Changing Tastes

NCI_cream_cheese_bagelAs I get older, I realize that my tastes change. This is why I have no problem trying just about anything. I am also a believer in trusting a chef. For example, I am not a fan of bleu cheese crumbles, but if I order a meal and the chef says it will bring out the taste of whatever, I will give it a shot. Sometimes I find that it is really good. So I just try to be open.

There are a few things that I have always disliked, but never really understood why. The first one is cream cheese. I have no clue when I ever had cream cheese or decided that it was gross. It is not like someone gave me a bagel with cream cheese and that I tasted it and spit it out. Instead, I just decided it was something I did not like. This makes no sense. Especially since I loved any kind of dip with cream cheese in it. A year or so ago I tried a bagel with some on it and I absolutely loved it. Bagels are so much better with cream cheese. I feel stupid for missing out all these years.

I think the reason for disliking cream cheese is because I do not like sour cream. I feel like I must have equated the two. Again, here is the funny part, I have no idea when I made this decision either. I will eat any dip with sour cream in them and if a recipe calls for sour cream, I have no hesitation with eating it. However, I still do not put it on a baked potato or a taco. Although, I did try a taco with sour cream, and it tasted pretty good. How weird is this?

The one that people think is really weird is ranch dressing. I am not a fan. Hell, I am probably the only person in the world who is not a fan of ranch. I have actually given this one a chance, but it just does not do it for me. Again though, here is the weird thing: I will eat ranch. If it is in something as an ingredient, I am cool with it. At work, we make a chipotle ranch sauce and I like it with my onion rings. Weird, right? I also enjoy Cool Ranch Doritos, that cannot be normal.

Is there a point to this? I am just trying to say that you should never stop trying new things. Or exclude a food because it contains something you may not normally like. You never know when you will find something you like now. And with that said, I will now go make myself a bagel with cream cheese.