I challenge all of you, especially the fellow food bloggers, to buy an ingredient you have never bought or cooked with before and try something new! There are so many foods, drinks, spices and herbs available to us these days. But, due to habit and time constraints we all get stuck in big old ruts. Look in the corners of the produce section for items you have never noticed. Visit ethnic grocers. Look on the bottom shelf for things that the mainstream never buys. To encourage us all to continue to explore, I think I will hold a new ingredient challenge monthly! (Because some cyclical behavior is comforting.)

I already have my first new item… I will let you know in a few days what it is, what I made with it and how it tastes. I will give you hint…it is from the produce section and I hope it tastes better than it looks.