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Don’t pass the squirrel

September 29, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

I've been accused of being a picky eater - by my mother, by Ross and I'm sure there are others. I'll dissect a piece of supreme pizza, taking off the mushrooms, olives and peppers. I'll eat around kidney beans in chili. The same goes for celery in chicken noodle soup. Yeah, I'll fess up, there are a lot of foods out there that you couldn't pay me enough to even try. But there have been some foods that I originally didn't much care for - eggs, pickles, cauliflower, asparagus - that I'll eat and actually enjoy.

On some foods, it's the texture that I'm not fond of. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Those foods include mushrooms and kidney beans. Peas sort of fall into that category. Yes, I've been told to just try it; just once. Sometimes it can be a mental thing with me, that I can't believe I'm eating goat, alligator or herring (I haven't tried the last two, don't intend to either).

If you type in "100 foods to eat before you die," you get a list of various foodstuffs, from kangaroo to Tom Yum (yeah, I don't know what that is either). I came across this list on Facebook a few months ago and according to the quiz, most people have tried about 20 of these items.

100 Foods to Try Before You Die

Abalone, Absinthe, Alligator, Baba Ghanoush, Bagel and lox, Baklava, Barbecue ribs, Bellini, Bird's Nest Soup, Biscuits and gravy, Black Pudding (made from cooked blood), Black Truffle, Borscht (Ukrainian soup made from beetroot), Calamari, Carp, Caviar, Cheese fondue, Chicken and waffles, Chicken Tikka Masala, Chile Relleno, Chitterlings/Chitlins, Churros, Clam Chowder, Cognac, Crabcake, Crickets, Currywurst, Dandelion wine, Dulce de leche, Durian (southeast Asian fruit notorious for its odor), Eel, Eggs benedict, Fish Tacos, Foie Gras, Fresh Spring Rolls, Fried Catfish, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Plaintain, Frito Pie, Frog's Legs, Fugu (pufferfish), Funnel Cake, Gazpacho, Goat, Goat's milk, Goulash, Gumbo, Haggis, Head Cheese, Heirloom Tomatoes, Honeycomb, Hostess Fruit Pie, Huevos Rancheros, Jerk Chicken, Kangaroo, Key Lime Pie, Kobe Beef, Lassi (Indian yogurt drink), Lobster, Mimosa, MoonPie, Morel Mushrooms, Nettle Tea, Octopus, Oxtail Soup, Paella, Paneer (a cheese), Pastrami on Rye, Pavlova (meringue cake), Phaal (curry dish), Philly Cheesesteak, Pho, pineapple and cottage cheese, Pistachio Ice Cream, Po' boy, Pocky, Polenta, Prickly Pear, Rabbit Stew, Raw Oysters, Root Beer Float, S'mores, Sauerkraut, Sea Urchin, Shark, Snail, Snake, Soft Shell Crab, Som Tam (spicy salad made from shredded unripened papaya), Spaetzle (German dumpling or noodle), Spam, Squirrel, Steak Tartare, Sweet Potato Fries, Sweetbreads, Tom Yum, Umeboshi (pickled ume fruits common in Japan, similar to a plum), Venison, Wasabi Peas, Zucchini Flowers

Out of all these foods, I've tried 15, which isn't terrible for a picky eater like me. And no, a root beer float isn't one of the foods. I don't like the taste of root beer. Weird, huh? I don't think key lime pie really should be on the list, it's not all that adventurous.

Here's my 15: barbecued ribs, cheese fondue, crabcake, fresh spring rolls, fried green tomatoes, funnel cake, goat, jerk chicken, key lime pie, Pocky, s'mores, Spam, sweet potato fries and venison.



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