Playing with food

Remember your parent’s telling you, “Don’t play with your food?”

Well, that was then and this is now.

I recommend, no, I invite you to play with food, because experiments in the kitchen can lead to worthwhile discoveries—the kind where your new creation is something lovely, and best of all, delicious.

Today I decided to see what would happen if I browned slices of yellow onion, small red potatoes and chunks of button mushroom in bacon grease in my nonstick cast iron skillet. Once I had the ingredients where I wanted them, I deglazed the pan with a bit of red wine. Then I added about ¼ cup of broth, two cloves of roasted garlic, a handful of chopped fresh parsley, kosher salt and several hefty grinds of pepper. I popped the skillet into a hot oven to finish softening the potatoes, and then I served my new creation with seared wild salmon and a bed of fresh spinach.

And no one admonished me about messing up the kitchen or playing with my food. In fact, the only words I heard were, “thank you, that was delicious.”