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Things you thought you hated

I always thought I hated certain things because my parents cooked them badly. For example, i hated mushrooms as a kid, because I only knew overcooked white button mushrooms. I thought I hated cheese, because I only had low-fat, pre-sliced crap.

Anyone with similar experiences? Any magical moments when you discovered what you really liked?

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  1. I always remember one fact about my food growth. My parents insisted that we try at least a good tasting of every food they put on the dinner table, but they didn't force us after that. At about 10 years of age, I resentfully tried asparagus under that rule and said (felt?) I hated it.

    Then, when I was about 17, I was walking along one day and, out of the blue, thought that maybe I'll go get some asparagus. I got some, loved it, and have been a fan ever since.

    What sticks with me now is how many years went by, and how odd it was that I recalled the flavor at all. Presumably, I could never have had the specific craving without having tried it way back when. So I'm passing along my parents' rule to my child. We'll see what happens with him.

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    1. re: Bada Bing

      My 1st asparagus taste was canned asparagus, boiled to death even further than being canned. Wouldn't taste it again until I was an adult, when it was properly roasted and delicious.

      Love the 1 taste rule for kids, but badly prepared food's 1st taste can still be off-putting for years. I'm sure your prep is better than my mom's canned asparagus, tho!

      1. re: pine time

        Me too. I grew up on canned asparagus (my mother embraced all things boxed, processed, and canned) and thought it was a vile, mushy vegetable. Imagine the epiphany I had the first time I had it cooked from fresh!

        Also, I grew up on canned yams. I always thought they were nasty little orange nuggets. Once I had them fresh it was like a whole different world opened up. Now I love them.

    2. Tomatoes. At least in a raw form.

      Something I would never eat. Until 1976 which was a really hot year here. For reasons that i cannot recall, I decided the weather was so good that I should try to grow them (in pots outside the back door). Well, of course, when you've spent hours tending the plants, you gotta try the beastly things. And you know, I found them OK. Raw tomatoes are still not something I'll ever crave but at least I'll eat them. Tried to grow them again last year - miserable failure.

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      1. re: Harters

        +1 on raw tomatoes. When they were out of season, my mom bought the "styrofoam" kind from the grocery store and kept them in the refrigerator. I didn't eat a raw tomato again until I had a friend's home-grown tomatoes in grad school... and I never looked back.

      2. Tuna. I HATE the canned kind and so assumed I had an equal hatred of fresh. Boy was I wrong!

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        1. re: CanadaGirl

          I've tried to persuade my partner of exactly that point. However, she can't get beyond her prejudice against canned tuna which she regards as only fit for cat food.

          1. re: Harters

            I don't even consider the canned stuff fit for cats! If tuna's
            on the menu at a nice restaurant, I usually order it now.

          2. re: CanadaGirl

            I feel the same way about average generic canned tuna, but this stuff actually rocks. http://www.bctuna.com/

          3. My mother would boil canned asparagus, beets, etc until mush thus I refused to eat them for years. Now that I know to cook them, I enjoy them....

            1. Most vegetables, aside from raw carrots, bell peppers, cukes, etc. Cooked veggies growing up were frozen or canned and boiled beyond recognition. They smelled HORRID! Now I love pretty much all veg. Fresh and nicely cooked, of course.