Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cooking Lessons

I'm sure every home cook, at some time or another, wants a particular meal to be just a little more special. Perhaps they use some spiffy new ingredient, or fancy china. Maybe they decide to actually make it look pretty on the plate. Too difficult? Perhaps they should reach for a pair of tweezers and stick a couple bright flowers on top. That would make it real fine!

Come on. I know everyone is guilty of this at one point or another. Your fingers are just too big and stupid to make those blossoms look surreal enough without the special metallic touch of the tweezers.

I'm guilty of it myself.

Actually, I really am.

I worked at The Restaurant at Meadowood this summer under Chef Christopher Kostow. Chef Kostow himself is quoted in this fine article by The New York Times.

And plating with tweezers isn't that foolish - they're downright crucial at times in a restaurant like this.

Just keep the tweezers out of your home kitchen....


  1. So true, Kelsey. It's remarkable what we'll do to make the dish (and evening) turn out as planned.

    Looking forward to reading the blog - particularly the content re: your CIA work and the cheese scene in the NY area.


  2. Hi Pat!

    So happy you found my blog! I'll do my best to keep eating as much cheese as I can write about (or is it the other way around?!)
    Thanks for the encouragement,

  3. Hi Kelsey----great blog, nice to see you're nearly done! Planning to live back on Vashon, or are you going to be a world traveller/???

    Best regards ---Terry Roth

    I sure miss Lil's milk! Bought raw milk from Greenman Farms for awhile, no comparison.