The way I see it, the only thing more fun than cooking is eating!
Why do I enjoy hosting a meal? It gives me a chance to be creative, to collaborate with my friends, and banter about how much salt is too much. Then of course there’s the wine. I think Julia Child had it right when she used to say, “I always cook with wine. Sometimes I even put it in my food.”
Paul Bertolli, on the essentials of menu planning, says “The only thing to remember is that the palate should be kept fresh, teased, surprised, excited all through a meal. The moment there is danger of fatigue, it must be astonished, or soothed into greater anticipation, until the sublime moment of release when one moves away from the table to relax with coffee and an alcool.” I’d love to be his dinner guest!
So … let the new adventure begin.