Saturday, January 20, 2007

Wish you were here

Currently baking lemon poppyseed pound cake in new Pampered Chef bake ware.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Part of me thinks, oh please, stop showing off! (that would be the enviously culinarily-challenged me)

The other part of me thinks, oh yum! (that would be the part that loves lemon and poundcake!)

You obviously take great care of your family Nancy.

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops. Dana

5:05 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Grin. I remember your comment about only being able to make coffee, or some such, and I don't believe it!

Anyway, the hardest part of learning to cook for me was overcoming my fear of cooking and learning to read a recipe. Reading recipes is like reading instruction manuals. You need to do it several times to get a good idea of what you're supposed to to and how it's supposed to work.

BTW, the pound cake is for me and hubby! Whether the children like it or not is just extra!

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to dutifully cook when the kids were small. I would rotate 5 meals - every week! By the time the weekend came and it was pizza and burgers takeout, we were all collectively relieved!

I like to think if only I had my kitchen remodeled, new counters, gleaming white cupboards, pendant lamps, granite countertops, etc., then surely I would become a great cook!


5:53 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

You've struck a few chords with me, Dana!

I know what you mean about rotating meals. It's so hard to come up with something new all the time. I try something vaguely pasta-ish one night, then something vaguely tex-mexish, chicken ish, salad-ish and so on, until sometimes I get so frustrated I take the family out for dinner!

But oh, to have a remodeled kitchen! Boy, could I really cook then. Sigh.

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's so funny, Nancy, is all of my kids can cook, I mean actually cook! So I give myself credit for at least driving them to learn how! (I've always thought it imporant for the boys to know how because later (when they are happily married and financially secure) and start having children, they will need to know how to step up to the place and cook for their families when their wives are big and pregnant and feel like doing anything but cooking!


6:45 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

That's very funny -- I think the foods I cook are somewhat related (conversely) to what my mom cooked. No slight to mom meant! (Feeding six kids required a lot of hamburger meat, and today, I don't use it as much as she, though I loved it then.)

In the interest of full disclosure and honesty, my venture in lemon pound cake today included the following mishaps: 1. with a 1/4 cup of sugar in my left hand, it was time to check the time on my watch, which is on my left wrist, thus sugar all over the counter; 2. I left the spatula in the mixing bowl while it was on, thus kicking it about, but fortunately it did not fly off; and 3. my husband pulled out a plastic mini-zip tie out of his piece of cake. It must have fallen into the mixing bowl while I was opening up my new umbrella!

7:27 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Also, boys knowing how to cook is a great way to get girls! That's how my best friend's husband used to woo girls in college.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Mike in S.A. said...

Hmmm, I hadn't thought of that. Maybe cooking is the key to ending my batchelordom (is that even a word?).

9:25 PM  

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