Once upon a time, long long ago, but not too far away, I cooked. One could even go so far as to say I cooked well. But something happened along the way and my cooking took a turn for the worst. This is why I am searching high and low for cooking inspiration, and why I am attaching myself to little Spice it up Susie and attended an intimate cooking class with her.
With more time on my hands, now that I am back working for myself, I have had the aha moment of what went wrong….I became afflicted with that most common of diseases, ADD, which in certain cases is just a clinical way of describing extreme multi-tasking disease. It’s not good for us you know, that multi-tasking thing and, since I don’t like the food I’m cooking, I tend to not pay attention when cooking it and since cooking is an expression of love…my food sucks.
So back to cooking. As my kids like to put it, I was trying too hard. “Dumb it down a notch or two and don’t try to be such a gourmand,” they demand of me. And so lately (about five years lately) I cook them what they want, red meat, a simple veggie, a starch and a salad. For somebody who equates good living with eating, drinking, being in love, sex, skiing, mountain biking, reading, public radio, and sex ;), the eating part has been missing since the only good meal I eat these days is when I am invited to somebody else’s house for dinner.
When our stud of a champion power lifter neighbor, Hector Rivera, took our boys under his wing and whipped them into shape, our skinny runts quickly shaped into young studs with major guns and their appetite increased about 90%, which means mommy has had to step up to the plate, ha! and start cooking like she means it (Hector worked in Juvenile Detention for 25 years in the town closest to where I grew up. Go figure!)
If you can remember, Susie and I bonded over a high frequency media dinner at True Nature Healing Arts Center in Carbondale during Sacredfest. I also attended her Taste of the Valley event in Carbondale.
Described as, “a pint-sized spitfire celebrity chef who’s not afraid to get dirty,” according to Chron.Com, Susie is all that. That is why I recently drove to Carbondale to see Spice it Up Susie in action and partake in her cooking class. The ease of the food and the use of fresh ingredients was just what I needed to inspire me to embrace the kitchen with new zest.
I will use my family and friends as gauges to see how they like the Chimmichurri Sauce and Mint Cilantro Chutney as sauces to be put on the Quinoa and Chicken Stuffed Fire Roasted Peppers with Mole and the Seared Skirt Steak stuffed with vegetables, and I’ll let you know the outcome. In the meantime, watch the teaser video from Susie’s cooking class in Carbondale, Colorado.
To read more about Susie, visit her website here.