Monday, February 20, 2012

What I Love About Cooking.

Citrus Soy Glazed Chicken in the oven!
A few days ago, my college friend Adrienne called me because she had gone home for the weekend and wanted to cook dinner for her boyfriend.  She said that she loved the look of the Citrus Soy Glazed Salmon but wanted to make it with chicken instead.  While I'm not super familiar with cooking poultry, I thought that the flavors would work well.  I walked her through the recipe, and after a few phone calls and texts from the supermarket and kitchen, I received these photos via text of the delicious meal and beautiful chef.  She made the same glaze, but then just poured it over some chicken breasts in a pan along with some potatoes that had been drizzled with olive oil and hit with a little salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme.

Adrienne and her chicken out of the oven!
This is what I love about cooking.  The fact that you can take something, or an idea, or a flavor and translate it to something else.  Nothing is set in stone, it's all transitive, moldable, and another word I can't think of.  The creativity and versatility of cooking.  I love the sharing of not only recipes, but of knowledge.  And the idea that its all customizable (that's not a word, but I think it should be).  You can take a basic recipe or idea and adapt it to your specific tastes and dietary likes or limitations.  I love that a glaze I made specifically for salmon can be translated to chicken, something that I don't eat and have never cooked.  It's brilliant.


  1. Claudia! You have a blog! And a delicious food blog at that. Excitement! I definitely agree with you on the fun of knowing how to cook, understanding how certain flavors go together, and creating something out of those instincts. I am already looking forward to our foodie splurge in NYC this summer :)


  2. Tricia! Thanks, I'm glad that someone out there is enjoying my writing. And yes! Major foodie-ing in NYC. It shall be epic and delicious. Epicious? Delepic? Whatever it is, it'll be good. :)