Ken Elston
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RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

I love to cook. Haven’t had much time for it this summer, as I have added campaigning for City Council to my to do list, but I love cooking. A dear friend gave us a bumper sticker. We keep it on the fridge. It says, “Love people. Cook them good food.” Words to live by.

What makes good food? Great ingredients make good food. The art of cooking lies in showcasing the best ingredients.

Thoughtful preparation helps in making great food, too, because you have to prioritize and recognize the importance of timing in the whole affair. The pairing of flavors, attention to detail, and determining when to do this important cooking before that important chopping, so that plating and enjoyment are both optimized, defines the experience of the finished product.

The spirit of approach probably matters, too. Cooking for people with love is important. You attend to the ingredients, prioritize, and work really hard in the heat, because you care about all the people you are doing it for.

Manassas has all the wonderful ingredients and boundless potential needed to satisfy our entire population. Ten square miles that can be showcased artfully, but it will take a thoughtful approach to prioritizing our efforts, so that we optimize the experience for all.

The spirit of approach really does matters. Governing for people with love is important. You attend to the citizens, prioritize, and work really hard in the heat, because you care about all the people you are doing it for.

Let’s get cooking, Manassas.

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