Give Your "Unfavorites"
By Nancy Finch, Food Columnist
January of a new year. A good time to take a look at
your eating habits.
I donít like beets. Iím not wild about acorn
squash. Iíve tried hominy, but it doesnít occur to me to serve it.
Although I consider myself a ďMikeyĒ type eater,
there are some longtime biases and once theyíre stuck in your mental menu
planner, they donít easily get unstuck.
My husband likes beets and greens (another mental
bias), acorn squash and, who knows if he likes hominy, he never gets it. So,
my New Yearís Resolution: Do Different(ly).
We practiced ahead of the New Year. Beets can be
better, even enjoyed. Serve them as Harvard Beets. Dressed up helps ó
Acorn squash? Again, jazz them up a bit with some other
flavors for the, to me, pretty flavorless winter squash. Grapes with celery
and nuts drizzled in a brown-sugar-and-butter combination add interest and
Hominy? One of the childhood unfavorites that I learned
to modernize a few years ago. I found a Mexican-inspired salad version is
good. I donít usually recommend brands, but Mrs. Manningís hominy is
best for this recipe.
O.K., so what donít you like or what do you avoid?
Time to broaden your horizons and add interest to your 2003 table! (I
didnít go so far as trying turnip greens, I must confess!)
Winter Squash With Grape Topping
Directions: Prick squash with fork. Microwave on high for 5
minutes. Turn squash over and microwave for 5 to 10 minutes longer, until
squash is tender. Cut squash in half, remove seeds. Microwave chopped celery
until tender, about 2 minutes on high. Melt butter in skillet or microwave
container. Add brown sugar, celery, nuts, grapes. Mix well. Fill halved
squash with grape mixture. (Can hold at this point to serve later.) Cover
filled squash with waxed paper and microwave on high for 5 to 7 minutes or
dot with additional butter and bake at 350˚ for 15 minutes.
Directions: Mix together the sugar, corn starch, lemon
rind, juice and water (substitute beet liquid for water if using canned
beets) in saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring constantly, boil for 1 minute.
Add sliced beets and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes
4 to 6 servings.
Southwestern Hominy Salad
|1 can (20-oz.) Mrs. Manning's hominy, broken apart|
|1 can (15-oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained|
|1 can (4-oz.) mild green chilies, chopped|
|1/2 cup chopped red onion|
|1/2 cup chopped green pepper|
|1/2 t salt|
|1/2 cup medium or hot salsa|
|1/2 cup or more cilantro, optional|