"Soup of the Day"...just got serious!
Ah… to cook or to bake? That is the question. I quite enjoy both. Though they are quite different, and I do in the end prefer one over the other.
Baking – for me – involves quite a bit of careful measurement. Otherwise I find too often the end product suffers. For exmaple, my chocolate chip cookie recipe has a very carefully calibrated butter to flour to sugar ratio. The dough balls must be put in the freezer for at least 90 minutes before baking. They must be baked for 11 minutes. And the temperature of the oven must be set between 365 and 370 degrees. Failure to follow any one of these measures and the taste and texture of the cookies go wanting. There is a comfort in the exactness of the steps. And a consistent, reliable deliciousness in the end product. Every time.
Cooking – for me – is far more chaotic. I estimate, replace, adapt, and improvise. Meals – especially on the weekends – are due to some inspiration: A picture, a memory, a craving or thought centered around a specific food (typically a vegetable these days – wild leeks are growing EVERYWHERE and so have been a feature in risottos, pestos, roasted to garnish beets…). The meal is sometimes phenomenal: “Delightful!” But occasionally bland, mediocre, a bit of a bomb really: “Curious.” So, the end product is not reliably delicious. But the process?! Compared to baking? It’s so much more challenging, dynamic, interesting… dare I say, fun even?!
I think you know which process I prefer.
(Special note of thanks to my partner, who happily cleans the kitchen after I cook.)
Inspiration of the Day
“When you acknowledge, as you must, that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose of striving toward perfection becomes clear: to make people happy, that is what cooking is all about.”― Thomas Keller, The French Laundry Cookbook
Classes of the Day
Today we've got TWO classes on the schedule!
Mobility & Muscle
Join Matt for your lunchtime pick-me-up! This class will focus on the shoulder, hip, and ankle, moving you through a full range of motion. There will be additional stability work for the glutes and core included!
Class begins at 12:00pm (35 minutes).
Click here to join the class.
Meeting ID: 892 2779 8538
Garth’s back with another week of On Core, where you’ll challenge your core and stabilize your trunk in just 30 minutes! You’re encouraged to bring a light/medium dumbbell or weighted object (water bottle, book) with you.
Class begins at 5:30pm (30 minutes).
Click here to join the class.
Meeting ID: 868 1155 7138
If you have any questions about our virtual classes, please reach out to Lauren.
Trainer Moves of the Day
CGOC Yogi Shara Brown guided many members through this Hatha Yoga class a few days ago, as part of our virtual class offerings. We’re posting the recording here for those of you who missed it, or would like to experience the session again.
Have questions about this workout? Reach out to Shara directly.
Bite of the Day
Adriana Tuz from the Sport Medicine Clinic cleared out all the vegetables in her fridge recently to make this delicious “spring” focaccia!
Learn how to make your own focaccia from home here.
Do you have a "Something of the Day" you'd like us to share?! Email Meg.