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   Posted 12/1/2009 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all...

We haven't had a food topic in a while...guess I've been slipping on my duties. So think back when you were young...waaayyyy back for some of us. shocked smilewinkgrin What food did you despise as a child but now really enjoy? Were you forced to eat some particular vegetable or type of meat you hated, partly for the taste or maybe even more because you were forced to eat it? Maybe you were part of the "clean plate club" and you sat at the table no matter how long it took you to get it down. BUT, as the years have passed you tried it again and really like it now. What item(s) do you like now but hated as a kid?

For me two things come to mind. One is avocados and the other is dates. During WWII mom and dad lived in California where avocados and dates were plentiful and cheap. Since dad grew up in norther Idaho and mom started in Wyoming and migrated to Idaho these items weren't available to them. Back then most fruits and vegetables were seasonal in the stores, not like today when you can get anything you want any time of year. Plus both of their families were pretty poor so even if they were in a store there is no way they could have afforded them. (At Christmas time their stocking had 1 orange in it. Nothing else, just 1 orange and it was all they needed to be happy for Christmas.) So these were delicacies to mom and she thought they would be to us also. <shudder> So we were served avocado slices along side of grapefruit sections for salads once in a while. No thanks! We weren't forced to eat dates as those were fixed as a desert item.

Now days I enjoy dates in breads and spreads. Don't eat them straight partly for the intense taste and partly because they are so high in sugar they send my blood sugar reading soaring. And the avocados ... love them! I like them on salads, in homemade guacamole or in tacos and burritos.

What food did you hate as a kid but enjoy now?
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   Posted 12/1/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   

I had two childhood dislikes that I absolutely love now.  Avocadoes and mushrooms.  Mom would serve a half of an avocado stuffed with cream cheese.  I would eat the cheese and leave the avocado.  She would also slice them in salads and I picked them out but I did keep trying to see if I liked them.  Now I love them.  I usually will eat a half an avodaco a day...usually for lunch. 

The same goes for mushrooms.  I buy a container, sautee them up, and use them all week as a side or in omelets.  But, as a child, I never dreamed I would be eating either of these things when I was old enough to choose my menus.


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   Posted 12/1/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chutzie,

WE have northern Idaho and our fathers being there in common. I think we may have discussed this LONG ago, *fog*!

Anyway he loved the salmon. He would often take me to Orofino to watch the salmon run. I HATED it and was told it was good for me and to eat it. NOW I love it. We own a seafood comapny and salmon is our main fresh fish. My how the fish can flip!!!


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   Posted 12/1/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was a child I absolutely could not stand eggs. The smell or sight of them prepared in any way was nauseating to me. Now I absolutely love them and eat them all the time.

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   Posted 12/1/2009 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm with Sherrine.  I just couldn't stand avacados as a child and now I love them.  Nummy-nummy! 
But the thing I really hated was canned peas.  I can still remember sitting in front of that serving of, by then,  cold green peas and being told I wasn't leaving the table until they were gone.  Yuk!  Now I can somewhat tolorate them. 
My son was visiting during Thanksgiving and reminded me of how much he despised chicken livers and still does!  I, however, did not make him eat a whole serving.  He was told he at least had to try some each time it was served.  Now-- I never serve chicken livers due to the research I have done that they really aren't that good for you---and all the time I was serving them was because I thought they were nutritious!

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   Posted 12/1/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   

I didn't like broccoli, peppers, or onions as a child. My wonderful BIL was a fabulous cook, could make something out of nothing. He was Italian and used olive oil and garlic and made everything taste like Heaven. If he hadn't made what he did, I still couldn't deal w/ them. I still don't like peas, but then again I don't remember my BIL using them in a dish. lol!

I always loved asparagus and spinach, most of my friends thought I was crazy. They just tasted so good, still do.

God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 12/1/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know how to reply to this. I really hated a lot as a kid, but I am not as picky now. But, honestly, most of the foods I hated when I was a kid, I still hate now. I have really sensitive taste buds. I guess one thing is lettuce. I won't eat it on anything but salads, but when I was a kid, I didn't eat it at all, so I guess that it something.
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   Posted 12/1/2009 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't like anything as a kid. I ate corn, potatoes, and plain meat (chicken, beef, turkey, & pork.) That was it. I lived on Cheerios and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Now, I eat a much larger variety of foods. I still don't like most vegetables raw but I will eat them cooked or steamed. I don't run from an onion or spices. I like broccoli (I used to leave the house when my mom cooked it), chard, spinach.

I still don't like salad. Every doc and dietitian I've ever consulted has insisted that I eat salad every day. I've tried many versions and I would just rather not eat it. I did have a Snickers bar salad that was really tasty but I don't think that's what they had in mind.
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