The way I like to cook is the opposite of how I’d have to be on a competition cooking show.
I like to put on some music, zone out, and if it’s at night, I like to pour myself a glass of wine. And I move slowly, neatly and calmly. Basically my kitchen is the chill-zone.
On a competition cooking show, I’d be a nervous wreck. I imagine if you put that type of spotlight on me, I’d forget how to boil water, burn everything, cut my fingers off and fumble my words. I’m not sure I’d do a good job. That’s why I always watch competition cooking shows at night when I’m editing photos and thank the stars it’s not me in the hot seat.
This post is in collaboration with Emeril Lagasse’s (along with Ty Pennington) new show, on TNT, On the Menu! It airs tonight on TNT at 8/7c. The premise of the show: contestants will compete to create the next dish to appear on the menu of well-known restaurants. Emeril will be their seasoned, industry insider, while Ty will be their confidant.
I’m VERY stoked about this savory bread pudding. I’ll admit, it ain’t the prettiest thang on the block, but it’s delicious. Like, dang delicious; think crispy on the outside and soft and moist hydrated on the inside. There’s salty, sweet and butteriness going on, too.
This savory bread pudding situation has officially replaced normal stuffing in my brain. Like, why would I ever go back? I can’t. I won’t!
If you’ve never had stuffing made with eggs before, you are missing out, my friends. This bread pudding combines rich, buttery challah bread with a custard mixture of sorts: eggs, heavy cream, milk and the perfect amount of nutmeg.
Also, can we all just talk about how pancetta is the cinnamon roll of the meat world? I mean…look at that swirl. I see a cinnamon roll in my pancetta. RIGHT?
Yesterday, while cooking, I added some pepper to a bowl and sneezed. My friend Cassie, who was over at the time, paused and said, “Man, you make a very “interesting” face the moment just before you sneeze.” I’m pretty sure what she meant by “interesting” was “ugly.” So I started to think to myself, Are there other times when I look “interesting”? There must be!
Like, when I’m sleeping and my face just settles into dreamland, do I look unattractive? When I’m washing the dishes, in my own world, pondering what human name I’m going to give my future dog, does my face look unattractive?
And when I cry, do I have an ugly cry face like Kim Kardashian? (This, by far, is my favorite Kim K. moment. Actually, it’s more of Kourtney’s moment. I mean, the way Kourtney laughs at her? Incredible.) If Kim K. is the ugliest crier around, I’d like to nominate the prettiest. That award goes to Demi Moore in Ghost (skip to 1:39). Like, her eyes well up so perfectly, just the right amount of tears, before they overflow and fall so beautifully. Let’s all aspire to cry like that. UGH!
Anyway, surely the moment before sneezing can’t be the only ugly face I unknowingly make. When do you make your “interesting” face? It’s okay, don’t worry, we can’t look cute all the time.
Speaking of unattractive! This bread pudding. Bread pudding is bread pudding. It’s definitely not what I consider “pretty food.” When I pulled it out of the oven I took a look at it and was like, well let’s hope it tastes good. It did. OMG it did.