"I never thought I was going to like _______, but now that I've made it I can't wait to make it again!"
If there's one statement that could sum up our five-and-a-half years of writing The Bitten Word, that might be it. We love trying things outside our comfort zone, and 99 percent of the time, we're thrilled we the results.
It's also a statement that pretty aptly describes just about all of today's dishes from today's the Cover to Cover Challenge -- and the Bittens who made them.
The recipes for Beef and Lamb Tartare? Waaaay out of most peoples' comfort zones, but nearly everyone who prepared them raved about how delicious they were. Same with the Strip Steak with Japanese Dipping Sauce. (We'll grant you that the Sloppy Tacos probably aren't too envelope-pushing. But you've got to read the write-ups about that lime sour cream!)
Our favorite converts have to be Meredith and Rick, who tackled the Lamb Shoulder with Polenta and Beans. Neither one of them was too happy with the idea of that dish -- lamb and polenta "honestly are two of my least favorite things," they write. But everyone at their table was bowled over by the lamb. "This lamb shoulder with polenta and beans is now our signature dish," say Meredith and Rick. "It also has a reservation for our Christmas dinner."
How great is that?
Check out the recipes and write-ups and let us know what you think!