Sometimes I'm afraid people read my blog and think my life is too good to be true.
Truthfully, its pretty darn good, so I can't complain, but its not perfect, and neither am I. To prove my point (in case you missed the last post about my dubious experience with criminals), I want reveal one of my many flaws:
I'm an emotional eater/cook. Some people drink. Some people do drugs. I cook and eat. I cook when I'm happy. I cook when I'm sad. I sometimes cook when I'm angry, or jealous, or bored. It doesn't sound like that big a deal, but when you've had a hard day at work or a fight with a friend, and then you cope by purchasing $68 worth of groceries for one night's dinner, it can become a problem. On
It goes without saying, the more upset or anxious or sad I am, the more intricate the recipe I will probably attempt to make. There's something about cooking that's therapeutic. There's something calming in knowing that even if I can't make my relationships turn out right, I can take 15 ingredients and combine them into something that's going to turn out perfectly. Or at least, its supposed to turn out perfectly.
But things don't always go as planned. Sometimes even the best planned meals burn, or turn out too salty or bland. And sometimes the ones that you throw together at the last minute with whatever is left in your fridge wind up being the best. And sometimes it just takes practice.
Practice reducing a sauce with heavy cream and wine so its not too runny, but also so it doesn't turn into congealed goop.
Practice searing a meat so its flavorful and done, but not dry and tough.
Practice makes food perfect. Except when it doesn't. That's when you sigh, order thai food take out, and hope it works out better the next time.
There's not always a perfect recipe to make food turn out just right. There sure isn't a recipe for life and relationships.
You just chop, and dice, and sautee, and simmer, and cross your fingers.
And sometimes, just sometimes, its perfect.
Below is one of my favorite comfort food recipes, that I
Lemon & Rosemary Chicken in White Wine Cream Sauce