June 7, 2004

I'm suffering through Day 1 of the most difficult week since I began cooking.

Until about three years ago, my idea of cooking was reheating beanie-weenies. Nowadays, I look forward to cooking meals for my wife. I don't look forward to doing the dishes, and that's how this most difficult week came to be. I live in an apartment and our landlord has seen fit to redo all the kitchens in our building. This includes ours, and will mean that I'll end up with a much better place to try out those recipes I snare from all the great food blogs over there ----->.

AND it means we'll finally have a dishwasher. The pile of dishes in the sink has been a great disincentive to cook. It's a pain to wash dishes by hand. I'm convinced they breed in captivity. I don't mind loading and unloading a dishwasher at all. That, along with the new stove/oven and new refrigerator should make the kitchen a delight.

So in a week (or more likely two - you know contractors), I'll be cooking again and posting many more new recipes. For now, I'll live with my refrigerator in my dining room, and my poor cats locked up during the day in our 12x15 bedroom with food, water, a litterbox, and a lot of stuff to rip up, and you'll have to be satisfied this week with only restaurant reviews and food news stories from me.

Maybe we can persuade Meg, Paul, Dr. Meg, and Todd to put more recipe-posts up this week...

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at June 7, 2004 10:07 AM | TrackBack Print-friendly version

I think that's a pretty lame excuse. The Critic and I survived a full month in our place while waiting for the Ikea kitchen to arrive. Okay, we had a barbecue, but otherwise it was raw vegetables and microwave cooking! Needless to say, with NO counterspace as we had no counters. I'm sure you can come up with something creative to amuse us!

Posted by Meg in Paris on June 7, 2004 at 10:26 AM

Did you walk uphill both ways in the snow, too?

I may try some microwave cookery, but it'll be more along the lines of amusing than inspiring.

Posted by Barrett on June 7, 2004 at 10:43 AM

My mother-in-law gave me a cookbook on Microwave Cookery. When we moved, I'm afraid it somehow got lost... ; )

Posted by Meg in Paris on June 7, 2004 at 11:01 AM

I understand where you're coming from. We've only got two weeks left in D.C. before we move, and most of our kitchen is already packed. We've still got a knife and saute pan, so I guess that should be enough for any real cook.

Posted by Todd on June 7, 2004 at 1:48 PM

Is that the culinary equivalent of "All I need is a tall ship and a star to steer her by"?

I probably should invest in an electric burner, if just to try Alton Brown's salmon smoking technique.

Posted by Barrett on June 7, 2004 at 4:22 PM

All I need to cook is a metal tub of lard and 2 sticks to rub together. Fried PopTart anybody?

Posted by Bryan on June 7, 2004 at 5:27 PM

But the heat, dear boy. Where do you get the heat to fry the Pop-Tart?

Posted by Barrett on June 7, 2004 at 5:30 PM

Recipe for Fried PopTart:

1 Metal Container Lard (1 Quart size)
2 PopTart Toaster Pastries (Chocolate Chip preferred)
2 sticks

1) Rub sticks together until small glow ensues. Place sticks on carpet. Should carpet not be available, use books.
2) One inch flames from source should be plenty.
3) Put tub of lard on heat and bring to really hot
4) Insert PopTarts. Cook until done

Posted by Bryan on June 8, 2004 at 9:33 AM

I don't think I'll be linking that in the recipes section, though I won't be surprised if some State Fair doesn't deep fry a Pop-Tart this summer.

A meme is born!

Posted by Barrett on June 8, 2004 at 9:37 AM
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