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The Dish They May Not Have Tried Before
We may not want to order something totally new as an entrée when dining out, but sampling an unknown dish at a potluck? Absolutely. That's the thinking behind Chicago nutritionist Jennifer Bruning's approach to bringing food to parties. She incorporates ingredients that are a little outside the norm: a fruit platter with dragon fruit, a salad featuring Berbere-spiced roasted veggies or a dessert that sneaks in some chia seeds. It gives people the chance to try new foods that they might have been hesitant to buy on their own, she says.