Cooking The Books

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“…no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” 
~ Julia Child

True words Mrs. Child. Wether you have been educated in the finest culinary schools in the world, or just cook daily at home, you must practice in order to be good, and that means you must COOK.  Some people say they “can’t cook” and you may be thinking “that’s me”  or “yeah Aunt Mary can’t boil water…”.  This could be true.   I could cook everyday and go to culinary school and never be an incredible chef like some I know.  I do believe that people are born with a predisposition towards culinary greatness.  It’s the same for anything.  A famous athlete.  A rocket scientist.  A surgeon.   Most people who are truly great at what they do, were blessed with a talent for it…. 

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Red Chard and Beans

Last Night’s Dinner

Pistachio Crusted Flounder, Red Burmese Rice and Sautéed Red Chard with Cannelini Beans.

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First admission.  I didn’t make the fish.  I COOKED the fish, and perfectly well I might add <pat self on back> but the fish was pre-crusted and NOT Gluten Free.  I got it from The Fresh Market when I did a huge “protein shop” at the butcher last week.  I pick a bunch of things, order 4 of each as it’s normally Nonna, Mama Sis, myself then the munchkins split one, and have the butcher wrap it all to freeze. Wrapped, labeled and perfectly portioned – it SO speaks to the inner OCD freak in me.  I’m a 20 plus minute customer but my butcher John is the BOMB and I walk out so happy.  Completely broke but happy and with enough quality meat and fish for a few weeks…. 

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