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.
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.
Fresh Mozzarella, sliced
Fresh Tomato, sliced
Fresh Basil leaves
Sprinkle tomatoes with a bit a salt. Assemble sandwich by layering tomato, mozzarella, and basil. Sprinkle vinegar over tomato, mozzarella and basil. Enjoy.