From Idiot Sandwich to Food Aficionado
Trying to balance school, work, career development and wedding planning can at times be overwhelming, but luckily my favorite hobby is also one of my greatest passions: Culinary Arts. Food is fundamentally important to life. On average, we eat three times a day, seven days a week. After 80 years that is 87,360 meals!
If you would have told me three years ago that I would know how to deglaze, julienne, and chiffonade, I would have never believed you. This is partially because I was afraid of hibachi grills as a child (open flame) and the first time I cooked I used a meat thermometer to check if the water was boiling. My culinary skills three years ago were so terrible I couldn’t even make an idiot sandwich.
So how did someone who could barely boil water learn to cook? To quote Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, “The best way to learn to cook is to do some serious eating.” Every time I go out to eat, I read nearly every item to understand what ingredients compliment each other. I will buy bags of onion to practice making sure I can evenly dice. I will try nearly anything to learn more and educate my palate. I spend hours a week watching or reading things on the Food Network. Food is my canvas in which I can experiment, show my creativity, and bring people together to enjoy.
Making pasta only requires a few simple ingredients:
Here I am using a pasta machine to make the noodles:
Over break I had the opportunity to cook alongside my grandmother her Christmas Eve Dinner. The 5-course meal takes days to prepare including making a standing rib roast and rich Merlot sauce. Being able to not only show her my culinary skills but also be in charge of various elements of the meal was something I will forever cherish.
Now, I love hibachi and no longer need to use a meat thermometer to boil water thanks to some serious learning and eating. In the future, I would love to combine my passion for food and the culinary arts with my marketing background. I’d love to help people see that no matter your schedule or budget, you can make a delicious meal and have a lot of fun doing it. The question is, are you ready to do some serious eating and start your journey to culinary creativity?