Before tonight, I don’t recall a time when I cooked a full meal FOR someone. I’ve shared leftovers, brought items to potlucks or cookouts, but not a full meal.
Who better to be a test subject than my best friend, Laura? She’s been blindly supportive of my adventures into the culinary world, so it was time to see if I actually had skill—or merely ambition.
I served one of my Go-To Dishes.
I think every house needs them. The food version of a little black dress. Something impressive, that delivers every time. And livin’ hell wouldn’t you know–I forgot a key ingredient.
So our ‘Creamy Shrimp with Corn and Bacon’ (yes the Real Simple recipe, I get many from there, which will be detailed in an upcoming post) was sans bacon. We also had Green Beans with browned butter & garlic and for dessert the Chocolate Pots. (featured in a previous article)
*Side note: Which the creamy shrimp is fine without the bacon, I prefer having it. It adds depth and a smokiness to the dish*
Overall, I think it was a success.
On an introspective level, while I was involved in conversation, Laura said I am very focused. I don’t feel anxious or tense, but would say I feel very in tune with the process.
I enjoy the process. I want people to love the result as much as I love the process.