January 20th, 2011

Trying New Vegetables – Pt. 1

My roommates and I have a great Monday night tradition of roommate dinners. We try to eat together every Monday night to catch up and spend some time together. This Monday, I decided to make dinner for my roommates, but a big pot of spaghetti or mac and cheese seemed so boring. I also wanted to convince them that the strange vegetables they see me preparing are actually really good and not that funky at all. So I set upon making a try new things dinner. For our appetizer – artichokes.

I, personally, love artichokes. I could eat them day and night. I did not always love artichokes, however. When I was younger I thought they looked terrifying, like some exotic prickly thing that fell from a tree. My family (and several visits to The Cheesecake Factory) cured me of my fear, but I can still understand why an artichoke looks off-putting.

My roommates were, thankfully, up for the challenge (with back-up dinners on stand-by, but still), and gamely listen to my tutorial on eating an artichoke. I gave them baby artichokes, which are more tender and far less intimidating, and a garlic butter sauce for dipping. While I prepared our entree in the kitchen, I heard them try to decipher what was edible, where the meat was on each leaf, and whether their enjoyment was mostly because they were getting to eat straight butter.

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In the end, they all enjoyed the artichokes! Even one roommate who was particularly skeptical and had already made a separate dinner tried an artichoke. I don’t know if they’ll start making artichokes for every meal, but I think they all found a new vegetable that they like eating. For the moment, I had happy roommates. But then, I had to serve them an entree comprised entirely of a single vegetable…

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    cool thing, although i don’t like this vegie

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