I can’t believe I haven’t shared this recipe yet. I made it a few times a month in the winter. I know that Brussels Sprouts are out of season by now, but I can’t get enough of them. If you have never tried them, take the opportunity and try them this way. You’ll wonder what you have been missing all of these years.

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Walking The Walk

I went away recently and had a chance to sit down and write out some of my goals for the year. The great husband is an avid goal writer. I watch him write them, share them and achieve them. Me? I just like to talk about things, but I have struggled with following through my entire life. Hence my daughter’s knowledge of the fact that many of my threats for bad behavior are pretty hollow.

I decided it was time to try it out. Yes, they are written on a paper plate ad from a magazine, but they are there. Looking at them reminds me of who a I want to be and what I want to accomplish this summer. I only have myself to hold accountable, but sometimes fear of failure is motivation enough.

I am going to share one of my biggest goals with you. I have decided to take steps toward starting some in-home basic cooking classes. I went into culinary school thinking I wanted to be a caterer. I quickly learned through my catering-specific classes that it wasn’t really what I wanted. I wanted to be cooking on a much smaller scale. Going into people’s homes and cooking with them was much more my style.

I have heard friends say to me, “I wish I could make that, but I wouldn’t know where to begin.” Or friends that have commented that they love when I come over because I sharpen their knives. I have friends who don’t know what certain spices, ingredients, or certain vegetables are. I always think to myself, if they knew how to these things, cooking at home would be such a different and enjoyable experience for them. All it would take is someone to show them.

I realize I am worlds away from knowing it all, or even knowing a lot. But I do know enough to share with people the basic steps to making cooking for themselves and/or their families easier for them. Knowing the methods to do things in the kitchen can open hundreds of doors to cooking new things.

My commitment to this is large. I will need to be doing a lot of reading, a lot of refreshing, creating new recipes, and more learning from professionals. I will need the support of my friends, family, and especially The Great Husband. I will need practice, I will need to grow a thick skin, and I will need to know that small failures does not have to mean the dream is over. I am ready. I am willing. And I am sooo excited!

My first step is just to see if this is a good fit for me. I put out an email to some friends and family asking for volunteers to come attend a class in my home free of charge. In return, they must fill out a survey about the class using 100% brutal honesty. In addition, they must promise that if they liked it, and I get this off the ground that they will spread the word. I know from experience that word-of-mouth is the best type of marketing.

I promise to blog about the steps I am taking and experiences I am having. I ask you, dear reader, that you share any suggestions or thoughts you may have as they come along.

In the meantime, make yourself this sandwich…especially with some home-grown tomatoes. I was able to use the basil from my herb garden. This is one heck of a summer sandwich.

Caprese Sandwich

French Baguette

Fresh Mozzarella, sliced

Fresh Tomato, sliced

Fresh Basil leaves

Balsamic Vinegar


Sprinkle tomatoes with a bit a salt. Assemble sandwich by layering tomato, mozzarella, and basil. Sprinkle vinegar over tomato, mozzarella and basil. Enjoy.

2 thoughts on “Walking The Walk

  1. Anonymous

    I am going to have this for dinner tonight! Only, it might be from somewhere that delivers since we do our best not to keep anything other than condiments in the house.

    From your secret admirer… (In Chicago, who’s your sister)


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