One of the joys of working in the schools is getting long breaks... no need to take a vacation for the holidays; I get one-paid. Well, for now "paid" is a modest description of the peanuts I earn, but next year, watch out (okay, again, modest- I work for the schools...)
Anyway, I spent a LOT of time watching Food Network. I mean, take what you think is a lot of Food Network, and multiply by 10. I am in that ballpark. And while watching I typically had two responses...
1. What the heck is a _____
2. I can do that/ It would be really good if you added _____.
Now let me back up. Growing up, I hated cooking. I hated being in the kitchen, but in retrospect I think I was intimidated by the kitchen. When I lived on my own, I was teased that I would never cook or that I couldn't cook.
This summer that all changed. I really started to enjoy cooking. I especially loved grilling. I started to experiment. I perfected a burger. I got genuine compliments about what I made. People asked me for a recipe... ME!
Then school started- and there went my time to cook. Getting home at 8pm is not a prime "I want to cook dinner for you" time.
Over break, I cooked when I had time. And I made another really good dish... Tortilla Crusted Chicken and rice. It was good, really good. I tried it with fish today (Tilapia) and it was darn good.
Grocery shopping today I decided to turn things around from my usual in a bag meal. While usually pretty good, they are overpriced. I could make the same thing at a fraction of the cost. I left the store today with staples.... and it felt good.
Move over Rachel Ray, put your shoes on Barefoot Contessa; 30 minute meals- I got you beat at 20 minutes; and Good Eats, I got what you're lookin' for!
(okay cheesy I know... I am excited though!)