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Have you ever trained/tricked yourself into liking a food you hated at first?

I've done this a few times just to see if I could. I used to gag at the sight of ranch dressing all throughout my childhood but when I was in college I just forced myself to eat it on stuff and told myself that it was good...and surprisingly it worked!

Right now I'm working on liver, lamb and stinky cheeses. I know a lot of people really love these things and I really want to see what all the hype is about. I hate the feeling that I might be missing out on something because my palette hasn't developed enough.

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  1. actually, I'm more the opposite: i used to be able to do calves brains, raw mushrooms, and various other things. Now, I have that physical reaction (just use your imagination here..) When I was a kid, I just basically ate whatever my folks told me to try!

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    1. re: rmarisco

      Whoa, calves brains?! You were an adventurous kid. My parents could barely get me to eat anything with green onions in it lol.

      1. re: rmarisco

        I'm the same way with beef tongue. One of my favorite meals
        as a kid and now I just handle it.

      2. i've tried forcing myself into liking sushi, but i think it's more of a sensory issue than a taste thing. it's never taken. i never used to like mashed potatoes but forced myself to give it a shot when i began cooking for kids (and didn't always have the energy to make two different dinners) - not as bad as i thought it'd be!

        1. Because I didn't grow up eating avocado and cilantro, when I was first introduced to them, I couldn't stand them. Texture and smell really bothered me. Then someone introduced me to bahn mi, and immediately fell in love with the flavor cilantro imparted. Been a fan ever since. I forget how I got to like avocado, but I really love it now.

          1. I learned to like dishes w/ cumin. I used to hate it, though it smelled like BO (which it still kind of does), but now I enjoy the smokey flavor you end up with.

            Alas, I have tried multiple times to like sushi also. Just can't do it, definitely a sensory thing though, nothing to do w/ the taste (a lot of it tastes good!).

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            1. re: juliejulez

              I agree about cumin smelling a bit like BO! I could never put my finger on what it smelled like until you said that.

              1. re: hauckpdx

                Then I guess I won't tell you what okra reminds me of.

              2. re: juliejulez

                LOL! The BO thing. I remember walking into a Falafel place thinking that the guys behind the counter had really bad BO. Years later I realized it was the cumin!

                1. re: salsailsa

                  Wow, is that what it is? At home I never associated the two but I always get the blast in restaurants which likely are using a lot of cumin.

                2. re: juliejulez

                  I love cumin! The first time I smelled it, I had bought some for a recipe and was amazed at the wonderful odor. I still think it's probably my favorite spice.

                  1. re: kitchengardengal

                    I love it as well, which is why I never associated it with that BO smell. It's great on so many things.

                3. I used to dislike tarragon and cilantro, and now I love them. I started liking cilantro in my mid20s.

                  With lamb, if you find the flavour too strong, try local lamb, instead of the imported stuff. I've found my local Cdn lamb has a milder, sweeter flavour than the NZ or Australian lamb that is sold where I live.

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                  1. re: prima

                    Thanks for that tip on lamb. I'll definitely give the local variety a try, I think I have been buying the NZ kind so far.

                    1. re: hauckpdx

                      the trouble with most american lamb now is it's corn/soy fed, just like cafo beef cattle. yes, it gives a milder flavor but utterly corrupts the nutritional profile of a very healthy meat.

                      1. re: hotoynoodle

                        Agreed. LOVE the strong gamey taste of lamb, and even better, mutton. But good luck finding that in US markets. Not impossible, but not easy.

                        1. re: ratgirlagogo

                          we just had sow-roasted lamb for dinner and once again am reminded it's my favorite red meat.