The whole idea of this app/book is based on the color red. While visiting my son, many (like 7 or 8) years ago, Jason handed me a glass of red wine, asked me to sit in full view of he and Li’s 5’ x 5’ New York kitchen. Watching him be so comfortable in the kitchen makes me really proud. Just check out the video. He and his fiance’ have a really well-equipped kitchen for such a small one and Jason moves about it like a pro. Granted he worked in a few restaurants but not for long periods of time. He learned cooking on his own, and maybe some of my time spent in the kitchen while he was growing up rubbed off on him.
He started to prepare the meal which he announced to me was going to be a RED meal. On the menu was lamb chops with a red wine reduction, roasted red beets, raddichio salad and raspberry sorbet for dessert…and he prepped most of it on the red Corian cutting board I had given him. Red is probably my favorite color if I had to choose only one–for certain things anyway, ie. kitchen accents, reading glass frames, plates, sweaters, walls, all sorts of stuff. Things colored red but I don’t know I ever gave it a thought to cook an entire meal focusing on just one color. Hmmm. That intrigued me and I thought it was very clever. In our conversation I said to Jason, “You must have impressed a lot of women (before you and Li) with your cooking?”. He replied, “Ya Ma, cooking impresses chicks”. I couldn’t get that phrase out of my head for the longest time. He was so right on. I’ve had men cook for me, and maybe because I am a seasoned cook it is so much more appreciated, but the meal Jason made was outstanding and I was totally impressed.
When writing this chapter, COLOR ME SEXY it just sounded like such a fun thing for any chick to have created for her. Wow, if he even remembered what your favorite color is, you’d be impressed, right? But to create an environment and a meal around it? Over the top impressive.
Our suggestions are simple and easy to achieve. Purple Thai Chicken w/ Purple Slaw, Stuffed Yelow Pepper w/Grilled Yellow Squash and Grilled Flank Steak w/Veggie Salad and Chimichurri Sauce. We had a hard time coming up with blue food that looked tasty and tasted good, but you’ll need to use your imagination for this color–well all the other colors of the rainbow for that matter. Know that it can be just a simple flower or candle too, but the more effort the bigger the reward.
As Chef Mike says in this chapter on the app – “No need to go too far by painting the dinning room or buying new sheets. Obsessiveness is never sexy.”
But what is sexy is that you actually cam up with the idea of cooking a meal around her favorite color. I don’t know a girl young or old that wouldn’t love that you took the initiative to do this.
Download the app on any iPhone, iPad or iTouch. Go the the iTunes APP store and search for Cooking To Impress Chicks – The Field Guide for the Culinary Casanova.