Monday, January 16, 2006
What Makes a Good Cook?
We had some friends over last night and I served lasagne for dinner. My friend Linda says I make the best lasagne she's ever tasted, even though all I do is follow whatever recipe is on the back of the lasagne box.
But then again, I don't exactly follow the recipe. I always substitute Italian sausage for half the hamburger and try to use the freshest ingredients. Fresh Parmesan, freshly grated mozzarella, freshly ground pepper, and never, ever would I use cottage cheese (ick). Only ricotta cheese will do. And then I usually add finely shredded vegetables into the cheese mixture (anything to get vegetables into my kids). Last night it was spinach. Sometimes it's a combination of carrots, zucchini, broccoli, and/or peppers. And whenever possible, I use fresh herbs.
What makes a good cook? Someone who loves the process. I love putting everything together and thinking about how I can make it a little tastier or prettier for my family and friends. If you love doing something, you'll put your heart into it. You won't rush the process and it'll be done with love. And love is the best ingredient of all!