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Brussel Sprout Birthday

Though I like nothing more than proving to my very opinionated friend Brian that __________ [fill in the blank with any number of vegetables and fruits] is actually tasty, I did not plan a Brussel Sprout-themed birthday lunch for him, despite what he thinks.

The actual theme is a surprise that will be revealed later today, but now he has me thinking. A Brussel Sprout Brunch may be on the culinary agenda soon!

In the past he has said, "I don't eat eggplant." So I forced culinary adventure down his throat with an eggplant themed dinner for his wife's birthday. That night he feasted on - and enjoyed - creamy eggplant soup, little towers of eggplant and mozzarella, and even an eggplant-chocolate torta. After that he amended his claim: "I only eat eggplant at Cam's house." I'll take that.

The assertion "I don't eat beets" spawned another birhday dinner for our friend Jenn featuring roasted beet soup, leg of lamb with roasted beet chutney, and ended with spiced beet mousse.

Menu and photos from today's fête will be forthcoming. Happy birthday, Brian. No brussel sprouts today, but there's always next year!


  1. My husband's family HATES (literally, *hates*) okra. I personally have no problem with it, so long as it is not over-cooked. I think over-cooked is the only way they've had it, so they *think* they hate it. I love, love, love gumbo, and gumbo takes a good 2 - 3 cups of okra. They would notice, so there's no hiding it. BUT - do you think you could find an absolutely scrumptious recipe that involves okra? Hey, if you could convert that eggplant guy, I bet you could convert my husband. Any recipes you could throw at me? :D


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