Mark Twain …on life

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain

Why aren’t kids reciting this every morning, hands over their hearts? I wish someone had told me to explore, dream and discover when I was a kid. But that’s neither here nor there, because I know it now. And I believe in it soooo freaking much!

Try something new and scary. Risk working hard and failing. Attempt to make creme brulee even if you don’t know how. Start a website and talk about what you love. And something crazy will happen. You’ll feel better about yourself and your life, regardless of the outcome.

This week I’m gonna try a recipe that I really have no idea how to make. I don’t even have a reference to what it’s supposed to taste like… This is going out on a limb for me, but I think it’s gonna be fun. I think I’ll videotape it, if for no other reason than to show you I’m trying to practice what I preach. (Cooking isn’t the only place I’m doing this, but I figure you’re reading this because you’re interested in cooking, not my ridiculous personal life.)

If you do anything out on a limb-ish, find me on Facebook (The Hedonist Cook) and let me know. I’d love to hear about it….

xoxo, Mel

Why cooking is better than a relationship…

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I love cooking because I know that if I put a lot into a recipe it will turn out amazing. In cooking, attention, hard work, passion and quality show in the final product. Relationships are never as simple as that, nor are they as satisfying as some good truffle mac and cheese….

Can anyone really not like food?!

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My friend Sam says that food is something he wishes he didn’t have to bother with. That it gets in the way of his life. (Now, Sam was a monk for 10 years, so I assume he’s just very into depriving himself.) But when non ex monks tell me this I believe it’s because they haven’t had the chance to eat and enjoy good food. Maybe no one has given them an amazing piece of triple cream brie. (Which is soooo sad…)

But is it possible that even if they were in the right setting, with the right folks and amazing food, they still wouldn’t be into it?! It would still seem like a chore, something they have to do? It baffles me, and makes me honestly concerned…. And although it’s none of my business, I feel the need to try and help my friends that are like this. I feel like if I open a restaurant I can subvert the anti-foodie world and bring them to our side.

I’m not sure how, but it’s all a part of the plan. Let me know if you think of anything…