Saturday, March 20, 2010

A new challenge

If my Christmas gifts are any indication, I need some help when it comes to cooking. I was given measuring spoons, measuring cups, dish towels and two cookbooks, one of which is entitled “What is a Cook to do?” that provides the very basics. But I don’t take offense to the gifts; my family gave them to me knowing I was about to take on a challenge in the kitchen.

My life has changed quite a bit in the last eight months. I’ve moved to a beautiful part of the country that is just a short drive away from working farms, orchards and wineries. I have one of those normal jobs where I actually come home for dinner. Let’s just say working from 2 p.m. to midnight does not encourage me to cook, but the 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. gig has changed my eating habits. Rather than eating whatever, whenever, I actually eat lunch and find something for dinner when I get home.

So with all of this change I have decided to change my habits completely. I have joined a local co-op where I will pick up fresh produce and chicken twice a month starting in April. The produce is based off what is in season at the local farms, and I get what is there. I have three main goals: to cook more, eat healthier and get over some of my pickiness about food. An added bonus is cutting back on trips to the grocery store.

Considering my experience (or lack of) in the kitchen, I’ve decided it is worth documenting, if only for the enjoyment of my mom and sisters. So I’m planning to use this blog for that purpose, and you can all laugh with me as I attempt to cook a whole chicken for the first time and maybe learn something because hopefully I will have some successful recipes to share.

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