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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Hmmmmm...in the interest of trying to like salad I have a question: Do you think it would still be tasty (even if not moaning-good) without the meat? I like apples, I like pecans. I like kale. Maybe they'd help me like salad. Or maybe the meat is too critical and I should go elsewhere for an apple-nut salad.
BLD, it was good and pleasant, but I think it's worth trying without. The kale was critical, the new thing to me, eating it raw in a salad like that.
Food pleasure is psychological as all get-out. We who cook day in and day out are especially susceptible, I believe, to the "Amazing! Someone else made it!" phenomenon. It still looks like a great salad. And much as it pains me to disagree with you, dear, T-giving is the PERFECT time for a green salad.
Yeah, that salad looks fabulous. Don't think I've ever had kale raw like that either, but it all sounds really good together.
I LOVE food - it is interesting to think about the psychological side of it all...
I LOVE having a green salad at thanksgiving, whatchoo talking about?!!!
I have seen so many raw kale recipes lately. It's like a food trend that keeps haunting me and I'm going to have to try it here soon. I may try this recipe--it looks wonderful. My husband and I love putting pecans on salads anyhow, so this just takes it to The Next Level.
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