For me, cooking is great fun.
The challenge of coming up with 3 interesting, nourishing meals every day is one in which I take great delight!
For example, there is such satisfaction in taking the foods I prepare for one meal and morphing them into a completely new preparation for the next meal.
When God was a little boy, I sold cookware for a living. I would enter the 'sanctuary' of the kitchens of those who hosted a meal and I would prepare the foods to show off the cookware.
The only downside to that was that the menu never varied.
We all know that variety is the spice of life, so now, while I still enjoy that same set of cookware used for umpteen demonstrations, I have augmented my kitchenware with a little of this and a little of that. Call it, and me, 'eclectic'.
I have a favorite knife that is very similar to the one Rachel Ray uses on her TV shows. I have skillets that do not match my original set but they work to make me feel comfy in my style of food preparation. I don't labor at cooking. It feels like play to me.
Here's my technique, if you want to define it as such:
I hang on the fridge with the door open, surveying what is on hand for the day's good eating.
This happens when I am getting the cold foods out for breakfast.
When I have an idea of the protein that will be the centerpiece for the meal, I hang on the cabinet doors to see what will go well with all the protein I have chosen.
What happened on Saturday was that I had the "L" word on every shelf of the refrigerator. Leftovers.
I used a leftover steamed potato, added the dab of au gratin spuds that awaited attention, and cooked up another tater that shared the pot with some fresh cauliflower.
When all had cooked and drained, I added the au grain potatoes, an extra slice of cheese and moistened it with some buttermilk.
Tasty! Tasty! Tasty!
As much as Norm and I enjoyed that side dish, we did not eat all of it. On Sunday, I took some chopped onion, chopped celery, bread crumbs and ground beef, added a couple of eggs, a smattering of seasonings, and stirred up what looked like you'd expect hamburger patties or meat loaf to be.
I patted the meat mixture flat on waxed paper and poured the potato mixture on top of it. Then I rolled up the waxed paper til the meat connected. I dropped the entire roll onto an oiled baking sheet and put it into the oven on a 275 degree oven for a very long time. The top of the roll was brown and crusty and that was the clue it was cooked. Oh, how divine that smelled! It did not smack of leftovers. It was delicious!
Someone suggested to me that you can cook once and eat twice. Sounds like a plan to me.
I've been eyeing that set of skillets on http://www.motherconnie.com/ .
Aren't skillets like shoes in that you can never have too many?
Online shopping is so easy. I think I'll order myself a new set of skillets with a knife to match. While I'm at it, I'll be ordering a new bamboo cutting board.
After all, we need to think green, don't we?
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