What is it about cooking with seafood that makes us revert to
the safety of what we've always known? Indeed, for those of us who
didn't grow up with seafood at home, we may be averse to trying
anything beyond fish sticks! (Not that we're knocking a perfectly
good excuse to indulge in tartar sauce...)
Habits die hard, food habits die harder, seafood habits just
plain don't die. One customer north of D/FW, who describes herself
as "an admitted 'landlubbing' Kansas City native," tells us that
she never really understood the big thrill about seafood until she
met her now-husband whose family hails from Lake Charles,
"My family's originally from Kansas City (which is known for
barbecue), but we didn't have much in the way of fish or
(shellfish) at that time. Once in a while, I'd try maybe fried
catfish, but that was about it. When I met (Seafood Hubby), he
introduced me to all kinds of things that I'd never even heard of!
Although I'll have a bite or two of (Seafood Hubby)'s mom's Shrimp
Creole, I'm still 'weird' about crawfish... But my kids love
Okay, so Ms. Kansas City wasn't completely won over to the cause
of all things seafood -- but kudos to her for trying something new:
that's 90% of the battle in the fear of fish. Mind over halibut.
Small steps outside of our food comfort zones are incremental,
and your taste buds will be rewarded well.
For example, if you love the fish sandwiches at fast-food
eateries, try wrapping cod fillets with a tablespoon of creamy
dressing in aluminum foil and grilling them; if you enjoy the
visceral experience of finger foods, then steaming clams and
drizzling them with garlicky butter will tickle your fancy; if you
like Spanish paella and Italian cioppino, have
you ever experimented with the coconut milk-infused Brazilian
Hmmm, this could be fun...
...which is the whole point: Food should be
fun, and seafood is certainly no exception. When in doubt, ask our
Seafood Department Managers for tips -- or, you can even get
started at our Recipe Corner.
Quit playing it safe. Go fish!