Years ago, I catered a handful of weddings for friends. With a few of the receptions, a friend and I split all the menu planning, the writing out of lists for anything we might possibly need, the thinking through all the little minute steps, the purchasing, making, arranging and serving of the food, the cleaning up afterwards... Whew! The final wedding I catered I did 'solo' in terms of the planning and buying stages. Of course none of the weddings, with my friend or 'solo' would have been feasible had it not been for a bevy of additional friends and my husband. Chopping and slicing, stirring and arranging, cutting and cleaning and serving. Lots to do.
My husband may not be a great cook, but he is an ace at doing all those other jobs mentioned. And he sure makes cooking and baking in my kitchen a lot more pleasant. Not to mention...he's cute to look at! :)
Every once in awhile, he'll try his hand at some recipe. Usually it involves something spicy. It may take him a tad longer, and there may be a few more dishes in the sink, but he's usually the one on sink duty I'm glad he has an interest that we can share together. And of course he loves eating so making a dish has its benefits... Recently, while I set out making the carmelized cherry & sungold tomato topping from Heidi's new book (so easy and so delicious - you must try it)...
...he set his sights on a salsa recipe: 'Roasted' Corn with Jalapeno and Tomatillos Salsa from this book. Even though I purchased all the ingredients, helped him a bit with a few kitchen pointers and cut up an onion because he was busy attending to the corn (which by the way was not actually roasted in our version but rather cooked in a dry skillet) this salsa was primarily made by him. And because he likes things extra spicy, he took a bit from this bowl, placed it another bowl and promptly added a 2nd jalapeno. It was tasty!
The only regret is that we didn't double either of the recipes. This is all that's left of the carmelized tomato topping. Definitely should have made a double or triple batch. Oh, and did I mention that you must really try this one?
Do you enjoy cooking together with someone?