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Mary Beth's Blog

I want to eat real food. I want my family to eat real food. Armed with this plan, I know I can do it. I am a real person, with real kids in a regular ol' kitchen cranking out dinner. Find out my inspiration for the menus, what's happening in my kitchen, and the achievements on the kid-friendly front.

Practice, Practice, Practice

2015-01-30 | 0 comments
We all know the old joke about Carnegie Hall, but we also know it’s true. To be successful at anything requires practice.
 
My Mom was a fantastic cook – some might even put her in the gourmet catagory. But, you know what? Let’s be honest, she got a ton of practice. We only went out to eat 1 -2 times a month – my kids eat out 1-2 times a week! While she didn’t have the widest repertoire, what she did create was truly scrumptious. I’d like to make that my goal. I realize that I am not going to get there by constantly making something brand new every night. There will have to be solid, go-to repeats, that I can work on each time I make them.
 
The difference between what is good, very good and exceptional can be found in repetition. A chef must master the basics before he can create something that is truly exceptional, and the only way to master something is to repeat the process many times, honing your skills and making slight changes to your methods until you have reached your own version of perfection.  -- Chef Alex Atala
 
Yes, Chef! It’s on. I am going to comb over the last 2 ½ years of Real Family Real Food recipes and bring back some favorites so we can practice our “technique” for getting dinner on the table. This week it’s a quick meat ragu, 10- minute sweet potato pancakes and a bright, tropical salsa. Maybe you'll try a little balsamic vinegar or dried herbs in the ragu? Or, orange juice insted of lime in the salsa?  No matter what, these are all good ones to have in your back pocket.
 
Have a great week!

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