let’s kiss and make up

by Patricia on August 2, 2012 · 4 comments

Confession: I hate to cook

Don’t get me wrong. I love to cook… except when I don’t.

And when I don’t, my feelings are middling at best. At worst, I avert my eyes from the stove as I pass through the kitchen, as if it were that guy outside of the grocery store asking me for money “for a drug-free community”.

But no matter how I feel about cooking, I love eating. Good food. Which often leads to eating out or getting take out (too) frequently (I’m ashamed to admit just how often). This creates several problems:

  • It’s expensive.
  • It’s not all that healthy.
  • I get cranky about dinner because I don’t want to eat take out. But I don’t want to cook either. So this leaves me in an emotional conundrum (aka cranky).
  • And etc… the list goes on. But you get the idea.

So I decided it is time to kiss and make up… with my stove.

[Update: originally I had embedded this clip of Fred Astaire singing "Let's Kiss and Make Up" to Audrey Hepburn in the movie Funny Face, but the video is no longer available on Youtube, so here is a link in case you're wanting a little Fred Astaire-pick-me-up.]

It shouldn’t be so hard to cook dinner at home. So I’m taking a simplified approach, and redefining what “dinner” means for us while also injecting some creativity. There may be some grilled cheese sandwiches in my future, but most nights I hope I can do better than that.

What about you?

How do you deal with the dinner-blahs? Do you create weekly meal plans?
Let me know in the comments!

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1 Colin August 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Hi there. Our big dinner salvation recently has been the gas grill. Simple meat-or-fish, veg, and rice or potatoes for quick dinners. Potatoes are easy to bake on the grill in foil, and it doesn’t hot your house up in the summer.

Less cleaning, more enjoyable. The only stove work is to put a sauce together, which is fun.

2 Gwen August 15, 2012 at 4:45 pm

You sound a lot like me! Just found your blog and love it!! How do I handle dinner…not perfectly that’s for sure. I find it helpful to make a list of dinners I’m going to make over the week. I am to make dinner 5 out of the 7 nights. Sometimes I only make it to 3. Sometimes I get lucky and my husband jumps in and helps, this is rare. However since I started planning for the week and doing all of the shopping on one day it’s helped a lot!

3 Mary August 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I am really fortunate that my husband is a chef, trained but no longer practicing. No I am not trying to rub it in, OK? Our dinner dilemmas are usually worked out ahead of time but in clumps, not weekly, we are 2 Pisces so that would be way too structured for us. I have really gotten into food blogs lately, (LOVE this one by the way) and I get about 2 or three ideas and we go from there. The clump as I call it usually is derived by a couple of recipes we spin out from blogs and what Hubby gets, “on deal” at the grocery store. We have our pantry standards, plus stocks he makes and we usually pull it together very well. Somehow between the originals and the leftovers we eat a healthy yummy diet. I get the ideas and he does the heavy lifting, actually I am sous chef. We prefer to spend the money on wine instead of take-away.

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