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Monday, January 26, 2009

Barefoot Contessa


Before this weekend, I didn't believe I had a domestic bone in my body. In fact, I am sort of like Jessica Simpson in that department. If you've ever seen "Newlyweds" then you know what I am talking about. I have a maid. I rarely cook. I have never really liked to cook. It's just so much easier to call in something or just go and get something.

I think my mom was trying to tell me something when she bought me a monogrammed apron for Christmas. We all know that I would never pick that out for myself.

My maternal grandmother was a phenomenal cook. Her house was cleaner than clean. I even told the teacher's at my preschool that "you could eat Thanksgiving dinner off of my grandmommy's potty". The woman was Martha Stewart before there was Martha Stewart.

One of my new year's resolutions was to start to cook more and to enjoy it. (Notice I didn't say get rid of my maid) Well, so far, so good. I have been cooking mainly on Sunday's for my family and at least once during the week for just Fred and myself. I have this beautiful kitchen and it never gets used. When Fred and I do have children, I don't want to be a "fast-food mom". I want to cook healthy, nutritious meals to help them grow.

I had a $20 coupon that had to be spent at Williams-Sonoma by January 25. So, Fred took me there and I bought one of their meatloaf pans. My mom had purchased one and said that it was great!

After we left Williams-Sonoma, Fred called his parents to invite them over for dinner. Since I had my new meatloaf pan, I decided that I was going to make my grandmother's meatloaf. (I've come to realize that none of my grandmother's recipes are complete. They don't tell you exact amounts and tend to leave some ingredients out.) I went to the grocery store and I bought the ingredients that it called for as well as some other ingredients that I got off of a meatloaf recipe at Williams-Sonoma. I used the W-S recipe as a guide on amounts.

I came home, threw the ingredients together (mainly by eye-balling it) and started cooking the meatloaf. I also made green bean casserole and mac and cheese. An hour later, the food was done and we were ready to eat!

I have to say that I was quite impressed with how it turned out. It actually smelled and tasted like my grandma's meatloaf! Fred's mom was impressed and wanted to know how I made it so moist. It made me feel good, but I think the meatloaf pan helped.

After I did a great job, I decided to try my luck again. I just got a recipe for some "cake balls". (strawberry cake and vanilla icing topped with white chocolate bark) I made them and they turned out great! Rich, but good! I got it off of a great recipe blog: http://kellyskornerrecipes.blogspot.com. She has some really great sounding recipes that I am thinking of making this week.

After two successful tries, I decided to cook again. This time, it was a combined effort by Fred and myself to cook breakfast for my grandfather.

Since my parents are in Cancun for the week, I have decided to cook a few more things this week for Fred and my grandfather. I think they are my guinea pigs, but they'll eat just about anything! I just hopes that my luck doesn't run out! :)

1 comment:

Anca said...

Love it! I also love the Barefoot Contessa. Your kitchen is AWESOME! I'm jealous. I'll cook with you sometime :)