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Home cooking YOU never thought was strange

T in DC | Apr 7, 2005 09:13 AM

I’m curious: is there some food preparation you tend to adhere to out of habit or comfort that your SO/friends/children think is strange? I’m not talking about culture clashes, but just habits that formed early.

Every time I tell my husband we’re having sausage for dinner, he groans. Why? Because I tend to prepare it, like many things, the same way I ate it growing up and, at 7 pm or later on a weeknight, I’m not thinking about menu ideas or experimenting. I’m throwing food into a pan or a pot and hoping for the best. This means browning sweet Italian sausage in a pan, removing the links, tossing sliced onions and cooked cauliflower into the sausage fat, cooking and seasoning them a bit, then adding some red wine, and returning the sausage back to the pan to warm. Dinner is served, oftentimes without anything green if I’m being really lazy, all to the tune of, “Ugh. Why do you always put cauliflower in the sausage?” [Note – he likes cauliflower, just protests its constant pairing with sausage.]

He thinks the same sausages should be browned, cut up, added to tomato sauce, and served over pasta. While I have no problems with his way, it NEVER occurs to me when I’m on autopilot.

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