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August 11, 2006

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Harriette Shakes

Amy is a superb cook with a light, subtle touch, and she comes from a long line of good cooks on both sides of the family — all with different styles and interests. While her appreciative nod to my home cooking is a sweet thought, truth be told, I'm the least of line!
— Her Mom

Nico

I understand what you mean Amy. My dad is a great cook, I just love the simplicity of his cooking. But then I started experimenting in cooking, using him and others as ginny pigs. After a while, I started getting better and they were really liking my food, which made me feel great and keep me motivated.

On the other hand, now, whenever I go home (which is far too rarely nowadays, as I live thousands of miles away), he likes to cook for me (which I absolutely love), but he gets nervous all the time and questioning his menu choice. It's a pity, it's like when you enjoy talking about good food, and like experimenting with your own cooking skill, that you all of a sudden don't appreciate simple home cooking anymore.

In the end, most often, the best meal is only a third about the food, the other two thirds are about enjoying the company and the setting. It took me a while to realize this, but I think that this is the most important thing that my passion about food taught me in the last few years.

buzzgirl

Hey, are you in the City? Drop me an email. I most certainly will NOT cook for you, but I'd be happy to meet you for a burrito!

girl.buzz@gmail.com

Mad William

Being an artist, I have the same problem with "Pictionary", Everyone expectes me to be great at it...It's too much preasure. I just want to draw stick people and have some fun.

MATTHEW ROSE

I made a massive sheeeesh kabooby for my parents (they are in their 80s) and their friends (who are in their 70s) this past June. Everyone showed up at 6:30 and, now I realize one secret, had drinks until 7:30. Then they came over to me in the kitchen and said, "How's it going?" I'm like, in a few minutes. I was skewering and marinating and stretching out the time a bit. "Nope, fire's not hot enough!" Then, when they were starving, I put on the keboobies. It must have been 8:30 before they put in their chompers and ate like there was no manaña. Ho ho ho! Actually, it was good, but it wasn't as great as they said. Boozed up, I was their star.

OK, Grandma's chicken soup, Ms. Glaze!

ParisBreakfasts

I have a chef/niece, and it is kind of terrifying to cook for her OR to eat her organic-vegan-raw food, which I don't much care for..hmmm..Other people's expectations - not easy...

Ms. Glaze

Mom – You're waaaaaay too modest.

Nico – I totally agree that the food is only a part of the meal and the rest is really enjoying the people you're spending it with.

Buzzgirl – Can you believe that I've been back for a week and I still haven't had a burrito? I did have some fish tacos in Napa that didn't cut it. Uggh. Unfortunately I'm heading back in the next day as long as these terrorist attempts die down...little scary...

MadWilliam – ah, pictionary. I'm horrible at that game. I like the one where you can act it out or draw it.

Matthew – I often attempt to get people at my dinner parties boozed up before serving them food. It helps to level the playing field. Mmmm, chicken soup...

Paris Breakfasts – organic, vegan, raw food...hmmmm... not totally into that, but I like to appreciate from afar. The first one is enough for me.

Ladyjicky

I have to tell you the truth. If you came to my house I would be worried to cook for you too. Mind you, I have the worlds worst oven and I would love to see if you could get anything decent to work in it! LOL

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Paris Breakfasts – organic, vegan, raw food...hmmmm... not totally into that, but I like to appreciate from afar. The first one is enough for me.

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