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Monday, August 22, 2005

Freshness is 9/10 of the law.

As I chopped the most tomatoey tomatoes you've ever seen (thanks, CSA!), I realized the secret of good home cooking. If you have great ingredients, 9/10 of the work is done, and all you have to do is avoid messing them up.

Of course, freshness is only about 4/10 of the law in gourmet restaurant cooking, wherein chefs are required to innovate.

4 Comments:

Blogger Ann said...

And then there are those of us who manage to mess up tea.

I have a big problem with chopping. I just can't chop. I always end up with some little pieces and some big pieces and some medium-sized pieces and some pieces that slipped onto the floor when I wasn't looking. I CAN'T DO IT! ARRGH!

10:41 AM  
Blogger kStyle said...

I recommend getting a food processor with a "chop" setting. Or sharper knives.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Actually, the real answer is to get the significant other to do the cooking. Which I do.

We do have a food processor. It's the only reason the one or two things I make well actually turn out, well, well.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Emma Goldman said...

1. W/r/t chopping, there's probably a gourmet food store somewhere near you that provides a class in knife skills; after that, it's mostly practice.

2. Our chefs tell us constantly: Respect your ingredients! By which they mean exactly what you said, get the best, freshest stuff possible, then don't screw it up.

2:26 PM  

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