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The Reluctant Cook: Spatchcock a Turkey

When you have a cooking talent, a deep sexy voice and an teaching style that makes viewers think they can do what he’s doing, then it’s time you put that shit up on YouTube. Cheers to someone else cooking! Have a joyful holiday and New Year. Chef Keith: Spatchcock a Turkey

Summer Camp for Grown-Ups

My life has a couple threads running through it:    I am a camper. I am an event planner. I’ve spent my life camping; first as a kid with my family, then with groups of friends, then with my own family. I went on to go camping with my girlfriends, with my couple friends, with… Read More ›

The Reluctant Cook: Cutting a Chiffonade of Basil

As evidence of the video below, my knife skills are a bit lackluster, and the Chef’s videotaping needs a lot of work too. However, the Chef was giving me instruction on how to cut basil for our dinner last night and he videotaped me using a technique called chiffonade. That’s just a fancy little French… Read More ›

The Reluctant Cook: Cowboy BBQ

Camping, camp fires, and camp cookouts bring out the cowboy in my chef. While on a recent outing, after a long day of fishing, hiking and a trip to the local store to replenish supplies, it was back to camp for a one-skillet grillin’ t-bone steak. First off, my cowboy pre-cooked the potatoes, so after… Read More ›

The Reluctant Cook: Start Your Meal With An Amuse-Bouche

Let’s get a little fancy pants at your next dinner party by serving an amuse-bouche, which is a single, bite-sized hors d’oeuvre that starts a meal. It’s one delectable, take a moment to savor, tantalize the senses, bite. These little mouth amuser’s are creative masterpieces, which showcases the chef’s creativity and artistry. Served on spoons,… Read More ›

The Reluctant Cook: 5 Easy Food Plating Tips

Whether you are a fan of the buffet (self service from long table with lavish displays), family style (self services from platters and bowls at the table), French (food is tossed and served table-side by waiter/chef), Russian (highly personal – food is served table side from platters by waiter/chef), or American service (plated in the… Read More ›

The Reluctant Cook: Laying it all out there

I get the opportunity to watch a chef cook on a regular basis. My husband has a large library of cookbooks and loves to be inspired. But when he’s in the kitchen, I’ve noticed he cooks without recipes and isn’t hunkered over a cookbook, leaving flour or sticky crap on the pages. He adds a… Read More ›

The Reluctant Cook

Most of my friends love to cook. There’s Susie (my Martha Stewart) who collects cookbooks like Lindsay Lohan collects mugshots, and she actually uses them. Dinner at her house is always festive, and I acknowledge and appreciate her creative culinary talents. Then there’s Kim, who can remember everything she’s ever ate. I’m not kidding, she… Read More ›

You took the time to stop by and cruise around my site and for that I am very grateful. I'm looking forward to letting the creativity run wild.

p.s. I write, not to be read, but for the pleasure of writing.

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