There are a lot of blogs floating around today that are dedicated to food in a health and fitness setting. That is not me. I am all for treating your body right, it's the only one you have. I however, have never been one to understand extreme dieting and feel that life is not worth living, it there isn't a carbohydrate in it. I approach this blog the way I approach life: with a hearty laugh and a heavy hand of cream. That is not to say that every recipe I make will send you into cardiac arrest, but be mindful people, just because we are making cake doesn't mean we eat the entire thing. (Unless your boyfriend just left you, then eat it, bless your heart.)
I believe that food, real food, that is made with your hands, has a connective pull on those around you. When I set out to make dinner, I know that the friends and family at my table see my heart on the plate. Great food is an equalizer, and everyone can find a commonality in a homemade meal. I encourage all of you to follow some of the following food philosophies that I try to follow.
Be mindful of where your ingredients came from, and try to always support your local community. It's good for the economy, and it's good for you. I buy organically and locally whenever I can and encourage every friend of mine to do the same.
Always sit down and enjoy the meal you are eating. We make dinner an occasion every night, even if we order in. Take some time to disconnect from work and the world and connect with those around you. You'll grow closer to your loved ones and feel more relaxed.
Take some time to appreciate the fact that you have great food. There are many who do not, whether they do not have access to organic and local food due to money or location. At AB, we know how blessed we are to be able to afford the meals that we do.
Allow yourself the carbs. or the chocolate, or whatever it is that makes the world go round. Don't deprive yourself of anything.
Finally, and most importantly, allow yourself to make mistakes in the kitchen, and please email me when you do. I love a good laugh more than anyone I know, and if youre not laughing in the kitchen, ur doin it wrong.