We had an awesome day today sharing our cookies at a biggs Remke grocery in Hyde Park. One of the more upscale grocery’s in the area, it was fantastic to see the expressions of joy and amazement in people when they smiled and said, “wow, that’s good!” after tasting our cookies.
One person made me laugh, however, made me laugh out loud, leaving me to reflect upon the limitations of people’s palate and thoughts about food.
In this case, I was sharing the flavor profile of our sofi award-winning Rosemary Sesame Shortbread Cookie. A more savory cookie, this outstanding cookie of the year nominee is a crunchy delight, studded with sesame and sunflower seeds and makes a fine friend to wine and cheese.
When I mentioned the rosemary, my listener turned on a dime, exiting with a stern warning, “You can’t mix herbs with a cookie!” and bolted the scene of such culinary debauchery. After laughing (after all this was a 2012 nominee for outstanding cookie of the year by the NASFT!), I thought how many of us (myself included!) limit our lives by denying the possibility of the unfamiliar.
A favorite chef, Dave Tayor, of La Poste fame and now the inspiration behind Django Western Taco, has tried to convince me beef tongue is fantastic. I’m not buying it. Well, after today, I can see how silly I am. Our rosemary sesame cookie is a best seller. Maybe the beef tongue is just as good. Well, maybe. I’ll let you know.
And, maybe this is a great time to look at all the ways we limit not only our taste buds from new experiences, but our entire lives. How often do I limit my friends, new vistas, and ideas based on archaic, limited beliefs. It’s past spring, but not to late to clean out worn out thinking and replace it with possibility!
Go ahead. Try something new! Your taste buds will thank you! And so will your spirit!