Expand your appetite …take a chance and try it
When I met Dale 10 years ago, he was the typical, Midwest, farm guy. Meat, potatoes, corn (the only vegetable in the world), bread and desserts were family meals. I had lived that myth for several years myself, except for the vegetables. I was raised with a variety of them. Milk and water is what you had to drink. In my young adult years, I was able to expand my tastes by going out to eat with friends at various restaurants and trying new things. I like to cook, eat and drink (does not always have to have alcohol in it).
Nevertheless, I started cooking for Dale. I cooked what I thought, a variety of food. I expanded his horizons with more vegetables (green, orange and red ones), cooked different ways, seasoned, or added in recipes. He started enjoying more foods and trying more. We started cooking together. We tried different recipes since Dale had become addicted to AllRecipes.com.
After a few years, we were very fortunate to have new neighbors, Chris and Laura, move in that loved to cook, eat and drink. We became very good friends and were invited to join them for dinner once a week for a unique meal. Chris is the chef in the house. He fixes his meals “fancy”, design cut veggies, sauces drizzled on the plate, plates warmed in the oven prior to plating food, etc. We had eaten deer before and never cared for it, but we had never had it fixed by Chris. Laura assists when needed and takes care of the cleanup. We always started with a cocktail. The options were endless, all types of wine, margaritas, beers, Sake, Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Cognac, sparkling water, lavender water, rose water and the list goes on. Along with your drink of choice, you had cheeses, nuts, olives, etc. The meals were outstanding. We were introduced to lamb (shank and meatloaf), quail, squirrel, rabbit, duck, smoked bluegill and bass, whole lobster (different that lobster tail) and mourning doves. All very delicious. New Year’s Eve was always a very special meal consisting of foie gras, truffles, rack of fawn and breast of mourning dove.
But as if that wasn’t enough, we were invited to go to France with them in 2012. Dale was a little skeptical about the food options available in France, but we took the adventure. What a cultural experience, not just the food, but the way of life. We had the privilege of eating the following foods: escargot, horse, wild boar, liver meat loaf, head cheese, pheasant pate, squab, tartiflette, flaming baked Alaska, duck confit, many fresh breads and cheeses. The wines were exceptional. We sipped Chartreuse, Chambord and Cointreau along with extraordinary desserts.
Cooking is something Dale and I love to do together. As most children, ours aren’t always open to trying the “different” foods, so we welcome anyone who is willing to try new foods. We love to entertain and have often thought of having a Bed & Breakfast and/or winery. You never know you like something, if you don’t try it. You won’t die from trying food.