When I was a kid I hated Brussels sprouts. With a passion. I couldn't get myself to eat them without gagging. I tried everything to mask the flavor, including taking a mouthful of tea or juice (or whatever I was drinking) before putting one in my mouth in the hopes that I wouldn't be able to taste it. No luck. I also used to sneak them into my napkin and throw them away. I think the trick I used most often to get out of having to eat them is to leave the table to "use the restroom" with a mouthful of Brussels sprouts and spit them out into the toilet and flush them. That way my mom thought I ate them, and I only had to endure the horrific flavor for the length of time it took me to get to the bathroom. Luckily we had a small house, and I was quite motivated to move swiftly. It was a great mystery to me how my older brother could actually like them. He actually loved them - they were his favorite vegetable! Freak. I know my mom thought I was being melodramatic when I exclaimed my disfavor with this foul Brassicaceae. But I swear I died a little inside every time I was faced with a plate of those things.
Yet for some inconceivable reason, this year I kept seeing pictures of them and thinking they looked tasty. I remembered how gross they were when I was a kid, so I don't know what made me think I could stomach them now. Then again, I hated spinach when I was a little too, and I like it now. So I convinced myself to try them - to give them one last shot. I bought the Green Giant package with the butter sauce. Butter makes everything better, right? I figured since they were baby Brussels sprouts they might be less bitter. I was really hesitant to actually consume one of these things once they were cooked, but I was brave. And I liked it! I didn't just think it was okay, I actually LIKED it. I wanted MORE. It was a vegetable miracle! And now I have bought them (and EATEN them!) two more times. Even my DH likes them. Hooray for maturing taste buds! I wonder what else I hated as a kid that I might actually like now? Liver, maybe? ...Nah!