Everything you want that you achieve is because you created a strategy, even if you don’t realize it. Creating a strategy doesn’t have to be a long, difficult process. Sometimes a strategy is so baked in to what you’re doing you don’t even realize you have a strategy.
Think about this situation: you have a date coming over at 7pm for dinner.
Define your objective
What are you going to make for dinner? Maybe you know they aren’t vegetarian and they like chicken. You want something that you don’t eat with your hands and something that won’t make a mess. You also want it to be a step above what you would normally make so it feels special. You decide on chicken cordon bleu. Now you know your objective: “Cook chicken cordon bleu for two at 7 pm”
Develop your strategy
Now that you know what you want to make and when you want it made you need to figure out how you’re going to do it. If you haven’t made it before you’ll need to find a recipe. You’ll want a recipe that’s easy to follow, maybe one that even includes a video tutorial. You also a recipe that has been tried, tested and proven delicious with enough reviews you trust it. You decide to look on the Food Network site. And now you have your strategy: “Leverage user reviews and the expertise of cooking professionals to select a proven recipe you can easily follow.”
Execute your tactics
Now you need to put your plan into action and figure out the specific steps you need to take. Those tactics could include: “Look up the recipe on FoodNetwork.com, create a shopping list, pick up the necessary ingredients at the supermarket and follow the recipe directions.”
Creating a dating strategy does not need to be a difficult process, but it does need to be a thoughtful one. Putting in a little more effort could be the difference between pizza delivery (yummy, I know) and chicken cordon bleu.
And if you put that much effort into strategizing a meal, shouldn’t you put at least that much effort into finding your dream relationship?
P.S. If you were looking for a chicken cordon bleu recipe, here ya go:
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Tyler's Chicken Cordon Bleu
Total: 45 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 25 min
Yield: 4 servings
4 chicken breasts skinless and boneless
4 thin slices prosciutto di Parma
1/2 pound Gruyere, grated
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup panko bread crumbs
4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely minced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Extra-virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Lay the chicken breast between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Using the flat side of a meat mallet, gently pound the chicken to 1/4-inch thickness. Remove the top sheet of plastic and lay 2 slices of prosciutto neatly over the top to cover the breast and sprinkle a quarter of the cheese over the prosciutto. Tuck in the sides of the breast and roll up tight like a jellyroll inside the plastic wrap. Squeeze the log gently to seal and twist both ends tight to form a nice log. Repeat with remaining chicken.
Season the flour with salt and pepper. Mix the bread crumbs with thyme, garlic and kosher salt, pepper, and melted butter. The butter will help the crust brown. Beat together the eggs and season so the flour, the eggs and the crumbs are all seasoned.
Remove the plastic wrap. Lightly dust the chicken with flour, dip in the egg mixture and gently coat in the bread crumbs. Lightly coat a baking pan with olive oil and carefully transfer the roulades onto it. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until browned and cooked through.
Cut into pinwheels and serve on top of Brussels Sprout Hash with Chicken Jus and Cranberry Chutney, if desired.