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July 26, 2013

Only one dish for the rest of your life: What would you pick?

I don't know how your family is, but over the dinner table my family can get into some pretty interesting conversation.

A few nights ago, we had a doozy of a topic, with a hypothetical questions presented to us by our 21-year-old son, Andrew. Most were of the "would you rather" category. One that immediately comes to mind is "Would you rather be able to run 100 miles per hour or fly at 5 miles per hour?" The question that the drew the most discussion was a food question, and so now, readers, I ask you:

"If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life, and you could only eat one dish, what would that dish be?"

At first we were throwing around random comments, but then the gravity of the question began to sink in. We are all self-professed foodies, and we are talking about the rest of our lives, with just one dish.

So of course, being argumentative foodies dealing with a really serious topic, we had to negotiate and lay down some realistic and acceptable ground rules for this conversation, because, you know ... this could really happen.

First ground rule: No consideration is given to health. In other words, a greasy cheeseburger would have the same impact on your cholesterol level as a head of lettuce. Mind you, a head of lettuce was not in the running, not even with my wife, Liz. But it was a valid point.

Second ground rule: If you chose pizza, you could only order a one-item pizza with cheese and sauce. Otherwise you could just load pizzas with every possible topping and your entire universe of food groups would be covered, which eliminates the point of the discussion. Think about it. Ham, bacon, olives, peppers, anchovies, pineapple, chicken, you get the point. An easy cop out answer.

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