Friday, July 16, 2010

Unceremonious firsts

We've had a number of "firsts" with this remodel. Most of them have been without any sort of ceremony or fanfare. First steps on new tile. First wipe down of the new granite counter. First dish washed in the new sink. First things put in the new fridge. First thing microwaved.

There is a first we are planning carefully and going to celebrate. Our first full meal together in the new kitchen. It's one of my favorite recipes. Butterflied chicken. Granted, I'm fighting a learning curve with new appliances but I expect to pull it off. The recipe actually comes from Alton Brown and his "Good Eats" program. Take a chicken, cut out the backbone with heavy kitchen scissors, separate the meat from the keel bone and remove bone, lay out flat, tuck a concoction of herbs and spices under the skin, and broil to GB&D (golden brown and delicious). This will be accompanied by corn on the cob and salad. Wish me luck.

I'm anxious to see how the convection oven effects the cook time and outcome. This all will be tomorrow when we will both have time to do our dance in the kitchen without worry about work schedules. Unfortunately, it'll be our last free Saturday together as next week I'll be resuming my regular work schedule.

When we cook together it really is like a dance. Sometimes there's actual music involved but we move together, matching our steps. The big difference is that normal dancing doesn't involve knives or hot pans. Our rhythm tends to build as the ingredients are readied. The excitement of the meal comes to fruition and reaches a peak where plates are prepared, drinks are poured, and we ease into our seats to savor what we have just prepared. There's a shared reverie as the first bite is tasted. Some people don't get to share this cook dance which is unfortunate, but when you do it's fun, exciting, and satisfying. I guess in that respect it's more like another more horizontal activity... but I'll let your imagination run with that.

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