Re-Learning to Be Better
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Written by Gerry Nooney
I like being wrong. Learning to accept facts, as opposed to hanging on to beliefs, is a sign of personal growth. I believe in Santa, but the facts just aren't there to support this.
Some formerly accepted best practices in the kitchen now cannot be supported with data. We always thought that basting a turkey would keep the breast meat moist. Wrong: the skin of the turkey is a protective barrier that repels water. Basting will make for better gravy and keeps you in touch with the bird while you monitor its progress. If I want my butternut squash to taste sweet I will add maple syrup. Wrong: the starchy nature of winter squash has a sugar component already in it. Adding lemon juice will bring out the natural sweetness. Maple syrup will just be sweet on sweet, so save that for dessert.
Cooking a meal at home is the only way to celebrate with family and friends. Wrong: I've waxed on about the importance of sharing the table and kitchen time with loved ones. It's not the only way to go. These days as we have more ways to fill out time why not let someone else do the cooking for your tribe. Shared experiences like a family hike or some early season runs accomplish the same thing: bonding with loved ones. Now that the slopes are open, we have plenty of shared experiences for you to try. Follow those runs up with a nice Thanksgiving dinner at Timbers tomorrow or perhaps another eatery and you have a formula for making memories.