For those of you who already know that I am offering free kitchen coaching to anyone who needs it, at whatever level they need, here’s where to email me. Or, contact me at my cookingwithmim page on Facebook. For the rest of you, please read on.
If you have read my about page, you’ll perhaps understand why I’ve finally decided to put my apron where my mouth is, so to speak, and try to do something to help get people back in the kitchen and learn to throw together some kick-ass food. Over the years countless people have told me that they wished they could have learned to cook at my apron strings. And now that’s exactly what I hope to make possible!
I will help anyone who needs or wants to learn how to cook my personal coaching. No fee, zippo, nada. I have been doing precisely that for my four daughters for some 20 years now, as each one left home, got married and started their families, and it was one of them who recently suggested that I offer to help others in the same way. At first it seemed like a crazy idea, playing “kitchen mom” to complete strangers, but the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. I have always loved fielding cooking questions from my daughters and friends, so why not? I decided to give it a try and see if there were people who would take me up on my offer. Then a few weeks ago I picked up The New York Times, and there on the front page was a story about a hotline the Weber people have going for people with questions/problems about how to get their char on. Evidently they field some 500,000 calls a year from frantic grill cooks! They have about 50 people manning the phones, just to help people use a grill! I figure that if backyard barbecuing can drum up that kind of phone traffic, there must be a few people out there who’d like some help with the kitchen end of dinner! And so it is that an idea came to life!
Here are some of the ways I think I can help:
1) I have a huge personal database of reliable “Tried and True” recipes from which I can and will happily draw to help you pull together a few meals that fit your interest, skill level and budget. Mind you, I’m not a chef; what I think I am is a pretty accomplished home cook, with pretty demanding taste buds, a lot of experience and a ton of great recipes, valuable short-cuts and tips to pass on.
2) I have very well-developed skills in the kitchen, and I bring a clear, hands-on approach to teaching those skills to others, honed in part by many years of classroom teaching.
3) I will work with you by email, by Facebook chat or we can arrange a video call using Facebook’s new Skype feature, so I can be right there in the kitchen with you … whatever feels best to you. So if you know a young person who just got his or her first apartment but doesn’t know where to start in the kitchen, or if you’re planning a barbecue and need suggestions for a few sides, or you need to learn some particular skill in order to make a certain dish, email me. Or contact me at my cookingwithmim page on Facebook.
I carry my recipe database with me whenever and wherever I travel. Just let me know what level of help you would like and we’ll arrange things from there. I look forward to hearing from some of you… soon, and often.