When I was about 13 years old, my mom instituted a summer ritual for me. She gave me the family’s grocery money for the week, had me make out a weekly menu and shopping list, then took me to the grocery store to buy all of the ingredients needed. I was responsible for cooking meals for the family for one week. As a “child” I loved that. I fixed all of my favorite meals. Tacos, hamburgers… things like that.
When I got married, and had to cook more than 2 or 3 things, I told my mother than I didn’t like to cook. She said I “would learn to like it.” I never have.
I can look at a recipe, follow it to the tiniest detail; and, with great regularity, it (1) won’t look like the picture in the cookbook, or (2) taste like it should.
This week we have 3 friends visiting us for a week. Doug and Deanna, and Mary, are friends we have had since our college days, 50 years ago. Deanna and Mary are both gourmet cooks. They are the kind of women who can receive a phone call that 30 people are “dropping by” in an hour, and when guests arrive, they will have a beautifully set table, appetizers ready, and a meal, if not already prepared, almost completed. All with a smile. If I received a call like that, I would be headed down to the local deli, after I called in an order for pick-up.
What do you cook for and serve to such talented ladies? I admit I was concerned about this.
Deanna and Mary know me. They know the “kitchen” is not one of my “gifts.” The stress placed on me was all mine. But still….
I needn’t have worried. They have both pitched in, and happily cooked meals when necessary. (Deanna even brought some of her favorite recipes! See? She knows me!) We’ve gone out to dinner twice. My husband has barbecued once.
I DID fix their favorite breakfast! Deanna’s recipe, of course! I have to say it was easy, and actually turned out great. Maybe I should just get all of her recipes and “try” to like cooking one more time!
You can download this recipe for this yummy Baked Oatmeal HERE.
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