Me and Cooking…Not a Match Made in Heaven

This belated post is inspired by the November 2012 NaBloPoMo Writing Prompt: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tell us about the best meal you ever cooked.

I don’t care for cooking. Not that I hate it. I actually do enjoy it. Sometimes. I love to watch shows like The Iron Chef, The Next Iron Chef, Kitchen Impossible, etc. I just don’t have a passion for dinner making. The nightly assembly of should-be-healthy food.

When J4 and I got married, I could not cook. My version of a deluxe hot meal was to take one of those frozen pasta bags that you just add cooked meat to, and would dice up lunchmeat into it! Of course, being raised vegetarian left me a tad under-trained in the way of cooking meat. I very clearly remember asking my friend Lori, “So, um, chicken. Uh…what exactly do you DO with it?” (I am so very lucky to have a husband who survived all that horrible experimentation and learning and never complained! God bless ‘im!)

Fast forward to now. I’ve learned to cook most meats. There are a few more scary things that I have yet to try like ribs, but overall I am ok with picking recipes and giving them a spin. Since I’m a chronic blog and website maker, a few years back I decided that I would start a site for my recipes. It has lived a few different places (mainly in WordPress and Blogger), but now has finally hit its resting place as a Google Site.

My recipe site can be found at It is a compliation of tried and true recipes collected from my mom, my mother-in-law, friends, and the interwebs. I also use the site to menu plan on a weekly basis. (Which reminds me, I am overdue for this week. UGH. Oh, and it’s FALL CLEANOUT TIME!! — The time when I inventory everything I have in the fridges, freezers, and pantries, throw out expired goods, and try to cook at least a week or two’s worth of meals from what I already have. I’ll try to document that process in another post.)


I don’t know that I have one specific meal in mind that just blows away the memory of all others. There are, however two of my meals that I just LOVE.

The first one was a complete surprise. Pan-Seared Sea Scallops. I was at Target and saw they had these Archer Farms HUGE scallops and figured I could give them a try. I just followed the recipe on the back of the bag and OMIGOSH it was tasty. I cooked up some Coconut Jasmine rice (replace most of the cooking water for your rice with coconut milk) and it was amazing! Sorry, no pics of that one.

The other of my favorite dinners isn’t really that much about cooking. Some baking, some cooking, some frying, some nuking, some chopping.

Cheese Fondue

served with
Polish Sausage, Broccoli, Apples and Homemade Beer Bread

So, that’s it. No dramatic story, just some good food and learning along the way. Now, I’m mostly hampered by a rather finicky 7 year old boy who would eat buttered bread for the rest of his life if you’d let him. Tends to hamper the creative exploration in the kitchen. Someday…

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