Thursday, August 13, 2009
Quick quiz. . . You have 30 minutes to be in the kitchen, which would you prefer? A. Whipping up a batch of grandma's best cookies. B. Tossing in a bit of this or that to the tomato sauce and creating a new dish. Your answer says volumes about you in your life outside the kitchen. My choice will almost always be A. I'm a baker, in the kitchen and out. Nothing soothes my soul more than following a recipe to the T knowing that my outcome will be nearly perfect after reading the instructions. Some of my dearest friends can't bake a batch of cookies to save their life. They prefer letting their creative flag fly as they raid the pantry for random ingredients to highlight that night's dish. I always enjoy eating dinner at their table. I've been known to cry in the face of my pantry. I look at shelf after shelf of ingredients and just get stumped unless I have a good cookbook within arm's reach to gently walk me through it. And so it is with my sewing. I love to follow patterns. There's enough room for flexibility in which fabric I choose and adding little embellishments. I love the comfort of knowing that my time will be well spent and my project will turn out. It wasn't until I sent a link to Betz Green's "Sewing Green" to Zina who only responded "I think you over estimate my ability to sew and follow directions. Love the concept of reusable material though." that I finally realized how my preferences in the kitchen carry over. Zina is a cook, through and through. So which are you? Baker or cook? I'd love to hear. . .