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October 30, 2006
When I cook, there are things I do because that's how my father or my grandmothers (all three of them gave me the gift of enjoying cooking) did them. I don't stop to think about it; my hands just instinctively go about their business the way they always did. Making an omelette? Take half of a broken eggshell and fill it with milk, then beat it in the egg mixture. Don't forget the tarragon. Always use real butter. Make enough for unexpected guests. And remember: recipes are suggestions, not rules. You taste the food in your mind and adjust accordingly.