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And her kids would turn up their noses without sampling a bite. She knows that, too.
"That’s just the way it is with my kids,"
Not that she hasn’t tried. About 25 years ago Sam bought her a popular cook book, and she was thrilled with it. She spent hours reading and re-reading the recipes, and selecting the best ones to try out on her family. It didn’t take long for her to figure out that any dish featuring onions, peppers or mushrooms was going to get a thumbs-down from the peanut gallery.
"For years I tried to get them to eat some of these things,"
Take, for example, her favorite recipe from the cook book Sam had given her: Chicken ala King. It had all kinds of tasty things in it – including, of course, mushrooms, onions and green peppers. She followed the recipe precisely the first time she made it, and for her it was love at first bite. Such a wonderful mix of flavors and textures! But the children picked out the offensive little tidbits right away, and would have nothing to do with Chicken ala King.
"I’d rather starve!" said Robbie.
"That can be arranged!" said Sam.
"I just couldn’t enjoy it,"
"My Chicken ala King recipe pretty much
became chicken and rice,"
Earlier this year, however, Sam’s work took them to the
"I was so excited,"
She went to the local markets to carefully select all of the ingredients. She found some incredible mushrooms, onions and peppers. She hurried home and meticulously followed the recipe. It looked even better than the picture in the recipe book as she placed it on the table before her adoring husband, and the smells... oh my goodness... to die for.
Sam took a bite. He chewed slowly and deliberately (Sam is an engineer –
he does EVERYTHING slowly and deliberately). He smiled at
"Well," he said, "maybe if you add some green olives . . ."
Sam ducked as the cook book whizzed past his head.
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