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Re: now yucky veggies!

> I'm glad to hear that someone else does eat vegetables. I was 
> beginning to feel peculiar about it. 

No, I realize I'M the peculiar one. I think a lot has to do with the way
you are raised and the life you lead. I grew up with a choice of canned
peas, corn, green beans, and spinach. Those were the only veggies I
knew. Carrots, onion, and celery were only parts of stew; I didn't
really think of them as vegetables. As an adult I came to enjoy a few
others like broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce. However, later in life I
drifted away from them because they're expensive and I was throwing too
much away since I only have myself to prepare for. I don't really cook
anymore, it's a chore and just doesn't seem worthwhile for just me.

Note: I don't advocate this as a good lifestyle; I think we should all
eat and enjoy our veggies. My diet is my lazy, bad habit, as smoking
seems to be that of some of the others on the list. I'm hoping to make
some adjustments to my diet after the New Year. That could be my way of
joining those of you on your Great American Smoke-Out.


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> I was going to suggest fried okra, too. Nothing better. If you roll 
> it in seasoned corn-meal and drop it on a very hot skillet that is 
> just lightly coated with olive oil, it doesn't even come out bad for 
> you. 
> Your brussels sprouts sound yummy, Zem. I have just about given 
> up heavy cream for health reasons, but it a bit of it really does make 
> many things come out better. 
> What I do most often these days - at least when the weather is 
> reasonably cool - is roasted vegetables. If it's just for us, I mix them 
> all together, but for a party I keep each kind separate and place 
> them around a very large Nambe platter, which makes an attractive 
> presentation. I start with a bit of olive oil and kosher salt in a very 
> hot oven. While the pan heats I cut up the first round - onions and 
> carrots. Then as I cut each different vegetable into thin slices, 
> I add them to the mix - or use two pans if I'm keeping them separate. 
> The combination varies with what is in the refrigerator, but usually 
> five or six kinds. I try for a mix with different colors and textures. 
> Red bell peppers, green squash, pod peas, mushrooms, turnips, 
> sweet potatoes are all good but I frequently try something new. 
> I usually add a few drops of sesame oil and a sprinkle of dried 
> herbs - tarragon or parsley is good. But of course canned or 
> frozen vegetables would not work - the texture would be all 
> wrong. This may sound like a lot of work, but it's not. If the oven 
> is very hot it only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. 
> I'm glad to hear that someone else does eat vegetables. I was 
> beginning to feel peculiar about it. 
> Auralie 
> In a message dated 12/15/2004 11:05:54 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
> zsanders@midsouth.rr.com writes: 
> I love vegetables, too. Probably because I grew up eating only ones grown 
> in the garden. In winter we had what my mother had frozen or canned at the 
> end of the growing season. Marge, you should try fried okra -- it's the 
> best. There is no vegetable I don't really enjoy. I made Brussels sprouts 
> for a dinner party last night. The ingredients included shallots, marjoram, 
> pine nuts and heavy cream. It was delicious. 
> zem 
> zone 7 
> West TN 
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