Saturday, May 31, 2008

Cooking Adventure

Those that know me know that my hubby Chris does the cooking 98% of the time. The other 2% is when I tell him I will handle dinner---which translates into--"Honey I just called _____ and it will be ready in 20 minutes to be picked up". It isn't that I don't know how to cook (even though I have forgotten alot of things) it is just I don't find real enjoyment chopping, peeling and cutting...and don't even get me started about raw chicken---yuck. This wasn't how it always was. For the first 6 years of our marriage I did the majority of the cooking (and I do mean REAL cooking). Then I got a job at a bank and it became "who ever got home first starts dinner (that is when I started to drive real slow and take the scenic route home--just kidding)". I still made dinner most nights. About 8 years ago I started nursing school full-time. That is when it turned into Chris cooking for no other reason than he and the kids (only 2 at the time) like to eat. I was WAY to busy with school to even think about cooking. My Honey was a real life saver back then. After nursing school I worked 4 evenings a week from 3-11:30. At first I did try making some meals in the morning but Chris preferred to just make them himself.

So that is how this all started. I am really lucky that I have someone that doesn't mind cooking. And just so people know, he is home everyday by 1:30 p.m.. Also, I don't MAKE him cook.

I have been trying here and there to take a more active roll in cooking. Last week I cooked 2 meals and helped Chris with the cookout we had on Monday. This week I made dinner 3 times including making 2 Lasagnas---one for dinner and one for the freezer. It was actually very interesting. I don't think Chris knew what to do with himself while I was cooking. He kept trying to "help". I think he gets nervous when I am cooking. I told him I felt like I was in cooking school and he is the teacher always looking over my shoulder. But to be fair I guess I sometimes do deserve it. After I got him to finally sit down we were talking. At this point I finished browning the hamburg and in a separate pan I was now cooking onions and garlic. I do get distracted easily and I forgot they were there. I went back running to the pan. Thankful everything was alright. I then looked at Chris and said to him---totally seriously mind you---"you know, someone should come up with a book on how to cook an onion". He is usually really good about keeping a straight face and not making me feel totally stupid but he couldn't help himself. He busted out laughing and said "that would be a short one page." That is not exactly what I meant. I mean a book that is "kitchen lingo" and basic things. I should go and look...they must have one of those books "Cooking for Dumbies". Anyhow, here are the lasagnas.

Top one is to eat tonight. BTW--the pan is not dirty, it is Pampered Chef and it is "seasoned"

Everyone sitting down to dinner--I made a salad too.

I will be the first to admit though that I forgot or just don't understand "kitchen lingo". An example--I decided to try to make a yummy Avocado dip we had the weekend before at a friends house. I got the recipe from All Recipes. I went on the site, got the recipe, made out my list for the market and had everything I needed. Monday came around and it is time to make the dip. It was the first time I had ever handled an avocado before. To my surprise it was pretty easy to peel and cut up. I was doing well with the recipe until I came to "2 plum tomatoes, chopped". I stood there thinking to myself that my tomatoes look really big and I don't remember seeing oddles of tomatoes in Lisa's dip. Then it dawned on me. When I went to the market I saw the recipe called for "plum tomatoes" so I got the 2 biggest tomatoes I could find....maybe plum was not the size but a type of tomato. I called my sister and when she got done laughing at me she did tell me there is a difference between "plump" and "plum". WHO KNEW!!! Atleast I found my mistake BEFORE I put it in the dip. When Chris called me on his way home from work I asked him to stop and get me "plum" tomatoes. He handed them to me with a straight face and a kiss----that's love.

This upcoming week I am going to try to make not only a few dinners myself but also breakfast too. Since I am laying it all out there I will admit that if you tell the kids that Mom is making breakfast they all know to go and grab the bowl for cereal.

Atleast I am trying : )


Bunny Trails said...

Good for you, Judy! Keep up the good work.

Don't feel bad about the distraction. I'm notorious for getting off-track and doing goofy stuff when it comes to cooking. Even though I do it most of the time. Ha! Ha! :D

The Happy Housewife said...

As I type this I am eating my homemade pancakes that taste a little funny! I think I needed to add more more milk to the batter! Even people who cook every day of the week make mistakes, I think it is awesome that you are trying to cook. It won't take long and you will be very comfortable in the kitchen. If it makes you feel better, Kate and I get an email from Joy almost every day asking us a basic cooking question. If you read her blog you will see how far she has come in just a few months!
Keep it up!
Toni (The Happy Housewife)

Joy said...

Oh, you sound so much like me! Not only did I go to nursing school (but dropped out three classes shy), as The Happy Housewife implied, I used to cook just the "easy stuff", out of boxes.

And it is TOTALLY true that I do email Toni and Kate just about every day about some cooking thing. Just yesterday I emailed them about making chicken gravy from the juices of a crock pot chicken!

And as for the "Cooking for Dummies!" book, we're actually planning on doing and entire page on our Happy to be at Home site about just that (although we won't call it "Cooking for Dummies"). Ostensibly it'll be for our readers, be Kate, Toni, and I all know that I'll be reading it a ton too!

Thanks for stopping by Happy to be at Home. I love meeting new people though our blog, and your blog is so down to earth and fun to read. I love it!