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Thursday, April 01, 2010
See that picture? It's me when I was little--okay, NOT. My dad didn't let me anywhere near the kitchen--except to wash dishes--when I was a kid. He said I could experiment in cooking on my husband not him. I think my husband soon understood the wisdom of that statement.

I'm a barely-get-by cook. That means I put food on our table when the kids were growing up, but as soon as they left home, it was restaurants all the way, baby.

But something is happening. The tides, they are a changing. I think it's because I've had all this time on my hands where I had to "rest." So now I'm hooked on the cooking channel, can you believe it?

Now, I didn't say that I actually "do" anything they do, but I enjoy watching them make things while I snack on potato chips.

The truth is I have to start eating better. I've seen such words as kale and collard greens on my doctor's recommendations. Yikes! So I started checking out recipes. I haven't started actually cooking/eating them yet, but I'm working on it, okay? I think I might try Cracker Barrel's greens first. They know how to cook 'em.

So do you like to cook? Hate to cook? What do you do to keep creative in the kitchen--besides change your coffee brand, I mean.
Diann Hunt  
posted at 7:56 AM  
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19 Comments:
At 8:42 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I'm cracking up! I can just see you eying the kale. :-)

I hate to cook. I managed to get food on the table too while the kids were small but now I much prefer to eat out. BUT we don't eat out as much any more since I've been dieting. That stuff is lethal. LOL So scootch on over on that sofa and I'll join you in watching cooking shows. Maybe we can both learn to cook better. LOL

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I can see it all now. You--sitting on the sofa, munching on collard greens and sipping green tea. Me--lifting sofa cushions and peering down lampshades for my latest stash of chocolate. :-)

 
At 8:51 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I cook because I have to. I bake because, well, I like to eat sweets.

 
At 8:53 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I love to cook! It's one of my favorite things to do (right up there with reading, in fact sometimes I read while I'm cooking!)
I've got my favorites, but I also surf the web for new ideas. I have a three ring binder full of the things I want to make someday. Once in a while I'll pull that out and my thirteen year old and I will pick something new.
Come on out to PA and I'll give you some lessons. Homemade ravioli...homemade ice cream....triple layer chocolate cake with chocolate cinnamon icing and a chocolate glaze....oven baked garlic french fries....
Now I'm getting hungry.

 
At 8:59 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

Greens - that reminds me of a story.

On my first trip to Greece, I went into a little restaurant and ordered spaghetti bolognese and a "green" salad ~ thinking I was going to get iceburg lettuce with maybe a cucumber and tomato thrown on top. What I DID get was a "greens" salad. It was steamed (or boiled)greens of some sort.

My sister and best friend just roared with laughter because I don't eat anything in the "greens" category - spinach, kale, dandelion, fiddlehead, collard, mustard or otherwise. :)

I will forever think of that night when I order a green salad. :)

Good luck with your cooking (and eating) adventure. :)

 
At 9:05 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Suzanne, I am ordering my airline ticket, AS WE SPEAK. No one mentions to me a triple layer chocolate cake with chocolate cinnamon icing and a chocolate glaze and gets away with it! My bags are packed, girlfriend! :-)

Valerie, too funny! I'm wagering that you didn't eat those greens in Greece?

 
At 9:06 AM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

Mom did most of the cooking when I was growing up, but I learned most of my cooking skills from Dad. Throw in a little of this and a little of that and something good is bound to come out.

 
At 9:14 AM, Blogger Julie Jarnagin said...

Me too! My favorite show is Top Chef, but I'm not great in the kitchen. We get by on the basics - spaghetti from a jar, tacos, and chicken on the foreman grill. Thank goodness it's grilling season again, which means my husband does most of the cooking.

 
At 9:29 AM, Blogger Tracy Ruckman said...

I'm a foodie and love to cook - I try to cook everything from scratch when I can.

Did you know you can bake kale chips? Seriously - wash and dry the kale leaves then bake them in the oven! Sweet potato fries are good, too!

Cookbooks and cooking shows are great inspirations - then I go online to find recipes I can adapt to my own needs - whatever's in my pantry. Last night I did that with Pasta Carbonara. I'd never had it before, but wanted to try it. I found several recipes, then just made my own creation. AWESOME! Hubby said I could make it any time.

Have fun exploring different veggies.

 
At 11:48 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Wow, baked kale chips, Tracy? Never heard of that! Sounds interesting . . . add a little sour cream and guacamole, perhaps? ;-)

I have eaten sweet potato fries and love them!! In fact, we're having company this weekend, and that is on the menu.

I'm with you on the grilling thing, Julie! Hubby does a good job with that.

Timothy, you're just like the chefs on the cooking channel. They tell us a tsp or tablespoon of this or that but they just put it in the palm of their hand and throw it in! LOL

 
At 12:21 PM, Blogger Rachel Overton said...

Suzanne--can we have that chocolate cinnamon icing recipe? It just sounds amazing! Chocolate and cinnamon are wonderful together.

I like to cook...most days. I seldom do a recipe the way it says after the first time. I like twisting things and creating my own versions. MOST of the time, I'm successful. :-)

 
At 1:08 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

I wouldn't mind cooking if there wasn't any clean-up afterward. So hubby does the cooking...he learned how to cook by watching the Food Network and experimenting with herbs and spices. Me? I can't make iced tea without a printed recipe; creativity in the kitchen belongs to the hubs.

 
At 9:18 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

frozen pizza works great for me!! :)

 
At 10:15 AM, Blogger Beverly said...

You are so hilarious! Thanks for making me laugh today! And...I;m right there with you, watching the Food Channel. I think it does help if you watch it long enough. We love Melissa D'Arabian, but we have to tape it because she is on Sunday morning.

Have fun! Soon you will be munching on arugala!

 
At 10:30 AM, Blogger Leticia said...

I loathe cooking! And I am not very good at it either. I like shortcuts. We are a microwave family, sad but true.

I gave up trying to cook because my husband hates, cheese, tomatoes, salt & pepper, veggies etc. Ditto with the kids.

So, they are on their own. I do make a mean eggplant parmigiana.

 
At 11:23 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

It's funny, I used to love to cook. When the kids were little, I even made our week's bread. Fast forward 25 years, and the hubs took an early retirement. I went to work until he could start drawing his retirement money.

Okay, so I went to work & he became a house hubs. He cooked about 3 nights a week and we picked or ate out the others.

After 7 years I retired, but I'm so out of the kitchen routine, I don't like it now. LOL It's more the thinking up the meals than cooking them.

So my freezer is stocked with Lean Cuisine. Blech.
I'd rather munch on raw veggies anymore then cook .

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I have to add a caveat - I do love to cook with my son, but he's a gourmet cook. Then cooking is FUN! And I like to cook for guests - its' the everyday meals that bore the fire outta me.

 
At 11:45 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I made strawberry crepes for the kids for breakfast today, and I only post this because it's probably the only day I made them breakfast this year. LOL I hate to cook. Hate it! I do like the cooking channel. I think it's the joy of watching someone ELSE cook.

 
At 2:54 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

It's not that I hate to cook, I just don't have a lot of time....!

 

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