Beautiful Dining at Christmas
Healthy, tasty recipes and a few basic cooking techniques are the key to becoming an Everyday Gourmet!
Food is life so most of us cook every day. Some of us cook with a passion, exploring flavors and textures, some as a form of art, experimenting with colors and design while others cook simply because they have to (a real chore).
This site is designed for all types of cooks, with lots of easy, healthy recipes that you will want to make over and over again, to the delight of your family and friends.
To get in the mood for holiday cooking and shopping it is helpful to place a few of your favorite Christmas decorations in special places even before you are prepared to decorate. For us, we put a simple Advent Wreath with candles on our dining room table and our deer with poinsettias on our patio, which we see from the kitchen.
It makes us smile and fills our hearts with thoughts of the weeks ahead.
A Pleasant View from the Kitchen
You will find Ina Garten's (The Barefoot Contessa) influence throughout my methods and techniques; she has brought classic French cooking to a level that home cooks can easily manage and shares my belief that you always use the best ingredients you can afford.
We also agree that fresh ingredients are the very best. If you don't have fresh vegetables and herbs readily available you may want to consider growing a simple garden for yourself.
My mentor in my garden effort, is my sister, Bev, www.greengourmetgardener.com, who has greatly assisted me in successfully growing my own first small garden.
There are no words to describe the joy I experience when I step out onto my small patio and pick parsley, oregano, basil and rosemary for my al dente pasta! And, of course, it has cut my food costs measurably.
Although cooking is definitely a necessity, it can be enjoyable, from the planning through the serving. This site will assist you in every facet, from planning and shopping to preparation, cooking and serving beautiful, healthy meals.
Additionally, there are wonderful ways to make leftovers as fresh and bright as the first meal, cutting prep time in half. Who doesn't like that?
We know that you "eat with your eyes first" so even simple recipes like main dish sandwiches and salads can be made beautiful as well as delicious with the smallest effort on your part.
So, what are we waiting for?
Let's Get Cooking!