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Someone else was in my kitchen 
Nov. 3, 2013 8:44 am 
Updated: Nov. 7, 2013 1:22 pm
My kitchen is my domain. Sort of like the garage/shop is my husband's domain.  I don't go in there except to get the lawn mower or leaf blower out so I can do my chores.  Jon goes in my kitchen more than I go in his shop - I have food in my domain and I was taught how to share.  Jon will even help prepare a meal, or "pretend" he's helping to clean up.  Ladies, you know the routine....  "I'll help wash the dishes, but I need to make a quick phone call first."  That translates into hubby comes wandering back to the kitchen just as you're hanging the towel up to dry.  Rarely do I get kicked out of my kitchen, but last night that happened.

We had spent the day together pretty much - after Jon took care of a few things he needed to take care of, plus an emergency trip to the restaurant because of a broken toilet - we were ready for dinner.  We had our favorite foods to prepare for dinner, but oddly enough there had been no conversation as to what we were having alongside all the scrumptious seafood we had.  We had crab legs, clams, shrimp, lobster tails, and oysters.  I went outside to let Suzy out and when I came back in - Jon was fast at work in the kitchen.  "What are you going to do with the seafood?" I ask.   "Just go find a bottle of wine and leave this to me." was the reply.   Fine.  I can take a hint; especially hints that mean I can go sit down and relax and just wait for the call to the table. I wandered into the living room to start a fire and my phone rang....  a call from Steve in South Dakota. I can't think of any better way to pass the time while waiting for the dinner bell; unless it's a call from down the road a piece from Kristal. 

For quite a while Jon has been talking about a shrimp boil, or in our case, a seafood boil.  Seafood is our favorite food and just throwing everything into a pot sounds like a great idea.  That is what Jon did last night.  He poured some water into our big seafood steaming pot along with a glug of the wine.  He also dumped in some Old Bay, onions, garlic and who knows what else.  Then he chopped up some potatoes into big chunks and dumped them into the pot.  When the potatoes were about done he threw in the crustaceans and their cousins the bivalves.  A bowl of fresh red raspberries and blackberries and a dish of melted butter and a little cocktail sauce was all that was needed to complete this meal.  That and the bottle of wine.

We sat at our table and stuffed our faces for a good long time.  I felt like royalty, or at least like a rich person with kitchen staff.  Then the pot was empty and so was the bottle of wine.  Reality set in - I had to do clean-up duty.  "I'll help with the dishes, but I want to take this bag of trash out first." Jon said to me.  He did make it back in with enough time to actually dry a few dishes, so I did get help.  You won't hear any complaints from me - dinner was great!
Nov. 3, 2013 1:00 pm
Go Jon!!! Jim and my camping trip is coming up this Thursday. ... I'll be having that .... low country boil ... on thurs. Night!
Nov. 3, 2013 1:57 pm
What a great dinner! You do such a nice job telling the story. Felt like I was there.
Nov. 3, 2013 2:13 pm
Mmmm. Sounds like a wonderful dinner!
Nov. 3, 2013 2:47 pm
Terry - I thought of you when I saw what Jon was doing with our seafood! I hope you have great weather and an even better time!
Nov. 3, 2013 2:48 pm
FrackFamily5, Thank you! If you had been there we might have had to arm wrestle for the lobster tails!
Nov. 3, 2013 2:49 pm
Paula - seafood dinners are my favorite!
Nov. 3, 2013 5:49 pm
mother ann you got a good'un there! who doesn't like a seafood boil! ya have a great evening!
Nov. 3, 2013 10:06 pm
Mother Ann-what a great dinner. One you didn't have to cook, but you did enjoy the dinner with Jon. I love it when a man cooks. Great blog!
Nov. 4, 2013 3:14 am
gderr - He's a keeper! Isn't seafood the best??!!
Nov. 4, 2013 3:15 am
Hi Lela! Jon cooks far differently than me- he just starts pulling things out and dumping it in the pot - I do have to go along behind him and put everything away - he forgets where he got it from... LOL
Nov. 4, 2013 5:55 am
Slam Dunk ! Touchdown ! Goal ! Sounds to me like your husband scored in any language. A most excellent dinner.
Nov. 4, 2013 1:09 pm
Doug - yes he did - and it was definitely most excellent!
Nov. 4, 2013 1:25 pm
Sounds splendid!
Nov. 5, 2013 7:32 am
I didn't know men were not expected to clean up after cooking. Have I been wasting time? ... I'll have to copy Jon's idea of a seafood boil, soon.
Nov. 5, 2013 1:20 pm
Sherillynn -it was splendid!
Nov. 5, 2013 1:21 pm
Mike - uh oh... did I let the cat out of the bag?? Truth be told - I'd rather clean up - it's my space and he never remembers where things go anyways.
Nov. 5, 2013 7:28 pm
sounds like heaven....i don't think in 22 years my husband has actually cooked a meal for me. he has TRIED to make me breakfast in bed on special occasions. he tries, he really does. :-) on the other hand, i have not done laundry in 22 years, so i guess it's a trade off.
Nov. 6, 2013 3:05 am
No laundry in 22 years!! Wow! That would be great. I think the only way I could have that happen is if I wore dirty clothes or was rich enough to wear once and toss... Fair trade off indeed; lucky you!
Nov. 6, 2013 7:18 pm
Well, now if only that happened in my kitchen!!! Last time the DH "did" any cooking in my kitchen my child was short. Yep, I came home from my motorcycle safety class to find him using my leftover meat sauce as a spaghetti topping. Drat those pesky leftovers!
Nov. 7, 2013 3:13 am
Cat, LOL!
Nov. 7, 2013 10:12 am
My husband is retired now and wants to start making meals. I am not encouraging him because the last time he cooked dinner my kitchen was a DISASTER from floor to ceiling. I would love to have a break from cooking now and then but not at the expense of my clean kitchen. His cleaning skills leave much to be desired as well lol. He does all the dog walking and empties the garbage. He also does most of his laundry too so it all works out.Gotta make me some seafood now after reading your blog. Crab season starts out here next week I think. Can't wait. Thanks for the great read :)
Nov. 7, 2013 1:22 pm
Miss Kitty - My hubby doesn't do much cleaning, but he can take out the garbage like nobody can! He's a messier cook than I am, but he's still not too bad - I'll let him invade my space once in a while and cook me up a yummy meal. :)
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About Me
I've been married for 32 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 a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. 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.
My favorite things to cook
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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