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in which we relate
"I feel a recipe is only a
theme, which an intelligent cook can play
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"Some people like to paint
pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people
get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as
creative and imaginative as drawing, or wood carving, or music."
saddens me to imagine it, I suspect there may be those among you
important: The Major is an excellent, perhaps even phenomenal, Chef. Very creative,
a tad unconventional, bold. A Risk Taker. He has that je ne
The Major, gentleman that he
is, has generously volunteered to enlighten
Like any great artist, the Major knows how
absolutely Essential it is that he
"The only real stumbling block is fear
Amen! Enjoy... (MG)
in which we relate
Okay. This is where we start. You
come across this recipe. It
Go for it.
remember this: for the most part, a recipe is a guide, a suggestion.
were we? Improvisation. Two kinds of improvisation; first, I flat
not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste
this is the basic recipe I came across:
boneless skinless chicken breasts
chicken breast until cooked through. Set aside. Reduce
cream to half. Stir in
Gorgonzola and Parmesan cheese and stir until smooth.
Wash spinach and toss while still damp in hot skillet and wilt, add
to cream sauce. Return
chicken to sauce. Toss with
pasta of choice.”
pretty good, no? Chicken,
Gorgonzola, cream, pasta. How
this morning that this was to be dinner tonight. Passing on the gym for the evening. Doing a little carving on my latest Egyptian goddess (Hathor last,
Work with the beasties a bit and have a nice dinner.
Okay. First thing is the chicken. Chicken
breast is okay, I guess, but tends
not imagine a decent sauce coming out of a reduction of just cream.
Obviously needs to be (in the immortal words of Emeril Lagasse),
the recipe says that you should "sauté chicken breasts until cooked
through." Necessary, but
not sufficient (you remember this from Philosophy 101, right?).
Sauté in what? And
can we add a bit of seasoning - after all, this chicken does not walk off
the farm seasoned and fit for human consumption, does it?
think you are starting to get the picture.
We truly do care about what we
philosophy. This, then, is
the end product:
boneless skinless chicken thighs plash
Pound chicken thighs
out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut
to large bite-size pieces. Sauté
chicken, seasoned with a dash of salt and a dash of Emeril's Essence
Seasoning mix, in olive and walnut oils until cooked through. Set aside and keep warm.
you see what we have done here, and why?
for it. Worst case is that
the dog gets an unexpected treat for dinner.....
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