On Cooking (and life in general)
Everyone comes at cooking from a different place and a different angle. I started cooking primarily as a way to feed myself since I was latchkey kid who got home well before my parents did from work. Add to that a healthy dose of travel (thanks Mom and Dad!), and the encouragement to try new things (again, thanks Mom and Dad!) and you end up with fertile ground in the kitchen. That’s a very condensed version of how I ended up cooking. What I enjoy about cooking (aside from the eating) is the social aspect. In general I am not the most sociable of people, so for me, cooking is a great way to interact with people.
For you, my reader, you likely come from a different background and have different views on cooking. Maybe you are an expert, maybe you can’t figure out how to cook anything without a microwave. Either way, I hope you enjoy your time here and learn something fun! What follows below are my tips for cooking at home and for your friends. They come from my experiences, and as with all things in life – your mileage may vary.
- Always remember your audience. You and your guests are the ones eating the food. Make food you think you will like. If you like more cheese on your pizza, add some more cheese – it’s your food. Make it the way you like.
- Bigger isn’t always better. Less is often more. When I was younger, I always wanted to make dishes with 50 ingredients. Often, this results in a muddled mess of flavors. Buy better ingredients, and let them shine in simple dishes. You will be amazed at the results.
- Equipment helps, but it’s not everything. Get yourself a good knife, a good cutting board, and a couple good pans. Everything else just makes specific tasks easier.
- Never be afraid to try something new. At worst, it’s still food. Sometimes we pick the wrong dish for dinner. It happens, but you learn something from it and move on. Even if what you learn is how quickly your pizza delivery service takes to get pizza in front of your kids…
Unless otherwise noted, all of my recipes for food yield 4-6 portions (enough for 4 and some leftovers).
Unless otherwise noted, all of my recipes for drinks yield 1 drink (enough for you).