The Amatuer Gourmet Adam has suggested a blog meme wherein we create an iTunes iMix of "music to cook by." Based on song titles and a driving beat, (and my eclectic iTunes library) I couldn't resist mixing up a play list of my own. This is my Music to Cook By Playlist, and below are the food related notes on the song selections. Thanks for the fun meme, Adam! (And yes, I spent way too much time on this!)
When I was growing up, cooking was some kind of weird science, mysterious and complicated. Some of my early mistakes had me afraid I would end up burning down the house. Then I started watching cooking shows, saw something I liked and decided to whip it up. It was hella good! Soon I was trying new techniques, like learning to saute meats to a golden brown, or transforming a broth that looked like some kind of weird Ant Soup into a delicious stew. And that is one of the things I love about cooking; It is a creative process, where one thing leads to another. You don't have to be an expert--everybody can have fun tonight in the kitchen.
When it comes to meal planning, I like to shake things up a little. No need to re-hash the same old thing. Top it all off with hot chocolate for dessert. Tasty, tasty, tasty!
Some people don't care about the cooking process-- "She blinded me with science," they complain, "It's too much information. I just want to eat." But cooking is a science, as well as an art. As the saying goes, "feed a man a fish, feed him for a day--teach him to fish and he eats all his life." The same is true with me and cooking. Take me out to eat and I'll enjoy the chef's meal. Teach me tonight how to cook something delicious and I'll be cooking and eating for a long time to come.