Do you remember Emeril Lagasse’s hour-long show on Food Network with a live audience? It was called Emeril Live and it had a surprisingly long run. According to my Google search it aired from 1997 to 2010. Ultimately, I believe, it simply became too expensive to produce. In addition to the live audience it generally had a band on the set. But it was fun all those years it lasted. It was where we got “Bam!” and “Kicking it up a notch.”

our spice drawer

our spice drawer

That’s what I do when I cook. I try to kick it up a notch. I’m surprised by how many otherwise tasty recipes are so bland, and so limit their seasonings. They may just call for salt and pepper. Or maybe just salt, pepper, and garlic. Really, people. Come on!

As Jean Luc Picard said to Whopee Goldberg’s Guinan in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation when she was not being forthcoming with answers to his questions, “Not good enough, dammit! Not good enough!”

Terry and I demand more robust seasoning. Cumin, coriander, cayenne, paprika, ginger, adobo, whatever. Please, let’s make this dish a little more robust!

That’s how Terry and I roll.

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