I am not a mise en place cook- you know, someone who cuts up and pours out all of a recipe’s ingredients ahead of time into little glass bowls. Think, America’s Test Kitchen. It is a structured way to cook, and it is widely accepted. It is why most recipes give you a list of ingredients and how they should be prepared before telling you what to do with those ingredients.
But I don’t have the time for that kind of cooking. I also don’t have the willpower to wash that many dishes. Instead, I have a compulsion to do things efficiently. I like to chop vegetables while other vegetables are already cooking. Think, Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals. Because I don’t prepare and cook food “in order,” traditional recipes are a nuisance for me to read. I go right to the written directions, but then I constantly have to refer back to the ingredient list to find out how much nutmeg I should add to that cookie batter. And then I lose my place. And I waste time. And wasting time IS NOT EFFICIENT.
This “prepare as you go” philosophy is why I present my recipes to you in narrative form. I try telling you what you need to do as you need to do it so that you spend less time waiting around in the kitchen. I bold the recipe’s steps so you can filter through my commentary and get right to the good stuff when you’re in the kitchen. I also added shopping lists to the end of each post because it’s nice to know what ingredients you should have on hand before jumping into a recipe. No one wants to get half way through a cookie recipe and then realize you’re out of nutmeg.
But I have no idea if most people cook the way I do, and I still want my recipes to be easy for you to follow. Does the narrative format work for you? Would you like me to include a traditional formulation of the recipes as well? I’d love to know what you think.
Update: Thank you all for your feedback. I just installed a print button at the bottom of each post that allows you to print recipes with or without the images. I hope this makes cooking along easier.