Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Really Cooking

November brought a big change for me. Not just a new president, but an addiction to cooking like I’ve never experienced before. It’s mostly Rachel Ray and my friend Alisa’s fault.

Alisa for planting the seed of desire to do it in my head. And Rachel Ray for devoting her November issue to “Ultimate Election night party” which I bought for my own election night party and have since made nearly every recipe in the book.

My cooking spree didn’t stop there after the November issue. I don’t know what’s gotten into me but I look forward to cooking. Every Sunday morning I sit on the couch with cookbooks and coupons thinking about what I’m going to make that week and writing out the grocery list.

No need to adjust your dials. You’re not on the wrong blog. It’s really me, the same person who has almost started her kitchen on fire twice and who often burns herself because she forgets to put potholders on before pulling things out of the oven.

Here’s the thing though. For all the cooking I’ve been doing, there isn’t much funny to report. No small fires or missing digits. No chicken breasts charred black. No blaring smoke alarms or trips to the ER. And the food has been, well, pretty good.

I made sausage and fennel pasta which I swear is the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth. Last month we had Turkey burgers with homemade guacamole, and spinach salad that was, get this, dressed with a dressing I MADE, not something that came out of a bottle.

What the hell is wrong with me? I’m not sure anymore, but I’ve made Arroz con Pollo, Chicken Cassoulet, Tuna Noodle casserole (from SCRATCH, not with Campells soup), Salmon with mustard dill sauce (that even Danny, my husband that subsists mostly on items found on children’s menus, adored.) I’ve made homemade fajitas, Chicken and Dumplings and Pork chops with spinach fritters. Fritters I say!

I’ve gotten cookbooks and…wait for it…ACTUALLY USED THEM, not just propped them up as kitchen decor. I watch the Food Network as if there is very important life saving information to be found there (instead of Bobby Flay challenging old ladies that he can beat their apple pie and Guy Fieri scarfing down chili cheese dogs in a diner.) I read food magazines before I go to sleep at night and eat the leftovers of meals I made the day before. I buy Cooking Light at the checkout line now instead of People.


I've found that when you cook, the vegetables you buy actually get used instead of sitting sadly in the dugout, ignored until they're covered with soft brown spots and mold blossoms.

It’s insane. It’s crazy. It’s really, really good.

So come on over sometime, I’ll make you dinner. And, no guarantees, but I’m pretty sure it will be edible.

12 comments:

james ford said...

it's like i don't even know who you are anymore?

Tom said...

just wait until you start asking for kitchen gadgets for your birthday- then you know you're really sunk!

madwoman said...

Ok so I changed my password again and now I can leave a comment. It always takes me two tries to change my password (at least) so I hope you appreciate it.

I'll call you if I'm ever in the area. Wait I don't have your number. Ok then I'll just roll down the window and sniff you out....

Happy New Year!

Kim

Speaktrue said...

where's our invite for dinner! i adore Ray-Ray's (as i fondly refer to her) recipes. tracy

MsLisaL said...

A friend of mine is thinking of having a Pampered Chef party soon. We'll go and buy her out. ;)

Jessica M. said...

Free dinner, eh? It might be worth a trip to G-ville.

Alisa said...

I used to be a bad influence in the bars... now I am in the kitchen. I am happy for you that your creative juices are flowing into salmon, italian parsley and poultry seasoning...it is a beautiful thing, really!

Erica said...

Oh -- I would love that sausage/fennel pasta recipe. So glad you've been discovering the joys of the kitchen! I used to have a serious crush on Alton Brown back when he was on Good Eats.

Jocelyne said...

"Cooking"! You sure your not realy the lunch ladies daughter? Anyway, I'll be right over, can't pass up free food. Well, probably not "right" over.

SolDesigns.net said...

What time should we be there? We can stop in on our way to Tennessee again...yum yum :0) I wish I would have a cooking inspiration, but for now I think I'll stick to web designs. Cook on! Make us proud!

Anonymous said...

Don't fear the smoke alarm. It is the best indicator of a steak properly broiled in my kitchen.

MsLisaL said...

If Alisa is correct, I'll skip the salmon, thanks. Ew.