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i love celery, and i think it works nicely in most things. (but maybe not pizza). celery is as vital as onions in most soups, and i fucking love soup.
grant..honey.. there's celery, then there's chinese celery . i use the leafy tops instead of cilantro and parley when recipes call for those two. now if you said 'parsley'.? parsley is the most overrated vegetable in my book.
but it's your book so hate away...
...rick james , bitch.
Used to think celery was pointless, but now I agree with others above. Sauteed, it adds something to many cooked dishes. Good in tuna and egg salad and to counter bland creamy dressings, in small quantities. In green salads, or as a standalone vegetable -- hell no.
Rick James y'all.
I also have stunted white parts in my heart.
Chicken stock, barely browned (for texture) chorizo sliced plus whole salt pork diced; potato; celery red & white onion all diced; whole garlic clove some whole most fine chopped; about 1.5 beet roots grated for texture, color and a little flavor; sliced carrot, white & crimini sliced mushrooms; can butter beans; juice of 2 lemon; bay leaves; fresh basil.
Just some shit I made up and then simmered in a stock pot with a barely ajar lid for about 5.5 to 6 hours (fast simmer). Browned the chorizo on high first, then added butter & olive oil to brown the garlic and onion, then started layering all the rest in, finally the stock.
I think it's an 8 quart stockpot? I had it about 4/5ths full, it was reduced to about 50% volume when I was done. Skim off fat a couple times and any egregious clots toward the end, but leave some. No idea if it made any sense, but damn it was good and the place smelled amazing.
I've never liked it, think it ruins everything it touches. When I was a kid my mother would ask me: "How can you not like celery? It doesn't taste like anything!" I though she was insane - celery has such a strong flavor for me. It tastes like fucking celery!
I don't hate it. I just have no use for it.
Doesn't everyone love peanut butter shmeared on a celery stick?
After writing this, I see that @40 also touches on this discrepancy in perceptions of celery.
For the record, I like celery along with virtually every other vegetable, with the partial exceptions of big bamboo shoots (some other kind I had in China, smaller, dried and reconstituted was great) and brussel sprouts (unless they're grilled *just* right.) I can't think of another whole vegetable that I dislike otherwise, although I seem to not be able to handle onions for some reason (not the taste.)