In all honesty, cooking with me can often be annoying. I tend to be a bossy pants know-it-all. The process of cooking is everything to me, therefore I am very methodical in the kitchen and I like to keep a very tidy, organized workspace when I cook. Dinner is not just a meal; each dish should be a unique piece of edible art. When I started to cook with Alan, my husband, we had to find a rhythm in the kitchen so he could participate and I wouldn’t bite his head off in the process. His roles now include exclusive rights to making tuna salad, doing the dishes and making all kinds of salad dressings.
When I decided to add an entertaining section to the website, I knew I was signing on to cook with friends in their kitchens. I didn’t want to be a total bossy pants all of the time. Nicole was the perfect first victim. She is incredibly successful, organized, tidy and a fantastic baker. We were totally simpatico in the kitchen. I washed, she dried she poured, I whipped. Dinner was a great success and everyone seemed pleased with the meal.
We made a fantastically simple and delicious menu. We started in the garden with cheese, olives and salami from a fantastic Italian deli near to their home in Pasadena. Dinner consisted of grilled New York steaks, her motherʼs famous roasted potatoes, and perfectly crisp roasted Brussels sprouts. Dessert was a banana cream pie so good it will have you licking your plate clean.