If you know me at all, you know well, that I DO NOT like to cook, and when I try, it typically ends in disaster. Good thing hubby-to-be enjoys cooking, and is okay with making dinner every night, eh? Lately, though, as we talk about how I someday would like to be a work-at-home mom, one of Jut’s stipulations is that I need to learn my way around the kitchen. I can’t very well take care of our children until I can make them lunch, I suppose.
Enter the life-altering kitchen appliance of all appliances, a crockpot! You guys! I can actually cook with this thing!
Here are my two favorite meals I’ve learned how to cook, that actually turn out deliciously awesome!
All I have to do is slice up some peppers and onions (Okay, so Justin does the slicing…I’m easing my way into this) and throw them in with the sausage. Then I pour in a can of tomato sauce, and turn it on high for 6 hours. That’s it! By the time we get home from work, they’re ready to eat, and perfectly done.
No slicing necessary. Just plop the pork roast into the pot, pour in 12 ounces of root beer, and let it go for 6 hours on high. When it’s done we tear it up, sop it in BBQ sauce, and slop it on a bun. Effing fantastic.
Another thing I’ve learned how to make recently, outside of the crockpot, is corn on the cob! I’ve always been intimidated by it, because my family boils it, and I have no idea how long it needs to simmer. Also, I HATE shucking. Behold the power of Twitter! Kara, my fantabulous wedding photographer, tweeted about baking her corn on the cob, and told me how to do it! Stick it in the oven on 350° for 30 minutes. That’s it! When it comes out, the shucks come right off, no problem, and it tastes awesome!
Last, but not least, I made my first attempt at Kale chips last night, and they turned out fantastic! I just threw it on the pan with some olive oil and seasoned salt, baked at 350° for about 13 minutes, and they’re done! (Next time, I’ll use just a tad less oil, so they’re a bit more crispy!)
I realize these are probably super simple things for most people to handle, but for me, this is a REALLY BIG DEAL. I’m super excited that I can finally put something on the table that’s not just edible, but actually really good! I’ve come a long way from when I used to screw up Kraft Mac and Cheese (I put the butter into the water, instead of in the finished noodles), and I can’t wait to learn more!
How do you fare in the kitchen? Are you a natural like Justin? Or do you struggle like I do? Am I the only person on Earth that actually screws up Kraft Mac and Cheese??