After two weekends of being stuck in the house, I’m finally free. Because of all the snow we’ve gotten, I hadn’t been able to grocery shop like I want. On Friday, I decided to head over to Harris Teeter for a few items before driving the car back to my office parking garage and taking a cab home. I learned the hard way people don’t like it when you park in the space it took them hours to plow their car out of.
Although I felt like a prisoner of mother nature, the experience made me really grateful for learning how to cook.
Before the first snow storm began, I rushed to the supermarket to stock up on a bunch of junk food. Somehow I bought too many salty snacks and completely forgot about the sugary stuff. After going without sweets for over a week, I was desperate. For the first time in many, many years, I attempted to make a batch of cookies from scratch.
By no means were they delicious (maybe because I used salted butter), but they satisfied the craving. If you cook on a regular basis, you’re bound to have certain staples on hand, e.g., butter, sugar, flour, eggs. I’m so thankful I had the ingredients for a basic sugar cookie recipe.
The snow has made it miserable the last few weeks, but I did relearn a money lesson that’s easy to forget. It’s quite simple really.
Use what you got.
Monday/Tuesday – Taco Pasta Toss from Everyday with Rachael Ray (using slow cooker to prepare taco meat)
Wednesday/Thursday – Swedish Meatballs and Vegetables
Friday/Saturday – Pork Chops and Roasted Asparagus
Sunday – Layered Taco Salad (using taco meat from above)
Rookie Cook Tip – I hate it when a recipe calls for tomato paste. Primarily because I almost never have any. Also, it seems you usually only need a tablespoon or two from a 6 oz can. Thanks to Tipnut, now I know you can make tomato paste by cooking tomato sauce until it’s reduced to half. And now you know too.
Have you ever learned anything about cooking as a result of a traumatic mildly inconvenient event?
Photo credit: Masashi Mochida