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Best of 2009, #12) New food
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What new food are you in love with that you didn't even know existed earlier this year?

I started this year off strong on an Indian food cooking kick. I read a couple books, spent several weekends learning new dishes, and enjoyed some really tasty stuff. And then my kick ended, probably because the super quick early learning curve transitioned into the slower, steadier, not nearly as exciting long curve of true learning. I hit the dip and gave up. I suck.

I need to figure out how to attack that slow long curve of real learning. Kellianne tries to help by giving me tips, but her style of cooking is entirely different from what I need to learn at this point in the process. The intuitive cook can't just say, "put in however much is needed!" because I need to know: how much is however much? The beginner's dilemma.

Luckily, I don't think I'm a bad cook. Just a slow one. And an unmotivated one, most of the time.

Indian food wasn't discovered this year. That's tough... how many foods can be discovered at this point? I love eating so much that I feel like I've tried everything within arm's reach. I guess you could also say that I've grown very fond of a good Turkish or Egyptian lentil soup... that will help me survive winter I think.