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Are you afraid of ... new food?
If you answered yes, please pleasepleasepleaseplease don't be. There's not an eggplant lurking in the shadows wearing a hockey mask, scout's honor.
Here's our two cents: If an unfamiliar edible ends up not being your thing, at least you can say you tried. The worst thing that's going to happen is that you're not going to like it. As we say in this neck of the woods, "if it tastes good, it is good" - at the end of the day, to each their own.
Five Ways to Become a Food Adventurer: Aida Mollenkamp
1. Follow flavors you like
2. Travel through your taste buds
3. Buy something new every time you shop
4. Use your kitchen as a lab
There’s no need to start making tofu from scratch if you’ve never made your own lasagna, but experiment every time you light up the stove. Start simple by swapping the herbs and spices in your favorite recipes, then graduate to using ingredients you’ve never tried. With time, you’ll become confident enough that you just might tackle tofu after all."
5. Make mealtime mash-ups
Take a page from that trend and try a spin on your favorite foods, like kimchi in a quesadilla, Chinese 5-spice on a roast chicken, Spanish chorizo on a pizza, or any other twist that will help you forge your own food adventure."
Aida Mollenkamp will be speaking about how television has changed the culinary industry at the Reality Rocks Expo on Sunday, April 10, in Los Angeles.
Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.