Cooking is, by far, my favorite past time and probably the most important thing that I do for myself. If you come into my home, you will see a stack of cooking magazines on my coffee table and other stacks strewn around my home (I have a VERY hard time recycling cooking mags). On a regular evening at home after the kids go to bed, you can find me on the couch leafing through cooking mags (dog earring the pages of things that I want to make) or immersed in Pinterest searching the one and only category that I care about, Food and Drink. I pin and repin recipes and tips. So here I am with loads of recipes that I want to try and do I ever try them…..?
Not exactly! I assure you it’s not for lack of energy and execution in the kitchen. I have realized that while I search these cooking magazines and online sites, and save (whether hard copy or electronic) thousands of recipes that I want to make, I rarely execute one exactly. Rather these sources have become my “common ground” — where I find inspiration for my own cooking. I am inspired by something in a recipe (interesting ingredients that are paired together, a new sauce, the addition of some seasonal ingredient or new whole grain) and then I let myself get creative. So, to say the least, trying new ingredients, new pairings or new preparations is great fun for me. I love the concept of sharing as it relates to food and cooking. I hope, that since you have found your way to my site, that you feel this way too!
Food is most definitely a universal “common ground” as the great James Beard observed. Not only is it a basic need of life but it is something that is invented and reinvented and shared throughout history and throughout the world. The Common Plate is a site for sharing good food and inspiring others to do the same. Whether readers follow my recipes exactly or just gather some tips or ideas….it is the idea of sharing a “common ground” with others that excites me. Food IS a common ground….let’s share good food!