In the last few years I have worked to expand my palette. Onions and tomatoes: check. Nuts: check. Specialty cheeses: check (with the exception of blue cheese). Raspberries: check. I've done this mostly by forcing myself to eat the certain food until I finally like it.
There are four things I am determined to acquire a taste for in 2013. If you're out to eat with me and I order a dish with any of these items, DO NOT LET ME CUT THEM OUT. If I eat them enough, I'll like them. This has been proven. Not with mayo though. That stuff is just gross, and I really don't see any need for it in my diet anyhow.
GUINNESS: I know. A beer snob like myself doesn't enjoy a pint of Guinness? I'll get there. I had a version of a Black and Tan earlier this week and actually like it a lot. I'm going to call it a Black Cow because the bartender used Spotted Cow. (My other option was a Black and Blue- with Blue Moon. They didn't have Bass on tap)
MUSHROOMS: I am already working on this one too. I shared an appetizer of mushrooms in a flaky filo dough a few weeks ago and was not choking them down. If they are in the right flavor combination, I think I will be able to manage these.
BLUEBERRIES: Again, I've had them in smoothies, but I still can't quite manage to eat them on their own. But they are SO good for you, so I'm determined.
CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER: Blasphemous, right? I don't like chocolate and peanut butter together. This one is really just on here because I feel like a bit of a disgrace to the female gender by not liking it. Even when I make puppy chow I use about half the amount of peanut butter it calls for just to make sure I don't really have to taste it. Anyone have a good place to start with this?
One of these days (or years) I'll have to add fish to this list. But I'm not ready for that yet. Now, like I said, please hold me to this list! I want to like all of these things, but I won't get there if I don't try them...over and over and over and over again.