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!