Friday, May 1, 2009

The Friday Night Hustle...SURPRISE!!!!


Today in 1998 Garth Brooks surprised a couple lucky concert goers in Evansville, Ind. They had purchased the 4 millionth ticket to his world tour so they were invited backstage where they met Brooks and were presented with tons of merchandise, 10 dozen roses, a vacation, and a new truck!

Surprises like that don’t happen every day but you can create a pleasant surprise for yourself every weekend if you follow this “Friday Night Hustle” cooking plan of mine. It goes like this.

1. When you get home on Friday evening, order some food from your favorite take-out place.

2. At this point…don’t sit down…head straight to the kitchen and prepare for the Friday Night Hustle.

3. Turn on some tunes (something lively might work best) and get yourself a nice refreshing drink. Ahh!

4. O.K start cooking! Imagine you're an Iron Chef (Cat Cora or Bobby Flay) and you have 50 minutes (the time it probably takes for your ordered food to show up) to prepare as many meals or portions of meals as you can. It could be a sauce for a lasagna, marinade for a meat dish, a pot of soup, chopping veggies for a stir-fry or mixing a filling for Sweet Potato Chimichangas or Enchiladas.

5. Take 10 minutes to clean up and put away your tasty creations and then sit down to enjoy your ordered-in meal. The best part is next.

6. When you wake up on Saturday morning go to your fridge or freezer and open the door. SURPRISE!!! Dinner (or portions of it) for the next few nights are sitting there all prepared. Now you don’t have to do it on the weekend!

That’s the Friday Night Hustle. Do you think you have the moves to pull it off? I think you do!

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Brent Garell
The Kitchen Roadie
brent@cookapalooza.com

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