When I was growing up, I didn’t cook very much because my mom would either shoo me out of the kitchen, or my sister would be peeking over my shoulder and pushing me away so she could stir whatever I was working on. This created a sort of food fear that I have only recently gotten out of. I married a cook, so I thought I was well taken care of. One thing you don’t realize about cooks is that when they get home, they rarely want to enter the kitchen, unless it’s to get a beer after work.
When I finally got up the courage to start cooking for my family—which I did with more regularity after my oldest turned a year old, and was eating table food with regularity—I discovered something amazing. I love to cook. I joke with J that my cooking talent is coming close to surpassing his own. I love to cook, and I love for people to eat what I’ve cooked. I find that it doesn’t taste quite as good until someone else has sampled it and given it the thumbs up. A compliment is the final seasoning to any culinary creation.
I love the TV show MasterChef, because the premise is that an amateur cook can become a chef! While I have no visions of grandeur in that department, I love to watch the show and learn new tips all the time. For example, did you know that you can add espresso powder to whipped cream for a delightful topping that any coffee lover would enjoy?
Here is a favorite recipe of mine, of my own creation! Hope you enjoy!
Mango Butter Chicken
½ cup diced mango
½ cup honey
1 cup butter
2 chicken breasts
Peel and dice mango, and puree in blender with honey
Whip puree into butter
Cover chicken breasts with mixture. Marinate for 24 hours.
Take chicken breasts out and cook. I use the marinade to cook the chicken in, for extra flavor!
The result will be delicious, slightly sweet chicken. Bon appétit!