I Watched The Food Network Almost All Day

Spent a good part of the day watching episodes of the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and anything else that came on Food Network today.  I didn’t think I would enjoy the show much after seeing one or two episodes, but yesterday my friend and I watched some episodes I had stored in my DVR and I am changing my opinion.  In fact, I was inspired to try to create a pasta dish with scrambled eggs which I saw in an episode last night.  It’s made at this restaurant in West Hollywood (I forget the name), but the dish is called “Pasta Mama.”  It’s got fresh linguine, olive oil, lots of garlic, fresh parmesan, and of course, scrambled eggs.  Looked absolutely delicious when I saw it on T.V.  I will probably add some of my own touches to it though when I attempt the dish this week.

I’m not sure which part of cooking/baking relaxes me, but I think it’s the whole process and the anticipation of something good coming out of your efforts.  And the best part is, the result is something you can eat.  On a more personal level, cooking/baking reminds me of my mother, and I take pride in the fact that I have taken away something from all those times of helping her in the kitchen as a little girl and watching her do her thing.  So everytime I do anything productive in the kitchen, and the result actually comes out good, I have to call her right away, gushing about the latest thing I did.  We’ve actually found a new topic to talk about!

I anticipate a lot of baking going on this week.  Tomorrow I’ll be baking oatmeal raisin cookies which were requested by a coworker’s roommate.  Later in the week I will be attempting a cookie filled with Nutella, and perhaps if I am up to it, making peanut butter chocolate chip cookies AND brownie cookies to send to a friend in Chicago — although if I get lazy, he may just get them next week.

What is it about food that gets people so excited???  I’ve been thinking about this on and off today, and I’m not sure I can come up with an all-encompassing answer…

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