Tonight I get to do one of my favorite things in the world, cook for my friends. There’s something so lovely about cooking a meal to begin with. We are not the kind of people at the place in our lives where we cook big meals a lot. So when I take time to do a full grocery shopping and look up recipes and craft a beautiful meal it is, in and of itself, a break from normality.
But to share this with friends is so fulfilling to me. I think it’s a Jewish thing. I’ve always watched my parents spend an hour in the kitchen cooking just a day to day meal. We hardly ever ate takeout when I was little and my parents cooked dinner every night. It was time when I sat at the bar and we talked about all manner of things. It made me feel so connected to them and when I cook for my friends now I still feel the same.
Tonight’s meal is pan seared chicken stuffed with proscuitto, gruyere, and arugula in a caramelized shallot white wine reduction with garlic Parmesan mashed potatoes and Caesar salad. It’s gunna be amazing.