Alright, so anybody who has spent any time with me knows that I’m a little bit special when it comes to all things domestic…ok a LOT special. I blame my sister Rosie for this. We were roommates for five years, starting when I was in college, and she was a natural in the kitchen. I was spoiled with good food and I never had to cook! Her idea of a good time was spending the day baking pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, and I had no choice but to support her hobby by gobbling them up! I mean, I couldn’t let them go to waste right? Rosie always made our meals, and I “assisted” by chopping veggies for salad or cleaning up. I guess it’s not totally her fault, after all she did try to teach me a few things, but I think she gave up when she saw how hopeless I was.
I didn’t truly come to terms with my handicap until Rosie kicked me to the curb to get married and I moved in with my oldest and best friend Kayce Stein. Kayce is just as special as me when it comes to cooking. The girl knew how to make two things, buffalo dip and no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies! Although delicious, neither of those specialties are exactly what we would call nutritious, and we quickly realized we would have to expand our repertoire if we were going to survive in our new apartment. We soon discovered that Kayce was a GENIUS when it came to preparing salads and baking tilapia (She knows exactly the right combination of olive oil, lemon juice and seasonings.) and I quickly mastered baked chicken, roasted asparagus and peppers and cous-cous. I am only slightly exaggerating when I say that we ate either tilapia or chicken with asparagus, cous-cous and salad every flippin’ day for a whole year!
Thankfully, the good Lord took mercy on me and paired me with Shea Brown for a husband. He’s the man when it comes to cooking, cleaning and home projects. He insists on making all his dishes from scratch and his desserts would make Paula Dean cry. I was a bit intimidated when it came time for us to move in together. I was afraid Shea might be a bit disappointed with the wifey the first time I set the kitchen on fire trying to fry an egg! Thankfully, the boy is very patient, and he LOVES tilapia, chicken, salad, asparagus and cous-cous!! I think the Browns keep the asparagus farmers in business.
All of this to say, I’ve made some big strides in my first six months of marriage. I’ve been trying a few recipes here and there, and only a few of them have totally flopped (Exhibit A: Gluten-free pizza made with almond meal. Shea and I both spit it out immediately upon tasting!). I purchased the World’s Healthiest Foods cook book after realizing that the recipes were all super quick and easy and healthy, and even I couldn’t mess them up! I still leave the baking and entertaining to Shea as it’s still too risky for me, but I have become the DOMESTIC GODDESS of dinner at the Brown Manor. That’s right people, there’s a new chef in town, and what she lacks in raw talent, she makes up for with sarcasm and perfectly matched accessories!
As I seek to incorporate new recipes in the coming months, I’ll try to share my triumphs and complete failures with you. I’m thinking I’d like to take a stab at lettuce wraps in the next couple of weeks. If you have any HEALTHY and SIMPLE recipes you’d like to share with me and our little community here, please do. As Rosie, Kayce and Shea all know, I need all the help I can get!
More cooking adventures to come!