I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with cooking. There are some aspects of the process I really enjoy; however, there are days where cooking is an inconvenience and pure drudgery. I came to the realization this Christmas as I was preparing food for company, that I have solely been focusing on the product and not necessarily the process of cooking. I believe this ultimately harms the product.
The Blame Game
I blame all the food contest shows where it’s all rush, rush, rush to get something on the plate. Everything's a race. I think my lifestyle lends itself to that as well. I’m generally tired when I get home, and I don’t like standing in the kitchen cooking after I’ve been working all day.
Now that I’ve placed appropriate blame, I can move on to rectifying this situation.
I really enjoy photographing food, so why not use that as a tool to force me to slow down, enjoy the process of preparing a recipe, and share my experience with others? Occasionally, I'll post about a recipe in a series entitled, "IChewandReview Cooks for You . . ." Look for my first installment soon!
I have a few goals with this series:
- To entertain you. This shouldn't be hard because I'm going to screw up a lot, and I have no culinary training. But please, try to laugh with me and not at me. This leads me to my next objective.
- To learn from you. I'm all about improvement, so I am happy to receive tips to make me a better cook. Just be gentle and don't be an ass.
- To teach you something. I'm a teacher at heart, so my hope is you can learn something from me. No matter where we are on the "foodie" spectrum, I think we can all learn from each other. You'd be surprised what I learned from my second graders!
- I want to write more than reviews. Writing reviews gets stale, and I think there's more to food than eating out, and there's certainly more we can talk about.
- To squash the rumor I never cook. Yeah, I'm talking about you, Mr. Nicosia!
Sometimes I'm really surprised people read my blog. I'm just a normal person who wants to share her experiences with food. Thank you for joining me on this journey!