Thursday, July 06, 2006

I think I actually enjoy this.

This morning, I made Lemon Bars for the first time. Over the last couple of years, I RARELY cooked at all. And baking just did not happen. First of all, I do not really have a sweet tooth--although it seems to be emerging a bit lately. Secondly, I was just too damn tired to actually go into the kitchen.

Since I have been feeling better, and not working full time, I actually have started to like cooking. What I'm about to say now may provoke a small amount of nausea for some, but I find great satisfaction in creating a meal that Nick really enjoys. Ah, how my life goals have simplified.

Over the last couple of months, I've finally had time and enery to track down and try some of the recipes I have enjoyed from others. Lemon Bars is one of them. And they're really easy. Nothing makes a cooking/baking experience like ease. Butternut Squash Lasagna is another. The original recipe is fairly complicated, but I think I've found a way to make less so. Cake Mix Cookies are about as easy as it gets. And all are delicious. And happening today.

Tomorrow we leave for North Carolina. A cousin of mine is getting married and then Nick and I, along with some other cousins, are hanging out for the next week. I'm getting food together so that we don't by default end up eating on their dime all week. AND, Jonathan and Kaethe--our neighbors across the street--just had a baby. So it is double batches on all fronts today.

I never thought that I would be the kind of person who would see a day of food preparation as a great day. But it offers a sense of accomplishment that makes things good. So, today just might be one of those days.

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