Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Give a girl a kitchen...

...and she just might start to cook. Not that any of my previous apartments were kitchenless, they just didn't have granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and other features that mock me and my budding pot collection. It also happens to be the first kitchen that is all mine!

That said, my crew has been pitching in with cooking lessons. Poor Allie kicked off the lessons and was forced to suffer the most. I think she had been deluding herself into thinking I was hiding secret kitchen supplies. I had a big pot and a little pot. Evidently this is not enough to make spaghetti with Italian sausage. I had to give her lessons in how ghetto fab I can be and show her how to strain pasta without a strainer.

Ravena proved herself a formidable teacher the next week with a lesson in meatloaf and Parmesan mashed potatoes. She actually made me add spices, mash the potatoes myself and mold the meatloaf. She had incredible patience with me and all of my questions. Of course, who wouldn't question directions like "just a little" and "a pinch". Chez Ravena also introduced alcohol into the cooking lesson mix with some Scrumpy's organic hard cider. Yum!

My latest lesson packed a one-two punch of fajitas and mojitos by Scarlet. Her lesson was by far the easiest in that it involved a spice pack that answered all of my seasoning questions. Ice cream sundaes by Steven completed the evening.

Lest you think I'm not venturing out on my own, I even tried a little Texas fare last week in the form of steak fingers. Yes...Texans really will do just about anything with steak.


  1. Yeah, spice packs are the bomb. Easy cooking should not be knocked:)

    Oh, and I know that ghetto fab straining method. That's how I do it so I don't have to wash the strainer!

  2. In college I learned that you can substitute cream cheese for butter when making Kraft macaroni and cheese... That's the extent of my cooking expertise.

  3. Anonymous3:57 PM

    Makue sure you put 1/4 cup of wine in your spaghetti for every 56 oz of sauce. It'll make it taste better!

    I could aslo show you how to make a very yummy spinach lasagna, if you want...

  4. Yeah, Let's have Randi make spinach lasagna. I'll be over that night! YUM! (OMG, with texas toast, please.)

  5. I know how to drain pasta without a strainer, thank you very much.

    I think I was just thrown off at the fact that I had to cook everything in a pot the size of my fist.

    I looked at it more as a challenge than a suffering event.

    I can't wait until our next cooking project! YOU'RE doing all the work this time :-P

  6. oh yay! a nice new kitchen