I remember meals when I was growing up to be a mix of midwestern meat & potatoes type meals, with an injection of southern style cooking. My father is from near Huron, South Dakota, thus the meat & potatoes. My mother is from Louisiana, whence the southern style. I was a very picky eater as a child, and stubborn, to boot! My poor mother ended up cooking what I'm sure she felt was bland, repetitive meals that I would eat, as I was able to out-stubborn her in refusing to eat things I didn't like (or thought I didn't like). It turns out there is some basis for me and other picky eaters - see this somewhat technical article on Supertasters at Wikipedia and this one at CNN. What I find interesting is that each article talks about foods that supertasters find repulsive, and I like some of what's on each list, but don't like much of what's on most of the lists. Odd, and I digress.
My favorite food was (and still is) beef steak. Preferably grilled. My father likes to grill a steak into shoe leather, and I grew up eating steaks cooked this way. Only after I got older, moved out on my own and started grilling my own steaks did I realize what I had been missing! I still don't go less than a medium by choice, but at that point they are still juicy and flavorful. And I've grown used to family comments about the meat still mooing at me when I cut into it.
I've enlarged the range of foods I eat as I've grown older and tried new things, though most people would still call me a picky eater. One thing I've also acquired is heartburn, with several notable triggers. Unfortunately, some of those triggers are things I like to eat! I don't see how that's fair, whoever decided to invent heartburn!
What are your favorite foods? Are you a Supertaster? Discuss in the comments below!