Sunday, August 2, 2009

Cooking Up a Storm

The title of this post was inspired by both today's horrific weather as well as two other timely media inputs to my life - the first the rapidly increasing commercials for Julie and Julia - which looks absolutely fabulous (thank you as always Ms. Streep) and the hilarious post today by the Matron over at Minnesota Matron.

Like the Matron, I was lucky enough to marry a man who cooks, and cooks well. Also like the Matron, I do not...not at all...or at the very least not at all well. When Hubby was doing the work/school thing and was rarely home, I was known to survive on several nights in a row of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or maybe a can of Campbell's soup. Unlike Julie and Julia, I neither have the desire to learn to cook a different dish every day, nor do I savor good cooking enough to excel in eating or ordering it. I'm usually about the convenience. Is it in the house? Can it be cooked in 15 minutes or less? Do I know all the names of the ingredients? Can it be savored sitting on the couch in front of the tv or is a tablecloth required?

In fact, one of the toughest questions I face each day is Hubby's email at mid-afternoon.

Re: Checking in.
Hi Babe - how's your day going? Any thoughts on what you'd
like for dinner tonight?


Can you believe I married a man who is willing to not only cook whatever I ask for, but also stop at the store on the way home and get any missing ingredients he might need, and I dread answering the question of what I want to eat?

I'm resolved, after reading the Matron's post and catching some of the reflected inspiration of Julie and Julia, not to mention feeling after nearly 20 years of marriage, Hubby deserves a break, that I will start to study cook books.

Don't get excited.

I will not be cooking.

But the least I can do is improve my ordering, right?

Next time he asks the question? I'll be ready with a more inventive answer.

How about Pretzel-Crusted Chicken with Honey Mustard Sauce p. 146 in the Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Cooking Made Light cookbook. A spinach salad would be a great starter or side with this. Dessert can be just some simple berries with a little vanilla ice cream.

Then maybe Citrus Snapper with Orange Relish (p. 126, same cookbook) and some wild rice and cucumber salad on the side. Dessert could be fresh orange sherbet.

Perhaps Grilled Chicken with Grapefruit Salsa (p. 144) and some skewered veggies with balsamic vinegar. Dessert can be vanilla pudding with a dash of whipped cream.

And yes, Pork and Pear Saute with Lemon Vodka sauce (p. 109 Five Star Recipes from Weight Watchers) would go very nicely with an old fashioned iceberg lettuce wedge salad. Dessert could be a lemon sorbet.

Take that Julia! It may not have the butter content you would advocate, but I'm salivating already. Hope Hubby's ready for the challenge!


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I cannot tell you how frustrating it is that no one ever has an opinion on what they want for dinner. Your husband will be thrilled with your suggestions.

Jude said...

AMEN! I am totally thankful for my husbands cooking and his imagination of what to cook! I never know what I want, I just want food....but I reallywish he would get the hint about cooking light. Today he even did the shopping! Hope he used coupons and sale ads!

Mama Lou said...

You know your goal in life was to have a husband who could cook and a cleaning lady. Well you have both but not in one person of course.
And to think after a whole day at work he is still willing to cook and not just settle for whatever. HOW LUCKY ARE YOU!!! Get those menus in order for the next call!!