

Eggs, though, tend to be relatively safe compared to meat. Which is good because cake icing made with raw egg yolks is fantastic.
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Re: Try it, You'll Like It!

Postby brakos82 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:42 am UTC

Pieces of fruit in a same-flavor jello/yogurt 'slop', for lack of a better word. It's really hard to describe, and each type of fruit has its own different thing to it. Tried orange, blueberry, strawberry, and cherry..... favorite was strawberry by far, although orange was damn good too.
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Re: Try it, You'll Like It!

Postby Josephine » Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:18 am UTC

brakos82 wrote:Pieces of fruit in a same-flavor jello/yogurt 'slop', for lack of a better word. It's really hard to describe, and each type of fruit has its own different thing to it. Tried orange, blueberry, strawberry, and cherry..... favorite was strawberry by far, although orange was damn good too.

parfait?
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Re: Try it, You'll Like It!

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:11 pm UTC

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brakos82 wrote:Pieces of fruit in a same-flavor jello/yogurt 'slop', for lack of a better word. It's really hard to describe, and each type of fruit has its own different thing to it. Tried orange, blueberry, strawberry, and cherry..... favorite was strawberry by far, although orange was damn good too.

parfait?


Or congealed salad?
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Re: Try it, You'll Like It!

Postby brakos82 » Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:11 pm UTC

PatrickRsGhost wrote:
nbonaparte wrote:
brakos82 wrote:Pieces of fruit in a same-flavor jello/yogurt 'slop', for lack of a better word. It's really hard to describe, and each type of fruit has its own different thing to it. Tried orange, blueberry, strawberry, and cherry..... favorite was strawberry by far, although orange was damn good too.

parfait?


Or congealed salad?

That.
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Re: Try it, You'll Like It!

Postby Zith » Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:34 pm UTC

I'd never cared for mushrooms, but a fixed-menu restaurant served a hen-of-the-woods side (can't remember just what the preparation was) that was wonderful. And another fixed-menu place had a delightful wild mushroom porridge. And a spinach-mushroom salad on flatbread as a sandwich a month or two ago was a moment of pure food bliss.

Fish was also a problem for me, but I tried a bite of my date's trout at one point and thought it was quite nice. Since then have had a couple bites here and there, and one trip for sushi and sashimi - some of it's rather good.

And I didn't have issues with them, but many do: had a dish entitled "Lamb - Head to Toe" that included a brain, a heart and a kidney; all were delicious. And decided to try blood sausage a few months back, which was pretty good and put boudin blanc on my to-do list.

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Re: Try it, You'll Like It!

Postby Coffee » Sun Jun 20, 2010 5:40 am UTC

Boudin's good. Think of it as cajun haggis.
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Re: Try it, You'll Like It!

Postby pooteeweet » Sat Jul 03, 2010 3:38 pm UTC

I'd always assumed Hawaiian pizza was disgusting. I was wrong.

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Re: Try it, You'll Like It!

Postby WarDaft » Sat Jul 10, 2010 2:16 am UTC

I always liked putting peanut butter on fish'n'chips. A little less eccentric, sugar on hamburgers is also quite interesting.
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Re: Try it, You'll Like It!

Postby Thesh » Sat Jul 10, 2010 3:14 am UTC

pooteeweet wrote:I'd always assumed Hawaiian pizza was disgusting. I was wrong.


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