Nupur over at One Hot Stove came up with the great idea of highlighting some of our best food blog moments of 2007. Since my blog isn't even a year old yet I've decided to do this a little different. So join me on this journey of recapping the top 5 new foods I tried in 2007.
The tail of a beef animal; oxtail is bony and often slow cooked or braised. Browsing through my local supermarket this past winter I stumbled across a package of oxtail. At the time I had no idea how to cook it; but decided to buy it anyway. I ended up making an oxtail ragu that I found in Molto Italiano by Mario Batali. It was delicious. Later in the year I had the opportunity to eat at Mario Batali's B&B restaurant in Las Vegas where I sampled his oxtail ragu. I'm happy to report that his is just as good as mine.
I won't repeat the details. You can read all about my speck experience here.
3. Cooked Fennel
The keyword here is cooked. My family has been eating raw fennel for years. It's our practice to eat the raw stalks between courses like celery. This year I decided to try roasting the fennel and eating it as a side dish. We enjoyed cooked fennel so much that I have been constantly trying to incorporate fennel into my menus. On Christmas Eve I made Fennel with Anchovies and Sambuca. If you're interested in learning more about the health benefits of fennel you can do that here.
4. Bulgarian and French FetaI had the pleasure of trying both Bulgarian and French feta on a recent trip to Philadelphia. I know what you're thinking...All the way to Philadelphia to try feta cheese. Well I happened to be in my favorite cheese shop, Claudio's, and was offered a sample of both cheeses. The Bulgarian had a bit of a tang to it which I really enjoyed and the French was less salty and a lot creamier; which my husband liked. I like both varieties better than the Greek feta I was eating. They can be found here in Phoenix at the Middle Eastern Bakery and Deli.
That's my top 5 for new foods I tried in 2007. Looking forward to 2008!