A start…

“It’s all of the good that won’t come out of us
and how eventually our hands will just turn to dust,
if we keep shaking them.
Standing here on this frozen lake.” – Rilo Kiley

Not really sure if it is fear of commitment or failure that has kept me paralyzed for almost exactly 10 months. But it is time for the good to come out of me…
My drug of choice is food. Not just any food, good food. I want to taste it, talk about it, dream about it, learn from it. Actually I just want to make it. I want my creation, inspired by 25 years of tasting, to move someone (and not just because of its high fiber content).
I have always wanted to be an artist, in the most traditional of senses. It just seemed so cool. In college I tried to make up for my lack of natural ability by studying art history…I don’t do dates. I even tried an art class, but I have no idea how people come up with an idea for a painting/drawing, let alone execute that vision.
It has only been recently that I realized while I am utterly pathetic at painting an awe inspiring landscape, that I am not without a creative streak. Instead of a minds eye I guess you could say I have a minds tongue… yep I am going with that, get your mind out of the gutter. By no means am I a great cook, but I love to cook. I love to experiment, try new things, and apply what I have learned in my own kitchen (or my mom’s kitchen as working in the hospitality industry has not been particularly fruitful).
I had a lightbulb moment 10 months ago. Something that while it has taken nearly 300 days to follow through with, has never left me, has nagged at me, tormented me! I want to win a cooking competition and I want to document the journey in a blog. Ever since a ridiculously fun, but rather gastronomically disappointing chili cook off competition I have known in my heart of hearts that I could do this. Not only do it, but if I put my mind to it, kick culinary butt (against fellow amateurs OF COURSE)!
I hope you will follow me on my attempt to learn more, refine my “technique”, and win a contest or two.