Friday, September 03, 2010

Things I've learned

I was pondering a post this morning and realized that the past year had brought an awful lot of lessons along the way. What follows is an utterly un-premeditated list of things I've finally begun to understand in the past year.

  • When sauteing or grilling, leave fish or meat on a higher heat than you think for a little longer than you think. The trick is to get a good crust on the outside without burning. Very handy skill...
  • Brewing has a lot more to do with equipment and process than inspiration. The 90/10 rule for writing and design also applies here.
  • Listen to your kid and enjoy every day. They grow up quickly.
  • Say thank you and do small, nice things for people close to you.
  • Make time for yourself and those you love.
  • Let go. If it's bothering you and you can't do anything about it or change what is bother you, find a way to let it go.
  • Don't wait to transplant tomatoes or black raspberries. The plants will falter, especially in a bad growing year.
  • Tomato sauce is easier to make than you think.
  • Big California-style reds get boring after a while. The same is true of the hyper-experimental trend in craft beer. A classic done well or given a new twist is better than something that beats you over the head with its idiosyncrasies.
  • I'd rather cook than pay for a mediocre meal at a restaurant.
  • It is easy to forget to slow down. And easy to forget that kids (and adults!) need some time just to hang out.
  • Sharpen your knives regularly. They will perform better and your food will be better.