It will probably come as no surprise that I was not one of those child prodigy chefs that you see on Food Network Kids Cooking shows creating complicated Mille-feuille and Kouign Amann at the age of eight. I loved to bake - but it was simple stuff and mostly out of a desire to satisfy my sugar addiction. I was by no means a child baking genius. And my mom will tell you that when I was in the kitchen - it was a MESS.
When I was young, I really saw no to reason to hone my cooking skills. My mom was an amazing cook and she provided such fantastic meals for our family and like most kids - I took it all for granted. I never bothered to pay attention to what she was doing while she was preparing meals. I guess I thought that someday, when I was older and on my own, somehow all of her culinary knowledge would be automatically imparted to me.
Coming as somewhat of a shock, when I moved out of my parents house my genetic predisposition for culinary skill was NOT automatically downloaded to my brain. I dare to say that quite the opposite was true. I was somewhat of a disaster in the kitchen. I would laboriously prepare a chicken casserole and mistakenly leaving out the key ingredient - chicken - all the while, kicking myself for not paying closer attention to what my mom was doing in the kitchen all those years.
Perhaps it's what I deserve but despite my best efforts, my children had the same apathetic attitude toward cooking that I did when I was a child. They appreciated the food that I made for them but they didn't pay a lot of attention to the process of getting the food from the frig to the table. Now that they're cooking for themselves, they've taken more of an interest in food preparation and they are becoming really great cooks.
If you happen to find yourself in the situation that I was in during my early twenties and you're accustomed to dining on great food but you have absolutely no idea how to go about preparing it - you've come to the right place. You need to subscribe to my blog so that you can get step by step, easy to follow recipes, WITH PICTURES. I can help you become a great cook. I'm not saying that there won't be chicken-less casseroles and burned toast along the way, it is a journey after all.
Start with this recipe for Grilled Steak and Elote Tacos. It's all made outside on the grill so it's a perfect Fall dish to serve. The ingredient list is short and the process is simple. A great recipe for cooks with even the most basic kitchen skills.
Grilled Steak and Elote Tacos
2 ears corn
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound skirt steak
1/2 teaspoon cumin
8 (6 inch) tortillas
1/4 cup crumbled cotija cheese
Serve with lime wedges.
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