Im a firm believer in tasting each item on your plate separately. Why? Because I put effort into cooking each part of the meal and I want you to taste it.
Im in favor of not mixing your whole meal into one gloppy mess. If Ive made the effort to cook three or four separate components to make a meal for example chicken limone, garlic mashed potatoes, and fresh asparagus with a hint of butter sauce.
I want to be able to taste each part of the meal separately. I want YOU to taste each of them separately, too. If you are one of those people who mixes everything into one heap, I will sit across the table and glare malevolently at you until you finally ask me whats wrong.
I will then tell you what is wrong. In considerable detail, probably more detail than you want to hear.
I will explain the intricacies of the preparation. not to mention the labor I put into producing these gourmet delights.And how by mixing them, you have nullified my efforts and personally offended me.
Telling But thats the way I like it will win you an invitation to go buy an everything pizza. You are not worthy of my table. If you have, perchance, put ketchup on it, just back away from the table and leave quietly. Its for your own safety.
I have figured out that Im not typical as far as this style of eating goes. I often feel like I should never bother to cook anything more complex than pasta or chili. Or stew. Why bother to make separate items if no one can tell which is which? Why not just throw it all in one pot and cook the hell out of it? Its one of many reasons Ive lost my interest in cooking.