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Angry Woman Stew 
 
Jul. 28, 2010 9:44 pm 
Updated: Aug. 3, 2010 4:07 pm
Since this is my first blog post I thought I would try to give you an impression of the things I've done in the kitchen...wait...not THAT!!! Moving on... Okay, since reviewing all the things I've COOKED in the kitchen might be a little time consuming and boring, maybe I'll try a more managable topic for now. :)  

My husband and I had been married about two years and were living in an adorable house near Dallas, Texas and were still in the dark about the emotional and thought process differences between men and women. Obviously this lead to numerous disagreements about what time my husband should come home and what types of activities he would engage in upon arriving home. We had one of these little disagreements too close to good ole' Aunt Flo's visit one month.

I'm usually a very sweet person and I do not like to do anything that might make another person feel bad in any way. But this time, he'd crossed the line and the Banshee was loose!! You know the kind of banshee I mean: teeth bared, eyes flashing, flying around the room in a huff, looking for anything breakable to exact dark satisfaction from.

The last thing he'd had the gall to ask me before I hung up on him was what was for dinner. (Mind you, with all this exhibition of temper back then, I have mellowed with time and understanding and fortunately so has he.) I decided dinner was exactly where I'd have my revenge!

I ripped cans from the pantry, yanked rice from the shelf, searched out spices and sauces from the cabinets. I grabbed a big stock pot and slammed it onto the burner. I poured every foul canned vegetable we had into that pot! I then went through and found every single HOT spice we had and dumped it in the pan onto the veggies. Cayenne, cajun seasonings, Louisiana hot sauce, jalepenos, etc... were positively emptied into that mess. And I added a LOT of salt. Then I poured water over it all and set it to simmer until he came home.

In he walked and I couldn't wait! I gleefully scooped out some of that awful stew out into his bowl and sat back to wait for my revenge.

First bite, his eyebrows raised in surprise. I began to smile nastily. Second bite, eyelids closed. I felt a bit of confusion. Third bite, and his flashing blue eyes were sparkling at me as he said, "Hey! This is good!" I was shocked to my toes as he ate the last bite and asked for more!

I made a Hot discovery about my husband that day! I used to hate both canned vegetables and spicy food and couldn't think beyond myself at the time to realize that he would actually LIKE my concoction. Thus was born Angry Woman Stew and I was started on my path to greater wisdom. 






            
 
Comments
Jul. 28, 2010 10:17 pm
Boy, I have been there but it's usually my kids, well, one in particular,17 yo DD, that has me pulling my hair out and it seems we are Both visited my Auntie Flo. That is a Cause for Angry Woman Stew! LOL I have been been married to my soul mate for 19 1/2 years and we Both know how I can get. I have to have a little self control, but Man is it hard!!, it comes with age. I wish you All the luck in your journey called Marriage. Nice blog and keep them coming. Take care,>>>> Patty
 
Jul. 29, 2010 1:48 am
Well I haven't been there - but am old enough to know what's going on! When I was first married to my first wife, I was still in my 20's - and didn't take kindly to the emotional outbursts! But as the years have rolled by, I am far more relaxed about it and accept that there are certain times I need to be extra careful in word- and action-choice! But you are a brave woman to publish this, and it can be seen as another example of good coming from adversity. Thanks!
 
Jul. 29, 2010 4:33 am
DH and I will celebrate our 21st anniversary next month. I remember so well those first few years. Though I never made the "Angry Woman Stew", I know the emotion that led to it! Thanks for sharing!
 
Jul. 29, 2010 5:26 am
I Love This!!! You could be me. And your husband sounds like mine!! I think they know deep down when their best option is to say "Thanks, Honey, that was good!!" OMG too funny!!
 
Jul. 29, 2010 6:31 am
aahhh yes the "smile and nod" lesson. I never thought of throwing together a stew like that, but RNGrampa would have loved the hot and spicy part of the stew.
 
Jul. 29, 2010 9:33 am
LOL, too funny! I'm in Rowlett!
 
Jul. 29, 2010 9:33 am
Darn, sorry Chef Luigi keeps popping up - I'm actually in Rowlett!
 
Jul. 29, 2010 10:13 am
Thank you everyone for coming by! I will say that my husband and I have grown much more understanding toward each other in the 9 years since this occured. Thankfully!
 
Jul. 29, 2010 10:13 am
Patty Cakes - I like how some ancient cultures used to do it - stick the woman in a tent away from camp until it was over! Peace and quiet for the woman and the family gets to live!
 
Jul. 29, 2010 10:14 am
Swiss Phil - I now understand about how trying the emotional outbursts can be on men especially. Truthfully, I'm not that brave - my husband edited it for me before I posted and his comment was: "I don't remember it having jalepenos..." He still remembers it! :)
 
Jul. 29, 2010 10:14 am
Pam - Happy Anniversary a little early! I hope its wonderful!
 
Jul. 29, 2010 10:18 am
DensHag and Redneck Gramma, I think "marriage classes" should be offered free to the community, but they should wait until after the wedding when the big "discoveries" have been made and the honeymoon's over! LOL!
 
Jul. 29, 2010 10:27 am
Scotdog - We used to live in Lewisville - north of Dallas, you probably know where. Now we are in Tennessee near the Appalachian mountains. I lived in the Dallas/FortWorth metroplex as a child throughout elementary school before my family moved, and then went back shortly after my husband and I married. My great-aunt used to live across the lake in Rockwall.
 
Jul. 29, 2010 4:14 pm
My wife has stuck with me for 43 years. It was 42 years, eleven months three weeks and six days ago that I learned to not ask "What's for dinner?"
 
Jul. 29, 2010 7:30 pm
Mike - That's funny! I'm encouraged and amazed about your wonderful marriage - lasting 43 years is truly an accomplishment. I'm fortunate that my husband helps with dinner now. My last pregnancy was very hard so he took over a lot of the cooking. We found out quick that he was better than me at it! So now we split everything. His dinners always get the best reviews from our oldest son. That said, he still asks "what's for dinner" but it doesn't bother me nearly as much as it once did. :)
 
Aug. 3, 2010 4:07 pm
Thank you, MM! Nine years ago, I was given a shift that was scheduled Fri, Sat and Sun. The remaining four days were mine. I started cooking the evening meal for my wife and surprised myself with how much fun it is.
 
 
 
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I'm 34 years old and have been married to a kind and loving man for 10 years. We have two precious sons, who are the joys of our lives.
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I love sweets and when I find candy or a dessert that I have not made before, I like to play around with it until I discover the recipe. I also enjoy making soups and breads.
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My Dad's fudge is the best I've ever tasted (and I've tasted lots!). He makes it every year at Christmas and we deliver it to his doctor's office, his work, and other places he visits often. He also makes the best chili I've ever had and it gets better each time he makes it.
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When my husband and I were newly married, we moved to San Antonio, Tx, which is about 5 hours away from where both sets of our parents live. We were a little lonely. So, I thought a familiar taste might cheer us up. I found a recipe for chocolate chip cookies and made them using a few minor changes. My husband ate them all that same night! When his family came for a visit a few weeks later, he bragged on me and asked me to make the cookies for his family. I did, the cookies disappeared, and I recieved lots of compliments that night.
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Before he passed away, my father in law discovered I could make coconut cream pie, which was his favorite dessert. He requested it often, and I would make it. The only caveat - I could not make the meringue and repeatedly embarassed myself trying. Finally, my mother in law showed me a little trick and also an important ingredient I had not been using. Thanks to her, I was able to finally present him with an edible and delicious (according to him) coconut cream pie complete with perfect meringue.
 
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