Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Recipe For Success And Disaster

When I look back at my serious posts--and by serious I mean the ones I intended to be thoughtful or thought provoking--I find my best ones stewed in my mind for a good length of time. Much as a chef prepares a new dish more than once in order to get it right, good writing involves lots of rewriting. (Not that I claim to be a good writer, but please let me enjoy my delusion.) When I look at the posts I've done in haste or without the fermentation necessary for the desired result, I find they lack texture and substance. Their flavor is all wrong and they confuse the palate. That's because all too often I'm yanking the pan off the stove when the contents have come to a boil and calling it done--like this morning--when, in fact, it needs to simmer. Or be thrown out and started anew.

I'm dealing with two issues here. First, when working from scratch not only does it help to have a well-stocked pantry, but it serves well to know where all the ingredients are and how they're best used. Secondly, placing a toque next to the keyboard could remind me to refrain from dishing it up until it's ready and properly done.

So that's what I'm working on.

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