What’s cooking…

Lake view 1

It’s fall, y’all and we’re all moved into our new home (townhome) and beginning to feel quite comfortable as we settle in.

So, what should I worry about or ponder now?

I keep thinking I could work on my cooking skills now that I have lots of time on my hands, not only because I’m retired, but also because the pandemic is keeping me home.  It’s never to late to start a new hobby, right?!?

I’ve often thought it would be great to be a really GOOD cook – like, chef-grade cook.  And, maybe more to the point, a comfortable cook.  I am neither good nor comfortable when it comes to cooking.  I generally look for the easiest way out, so to speak.  I look for recipes with simple ingredients that I have on hand and that require few difficult techniques.

Mentally, (and, unfairly, of course) I blame my spouse for my lack of cooking flair.  He is a very simple eater – doesn’t like fussy dishes, is usually watching his weight and always needs to watch his salt intake because of his heart issues.  (Plus, shouldn’t we all be watching our salt intake as we age?!)  So, give him a piece of meat, a side vegie and a salad or piece of fruit and he is good to go.  I admit that does make it easy to feed him but doesn’t give any impetus for trying more complicated or interesting meals.

I’m definitely a recipe follower, and stick very precisely to the instructions.  I don’t have much confidence in randomly tossing ingredients into a pot because I think they would enhance the flavor…that’s what I mean by saying I’m not a comfortable cook.

I do love cook books and have several of them.  Perhaps I should (hate that word) pull one off the shelf like once a week or so and try something that varies from our mundane usual fare.  It’s likely I can find recipes that can be healthy as well as more exciting.

The cooking channels on TV have never interested me much, but maybe if I checked them out once in awhile they would provide me with some inspiration and light a fire under me.

I do like perusing recipes in magazines.  Here’s the latest one I found in a magazine on my friend’s coffee table recently.  Seems easy, with ingredients I recognize, plus would be very tasty I think…a perfect Fall type dish.

I’m going to give this a try.

Squash/Apple Bake
Squash/Apple Bake

Any words of encouragement or wisdom you could provide for me on my endeavor to become a better cook would be appreciated.  Feel free to drop your comments below.


8 thoughts on “What’s cooking…

  1. Maggie, I had to laugh while reading this, as you have described me to a T! I’m not kidding! Therefore, I have no suggestions, but it’s nice to know I’m not the only cooking slug (no offense, haha) out there!

  2. Lots of people don’t enjoy cooking so if you don’t, don’t push it! Or if there is some aspect of food that you enjoy, work with that. For instance, I love to bake! Do you like to can? Bake? Grill? Nothing? How about Roger takes up cooking? :’ )

    1. Not likely Roger will take up cooking. He does make a mean fried egg sandwich! Appreciate your suggestions. I hate baking but will ponder some of the other options. Thanks, Jenny.

  3. Maggie, maybe you belong on the Supreme Court of the United States! Ruth Bader Ginsburg could not cook at all. (Insert smiley face!).

    The recipe looks interesting. Keep writing instead of cooking?


  4. Maggie, I do enjoy trying new things. I’m also very lucky because Steve likes to be in the kitchen!! Lately he has made a new recipe of chili, and it used the excess cherry tomatoes in the garden. He also enjoys grilling. I’m a lucky duck! But sometimes simple is healthier so I get that.

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