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“The book of love is long and boring,
No one can lift the damn thing,
It’s full of charts and facts and figures,
And instructions for dancing…

-The Magnetic Fields

The first time I heard this song, it was not through the original group (The Magnetic Fields), but through Peter Gabriel, who did a cover which was featured in Shall We Dance in 2004 and was recently thrust back into the spotlight with a playing during the season finale of Scrubs in May of 2009.  Upon seeing the finale, my boyfriend sang the song to me.  Dance, a set of steps and motions that when performed in a certain order result in a physical display of emotion, truly light up with the addition of love and passion.  To me, cooking is a dance.  Carefully conducted procedures that, with a splash of creativity and love, create a product that (in my dreams) could lead to standing ovations.  The Arts are expressions of ourselves in a gallery, a home, the opera, on the stage, on the screen…why not on the plate?

Kitchen No-Nos:

  1. No Frying – Deep, Whole Turkey, or Tempura
  2. No Gross Delicacies – Thousand Year Eggs and the like
  3. No De-Boning – Fish will be bought as de-boned fillets and Chicken will be handled by a butcher
  4. No Eyes – with the possible exception of a whole fish
  5. No Gelatinous or Solid Fat – Jello is okay
  6. No Liver, Pancreas, Brains
  7. No Papaya
  8. No recipes that require a Candy Thermometer
  9. No Runny Eggs
  10. No Full Heads – Sorry, Duff (If you missed Duff Goldman (of Ace of Cakes fame) on an episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Fried – He sang the praises of Fried Shrimp Heads at a Japanese Bar)

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