After years of "hating" ketchup on meatloaf, I recently discovered it's OK. What else did I think I knew I hated, and found out I was wrong.
While going to get lunch today, I saw an old friend outside a local grocery store.
As it is when stumbling into old friends, we stopped to chat just inside the doorway. (It was too cold and damp to stand outside.)
During our "catching up," I felt like I had become the official store greeter. All I needed was a vest, a name badge and to hand out shopping carts to make the ensemble complete.
Saw more friends in that brief time than I had in months.
Friends from my childhood, high school, college, church and a few of my fellow neighbors -- some of whom I had not seen in a very long time -- all walked in the door to wave or say "Hello."
I also got to talk to some people I have worked with in my job as a reporter, and now I'm proud to call friends.
Was able to share some recipes and even got a story idea or two, so I guess I worked too!
By the time my friend and I parted ways and got through the check out aisle, I was sort of late going to work. But it didn't really matter to me; I had been blessed with a gift.
Whether large or small, like most cities, Brazil is a community facing its own set of problems.
However, if a person could set aside the bitter taste of being judgmental for one moment, and look around at the people you call neighbors/friends, and enjoy those relationships, the world night not be such a bad place.
You might be wondering, what recipe could possibly be attached to this blog?
At the lunch counter of this local grocery store, the daily special was meatloaf. I love meatloaf, but don't normally like it with ketchup on top of it. Don't know why, just never acquired a taste for it.
However, when I recently asked about the lunch special at this grocery store, the woman behind the counter said, "How can you like something you won't even try?"
Finally, after a lifetime of choosing to not like something, I realized she was right. What about now?
She gave me a bite, and you know what? It wasn't as bad as I had made it out to be. So, I bought it. When I got to work I woofed it down. Although ketchup on meatloaf isn't my favorite, I have learned that my taste buds don't mind it either.
So, today isn't about sharing a recipe.
It's a NEW YEAR, and a NEW DAY.
I would like to inspire people to not only take a NEW LOOK at your community, but also give your taste buds an opportunity to try new flavors. Never know, you just might find out you like something you thought you didn't.
As for me, this week I think I might play with my meatloaf recipe again and possibly put ketchup on it! While it's cooking, I think I'm going to take the time to get in touch with a few friends whom I haven't seen in a while.
NEXT WEEK: Someone recently requested tips on storing and keeping fresh vegetables. So I'm also researching my grandmother's cookbooks for ideas. If you have any food storage tips you would be willing to share, please contact me at email@example.com.