I think you can tell a lot about a person’s cooking by how well they can follow driving directions. For example, if the person cooking for you is a friend who you have to lie to about the start time of a party because they know you’re going to get lost and be a half hour late, plan on stopping off for a bite to eat on the way home. If your host spends their spare time analyzing the three routes the map application spits out on the computer to account for potential traffic, you should be in for a decent meal.
Similarly, recipes should be treated like driving directions, once you’ve gone someplace, the next time you go there, you can try cutting down that alley that looks like it might shave off 5 minutes or take the longer route with the prettier scenery. If the alley turns out to be a dead end or the scenery turns out to be not so pretty, then you know not to go that way next time but you’ve expanded your horizons.
That being said, the problem I have found with most cookbooks is that they assume that one is cooking for 6-8 adults which is great when one is cooking for a dinner party but is a bit of over kill if you’re cooking for the average family of 3-4 with kids. The question then becomes what do you do with the leftovers. So that’s where the idea of Practically Eating came from. Not only providing good, articulate, sometimes entertaining recipes, but also offering suggestions of what to do with left overs from those recipes that go beyond throwing stuff in the microwave (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Throw in a few tips about kitchen equipment and techniques and we should be good to go!
A few fondly held ideas to consider before you traipse down this particular rabbit hole:
- “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” – Benjamin Franklin
- Margarine is bad for you, butter is good for you.
- Having a bit of fat in your food does not have nearly as much of an effect on your waist line (not to mention health) as sitting on your ass all day playing Angry Birds.
- That being said, deep fried Twinkies or a bacon cheeseburger that replaces buns with Krispy Kreme donuts is just asking for a trouble.
- “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” – Ken Robinson
- The precursor of smashing success is usually a series of shattering failures.
- The only bad word is a misused word. This is a polite way of saying that I might use colorful language now and again. Consider yourself advised.
- There is nothing quite so healthy as a meal made with care and enjoyed with good company.
- If you need to consult the periodic table of elements and an organic chemistry text book to figure out what you are eating, it does not fall into the category of food.