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Hubby can cook, too!! 
Jan. 25, 2011 1:38 pm 
Updated: Jan. 29, 2011 7:44 am
I do most of the cooking in our household, but my husband certainly knows how.  He enjoys it, too.  Sometimes we cook together.  When that happens there is always drinking involved!  Last night was one of those nights.

We were having fish (cod), sweet potato casserole, steamed asparagus, and a tropical fruit & shrimp salad with awesome honey mustard dressing.  The dressing comes from one of our favorite restaurants  - Bills Seafood Restaurant in Chincoteague, Virginia.  I prepared everything but the fish. My hubby prepared that.  First he drizzled a small amount of olive oil on each fillet.  He then topped each fillet with Panko bread crumbs.  He then placed the fish in the oven to bake until done.

Meanwhile, he prepared a white wine/cream sauce with mushrooms and shrimp in it to top off the fish.  When I was newly-married and didn't know how to cook but wanted to learn, I bought a bottle each of white cooking wine and red cooking wine.  I brought it home, found a recipe I could try out and was promptly disappointed!  That was when I learned to only use wine in cooking that I would pour in a glass and drink.  So - we dug out a bottle of Chardonnay from the Finger Lakes in New York.  Hubby poured some into the pan to make his sauce and some was poured into our glasses to drink. 

When he makes his sauces he just starts putting stuff together and they always seem to come out great.  Last night was no exception!  I always think to take pictures----after the meal is gone, so no photos to show what our plates looked like, but I will tell you it was definitely restaurant quality.  There was just enough left over of each thing for me to take for lunch today.  I was the envy of the lunch table, and nobody believed my husband had made the sauce.  
Jan. 25, 2011 3:08 pm
Yummmm! My hubs is a pretty good cook, too. He always tells me to get out when he is cooking like it is a big secret. I end up doing most of the chopping! He likes to add to things I have already cooked. He does have a knack at making it taste just a little bit better!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice blog!
Jan. 25, 2011 7:45 pm
I prefer to keep BBQ dude just there at the grill. We have different ways of using the kitchen and he doesn't quite get I'm pretty sure mine is the right way :) Speaking of sauces, I tried a Vodka pink sauce tonight. I think it would have been awesome but unforeseen circumstances kept it from being served. At least you weren't yelling "wait!" to take a pic of dinner :)
Jan. 25, 2011 7:51 pm
two thumbs up for men who cook!
Jan. 25, 2011 8:14 pm
Loved you blog MA, my guy is a great cook and does most of the cooking. We also love to be in the kitchen together and have such a great time. I am almost always his "sous chef" but that's ok. And, since I've been learning to cook, he's even been my "sous chef" a time or two. At any rate, it's a hoot to cook together and we love it.
Jan. 25, 2011 9:27 pm
Fun read. When I met my husband, he cooked every night. Now I do...he can, but he commutes so far that I always did the weeknight cooking and I like to cook on the weekends, so it's just evolved to me cooking everything, including grilling.
Jan. 26, 2011 3:16 am
Shanon, my hubby likes to step in and add stuff to what I'm doing. If I'm cooking then I want him out of the kitchen and to leave my stuff alone. But, if we're in it together I usually end up being the sous chef, and just let him at it. My wine tastes better that way!
Jan. 26, 2011 3:17 am
Cat hill, I'd be interested in hearing about your vodka pink sauce. Why is it that the men can't understand that our way is the right way?? ;-)
Jan. 26, 2011 3:18 am
Candice - We have some friends we like to cook with, too. One couple the woman loves to cook, but I don't think the man even knows which side of the knife to use so he usually gets to set the table...after someone else sets everything out for him. LOL
Jan. 26, 2011 3:19 am
Lynna, I do a lot of the grilling at our house. Plain old everyday grilling or cooking doesn't interest my hubby so much. If he's going to cook or grill he wants to create a masterpiece. That's fine by me! :-)
Jan. 26, 2011 6:56 am
Great story Mother Ann. Your meal sounds devine! My guy loves to cook too and I enjoy being with him in the kitchen. Lately though he has been working long hours and doesn't get home til late so I am feeling lonely in the kitchen..
Jan. 26, 2011 7:09 am
Hey Mother Ann, you are so lucky your hubby can cook. Mine knows how to nuke! I suppose if I went on strike he could cook, no doubt all from frozen and straight to the oven but hey, I enjoy cooking!! I have had wine from the Finger Lakes that my friend brought back. It was a white table wine, it was in a blue bottle with a dove and a rainbow I believe. I drank the whole bottle by myself while sitting at the table trying to put together a menu for Christmas with my mom! So I guess I liked it! Cheers to you and hubby and keep on cookin!!!!
Jan. 26, 2011 10:29 am
It took over 40 years for my wife to believe I could take care of the cooking and the kitchen without her telling me I was doing it wrong. I admit, there were a few times I caved in and did it the wrong- oops!-her way. Now that I am home most of the time she is happy to enter the house and smell a wholesome and delicious meal ready for her- and she didn't have to boss it!
Jan. 26, 2011 10:32 am
Hey Ann! I was making chicken spedini and had homemade pasta but I wanted a different sauce so I looked here at the vodka sauce recipes and then did this. I reduced 1 cup vodka with spices added 8 oz of tomato sauce and about 1/4 cup sour cream(it needed to be used). Flavor was awesome, not too creamy not too tomatoey. And then my son walked into the kitchen announced he was joining the Navy and the recruiter would be here with the papers about the time I'd plan to serve dinner. Dinner wasn't served but my baby grew up right before my eyes.
Jan. 26, 2011 10:39 am
The first comment is my response to you and Cat. This one is in response to your blog. What your husband does to make sauces, is the best way- no recipe. Each meal is unique and the sauce is the only way a typical meal can become something other than typical. I am just beginning to like fish so any inspiration to cook it right is appreciated.
Jan. 26, 2011 1:37 pm
dragonfly - my hubby & son went to the Finger Lakes area to hunt over Christmas break and he brought me back a few bottles of wine. Now I want to go there over the summer and visit the wineries.... Wine is my drink of choice - nothing better!
Jan. 26, 2011 1:39 pm
Cat Hill - your sauce does sound delish!! OMG! What an announcement for your son to make. I hate it that they grow up like that!! How proud you must be of him, though! :-)
Jan. 26, 2011 1:43 pm
Mike - love your first comment. I love it when I walk in the door and there are wonderful smells coming from the kitchen; even if I didn't get to tell him how to do it... I didn't used to like any kinds of sauces on my food, but that has changed.
Jan. 26, 2011 1:45 pm
Anissa - I know what you mean. When my hubby works late and I make the meal all by myself, it just feels strange. Especially since our kids aren't around anymore (they went and grew up on us!!) it's weird to not have someone lurking around. Though I have 2 labs that like to get underfoot and hope I drop something. One of their favorite things for me to drop are carrots.
Jan. 26, 2011 8:00 pm
Well the sauce suffered(it's based on a recipe I saw here) and Mom is going thru all kinds of stages! He is an only! My Mom said I'd regret that! LOL But I am getting a new baby Sat. The furred kind! He is to keep me company and deter the next person who walks into my house without being invited. Long story! But the puppy comes at a good time!
Jan. 29, 2011 7:44 am
Sounds like a fantstic meal! I was just saying to hubby the other night how much I miss him in the kitchen ~ he says "well, you've started snapping at me". Sad! He crossed the line between us working together and sneaking stuff in my dishes I was in the middle of, which apparently irritates me! LOL Our kitchen now is super small too which doesn't help at all, but my new mission is to get him back in there without access to ingredients!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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