Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Year of the Olive

I don't consider myself a picky eater, but then I realize I don't like beets or most winter squashes or eggplant (I find it squeaky, though I think I could learn to like this one) or raisins (except in cinnamon raisin bread or bagels, but not in quick breads or muffins or oatmeal or cakes, etc.) and I'm quite choosy about my seafoods.

During my college years I set out to teach myself to like coffee and mushrooms. The experiment was successful and I am now an avid fan of both.

I am declaring 2013 the Year of the Olive. Olives are popular and an ingredient in many recipes and great for appetizer platters and supposedly pretty good for you. I want to like olives. So this year I am on a mission to learn to like olives. I'm starting with kalamata olives because they are the kind of olives I've sampled in the past and thought, "hmm, I might be able to like these some day." If I conquer that kind I'll move on to black olives and finally green olives. But even, if I just learn to like kalamata olives, I'll be happy.

So, my question to you is, do you have a  favorite olive or olive recipe? Or what is a food you've taught yourself to enjoy?

Happy 2013 to you!


  1. Happy 2013 to you and thank you for declaring it the Year of the Olive! :)
    I am always up for a challenge to find new and innovative ways to cook and bake ...
    Let me look around and see what I can come up with and will update you again when I do!
    Hope you have a great day too!

  2. Hot tea. That is, I taught myself in college to like hot tea. Now, I don't like all tea, and I still think iced tea tastes like dirty water. However, I do like some hot herbal fruity teas now and again.
    And coffee. I had friends teach me to like coffee in college, which seems to be a popular time to do that.

  3. I made myself like coffee in college, too. And now - completely addicted and drink it black. How'd you make yourself love mushrooms???

  4. Thanks for the responses!
    Kim, somehow I had no idea that college was when your coffee addiction started. :) As for teaching myself to like mushrooms...I'm not exactly sure how I did that. I realized I didn't like canned mushrooms (still don't, really), so let those be. I cooked mushrooms different ways and added them a few at a time to adjust my taste to them. I prefer them cooked, but have slowly adjusted to liking them raw in salads too.
    Hope that helps!

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