Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Good Eats

I have a secret. I hate to cook.
I really, really, hate it.

But I loooooove to eat.

And when I say love, I mean dream-about-it-day-and-night, want-to-marry-it-and-live-happily-ever-after kind of love. It's deep.

My hubby loves to cook and is great at it. But we decided long ago that we would take turns cooking, each taking a week at a time. It's only fair. When it's my week, I pout and whine (and wine!) and sometimes want to cry a little. When it's his week, I smile and giggle and cheerfully set the table (but I still wine a little. Okay, more than a little.)

I'm pretty sure the reason why I hate cooking is because I am terrible at it. Recipes are like jibberish to me. I don't understand cooking terms like braise and sear and all that jazz. If the recipe has more than 5 or 6 ingredients, I start sweating and have to call my mom for clarification of what parsley looks like. I burn, I over boil, I overcook, and I under salt.

I want to be a good cook, or at least not detest it so much.

Enter the Pioneer Woman. We all know she pretty much rocks at everything she does, but the reason why I am so happy she has entered my life is because she blogs recipes with PHOTOS! Step by step, idiot-proof, illustrated instructions. As long as I look at the pictures, I really can only screw up minimally.

Last week I attempted this fabulous creation:

WHOA MAMA, was it ever good!

Mine looked almost exactly like that. Mine was a little less saucy, because I followed all of the instructions right up to the end, when all there was left to do was dump in the pasta...and that's where I screwed up. I neglected to read the part where PW says to only dump in 3/4 of the pasta. Of course, I didn't read that part because in my head I was saying, "What moron can screw up dumping pasta into a skillet?"

Obviously I can.

It must be a gift.

So here is my contribution to Jaime's awesome weekly recipe roundup. The Pioneer Woman's Penne a la Betsy! Enjoy!


Destini said...

So I will have to check out this Pioneer Woman site - I also HATE cooking, my grandma always cooked when I was growing up and after she got sick and passed away, we ate out every night - so I got it honest! My parents still eat out almost every night! John only cooks breakfast, so count yourself lucky there! I'll post up my only recipe, my weekly default that the kids love on the blog this week.

Jaime said...

Emily, this looks so YUMMY!! We'll definitely try this out!

ps - I couldn't get the link for the recipe to work, might want to try reentering it. I just went to the website and searched out the recipe myself.

Kim said...

I am dying laughing over here! You are so frickin funny Em! (BTW check my blog tomorrow-there is going to be a shout out to Gigi). I hate cooking too! I like to bake but hate cooking. Not that I suck at it, I am just annoyed it takes a long time to prepare something I am going to eat really fast.
I also have the same intimate love with food as you describe!

Greene Family said...

You crack me up! I'll have to check out the website - the pasta looks delicious!

Jillsblog said...

Emily, I have to send you the link (if I can find it) to the greatest cook book ever...THE 4 Ingredients book. Every recipe has 4 easy ingredients...yummmy and so delicious!

Mandy said...

I love Pioneer Woman. I found her last year and I have made so many of her great recipes. Your right you just can't screw up. Did you know she has a cookbook coming out soon. I will certainly be buying that one!

Katie said...

Hi--just found your blog. When I saw the pics of Seamus' sleep study, I thought, "Wow, that looks exactly like the place we went." After reading more, and finding out you live in Troy, I was so excited. We live in Delmar! Our daughter is 17 months old, and was diagnosed with achondroplasia when she was born. I would love to compare notes with you--we've probably seen some of the same medical providers in the area!!

Anthea said...

Emily - not quite sure where I have been and why I have missed so many posts....mmm. Anyways...you crack me up...you summed up my cooking experiences and thoughts beautifully. (Wonder if we are long lost cooking sisters?) Anyways...glad to hear all is well, hope the sleep study results are good, Tori has never had one - dont think they have one planned for her either...Do I need it? Also, I love the pics of the band....oh....how Tori would of loved that! Dancing, singing and music are some of her favourite things right now - she could be their lead singer!!

Jaime said...

OMG!! We made this for dinner last night and it was SO INCREDIBLY YUMMY! Scott isn't a fish fan so I added diced chicken as well as the shrimp. Turned out very good. I think we might be making this occasionally! If it's okay with you I'm going to, in my next recipe post, add a link back to this recipe on your page, so my none LPA followers can see that recipe. Thank you for the recipe!