Improv with Food

im·prov n. Informal 1. Improvisation: the practice of … making and creating, in the moment and in response to the stimulus of one’s immediate environment and inner feelings.

Some cooking methods, like baking, require exact attention to every detail, specific and controlled measurements and precise temperatures and preparation times. Other methods are more flexible. While I do bake, methods which encourage improvisation are the kinds of cooking where I’m most comfortable.

That kind of cooking, aiming at riling up my tastebuds to keep life interesting, is part of the reason I branched this blog off my cancer survivorship blog, Life out Loud. Improv with food — jamming with ingredients and recipes to create something unique and in the moment out of the things available in my immediate environment — is my kitchen’s salute to jazz. Jam-making, putting up the harvest in sweet and savory spreads, requires the best of both precise science and experimentation. From jamming in my kitchen, the recipes in this blog were born.

I improvise aiming for food that piques my tastebuds and the rest of my senses. I hope my kitchen improv piques your tastebuds, too. Let me know if you try something or have an improv of your own to share. And most of all — enjoy!

4 responses

28 08 2009

To use a tired expression – SWEET! I mean it. You make making jam FABULOUS! Love the description and the pics. There are so many possibilites for entry titles: Jam on It, for example. This blog makes my mouthwater. Awesome.

28 08 2009

Thanks, Terri…I’ll try to keep the jammin’ fresh. Enjoy!

2 09 2009
Bill Bartmann

This site rocks!

4 09 2009
Bill Bartmann

Great site…keep up the good work.

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