I think cooking a meal is one the most intimate and personal things a person can do. Cooking takes me to a different place. Time slows down a little and I find myself absorbed in the excitement of trying a new dish.

My husband and I have been cooking together for years and we absolutely love to experiment with new flavors and food combinations. That's how we discovered the deliciousness that is chorizo on garlic toast with avocado, lime and cilantro.

We started by cutting chorizo into diagonally cut chunks and pan cooked to heat it up. Then we put garlic toast (I'm talking about the frozen kind with butter and garlic on it) in the oven to cook according to the package directions and while that was cooking we roughly chopped one whole avocado and added two tablespoons of fresh squeezed lime juice as well as a dash of salt and pepper. Using our hands, we mixed all of this together.

After the bread was cooked, we drizzled some olive oil on it and laid down a few chorizo slices and then topped it with the avocado mixture and some roughly chopped fresh cilantro.

For sides, we made fresh green beans cooked with sliced onions in chicken broth and grilled zucchini marinated in Asian sesame sauce. This whole meal took about 20 minutes from start to finish.

If you’ve never experienced that “ah” moment while cooking, you might want to think about taking some cooking classes. I know, schedules are tight and life is crazy, but I’m a firm believer in making time for the little things. Life is too short. If you like food and feel adventurous or maybe you just want a way to bring the family together by having everyone help make a meal, cooking classes would be so perfect for you.

The Taste of Home magazine is the world’s number one food and entertainment magazine and they’re bringing their cooking school to Binghamton Thursday, October 29th. To learn more about the Taste of Home Cooking School, check this out. Hope to see you at the cooking school!

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