This post will be brief - this is the summer of houseguests!
Axiom #3: Fewer ingredients is always better, people.
It's kind of like a rule of good dressing I heard once - put on your clothes, jewelry, etc. and then remove one item. (For some people it may be more like 2 or 3 items). But you get the idea. Less is more.
So. If you have luscious, fresh cherry tomatoes out of the garden, highlight them in your recipe with just a few other ingredients. Toss those little lovelies in that fresh pasta, use some garlic, olive oil, and crushed red pepper, and then STOP. Resist the temptation to add the feta and parmesan, and chicken and, and, and. . . .
Of course, there's room in this world for complicated sauces, curries, jambalaya, etc., but really, they've already been invented. And of course, if your ingredients are not fresh and wonderful you may have to cover them up a bit, but that's a whole other topic (and problem) entirely.
So here's to simple cooking!