Years ago, my mother used to subscribe to Good Housekeeping, and one day when I was maybe eight or nine years old I remember her laughing at a joke in one of the articles. It went something like this:
You know you've had a long and successful marriage once you buy your second bottle of Tabasco.
That's just hilarious. And I'm not sure if it's funny because of how tastes have changed, or if it's funny because of how marriage has changed. Maybe both.
Of course back then the largest size bottle of Tabasco you could find was the tiny 2-ouncer, and one shake of that stuff was all people could handle. Particularly my parents, who grew up in rural Ohio eating mild, midwestern cuisine.
The irony, though, is a 2-ounce bottle of Tabasco is barely enough to make one batch of Paul Prudhomme's Cajun Meatloaf. Heck, you can buy Tabasco in 1-gallon jugs now, and Laura and I go through a 5-ounce bottle of Tabasco every month or so. (Wait--what does that say about our marriage?)
The bottom line is this: tastes change enormously from generation to generation. It certainly keeps modern cuisine interesting, doesn't it?
So, readers, here's your chance: What's different about your tastes compared to your parents--and your kids? Share your thoughts in the comments!
The History of Tabasco
How to Make Your Own Tabasco Sauce
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Posted by Daniel at 3:11 AM on Tuesday, December 14, 2010