My latest brainstorm for expanding my blog is to talk about cooking so if this post isn’t too boring, I will probably be writing about this subject again in the future. So how on Earth did I learn how to cook dinner every night for my husband after barely cooking dinner for myself once a week?
Obviously I helped my mom in the kitchen growing up and cooked for myself in college, but I realize now that I wasn’t really cooking. At home my job was basically to stand there and make sure dinner didn’t burn. In college, I only had a microwave so I got the Betty Crocker Microwave Cookbook for One and did my best to make something edible in a bowl or a mug.
Because of this, I had a semi-difficult and pretty comical transition from being single to being a fabulous married cook. To make things more exciting, the only cooking utensils Mike had when I first moved in were a medium sauce pan, one small frying pan and a crockpot. This made learning how to cook an adventure.
Since I had very few resources, I went on Pinterest and searched for “easy crockpot recipes” which changed my life. I no longer had to interact with the kitchen and the stove. I could just chop up some vegetables, throw in a few spices, add some protein, turn on my crockpot and forget about dinner until Mike came home.
After about 6 weeks of marriage, Mike quietly asked if I would mind making something besides soup for dinner. Naturally, I was more than a little shocked because to my knowledge I had never once looked at a soup recipe. He went on to explain that everything I made in the crockpot was a little soupy because to cook properly in a crockpot, you have to add a fair amount of broth or water.
So I bravely decided it was time to graduate from crockpot cooking to cooking on the stove. The first thing I did was buy some pots and pans. Once I had a few more resources to work with, stovetop cooking became a breeze.
I could now make things like macaroni and cheese from a box and chicken nuggets. It took a while but eventually I became so confident in my skills as a cook that I could make dinner without burning the main course and having the kitchen threaten to catch on fire.