I’ve decided to learn how to cook.
I know, I know, I’m always sharing recipes and I talk about how I love to cook. But I’m a recipe cook. Give me a recipe, and I can make the dish with the best of them. I know all the techniques, I know about knife skills, and so on.
But give me 6 ingredients and no recipe? Nope, can’t think of thing to make. Time to do takeout.
Then I read about a cookbook by Tom Colicchio called “Think Life A Chef.” Basically, while he does give you recipes, he attempts in this book to teach you not to find a recipe, and then find the ingredients for it, but to go to the store, see fresh ingredients and think, “oh, I can take that and make that, and make it with this because that looks really good today, and I’ll make it by…”
Perfect! Just what I want to learn.
So this is going to be my “Julie and Julia” moment. I am going to make as many of these dishes as I can and learn to think like a chef. Or at least learn to cook…
Now I have some added challenges. First, I have lost 23 pounds this year. And, maybe even more important, I have kept it off for four months now. I have lost weight before, but have never been able to keep it off. And I don’t want to start gaining it back. As I looked through the book, Colicchio uses ingredients that sometimes aren’t considered particularly healthy. So I will need to adapt his recipes to continue the healthy way I have been eating.
And of course the second challenge is keeping everything gluten free. I don’t think this will be as hard as it may have been a few years ago, but still…it will be a challenge.
My goal is to cook something every weekend and work my way though the book. Of course, life will get in the way, so I don’t expect to be able to make something every weekend, but I will try.
And I hope you will join me on this adventure. Should be fun!