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Musical Recipes

For a little while now, (if more than a decade counts) I've been tinkering with the idea of a Musical Cookbook. As you've guessed, the actual cookbook didn't materialize. Funny how that works.  Instead, I decided to put them on the web, so that others may still benefit from my years of research. 

The somewhat twisted logic trail begins with music. I contend that music most definitely affects our moods. It moves us. That's what it's supposed to do. Come on, I dare you to hear to Uptown Funk and not cheer up just a little. By the same token, if you can listen to Glen Campbell's I'm Not Gonna Miss You without developing leaky eyes, you may not be human. And don't even get me started on the twitching associated with It's a Small World. So, it seems pretty dang obvious that music does indeed affect our moods. That being firmly established, the next stop on our logic trail is how our moods affect our actions.  It almost goes without saying that nearly all of our actions, though not necessarily dictated by our moods, are certaily strongly influenced by them.  No one slams a cupboard door out of blissfull glee. Generally speaking, at any rate. This part of the theory is really a no-brainer.

So: Music affects our mood. Our moods affect our actions.  Cooking is certaily an action. Therefore, with that iron-clad logic in mind, it seems painfuilly obvious that the music we listen to while cooking, directly impacts the food we put on our table. See? Pure science.

The musical selections reflected in these recipes were developed after years of painstaking research. More or less. The point here is that they work. Now, you can certainly listen to something else, but the food won't taste quite the same. In that case, as the preacher in Blazing Saddles said, "Son, you're on your own."

For now, I've got just a few listed here but I'll be adding more as I get them written up.

An important note about the musical aspect of these recipes: As with all things, there are exceptions. If you're listening to your main-dish music and you're preparing side dishes at the same time, you do not necessarily have to change music to work on each recipe. You certainly can, but if you'd rather not ride that musical roller-coaster, it's okay. Not to worry. Your main course selection will continue to imbue it's particular aural inflection to the entirety of your culinary masterpiece. (WTF? Really? I'm not even sure what I said.) 

What I mean is that your main course musical selection will of course influence your side dishes, however that influence should be in keeping with the theme of your dinner anyway, so it should work. Right? Well, it does for me anyway. I have however provided musical selections for each dish, should you be preparing them on their own. Perhaps for a potluck. Or to satisfy a spoiled relatives craving. Whatever. It's none of my business if you want to prepare a side dish all on it's own, just because you want it. If that's the case, I've got you covered with the appropriate music. 

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