I'm just in time, I hope, to head off excess calorie consumption and weight gain over the holiday ahead. I read a short article this morning that should help prevent disaster. ( http://www.delish.com/entertaining-ideas/holidays/thanksgiving/thanksgiving-cook-calories-clt1111#fbIndex1) I am starting my Thanksgiving cooking today and yes, sampling the food or licking the bowl can be a huge problem for a cook. Personally, I'm thinking of wearing a Hannibal Lecter style mask to keep unwanted food from straying into my mouth.
I always preach mindful eating though I don't always achieve it. Cooking for a big party or event is always a recipe for disaster. Yes, cooks do need to taste food to make sure the seasoning is right but try to keep it under control. Perhaps a baby spoon would be useful to taste broth, soup, etc. Really there is no reason to lick the entire cake or icing bowl, is there?
I hope you all have been busy exercising and eating right to get ready for the big day. I know I have been, even though I had to be out of town over the weekend at a swim meet. I still exercised in the hotel and took a long walk during warm ups when ordinarily there is nothing to do but watch my daughter and hundreds of other kids in the pool at one time. I ate oatmeal for breakfast, drank lots of water, limited myself to only one martini. The biggest downfall was being drug along to a pizza place that is a favorite of the team.
Anyway, check out the link, and think, think, think before you sample the cooking! I am anxiously waiting for my free range Heritage turkey to arrive today. On Wednesday, I will slip it lovingly into a nice brine bath to soak and relax before roasting. I have a beautiful new white platter for it's big debut. I will write about it in my next post on Friday.
Have a wonderful, slim, Thanksgiving!