We are lucky to have multi-talented neighbors who have creative day jobs and happen to be talented cooks at home. (And I'm not just saying that because they will clean the cat box when we are out of town.) You rarely meet creative people who don't like to cook. I suppose there are non-cooks out there who can do "creative" things with your investments, but I don't think that counts. In my experience, people who use their imaginations at work don't stop when they get home, they just unleash it on food.
Anson put together a potluck this weekend so we could all showcase our culinary prowess. Between the four households we each chose a different course and ended up with quite a spread. Darren and Jess both made different styles of fish lettuce wraps--one fried, one grilled. What a great variation on the ubiquitous chicken lettuce wraps. I made my version of Thai peanut noodle salad (cilantro on the side of course--yuck!) and Dan made some awesome grilled veggies, but the show stopper was Sharon's grilled black bean and soy lamb chops. I think we'll be talking about those for a while. At one point I realized everyone was silent because they were chewing every bit of tender meat off the bone. And just to ensure her place in the Potluck Hall of Fame (no, it doesn't exist, but I'm thinking of starting one) Sharon made grilled pineapple with rum sauce for dessert.
I'm not sure if we'll be able to top this one, but we're definitely going to try at another potluck.
(I tried out the ISO 3200 setting on my camera, I think it's pretty decent, but kind of looks like an interrogation!)