- Preheat the oven. Nothing in life that matters, or that is worth it, happens without putting in a little time to get things going. By the same token, any new endeavor will need time to get rolling properly. Never judge anything too soon.
- Baking powder and baking soda sound alike, but they are not the same thing. The same is true for people. No two people are just alike. We make disastrous comparisons if we think someone we meet who reminds us of someone we know will be just like the other person. No matter how alike they sound and look, they are not the same thing.
- Use fresh ingredients when you are able. Every cook from time to time has to use frozen or canned ingredients. Nevertheless, fresh is always better. Whatever you are working at, avoid the trap of copying someone’s canned or frozen work. Use your own fresh ideas. It is always better.
- You probably need an emulsifier. An emulsifier is milk, eggs, butter–something to help things blend together. In groups of people, and systems of people, it should be someones job to make certain everything blends well. If no one is doing that, you might have to be the one.
- You may need something acidic. In cooking, my two favorites are vinegar and lemon juice. These ingredients are not something you taste in the food, but their acidic content brings out the flavors in the ingredients. People who conflict with us, or who challenge us, are acidic agents that can be useful in helping us define who we are and establish our priorities. They make us taste better to an unsavory world.
- Try some fat. Fat is a dirty word in health circles, nevertheless, fat is loaded with flavor. No life can be emotionally or spiritually healthy if there is not a little ‘fat’ in it.
- Do not cook in a hurry. If you do, chances are greater you’ll burn your food or miss an ingredient. Take your time and enjoy the process. It is a crime against our own humanity to rush through the stages of life, always anxious for the next big thing. Enjoy the moment, and give thanks for it.
Cook alone, eat with someone else. The purpose of cooking is eating, and eating is a spiritual endeavor. We were meant to live in community, not isolation.