Some of you might think I’m crazy and many of you might not relate. But my husband Ben is one of my best cooking friends. I swear this is not just about Valentine’s day and he does tend to have a Top Chef attitude–standing over a pot and asking for ingredients to be handed to him. We are working on that. He cooks without recipes and with an artistic flair.
When I suggested to my “Denver Girls” cooking friends that we cook with our husbands, I found most of them didn’t want their mates anywhere near their kitchens. It’s our thing, they said. Some are happier with an appreciative audience than anyone who gets in the way. And that’s what Cooking With Friends is about, cooking with the people you want to–neighbors, friends, an occasional husband. I’ve found a few kindred couples who get the creative communal process.
This weekend, Ben and I have been working on our Winter Salad. It has fennel, watercress, arugula, blood oranges, roasted beets and crumbled gorgonzola. The dressing is a curried oil and vinegar. It’s not perfect, it’s a give and take of ingredients. But it’s fun to work on it together.