I am not shy. I'm not.
You need an icebreaker, you call me. Those of you who know me in my later years, would be shocked to know that I have mellowed with age.
Now, don't get me wrong. There have a been a few "rare" moments that I have been tongue tied, star struck. I can count them on one hand. But the most recent was because of this man.
Yes, the Chefs Chef, Rick Bayless. Winner of Top Chef, author, traveler and owner of one my favorite restaurants, Frontera Grill.
Now this was a few years back, but when I was offered the chance to have my copy of his cookbook, Mexico-One Plate at a Time, autographed, while dinning at Frontera Grill. I literally stopped speaking, could only make gurgling sounds and wanted to crawl under the table.
My then boyfriend, now husband was surprised if not blown away at my reaction. Smirking, he got up with my cookbook and had Rick autograph it. (Thank you, DT).
This same fearless man gave me Rick's (Yes, I am on first name basis, if I could speak to him!) newest cookbook, "Fiesta at Rick's".
What makes this cookbook different from all the others is that recipes are categorized by party type but has everything from suggested play lists, the ability to scale up or down the serving sizes and various types of beverages.
I HIGHLY recommend this cookbook. If you are not sure, check out his TV series, Mexico, One Plate at a Time. It is because of Rick, I am not intimidated by mole's or experimenting with Tamarind.
I truly wish I was Rick's older but weird sister, that he occasionally invites to travel to Mexico and invites to his backyard Fiesta's. (Note: I have a very vibrant fantasy life!).
Did I tell you, I am not shy.