First of all, I’d like to thank everyone I meet, or everyone who contacts me by email, who tells me how much they appreciate the cooking at home segment. That means a lot to me!
Mostly people comment that, just by watching a segment, they have the confidence to make what they’d just seen, even without referring to the cooking at home site for details. That makes me feel good!
I am constantly trying to strike a balance between being creative and keeping things simple at the same time. To make that even more challenging, I have a two minute time limit for each segment. This means that I don’t have much time for back story or casual conversation about each dish. It’s really just about “getting the meal on the table.”
Oftentimes, little techniques or asides are left out and then mentioned in the cooking at home recipe site online under the “hints” section.
My hopes are that I can keep mealtimes interesting and seasonal without “dumbing down” the final product. That being said, I try not to make things too complicated, because the more steps involved in a recipe, the harder it is to make at home. Also, with few exceptions, I try to stay with things that most people probably already have on hand and are familiar with.
The challenge, for me, is to present a recipe in a way that allows the meal to be prepared and cooked in a way that keeps things moving along in a timely fashion.
I guess the whole point of this blog post is just me dealing with the fact that I’m never completely satisfied with my presentations. The two minute time slot is a real challenge when I want to provide creative recipes instead of overly simple ones.
Thanks for all the kind words and the positive feedback and I guess I’m not surprised that, after eight years and over 3,000 segments, the challenge of mixing creativity, practicality and timeliness continues to be hardest part of the job.