Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Party Down

There are quite a few foods that I wish I liked, but I don't. Do you know how much easier breakfast would be if I liked eggs? Or coffee for that matter, which I can't stand at breakfast, or as a pick me up, or to sip during a casual meeting with a friend. I don't like tea either. I don't like mushrooms, or artichokes, or kale. I don't like rosemary, thyme, and nutmeg has always turned me off. Worst of all, I don't like olives.

In theory olives sound great. They are a fruit, usually from the Mediterranean, that has been cured in salty brine. Yep, that sounds pretty good to me. But put them within smelling distance, and my stomach turns. Even some olive oil bothers me, especially the dark extra virgin kind. It's really a pity because olives seem like the perfect snack.

A few months back, okay quite a few months back, Lindsay Olives was nice enough to send me a few samples of their California Green Natural Olives. Now while I don't eat olives, Alex is a huge fan, so I happily accepted their generous offer and told Alex this was his chance to write his own blog post. Well months have gone by, and there are still four cans sitting in my pantry.

This weekend, I hosted a clothing swap at our apartment and decided it was time to break out most people's favorite snack. While I didn't try any of my creation, they got a lot of rave reviews from my party guests. Most notably, guests were surprised that they came from a can instead of a jar. So props to Lindsay Olives and the New York Times. Thanks for making my hostessing job a success. I'm sure they were delicious, you know, to people that like olives.

Marinated Olives (from Lindsay Olives and The New York Times)
  • 2 cups Lindsay Olives California Natural Olives
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly crushed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 lemon, cut in half and segmented like a grapefruit

Toss all ingredients together in a bowl. Marinate for an hour or longer at room temperature. Refrigerate overnight if not using immediately. (Remove from the refrigerator an hour or two before serving.)

What are some of your least favorite foods that you wish you liked?


  1. I'm with you on mushrooms - so gross. But I couldn't live with kale or olives (at least not black ones). This is an awesome nibble for a party!

  2. I was crafting the perfect post. I already had the pictures planned out... one of me seeing how many olives I could stuff into my mouth at one time. One of me with olives on the tips of all my fingers playing an air piano.

    That's all I have so far..

  3. i had no idea that you could play around with olives to achieve this results they look so good this would be an awesome switch from my normal consumption of olives thanks for this awesome suggestion