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I’m back in Paris after spending about three weeks in the States. Since we were there over the holidays, the time really flew. We squeezed in as much family and friend time as we could.

Naturally, I try to expose Jonathan to the great American culture whenever possible, which usually means presenting him with various preservative-filled and artificially colored food items. My main goal is generally to gross him out and/or shock him, but this seldom works. You see, Jonathan has a much more varied palate than the average person. Combinations such as peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, and chicken and waffles have all passed off without a hitch. He is also unfazed by coke floats and often asks for grits when he sees them on the menu.

When he was staying with me in Connecticut before the big move, there wasn’t a whole lot to visit in my little neighborhood. That being said, there was a small breakfast/lunch restaurant and a bakery within walking distance of my house. When left to his own devices for the day, he walked down the street, past both of these viable locations, in order to buy a gas station store pre-packaged sandwich. “Why?,” the reasonable person might ask. He simply wanted to know what it was like.

I’d like to insert a sidebar here to let you know that I eat healthy, regularly cook my own food, and rarely go out for fast food. My second time to Taco Bell was with Jonathan, because HE requested to go there. All this is not to say that he doesn’t have good taste. Let’s not forget that he married ME! 😂 Despite his questionable food choices, he’s actually a talented cook, one of those people who can taste a dish and tell you what spices it needs to take it from good to great.

Well, let’s get on with it. I wanted to see his reaction to a few foods I traditionally have around the holidays.

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

Pillsbury crescent rolls are something that I only eat for Thanksgiving or Christmas. I walked him through the whole experience: unwrapping the canister, “popping” it open (you know what I’m talking about), and then rolling them up. He was a natural.

✅ Jonathan approved 

Definitely not a croissant. (He repeated this point multiple times.) More like brioche. A little sweet. So, he liked it, but it’s not a croissant. Don’t get confused. 

Cookies & Chocolate

We make a lot of cookies around Christmas time, and there is always some chocolate in the stockings. I even made Muddy Buddies (recipe) this year.

✅ Jonathan approved 

Good, but very sweet! He says this about a lot of American desserts. I think it’s code for, “Instead of adding flavor, Americans just add more sugar.”

Eggnog

Eggnog is such a classic. I crave it every single Christmas, but I only need about one glass per year. He tried it plain and with some brandy and nutmeg sprinkled on the top.

✅ Jonathan approved 

He liked it but said it tasted like crème anglaise, which is a vanilla custard sauce. I was most excited to see his reaction to this one. I thought it would be really different from anything else he’s ever had, but now it just sounds like boring drinkable pudding.


Any suggestions for what I should have him try next?

Jonathan Tries… American Holiday Foods
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11 thoughts on “Jonathan Tries… American Holiday Foods

  • January 13, 2020 at 8:35 am
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    =) !!!

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    • January 14, 2020 at 8:54 am
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      He should try your moms Lasagna – that should kill his wanting to try new foods entirely!! 🤪

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      • January 14, 2020 at 9:36 am
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        Shots fired! pew pew pew
        And what will you be cooking for him, Aunt Terry?

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        • January 29, 2020 at 8:35 am
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          my famous chocolate chip cookies 🍪

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  • January 13, 2020 at 11:14 am
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    What a great idea! I think he needs to try homemade vs. canned cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving!

    I had a coworker from Ghana who thought the desserts I baked were too sweet. Unfortunately, he quit before I ever got a compliment out of him…

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    • January 14, 2020 at 9:35 am
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      Good idea! We celebrated Thanksgiving in France this past year, and I couldn’t find cranberries in any form other than dried. But wouldn’t you know, I went to the grocery store yesterday, and a bag of fresh cranberries caught my eye. Of course!
      I’d bet a lot of cultures would think that our desserts are too sweet. We have some really good stuff, though. I’m sure you would have won over your coworker eventually 😀

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  • January 15, 2020 at 8:41 am
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    I love this game. How about Doritos and pumpkin pie?

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    • January 15, 2020 at 9:44 am
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      He LOVES Doritos. I don’t think he’s had homemade pumpkin pie yet, though…

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  • January 28, 2020 at 8:06 pm
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    I think it might be time for him to experience a few of my childhood staples… Spaghettios on a tuna sandwich, and milk and Pepsi – that would be milk and Pepsi…together! Did I mention Gramma wasn’t much of a cook? 😲

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    • January 29, 2020 at 5:46 am
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      Um, ew. But he’ll probably like it…

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      • January 29, 2020 at 6:05 am
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        Kathy Pommer- you could expose him to your LASAGNA!

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