It’s true. Your humble blogger has been completely “disabled” with an imaginary “handicap” and can be found poring over the pages of her new cookbook and mumbling strange phrases like “mirepoix” and such like. Her family has thrown up their hands in utter frustration and would have left but there is all this good food to consume…
OK. The drama is not that dramatic but the food IS that GOOD and the new cookbook has certainly captured the fancy of the Resident Cook.
You have heard that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. Well, don’t believe it. Mother Connie has been cooking awhile now and in Chef Shawn Bucher’s “The First Timer’s Cookbook” there are plenty of opportunities to try new ways of doing things. How delightful is that?
Here is just one tiny example: Chef makes sure the reader understands that he will be required to THINK for himself. (Now THERE’S a concept, all right!) Furthermore, Chef Shawn goes on to explain that this is the book he wished he’d had when he was a beginner.
SIDEBAR: Chef told me he enrolled in Culinary Arts classes so he could learn how to make ice sculptures and then a funny thing happened. He fell in love with all things food and he discovered he’s good at it. It is is passion, folks. HIS PASSION. END SIDEBAR.
I’ll grant you that if you are struggling to feed your brood after a hard day at work and you are using SNAP funds or WIC you might not be following your passion. If you are using food pantry foods or food commodities you might not see the glamor you yearn to enjoy. But Chef Shawn understands your plight and wants you and yours to understand that by using simple foods in creative ways you can make life better for the whole family unit. So, while food may not be your passion-YET-you can develop skills and increase your creativity by playing with your food!
Users of Angel Food Ministries, Farmers Market Coupons and those who simply micro manage their food budgets can all benefit from learning more about food preparation.
Yesterday I reviewed Chef’s book for my Book Lovers Club. OK; it was a chance to brag that I had spoken with Chef Shawn on the phone. These women are seasoned culinary wizards and they can’t wait to receive THEIR autographed copies!
Here’s what we’ll have for lunch today:
NO RECIPE SALAD
Crisp Romaine lettuce ( use whatever greens you have on hand)
Equal parts celery, onion, red or green cabbage, peas and cucumber
Use a handful of shredded cheese or scatter deli turkey, canned tuna or salmon over top and finish it off with your favorite dressing.
Toast points go well with this salad, too.
VOILA`! Lunch is ready! How quick was THAT?
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