Before I started streaming music, CD's were my shopping weakness. I used to stop at that little CD kiosk in Target Stores that displayed a selection of mood music for every occasion. It seemed time stopped as I let my fingers dance over the preview buttons, starting and stopping the snippets of Rhumba, Waltzes and even the cawing of tropical birds while I imagined myself helpless under the spell of digital dreams. "Music for Dinner!" or "Songs for Your Engagement" and even "Nature Spa Sounds," were only a few of the choices.
If you recall, even Pottery Barn got in the act, creating music to play while you dined on everything from tacos to tuna tar-tar. But never have I ever seen a kiosk with music that is meant to be played WHILE YOU COOK.
Seriously. Don't you think the sound of crisp zucchini slices hitting the hot oil is inspiring? And the rattle and bump of the rolling pin as it smooths out a disc of carefully mixed pie dough is positively toe-tapping! How about the sizzle of a good red wine as you pour it over perfectly sauteed Shitake mushrooms and hear the "aaahhhh?" as it reduces into an intense syrup? See, see? I told you. It's a symphony of sounds and it should have its own soundtrack.
When I cook I think of these things. It is as though I am playing with more than just foods and textures. I am playing with edible arpeggios. From Motets, to Cantatas or even to Oratorios. Each of my creations attempts to hit every high note even before they hit the plate.
Take these selections featured here in this post. All of them colorful, exciting, and they all include a melody that you'll be humming for days.
Start the party, and the dinner for that matter with my Cold Noodle Salad with Ginger Honey Soy Dressing picture above. Or, dig in to this healthy Chicken Vegetable Quinoa Salad pictured below!
How about this beautiful plate? It features a medley of fresh flavors, from Pureed Apple and Cauliflower side dish, to a bright Arugula Pesto garnish, all dancing around Pork Tenderloin with a Cranberry Cabernet Reduction. even the apples are glazed with perfection.
Do not underestimate the ending. These Marsala and Maple Poached Pears will keep the sopranos sitting straight up in their chairs until the Maestro is finished!
Watch my short video about getting comfy in the kitchen.
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Meet the Cook...
My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style centers around a love for combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.