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Are we really THAT rare? Guess so...

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Are we really THAT rare? Guess so...

Will Owen | | Aug 11, 2006 09:00 PM

I know all too well that everyone is not a Chowhound - I know people who really do believe that we should eat to live, or who are indifferent to what they eat, and some of them are otherwise perfectly reasonable human beings. But I do tend to expect people who are connoisseurs of good stuff (i.e. the things *I* like) to be at least somewhat interested in trying to expand their horizons...

Anyway, last night I went to a weekly gathering of local car nuts. These things are by invitation only (but that's a great big e-mail list) and free of charge, but you're expected to bring food to share and your own beverages, or else drop five bucks in the kitty. As usual I chose to share, so I made my favorite bean salad (recipe on Home Cooking if you ask nicely), with Trader Joe's canned cannelini beans and some fresh basil and almost enough olive oil...well, I put this down on the food table, then took my bottle off to find a cup and look at the cars. Got caught up in several good conversations, finished the bottle with a little help from my friends, then figured I'd go home since the hamburger grillers had quit for the evening. So I went to pick up whatever might be left of my beans...and they'd hardly been touched! Now, it's not the prettiest dish in the world, but it's good enough that I've been asked the recipe quite a lot over the years. I was scratching my head about that, when one guy said, "Oh, we figured those were peanuts," and a couple of other folks nodded and said, "Yup, peanuts," plainly implying that I should've known better than to bring peanuts.

It would have taken just one of those guys to take a taste and figure out what it was in there. And not ONE of them bothered to try! I can understand not liking it for one reason or another; what I can NOT understand is standing there speculating about it when the answer is right in front of you, one spoonful away!

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