Thursday, February 24, 2011

I don't cook - no really.............

I don't cook!! But I have been coerced into realizing that I must cook. The family has gone way too long with horrible food. Seriously - I should start a blog with all my failed cooking adventures. I just don't love to cook - I can follow a recipe, but it takes so long and I am completely uncomfortable in the kitchen. I would rather be quilting!!
Anyway - my super talented sister-in-law Shan was in town this past week and put together a meal plan with 15 easy meals that I can rotate through so my family has a better variety of food choices. So - this week I have made three different dinners - successfully. YAY!
With a plan it wasn't that bad - I picked out what to make and I had all the ingredients because Shan created a shopping list from her website, printed it out and we went to the store armed with the best deals and price matched the items to keep the cost down. You can read about our adventure here.


So - this incredible yummy sauce is the Wingers Sticky Fingers sauce - I still can't believe that it was made in my kitchen - it is sooooooooooooo yummy! Shan has the recipe here.


This isn't a food blog and I don't have the best food pictures, but this was incredible - I didn't realize you could get completely full on a salad. I guess making good food can do that to you. I (we - my sister is here) grilled some chicken then put it into the sauce to soak up the flavor, then added the chicken to our salad. So good.

I am trying hard to be excited about cooking - Shan helped me realize that this won't go away - we have to eat every day and I might as well start enjoying the process.

On another note - so sorry about the lack of quilting pictures in a while - I have had to work on a few "secret" projects that I just can't share now. I will be getting back to the quilting asap! To all my customers - I will get your quilts done - no worries, but I need more time in the day!!! I feel like I am saying that way too much.

11 comments:

vivian said...

I went to your SIL's site-what a great idea! Definitely will be checking this out-Thanks!

Kristen said...

I used to subscribe to relishrelish.com, which did a little of the same thing in menu planning, although not incorporating the local sales. I would love something like this but live in Virginia so oh well ...

Needled Mom said...

It is nice to have a storage pantry to pull products from when cooking. It sounds like the two of you had fun together - and admire each other's passions.

twodraftmom said...

I highly recommend 'saving dinner'. It's a list of recipes by the season. Very easy cooking and the week is planned out with a shopping list!

Shandra said...

Nice job Judi!!! Three in a row and extras saved in the freezer. You are on a roll! Your salad looks great. That is funny, we are eating the same meals this week :) Isn't it fun? Keep up the good work and it will get easier every meal.

Now..does that mean I have to start quilting?? Oh no!!

onlymehere said...

When you figure out the secret to enjoying cooking let me know bz I still haven't found it in 29 years of marriage! Too bad we have to eat to stay alive bz I don't even like to do that anymore. Sigh.....I hate getting old.

Karen Wilson said...

I have a similar but different problem. I love to cook but just have no confidence in it, and I have a hubby who likes to cook so if he volunteers then I let him and I never get the practice to build up my confidence!

Sarah Craig said...

I've found that Rachael Ray has great recipes, and if you sign up on her website, they'll email you the shopping list for her week's recipes each week. She shows the recipe in the last fifteen minutes of her show. They're almost always something my family would eat, and they're usually 30 minutes or less to prepare!

Nielsen Family News said...

Very cool- so many talented people!!

Barb said...

If you don't love to cook, you and your family will not get fat....that is the cup is half full way of looking at it.

It is nice to have a plan, doens't take as long and is not as painful.

Unfortunately, I love to bake, cook etc....

Micki said...

It looks great, but I love the process of baking and cooking, but it sure is a quick recipe.
Micki