But this year, my cousin Brad blew that opinion right out of the water with this salad. I do not have a jaded palate - I adore food - I've had some amazing salads, but Brad's was the absolute best . . . I think. Because I tried to recreate it at home and it was very good, but it wasn't moaning-good, third-helping good like it was at Thanksgiving.
So I have to ask: did I love it at Thanksgiving because it was such an anomaly? Was I over-impressed because I didn't know my little cousin could handle food like that? Have you ever had a tastebud-blowing experience with food, and then the next time with that food was underwhelming? Food is far more psychological than I give it credit for.
But still, try this salad. It's definitely in my top 10 food experiences.
(Recipe notes: Don't skimp on the cayenne! I used proscuitto, and did not brown it. I ignored the tarragon and chives. I tossed the cut apples in some vinegar so they wouldn't brown.)
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