January 14, 2011

To Do: Eat

"Cooking is like love; 
it should be entered into with abandon or not at all." 

I make lists. I always have, even as a kid. I'm slightly obsessive about organizing and I have to feel like I'm in control of my life and know what's going on. Hence, I scribble on little scraps of paper about what I need to do, what I need to buy, and where I need to go.

Once of many good things about having stayed with my mom was eating home-cooked meals. Because I don't cook. Except for my Thanksgiving Day meal, I usually avoid the kitchen. I am an expert at cooking frozen pizzas. But staying with Mom and watching her prepare meals kind of rubbed off on me, and I found, for the first time, that I had a desire to cook, not just the desire to have the desire.

So, I downloaded and printed some weekly menu lists from theprojectgirl.com (cute site!), and scribbled away. You probably can't read my chicken-scratch, because I never write lists neatly, and it doesn't matter anyway since I'm not cooking anything too fancy. (I left Sunday blank because it's our first wedding anniversary, and I figure we're doing something special.) But last night, I made beef Stroganoff and carrot cake. It wasn't top notch, but it was edible, and I'm a bit proud. Today is leftovers for lunch, and fried chicken for dinner. I am slightly terrified, but also a little excited.

My mom is so domestic, and I am so not, and I sometimes feel like a bad wife and mom for it (for example- Millie cannot eat frozen pizza every day of her childhood). Maybe, step by tiny, minuscule step, I'll get there a little at a time.

5 kind comments from you:

Poekitten said...

The more you cook the easier it will be! Have fun making fried chicken:)

Dolli-Mama said...

Poekitten is right. And the more you meal plan, the easier it gets.

Beka said...

Beef stroganoff is really good! I made it for the first time ever a few months ago....I'd been craving it just by seeing Jamie Oliver's pictures. Heh.
The comments above tell the truth--it does get easier the more practice ya have:)
And...one of the big things that gave me a desire to cook, was reading this book called Secrets, by Kristen Heitzmann. Part of it may have been that the cook was a pretty good looking Italian guy, and he was passionate about God and food....like wow, what a mix! Ha. Near wonderfulness. ;)
But....it all starts with the desire:)

Mr. Superman & Mrs. S. said...

Yay for productivity!!

McDancer said...

Yay for cooking! I used to only be able to make sweets (cookies, cakes) but slowly with a little practice and a few EPIC fails, we've been eating some delicious meals. Good luck with your cooking adventures!!

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