Venus Trapped in Mars

19 November 2014

How About One More Sappy Story About Cooking?




 
Whoa.

I don't often whoa myself, but whoa Sarah. Get down wit yo bad self! Yup, thank you for asking, I cooked all of those. 
I'm full of stories lately it seems, like the pool toy story. Perhaps it is the time of year, with Christmas and my birthday coming up and all, but here is one more story. 

In my early years of growing up, my mom was the chef of our household. My mom was the bomb. She worked full time, cooked, cleaned, was the best cheerleader ever and never missed a single game of mine, ever. My mom did it all, had it all, was it all.... and I don't feel for one second like she wasn't there for me at anytime I needed her. 
My mom was able to do it all because she had my dad (and vice versa, of course). Teamwork people, teamwork. 

Any who back to the point here... My dad retired when I started 6th grade, so he took over the cooking duties. He had no idea how to cook, he had never cooked a day in his life. He used to get all of the recipes from his homeboy the food network, and take notes during the shows. He would plan his dinner all day long, writing down every ingredient and visiting the grocery store every day. There was no weekly meal planning for him, it was one meal at a time. One grocery store trip per day. 

He would spend hours, take forever and leave my mom and me starving. Dinner finally would hit the table, hours later, and it was delicious. But we never had to tell him that because he would spend the evening exclaiming, "Man Annie (that's my mom) I really outdid myself on this one, I really outdid myself!" He broke his hand once and even dislocated his shoulder a few times from patting himself on the back so hard. 
Now I'm cooking regularly for the first time time in 27 years. I scroll Pinterest all day long, pinning everything that looks doable, taking notes and making lists. I write down each ingredient I need for the recipe of the night, then hit up Kroger just to get the things I need for that night's meal. There is no weekly meal planning for me, it is one meal at a time.  One grocery store trip per day. 

I feel so bad because I'm so slow. I spend hours and take forever and usually leave CB starving. I've got to read my notes, go back and find that recipe I pinned and follow it step-by-step, ounce-by-ounce, tsp-by-tsp! Dinner usually hits the table hours later and I spend the whole night telling CB, "Daaaaaaaang bro, I really outdid myself on this one. I really outdid myself. You. Are. Welcome." 
I even dislocated my shoulder the other day patting myself on the back... 


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25 comments :

  1. Like father like daughter. and sometimes, the best things just take time. Proud of ya.

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  2. I guess it runs in the family! Cooking is a long process though. You'd think after cooking the same recipe multiple times I'd learn, but no. It's still step by step, ounce by ounce over here too!

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  3. I love this, and I love that cooking, which it's a basic need to feed yourself and others, is such a way to show love and care for another human being. Keep up the good fight, eventually cooking will become second nature and you might not need those recipes EVERY time you cook :)

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  4. Great story. I do the same thing. All through dinner I'm like "don't you like this? This is pretty good, right?" haha

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  5. Totally like father like daughter. But damn girl, those meals look pretty great!

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  6. And you're not going to post the recipe links?!?

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  7. It can take hours to cook and mere minutes to eat a meal but I love when the people I cook for tell me during those minutes how awesome the food is! yes, I'm still working on humility too.

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  8. Definitely like father, like daughter. But seriously all those pics of your meals look fantastic so you are definitely doing something right!!

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  9. Love this. Cooking is definitely not my strong suit, but I find myself trying new recipes lately. It feels good to take a bite and think, "Yep. This is pretty good." Also, my dad does the SAME thing. He's retired and he goes to Kroger every. single. day. I think it might also be an excuse to get away from my mom for an hour, but he uses the dinner ingredients as his justification. ;)

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  10. hahaha, love this, so cute! It's so fun to see the ways we are like our parents! You have inspired me to try more new recipes, I am in such a cooking rut right now!

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  11. Aw, taking after your dad! I'm sure he'd be very proud!

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  12. Omg this is so cute! I love reading stories about your father. Shoutout to you for actually cooking. Like real people food, not just grilled sammiches and soup. Because that's my idea of cooking.

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  13. You are KILLING it in the kitchen girlfriend! I personally like to stare at Brian while he eats something I cooked to find out if I can tell if he really likes it or not. He loves that.

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  14. Pinterest is my homeboy too. But I'm pretty sure I need to come over for one of your home cooked meals. You obviously learned from the best. Don't worry, I'll bring the pup..the three can play ;)

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  15. HAHA Dislocated your shoulder.... That is awesome :)

    http://neatly-packaged.com/

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  16. Everything looks delicious! I totally do the daily grocery store trips to, I like to think of it as portion control.

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  17. Nice! Go you! I have never had the patience for cooking-- the crockpot Has been my best friend, but still... Wish I could get motivated!

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  18. I really hate cooking, I get distracted and forget what I'm doing. I love eating though.

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  19. These ALL look amazing, but that last one looks incredible!!

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  20. Oh, snap! I need recipe links.... stat! Looks delish!

    Also, great story about your day! Love it!

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  21. D'aawww, this is a sweet story. I'm a firm believer in the process-- sure it may not look like the footage from Top Chef, but the running back to the laptop to look at that pin, the "Oh shit!" moments, and fanning the smoke detector, that's what makes it all worth it. I bet CB loves it too!

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  22. Hahaha at least you are cooking! I'm a meal prep kinda gal but there are some days I find something on Pinterest and I'll drop everything just to make that recipe RIGHT NOW.
    ~Elise @ highheelsglitteringeyes.blogspot.com

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  23. This post makes me happy. Both because your cooking, and seemingly enjoying it, and because of the nod to your dad. :D

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  24. Did you make everything in those pictures?! Super impressed!! You deserve that pat on the back...your pops would be proud!

    -AJ

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  25. Those photos look delicious -- you deserve a pat on the back!!

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