Ketchup is my nemesis.  Kids put ketchup on everything (my own child included).  Panko breaded chicken tenders? Ketchup.  Roast turkey breast? Ketchup.  Local beef pot roast? Ketchup.  It's not that I have anything against ketchup...on fries.  Golden brown, salty potatoes with ketchup is quite possibly the most perfect pairing ever created, but that is where I draw the line.  No ketchup on my chicken.  No ketchup on my beef.  Don't even say the word ketchup while I'm eating a hot dog.

I think personal taste is a tricky thing for a chef.  I have likes and dislikes of my own (and ketchup is way up on my dislike list) but taste is subjective.  I can't tell you that you shouldn't like ketchup on your chicken anymore than I would accept you telling me I should like ketchup on my chicken.  I have reasons for why I dislike certain flavors but it all boils down to the subjective matter of taste.

I do have my own "ketchup" though and its name is chimichurri.  I put chimichurri on eggs, sandwiches, soup, rice, meat and salad.  If you haven't tried chimichurri, give it a go!  It's essentially an herb and oil mixture but you can tune it to your own personal taste.  After all, taste is subjective.  

But seriously, no ketchup on a hot dog.

1 cup packed fresh flat leaf parsley
1 cup packed fresh cilanto
1 TBSP fresh oregano
3-4 garlic cloves
1/3 cup good quality olive oil
2 TBSP lime juice (or more to taste)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2 small jalapeno seeded and chopped

- Finely chop the parsley, cilantro, oregano and garlic in a food proccessor.
- Stir in oil, lime juice, salt, pepper and jalapeno.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate.  Chimichurri is best at room temperature so if you refrigerate it, let it come to room temperature before serving.
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