Since my girls are still with grandma in Chicago and my primary purpose in life is to sit still and try not to feel stressed out (because stress equals contractions), I am devoting an unreasonable amount of time this summer to the Food Network. And the one thing that keeps coming back to me is that there are SO many fresh vegetables that never make it into my grocery cart. Those culinary wizards on television can take okra or a few rutabagas and twenty minutes later shazam! Something magical happens. And I find myself saying to my television, I can't believe it, but I might actually want to eat that.
My weird vegetable obsession began right before my kids left town, and I mentioned to my oldest daughter, I'm thinking of writing about vegetables. There are so many that we overlook because they're unfamiliar and appear scary in their raw form. But honestly, I think more people should make the conscious effort to buy one weird vegetable every time they go to the store, and then figure out how to make it taste delicious. Don't you think I should write about that?
Madeleine didn't hesitate. No one wants to read about weird vegetables. And I promise you, no one wants to eat them. Don't write about that. People are going to stop reading your blog if you do.
Well, fine Little Miss Sassy Pants. Maybe this is the last time some of you will visit my blog. But I happen to believe there exists a universe beyond carrots, potatoes, celery, cucumber and plain old lettuce that is waiting to be charted. And so I extend the challenge: Try it. Buy a weird vegetable and spend a few minutes googling a recipe that will make it taste delicious. Let's just see if we can't revolutionize dinner time.