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Mark's Stories. Why I don't care for horseradish.
In the mid-90s I was working for a very small business network troubleshooting company, that was owned by my cousin Clark and his friend. We all were at a nice business lunch to celebrate getting a big client. We went to a steakhouse I hadn't been to before, and the special of the day was New York Steak.

What was brought out to me was the steak, a bare baked potato, and a tray of sauces and spices for the potato. I proceeded to load up my potato, especially from a bowl of what I thought was sour cream.

And then I took a big bite.

I didn't know that New York Steak was traditionally smeared with ...

... horseradish sauce.

Horseradish was never my favorite thing, but after that experience, the only thing that I find it palatable in, and only in very small quantities, is sashimi.

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jenevastorme From: jenevastorme Date: June 11th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
My sister has a childhood story along similar lines, in which she was sick and my mother poured her a glass of grape juice for her to take medicine with -- from a jug which turned out to contain not grape juice, but pickled beets. Poor kid.
mauser From: mauser Date: June 12th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)
And by the way, that Green stuff at the Sushi bar is NOT Guacamole! :-)

IIRC, Tartar sauce has horseradish in it.
dcseain From: dcseain Date: June 12th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
In my part of the country, tartar sauce is pickle relish and mayo, but ketchup and horseradish make cocktail sauce.
mauser From: mauser Date: June 12th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah! Right! I remember that Good Eats now. I knew it was one of the two. (The one where he made Shrimp Cocktail on a fishing boat)
dcseain From: dcseain Date: June 12th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I knew that, but i'm from the East, so i guess it's more likely for me to know that. That sucks. Salt and carbs help cut hot, for future reference. Based on your description of the volume, you had no hope of balancing that out, though.

I bet this makes Seders no fun for you, too. Though plenty of people i know barely use any horseradish. I also know some who eat more than they need at that meal because they feel they need to.
singingnettle From: singingnettle Date: June 12th, 2007 08:07 am (UTC) (Link)
That's just evil.
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