Sunday, November 12, 2006

Is it okay to love to cook and still not eat seafood?

Yes folks, I am a non-seafood eater. I'm not sure what in my childhood ruined any kind of water-dweller feasting for me, but something sure did. I do remember eating fish my dad had caught and filleted himself when I was younger. I recall pulling out the bones and lining them up on the side of the plate. My dad obviously needed work on his knife skills. I don't remember doing this past the age of maybe 5. Perhaps what turned me off fish was the fact that we went fishing all the time, and I saw my dad cleaning the fish, and remembered the gross smell. It is true that even now, when I walk into a seafood restaurant (not often, obviously) or by the seafood department in a grocery store, I feel a little sick just from the smell.

I wish I liked any kind of seafood. It is generally healthier than most other meat, and there are so many ways to cook it, and usually it is ready very quickly. I can't bring myself to do it, though.

Other foods that gross me out:

- Tomatoes in their fresh state, such as sliced on a sandwhich or burger. I will eat them in salsa, soup, pasta sauce, a million other ways. I think it's mostly the texture. And, all that yucky juice.
- Cauliflower in any form.
- Liver, from any animal
- Nacho cheese
- Canned green beans (or any other canned vegetable in general)
- Frozen pizza. I have never found one that I like.
- Most kinds of fruit pies. Especially the ones with crust on top.
- Ice cream with any kinds of chunks in it. Except for a Reese Cup Blizzard from DQ.
- Red Apples (too grainy)
- Chicken fried steak.

I am sure I will add to this list from time to time. I sound like a freak now. Who hates tomatoes and frozen pizza? Me, I guess. The cheese stands alone.

Speaking of cheese, here is a list of food items I always have on hand:

- Extra sharp white cheddar cheese.
- Almost any kind of potato and potato dish.
- Bread, all kinds.
- Garlic
- Shallots
- Broccoli
- Sour Cream
- Kosher salt
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Couldn't live without it.
- Tortilla Chips
- Organic Free Range Low Sodium Chicken Broth from Trader Joe's for only $1.99 a carton! How can you beat that?!
- Ground Turkey Breast
- Boneless pork loin chops
- Granny Smith Apples
- Dijon mustard

So, today I am making a big batch of the Barefoot Contessa Barebecue Sauce. The last batch lasted I think 2 months. Then Sara is coming over for dinner, and I am making the Pork Loin with Balsamic Caramelized Onions again. It was so good, I couldn't wait to try it on someone else. Okay, I better start making the barbecue sauce, or I won't have time to do anything before Sara gets here.


Blogger Charise said...

Hi! Came to your site through the Columbus Foodie. I'm another Columbus-area foodie who just recently decided to start a blog.
Just wanted to throw out there that I am with you on the loving food but hating seafood - I can stomach the occasional mild fish, but no shrimp, lobster, crab, clams, etc. It really cuts down on your options, as it seems the nicer a restaurant is, the higher the proportion of seafood on the menu!

November 13, 2006 9:50 AM  

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