I’m going to admit this right now.
I have a crush on Mark Bittman.
Okay, it’s out there. I fessed up to my Hubby this weekend so he wouldn’t get jealous. This crush has been going on for a while now but I just never admitted publicly.
Too late now, huh?
Why the crush? First of all – I love Mark’s style…
Cooking is easy. Cooking like food matters is really, really easy.
Mark breaks it down but doesn’t complicate. His recipes are flexible, easy and honest.
Secondly, Mark is a newspaper guy with a New York Times column. I have newspaper ink in my blood…even though I’ve retired from the industry…the ink in the blood is still there.
Thirdly, Mark is taking us down a road that we should all consider as we make changes to our diet and lifestyle – it’s not dramatic nor life-changing. Just small baby steps to a better diet with respect to our environment and responsibility to Mother Earth.
I have this fantasy where Mark and I are on the Today Show together working on a recipe…I’m all nervous and chopping the onions…I’m all over the place…He reaches over and touches my hand…and says “this is easy…really, really easy.” I melt.
As I began the New Year, I made a few resolutions:
Last week, my daughter was in town and since we were not able to be together at Christmas – we exchanged our belated gifts. Her gift to me was Mark’s “The Food Matters Cookbook” and a Polish cookbook.
I was smitten. Everything that I’ve been trying to do was re-affirmed in this cookbook. You need to read this! AND – he has recipes to support his theory.
Okay, I’m rambling and I know it. That’s what happens when you have a crush on someone.
I did not have a lot of time to cook this past week with my daughter in town, let alone read but I did start reading Mark’s philosophies and tried his first recipe in the book…
How embarrassingly simple.
I contemplated bringing this recipe to you – but I have to tell you after making it, my family went CRAZY asking for more and swearing never to do microwave popcorn again!
I think I could feed them only popcorn for the rest of their lives and they would be happy and think I’m the best cook in the world.
We have become victims of convenience and don’t think about the alternatives or the beginnings.
We love popcorn and it was so easy to pop the pre-made bags in the microwave, pour it out and shove our faces with it.
This weekend I took them to a new level…
I popped organic popcorn in a brown paper bag for about 2 minutes…
I took it out of the bag and drizzled it with olive oil and barbeque rub.
The crowds went WILD.
Why didn’t I think of that?