I love to cook.
I am a good cook, and rarely make an inedible misstep.
(Although decades ago there was the stuffed zucchini. We went out to eat.)
(Oh. And I shouldn't be allowed to play 'Top Chef' unsupervised.)
I'm at the point where I would like to actually learn some skills rather than self teach. I am fascinated by knife skills in particular. (Maybe because I have cut myself BADLY on more than one occasion) I don't want to work on a line or anything like that, but I do want to improve my skills and my palate so I can feed my friends and family really high quality food.
Also, I believe in local fresh ingredients and making seasonal healthy foods.
To this end, I have done two things this week.
I found a (fairly) local, reasonably priced, cooking school where they teach a 5 week, 1 night each week, basics class. Knife skills; grilling broiling and sauteing; roasting and braising; vegetables and grains; and baking. Then they offer beyond the basics, a three week course improving upon and using those skills. They also offer individual courses on 'farmers market' using the fresh local ingredients available that week, a grilling class, and even a class on Trader Joe's...what they have in store that week and how it can be used. I'm thrilled by this. So, basics here I come!
The second thing I did? I went to the Farmers Market this week, (yay spring!) and my goal is to not be afraid of unfamiliar foods. I bought Kale, and Swiss Chard. THEN I looked up what to do with it. I think I'll be doing some sauteed kale, and either a swiss chard tart, or whole wheat spaghetti with swiss chard and pecorino. I'll let you know how it goes.