Food is just like anything else in life, in order to really enjoy it there are rules. Granted, enjoying food isn’t really the most challenging task in the world, but these rules are designed to help you achieve a more in depth love of your culinary delicacies.
- First thing’s first, NO FAST FOOD! I know I know, this is a view point that is controversial and many of us prefer our quick fix solution for a “meal” but this stuff is just gross. In fact many times I’m not even 100% sure that this food can really be considered food. If you have to eat on the go try to hit somewhere with more local ties. Not only will the food taste better but you’re also helping your community. Win win.
2. Easy on the condiments. There’s a time and a place for condiments but in reality their use is massively over killed in our society. Ranch on pizza…. GET OUT! In fact let’s just get rid of Ranch dressing all together. Condiments are fine when used in moderation, but at no point should they be used to mask the flavor of the vessel they’re going on. A sausage requires mustard, a chicken wing requires blue cheese (NOT RANCH) and there’s a wide variety of applications for hot sauce. There’s no need to cover a perfectly good steak with some random goop found in the salad dressing aisle at Walmart.
3. Embrace the weird! When it comes to eating don’t be scared off by something that looks like it might be weird. There’s no shortage of weird looking items in your produce aisle and all those bizarre fruits and veggies might open your eyes to a truly blissful food experience. Have a friend that is offering you durian encrusted fried chicken? Fear not! Eat that bird right up, it might be amazing! Remember, when you eat it should be the food that’s afraid of you!
4. Food and Booze are friends! Whether you’re using a wine to deglaze a pan or marinating some chicken in a summer wheat ale the applications for booze in cooking are almost limitless. Plus whatever you don’t use for cooking you can drink, a definite benefit!
5. Cook for yourself! You don’t have to cook every night, or even every day. But you should have a few, or a bunch, of dishes that you can whip up for yourself. Maybe your forte is smoking meat in the middle of winter, or maybe it’s whipping up a pot of chili to graze on over the course of a weekend. Cooking for yourself will make you appreciate food in restaurants more and you’ll figure out little nuances that make each meal your own. Sure, the cleaning up after part kind of sucks, but the end result of a well cooked meal is an extremely rewarding simple pleasure in life.