According to a health website, chicken livers contain three times the daily needed value of vitamin B12. This vitamin is an essential nutrient in the production of red blood cells.
When I was a kid, we didn’t have websites to explain the benefits of chicken livers. However, my dad knew the paybacks of chicken livers. We were required to include a portion of livers in our diet once a month. Now being from the South, he allowed them to be fried.
I never cared for chicken livers. They were too chewy and required a lot of liquid to wash down. Being raised in a home where you ate what was in front of you, I managed to suffer through liver night at the dinner table.
It just seems to me that there are certain parts to a chicken that should be off-limits. A wing, a breast, a leg, and a thigh, I can enjoy. Eating a liver is like chewing down on a swimming pool filter and you know what kids do in swimming pool.
I haven’t eaten a chicken liver since leaving home. The other day, I was in a restaurant and someone at the table beside me ordered chicken livers. I found myself reminiscing and staring at the livers. When the patron noticed my gaze, I was quick to add, “Oh, I’m just staring at your liver.”
It was the chicken livers that made me an optimist. We may have liver today, but that means the legs will be on the plate tomorrow.
What food did you hate as a child?