Blue Cat discovered something about cooking – that it seems complicated, but it really isn’t. All you need is a good cookbook…
Blue Cat’s scribe has had this particular cookbook since 1989. (His original Better Homes and Garden’s cookbook was from 1979, but it got so sticky from ingredient spills that he had to get a new one.) In the beginning, he didn’t know how to cook at all, but he realized that as long as he followed directions, he could cook almost anything. And this particular cookbook even has definitions and examples, so he could figure out the difference between such things as “dicing” and “chopping” (the former results in consistently shaped pieces, while the latter creates irregular ones). With that kind of help, you can make really interesting dishes.
Although he did get some interesting looks at the commissary when as a young lieutenant he told them he needed the heavy cream so he could make a quiche.
So Blue Cat says not to be afraid to try new things – you can do it if you try. Now if he can just find a good recipe for zucchini.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve cooked that you thought would be impossible?
© William P. Doyle, Jr. 2012