It's just the place where you stop the story... (French Fridays with Dorie)

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."  Lao-Tzu

I know that the final task in our French Fridays journey was to improvise on a AMFT recipe. But heck, my whole French Fridays journey has been one big improvisation (or "going rogue" as some might say), so why would I start following directions now?
I make no apologies.
Yes, it's about the food; but it stopped really being about the food a long time ago...

Before we all sail off into the sunset, it's time to make one final homage French Fridays with Dorie and Around My French Table


French Fridays with Dorie: Celebration Week #3: The Play-It-Again-Dorie Recipe

As we wind down our French Fridays with Dorie journey, we are taking some time to relive our most often reproduced recipe from Around My French Table.

My most made recipe from AMFT is Roast Chicken for Lazy People - hands down. However, I just don't have it in me to talk about chicken one more time - I feel like I've already beaten that horse...er chicken to death.


French Fridays with Dorie: Never Doubt Dorie

The "we-just-finished-cooking-all-the-way-though-a-book-but-aren't-ready-to-let-it-go-posts" continue this week with "The Never-Doubt-Dorie Moment"
Choose the recipe that might not have been your favorite or even something you enjoyed making or even something you were skeptical about but which taught you a technique or gave you an idea or provided a lesson of some kind.

Well, then.


French Fridays with Doriie: The AHA Moment

I know this is almost a week late, but that does seem to be my life lately.

Now that I am back in school, I have a "no blogging until school work is done" policy. Yeah, it kind of sucks but I keep telling myself that it is the adult way to approach things.

Plus, the longer I put off writing the reflective-we-just-finished-cooking-the-book-posts, the longer I can hold off facing the inevitable that I need to figure out what's next.

Cooking my way through a cookbook had an unexpected effect on my cooking thought processes. Week after week after working through recipes in the voice of one author resulted in a new filter being applied to my cooking.

As I progressed throughout the book, I found that with each recipe I was better able to predict the next steps. Taking things one step at a time made the impossible, possible. With each recipe, my kitchen confidence grew.

Yes, I could cook scallops. And make a good steak.

Chicken? Yup, I can overcome my squeamish poultry aversions and roast a good chicken.

I can change a recipe to fit my needs (alright, I may have been predisposed to this one...)

I am typing this while 1,700 miles away from home and there are no food pictures on this computer.
Hence...a random Cher hiking picture.


Bread, with benefits (Tuesdays with Dorie BwJ: Fruit Focaccia)

Every once in a while, I have this fantasy.

Now, my fantasy is not overly erotic (sorry); however, since it is my fantasy it gets to be whatever I want it to be. Right?