I am a total food nerd: also, I believe food is a gift that needs to be shared with those around us. Of all things in the world, sharing meat and drink builds a sense of community among people that's hard to beat. Grilling in particular builds a festive atmosphere into your eating event. I prefer charcoal but all forms of cooking are valid and you'll see a variety of techniques on this site.
Some of my favorite cooking quotes:
“When you really want to show some love, keep the flowers and say it with spaghetti.”
"If you're afraid of butter, use cream."
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”
"Cooking is not difficult. Everyone has taste, even if they don't realize it. Even if you're not a great chef, there's nothing to stop you understanding the difference between what tastes good and what doesn't."
"I measure in my palm and use my eyes to estimate amounts; a tablespoon is a full palm of dried spices."
"Good olive oil, good butter, milk - they give food taste and depth and a richness that you cant reproduce with low-fat ingredients."
"I have a lot of secret uses for sour cream, which is the magic ingredient in my mac and cheese. It's an old-timey, Southern version, and the sour cream makes it that much creamier. Oh, it's so good!"
"Lime juice makes things taste fresher. I use it for drinks, salsas, relishes, soups, and sauces. You want some give to your limes - firmness means the inside is dry - and they'll stay softer longer if you don't refrigerate them."
"You gotta have good olive oil. You should have a cooking olive oil and you should have a finishing olive oil, like an extra-virgin olive oil."
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