My friend Dan has been teaching me how to cook for a few months. Dan has been cooking for close to 20 years, and he apprenticed in a kitchen in Argentina. Nintendo DS's America's Test Kitchen, a popular PBS program turned into an instructional cooking "game" with 300 step-by-impossibly-detailed-step recipes, can also teach you how to cook, but does so without mentioning how many stamps are in its passport. I decided to pit man against machine to see who was the better instructor, the flesh-and-blood, South American-trained gourmand or the company that brought you The Legend of Zelda. The first two competitions, a tomato-and-mozzarella tart and pork chops both went to the machine. This week, we tackle a side dish of bacon-braised green beans.
It was unseasonably hot in New York last night, so our obvious first step was cold beers.
A calm had come over Dan, which unnerved me. He'd invited a guest, Julieanne, who is practically the only person on earth who doesn't love bacon. Diabolical Dan! We must now amend the recipe. The machine would never pull such a move.