I have never claimed to be a real chef, nor do I have the credentials to really say I know what I'm doing when I have an adventure in the kitchen. Mostly, I just sort of channel lots of enthusiasm toward whatever my end goal might be (dinner, normally) and hope for the best.
But anytime I want to make a new dish, or add some Hungry Sam flair to a food I already like to eat, I find that a little forethought and a general strategy helps. I follow three steps whenever I develop a new-to-me recipe:
- I pick a general type of dish.
- I think about similar foods I've cooked before.
- I think about similar foods I've eaten before.
That's it! So easy -- easy, because if you don't feel your cooking experience is sufficient, you can let your eating experience fill in the gaps. You can do this. Trust me.
Today's dish follows just this approach: Pineapple Curry Chicken Salad!
This, of course, is the end goal. We'll get here. Strategy, more pics, and the recipe after the jump!