Cookin’ with the girls and why American Airlines can suck itNovember 1, 2010
Who do you cook with? I grew up cooking with my mom, although that was more of a “helper” role. Now I sometimes cook with my husband, which is one of my favorite ways for an evening to go. But mostly I cook by myself while listening to NPR, and that’s cool too.
Anyway, it was unusual and fantastic to cook with friends during my recent trip to Chicago. (Have you been there? I love that city. I love the beach by the lake and the combination of ‘big like New York’ and ‘clean like Boston’ vibe.)
I was there to visit some good friends from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. And yes, we went to Whole Foods 3 times in 5 days. But we also went to get some classic Chicago deep dish pizza. And pedicures. And we had lots of girl time to shoe shop and talk about boys. It was fabulous.
The best part about cooking with friends like these is how much we teach each other. For instance, I shared my favorite way of preparing collard greens – first a quick roll and chiffonade – then an easy saute seasoned with tahini, tamari and rice vinegar.
I learned from this meal that when you make oven fries, it’s a good idea to shake the pan every so often to keep ‘em from sticking. And that bison makes a really rockin’ burger.
Finally, I learned that I will never have the patience for some things but I’m glad my friend Laura does. Such as meticulously stuffing apples and preparing a rum sauce to go on top. Mmmmm! Want the recipe? She has it here.
All in all, I’m grateful to have spent some time with my girlfriends prior to delivering this baby of mine. Who knows the next time I’ll be able to jump on a plane and spend 5 days as a solo chick? I’d like to also add that JetBlue was awesome but American Airlines made me cry when they refused to help me (at 6 months pregnant) lift my bag into the overhead compartment. It’s in their contract that they don’t have to lift anything. Ah. Watch me never fly AA again.