For any homemakers/primary caregivers/primary cooks out there: is there any daily question you dread more than "What's for dinner?" or is it just me?
Unlike my mother and brother, I am not an inspired cook. I usually can't just look to see what we have around and come up with something fabulous off the top of my head, as they do. Trained biologist that I am, though, I am whiz-bang at following a recipe...after all, what is a recipe if not an experimental protocol involving edible reagents??
At any rate, I don't mind the process of cooking, for the most part (and I actively love to bake)--it's the deciding what to make that drives me crazy. I love getting meal requests, because it makes my job that much easier. Especially since we have either two or three kid activities every day of the week after school, which means that I am also pressed for time with dinner prep to make it even more fun.
At any rate, last night Himself made three requests for dinner this week: chili, tacos, and a really fabulous Thai peanut chicken and noodles dish that I don't make often enough. This morning I went to the grocery store and bought everything I need for all three, came home and cooked them! I'll serve the Thai dish tonight and the others later in the week, because they'll keep. Add to that the fried rice that I will make from leftover pork tenderloin and the goulash that can be easily produced from the last few slices of last night's pot roast (both quick and easy meals), and I have a full week of dinners on hand as of midday Monday!
Yes, I know that I am pathetically excited about this, but it is what it is. Anything that makes my life less complicated is a good thing!