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The best is yet to come?

NaBloPoMo November 2012 Prompt
Wednesday, November 14, 2012:

Tell us about the best meal you ever cooked.

This one is tough – if not impossible – to answer, as I really don’t cook all that often!

Back when I was single, I invested very little time or energy into day-to-day meal preparation. Dinner was (at best) a bowl of pasta or (at worst) a bag of microwave popcorn – certainly not a very healthy way to live.

Then I got married, and my wonderful husband began taking care of the lion’s share of the cooking, both for the two of us as well as any time we’ve entertained. Unlike me in my single days, he insists on balanced meals, and does a terrific job of making sure we’re properly fed each day.

It’s only since his surgery that I’ve been taking care of everything around the house – cooking included.

It’s not that I don’t like to cook – it’s just that, for whatever reason, I haven’t done a lot of it throughout my life. I actually quite enjoy the process of buying, preparing, and cooking food. I have a lot of fun getting creative by putting a meal together made up of whatever I happen to have at the time… and I really love it when someone’s face lights up with pleasure when they taste what I’ve made.

But as to the best meal I’ve ever cooked? I’ll have to get back to you on that one, as I have a feeling the best is yet to come!

How about you? What was the best meal you ever cooked?

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Lorinda J. Taylor November 14, 2012

    I cooked when I had my mother and our equally elderly friend living with me, and I guess some of my favorite things to make were meatloaf, shake’n’bake chicken breasts (made with Bisquick, not the actual mix), and chuck roast done in the crockpot with noodles. Also beans and hamhock is not too shabby! You can see I didn’t cook fancy. I wanted stuff that would last for several days.
    I also enjoyed baking – pumpkin bread, bran muffins, sometimes homemade cakes, peanut-butter chocolate-chip cookies …
    But these days the only thing I ever cook is scrambled eggs, unless you count frozen vegetables or making a salad. I buy prepared meats like Foster Farm’s Crispy Strips, and I buy Lean Cuisine entrees and add a vegetable or salad and lots of table grapes or other fruit. I’ve learned how to eat nutritiously without cooking.
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    • Laurel Regan
      November 15, 2012

      I like to bake, but I don’t do it very often – even less often than I cook! I do have a whole bunch of overripe bananas in the freezer, though, that are begging to be made into banana bread – so maybe soon!
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  • sandra tyler November 14, 2012

    oh wish your hubby would come cook for us! I am not fond of cooking. My husband can’t cook a thing and panics if he has to follow directons on a box of mac n cheese for the kids, or peel them an apple…he’s welcome anytime!
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  • Corinne Rodrigues
    November 15, 2012

    The first time I tried my hand with cooking was when I was in my late 20s. Up until then, my parents always had a cook – and on days there wasn’t one, Mum did the cooking. Mum suddenly had to be hospitalized to have a bypass, the cook decided to quit. When my Mum got home, I had to look after her and make sure she had nutritious home-cooked meals. I suddenly discovered that I could actually cook.
    Now my husband and I share the cooking – but I do most of the daily cooking. He helps a lot with buying stuff and sometimes even chopping the veggies or meat for me! I’m still spoiled that way. 😉
    I guess when life throws us a curve ball, we do know how to hit it far enough, if not out of the park!
    I do hope your husband is recovering well.
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