Last year I told my kids that all I wanted for Christmas was your cookbook.
Imagine how excited I was when I opened my gift on Christmas day and THERE YOU WERE! Oh, I was imagining all the great times in the kitchen we were going to have over the next 12 months.
You never let me down, Jamie. I've had so much fun learning how to cook with you. Who knew that making soup or guacamole could be so tasty and so much fun?!
Now, I would like to introduce you to a new friend of mine. Jamie, have you met "The Pampered Chef"?
Your recipe's call for a lot of cutting and chopping of fresh veggies and that means you have to have a good sharp knife in your drawer.
Seeing as I have been abusing my good knives for years, they were all dull and uncooperative until.......
I went to a Pampered Chef party. The church threw a Pampered Chef wedding shower for Cinderella about a month or so ago and of course, I got invited. Now, since every dollar I spent went to help her outfit her kitchen for free I decided to go a bit crazy on filling my own kitchen with some very cool new tools that I figured would inspire my whole family to use when they attempt to make me dinner.
Jamie, my daughter insisted I buy a knife honing tool from Pampered Chef that evening and I can honestly say that you need to recommend one of these to every woman in North America. I thought my "good" knives were junk. I was ready to toss them and buy new ones. And then, with a few passes through this magic new kitchen gadget,
my knives were like brand new. As a matter of fact, they were so sharp I cut my finger nail right off
while preparing your Parsnip and Ginger soup.
I not only bought the knife honing tool but also this really cool Mandolin gadget.....
which can slice onions so fast you almost don't shed a tear. Unless you are Tamara. Then you shed tears for hours AFTER slicing onions. I don't know why, but onions get me every time.
I sliced onions for your fabulous Baked French Potatoes (page 224 of your Jamie's Food Revolution cookbook) and stirred them with my brand new Pampered Chef bamboo wooden spoon.
WHY did I wait so long?!
I love the slicer so much that I had to do the potatoes the same way!
Admittedly, it took me a fair amount of time to figure out exactly how this gadget worked. I almost gave up at one point in time but I didn't want to let my favorite TV chef down. Little did I know, the blade had slipped out of position and I was trying with all my strength to slice with absolutely no progress. Eventually I clued in and then it was smooth sailing from there on.
Would you just look at how beautiful this recipe is once it's all put together?
Jamie, are you reading this? Give me a call. I've got a few pointers for you. You need to add Parmesan cheese to your French Baked Potatoe recipe. And there are a couple of mistakes in a few of your recipe's we need to talk about as well.
And you know what happened while I was busily making all your recipe's with my new kitchen toys? The Big Guy started getting excited and wanted to join in the fun. I set him to task on making the "Never Fail Gravy" recipe from Jamie's cookbook which really is a goof proof way of making delicious beef gravy!
Now, how can I get my GIRLS to start cooking?! Jamie, that should be your next TV series, "How to Get Your Teen Aged Daughter's Into The Kitchen To Cook Their Parents A Gourmet Meal". What do you think? Can you get on it right away? I really need help over here.
Well, Jamie, my roast worked out just fabulous as well, although I cooked it 4 times longer than you suggested in your cookbook.
I served around 20 people that evening. We had a great time eating your dishes with the exception of my sister Lisa who doesn't like Ginger and refused to try the Parsnip and Ginger soup. She's a traditionalist. I don't think Ginger grows in the Netherlands. The dutch are more inclined to eating boiled potatoes, carrots and onions with a little sausage on the side. You are going to have to visit Amsterdam some day and teach them how to add a little spice to their dishes, Jamie. You are going to rock their world!
By the way, I showed everyone your cookbook and told them it was a "must have" in the kitchen. If cookbook sales spike here in Langley, you know why.
So here's to YOU, Jamie......
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