I’ve got to admit that my eating habits are a bit strange. Maybe they started getting that way when my Nana’s Thanksgiving turkey resembled the one from Christmas Vacation (the one that exploded from being over-cooked). My Mom, well, I love her dearly, but she won’t be competing on Top Chef or even Bottom Chef any time soon. We didn’t go out to eat often growing up, so my poor little taste buds maybe never fully developed (that is my story and I’m sticking with it). Pizza, pasta, grinders, baked fish and some typical New England prepared food was what I grew up on.
When I was 12, I became a vegetarian during summer camp. I’m not sure if I really became one to avoid home-cooking or because of my love for animals (or maybe because I was a rebel). Well, 28 years (yes I’m 40 now – ugh) later, I still don’t eat anything that walked on land. Till the day she died, my Nana was waiting for me to outgrow this phase. Sorry Nana, the purple hair is gone, but I still avoid food made from animals. Don’t forget to add in a cadaver class that sealed the vegetarian fate for even longer (looks like chicken). Oh yes, in case you were wondering, I do cook meat and nobody has keeled over of stomach ailments… yet. But, with my cooking disability (still trying to apply for government aid for it), my family is lucky I heat up a freaking fish stick in the oven.
Now that I have firmly planted myself here, in a place where food is such a huge part of the culture, I’ve been having perverted thoughts. Well, not really perverted, just strange for this camper. I’ve actually been thinking about eating meat again. I know nothing in a restaurant will resemble Nana’s turkey or her well-done burned to a crisp steaks. Certainly, living here hasn’t uncovered my missing “cooking” gene (bummer for my family). But I do know that wherever I go to eat, all the food will be incredibly delicious and that I’m am probably missing out on some things my palate has never witnessed. To add to my dilemma, some outside evil force has given me shellfish & wine allergies. *sniff sniff*
To remain a vegetarian or not…that is the question????????
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