No plan. No fun
Do you ever wonder who on earth buys all those food magazines at the checkout? Or watches all the cooking shows? Or actually reads cookbooks for fun? I do! It’s me!
Most of us learn to cook out of necessity rather than some passion for cooking. We are on the hook for dinner and had better figure it out – afterall, those kids want dinner every single night… Sheesh!
I won’t say that I was clueless in the kitchen but I was very intimidated, woefully inexperienced, and bored to tears with my “pasta 7 ways” approach to weekly dinner. I bought a few magazines, made my list, took it to the market and experimented. You know what I found out? Two things: 1) Cooking dinner isn’t that tough. I found that I could actually enjoy my time in the kitchen -- that is, if I made a plan and executed it. No plan? No fun. 2) It wasn’t so much about how
to cook but what
to cook. Again, no plan? No fun.
This week’s line up is full of discoveries that I’ve made along the way. I can’t even tell you how much I impressed myself the first time I made a frittata. It looked just like the one in the magazine I stole from the doctor’s office. Hit! A bit tougher was the turkey breast, but, once I nailed the seasoning and used the high to low roasting method – it was game on. Lastly, the pork chops were on a tv show, America’s Test Kitchen. No fuss, just plain good. Bonus – these are my kids favorite beans – and they are made in 15 minutes. Boom.
To be clear, this is not about cooking the perfect dinner or living up to some whack TV standard. I repeat - this is not about cooking the perfect dinner. It is about cooking with real, quality ingredients and making good choices for your family at dinnertime. That’s all. Oh, and maybe trying to use as few pots and pans as possible – I will never learn to enjoy doing the dishes.