Our Story Begins:
You CAN Cook at Home!
I grew up having breakfast every morning and dinner at night both cooked by one of my parents, usually my mother. It was a method for parenting I took as the best way for me to parent four children alone and it’s worked out quite well.
This isn’t something that starts with when I became a single Dad, though. The death of my spouse in 2011 signaled a lot of changes, that’s true. Cooking in our home, surprisingly, wasn’t one of them. I just started cooking more often than I did before.
Understand, when I was a teenager my mother brought me into the kitchen and made me learn how to cook. I’m not talking fancy, intense, stuffed Cornish Game Hens with plum sauce. I was shown how to do basic, tasty, staples of the household. I could cook a roast; roast a chicken; make enchiladas or tacos. I’m known for some of my pies and certainly for baking treats for my kids.
I’m floored, though, with how rare it is to see people doing it. The biggest excuse I hear, over and over, is time. “I have no time to cook.”
Let me just reiterate . . . I am a single Dad, my wife passed away, and I work a full-time job. Nearly every night I cook dinner.
So let me help you, if just a little, to do this.
Stop Dreaming About Food Shows
First things first: stop watching the Food Network or other channels and assuming you can never possibly meet that expectation. Rachel Ray, Paula Deen, Bobbie Flay . . . every celebrity chef you see has all this immense prep work completed. I guarantee you, all those little tiny ramekins they have on the counter were not filled by their delicate non-calloused hands. These insane programs tell you what their intense, expensive educations can do but make it look like you need the knowledge of a French chef to create foods.