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Aug 11, 2006 08:51 PM

Foods that surprise you?

So last night I threw a chicken in the oven to roast. With a young baby, I'm just getting back to cooking again, and I figured, it's not too difficult to season a chicken and pop it in the oven! But I am telling you, no matter how often I have roasted chicken, I am ALWAYS surprised and delighted at how simple and delicious it is! So my question to you all is, What foods are so simple that they surprise YOU at how delicious they are?
Warm from the garden tomatoes sprinkled with salt is another one...

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  1. Perfectly cooked white rice

    Strawberries and creme

    Bag of granola (or GORP)

    Ripe avocado with sea salt

    1. Spaghetti with olio e aglio. Grilled brie sandwiches on sourdough.

      1. Spaghetti with truffle oil and fresh aged parmesan (not cheap, but simple and really (Tyler Florence over-use)) delicious!


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        1. re: TexasToast

          Fresh Aged parmesan...a new oxymoron for me!

          1. Eggs. Every time, no matter how they're prepared. (OK, not too keen on the hard-boiled.)

            Grapes. The red ones. I'm addicted.

            Watermelon, too.

            Fresh tofu. It tastes clean. As does fresh cottage cheese.

            Naan. Possibly other types of bread as well.

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            1. re: piccola

              You know, I've been on an egg kick lately. I was watching Jacques Pepin the other day- he did bowtie pasta tossed with cheese (I think it was gruyere, but I did butter & parm), then topped it with a fried egg- you break up the yolk & it coats the pasta- Oh so good!

              1. re: sweet ginger

                I like the poached-egg-on-salad meal for that same reason.

                1. re: piccola

                  I was watching the movie "Spanglish" where Adam Sandler's character, a chef, prepares a sandwich of lettuce, tomato and sunny-side up egg on toasted artisan bread. I made one for myself and - oh my - so simple and so good!

                  1. re: Divamac

                    Thomas Keller of The French Laundry was a consultant on that movie and actually made (or taught Sandler how to make) that sandwich. Rent the DVD and watch the extras! It's pretty good food TV.

                    1. re: Divamac

                      Lettuce tomato and cold "real" (not processed) chicken breast on toast is also very good.

                      1. re: Divamac

                        Thank you Steinpilz for recognizing the difference between "real" and processed chicken!

                        I still pity the people who buy sliced "deli-meat" because they don't want the "pre-packaged" stuff off the shelves. Unless it's a real breast, it's the same slop!